From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from ďBeast That Came Out Of The SeaĒ - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
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    Fox News Flash - Published 3 days ago on 8/31/2019 ďChuck DeVore: Texas town's renewable energy experiment failure proves Green New Deal unworkable by Frank Miles | Fox News
'Green' experiment completely fails in Texas town - Renewable energy experiment fails; reaction
from Chuck DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation vice president of national initiatives.
    Former California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Thursday that the collapse of a renewable energy project in Texas proves the so-called "Green New Deal" cannot be scaled up to cover the rest of the nation.
    As DeVore explains in a Fox News opinion piece, Georgetown, Texas -- population 75,000 -- was to be the new poster child of the green movement.
    Last October, the city successfully applied for a $1 million grant from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloombergís nonprofit, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
    DeVore told Carlson the idea was to save money -- ďthe Republican thing to doĒ -- by switching the town to electricity from wind and solar power.
    However, the effort to abandon affordable fossil fuels and switch to more costly renewable energy didnít work.
    ďWhen you start to implement things thatís when things fall apart,Ē DeVore said. "... The prices of natural gas went down because we found more of it, and the problem with wind power is that itís mainly made at night and very expensive to store it.    Ö During the daytime, they have to buy power off the grid
    He said Georgetown residents lost about $30 million over four years, and the townís citizens were receiving energy bills for an average of $600 more than neighboring towns.
    ďThey feel angry and betrayed,Ē he said.

9/2/2019 Oil slips as U.S., China add more tariffs in trade war by Dmitry Zhdannikov
FILE PHOTO: An oil pump is seen at sunset outside Vaudoy-en-Brie, near Paris, France April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices weakened on Monday after new tariffs imposed by the United States and China came into force, raising concerns about a further hit to global growth and demand for crude.
    Brent crude slipped 16 cents to $59.09 a barrel by 1020 GMT, while U.S. benchmark WTI crude was down 7 cents at $55.03 a barrel.
    The United States began imposing 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods on Sunday Ė including footwear, smart watches and flat-panel televisions Ė as China put new duties on U.S. crude, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war.
    U.S. President Donald Trump said the two sides would still meet for talks this month.    Trump, writing on Twitter, said his goal was to reduce U.S. reliance on China and again urged American companies to find alternative suppliers outside China.
    ďEven as President Trump has indicated that scheduled talks between the U.S. and China are still to proceed, the market is more and more resigned to a protracted stand-off between the two countries and will be looking toward central bank easing to shore up risk appetite,Ē BNP Paribasí Harry Tchilinguirian said.
    Beijingís levy of 5% on U.S. crude marks the first time the fuel had been targeted since the worldís two largest economies started their trade war more than a year ago.
    Elsewhere, oil output from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rose in August for the first month this year as higher supply from Iraq and Nigeria outweighed restraint by top exporter Saudi Arabia and losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran.
    In the United States, energy companies cut drilling rigs for a ninth month in a row to the lowest level since January last year.
(Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov in London and Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo; Editing by Dale Hudson)

9/2/2019 President Trump: AFL-CIO head likes what Iím doing on trade, wonít say so publicly by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump said the countryís top labor union chief likes what he is doing on trade, but wonít say so publicly.
President Donald Trump pauses as he talks to media before boarding Maine One at the White House in
Washington, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, en route to Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    In a tweet Monday morning, he said AFL-CIO Labor Federation President Richard Trumka is a different person on T.V. than when he is visiting the White House.
    He claims Trumka ďlikes what we are doing until the cameras go on,Ē adding ďwe got robbed on trade and everything else while his Democrats just sat back
    President Trump said ďNAFTA is the worst trade deal ever made Ė terrible for labor Ė and Richard let it stand, no wonder unions are losing so much
    He claims thatís why workers will vote for him in 2020, and he urged them to ďstop paying exorbitant union dues, because itís not worth it
    Trump tweet: ďJust watched AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on @FoxNews and thought to myself how different he is on TV than he is when he is with me at the White House. Likes what we are doing until the cameras go on. We got robbed on Trade and everything else while his Dems just sat back....Ē    ď....and watched. NAFTA is the worst Trade Deal ever made - terrible for labor - and Richard let it stand. No wonder unions are losing so much. The workers will vote for me in 2020 (lowest unemployment, most jobs ever), and should stop paying exorbitant $Dues, not worth it!Ē

9/2/2019 President Trump touts the state of the U.S. economy under his presidency by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump touts the state of the U.S. economy under his presidency.
President Donald Trump talks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,
Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, en route to Camp David in Maryland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    In a series of tweets Monday, the president said ďtrillions of dollars have been created for the U.S. and the stock market is up over 50%
    Trump tweet: ďSince my election, many trillions of dollars of worth has been created for our Country, and the Stock Market is up over 50%. If you followed the advice of the Failing New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, youíd be doing VERY poorly - youíd be angry and hurt. He never got it!Ē
    He then quoted political commentator Steve Hilton, who said unemployment hit a 50 year low this year, and the U.S. has seen the lowest ever African American and Hispanic unemployment.
    The president added, the booming economy has pushed up wages across all industries.    He then praised swing states for voting for him in 2016, and said their trust in him is paying off, as they see their income rise.
    The president also talked about tariffs, saying theyíre bringing companies back to the U.S.A.
    Trump tweet: ď....swing states that went to Trump in 2016 because he promised not to forget about them like the establishment had done for decades, and their trust in President Trump, paid off as they saw their incomes rise...And itís the lowest paid workers who have gained the most with....Ē    Ē ....Trump Economics. With President Trump, Tariffs are bringing companies back to the USA like he said they would! @SteveHiltonx

9/2/2019 Facing criticism over deportations, U.S. to look again at some deferral requests
FILE PHOTO: New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S.,
as pictured from Ascension, Mexico August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The Trump administration, facing criticism over deportations from lawmakers and civil rights groups, said on Monday it would reopen consideration of some deferral requests for compelling circumstances such as medical conditions.
    In August, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) said it was ďno longer entertainingĒ such requests from people outside the U.S. military, but on Monday said it would reopen and complete cases that were pending on Aug. 7, the day the new policy took effect.
    The agency said it still believed it was appropriate to hand over responsibility for such work to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), enabling its own staff to focus more efficiently on other legal immigration applications.
    Nearly 130 Democratic U.S. senators and members of Congress last week sent a letter Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Ken Cuccinelli, director of USCIS, protesting what they called a ďcruelĒ and ďinhumaneĒ move.
    ďIndividuals requesting deferred action from USCIS are among the most vulnerable.    Children and families submit such requests due to severe medical conditions like cancer, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis,Ē the lawmakers wrote.    ďIn many cases, the treatments are life-saving
    They said letters sent out by USCIS in early August summarily denying the requests gave people 33 days to leave the country, and said they face forcible removal and denial of future visas if they did not comply.
    The decision caused fear and confusion, the lawmakers said, warning it could force people to return to countries where lack of necessary medical care threatened their lives.    They asked DHS, USCIS and ICE to answer a list of 14 detailed questions about the policy shift.
    The agency sent out letters in early August informing those who had requested deferred action about the new policy, but providing few details on how to submit requests with ICE.
    Deferred action is a discretionary determination to temporarily postpone the removal from the United States of a person who is illegally present, and occurs on a case-by-case basis, factoring in medical conditions and other circumstances.
    USCIS said those denied requests that were pending on Aug. 7 did not have removal orders pending, and had not been targeted for deportation.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by David Gregorio)

9/2/2019 VP Pence: UK-Irish border should remain open after Brexit by OAN Newsroom
    Vice President Mike Pence said he hopes the UK-Irish border will remain open after Brexit.
Irelandís Minister of foreign affairs Simon Coveney, right, shakes hands with with US Vice President Mike Pence during their meeting,
after he arrived at Shannon airport for the start of an official visit to Ireland, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (Jacob King/PA via AP)
    During his visit to Ireland Monday, Pence said, the U.S. would oppose a Brexit scenario that erodes the 1998 Belfast agreement. That accord is a peace deal, which ended a decades-long feud between Northern Irish unionists and Republicans.
    Pence said Brexit should not threaten political stability on the Island of Ireland. ďWe understand these are complex issues.    Iíll be in the UK meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in just a few days, Pence said during his meeting with Irelandís Minister of foreign affairs Simon Coveney.    ďBut I think the opportunity to better understand Irelandís perspective and unique needs, particularly with regard to your northern border, will make us even better equipped to hopefully play a constructive role
    Coveney said, the UK could reinstate border checks in Northern Ireland, despite British officials having repeatedly dismissed such allegations.

9/2/2019 Fmr Defense Secy Mattis: divisiveness inside this country is probably the biggest threat by OAN Newsroom
    Former Defense Secretary James Mattis said ďdivisivenessĒ is the biggest threat to the nations Democracy.
FILE Ė In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question during a hearing on
Capitol Hill in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the ďbreaking pointĒ
in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    Mattis made the comment in an interview Monday and also included the lack of listening and respect for one another as part of that threat.
    The former defense secretary also said the divisiveness in the nation is not about one person or administration, but rather an issue which ďgoes back a while
    He suggested elections are now always about dividing and added we no longer seem to go into governance once an election is over.
    Mattis also spoke out against being in ďconstant-election modeĒ and stressed Americans need to talk about common ground as much as they talk about disagreements.

9/3/2019 China says has only Ďlimitedí cooperation with U.S. on fentanyl
FILE PHOTO - A used needle sits on the ground in a park in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S., May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
    BEIJING (Reuters) Ė China and the United States have only ďlimitedĒ cooperation in stopping fentanyl smuggling, a Chinese narcotics official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, after complaints China isnít doing enough to help fight an opioid crisis in the United States.
    U.S. officials say China is the main source of illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances that are trafficked into the United States, much of it through international mail.    China denies that most of the illicit fentanyl entering the United States originates in China.
    U.S. President Donald Trump last month accused Chinese President Xi Jinping of failing to meet his promises to crack down on the deluge of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues flowing into the United States.    China labeled that ďblatant slander
    Fentanyl is a cheap, relatively easy-to-synthesize opioid painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin that has played a major role in a devastating U.S. opioid crisis.
    Liu Yuejin, Vice Commissioner of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, told a news conference that China was cracking down on illicit fentanyl production, state television reported.
    ďThe National Narcotics Control report states that looking at cases, counter-narcotics law enforcement departments from China and the United States have for many years maintained a good cooperative relationship,Ē the report cited Liu as saying.
    ďBut cooperation on investigating and prosecuting fentanyl-related substances is extremely limited
    Since 2012, the United States has only reported ďcluesĒ on six fentanyl-related smuggling cases to China, with only three of these cases successfully cracked, the report added.
    Since May 1 of this year, when China tightened controls on fentanyl-related substances, China has not yet discovered a single fentanyl-related smuggling case, Liu said.
    Liu reiterated previous government denials that China is the source of most of the fentanyl smuggled into the United States.
    China has told the United States it needs to get its house in order when it comes to tackling fentanyl abuse, and should do more to reduce demand.
    The U.S. Treasury last month imposed sanctions on three Chinese men accused of illegally trafficking fentanyl, acting three weeks after Trump accused China of reneging on pledges to stem the flood of the highly addictive synthetic opioid into the United States.
    The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported earlier this year that 130 people die every day in the United States after overdosing on opioids, which include prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
    The dispute over fentanyl comes as the United States is in the middle of a major trade dispute with China.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

9/3/2019 Oil falls 1%, pressured by trade war and swelling output by Aaron Sheldrick and Dmitry Zhdannikov
FILE PHOTO: Drilling rigs operate at sunset in Midland, Texas, U.S., February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File Photo
    TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices fell by 1% on Tuesday, weighed down by the protracted U.S.-China trade dispute that has dragged on the global economy as well as rising OPEC and Russian oil output.
    U.S. crude was down 65 cents, or 1.19%, at $54.45 a barrel by 0857 GMT, while Brent was down 47 cents at $58.19 a barrel.
    The United States this week imposed 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods and China began to impose new duties on a $75 billion target list, deepening the trade war that has rumbled on for more than a year.
    U.S. President Donald Trump said both sides would still meet for talks later this month.
    South Koreaís economy turned out to have expanded less than estimated during the second quarter as exports were revised down in the face of the prolonged U.S.-China trade dispute, central bank data showed on Tuesday.
    A move on Sunday by Argentina to impose capital controls also cast a spotlight on emerging market risks.
    ďOil will struggle to make substantial headway topside this week with no progress on trade talks or meetings even, soft data from Asia and a possible cracking of OPECís resolve to control production,Ē said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.
    Output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries rose in August for the first month this year as higher supply from Iraq and Nigeria outweighed restraint by top Saudi Arabia and losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran.
    Russian oil production in August rose to 11.294 million barrels per day (bpd), topping the rate Moscow has pledged to cap output at under a pact with other producers and hitting its highest since March, data showed on Monday.
GRAPHIC U.S., Russian, Saudi crude oil production Ė
    Data due this week on U.S. inventory levels will be delayed by a day to Wednesday and Thursday due to the U.S. Labor Day holiday on Monday.
    ďWhatís bad for the outlook for global growth is bad for oil at the moment and only big draws in inventories can delay that drift lower,Ē said Greg McKenna, strategist at McKenna Macro.
(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; editing by Richard Pullin and Christian Schmollinger)

9/3/2019 Ohio Democrats file lawsuit to stall voter roll purge approved by SCOTUS by OAN Newsroom
    The Ohio Democrat Party filed a lawsuit to stop the stateís purge of infrequent voters.    According to the lawsuit, in addition to a restraining order to block the purge, state Democrats also want Secretary of State Frank LaRose to manually review each voter scheduled to be removed.
    The current law, which was deemed ďconstitutionalĒ by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, says a voter is at risk if they havenít voted in six years.    However, Democrats pointed out the system removed active voters, but LaRose said those issues were fixed.
A voter casts their ballot on the first day of early voting at the Hamilton County
Board of Elections, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    LaRose also said many of the voters being removed had either passed away or moved out of state, but they all received mailers notifying them of their pending removal.
    ďOver 10,000 voters have said ó Ďno, I still want to be a registered voter in Ohioí ó so, theyíve taken action, theyíve gone on our website or filled out the form and sent it in,Ē he explained.    ďAnytime there are people involved in a database process, people punching keys, thereís always an opportunity for human error, we knew that
    Voters removed from the list will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot at the polls through 2020.
[We'll, of course they do not want to lose that because they will not have names for ballot stuffing].

9/3/2019 France pushes $15 billion credit line plan for Iran, if U.S. allows it by John Irish and Parisa Hafezi
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
    PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) Ė France has proposed offering Iran about $15 billion in credit lines until year-end if Tehran comes fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, a move that hinges on Washington not blocking it, Western and Iranian sources said.
    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said talks on the credit arrangement, which would be guaranteed by Iranian oil revenues, were continuing, but U.S. approval would be crucial.
    The idea is ďto exchange a credit line guaranteed by oil in return for, one, a return to the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) Öand two, security in the Gulf and the opening of negotiations on regional security and a post-2025 (nuclear program),Ē Le Drian told reporters.    ďAll this (pre)supposes that President Trump issues waivers
    European leaders have struggled to dampen brewing confrontation between Tehran and Washington since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal, which assures Iran access to world trade in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
    The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them sharply this year.    Iran has responded by breaching some of the limits on nuclear material in the deal, and has set a deadline for this week to take further steps.
    French President Emmanuel Macron has spent the summer trying to create conditions that would bring the sides back to the negotiating table.    At a G7 meeting in France last month, Trump appeared open to the idea of credit lines, though U.S. officials later ruled out lifting sanctions as a condition for new talks.
    An Iranian delegation was in Paris on Monday, including oil and finance officials, for talks to fine-tune details of credit lines that would give Iran some respite from sanctions that have crippled its economy and cut off its oil exports.
    ďThe question is to know whether we can reach this $15 billion) level, secondly who will finance it, and thirdly we need to get at the very least the tacit approval of the United States.    We still donít know what the U.S. position is,Ē said a source aware of the negotiations.
    A senior Iranian official familiar with the negotiations said: ďFrance has offered the credit line of $15 billion but we are still discussing it.    It should be guaranteed that we will have access to this amount freely and also Iran should be able to sell its oil and have access to its (own) money
    A second Iranian official said: ďAlthough the EU and particularly France have goodwill, they should convince the U.S. to cooperate with them Ö If not, Iran is very serious about decreasing its nuclear commitments.    There is no logic to respect the (2015) deal, if it has no benefits for us
    A European diplomatic source confirmed the $15 billion figure.    Le Drian did not confirm the figure, saying it was an Iranian number.
    ďThe Iranians have a real desire for $15 billion, but the ball is in their court.    When (Iranian President Hassan) Rouhani says Iíll never meet President Trump, the only consequence of that is that Iran wonít get $15 billion,Ē said a French diplomatic source, adding that further violations of the accord by Iran would be the ďwrong signalĒ to send.
    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is in Washington on Tuesday to discuss the credit mechanism and see what the United States may accept.
    Rouhani said Iran would never hold bilateral talks with the United States but said that if all U.S. curbs imposed on Iran were lifted, Washington could join multilateral talks between Tehran and the other parties to the 2015 pact.
    The Trump administration says the nuclear deal is deficient as many of its terms expire after a decade and it does not cover non-nuclear issues such as Iranís ballistic missile program and its support of proxy forces around the Middle East.
    Iran says it aims to keep the 2015 deal alive, but cannot abide by it indefinitely unless the European countries that signed it ensure it receives the promised economic dividends.
    Tehran has called on the Europeans to accelerate their efforts to alleviate the impact of U.S. sanctions.    Rouhani stressed on Tuesday that Iran would take its next step in scaling back its nuclear commitments by Thursday unless the Europeans keep their promises to salvage the deal.
    Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Tuesday that Iran was capable of resuming enrichment of uranium to 20% fissile purity within two days.    Twenty percent purity is considered an important intermediate stage on the road to producing the 90% pure fissile uranium needed for an atomic bomb.
    The first source said talks for now did not go into how the credit lines would be repaid, although it would require Iranian oil exports to resume eventually.    Some countries were discussing with France possible involvement in such a mechanism.    China, India and Japan were among the main purchasers of Iranian oil.
    ďImporting the oil at some point is essential, but we need to have the agreement of the Americans.    We are trying to persuade them (the Iranians) not to do more (reductions in commitment to the nuclear deal), but itís not the end of the story for the mechanism if they do,Ē the source said, adding that for now Iranian backtracking was reversible.
    Iran has asked for $3 billion a month to extend the proposals beyond the end of this year, the source said.
    Macron has said that as a condition of credits, Iran must return fully to the dealís terms and open talks on its ballistic missiles, regional role and nuclear activities after 2025.
    ďItís extremely sensitive and we donít want the opponents of this idea to make it fail.    Itís extremely volatile,Ē said a second French diplomatic source.
(Reporting by John Irish and Parisa Hafezi with additional reporting by Tuqa Khalid in Dubai; Editing by Mark Heinrich, William Maclean)

9/3/2019 Icelandís PM will meet with Pence on Wednesday: government
FILE PHOTO: Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir gestures as she speaks during a news conference with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) in Reykjavik, Iceland August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
    (Reuters) Ė Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir will meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, her government said, despite earlier reports that she would miss the visit.
    Jakobsdottir had said she was unable to meet with the Vice President because she had a prior commitment to give a keynote speech at a conference, according to a report by the Iceland Monitor news outlet.    Some saw this as a snub to U.S. President Donald Trumpís administration.
    However, the Icelandic government said in a statement that the meeting would take place, and Penceís chief of staff, Marc Short, also confirmed the meeting.
    Pence touches down in Iceland on Wednesday, following visits to Poland and Ireland.
    It was not immediately clear why Jakobsdottirís plans had changed.    Trump called off a trip to Denmark last month after the Danish prime minister rebuffed his idea of buying Greenland.
    In Iceland, Pence is expected to bring up incursions into the Arctic Circle by China and Russia amid growing tensions in the polar region over melting ice and access to minerals, a White House official has said.
(Reporting by Alex Alper and Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

9/3/2019 Women entrepreneurs play Ďcritical roleí in Colombiaís economy, peace: Ivanka Trump
President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, arrives to an event
in the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) Ė Women entrepreneurs are playing a ďcritical roleĒ in Colombiaís economic development and its transition to peace, White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Tuesday during a visit to Bogota.
    The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump was attending a launch event for the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government-funded initiative aimed at reducing barriers to womenís economic participation.
    Colombia, long the closest U.S. ally in the region, is the first stop on a Latin American tour that will also take Trump to Paraguay and Argentina.
    Forty Colombian women will initially benefit from participation in the program, said Trump, who was accompanied at the event by Colombian Vice-President Marta Lucia Ramirez.
    The academy is ďdesigned to equip women with the practical skills they need to create sustainable businesses and to participate more fully in the global economy,Ē Trump said.
    ďThis is particularly important in Colombia where women play an increasingly critical role in the countryís economic development and continued transition to peace,Ē she added.
    The countryís previous government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels signed a controversial peace deal in 2016, ending the groupís role in five decades of conflict that have killed some 260,000 people.
    The accord has faced hurdles, including unsuccessful efforts by President Ivan Duque to modify certain provisions, delays in subsidies for ex-fighters and the announcement last week by several former commanders that they would rearm.
    The announcement drew condemnation from the government, the United Nations and the FARC political party, whose leadership said the majority of ex-rebels remain committed despite ďdifficulties and dangers
(Reporting by Andres Rojas; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

9/3/2019 Full U.S. pullout from Afghanistan could ignite Ďtotal civil warí: ex-U.S. envoys by Jonathan Landay
FILE PHOTO: U.S. military advisers from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade work with Afghan soldiers at an artillery
position on an Afghan National Army base in Maidan Wardak province, Afghanistan August 6, 2018. REUTERS/James Mackenzie/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Nine former U.S. ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a ďtotal civil warĒ if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement.
    ďA major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace,Ē the nine wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a think tank.    ďThe initial U.S. drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe they can achieve military victory
    The nine, including five former ambassadors to Kabul, a former special envoy to Afghanistan and a former deputy secretary of State, issued their warning a day after U.S. chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad announced a draft accord with the Taliban for an initial drawdown of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops.
    Khalilzad, speaking on Monday to Tolo News television in Kabul, declined to say how long the rest of the roughly 14,000 U.S. troops would stay.    But U.S. officials repeatedly have said the pullout would be ďconditions based
    In exchange, the Taliban would commit to preventing their decades-long ally, al Qaeda, or other extremists from using the country as a springboard for new attacks.
    Trump has made clear his impatience to withdraw all U.S. forces and end Americaís longest war, which began with a U.S. invasion triggered by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that al Qaeda launched from then Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
    Khalilzad said Trump must approve the draft before it can be signed.
    Khalilzad excluded Kabul from the nine rounds of U.S.-Taliban talks in Qatar.    But he has said it would be part of negotiations on a political settlement with the Taliban, which has so far refused to meet directly with Afghan officials.
    Maintaining a major U.S. troop presence would have ďa critical influence on the chances for successful peace negotiations,Ē the former diplomats wrote.
    ďIt is not clear whether peace is possible.    The Taliban have made no clear statements about the conditions they would accept for a peaceful settlement with their fellow Afghans, nor do they have a track record of working with other political forces,Ē they said.
    ďThere is an outcome far worse than the status quo, namely a return to the total civil war that consumed Afghanistan as badly as the war with the Russians and something that could follow a breakdown in negotiations if we remove too much support from the Afghan state," they wrote.
    A new civil war ďcould prove catastrophic for U.S. national security as it likely would see the Taliban maintain their alliance with al Qaeda and allow Islamic Stateís growing local affiliateĒ to further expand, they said.
(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Tom Brown)

9/4/2019 Oil down $1.16 to $53.94, DOW down 283 to 26,118.

9/4/2019 7 fatally shot in Chicago over Labor Day weekend by Grace Hauck, USA TODAY
    CHICAGO Ė Gun violence over the Labor Day weekend left seven people dead and an additional 34 wounded in Chicago on the South and West Sides, according to police.
    Two teenagers were among the weekendís shooting fatalities, WLSTV reports.    They include 15-year-old Davantae Jackson, who was shot early     Sunday just steps from the home where he lived.    The teen was supposed to be starting high school Tuesday.
    Jacksonís sister, Alexis Jackson, says her brotherís assailants called him on his phone and asked him to come outside before opening fire.
    A Saturday shooting left two men, ages 32 and 26, dead after they were shot on the front porch of a home on Chicagoís South Side.    That shooting also wounded three other people.
    The weekend violence occurred as Chicago police added an extra 1,000 officers to patrols during the three-day holiday weekend, down from an extra 1,400 officers last year.
    The violence is up from Labor Day last year when 27 people were shot, including four fatally.    This yearís violence more closely resembles that of Labor Day 2017, when 42 people were shot, including seven fatally.
    Following the Labor Day weekend of violence, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a tweet Monday that gun control ďdoesnít work,Ē citing Chicago as an example.
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the tweet Monday night, criticizing Republican inaction on gun legislation.
    ď60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside ILómostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.    Keep our name out of your mouth,Ē Lightfoot said in the tweet.
[The Chicago mass shooting death city which has been run by Democrats is an example of their policies for the last 11 years are trying to blame it on the Republicans.].

9/4/2019 Oil prices nudge up, but economic worries loom by Noah Browning
FILE PHOTO: Pumpjacks are seen during sunset at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices recovered some ground on Wednesday, boosted by a wider market pickup on positive news from Chinaís services sector, after three days of losses on fears about a weakening global economy.
    Brent crude was up 15 cents, or 0.26%, at $58.41 a barrel by 0850 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures gained 24 cents, or 0.44%, at $54.18 a barrel.
    U.S. data released on Wednesday showed manufacturing activity contracted in August for the first time in three years, while euro zone activity shrank for a seventh month.
    Global markets rebounded on Wednesday after a private survey showed that activity in Chinaís services sector expanded at the fastest pace in three months in August as new orders rose, prompting the biggest increase in hiring in over a year.
    China is the worldís second-largest oil consumer and largest importer.
    But U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned he would be ďtougherĒ on Beijing in a second term if trade talks dragged on, compounding market fears that trade disputes between the United States and China could trigger a U.S. recession.
    ďThe bullish bandwagon seen earlier this year will not be making another appearance,Ē Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM said.
    ďSpearheading these dimming prospects (are) Ö cooling global economic activity and intensifying trade tensions.    The world economy is slowing and nowhere is this pullback in activity more apparent than in the manufacturing sector
    Citi cut its Brent forecasts for the third and fourth quarters by about $10 a barrel to $62 and $64 respectively, and expects the benchmark to fall to $53 by the end of 2020.    Brent is about 23% lower than its peak for this year in April.
    ďNext year the curtailment of demand growth coming from lower GDP (gross domestic product) growth expectations and continuation of the U.S.-China trade war could shave more oil demand from the market,Ē Citi analysts wrote.
    Data due this week on U.S. oil inventory levels will be delayed by a day to Wednesday and Thursday because of the U.S. Labor Day holiday on Monday.
    U.S. crude stockpiles are expected to have declined for a third straight week, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
    On the supply side, Venezuelaís oil exports fell in August to their lowest in 2019, internal reports and Refinitiv Eikon data showed, following tougher U.S. sanctions.
(Additional reporting by Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by Dale Hudson)

9/4/2019 Case against Greg Craig ramps up, prosecution says Obama-era official deliberately lied by OAN Newsroom
    Prosecutors are making their case against former White House counsel Greg Craig.    During the trial Tuesday, the prosecution alleged the Obama-era official attempted to deceive Justice Department officials during their investigation.    They said Craig wanted to avoid registering as a foreign agent regarding his work for a Ukrainian-influenced project in 2012.
    Prosecutors are now asking the jury to rule that Craig provided false statements to investigators.    They said he was deliberately dishonest in his effort to cover up his misconduct.
Greg Craig, former White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, walks into a federal courthouse
for his trial, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Meanwhile, Craig has continued to claim his innocence throughout the process.    The former Obama-era White House counsel made this statement regarding the case:
    ďI did not participate in a scheme to mislead the government or conceal material facts. I was always honest about the reasons for my contacts with the media. This prosecution is unprecedented and unjustified.    I am confident that both the judge and the jury will agree with me
    Craig was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller and jurors heard from members of the probe, including Paul Manafortís deputy Rick Gates.    If convicted in the case, Craig faces up to five years in prison as well as a $250,000 fine.
[Gregory Bestor Craig an American lawyer and former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010. A former attorney at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly, Craig has represented numerous high-profile clients.
    In early April 2019, Craig's lawyers said that they expected him to be indicted by Mueller on charges of concealing and falsifying material facts relating to the investigation's inquiry into Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) violations.    Craig was indicted on April 11, 2019.    Craig's former law firm, Skadden, paid a $4.6 million fine.    The charges state that Manafort hired Craig and people in his law firm to write a report which would show favor towards Yanukovich, who was known for his close ties to the Russian government, and that Manafort paid them "millions of dollars."    Craig pleaded not guilty, and testified in his own defense.    Prosecutors did not call Manafort as a witness.    After a three-week trial, the jury acquitted Craig after less than five hours of deliberation.].

9/4/2019 Democrat Party in S.D. closes 2 offices by OAN Newsroom
    Democrats in South Dakota are giving up on the only two offices the party had in the state.    They told reporters it is costing too much to keep the headquarters and a field office open, so they are shutting them down.
    The offices in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will be closed by the end of this month.    The stateís party chairwoman, Paula Hawks, said all the workers will be allowed to work from home or somewhere remote after the closures.
    Even though an October fundraiser has been canceled, Hawks acknowledged the party is still trying to raise money.    She blamed the closures on what she called ďextreme mismanagement and lack of oversight,Ē citing an audit report from the Federal Elections Commission.
    That report shows a lack of transparency with the South Dakota party spending $2.5 million more than it claimed in 2016.    The party also allegedly accepted donations from unknown people or entities.
    This is not the only state where Democrats have faced financial issues.    The partyís chairman in Arkansas, Michael John Gray, is under investigation after leaders there reportedly called for an audit in August.    Gray is accused of mismanaging funds, but agreed the audit is a good idea and even suggested the probe look into years before 2017 when he became chairman.

9/4/2019 Jeanine Pirro: Fox News is trying to fire me by OAN Newsroom
    Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is caught on a hot mic voicing her frustration with the network.    During a taping of Sebastian Gorkaís radio show Tuesday, Pirro was caught speaking her mind during a commercial break.
    The Fox News host was making an appearance promoting her new book, but she showed frustration with the network for micromanaging her schedule and also the way it handled a prior scandal.
    Back in March, Pirro went off the air for two weeks after questioning whether Representative Ilhan Omarís Islamic faith was contrary to the U.S. Constitution.    In the latest soundbite, Pirro admits not only was she suspended for her comments, but the network continues to take action against her.
    President Trump has long accused Fox News of moving to the left, and even spoke out against Pirroís absence back in March.    As she said in the clip, she believes the network is waiting for her to slip up again in order to fire her from the network.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is pictured. (Photo/Andy Kropa/Invision via AP)

9/4/2019 Russia assumes presidency at UN Security Council, outlines agenda by OAN Newsroom
    Russia is urging a diplomatic solution to international conflicts as its envoys assume presidency at the UN Security Council.    While speaking at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday, the Russian Envoy Vasily Nebenzya vowed support for U.S. talks with North Korea and the Afghanistan.
    The diplomat said he will disprove the allegations of deliberate attacks on civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib by the Syrian Army and Russian forces.    He blamed terror groups in rebel-held areas for the humanitarian crisis in Idlib.
Russiaís U.N. Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya addresses the United Nations Security Council, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo)
    The Russian envoy also said Islamic terrorists are spreading their influence across the globe.
    ďWe know that Afghanistan experiences influx of terrorists from other areas,Ē he stated.    ďThere is an appetite to continue talks and negotiations, letís be hopeful about that
    Russian diplomats said they will advance consultations with the U.S. and China to ease tensions in international affairs.

9/4/2019 Trump says meeting with Iranís Rouhani possible at U.N. General Assembly
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he receives a status report on Hurricane Dorian in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday left the door open to a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly in New York.
    Asked about the possibility of meeting the Iranian leader at the United Nations, Trump told White House reporters anything was possible.
    ďSure, anythingís possible.    They would like to be able to solve their problem,Ē he said, referring to inflation in Iran.    ďWe could solve it in 24 hours
    Trump has publicly said multiple times he would be open to talks with Iranian leaders, but Tehran has rejected any negotiations with Washington unless sanctions are dropped.
    The United States has been pressing Iran with sanctions since last year, when Washington abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, often referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.
    While European countries, including France, have been trying to push Iran to remain in compliance with the deal, offering proposals such as a $15 billion credit line for Iran to do so, Trump administration officials said on Wednesday they were skeptical of such maneuvers.
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Lisa Lambert; Writing by Susan Heavey and Makini Brice; Editing by Rosalba OíBrien and Tom Brown)

9/4/2019 Oil prices rise over 4% on positive economic data from China by Scott DiSavino
FILE PHOTO: Pumpjacks are seen during sunset at the Daqing oil field in Heilongjiang province, China August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė Oil prices rose more than 4% on Wednesday, boosted by a wider market pickup on positive news from China, after three days of losses due to fears about a weakening global economy.
    Brent futures rose $2.44, or 4.2%, to settle at $60.70 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $2.32, or 4.3%, to $56.26.
    That was the biggest daily percentage increase for WTI since July 10.
    Stock indexes worldwide rebounded as easing geopolitical concerns and upbeat economic data from China brought buyers back to the equities market.
    A private survey showed that activity in Chinaís services sector expanded at the fastest pace in three months in August as new orders rose, prompting the biggest increase in hiring in more than a year.
    In addition, investor risk appetite was further revived after Hong Kong withdrew the contentious extradition bill at the heart of recent protests.
    China is the worldís second-largest oil consumer and largest importer.
    In the United States, crude stockpiles were expected to have declined for a third straight week, a Reuters poll showed, ahead of weekly data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) on Wednesday and the government on Thursday.    Both reports are delayed a day due to the U.S. Labor Day holiday.
    Some analysts, however, noted overall fundamentals of the oil market remained discouraging.
    ďOil prices however remain focused on the trade war and the longer we donít see a date scheduled for a face-to-face meeting between Chinese and U.S. officials, the greater the odds we could see a retest of the summer lows,Ē Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York, said in a report.
    U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he would be ďtougherĒ on Beijing in a second term if trade talks dragged on, compounding market fears that trade disputes between the two countries could trigger a U.S. recession.
    U.S. data released on Tuesday showed manufacturing activity contracted in August for the first time in three years, while euro zone activity shrank for a seventh month.
    ďCrude oil remains troubled by reports that production from OPEC, Russia and the U.S. all rose last month.    This (comes) at a time when the strength of demand growth, due to trade war pessimism, has increasingly been called into question,Ē Saxo Bank commodity strategist Ole Hansen said.
    BP Plcís Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary told Reuters that global oil demand is expected to grow by less than 1 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2019 as consumption slows.
    But supply looks set to stay constrained as Russian officials and sources from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries indicated the countries would remain committed to their agreement to rein in production despite a shake-up in Saudi Arabiaís oil industry.
    In a possible sign of tension easing in the energy-rich Gulf, Iranian state television reported on Wednesday that Tehran would free seven crew members of the detained British-flagged tanker Stena Impero.
    The vessel was seized two weeks after Britain detained an Iranian tanker off the territory of Gibraltar which was released in August.
(Additional reporting by Noah Browning in London and Florence Tan in Singapore; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Dale Hudson and Cynthia Osterman)

9/5/2019 Oil up $2.32 to $56.26, DOW up 237 to 26,355.

9/5/2019 United Mine Workers of America: 2020 Democrat hopefuls must accommodate thousands of coal workers by OAN Newsroom
    The head of the countryís largest coal minersí union said plans by Democrat presidential candidateís to address so-called climate change must also take coal workers into consideration.
    While speaking at the National Press Club Wednesday, Cecil Roberts said 2020 candidates must account for thousands of coal workers whose jobs are at risk.    Roberts, who is the president of United Mine Workers of America, said mine closures and competition from other energy sources are hurting the industry.
FILE Ė In this March 28, 2017, file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energyís Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo.
Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy originally sought to buy all three mines from Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel in a
deal thatís been held up while U.S. officials seek payment of federal royalties. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)
    ďBut we want every candidate, would be candidate, anybody who may become president to understand the plight of coal miners and what this is doing to Appalachia,Ē explained the union head.    ďAppalachia is struggling mightily, even maybe more so than in years past
    Roberts added, the Green New Deal and other left-wing climate plans threaten union membersí jobs and their familiesí living standards.

9/5/2019 U.S. offers $15M for info. to break up Iranís Revolutionary Guardís finances by OAN Newsroom
    The Trump administration is offering a $15 million reward for anyone who can disrupt the finances of Iranís Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
    President Trump designated the military unit as a terrorist organization back in April, and said the IRGC is Iranís primary source of directing its terrorist campaign.
    U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook announced the reward Wednesday after the U.S. slapped sanctions on Iranís National Space Agency for helping develop ballistic missiles.    The administration also wants information on entities assisting the IRGC and its illicit oil-for-money schemes.
Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, speaks at a news conference in London on June 28, 2019. (Reuters/Photo)
    ďWe are announcing a reward of up to $15 million for any person who helps us disrupt the financial operations of Iranís Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds force,Ē stated Hook.    ďThe IRGC has been running an illicit petroleum shipping network over the last several months ó this network has moved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illicit oil
    The U.S. special representative went on to say these steps are part of the Trump administrationís Ďmaximum pressureí campaign to get Iran to negotiate a new deal.
FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2016 file photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Revolutionary
Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

9/5/2019 U.S. Middle East envoy Greenblatt to resign after plan released by Steve Holland
FILE PHOTO: Jason Greenblatt (C), U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, arrives to visit Kibbutz Nahal Oz,
just outside the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trumpís special envoy for the Middle East, plans to resign once the long-delayed U.S. peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians that he has been working on is released, officials said on Thursday.
    Greenblatt, who had intended to stay only two years when he began working at the White House in early 2017, is eager to return to his wife and six children who stayed behind at their home in New Jersey, the officials said.
    Greenblatt and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, have led the effort to develop a peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians and have spent the entire Trump presidency working on the project.
    Described by Trump as the ďdeal of the century,Ē the Republican presidentís plan to solve one of the worldís most intractable disputes has drawn deep skepticism from Palestinians.
    Trump called Greenblatt ďa loyal and great friend and fantastic lawyerĒ and said he would be leaving to pursue work in the private sector.    ďHis dedication to Israel and to seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians wonít be forgotten,Ē Trump said in a Twitter post.
    So far, the White House has outlined a $50 billion redevelopment plan for the Palestinians and neighboring countries but have yet to release their proposals for resolving difficult political issues like the status of Jerusalem.
    U.S. officials said the political plan is now complete and will be made public when appropriate.    Trump has said he will release it some time after Israel holds an election on Sept. 17 that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Whether Trump releases the plan immediately after the election or he waits until a governing coalition is formed, a process that could take weeks, remains unclear.
    The Palestinian Authority has boycotted the U.S. peace effort since late 2017 when Trump decided to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of U.S. policy.
    The Palestinian Authority declined to comment on Greenblattís departure.    ďGreenblattís resignation is proof of his failure, because he did not follow the rules of the peace process and damaged the United Statesí credibility as a result,Ē a Palestinian official in Ramallah told Reuters.
    The political details of the plan have remained under wraps, with Kushner refusing to say even whether it would offer Palestinians a state of their own.
    Greenblatt will hand over much of his Middle East responsibilities to Kushner aide Avi Berkowitz.    Brian Hook, the leader of the State Departmentís Iran team, will take on an increased role, a senior administration official said.
    Hook has accompanied Greenblatt and Kushner on trips to the region.    In a July statement, Greenblatt and Hook argued that Tehran has exploited the Mideast conflict for decades, backing Palestinian militants.
    Greenblatt, a former lawyer for Trump, said he was grateful to have been part of the team to draft ďa vision for peace
    ďThis vision has the potential to vastly improve the lives of millions of Israelis, Palestinians and others in the region,Ē he said in a statement.
    Greenblatt has been a player in all of Trumpís moves aimed at bolstering support for Israel, such as the U.S. recognition of both Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
    The developing peace plan, which Greenblatt and others have kept secret, is viewed skeptically among many in the Arab world because of expectations it will be a pro-Israel vision.    The U.S. team says the plan will require concessions from the Israelis.
    Kushner, in a statement, said Greenblatt ďhas done a tremendous job leading the efforts to develop an economic and political vision for a long sought after peace in the Middle East
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovich in Jerusalem; Editing by Alistair Bell)

9/5/2019 UK and Israeli leaders agree on need to stop Iran getting nuclear weapon
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
outside Downing Street in London, Britain September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed during a meeting in London on the need to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, Downing Street said on Thursday.
    ďBoth Prime Ministers agreed on the need to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon and stop wider destabilizing Iranian behavior.    The Prime Minister stressed the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution,Ē a Downing Street spokeswoman said.
    Johnson also said he looked forward to seeing the United Statesí proposals for a viable Israel-Palestinian peace agreement, the spokeswoman said.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison)

9/5/2019 Pentagon chief suggests European allies replace funds diverted to border wall by Idrees Ali
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper holds his first news conference at the
Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that European nations should consider funding projects in their countries after the Pentagon diverted money to pay for a border wall with Mexico.
    The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects abroad and at home, including schools and daycare centers for military families, as it diverts $3.6 billion to pay for President Donald Trumpís wall along the U.S. border.
    Trump has made immigration a signature issue of his presidency. He declared a national emergency over the issue earlier this year in an effort to redirect funding from Congress to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, which he originally said would be paid for by Mexico.
    ďThe message that Iíve been carrying, since when I was acting secretary to today, has been about the increase in burden sharing,Ē Esper told reporters in London late on Thursday.
    ďSo part of the message will be ĎLook, if youíre really concerned then maybe you should look to cover those projects for usí because thatís going to build infrastructure in many cases in their countries,Ē he added.
    ďPart of the message is burden sharing, ĎMaybe pick up that tab.'Ē
    Some of the projects affected are in Europe, like $21.6 million for port operation facilities in Spain and $59 million for munitions storage in Slovakia.
    The defunded projects also include schools for the children of military personnel in Germany and the United Kingdom.
    The fund diversion has been heavily criticized by U.S. lawmakers, who say it puts national security at risk and circumvents Congress.
    Esper will meet his British and French counterparts in the coming days.
    The Trump administration has repeatedly called on NATO countries to pay at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product for defense.
    The Pentagon has been increasing its attention toward Europe in recent years, concerned about a resurgent Russia.
    Earlier this week Vice President Mike Pence said allies should ďremain vigilantĒ about Moscowís election meddling and work toward independence from Russian energy supplies.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chris Sanders, Mary Milliken and Dan Grebler)

9/6/2019 Oil down $0.49 to $55.81, DOW up 373 to 26,728.

9/6/2019 In Europe, U.S. defense secretary calls for greater effort to counter China, Russia by Idrees Ali
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper holds a news conference at the Pentagon
in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in his first major speech, on Friday called for a greater European focus on tackling what he called growing security and economic threats from China and Russia.
    Last year, the U.S. military put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy, the latest sign of shifting priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.
    ďIt is increasingly clear that Russia and China want to disrupt the international order by gaining a veto over other nationsí economic, diplomatic, and security decisions,Ē Esper said at the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London.    His comments are largely in line with his predecessors.
    ďThe United States is facing this challenge head-on, but if we are to preserve the world all of us have created together through decades of shared sacrifice, we must all rise to the occasion,Ē Esper said, adding that both countries were increasing capabilities in the space and cyber realms.
    There are a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-Chinese relationship, which include an escalating trade war, American sanctions on Chinaís military, and the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province.
    Esper described a litany of concerns about China, from the way it uses its economic power to technology theft, ďI would caution my friends in Europe Ė this is not a problem in some distant land that does not affect you,Ē he added.
    Responding to a question after his speech, Esper said he would be discussing Huawei [HWT.UL] with his British counterpart later on Friday.
    In July, Britain postponed a decision on whether Huawei could participate in building next-generation 5G mobile networks until it had a clearer picture of the impact of U.S. measures taken against the Chinese company.
    Esper said that while it was premature for now, there could come a time in the future where the United Statesí ability to share intelligence and technology with allies could be impacted depending on how Huawei is being used.
    Esper pointed to the situation in Hong Kong, which has been engulfed in angry and sometimes violent protests against the government for months over a bill on extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.
    ďWe all see whatís happening to those who continue to speak out against the (Chinese Communist Partyís) influence in Hong Kong,Ē Esper said.
    ďI was there for the handover in 1997 when the ďone country, two systemsĒ designation was affirmed Ė I would ask you: given what we see in Hong Kong today, has China kept those promises?Ē
    Esper said his preference was for long-term engagement with Chinaís leadership.
    Esper also highlighted the risks posed by Russia, from a potential incursion into a neighboring country to its actions in Syria.
    His comments come even as President Donald Trump drew disagreement from U.S. allies recently by calling for Russia to be readmitted to the Group of Seven advanced industrialized countries.
    ďTo put it simply, Russiaís foreign policy continues to disregard international norms,Ē Esper said.
    There are increasing concerns that Russia and the United States are headed towards an arms race after Washington formally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) pact last month, accusing Russia of violating it, allegations Moscow denied.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Peter Cooney and Toby Chopra)

9/6/2019 Iran Ďinchingí toward place where talks could be held: Pentagon chief by Idrees Ali
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper talks to South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo as his arrives
at the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, August 9, 2019. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that it appeared Iran was inching toward a place where talks could be held, days after U.S. President Donald Trump left the door open to a possible meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly in New York.
    ďIt seems in some ways that Iran is inching toward that place where we could have talks and hopefully itíll play out that way,Ē Esper said at the Royal United Services Institute think-tank in London.
    Friction between the two countries has grown since Trump last year withdrew from a 2015 international accord under which Iran had agreed to rein in its atomic program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
    Washington has since renewed and intensified its sanctions, slashing Iranís crude oil sales by more than 80%.
    At the same time the United States has rebuffed, but not ruled out, a French plan to give Tehran a $15 billion credit line. Rouhani, for his part, on Wednesday gave European powers two more months to try to save the multilateral pact.
    The moves suggested Iran, the United States and European powers may be leaving the door open for diplomacy to resolve a dispute over Iranís nuclear work, which the West has suspected was aimed at developing a nuclear weapon, even as they largely stuck to entrenched positions.
    Iran denies ever having sought a nuclear bomb.
    Trump on Wednesday left open the possibility of a meeting with Rouhani at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly in New York.
    Asked about the prospect, Trump told White House reporters anything was possible.    ďSure, anythingís possible.    They would like to be able to solve their problem,Ē he said, referring to inflation in Iran.    ďWe could solve it in 24 hours
    A senior U.S. defense official said Esper and his French counterpart will discuss on Saturday how Franceís navy could coordinate with Washington to ensure freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz.
    Iran said on Friday it had taken a step to further downgrade its commitments to the 2015 deal with the worldís most powerful nations, according to Iranian media, in retaliation for U.S. sanctions reimposed on Tehran.
    ďWe continue to believe that we need to be enforcing our sanctions to the maximum extent possible,Ē the U.S. official said when asked about Iranís decision to start developing centrifuges to speed up its uranium enrichment.
    Germany, one of the signatories to the deal, reacted to Iranís decision on the centrifuges by saying it was not too late for Iran to change course.
    ďWe urge Iran not to aggravate the situation further,Ē a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said.    ďIt is not too late for Iran to leave the wrong path it has gone down
(Reporting by Idrees Ali. Additional reporting by John Irish in Paris and Paul Carrel in Berlin; Editing by Catherine Evans, William Maclean)

9/6/2019 U.S. Treasury warns anyone fueling Iran tanker risks being blacklisted by Timothy Gardner
FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flies on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, as it sits anchored after the
Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday warned that anyone around the world who helps fuel Iranian vessels blacklisted by Washington runs the risk of being designated as well.
    The Treasury Department blacklisted the Adrian Darya, a tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran, on Aug. 30.
    Washington has warned that it would regard any assistance given to the ship as support for a terrorist group, namely, Iranís Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.    The U.S. State Department has also said that any oil delivery to Syria from the tanker ďenables the terrorismĒ of President Bashar al-Assad.
    The ship, formerly called Grace 1, was detained by Britain off Gibraltar in July due to British suspicion it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.
    In an update to its frequently asked questions, or FAQs, on Iran sanctions on its website, Treasuryís Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, said ďthe bunkering by non-U.S. persons of an Iranian vessel that has been identified as blocked property of an Iranian person Ö and the making of related payments for these bunkering services ó risk being designated themselves
    The move outlines how the Trump administration is applying so-called secondary sanctions, or sanctions on entities in third party countries, in regards to the Iranian tanker and any other Iranian vessels it blacklists.
    The Adrian Darya was released in mid-August after Iran told Britain its cargo was not headed to Syria.    But the ship has been cruising the Mediterranean since its release and appeared to have turned off its transponder this week.
    The Trump administration last year pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran aimed at blocking its path to a nuclear bomb, and has ramped up sanctions to pressure and isolate Tehran.    Iran denies ever having sought to build or acquire a nuclear weapon.
    OFAC said anyone helping to fuel an Iranian vessel that was transporting agricultural commodities, food, or medicine to Iran would not be exposed to sanctions, unless the transactions involved people already blacklisted by Washington.
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Richard Chang)

9/6/2019 U.S. shale firms cut budgets, staff as oil-price outlook dims by Jennifer Hiller and Liz Hampton
FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford
    ODESSA, Texas (Reuters) Ė Oil producers and their suppliers are cutting budgets, staffs and production goals amid a growing consensus of forecasts that oil and gas prices will stay low for several years.
    The U.S. has 904 working rigs, down 14% from a year ago, and even that is probably too many, estimated Harold Hamm, chief executive of shale producer Continental Resources , which has reduced the number of rigs at work.
    Bankruptcy filings by U.S. energy producers through mid-August this year have nearly matched the total for the whole of 2018.    A stock index of oil and gas producers hit an all-time low in August, a sign investors are expecting more trouble ahead.
(For a graphic on debt from energy bankruptcy filings by year, see here
    ďYouíre going to see activity drop across the industry,Ē Earl Reynolds, CEO of Chaparral Energy , told Reuters at the EnerCom oil and gas conference last month.
    The Oklahoma energy firm has slashed its workforce by nearly a quarter, trimmed its spending plan by 5%, and agreed to sell its headquarters and use some of the proceeds to reduce debt.
    Investment bank Cowen & Co estimated last month that oil-and-gas producers spent 56% of their 2019 budgets through June, based on its review of 48 U.S. companies.    It expects total spending this year to fall 11% over last year, based on proposed budgets.
    The slowdown in drilling is spurring cost-cutting in oilfield services, including staff cuts and restructurings at top firms Schlumberger and Halliburton Co. Schlumberger plans a writedown yet to be determined this quarter, noting its results in North America have been ďunder significant pressure,Ē CEO Olivier Le Peuch said on Wednesday.
    Halliburton is paring its North American workforce by 8% because of customer spending cuts, and National Oilwell Varco recently offered buyouts to its U.S. workers.
    ďThe service sector I think is going to be flat,Ē said Superior Drilling Services CEO Troy Meier, whose firm canceled plans to add new machinery.
    Such signs of a downturn come as the shale sector had just started generating the cash flow long demanded by investors, who have grown weary of drilling expansions without returns.    Last quarter, a group of 29 top publicly-traded producers generated more in cash Ė $26 million Ė than it spent on drilling and dividends, according to Morningstar data provided by the Sightline Institute and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.    A year earlier, the same group had spent $2.4 billion more than it generated.
    Despite that progress, many small to mid-sized shale firms are now pulling back on production targets amid the gloomy price projections.
    A slowing oil industry could weigh on the United States economy.    The boom in shale oil output added about 1 percent to U.S. gross domestic product, or 10% of growth, between 2010 to 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.    In Texas, the center of shale oil production, energy employment dipped 1.8 percent in the first six months of 2019, according to the Dallas Fed.    New drilling permits in the state fell 21% in July compared with the same month last year, according to state data.
    Any broader economic impact, however, could be limited by the massive investments in shale drilling by some of the worldís biggest oil firms Ė Exxon Mobil , Chevron , Royal Dutch Shell and BP PLC .    Even as small and mid-sized firms dial back, the majors continue to pour billions of dollars into years-long shale drilling plans.    They have argued their integrated well-to-refinery networks allow them to control costs enough to withstand a sustained period of low prices.
    Spokespeople for Exxon, Chevron and BP declined to comment on the industry downturn but referred to previous statements of their longterm commitment to shale.    Shell did not respond to requests for comment.
    Chevron has focused much of its production growth plans on shale, and CEO Michael Wirth has called its Permian Basin holdings in West Texas and eastern New Mexico the ďhighest return use of our dollars
    Exxon CEO Darren Woods told a Barclays energy conference on Sept. 4 that the company continues to take the long view.
    ďThe way we look at the business is tied to some very basic fundamentals that havenít changed for decades, if not hundreds of years,Ē he said, noting it took oil a century to replace coal as the worldís dominant energy source.
    Exxon has estimated it can earn a double-digit return in the Permian Basin even if oil falls to $35 a barrel.
    U.S. oil prices largely have traded just above $50 a barrel since last November, requiring higher output to generate the same profit as when prices were higher.    Prices this quarter are about 18% lower than this time last year, according to U.S. government data.
    U.S. oil prices are likely to remain below $55 a barrel for the next three years, said Scott Sheffield, CEO of Pioneer Natural Resources , one of the largest oil producers in the Permian Basin.    Lackluster prices will result in a ďsignificant fallback in Permian growthĒ and probably ďno growth for most,Ē he said on a recent earnings call.
    Part of the slowdown comes as the best drilling spots in some areas of the field are being ďexhausted at a very quick rate,Ē Sheffield said.
    The severity of the looming downturn is a matter of debate.
    Flotek Industries Inc , a supplier of oilfield chemicals, has cut staff twice this year.    CEO John Chisholm told Reuters that the industry is just ďpumping the brakesĒ as it grapples with well-design issues.
    Matt Sallee, a portfolio manager at energy investors Tortoise Capital, expects a longer industry decline.
    ďItís hard to see how this gets any better for several quarters,Ē he said.
(Reporting by Jennifer Hiller in Houston and Liz Hampton in Denver; editing by Gary McWilliams and Brian Thevenot)

9/6/2019 Oil falls but remains set for weekly gain on U.S.-China diplomacy by Noah Browning
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of Pemex's storage and distribution terminal on the outskirts
of Mexico City, Mexico February 1, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices fell on Friday as U.S.-China trade tensions continued to weigh on sentiment despite recent diplomatic progress.
    Brent crude was down 45 cents, or 0.7%, at $60.50 a barrel by 1025 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 49 cents, or 0.9%, at $55.81.
    Brent is still set to register its fourth consecutive weekly gain while U.S. crude is on track for a second weekly rise.
    Beijing and Washington on Thursday agreed to hold high-level talks in early October.    The news cheered investors hoping for an end to a trade war that has brought tit-for-tat tariffs between the worldís two biggest economies, chipping away at economic growth.
    The prolonged dispute has had a dampening effect on oil prices, though they have risen over the year thanks partly to production cuts led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia to drain inventories.
    However, analysts warn that market fundamentals remain bearish and depend heavily on a resolution to the U.S.-China trade saga.
    ďIf trade tensions escalate further, oil demand growth may soften even more, requiring much lower prices,Ē UBS oil analyst Giovanni Staunovo said in a note analysing oil market trends for 2020.
    ďOn the other hand, unexpected supply disruptions in the Middle East or a surprise production cut by OPEC and its allies may push oil prices higher
    U.S. crude and product inventories fell last week, with crude drawing down for a third consecutive week despite a jump in imports, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
    Crude stocks dropped 4.8 million barrels, nearly double analyst expectations, to 423 million barrels, their lowest level since October last year.
    Oil prices on Thursday soared more than 2% after the EIA report, though they gradually trimmed gains on investor doubts over the chances that the trade talks will yield results.
    ďThere is still no getting away from lingering demand-side concerns,Ē said Stephen Brennock, of oil broker PVM.
    ďConsequently, any looming upside potential will be built on wobbly foundations so long as the U.S. and China continue to do battle on the trade front
    In another sign of a possible global economic slowdown, data released on Friday showed German industrial output fell unexpectedly in July, putting Europeís biggest economy at risk of falling into recession in the third quarter.
    European markets slipped from one-month highs and the upbeat mood brought on by potential U.S.-China trade talks seemed to fade as markets awaited U.S. jobs data later on Friday.
(Additional reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by David Goodman)

9/6/2019 NRA CEO: San Franciscoís terror designation is reckless by OAN Newsroom
    The head of the National Rifle Association is firing back at San Francisco officials.    In an exclusive video from Breitbart News, NRA CEO Wayne LaPiere condemned the cityís decision to classify the organization as a ďterrorist organization.Ē    He called the move ďreckless
    This comes after San Franciscoís Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to issue the declaration on Tuesday.    Lapiere said the move is another example of the city falling victim to the so-called ďliberal elite,Ē and spits on the face of law abiding gun owners ďI shake my head and I go: what the heck is going wrong with our country?Ē asked Lapiere.
FILE Ė In this Feb. 24, 2017 file photo, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    In response, the NRA issued several statements on Twitter, accusing the city of using the announcement as a ďstuntĒ to distract from the numerous problems its facing.    This includes its homelessness crisis and high crime rates.
    Several high level conservatives and politicians soon followed suit.    Kimberly Guilfoyle took to Twitter to say San Francisco has ďunsurprisingly lost its way,Ē and that the decision wonít hinder the association from stopping ďthe crazed leftists from trying to bully and silence us
    Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz issued his own tweet saying ďshame on San Francisco for abusing their power to try to suppressĒ the Second Amendment.
    Even ďSupermanĒ actor Sean Cain himself put in his two cents.    He said:
    ďThey found the time to label the NRA, one of the oldest civil rights organizations, a domestic terror organization.    So, terrorism is defined as the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.    Literally the exact opposite of the NRA
    The association is now calling on all members to tweet their reactions to the move using the hashtag: #IAmTheNRA.
[It is obvious that the Democrats specially in San Francisco, CA, which is Pelosi country have totally gone berserk in the decision seen above, in that no one in the NRA had committed a crime or done anything that would be considered terroristic.    All this does is let the American people know who are the real terrors in this country is any Sanctuary city or state.].

