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Why Is Trump Sending More Troops and Firepower to the Middle East? That's Classified

Why Is Trump Sending More Troops and Firepower to the Middle East? That's ClassifiedThe Trump Administration has spent the past month ringing alarm bells over Iran, yet government officials have shown very little evidence.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 10:08 PM

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to dam

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to damJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local):

POSTED MAY 23, 2019 9:03 PM

Trump appeals ruling allowing banks to hand his financial records to Congress

Trump appeals ruling allowing banks to hand his financial records to Congress"We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations," Deutsche Bank spokeswoman Kerrie McHugh said in an emailed statement. A spokesman for the Intelligence Committee declined to comment on the appeal. Capital One and the House Financial Services Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 2:52 PM

Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999

Violence and disruption against abortion clinics at highest rates since 1999Violence and disruption against abortion clinics in the US increased to its highest levels since the 1990s last year, a report by the National Abortion Federation has found.The increase in violence was attributed, at least in part, to president Donald Trump and his administration’s rhetoric.The report noted a significant increase in obstruction, vandalism, and trespassing, with 1,135 incidents of trespassing recorded in 2018 - the most since the NAF began tracking the crime in 1999.There were also 3,038 instances of obstruction, a 78 per cent increase compared to the previous year, and nearly 100,000 instances of picketing.“Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of president Trump, vice president Pence, and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services,” said Dr Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, who serves as interim president and CEO of NAF.She added: “Demonising health care providers and women who rely on them for abortion care has become one of the go-to tactics for anti-choice politicians. Those lies have consequences and it is not the anti-choice politicians who are facing those consequences; it is those who are denied abortion care and the providers targeted by threats, harassment, and violence who are. It is time for the demonizing of abortion providers and their patients to end.“Given the political climate and the increase in hate incidents throughout the country, it is more important than ever that law enforcement and prosecutors appropriately respond to anti-abortion criminal activity.”The study did note a decrease in stalking, burglary, assault, and battery against abortion providers.It comes during a fresh wave of anti-abortion legislation such as the Alabama abortion ban, which is currently being contested in a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, and “heartbeat bills” which ban elective abortion after a foetal heartbeat is detectable.As a foetal heartbeat is first detectable at six weeks - a point where many pregnant people may not even know they are pregnant - these initiatives are seen as a back-door abortion ban and are also being contested in court. Politicians in support of banning abortion hope these cases will rise to the Supreme Court of the United States and lead to an overturning of Roe V Wade, which set the precedent for elective abortion until the end of the second trimester in the US.

POSTED MAY 25, 2019 12:16 PM

Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footage

Man lights cigarette on Spirit Airlines flight in startling viral footageWild footage from a Spirit Airlines flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota, shows apassenger who began smoking mid-flight, breaking one of the cardinal rules ofair travel

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 12:15 PM

Hezbollah warns US plan could naturalise Palestinian diaspora

Hezbollah warns US plan could naturalise Palestinian diasporaThe head of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah warned Saturday that a long-delayed US peace plan could see Palestinian refugees permanently settled in host countries across the region. Speaking days after the US announced a May conference in Bahrain to lay out economic aspects of its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned of an "ominous deal aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause". The right of return for more than 700,000 refugees who were expelled or fled during the creation of the State of Israel in the late 1940s -- and their millions of descendants -- is a key pillar of the Palestinian cause.

POSTED MAY 25, 2019 3:22 PM

Scouted: Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is Here With Up to 50% Off Hundreds of Styles

Scouted: Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is Here With Up to 50% Off Hundreds of StylesBi-annually, Nordstrom slashes prices on some of its top sellers. And that time is right now. During the Half Yearly Sale, you can get up to 50% off all of the brands you know and love from Nordstrom, like Madewell, Ted Baker, Cole Haan, Thule, and more. It’s a smorgasbord of style, with up to half-off a ton of clothing, shoes, home goods, and more. The PAIGE Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans are 50% off and is the perfect denim to wear through the spring and into the summer because it’s lightweight and a light wash. The Topman Triple Stitch Mac Coat is on sale for $72 (40% off) and is a stylish layer you’ll need when those thunderstorms inevitably roll in. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the famously stylish and comfortable Cole Haan ZeroGrand Stitch-lite Wingtip Oxford is on sale for under $100 (40% off). Or upgrade your everyday bag to the sleek, durable Madewell Abroad Tote Bag, made from leather with a zip-top closure that easily fits your laptop (and more), on sale for $119 (40% off). This sale only comes twice a year, so you should probably stock up while you can.Scouted is internet shopping with a pulse. Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our newsletter for even more recommendations and exclusive content. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 7:10 AM

The Glock 36: A Really Big Gun in a Small Package

The Glock 36: A Really Big Gun in a Small PackageUntil recently, the most common compact .45 caliber handgun was of a type known as the Officer’s model. A derivative of the 1911A1 Government, in 2011 it was finally superseded by an even lighter pistol—the Glock 36. Chambered in .45 ACP and following the same winning formula as previous Glocks, the model 36 could be the best compact single stack .45 on the market today.The 1911 .45 caliber pistol, designed by John Moses Browning, was one of the most successful pistols of all time. Adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces in time for World War I, it served on through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the waning years of the Cold War. The slab-sided, all-steel pistol was large, heavy, and imposing, but it was also durable and could last for decades. Colt’s Manufacturing subsequently developed and released a smaller and lighter version, the Colt Commander, but it failed to gain traction to replace the original 1911A1.

