WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns.
Officials said they're investigating an assault on Larry Mitchell Hopkins that occurred Monday at the Doña Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a "hostile measure" that "won't be left without a response". "US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran's oil won't get them anywhere. The United States announced on Monday it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil.
Democratic frontrunners are facing scrutiny for their stance on voting rights for incarcerated felons - after Bernie Sanders said he supports voting rights 'even for terrible people'.In one of five CNN town halls that aired Tuesday night, Senator Sanders was asked by a Harvard student specifically on whether those currently serving a prison sentence should be allowed to vote."This is a democracy and we have got to expand that democracy,” the Vermont senator said, “and I believe every single person does have the right to vote.”Vermont is one of two states, the other being Maine, where incarcerated felons have always retained their right to vote. In Sanders’s adopted state, voters must be citizens of Vermont and register at their previous home address, preventing prisons from becoming voting blocs. A 2018 report from NBC on the practice claimed that it’s had a “profound” effect on prisoners re-entering free society. As of 2018, neither states tracks the number of votes from prison.Still, allowing prisoners to vote became an unexpected, and hotly contested, issue. Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren both told audiences that they’d like to have a “conversation” about that practice. Each added that restoring voting rights for felons after they leave prison remains important to them. Meanwhile, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg came out strongly against the notion."You lose your freedom and I think during that freedom it does not make sense to have an exception for it the right to vote," Buttigieg said.His response was mostly met with applause in the town hall, but a swift response from viewers at home criticised the Midwestern mayor for his unwavering stance."I’ve been working in prisons for five years now & there is not a single person in there who doesn’t deserve the right to vote," wrote author and Harvard PhD candidate Clint Smith on Twitter. "To suggest otherwise is to have a myopic, regressive view of who & is not deserving of citizenship.""Buttigieg said that it was a matter of punishment," wrote organiser and photographer Kelly Hayes in the midst of a Twitter thread responding to the mayor's position. "But if to punish a human being, you must remove their ability to have any voice in what happens to them in the largest of matters, in addition to the smallest of matters, that's not mere punishment. That's utter dehumanisation."Others pointed out hat at least one member of the town hall audience seemed perplexed by the mayor's statement. “What's the reason NOT to let incarcerated people vote?” wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti in a tweet Wednesday morning. “Shouldn't the people most affected by unjust laws have some say in electing people to change them?”Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also had a town hall on CNN Tuesday night, was not asked about her stance on the matter.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's InSight lander has picked up a gentle rumble at Mars, believed to be the first marsquake ever detected.
Kent Terry speaks out about the border crisis and the dangers migrants illegally crossing the border face.
A group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'
Shares of Tesla were about flat after the results, which came more than an hour after they were expected and after a sales contraction in the quarter raised investor concerns. The company, which many analysts predict will need to raise funds for its expansion, said it ended its first quarter with $2.2 billion in cash after paying off a $920 million convertible bond obligation in March. "There is some merit to raising capital," said Chief Executive Elon Musk on a call discussing the results.
Former attorney general Sessions urged Congress, and the country at large, to "accept the results" of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently-released report and move on to other matters of governance during a speech at Amherst College on Wednesday.“I think it’s about time to accept the results, and let’s get on with the business of America,” Sessions said during a speech to the college Republicans, according to the New York Times.While Mueller failed to prove the underlying crime of coordination with the Kremllin, he did detail a number of instances in which Trump tried to curtail or otherwise affect the probe. Sessions cautioned Congress against pursuing their current agenda of further investigating whether the behavior attributed to President Trump in the Mueller report constitutes obstruction of justice.“The process was followed and a decision has now been rendered,” he said, adding that he had “the greatest confidence in the integrity of our system.”Sessions recused himself from the Mueller probe after it was revealed that he failed to report his meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a decision that soured his relationship with President Trump, who repeatedly castigated him in public and private for failing to "protect" him from the investigation.The former Alabama senator's appearance on campus was met with vigorous protest: some 50 students and faculty stood up and walked out of the chapel where he was speaking as soon as he began to deliver his remarks, according to the Times. They then gathered outside the venue, holding and signs and chanting in opposition to the immigration policies Sessions pursued while serving in the Trump administration.Sessions, meanwhile, lamented the state of free speech on college campuses, where, he argued, conservatives are under siege.