9/6/2019 Pompeo thinks U.S. to unveil Mideast peace plan in coming weeks
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference on human rights
at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that he thinks the Trump administration will unveil its much-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in the coming weeks.
    ďI think in the coming weeks weíll announce our vision,Ē Pompeo said in response to a question after a speech at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.    Last week, the outgoing White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said the United States will not release the long-delayed political portion of its peace plan before Israelís Sept. 17 elections.
(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed)

9/6/2019 U.S. wants Ďnear termí results from new China trade talks: Kudlow by David Lawder and Makini Brice
FILE PHOTO: White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters on the driveway outside
the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The Trump administration wants to see ďnear term resultsĒ from U.S.-China trade talks in September and October, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday, but he declined to predict any outcomes or say if U.S. tariff delays were possible.
    Speaking on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, Kudlow confirmed that the top U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators would meet in early October but added that a date had not been set.
    The plans for the first in-person U.S.-China trade meetings since late July were set during a phone call on Thursday between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.    Trade deputies are due to meet in mid-September.
    The 14-month U.S.-China trade war has escalated sharply since May, when talks broke down after Beijing backtracked on earlier commitments to make changes in law to improve intellectual property protections, curb the forced transfer of U.S. technology to Chinese firms and improve U.S. access to Chinese markets.
    Since then, U.S. President Donald Trump has sharply increased existing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and imposed or scheduled new tariffs on virtually all remaining imports from China to increase his negotiating leverage.
    Kudlow told Bloomberg TV that he could not speculate on whether the September or October talks could delay a planned tariff increase on Oct. 1 to 30% from 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods.
    ďOur team would like to go back and pick up where we left off in the May talks.    Whether that will be possible remains to be seen,Ē Kudlow said.
    He said Trump has shown willingness to use tariffs as part of the negotiating process.
    ďWe want to see results.    We would like to see results in the near term. When we donít see results, we take additional actions,Ē Kudlow said.    ďOn the other hand, if we do see results from these upcoming meetings, then progress will be made
    Kudlow also said there were no preconditions for the October talks.
    Trump later said on Twitter that China was hurting economically from the U.S. tariffs but that the new round of talks were positive.
    ďĎChina is eating the Tariffs,'Ē Trump tweeted.    ďBillions pouring into USA. Targeted Patriot Farmers getting massive Dollars from the incoming Tariffs! Good Jobs Numbers, No Inflation(Fed).    China having worst year in decades.    Talks happening, good for all!Ē
(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Tim Ahmann and David Lawder; Writing by David Lawder and Makini Brice; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Steve Orlofsky)

9/6/2019 Tight U.S. labor market shrinks gender and race gaps to record lows by Jonnelle Mart
FILE PHOTO: Workers build the 2020 Ford Explorer at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant
in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė A tight U.S. labor market and booming demand in industries with an abundance of female workers is drawing more women back into the workforce, helping to shrink the longstanding gap in the labor participation rate between men and women to the narrowest on record.
    Other parts of a report released by the Labor Department on Friday showed that the longest economic expansion on record is leading to improvements for workers who are often left on the sidelines.    Not only did the unemployment rate for African     Americans drop to a record low of 5.5% in August, it narrowed to being 1.62 times the white unemployment rate, the smallest gap ever.
    The share of women aged 25 to 54 who either have jobs or are looking for work rose by a full percentage point in August to 76.3%, according to the report.    The gain helped to lift the overall labor participation rate to 63.2%, one of the bright spots in a monthly jobs report otherwise riddled with signs of a softening U.S. economy.
    ďWhat weíre seeing is the benefits of a strong labor market,Ē said Nick Bunker, an economist at the Indeed Hire Lab.    ďWorkers who in the past have been shut out of the labor market, including women, workers of color and workers with disabilities have seen increasing gains
(Graphic: U.S. workforce participation Ė
    While the share of men who are working or looking for jobs is still higher at 89%, participation has been growing more strongly for women over the past several years.
    Women are benefiting because they have a stronger presence in rapidly growing sectors such as health care and education, Bunker said.    The education and health services sector, where women hold roughly three of every four jobs, added 32,000 jobs in August, topped only by the professional services and government sectors.    However, many of those jobs are often low paying, contributing to the overall gender wage gap.
    The labor participation rate for men, in contrast, has stalled since the recession because men tend to work disproportionately in sectors such as manufacturing, which suffered greatly during the downturn, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodyís Analytics.
    The labor participation rate for men is now 12.7 percentage points higher than women, down from 13.4 percentage points a year earlier, and the lowest since 1950.
    That gap could continue to shrink as women benefit from college degrees, which they are more likely to hold than men, Zandi said.
    The labor participation rate for women increased steadily after the 1950s as more women entered the workforce, but the trend stopped in 2000 when the labor force participation rate for women peaked at 77%.
    Progress stalled in the United States as some women were hindered by expensive child care and other long-standing challenges, including the gender pay gap, Zandi said.
    After bottoming at 73% in 2015, the participation rate for women is rising again and finally approaching the highs seen almost two decades ago.
ďThis highlights why itís so important to have a strong economy because it helps those that really have struggled for many decades,Ē Zandi said.
(Reporting by Jonnelle Marte; Editing by Dan Burns and Marguerita Choy)

9/7/2019 Oil up $0.46 to $56.63, DOW up 69 to 26,797.

9/7/2019 Dems eye spending at Trump hotels by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė House Democrats are demanding information on the use of taxpayer money at President Donald Trumpís hotels and properties, including during Vice President Mike Penceís trip this week to Doonbeg, Ireland.    The push is part of an expanded effort this fall to investigate the presidentís financial entanglements and business practices.
    The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees announced Friday that they sent a series of letters regarding ďmultiple effortsĒ by the president, vice president and other Trump administration officials to spend taxpayer money at properties owned by Trump.    They said the spending could violate the Constitution and bolster the case for Trumpís impeachment.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in a statement that the spending is ďof grave concernĒ to his committee, which is investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment to the full House.    House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, DMd., said that his panel ďdoes not believe that U.S. taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family and his companies
    The letters come after Pence stayed at Trumpís resort in Doonbeg this week. Doonbeg is on the other side of Ireland from Dublin, where he had meetings.    The Democrats also sent letters to the White House and Secret Service about Trumpís suggestion earlier this month that his Miami-area golf course host next yearís Group of Seven summit with foreign leaders.    The Democrats said those instances, among others, could violate the Constitutionís emoluments clause, which bans the president from taking gifts from foreign governments.
    The push comes as Democrats are trying to keep public attention on their investigations of Trump.    They have spent much of the year probing episodes detailed in special counsel Robert Muellerís report, which did not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.    But lawmakers said they think the American public might have even more interest in Trump profiting off his presidency as they weigh whether to move forward on impeachment.
    ďWe have been focused on the Mueller report, and that is a very small part of the overall picture,Ē said Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Judiciary panel.    ďWe must get America focused on the ongoing violations against basic Constitutional principles
    In addition to looking at Trumpís use of his properties, two House committees are continuing to investigate his relationship with banks with which he did business.    And the Judiciary panel is also expected to investigate hush money that Trump reportedly paid to kill potentially embarrassing stories.    Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said he believes that misuse of public funds and financial corruption make Americans especially angry.    And although people have heard a lot about the Mueller report, he said they might know less about the emoluments clause.
    ďI think youíll see a lot more of that in the coming months,Ē Cicilline said.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says the use of taxpayer money at Trump properties is concerning. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
[emolument - a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.    "the directors' emoluments"
    The Title of Nobility Clause is a provision in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, that prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without the consent of the United States Congress.    The Clause is subject to interpretation.    Also known as the Emoluments Clause, it was designed to shield the federal officeholders of the United States against so-called "corrupting foreign influences."    The clause is reinforced by the corresponding prohibition on state titles of nobility in Article I, Section 10, and more generally by the Republican Guarantee Clause in Article IV, Section 4.
    As you can see by the above information that the Democrats are getting desperate to find a crime for impeachment.].

9/7/2019 US challenges California on emissions authority - Administration: Deal with automakers illegal by Tom Krisher and Ellen Knickmeyer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    DETROIT Ė The Trump administration on Friday launched an all-out assault on Californiaís authority to set its own automotive emissions standards in a fight over mileage rules, as government agencies opened an antitrust investigation and told state officials that they appear to be violating the law in a deal with four automakers for tougher emissions limits.
    The emissions fight will make or break an effort by President Donald Trump to relax mileage standards nationwide.
    Californiaís congressionally granted authority to set its own, tougher emissions standards under the 1970 Clean Air Act has long prodded automakers to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles.
    Ford and Honda confirmed receiving a letter from the U.S. Justice Department informing them of an antitrust inquiry into the July deal, in which the two automakers, along with Volkswagen and BMW, agreed to stricter emissions standards than preferred by Trump, who is seeking to ease Obama-era mileage standards. And the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to California claiming the deal appears to violate the Clean Air Act and other laws.
    ďCongress has squarely vested the authority to set fuel economy standards for new motor vehicles, and nationwide standards for GHG (greenhouse gas) vehicle emissions, with the federal government, not with California or any other state,Ē the agencies wrote in a letter dated Friday to the California Air Resources Board, which oversees auto emissions in the state.
    spokesman T.R. Reid confirmed Friday that the company received the Justice Department letter and said the company is cooperating.    He would not disclose which other automakers might have gotten the letter, but Honda confirmed that it had also received it.
    The July deal bypassed the Trump administrationís plan to freeze emissions and fuel economy standards adopted under the Obama administration at 2021 levels.
    The four automakers agreed with the California Air Resources Board to reduce emissions by 3.7% per year starting with the 2022 model year, through 2026.    They would have gone up by 4.7% per year through 2025 under the Obama standards, according to California.
    The Justice Department wouldnít comment on the investigation.    The EPA also refused to comment further.
    In the letter to California, the EPA and Transportation Department warned the stateís pollution regulator to ďdisassociateĒ itself from the deal with the four automakers.    ďThose commitments may result in legal consequences given the limits placed in Federal law on Californiaís authority,Ē the letter said.
    Former EPA attorneys who had worked on the emissions standards questioned the administrationís legal arguments Friday.
    Congress in the 1970s granted California authority, through a waiver in the Clean Air Act, to pursue tougher emissions standards, in a nod to the stateís battles with smog.    Lawmakers allowed other states to follow those standards.
The U.S. is conducting an antitrust investigation of automakers that have joined
California in a deal to toughen emissions standards. PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP FILE

9/7/2019 Pentagon chief says U.S. working toward Ďgood dealí with Taliban by Idrees Ali
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper holds a news conference with French Defense Minister Florence Parly (not pictured)
at the residence of French Defense Minister in Paris, France, September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group.
    Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani have been increasingly critical of the apparent draft deal reached between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha this week as the violence has escalated.
    ďThe United Statesí view is that the best way forward is a political agreement and that (is what) weíre working diligently on right now, that doesnít mean weíll take any deal,Ē Esper said during a press conference in Paris with his French counterpart.
    ďWe will make sure we have a good deal, a good enough deal that guarantees at least the security of our countries going forward and a brighter path ahead for the Afghan people
    Under the draft accord with the Taliban, thousands of U.S. troops would be withdrawn over the coming months in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militant attacks on the United States and its allies.
    However, according to the agreement, a full peace agreement to end more than 18 years of war would depend on subsequent ďintra AfghanĒ talks.    The Taliban have rejected calls for a ceasefire and instead stepped up operations across the country.
    On Friday U.S. envoy Khalilzad was back in the Qatari capital Doha, along with General Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to continue talks with the Taliban, who said the meeting had gone well.
    Afghanistanís Tolo TV reported that the Afghan president had been due to visit Washington for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday only for his trip to be canceled at the last minute.
    The United States ended its combat role in 2014, although 20,000 U.S. and NATO forces remain.    They still train and support Afghan troops fighting the Taliban who fear being left vulnerable if the United States leaves.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali. Additional reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Alexander Smith)

9/7/2019 Corey Lewandowski to be first Trump associate to appear before House Judiciary Committee by OAN Newsroom
    The presidentís former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.
    Reports Saturday said Lewandowski will appear before the panel to answer questions related to their probe into possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.
FILE Ė In this April 28, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, watches as Corey Lewandowski, right, his former campaign manager
for Trumpís presidential campaign, speaks during a campaign rally in Washington Township, Mich. Trump is throwing his support behind
his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is considering a run for Senate in his home state of New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    Specifically, lawmakers are looking into findings outlined in the special counselís report, which claims the president instructed Lewandowski to pressure former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to curb the Russia probe.
    The former campaign head has maintained that Democrats are on a political witch hunt.    In an interview with OAN, Lewandowski slammed Hillary Clinton and her so-called ďcohorts,Ē who he claims kick-started the Russian collusion narrative.
    Lewandowskiís upcoming testimony comes after the panelís chairman Jerry Nadler issued subpoenas to two other administration officials to testify the same day.     However, only Lewandowski is expected to appear before the committee on the 17th.
[I hope we get to hear what Corey Lewandowski says during his testimony because it will be scathing toward the Democrats.].

9/7/2019 AOC renews calls to impeach president Trump amid investigation into Scotland resort by OAN Newsroom
    Freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio Cortez said President Trump should be impeached, amid an investigation into his Scottish resort.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Nominee for New Yorkís 14th Congressional District. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images
    On Friday, the democrat representative took to Twitter, saying the president is corrupt and must be impeached.
    According to a report by Politico, the White House is investigating a military stop at President Trumpís ďturn-berry golf clubĒ in Scotland earlier this year.
    The investigation has raised suspicions the president is benefiting off government use of his properties.
    Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to make itís first formal vote surrounding President Trumpís impeachment proceedings.
    According to reports, a panel could vote on a resolution as early as Monday, to establish the parameters of an impeachment probe.
[It is very clear that the Left is all about mob rule all the way to the top of Congress and they do not have any evidence to prove their claim.    As seen in the above article as AOC is condemning without proof of a crime just to start a not going anywhere impeachment probe.    If you elected her then you do not know anything about impeachment as well as she does not either.]

9/7/2019 President Trump calls out WaPo reporters over apparent biased coverage by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump continues his attack on the Washington Post, and his crusade against fake news.
FILE Ė In a Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks
in Charlotte, N.C. States are expected to begin canceling GOP presidential caucuses or primaries as part of the
partyís effort to shut out the Trump primary challengers, one door at a time. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
    In a tweet early this Saturday morning, the president called out the Postís White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, and reporter Ashley Parker, saying they shouldnít be allowed on White House grounds.
    He called their reporting ďdisgusting and fake,Ē saying they missed reporting on the appointment of many federal judges over the summer.
    Trump tweet: ďThe Washington Postís @PhilipRucker (Mr. Off the Record) & @AshleyRParker, two nasty lightweight reporters, shouldnít even be allowed on the grounds of the White House because their reporting is so DISGUSTING & FAKE. Also, add the appointment of MANY Federal Judges this Summer! ÖĒ ď'The Washington Postís Lost Summer' ÖĒ
    The tweet came after a video posted by the president Friday, celebrating his accomplishments over the past few months.
    The video was a direct response to a Post article claiming the president missed opportunities over the summer.

9/9/2019 Yarmuth: Votes arenít there - Rep. says impeachment of Trump not an easy task for Dems by Phillip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    As lawmakers return to Washington this week, Democrats are being prodded by progressive activists and groups to take aggressive action against the president, but Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said the votes for impeachment just arenít there.
    Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., surprised political onlookers by recently declaring the House had begun formal impeachment proceedings.    He has since made court filings seeking more access to special counsel Robert Muellerís evidence and witnesses as part of his panelís investigation.
    Critics of that course of action, including senior Democrats, are concerned that impeaching Trump will embolden his base ahead of the 2020 elections.    Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for instance, stiff-armed the idea by saying last week the ďpublic isnít there on impeachment
    Asked whether the 235-member Democratic caucus can get to the needed majority, Yarmuth expressed doubts in an interview with the Courier Journal.
    ďI donít think we do right now,Ē he said.    ďAnd I think that is really what is guiding Nancy in remaining reluctant to bring impeachment proceedings because she knows, at least at this point she believes, thereís no way we can get 218 votes
    Under the Constitution, the House would vote on one or more articles of impeachment, and if at least one got a majority vote, the president would be impeached.    The proceedings would then move to a trial in the Senate, which could remove Trump by a two-thirds vote.
    One hundred and thirty-seven House Democrats have stated publicly they support impeachment or an impeachment inquiry, according to Politico.    The other 98 Democrats remain on the fence, saying they donít support the effort at this time.
    Trump has regularly used his Twitter pulpit to call attention to Democratic efforts to boot him from office.
    ďHow do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time,Ē Trump tweeted in January, ďdone nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?Ē
    Only two presidents ó Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton ó have been impeached, but neither was removed from office.
    Richard Nixon resigned to avoid being impeached.
    Yarmuth said he respects concerns about how this could backfire, but he emphasized that Congress has an obligation to take the extraordinary effort based on Trumpís conduct.
    ďI donít believe there is any chance that we can remove him from office at this point based on what we now know,Ē he said.    ďBut two things are going on among Democrats: responding to constituents saying, ĎHeís got to goí and secondly the obligation to protect the Constitution, which is first and foremost
    Yarmuth said the articles of impeachment could include obstruction of justice based on information from the Mueller report, other abuses of power and violations of the emoluments clause. However, public polling shows most Americans do not side with Democrats taking these steps.
    Monmouth University released a survey of 800 U.S. adults in late August that found that ó despite Trumpís low approval numbers ó most Americans do not favor impeaching and removing him from office.
    A little more than one third feel that Trump should be impeached and compelled to leave office, while 59% disagree, according to the survey, which has a 3.5% margin of error.    The same survey showed Trumpís overall job rating hovering at about 40% approval and roughly 53% disapproval.
    ďDonald Trump is not a popular president by most measures, but the appetite for impeachment remains low,Ē Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in the polling memo.    Murray said their polling shows among those who disapprove of Trump, a small segment want him removed from office but feel the political calculus of an impeachment trial would not be a smart move ahead of the 2020 presidential race.
    ďThey are outnumbered, though, by others who disapprove of Trump and feel that putting his misdeeds on the record is worth the effort, even if the prospect of ousting him is doubtful,Ē he said.
    Yarmuth, chairman of the House Budget Committee, has been talking about impeaching Trump since 2017, when he cosponsored one of five separate articles.    He said Pelosi wonít bring the issue to the full House floor this fall until there are enough votes, but said itís just as risky for Democrats to take up the idea in the Judiciary Committee.
    ďIt probably would be less embarrassing than if you had a floor vote (that failed), but it would give Trump some talking points for sure,Ē he said.
Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentuckyís lone Democrat in Washington and chairman of the
House Budget Committee, has long talked of impeaching Trump. SAM UPSHAW JR./COURIER JOURNAL

9/9/2019 EU executive confirms gender balance in new Commission
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister
Giuseppe Conte (not pictured) in Rome, Italy August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) Ė The next head of the European Commission formally announced her new team on Monday with the a near equal gender balance for the first time in the EU executiveís history.
    Future Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who pledged gender equality in her college of commissioners, confirmed the list of 27 for the term running until 2024.    The next Commission takes over on Nov. 1.
    Including herself, her team contains 13 women and 14 men.
    The previous administration of Jean-Claude Juncker had nine women among 28 members.    Britain, which is set to exit the European Union on Oct. 31, has not named a new commissioner.
    Von der Leyen will announce the distribution of jobs, including the influential competition, trade and economic portfolios, on Tuesday.    The European Parliament will then have to give its approval to the entire group of 27.    It already confirmed Von der Leyenís appointment in July.
(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop)

9/9/2019 ICE officials release names of 6 MS-13 members accused of murder by OAN Newsroom
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed six of the seven people charged with the recent stabbing of a 21-year-old in Maryland are MS-13 members who have been living in the U.S. illegally. On Sunday, a spokeswoman said the agency identified the gang members in an ICE database and issued immigration detainers.
    The Baltimore County Police Department confirmed seven suspects were charged with first degree murder this week after the young manís body was found outside an apartment building in July with multiple stab wounds.
    According to The Baltimore Sun, the gang-related killing was planned and authorities believe it was part of a war between MS-13 and rival gang 18th Street.
Mug shots of alleged Ms-13 gang members released by the Baltimore County Police Department. (handout)
    ďWe know that this group of individuals was conducting a surveillance on him, they were watching him, they were following himÖwe know that they watched as he left the laundromat and he went back across the street to the apartment complex, and that is where some of those individuals accosted him.    We know that they used knives and multiple people stabbed him multiple times.Ē ó Jennifer Peach, officer Ė Baltimore Police Department
    The 18th Street gang is allegedly MS-13ís biggest competition.    Immigration officials believe there are as many as 10,000 MS-13 members currently living in the U.S. illegally, and they are active in at least 40 U.S. states.
. [Another embarrassment for Baltimore and Elijah Cummings as the Democrats concept of cities.].

9/9/2019 Congress returns after 6 week recess by OAN Newsroom
    Congress is poised to consider a slew of hot topic legislation as they return to the nationís capitol, following a six week recess.     Lawmakers will begin talks on an array of issues, including gun control, spending and trade.
    Among the bills up for consideration is a proposal to increase the amount of tax dollars to go to the Department of Homeland Security.     Those funds would then be allotted for domestic security efforts and the presidentís promise to build a southern border wall.    The move led to a prolonged government shutdown earlier this year as Democrat opponents refused to negotiate on the matter until finally reaching a spending agreement.
    In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already laid out his plans to push through judicial confirmation hearings of conservative judges.    With 163 judges already confirmed to the bench, McConnell has vowed not to leave a single position unfilled by the conclusion of 2020.
FILE Ė In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the Capitol at sunset in Washington. Congress returns for the fall session with
pressure mounting on topics such as gun violence, election security and other issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Second Amendment rights are also at the forefront of an intense legislative battle, with Democrats in both chambers fighting for tougher gun reform.    One proposal seeks to bring forward a bill to make background checks to purchase a firearm more thorough despite criticism from the right.    Republicans have encouraged expanding and improving laws already in place without making it harder to defend yourself in case of a life-threatening emergency.
    Another topic coming to the immediate attention of Congress is the ongoing trade dispute with China, who is set face 30-percent tariffs on some $270 billion of Chinese goods next month.    While some argue this will fall on American workers to pay, proponents see it as a way to promote the U.S. economy and as a move in support of workers losing their jobs to overseas outsourcing.
    With Congress set to return to business as usual, itís unknown how ó or if ó bipartisan talks will go down on Capitol Hill.

9/9/2019 Number of out of state abortions rising by OAN Newsroom
    As new abortion laws begin to take effect, the country is seeing a growing number of women seeking out the procedure in different states.    An analysis by the Associated Press found at least 276,000 women received an abortion outside their home state between 2012 and 2017.
    This is most evident in states where clinics are either closing or hard to come by like Missouri, which only has one clinic that still performs the procedure.
    ďThe state of Missouri has said and anti-womenís health politicians have said that all these regulations have only one purpose, which is to shut down the ability of health centers to provide safe, legal abortions,Ē stated Leana Wen, former CEO of Planned Parenthood.    ďWhich is not going to stop abortions, but it will stop safe, legal abortions and will cost womenís lives
    Abortion legislation has taken center stage this year, with many Midwest and southern states adopting laws to restrict the procedure.     Louisiana, Ohio and Georgia are just one of several states to ban abortions once a heartbeat can be detected at six-weeks.    Meanwhile in Alabama, nearly all abortions are outlawed except if a motherís life is in danger.
A sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    However, other states are working to protect abortion rights.    For example,New York allows late-term abortions if a fetus cannot live on its own outside the womb or if a motherís life is in danger.
    ďAbortion is a medical procedure, it is not a crime,Ē stated New York Assembly member Deborah Glick.
    Many of these laws are being challenged in court and while itís still too early to know if these new laws will impact a motherís decision, experts say more women will continue to seek out the procedure in states with lax laws despite restrictive legislation being implemented.

9/9/2019 Trump says he could meet with Iranian President Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran,
September 4, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and that he had no problem with such an encounter.
    ďIt could happen.    It could happen.    No problem with me,Ē Trump told reporters at the White House.
    Trump has stepped up sanctions against Iran since he withdrew from a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers, saying the agreement left open a path for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and did not address what the United States calls Iranís malign activities in the region.
    Rouhani has said Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, would not talk to the United States until Washington lifted the sanctions it has reimposed on Tehran after pulling out of the nuclear deal.
    ďIran should straighten out because frankly they are in a very bad position right now,Ē Trump said.
    Last week Trump said a meeting with Rouhani was possible at the U.N. General Assembly in New York later in September.
    ďSure, anythingís possible.    They would like to be able to solve their problem,Ē Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday, referring to inflation in Iran.    ďWe could solve it in 24 hours
    Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, said last week more sanctions against Iran were coming and the United States was committed to its campaign of ďmaximum pressure
    Rouhani told an open session of the Iranian parliament on Thursday: ďNo decision has ever been taken to hold talks with the U.S. and there has been a lot of offers for talks but our answer will always be negative
    ďIf America lifts all the sanctions then, like before, it can join multilateral talks between Tehran and parties to the 2015 deal,Ē Rouhani added.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Rosalba OíBrien and Sandra Maler)

9/9/2019 British parliament blocks no-deal but Johnson says Brexit will happen
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech during a visit to
West Yorkshire, Britain September 5, 2019. Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost influence over Britainís withdrawal from the European Union on Monday when a law came into force demanding he delay Brexit until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal at an EU summit next month.
    It was unclear what Johnsonís next move in the Brexit crisis would be: while the law will oblige him to seek a delay unless he can strike a new deal, EU leaders have repeatedly said they have received no specific proposals.
    As Johnson tries to break the deadlock in London, he will ask parliament a second time for an early national election but is likely to be defeated in a vote at around 2230 GMT on Monday. He will then suspend parliament until Oct. 14.
    Brexit, the United Kingdomís most significant geopolitical move in decades, remains in question more than three years since the 2016 referendum, with possible outcomes ranging from an exit on Oct. 31 without a withdrawal agreement to smooth the transition, to abandoning the whole endeavor.
    The bill seeking to block a no-deal exit, passed into law on Monday when it received assent from Queen Elizabeth, will force Johnson to seek a three-month extension to the Oct. 31 deadline unless parliament has either approved a deal or consented by Oct. 19 to leave without one.
    ďIím absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament,Ē Johnson said in Dublin ahead of talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
    ďWe must get Brexit done because the UK must come out on October 31, or else I fear that permanent damage will be done to confidence in our democracy in the UK,Ē Johnson said.
    Johnson took over as prime minister in July after his predecessor Theresa May failed to push the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament.
    Since then, Britainís three-year Brexit crisis has stepped up a gear, leaving financial markets and businesses bewildered by a array of striking political decisions that diplomats compare to the style of U.S. President Donald Trump.
    BlackRock, a U.S. investment firm that manages $6.8 trillion of assets, said a no-deal Brexit or a referendum had become more plausible.
    Against the dollar , the pound trimmed gains to stand up 0.3% on the day at $1.2323.    It jumped to a six-week high of $1.2385 in London trading after economic data beat forecasts.
    House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, champion of parliament in its move to rein in the prime minister over Brexit, took a veiled swipe at Johnson as he announced on Monday he would stand down from the role, issuing a warning to the government not to ďdegradeĒ parliament.
    Johnson, a former journalist who derided the EU and later became the face of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, has repeatedly promised to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31 and has said he will not countenance any delay.
    Ireland told Johnson on Monday that he must make specific proposals on the future of the Irish border if there is to be any hope of averting a no-deal Brexit, saying Dublin cannot rely on simple promises.
    ďIn the absence of agreed alternative arrangements, no backstop is no deal for us,Ē Varadkar, standing beside Johnson outside the Irish government, told reporters.    ďWe are open to alternatives, but they must realistic ones, legally binding and workable and we havenít received such proposals to date
    The blunt remarks by Varadkar indicate the difficulty of Johnsonís gamble of using the threat of a no-deal exit to convince Germany and France that they must rewrite an exit agreement struck last November.
    ďI want to find a deal, I want to get a deal,Ē Johnson said in Dublin, adding that there was plenty of time to find one before the Oct. 17-18 EU summit.
    The law that came into force on Monday does allow for one scenario in which a no-deal Brexit could take place on Oct. 31 Ė if parliament approved a no-deal exit by Oct. 19.
    However the current parliament would be unlikely to switch stance and approve a no-deal exit by then, and Johnsonís opponents are resisting an early election that might change the make-up of parliament.
    Lawmakers voted 311 to 302 on Monday to demand the government publish documents relating to its planning for a no-deal Brexit and private communications from government officials involved in a decision to suspend parliament.
    Those calling for the documents to be published say they will show that the decision to suspend parliament was politically motivated, as a way to limit parliamentary discussion on Brexit.    The government said the suspension was to give Johnson the chance to set out a new legislative agenda.
(Additional reporting by Paul Sandle, Kate Holton, Alistair Smout; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Frances Kerry and Angus MacSwan)

9/9/2019 U.S. credits Mexico, Central America for help reducing border detentions by Alexandra Alper
FILE PHOTO - Soldiers assigned to the National Guard keep watch near a section of the border fence between Mexico and
U.S. as seen from Anapra neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė A U.S. immigration official on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to reduce border detentions 56% this year, then lashed out at a federal judge for ruling against the Trump administrationís strict anti-asylum policy.
    With President Donald Trumpís anti-immigration policy shaping up as an issue in his 2020 re-election campaign, Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, announced that 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August.    That is down 22% from July and 56% from a high mark in May.
    Even so, the total was the highest for the month of August in more than a decade, as Central American migrants have headed north in record numbers, many of them seeking asylum from impoverished countries with some of the highest murder rates in the world.
    A decade ago, migrants were mostly Mexicans, but in recent years they have been overtaken by Central Americans, mostly from the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
    The Trump administration has been pressuring all of those countries to do more to keep people from reaching the U.S. border, threatening Mexico with tariffs unless it complied.
    The United States has persuaded Guatemala to become a so-called safe third country that would accept asylum-seekers, reducing the strain on the United States. Washington is working with Honduras on a similar agreement, but has failed to persuade Mexico to do the same.
    Even so, Mexico has agreed to keep Central American asylum-seekers just south of the U.S. border pending their U.S. court appointments and has deployed National Guard officers to halt migrants.
    ďThe Northern Triangle countries, specifically, along with the government of Mexico, have really joined the United States as true partners for the first time,Ē Morgan said.
    In June, the United States and Mexico agreed to a 90-day window for Mexico to reduce migrant flows, a period ended last week.
    Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is due to meet with U.S. officials on Tuesday to discuss Mexicoís efforts, saying last week that Mexico does not expect the United States to threaten tariffs at this time.
    While praising Mexico and its southern neighbors, Morgan sharply criticized a U.S. judge who earlier on Monday ruled that an injunction against a restrictive Trump rule on asylum-seekers should apply nationwide.
    The rule, unveiled on July 15, requires most immigrants who want asylum in the United States to first seek asylum in a third country they had traveled through on their way.
    San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar had previously issued a nationwide injunction blocking the rule, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed it to only border states within its jurisdiction Ė California and Arizona Ė and sent the question back to Tigar.
    On Monday, Tigar ruled it should apply across the entire border, pending a trial on the underlying legality of the Trump administration rule.
    Morgan criticized the ďunprecedented judicial activism,Ē which he said meant every time the administration came up with a policy to ďaddress this crisis, we end up getting enjoined.    Itís very, very frustrating, but weíre just going to keep going
    Opponents of Trumpís immigration policy praised the judgeís ruling, saying that beforehand asylum-seekers could be arbitrarily barred based on where they happened to cross the border.
    ďSadly, while this ruling removes a major hurdle, far too many obstacles remain, as this administrationís war on asylum-seekers appears to know no bounds,Ē Melissa Crow, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a statement.
(Reporting Alexandra Alper in Washington, Mica Rosenberg and Andrew Chung in New York, and Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by David Gregorio and Howard Goller)

9/9/2019 House committees launch probe of Trump, Giuliani and Ukraine
FILE PHOTO - Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani greets Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump at the
Trask Coliseum at University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Three U.S. House of Representatives committees said on Monday they had begun ďa wide-ranging investigationĒ into reports that President Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and possibly others pressured Ukraineís government to assist Trumpís re-election campaign.
    The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees wrote to the White House and State Department seeking records related to what they described as efforts to ďmanipulate the Ukrainian justice system
    Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have questioned whether it represented a conflict of interest that Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, a presidential candidate, had served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company.
    White House aides did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the announcement of the probe by the Democratic-led House committees.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Rosalba OíBrien; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
[Well Nadler's bunch are trying to create a crime to justify their impeachment but will ignore if it has occurred in their own party.].

9/9/2019 U.S. tech firms tell Congress: Pass U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact now by Andrea Shalal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto
attend the USMCA signing ceremony before the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Eleven trade groups on Monday urged U.S. lawmakers to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement as soon as possible but warned Congress not to let the Trump administration change the thresholds for duty-free shipments into the United States.
    The joint letter, signed by Internet Association, the Semiconductor Industry Association and other trade groups, said the new trilateral agreement would set global standards for access and usage of digital trade.
    The trade agreement, which leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada signed in November, must be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.    Mexican lawmakers have already done so.
    The Trump administration has been pressuring Congress to pass the trade deal, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Democrats have balked at doing so until their concerns on labor, the environment, enforcement and pharmaceuticals have been addressed.
    Nine key House Democrats are expected to resume negotiations this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on proposed changes to the agreement.
    The tech groups urged U.S. lawmakers to act swiftly to approve the trade deal but warned that using implementing language for the trade deal to change the de minimus threshold Ė the value below which imported goods are free of both sales tax and duties Ė would undermine the broader gains of the deal.
    As part of the USMCA, Canada and Mexico both raised their de minimis thresholds, aiding consumers and small businesses in the United States, but those levels will remain well below the U.S. level of $800, the highest in the world.
    Some U.S. businesses have complained the U.S. level is too high and allows Chinese sellers an unfair pricing advantage on Amazon, eBay and other internet sites.
    Trade experts say a footnote in USMCA suggests Washington could lower its threshold to match what Canada or Mexico have agreed to.
    The administration also suggested in a document sent to Congress on May 30 that it may seek changes to the U.S. de minimis threshold through the USMCA implementing bill.
    ďThe current threshold was set by Congress and continues to benefit U.S. small businesses,Ē the tech groups said in their letter.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

9/9/2019 Oil gets boost as new Saudi minister commits to output cuts by Stephanie Kelly
Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jessica Lutz
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė Oil prices rose about 2% on Monday after the new Saudi energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, confirmed expectations that he would stick with his countryís policy of limiting crude output to support prices.
    Prince Abdulaziz, son of Saudi King Salman and a long-time member of the Saudi delegation to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), replaced Khalid al-Falih on Sunday.
    ďThe weekend announcement of a change in leadership within the Saudi oil ministry was accompanied by strong suggestions that production restraint would continue until the market achieves a better balance,Ē Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note.
    Brent crude futures gained $1.05, or 1.7%, to settle at $62.59 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.33, or 2.4%, to settle at $57.85 a barrel.
    Prince Abdulaziz said the pillars of Saudi Arabiaís policy would not change and a global deal to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day would survive.
    He added that the so-called OPEC+ alliance between OPEC and non-member countries including Russia was staying for the long term.
    Russiaís oil output in August exceeded its quota under the OPEC+ agreements.
    OPEC oil output in August rose for the first month this year as higher supply from Iraq and Nigeria outweighed restraint by Saudi Arabia and losses caused by U.S. sanctions on Iran.
    On Sunday, the United Arab Emiratesí energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said OPEC and non-OPEC producers were ďcommittedĒ to achieving oil market balance.
    The OPEC+ dealís joint ministerial monitoring committee meets on Thursday in Abu Dhabi.
    Trade and geopolitical tensions are affecting the market, Mazrouei said.
    Executives at the annual Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference said on Monday they expect oil prices this year to be pressured by uncertainties surrounding the global economy, the U.S.-China trade war and increasing U.S. supplies.
    Elsewhere, Chinaís crude oil imports gained about 3% in August from a month earlier, customs data showed on Sunday, buoyed by a recovery in refining margins despite a persistent surplus of oil products and tepid demand.
    The United States is ďvery concernedĒ about Chinaís purchases of Iranian oil, Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, said on Monday.
    The United States last year withdrew from a nuclear deal that world powers had done with Iran in 2015, and reimposed sanctions to strangle Iranís vital oil trade.
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and that he had no problem with such an encounter.
(Additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla in London and Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo; Editing by Dale Hudson, Mark Heinrich and David Gregorio)

9/9/2019 Trump says Taliban talks Ďdead,í U.S. military to ramp up Afghanistan operations by Steve Holland and Phil Stewart
Advisors from the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade conduct marksmanship training during their
deployment to Afghanistan April 9, 2019. Courtesy Sgt. Jordan Trent/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump proclaimed talks with Afghanistanís Taliban leaders dead on Monday, while the general in charge said the U.S. military is likely to ramp up operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks.
    Trump scrapped talks with the Taliban planned for Camp David, Maryland, over the weekend after an American soldier was killed by a suicide bomber in the capital Kabul last week.
    ďTheyíre dead.    Theyíre dead.    As far as Iím concerned, theyíre dead,Ē Trump told reporters when asked about the talks as he left the White House for a trip to North Carolina.
    Trump had hoped to cap months of U.S. negotiations with the Taliban militants, who control large parts of Afghanistan, with a secret meeting at Camp David that would include Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was aimed at securing an agreement to pull U.S. troops out of Americaís longest war of 18 years.
    Despite the Afghan governmentís wariness of negotiating with the Taliban, Trump had hoped having both parties at the presidential retreat could produce a deal.
    A draft accord agreed last week would have seen about 5,000 American troops withdrawn over coming months in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for militant attacks on the United States or its allies.
    Bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan has been one of Trumpís main foreign policy objectives, and the Republican president said his administration was still thinking about a drawdown of the 14,000 U.S. soldiers in the country.
    ďWeíd like to get out but weíll get out at the right time,Ē he said.
    However, the end of the talks has fueled fears of a further increase in violence across Afghanistan.
    The Taliban had stepped up attacks even as the talks were taking place in recent weeks.    U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said on Monday the U.S. military is likely to accelerate (Read the pace of its operations in Afghanistan to counter the upsurge.
    McKenzie said during a visit to Afghanistan that the Taliban ďoverplayed their handĒ in peace negotiations by carrying out a spate of high profile attacks, including one that killed a U.S. soldier last week.
    ďWeíre certainly not going to sit still and let them carry out some self-described race to victory.    Thatís not going to happen,Ē McKenzie told a group of reporters traveling with him during a stop at Bagram Airfield in northeastern Afghanistan.
    Ghani, who was sidelined from months of negotiations between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives, had been deeply suspicious of the talks.
    On Monday, Ghani made a renewed call (Read for peace but insisted the Taliban must observe a ceasefire, which they have so far refused to do, as he sought to regain a hold on the peace process.
    ďPeace without a ceasefire is impossible,Ē Ghani said.
    The growing tension on the ground in Afghanistan adds to the uncertainty about the future course for American forces, many of whom must now simultaneously brace for an increase in fighting while also awaiting potential orders to withdraw.
    Trump has said he would like to reduce U.S. troops in the country to about 8,600.
    The Taliban said on Sunday that more American lives would be lost as a result of Trumpís decision to cancel talks.
    Asked whether increasing operations against the Taliban could include air strikes and raids by U.S. and Afghan commandos, McKenzie responded: ďI think weíre talking a total spectrum
    ďWeíre going to make some decisions, I think, back in our nationís capital over the next few days and that will give us increased guidance going ahead,Ē he added, without elaborating.
(Reporting by Steve Holland, Phil Stewart and Makini Brice in Washington, Hamid Shalizi and Hameed Farzad in Kabul; Writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by Grant McCool)

9/10/2019 Oil up $1.33 to $57.85, DOW up 38 to 26,836.

9/10/2019 Judiciary panel to set rules for probe by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė The House Judiciary Committee will vote Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panelís investigations of President Donald Trump even as many Democrats remain wary of the effort.
    The resolution is a technical step, and the panel would still have to introduce impeachment articles and win approval from the House to bring charges against him.    Itís unclear if that will happen, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged caution on the issue.
    Even if the House did recommend impeachment charges against the president, the Republican-led Senate is unlikely to convict him and remove him from office.
    Still, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has said that the committee will move forward with impeachment hearings this fall, bolstered by lawmakers on the panel who roundly support moving forward.    The vote on Thursday will set rules for those hearings, empowering staff to question witnesses, allowing some evidence to remain private and permitting the presidentís counsel to respond to testimony.
    The committee said that the resolution is similar to procedural votes taken at the beginning of the impeachment investigations into Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.
[The Nadler circus continues to waste tax payers money.].

9/10/2019 Court restores block on Trumpís ban on asylum by Nicholas Wu and Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled to reinstate a nationwide injunction on a Trump administration policy that would have blocked most asylum applications for migrants transiting through other countries on their way to the U.S.-Mexican border.
    ďThe question now before the court is whether those harms can be addressed by any relief short of a nationwide injunction.    The answer is that they cannot,Ē wrote District Judge Jon Tigar in his order in East Bay v. Barr.
    Tigar noted the need for ďuniform immigration policyĒ and potential complications if the injunction were limited to only a part of the country, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August.
    The joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice policy, which was published in mid-July, would have banned most Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the USA if they did not apply for asylum first in Mexico or another third country.
    Several immigrant service groups filed a lawsuit against the federal government and were granted a preliminary injunction by Judge Tigar.
    Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who argued the case, said in a statement, ďThe court recognized there is grave danger facing asylum-seekers along the entire stretch of the southern border
    ďEvery single time this administration comes up with what we believe is a legal rule or policy that ends up getting legally enjoined, itís very frustrating,Ē Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said at a White House briefing Monday.    ďWe keep having to go outside the box to come up with new policy, new regulations because this Congress wonít do their job
    The Trump administration attempted to clamp down on asylum applications as part of a broader crackdown on immigration.    The administrationís policy changes have been met with fierce legal challenges by immigrant advocacy groups.
An unaccompanied minor from Guatemala is detained by Border Patrol along the Rio Grande Valley Sector. SANDY HOOPER
[The Left leaning California courts sanctuary state continue their attacks on illegal immigration control in the U.S.A.].

9/10/2019 National Security Adviser John Bolton is out by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton.    In a series of tweets, the president said he informed Bolton Monday night that ďhis services are no longer neededĒ at the White House. He also said he disagreed strongly with many of Boltonís suggestions as did others in the administration.
    Trump tweet: ďI informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore....Ē    ď....I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week
    President also thanked Bolton for his service, and said he will be naming a new national security adviser sometime next week.    The White House said Deputy National Security Adviser Charlie Kupperman will take on the role in an acting capacity.
In this May 22, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In
in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as national security adviser John Bolton, right, watches. Trump says he
fired national security adviser John Bolton, says they Ďdisagreed stronglyí on many issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Bolton responded in a tweet, saying: ďI offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'Ē
    Meanwhile, the presidentís decision to fire John Bolton is garnering support from lawmakers on both sides of the isle. In a tweet     Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul commended the president for his decision.
    Senator Rand Paul ďI commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action.    The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views. Ö
    Trump tweet: "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore.... Ē
    In another message to Twitter, Democrat congressman Gerry Connolly said Bolton was the wrong choice from the beginning.
    Gerry Connolly: ďBolton was the wrong choice from the beginning-a disruptive force in a destructive foreign policy.    His firing - the 4th national security advisor in less than 3 years - underscores the chaos, turmoil, and incompetence of this Admin that continues to endanger US national security

9/10/2019 President Trump is urging voters to support Republican Dan Bishop in N.C. by OAN Newsroom
    North Carolina voters are set to hit the polls in the highly contested special election for the stateís Ninth Congressional District.    President Trump has boosted support for Dan Bishop, saying the Republican is badly needed in Washington.
    ďI share your values, Iím not ashamed of your values, Iím going to defend your values in Washington, D.C.,Ē Bishop stated while speaking at a rally in Fayetteville on Monday.
    The president has rallied support for the GOP candidate, while praising him for being strong on crime and borders as well has supporting the military and veterans.
    Meanwhile, President Trump has slammed his Democrat rival Dan McCready for being a far-left sanctuary city supporter.    The president added, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 or in North Carolina is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.
    ďThatís why we need Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy, we need them,Ē urged the President Trump.    ďWe need them going down to Congress and helping, but they can do it
President Donald Trump, left, gives his support to Dan Bishop, right, a Republican running for the special North Carolina
9th District U.S. Congressional race as he speaks at a rally in Fayetteville, N.C., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
    Bishop is facing off against McCready after state election officials called for a special election in the district after evidence of fraud was revealed in the 2018 midterm.    The Republican candidate has vowed to support pro-life laws, Second Amendment rights, and many of the presidentís policies.
    ďAs this great fighter faces all those long oddsÖthe Socialist Democrats, the fake mediaÖthe last thing he needs is for the Ninth District to send him another Nancy Pelosi clone,Ē stated Bishop.
    Republicans have held the district since 1963, and they are hoping President Trumpís endorsement of Bishop will keep the seat within the GOP.    The president won the district in 2016 by 12-points.

9/10/2019 GOP voter turnout in Miss. primary breaks records by OAN Newsroom
    Two new records were set in Mississippi during Augustís off-year election, with voter turnout surpassing the 300,000 mark.    The turnout has GOP candidates beaming with confidence because of how many people showed up to the polls.
    According to election results, more than 374,000 Republican votes were cast in the August 6th primary for governor between Tate Reeves, Bill Waller Jr. and Robert Foster.    The runoff race between Lt. Reeves and Waller received more than 326,000 votes.    Reeves will face Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood, whose primary turnout was less than 300,000 Democrat votes.
    Another big race on November 5th will be to replace Hood as state attorney general.    The records reportedly show Republican turnout was three times higher in the county Hood is from.
Precinct 35 bailiff Herbert Broome, holds a strip of ďI Voted in Hinds CountyĒ stickers in his hand as he waits for
voters to exit his north Jackson, Miss., precinct, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Featured among the runoff races are contests
for the GOPís gubernatorial nomination and attorney general nomination. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Meanwhile, the treasurer race will be history-making with Republican Lynn Fitch as one of two women on the ballot.    The Democrat nominee in that race is Jennifer Riley-Collins.
    A spokeswoman for Reevesís campaign told reporters the numbers are also a good sign for Republican candidates in 2020 who support President Trump, especially since turnout was so good among GOP voters in Democrat strong parts of the state.

9/10/2019 CBP: Border apprehensions fall for third consecutive month by OAN Newsroom
    Customs and Border Protection officials recently released their total enforcement actions from the start of the 2019 fiscal year through August 31st.
    In a statement published Monday, the federal law enforcement agency revealed it apprehended a total of 933 gang members between ports of entry, including 445 suspected members of MS-13.    This comes as border apprehensions fell roughly 22-percent in August, and plummeted nearly 56-percent over the last 90 days.
    Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said apprehensions dropped for the third consecutive month thanks to President Trumpís crackdown on illegal immigration.
Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan speaks during a news conference
at the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    ďThe president has made it very clear that heís gonna use every tool available to him and this administration to address this unprecedented crisis at the southern border,Ē Morgan stated.    ďWe have seen historic agreements and policies put into place by this administration, unprecedented network of initiatives from regulatory reforms, policy changes, interior enforcement efforts ó the list goes on and on
    The CBP head went on to stress the importance of cooperation from countries like Mexico, and said regional partners need to continue to do their part in order to deter the ongoing immigration crisis.

9/10/2019 Navarro: 100% likely USMCA trade deal will be done by end of year by OAN Newsroom
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said heís 100-percent confident Congress will pass the landmark United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by the end of the year.
    During an interview Tuesday with CNBC, Navarro said the Trump administration expects a vote to be held in the next 30-to-60 days.    The White House has been working closely with House Democrats over the past year to make any changes necessary for the USMCA to pass in the lower chamber.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    Navarro said he ďcanít imagine a reasonĒ why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not bring the legislation to the floor.
    Navarro said the deal is backed by farmers, ranchers and manufacturers nationwide because it will expand their access to markets in Canada as well as Mexico, and it protects against outsourcing.

9/10/2019 NYT refutes CNNís Russia spy story by OAN Newsroom
    CNN recently touted a bombshell report, only to be debunked by The New York Times.    The cable network issued a story Monday, claiming the CIA brought a long-time Kremlin asset home in 2017.    CNN cited concerns surrounding President Trumpís handling of confidential information.
    However, The New York Times later came out with its own version of the story, saying the CIA offered to extract the asset before President Trump took office.    The spy rejected the offer in 2016, but eventually decided to come home in 2017 in response to the mediaís fixation on the Russian collusion hoax.
    Even other commentators on CNN questioned the accuracy of the reporting from their own network.
    ďI question whether this angle of this story, about whether the presidentís engagement with intelligence was actually a spur in the extraction of the informant, I suspect there are other issues here.    What they do say is suspicion about how the president looks at intelligence generally, North Korea, Syria, etc. ó heís suspicious.Ē ó Phil Mudd, analyst Ė CNN
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a State Council meeting at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum in
Vladivostok, Russia, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
    The Kremlin asset divulged that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed election interference in 2016.    The asset now lives in Washington, but remains at risk of a response much like what happened to Sergei Skripal in 2018.

9/10/2019 Calif. Gov. Newsom signs vaccine exemption bill despite concerns by OAN Newsroom
    California Governor Gavin Newsom recently passed two bills, which limit the number of medical concerns that can qualify for a vaccine exemption.    He signed the bills Monday to add additional oversight on vaccine exemptions parents can request for their children.
    The bills limit the number of exceptions to five per year.    Anything more than that would need to be reviewed by the Department of Public Health.
    Opponents of the move protested at the state capitol, which resulted in arrests and police escorts.    However, critics of the legislation say itís a fight worth having.
Opponents of recently passed legislation to tighten the rules on giving exemptions for vaccinations, demonstrate in the
Assembly gallery after lawmakers approved the companion bill, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.
The companion measure contained changes demanded by Gov. Gavin Newsom as a condition of signing the controversial
vaccine bill SB276, which was passed by the Legislature last week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    ďThis isnít a vaccine issue.    This isnít an anti-vax thing.    This is a people of the Americas thing, and we need to all start standing up because we are losing our freedoms.    We are losing are religious freedom.    We are losing our medical freedom.    We are losing our parental rights.Ē ó Sabrina Max, protester from Santa Cruz
    The requirements will effect those at public schools, private institutions, and daycare centers.    The regulations will begin next January.

9/10/2019 Youths throw petrol bombs at police investigating device in Northern Ireland
A person throws a petrol bomb at PSNI vehicles after a security alert was upturned due to a suspicious package found in
Creggan Heights, Derry, Northern Ireland September 9, 2019 in this still image obtained from a social media video. Derry Footage
    BELFAST (Reuters) Ė Irish nationalist youths threw dozens of petrol bombs at police as officers defused an explosive device near homes in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry late on Monday, police said.
    The device would have killed or maimed anyone close by had it exploded, police said in a statement.    Two young people were burned as they took part in the attack on a police cordon at the scene, the force added.
    There has been an increase in attacks in recent months, raising fears that Britainís decision to leave the European Union could be exacerbating sectarian tensions along the EUís only land border with the United Kingdom.
    A 1998 peace deal largely ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland between Irish nationalist militants seeking a united Ireland and pro-British loyalists defending the regionís place in the United Kingdom.
    But police officers are still sporadically targeted by small Irish nationalist splinter groups, including the New IRA.
    ďWe are attributing this (bomb) to the New IRA as we are the disorder that occurred later on in the evening,Ē Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton told BBC radio.
    ďIt is fair to say that the tempo of attacks or attempted attacks is increasing,Ē he added.
(Reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

9/10/2019 NRA sues San Francisco for resolution which labels the group Ďdomestic terrorist organizationí by OAN Newsroom
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) is pushing back on a declaration, which labels the group a ďdomestic terrorist organization.Ē    The NRA filed a lawsuit Monday, challenging the declaration filed by the city of San Francisco.    The gun rights advocacy group is claiming it violates their First Amendment rights of free speech.
    This comes after the cityís Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last week, saying the group ďspreads propaganda and misinformation about the dangers of gun violence
    Supervisors drafted the resolution following the deadly shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California.
FILE Ė In this March 24, 2018, file photo, crowds of people participate in the March for Our Lives rally in support
of gun control in San Francisco. The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019,
over the cityís recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a ďdomestic terrorist organization.Ē (AP Photo/Josh Edelson, File)
    ďThe NRA has it coming to them and I will do everything I possibly can to call them out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization,Ē said Catherine Stefani of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
    NRA officials argue that declaring the organization terrorists is both unlawful and discriminatory toward its five million members.    Under the policy, the city would essentially blacklist any people, vendors or contractors who have ties to the organization.
    Similar declarations have been made in the past by Los Angeles and New York City.    In both cases, courts sustained the NRAís First Amendment claims.

9/11/2019 Oil down $0.45 to $57.40, DOW up 74 to 26,910.

9/11/2019 Trump slams Ďfixedí poll showing job approval rating at 38%
    President Donald Trump attacked the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll results showing that his job approval rating has dropped to 38% from 44% in July.    ABC News and The Washington Post released results of the survey Tuesday.    Fifty-six percent of respondents disapproved of Trump.    Trump accused networks of rigging polls against him.    ďOne of the greatest and most powerful weapons used by the Fake and Corrupt News Media is the phony Polling Information they put out,Ē Trump tweeted Tuesday, adding many polls are ďfixed

9/11/2019 Mexico sees decrease in U.S.-bound immigration from Central America by Alexandra Alper
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard holds a news conference following talks with members
of the Trump administration in Washington, U.S., September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said after a White House meeting on Tuesday that there has been a ďsignificant decreaseĒ in U.S.-bound immigration through Mexico, especially from Central America, and he expects the trend to continue.
    Ebrard met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and had a brief exchange with President Donald Trump, to review progress in efforts to curb a surge in Central American migrants.
    Pence acknowledged Mexicoís efforts.    He said U.S. officials would work with Mexico to expand implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols to speed up processing of asylum claims, the White House said in a statement.
    Mexicoís strategy of putting more than 25,000 National Guard militarized police along its borders and stepping up raids on people traffickers has been a success, Ebrard told a news conference.
    ďWhat Mexico has done is working,Ē said Ebrard, while acknowledging that border crossings were still up from averages in September.
    ďBut the tendency is irreversible Ö It is something that we think will be permanent,Ē he said.
    Following threats by Trump to impose tariffs on all its goods, Mexico on June 7 pledged to take a series of steps to contain migrants, and the two governments agreed to review that effort after 90 days.
    Ebrard said tariffs were not discussed.    ďIt was not the purpose of the meeting.    I would say Mexico in this moment is far from the tariffs, far from that possibility,Ē he said.
    Mexico brought up the illicit flows of arms from the United States that Mexican authorities want to freeze, according to Ebrard, who said earlier on Twitter that would be Mexicoís priority at the meeting.
    Trumpís new envoy in Mexico, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Landau, said later on Tuesday that the cross-border arms trade is a problem both countries face.
    ďThe illegal flow of arms from the United States to Mexico represents a common threat,Ē Landau wrote in a post on Twitter, adding that a binational group has been set up to ďidentify and implement concrete measuresĒ that will address it.
    Successive Mexican governments have argued that illicit arms sales and gun-running from the United States into Mexico have fueled turf wars between drug gangs and clashes with security forces, exacerbating social problems and adding to migratory pressures.
    More than 200,000 people have been killed in gang-fueled violence, and more than 40,000 have disappeared since former President Felipe Calderon sent in the armed forces to tackle Mexicoís powerful drug cartels at the end of 2006.
    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office in December, has vowed to end the lawlessness, but 2019 is on track to be Mexicoís most violent year on record.
    This month, Trump and U.S. officials have praised Mexico and Central American countries for helping cut U.S. border arrests by nearly 60% from earlier in the year.    But the issue remains fraught in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
    Trump campaigned for office in 2015-16 pledging to halt the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico.    The Mexican government has persistently argued that disputes over U.S.-Mexico border security are a shared responsibility.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper in Washington; Additional reporting by Dave Graham, Anthony Esposito and David Alire Garcia in Mexico City; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tom Brown and Grant McCool)

9/11/2019 Trump calls for zero, negative interest rates to refinance debt
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to address the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges
and Universities (HBCU) week conference in Washington, U.S., September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the Federal Reserve should lower U.S. interest rates to ďzero or lessĒ to help ďrefinance our debtĒ with lower interest costs and a longer term, and blamed the U.S. central bankís chief for missing ďA once in a lifetime opportunity
    ďThe USA should always be paying the Ö lowest rate.    No Inflation!    It is only the naÔvetť of Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve that doesnít allow us to do what other countries are already doing,Ē Trump wrote in a pair of early morning tweets.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Catherine Evans)

9/11/2019 President Trump, First Lady hold moment of silence in remembrance of 9/11 by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump and the First Lady held a moment of silence at the White House to mark 18 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
    Hundreds of guests were in attendance Wednesday on the south lawn, including survivors of 9/11, the friends and family of victims as well as first responders.
    The moment of silence coincided with the time the first plane struck the World Trade Centerís north tower.
    The first couple then traveled Arlington, Virginia to deliver remarks at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed in the attack.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    ďThe First Lady and I are united with you in grief, we come here in the knowledge that we can not erase the pain or reverse the evil of that dark and wretched day,Ē stated President Trump.    ďBut we offer you all that we have, our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never ever be forgotten
    President Trump said to fulfill this pledge, he reauthorized the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund earlier this year to the ďtune of billions of dollars.Ē    He also honored the nearly 7,000 U.S. service members who laid down their lives in the wake of the attack to fight radical Islamic terrorism.