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 11:00 PM

Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hears

Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hearsFacebook has been accused of leaving 'broken children' as collateral damage in the wake of their commercial aims, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard. Barrister William Chapman, representing the victims of abuse at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said social media companies were not preventing paedophiles reaching children as it was “contrary to their business model” and that their apps needed to be “fundamentally redesigned”. Police also warned that tech firms were going ahead with plans to encrypt more features "in the certain knowledge" it would lead to more children being abused. The warnings came as the inquiry’s hearing into online child abuse drew to a close yesterday. Over the last fortnight IICSA has heard evidence from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google about their efforts to combat child abuse online. Giving his closing statement, Mr Chapman singled out Facebook as the “unacceptable face of social media”, citing that over half of reported grooming offences in 2017 and 2018 related to the company or its Instagram and WhatsApp apps. William Chapman giving his closing address to the inquiry He said that social networks scanned for evidence of abuse after it happened and that they now needed to change their business model to stop abusers easily contacting children. Mr Chapman said: “What they will not do, because it is contrary to their business model, is to restrict the opportunities for abuse before it takes place.” He added: “They leave behind broken children like so much collateral damage. “Money, they say, is no object but none you heard from has a dedicated budget to tackling this problem.” Among the recommendations being made to the inquiry on behalf of victims are for tech companies pay compensation to those abused via their services and that a new criminal offence be made of posing online as a child online without a reasonable excuse. Mr Chapman also accused tech companies of not giving the inquiry a “straight answer” about the scale of abuse on their sites and selectively releasing figures without context. Earlier in the hearing Microsoft failed to provide figures for how many children had been groomed on its live chat services Xbox Live and Skype and Facebook was similarly unable to say how many registered sex offenders had been caught using its services. “It is not acceptable to hide the extent of the problem on your platform in a black box out of which you prick pinholes for others to see only hints of the full horror within," said Mr Chapman. Later in the hearing, Debra Powell QC, speaking for the National Police Chiefs Council, warned that tech giants' plans to make ever more services encrypted would lead to more children being abused. Last month Facebook announced plans to add end-to-end encryption to its 1.3 billion-user Messenger service, meaning not even it will be able to see the content of messages. Ms Powell said: “Currently many technology companies are building in and offering to their users ever greater privacy protections, including end-to-end encryption, in the certain knowledge that this will make the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation more difficult. “The inevitable result must be that more children will be abused and exploited and that their ordeals will go on for longer before the perpetrators can be caught, if they are caught at all.”

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 12:26 PM

Pelosi walks fine line between defying Trump and resisting impeachment

Pelosi walks fine line between defying Trump and resisting impeachmentDespite calls from her caucus, the speaker of the House has made the case that Congress is not yet in place to impeach the president Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, has proven uniquely capable with getting under Donald Trump’s skin. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APWhen Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the speaker’s gavel in January, Donald Trump had led the US into what would become the longest government shutdown in its history.“I’m the mother of five, grandmother of nine,” Pelosi wryly told reporters amid the impasse. “I know a temper tantrum when I see one.”The statement was an indictment of Trump’s decision to shut down the government over funding for a border wall – and indicative of how Pelosi intended to go toe-to-toe with a president who, in two years, has largely governed on his own terms.Five months into leading the House majority, Pelosi, who for a second time is serving as the highest-ranking elected woman in the country, has proven uniquely capable of getting under Trump’s skin.But, as she defies the president and maintains a steady hand over her own caucus, Pelosi has been forced to contend with growing Democratic calls for impeachment. And as the battle between Trump and Democrats in Congress soars to new heights, some wonder how long the veteran California lawmaker can hold the line.“I don’t envy the position that she’s in right now,” said Jim Manley, who served as an aide to former House majority leader Harry Reid and the late senator Ted Kennedy.“Despite all that she’s done to keep the caucus in line, the president of the United States keeps on adding fuel to the fire that’s the impeachment process.”Although polling has shown that a majority of Americans do not want Congress to impeach Trump, the administration’s unprecedented refusal to comply with any subpoenas issued by Democratic investigators in Congress have left some in the party questioning their options.As of now, 25 House Democrats are publicly in favor of impeachment; others have indicated impeachment proceedings might be the only way to compel the White House to hand over information to congressional investigators.Pelosi has openly acknowledged she believes Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction, but made the case that Congress is not yet in a place to impeach the president.Addressing her caucus at a closed-door meeting on Thursday, Pelosi’s message was clear: Trump, she argued, was trying to goad Democrats into launching impeachment proceedings in a bid to seize on a politically divisive issue.“Understand this: he wants to be impeached,” she said, according to a Democratic aide. “This is time for – long overdue time – for a major intervention on this person.”“His actions are villainous to the constitution of the United States.”This week, the House speaker was once again unbowed in the face of Trump’s pressure tactics amid a contentious showdown over congressional investigations into his conduct.Incensed by Pelosi’s suggestion that he had “engaged in a cover-up”, Trump on Wednesday stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders on infrastructure policy. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump vowed not to work with Democrats in Congress unless they ceased all inquiries concerning him and his administration.It was clear Pelosi’s words had triggered Trump, who on Thursday referred to the House speaker as “crazy Nancy” and said she was “a mess”.“She’s not the same person. She’s lost it,” he said.“The president has structured his adult life and career so he rarely deals with a peer or near-peer who is female,” said Michael Steel, a former aide to the ex-House speaker John Boehner. “And provoking the president in this way is very good for Speaker Pelosi’s popularity within her own caucus.“I think she has a keen sense of her own place in history, a high regard for her own capabilities combined with a very good understanding of where her caucus is generally.”

POSTED MAY 24, 2019 1:00 AM

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