9/11/2019 President Trump: Media will forget N.C. wins by OAN Newsroom
    In the wake of two congressional wins in North Carolina, President Trump is pointing out supposed hypocrisy in the mediaís coverage.    He took to Twitter Tuesday, saying CNN and MSNBC were hoping for a big left-wing victory.    That is until Dan Bishop and Greg Murphy won both races.
    Trump tweet: ďGreg Murphy won big, 62% to 37%, in North Carolina 03, & the Fake News barely covered the race.    The win was far bigger than anticipated - there was just nothing the Fakers could say to diminish or demean the scope of this victory.    So we had TWO BIG VICTORIES tonight, Greg & Dan!Ē
    The president claimed if they had lost, the left-wing networks would have said it was a preview of what was to come in 2020.    However, since they won the president said CNN and MSNBC will never talk about them ever again.
North Carolina 9th district Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop celebrates
his victory in Monroe, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
    In fact, both networks were quick to move on from the coverage, but not before CNN was forced to give credit to the president for the achievement.
    On the other side of the spectrum, Republicans are saying the North Carolina cases are a bellwether of whatís to come.    They say the turnout during the special election is a promising sign for 2020.
    Trump tweet: ď.@CNN & @MSNBC were all set to have a BIG victory, until Dan Bishop won North Carolina 09.    Now you will hear them barely talk about, or cover, the race.    Fake News never wins!Ē

9/11/2019 GOP group wants to remind voters of 2020 candidatesí background by OAN Newsroom
    Workers at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) are ramping up their efforts to educate voters ahead of several 2020 elections.    They recently released a billboard on wheels at Alabama Senator Doug Jonesís campaign launch over the weekend.    It reminded voters of the senatorís vow to side with self-described Democrat-socialists.
    ďBut whatever we do, Iíll end up supporting the nominee,Ē stated Doug.    ďWeíre not going to run away from that, and I hope to have some of my colleagues come down here at some point, weíll see how that goes
    The group is pushing more than big billboards.    Itís also sponsoring Facebook ads scrutinizing certain White House contenders.    Their latest ad compares voting for former Vice President Joe Biden in 2020 to the equivalent of electing President Obama for another term.
    Other Facebook posts ask voters who they would pick in a White House showdown between President Trump and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, while another ad accused Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of wanting to ďturn America into a socialist country.Ē     The NRSC also reached their hand in the Georgia senatorial race by buying the likely campaign web address for former House candidate Jon Ossoff, who is now running for the Democrat nomination. now redirects viewers to an article accusing the congressional candidate of puffing up his national security credentials in a misleading manner.    Despite the growing concerns of Ossoffís resume, the 30-year-old 2020 senatorial hopeful threw his hat in the ring.
FILE Ė In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff
concedes to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta. Ossoff, D-Ga., will challenge Republican U.S.
Sen. David Perdue in 2020, the Democrat tweeted Monday night, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
    ďMy campaign in 2017, we have made a lot of progress,Ē he stated.    ďThese have been hard fought competitive elections ó it gets closer every year, progress takes time
    To make that so-called progress, Ossoff will need to beat three now-declared Democrat candidates for the nomination.     As the congressional and White House races continue to heat up, the NRSC said they will continue to call out candidateís on their track record.

9/11/2019 Rep. Biggs to lead House Freedom Caucus by OAN Newsroom
    The House Freedom Caucus is set to continue under a new leader.    On Tuesday, the caucus announced the groupís current chairman, Representative Mark Meadows, will be stepping down.
    Arizona congressman Andy Biggs will be taking his place.    Biggs was officially elected as the new chairman earlier in the day Tuesday.    He will be in charge of leading the group of 30 conservative Republicans, which first came to power in 2015.
    In the process, the caucus will be swapping out one Trump loyalist for another.    Representative Biggs has been a strong advocate on behalf of White House policies, specifically when it comes to a wall and enforcement efforts at the southern border.
Rep. Andy Biggs is pictured. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
    ďIt is a crisis, it is real, and we do not get anywhere by blaming the people who are doing their best to help these people,Ē he stated.    ďWe need to look in the mirror, we need to make the changes, we need to provide the funding necessary to get this done
    Representative Meadows is expected to step down from the position on October 1st when congressman Biggs will take over.

9/11/2019 President Trump touts economy, praises impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump recently took the stage at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Conference, which was held in the nationís capitol.
    While speaking Tuesday, the president took the opportunity to list the achievements the White House has made to help these colleges and universities.    He went on to highlight the major impact made by HBCUís throughout U.S.history, and expressed gratitude for their work.
    The president also touted the economy, specifically the record low unemployment numbers among African American workers.    He then appeared to go off-script after receiving a round of applause to the remark, boasting his accomplishments against those of his 2020 competitors.
    ďThe African American poverty rate also reached a new record low in the history of our country, the lowest poverty rate ó thatís something,Ē he stated.    ďI donít know, when Iím on that debate stage with whoeverÖthese are pretty good numbersÖwho is going to beat these numbers? Please tell me
President Donald Trump applauds as he and the crowd acknowledge student scholars, while speaking at the
2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week Conference, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019,
in Washington. The students were part of a HBCU White House Scholars program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    President Trump also shined a spotlight on his landmark criminal justice reform bill known as the First Step Act.    With help from justice activists, the measure seeks to improve the prison system, create opportunities for prisoners to prepare for their return to freedom and reduce recidivism rates.
    The president later announced he intends to lift the ban on federal funding for faith-based HBCUís in the coming days.

9/11/2019 White House: More work needed to reduce illegal immigration by OAN Newsroom
    The White House has said progress has been made to limit illegal immigration, but more work still needs to be done.    Vice President Mike Pence met with Mexicoís foreign affairs secretary Tuesday to discuss the progress Mexico has made to help the U.S. in reducing illegal immigration.
    Pence praised Mexico for deploying its National Guard troops to the border to aid in efforts, which is something President Trump has applauded in the past.
    ďAnd, as you know, we have 26,000 Mexico troops on our border, and theyíre also bringing their numbers way down,Ē said the president.    ďAnd itís down over 50-percent from last year, so theyíre really making a lot of progress
FILE Ė In this June 5, 2019 file photo, Mexican authorities stop a migrant caravan that had earlier crossed
the Mexico Ė Guatemala border, near Metapa, Chiapas state, Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
    Both Vice President Pence and the Mexican secretary agree that more work needs to be done as thousands of illegal immigrants continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.    Specifically, they noted the ďRemain in MexicoĒ policy needs to be expanded to its fullest extent.

9/11/2019 Darrell Issa eyeing Duncan Hunterís seat, intends to run if not confirmed to Trump admin. by OAN Newsroom
    Former Representative Darrell Issa is looking to get back to the lower chamber, which may come at another Republicanís expense.    On Tuesday, Issa confirmed he will likely run for the seat currently held by congressman Duncan Hunter.
    The Republican said he only plans to do so if heís not confirmed to a trade post in the Trump administration.    Issa was nominated by President Trump to be director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. However, his nomination has yet to be taken up by the Senate.
    This comes after Representative Hunter was indicted in 2018 for allegedly misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.
FILE Ė In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., speaks to reporters as he leaves a
House Judiciary and Oversight Committee closed-door interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Issa has taken a step
toward challenging U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter for a Southern California seat. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta,File)
    Issa retired in 2018 after serving his district for 18 years, but is now eyeing a return.
    ďItís really all about the scheduleÖwe have a candidate in Duncan Hunter, who I serve with and I served with his father, who there is nothing wrong with his voting, but he is injured in a way in which he ó according to most polls Iíve seen ó he cannot win reelection,Ē Issa explained.    ďAnd as a Republican I donít want to lose a seat that is clearly a seat that we need to have to get back to the majority."
    Five Republicans have announced a primary challenge to Hunter.    Issa is waiting until November 3, 2019 for the Senate to take up his confirmation before launching his congressional bid.

9/12/2019 Oil down $1.65 to $55.75, DOW up 228 to 27,137.

9/12/2019 Congress must do its constitutional duty.
Only 136 of 435 U.S. House members have called for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
135 of 236 Democrats, 1 of 1 Independents, and of course 0 of 197 Republicans.

9/12/2019 U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump to deny asylum to many Central Americans by Lawrence Hurley and Daniel Trotta
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a copy of a deal with Mexico on immigration and trade as he speaks to the news media prior
to departing for travel to Iowa from the White House in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
    (Reuters) Ė The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trumpís administration to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications by immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a key element of his hardline immigration policies.
    The court said the rule, which requires most immigrants who want asylum to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they traveled on their way to the United States, could go into effect as litigation challenging its legality continues.
    Among the nine judges on the court, liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.
    The courtís ruling handed a victory to Trump at a time when much of his immigration agenda had been struck down by lower courts.    ďBIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!Ē Trump said on Twitter.
    The rule would bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border.    It represents the latest effort by Trumpís administration to crack down on immigration, a signature issue during his presidency and 2020 re-election bid.
    The American Civil Liberties Union and others who challenged the administrationís policy in federal court said it violates U.S. immigration law and accused the administration of failing to follow the correct legal process in issuing the rule, which was unveiled on July 15.
    In her dissent, Sotomayor said that the governmentís rule may be in significant tension with the asylum statute.
    ďIt is especially concerning, moreover, that the rule the government promulgated topples decades of settled asylum practices and affects some of the most vulnerable people in the Western Hemisphere ó without affording the public a chance to weigh in
    Eight days after the rule went into effect in July, California-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued a nationwide injunction blocking it.
    Then began a back-and-forth between Tigar and the 9th Circuit, which scaled back the injunction so that the Trump rule was blocked in the border states of California and Arizona while in effect in Texas and New Mexico.
    Tigar ruled to restore the nationwide ban on Monday, but the 9th Circuit scaled it back again on Tuesday night.
    They were both trumped by Supreme Court, which will allow the asylum restriction to remain in place until the underlying legality of the rule is determined at trial.
    ďThis is just a temporary step, and weíre hopeful weíll prevail at the end of the day,Ē ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said.    ďThe lives of thousands of families are at stake
    The Republican presidentís administration issued the rule in an attempt to reduce the surging number of asylum claims primarily by Central American migrants who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in large numbers during his presidency.
    The rule would block nearly all families and individuals from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from entering the United States as asylum seekers after crossing through Mexico.    The rule would keep asylum protections for Mexican citizens.
    White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the Trump administration was ďpleasedĒ by the Supreme Courtís decision, which he said rejected an ďerroneousĒ ruling by the lower court judge.
    But Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representativesí Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren, the head of the judiciary panelís immigration subcommittee, called the courtís decision disappointing.
    ďLives will be lost.    This rule will result in those fleeing fear and persecution to be turned away at our doorstep and will only exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the region,Ē they said in a statement.
    The rule drew legal challenges including from a coalition of groups represented by the ACLU who accused the administration of pursuing an ďasylum banĒ and jeopardizing the safety of migrants fleeing persecution.
    In the administrationís request to fully enforce the rule, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay blocking the injunction while litigation over the issue proceeds because the judgeís order interferes with the governmentís authority to establish immigration policy.
    The administration said the rule screens out asylum claims that are unlikely to succeed and ďdeters aliens without a genuine need for asylum from making the arduous and potentially dangerous journey from Central America to the United States
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Daniel Trotta; Additional reporting by Andrew Chung, Roberta Rampton and Makini Brice; Editing by Howard Goller and Cynthia Osterman)

9/12/2019 DOD to identify companies with ties to Beijing by OAN Newsroom
    The Defense Department is composing a list of companies with ties to the Chinese military.    The Pentagon is reportedly identifying Chinese companies and organizations with direct or indirect links to Beijing.    The move aims to reduce the chances of U.S. weapons supply chains from being compromised, and to ensure the Chinese military is not benefiting from government sales.
    Sources say the Pentagon intends to tackle companies with suspected relations to the Peopleís Liberation Army by levying tariffs.    This comes as the Trump administration has ramped up efforts to stop China from obtaining sensitive technologies.
    Back in May, President Trump blacklisted Chinese telecommunications company Huawei over intellectual theft and potential threats to national security.    Huaweiís connection to the communist government raised concerns itís equipment could be used to spy on the U.S. and other countries.
FILE Ė In this July 30, 2019 file photo, a staffer looks out from a Huawei retail store in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
    On Tuesday, the tech giantís U.S. chief security officer, Donald Purdy, attempted to alleviate security concerns at a telecom conference in Budapest.    He had this to say:
    ďWe donít control the data.    We donít control the equipment any more.    Our networks donít touch the customer networks, so this issue about China forcing us to turn over dataÖthe fact is that we need written permission from the telecom operators every time we touch the network and everything we do with those special laptops is recorded.    So, there is complete transparency.    So, if we were going to give something to the China government, whether its forced or voluntary, the customers would know
    Talks between Huawei and the Trump administration will reportedly continue after a trade deal between Beijing and Washington is reached.

9/12/2019 Trump admin. takes steps to fight the Calif. homelessness crisis by OAN Newsroom
    The Trump administration is ready to help tackle Californiaís homelessness crisis.    During an interview Monday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said President Trump is passionate about combating homelessness in the state.    In the past few monthís, the president has made it clear that he is interested in cleaning up Californiaís large cities.
    ďOur beautiful California is a disgrace to our country, itís a shame, the world is looking at it,Ē stated the president.    ďLook at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible, disgusting conditionsÖlook at San FranciscoÖlook at some of your other cities
    Homelessness has been on the rise in California in recent years with the Housing Department estimating around 130,000 people were homeless in the Golden State last year.    This data represents nearly a quarter of all homeless people in the entire country.
    Looking even further, the state currently holds nearly 30-percent of the countryís homeless veterans, which accounts for nearly 11,000 people.
FILE Ė In this Monday, July 1, 2019 file photo, homeless people move their belongings from a street along side of Los Angeles City Hall
as crews prepared to clean the area. Members of the Trump administration are visiting Los Angeles to get a firsthand look at the cityís
sprawling homeless encampments, while President Donald Trump has directed his staff to develop policy options to address
the national crisis of people living on the streets. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
    Both Carson and Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere blame on over-regulation and excessive taxation for the stateís flood of homelessness.
    Nonetheless, state and local officials have been working on a number of Housing and Urban Development projects in an attempt to address the issue.    However, itís becoming increasingly clear that federal intervention may be necessary.
    This week, multiple Trump administration officials toured California in hopes of addressing the problem, particularly in large cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.    The delegation was lead by White House domestic policy assistant Ben Hobbs, and included officials from multiple departments.    It was meant to scope out areas most impacted by the crisis, so the administration can eventually co-op a tenable solution.
    In the meantime, the White House has said itís considering a wide range of options in combating the epidemic.

9/12/2019 California lawmakers consider measures on ride services, rent, death penalty by OAN Newsroom
    The governor of California is preparing to either approve or toss a number of ballot measures ahead of a Friday deadline.    One bill involves rideshare companies Lyft and Uber.    It would require the services to grant certain protections to contract drivers such as minimum wage and workers compensation.
    ďWeíre asking for a driver bill of rights, right now we have no rights.    As contract workers, we donít control wages, we donít control rates, we donít control our schedule.    I have to work more hours to make what I was making three-years ago, and six weeks ago my salary got hit by a 25-percent reduction in salary.Ē ó Mario Fabiala, Uber driver
    Governor Gavin Newsom has promised to sign the bill, however, Uber has said it will refuse to comply and classify its drivers as employees.    Instead, the rideshare company will continue to classify them as ďindependent contractors.Ē    Uber is also pushing for an initiative to block the measure from being passed.
    Meanwhile, the governor is also receiving push back from state lawmakers following a moratorium as the California Supreme Court refused to block death penalty cases from proceeding.    Newsom expressed his disapproval of the death penalty Wednesday, adding, if his name is attached to the bill then he ďwouldnít be able to sleep at night.Ē
File Ė In this March 13, 2019, file photo, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a gurney is removed
from the death penalty chamber at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Californiaís Supreme Court has refused to block
death penalty cases from continuing during Gov. Gavin Newsomís moratorium on executions. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
    ďThere was a national academy of science report that came out that estimates that one out of every 25 people on death row is innocent," stated Newsom.    ďIf thatís the case that means that if we move forward with executing 737 people in California, we will have executed roughly 30 people that are innocent
    As for the stateís housing crisis, a bill has been approved to curb rent increases and give more power to leasers.    Governor Newsom will have until Friday to decide whether to act on these measures.

9/12/2019 Buttigieg proposes federal IDís for illegal immigrants in the U.S. by OAN Newsroom
    Democrat presidential contender Pete Buttigieg is seeking to make life easier for illegals in the U.S. through his latest proposal.    While speaking at an event Tuesday, he proposed the idea of creating a national ID for illegal immigrants.
    Buttigieg said it was difficult for them to be ďexcluded from the life of the community since they were unable to receive an IDs.Ē    This comes as the Indiana mayor spearheaded a citywide ID program, forcing local police to recognize these IDís.    The move gives immigrants access to city buildings, public schools, and other city services.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks with attendees at the Hawkeye Area Labor Council
Labor Day Picnic, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    ďIt was part of demonstrating to everyone living in the community that we are concerned about everyone who is there,Ē he stated.    ďNow nationally, I think we should make it possible for everybody to obtain identification so that cities like mine donít have to create of solutions like this
    Buttigieg argued the idea would promote more immigration, which he claimed was necessary to keep the American population growing.    The 2020 Democrat hopeful also promoted his concept of a fast-track visa for immigrants who agreed to live in certain parts of the country.

9/12/2019 Purdue Pharma reaches tentative settlement on lawsuits surrounding opioid epidemic by OAN Newsroom
    Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma has reached a tentative settlement with around half of U.S. states on lawsuits surrounding its alleged involvement in the nations opioid epidemic.
    The settlement was reached Wednesday and says the company will pay up to $12 billion over time.    Additionally, itís owners ó the Sackler family ó will relinquish control of the company.    The Sacklerís would then start a trust meant to combat the opioid epidemic.
    Some people in Ohio, however, say the agreement leaves much to be desired.    Significantly hit by the opioid epidemic, residents are doubtful the settlement will have any effect on the growing crisis.
    ďItís a slap on the wrist..itís not going to stop, itís not gonna stop until somebody makes them stop.    I mean this, itís nothing.Ē ó Christine Fry, Ohio resident.
FILE Ė In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, medications slated for destruction are shown in a locked storage area of the police department
in Barberton, Ohio. The tentative settlement involving the opioid crisis and the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, could mean that thousands
of local governments will one day be paid back for some of the costs of responding to the epidemic. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
    The settlement comes as Purdueís federal trail date draws closer. The lawsuits alleges the Connecticut-based company falsely advertised Oxycontin as a non-addictive painkiller without disclosing any possibly dangerous side effects.    The downplayed addiction risks further intensified the already existing prescription drug epidemic.
    According to reports, the epidemic has taken around 200,000 lives in the past two decades.    Many are calling for Purdue to take responsibility for their alleged role in furthering the crisis.
    Despite the tentative settlement, around half the states suing Purdue promised to continue their legal battle against the pharmaceutical company.

9/12/2019 Mnuchin says U.S. still pursuing Ďmaximum pressureí against Iran by Susan Heavey and Mohammad Zargham
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin answers questions from the press after an interview on CNBC on
the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The United States is still pursuing its campaign of ďmaximum pressureĒ against Iran, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday, even after President Donald Trump parted ways with his hard-line national security adviser John Bolton.
    Mnuchin, in an interview with CNBC, also said that there is no current plan for Trump to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month, although he reiterated that Trump is open to meeting with Rouhani with no preconditions.
    Trumpís remaining national security team is ďexecuting on a maximum pressure strategy against Iran,Ē Mnuchin said.
    ďThereís no question itís working,Ē added Mnuchin, whose department plays a key role in carrying out U.S. policy toward Iran through the imposition of economic sanctions.
    Observers had been looking for any signals from Washington on possible changes in policy toward Iran after Bolton left his post abruptly on Tuesday.    Amid numerous policy disagreements, Trump said he fired Bolton, while Bolton said he resigned.
    Iran, which had singled out Bolton for criticism for his hawkish views, has denounced as ďeconomic terrorismĒ the increasingly strict U.S. sanctions imposed after Trump last year pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers including the United States.
    Trump said the agreement, which put limits on Iranís nuclear activities in return for lifting of sanctions, left open a path for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and did not address Iranís missile program and its regional behavior.
    Iran has denied seeking nuclear weapons and has said it hopes to save the nuclear deal but cannot do so indefinitely if it gets none of its economic benefits.    Iran has responded to U.S. sanctions with steps to reduce its compliance with the accord, and has said it could eventually leave the pact unless other parties shield the Iranian economy from penalties.
    The United States has said it does not seek to topple Iranís government, but rather to change its behavior.
    Sanctions against Iran have been effective and could help pressure Iran and its leaders to negotiate with Trump, Mnuchin added.
    ďWe have cut off their money, and thatís the reason why, if they do come back to the negotiation table, theyíre coming back,Ē Mnuchin said, adding that the U.S. strategy toward Iran is similar to the one the Republican president is taking toward trade talks with China.
    ďIf the president can get the right deal that heís talked about, weíll negotiate with Iran.    If not, weíll continue the maximum pressure campaign,Ē Mnuchin added.
    Iran said on Wednesday that the United States should distance itself from ďwarmongersĒ after Boltonís departure, and Tehran stood by its demand that sanctions be lifted before any talks.
    Bolton, a leading foreign policy hawk and Trumpís third national security adviser, was a chief architect of Trumpís strident stance against Iran and instigated the maximum pressure campaign aimed at bringing Tehran to the table to negotiate a new deal on curtailing its nuclear program.
    Trump has reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 accord and has introduced other measures including threats of sanctions against any country importing oil from Iran, which has led to a sharp drop in Iranian oil exports.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Will Dunham)

9/12/2019 Oil prices down 1.5% on U.S.-China trade doubts, OPEC+ talks by Laila Kearney
FILE PHOTO: Oil pump jacks work at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jessica Lutz
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė Oil prices fell about 1.5% on Thursday after a media report cast doubt on the possibility of an interim U.S.-China trade deal and as a meeting of the OPEC+ alliance yielded no decision on deepening crude supply cuts.
    Oil was pressured further after the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate to a record low -0.5% from -0.4% and said it will restart bond purchases of 20 billion euros a month from November to prop up euro zone growth.
    Brent crude futures were down 74 cents, or 1.2%, at $60.07 a barrel by 1:54 p.m. EDT (1754 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 92 cents, or 1.7%, to $54.83 a barrel.    Both were heading for a third session of losses.
    Both Brent and WTI fell below the $60 and $55 a barrel marks during the session, triggering auto-selling.
    Oil futures extended their losses after a senior White House official denied a Bloomberg News report that the United States was considering a temporary trade agreement with China, according to CNBC.
    The prospect that the worldís two largest economies made some concessions in a protracted trade war, according to a previous report, supported prices earlier in the session.
    ďAll of a sudden we had a ray of hope,Ē said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.
    ďNow that theyíre downplaying that and, immediately, the stocks went back down, gold came back up and oil went back down
    Also hitting oil prices were comments by Saudi Arabiaís new energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who said deeper cuts would not be decided upon before a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries planned for December.
    The meeting yielded a promise to keep countries within the production quotas they committed to in a global supply deal, which would limit oil coming to the market as Nigeria, Iraq and Russia have, at times, produced more than their allocations. [OPEC/O]
    A statement from OPEC and its allies, a grouping known as OPEC+, said oil stocks in industrial countries remained above the five-year average.    Omanís energy minister said ďthe outlook is not very good for 2020
    Prince Abdulaziz said Saudi Arabia would keep cutting by more than it pledged in the pact that has throttled supply from OPEC+ by 1.2 million barrels per day.
    Also feeding the bearish sentiment, the International Energy Agency said surging U.S. output would make balancing the market ďdauntingĒ in 2020.
    ďBooming shale production has allowed the U.S. to close in on, and briefly overtake, Saudi Arabia as the worldís top oil exporter Ö in June, after crude exports surged above 3 million bpd,Ē said the agency that advises industrial economies on energy policy in its monthly report.
    The Paris-based IEA kept its oil demand growth forecasts for this and next year at 1.1 million bpd and 1.3 million bpd, respectively.
(GRAPHIC: U.S. petroleum stocks, weekly changes Ė
(GRAPHIC: U.S. crude oil inventory levels Ė> (Reporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla in London and Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Matthew Lewis)

9/12/2019 House Judiciary Committee passes impeachment rules to expand scope of inquiry by OAN Newsroom
    ďSome call this process an impeachment inquiry, some call it an impeachment investigation ó thereís no legal difference between these terms and I no longer care to argue about their nomenclature.Ē ó Rep. Jerry Nadler, (D) Chairman Ė Judiciary Committee.
    The House Judiciary Committee has approved an apparent impeachment inquiry into President Trump.    On Thursday, the panel passed a resolution in a 24-to-17 vote.
    The resolution gave the committee power to deem meetings as impeachment hearings, which provides them the ability to question witnesses after members conclude hearings among other procedural functions.
    Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tried to clarify the confusion surrounding the intentions of the meeting and claimed terminology regarding impeachment inquiry is insignificant.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., leads his panel to approve guidelines for impeachment investigation
hearings on President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Ranking member Doug Collins blasted Nadler, saying he intended to use the pointless meeting to appeal to Democrat colleagues and to fool the general public into believing there is progress with an impeachment inquiry.
    Collins also had this to say
ďIíve wanted for a long time to be able to say this: welcome to fantasy island because weíre hereÖit may all look good.    The unfortunate part is when the screen goes down, you just see a simple procedure issueÖthat doesnít deal with impeachment, that doesnít do anything else.    It just simply gives another press release for whatever were doing now
    The first committee hearing that will utilize the resolution is set for September 17th.    Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been called to testify.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, listens to a spirited objection by Rep. Doug Collins,
R-Georgia, right, the ranking member, as the panel moved to approve guidelines for impeachment investigation hearings on President
Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

9/13/2019 Oil down $0.66 to $55.09, DOW up 45 to 27,182.

9/13/2019 Dems OK impeachment rules as leaders spar - Moderates remain wary as panel moves forward by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler tried to clear up confusion within his caucus about impeachment on Thursday as the committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump.
    Nadler says thereís no uncertainty about what his committee is doing: Itís an impeachment investigation, no matter how you want to phrase it.
    Some of Nadlerís fellow Democrats Ė including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Ė have stumbled over how to explain what theyíre doing, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been reluctant to echo the committeeís assertions that it is in the midst of an impeachment probe.
    At a news conference after the committee vote, Pelosi was on the defensive.    She said she supports what the committee is doing, and ďI salute them for that work.Ē    She said, though, that when she travels the country, ďpeople are saying itís good to be careful about how we proceed
    Impeachment has divided Democrats who control the House.    Democrats on Nadlerís committee, including some of the most liberal members of the House, have been eager to move forward with the process.    But moderates, mostly first-term lawmakers who handed their party the majority in the 2018 election, are concerned about the committeeís drumbeat on impeachment and the attention that comes with that continued action.
    Given those divisions, Nadler and Pelosi have been talking about impeachment very differently.    While Nadler has been clear that his committee is moving ahead, Pelosi is reluctant to mention the ďIĒ word and has repeatedly said the strategy is to ďlegislate, investigate and litigate.Ē    In private meetings, she has urged caution and told the caucus that the public isnít there yet on impeachment.
    At the same time, she has signed off on the committeeís moves.
    At the hearing, Nadler was forceful about the Judiciary panelís path.
    ďSome call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation.    There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature,Ē Nadler, D-N.Y., said as he opened the meeting.    ďBut let me clear up any remaining doubt: The conduct under investigation poses a threat to our democracy.    We have an obligation to respond to this threat.    And we are doing so
    As the committee said it would move ahead, several freshman lawmakers met with Nadler and expressed concerns about the path ahead.
    ďItís sucking the air out of all the good stuff that weíre doing, so thatís our concern,Ē said Florida Rep. Donna Shalala, who attended the meeting.    She said very few constituents in her swing district asked her about impeachment over the August recess.
The House Judiciary Committee led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is moving ahead on
impeachment as party leaders tread cautiously. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

9/13/2019 Charges against McCabe advised - Former acting FBI chief often targeted by Trump by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė Federal prosecutors recommended seeking criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI and a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the decision Thursday.
    McCabe was fired from the FBI just before his retirement in March 2018 after the Justice Departmentís internal watchdog concluded that he improperly authorized a leak about a federal investigation into the Clinton Foundation in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign.
    The U.S. attorney in Washington, Jessie Liu, recommended moving forward with unspecified charges against McCabe, according to people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to comment publicly.
    Whether McCabe is indicted will be up to a federal grand jury in Washington.    The U.S. Attorneyís Office in Washington declined to comment.
    The recommendation that McCabe be charged is the latest fallout from the FBIís handling of investigations around the 2016 presidential election, when agents investigated both of the majorparty candidates.    Those investigations Ė into Russian meddling to help Trump win the presidency and Democrat Hillary Clintonís use of a private email server Ė inserted the FBI into the center of fraught political controversies.
    Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe after a Justice Department Inspector Generalís report found he misstated his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal days before the election about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.    He was ousted days before he could begin collecting retirement benefits.
    McCabe, who became acting FBI director after Trump fired James Comey in May 2017, has been the target of the presidentís attacks.    Trump accused law enforcement officials of partisan investigations of him, his campaign and his administration.    Inquiries led to charges against six of Trumpís aides and advisers.
    The election-year investigations roiled the top ranks of the FBI.    Internal investigators faulted McCabe and Comey for violating Justice Department rules in the final months of the campaign.    Lower-level staffers were fired or reassigned.
    The Justice Department said Aug. 29 that Comey violated bureau policies for keeping private memos about his conversations with Trump, then having a friend describe the contents of one memo to The New York Times.    The department didnít charge Comey criminally.
    McCabeís firing came after the inspector general investigated the information behind a Wall Street Journal story about the Clinton Foundation to determine whether it was an unauthorized leak and if so, who was the source.
    Investigators determined that McCabe, to promote his impartiality, authorized associates to disclose a call Aug. 12 between McCabe and the principal associate deputy attorney general to The Wall Street Journal.
    The inspector general found McCabe ďlacked candorĒ when he said he hadnít authorized the disclosure.
Contributing: Kristine Phillips
Andrew McCabe was fired from the FBI just before his retirement in March 2018. ALEX BRANDON/ AP
[The tides are beginning to turn the other way as the "DEEP STATE" collusions of the Obama administeration are coming out in the daylight for all to see, and in time will be seeing plea deals to cover their own behind.].

9/13/2019 Panel backs Trump wall funds; Democrats resist by Andrew Taylor, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė A Republican-controlled Senate committee Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trumpís border wall request and his moves to pay for the project without congressional approval.    Democrats threatened to filibuster a Pentagon spending bill.
    The Senate Appropriations Committee lined up behind Trump on partyline votes approving an almost $700 billion funding bill for the Defense Department and blocking a Democratic attempt to prevent Trump from transferring Pentagon funds to build the border barrier.
    The votes came amid tensions on the committee, which is responsible for $1.4 trillion worth of agency funding bills required to fill in the details of this summerís budget and debt deal.    That deal reversed cuts that were aimed at the Pentagon and domestic programs, while increasing the governmentís borrowing cap so it would not default on its payments and Treasury notes.
    The committee chairman, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., had hoped to approve two other bills, a $55 billion foreign aid measure and a $178 billion health and education funding bill thatís the largest domestic spending bill.
    But Republicans stood to lose abortion- related votes that would have aligned those measures with companion bills passed by the Democratic-controlled House, so Shelby postponed the votes.
    Democrats complained that Shelby, following the lead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was shortchanging the popular health and education measure to fund Trumpís $5 billion request for his border wall.
    They also were furious about Trumpís moves to raid $3.6 billion in military base construction projects to pay for 11 additional border fence segments totaling 175 miles in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
    But Republicans voted down proposals by the committeeís top Democrat, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, to block Trump from repeating the maneuver.    They also defeated a Democratic proposal to shift $3.6 billion from Trumpís border wall request to other domestic accounts.
    Those moves led Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to threaten a Democratic filibuster unless Republicans offer concessions now on the wall money.
    Despite some tensions on the committee, both sides said they would work to keep the bills on track.    McConnell promised the end results will be fair.
    ďIn the end, the Democratic majority in the House should be able to protect what your priorities are,Ē McConnell said, addressing the Democratic side of the committee.
    The issues that caused Shelby to cancel votes on the health and education and foreign aid bills included an amendment by Sen. Patty Murray, DWash., to overturn a Trump executive order that takes federal family planning money away from organizations that counsel women on abortion options.
    Murrayís amendment likely would have passed the committee, where two pro-abortion-rights Republicans would likely have sided with her.    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., also could have prevailed in a similar abortion-related matter on the foreign aid bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told Democrats that the House would protect their funding priorities. ANDREW HARNIK/AP

9/13/2019 Paris commuter chaos as metro workers strike over pension reform by Leigh Thomas and Richard Lough
A passenger waits on a platform at the Gare du Nord metro station during a strike by all unions of the Paris transport
network (RATP) against pension reform plans in Paris, France, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė Parisian commuters faced travel misery on Friday as metro workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges under President Emmanuel Macronís pension reforms.
    Ten out of the 16 metro lines in Paris and two major regional train lines were totally shut as the morning rush hour got under way, leaving commuters scrambling to find alternatives to get to work.
    At the Gare Saint-Lazare in central Paris, commuters swarmed off trains operated by the state-run SNCF before stopping in their tracks to consult bus routes on the cell phones.
    Long queues backed up at bus stops as traffic was snarled at busy intersections.    At the Gare du Nord train station, Europeís busiest, commuters suffered crowded platforms and long waits on the few metro lines running a reduced service.
    ďI am walking to work today and will be on the streets for at least four hours,Ē Anthony, 21, who works in a restaurant in West Paris, told Reuters on his way to start a shift running nearly to midnight.
    Unions want the strike, expected to be the largest since 2007 in Paris, to send a warning to Macronís government as it launches one of the most perilous reforms of his presidency ó to merge Franceís 42 different pension systems into a single points-based system.
    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised on Thursday to take the time to listen to unions and broader public opinion after criticism in the past for turning a deaf ear.
    ďThe prime ministerís announcements will not have any impact.    The strike has been launched and participation will be massive,Ē Frederic Ruiz, who heads the CFE-CGC union at the Paris public transport company, RATP, told Reuters.
    The government did not waver in the face of rolling strikes last year over a reform of the state rail company, but Macron has since been weakened politically by anti-government protests at the end of 2018 and early this year.
    Those protests, which shocked the nation with some of the worst street violence in decades, were triggered by anger over falling living standards and also concerns Macron was pushing his reform agenda too hard.
    ďWhen you start messing with the pension system, itís better to tread carefully,Ē Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin told Europe 1 radio.
    While promising to be open to external input on the pension reform, Philippe said that he was determined to see through the pension reform plan.
    ďThe countryís got to change.    Itís a global world now and we canít work in France like we used to,Ē said commuter Etienne Leblanc, a sales director in the finance sector.
    The pension regime specific to RATP workers allows train drivers and other staff that work underground to retire at 52, a decade earlier than the normal legal retirement age for a full public pension.
    Junior budget minister Olivier Dussopt said that RATP workersí pension contributions covered only 40% of payouts, leaving the state on the hook for the rest.
    ďIf the state stopped paying, the system would explode,Ē he added.
    Previous reforms have already rolled back some of RATP workers rights and increased how long they have to pay into the system, but workers are worried they will have to make further sacrifices.
    An Odoxa-Dentsu poll found that nearly three out of four people surveyed did not think that Macronís government would come up with a good reform.
    Pensions graphic link Ė
(Additional reporting by Caroline Paillez and Matthias Blamont; Writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Michael Perry and Peter Graff)

9/13/2019 President Trump says Israel has no reason to spy on his administration, dismisses report by OAN Newsroom
    ďNo, I donít think the Israelis were spying on us.Ē ó President Trump
    President Trump is dismissing a report, which claimed Israel had planted spy devices around the White House.    While speaking with reporters Thursday, the president said Israel has no reason to spy on his administration due to his strong relations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    This comes after Politico reported Israel collected sensitive information about the Trump administration dating back two-years.    However, President Trump said Israeli officials would not risk undermining strong mutual ties by attempting such blatant espionage.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House,
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Washington. Trump is en route to Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    ďI really would find that hard to believe, my relationship with Israel has been great,Ē stated the president.    ďYou look at Golan Heights, you look at Jerusalem with moving the embassy to Jerusalem becoming the capital ó no I donít believe that, I wouldnít believe that story
    President Trump also highlighted the cooperation between American and Israeli intelligence in tackling common challenges.
[It is not hard to figure out who created this fake news.].

9/13/2019 DOJ recommends charges for McCabe after striking down request for appeal by OAN Newsroom
    Disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe doesnít get the mercy from the Department of Justice he so desperately wanted.    The department reportedly struck down McCabeís last ditch effort to appeal and avoid criminal charges related to false statements he made regarding the Clinton Foundation.
    The Justice Department fired McCabe in 2018, days before he was set to retire, after an Inspector Generals report said he allowed FBI officials to leak Clinton probe information to the Wall Street Journal ahead of election day in 2016.
    ďDo too many people leak?    Absolutely.    Is there too much government information thatís being provided in unauthorized fashions to the media? No question, something that concerned me greatlyÖsomething that concerned Jim Comey greatlyÖĒ ó Andrew McCabe
FILE Ė In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appears before a Senate Intelligence Committee
hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCabe faces the prospect of an
indictment after his attorneys were unable to persuade senior Justice Department officials not to pursue charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    McCabe has denied any wrongdoing, and has said the IG report about him was based on ďmischaracterizations and omissions.Ē    He also claimed ó without evidence ó President Trump pressured the Inspector Generalís findings because McCabe refused to pledge loyalty to the president.
    ďA 21 year career in the FBIÖabsolutely unblemished career until the point which the president decided and communicated to several people that he wanted me to go,Ē Mccabe stated during an interview.
GOP lawmakers who have been highly critical of the Comey-era FBI welcomed the Justice Departmentís recommendation.    Ohio congressman Jim Jordan tweeted, ďlooks like we might be getting accountability for the Comey cabal.Ē    Meanwhile, North Carolina Representative Mark Meadows tweeted:
    The Justice Departmentís decision now clears the way for a formal indictment of Andrew McCabe, but chances are likely it may not bring charges.    The department chose not to indict former FBI Director James Comey for similar actions after an IG report said Comey leaked confidential FBI memos of his discussions with President Trump to an acquaintance, who then gave those notes to the press.
    If the Department of Justice does not bring any criminal proceedings against McCabe, it runs the risk of appearing to advocate for a two tiered system of justice where the powerful and connected are never held to account for reported misconduct and the average citizen pays the highest price for the smallest offense.

9/13/2019 Securities fraud case against N.Y. Rep. Collins set for February by OAN Newsroom
    A New York court has set a February trial date for a congressman accused of insider trading.    While appearing in court Thursday, Representative Chris Collins pleaded not guilty to a revised indictment claiming he committed securities fraud and lied to the FBI.
    A trial has been set for February, although Collins didnít say if that would affect his decision to run for reelection.    The New York official said heís confident he will be exonerated of the charges and would win a reelection campaign.
U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., speaks to reporters as he leaves the courthouse after a pretrial hearing
in his insider-trading case, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    ďHighly confident if I won, Iíd win a primaryÖhighly confident if I win the primary I would be reelected in a general, and so thatís a decision for a later date,Ē Collins told reporters.    ďPrimaries in June, this is still September ó thereís no rush
    Analysts say the legal issues surrounding the case could push the trial date even further.    Three Republicans have already announced campaigns to challenge Collins in the 2020 primary.

9/13/2019 Calif. bill would ban facial recognition tech on body cams by OAN Newsroom
    A proposed bill banning facial recognition features on police body cameras is waiting for California Governor Gavin Newsomís stamp of approval.    According to reports, the stateís legislature voted in favor of the controversial law Thursday.
    Supporters of the bill say the devices would be helpful to crack down on crime, but critics warn the new age technology comes with flaws.
    This comes as several studies have shown facial recognition technology to be inaccurate, especially when trying to identify minorities, women and in some cases even well-known lawmakers.
A facial recognition camera is pictured in front of a police officer. (John Raoux/AP Photo)
    ďThis is a technology that misidentified 28 members of the United States Congress,Ē stated Aaron Peskin, a member of San Franciscoís Board of Supervisors.    ďBut really can be terribly misused by governments
    Governor Newsom has until mid-October to sign the bill.
[Another Democratic vote to protect criminals in California.].

9/13/2019 President Trump condemns Democrat efforts toward impeachment, mainstream media by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is slamming House Democrats for continuing their push for impeachment.    In a series of tweets Friday, the president pointed to the economy as he questioned their efforts.
    Trump tweet: "How do you impeach a President who has helped create perhaps the greatest economy in the history of our Country?    All time best unemployment numbers, especially for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians & Women.    More people working today than ever before.    Rebuilt Military & Choice for Vets...Ē
    President Trump then touted a list of achievements such as low minority unemployment and job growth, a rebuilt military, U.S. energy independence, and record number of appointed judges as well as two Supreme Court justices.
    This comes after the House Judiciary Committee authorized rules for an impeachment inquiry on Thursday.
President Donald Trump speaks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    While speaking at a recent GOP retreat in Baltimore, the president laid into House Democrats as well as the mainstream media. He had this to say:
    ďWe also need to prepare for the coming fight, because the traditions and beliefs that have made the American dreams possible are under attack like never before.    Youíve never seen anything like it.    Iíve never seen anything like it.    House Democrats are pursuing the most radical far-left program ever put forward in that historic chamber.    Itís the Democrats and itís the media who are fighting two battles.    The Democrats and the media.    Itís as if theyíre one because they are one.    Theyíre working together, they are colluding and they are obstructing
    The president then said heís done so much for the country despite the Mueller witch hunt, and an Inspector General report which found James Comey to be a dirty cop.    He ended the series of tweets by saying, ďyou donít impeach presidents for doing a good (great!) job

9/14/2019 Oil down $0.26 to $54.86, DOW up 38 to 27,220.

9/14/2019 Hazma bin Ladin killed in U.S. operation by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump confirms Osama bin Ladenís son was killed in U.S. counterterrorism operation.
A screen grab from an undated handout video made available by the Central Intelligence Agency shows
Hamza bin Laden, the son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. (Photo: CIA HANDOUT, EPA-EFE)
    According to the White House Saturday Hamza bin Ladin, was killed in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, during a counterterrorism operation in late July.
    In a statement, the president said ďthe loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives Al-Qaida of important leadership skills, but also undermines important operational activities of the group
    The death of Hamza comes just days after the 18th anniversary of 9/11, which the insurgent group carried out back in 2001.

9/14/2019 President Trump discusses potential mutual defense treaty with Israel PM Netanyahu by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a striking a defense treaty between the two nations.
FILE Ė In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu walk along the Colonnade of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    In a series of tweets Saturday, the president said he had a call with Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with the agreement.
    The president said the treaty would further anchor the tremendous alliance between the two nations.
    He also said he looks forward to continuing discussions after the Israeli elections when he and Netanyahu meet at the UN later this month.
    Trump tweet: ďI had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance....Ē    ď....between our two countries.    I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!Ē
    Israel is set to hold elections for the second time this year Tuesday, after Netanyahu was unable to form a governing coalition back in April.

9/14/2019 Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections by Alexandra Alper
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster Netanyahuís re-election bid just days before Israelis go to the polls.
    ďI had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,Ē Trump said on Twitter.
    He added that he looked forward to continuing those discussions later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.
    Netanyahu thanked Trump, saying in a tweet that Israel ďhas never had a greater friend in the White House,Ē and adding that he looked forward to meeting at the U.N. ďto advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel
    The timing of Trumpís tweet, just days before Israelís election on Tuesday, appeared aimed at buttressing Netanyahuís bid to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to Trump.
    Opinion polls predict a close race, five months after an inconclusive election in which Netanyahu declared himself the winner but failed to put together a coalition government.
    Netanyahuís Likud party is running neck-and-neck with the centrist Blue and White party led by former armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who has focused heavily on looming corruption charges Netanyahu faces.
    In a televised interview with Israelís Channel 12 later on Saturday, Netanyahu made a direct appeal to voters based on the treaty.    ďIím going to get us a defense pact that will provide us with security for centuries but for that I need your votes,Ē he said.
    Trump previously bolstered Netanyahuís candidacy when he recognized Israelís claim of sovereignty over the Golan Heights ahead of the elections earlier this year.
    Some Israeli officials have promoted the idea of building on Netanyahuís strong ties to the Trump administration by forging a new defense treaty with the United States, focused especially on guarantees of assistance in any conflict with Iran.
    Trump provided no details, but a mutual defense treaty could obligate the United States to come to Israelís defense if it is attacked.
    Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said earlier this month that a pact should apply to ďdefined issues Ė nuclear threats and the matter of long-range missiles aimed by Iran at Israel
    ďWe have means of offense and defense, but this would spare us the need to earmark enormous resources on a permanent basis and for the long-term in the face of such threats,Ē Katz told Israelís Ynet TV.
    Netanyahuís chief rival Gantz assailed the idea as a ďgrave mistake,Ē arguing it would strip Israel of military autonomy.
    ďThis is not what we want,Ē the centrist candidate told a conference in Jerusalem.    ďWe have never asked anyone to get killed for us.    We have never asked anyone to fight for us.    And we have never asked anyone anyoneís permission to defend the State of Israel
(Reporting by Alex Alper in Washington; Additional reporting by Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem and Tim Ahmann and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

9/14/2019 Rep. Nadler speaks out on Dems impeachment push amid disagreement within party by OAN Newsroom
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler speaks out on Democrats push for impeachment amid disagreements within the party over the matter.
    In an interview Friday, Nadler said an impeachment inquiry is exactly what the committee is doing, but claimed the term itself has no legal significance.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. | Win McNamee/Getty Images
    He also said the panel is doing itís job under the constitution, which is to conduct a series of hearings and an investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment.
    ďWeíve been very clear for the last several months, in filing with the court and public statements in official statement in the committee, that we are conducting an investigation, with the purpose among other things, of determining whether to report articles of impeachment to the entire House,Ē said Nadler on the House Judiciary Committeeís approval of a resolution defining the rules of the panelís impeachment probe.
    Earlier this week, Democrat House Majority leader Steny Hoyer told reporters that Congress was not starting an impeachment investigation.
    Additionally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reportedly emphatically argued the investigation is not a true impeachment proceeding.
    Meantime, a lawyer for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke out about the apparent impeachment probe by Democrats saying he will only appear for questioning under a congressional subpoena.
    The Washington Post revealed Friday, Democrats want to question Sessions about his relationship with President Trump, and his decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe.
    Democrats reportedly want any information they can get from Sessions, about possible instances of obstruction of justice.
    However, a subpoena for Sessions has yet to be issued.
[Heh Numbskull Nadler your party is trying to tell you something in that you have been investigating for almost 3 years and you have not found any obstruction of justice, etc. abuse of power to do anything to Trump so quit wasting taxpayers money or continue and watch you party lose the Congress, Senate and the Presidency, because it will not be long before the courts will be putting many of the former SWAMP FBI, CIA, DNI, NSA, etc, for trying to overthrow Presidency with a illegal Russian collusion conspiracy, and I know Adam Shiff may be in that and now wonder if you were also.].

9/14/2019 Snowden says he hopes France will grant him asylum
FILE PHOTO - Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a round table on the protection of
whistleblowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes France will grant him asylum, according to a France Inter radio interview to be broadcast on Monday.     In excerpts made available on the French radio stationís Twitter account, Snowden says he would ďlove to seeĒ French President Emmanuel Macron make a gesture enabling him to live in the country.
    It was not immediately clear when or where the interview took place.
Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013 after he revealed details of secret surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies.
    Many civil rights activists see him as a hero, but at home in the United States authorities want him to stand trial for espionage.
(Reporting by Matthias Blamont ; Editing by William Maclean)
[The US should allow him to come back since the DEEP STATE is about to get busted for what he uncovered, which was spying on American citizens from the years of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama, who was the worst of bunch, as you could see why it was embedded so deep in the agency for 8 years that they used it to control anyone in their way, and I hope Donald Trump will win in 2020 get that all taken care of eventually.].

9/14/2019 Police face protesters in Nantes as Ďyellow vestí marches resume
A molotov cocktail explodes in front of a French gendarme during a demonstration on Act 44 (the 44th consecutive national
protest on Saturday) of the yellow vests movement in Nantes, France, September 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
    NANTES, France (Reuters) Ė Hundreds of demonstrators faced police in a tense stand-off in the French city of Nantes on Saturday as revived ďyellow vestĒ protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the>     Police responded with tear gas after some protesters threw projectiles.    A spokesman with the local prefecture said 21 people had been arrested.
    Television footage showed groups of black-clad protesters trying to break into shops, while police trucks carrying water cannon were seen arriving on scene.
    The Gilets Jaunes (yellow vest) protests, named after motoristsí high-visibility jackets, began over fuel tax increases but morphed into a sometimes violent revolt against Macron and a government they see as out of touch.
    The president has sought to ease tensions with 17 billion euros ($18.82 billion) of countermeasures to boost the monthly minimum wage, remove some taxes, and offer relief to poor retirees.    But he faces a new round of anger with a long-awaited reform that seeks to merge Franceís 42 different pension systems into a single points-based system.
    Parisian commuters faced travel misery on Friday as metro workers went on strike over plans to reduce their retirement privileges.
(Reporting by Reuters Television ; Writing by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Catherine Evans)

9/14/2019 Sen. Ernst, Blackburn bill requires migrants submit to DNA testing by OAN Newsroom
    A pair of Republican senators float a new proposal to tackle child trafficking at the border.
The Department of Homeland Security announced its plan run a pilot program to test the DNA of families arriving at the
southern border to help prosecute those falsely posing as relatives. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images
    This week, Senators Joni Ernst and Marsha Blackburn introduced a bill which, if enacted, will require DNA testing for migrants traveling into the U.S. as families to verify their relationship.
    The move comes as border officials look for new ways to crack down on fraudulent asylum claims.
    Blackburn said the process will ensure the children are not being exploited by traffickers hoping to take advantage of asylum laws.
    Earlier this year ICE reported that 1 in 5 migrants groups that present as families at the border are not actually related.

9/14/2019 U.K. judge rules Assange will remain in jail after sentence ends by OAN Newsroom
    A U.K. judge rules Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will remain behind bars even after his sentence for violating bail conditions ends.
Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van on his way to court in June. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
    On Friday, the judge ruled Assange will not be released on September 22nd when his sentence concludes but rather stay in jail due to his history of evading proceedings.
    The 48-year-old is currently serving a 50 week sentence for violating bail conditions, and avoiding extradition to Sweden by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years.
    Assange is facing extradition to the U.S. over allegations of hacking, and a final hearing regarding the matter is expected to be held in February.

9/15/2019 Trump official is issued subpoena by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress.
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday night that the committee will require that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.    The chairman did not detail the subject of the whistleblower complaint, but said he was aware the intelligence communityís inspector general had determined it to be credible and a matter of ďurgent concern
    Schiff said Maguire is required to share the complaint with Congress but wonít do so, and ďthis raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct
    He added that he was concerned that administration officials ďare engaged in an unlawful effort to protect the president
    An unidentified senior intelligence official said the intelligence directorís office was reviewing the subpoena, and said Maguire is committed to upholding whistleblower protections.
[My comments: We have not heard much from Shifty Shiff in awhile who has no respect from the rest of the members of his committee after he spent two years promoting Russia collusion to the fake news, so now he thinks he has a ringer in a whistleblower from Congress, which is simply an attack by those in the NSA, CIA, NIA, DOJ, and FBI who was part of the corruption during the Obama administration are trying create any kind of crime as you can see above anyone who would protect the president.    The only protection really needs is protection from the Democrats Trump Syndrome.
Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, retired United States Navy as a Vice Admiral in 2010 after 36 years of military service.    Prior to retiring from active duty, he was the Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).    On August 8, 2019, President Donald Trump announced that Maguire would become Acting Director of National Intelligence on August 16, 2019, and he replaced Dan Coats who is suspect to me.].

    The following of the above article was found at
9/13/2019 Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding 'urgent' whistleblower complaint by KYLE CHENEY
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (center). | Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images
    The nation's top intelligence official is illegally withholding a whistleblower complaint, possibly to protect President Donald Trump or senior White House officials, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff alleged Friday.
    Schiff issued a subpoena for the complaint, accusing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire of taking extraordinary steps to withhold the complaint from Congress, even after the intel community's inspector general characterized the complaint as credible and of "urgent concern."
    ďA Director of National Intelligence has never prevented a properly submitted whistleblower complaint that the [inspector general] determined to be credible and urgent from being provided to the congressional intelligence committees.    Never," Schiff said in a statement.    "This raises serious concerns about whether White House, Department of Justice or other executive branch officials are trying to prevent a legitimate whistleblower complaint from reaching its intended recipient, the Congress, in order to cover up serious misconduct."
    Schiff indicated that he learned the matter involved "potentially privileged communications by persons outside the Intelligence Community," raising the specter that it is "being withheld to protect the President or other Administration officials."    In addition, Schiff slammed Maguire for consulting the Justice Department about the whistleblower complaint "even though the statute does not provide you discretion to review, appeal, reverse, or countermand in any way the [inspector general's] independent determination, let alone to involve another entity within the Executive Branch."
    "The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials," Schiff wrote in a letter to Maguire on Friday.
    The initial whistleblower complaint was filed last month, and Schiff indicated that it was required by law to be shared with Congress nearly two weeks ago.    His subpoena requires the information to be turned over by Sept. 17 or else he intends to compel Maguire to appear before Congress in a public hearing on Sept. 19.
    Schiff said Maguire declined to confirm or deny whether the whistleblower's complaint relates to anything the Intelligence Committee is currently investigating or whether White House lawyers were involved in the decision-making about the complaint.
    Officials in Maguireís office acknowledged Schiffís subpoena late Friday.
    ďWe received the HPSCI's subpoena this evening.    We are reviewing the request and will respond appropriately,Ē said a senior intelligence official.    ďThe ODNI and Acting DNI Maguire are committed to fully complying with the law and upholding whistleblower protections and have done so here

9/15/2019 Franceís Le Pen hails EU Ďway of lifeí job as victory on path to Elysee by Simon Carraud
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech for the next year's municipal elections in an
end-summer annual address to partisans in Frejus, France September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
    FREJUS, France (Reuters) Ė French far-right opposition leader Marine Le Pen waded into controversy over the appointment of an EU     Commissioner for ďprotecting the European way of life,Ē endorsing a move that has stoked concern about rising populism across the continent.
    Le Pen, leader of the former National Front, last year renamed the National Rally, hailed the appointment as an ďideological victoryĒ during a speech on Sunday in which she also mapped out her path to another presidential run in 2022.
    Addressing party faithful in the French Riviera town of Frejus, Le Pen sought to harness anti-government sentiment behind the countryís ďyellow vestĒ protests, with renewed pledges to improve purchasing power, halt or reverse privatizations and tackle rural decline.
    Incoming EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen drew fire this week for assigning the ďway of lifeĒ job description to the new commissioner responsible for migration Ė with critics deriding the title as a far-right slogan.
    The appointment ďspeaks volumes,Ē said Le Pen, who has often criticized the European Union while stopping short of any vow to usher France out, amid limited ďFrexitĒ support among voters.
    ďIt confirms our ideological victory,Ē Le Pen said.    Under pressure from national governments, she added, the European Union ďhas been forced to admit that immigration poses questions about the future of Europeansí way of life
    Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marineís father and predecessor as National Front chief, was placed under investigation on Friday in a long-running French probe into the alleged misuse of European Parliament funds to pay party staff from 2009-2017.
    Since 2011, when Marine Le Pen assumed the leadership, the party has sought to broaden its appeal and trim its hard-right fringes, with mixed results.
    In 2017, she failed to reach the second round of the presidential election Ė a feat her father had accomplished 15 years earlier, before losing the duel to Jacques Chirac.    But her National Rally came top in Franceís May 26 European elections.
    Lamenting the countryís growing rural-urban divide on Sunday, Le Pen set out her pitch for Franceís March 2020 municipal elections and regional ballots the following year Ė including promises to nationalize infrastructure and adjust tax policy in favor of lower-income workers and regions.
    ďEach election is an opportunity for our political family to attach another carabiner on the slope leading up to the summit,Ē she said.    ďAnd the summit is the Elysee
(Writing by Laurence Frost; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

9/16/2019 Whistleblower Snowden: Iíd love to be granted asylum in France
FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a conference at University of Buenos Aires
Law School, Argentina, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after one of Macronís ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum.
    French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said at the weekend she supported granting asylum to him, though she made clear she was speaking in a personal capacity and it was not an official offer.
    Asked about the prospect of asylum in France in an interview aired on Monday on France Inter radio, Snowden said: ďI applied for asylum in France in 2013 under [former French President Francois] Hollande and of course we would love to see Macron roll out an invitation
    ďBut itís not about France, itís about Europe, itís about the world and the system that we have.    Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act.    Welcoming someone like me is not an attack on the United States
    Snowden, about to publish his memoirs ĎPermanent Record,í has been living in Russia since 2013 after he revealed details of secret surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies.
    Many civil rights activists see him as a hero, but at home in the United States authorities want him to stand trial for espionage.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten ; Editing by Christian Lowe)

9/16/2019 President Trump: U.S. not dependent on Middle Eastern oil and gas, but will help allies by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump said the U.S. doesnít need Middle Eastern oil.    This comes as attacks on Saudi oil facilities shake the world market.
    In a tweet early Monday, the president pointed out how well the U.S. has done with energy production over the last few years.    He also pointed out that the U.S. only has a ďfewĒ tankers in the region, but stands ready to help its allies.
    Trump tweet: ďBecause we have done so well with Energy over the last few years (thank you, Mr. President!), we are a net Energy Exporter, & now the Number One Energy Producer in the World.    We donít need Middle Eastern Oil & Gas, & in fact have very few tankers there, but will help our Allies!Ē
    This comes as President Trump has allowed for the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One from the South Lawn
of the White House, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Meanwhile, Yemenís Houthi rebels have warned of more attacks on Saudi Arabiaís oil supply.    A spokesman for the group made the threat Monday, and warned foreigners to leave the area.    This comes after the rebels claimed responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities over the weekend.
    President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack, and said the U.S. is ďlocked and loadedĒ in response.     Energy Secretary Rick Perry condemned the assault at a conference in Vienna, saying this behavior is ďunacceptableĒ and Iran must be held responsible.
FILE Ė This Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, satellite image from Planet Labs Inc., shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramcoís
Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia.The weekend drone attack on one of the worldís largest crude oil
processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramcoís stability
and security is directly linked to that of its owner ó the Saudi government and its ruling family. (Planet Labs Inc via AP, File)

9/16/2019 Pelosi, Schumer push for background check legislation by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump continues to be pressured by Democrats to take up universal background check legislation.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke with the president about the matter Sunday.     Pelosi and Schumer said they will not settle for the president endorsing any proposal other than those that have already been passed by the House.    President Trump has signaled he supports expanding background checks, but he has also doubled down on the need to address mental health.
From left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., call for a Senate vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Background Checks Act as
Congress returns for the fall session with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to
address gun violence, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    ďBackground checks ó I will say that for the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or fiveÖgoing back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks they would not have stopped any of it.    So, itís a big problem.    Itís a mental problem.    Itís a big problem.Ē ó President Trump
    President Trump is expected to roll out his gun reform plan this week.

9/16/2019 .Sen. Klobuchar on Kavanaugh allegations by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Amy Klobuchar said the Justice Department needs to be investigated over its handling of sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.    The Minnesota lawmaker has opposed Kavanaugh since he was nominated as Supreme Court justice.
    Klobuchar sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and famously questioned Kavanaugh during his hearing last year.    She has claimed the Justice Department purposefully kept documents from lawmakers during that time to ensure that Kavanaugh would be confirmed.
    The 2020 Democrat presidential candidate said those documents need to be released before potential impeachment proceedings can be launched against Kavanaugh.
    On Saturday, the New York Times reported new sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. This prompted several Democrat presidential candidates to call for him to be impeached, but President Trump fired back by saying the allegations are false.
    Trump tweet: ďThe New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.Ē @foxandfriends The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh - Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a
Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

9/16/2019 EU defends ĎEuropean Way of Lifeí idea after Le Pen claims it for far-right
European Commission's president-designate Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference at the
EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) Ė The incoming chief of the EUís executive on Monday defended her decision to name among the line-up of new European Commission members an official responsible for ďProtecting our European Way of Life,Ē which critics have derided as a far-right slogan.
    European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyenís comments on the controversy came after French far-right opposition leader Marine Le Pen hailed the appointment as an ďideological victory
    Von der Leyen posted on Twitter an excerpt from the EUís constitutional Treaty of Lisbon that says the bloc is founded on values that include respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights.
    ďThe European way of life also means listening and debating with one another to find solutions for the common good.    This is what I want us to do together,Ē she said.
    Her announcement last week that there would be a commissioner to protect the European Way of Life, who will be responsible for managing migration affairs in the bloc, was greeted with ridicule and outrage.
    Among the critics, the European Parliamentís Greens/EFA group said that putting migration and border protection under a portfolio on protecting the European way of life was ďscary
    Addressing party faithful on Sunday in the French Riviera town of Frejus, where she mapped out her path to a presidential run in 2022, Le Pen said the appointment ďspeaks volumes
    ďIt confirms our ideological victory,Ē said Le Pen, who has often criticized the EU but stopped short of any vow to usher France out of the bloc.
    She said that, under pressure from national governments, the EU had been ďforced to admit that immigration poses questions about the future of Europeansí way of life
    Von der Leyen named Greeceís Margaritis Schinas, a former member of the European Parliament and a long-serving official of the European Commission, for the role in her team that is due to take office on Nov. 1.
    In his Twitter profile, Schinas describes himself as Commissioner-designate for migration, security, social rights, education, culture and youth, but not as the guardian of a European Way of Life.
(Reporting by John Chalmers, editing by Ed Osmond)

9/16/2019 Franceís Macron concerned over Israeli comments on annexation: Elysee
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera
(not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė French president Emmanuel Macron and Jordanís King Abdallah expressed their shared concern on Monday over Israeli comments on the annexation of Palestinian territories, the French presidency said in a statement.
    ďThey reaffirmed there was no alternative to the two states solution and have agreed to stay in close contact over the coming weeks to avoid any dangerous escalation of tensions,Ē added the Elysee.
(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Christian Lowe)

9/16/2019 Christine Blasey Ford friend disputes accusation against Justice Kavanaugh by OAN Newsroom
A high school friend of Christine Blasey Ford speaks out against her allegation against Supreme Court
Justice Brett Kavanaugh after previously appearing to believe her claims.
    Leland Keyser said she doesnít have any confidence in Blasey Fordís story, saying ďit just didnít make any sense,Ē in an upcoming book.
    This comes after an attorney for Keyser last year said she believed Blasey Fordís account, but noted she was unable to corroborate it because she had no recollection of the alleged incident.
    Fordís claim of sexual assault against Kavanaugh was never verified by others, and was categorically denied by the Justice during his senate confirmation hearing last year.

9/17/2019 Oil up $8.05 to $62.90, DOW down 147 to 27,077.

9/17/2019 Dow declines, oil prices rise on gas price fears by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 100 points Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted more than 5% of the worldís daily crude supplies and raised the prospect of higher gasoline prices that could add a speed bump to a vulnerable U.S. economy.
    Gasoline prices are likely to rise 10 to 25 cents a gallon as early as this week after strikes on two major Saudi oil facilities over the weekend caused the largest disruption of the worldís daily oil supplies, analysts say.
    U.S. crude prices rose nearly 15% Monday in response to the attacks. Wholesale gasoline prices increased about 15 cents a gallon, says     Tom Kloza, chief global analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.    The Dow fell 143 points, less than 1%, to 27,077 on Monday after the attack raised the risk of more disruptions to oil supply when the global economy is vulnerable.
    The Dow came off eight straight days, and three consecutive weeks, of gains.
Gas prices may stay high
    Although Saudi Arabia said it would quickly replenish the lost oil from its stockpiles, Kloza says, ďI think that everybody needs to be very skeptical.    Itís really an uncertain question
    Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for the PRICE Futures Group, says Saudi Arabia will probably be hard-pressed to replace the disrupted oil for more than several weeks.
    Even if Saudi Arabia repairs the damaged facilities within a few weeks, fears of a Saudi Arabian counterattack on Iranian oil supplies could keep oil and gas prices elevated through the fall, Kloza says.
    A Yemeni rebel group claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the U.S. government suggested they originated in Iran.
US production eases the pain
    The good news is any price increase is likely to be somewhat limited because refineries have switched from summer to winter blends of gasoline, Flynn says.
    Also cushioning the blow of any price hike is that oil prices have simply rebounded to July levels.
    The USA is the worldís largest oil producer at about 12.4 million barrels a day, Kloza says.
Economic impact
    The U.S. economy has slowed but performed solidly as a result of steady consumer spending despite the trade war with China and a slowing global economy.
    Those developments have hurt business investment and raised the risk of recession.
    A persistent spike in gasoline prices could partly dim the picture of a healthy American consumer.
Contributing: The Associated Press
    Saudi Arabia said it would replenish oil but ďeverybody needs to be skeptical
    Tom Kloza, the Oil Price Information Service

9/17/2019 Trump attacks Kavanaughís critics, blames media reports by David Jackson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė President Donald Trump again defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, assailing a news report over the weekend that prompted calls for a renewed investigation and even impeachment of the jurist.
    ďThe one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh,Ē Trump tweeted.    ďAssaulted by lies and Fake News!    This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems
    Citing a report on the morning program ďFox & Friends,Ē Trump tweeted, ďĎThe New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.íĒ    The Times clarified part of a story, what the newspaper called ďan assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party
    In an editorís note, the Times said, ďThe book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.    That information has been added to the article
    The article, an essay adapted from a forthcoming book called ďThe Education of Brett Kavanaugh,Ē dealt with allegations from Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party.
    The authors said there is more corroboration for Ramirezís story than there was at the time of Kavanaughís confirmation hearings last year.
    ďDuring his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been Ďthe talk of campus,íĒ Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly wrote.
    ďOur reporting suggests that it was,Ē they said.    ďAt least seven people, including Ms. Ramirezís mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge
    Some Democrats, including presidential candidates, said they believe Kavanaugh lied at his confirmation hearings, and they called for impeachment proceedings.
    ďI sat through those hearings,Ē tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., one of the presidential candidates.    ďBrett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people.    He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.    He must be impeached
    Trump said Sunday that the man he nominated to the nationís highest court should sue for libel, a suggestion he repeated Monday.    ďDO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY,Ē Trump tweeted.    ďThey are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions Ė but played the game badly.    They should be sued!Ē
Brett Kavanaugh faced a brutal confirmation fight last year after being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump. JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY

9/17/2019 New details on Trump-Comey meeting by OAN Newsroom
    A new book is shedding light on the unorthodox practices of fired FBI Director James Comey.    The upcoming book by former FBI assistant Josh Campbell reportedly raises new facts about the origins of the Russia probe.
    Campbell, now a CNN analyst, said Comey took the unusual step of requesting a top secret laptop before a meeting with President Trump.    This corroborates claims made by the Inspector General report, which claimed the true intent of the meeting was to gather information to launch the Russia probe.
    This differs from prior reporting, which suggested the meeting was intended to inform the president about the salacious dossier.
President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with then-FBI Director James Comey during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers
and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/AP Photo)
    ďAs it was described to me when it came in ó it was raw intelligence, a series of reports, from a credible person with reliable track record and a known experience and source network in Russia, and so it was something to be taken seriously.Ē Ė James Comey, former FBI Director
    Campbellís book reveals Comey devised a plan to use the meeting to collect information from the president ó not give him a briefing.
    More details are expected to be revealed in the book, which is set to be released Tuesday.
[Lets see now if in the future CNN lets this person go for his book in Trump's favor.].

9/17/2019 Tuscaloosa, Ala. police officer fatally shot in the line of duty by OAN Newsroom
    Law enforcement officials in Alabama are mourning the loss of a veteran officer with the Tuscaloosa Police Department.    40-year-old Dornell Cousette was fatally shot in the line of duty Monday night, while responding to a sighting of a wanted felon in the area.
    Police say when Cousette got to the scene, the suspect attempted to flee and an exchange of gunfire ensued.    The officer was struck during the exchange.    Cousette was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
    The unidentified gunman received injuries during the shoot off, and was arrested later at a nearby hospital.
In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 photo, Tuscaloosa Police officers and Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators work at the
scene where Tuscaloosa Police Investigator Dornell Cousette, was shot and killed in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Cousette was attempting to serve
a warrant on a man in the cityís West End when the suspect opened fire. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
    The Tuscaloosa Police Department is asking the community to keep police officers in their thoughts and prayers.
    ďI ask that the people of Tuscaloosa keep investigator Cousete and his family in our prayers.    Tonight as we hug our loved ones and we think about those that are dear in our life, let us give thanks for the heroes in the Tuscaloosa Police Department, let us give thanks for investigator Cousette, and let us praise for the heroic life which he has lived and we are all honored by it.Ē ó Mayor Walt Maddox, (D) Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Cousette was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served with the police department for 13 years.    He leaves behind his fiance and two children.    The tragic death marks the stateís fourth officer killed in the line of duty this year.
(Handout/Tuscaloosa Police Department)

9/17/2019 Sen. Harris: Kavanaugh should be impeached, lied under oath by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Kamala Harris is doubling down on her call for Justice Brett Kavanaughís impeachment in light of new sexual assault allegations.
    In an interview Monday, Harris called Kavanaughís confirmation process a ďshamĒ and accused him of lying to the Senate.    She also sent out a tweet last week, where she called his confirmation an ďinsultĒ to justice in the U.S.
    This comes as a New York Times article published claims from a book written by a former classmate, who alleged he saw Kavanaugh assaulting a woman at a party.    However, he also said the alleged victim didnít remember the incident.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the New Hampshire state
Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    Harris insisted the FBI open a probe into the claims, and even had a backup solution if the agency decided not to.
    ďA sham processÖthat we werenít given all the information that was available,Ē she stated.    ďLetís appoint an outside counsel ó someone who can review the case, determine the credibility of the witnesses
    Harris was one of the first Democrats to call for Kavanaughís impeachment when the New York Times article was published.

9/17/2019 President Trump hopes UAW strike ends soon by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is hoping the ongoing United Auto Workers strike against General Motors will be a quick one.    He made the comment while speaking at the White House Monday, and also said he has a great relationship with auto workers.
    The president noted General Motors makes most of itís money in the U.S., but called the company out for spending billions outside the U.S. as well.    President Trump also said nobody has pushed for auto workers more than he has, and spoke out against General Motors building plants abroad.
    ďWe have many plants that are either being renovated or expanded or built new, right now, in the United States, many more than weíve had for decades and decades,Ē he stated.    ďSo, nobody has been better to the auto workers than me
Carl Cvetkovich, front, joins dozens of fellow striking UAW workers outside the GM Parma facility
in Parma, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer via AP)
    This comes as negotiations between the union and General Motors continue as tens of thousands of workers participate in the strike.
    ďI would like to see it work out, but I donít want General Motors building plants in China and Mexico,Ē said President Trump.    ďThis was before my watch, and I donít think theyíll be doing that

9/17/2019 Kaiser Permanente workers to participate in 7 day strike by OAN Newsroom
A Kaiser Permanente facility is shown. (AP Photo)
    Tens of thousands of health care workers are planning to take part in a seven-day strike across six states. The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions recently announced that around 80,000 workers will participate in what is projected to be the biggest strike in the country since 1997.
    The coalition has alleged that Kaiser Permanente uses unfair labor practices.    The strike reportedly aims to pressure Kaiser to restore a worker-management partnership and protect middle class jobs.
    Protesters also cited concerns of under staffing, claiming patients have to wait two or three weeks for an appointment.
    ďFor the last 15 years I worked for Kaiser, but over the last few years Kaiser has lost their way,Ē stated Jeff Taylor, a pediatrics medical assistant.    ďTheyíre not taking care of many Medicaid patients and other non-profit organizations, theyíre outsourcing our workÖwe just want Kaiser to come back take care of the patients, take care of the community
    The health care provider has also been charged by the National Labor Relations Board with failing to bargain in good faith.
    The strikes come just weeks after Kaiser workers marched down the streets of Sacramento in protest amid contract negotiations.
    ďWe know weíre in contracts, so we already know that it is about wages, but thatís not really our main focus,Ē explained medical assistant Takeia Watts.    ďOur main focus is patient careÖitís patients over profit and Kaiser has started to get into profit over patient
    Those to participate in next monthís walk-out include optometrists, x-ray technicians, vocational nurses, and housekeepers.    The picket lines are expected to be set up at Kaiser hospitals and medical office buildings beginning October 14th.

9/17/2019 Activists push U.S. Congress to pass Hong Kong bill by Patricia Zengerle
Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement,"
speaks with Denise Ho, pro-democracy activist, before testifying at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Hong Kong democracy activists urged members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation to combat human rights abuses in the city, rejecting any suggestion that such a move would be inappropriate U.S. involvement in another countryís affairs.
    ďThis is not a plea for so-called foreign interference.    This is a plea for democracy,Ē singer and activist Denise Ho told a hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
    The panel of witnesses also urged members of the commission, which includes senators and members of the House of Representatives from both parties, to take actions that might affect Hong Kongís economy.
    ďBeijing should not have it both ways,Ē said Joshua Wong, secretary-general of Hong Kongís Demosisto party and leader of the ďUmbrella Movement.Ē    He said Beijing was benefiting from Hong Kongís special economic status because it is a democracy, while denying ďour freedom
    The former British colony has been rocked by more than three months of sometimes violent clashes, with demonstrators angry over what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in Hong Kongís affairs, despite a promise of autonomy.
    Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a ďone country, two systemsĒ formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including an independent legal system.
    The trigger for the unrest was an extradition bill, now withdrawn, that would have allowed people to be sent from Hong Kong to mainland China for trial.
    Legislation was introduced in the Senate and House earlier this year that would require an annual review of the special treatment Washington gives Hong Kong, including trade and business privileges, under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.
    The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act would also make officials in China and Hong Kong, who have undermined the cityís autonomy, vulnerable to sanctions.
    The legislation has not yet come up for a vote but the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees are both holding hearings this week Ė separate from the executive commissionís session Ė expected to address U.S. relations with China on issues including Hong Kong.
    President Donald Trump, who has been waging a tit-for-tat tariff war with China for more than a year, has suggested China should ďhumanelyĒ settle the problem before a trade deal is reached.
    Some industry groups worry that the legislation could threaten the delicate trade talks.
    ďHopefully we will be able to pass some of this legislation to make it clear to the regime in Beijing that democracy is an important value,Ē said Angus King, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, additional reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

9/17/2019 U.S. tells Saudi Arabia: nuclear push depends on snap inspections deal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speak during an event touting the administration's
environmental policy in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
    VIENNA (Reuters) Ė The United States will only provide Saudi Arabia with nuclear technology if the kingdom signs an agreement with the U.N. atomic watchdog that allows for intrusive snap inspections, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry repeated on Tuesday.
    Saudi Arabia, the worldís top oil exporter, says it aims to develop nuclear power to increase its energy mix, but growing tensions with its regional rival Iran have raised fears that it could use that technology to develop nuclear weapons.
    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said last year the kingdom would develop nuclear arms if Iran did, and its new energy minister said last week that it wanted to enrich uranium for its nuclear power program Ė which can also potentially produce fissile material for a bomb.
    The country plans to issue a multi-billion-dollar tender in 2020 to construct its first two nuclear power reactors, with U.S., Russian, South Korean, Chinese and French firms involved in preliminary talks.
    ďWe have sent them a letter Ö laying out the requirements that the United States would have, certainly in line with what the IAEA would expect from the standpoint of Additional Protocols and being able to make the appropriate, thoughtful inspections into the country,Ē Perry told reporters, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
    The Additional Protocol, an add-on to the safeguards agreements between the IAEA and its member states, grants the agencyís inspectors more far-reaching powers in verifying that those countriesí nuclear programs are peaceful.
    More than 130 countries have Additional Protocols in force.    Iranís nuclear deal with major powers also states that it must provisionally apply the Additional Protocol, and it is on that basis that the IAEA has carried out snap inspections there.
    Saudi Arabia, however, has resisted joining that club.
    ďWeíre big guys and we know the requirements to play at this level and an Additional Protocol is whatís going to be required,Ē Perry said three days after attacks on the kingdomís oil infrastructure sent oil prices soaring.,br>     Washington has blamed the attacks on Iran, which Tehran has denied.I consider this to be a form of negotiation,Ē he said.
    ďThis isnít just the Trump administration unilaterally deciding Ďyouíre going to get the reactorí, this is a process.    And the United States Congress has sent a clear message that they will not allow Saudi Arabia to get U.S. technology unless thereís an Additional Protocol signed,Ē Perry said.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Alex Richardson)

9/17/2019 U.S. sues Edward Snowden over new book, cites non-disclosure agreements
Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a discussion about his book "Permanent Record"
with German journalist Holger Stark in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The United States filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked secret documents about U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance, saying his new book violates non-disclosure agreements.
    The Justice Department said Snowden published his book, ďPermanent Record,Ē without submitting it to intelligence agencies for review, adding that speeches given by Snowden also violated nondisclosure agreements.
    The United States is seeking all proceeds earned by Snowden for the book, the Justice Department said.
(Reporting by Makini Brice)

9/17/2019 U.N. Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO - The United Nations Security Council meets in the Manhattan borough
of New York City, New York, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Ė The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to Beijingís global Belt and Road infrastructure project.
    The final language Ė drafted by Germany and Indonesia Ė adopted by the 15-member council does not mention the project.
    ďTo our regret a few countries refused to keep the text of consensus previously agreed,Ē said Chinaís U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun, describing the adopted resolution as a technical rollover.
    The resolutions mandating the mission in 2016, 2017 and 2018 all included a reference welcoming and urging efforts like Chinaís Belt and Road initiative to facilitate trade and transit, but in March the United States and some other council members said they could no longer accept that language.
    The council agreed then to a six month rollover of the mandate of the U.N. mission, known as UNAMA, and that expires on Tuesday.    A planned vote on Monday was delayed to Tuesday to allow for further negotiations as diplomats said China had signaled it was prepared to veto the text.
    To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, China, France, Russia and Britain.
    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft said the renewed mandate adopted on Tuesday had been updated to address new developments on the ground.
    But she added: ďThe reason we cannot empower the mission with a stronger, substantive mandate today is a memberís insistence on language that highlights national political priorities rather than ways in which we can most effectively assist the people and the government of Afghanistan
    The U.N. mission, which was established in 2002, is helping Afghanistan prepare for Sept. 28 elections and is pushing for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
    Talks between the United States and the Taliban militants on a U.S. troop withdrawal fell apart earlier this month.    There are 14,000 U.S. forces and thousands of other NATO troops in the country, 18 years after a U.S.-led coalition invaded following the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the U.S.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio)

9/17/2019 VP Pence: U.S. response to Saudi oil attack depends on evidence of Iranís involvement by OAN Newsroom
    Vice President Mike Pence said the White House is choosing the best response to recent attacks on a Saudi oil-facility.    While speaking at the Heritage Foundation in D.C. Tuesday, he said top security officials are currently assessing the evidence of Iranís possible involvement with the attacks.
    The vice president went on to say President Trump will make a decision on the appropriate response over the coming days.
    A drone attack took down half of Saudi Arabiaís oil output on Saturday, which sent global energy prices up 10-percent.    Pence said Iran may be testing Americaís commitment to protecting its allies.
    ďWe will maintain our momentum toward energy independence, and the United States of America will take whatever action is necessary to defend our country, our troops, and our allies in the Gulf,Ē stated the vice president.    ďIf Iran conducted this latest attack to pressure President Trump to back off, they will fail
Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement at the
Heritage Foundation, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Pence also said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Riyadh to review evidence on the ground and discuss the most appropriate response option.
    VP Pence ďAmericaís maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime is working.    And if Iran conducted this attack to pressure the President to back off, they will fail

9/17/2019 Rep. Collins blasts Judiciary Democrats during Lewandowski hearing by OAN Newsroom
    Representative Doug Collins recently blasted Democrats for wasting taxpayer money trying to impeach the president.    During Corey Lewandowskiís hearing Tuesday, the ranking Republican rejected chairman Jerry Nadlerís word games on whether or not the Democrats were engaged in an impeachment inquiry.
    Collins then called out the fact that the Democrats wouldnít be able to impeach the president even if they wanted to.    He had this to say during the hearing:
    ď17 of the members of the Judiciary Committee have said they think the president ought to be impeached.    So why are we still investigating it?    17, you get some more, the problem is you donít have the votes.    You donít have the numbers.    Even if you got it out of this committee, you donít have it on the floor, thatís your problem.    So the thing weíre going to do is weíre going to drag this committee through oversight hearings
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, listens to a spirited objection by Rep. Doug Collins,
R-Georgia, right, the ranking member, as the panel moved to approve guidelines for impeachment investigation hearings
on President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Collins then accused chairman Nadler of trying to fool the public into thinking they are actively legislating instead of harassing the White House.
[So to let you know:
(Article I, Section 2, Clause 4) The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
    As finally agreed, a majority vote of the House of Representatives is required to bring impeachment charges (Article I, Section 2, Clause 5),
which are then tried before the Senate (Article I, Section 3, Clause 6).
    Two-thirds of the Senate must vote to convict before an official can be removed.
    The President may not pardon a person who has been impeached (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1).    If an official is impeached by the House and convicted by the requisite vote in the Senate,
then Article I, Section 3, Clause 7, provides that the person convicted is further barred from any "Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States."    The convicted official also loses any possible federal pensions.    With a few exceptions, those impeached and removed have generally faded into obscurity

9/18/2019 Oil down $3.56 to $59.34, DOW up 34 to 27,111.

9/18/2019 Lewandowski rebuffs most questions by Mary Clare Jalonick, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė Democratsí first hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation quickly turned sour on Tuesday as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, refused to answer most of their questions.    Lewandowski was following White House orders not to discuss confidential conversations with President Donald Trump beyond what was already public in former special counsel Robert Muellerís report.
    As the hearing began, Lewandowski Ė a friend and supporter of the president Ė demanded that Democrats provide him a copy of the report, sending Democratic staff scrambling to find one.    Lewandowski then just read directly from the report, making it clear he wouldnít say much beyond what Mueller wrote.    Republicans on the panel then forced a series of procedural votes, immediately sending the hearing into disarray.
    ďHeís filibustering,Ē said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, R-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee chairman.
    The hearing is the latest in a series of hurdles the committee has faced as they try to investigate Trump.    Mueller himself testified this summer, with no bombshells.    Two other witnesses who were subpoenaed alongside Lewandowski Ė former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter Ė wonít show up at all, on orders from the White House.
    It also underscores what has been a central dilemma for House Democrats all year Ė they have promised to investigate Trump, aggressively, and many of their base supporters want them to move quickly to try to remove him from office.    But the White House has blocked their oversight requests at most every turn, declining to provide new documents or allow former aides to testify.
    Lewandowski did confirm that Trump asked him to urge former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse himself and oversee the Russia investigation.    Lewandowski never delivered that message, but he told the committee that Trump didnít ask him to break the law.
    Lewandowski said, ďI didnít think the president asked me to do anything illegal.Ē    Under questioning later by Rep. Hank Johnson, D.La., Lewandowski confirmed as ďaccurateĒ that Trump had asked him to deliver the message.    Asked why, according to the Mueller report, he never delivered the message to Sessions as instructed, Lewandowski answered that he had taken his kids to the beach.
    Lewandowski never worked for Trump in the White House, but remained a confidant.    Porter, a former staff secretary in the White House, took frequent notes during his time there that were detailed throughout the report.    He resigned last year after public allegations of domestic violence.
    In letters to the committee on Monday, the White House said that Dearborn and Porter were ďabsolutely immuneĒ from testifying.    White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the Justice Department had advised, and Trump had directed, them not to attend ďbecause of the constitutional immunity that protects senior advisers to the president from compelled congressional testimony
Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, refused to answer
most questions from a House panel Tuesday. JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY
[I watched the entire process and it was the best entertainment I have seen in months as Lewandowski made mockery of the Democrats unconstitutional impeachment inquiry, which properly the house votes for impeachment first, then sends it to the Judicial committee, instead of assbackwards.    Lewandowski said Democrats were pursuing their investigation of Trump because ďthey hate this president more than they love their country.Ē    And in the midst of the hearing, he tweeted a link to a website promoting his potential Senate campaign in New Hampshire and after this he just may get that position.
    ďWe as a nation would be better served if elected officials like you concentrated your efforts to combat the true crises facing our country as opposed to going down rabbit holes like this hearing,Ē Lewandowskiís statement said

9/18/2019 Feds sue Edward Snowden over new memoir by John Bacon, USA TODAY
    The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday against renegade former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden, saying his memoir ďPermanent RecordĒ violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with both agencies.
    The suit claims Snowden, living in exile in Moscow, violated the agreements by publishing the book without submitting it for review and by giving public speeches on intelligence-related matters.
    The suit doesnít seek a halt to distribution of the book, released Tuesday in more than 20 countries, but does press for recovery of all proceeds.
    ďIntelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,Ē said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    Snowden hawked the autobiography in a satellite book tour from Russia. The book follows him from his youthful obsession with video games through his dash out of the country six years ago after leaking information on how the intelligence community conducted surveillance on the U.S. public.
    Snowden thought his stop in Russia was a layover on a flight from Hong Kong to Latin America, but his passport was canceled, and he has lived in exile, approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin, ever since.
    Snowden Ė hailed as hero, trashed as traitor Ė said he never took an oath of secrecy, he took an oath to defend the Constitution ďfrom all enemies, foreign and domestic
    He claimed he rejected overtures from Russian agents to aid their cause.    He describes himself as a whistleblower Ė but the Justice Department under President Barack Obama charged him with espionage.
    Snowden said that he does not regret his actions and that he wants to return to the USA.
    ďIím not asking for a parade.    Iím not asking for a pardon,Ē he told CBS News.    ďIím not asking for a pass.    What Iím asking for is a fair trial
    For Snowden, a fair trial means allowing the jury to consider his motivations rather than simply deciding the case on whether a law was broken.
    ďThey want the jury strictly to consider whether these actions were lawful or unlawful, not whether they were right or wrong,Ē Snowden said.    ďAnd Iím sorry, but that defeats the purpose of a jury trial
    Snowden claimed his goal was to reform the NSA, not destroy it.    He said he is a privacy advocate concerned by the information collected and distributed from cellphones.    The government, he said, often uses the same tools as criminal hackers.
    ďAnything you can do on that device, the attacker Ė in this case, the government Ė can do,Ē Snowden told NBC News.    ďThey can see anything that is on that phone instantly and send it back home to the mothership
    Snowden made headlines when The Washington Post and The Guardian published stories based on his leaks about the U.S. governmentís surveillance program, including access to cellphone records of millions of Americans.
Edward Snowdenís memoir is out in more than 20 countries. VIA GETTY IMAGES
[Snowden is really spooking someone in the NSA and CIA that he will reveal what had was really going on through previous presidents.].
    The following is found on my website page at, a file which gives you more information of why the Democrats want him so bad because he can expose their crimes, and below is what I presented regarding the above.
    The punitive treatment of Roark, Binney, Wiebe, and Loomis, as well as, and, in particular, then still active (rather than retired) NSA executive Thomas Andrews Drake, who had gone in confidence with anonymity assured to the DoD IG, led the Assistant Inspector General John Crane to eventually become a public whistleblower himself and also led Edward Snowden to go public with revelations rather than to report within the internal whistleblower program.
    Udall expressed his support for Edward Snowden to return to America to "make his case."
    Mark Emery Udall, an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2009 to 2015.        After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency improperly spied on U.S. Senators, Udall called for the resignation of Agency Director John O. Brennan.
    In 2015 is when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on in Sec. 215 under FISA, to access to records and other items under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
    Snowden in 2013 released 1000 of the classified documents of the illegal surveillance and was forced to go find Asylum in Russia as you see below.
    In 2015 is when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on, noted Sec. 215 under FISA.
    I think Snowden should come back and all of Obama and all his crooks should go get asylum in Russia.

9/18/2019 Oil extends declines after Saudi pledge to restore lost output by Ron Bousso
A pump jack operates in the Permian Basin oil and natural gas production area near Odessa, Texas, U.S., February 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices retreated on Wednesday, extending the previous dayís decline after Saudi Arabia said it would quickly restore full production following last weekendís attacks on its facilities.
    Tension in the Middle East remained elevated, however, after Saudi Arabia said it would provide evidence on Wednesday linking Iran to the attacks.    The United States had already said it believed the attacks against the worldís top oil exporter originated in southwestern Iran.
    Iran has denied involvement in the strikes.
    Brent crude oil futures were down 28 cents, or 0.4%, at $64.27 a barrel by 1108 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 45 cents, or 0.8%, at $58.89.
    Oil prices tumbled 6% on Tuesday after the Saudi energy minister said the kingdom had restored oil supplies to customers at their level before the attacks by drawing from its inventories.    Saturdayís attacks effectively shut 5% of global oil output.
    ďAs much as the Saudis have downplayed the extent of the latest outages, we should not be lulled into a false sense of security,Ē said Stephen Brennock, of London-based oil brokerage PVM.    ďTensions in the region are still running high and the specter of a further escalation is hanging over the oil market
    Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman had said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabiaís average oil production in September and October would be 9.89 million barrels per day (bpd) and that this monthís oil supply commitments to customers would be met fully.
    Production capacity would reach 11 million bpd by the end of September and 12 million bpd by the end of November, the kingdomís production capacity before the attacks, he said.
    Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.
    ďThe oil market is facing challenging times.    Recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia have painfully demonstrated the risks to oil supply, which is why short-term price spikes are possible at any time,Ē said Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch.
    Still, fundamental supply and demand balances are deteriorating, Fritsch added, forecasting Brent oil prices of $60 a barrel next year.
    ďDemand growth is weakening, oil supply outside OPEC is rising significantly and OPEC+ís production discipline has faded recently,Ē he said.
    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and a number of other oil producers including Russia agreed last year to cut output by 1.2 million bpd to reduce global stocks and prop up prices.
(Additional reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by David Goodman)

9/18/2019 Democrats amplify Russia hoax, Ďelection securityí at Lewandowski hearing by OAN Newsroom
    Congressional Democrats have continued to push the Russia conspiracy, alleging a threat to U.S. elections.    During Tuesday hearings for 2016 Trump campaign aide Corey Lewandowski, Democrat lawmakers focused on so-called ďRussian meddlingĒ in U.S. elections.
    Democrats urged the Senate to pass the For the People Act of 2019, also known as H.R. 1, to ensure what they call ďthe integrity of American democracy.Ē    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously criticized the bill as a ďDemocrat politician protection act.Ē
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., leads questioning of Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager
for President Donald Trump,Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    During the hearing, Lewandowski blasted Democrats for focusing on the failed Russia hoax.
    ďNot surprisingly after the Mueller report was made public, interest in the fake Russia collusion narrative has fallen apart,Ē he stated.    ďInstead of focusing on petty and personal politics, the committee (should) focus on solving the challenges of this generation ó imagine how many people we could help or how many lives we could save
    Lewandowski rebuffed all Democrat attacks, asserting the debunked Russia hoax serves political purposes and has nothing to do with national security.

9/18/2019 Lewandowski: House Judiciary Committee has no reason to hold me in contempt by OAN Newsroom
    Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said there is no reason for him to be held in contempt after his appearance on Capitol Hill.
    While speaking to CNN Wednesday morning, he argued he answered every question from the House Judiciary Committee that he had an obligation to answer.    This caused Lewandowski to clash with the showís host over his refusal to answer certain questions about his interactions with the president and his senior staff due to claims of executive privilege.
    Lewandowski said despite his ďfive-or-six hour testimonyĒ Tuesday, ďheís happy to come back and answer more questions for Congress
Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, arrives to testify to the
House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
[Corey made all the Democrats look like fools trying to come up with some form of impeachment crime with him.].

9/18/2019 Pelosi says President Trump was right to challenge Chinaís abusive trade practices by OAN Newsroom
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes the president had to do something about China.    During an interview Tuesday, she claimed President Trump had to challenge China, although she is unsure about the steps he took towards holding the country accountable for its abusive trade practices.
    This comes amid the escalating trade war as the president has imposed tariffs on billions of dollars in Chinese goods to which Beijing has retaliated with levies on U.S. products.    Pelosi suggested the president should not have addressed its practices in a way that could open the American agriculture industry and other businesses to risk.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives for a closed-door meeting with the House Democratic Caucus,
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    ďThey cannot continue to violate our trade relationship, I think the president had to do something about it,Ē she stated.    ďIím not sure he went the right way ó I think we should have done it multilaterally with the EU and the rest
    Earlier this week, the president said there could soon be a deal with Beijing.    The two countries are expected to hold talks this week ahead of higher level discussions in October.

9/18/2019 Tent court hearings for illegal aliens help alleviate process at Texas border by OAN Newsroom
    Homeland Security just sent some 42,000 migrants back to Mexico as they set up dozens of tent courts near the border to work through the backlog of immigrants seeking asylum in America.
    Immigration and Border Enforcement officials say the nearly $155 million tent courts in Texas are where hearings are held for deported Mexican migrants.    Itís all part of the ĎRemain in Mexicoí policy, which the Trump administration claims is an alternative to separating and detaining families in the U.S.    This is an alternative Mexico appears to be warming up to.
    ďWe are trying to get the government of Mexico to expand their time that they will bring people here and accept people, so we can get more people through the system.    But I can assure you weíre working with the government of Mexico, their assurance on their side are the same here.    When they come across the U.S. border, we do everything we can to ensure their safety.    The government of Mexico is doing the same thing.Ē ó Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner Ė U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Critics argue the tent courts could be confusing for attorneys of detained migrants because of its obscurity and unconventional set up.
Migrants who are applying for asylum in the United States go through a processing area at a new tent courtroom at the
Migration Protection Protocols Immigration Hearing Facility, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    However, President Trump sees the issue from another perspective as he touted his administrationís commitment to securing the nationís borders using every tool at their disposal.    He specifically praised the president of Mexico for his efforts to curb the many Mexican migrants who make their way to the U.S. illegally.
    ďAnd I want to just tell you that Mexico is doing a great job for us on the border, and I want to thank the president of Mexico,Ē stated the president.
    President Trump also extended that gratitude to border officials who are helping judges work through the backlog of cases thatís inching closer to one million.
    U.S. officials say having facilities like these along the entire southwest border is the end goal, which is an objective the Trump administration hopes will help streamline the nationís immigration process.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checks the documents of migrants who are on their way to apply for asylum
in the United States, on International Bridge 1 as they depart Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.
Tent courtrooms opened Monday in two Texas border cities to help process thousands of migrants who are being forced by the
Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration courts. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

9/18/2019 Biden makes yet another gaffe on the campaign trail by OAN Newsroom
    2020 Democrat Joe Biden makes yet another gaffe on the campaign trail by saying he will put 720 million women back into the workforce.    The former vice president made the impossible promise Tuesday, while speaking at the Workersí Presidential Summit in Philadelphia.
    Itís unclear where Biden got the figure for his child tax credit plan since the U.S. census shows there are only 330 million people living in the country.
    Later at that same event, Biden mis-remembered the name of the group he rallied with earlier this year in Boston.    He told the crowd about his part in a strike of Rite Aid employees when the rally actually involved thousands of Stop & Shop workers.
In this Sept. 12, 2019, photo, former Vice President Joe Biden responds to a question during a Democratic presidential
primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

9/18/2019 U.S. senators urge Trump administration to end nuclear talks with Saudis by Timothy Gardner
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry attends a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq,
December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Two Democratic U.S. senators on Wednesday urged Trump administration officials to halt talks with Saudi Arabia on building nuclear reactors after weekend attacks that halved the countryís oil output and increased instability in the Middle East.
    U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told reporters on Tuesday at a nuclear power conference in Vienna the United States would only provide Saudi Arabia with nuclear power technology if it signed an agreement with a U.N. watchdog allowing for intrusive snap inspections.
    But Saudi Arabia has resisted agreeing to strict nonproliferation restrictions, known as the gold standard, that would block it from enriching uranium and reprocessing spent fuel, both of which are potential pathways to making a nuclear bomb.
    Senators Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Perry urging the administration to discontinue recent talks with the kingdom about nuclear power development.
    The lawmakers have been concerned about Saudi Arabiaís reluctance to agree to the gold standard, after de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said last year his country does not want nuclear weapons but will pursue them if its rival Iran develops one.
    ďSharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, especially without adequate safeguards, will give Riyadh the tools it needs to turn the Crown Princeís nuclear weapons vision into reality,Ē said the letter from Markey and Merkley, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.
    The State Department and Energy Department did not immediately comment.    Perry has said that if the United States does not work with Saudi Arabia, other suppliers such as China and Russia, could help Saudi Arabia develop nuclear power.
    But some lawmakers say Washington would have tools to counter that if it believed the Saudis were not agreeing to adequate nuclear safeguards.
    In February, Markey and Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, joined lawmakers in the House of Representatives in introducing legislation that would increase congressional oversight over any civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia.
    A nonproliferation expert said the talks between the United States and Saudi Arabia should be shelved.
    ďWhy would you even consider it after the attack on an energy facility?Ē said Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Washington-based Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.    ďWhat makes you think building another energy facility thatís radioactive is smart?Ē
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Tom Brown)

9/18/2019 Acting DNI misses House Intel deadline, panel subpoena sought info. on whistleblower complaint by OAN Newsroom
    The acting Director of National Intelligence failed to comply with a House subpoena to turn over a mysterious whistleblower complaint.    Joseph McQuire was supposed to submit relevant materials to the Intelligence Committee by Tuesday.
    Chairman Adam Schiff made the request after an intelligence watchdog informed Congress that a whistleblower had come forward last month.
    While the substance of the complaint remains unknown, the Director of National Intelligence informed Schiff it does not involve anyone or any activity tied to intelligence.    However, congressman Schiff has offered speculation on the matter.
FILE Ė In this July 24, 2019, file photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a hearing on Capitol
Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence,
saying that he is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    ďI canít go into the contents, but I can tell you that ó at least according to the Director of National Intelligence ó this involves an issues of privileged communications,Ē said the House Intelligence Committee chairman.    ďNow, that means itís a pretty narrowed group of people that could apply to that are both above the DNI and authority and also involved privileged communication, so I think itís fair to say this involves the president or the people around him, or both
    Separately, congressman Schiff said the acting DNI chief will be required to appear before his panel if he didnít comply with the subpoena.    In the meantime, McGuire has already expressed he has no plans to do so.
[Looks like Shifty Schiff has created another false narrative with no meat on its bones pushing a "whistle blower complaint" which is occurring while the IG and Durham are investigating the investigators.].
[Intel IG testifies on whistleblower complaint of Trump making 'promise' to foreign leader noting that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on a whistleblower complaint about the president's communications with a foreign leader.
as Inspector General, Mr. Atkinson oversees a workforce of special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration and implementation of programs and activities within the responsibility and authority of the Director of National Intelligence and to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in such programs and activities. He also serves as the Chair of the Intelligence Community Inspectors General Forum, which consists of the twelve inspectors general with oversight responsibility for elements of the intelligence community.]

9/19/2019 Oil down $1.23 to $58.11, DOW up 36 to 27,147.

9/19/2019 Trump sees many options short of war with Iran after attacks on Saudis by Jeff Mason and Stephen Kalin
Remains of the missiles which were used to attack an Aramco oil facility, are displayed during
a news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
    LOS ANGELES/JEDDAH (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday there were many options short of war with Iran after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was ďunquestionably sponsoredĒ by Tehran.
    ďThere are many options.    Thereís the ultimate option and there are options that are a lot less than that.    And weíll see,Ē Trump told reporters in Los Angeles.    ďIím saying the ultimate option meaning go in ó war
    The president struck a cautious note as his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during a visit to Saudi Arabia, described the attacks as ďan act of warĒ on the kingdom, the worldís largest oil exporter.
    Trump said on Twitter that he had ordered the U.S. Treasury to ďsubstantially increase sanctionsĒ on Iran, which denies carrying out the attacks, and told reporters the unspecified, punitive economic measures would be unveiled within 48 hours.
    Trumpís tweet followed repeated U.S. assertions that the Islamic Republic was behind Saturdayís attacks and came hours after Saudi Arabia said the strike was a ďtest of global will
    Iran again denied involvement in the Sept. 14 raids, which hit the worldís biggest crude oil processing facility and initially knocked out half of Saudi output.    Saudi Arabia is the worldís leading oil exporter.
    Responsibility was claimed by Yemenís Iran-aligned Houthi group, which on Wednesday gave more details of the raid, saying it was launched from three sites in Yemen.
    In a remark that may further strain a tense political atmosphere in the Gulf, the Houthis said they had listed dozens of sites in the United Arab Emirates, Riyadhís top Arab ally, as possible targets for attacks.
    To bolster its assertion that Iran was responsible, Saudi Arabia showed drone and missile debris it said amounted to undeniable evidence of Iranian aggression.
    A total of 25 drones and missiles were used in the attacks sponsored by Iran but not launched from Yemen, Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told a news conference.    "The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,Ē he said, adding Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) were used in addition to cruise missiles.
    An investigation into the origin of the attacks was still under way and the result will be announced later, he said.
    The attack exposed gaps in Saudi air defenses despite billions spent on Western military hardware.
    Proof of Iranian responsibility, and evidence that the attack was launched from Iranian territory, could pressure Riyadh and Washington into a response.    Both nations, however, were stressing the need for caution.
    Trump has previously said he does not want war and is coordinating with Gulf and European states.
    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabiaís de facto ruler, said the strike was a ďreal test of the global willĒ to confront subversion of the international order.
    His envoy to London, Prince Khalid bin Bander, told the BBC the attack was ďalmost certainlyĒ Iranian-backed: ď
    The Islamic Republic dismissed the allegations.
    ďThey want to impose maximum Ö pressure on Iran through slander,Ē Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
    ďWe donít want conflict in the region Ö Who started the conflict?Ē he added, blaming Washington and its Gulf allies for the war in Yemen.
    Yemenís Houthi movement, battling a Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition for more than four years, said it used drones to assault state oil company Aramcoís sites. U.S. officials, however, have said the attack was not launched by the Houthis.
    The raid exposed the vulnerability of Saudi Arabiaís oil infrastructure and threw down a gauntlet to the United States, which wants to curb Iranian influence in the region.
    ďThe attack is like Sept. 11th for Saudi Arabia.    It is a game changer,Ē said one Saudi security analyst.
    Visiting Jeddah, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attacks would be a major focus of next weekís annual U.N. General Assembly meeting and suggested Saudi Arabia could make its case there.
    ďIt was an act of war against them directly, and Iím confident they will do that,Ē he told reporters before meeting the Saudi crown prince, later tweeting that the United States supports Saudi Arabiaís right to defend itself.
    The two men ďagreed that the Iranian regime must be held accountable for its continued aggressive, reckless, and threatening behavior,Ē the U.S. State Department said in a statement after their talks.
    U.N. officials monitoring sanctions on Iran and Yemen were also heading to Saudi Arabia to investigate.    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a major confrontation in the Gulf would have ďdevastating consequencesĒ for the region and globally.
    France, which is trying to salvage an international nuclear deal with Iran that Washington quit last year, said it wanted to establish the facts before reacting.
    A U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday the strikes originated in southwestern Iran.    Three officials said they involved cruise missiles and drones, indicating more complexity and sophistication than initially thought.
    Saudi Arabiaís finance minister told Reuters the attack had no impact on revenues and Aramco was continuing to supply markets without interruption.
    U.S. efforts to bring about a U.N. Security Council response looked unlikely to succeed as Russia and China have veto powers and were expected to shield Iran.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has offered to sell defense systems to Riyadh, called for a ďthorough and impartialĒ probe during a phone call with Prince Mohammed.
    The 2015 nuclear deal ushered in a brief detente in long hostile relations between Iran and the United States.    But antagonism returned when Trump pulled out of the pact, reached before he took office, and reimposed sanctions, severely damaging the Iranian economy. Iran has ruled out talks with Washington unless it returns to the pact.
    Trump said he is not looking to meet Rouhani at the United Nations next week.    Rouhani and his foreign minister may not attend the annual General Assembly at all unless U.S. visas are issued in the coming hours, Iranian state media reported.
    Washington and its Gulf allies want Iran to stop supporting regional proxies, including in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as to put more limitations on its nuclear and missile programs.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason in Los Angeles, and Stephen Kalin in Jeddah; Additional reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Dubai, Guy Faulconbridge in London, Michelle Nichols in New York, Rania El Gamal, Davide Barbuscia and Marwa Rashad in Riyadh, Asma Alsharif and Sylvia Westall in Dubai, Alaa Swilam and Hisham El Saba in Cairo, Maria Kiselyova in Moscow; Tim Kelly in Tokyo, John Irish and Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris, Phil Stewart, Steve Holland and Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous, Andrew; Cawthorne and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Howard Goller, Alistair Bell and Lisa Shumaker)

9/19/2019 No reason for France to change mind over Snowden asylum: minister
FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a discussion about his book "Permanent Record"
with German journalist Holger Stark in Berlin, Germany, September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) Ė Thereís no reason for France to change its mind over a 2013 decision to deny former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden asylum, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.
    Snowden said on Monday he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after another one of Macronís ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta ; Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten ; Editing by Christian Lowe)

9/19/2019 Sen. Graham: Somebody needs to go to prison for lying to FISA court by OAN Newsroom
    Senator Lindsey Graham is warning the FISA court to take corrective action amid lingering allegations of misconduct.    The South Carolina Republican made the remarks in a recent interview, suggesting ďsomebody should go to jail
    He believes a prison sentence may help restore the publicís faith in the U.S. justice system.    This comes after the Obama-era Department of Justice and FBI allegedly misled the court with an unverified dossier.
    ďTo my Republican colleagues: if you vote no, you are legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics,Ē said Graham.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill
in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    He went on to say, ďevery American should be concerned about the fact that the agencies knew the source of the dossier had anti-Trump biasĒ yet neglected to look into it or inform the court in any way.
    The documents, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, allowed the federal agencies to obtain warrants.
    Specifically, to spy on one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    Republicans like Sean Hannity have continuously claimed the agencies committed ďpremeditated fraudĒ by lying to the court for political gain.    He hopes the American people will see through the so-called ďcharade

9/19/2019 President Trump takes aim at Calif. over widespread homeless crisis by OAN Newsroom
    The Trump administration is reportedly planning to slap San Francisco with an EPA violation due to the cityís rampant homelessness crisis.
    During his trip to California this week, President Trump slammed large cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles for allowing their large homeless populations to cause widespread pollution.
    ďIf you look at San Francisco, itís a total disasterÖtheyíre going to ruin their cities and weíre going to get involved very soon on a federal basis if they donít clean up their act,Ē stated the president.
    Homelessness in San Francisco and Los Angeles rose 16 and 17 percent respectively since last year, which is a substantial increase from previous years.    While thereís debate on whatís behind the crisis, the Trump administration says itís because the leftís radical policies are driving up housing prices in the Golden State.
    This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom, along with the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, sent a letter to the Trump administration asking for federal funds to expand its housing programs.    However, HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent a letter in response, imploring the Democrat politicians to admit that it was their policies that caused the epidemic.
FILE Ė In this June 26, 2019, file photo, Carl Wallace, who says he is homeless and lives on the
streets, waves to people passing by in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    California officials still say they hope President Trump is serious about getting homeless people off the streets.
    ďI hope that he (President Trump) feels the same way I do on my watch, that this should be the time that we end homelessness,Ē said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.    ďNot use homeless individuals, homeless Americans, veterans, as political footballs, but actually go and do that hard work that we have done with federal officials
    In recent weeks, Trump administration officials have taken tours around the Golden State to scope out the crisis first hand.    HUD Secretary Carson said heís willing to do whatever it takes to abate the crisis.    An estimated 130,000 people are currently homeless in California, which is the highest homeless population of any state.
[California Democrats you better get going on solving your homeless problem before Trump fixes it and if he does you will look like the idiots you are, and your voters may change their party.    Gov. Newsom and you will have to give awards for the govs who failed.].

9/19/2019 CDC: No new measles cases in the U.S. last week by OAN Newsroom
    Officials record no new measles cases in the nation last week for the first time since January.    One Americaís Jennesh Agagas has more on why health experts believe this epidemic is finally fading in the U.S.
[It could be because we have stopped some of the illegal immigration bringing in their diseases.].

9/19/2019 UN Secretary General condemns attack on Saudi oil refinery by OAN Newsroom
    The secretary general of the United Nations has condemned the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.    While speaking at a UN press briefing Wednesday, Antonio Guterres said the attacks were a prime example of ďdramatic escalation in the gulf region
    If tensions do not subside, Guterres warned it could have potentially dangerous consequences.    He went on to say there is no bigger threat to peace and security than there is today, adding, he hopes for dialogue during the UN General Assembly with world leaders.
FILE Ė In this May 7, 2019, file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is photographed
during an interview at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    ďThis is the moment to cool tensions and nowhere is there more important than in the Gulf.    This is also the time to promote dialogue and pave the way to political solutions from Libya to Yemen from Syria to Israel-Palestine from Afghanistan to South Sudan.    With a very high number of world leaders coming to the United Nations, we have a chance to advance diplomacy for peace.Ē ó Antonio Guterres, Secretary General Ė United Nations
    Both Saudi and U.S. officials believe Iran is responsible for the attacks.    So far, Iran has vowed the country will never hold talks with the U.S.
A Saudi military officer stands near what was described as an Iranian cruise missile used in an attack this weekend that
targeted the heart of Saudi Arabiaís oil industry, during a press conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019.
Though Yemenís Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

9/19/2019 Judicial Watch: Obama State Dept. had working ties to dossier author, Democrat lawmakers by OAN Newsroom
    Watchdog group Judicial Watch recently released evidence allegedly showing ties between the author of the Trump dossier and top Obama officials.    The group released 146 pages of State Department documents Thursday, detailing the relations between Obama-era officials and former British spy Christopher Steele.    The communications date back to May of 2014.
    Documents show Steele was in touch with assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer.    The Obama State Department was also reportedly feeding classified information to anti-Trump lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
    ďBut they wanted to make President Trumpís life miserable, as I said, a criminal seditious conspiracy, so they were sending this information out with the hopes, itís clear, that their friendly partisans on the hill would use it against him,Ē stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
    Judicial Watch also found Steeleís work was reportedly distributed to State Department officials working on the Russia and Ukraine policy.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is pictured. (Photo/Judicial Watch)

9/19/2019 Schumer on OíRourke: I donít know any Democrat who agrees with him by OAN Newsroom
    More Democrats have come forward to denounce 2020 hopeful Beto OíRourkeís recent proposal to confiscate semi-automatic firearms.    While speaking to reporters on a conference call Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he doesnít know of any other Democrat who agrees with OíRourke.
    In an appearance on CNN Wednesday, OíRourke was left in silence after host Chris Cuomo told OíRourke he didnít think he would legally be able to confiscate citizenís weapons.
    ďI donít think weíve ever seen the U.S. government do a taking of private property like youíre suggesting,Ē said Cuomo.    ďSo, Iím not fear-mongering, Iím repeating what youíre saying
    His comments come as a number of 2020 Democrats have come out against OíRourkeís proposed mandatory buyback program for so-called assault-style weapons.    This includes, most recently, fellow candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg who said the Texas Democratís proposal only helped boost the GOP.
Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto OíRourke takes questions from the media about homelessness after
visiting the Skid Row Downtown Womenís Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
[The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
    So try to come and get them Beto I am sure they would be happy to defend themselves from you

9/20/2019 Oil up $0.02 to $58.13, DOW down 52 to 27,095.

9/20/2019 Trump sues to keep tax return private by Jim Mustian, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW YORK Ė President Donald Trump asked a federal court Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns as part of a criminal investigation, opening another front in the presidentís efforts to keep his financial information private.
    Trumpís attorneys filed a lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who recently subpoenaed the presidentís accounting firm for eight years of his state and federal returns as part of an investigation into payments made to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
    They called the subpoena a ďbad faith effort to harassĒ Trump and said Vance, a Democrat, had overstepped his constitutional authority.
    ďVirtually Ďall legal commenters agreeí that a sitting President of the United States is not Ďsubject to the criminal processí while he is in office,Ē Trumpís lawyers wrote.
    The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, asks U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to rule the subpoena unenforceable until Trump leaves office.

9/20/2019 Trump: No improper promise made - Whistleblower complaint is about foreign leader by David Jackson and Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė President Donald Trump on Thursday denied making an improper promise to an unnamed foreign leader.    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee criticized the administration for hiding the details of a whistleblowerís complaint against the president.
    Saying ďmany peopleĒ within the government have access to his conversations with international counterparts, Trump tweeted, ďIs anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially Ďheavily populatedí call
    Trump did not specify details of the complaint against him, nor did other administration officials.
    The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that Trumpís contact with the foreign leader included a promise that a U.S. intelligence official found troubling enough to warrant filing a whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for intelligence agencies.
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community and the administration refuse to release the whistleblowerís complaint about Trumpís dealings with the foreign leader.
    Schiff accused the administration of trying to shield the president.    ďThere is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,Ē he said.
    ďThere is no privilege to be corrupt,Ē Schiff said after his committee held a closed-door meeting with the intelligence communityís inspector general, Michael Atkinson.
    Atkinson ďdetermined that this complaint is both credible and urgent and that it should be transmitted to Congress under the clear letter of the law,Ē Schiff said before the hearing.
    According to Schiff, the office of the director of national intelligence Ė with the help of Trumpís Justice Department Ė refused to turn over the complaint, saying it involves classified information.
    The standoff figures to continue for a while.    The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, is scheduled to testify before Schiffís committee next Thursday.
    Trumpís aides have not commented on the whistleblower complaint, which was filed Aug. 12. In the weeks before that, the foreign leaders     Trump spoke with included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
    The president also met with numerous foreign leaders at a G-20 summit in Japan in late June, including Putin.    Trumpís critics have accused him of mishandling classified information.    They point to 2017 incident in which Trump allegedly discussed intelligence information in a meeting with Russian officials.    After that incident, Trump said he the ďabsolute rightĒ to share intelligence information with other countries, and that in the case of Russia it involved terrorism and airline safety.
    ďI cannot remember a whistleblower trying to blow a whistle on a president, & this cant just be about Trumpís handling of classified materials,Ē tweeted Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration. ďLike it or not, the president can declassify whatever he wants when he wants.    Something bigger seems to be going on.Ē    Andrew P. Bakaj, attorney for the whistleblower, declined to comment.
    Schiff accused the administration of trying to shield the president.    ďThere is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress,Ē he said.
[Today we learned that the whistleblower is bipartisan but is an unknown member of the Intellligence system who is probabally biased toward Trump who is another Political Hack Job, and all should remember it was Adam Schiff who was the Democrat who for two and half years was leaking to the press and claiming that Trump was colluding with the Russians and none of that came true when the Mueller Report was brought to light and also refuting any claims by Republicans of a corrupt FBI, DOJ, NSA, CIA activities that were discovered.    He cannot be trusted for anything and now members of the "DEEP STATE" are coming into play.].

9/20/2019 Judge blocks Calif. tax return law by OAN Newsroom
    The ongoing feud between the White House and California hits a new boiling point.    In a ruling Thursday, a judge handed President Trump a victory by temporarily blocking a law that required presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the stateís primary ballot.
    The law sparked controversy when it was approved by Californiaís Governor Gavin Newsom back in July.    Newsom claimed the bill was not designed to target President Trump, and was created to ensure the American people are not deceived by candidates seeking their vote.
    ďItís politically neutral, itís party neutral, every presidential candidate, every candidate we see on the debate stage would be required to do the same,Ē he stated.
    However, the presidentís legal team has argued the law is unconstitutional and unfairly requires him to give up his personal information.    President Trump has been pressured to hand over his financial information since he was on the campaign trail in 2016.
    ďAnd while Iím under audit, I wonít do it.    If Iím not under audit, I would do it.    I had no problem with it, but while Iím under audit, I would not give my taxes.Ē ó President Trump
Attorneys Harmeet Dhillon, left , and Justin Clark who represented the state and national Republican parties, discuss the tentative ruling
by a federal judge to halt a California law thatís aimed at forcing the president to release his tax returns, in Sacramento,
Calif., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. U.S.District Judge Morrison England Jr., said the will issue a formal ruling by Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    He maintains that because heís under audit he canít release the information, but in July he made the unusual promise to release the information before Election Day.
    ďAt some point prior to the election, Iím going to be giving out a financial report of me,Ē said the president.    ďAnd it will be extremely complete
    No presidential candidates have officially submitted their tax information to the state, although several have publicized portions of their returns.    With the judge expected to give a final ruling by the end of the month, candidates may not need to release those documents at all.

9/20/2019 President Trump signs executive order aimed at improving flu vaccines by OAN Newsoom
    President Trump is taking aggressive steps to prevent Americans from contracting the flu.    The commander-in-chief signed an executive order on Thursday to ramp up research on ways to terminate multiple influenza strains.
    The pressure to clamp down on the deadly viruses intensified in recent weeks after White House officials said a serious flu pandemic could cost the country up $3.8 billion as well as threaten the lives of thousands of Americans.    Officials said the price tag estimate stems from a loss of productivity from workers who get sick or die.
While there are flu vaccines, sometimes surprise strains spur unexpectedly such as the swine flu back in 2009.
FILE Ė In this file photo a sign telling customers that they can get a flu shot in a
Walgreen store is seen in Indianapolis, Indiana. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
    ďEvery year we make new vaccines, and even while weíre giving those vaccines the flu virus is mutating.    So, at the beginning of the flu season the vaccine may work very well, by the end of the flu season, it may not work very well.Ē ó Gregory Poland, M.D. Ė Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group
    The renewed focus on vaccines, however, has shifted attention away from another health-related executive order the president passed in June.    The new rule now forces the hand of hospitals by increasing transparency in health care costs, which the president has said will help lower the price of prescription drugs like ones that could cure the flu.
    ďFor decades powerful insurance companies, lobbyists, and special interests have denied the real cost to the health care services they provide itís that simple,Ē stated President Trump.
    Although the root of the problem may be simple, the president is likely to face more opposition as he tries to tweak features of the countryís health care system to make it more malleable.

9/20/2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned by black activists by OAN Newsroom
    A group of liberal black leaders are condemning Senator Bernie Sanders for racist threats made by his supporters.    On Thursday, dozens of prominent black activists signed a letter to the Vermont lawmaker after his supporters reportedly made ďhateful, violent and racist threatsĒ against African-Americans.
    The hateful rhetoric was allegedly spurred after the Working Families Party endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren for president.    In the 2016 primaries, the minor political party endorsed Sanders for president over Hillary Clinton.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Climate Forum
at Georgetown University, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Staffers reportedly received furious messages from self-proclaimed Bernie supporters, following the recent decision.    Some of the messages were aimed at black staffers.    The national director of the Working Families Party, Maurice Mitchell, received racially charged messages on Twitter.    He has since made his Twitter account private, following the harassment.
    Sanders took to Twitter to denounce his supporters:
    This comes months after Sanders was criticized by the left because his 2016 campaign was ďtoo white
    ďWhen people said that our campaign was too white, too male oriented, they are were right,Ē he stated.    ďYou take a look the staff that we are putting together right now, take a look at who our national co-chairs are, you will see a fundamental difference in the way our campaign is operating
    Around the same time,the presidential hopeful also apologized for allegations of sexual misconduct among staffers during his first run for president.    He said he will do better this time around.

9/20/2019 State Dept. issues visas for Iran president, foreign minister to attend UN meetings in N.Y. by OAN Newsroom
    The State Department issued diplomatic visas to top Iranian officials ahead of the upcoming United Nations meetings in New York.    The visas were reportedly granted to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
    The travel documents allow the Iranian officials to attend the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, which starts next week. The Iranian mission to the UN has confirmed the U.S. visas have been approved.
File photo Ė Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, listens to his Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif prior to a meeting in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
    The move comes after President Trump said he would like officials from Tehran to attend the meetings.
    ďI mean itís not up to me; itís up to him ó weíll see what happens,Ē the president told reporters.    ďIíve always felt the United Nations is very important, I think itís got tremendous potential
    Over the past few days, reports have alleged the president may meet with Iranian officials on the sidelines of United Nations meetings to help ease tensions in the Middle East. However, the White House has disputed those claims.

9/20/2019 Dept. of Defense finalizes $2.5B in contracts to build 129 miles of southern border wall by OAN Newsroom
    The Defense Department has finalized contracts to build new sections of the border wall in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.    In a statement Thursday, the Pentagon said it has finalized almost $2.5 billion of contracts to build 129 miles of new border wall.    Additionally, the Interior Department has transferred 560 acres of public land to the Pentagon for wall construction.
    Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reallocated $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds from military construction across the globe toward the border wall.

President Donald Trump tours a section of the southern border wall, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Otay Mesa, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump said wall construction will continue into next year.
    ďItíll be over 400 miles and we think we can get it close to 500 Miles by the end of next year depending on certain terrain conditions, but weíre doing all of the most important areas,Ē he stated.    ďThe wall, you wonít be able to touch itÖyou can you can fry an egg on that wall, itís very, very hot
    Pentagon officials said the pace of wall construction will speed up next year, with the planning and environmental assessment being almost completed in remaining areas along the border.

9/20/2019 Trump welcomes Australiaís PM, cementing strong trade, security ties by Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland
U.S. President Donald Trump and Australiaís Prime Minister Scott Morrison walk up the West Wing colonnade
to the Oval Office with Morrison's wife Jenny and first lady Melania Trump after an official arrival ceremony
on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Australiaís prime minister on Friday for only the second state visit of his administration, signaling the close bond between the two allies as Washington takes on Beijing and Tehran.
    Trump and Scott Morrison are expected to discuss security and trade, as Chinaís increasing assertiveness, especially in the energy-rich South China Sea, has raised concerns within the region and the United States.
    The leaders are also set to release a plan on Friday aimed at securing the supply of rare earth minerals, as concerns grow that China, the worldís largest processor and producer of the minerals, could cut off shipments of the prized commodities.
    Days before the visit, a sign draped across the Australian Embassy in Washington proclaimed ď100 years of mateshipĒ between the two countries.    On Friday, Trump feted Morrisonís arrival at the White Houseís South Lawn with a 19-gun salute and U.S. Marine Band performances of each nationís national anthems.
    ďItís highly symbolic of where the relationship sits at the moment,Ē said Patrick Buchan, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noting that Morrisonís state visit was second only to French President Emmanuel Macronís last year.
    ďAustralia played a very smart game with Trump,Ē he added, noting the country had avoiding directly criticizing him, unlike some European counterparts.
    Trump got off to a smooth start with Morrison in May, congratulating him on his surprise election victory in a tweet noting there were ďno greater friendsĒ than the United States and Australia.
    The two also met on the sidelines of the G20 in June, cementing warm ties that Trump did not enjoy with Morrisonís predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull.    Trump berated Turnbull in February 2017 over a bilateral refugee agreement before abruptly ending their telephone conversation.
    Australia also agreed last month to join a coalition to protect oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz after a series of attacks there that Washington has blamed on Tehran.
    Australia has also banned Chinaís Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , the worldís top provider of telecoms equipment, from its 5G network, something the Trump administration has struggled to persuade other allies to do.    The United States says Huaweiís ties to Beijing make the network equipment it sells to telecoms firms a security risk.
    Australian intelligence concluded China was responsible for a cyberattack on Australiaís parliament and its three largest political parties, Reuters reported on Monday.
    Following an arrival ceremony, bilateral meetings, and a joint news conference, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will host a luncheon for Morrison to be followed by a state dinner at the White House.
    During a visit to Sydney last month by Pompeo and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the United States and Australia pledged to strengthen opposition to Chinese activities in the Pacific.
    China has unnerved the region and angered the United States by installing military equipment and other facilities on artificial islands it has made in the disputed South China Sea.
    The United States and its Western allies also worry that China is using foreign aid to secure greater influence over small Pacific countries that control vast swath of resource-rich ocean.
    Australia, traditionally the major power in the South Pacific, has promised up to A$3 billion ($2 billion) in grants and loans to counter what Washington describes as Chinaís ďpayday loan diplomacy
    But Morrison has pressed Trump to end his trade war with China, which has roiled markets and hammered global growth.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney and Steve Orlofsky)

9/20/2019 Trump expects Iran sanctions to work; military option would work but should never have to use
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Australiaís Prime Minister Scott Morrison
in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
    (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he expected sanctions to ďworkĒ on Iran and that he preferred that strategy to military action.
    ďI think the sanctions work,Ē Trump said during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison.    ďThe military would work.    Thatís a very severe form of winning
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe)

9/20/2019 U.S. sanctions Iranís central bank, fund after Saudi oil attack by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey
FILE PHOTO: A man walks past the Central bank of Iran in Tehran, Iran August 1, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The United States on Friday imposed another round of sanctions on Tehran, including on Iranís central bank and a development fund, following last weekís attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that Riyadh and U.S. officials have blamed on Iran.
    President Donald Trump outlined the action to reporters at the White House on Friday after first announcing his plan for further sanctions earlier this week on Twitter.
    Iran denies involvement in the attacks, which initially halved oil output from Saudi Arabia, the worldís largest petroleum exporter.    Responsibility was claimed by Yemenís Houthi movement, an Iran-aligned group fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemenís civil war.
    Analysts cast doubt on how hard the new measures would hit Tehran given that earlier sanctions have already dried up Iranian oil revenues and cut Iranian banksí ties to the financial world.
    And Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on the Pentagon to present Trump with a wide range of options that would punish Iran and warned that the United States has ďlost deterrenceĒ with Tehran.
    The fresh sanctions target the Central Bank of Iran, the National Development Fund of Iran and Etemad Tejarate Pars Co, an Iranian company that U.S. officials said is used to conceal financial transfers for Iranian military purchases, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.
    ďThese are the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,Ē Trump said.    ďItís too bad whatís happening with Iran. Itís going to hell, doing poorly, practically broke, they are broke,Ē he said.    Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Washington had now cut off ďall source of funds to Iran
    Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and ramped up sanctions to strangle oil exports, a mainstay of the economy. The move dismantled part of former President Barack Obamaís legacy and upset U.S. allies who were party to the agreement, which was designed to restrict Tehranís pathway to a nuclear bomb in exchange for sanctions relief.
    Amir Paivar, a London-based market analyst, said that while targeting a central bank seems important the latest move was mostly cosmetic.
    ďIranís oil export proceeds are usually deposited in Central Bank accounts around the world, therefore the bank has central importance,Ē Amir Paivar, a London-based market analyst said.
    ďBut with Iranís oil exports at a minimum, and with global banks not working with Iranian counterparts, designating the Central Bank again is little more than cosmetic
    Trumpís wide range of sanctions are part of a U.S. campaign to increase economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program and regional ambitions and was championed by former national security adviser John Bolton, who was ousted this month.
    Previous U.S. sanctions have also targeted Iranís foreign minister, its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, space agencies, and various networks Washington has said helped boost Iranís nuclear program, among others.
    ďRegardless of transparent attempts to shift blame, the evidence points to Iranóand only Iran,Ē U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement following the announcement.
    Trump, who spoke to reporters at the White House alongside visiting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has said he wants a peaceful solution following the weekend oil attacks.    Pompeo had called the attacks an ďact of war
    Asked about the possibility of a military response on Iran, Trump said the United States was always prepared and that a military strike was always a possibility.    He is expected to meet with his national security team on Friday.
    ďThis was an understandable action to take but is unlikely to have much impact,Ē Samantha Sultoon, visiting senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.    ďMost transactions were already prohibited because the Iranian central bank was already designated under the other sanctions authorities,Ē she said.
    ďRedesignating the Central Bank under counterterrorism authorities will have limited, though perhaps some, impact,Ē she added.
    Senator Graham, who is close to Trump, wrote on Twitter he hoped ďthat Pentagon planners are giving President Trump a wide range of options that would punish Iran and restore deterrence.
There are steps between being weak and total war

    In recent weeks, Trump had weighed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran as he sought to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is scheduled to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week.
(Additional reporting by Tim Ahmann, Humeyra Pamuk and Dubai Newsroom, Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Chris Reese and Alistair Bell)

9/21/2019 Oil down $0.06 to 58.09, DOW down 160 to 26,935.

9/21/2019 23 states file suit on Calif. auto rules by Adam Beam, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Ė California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nationís most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks.     California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a day after it issued a regulation designed to pre-empt the stateís authority.
    Becerra, a Democrat, said two other courts have already upheld Californiaís emission standards.
    ďThe Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job training.    President (Donald) Trump should have at least read the instruction manual he inherited ... in particular the chapter on respecting the rule of law,Ē Becerra said.
    Federal law sets pollution standards for cars and trucks.    But since the 1970s, the federal government has allowed California to set its own rules because it has the most cars on the road of any state and struggles to meet air quality standards.
    Joining California are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
[Obviously California is a sore loser, and the Fed with Trump has stopped your overreach.].

9/21/2019 United States sending troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
Workers are seen at the damaged site of Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Kalin
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabiaís air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdomís oil facilities, which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran.
    The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops Ė not numbering thousands Ė and would be primarily defensive in nature.    It also detailed plans to expedite delivery of military equipment to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    Reuters has previously reported that the Pentagon was considering sending anti-missile batteries, drones and more fighter jets.    The United States is also considering keeping an aircraft carrier in the region indefinitely.
    ďIn response to the kingdomís request, the president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense,Ē U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a news briefing.
    ďWe will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves
    The Pentagonís late Friday announcement appeared to close the door to any imminent decision to wage retaliatory strikes against Iran following the attack, which rattled global markets and exposed major gaps in Saudi Arabiaís air defenses.
    Trump said earlier on Friday that he believed his military restraint so far showed ďstrength,Ē as he instead imposed another round of economic sanctions on Tehran.
    ďBecause the easiest thing I could do, ĎOkay, go ahead.    Knock out 15 different major things in Iran.í Ö But Iím not looking to do that if I can,Ē Trump told reporters at the White House.
    But the deployment could further aggravate Iran, which has responded to previous U.S. troop deployments this year with apprehension.    It denies responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia.
    Yemenís Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition that includes the UAE, has claimed responsibility for the strikes.
    Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.
    For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Tehran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.
    However, Iran has denied any role in a series of attacks in recent months, including bombings of tankers in the Gulf and strikes claimed by the Houthis.
    U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have fingered southwest Iran as the staging ground for the attack, an assessment based at least in part on still-classified imagery showing Iran appearing to prepare an aerial strike.
    They have dismissed Houthi claims that the attacks originated in Yemen.
    One of the officials told Reuters the strike may have been authorized by Iranís Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
    The United States is wary of getting dragged into another conflict in the Middle East.    It has troops positioned in Syria and Iraq, two countries where Iranian influence is strong and Iran-backed forces operate openly.
    U.S. officials fear Iranís proxies might attempt to strike American troops there, something that could easily trigger a broader regional conflict.
    Saudi Arabia has said it was attacked by a total of 25 drones and missiles, including Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and ďYa AliĒ cruise missiles.
    U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said officials were still hammering out the best array of capabilities to defend Saudi Arabia, noting the difficulty combating a swarm of drones.
ď    No single system is going to be able to defend against a threat like that, but a layered system of defensive capabilities would mitigate the risk of swarms of drones or other attacks that may come from Iran,Ē Dunford said.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali, Eric Beech and Mohammad Zargham Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Cynthia Osterman)

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9/20/2019 State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani by John Solomon, opinion contributor
    The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill.
    When I was a young journalist decades ago, training to cover Washington, one of my mentors offered sage advice: When it comes to U.S. intelligence and diplomacy, things often arenít what they first seem.
    Those words echo in my brain today, as much as they did that first day.    And following the news recently, I realize they are just as relevant today with hysteria regarding presidential lawyer Rudy Giulianiís contacts with Ukraineís government.
    The coverage suggests Giuliani reached out to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyís team this summer solely because he wanted to get dirt on possible Trump 2020 challenger Joe Biden and his son Hunterís business dealings in that country.
    Politics or law could have been part of Giulianiís motive, and neither would be illegal.
    But there is a missing part of the story that the American public needs in order to assess what really happened:
    Giulianiís contact with Zelensky adviser and attorney Andrei Yermak this summer was encouraged and facilitated by the U.S. State Department.
    Giuliani didnít initiate it.    A senior U.S. diplomat contacted him in July and asked for permission to connect Yermak with him.
    Then, Giuliani met in early August with Yermak on neutral ground ó in Spain ó before reporting back to State everything that occurred at the meeting.
    That debriefing occurred Aug. 11 by phone with two senior U.S. diplomats, one with responsibility for Ukraine and the other with responsibility for the European Union, according to electronic communications records I reviewed and interviews I conducted.
    When asked on Friday, Giuliani confirmed to me that the State Department asked him to take the Yermak meeting and that he did, in fact, apprise U.S. officials every step of the way.
    ďI didnít even know who he (Yermak) really was, but they vouched for him.    They actually urged me to talk to him because they said he seemed like an honest broker,Ē Giuliani told me.    ďI reported back to them (the two State officials) what my conversations with Yermak were about.    All of this was done at the request of the State Department
    So, rather than just a political opposition research operation, Giulianiís contacts were part of a diplomatic effort by the State Department to grow trust with the new Ukrainian president, Zelensky, a former television comic making his first foray into politics and diplomacy.
    Why would Ukraine want to talk to Giuliani, and why would the State Department be involved in facilitating it?
    According to interviews with more than a dozen Ukrainian and U.S. officials, Ukraineís government under recently departed President Petro Poroshenko and, now, Zelensky has been trying since summer 2018 to hand over evidence about the conduct of Americans they believe might be involved in violations of U.S. law during the Obama years.
    The Ukrainians say their efforts to get their allegations to U.S. authorities were thwarted first by the U.S. embassy in Kiev, which failed to issue timely visas allowing them to visit America.
    Then the Ukrainians hired a former U.S. attorney ó not Giuliani ó to hand-deliver the evidence of wrongdoing to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, but the federal prosecutors never responded.
    The U.S. attorney, a respected American, confirmed the Ukrainiansí story to me.    The allegations that Ukrainian officials wanted to pass on involved both efforts by the Democratic National Committee to pressure Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election as well as Joe Bidenís sonís effort to make money in Ukraine while the former vice president managed U.S.-Ukraine relations, the retired U.S. attorney told me.
    Eventually, Giuliani in November 2018 got wind of the Ukrainian allegations and started to investigate.
    As President Trumpís highest-profile defense attorney, the former New York City mayor, often known simply as ďRudy,Ē believed the Ukrainianís evidence could assist in his defense against the Russia collusion investigation and special counsel Robert Muellerís final report.
    So Giuliani began to check things out in late 2018 and early 2019, but he never set foot in Ukraine.    And when Ukrainian officials leaked word that he was considering visiting Ukraine to meet with senior officials to discuss the allegations ó and it got politicized in America ó Giuliani abruptly called off his trip.    He stopped talking to the Ukrainian officials.
    Since that time, my American and foreign sources tell me, Ukrainian officials worried that the slight of Giuliani might hurt their relations with his most famous client, Trump.
    And Trump himself added to the dynamic by encouraging Ukraineís leaders to work with Giuliani to surface the evidence of alleged wrongdoing that has been floating around for more than two years, my sources said.
    It is likely that the State Departmentís overture to Giuliani in July was designed to allay fears of a diplomatic slight and to assure the nascent Ukrainian administration that everything would be okay between the two allies.
    The belief was that if Zelenskyís top lawyer could talk to Trumpís top lawyer, everything could be patched up, officials explained to me.
    Ukrainian officials also are discussing privately the possibility of creating a parliamentary committee to assemble the evidence and formally send it to the U.S. Congress, after failed attempts to get the Department of Justiceís attention, my sources say.
    Such machinations are common when two countries are navigating diplomatic challenges and, often, extracurricular activities with private citizens are part of the strategy, even if they are not apparent to the American public.
    So the media stories of Giulianiís alleged political opposition research in Ukraine, it turns out, are a bit different than first reported.    Itís exactly the sort of nuanced, complex news development that my mentor nearly 30 years ago warned about.
    And itís too bad a shallow media effort has failed to capture the whole story and tell it to the American public in its entirety.
    Itís almost as though the lessons of the now debunked Russia-Trump collusion narrative never really sunk in for some reporters.    And that is a loss for the American public.    The continuing folly was evidenced when much attention was given Friday to Hillary Clintonís tweet suggesting Trumpís contact with Zelensky amounted to an effort to solicit a foreign power to interfere in the next election.
    That tweet may be provocative but itís unfair.    The contacts were about resolving what happened in the last election ó and the last administration.
    And if anyone is to have high moral ground on foreign interference in elections, Clinton canít be first in line.    Her campaign lawyers caused Christopher Steele, a British foreign national desperate to defeat to Trump, to be hired to solicit unverified allegations from Russians about Trump as part of an opposition research project and then went to the FBI to trump up an investigation on Trump.    And her party leaders, the Democratic National Committee, asked the Ukraine embassy to also try to dig up dirt on Trump.    Thatís not a record worthy of throwing the first punch on this story.
    The truth is, getting to the bottom of the Ukraine allegations will benefit everyone.    If the Bidens and Ukraine did nothing wrong, they should be absolved.    If wrongdoing happened, then it should be dealt with.
    The folly of the current coverage is preventing us from getting the answer we deserve.

    The following was found at
9/20/2019 How Trump and Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate the presidentís rivals by Josh Dawsey, Paul Sonne, Michael Kranish and David L. Stern, The Washington Post
Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani has been pushing Ukrainian officials
to launch probes into the presidentís political opponents. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)
    When President Trump spoke on the telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in late July, the Ukrainians had a lot at stake.    They were waiting on millions in stalled military aid from the United States, and Zelensky was seeking a high-priority White House meeting with Trump.
    Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart that his country could improve its image if it completed corruption cases that have ďinhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA,Ē according to a readout of the call released by Kiev.
    What neither government said publicly at the time was that Trump went even further ó specifically pressing Ukraineís president to reopen a corruption investigation involving former vice president Joe Bidenís son, according to two people familiar with the call, which is now the subject of an explosive whistleblower complaint.
    Days after the two presidents spoke, Trumpís personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, met with an aide to the Ukrainian president in Madrid and spelled out two specific cases he believed Ukraine should pursue.    One was a probe of a Ukrainian gas tycoon who had Bidenís son Hunter on his board.    Another was an allegation that Democrats colluded with Ukraine to release information on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the 2016 election.
    ďYour country owes it to us and to your country to find out what really happened,Ē Giuliani said he told the Ukrainian presidentís aide, Andriy Yermak, during the Madrid meeting.    Yermak, according to Giuliani, indicated that the Ukrainians were open to pursuing the investigations.    The aide reiterated the Ukrainiansí plea for a meeting with Trump, a summit that would be an important signal to Russia of Washingtonís support for Ukraine.
    ďI talked to him about the whole package,Ē said Giuliani, who has been lobbying Ukrainian officials to take up the investigations since the spring.    Yermak did not respond to a request for comment.
    New revelations about the dual channels of pressure on Ukraine ó one from the president and one from his personal attorney ó are fueling questions about whether Trump used his office to try to force a foreign country to take actions damaging to his political opponents.
    Giuliani said he has kept the president informed of his efforts in Ukraine for months.    But he declined to say specifically what he has told the president.    ďMy narrow interest is for the benefit of my client,Ē he said.
    The White House declined to comment.
    Asked Friday if he had discussed Biden on his call with Zelensky in July, Trump told reporters, ďIt doesnít matter what I discussed,Ē adding: ďSomeone ought to look into Joe Biden
    National security experts said Trumpís pressure on Ukraine was highly inappropriate.
    ďThis is requesting assistance from a foreign government to tarnish your political rival and opening the door to outside interference in our politics and elections,Ē said David Kramer, a former State Department official responsible for Russia and Central Europe during the George W. Bush administration.
    Giuliani said Trump did not threaten to withhold U.S. funds from Ukraine if the country did not investigate Biden and Democrats.
    ďHe didnít do that.    President Trump didnít do that,Ē Giuliani said this week.
    However, the Trump administration has held Zelensky at armís length since his election in April.
    Trump refused to set a firm date for an Oval Office meeting with the newly minted Ukrainian president at the White House ó a sit-down that Ukraine has urgently sought to demonstrate Washingtonís backing as it fights a long-simmering war with ≠Russian-backed proxies in its east.
    U.S. officials and members of the Trump administration wanted the meeting to go ahead, but Trump personally rejected efforts to set it up, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
    By the time Trump and Zelensky spoke during the July 25 telephone call, the meeting at the White House still hadnít been set.    Soon after, it was disclosed that the White House had put a hold on $250 million in military aid for Ukraine after Trump ordered a review of the assistance package.
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Zelensky this month in a Kiev meeting that the aid was being held back because Trump was concerned about corruption and thought the Europeans should provide Ukraine more assistance, according to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who was in attendance, as well as an aide to Johnson.
    A former senior administration official who repeatedly discussed the issue with Trump said that the president thought ďwhat we were doing in Ukraine was pointless and just aggravating the Russians
    ďThe presidentís position basically is, we should recognize the fact that the Russians should be our friends, and who cares about the Ukrainians?Ē said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.
    Meanwhile, throughout the spring and summer, Giuliani was pressing the Ukrainian government behind the scenes, gathering information about Biden and briefing Trump on his findings, he said in several interviews with The Washington Post.
    At one point this year, the former New York mayor had planned a trip to Ukraine, but it was scuttled amid criticism about the propriety of his visit.    Instead, he has made his case in phone calls and meetings with Ukrainian officials in New York and Madrid.
[Giuliani meets with former diplomat as he continues to press Ukraine inquiries]
    Giuliani said he was operating in his personal capacity as Trumpís lawyer, although he said the State Department help put him in touch with Yermak.
    The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
    U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev repeatedly expressed concerns about the contacts between Giuliani and Ukrainian officials.    They have not been privy to most of the discussions, and at times, have only learned later from the Ukrainians, who said they were unsure if Giuliani was officially speaking for the U.S. government, according to two officials with knowledge of the matter.
    Giuliani has pushed Ukrainian officials to renew an investigation into the activities of Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas producer while his father handled U.S.-Ukraine policy.
    In particular, Giuliani has alleged Biden advocated for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who at one point had overseen an anti-corruption probe of the gas producerís owner.    However, the case had been dormant before the prosecutorís firing, according to former Ukrainian and U.S. officials, and the U.S. ambassador at the time publicly called for the case against the gas tycoon to proceed.
    Yuri Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor general who succeeded the fired prosecutor, told Bloomberg News in May that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe or Hunter Biden.
[As vice president, Biden said Ukraine should increase gas production.    Then his son got a job with a Ukrainian gas company.]
    But Giuliani has said there is more to uncover, adding that his goal is to make sure Biden didnít become president without having to answer for the issues in Ukraine.
    ďWhat Iím saying to him: Youíre not getting from here to the presidency without answering these questions,Ē Giuliani said in May of his efforts.    ďThe presidentís counsel is entitled to develop evidence
    Biden has denied any wrongdoing.     ďNot one single credible outlet has given any credibility to these assertions,Ē the former vice president said in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday.    ďNot one single one

    Giuliani has also urged Ukraine to investigate whether Democrats colluded with Ukrainian authorities during the 2016 election to put out information damaging to Manafort, who is now serving a 7Ĺ-year prison sentence for financial crimes related to lobbying he did for a Russia-aligned politician in Ukraine.
    In all, Giuliani said he has had about five conversations this year with Yermak, the aide to Zelensky.    He said Yermak was concerned that Trump had not met with the Ukrainians and was ďembarrassedĒ at the lack of a meeting ó and wanted to make sure ďnothing is wrong
    At the Madrid meeting this summer, Giuliani said he did not address the topic of U.S. aid.    ďI was not involved in the aid at all,Ē he said.    ďI had no idea the $250 million was on the table
    Giuliani said he left the meeting with the impression that the Ukrainians would pursue the cases he has pushed them to take up.    ďHe told me he would make sure things were investigated appropriately but they would need some time to appoint a new prosecutor,Ē Giuliani said.
    Yermak told the New York Times last month that the new government in Ukraine was committed to fairly investigating possible crimes but all decisions had to wait until the country had a new top prosecutor.
    People close to Zelensky have told American officials that if there is a case to pursue, they will follow it and the law ó an attempt by Zelensky and his aides to avoid getting drawn into a partisan political fight in the United States.
    ďFor us, the important thing is to not get involved,Ē said one Ukrainian official earlier this summer, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
    ďThere is nothing good that can come from this,Ē he added.    ďI donít want us to be used
[Trumpís interest in stirring Ukraine investigations sows confusion in Kiev]
    During the Kiev meeting with Zelensky this month, Murphy said there was ďa large level of discomfort from the outreach of the presidentís political team.    The embassy didnít know what to do with it either
    ďI heard they were confused and vexed about what they should do by these requests,Ē Murphy said Friday.    ďThis is a brand-new president, and he starts getting requests from the presidentís political team to do investigation.    My concern was definitely validated by the conversations I had in Kiev
    When they spoke, Zelensky also stressed the importance of a meeting with Trump, adding that he did not want to be drawn into the 2020 presidential election, Murphy said.
    Zelensky did not respond to requests for comment Friday.
    The two presidents had been scheduled to meet in Warsaw earlier this month until Trump called off the trip, citing Hurricane Dorianís projected landfall in the United States.
    Vice President Pence went in his place.    Asked by reporters on the trip if he brought up Biden with his meeting with Zelensky, Pence said he did not.    But he connected the delayed military aid to Ukraineís actions on corruption.
    ďAs President Trump had me make clear, we have great concerns about issues of corruption,Ē the vice president said.    ďThe president wants to be assured that those resources are truly making their way to the kind of investments that will contribute to security and stability in Ukraine.    And thatís an expectation the American people have and the president has expressed very clearly
    Days later, on Sept. 12, the U.S. aid package was delivered to Ukraine and announced the following day by Zelensky at a political conference.
    Zelensky thanked Trump for releasing the $250 million in aid, noting that another $140 million was included as well, adding, ďNow I can say that we have excellent relations with the U.S.A.Ē
    ďSo I think we are really moving in the right direction and we have the right relationship with our strategic partner ó the United States of America,Ē he added.
    Murphy said he and other senators were planning legislation to push through the aid that would have won Republican support, potentially forcing the White Houseís hand.
[9 questions about the Trump whistleblower complaint, answered, see the next article for those]
    Zelensky and Trump are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.    Still, the White House hasnít set a date for an Oval Office meeting with Zelensky.
    Trumpís interactions with Zelensky are part of the whistleblower complaint by an intelligence official that is at the center of a showdown between the executive branch and Congress.    Administration officials have refused to divulge any information about the substance of an Aug. 12 report to the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community.
    Earlier this month, House Democrats launched an investigation into whether Trump sought to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden in exchange for receiving U.S. foreign aid.
    Giuliani said he does not believe House Democrats are acting in ďgood faithĒ and said the administrationís resistance to sharing more information is justified.
    ďCongress doesnít have a decent purpose in getting it.    Theyíre a bunch of headhunters and have lost any credibility,Ē Giuliani said, adding: ďTheyíre desperately trying to revive their false story about Russian collusion.    Itís not a legal issue, itís a political issue
    Stern reported from Kiev.    Robert Costa, Tom Hamburger, John Hudson, Karoun Demirjian and Julie Tate in Washington, and Holly Bailey in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, contributed to this report.

    The following was found at
9/20/2019 9 questions about the Trump whistleblower complaint, answered by Aaron Blake, The Washington Post
Speaking to reporters Sept. 20, President Trump said his conversation with
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was "totally appropriate." (The Washington Post)
    Washington has been engulfed in recent days by a fast-evolving story about a whistleblower complaint regarding alleged misdeeds by President Trump.
    Given the complexity of it and all the angles involved, hereís an explainer that covers the major points.
1. What did Trump allegedly Ďpromise,í and whatís the big deal?
    The big, unanswered questions here are essentially: Did Trump make some kind of promise to a foreign government (apparently Ukraine) that would involve using official government resources for personal gain?    And if he didnít make a promise, how persistent were his efforts to gain foreign assistance?
[Why Ukraine being the focus of Trumpís whistleblower complaint is particularly ominous]
    A whistleblower from the U.S. intelligence community filed a complaint Aug. 12 that alleged some kind of wrongdoing at high levels of the U.S. government.    But we havenít seen the complaint, nor has it been shared with Congress.
    Thanks to reporting from The Washington Postís national security team this week, though, we now know that this whistleblowerís complaint involves Trump and alleges that he made some kind of a ďpromiseĒ to a foreign leader.    We then learned that the complaint involves Ukraine.    By Friday afternoon, we learned that Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 call to launch an investigation involving the Bidens. (The Wall Street Journal first reported that and said Trump pressed Zelensky on the matter about eight times)
    Intelligence community Inspector General Michael Atkinson has reviewed the complaint and determined it was credible.    Generally, that means there is corroboration beyond just the one source.    Atkinson also determined that it was a matter of ďurgent concern,Ē which is a legal threshold that requires notifying the relevant congressional committees.    In this case, that would be the intelligence committees.
2. Why isnít the administration sharing the whistleblower complaint?
    Acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share the complaint, and we learned Friday that the White House Office of Legal Counsel has been involved in efforts to keep it from Congress.
[Trump pressed Ukrainian leader to investigate Bidenís son, according to people familiar with the matter]
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Thursday that he understood that the Justice Department was involved in the decision but that he had not been given an answer as to whether the White House is also involved.
    DNI general counsel Jason Klitenic said in a letter that the complaint ďinvolves confidential and potentially privileged communications.Ē    The Post reports that the White House has stopped short of asserting executive privilege over the complaint, but White House counsel Pat Cipollone has been trying to set up legal obstacles, such as claiming jurisdictional issues, to prevent Maguire from handing it over to Congress.
3. What recourse does Congress have?
    This an unusual situation that breaks with traditional protocol, so, as The Fixís Amber Phillips writes, there are limited tools at Schiffís disposal.    He has already activated one of them.
    This week, he subpoenaed both the whistleblower complaint and documents related to the decision to withhold it.    Schiff has said that if Maguire doesnít comply, he will require him to testify in an open session, at which point lawmakers could pepper him with difficult questions.    Maguire is scheduled to testify Thursday.
    Schiff this week also said that he might sue over the matter and that his committee and the Democratic-controlled House could withhold funding from the DNIís office until it relents.
4. How does this involve Ukraine?
    We know little concretely besides that it involves the Eastern European country and the requests from Trump.    But the picture is filling out.
    The Trump team, and specifically his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, has publicly telegraphed a desire to get the Ukrainian government to pursue certain investigations that might carry political benefits for Trump.    These include matters involving convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, the 2016 campaign and the Biden family.
    Giuliani this summer even planned a trip to Ukraine, which he readily admitted was intended to benefit Trump by pushing for particular investigations.    ďIím asking them to do an investigation that theyíre doing already and that other people are telling them to stop,Ē Giuliani told the New York Times in May.    ďAnd Iím going to give them reasons why they shouldnít stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.Ē    Giuliani ended up canceling the trip amid an outcry.
    We also know that Trump spoke with Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, on July 25 ó 2Ĺ weeks before the whistleblower filed the complaint ó and that the administration was withholding $250 million in military aid for Ukraine in late August, before bipartisan pressure forced it to release the funding.
5. What do we know about Trumpís phone call with Zelensky on July 25?
    Logically, this would seem likely to be the conversation at the heart of the complaint.    Given the parties involved in the call ó Trump and Zelensky ó and its temporal proximity to the complaint, that would make sense.
    Trumpís repeated request of Zelensky that Ukraine investigate the Bidens would form one portion of a potential quid pro quo, but our latest reporting is that Trump didnít mention foreign aid on the call.    So itís not clear what was actually part of the ďpromiseĒ the whistleblower alleges.
    But Atkinson, in his closed-door testimony this week, also said the complaint involves multiple actions and no single communication.
    The White House said July 25 that the call involved Trump congratulating Zelensky on his election win this year and that they ďdiscussed ways to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Ukraine, including energy and economic cooperation
    The Ukrainians, though, said at the time that Trump told Zelensky he was ďconvinced the new Ukrainian government will be able to quickly improve [the] image of Ukraine, [and] complete [the] investigation of corruption cases, which inhibited the interaction between Ukraine and the USA
    That last phrase is particularly conspicuous, given what we know now.
6. Why is the Trump team so interested in Ukraine?
    For a variety of perhaps unrelated reasons, Trump has eyed developments in Ukraine for potential political gain.
    As Philip Bump wrote Friday, the first of these involved a Democratic National Committee consultant who sought information from Ukrainian officials about Manafort, who had previously done work for onetime Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.    This was held up as a counterargument to potential Trump campaign collusion with Russia ó the idea being that Democrats might have also colluded, with Ukraine.
    The other big one ó and apparently the more significant one when it comes to what we see today ó is the situation involving the Bidens.    As The Postís Michael Kranish and David L. Stern detailed in July, the vice presidentís son, Hunter Biden, took a well-paying job on the board of Ukraineís largest private gas company, Burisma Holdings, late in the Obama administration.    That company had been under some scrutiny from Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.    Shokin was removed amid pressure from then-Vice President Biden and other Western leaders, who alleged that he wasnít pursuing corruption cases seriously enough.
7. How substantial are the allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden?
    The contention from Trump, Giuliani, et al., is that Biden was taking an action to benefit his sonís company.    Shokin himself alleged to The Post ďthat the activities of Burisma, the involvement of his son, Hunter Biden, and the [prosecutor generalís office] investigators on his tail, are the only, I emphasize, the only motives for organizing my resignation
    But Shokinís contention is dubious, and itís not clear that he had actually been scrutinizing Burisma at the time; one official said the probe had long been dormant.    Shokin had also fallen out of favor with many other Western leaders, as well as with lawmakers in Ukraine, where he was the subject of a decisive vote of no confidence.
    Neither of these cases involves readily apparent wrongdoing.    Ukraineís current prosecutor general told Bloomberg he had no evidence of anything illegal or corrupt by either Joe or Hunter Biden.    But the Trump team seems to regard them as sleeping giants in the 2020 race ó or at least issues that could be used to muddy the political waters with the leading Democratic candidate in the race (and the one who polls best against Trump).
8. Where do Joseph Maguire and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence fit into this?
    Maguireís defenders say heís in a legitimate legal bind, because the law doesnít countenance this conflict between a presidentís executive privilege and the disclosure requirements regarding a whistleblower complaint.
    Regardless of whether you sympathize with him, though, he finds himself in an inauspicious position.    Trump named him acting DNI a little more than a month ago under slightly controversial circumstances.    After it was announced that then-DNI Daniel Coats would be resigning, Trump bypassed Coatsís No. 2, Sue Gordon, who had extensive bipartisan support, in favor of Maguire as the acting DNI. (Gordon resigned and subtly protested the decision in a brief letter.)    Maguire, a retired Navy admiral, was also a somewhat unorthodox pick for the job, given his lack of experience in the U.S. intelligence community.
    The overlapping timelines of Coatsís resignation, Maguireís elevation and the whistleblower complaint are also raising eyebrows.    Trump announced the exit of Coats, with whom he occasionally clashed, on July 28.    Thatís three days after his call with Zelensky.    Trump announced Maguireís selection Aug. 8.    Four days later, the whistleblower complaint was filed.
    The practical impact is that Maguire, who was Senate-confirmed but for a different job, has been thrust into a high-profile position that now involves making a very difficult legal and political call for an intelligence community in which he isnít exactly steeped.
9. How bad is this for Trump and his presidency?
    Thatís the other big question right now.    Itís too early to know whether it will be proved that Trump did anything wrong.    Even if we see the complaint, itís not certain that things happened exactly as the whistleblower said they did.    And just because Trump pushed for investigating the Bidens doesnít mean there is a provable quid pro quo.
    Any specific legal violations would depend on those details.    Asking for foreign assistance is problematic in and of itself, but this is also the president who publicly asked for Russia to obtain Hillary Clintonís emails in 2016 and has indicated repeatedly that he was open to foreign help.    The more troubling possibility (and the one raised specifically by the ďpromiseĒ allegation) is that this might involve outright government corruption ó the trading of favors for personal gain.    It has been suggested that such a situation could involve federal election law violations or even extortion.
    Of course, even if Trump violated the law, weíre in the same position as we are with obstruction of justice and Michael Cohenís campaign finance violation (in which Trump has been implicated but not accused of a crime).    And that position is: Justice Department guidelines say a sitting president canít be indicted, thus any remedy would be Congressís responsibility, via potential impeachment proceedings.
    The constitutional definition of an impeachable offense ó ďhigh crimes and misdemeanorsĒ ó is a subjective one that means basically whatever Congress determines it means.    So the real question is whether serious wrongdoing by Trump in this case would rally public and political support in a way we havenít yet seen for impeachment and/or removal from office.
    In the background are other highly controversial things Trump has done, most notable being his potential obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.    But thus far, public support for impeachment is far short of a majority, and Republicans, who control the Senate and can easily prevent Trumpís removal from office, have shown no appetite for going down that road.    Democrats have thus proceeded somewhat timidly.    And with the 2020 election approaching, they might reason that the election would be the best way to decide how Trump is held accountable.
    As far as that race goes, Trump finds himself in a tough spot.    He has low approval ratings and trails most Democrats he potentially faces in 2020, including by double digits in the case of Biden.    One more big scandal would seem to cement his underdog status, but there is plenty of time until November 2020.

    The following found at
    Two years after leaving office, Joe Biden couldnít resist the temptation last year to brag to an audience of foreign policy specialists about the time as vice president that he strong-armed Ukraine into firing its top prosecutor.
    In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didnít immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.
    In the video Biden said, ďI said, ĎYouíre not getting the billion.í    Iím going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours.    I looked at them and said: ĎIím leaving in six hours.    If the prosecutor is not fired, youíre not getting the money,íĒ Biden recalled telling Poroshenko.
    ďWell, son of a bitch, he got fired.    And they put in place someone who was solid at the time,Ē Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations event, insisting that President Obama was in on the threat.
    Interviews with a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials confirm Bidenís account, though they claim the pressure was applied over several months in late 2015 and early 2016, not just six hours of one dramatic day.    Whatever the case, Poroshenko and Ukraineís parliament obliged by ending Shokinís tenure as prosecutor.    Shokin was facing steep criticism in Ukraine, and among some U.S. officials, for not bringing enough corruption prosecutions when he was fired.
    But Ukrainian officials tell me there was one crucial piece of information that Biden must have known but didnít mention to his audience: The prosecutor he got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Bidenís younger son, Hunter, as a board member.
    U.S. banking records show
Hunter Bidenís American-based firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, received regular transfers into one of its accounts ó usually more than $166,000 a month ó from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia.
    The general prosecutorís official file for the Burisma probe ó shared with me by senior Ukrainian officials ó shows prosecutors identified Hunter Biden, business partner Devon Archer and their firm, Rosemont Seneca, as potential recipients of money.
    Shokin told me in written answers to questions that, before he was fired as general prosecutor, he had made ďspecific plansĒ for the investigation that ďincluded interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden
    He added: ďI would like to emphasize the fact that presumption of innocence is a principle in UkraineĒ and that he couldnít describe the evidence further.
    The timing of Hunter Bidenís and Archerís appointment to Burismaís board has been highlighted in the past, by The New York Times in December 2015 and in a 2016 book by conservative author Peter Schweizer.
    Although Biden made no mention of his son in his 2018 speech, U.S. and Ukrainian authorities both told me Biden and his office clearly had to know about the general prosecutor's probe of Burisma and his son's role.    They noted that:
  • Hunter Biden's appointment to the board was widely reported in American media;
  • The U.S. Embassy in Kiev that coordinated Biden's work in the country repeatedly and publicly discussed the general prosecutor's case against Burisma;
  • Great Britain took very public action against Burisma while Joe Biden was working with that government on Ukraine issues;
  • Biden's office was quoted, on the record, acknowledging Hunter Biden's role in Burisma in a New York Times article about the general prosecutor's Burisma case that appeared four months before Biden forced the firing of Shokin.    The vice president's office suggested in that article that Hunter Biden was a lawyer free to pursue his own private business deals.
    President Obama named Biden the administrationís point man on Ukraine in February 2014, after a popular revolution ousted Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych and as Moscow sent military forces into Ukraineís Crimea territory.
    According to Schweizerís book, Vice President Biden met with Archer in April 2014 right as Archer was named to the board at Burisma.    A month later, Hunter Biden was named to the board, to oversee Burismaís legal team.
    But the Ukrainian investigation and Joe Bidenís effort to fire the prosecutor overseeing it has escaped without much public debate.
    Most of the general prosecutorís investigative work on Burisma focused on three separate cases, and most stopped abruptly once Shokin was fired.    The most prominent of the Burisma cases was transferred to a different Ukrainian agency, closely aligned with the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, known as the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), according to the case file and current General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko.
    NABU closed that case, and a second case involving alleged improper money transfers in London was dropped when Ukrainian officials failed to file the necessary documents by the required deadline.    The general prosecutorís office successfully secured a multimillion-dollar judgment in a tax evasion case, Lutsenko said.    He did not say who was the actual defendant in that case.
    As a result, the Biden family appeared to have escaped the potential for an embarrassing inquiry overseas in the final days of the Obama administration and during an election in which Democrat Hillary Clinton was running for president in 2016.
    But then, as Bidenís 2020 campaign ramped up over the past year, Lutsenko ó the Ukrainian prosecutor that Biden once hailed as a ďsolidĒ replacement for Shokin ó began looking into what happened with the Burisma case that had been shut down.
    Lutsenko told me that, while reviewing the Burisma investigative files, he discovered ďmembers of the Board obtained funds as well as another U.S.-based legal entity, Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, for consulting services
    Lutsenko said some of the evidence he knows about in the Burisma case may interest U.S. authorities and heíd like to present that information to new U.S. Attorney General William Barr, particularly the vice presidentís intervention.
    ďUnfortunately, Mr. Biden had correlated and connected this aid with some of the HR (personnel) issues and changes in the prosecutorís office,Ē Lutsenko said.
    Nazar Kholodnytskyi, the lead anti-corruption prosecutor in Lutsenkoís office, confirmed to me in an interview that part of the Burisma investigation was reopened in 2018, after Joe Biden made his remarks.    ďWe were able to start this case again,Ē Kholodnytskyi said.
    But he said the separate Ukrainian police agency that investigates corruption has dragged its feet in gathering evidence.    ďWe donít see any result from this case one year after the reopening because of some external influence,Ē he said, declining to be more specific.
    Ukraine is in the middle of a hard-fought presidential election, is a frequent target of intelligence operations by neighboring Russia and suffers from rampant political corruption nationwide.    Thus, many Americans might take the restart of the Burisma case with a grain of salt, and rightfully so.
    But what makes Lutsenkoís account compelling is that federal authorities in America, in an entirely different case, uncovered financial records showing just how much Hunter Bidenís and Archerís company received from Burisma while Joe Biden acted as Obamaís point man on Ukraine.
    Between April 2014 and October 2015, more than $3 million was paid out of Burisma accounts to an account linked to Bidenís and Archerís Rosemont Seneca firm, according to the financial records placed in a federal court file in Manhattan in an unrelated case against Archer.
    The bank records show that, on most months when Burisma money flowed, two wire transfers of $83,333.33 each were sent to the Rosemont SenecaĖconnected account on the same day.    The same Rosemont SenecaĖlinked account typically then would pay Hunter Biden one or more payments ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each.    Prosecutors reviewed internal company documents and wanted to interview Hunter Biden and Archer about why they had received such payments, according to interviews.
    Lutsenko said Ukrainian company board members legally can pay themselves for work they do if it benefits the companyís bottom line, but prosecutors never got to determine the merits of the payments to Rosemont because of the way the investigation was shut down.
    As for Joe Bidenís intervention in getting Lutsenkoís predecessor fired in the midst of the Burisma investigation, Lutsenko suggested that was a matter to discuss with Attorney General Barr: ďOf course, I would be happy to have a conversation with him about this issue
    As the now-completed Russia collusion investigation showed us, every American deserves the right to be presumed innocent until evidence is made public or a conviction is secured, especially when some matters of a case involve foreigners.    The same presumption should be afforded to Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and Burisma in the Ukraine case.
    Nonetheless, some hard questions should be answered by Biden as he prepares, potentially, to run for president in 2020: Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy?    What work was performed for the money Hunter Bidenís firm received?    Did you know about the Burisma probe?    And when it was publicly announced that your son worked for Burisma, should you have recused yourself from leveraging a U.S. policy to pressure the prosecutor who very publicly pursued Burisma?

9/21/2019 Biden urges investigation into Trump Ukraine call by Amanda Becker and Jonathan Landay
Joe Biden, former U.S. vice president and Democratic presidential hopeful, smiles while signing autographs at the
Polk County Democrats' Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
    DES MOINES, Iowa/WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Saturday called for an investigation into reports that President Donald Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Biden and his son.
    ďThis appears to be an overwhelming abuse of power.    To get on the phone with a foreign leader who is looking for help from the United States and ask about me and imply things Ö this is outrageous,Ē a visibly angry Biden said while campaigning in Iowa.
    ďTrump is using this because he knows Iíll beat him like a drum and is using the abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to do something to smear me,Ē Biden said.
    Trumpís July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is at the center of an escalating battle over a whistleblowerís complaint reportedly concerning the U.S. leaderís dealings with Ukraine that the administration has refused to give Congress.
    The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets on Friday said Trump repeatedly asked Zelenskiy to investigate unsubstantiated charges that Biden, while vice president, threatened to withhold U.S. aid unless a prosecutor who was looking into a gas company in which Bidenís son was involved was fired.
    Trump, reports said, urged Zelenskiy, a comedian who had just won election, to speak with Trumpís personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani.    Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has promoted the allegations against Biden and his son, Hunter, and acknowledged that he pressed for a Ukrainian investigation.
    Biden has admitted threatening to withhold aid unless the prosecutor was dismissed, a demand also made by the wider U.S. government, the European Union and other international institutions for his alleged failure to pursue major corruption cases.
    The news reports about the Zelenskiy phone call have intensified demands by Democratic lawmakers for the House of Representatives to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, and have elevated the controversy to a major campaign issue.
    Trump denied doing anything improper.    He wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday that his conversation with Zelenskiy was ďperfectly fine and routine.Ē    He accused the ďFake News Media and their partner, the Democrat PartyĒ of staying ďas far away as possibleĒ from the Biden allegations.
    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko on Saturday denied in an interview with a Ukrainian news outlet suggestions that Trump had pressured Zelenskiy.
    Biden, responding to a reporterís question at the Polk County Democratic Partyís annual steak fry in Des Moines, denied that he had ever spoken to his son about his business dealings in Ukraine.
ďYou should be looking at Trump.    Everybody looked at this and everybody whoís looked at it said thereís nothing there.    Ask the right question,Ē continued Biden.    ďYou should be asking him the question: why is he on the phone with a foreign leader, trying to intimidate a foreign leader?Ē
    Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of Bidenís main rivals in the Democratic primary race, reiterated in Des Moines that she believes Trumpís reported actions should be the subject of impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    ďIt is time for us to call out this illegal behavior and start impeachment proceedings right now,Ē Warren said in remarks at the steak fry.
    At the steak fry, Biden called on voters to oust Trump but did not mention Ukraine.    ďAbove all else we must defeat Donald Trump period and stop his abuse of power,Ē Biden said.
    The House Intelligence Committee is demanding it be given the whistleblowerís complaint in line with a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence community that the matter met the legal threshold for transmission to Congress.
    Acting Director of National Security Joseph Maguire, however, decided against providing the complaint to the committee after he consulted with the Justice Department, and reportedly the White House.
    Maguire and his top lawyer contended the complaint did not meet the legal guidelines for submission to the committee, prompting Democrats to accuse Maguire of breaking the law.
    Three House committees already were investigating the Trump-Zelenskiy call in part because the Ukrainian governmentís readout of the call appeared to show that he had encouraged Zelenskiy to pursue a Biden investigation.
(Reporting by Jonathan Landay in Washington and Amanda Becker in Des Moines, Iowa; Editing by David Gregorio)
[Biden cannot even admit his crime with bragging about the firing of the prosecutor as seen above in Ukraine even though it is on camera, and he is now behind Warren in the polls.    By the way we want the whistleblower to come forward so we know who is still in the "DEEP STATE" and anyone associated with him, so if Trump is re-elected he can clean the SWAMP some more, which means he survived this attack.    Neither Biden or Warren would not make a good president because they both just jumped to impeach without any proof of a crime.].

9/21/2019 Rep. Perry: Ďsmokeí to Biden reports by OAN Newsroom
    A GOP lawmaker said as the nationís top diplomat, the president has broad discretion regarding his conversations with foreign leaders.
    Representative Scott Perry said Saturday, reports focus on the presidentís effort to curb alleged corruption, not the alleged corruption itself.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden works the grill during the Polk County
Democrats Steak Fry, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    He adds, with congressional oversight and aides on the line, he doesnít believe the president would act inappropriately.
    However, the Pennsylvania lawmaker said thereís at least ďsmokeĒ when it comes to accusations of self-dealing involving the Bidens that warrant a further look.
    He even said Ukraine was offering the U.S. information about the incident during the prior administration, but wasnít accepted.

9/21/2019 Pelosi calls for whistleblower complaint from DNI by OAN Newsroom
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on the president to release the whistleblower complaint raising concerns within the intelligence community.
    The calls by the House speaker Friday, revolve around an alleged promise he made to a foreign leader.    Pelosi is calling the reports ďurgent concerns for national security
On this Sept. 12, 2019, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. The good news is that it
doesnít look like a bitterly polarized Washington will stumble into another government shutdown. But as Democrats controlling the
House unveil a stopgap, government-wide spending bill to keep the lights on and pay the troops, thereís scant evidence that power
sharing in the U.S. Capitol will produce further legislative accomplishments anytime soon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    She didnít reveal any details that have been reported as of recently, but said she wants to make sure the president is acting in the best interest of the American people.
    This builds on comments made by Pelosi Thursday, where she said she has faith in Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff to handle the matter.
    ďWell I obviously, trust the judgment of our committee chair, Adam Schiff. And heís following this very closely with an expert eye on what the law is, what protections there are for the whistle blowers and where does it cross the line of a conversation that the president may have.    A commitment he may make for our nation at the public should be aware of,Ē said Pelosi during a press briefing with reporters.
    Pelosi said the stonewalling coming from the acting Director of National Intelligence must end.    Further, she said the whistleblower must be provided with every protection guaranteed under the law.

9/21/2019 Top State Department official announces departure by OAN Newsroom
    A top State Department official is leaving her post.
Andrea Thompson, a key U.S. arms control negotiator, is stepping down from her State Department position. (file photo)
    On Friday, under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson announced she is leaving the department.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Thompson a dedicated public servant, saying she brought more than 25 years worth of military experience to her position, adding that she will be missed.
    She did not give a reason for her departure.    The retired Army colonel previously served as national security advisor to Vice President Pence.

9/21/2019 NY Post publishes obituary to mark end of Bill De Blasio presidential run by OAN Newsroom
    The New York Post slams New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, and his decision to run in the 2020 presidential race.
    On the Postís cover Saturday, the paper depicted an obituary for De Blasioís campaign, saying it died of ďego-induced psychosis
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Galivants Ferry Stump on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Galivants Ferry, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
    The paper added ďit died doing what it loved best, being as far away from New York City as possible
    It also said, ďhis campaign is survived by hotel industry officials who expect favors from city hallĒ and ďeight million suffering New Yorkers
    De Blasio faced criticism from New York City residents, who accused him of being more interested in his campaign, than being in charge of the city.
    De Blasio announced the end of his campaign Friday, after failing to qualify for the most recent debate in Texas.
    He is serving his second term as mayor of New York, which is slated to end in 2022.
[It sounds like New York was doing better while he was gone.].

9/21/2019 Campaign memo: Senator Booker must raise $1.7m to continue president bid by OAN Newsroom
    Cory Bookerís campaign manager said the next 10 days will decide whether or not the Democrat can remain in the race in an apparent fundraising plea.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks at the Polk County Democrats
Steak Fry, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
    In a memo Saturday, Bookerísí campaign manager warned the senator will not have a legitimate path forward if he does not raise $1.7 million before the end of the third quarter.
    They also claimed this isnít an end of the quarter stunt, however reports reveal the memo was released to spark a surge in fundraising in the next ten days.
    Booker declared his White House candidacy in February, and had a large staff in Iowa, new Hampshire and other early states which are expensive to maintain.

9/22/2019 Pompeo says U.S. mission is to avoid war with Iran but measures in place to deter by Humeyra Pamuk
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks after his meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo
at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo
    (Reuters) Ė The United States aims to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region are for ďdeterrence and defense,Ē U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.
    Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Pompeo added that he was confident U.S. President Donald Trump would take action if such deterrence measures fail and that this was well understood by the Iranian leadership.
    ďOur mission set is to avoid war,Ē Pompeo said.    ďYou saw what Secretary Esper announced on Friday, we are putting additional forces in the region for the purpose of deterrence and defense,Ē he said.
    Pompeo said Washington was taking measures to deter Tehran, but he added that Trump would take necessary action if Tehran failed to change its behavior.    ďIf that deterrence should continue to fail, I am also confident that President Trump would continue to take the actions that are necessary,Ē he said.
    Tensions between Washington and Tehran have further escalated after an attack last weekend on Saudi oil facilities that initially disrupted half of the oil production from the kingdom, the worldís largest oil exporter, and was blamed on Tehran by the United States and Saudi Arabia.
    U.S. has slapped more sanctions on Iran, penalizing the Iranian Central Bank while the Pentagon said it was sending U.S. troops to bolster Saudi Arabiaís air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdomís oil facilities.
    Iran denied involvement in the attack.    Yemenís Houthi movement, an Iran-aligned group fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemenís civil war, has claimed responsibility.
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking to CNN, said the attack on Saudi oil facilities was an attack on the world economic system.    He said the United States expects that any country attached to the U.S. dollar system will abide by the sanctions on Iran.
    Trump pulled the United States out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and ramped up sanctions to strangle its oil exports, a mainstay of the Iranian economy.
    The move dismantled part of former U.S. President Barack Obamaís legacy and upset U.S. allies who were party to the agreement, which was designed to restrict Tehranís pathway to a nuclear bomb in exchange for sanctions relief.
    In recent weeks, Trump had weighed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran and suggested he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is due to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week.    Rouhani has said that Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, would not talk to the United States until Washington lifted sanctions.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Daniel Wallis)

9/22/2019 ĎHowdy, Modi!í: Thousands, plus Trump, rally in Texas for Indiaís leader by Brad Brooks
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks
during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    HOUSTON (Reuters) Ė Tens of thousands of Indian-Americans packed into a Houston stadium Sunday for a rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, joined by U.S. President Donald Trump, in a rare mass show of support for a foreign leader on U.S. soil.
    The event gives Modi, a nationalist facing international criticism over a recent crackdown in disputed Kashmir, a chance to energize his relationship with Indian-Americans who are active political supporters.    Trump, meanwhile, will face a largely foreign-born audience that may not prove receptive to his typical strident anti-immigrant messages.
    Jubilant supporters dressed in everything from ornate saris to simple dhotis and even a few cowboy hats waved American and Indian flags, chanted ďModi! Modi!Ē and munched on concession stand snacks that included Indian staples of samosas and naan breads Ė along with nachos.
    ďToday we celebrate our community and its importance in Houston and all America,Ē said Ketan Inamdar, who works in the administration of Houstonís Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner, and painted an American flag on his right cheek and an Indian one on the left.
    ďTrump is very welcome here today.    This event is to build harmony and love,Ē he said, standing just in front of the dais where Trump and Modi would speak.    ďRace, religion and political parties donít matter today
    Houston is a rare Democratic stronghold in Republican-dominated Texas and serves as the economic anchor of a state that will be critical to Trumpís 2020 re-election bid. Polls show tepid support by Indian-American voters, some 75% of whom voted for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.
    But organizers of the ďHowdy, Modi!Ē event that was kicked off with a 90-minute cultural program featuring 400 costumed dancers, say Trump can expect a receptive audience.
    ďHis presence is an indication of his support and endorsement of the strengthening of Indiaís relations with America,Ē said Preeti Dawra, a spokeswoman for the Texas India Forum that organized the event.    ďThis event is about strengthening those ties
    It will not be the first time Modi, who heads the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, has addressed a large crowd in the United States, which is home to about 4 million Indian-Americans including about 300,000 in Houston and nearby Dallas, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.
    Some 19,000 people turned out for a similar event in New York in 2014, and Indian-American volunteers living in U.S. suburbs helped run a telephone blitz of voters in India in the run-up to his May re-election campaign.
    Modiís visit to Houston comes ahead of this weekís U.N. General Assembly in New York and amid a particularly tense time on the subcontinent.
    The Indian leader further strained long-simmering relations with Pakistan last month by revoking the partial autonomy enjoyed by Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both nuclear-armed countries claim.    Modiís move has been met by international criticism.
    Pakistan has condemned the crackdown and its Prime Minister Imran Khan warned it would drive more of the worldís Muslims into extremism.
    Members of Indiaís religious minority Sikh and Muslim groups are planning noisy gatherings near the stadium to protest Modiís Kashmir policy.
    The U.S.-India relationship on trade and tariffs is rocky, though Trump and Modi appear to have strong personal ties.
    But Devesh Kapur, director of Asia Programs at Johns Hopkins University, who has written a book on Indian-Americans, said that while the rally has symbolic value for both leaders, ďitís unlikely by itself to impact thorny trade issues Ö but it canít hurt
    Kapur also forecast little improvement regarding Trumpís standing with Indian-Americans.
    ďThe Trump administrationís hard-line policies on immigration Ö have hardly endeared (him) to the community,Ē Kapur said.    ďAppearing with PM Modi might mildly help but certainly not reverse the communityís overall pro-Democrat leanings
(Reporting by Brad Brooks in Houston; Additional reporting by Alexandra Ulmer in Mumbai; Editing by Scott Malone, Alistair Bell and Lisa Shumaker)

9/22/2019 U.S. Senator Graham says he is trying to get Turkey back in F-35 fold
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a news conference to discuss immigration
legislation and the U.S.-Mexico border on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    (Reuters) Ė U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan that he would like to get NATO ally Turkey back in a joint manufacturing program for F-35 fighter jets, from which it was expelled in July.
    ďWeíre trying to get them back in the F-35 program,Ē Graham, a close ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, said in New York, according to a video posted on Twitter and reports in Turkish media.
    Ankara and Washington have clashed over Turkeyís purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO defenses and pose a threat to Lockheed Martin Corpís F-35 stealth jets.
    Washington removed Turkey from the joint F-35 program after Turkey accepted delivery of S-400 equipment in July.    Ankara also aimed to purchase some of the jets but now says it could look elsewhere.
    Turkish media outlets said Graham met Erdogan in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.
    In the video, Graham said he and Erdogan discussed a possible free trade agreement.    ďTurkey is a very important ally, not just when it comes to Syria but for the whole region,Ē he told reporters.
    Erdogan is scheduled to meet Trump in New York this week.
    In an interview earlier this month, Erdogan told Reuters he would discuss with Trump buying U.S. Patriot missile defenses, adding his personal bond with the U.S. leader could overcome a crisis caused by the S-400 purchase. [nL5N2644E4]
    State-owned Anadolu agency reported that Trump and Erdogan held a phone call on Sunday in which they discussed bilateral relations and regional issues.
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer in Istanbul; Editing by Peter Cooney)

9/23/2019 Trump acknowledges Ukraine call on Biden - Defends chat as appropriate and Ďabsolutely perfect by David Jackson and Michael Collins, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė While Democrats stepped up calls for impeachment, President Donald Trump acknowledged Sunday that he spoke with the president of Ukraine about an investigation into political opponent Joe Biden, but he called the talk appropriate.
    ďThe conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption Ė all of the corruption taking place Ė and largely the fact that we donít want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine,Ē Trump said.
    He described the phone call as ďabsolutely perfect
    In recent statements and tweets, Trump implied that Biden was a subject of the call with the Ukraine leader.    Sunday was Trumpís fićrst direct acknowledgment.
    U.S. lawmakers, meanwhile, called for more details on a complaint by a whistleblower who said Trump pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July call to have his government investigate Biden and his son.
    Biden, whose son Hunter had business interests in Ukraine, said Trump is using his job as president to get a foreign government to dig for dirt on a political rival.
    ďHeís doing this because he knows Iíll beat him like a drum,Ē Biden said.    ďAnd heís using an abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to smear me
    Democratic lawmakers said the incident may well increase calls for impeachment of Trump, who is being probed for his actions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    ďI have spoken with a number of my colleagues over the last week, and this seems diffĀerent in kind,Ē said Rep. Adam SchiffĀ, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking on CNNís ďState of the Union.Ē    ďWe may very well have crossed the Rubicon here
    Trump said he would have ďno problemĒ if his attorney Rudy Giuliani testifićed before Congress about Ukraine and Biden.
    Giuliani, who has spoken with Ukraine offiŹcials about Biden, has declined to discuss his conversations with Trump on the matter, citing attorneyclient privilege.
    The Ukraine-related allegations against Trump are included in the whistleblowerís complaint that the offićce of Director of National Intelligence is refusing to release to Congress.
    In calling for release of the complaint, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, cited reports that Trump threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine if it did not investigate Biden.
    ďIf media reports are correct that President Trump delayed military aid appropriated by Congress in order to get Ukraine to investigate a political opponent, itís diffiŹcult not to see that as an abuse of presidential authority, plain and simple,Ē she said.
Democratic lawmakers said the incident with Ukraine may well increase calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. EVAN VUCCI/AP
[When I watched the recorded NBC news last night on fast forwrd it only showed the negative aspects of Trump in its article and did not mention Joe Bidenís crime in Ukraine at all so it is biased, and the Democrats show up as the same mob rule during the Kavanaugh fiasco.]

9/23/2019 President confirms bringing up Biden - Call with Ukraine leader appropriate, Trump says by David Jackson, Michael Collins and Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė While Democrats stepped up calls for impeachment, President Donald Trump directly acknowledged Sunday that he spoke with the president of Ukraine about an investigation into political opponent Joe Biden, but called the talk appropriate.
    Speaking with reporters en route to a trip to Texas and Ohio, Trump said: ďThe conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption Ė all of the corruption taking place Ė it was largely the fact that we donít want our people like Vice President Biden and his sonĒ contributing to the corruption already in Ukraine.
    In statements and tweets in recent days, Trump has implied that Biden was a subject of the call with the Ukraine leader; Sunday was his first direct acknowledgement, as pointed out by a number of lawmakers.
    ďFYI - if Trump chooses to admit the corruption, it doesnít all of a sudden make it not corrupt,Ē tweeted Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
    Members of Congress called for more details on a complaint by a whistleblower who said that, in a July phone call, Trump pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to have his government investigate Biden and his son.
    Biden, whose son Hunter had business interests in Ukraine, said Trump is using his job as president to get a foreign government to dig for dirt on a political rival.
    ďHeís doing this because he knows Iíll beat him like a drum,Ē Biden told reporters on Saturday.    ďAnd heís using an abuse of power and every element of the presidency to try to smear me
    Democratic lawmakers said the incident will likely increase calls for impeachment of Trump, who is being probed for his actions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election.
    ďI have spoken with a number of my colleagues over the last week, and this seems different in kind,Ē said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking on CNNís State of the Union.
    ďAnd we may very well have crossed the Rubicon here,Ē he said.
    The Ukraine-related allegations against Trump are included in the whisteblowerís complaint that the office of Director of National Intelligence is refusing to release to Congress.
    In demanding that the administration release the document, Democrats cited reports that Trump made aid to Ukraine contingent on its willingness to investigate Biden.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DCalif., who has expressed skepticism about impeachment of Trump, indicated she could change her mind if the administration continues to refuse to provide the complaint.    ďThey will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,Ē Pelosi said in a letter to House colleagues.
    At least one Republican also called for more information. Saying it is ďcritical for the facts to come out,Ē Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, tweeted: ďIf the President asked or pressured Ukraineís president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme
    At the White House, Trump said he would have ďno problemĒ if his attorney Rudy Giuliani testified before Congress about Ukraine and Biden.
    Giuliani, who has spoken with Ukraine officials about Biden, has declined to discuss his conversations with Trump on the matter, citing attorneyclient privilege.    In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Giuliani said an investigation is warranted over the business interests of Hunter Biden, the former vice presidentís son.
    Trump echoed his defense of the Ukraine call during a stop in Houston, and said his team may put out a transcript in some form.    ďWeíll make a determination about how to release it,Ē he said.
    Trump spoke with President Zelensky by phone on July 25.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ukraineís foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, on Sept. 17, about five days after Trump released $250 million in American military aid to the country.
    According to a State Department readout of the call, Pompeo ďaffirmed U.S. support for Ukraine as it advances critical reforms to tackle corruption, strengthen the rule of law, and foster an economic environment that promotes competition and investment
    On Saturday, Prystaiko told a Ukrainian news outlet that Trump did not pressure the countryís president.    ďI know what the conversation was about, and I think there was no pressure,Ē he told Hromadske.
    The Ukraine dispute revolves in part around Bidenís work for President Barack Obama.
    Acting in his role as vice president, Biden urged Ukraineís then-government to fire its chief prosecutor, tying the decision to U.S. aid.     Other world leaders endorsed the move, describing the prosecutorís office as hopelessly corrupt.
    Trump, Giuliani, and other critics said the former prosecutor was investigating a company of which Hunter Biden was a board member.
    Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., speaking on Fox News Sunday, said Bidenís actions were known and supported at the time, and there is no evidence of impropriety.
    House Democrats are already investigating Trump on claims he tried to obstruct justice during special counsel Robert Muellerís investigation of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election.
    Trump has denied collusion with Russians in 2016 or obstruction of justice in the years thereafter.
ďThey keep wasting time in Congress over nothing,Ē Trump said Sunday.
Contributing: Deirdre Shesgreen
President Donald Trump EVAN VUCCI/AP

9/23/2019 Alaska GOP scraps primary for 2020 presidential campaign
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska Ė The Alaska Republican Party has canceled its presidential primary in 2020.    In a statement Saturday, the partyís State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary ďwould serve no useful purposeĒ because Republican Donald Trump is president.    Earlier this month, Republican leaders in other states also voted to scrap their contests.    Challengers have emerged to Trump, including former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman.    Others may join them.

9/23/2019 Ukraine official says any investigation would be transparent: report
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy delivers a speech during the Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual
meeting in Kiev, Ukraine September 13, 2019. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė An aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was quoted on Monday as saying any investigation in Ukraine would be conducted transparently, after U.S. media reports said President Donald Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, a rival in next yearís U.S. election.     Trumpís July 25 call with Zelenskiy stoked controversy in Washington after reports that Trump repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate whether Biden, the Democratic front-runner in next yearís election, misused his position when he was vice president.     Trump told reporters on Sunday he had discussed Biden and his son in a call with Zelenskiy but said their phone conversation was largely congratulatory.     Andriy Yermak, an aide to Zelenskiy, was quoted in Ukrainian media outlet as saying that he had told Trumpís lawyer Rudolph Giuliani that any investigation would be transparent.
    ďWe can guarantee that during our term in office all investigations will be carried out transparently,Ē Yermak said.    ďThese are the fundamental principles and basis of President Zelenskiyís program which we campaigned on
(Reporting by Matthias Williams; Editing by Nick Tattersall)
[Did you notice that on July 25th, 2019 the day the Mueller Report flopped before Congress on the Democrats, is the same day that Trump had the above call.].

9/23/2019 Corey Lewandowski accuses Democrats of trying to sabotage potential Senate run by OAN Newsroom
    Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is accusing Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee of attempting to derail his potential Senate campaign.
    In a recent interview, he said part of Democratsí strategy in having him appear before the panel was to potentially prevent him from being successful in a U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire.    He claimed House Democrats wanted him to go on camera and say things that Democrat operatives could use against him.
    However, Lewandowski said he believes the people of New Hampshire want to send a fighter to Washington, D.C. and want a change in the Senate.
Corey Lewandowski, center, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, walks past White House lawyers after he finishes
testifying to a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    ďI am very seriously considering entering this raceÖto give the people of New Hampshire the opportunity to say Ďwe want to put America firstí or Ďwe want to put illegal immigrants firstí because thatís what this election is coming to be,Ē he stated.    ďThe Democrats have no plans, they have no agenda, theyíve done nothing since they have been in the majority of the House of Representative that they can justify of keeping that majority and I think the people of New Hampshire want change in the U.S. Senate
    Lewandowski went on to say the Judiciary Committee hearing was never about the truth, but rather about Democrats covering their ďleft flank

9/23/20019 U.S. foreign relations to be on full display at UN General Assembly in NYC by OAN Newsroom
    Nearly 200 leaders from around the world are flocking to New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly.    The annual gathering, referred to as UNGA, takes place Monday through Friday at United Nations headquarters.
    While the event is themed around ďpoverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion,Ē many are expecting U.S. policy to also take center stage.
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and Afghani President Ashraf Ghani are all expected to attend.    Their attendance means everything from rising tension in the Middle East to concern about a so-called whistleblower complaint may be up for discussion.
    While speaking ahead of the event Sunday, President Trump said ďnothing is ever off the tableĒ when asked whether he will be meeting with Iran.
    ďNothingís ever off the table completely, but I have no intention of meeting with Iran,Ē he stated.    ďThat doesnít mean it doesnít happenÖIím a very flexible person, but we have no intention
President Donald Trump talks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019,
as he prepares to board Marine One for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    When asked about the whistleblower leak, President Trump said foreign leaders should have a right to privacy.
    ďThe problem is when youíre speaking to foreign leaders, you donít want foreign leaders to feel that they shouldnít be speaking openly and you have to be talking to people, and the same thing for an American president,Ē he explained.    ďYou want them to be able to express themselves without knowing that not every single word is going to be going out and going out all over the world
    This comes ahead of planned talks between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine, which are expected to take place sometime on or before Wednesday.
    In regard to Afghanistan, President Trump will come face-to-face with President Ashraf Ahani just weeks after the collapse of U.S.-Taliban peace talks.    Negotiations fell apart earlier this month due a surge in violence from the insurgent group.
    No official meetings between President Trump and Iran or Afghanistan have been scheduled, however, all eyes are expected to remain on the General Assembly as talks may unfold on the sidelines.    Moving forward, President Trump is only slated to attend Monday through Wednesday.

9/23/2019 Secretary Pompeo, Iraqi president meet ahead of UN General Assembly meetings by OAN Newsroom
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently met with Iraqi President Barham Salih to discuss the latest tensions in the Middle East.    The two officials sat down Sunday ahead of the upcoming United Nations meetings in New York amid elevated concerns of rising Iranian influence in Iraq.
    The sides didnít disclose the details of their discussions, however, the two may have focused on the role of Iran in attacks on a Saudi oil refinery last week as well as ways to prevent similar incidents going forward.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with President of Iraq Barham Salih, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
    Prior to the meeting, Pompeo said the U.S. is seeking to hold Iran accountable for its actions.
    ďThis was Iran true and true, and the United States will respond in a way that reflects that act of war by this Iranian Revolutionary regime,Ē he stated.    ďThis was an attack by Iran on the world, this was an act of warÖthe UNís primary charter is to protect peace around the world
    Iraqi officials took a more cautious stance on the attack as Baghdad seeks to preserve its imports of natural gas from Iran.

9/23/2019 Trump says heís not taking talk of impeachment over Ukraine seriously
U.S. President Donald Trump attends the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit
at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday shrugged off talk about impeachment over reports that he had asked his Ukrainian counterpart to launch an investigation that could damage Democratic political rival Joe Biden.
    Asked how seriously he was taking the threat of impeachment by Congress, Trump said, ďNot at all seriously
    On Sunday, Trump acknowledged that he discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Biden and his son in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on Friday said Trump repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader in the call to investigate the involvement of Bidenís son, Hunter, with a Ukrainian energy company.    He also asked Zelenskiy to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who had been urging Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his family.
    As he arrived at the United Nations for the General Assembly on Monday, Trump told reporters: ďWe had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine.    Everybody knows it.    Itís just a Democrat witch hunt
    Trump did not provide evidence the allegations were politically motivated.    Media reports about the phone call stemmed from a classified whistleblower report from the U.S. intelligence community.
    The call has sparked a political battle between Democrats warning of a national security threat and Republicans turning it into an attack on former vice president Biden, a frontrunner in the field of Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
    Democrats are outraged that Trump may have sought help in the election from a foreign country, especially after Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded Russia waged a widespread influence and propaganda campaign to help Trump win in 2016.
    ďHe thinks he can get away with it.    The president thinks he can act with impunity,Ē Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said at a news conference in Hartford, Connecticut.
    The Democratic leader of a key congressional panel said on Sunday the pursuit of Trumpís impeachment may be the ďonly remedyĒ to the situation.
    However, it is far from clear whether there is enough support for Democrats in the House of Representative to launch impeachment proceedings.    Any such effort would face a hurdle getting through the Republican-led Senate.
    The media reports about the phone call also said Trump repeatedly asked Zelenskiy to investigate whether Biden misused his position as vice president under former President Barack Obama to threaten to withhold U.S. aid unless a prosecutor who was looking into the gas company in which Bidenís son was involved was fired.
    Biden has confirmed he wanted the prosecutor fired but denies it was to help his son.    Biden said the wider U.S. government, the European Union and other international institutions also wanted the prosecutor fired for his alleged failure to pursue major corruption cases.
    A top official in Zelenskiyís administration told Reuters that Ukraine wants to stay out of the domestic political battle in Washington and that any attempt by either side to take advantage of Ukraine would damage relations.
    Ukrainian officials have been reluctant to divulge details of the call.
    ďIt was a conversation between two presidents.    Whatever was discussed, even if they spoke about spaceships, I am not going to comment on it, because this was a conversation between two presidents,Ē said Oleksandr Danylyuk, the top official of the body responsible for coordinating national security.
    ďIt is the U.S. internal affairs and we have nothing to do with that,Ē he told Reuters.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Patricia Zengerle, David Morgan in Washington and Ilya Zhegulev in Ukraine; Editing by Alistair Bell)

9/23/2019 President Trump: What Biden did is a disgrace by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is calling out former Vice President Joe Biden, while continuing to highlight alleged corruption by the Democrat regarding Ukraine.
    While speaking at the United Nations Monday, the president said he had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine and called Democrat speculation over it a ďwitch hunt.Ē    He also said the one who has the problem is Biden, and noted itís very important to talk about corruption.
    Trump tweet: "Now the Fake News Media says I ďpressured the Ukrainian President at least 8 times during my telephone call with him.Ē    This supposedly comes from a so-called ďwhistleblowerĒ who they say doesnít even have a first hand account of what was said.    More Democrat/Crooked Media con.....Ē ď..Breaking News: The Ukrainian Government just said they werenít pressured at all during the ďniceĒ call.    Sleepy Joe Biden, on the other hand, forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his sonís company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine.    Thatís the real story!Ē
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the InterContinental Barclay hotel
during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    ďBiden did what they would like to have me do except that one problem, I didnít do it.    What Biden did is a disgrace.    What his son did is a disgrace.    The son took money from Ukraine, the son took money from China.    A lot of money from China.    China would love to see, they could think of nothing theyíd rather see than Biden get in because they will take this great deal that weíre about to make and they would really have themselves a deal.Ē ó President Trump
    The president also said he thinks weíre going to see much more honesty from Ukraine with the new president.

9/23/2019 Antifa militants harass, throw rocks at Portland police officers by OAN Newsroom
    Suspected Antifa protesters are caught on camera harassing police officers in Portland, Oregon.    The video was taken over the weekend by conservative journalist Andy Ngo.
    Ngo said dozens of masked Antifa militants used the cityís ďclimate strikeĒ event to launch their own protest of the local ICE facility.    He filmed the protesters throwing rocks at police and calling the officers derogatory names.
    This comes less than three months after Ngo was attacked by Antifa militants on the streets of Portland.    The attack left him hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage.    There have been no arrests made in the case.

Hundreds of people gather outside City Hall in Portland, Maine, to demand that leaders take
action on climate change, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

9/23/2019 President Trump: U.S. stands with all who seek religious freedom by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump called on ďall nationsĒ to protect religious freedoms around the world, while leading a religious freedom panel Monday at the United Nations.    He reminded attendees that rights donít come from the government, but from God.    The president added, no right is more fundamental than the right to follow oneís religious convictions.
    President Trump then announced $25 million in funding to protect religious sites and relics. A coalition of U.S. businesses aimed at protecting religious liberty is also set to be formed.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres listens as President Donald Trump speaks at an event on religious
freedom during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    ďToo often people in positions of power preach diversity while silencing, shunning or censoring the faithful,Ē stated President Trump.    ďTrue tolerance means respecting the right of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs
    The president also called on all nations to end religious persecution.    He said the U.S. stands with believers of every faith and will remain at the side of all who seek religious freedom.

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9/24/2019 Trump appeals at UN for religious freedom - Critics scoff over Muslim ban and record at home by Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė Describing the United States as a country founded on religious tenets, President Donald Trump on Monday urged other nations to join him in trying to end ďreligious persecution
    ďThe United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government,Ē Trump said at the United Nations.    ďThey come from God
    It was an unusual address, which the White House billed as the first time an American president convened such a meeting at the United Nations, but which critics scoffed at because of Trumpís immigration travel ban against predominantly Muslim countries and other policies.
    Itís also a departure from Trumpís go-it-alone strategy on foreign policy.
    ďToday, I ask all nations to join us in this urgent, moral duty,Ē Trump said in announcing the United States is committing an additional $25 million to protect religious freedoms, religious sites and relics from attacks.
    The White House described his call to action as the presidentís key event at the international gathering.    The United States has convened two gatherings of foreign leaders to discuss religious freedom issues in the past two years.
    Trump may be the most visible and active on this issue of any president since Ronald Reagan, said William Inboden, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin who worked on international religious freedom issues for the George W. Bush administration.
    Whatís most notable, Inboden said, is how Trumpís approach has gone against some of his other foreign policy impulses.    ďThe Trump administration has, by and large, been pretty unilateralist,Ē he said.    ďBut theyíre taking a very multilateral approach on international religious freedom
    The administration is praised by some for elevating the issue when, according to annual reports from the Pew Research Center, government restrictions on religion have increased around the world.
    ďIt is really important to have multilateral cooperation right now because there are so many serious crises of religious freedom violations,Ē said Emilie Kao, director for the Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation.
    But Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, which advocates for the separation of church and state, said Trump can prove heís serious by changing his own policies.
    ďPresident Trump was elected on the promise of a Ďcomplete and utter shutdowní of Muslim immigration to the U.S.,Ē Moline said.    ďSince then, his administration has worked tirelessly to redefine Ďreligious freedomí as a license to discriminate
    Critics accuse the administration of putting a priority on some religious groups over others and turning a blind eye to abuses by some of the worst offenders, such as Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
President Trump listens to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a session
where Trump backed protections of religious freedom. JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE

9/24/2019 With Iran on his mind, Trump to speak before U.N. General Assembly by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends a working luncheon for world leaders at the 73rd session of the
United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to make his case for keeping pressure on Iran on Tuesday at a United Nations General Assembly speech made more dramatic by attacks on Saudi oil facilities that rattled the Middle East and raised concerns about a broader war.
    It will be Trumpís third appearance before world leaders gathered in the green-marbled U.N. chamber in New York and a host of global challenges are on his agenda, from North Korea to China and Venezuela.
    With the president looking to improve his standing among Americans as he looks ahead to a tough re-election battle next year, Trump aims to present a reassuring message to ease votersí concerns about his tendency toward inflammatory rhetoric.
    The top item for Trump in the morning address is Iran.
    Tehran has been widely blamed for the attacks in Saudi Arabia 10 days ago.    Over the past week, Trump has tightened economic sanctions on     Iran and ordered more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a show of support for key allies in the tense region.
    He has shown restraint on the use of military force against Iran over the Saudi attacks, resisting pressure from conservative hawks who believe Iran must be punished.
    ďWe have a lot of pressure on them, more pressure than theyíve ever had,Ē he told reporters on Monday.    ďA lot of things are happening with respect to IranÖIíll be discussing it a little bit tomorrow
    Trump got some important backing at the United Nations on Monday when Britain, Germany and France blamed Iran for the Saudi attacks and urged Tehran to agree to new talks with world powers on its nuclear and missile programs.
    ďIt is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack.    There is no other plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to establish further details,Ē Britain, France and Germany said in a statement.
    Both Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be in close proximity this week with both attending U.N. events.    Rouhani is to address the body on Wednesday.
    There has been plenty of speculation about a Trump-Rouhani meeting but nothing firm has yet emerged.    Iranís Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Iran would never hold such one-on-one talks but could engage in multilateral discussions if Washington returns to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
    ďOur message to the world at the U.N. meeting is peace, stability and also we want to tell the world that the situation in the Persian Gulf is very sensitive,Ē said Rouhani.
    European leaders have struggled to defuse the brewing confrontation between Tehran and Washington since Trump abruptly withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which assured Iran access to world trade in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on Monday of a new Iran deal that would curb Iranian nuclear activities as well as its ballistic missile programs.
    Johnson told NBC News that Trump is the ďone guyĒ who can broker the agreement.
    French President Emmanuel Macron came to the U.N. looking to rekindle the mediation effort for talks between the United States and Iran that he began at the G7 summit he hosted in Biarritz, France, last month.
    While Trump welcomed the Johnson bid for a new Iran deal, he dismissed Macronís mediation effort in line with his belief that he does not need anyone to stand between him and Iran.
    ďWe donít need a mediator,Ē Trump told reporters on Monday.    ďHeís (Macron) a friend of mine, but weíre not looking for any mediators.    They know who to call
    While Trump has used his previous addresses to sound the alarm against threats from North Korea and Iran, he has stopped short of military action in most cases.
    He has been tolerant of North Korean leader Kim Jong Unís short-range missile tests, but said on Monday a third summit with Kim may depend on what kind of agreement can be sealed before such a summit were to take place Ė a significant change from his past tendency to meet and ďsee what happens
    ďI want to know whatís going to be coming out of it,Ē he said.
(Additional reporting by John Irish and Parisa Hafez; Editing by Sam Holmes)

9/24/2019 Tech companies back independent watchdog to tackle online extremism by Michelle Nichols
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and current chair of the
Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), give a news conference on the sidelines during the 2019 United Nations Climate
Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė A global working group set up by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft to remove extremist content will become an independent watchdog working ďto respond quicker and work more collaboratively to preventĒ attacks like Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
    Ardern has pushed for stronger action since New Zealandís worst peacetime mass shooting in March, when a gunman attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch.    He killed 51 people and broadcast the attack live on Facebook.
    ďIn the same way that we respond to natural emergencies like fires and floods, we need to be prepared and ready to respond to a crisis like the one we experienced,Ē Ardern told reporters on the sidelines of the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.
    The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism was created in 2017 under pressure from U.S. and European governments after a spate of deadly attacks.    It will now become an independent organization led by an executive director, funded by Facebook Inc, Googleís YouTube, Twitter Inc and Microsoft Corp.
    Speaking at a joint news conference with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Ardern said the organization would be governed by an operating board made up of company representatives and would have an independent advisory committee composed of government and civil society members.
    Ardern said some of the groupís work would be to fund and coordinate academic research on terrorism and violent extremist operations and on best practices for data sharing.
    Sandberg said the forum had already shared some 200,000 digital fingerprints ďbecause when terrorists try to use one platform, they try to use all the platforms; so when one of us find them, we can take them down across multiple platforms
    She added that while the fastest-growing messaging platforms were encrypted, Facebook was still able to combat extremism while aiming to protect usersí privacy.    She noted that even though WhatsApp is encrypted, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram are not.
    ďWe are often able to find people on one and then take then down off the encrypted platforms,Ē Sandberg said.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

9/24/2019 Senate GOP investigating whistleblower complaint by OAN Newsroom
    The Senate Intelligence Committee is trying to learn more about the whistleblower complaint, which is creating controversy in Washington, D.C. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the committee is trying to set up a meeting with the Intelligence communityís Inspector Deneral and acting Director of National Intelligence.
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are seeking answers on what that whistleblower complaint alleges.    McConnell is now accusing Democrats of politicizing the matter without knowing all the facts.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., speaks to reporters
during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    ďIíve been disappointed to see our colleague, a Democratic leader, choose to politicize the committeeís ongoing efforts with respect to a recent whistleblower allegation,the specific subject of which is still unknown,Ē stated McConnell.
    Last week, the Inspector General met with House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, but he refused to provide details about the whistleblower complaint.    Itís unclear if the inspector general will provide more information to the Senate committee.

9/24/2019 U.S. Special Envoy for Iran: Weíre one missile strike away from war by OAN Newsroom
    The State Departmentís Special Envoy for Iran is sounding the alarm over the latest tensions in the Middle East.    While speaking at the Asia Society in New York Monday, Brian Hook said the international community must join forces and pressure Iran to end its destabilizing activities.
    Hook pointed out that Iran may be advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs as well as deepening its support for regional terror groups like Hamas.    He also said President Trump is working to avoid a war with Iran.
Brian Hook, Special U.S. Representative for Iran, is pictured. (AP Photo/Caroline)
    ďWe have offered to meet with the Iranians many times while we were in the deal and they refused, and so after the president got out of the deal, we continued to offer diplomatic outcomes,Ē he explained.    ďThe Iranians have not met diplomacy with diplomacy, they have met our diplomacy with military force
    Hook said Iranís ongoing provocations are making a regional war increasingly likely.    He is calling on the European allies to join the Ďmaximum pressureí campaign to curtail the sources of funding for Iranís activities.
Iraqi security forces patrol by the crossed swords monument in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Two rockets were fired into the capitalís fortified Green Zone Monday evening, landing around one kilometer (a half-mile)
from the U.S. Embassy amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and Iran. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

9/24/2019 Trump confirms he held back aid to Ukraine as impeachment talk surges by Steve Holland and Patricia Zengerle
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations
General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova
    UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday he had withheld nearly $400 million in U.S. aid to Ukraine but denied he did so as leverage to get its president to initiate an investigation that would damage Democratic political rival Joe Biden.
    In Washington, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was meeting with fellow Democratic lawmakers to consider impeachment of the Republican president as support for the action grew inside her party.    Pelosi is expected to make public comments afterward.
    In remarks to reporters over the intensifying controversy amid increasing talk in Congress of impeaching the president, Trump sought to portray that there was nothing sinister about the withholding the aid, saying he wanted Europe and not just the United States step up and provide Ukraine assistance.
    The money was later released by the Trump administration.
    ďThere was never any quid pro quo,Ē Trump told reporters at the United Nations, using a Latin phrase meaning a favor that is exchanged for a favor.
    In a public statement set for later in the day, Biden will call on Congress to impeach Trump if the president does not comply with congressional requests for information on Ukraine and other matters, a Biden spokesman said.
    Trump is seeking re-election next year and Biden, the former U.S. vice president, is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    Trump on Sunday acknowledged that he discussed Biden and Bidenís son Hunter, who had worked for a company drilling for gas in Ukraine, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    But Trump on Monday denied trying to coerce Zelenskiy in the July 25 phone call to launch a corruption investigation into Biden and his son in return for the U.S. military aid.
    Arriving at the United Nations before his speech to the annual General Assembly, Trump confirmed that he had wanted the money for Ukraine frozen, saying European countries should provide assistance to Kiev, but changed his mind after ďpeople called me
    However, Trump told reporters that he still felt other nations should be paying to help Ukraine.    ďThe money was paid, but very importantly, Germany, France, other countries should put up money,Ē Trump said.
    Regarding aid to Ukraine, Trump said, ďWeíre putting up the bulk of the money, and Iím asking why is that? Ö What I want, and I insist on it, is that Europe has to put up money for Ukraine also
    Trump on Tuesday indicated that he expects a ďreadoutĒ of the phone call with Ukraineís president to be made public.
    ďAnd when you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume youíll see at some point, youíll understand.    That call was perfect.    It couldnít have been nicer,Ē Trump told reporters.
    The controversy came to light after a whistleblower from within the U.S. intelligence community lodged a complaint with an internal watchdog about Trumpís conversation with Zelenskiy, leading to calls from some Democrats that Trump be impeached for trying to enlist a foreign power to smear a domestic opponent.
    U.S. intelligence agencies and a special counsel previously concluded that Russia boosted Trumpís 2016 presidential election bid with a campaign of hacking and propaganda aimed at harming his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
    Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress had not been made aware of any substantive review of security assistance to Ukraine or any policy reason the funds should have been withheld.
    In a letter to Mike Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Menendez said ďit is becoming clear thatĒ Trump put pressure on Ukrainian officials.
    Menendez, in one of three letters sent to administration officials, also said ďwe must immediately understand whether, and to what extent, the President and his team converted duly-appropriated United States foreign assistance funds for his personal and political benefit, and what role federal agencies may have played in it
    Under the U.S. Constitution, the House has the power to impeach a president for ďhigh crimes and misdemeanorsĒ and the Senate then holds a trial on whether to remove the president from office.    No president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.    Democrats currently control the House and Republican control the Senate.
    A House committee has already launched a formal impeachment probe of Trump in light of his actions in the Russia matter but the impeachment drive never won the support of key party figures including Pelosi.
    Pelosi appeared to be moving closer to favoring impeachment as Democrats demand that the Trump administration release details of a whistleblower complaint and the transcript of his call with Ukraineís president.
    Democratic Representative John Lewis, speaking on the House floor, said he now believed it is time to begin impeachment proceedings.
    ďI have been patient while we tried every other path and used every other tool,Ē Lewis said.
    Trump accused Democrats of considering impeachment for purely political reasons.
    ďThey have no idea how they stop me.    The only way they can try is through impeachment,Ē Trump said at the United Nations.
    Three House committees wrote to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone saying they wold issue a subpoena if documents related to Trumpís dealings with Ukraine are not turned over by Thursday.
    In his letter, Menendez noted that the U.S. State and Defense Departments recommended and prepared to distribute in late June $391.5 million in military and security assistance to boost Ukraineís armed forces as the country dealt with Russian aggression and sought to improve maritime security in the Black Sea.
    However, weeks before Trumpís call with Zelenskiy, OMB blocked the aid, Menendez said in the letter to Mulvaney.
    ďUkrainian officials were reportedly Ďblindsided,'Ē Menendez wrote.    ďFor months, despite repeated inquiries from my office and others, administration officials have been unable to offer any policy justification for why these funds were blocked
    Joseph Maguire, acting U.S. director of national intelligence, is defying a federal law mandating that the whistleblower report be shared with Congress.    Maguire is due to testify at a public House intelligence committee hearing on Thursday.
    House committees have called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents related to contacts between Trumpís lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian officials.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle in Washington and Steve Holland at the United Nations; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Alistair Bell)

9/24/2019 Trump accuses Iran of Ďblood lustí in U.N. speech but says there is path to peace by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly
at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Iranís ďblood lustĒ and called on other nations to join the United States to pressure Iran after attacks on Saudi oil facilities, but said there is a path to peace.
    ďAmerica knows that while anyone can make war, only the most courageous can choose peace,Ē Trump said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly annual gathering of world leaders.
    In his third annual U.N. appearance, Trump offered a more subdued tone compared to the bombast of his previous speeches to the U.N. in 2017 and 2018, looking to convey a more reassuring presence as he asks Americans for a second term next year despite a fresh push for his impeachment among some Democrats.
    While offering his habitual defense of national sovereignty Ė ďthe future must never belong to globalistsĒ Ė Trump tempered his language, stressing the U.S. desire for peaceful relations with all and calling for collective, rather than unilateral, action.
    The response to Trump in the chamber was relatively muted, a year after the crowd laughed when he boasted about his achievements and gasped in 2017 when he threatened to wipe out North Korea.
    The Sept. 14 attacks in Saudi Arabia, widely blamed on Iran, have rattled the Middle East and raised concerns about a broader war.    Iran denies involvement.    Trump has shown restraint in the crisis, holding back from military retaliation despite pressure from conservative hawks, at least for now.
    But he promised to keep trying to squeeze Iranís economy with sanctions until Tehran agrees to give up what Washington says is a pursuit of nuclear weapons.    Iran has said its nuclear program has always been for peaceful purposes only.
    ďAll nations have a duty to act.    No responsible government should subsidize Iranís blood lust.    As long as Iranís menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted, they will be tightened,Ē Trump said.
    Trump had a stern message for China and its president, Xi Jinping, with whom he is locked in a trade war that is damaging both their economies.    He said the world is watching how Beijing handles mass demonstrations in Hong Kong that have heightened fears of a potential Chinese crackdown.
    ďHow China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the world in the future.    We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,Ē he said.
    Trump has sought to pressure China to agree to reduce trade barriers through a policy of increasing tariffs on Chinese products.    He said China is taking advantage of World Trade Organization rules that give Beijing beneficial treatment as a ďdeveloping economy
    ďHopefully we can reach an agreement that will be beneficial to both countries.    But as I have made clear I will not accept a bad deal for the American people,Ē Trump said.
    Trump was tough on Iran and its leadership, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York for U.N. activities amid speculation about whether they might meet to discuss their differences.
    With an Iranian diplomat seated in Iranís second-row seat for Trumpís speech, Rouhani was at his New York hotel, not in the U.N. chamber.
    In remarks to media on Tuesday Rouhani said he was open to discuss small changes, additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
    French President Emmanuel Macron, trying to create conditions for talks between the United States and Iran, said he hoped there could be progress on Iran on Tuesday after he held talks with Rouhani on Monday.
    ďWe have to get back around the table to have a frank and demanding discussion,Ē Macron told reporters.
    Over the past week, Trump has tightened economic sanctions on Iran and ordered more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a show of support for those U.S. allies in the tense region.
    ďAmerica is ready to embrace friendship to all who genuinely seek peace and respect,Ē Trump said.    ďThe United States has never believed in permanent enemies.    We want partners, not adversaries
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Michelle Nichols, John Irish, Parisa Hafez, David Brunnstrom and Stephen Adler; Editing by Grant McCool)

9/24/2019 Trump criticizes Chinaís trade practices at U.N., will not take Ďbad dealí by Jeff Mason and David Lawder
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at
U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to Chinaís trade practices on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, saying he would not accept a ďbad dealĒ in U.S.-China trade negotiations.
    Four days after deputy U.S. and Chinese negotiators held inconclusive talks in Washington, Trumpís remarks were anything but conciliatory and emphasized the need to correct structural economic abuses at the heart of the countriesí nearly 15-month trade war.
    He said Beijing had failed to keep promises that it made when China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and was engaging in predatory practices that had cost millions of jobs in the United States and other countries.
    ďNot only has China declined to adopt promised reforms, it has embraced an economic model dependent on massive market barriers, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping forced technology transfers and the theft of intellectual property and also trade secrets on a grand scale,Ē Trump said.
    ďAs far as America is concerned, those days are over
    Although Trump held out hope that the United States and China could still reach a trade deal, he made clear he wanted a deal that would rebalance the relationship between the two economic superpowers.
    ďThe American people are absolutely committed to restoring balance in our relationship with China.    Hopefully we can reach an agreement that will be beneficial for both countries,Ē Trump said.    ďAs I have made very clear, I will not accept a bad deal
    Trump has also recently said that he was not interested in a ďpartial dealĒ to ease tensions with China, saying that he would hold out for a ďcomplete deal
    People familiar with the talks said that no new Chinese proposals were presented last week, but both sides characterized the talks as ďproductiveĒ and said minister-level talks would take place in early October.
    In his U.N. speech, Trump also drew a link between resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute and Beijingís treatment of Hong Kong.    Washington was ďcarefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong,Ē he said.    "The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty made with the British and registered with the United Nations, in which China commits to protect Hong Kongís freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life,Ē Trump said.    Hong Kong was a British colony until 1997.
    ďHow China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the word in the future.    We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader,Ē Trump added.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu, David Brunnstrom and David Lawder; Writing by David Lawder and Doina Chiacu; editing by Grant McCool)

9/24/2019 Trump calls on nations to reject globalism, embrace nationalism
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at
U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on nations around the globe to embrace nationalism and reject globalism, saying wise leaders put their own people and countries first.
    ďThe free world must embrace its national foundations.    It must not attempt to erase them or replace them,Ē he told the United Nations General Assembly.    ďThe future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Tim Ahmann, Editing by William Maclean)

9/24/2019 Ukraine warns Ďwitch huntí over Biden may hurt relations by OAN Newsroom
    ďJoe Biden and his son are corrupt, all right?    But the fake news doesnít want to report it because theyíre Democrats.Ē ó President Trump
    Ukrainian officials have continued to dismiss the latest media attacks on President Trump over the mounting scandal surrounding Joe Bidenís alleged corruption in that country.    The president is raising the stakes in his standoff with the mainstream media in the wake of attempts to launch a new hoax alleging ďUkrainian collusion
    Democrats and the media have claimed the president was trying to force Ukraine to release ďdirt on BidenĒ by threatening to cut U.S. aid to that country in a phone call in July.    However, remarks by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky earlier this month suggest President Trump never wanted to cut aid to Ukraine.
    ďNow I can say that we have excellent relations with the USA because now, instead of the blocked $250 million, we will have $140 and $250 million,Ē Zelensky stated.    ďSo, I think we are moving in the right direction
    Ukrainian officials are now debating the questionable role of Bidenís son, Hunter, in the nationís energy sector.
President Trump has suggested the Bidens may have been selling Americaís political influence and receiving the proceeds of corruption overseas.
    ďBased on energy?    He knows nothing about energy, so why did he leave China?    Why did he leave Ukraine with all this money?Ē questioned the president.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at an LGBTQ Presidential Forum in the Sinclair Auditorium on the
Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP)
    A former member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Vladimir Oleynik, has indirectly confirmed the presidentís view of the matter.
    ďHe never really played any management role, Hunter Biden never took part in decision making,Ē said the former Ukrainian official.    ďI donít think he even took part in corporate meetings, but he was formally with the company and received real money for that
    Meanwhile, Ukrainian National Security Adviser Alexander Danilyuk said any attempts to use Ukraine in domestic political debates in the U.S. could hurt bilateral ties.    The official also said a ďUkrainian witch huntĒ could be used by either party for political gain in next yearís elections, adding, itís unacceptable.    President Trump appears to agree:
    ďItís just a Democrat witch hunt.    Here we go again.    They failed with Russia.    They failed with recession.    They failed with everything, and now theyíre bringing this up. The one whoís got the problem is Biden.    What Biden did was wrong
    The Biden-Ukraine scandal adds to a series of questionable ties between Democrat officials and high-profile corruption schemes overseas, which raises an issue of potential harboring of proceeds of international corruption in the U.S. at the expense of Americaís foreign relations.
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9/25/2019 Asked about Trump, Ukrainian leader says only his son can pressure him by Matthias Williams
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a luncheon for world leaders at the 74th session of the United Nations
General Assembly (UNGA) at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, asked whether U.S. President Donald Trump had put improper pressure on him during a July phone call, said nobody can put pressure on him except his six-year-old son.
    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday launched a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, accusing him of seeking Ukraineís help to smear Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of next yearís election.    Trump has dismissed the inquiry as a witch hunt.
    The allegations turn on a July 25 telephone call between Trump and Zelenskiy during which critics allege Trump improperly pressured his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Biden, the former U.S. vice president, and his son Hunter, who had worked for a company drilling for gas in Ukraine.
    Trump has said he did nothing wrong and that heíll release a transcript of the conversation later on Wednesday to prove it.
    ďNobody can put pressure on me because I am the president of an independent state,Ē Zelenskiy told Russian reporters in New York where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly.
    ďThe only one person by the way who can put pressure on me Ö is my son, who is six years old,Ē said Zelenskiy whose comments were broadcast by the Rossiya 24 channel on Wednesday morning ahead of an planned meeting between Zelenskiy and Trump.
    Asked whether he would ask Trump for anything when they met, Zelenskiy said:
    ďAsking for something is not Ukraineís style.    Itís a new strong country and isnít asking anyone for anything. We can help others ourselves
    Since the political scandal involving Trump and Ukraine erupted, a trip to the United States that began as a golden opportunity for Kiev to burnish relations with its most powerful international backer has turned into a diplomatic tightrope walk for Zelenskiy.
(Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

9/25/2019 Oil down $1.35 to $57.29, DOW down 142 to 26,808.

    Pressed by fellow Democrats, Pelosi initiates formal inquiry into Trumpís use of power.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the House into a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging the nation into a clash between Congress and the commander in chief.
    The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government for his reelection.
    Pelosi had long resisted pursuing impeachment, but her caucus moved swiftly in favor of a probe in recent days following reports that Trump asked Ukraineís president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.
    Trump predicted the inquiry would be a ďpositive for me

9/25/2019 Pelosi announces probe: ĎNo one is above the lawí by Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the House into a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, acquiescing to mounting pressure from fellow Democrats and plunging a deeply divided nation into an election-year clash between Congress and the commander in chief. The probe centers on whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from a foreign government for his reelection, actions Pelosi said would mark a ďbetrayal of his oath of office.Ē    She declared: ďNo one is above the law
    Pelosi had long resisted pursuing impeachment, but her caucus moved swiftly in favor of a probe in recent days following reports that Trump asked Ukraineís president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.    Her decision sets up her partyís most urgent and consequential confrontation with a president who thrives on combat, and it injects deep uncertainty in the 2020 White House race.
    Trump, who was meeting with world leaders at the United Nations on Tuesday, predicted the inquiry would be a ďpositive for me
    Trump tweeted that ďthe Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage.    So bad for our Country!Ē
    The president has all but dared Democrats to open impeachment proceedings, repeatedly stonewalling requests for documents and witness interviews in a variety of ongoing investigations.    His advisers say they are confident that the specter of impeachment led by the opposition party will bolster Trumpís political support.
    Pelosi has shared that concern and has spent months trying to hold off liberals in her caucus pushing for impeachment.
    Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi sidestepped questions about whether she believed Trumpís actions were impeachable, but she said it would be wrong for the president to ask a foreign leader for help investigating Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    ďWe donít ask foreign governments to help us in our election,Ē Pelosi said.
    An impeachment inquiry into a president in the middle of his reelection campaign is virtually certain to exacerbate the nationís partisan divides.
    Pelosi has shared that concern and has spent months trying to hold off liberals in her caucus pushing for im- peachment.
    At issue is a summer phone call Trump had with Ukraineís president, which came to Congressí attention through a whistleblower complaint.    Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong in the call, but has suggested he raised Biden and his son Hunter as part of discussions over corruption in Ukraine.
    Trump acknowledged Tuesday that he personally ordered his staff to freeze nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine a few days before the July phone call to Volodymyr Zelenskiy.    In remarks to reporters at the United Nations, Trump said he held up the aid to fight corruption and urge European nations to share in helping out Ukraine.
    Moments before Pelosi spoke, Trump tweeted that he had authorized the release on Wednesday of a transcript of the call.
    ďYou will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call,Ē Trump said.
    Trump has sought to implicate Biden and his son in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine.    Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administrationís diplomatic dealings with Kyiv.    Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.
    Biden said Tuesday that Congress must use its ďfull constitutional authorityĒ to determine whether Trump asked the Ukrainian president for dirt on the former vice president.
    Biden said that if Trump doesnít comply on that and other inquiries, he ďwill leave Congress ... with no choice but to initiate impeachment
    The identity of the whistleblower is unknown. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that the whistleblower wants to speak with the panel and could testify as soon as this week.
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler has declared that his committee is already conducting impeachment hearings, but the panel has been unable to get many key witnesses and documents from the Trump administration.
    The atmosphere on Capitol Hill started shifting following the whistleblower complaint, with several moderate lawmakers from political swing districts announcing their support for an impeachment probe.    ďWe should all want to get to the bottom of these allegations and know without a shadow of a doubt that our president is either innocent or heís not,Ē said Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA agent and a freshman lawmaker from a hotly contested district.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., long resisted calls for impeachment from liberal House
members before announcing the inquiry. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
    ďNo one is above the law,Ē Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House speaker.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces a formal inquiry Tuesday over allegations that
President Donald Trump abused his presidential powers. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

9/25/2019 Trump rejects Demsí efforts as Ďgarbageí by John Fritze and David Jackson, USA TODAY
    NEW YORK Ė President Donald Trump dismissed House Democratsí decision to launch an impeachment inquiry Tuesday as ďwitch hunt garbage
    The president, who is in New York for his third United Nations General Assembly, returned to Trump Tower in Manhattan for what White House officials described as ďexecutive timeĒ shortly before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the decision.
    He sent a series of tweets minutes later.
    ďSuch an important day at the United Nations, so much work and so much success, and the Democrats purposely had to ruin and demean it with more breaking news Witch Hunt garbage,Ē Trump tweeted.    ďSo bad for our Country!Ē
    The president followed up with a tweet naming the chairs of several of the committees that have been investigating him for years, then fired off a two-word missive in all caps: ďPRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!Ē
    Trump is scheduled to next appear in public at a meeting Wednesday focused on Venezuela.
    Trumpís campaign sought to turn the inquiry into a campaign issue, blasting a fundraising solicitation to supporters late Tuesday slamming the impeachment drive.
Trump has promised to release a full transcript of the phone call with the Ukraine president on Wednesday. AP

9/25/2019 House Democrats plunge into Trump impeachment inquiry by Patricia Zengerle
Ukrainian and U.S. state flags fly in central Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plunge into a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically change the 2020 presidential race.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had for months resisted calls inside her party for Trumpís impeachment, announced her decision after meeting with members of her party on Tuesday.
    In a brief, nationally televised statement, Pelosi accused Trump of seeking Ukraineís help to smear Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.
    She described the Republican presidentís behavior as a ďbetrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections
    Trump fired back quickly on Twitter, calling the inquiry ďWitch Hunt garbage
    Even if the Democratic-controlled House ultimately voted to impeach Trump, it is unlikely to lead to his removal from office.    Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, where an impeachment ruling would need a two-thirds majority to pass.
    But the process could damage the presidentís image as he vies for re-election, with only about 45% of Americans approving of his performance as president, especially if damaging information comes out during public hearings.
    It could also boost Trump if Americans believe Democrats are unfairly targeting the president.
    The S&P 500 closed down 0.84% on Tuesday, hurt partly by the anticipation of Pelosiís announcement, and Asian shares were weaker on Wednesday because of the possibility of political uncertainty in the worldís largest economy.    The dollar nursed losses against most major currencies.
    Pelosiís change of heart followed reports that Trump had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July 25 telephone call to investigate Biden, the former U.S. vice president, and his son Hunter, who had worked for a company drilling for gas in Ukraine.
    Trump has admitted that he discussed Biden and his son in the call, but denied putting any pressure on the Ukrainian leader despite his administrationís withholding of nearly $400 million in military aid approved for Kiev by Congress.
    Support from House members for impeachment has surged in recent days, fueled by anger over the Trump administrationís refusal to comply with a law requiring the release of a whistleblowerís complaint over the discussions with Ukraine.
    Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth said that when Pelosi mentioned her phone call with Trump today, she said Trump had told her that ďheíd like to figure this out,Ē and Pelosi responded to Trump by saying, ďTell your people to obey the law
    The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday, with no objections from Trumpís fellow Republicans, for a resolution calling for the whistleblowerís report to be sent to Congress.
    The House is due to vote on a similar non-binding resolution on Wednesday.
    The White House had refused to hand over the whistleblowerís complaint to Congress but an administration official said late on Tuesday it was now preparing to release it by the end of the week and would most likely allow the whistleblower to meet with congressional investigators.
    Trumpís approval among Republicans remains strong.    A Sept. 16-20 Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 82% of registered Republicans approved of his job performance.
    Kevin McCarthy, the partyís leader in the House, accused Democrats of seeking to overturn the 2016 election.    ďThis is all about politics.    Not about facts,Ē he said.
    Pelosi had considered creating a select committee to lead the impeachment inquiry, but instead opted to rely on the House Judiciary, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and other committees already conducting probes of the Trump administration.
    Those investigations will continue and committee leaders will decide whether to hold public hearings.
    Separately, Trump announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he would release a transcript of his telephone call with Zelenskiy.
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said his panel was communicating with an attorney representing the whistleblower and that the individual would like to testify this week.
    There will be a burst of hearings this week but lawmakers then leave Washington for two weeks and will not return until after the Oct. 14 Columbus Day holiday.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan and David Morgan in Washington and Steve Holland at the United Nations; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

9/25/2019 Trump administration to end Ďcatch and releaseí - Move restricts ability of migrants to claim asylum by Rafael Carranza, Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK
    TUCSON, Ariz. Ė Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced on Monday the end of the practice his department refers to as ďcatch and release,Ē with changes coming as early as next week.
    The term refers to the process in which the federal government must release migrant families, mostly from Central America, apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border into the interior of the United States to begin the process of seeking asylum.    That process can take years, given the massive backlogs in the countryís immigration courts.
    McAleenan made the announcement during prepared remarks before the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.
    ď(The Department of Homeland Security) will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior,Ē McAleenan said.    ďThis means that for family units, the largest demographic by volume arriving at the border this year, the court-mandated practice of Ďcatch and releaseí due to the inability of DHS to complete immigration proceedings with families detained together in custody Ė will have been mitigated
    In doing so, McAleenan would be fulfilling President Donald Trumpís campaign promise to end ďcatch and release.Ē    It follows several steps the Trump administration has taken in recent months to restrict the ability of migrants to claim asylum in the U.S.
    In a follow-up statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the move is part of its ďstrategy to mitigate the loopholes that act as a Ďpull factorí for family units seeking to cross illegally at the Southwest border
    The department said that if migrant families do not claim a fear of return, they will be ďquicklyĒ deported back to their countries of origin.    But if they do express a fear of return, the families would be sent back to Mexico to await the outcome of their asylum proceedings under the policy known as the ďMigrant Protection Protocols
    McAleenan noted there will be some humanitarian and medical exceptions.
    There are many questions about how the program will work.    The announcement Monday focused largely on Central American families processed by the U.S. Border Patrol.    Theyíve made up the bulk of border apprehensions this year.
    To date, agents have processed nearly 458,000 migrants traveling as families this year, nearly all of them hailing from three Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
    McAleenan did not say whether this change also will apply to the thousands of families who have spent months waiting at legal ports of entry along the U.S.- Mexico border to present their claims with Customs and Border Protection officials at the ports.
    A report earlier this year from researchers at the University of California, San Diego estimated the number of migrants waiting in Mexican border cities at nearly 19,000.    Earlier this month, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to implement restrictions at the border that would allow them to reject migrants who havenít first applied for asylum at another country theyíve traveled through.
    The thousands of families waiting to seek asylum at the border also include a surging number of Mexican migrants who are fleeing cartel violence in their home states.    McAleenanís announcement didnít address that population of migrants either.
    While the Homeland Security Department has expanded the Migrant Protection Protocols to five border cities and has sent back about 47,000 migrants, the program is not in place at many parts of the border, including at any of Arizonaís border crossings.    Itís unclear if the program will expand to these areas before families apprehended there are no longer released into the U.S.
Migrants from Central America in Tijuana, Mexico, wait to meet with U.S. immigration

9/25/2019 President Trump, Ukrainian President Zelensky call transcript released by OAN Newsroom
    The White House released the transcript from the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.    During the call, the presidents discuss the aid provided to Ukraine and the lack of support Ukraine receives from the European Union.
    President Trump offered his sympathy for the removal of the Ukrainian prosecutor, who investigated the company of Joe Bidenís son ó Hunter ó and recommended looking further into the matter.    At no point in the call does President Trump offer something in exchange for an investigation.
    Ukraineís president responded in the call by saying he is more than happy to help his new ally. He then called President Trump a great friend.
    Read the full unclassified memorandum of the telephone conversation here.
    In an early tweet Wednesday, President Trump questioned whether Democrats would apologize once the transcript was released.

FILE Ė In this Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Webster, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    The president has previously described the July 25th call as ďtotally appropriate.Ē    The release of the conversation comes amid House Democratís formal launch of their impeachment inquiry.
Read the full unclassified memorandum of the telephone conversation below.
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(C) Telephone Conversation with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine President Zelenskiy of Ukraine Notetakers: The White House Situation Room July 25, 2019, 9:03 - 9:33 a.m. EDT Residence
The President: Congratulations on a great victory. We all watched from the United States and you did a terrific.job. The way you came from behind, -somebody who wasn't given much of a change, and you ended up winning easily. It' a fantastic achievement. Congratulations. President Zelenskiy: You∑ are absolutely right Mr. President.ē We did win big and we worked hard for _this. We worked a lot but I would like to confess to you that I had n opportunity to learn from you. We used quite a few of your skills∑ and knowledge and were able to use .it as an example tor∑ our elections -and.yes it is-true that these were unique elections. We were in a unique situation∑ that we∑ were able to CAUTION: A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation. ∑ (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records the notes and recollections of Situation Room Duty "Officers and-NSC policy staff assigned to listen and memorialize the conversation in written form as the conversation takes place. A number of factors can affect 'the accuracy of the record, including poor telecommunications connections and variations in accent and/or interpretation. The word "inaudible" is used to indicate portions of a conversation that the notetaker was unable to hear.
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UNC AS IFIED achieve a unique success. I'm able to tell you the following; the first time\ you∑ called me to congratulate me. when I won my presidential election, and the second time you are now calling me when my party won the parliamentary election. I think I should run more often so you can call me more often and we can talk over the phone more often. The President: [laughter] That's a very good idea. To think your country is very happy about that. (S/iQl. President Zelenskiy: Well yes, to tell you the truth, we are trying to work hard because we wanted to drain the swamp here in our country. We brought in many many new people. Not the old politicians, not the typical politicians, because we want to have a new format and a new type of government. You are a great teacher for us and in that. (3/H!i, The President: Well it1s∑very nice of you .to say that. I will say that we do ∑a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. Much more than the European countries are ∑'doing and they should be more than they are. Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk and I think it's something that you should ∑really ask them about. When I.was∑ ∑speaking to Angela Merkel she talks Ukraine, but she ∑doesn't do∑ anything. A lot of the European countries are the. same way∑ so I think it's something you want to look at but the United States has been very∑very good to Ukraine. I wouldn't say that it's reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good but the United States has been very very good to Ukraine. (3/MF) President Zelenskiy: Yes, you are absolutely right. Not only 100%, but actually 1000% arid I can tell you the following; I did talk to Angela Merkel and I did meet with her. I also met and talked with Macron and I told them that they are not doing quite as much as they need to be doing on the issues with the sanctions. They are not enforcing the sanctions. They are not working as much as .they should work for Ukraine. It turns out that even though logically, the European Union should be our biggest∑ partner but technically the United States is a much bigger partner than the European Union and- I'm very grateful to you for that because the United States is doing quite a∑ lot for Ukraine. Much more than the European Union especially when we are talking about sanctions against the Russian Federation would also like to thank you for.your great support in the area of defense. We. are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps. specifically, we are almost. ready to buy more Javelins from the United∑ States for defense purposes

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The∑ President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your weal thy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There-are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation. I think you re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance-, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it's very important that you do it if that's possible.
President Zelenskiy: Yes, it is very important for me and everything that you just mentioned earlier. For me as a President it is very important and we are open for any future cooperation. We are ready to∑ open a new page on cooperation in relations between the United∑ States and Ukraine. For that∑ purpose, I just recalled our ambassador from United States and he will be replaced by a very competent and very experienced ambassador who will work hard on making sure that our two nations are getting closer. I would also like and hope to see him having your trust and your confidence and have personal relations with you so we can cooperate even more so. I will personally tell you that one of my assistants spoke with Mr. Giuliani just recently and we are hoping very much that Mr. G1uliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine. I just wanted to assure you once again that you have nobody but friends around us. I will make sure that I surround myself with the best and most experienced people. I also wanted to tell you that we are friends. We are great∑ friends and you Mr. President have. friends -in our country so we can continue our strategic partnership. I also plan to surround myself with great people and in addition to that investigation, I guarantee as the President of Ukraine that all the investigations will be done openly and candidly. That I can assure you. The President, good because ∑ heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that's really unfair. A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down and you had some very bad people involved. Mr. Giuliani is a highly respected man. He was the mayor of New York City, a great mayor, and I would like him to

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call you. I will ask him to call you along with the Attorney General. Rudy very much knows what's happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great. The former ambassador from the United $tates the woman, was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news so I want to let you know that the other thing. There's a lot of talk about Biden's son that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you∑can look into it ... It sounds horrible to me. President Zelenskiy: I wanted to tell you about the prosecutor. First df all I understand arid I'm knowledgeable about the situation. Since we have won the absolute majority in our Parliament; the next prosecutor general will be 100% my person, my candidate, who will be approved, by the parliament and will start as a new prosecutor in September. He or she will look into the situation, specifically to the company that you-mentioned in:this issue. The issue of the investigation of the case is actually the issue of making sure to restore the honesty so we will take care of that and wi11 work on the investigation of the case. On top of that, I would kindly ask you if you have any additional information that you can provide to us, it would be very helpful for the investigation to make∑ sure that we administer justice in our country with regard to the Ambassador to the United States from Ukraine as far as I recall her name was Ivanovicli. It was great that you were the first one who told me that she was a bad ambassador because I agree with you 100%. Her attitude towards me was far from the best as she admired the previous President and she was on his side. She would not accept me as a new President∑ well enough. The President: Well, she' s going to go through some things. I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it. I'm sure you will figure it out. I heard the prosecutor was treated very badly and he was a very favor prosecutor so good luck with everything. Your economy is going to get better and better I predict. You have a lot of assets. It's a great country. I have many Ukrainian friends, their incredible ∑people.
President Zelenskiy: I would like to tell you that I also have quite a few∑ Ukrainian friends that live in the United∑ States. ∑Actually last time I traveled to the United States, I stayed in New York near Central Park and I stayed at the Trump

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Tower. I will talk to them and I hope to see them again in the future. I also wanted to thank you for your invitation to visit the United States, specifically Washington DC. On the other hand, I also wanted to ensure you that we will be very serious about the case and will work on the investigation. As to the economy, there is much potential for our two countries and one of the ∑issues. that is very important for Ukraine is∑ energy independence. I believe we can be very successful and cooperating on energy independence with United States. We -are already working on cooperation. We are buying American oil but I am very hopeful for∑a future meeting. We will have more time and more opportunities to discuss these opportunities and get to know each other better. I would like to thank you very much for your support. The President: Good. Well, thank you very much and I appreciate that. I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call. Thank you. Whenever you would like to come to the White House, feel free to call. ∑Give us a date and we'll work that out. I look forward to seeing you. President Zelenskiy: Thank ∑you very much. I would be very happy to come and would be happy to meet with you personally and I . . . get to know you better. I am looking forward to our meeting arid I also would like to invite you to visit Ukraine and come to the city bf Kyiv which is a beautiful city. We have a beautiful country which would welcome you. On the other hand, I believe that on Septernber l we will be in Poland and we can meet in Poland hopefully. After that it might be a very good idea for you to Ukraine. We can either take my plane and go to Ukraine or we can take your plane, which is probably much better than mine. 'The President: Okay we can work that out. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and maybe in Poland because I think we are going to be there at that tlme.
President Zelenskiy: Thank you very much Mr. President. The President: Congratulations on∑ a fantastic job you've done. The whole world was watching. I'm not sure it was so much of an upset but congratulations. President Zelenskiy: Thank you Mr. President bye-bye.
. End of Conversation

[After reading the above 5 pages I found no crime that Trump has committed it is as he says the DEMs are trying to create a narrative to rile up their base and to promote on the FAKE news service that have not aired the Biden bragging file for all Americans can see.].

[For those who have never heard of Crowdstrike below is what I am aware that has been promoted by the Mueller report and other items, and unsure of its validity as you see in the above request by Trump to get to the truth of the matter:
    The U.S. Intelligence Community concluded that some of the genuine leaks that Guccifer 2.0 has said were were committed by two Russian intelligence groups.    This conclusion is based on analyses conducted by various private sector cybersecurity individuals and firms, including CrowdStrike, Fidelis Cybersecurity, Fireeye's Mandiant, SecureWorks, ThreatConnect, Trend Micro, and the security editor for Ars Technica.    The Russian government denies involvement in the theft, and "Guccifer 2.0" denied links to Russia.    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that multiple parties had access to DNC emails and that there was "no proof" that Russia was behind the attack.    According to various cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials, Guccifer 2.0 is a persona that was created by Russian intelligence services to cover for their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.    In March 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over investigation of Guccifer 2.0 from the FBI while it was reported that forensic determination had found the Guccifer 2.0 persona to be a "particular military intelligence directorate (GRU) officer working out of the agencyís headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow."
    Kilimnik was still working for Russian intelligence when, during September and October 2016, he was known to be communicating with the Trump campaign.    Both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort were in contact with him at the time.
    Manafort has said that he and Kilimnik discussed the Democratic National Committee cyber attack and release of emails, now known to be undertaken by Russian hacker groups known as Cozy Bear [classified as advanced persistent threat APT29, a Russian hacker group believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Dutch AIVD deduced from security camera footage that it is led by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service] and Fancy Bear [a cyber espionage group, Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has said with a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
    Kilimnik and Manafort had been involved in the Pericles Fund together, an unsuccessful business venture financed by Oleg Deripaska.    In July 2016, Manafort told Kilimnik to offer Deripaska private information in exchange for resolving multimillion-dollar disputes about the venture.
    Strontium, one of the worldís oldest cyber espionage groups, has also been called APT 28, Fancy Bear, Sofancy and Pawn Storm by a range of security firms and government officials.    Security firm CrowdStrike has said the group may be associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
I am assuming that the Left, McCabe, NSA will blame this on Trump.
    Fancy (also known as APT28, Pawn Storm, Sofacy Group, Sednit and STRONTIUM) is a cyber espionage group, and cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and security firms SecureWorks, ThreatConnect, and Fireeye's Mandiant, said the group is sponsored by the Russian government.    In 2018, an indictment by the United States Special Counsel identified Fancy Bear as two GRU units known as Unit 26165 and Unit 74455.    The name "Fancy Bear" comes from a coding system security researcher Dmitri Alperovitch uses to identify hackers.
    Since the mid-2000s, Fancy Bear's methods are consistent with the capabilities of state actors, targets government, military, and security organizations, especially Transcaucasian and NATO-aligned states.    Fancy Bear is thought to be responsible for cyber attacks on the German parliament, the French television station TV5Monde, the White House, NATO, the Democratic National Committee, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.    The group promotes the political interests of the Russian government, and is known for hacking Democratic National Committee emails to help Donald Trump during the United States 2016 presidential elections.    Fancy Bear is classified by Fireeye as an advanced persistent threat.    Among other things, it uses zero-day exploits, spear phishing and malware to compromise targets.
    So is there a connection to Trump campaign which was in 2016?
    Through numerous regular email exchanges, Kilimnik conferred with Manafort after Manafort became Donald Trump's campaign manager in April 2016 and requested that Manafort give "private briefings" about the Trump campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire and close ally to Vladimir Putin.    On August 2, 2016, Kilimnik met with Manafort and Rick Gates at the Grand Havana Room at 666 Fifth Avenue.    The encounter which, according to prosecutor Andrew Weissmann goes ďvery much to the heart of what the special counselís office is investigating included a handoff by Manafort of internal polling data from Trumpís presidential campaign to Kilimnik.    Gates later testified the three left the premises separately, each using different exits.
    Kilimnik was still working for Russian intelligence when, during September and October 2016, he was known to be communicating with the Trump campaign.    Both Rick Gates and Paul Manafort were in contact with him at the time.
    Manafort has said that he and Kilimnik discussed the Democratic National Committee cyber attack and release of emails, now known to be undertaken by Russian hacker groups known as Cozy Bear [classified as advanced persistent threat APT29, a Russian hacker group believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Dutch AIVD deduced from security camera footage that it is led by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service] and Fancy Bear [a cyber espionage group, Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has said with a medium level of confidence that it is associated with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.].

9/25/2019 Ukraine president says was not pushed by Trump to act on Biden
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the
74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday he was not pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and does not want to involved in the U.S. elections.
    ďI donít want to be involved to democratic open elections of U.S. state,Ē he said.    ďWe had I think good phone call, it was normal, we spoke about many things Ö I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed me
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, writing by Michelle Nichols)

9/25/2019 Venezuelaís opposition gets Trump boost at U.N., keeps pressuring Europe by Luc Cohen
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, leaves
after a session of Venezuela's National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado
    NEW YORK (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told a meeting of Latin American leaders who recognize Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido as Venezuelaís rightful leader that they were part of a ďhistoric coalition,Ē trying to oust President Nicolas Maduro.
    The opposition, which considers Maduroís 2018 re-election fraudulent, is pushing the European Union to implement sanctions on officials from Maduroís government who have assets stashed in EU states, and called on its Latin American partners to do more to pressure Maduroís remaining allies, such as Cuba.
    Trumpís meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York was part of the administrationís efforts to keep Venezuela ďhigh on the international agenda,Ē a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday, pushing back on perceptions that U.S. commitment to Venezuela was waning.
    ďThe fact that the President of the United States has convened so many others to hear their opinion is truly fundamental in this fight for Venezuela to return to democracy,Ē Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, who attended the meeting, told reporters on the way out.
    Venezuela plunged into a deep political crisis in January when Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, assumed a rival presidency, arguing Maduro was illegitimate.
    Guaido has been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the United States and much of Latin America.    The once-prosperous OPEC member is suffering a hyperinflationary economic collapse marked by chronic shortages of food and medicine.
    During his speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday, Colombian President Ivan Duque accused Maduro of providing safe harbor to guerrilla groups.    Two former commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) last month announced a return to arms, threatening a 2016 peace deal, in a video Colombian authorities said was filmed in Venezuela.
    Maduro denies assisting the rebels, and calls Guaido a coup-mongering puppet of the United States.    Maduro retains the support of allies such as Cuba, Russia and China.
    In the meeting, Guaidoís chief diplomat Julio Borges called on other Latin American countries to put sanctions on Cuba over its support for Maduro, a request that earned no immediate commitment from those in attendance.
    ďWe are always prepared to discuss ways to pressure those who support Maduro Ė especially Cuba Ė so that they stop being a force for bad in Venezuela,Ē Brazilian foreign minister Ernesto Araujo told reporters, who cautioned that the country had ďrigid domestic legislationĒ that could complicate sanctions.
    Several of the Latin American countries were expected to discuss Venezuela with their European counterparts later on Wednesday.
    ďWe will persuade them to get much more deeply involved,Ē Faurie said.
    The United States will be committing $36 million in aid to Venezuela as part of a United Nations program, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green said.
    The U.N. has said it needs $223 million for its programs to serve 2.6 million vulnerable Venezuelans this year, but has raised only a fraction of that amount.
(Reporting by Luc Cohen, Humeyra Pamuk and Jeff Mason; editing by Grant McCool)

[Notice: The statement below ĎPresident Trump is the fourth president in the history of the United States to face an impeachment inquiry,í there has never been such a thing as Impeachment Inquiry in Congress until this year, and it is not in our constitution to whomever wrote this article, so get your news right.]
9/25/2019 The Road to Impeachment: Congress set to enter lengthy process to remove President Trump by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is the fourth president in the history of the United States to face an impeachment inquiry, but how does it all work exactly?    Article Two, Section Four of the U.S. Constitution provides the framework for Congress to remove a president and other civil officers if lawmakers convict these officials of treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
    First, the grounds for impeachment begin with evidence gathered from congressional investigations, outside sources or from specific events.    The House Judiciary Committee is then authorized to investigate the president.    After the investigation is complete, members of the Judiciary Committee or another select committee draft articles of impeachment, which detail the charges levied against the president.
    The articles of impeachment are then sent to the House floor for a full vote, where only a simple majority is needed to approve the charges.    If the House votes to adopt the articles of impeachment then it appoints managers to present the charges to the Senate, which is tasked by the Constitution to try the president.
The rising sun divides the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2019, the day after Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The Senate leadership then informs the House when it can present the articles to the full chamber, however, there is no constitutional enforcement mechanism if the Senate majority leader refuses to hold a trial.    If the Senate does proceed with a trial, the upper chamber will pass a resolution to set the rules for the proceedings.
    The chief justice of the Supreme Court will preside over the case with members of the House as the prosecution and members of the Senate as the jury. In the end, at least 67 senators would have to vote to convict the president in order for him to be removed from office.
    Only two of the three previous presidents to face an impeachment inquiry, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, went through the entire impeachment process and were both acquitted. Richard Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment.

9/25/2019 Senate votes to block President Trumpís emergency declaration on border wall by OAN Newsroom
    The Senate has voted to block the President Trumpís national emergency declaration over the nationís southern border ó yet again.    In a 54-to-41 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved a resolution to terminate the declaration, which was used to shift $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds to build a border wall.
    This marks the second effort by the Senate to block the presidentís attempt to fund his border wall, citing national security concerns.    Prior to the vote, Democrat lawmakers accused the GOP of prioritizing the commander in chief over military families.
    President Trump is likely to veto this vote as he did before in March.    Yet under federal law, lawmakers may bring up the emergency vote every six months.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer checks the documents of migrants who are on their way to apply for asylum
in the United States, on International Bridge 1 as they depart Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.
Tent courtrooms opened Monday in two Texas border cities to help process thousands of migrants who are being forced
by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration courts. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

9/26/2019 Oil down $0.80 to $56.49, DOW up 163 to 26,971.

9/26/2019 Inquiry probe is set - Transcript of Trump phone call stokes partisan divide
    The rough transcript of the summer phone call with Ukraineís president that is at the center of Democratsí impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump yields information that has set the parameters for the debate to come.
    In the transcript, part of a whistleblower complaint on the presidentís activities, Trump repeatedly pushes Volodymyr Zelenskiy to ďlook intoĒ Democratic rival Joe Biden.    At one point, Trump says: ďI would like for you to do us a favor
    The initial response highlighted the deep divide between the two parties: Democrats said the call amounted to a ďshake downĒ of a foreign leader, while Trump dismissed it as a ďnothing call
President Donald Trump, seen at a meeting during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, has derided the
impeachment inquiry over his contact with the Ukraine president as a ďwitch hunt.Ē EVAN VUCCI/AP
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives after declaring she will launch a
formal impeachment inquiry against the president. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

9/26/2019 Trump asked Ukraine for Biden investigation - Quid pro quo evidence lacking, Republicans say by Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Julie Pace, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė President Donald Trump repeatedly pushed Ukraineís president to ďlook intoĒ Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of a summer phone call that is now at the center of Democratsí impeachment probe into Trump.
    Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to work with Attorney General William Barr and Rudy Giuliani, Trumpís personal lawyer.    At one point in the conversation, Trump said: ďI would like for you to do us a favor
    The presidentís words set the parameters for the debate to come Ė just the fourth impeachment investigation of an American president in the nationís history.
    The initial response highlighted the deep divide between the two parties: Democrats said the call amounted to a ďshake downĒ of a foreign leader, while Trump Ė backed by the vast majority of Republicans Ė dismissed it as a ďnothing call
    Republicans leaned heavily on the fact that the rough transcript did not include direct evidence of a quid pro quo.    Still, it clearly shows Trumpís willingness to engage a foreign leader on matters directly related to his reelection prospects.
    ďJust so you understand, itís the single greatest witch hunt in American hisdered tory, probably in history,Ē Trump said during a meeting with foreign leaders in New York.
Republicans largely stood by the president and dismissed the notion that the rough transcript revealed any wrongdoing by Trump.
    ďI think it was a perfectly appropriate phone call, it was a congratulatory phone call,Ē said Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican.
    In the rough transcript of the 30minute phone call with Zelenskiy, Trump encourages the Ukrainian leader to talk with Giuliani and Barr.    Immediately after saying they would be in touch, Trump references.
    Ukraineís economy, saying: ďYour economy is going to get better and better I predict.    You have a lot of assets.    Itís a great country
    In the days before the call, Trump or- advisers to freeze $400 million in military aid for Ukraine Ė prompting speculation that he was holding out the money as leverage for information on Biden and his son Hunter.    Trump has denied that charge, and the aid package does not come up in the conversation with Zelenskiy.
    Trump has sought to implicate the Bidens in the kind of corruption that has long plagued Ukraine. Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the same time his father was leading the Obama administrationís diplomatic dealings with Kyiv.
    Though the timing raised concerns among anti-corruption advocates, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing by either the former vice president or his son.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says he supports the decision to begin an impeachment inquiry. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE

9/26/2019 U.S. lawmakers to grill Trump intel chief about whistleblower report by Patricia Zengerle
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 74th
session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė President Donald Trumpís top intelligence official will be grilled by U.S. lawmakers on Thursday over the administrationís handling of a whistleblower report central to an impeachment inquiry into the president.
    The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, will testify to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee after refusing to share the complaint with Congress, despite a law requiring that it be sent to lawmakers after an inspector generalís determination that it was urgent and credible.     Maguire has been in his position for less than two months.
    While the formal impeachment inquiry announced on Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is led by Democrats, some of Trumpís fellow Republicans joined them in calling on the administration to send the report to Congress. Members of the House and Senate intelligence committees were allowed to see the complaint on Wednesday.     ďRepublicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons to say thereís no there there when thereís obviously lots thatís very troubling there,Ē Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said after reading the document.
    The Senate passed a resolution calling for the reportís release by unanimous voice vote on Tuesday.    The House passed a similar measure by 421-0, with two Republicans voting ďpresent,Ē on Wednesday even after the administration backed down and agreed to let the Senate and House intelligence committee members view the classified report in secure rooms on Capitol Hill.
    The dispute over the report is the latest chapter in an ongoing power struggle, with the Trump administration resisting efforts by Democratic lawmakers investigating the presidentís business dealings and actions to obtain documents, records and testimony from the White House and senior officials.
    The whistleblower report is believed to include an account of a telephone call on July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump pressed Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trumpís personal lawyer.
    There is no evidence that Biden, or his son Hunter Biden, who served on the board of a Ukrainian company, acted improperly.
    The call occurred after Trump had ordered a freeze of nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine, which the administration only later released.
    The Trump administration released the official account of the half-hour call on Wednesday, a day after Pelosi announced that the Democratic-led House was launching the official impeachment inquiry.
    Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who will lead the hearing as chairman of the House Intelligence panel, said after reading the whistleblower report that it was well-written, and called the allegations ďdeeply disturbingĒ and ďcredible.Ē     ďThe complaintÖ certainly provides information for the committee to follow up,Ē he said.     Schiff has said the Justice Department misinterpreted the law in blocking Maguire from disclosing the complaint.
    Maguire may also face questions about a report in the Washington Post on Wednesday that he had threatened to resign over concerns that the White House might press him to withhold information from lawmakers.    Maguire, the former director of the National Center for Counterterrorism, issued a statement denying that report.
    After the public hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Maguire is due to appear before the Senate intelligence committee in a closed session at 11 a.m.
    Trump named Maguire, a retired Navy admiral, as the acting intelligence director early last month.    Trump has yet to nominate a permanent candidate, who would have to be confirmed by the Senate.
    Trump and Zelenskiy appeared side by side in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday and denied impropriety in their call.    The Ukrainian president told reporters: ďNobody pushed me
    And at a news conference closing out three days of meetings around the U.N. General Assembly, Trump accused Democrats of launching the impeachment inquiry for political gain, ďbecause they canít beat us at the ballot
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler)

9/26/2019 Ukraine president thought only U.S. side of Trump call would be published
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the
74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday he thought that only U.S. President Donald Trumpís side of their July phone call would be published.
    According to a summary of the momentous telephone call released by the Trump administration, Trump pressed Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, in coordination with the U.S. attorney general and Trumpís personal lawyer.
    ďI personally think that sometimes such calls between presidents of independent countries should not be published,Ē Zelenskiy told Ukrainian media in a briefing in New York that was broadcast in Ukraine.    ďI just thought that they would publish their part
    Zelenskiy said he did not know the details of an investigation into Bidenís son, repeating that he wants his new general prosecutor to investigate all cases.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Leslie Adler)

9/25/2019 House GOP leader slams Pelosi over impeachment push, questions if she should step down by OAN Newsroom
    Partisan tensions are escalating on Capitol Hill as top Republicans blast their colleagues across the aisle for pursuing impeachment.    During a press conference Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Democratsí decision to launch an inquiry marked a ďdark dayĒ in the rule of law.
    McCarthy criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosiís timing, saying it was wrong for her to proceed while the president met with world leaders at the United Nations.    He is also questioning if she should consider resigning from her role in Congress.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., joined from left by, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary
Committee, Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the top Republican on the House
Judiciary Committee, criticizes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Democrats for launching a formal impeachment inquiry
against President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    ďTo claim that a president had violated a law based on a whistleblower she does not know, that wasnít even on a phone callÖto claim that the president did a quick quid pro quo and mentions Bidenís name eight timesÖso I think at the end of the day the speaker owes an apology to to this nation and I think itís even questioned why she should stay in her job,Ē stated the House minority leader.
    Mccarthy went on to blast Pelosi for allowing House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff to stay in his role after the Mueller report, ans condemned the House Speaker for not denouncing Joe Biden and his ties to Ukraine.

9/26/2019 For Ukraineís leader, Trump memo on their call is a diplomatic car crash by Pavel Polityuk and Andrew Osborn
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks as he and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the
74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) Ė For U.S. President Donald Trump, White House publication on Wednesday of a memo summarizing his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy fueled a domestic political crisis.
    For Zelenskiy, it was a far-reaching diplomatic disaster.
    Zelenskiyís comments to the Republican Trump, disclosed in the summary, will likely irk U.S. Democrats, risking the bipartisan U.S. support Kiev requires while irritating France and Germany whom Zelenskiy criticized in the same exchange.
    Locked in a geopolitical standoff with neighboring Russia after Moscow annexed the Crimea region and backed pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine in 2014, Ukraine needs all the international friends it can get.
    It relies heavily on Washington for aid and diplomatic help, and European countries like France and Germany are trying to help bring about talks aimed at breathing life into a stalled peace process over eastern Ukraine.
    ďUnfortunately the main consequence of this is that Ukraine could become toxic,Ē said Alyona Getmanchuk, director of the New Europe Center in Ukraine.
    ďMaybe not as toxic as Russia became during the Mueller investigation, but toxic,Ē she said, referring to a two-year U.S. investigation into contacts between Trumpís successful 2016 election campaign and Russia.
    The timing of the latest scandal is awkward for Zelenskiy, who is keen to reinvigorate parts of a stalled peace deal over eastern Ukraine, something for which he needs European and U.S. diplomatic muscle.
    The White House memo summarizing the call shows Zelenskiy promised to reopen an investigation into a company that employed former U.S.     Vice President Joe Bidenís son and voiced frustration about what he said was a lack of support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron when it came to enforcing sanctions on Russia.
    It also showed Zelenskiy had agreed with Trump that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Ė Marie Yovanovitch Ė was ďa bad ambassador
    ďZelenskiy does not come out looking good from this Ė giving the ex-U.S. ambassador a kicking, Merkel and the Europeans a kicking, and then agreeing to do Trumpís dirty work on Biden,Ē said Timothy Ash, a senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management.
    ď(He) seems very eager to ingratiate himself with Trump
    International investors have been hoping that Zelenskiy will make good on pledges to refashion Ukraine into a fully fledged transparent graft-free democracy.    Ashís comments reflect growing scepticism on that score in some quarters.
    The French foreign ministry declined to comment and the Elysee was not immediately available for comment.    But French officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Macron had gone out of his way to meet Zelenskiy before he was elected, something that was uncommon in normal protocol.
    There was no immediate comment from German officials.
    Zelenskiy, who held talks with Trump in New York on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, had resisted calls for Ukraine to release details of the July 25 call with Trump during which the U.S. president asked him to investigate the son of Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic Party race for the November 2020 election.
    Zelenskiy told reporters on Wednesday he had thought that only Trumpís side of the call would be published and that he believed that details of such calls ďbetween presidents of independent countriesĒ should sometimes not be published.
    He said he did not know the details of the investigation into Bidenís son, saying it was one of many cases he discussed with world leaders if asked and that he wanted his new general prosecutor to investigate all cases without interference.
    Zelenskiy also tried to smooth over things with Merkel and Macron, saying he was grateful for their help and that he had made his comments about them during ďa difficult period
    ďI donít want to say anything bad about anyone,Ē Zelenskiy said after meeting Trump.    ďWe thank everyone who helps us
    But some at home said the damage had already been done.
    ďOf course the background to relations with European leaders and especially Merkel will worsen,Ē said Volodymyr Fesenko of the Penta think tank.
    ďThereís no direct criticism (in the call summary) but the context and tonality is such that Zelenskiy sounds like heís complaining about Merkel to Trump
    Some Ukrainians fear that the damage the Trump scandal could inflict on U.S.-Ukraine ties could also play into Russiaís hands as it might imperil future U.S. military aid among other things.
    ďFor Ukraine thereís a huge danger that it could find itself alone with its enemy the Russian Federation Ö as the United States is a strategic partner in the military sphere and when it comes to pushing ahead with reforms,Ē said Maria Ionova, a lawmaker from former president Petro Poroshenkoís faction.
    ďThe Russian Federation will definitely use this chance
    The Kremlin has said the matter is one for the United States and Ukraine and that it is merely observing.
    ď(The) facts are that Trump in effect asks Zelenskiy to dig dirt up on Biden, and Zelenskiy seemingly agreed,Ē Ash said.
    ďAfter everything Biden did for the reform story in Ukraine, Zelenskiy stabs him in the back Ė along with the former U.S. ambassador, Merkel, et al."
    ďThe winner Ė Putin!Ē
(Additional reporting by Sergiy Karazy and Matthias Williams in Kiev and John Irish in Paris; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Howard Goller)

9/26/2019 Ukrainian leaderís rivals use Trump call to kick him, voters more forgiving by Sergiy Karazy and Pavel Polityuk
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy delivers a speech during a parliamentary session
in Kiev, Ukraine August 29, 2019. Picture taken August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiyís political opponents rebuked him on Thursday over what they said was his amateurish handling of a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing him of damaging important international alliances.
    But on the streets of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, people said they were either unfazed or merely disappointed by a politician they said they knew was short on experience and likely to struggle against more experienced political operators.
    Zelenskiy, a former comedian and political novice who was only elected in April, was blindsided on Wednesday when the White House released a memo summarizing his July 25 call with Trump during which the U.S. leader asked him to investigate Joe Biden and his son.
    The memo shows Zelenskiy promised to reopen an investigation into a company that employed Bidenís son and voiced frustration about what he said was a lack of support from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron when it came to enforcing sanctions on Russia.
    It also showed Zelenskiy had agreed with Trump that the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Ė Marie Yovanovitch Ė was ďa bad ambassadorĒ and had Zelenskiy boasting that Ukraineís new prosecutor general would ď100%Ē be his person.
    Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his party said on Thursday that the call showed Zelenskiy was an irresponsible custodian of the countryís foreign policy and accused him of upsetting key allies.
    They also questioned his commitment to a genuinely independent judiciary and demanded that the prosecutor general appear before parliament to explain whether he was Zelenskiyís puppet or a genuine ďservant of the law
    ďEuropean Solidarity notes with deep concern that such inadvertent and ill-advised statements by the president may complicate Ukraineís international support,Ē Poroshenkoís party said in a statement.
    It said it wanted Zelenskiy to maintain Ukraineís bipartisan support in the United States and retain the support of European allies.
    ďDiplomacy and international relations do not forgive amateurism, they need a thoughtful attitude and professional approach,Ē the party said.
    U.S. congressional Democrats launched an inquiry to impeach Trump over allegations he pressed Zelenskiy to help smear Biden, the front-runner in the race to challenge Trump at presidential elections next year.
    Ordinary Ukrainians in Kiev on Thursday were more understanding of Zelenskiy.
    ďMy attitude toward Zelenskiy has not changed,Ē said Irina Belyayeva, who said she was on maternity leave from work.
    ďI didnít have unrealistic expectations.    His lack of experience and a good team who could have advised him so that we wouldnít be in this situation has been confirmed.    Many things were said which shouldnít have been
    Zelenskiy enjoys a popularity rating over 70% and his Servant of the People party controls parliament with many Ukrainians hoping he can refashion their country into a fully fledged transparent graft-free democracy.
    Some Ukrainians said his Trump phone call showed he was trying to do his best to keep a powerful ally on side and that he hadnít known it would one day be made public.
    Bohdan Telenko, a writer, said he thought the sudden flurry of media attention in Ukraine was welcome even if it was for the wrong reasons.    But he said Zelenskiy had been shown to be out of his depth.     ďI am worried a bit about Zelenskiyís lack of experience,Ē he said.    ďThere are sharks out there
(Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Alistair Bell)

9/26/20019 How Ukraine got caught up in Trumpís impeachment battle by Matthias Williams
A view shows the U.S. embassy in Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė Ukraine is the unwitting participant in a political battle in Washington between President Donald Trump and the Democrats ahead of the 2020 election.
    Democrats launched an inquiry to impeach Trump over allegations he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to help smear Joe Biden, the frontrunner in the race to challenge Trump as the Democratic Party nominee next year.
    Trump and Zelenskiy spoke by phone on July 25, and the White House has released a reconstruction of their conversation, in which Trump asks Zelenskiy to investigate the Biden family, and Zelenskiy agrees to do so.
    Earlier, Trump had frozen nearly $400 million of aid to Ukraine.    His critics accuse him of using the funds as leverage to pressure Zelenskiy into pursuing the investigation.
    Zelenskiy denies being put under pressure and Trump dismissed the inquiry as a ďwitch hunt
    Biden was vice president in President Barack Obamaís administration and the point person for Ukraine.    Trump alleges that Biden bullied the Ukrainian authorities to fire General Prosecutor Viktor Shokin in 2016, threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees if Kiev failed to comply.
    According to Trump, Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating the activities of Bidenís son Hunter, who was working for a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma.
    Hunter Biden denies any wrongdoing during his work for Burisma.    Joe Biden denies trying to protect his son, and says pressure to fire Shokin was being applied widely by European governments at the time because of concern over corruption.
Burisma was founded by a former minister and member of ex-President Viktor Yanukovichís party.    After the Kremlin-friendly Yanukovich was ousted following street protests in 2014, prosecutors opened a criminal probe into Burisma.
    Trumpís personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani also alleges some officials in Ukraine conspired to help Trumpís Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton in 2016 by leaking information damaging to Trumpís then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
    Manafort, a long-time Republican political consultant who is now serving a sentence after being convicted of fraud, had worked in Ukraine for Yanukovich for years before being hired by Trump.
    Giuliani has singled out Serhiy Leshchenko, a former lawmaker who published details of off-the-books payments made by Yanukovich to Manafort.
    A former comedian with no prior political experience, Zelenskiy won a landslide election victory in April.    Before Zelenskiy was inaugurated, Giuliani announced in May that he would visit Ukraine, but then abruptly canceled his visit saying Zelenskiy was surrounded by Trumpís enemies.    He named Leshchenko, who had been an advisor to Zelenskiy during his campaign.
    After Giuliani canceled the trip, Andriy Yermak, an aide to Zelenskiy, sought to meet Giuliani on what Yermak said was his own initiative.
    Shokin became General Prosecutor in February 2015 at a time when Ukraineís Western backers were calling for Kiev to tackle corruption in exchange for billions of dollars in aid.    Diplomats, anti-corruption activists and some officials accused Shokinís office of blocking reform and stalling investigations.
    Shokinís critics included his deputy, Vitaliy Kasko, who publicly resigned in February 2016 saying the General Prosecutorís office was a ďbrake on the reform of criminal justice, a hotbed of corruption.Ē    Shokinís office dismissed the resignation as a stunt.
    The U.S. Ambassador at the time, Geoffrey Pyatt, in a September 2015 speech, singled out Shokinís office as an obstacle to fighting corruption ďby openly and aggressively undermining reform
    While Trump calls Shokin a ďtough prosecutorĒ and Giuliani asserts that Shokin was fired for investigating Burisma, Pyatt accused Shokinís office of deliberately undermining a probe into Burismaís founder both in Ukraine and in Great Britain.
    Shokin was pushed out in March 2016, a decision publicly endorsed by the European Union.    In 2017, Burisma said all investigations against the company and its founder were closed.
    Shokin and Shokinís successor, Yuriy Lutsenko, both spoke to The Hill newspaper in Washington in articles published in March and April of this year.    Shokin said before he was fired he had made ďspecific plansĒ for an investigation that ďincluded interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden
    Lutsenko said he had begun looking into Burisma and Bidenís activities in connection to it.    However, Lutsenko told Reuters last week there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Bidenís son in his relationship with the energy firm.
    According to the White House summary of Zelenskiyís phone call with Trump, Zelenskiy assured Trump that his next prosecutor general, the man who replaced Lutsenko, ďwill be 100% my personĒ and ďwill look into the situation
    Pyattís successor as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was Marie Yovanovitch, a career diplomat who had previously served as ambassador to other ex-Soviet republics.    She returned home in May.    Trump strongly criticized her in his phone call to Zelenskiy, and Zelenskiy agreed with Trumpís criticism.
    Lutsenko has alleged that Yovanovitch had given him a list of people not to prosecute.    The State Department called the allegation ďan outright fabricationĒ    Trumpís son called her a ďjokerĒ while Giuliani accuses her of colluding on Clintonís behalf.    Yovanovitch left her post after what Democrats called a ďpolitical hit job
(Editing by Peter Graff)

9/26/2019 Acting DNI testifies before Intelligence Committee on whistleblower complaint by OAN Newsroom
    Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire recently testified on Capitol Hill over the administrationís handling of a still-anonymous whistleblowerís complaint.    During his testimony Thursday, Maguire claimed the complaint was not ignored or hidden from the House Intelligence Committee when grilled over his reluctance to immediately notify them.
    Maguire defended his actions of going to the White House before the committee.    He said that due to the information in the complaint, it appeared to be subject to executive privilege.    He went on to clarify the White House never once directed him to withhold information, but he made sure he determined the best course of action.
    ďThe question was whether or not it has executive privilege, not whether or not I should send it onto Congress,Ē he stated.    ďI am not authorized as the Director of National Intelligence to provide executive privileged informationÖI think it is prudent as a member of the executive branch to check to ensure that in fact it does not
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    At the same time, Maguire also touted his support for the whistleblowerís right to testify if they choose under the Whistleblower Act.
    Meanwhile, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff claimed President Trump was trying to take advantage of Ukraine, while sacrificing national security for personal political gain.    His remarks are in reference to the July phone call between the president and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as well as the released whistleblower complaint.
    Schiff claimed the president withheld military support to the Ukraine in exchange for Ukrainian assistance on digging up dirt on Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.    The congressman went on to claim the new Ukrainian leader was eager to have a meeting with President Trump to get more military help, which he said the president used as leverage.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, as
he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    President Trump has continued to slam Democrat attempts to find wrongdoing by calling it ďanother witchhunt

9/26/2019 NEW: Whistleblower complaint released by OAN Newsroom
    The Intelligence community whistleblower complaint has officially been released to the public.    It alleges President Trumpís actions regarding his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posed a national security risk.
    In the report, the anonymous individual claimed in eight pages that the president attempted to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.    The person also believes the White House took steps to ďlock downĒ records of the call by moving the official word-for-word transcript to an outside electronic system normally used for highly sensitive material.
    Itís important to note the whistleblower admited they received the alleged information from more than half a dozen U.S. officials, and was not a direct witness most of the events described.
    Read the unclassified whistleblower complaint here [SEEN BELOW].
    Meanwhile, President Trump is urging Republicans to ďstick together,Ē following the release of the complaint.
    In a tweet Thursday morning, the president called on the GOP to ďfight hard
    The president has pointed out in previous tweets that he has created a booming economy, rebuilt the military, and has made the U.S. respected again on the world stage.    Regardless of his accomplishments, impeachment efforts have continued.    He has referred to those efforts as ďthe greatest scam in the history of American politics
    Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is now testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in regards to the newly released whistleblower complaint.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire takes his seat before testifying before the House
Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Read the unclassified whistleblower complaint here and it is obviously that it looks like an attorney wrote this
and was presented to them from upper echelon CIA employees who are "Never Trumpers, who the DNI needs to clear the SWAMP

9/26/2019 Rep. Nunes says Democrats just want Ďmedia frenzy,í not facts about complaint by OAN Newsroom
    Representative Devin Nunes is blasting Democrats for using the media to cause another public spectacle against President Trump.    During his opening statement at the Director of National Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, he mocked Democrats and said he wanted to congratulate them on the rollout of their ďlatest information war-fare operation
    Nunes also said the left has an ďextraordinary ability to, once again, enlist the mainstream media in their campaign to hurt the president.Ē    He proceeded to go through the facts, detailing why the whistleblower complaint provides no basis for impeachment:
    ďThe complaint relied on hearsay evidence provided by whistleblower.    The inspector general did not know the contents of the phone call at issue.    The inspector general found that the whistleblower displayed arguable political bias against Trump.    The DOJ investigated the complaint and determined no action was warranted.    The Ukrainian president denies being pressure by President Trump
Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire as he testifies before
the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Nunes added, the meetings about the complaint should be behind closed doors, but then Democrats would not get their true goal of a media frenzy.
    The president echoed Nuneís remarks while speaking to reporters Thursday, following the House Intelligence Committee hearing.    President Trump said, ďwhat Democrats are doing is a disgrace and should not be allowed.Ē    He went on to reiterate that his phone call with the Ukrainian president was ďperfect

9/26/2019 McConnell: No impeachable offense by President Trump in Ukraine talks by OAN Newsroom
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hasnít seen evidence of an impeachable offense by President Trump. In a statement Wednesday, McConnell said he read the summary of the Trump-Ukraine phone call, adding, it contains no basis for impeachment whatsoever.
    The senator said Democrat efforts to use the call to launch impeachment proceedings are ridiculous.    He added, the Democrats may have ďoverplayed their hand.Ē    The Senate majority leader said they jumped on impeachment before seeing any factual evidence of alleged ďquid pro quoĒ or other misconduct.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., smiles as he speaks to members of the media, next to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.,
right, Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, after a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    ďThe dam finally broke ó Speaker Pelosi couldnít hold back the far-left any longer,Ē he stated.    ďBefore any of us even had the facts in hand, she caved to the left and announced an impeachment inquiry
    McConnell stressed the Democrats appear to be desperately praying for evidence of any potential wrongdoing by President Trump, but their hopes have been futile so far.

9/26/2019 Gabbard: Ukraine transcript shows no compelling case for impeachment by OAN Newsroom
    Democrat 2020 hopeful Tulsi Gabbard believes the Trump-Ukraine phone call does not provide a compelling case for impeachment.    In an interview Wednesday, she said the push for impeachment by her partyís leadership would only deepen the partisan divide in America.
    Gabbard believes the call for impeachment is a politically motivated move, however, she has alleged the president is corrupt.
    ďMost people reading through that transcript are not going to find that extremely compelling cause to throw out a president that won an election in 2016, and instead what I think most people will see this is another move by Democrats to get rid of Donald Trump,Ē stated Democrat representative.
    Gabbard said she intends to defeat President Trump next year in a fair election without resorting to political gimmicks.    Meanwhile, the Hawaii representative has officially qualified for the next Democrat debate, but said she remains critical of the DNCsí selection process.
Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks at an LGBTQ Presidential Forum in the
Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. The forum, which brings together
ten Democratic presidential hopefuls, is hosted by The Gazette, The Advocate, GLAAD, and One Iowa. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette via AP)

9/26/2019 Whistleblower complaint describes White House cover-up on Trump-Ukraine scandal by Patricia Zengerle, David Morgan and Doina Chiacu
Photographers gather to shoot Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire before his
testimony before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the handling of the whistleblower complaint in the Office
of the Director of National Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė A whistleblower report released on Thursday said President Donald Trump not only abused his office in attempting to solicit Ukraineís interference in the 2020 U.S. election for his political benefit, but that the White House tried to ďlock downĒ evidence about that conduct.
    In a report released by a Democratic-led congressional committee, the whistleblower said White House officials intervened to shift records of a controversial phone call between Trump and Ukraineís president from the computer system on which they would normally be stored.
    ďInstead the transcript was loaded into a separate electronic system that is otherwise used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature,Ē the report said.    ďOne White House official described this act as an abuse of this electronic system because the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective
    The whistleblower is a CIA officer and was assigned at one point to work at the White House, two sources familiar with the probe into his complaint said.    The New York Times first identified the whistleblower as a CIA officer, which Reuters confirmed.
    House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president of involvement in a cover-up to hide details of his attempts to persuade Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic presidential contender ahead of the 2020 election.
    Trump reacted with fury on Thursday and assailed Pelosiís Democrats for launching an impeachment inquiry into him this week over the Ukraine affair.
    Trump told staff from the U.S. mission to the United Nations he wanted to know who provided information to the whistleblower, according to an audio recording provided to the Los Angeles Times by an attendee.
    ďI want to know whoís the person, whoís the person who gave the whistleblower the information.    Because thatís close to a spy,Ē Trump can be heard saying on the recording.
    ďYou know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right?    The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now,Ē Trump said.
    The White House did not dispute the comments.
    Democratic Representative Raja Kirshnamoorthi of Illinois, a member of the intelligence committee, said it is essential that the committee hear from the whistleblower.
    ďWe need to talk to the whistleblower at the earliest, because I am concerned at some of the statements the president has been making about the whistleblower, and whether heís going to retaliate against the guy,Ē he said.
    On July 25, Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son, according to a summary of the telephone call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday.
    Bidenís son Hunter worked for a Ukrainian gas company for several years.
    A growing number of Democrats say the call was an abuse of Trumpís position and want to see him impeached.    But the chances of the Republican president being removed from office look slim since his party controls the Senate where an impeachment trial would be held.
    The call occurred after Trump had ordered a freeze of nearly $400 million in American aid to Ukraine, which was only later released.    Before the call, Ukraineís government was told that interaction between Zelenskiy and Trump depended on whether the Ukrainian leader would ďplay ball,Ē the whistleblower said.
    The report said Trump acted to advance his personal political interests, risking national security.
    ďI am deeply concerned that the actions described below constitute Ďa serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law or executive order,'Ē the whistleblower complaint, dated Aug. 12, said.
    Pelosi said the fact that White House officials moved records of the call to another electronic system was evidence of a cover-up.    ďThe president has been engaged in a cover-up all along,Ē she said.
    The Trump administration released the summary of the call after media reports about it surfaced.
    The Ukraine controversy follows U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to boost Trumpís candidacy.
    The whistleblowerís concerns did not end with Trumpís conversation with Zelenskiy.    The next day, the report said, a U.S. special envoy for Ukraine negotiations and the U.S. ambassador to the European Union met with Zelenskiy and other Ukrainians and advised them ďabout how to Ďnavigateí the demands that the president had made of Mr Zelenskiy
    Trump has repeatedly suggested wrongdoing by Biden and his son but has offered no evidence to back up the assertion.    There has been no evidence that Biden used his position to help his son in the Ukraine matter.
    Some of Trumpís fellow Republicans criticized the report.    ďClearly a coordinated effort to take second-hand information to create a narrative damaging to the President,Ē Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement.
    Trump has denied wrongdoing.
    In the report, the whistleblower said that ďI was not a direct witness to most of the events describedĒ and based the account on information from colleagues.
    During a House Intelligence Committee hearing, the top U.S. intelligence official, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, said the whistleblower had acted in good faith and followed the law in bringing the complaint.
    Maguire frustrated committee Democrats when he declined to say whether he had discussed the whistleblower complaint with Trump.    Maguire said it would not be ďappropriateĒ for him to publicly rebuke Trumpís attacks on the whistleblower.
    Maguire testified about the document after refusing for weeks to share it with Congress.    Democrats said federal law required that the report be sent to lawmakers.
    Adam Schiff, the Democratic committee chairman, grilled Maguire about why the whistleblower report was withheld.
    Trump, Schiff said, ďhas betrayed his oath of office, betrayed his oath to defend our national security and betrayed his oath to defend the Constitution
    Under the U.S. Constitution, the House has the power to impeach a president for ďhigh crimes and misdemeanors.Ē    No president has ever been removed through impeachment.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, David Morgan, Mark Hosenball, Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Will Dunham, Peter Cooney and Cynthia Osterman)

9/26/2019 Pelosi says Ďmoving aheadí on trade deal; Mexico optimistic by Susan Cornwell and Frank Jack Daniel
FILE PHOTO - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters at the
U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago
WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Ė The U.S. House of Representatives is proceeding with work on a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada,     U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, allaying worries an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump would delay approval of the deal.
    Pelosi, whose support is key to getting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed into law, said House Democrats had discussed the pact on Wednesday, a day after she announced the inquiry into Trump.
    ďWeíre moving ahead on the U.S-Mexico-Canada agreement,Ē Pelosi said at a news conference.    ďWeíre, again, hoping to be on a continuing path to Ďyes'Ē to approve the deal aimed at replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
    Pelosi has not said when she thought a vote could be held for the deal, which must still be approved by U.S. and Canadian legislators.    Mexicoís Congress has ratified USMCA, but passage through Congress is likely to become harder once campaigns for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election gather momentum.
    Trump warned on Wednesday that the inquiry into whether he sought foreign help to smear Democratic rival Joe Biden could derail congressional approval of the pact.    Launch of the inquiry dragged down Mexicoís peso and stock market and prompted warnings from trade experts that USMCA was in danger.
    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been talking with Democrats to address concerns over labor and environmental enforcement measures in USMCA, which aims to boost union rights and wages in Mexico to reduce offshoring of American jobs.
    Mexicoís chief negotiator for the deal, deputy foreign minister for North America Jesus Seade, said late on Wednesday he was optimistic those issues could be resolved within weeks.
    ďI hope the green light from Speaker Pelosi will come before the end of October,Ē Seade told Reuters.    ďBy January, I think it will be much harder to discuss in a calm way anything that is not election-related
    Seade said concerns from Pelosi and other Democrats had touched on whether Mexico had set aside sufficient resources to implement a reform that promotes union freedoms, after a 2020 budget proposal appeared to reduce spending on labor issues.
    But the labor ministry budget cuts only affected a youth grants scheme, and Mexico had in fact substantially increased funds available for implementing the reform in 2020, he said.    ďThis is not going to be a final obstacle,Ē Seade added.
    Mexico, Canada and the United States should be able to allay concerns among U.S. lawmakers that a loophole in the way dispute resolution panels are formed could allow one country to refuse to attend to a labor complaint, Seade said.
    ďThere are medicines that can be applied.    It is something that Mexico would accept and I think Canada would accept,Ē he said, adding that he did not rule out changing the wording in the text of the deal.
    ďThese are issues that can be touched in the agreement or outside.    I think in general, there are ways of doing it without reopening the agreement, which is what we prefer
(Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Frank Jack Daniel; Writing by Susan Heavey and Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Berkrot)

9/26/2019 Column: U.S. Democrats have wisely moved to the left on ideas for Social Security reform by Mark Miller
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren speak on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic
U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
    CHICAGO (Reuters) Ė (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)
    Just a few years ago, Democratic politicians were debating whether to accept cuts to Social Security benefits.    No more: the only Social Security reform debate within the party is about how much benefits should be expanded Ė and how to pay for it.
    The shift is a smart political move, considering that large majorities of Americans support maintaining or expanding Social Security benefits, even if it means paying more taxes.    More importantly, it is smart policy at a time when many workers are unable to save for retirement and traditional pensions are waning.
    Just how far has the Democratic Party moved on this issue? Consider the recent history.    In 2010, a bipartisan commission appointed by President Barack Obama recommended cutting benefits through higher retirement ages and a less generous annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).    And the following year, Obama agreed to a less generous COLA as part of a ďgrand bargainĒ with Republicans to curb federal spending.
    None of that ever became law Ė but the proposals did spark a counteroffensive by progressives, launched in 2013 (, that has been gaining momentum ever since.    Progressives aim to shore up Social Security solvency not through benefit cuts but by implementing new taxes Ė and they want to respond to rising retirement insecurity by expanding benefits.
    Among the five top-polling candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, four support expansion of some type: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. One candidate, Pete Buttigieg, opposes any cuts to benefits.
    Meanwhile, reform legislation is now advancing in the U.S. House of Representatives.    The only real differences among the various plans are over how much to expand benefits and how to fund the reforms.
    The first task of any reform bill will be to restore the long-range solvency of Social Security.    The programís actuaries project that the combined retirement and disability trust funds will be depleted in 2035, with payroll taxes coming in at that time sufficient to pay only 80% of promised benefits.
    The bill advancing in the House Ė sponsored by Representative John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat Ė would restore the programís financial solvency for the next 75 years.    Addressing solvency not only avoids those devastating benefit cuts, but would go a long way to address the worries expressed by Americans over the financial health of Social Security. According to Gallup, 67% of Americans worry about Social Security. (
    Larson also proposes a modest across-the-board benefit increase equal to about 2% of the average benefit (about $30 per month), and shifting to a more generous annual cost-of-living adjustment formula more sensitive to medical inflation and other costs disproportionately affecting older adults.    The bill would also increase the special minimum benefit paid to low-income retirees.
    The Social Security 2100 Act would use two funding mechanisms to pay for the changes.    First, it would increase payroll tax rates by 0.1 percentage point annually through 2043, reaching 14.8% for that year and later, split between workers and employers. Workers now pay 6.2% of earnings, and employers pay a matching amount, up to $132,900, where the tax is capped.    Larson also would increase taxes on the wealthy, by resuming payroll tax collections on earnings over $400,000.
    Meanwhile, candidates Sanders and Warren both have proposals that not only deal with solvency but include more substantial benefit hikes than the House bill.
    Expansion makes good political sense.    Among current workers, 42% worry that they will not receive any Social Security benefit in the future, and 74% support reforms that do not reduce benefits, according to the Pew Research Center (
    And the policy argument is straightforward. Just 51% of workers say they expect workplace retirement savings will be a major source of income in retirement, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).    Likewise, just 41% of retirees tell EBRI that they rely on a defined benefit pension as a major source of income Ė a figure that is expected to fall further in the years ahead.
    Meanwhile, Social Security benefits not only are modest Ė they are inadequate for anyone relying on the program as a primary source of retirement security.    ďThe goal of the program is to ensure basic economic security, but right now benefits are too low,Ē said Nancy Altman, who heads up Social Security Works, one of the key advocacy groups that has pushed for expansion.
    Most financial planners say retirees should aim to replace 70 to 80% of their working income when they retire.    Yet a worker with career-averaged earnings of $50,000 who claims benefits this year at full retirement age would receive just over $20,000, or 40% of pre-retirement benefits.
    Sanders would boost benefits across the board; for low-income workers, this would translate to a bit more than $100 per month.    The bill also would adopt the more generous CPI-E index of inflation as the measure of annual COLAs.    It would improve the special minimum benefit for low-income workers by increasing and indexing it to be equal to 125% of the poverty line.
    Warren jolted the presidential race a bit when she announced her plan earlier this month (    She proposes a larger benefit expansion Ė $200 a month across the board.    Like Sanders, she would adopt the CPI-E, and she also calls for a new credit in the benefit formula for family caregivers.    This provision would be especially beneficial for women, who tend to bear caregiving responsibilities disproportionately.    Caregiving is a key reason that women tend to work fewer years than men, and it depresses their career earnings.    In turn, that reduces their income from Social Security, pensions and savings.
    Sanders and Warren also take a more progressive tack than does Larson in funding their plans.    Both forego any broad increase in payroll tax rates, instead proposing to increase taxes only for wealthy households.
    Warren would impose a 14.8% Social Security contribution requirement on individual wages above $250,000, split between employees and employers.    She also would create a new 14.8% tax on investment income for individuals earning more than that amount.
    Sanders would apply the current payroll tax rate to wages over $250,000 and apply a 6.2% tax on investment income.
    Campaign trail pressure from Warren and Sanders could help get the Larson bill to a vote on the floor of the House this fall. That would have the positive effect of getting Republican House members on the record, argues Altman.
    ďUntil recently, Republicans have been able to get by saying they want to save Social Security, and that they want to see a bipartisan solution,Ē she said.    ďA vote on the 2100 Act will mean that they canít keep hiding on the issue
(Reporting and writing by Mark Miller in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

9/27/2019 Oil down $0.08 to $56.41, DOW down 80 to 26,891.

9/27/2019 Whistleblower complaint released
    Unnamed person details alleged abuse of presidential power, cover-up on Ukraine call.
    The whistleblowerís complaint that has sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump was released Thursday, revealing deep concern that the president ďused the power of his officeĒ to solicit foreign help to discredit a political rival during a July telephone call with Ukraineís president.
    The whistleblower details alleged later efforts by senior White House officials to ďlock downĒ access to all records of the July 25 call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
    ďThe White House officials who told me this information were deeply disturbed by what had transpired in the phone call,Ē the whistleblower wrote.
    ANALYSIS - Map for the future of a nation being drawn - Complaint sparks inquiry that will transfix America by Susan Page, USA TODAY
    Sometimes truisms are true: Itís not just the crime; itís the cover-up.
    A whistleblowerís complaint released Thursday morning accused President Donald Trump not only of pressuring a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political rival but also of trying to hide the account of their conversation.
.     The House Intelligence Committeeís public hearing that followed, featuring testimony from the nationís top intelligence official, provided a map for a debate that is all but guaranteed to transfix Washington for months ahead.
    The road being cut could well lead to the impeachment of a president for just the third time in U.S. history, and at a time Americans are considering whether to reelect or eject Trump from the White House in next yearís election.
    This time, a week and a day after The Washington Post disclosed the existence of the complaint, the White House released a summary of the presidentís phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.    That prompted the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, to release the complaint, which was filed by someone in the intelligence community who hasnít been publicly identified.
    And with that, even reluctant Democrats united behind an impeachment inquiry.
    A majority of the 435-member House of Representatives Ė including nearly all of the Democrats and one independent Ė endorsed the idea.
    The White House issued a statement that vowed ďto push back on the hysteria and false narratives being peddled by Democrats and many in the mainstream media.Ē    The White House hasnít denied the allegation at the crux of the furor, that Trump encouraged the new Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for alleged corruption.    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden, who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump next year.
    Critics said that a president who solicited help from a foreign government against a political rival would violate campaign finance laws and the Constitution.
    Still to be explored is whether White House lawyers tried to ďlock downĒ records of the controversial phone call by moving it them to a computer system designed to protect the most highly classified national security information.    So are the roles of Attorney General William Barr and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the presidentís personal lawyer.
    The debate among Democrats is no longer whether to impeach the president.    Itís whether to draw up Articles of Impeachment that are narrowly focused on the Ukraine incident or to chart a broader course.
    Democrats could hold an impeachment vote by the end of the year.
Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence, testifies before the
House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before the
House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES

9/27/2019 Stopgap spending bill OKíd by Senate by Andrew Taylor, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21.
    The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid fights over President Donald Trumpís border wall and abortion.    Those measures face a variety of obstacles, and itís not clear whether Congress will pass them.
    The bill passed by an 82-15 vote and heads to the White House for Trumpís expected signature.
    Democrats blocked Senate Republicans from advancing an almost $700 billion defense measure last week, a move partly designed to leverage broader negotiations on domestic programs.
    The stopgap funding bill came as the Senate Appropriations panel approved five spending bills, including a $71 billion homeland security measure that would give Trump his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
    The committee approved the homeland security measure by a 17-14 vote, with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia the only Democrat in favor.
    The money faces an uphill slog and is a nonstarter with Democrats controlling the House.

9/26/2019 John Solomon: Democrats attempted to collude with Ukraine in 2016 by OAN Newsroom     A national security journalist with access to White House sources told One Americaís John Hines that former President Obama and the DNC overtly lobbied the Ukrainians to collude with their political attacks on the 2016 Trump campaign.
[Go to this link to see more]

9/26/2019 Report: Sen. Mitt Romney has connection to Biden-Ukraine scheme by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Senator Mitt Romney may have a connection to Joe Bidenís alleged corruption scandal in Ukraine. According to a report released on Thursday, Romneyís top aide in the 2012 presidential campaign, J. Cofer Black, has served on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings since 2017.
    Bidenís son Hunter previously worked for Burisma, where he made at least $50,000 a month.    Romneyís former aide joined Burisma roughly six months after Hunter Biden left the companyís board.    This connection may explain Romneyís cautious stance on impeachment.
    ď[When] the President of the United States asks or presses the leader of a foreign country to carry out an investigation of a political nature, then thatís troublingÖ But if there were a quid pro quo, that would take it to an entirely more extreme level.Ē ó Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah
    It is unknown whether Romney and Black maintained close communication after the 2012 election.
    Related: Sen. Romney Blasts Political Opponents, Attacks President Trumpís Leadership
    OLD Article 8/22/2019 Sen. Romney blasts political opponents, attacks President Trumpís leadership by OAN Newsroom
    GOP Senator Mitt Romney recently took a jab at his political opponents in an effort to elevate himself.    During a speech at a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Romney subtly went after President Trumpís foreign policy approach.
    Without naming the president, Romney called to censure the leaders of Russia and North Korea rather than approach them with flattery.    His comments come as President Trump has rejected accusations of being too lenient on foreign adversaries.
FILE Ė In this Jan., 18, 2019, file photo, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks with reporters, in Ogden, Utah.
Romney said Friday, June 7, 2019, that heís not sure if he will endorse President Donald Trump for a second term and
that he may not throw his weight behind anyone during the 2020 campaign. ďI donít think endorsements are worth a
thimble of spit,Ē the Republican former presidential candidate told reporters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
    In fact, the president has touted his ability to maintain strong ties with foreign leaders unlike previous administrations.
    ďI think weíll have another meeting ó he (Kim Jong-un) really wrote a beautiful three-page, I mean right from top to bottom, really beautiful letter,Ē President Trump told reporters.    ďAnd maybe Iíll release the results of the letter, but it was very positive
    Also in Wednesdayís speech, Romney said he considers himself a ďrenegade Republican,Ē adding, he doesnít agree with everything his party does.    He then went on to slam Democrats for their socialist agenda, including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
[Now we know why Romney is also dissing Trump and voting against him].

9/27/2019 Rep. Adam Schiff slammed for fictional version of President Trumpís call to Ukraine by OAN Newsroom
    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, is coming under fire for reading a fictional version of President Trumpís phone call with the leader of Ukraine.    However, President Trump is well within his legal rights to ask Ukraine for assistance.
    One Americaís Pearson Sharp explains.

9/27/2019 Ukraine agency says allegations against Burisma cover period before Biden joined
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens during a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the
74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė A Ukrainian investigation of gas company Burisma is focused solely on activity that took place before Hunter Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, was hired to sit on its board, Ukraineís anti-corruption investigation agency said.
    U.S. President Donald Trump asked Ukraineís President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in July to investigate whether Joe Biden tried to block an investigation into his sonís relationship with the company, which was drilling for gas in Ukraine.
    Trumpís intervention is the subject of an impeachment investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives, with Democrats saying the Republican president was trying to push a foreign leader to smear Joe Biden, a political opponent.
    The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) said it was investigating permits granted by officials at the Ministry of Ecology for the use of natural resources to a string of companies managed by Burisma.
    But it said the period under investigation was 2010-2012, and noted that this was before the company hired Hunter Biden.
    ďChanges to the board of Burisma Limited, which are currently the object of international attention, took place only in May 2014, and therefore are not and never were the subject of (the anti-corruption bureauís) investigation,Ē the bureauís statement said.
    Hunter Biden was a director on Burismaís board from 2014-2018, according to documents filed by the company in Cyprus, where it is registered.
    The investigation into Burisma covers a period when Ukraine was governed by a Kremlin ally, Viktor Yanukovich.    Burisma hired Hunter Biden after Yanukovich was toppled in a popular revolt in 2014 and replaced by a pro-Western government.
    At the time, many Ukrainian firms were seeking to distance themselves from their relationships with the previous, pro-Moscow authorities, and some invited Western public figures to sit on their boards.
    Nazar Kholodnytsky, the head of anti-corruption investigations at Ukraineís Prosecutorís Office, a separate body to the NABU, said on Novoye Vremya radio that neither Joe nor Hunter Biden had been called in for questioning as part of NABUís investigation into activities at Burisma.
    ďAt the moment, this case is up in the air, so to speak.    Up in the air means that there is no active investigative work ongoing.    At the moment, detectives and prosecutors do not understand what they are supposed to be investigating,Ē Kholodnytsky said.
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Peter Graff)

9/27/2019 Ukraineís Zelensky, UNís Guterres meet in N.Y. to reaffirm ties by OAN Newsroom
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York.    The two officials held talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Thursday to bolster cooperation between Ukraine and international institutions.
    Zelensky also had a chance to sign the UN guestbook during his first presidential visit to the UN.    The Ukrainian president reiterated his country is an independent nation that doesnít accept any foreign pressure or guidance.
    ďAs for asking for something ó itís definitely not Ukraineís style,Ē he stated.    ďUkraine is a new strong country and isnít asking anyone for anything, we can help others ourselves
    Guterres also said he expects the UN-Ukrainian relation to remain ďexcellentĒ going forward.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the site of the 9/11 terror attacks at ground zero in New York, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
Zelensky made specific stops at the names of victims that were born in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    This comes as amid the release of a whistleblower complaint that alleges President Trumpís actions regarding a July phone call with the Ukrainian president posed a national security risk.    The anonymous individual claimed the President Trump attempted to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.    Zelensky has repetitively denied that he was pressured in any way by the U.S.
    Trump tweet: ďThe President of Ukraine said that he was NOT pressured by me to do anything wrong.    Canít have better testimony than that! As V.P., Biden had his son, on the other hand, take out millions of dollars by strong arming the Ukrainian President.    Also looted millions from China. Bad!Ē

9/27/2019 Ukraine security official offered to quit before Zelenskiyís U.S. trip by Matthias Williams
FILE PHOTO: Oleksandr Danylyuk, a top Ukrainian security official who has tendered his resignation, addresses lawmakers
in his earlier role as finance minister in Kiev, Ukraine June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo
    KIEV (Reuters) Ė A senior Ukrainian security official offered to quit before President Volodymyr Zelenskiy began a visit to the United States this week, the presidentís office said on Friday.
    Oleksandr Danylyuk, the secretary of Ukraineís National Security and Defense Council, gave no reason for his decision and will stay on until Zelenskiy decides whether to accept his resignation, it said in a statement.
    The statement gave no indication that the resignation was connected with a telephone call between Zelenskiy and Donald Trump that is at the center of a formal impeachment inquiry into the U.S. president.
    In the July 25 call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas company for several years, according to a summary of the conversation released by the White House.
    Biden, a former vice president, is a leading contender in the Democratic race to take on Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
    Trumpís administration also released a whistleblowerís complaint that questioned whether U.S. aid was held up until Ukraine showed it would act on Trumpís request.
    Reuters could not immediately contact Danylyuk for comment.    Earlier this week he told Reuters Ukraine did want not to be dragged into U.S. domestic politics.
    Danylyuk is a former finance minister who oversaw the nationalization of PrivatBank, Ukraineís largest lender, and his appointment to his security role in May sent a positive signal to investors gauging Zelenskiyís reformist credentials.
    Investors are also looking for Kiev to conclude a new loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund to help underpin economic stability, tackle reforms and fight corruption.    An IMF delegation left Ukraine on Friday without finalizing an agreement.
(Reporting by Matthias Williams and Ilya Zhegulev and Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Andrew Heavens and Timothy Heritage)

9/27/2019 President Trump suggests whistleblower is a Ďleaker or spyí by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is speculating on the identity of the whistleblower accusing him of being a national security risk.    In a tweet Friday, the president said, ďsounding more and more like the so-called whistle-blower isnít a whistle-blower at all.Ē    The president then questioned if the anonymous individual was a ďpartisan operative
    Trump tweet: ďSounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isnít a Whistleblower at all.    In addition, all second hand information that proved to be so inaccurate that there may not have even been somebody else, a leaker or spy, feeding it to him or her?    A partisan operative?Ē
President Donald Trump pauses to talk as he leaves a ceremony with members of law enforcement on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington,
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The president was given a plaque of appreciation from Americaís Sheriffs and Angel Families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    President Trump brought up the whistleblower during a meeting with the U.S. mission to the United Nations.
    ďI want to know whoís the person who gave the whistleblower the information because thatís close to a spy,Ē he stated.    ďYou know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason ó we used to handle it a little differently than we do now
    This comes after the New York Times revealed the whistleblower was a CIA officer who was detailed to the White House. The Times also alluded to the fact the agent is male.

9/27/2019 Pelosi accuses Attorney General of Ďgoing rogueí with leaker complaint, faces her own criticism by OAN Newsroom
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the attorney general has ďgone rogueĒ in his handling of the whistleblower complaint.    In an interview     Friday, Pelosi accused William Barr of trying to protect the president.    She also accused Barr of being part of a White House cover-up trying to block the details of the call between President Trump and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    Pelosi said her message to both Democrats and Republicans at this point is to put country before party.
    ďThis is no cause for any joy, this is a very sad time for our country,Ē she stated.    ďThe impeachment of a president is as serious as our congressional responsibilities can be, apart from declaring war or something
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addresses reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, as Acting
Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire appears before the House Intelligence Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Pelosi also criticized acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire for taking a complaint involving the president to the White House legal counsel.
    The speaker herself has come under criticism for her haste in launching an impeachment inquiry before even seeing the details of the complaint.    Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon said Pelosi is starting a civil war with her impeachment inquiry.    In a comment to the Washington Post Wednesday, the former White House official said her decision to announce the intent to start an impeachment inquiry at 5 PM is ďthe shot a Fort Sumter,Ē which started the American Civil War.
    In an interview earlier this week, Bannon said the inquiry is a move to shut down President Trumpís agenda as the focus shifts to impeachment instead of things like national security.
    ďWhat youíre going to see is 24 hours a day in the Washington Post, in the New York Times, that will then feed into the cable news process, youíll see these guys on TVÖitíll be overwhelming, it will be relentless,Ē he explained.
    Bannon said Pelosi and the Democrat House have been trying to figure out how to impeach the president for the last three years.    His comments come as most Republicans pointed out the whistleblower complaint is not enough evidence to start an impeachment inquiry.
[Well Nancy you better watch out what goes around comes around.]

9/27/2019 Sen. Warren appears flustered after questioned about her ethics plan by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., talks about her plans if she becomes president during a
rally at Keene State College, in Keene, N.H., on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)
    2020 Democrat presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren appeared flustered on the campaign trail after a reporter asked her about her ethics plan.    Warren spoke with reporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire this week, where someone asked if her plan ďwould allow her vice presidentís son to serve on the board of a foreign company
    The question comes amid a shift in media focus to fellow 2020 candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian oil and gas company while his father was serving as vice president.
    Warren initially responded to the question saying she would not allow her vice presidentís son to work for a foreign company, but she quickly backtracked.
    Warren said in her plan she will ďcategorically ban the practice of private lobbying for foreign governments, foreign individuals and foreign companies

9/27/2019 Calif. Gov. Newsom signs package of bills to combat homelessness by OAN Newsroom
July 23, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    California is continuing to work toward a solution to the stateís growing homelessness crisis.    Lawmakers are passing new legislation, in hopes of combating one of the stateís most overwhelming problems.
    State Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills on Thursday, which aim to reduce the number of homeless people living on the streets.    In his State of State Address, Newsom promised to work toward solutions to stop the increase in the number of homeless people statewide.
    ďThereís another urgent moral issue we must confront ó thatís this homelessness epidemic,Ē Governor Newsom said.    ďSo many of Californiaís homeless ó whether theyíre families, veterans, victims of rent spikes, or survivors fleeing domestic violence ó are invisible and left behind by our society
    A poll released around the same time as Newsomís speech found that nearly half of Californiaís residents said they could not afford to live in the state. The new legislation is geared at preventing homelessness before it happens, as well as addressing how to help those already living on the streets.
    One preventative measure includes a cap on rent prices to protect low-income renters from discrimination. Another new measure gives multiple counties throughout the state, including Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose, the ability to build emergency homeless shelters.
May 30, 2019, Los Angeles (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
    Governor Newsom sent a letter to members of the Governorís Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, asking them to identify steps for dealing with chronic street homelessness. The council will have a meeting later this week, where they are expected to lay out plans for combating the crisis at the local level.
    ďI know city councils all around the state are working hard to reduce homelessness and itís underlying causes,Ē Governor Newsom emphasized.    ďBut weíve got to have their backs, they cannot do it alone
[Well he is throwing taxpayers money at the problem which will not work without programs to change the states policies.].

9/27/2019 Abuse of power, not criminality, key to Trump impeachment by Tom Hals and Jan Wolfe
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    (Reuters) Ė Democratic lawmakers have a strong case for impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump if they can prove he abused his power when he asked Ukraineís president to ďlook intoĒ an American political rival, several legal experts said.     Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Joe Biden, an early favorite to win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to a summary of a Trump phone call released this week by the White House.     The administration also released a whistleblowerís complaint that questioned whether U.S. aid was held up until Ukraine showed it would act on Trumpís request.     The legal experts said the central question in an impeachment inquiry is whether Trump put his interest above those of the nation by leveraging aid to Ukraine in return for incriminating information.    Evidence of a cover-up could strengthen the impeachment case, they said.
    ďThe U.S. has a national security interest in Ukraine and it does appear that what the president was doing was putting that national security interest at risk in exchange for political benefits,Ē said Louis Michael Seidman, a professor at Georgetown Law.    ďIf that is what happened, that is the core of what impeachment is about
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday.
    If the Democratic-led House of Representatives votes to approve articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would then decide whether to find Trump guilty and remove him from office.
    A total of 218 votes, a simple majority in the 435-member House, is required for impeachment.    Conviction requires a two-thirds vote of the 100-member Senate Ė or 67 votes.
    Under the U.S. Constitution, the president can be impeached for ďtreason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors
    Legal experts said Trumpís call with Zelenskiy, who was seeking U.S. missiles, may run afoul of the bribery statute or violate campaign finance law, which makes it a crime to solicit a benefit to the campaign from a foreign national.
    But during an impeachment inquiry, lawmakers are not required to adhere to strict legal definitions and can look more broadly at whether Trump used his authority for personal gain, experts said.
    ďWhether it is a crime or not makes no difference for purposes of impeachment.    Asking a foreign country to provide campaign dirt in exchange for weapons is an abuse of power and precisely what the Framers (of the U.S. Constitution) believed would justify impeachment,Ē said former federal prosecutor Harry Sandick.
    Trump has said that his call with Zelenskiy was perfectly appropriate. He has said he did not put pressure on the Ukrainian president to look into Biden, who Trump says improperly tried to halt a Ukrainian probe of a company with ties to his son Hunter.
    There is no evidence Biden used his position as vice president to help his son.
    Legal experts said the House will likely seek testimony from those who are familiar with Trumpís discussions with world leaders, as well as communications from advisers leading up to and following the Ukraine call.
    Not all experts agreed there was an impeachment case against Trump.
    David Rivkin, a constitutional litigator and a former Justice Department lawyer, said there was nothing inappropriate about asking a foreign country to investigate a U.S. citizen who may have violated the laws of that country.
    ďThe fact some of such persons are currently running for political office in the United States doesnít and cannot render them immune from foreign investigations
    But other experts said the whistleblowerís claims that White House officials intervened to ďlock downĒ records of the July call suggested a cover-up that could bolster the impeachment case against Trump.
    Berit Berger, the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School, said investigating a possible cover-up expanded the pool of potential witnesses, and the likelihood that some would be cooperative with Congress.
    ďAnytime you have a situation where you have a number of people involved in an alleged criminal act, itís that many more people who can come in and provide information to Congress,Ē Berger said.
(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Jan Wolfe in Washington, DC; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Howard Goller)
[The only abuse of power occurred before 2016 and it is being investigated by Horowitz, Durham and Barr and when they are done thatís when you will see their concept of impeachment will turn into criminal charges against Obama, Hillary, FBI crooks, CIA Brennan, and any of the so-called whistle blower crooks also in the NSA .].

9/27/2019 Ukrainian prosecutor allegedly terminated due to pressure from Biden by OAN Newsroom
    Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Calls to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden have grown louder after the sworn statement of former Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was released to the public.    In the document Shokin said he was asked to resign due to ďpressure from the U.S. presidential administration, in particular from Joe Biden.Ē    He went on to say that Biden was, ďthreatening to withhold $1 billion in subsidies to UkraineĒ until he stepped down.
    The prosecutor was terminated back in 2016 in a controversial decision still contested to this day.    Shokin said he was forced out because he was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into Burisma Holdings.    Burisma is the natural gas firm in Ukraine for which Bidenís son, Hunter, sat on the board of directors.
    The official ruling said Shokin was terminated due to alleged corruption.    Regardless, the newly released court document has sparked a fire under Biden, who admitted to pressuring Burisma to fire Shokin.
    ďI looked at them and said: Iím leaving in six hours,Ē the former Vice President said.    ďIf the prosecutor is not fired, youíre not getting the money
    Ukraineís former Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, said all concerns must be investigated to the fullest.
    ďEverything that I now know about this company (Burisma), that the son of the Vice President took part in it, now explains the position that the Vice President occupied,Ē said Azarov.    ďI think an investigation is essential
    If proven to be true, Shokinís statements outline a serious abuse of power carried out directly by Biden while in office.
[This is not alleged he actually bragged about doing it on video that the fake news will not show.]

9/27/2019 NYT defends revealing key details of whistleblowerís identity by OAN Newsroom
The New York Times building in New York. (Richard Drew/AP)
    The New York Times said they want to allow their readers to make their own judgments about whether the whistleblower is credible.    The paperís executive editor, Dean Baquet, said readers should know the whistleblower is a CIA officer with extensive knowledge about Ukrainian politics, who at one point worked in the White House.
    Baquet regarded the information as vital to set the record straight after he said President Trump and some of his supporters have attacked the credibility of the whistleblower.    The president and several officials have stated the subjectís complaint about the Ukraine phone call consisted of political bias and secondhand information.
    ďBasically, that person never saw the report, never saw the callÖheard something and decided that he or she or whoever the hell it isÖtheyíre almost a spy.    I want to know whoís the person that gave the whistleblower the information?Ē ó President Trump
    Despite the New York Times trying to disprove President Trumpís argument, disclosing the identity backfired into a larger debate.     Baquetís statement alludes to the whistleblowerís gender as the editor refers to the complainant as ďhimĒ and ďhe
    National Intelligence officials noted the publication has now endangered the whistleblowerís life and reputation, and has set an alarming precedent that would prevent potential whistleblowers to come forward in the future.
    The general public also objected across the board as the hashtag ó #CancelNYT ó appeared trending on Twitter, kick-starting a movement for everyone to cancel their subscriptions.    Others called for Baquet to step down and noted his New York Times continuously fails to meet basic journalistic standards.

9/27/2019 Trump signs into law stopgap U.S. federal funding through November 21
U.S. Capitol is seen on the first day of a partial federal government shutdown in Washington, U.S., December 22, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed a stopgap government funding bill into law to keep the government open through Nov. 21.
    The law averts a brutal government funding battle amid an impeachment inquiry into the president by the U.S. House of Representatives.
    In December and January, the U.S. federal government was partially shuttered for 35 days after Trump refused to approve government funding that did not provide money for a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
    Trump promised repeatedly and publicly as a presidential candidate and later as president to build a wall on the border but has so far failed to convince Congress to approve such a measure.
    Trump has since declared a national emergency in order to access funds to build the wall.    Congress has voted several times to block that emergency declaration.
    The Supreme Court handed Trump a victory on the wall in July, voting to block a ruling by a federal judge that blocked him from redirecting $2.5 billion in funds.
(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

9/28/2019 Oil down $0.66 to $55.88, DOW down 71 to 26,820.

9/28/2019 House rebukes Trump on wall by Andrew Taylor, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė The Democratic controlled House made a second attempt Friday to overturn President Donald Trumpís use of emergency powers to raid military projects such as schools and target ranges to pay for his long-promised border fence.
    The 236-174 vote sent the legislation to Trump, who is sure to veto it just as he killed a similar measure in March.    The Senate passed the measure last week with about a dozen veteran Republicans rebuking Trump.
    Fridayís vote was different because it followed the recent release by the administration of a list of 127 military construction projects totaling $3.6 billion that will be canceled to pay for the border wall, including numerous projects in GOP districts and states.
    His supporters said Trump is justified in grabbing the money to defend a porous southern border and said Democrats were wasting their time.
    Democrats countered that Trump is trampling on Congressí power of the purse and warned the White House that Trump wonít get funding to replace the money taken from military projects.
    ďThe administrationís decision also dishonors the Constitution by negating its most fundamental principle, the separation of powers,Ē said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. ďItís an assault on our power of the purse

9/28/2019 Democrats subpoena Pompeo for documents - Demand 1st concrete step in impeachment case by Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker and Mike Balsamo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė House Democrats took their first concrete steps in the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Friday, issuing subpoenas demanding documents from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and scheduling legal depositions for other State Department officials.
    At the end of a stormy week of revelation and recrimination, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi framed the impeachment inquiry as a somber moment for a divided nation.
    ďThis is no cause for any joy,Ē she said on MSNBC.
    At the White House, a senior administration official confirmed a key detail from the unidentified CIA whistleblower who has accused Trump of abusing the power of his office.    Trump insisted anew that his actions and words have been ďperfectĒ and the whistleblowerís complaint might well be the work of ďa partisan operative
    The White House acknowledged that a record of the Trump phone call that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry had been sealed away in a highly classified system at the direction of Trumpís National Security Council lawyers.
    Separately, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters that the whistleblower ďhas protection under the law,Ē something Trump himself had appeared to question earlier in the day.    He suggested then that his accuser ďisnít a whistleblower at all
    Still at issue is why the rough transcript of Trumpís July 25 phone call with Ukraineís president was put on ďlock down,Ē in the words of the whistleblower.    The CIA officer said that diverting the record in an unusual way was evidence that ďWhite House officials understood the gravity of what had transpiredĒ in the conversation.
    The whistleblower complaint alleges that Trump used his office to ďsolicit interference from a foreign countryĒ to help himself in next yearís U.S. election.    In the phone call, days after ordering a freeze to some military assistance for Ukraine, Trump prodded new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to dig for potentially damaging material on Democratic rival Joe Biden and volun- teered the assistance of both his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
    At the White House, it was a senior administration official who acknowledged that the rough transcript of Trumpís conversation with Ukraineís Zelenskiy had been moved to a highly classified system maintained by the National Security Council.    The official was granted anonymity Friday to discuss sensitive matters.
    White House attorneys had been made aware of concerns about Trumpís comments on the call even before the whistleblower sent his allegations to the intelligence communityís inspector general.    Those allegations, made in mid-August, were released Thursday under heavy pressure from House Democrats.
President Donald Trump has tweeted, ďSounding more and more like the so-called Whistleblower isnít a Whistleblower at all.Ē PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP

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9/27/2019 Hannity Guests Claim George Soros' 'Dirty Money' Backed Ukraine Whistleblower Report: 'This Was a Set-Up' by David Brennanwhistleblower who raised the alarm over President Donald Trump's scandalous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, is being funded by liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
    Guests Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing joined host Sean Hannity in maligning the anonymous intelligence official who filed a complaint over the call for fear that Trump was abusing the power of his office.
    Both diGenova and Toensing vehemently attacked the official, who has now agreed to testify to congressional leaders about his concerns.    The whistleblower's complaint was released Thursday, and details efforts by White House officials to hide evidence of the phone call with Zelensky.
    DiGenova told Hannity Thursday that the whistleblower "doesn't need to be feted, he needs to go to prison," as reported by Media Matters.
    The former attorney for the District of Columbia also claimed that the entire whistleblower report was a Democratic ploy to deflect attention away from alleged corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    Trump and his allies have claimed that Biden abused his position as vice president in 2016 when he pressured the Ukrainian government to fire its chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin.    Shokin was considered soft on corruption, and the U.S., its allies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund all wanted him removed.
    Shokin had also led an investigation into gas company Burisma, for whom Hunter worked.    The investigation probed dealings that took place several years before Hunter joined the company, and was dormant by the time Biden visited Ukraine in 2016.    In May, Ukraine's top prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko told Bloomberg he had no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden or his son.
    But this hasn't stopped Republican lawmakers and talking heads pushing the conspiracy theory.    "Joe Biden shook down the Ukrainian government," diGenova claimed Thursday.    "It's very simple, it's not complicated.    And they lied about Viktor Shokin being corrupt."
    "This was a set-up," he added.    "And what we're now seeing is the Democratic party trying to cover that up.    And therefore you have the whistleblower in the White House come forward, who actually knows nothing."
    Toensing, who is married to diGenova, then claimed that statements made against Shokin were fabricated by an NGO funded by Soros.    The Jewish philanthropist has long been a favored bogeyman and target of anti-Semitism for the hard right.
    "U.S. and other people made false statements about him," Toensing claimed.    "That was George Soros-funded NGOs who were also in bed with the State Department.    They were in bed with each other during that time, in the name of anti-corruption and it really means that Soros goes after his competitors."
    "Now, let me bring this full circle, this is my last point here," she continued.    "The whistle-blower sprinkles throughout his document's footnotes referring to a publication with the initials 'OCCRP.' One guess, Sean, who funds OOCRP?    George Soros."
    DiGenova then added: "Soros' dirty money is all over this story from day one."
    The OCCRPóthe Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Projectówas set up in 2006 by veteran journalists Drew Sullivan and Paul Radu.    It is supported by grants from the United States Agency for International Development, the International Center for Journalists, the United States Department of State, the Swiss Confederation, the Open Society Foundations (founded by Soros), Google Ideas and the Knight Foundation, among others.
    The organization has been involved in multiple high-profile corruption investigations, targeting prominent individuals and institutions including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Danske Bank and the parliament of Romania.
    The organization has also done extensive work in Ukraine, uncovering corruption involving senior government officials including former President Petro Poroshenko.
Financier and philanthropist George Soros attends the official opening of the European Roma Institute
for Arts and Culture at the German Foreign Ministry on June 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
[You can see on the Whistleblower report the OCCRP at the bottom of page 4, 5, 6, unsure if the redacted on page 8-9.].

9/28/2019 Rep. Adam Schiff likely knew about whistleblower complaint in August by OAN Newsroom
    Democrat Representative Adam Schiff is under public scrutiny, as he continues to be a driving force in the Houseís impeachment inquiry.
    New evidence comes to light, suggesting Schiff knew about the whistleblower complaint in August, a month before the House launched a formal impeachment inquiry.
    Reports Friday recirculated the tweet, which alleged the president withheld ďvital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer sought help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire,
as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    The complaint was handed to Congress just this week, accusing the president of using his political power to harm former Vice President Joe Bidenís presidential election campaign.     Some have speculated Schiff and other Democrats have been working with the whistleblower, as a new version of the form is said to have been revised last month.     This, as reports indicate the Intelligence Community secretly did away with requirements for whistleblower complaints, to have direct first-hand knowledge of their claim, in order to have their concerns expedited to Congress.
    The anonymous whistleblower has confirmed he had no direct knowledge of the claim.
    Plus, my guess if the former DNI Dan Coats who retired on July 30th is the whistleblower who had all kinds of employees telling him what he knew, and if you notice that is when the whistleblower emerged.    I will laugh if it turns out that I am right

9/28/2019 Rudy Giuliani open to testify before House regarding Ukraine by OAN Newsroom
    President Trumpís personal attorney says he is willing to testify before Congress about the Ukraine>     Congressional Democrats called for Rudy Giulianiís testimony this week, amid reports he pushed the Ukrainian government to reopen its corruption probe into Joe Bidenís son Hunter.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a rally supporting a regime change in Iran outside United Nations headquarters on
the first day of the general debate at the U.N. General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
    This after information in the recent whistleblower complaint emerged, mentioning attempts by Giulianiís associates to reach out to the current Ukrainian presidentís team.
    In an interview on Friday, Giuliani said the move was perfectly legal, and that he has nothing to hide.
    ďWould I like to testify and tell my story?    Sure.    Iíve been telling it.    All the time.    In fact, you know my story,Ē said Giuliani.    ďThereís nothing I can tell them that you canít read online.    From the very beginning, Iíve been totally transparent about this
    Giuliani reiterated that the whistleblower complaint cannot be trusted because it was based solely on second hand information.

9/28/2019 President Trump slams Dem Ďdo-nothingsí amid impeachment inquiry by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump blasts House Democrats for their inaction on Capitol Hill amid the ongoing impeachment probe.
President Donald Trump speaks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room
of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    In a tweet Saturday, the president said ďcan you imagine if these do nothing Democrat savages, had a Republican party who would have treated former President Obama like Democrats are treating me?
    He specifically called out Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler, and ďAOC plus 3
    Trump tweet: ďCan you imagine if these Do Nothing Democrat Savages, people like Nadler, Schiff, AOC Plus 3, and many more, had a Republican Party who would have done to Obama what the Do Nothings are doing to me.    Oh well, maybe next time!Ē
    This comes as nearly all House Democrats have thrown their support behind the Houseís impeachment inquiry.

9/28/2019 Report: Sen. McConnell urged WH to release transcript President Trumpís, Ukraine President call by OAN Newsroom
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly urged the White House to release the transcript of the presidentís call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., smiles as he speaks to members of the media, next to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., right,
Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, after a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    According to reports Friday, McConnell told the White House the president needed to release the transcript of the call to strengthen the stance that the talk was not improper.
    The Senator advised the White House to release the transcript because he reportedly believed speculation about it was becoming hard to maintain.
    McConnell notably commended the White House earlier this week after it was announced the transcript would be released.

9/28/2019 WH and DOJ Ďdisappointedí by court decision to uphold Flores agreement by OAN Newsroom
    The White House and DOJ slam a recent federal court ruling to uphold the Flores agreement.
Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.
    In separate statements this week, the office of the press secretary said the ďruling perpetuatesĒ dangerous loopholes which allow ďcriminal cartels to smuggle children across the U.S.- Mexico border
    A DOJ spokesperson also said, the department is ďdisappointed the court is continuing to impose the outdated Flores agreement
    This, after a California federal judge ruled Friday, to block the administration from terminating the Flores agreement, which the administration argues creates incentive for immigrants to illegally cross the border.

9/28/2019 President Trump slams impeachment efforts, touts admin.ís achievements by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is doubling down on his phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart, and slams ongoing impeachment efforts by the Left.
President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel
during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    In a pair of tweets Saturday evening, the president questions how the U.S. would impeach a leader, who has created the greatest economy in the history of the U.S. and rebuilt the nationís military.
    He also touts the tax cuts and jobs act, as well as fixing the department of Veterans affairs.
    In a follow up tweet, President Trump said, Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the media he wasnít pressured to investigate the Biden family, in any way shape or form.
    President Trump also said, his Ukrainian counterpartís dismissal of the allegations should bring an end to the latest witch hunt, adding that the others ďended in ashes
    Trump tweet: ďHow do you impeach a President who has created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, entirely rebuilt our Military into the most powerful it has ever been, Cut Record Taxes & Regulations, fixed the VA & gotten Choice for our Vets (after 45 years), & so much more?...Ē    ď....The conversation with the new and very good Ukraine President, who told the Fake News, at the United Nations, that HE WAS NOT PRESSURED BY ME IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, should by and of itself bring an end to the new and most recent Witch Hunt.    Others ended in ashes!Ē

9/28/2019 Ukraine must investigate Joe Bidenís son, says ex-Ukrainian PM by Anton Zverev and Ilya Zhegulev
Former U.S. Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden makes a statement during
an event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Bastiaan Slabbers
    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) Ė Ukraine must investigate the activities of U.S. presidential candidate Joe Bidenís son to establish whether his role in a Ukrainian gas company complied with the countryís laws, Mykola Azarov, Ukraineís former prime minister, said in an interview.
    Azarov did not specify to which Ukrainian laws he was referring.
    Hunter Bidenís role in the company, Burisma Holdings Limited, is in focus after the White House released a memo showing U.S. President Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a July phone call to get prosecutors to look into his activities. Zelenskiy agreed.
    ďItís a fact (his directorship and fees) and not made up.    It should be investigated so that the Ďiís can be dotted and the Ďtís crossed,Ē Azarov told Reuters.
    A spokesperson for Joe Bidenís campaign declined to comment on Azarovís investigation call and none of Hunter Bidenís critics have provided any evidence that he broke Ukrainian law.
    Ukraineís National Anti-Corruption Bureau said on Friday it was investigating activity at Burisma between 2010-2012, but that it was not looking into changes to its board in 2014, when Hunter Biden joined.
    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against Trump, a Republican, after a whistleblower complained about his call with Zelenskiy.    Lawmakers are looking into whether Trumpís actions jeopardized national security and the integrity of U.S. elections, saying he appeared to be soliciting a political favor from a foreign leader to get re-elected.
    Azarov lives in Moscow, but says he remains well-connected with parts of Ukraineís political establishment and would like to return one day.    He did not provide further details.
    Hunter Biden was a director on Burismaís board from 2014 until at least 2018, according to documents filed by the company in Cyprus, where it is registered.
    Azarov, who was prime minister from 2010-2014, is himself wanted by Ukrainian authorities for alleged abuse of power.    An Interpol red notice issued in 2015 at the request of Ukrainian authorities said he was wanted on accusations of charges including embezzlement and misappropriation.
    Azarov denies any wrongdoing and Reuters cannot determine whether there is any active investigation on him.
    Azarov said he was not aware of any evidence suggesting wrongdoing on Hunter Bidenís part, but said it was in the Ukrainian public interest to ascertain the legality of his activities.
    In particular, he said it was important to investigate what Biden had done for Burisma to justify his remuneration from Burisma.
    The younger Biden has said he consulted for Burisma, but critics have suggested he was not doing actual work in return for his compensation, an allegation he denies.
    ďI think itís essential (heís investigated),Ē Azarov told Reuters in Moscow, where he fled after street protests toppled Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovich in 2014.
    ďIf, using his knowledge, he played an active role then thereís nothing scandalous about it,Ē Azarov said.    ďBut if he was simply on the books and getting money, then that could be seen as a violation of the law
    Burisma was not available for comment on Saturday night.
    Ukrainian prosecutors have said they are not investigating Hunter Biden, but are looking into the legality of Burismaís activities before Biden joined its board.    Burisma, which denies any wrongdoing, has faced allegations of dodging taxes and of improperly securing licenses for gas deposits.
    Azarov said he thought it was ďabsolute nonsense,Ē but that he believed allegations from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others that Joe Biden had gotten Ukraineís prosecutor general fired to protect his son Hunter must also be investigated.    He did not provide the basis for his views.
    The former U.S. vice president has denied using his influence to get Ukraineís prosecutor general, Viktor Shokin, fired in 2016 to prevent him investigating his sonís involvement and has said he and his son have done nothing wrong.
    Shokin has said he was forced out at Joe Bidenís behest to thwart an investigation of Burisma and Hunter Biden.
(Additional reporting by Maria Tsvetkova and Matthias Williams in Kiev; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Alistair Bell and Dan Grebler)

9/29/2019 British PM Johnson vows to stay put to hit Oct 31 Brexit deadline by Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the hotel for a radio interview ahead of the Conservative Party
annual conference in Manchester, Britain, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble
    MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) Ė Boris Johnson said on Sunday he would not quit as Britainís prime minister even if he fails to secure a deal to leave the European Union, insisting only his Conservative government can deliver Brexit on Oct. 31.
    At the beginning of his partyís annual conference in the northern English city of Manchester, Johnson wants to rally his party with a ďdo or dieĒ message that he will deliver Brexit by the end of October, with or without a deal.
    But there are hurdles to clear, not the least of which is what Johnson calls ďthe surrender actĒ Ė a law parliament passed to force the prime minister to request a Brexit delay if he has not secured a deal with Brussels by an Oct. 17-18 EU summit.
    Johnson again declined to explain how he plans to circumvent that law and deliver on his Brexit promise, deepening uncertainty around Britainís biggest trade and foreign policy shift for more than 40 years.
    ďPeople can feel that this country is approaching an important moment of choice and we have to get on and we have to deliver Brexit on October the 31st Ö Iím going to get on and do it,Ē he told BBC television.
    Asked if he would resign to avoid having to ask for a delay, Johnson said: ďNo, I have undertaken to lead the party and my country at a difficult time and I am going to continue to do that.    I believe it is my responsibility
    Opposition lawmakers have been highly critical of Johnsonís reference to ďthe surrender act,Ē saying his language is stirring even more division in a country that has remained deeply split since the 2016 referendum on EU membership.
    No election is scheduled until 2022, but a snap poll is now widely expected to take place before the end of the year to break the Brexit deadlock, especially after Johnsonís Conservatives lost their majority in parliament.
    Polling firm Opinium said the main opposition Labour Party gained 2 percentage points after its conference in Brighton last week, but the Conservatives still held a 12-point lead.
    Matt Hancock, health minister, used the start of the Conservative conference to announce billions of pounds in spending for hospital projects across England Ė part of a plan by the ruling party to make good on some of the pledges made during the referendum campaign which Johnson helped lead.
    Labour also used its conference to launch new policies, including plans for a four-day working week, but has yet to back Johnsonís calls for an election, fearful he will lead Britain out of the EU without an agreement before any such poll is held.
    Though the option of bringing a vote of no confidence in Johnson has been mooted in some quarters, Labourís education policy chief Angela Rayner said on Sunday the party wanted to ďget no deal off the tableĒ before it did anything else.
    But time is running out on efforts to avoid a potentially chaotic departure from the EU, which many businesses say could hurt the economy and tip the country into recession.
    The government is expected this week to present proposals aimed at overcoming the main stumbling block in talks Ė the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. So far the two sides have failed to agree how to prevent the return to a hard border if any future UK/EU deal fails to maintain frictionless trade.
    Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Irelandís Democratic Unionist Party, which is allied with the Conservatives, again set out her red lines on any Brexit deal, telling an event at the Manchester gathering that the province could not be treated differently from the rest of the United Kingdom.
    The DUP is seen as key to securing any Brexit deal.
    Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons lower house of parliament, said he believed both Conservative and opposition lawmakers would most probably vote for any Brexit deal supported by the DUP.
    Johnson said he was still hopeful of securing a ďgood dealĒ with the EU but added he would not pretend it would be easy.
    ďIt is certainly true that other EU countries also donít want this thing to keep dragging on, and they donít want the UK to remain in the EU truculent and mutinous and in a limbo and not wishing to cooperate in the way they would like,Ē he said.
    ďThere is a strong view across the EU that it is time to move on
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James; Editing by Susan Fenton and Gareth Jones)

9/30/2019 Pelosi wants to move swiftly on impeachment - Ukraine matter would become focus of inquiry by Bart Jansen and Christal Hayes, USA TODAY
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to move ďexpeditiouslyĒ on the impeachment inquiry into whether President Donald Trump abused his power by pushing Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden.
    At the center of the inquiry, which was launched last week, is a complaint from an as yet unidentified intelligence agency official.    The complaint accuses Trump of having ďused the power of his officeĒ to solicit foreign interference to discredit Biden, the 2020 Democratic frontrunner.    It also alleges that White House officials sought to ďlock downĒ records of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine     President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the president urged Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter, who once had business interests in Ukraine.
    Trump contends he did nothing improper and accuses Democrats of wanting to overturn the 2016 election.
    Some lawmakers want the House to decide whether to file articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving, a timeline that could avoid having the issue spill over into the 2020 election year.
    Since taking over the House after the 2018 midterms, six House committees have been investigating a series of allegations against the president, including whether Trump obstructed justice in special counsel Robert Muellerís probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, whether he profited unconstitutionally from his namesake business while in office and whether he violated campaign laws by paying hush money to a porn actress before the election.
    And Pelosi has said the Ukraine matter would be the primary target of any possible impeachment charges.
    The plan for now, according to lawmakers, is to prioritize the Ukraine investigation, which is being led by the House Intelligence Committee, while other panels wrap up their probes and send their best cases to the House Judiciary Committee.
    Then lawmakers will decide whether to bring forward articles of impeachment, which would require a full House vote.    If it passes, Trump would be impeached Ė sort of like a criminal indictment.
    Despite Congress going on a twoweek recess, things are moving rapidly.    A series of depositions are scheduled with some of the figures wrapped up in the Ukraine scandal, one hearing is scheduled and a host of new subpoenas could be filed soon, not to mention the first subpoena to be sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.
    The chairmen of the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Reform committees gave Pompeo until Friday to hand over documents about Trumpís July phone call with Zelenskiy.
    The chairmen Ė Rep. Eliot Engel, DN. Y.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Ė also plan depositions for five State Department officials over the break.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she wants to move ďexpeditiouslyĒ on an impeachment inquiry. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

9/30/2019 Whistleblower agrees to testify before Congress - Biggest concern is protecting personís identity, Schiff says by Christal Hayes, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė The whistleblower who filed an anonymous complaint about President Donald Trump asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival has reached an agreement to testify before Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff announced Sunday.     Talking with ABC Newsí ďThis Week,Ē Schiff, the Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said the whistleblower would testify ďvery soonĒ and the only thing standing in the way was getting security clearances for the attorneys representing the whistleblower so they could attend the testimony.
    The whistleblower, whose identity has not been made public, revealed deep concern that Trump ďĒ to solicit Ukraineís help to discredit one of his main political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.
    The complaint went on to detail efforts by senior White House officials to later ďlock downĒ access to all records of the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump urged his counterpart to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
    The whistleblowerís concerns were the tipping point for House Democrats, who formally launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump this week after months of investigating the administration and conduct of the president.
    Schiff did not outline a date for testimony and the whistleblowerís attorneys said in a statement that they continue to work with the House and Senate about finalizing logistics, adding no date has been set.
    Congress is on a two-week recess, but the impeachment inquiry doesnít appear to be slowing down.    On Friday, Schiff announced a number of depositions scheduled with State Department officials and a private hearing with the intelligence communityís inspector general, the official who received the whistleblower complaint and found it credible and urgent.    Schiff also announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was being subpoenaed for documents related to the Trump-Ukraine episode.
    Schiff said Sunday that the biggest concern with having the whistleblower appear before Congress was protecting the personís identity, noting comments made by Trump at a private event where he suggested the whistleblower had committed treason and should be punished.
    ďYou know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart with spies and treason, right?Ē Trump said.    ďWe used to handle it a little differently than we do now
    Schiff said there were a number of ďsecurity concernsĒ that were being worked out to protect the person.
    Throughout the week, a series of developments have deepened this controversy, including the public release of the complaint and a summary of the call Trump had with Ukraineís president.
    Some Republicans have signaled concern as the details have continued to mount, though no congressional Republicans have come out in support of ousting Trump from office.
    Trumpís former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert on Sunday acknowledged the reports were not good news for the president.
    ďIt is a bad day and a bad week for the president and for this country if he is asking for political dirt on an opponent,Ē he told ďThis WeekĒ anchor George Stephanopoulos.
    But, Bossert, who left the administration in April, noted that the allegations lodged against Trump were ďfar from proven,Ē especially when it comes to whether military aid was being kept from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Biden.    He urged caution and a refrain from rushing to judgment.
    Bossert voiced frustration, specifically, for Trumpís personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who went to Ukraine multiple times to investigate Biden and a theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 elections.    Bossert said he explained to Trump multiple times that this theory was ďnot only a conspiracy theory, it is completely debunked
    ďI am deeply frustrated with what (Giuliani) and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president,Ē Bossert said.    ďIt sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again
House Intelligence panel Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the whistleblower would testify ďvery soon.Ē JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY

9/30/2019 Oil falls as Chinaís economic outlook remains weak by Noah Browning
FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France
September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil slipped on Monday as Chinaís economic outlook remained weak even as manufacturing data improved, with an ongoing trade war with the United States weighing on demand growth for the worldís largest crude importer.
    Brent crude futures were down 52 cents or 0.84% at $61.39 a barrel by 0846 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were 35 cents or 0.63% lower at $55.56 a barrel.
    Chinaís official Purchasing Managersí Index (PMI) rose to 49.8 in September, slightly better than expected and advancing from 49.5 in August.
    However, it remained below the 50-point mark that separates expansion from contraction on a monthly basis, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.
    The PMI data ďremained in contractionary territory for the fifth month in a row, indicating that economic fundamentals were still weak,Ē Citi analysts said in a note.
    ďThe (Chinese) government will certainly step up fiscal and monetary efforts to boost domestic demand, which we believe can help stabilize, probably not accelerate, economic growth
    Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has restored capacity to 11.3 million barrels per day after an attack on its processing facilities this month, sources told Reuters last week, although Saudi Aramco has yet to confirm it is fully back online.
    While Saudi Arabia is maintaining exports by using crude from inventories and spare production capacity, how much of its output has actually been restored remains unclear.
    Money managers cut their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to Sept. 24, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.
    ďClearly, speculators have taken comfort from Saudi comments and the speed at which they plan to bring supply back to the market,Ē ING bank said in a note.
    ďHowever, we still believe that the market is underpricing the geopolitical risk in the region
    Saudi Arabiaís Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman warned in an interview broadcast on Sunday that oil prices could spike to ďunimaginably high numbersĒ if the world does not come together to deter Iran, but said he would prefer a political solution to a military one.
    This came a day after Yemenís Houthi movement said it had carried out a major attack near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran, though there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities.
    Bin Salmanís remarks ďhelp to alleviate immediate concerns around escalations in the Middle East,Ē BNP Paribas oil strategist Harry Tchilinguirian told the Reuters Global Oil Forum, allowing the market to switch focus back to the economy and the risks posed by the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute.
(Additional reporting by Florence Tan in SINGAPORE and Colin Packham in SYDNEY; editing by Richard Pullin, Christian Schmollinger, Raissa Kasolowsky and Jan Harvey)

9/30/2019 White House preparing to unveil plan to battle impeachment effort by OAN Newsroom
    Trump administration officials are reportedly planning an effort to battle the Democratsí push for impeachment.    The presidentís advisers have said they will not leave calls for impeachment unanswered.
    The "impeachment counter-effortĒ is reportedly being prepared by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone.    The plan is expected to focus on the presidentís policy achievements and rally his allies, including Steve Bannon.
    This comes after President Trump has repeatedly called out Democrat Party officials for trying to start a ďwarĒ against his cabinet.
    ďWeíre fighting to drain the swamp and thatís exactly what Iím doing, and you see why we have to do it because our country is at stake like never before,Ē stated the president.    ďItís all very simple, theyíre trying to stop me because Iím fighting for you and Iíll never let that happen
President Donald Trump walks off of the stage to greet the audience after speaking at the Hispanic Heritage Month
Reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Trump administrationís plan could be unveiled as soon as Monday.    In the meantime, President Trump is continuing to fire back at Democrat attempts to push him out of office.    He took to Twitter Sunday to point out that radical-left Democrats are a ďdo nothing party,Ē whose policies only hurt America.
    Trump tweet: ďThese Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, are doing great harm to our Country.    They are lying & cheating like never before in our Countryís history in order to destabilize the United States of America & itís upcoming 2020 Election.    They & the Fake News Media are Dangerous & Bad!Ē
    Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Democrats are trying to deflect from Joe Bidenís corruption in Ukraine.
    ďYou donít you donít try to create things that arenít there, there is a record of the conversation,Ē he explained.    ďAll this time should be spent on the pay-for-play scheme that Biden set up in which he made millions and millions of dollars using his son and having his son sell his office ó that should shock you
FILE Ė In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump,
speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

9/30/2019 Fox host slammed for Ďdishonestí question on Ukraine call by OAN Newsroom
    Conservative commentator Mark Levin blasted Fox News host Ed Henry for pushing a ďdishonestĒ narrative regarding the presidentís Ukraine call.    Levin appeared as a guest during a Sunday interview on the network, where he talked about the presidentís discussion with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski.
    Early in the interview, they discussed Joe Biden and his sonís business dealings in Ukraine.    Soon enough, however, things got heated when Henry pressed Levin on whether or not he was ďokayĒ with President Trump asking for ďdirtĒ on Biden.    Levin hit back by calling the question misleading and dishonest.    He then pointed out that nowhere in the transcript of the call did the president ask for any kind of information on Biden or anyone for that matter.
    Henry was appearing to reference House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiffís infamous dramatization of President Trumpís phone call with Zelenski.    The shutdown quickly attracted the attention of the president, who retweeted over 20 reactions to the exchange.
    Levin also took to Twitter soon after to rub it in.    He reposted a video of the interview along with the caption: ďmediate moron should post my entire appearance on Fox and leave his left-wing kook spin to his left-wing kook colleagues

FILE Ė A member of the audience holds a copy of the Whistleblower complaint letter sent to Senate and House Intelligence Committees during
testimony by Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire before the House Intelligence Committee. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)

9/30/2019 Antifa stages counter-protest against MAGA rally in Seattle by OAN Newsroom
    Antifa extremists recently clashed with police in Seattle after staging a counter-protest against a ĎMake America Great Againí rally.    Members of the far-left group were reportedly arrested Sunday in Westlake at the site of the demonstrations.
    Video footage shows Antifa protesters chanting against pro-Trump supporters and holding the U.S. flag.    Many of the Antifa members were uniformly dressed in all black with face coverings.
    One of the groupís speakers, Joey Gibson, said he believed ďtrue anti-fascismĒ is understanding freedom of speech must come with threat of violence.    He had this to say:
    ďYouĒre willing to stand up for what you believe in, that you will not allow people to silence you anymore, right?    Thatís real fascism, thatís real fascism.    Weíre not going to stand for it, the right to say what you believe in without a threat of violence, that is true anti-fascism. Can I get a amen?Ē
    No serious injuries were reported at those demonstrations.
FILE Ė An Antifa member can be seen wearing a mask and dark sunglasses at a protests. (Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa via AP)

9/30/2019 DNC officials seek lobbyists to fund convention by OAN Newsroom
    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has chosen the city of Milwaukee to host their 2020 convention.    DNC organizers recently met with lobbyists to help fund the three day, $70 million event.    However, donors expressed hesitation.
    Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, both top tier candidates, have rejected corporate cash in their campaigns.
    ďThere is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system and, in my view, its undermining American democracy,Ē said Sanders.    ďAnd it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country
    Warren said, ďitís going to be people who see a vision and a way to make this democracy work, not just for the rich and powerful, but make this democracy work for everyone
    Their refusal of corporate PACís have some D.C. lobbyists worried either will reject corporate money if they become the 2020 candidate, potentially embarrassing sponsors.
FILE Ė This file photo shows the entrance to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Paul Holston)
    The CEO of the 2020 convention, Joe Solmonese, said the DNC will get the convention ďappropriately funded and paid for well in advance
    ďI hesitate to speak for the host committee, I know that most recently they had talked about raising somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 and $20 million,Ē he stated.    ďI believe thatís still the case and that would put them right on par with where they need to be at this point
    Solmonese also told reporters that regardless of who becomes the nominee, the DNC will not return any corporate money that is donated.    With Sanders and Warren polling high, many long-time Democrat lobbyists are wary of giving money to help fund the event.    As Democrats hold the convention in a state President Trump surprisingly won, more divisions are becoming evident in the party.

9/30/2019 House Democrats subpoena Rudy Giuliani for documents from Ukraine call by OAN Newsroom
    House Democrats served Rudy Giuliani with a subpoena for documents tied to the presidentís Ukraine call.    The request was issued jointly Monday by the chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees.
    The subpoena gives Giuliani a two-week deadline to turn over the documents by October 15th.    This comes just days after a subpoena was issued to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents relating to the call as well as the State Departmentís communications with Giuliani.
FILE Ė In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign
event in Portsmouth, N.H. House committees have subpoena Giuliani for documents related to Ukraine. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    Meanwhile, President Trump said the White House is trying to determine the whistleblowerís identity.    While speaking to reporters in the Oval Office Monday, the president said the allegations in the complaint are false and misleading.
    This comes after the anonymous whistleblowerís lawyers sent a letter to the acting Director of National Intelligence and chairmen of the congressional intelligence committees.    They said the presidentís comments about rooting out the sources of the complaint puts their clientís safety in jeopardy.
    The identity of the whistleblower has not been revealed, although the New York Times reported it is a male CIA agent who was detailed to the White House.

9/30/2019 Sen. McConnell: Senate has no choice, but to hold trial if House passes impeachment by OAN Newsroom
    According to Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, the Senate would have ďno choice,Ē but to put President Trump on trial if the House votes to pass articles of impeachment.
    During an interview with CNBC Monday, McConnell said the obligation to hold a trial is based on Senate rules and it would take a two-thirds vote to change it.    His comments raise questions on whether he will use the ďnuclear option,Ē but at this point he is planning to follow Senate rules.
    ďI would have no choice but to take it up,Ē he stated.    ďHow long youíre on it is a whole different matter, but I would have no choice but to take it up based on a Senate rule on impeachment
    McConnell also made similar comments in March, but this is the first time he has confirmed the Senate would have to hold a trial after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. attends a news conference with members of the Senate Republican Leadership,
Tuesday Sept. 24, 2019, after their policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

9/30/2019 State Dept. announces sanctions on several Russian entities, individuals by OAN Newsroom
The State Department recently announced sanctions on several Russian entities and individuals for their role in election interference in the 2018 midterms.    In a statement Monday, the agency said the U.S. is taking action against those who associate with the Internet Research Agency and its financier.
    The department said the moves serve as a warning to those who continue to conduct business with the individuals, adding, further sanctions could be imposed if deemed necessary.
    The State Department went on to say the U.S. has been clear it will not tolerate interference in elections and will continue to push back against bad actors. This sentiment is being echoed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
    ďLook, 2018 was a big success story,Ē said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.    ďIím convinced we are ready for 2020 ó any foreign country that messes with us is gonna have a serious problem in return
    The federal government also warned against further possible election interference from Russia and China, who could look to meddle in the 2020 race.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as President Donald Trump speaks during an Armed Forces welcome ceremony for the new chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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