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Read the articles of impeachment against President TrumpHouse Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine.

12/10/2019 10:26:42 AM

Why Can't Russia Replace Its Old Submarines Fast Enough?The Yasen class is in trouble.

12/10/2019 7:00:00 PM

Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chiefMexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna’s arrest this week came on U.S. soil rather than in Mexico. García Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements.

12/10/2019 8:29:34 PM

Climate change hitting top U.S. fishery in the Arctic: NOAAWASHINGTON/ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America's largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ecosystems important to the economy, U.S. federal government scientists said in a report on Tuesday. Rising temperatures in the Arctic have led to decreases in sea ice, record warm temperatures at the bottom of the Bering Sea and the northward migration of fish species such as Pacific cod, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said in its 2019 Arctic Report Card. While the changes are widespread in the Arctic, the effect on wildlife is acute in the eastern shelf of the Bering Sea, which yields more than 40% of the annual U.S. fish and shellfish catch.

12/10/2019 1:07:57 PM

How did South Bend actually do under Mayor Pete Buttigieg? We pulled the numbers to find out.Buttigieg was a two-term mayor of a small city. It rebounded from a severely high unemployment rate but vacant houses are a problem.

12/10/2019 9:38:33 AM

Toxic Israeli Politics Give Rise to Fears of Assassinations(Bloomberg) -- In Israel’s toxic political atmosphere, talk has turned to assassination.Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leaders have received death threats as two divisive and inconclusive elections dovetail in a caustic mix with the premier’s indictment for fraud. A former spymaster sees a worrisome parallel with the vitriolic campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin before he was gunned down leaving a peace rally in 1995.“There have been negative campaigns and smear campaigns” in the past, said Gabi Weimann, a communications professor at the University of Haifa. “But all of that is nothing compared to recent times.”Israel has long been a society wracked by sectarian divides: Jews of European descent versus Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. Ultra-religious Jews against secular Jews. Proponents and opponents of trading land for peace with the Palestinians. Not to mention the chasm between Arab and Jew.Netanyahu proved a master at leveraging these rifts, championing nationalist identity politics that pit right-wingers against leftists, and Jews against Arabs. Israel’s fractured poltiical terrain offered fertile ground. But the atmosphere has become more menacing in the wake of the two elections where corruption allegations against Netanyahu played a key role.A social media post, now under investigation, advised Israeli police to “get ready to direct traffic to the funerals” of Netanyahu, his wife and son, an aide said.Israeli media have reported unconfirmed death threats against Netanyahu’s main challenger, former military chief Benny Gantz, and another senior figure in his Blue and White bloc, lawmaker Yair Lapid, has received death threats for weeks, an aide said. “Every bullet has its address and yours is in the rifle barrel,” said one tweet.Bodyguards AssignedShabtai Shavit, head of the Mossad spy agency when law student Yigal Amir murdered Rabin over his land-for-peace policy, sees a troubling parallel. “I can’t but think about the possibility that Yigal Amir Chapter 2 is already in our midst,” he tweeted.Bodyguards were reportedly assigned to two state prosecutors who led the investigations leading up to Netanyahu’s indictment on charges of bribery and fraud. While Netanyahu and his circle haven’t been insulated from the threats, his campaign’s rhetoric has been rife with invective aimed at the media, law enforcement, leftists and Israeli Arabs as he fights for his political survival.‘Riven With Division’At the recent annual memorial for Rabin, President Reuven Rivlin lamented that “the political culture of left and right is riven with division.”“It is as if we have learned nothing,” he said.Not so, said Likud backer Yarim Berreby, who was a preschooler when Rabin was killed. “We all learned its lesson,” said the 29-year-old student from the southern community of Zohar. Netanyahu was the central speaker at the 1990s demonstrations where marchers chanted “Death to Rabin,” and carried a mock coffin and noose. Critics say Netanyahu’s presence there and failure to roundly condemn the rhetoric fanned the passions that encouraged the assassin to act -- a charge he hotly denies.“The phenomenon of incitement isn’t new,” said Itzhak Galnoor, a senior fellow at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. “But the scale of it, and the fact it sometimes comes from the top are creating tremors that could lead to a major disruption of the political system. This is entirely new.”Shield of AnonymityAggressive campaigning and incitement have also been transformed by the anonymity social media affords users across the globe. Tamar Hermann, a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, says social media allows people to let off steam and lowers the possibility of physical violence.Yet police said they’re on alert for possible political violence as online hatred mounts. Lapid employs a team that manages his social media accounts and removes vicious content.“The writing is on the wall,” wrote Uri Misgav, a commentator for the Haaretz newspaper. “You’ve been warned.”To contact the reporters on this story: Gwen Ackerman in Jerusalem at;Yaacov Benmeleh in Tel Aviv at ybenmeleh@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Riad Hamade at, Amy Teibel, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

12/10/2019 9:00:00 PM

Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appealAkshay Kumar Singh was one of a group of men who gang-raped a 23-year-old woman on a bus in India's capital late at night in December seven years ago. Filed through his lawyer, the now 31-year-old said in his review petition to the Supreme Court that the air quality in New Delhi was like a "gas chamber" and its water "full of poison".

12/10/2019 9:12:52 AM

Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce RetirementRepresentative Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will step down after completing his fourth term, joining the wave of House Republicans who have opted against running for reelection in 2020.Yoho had promised to serve no more than four terms in Congress."I ran on a pledge to serve four terms — eight years and come home," Yoho said in his announcement. "Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word."Yoho is the twenty-third House Republican to announce retirement in 2020. 26 Republicans retired in 2018, the year Democrats took back control of the House."Carolyn and I want to thank all of our awesome and loyal supporters who believed in us enough to give us the incredible honor to serve as a Member of the United States Congress, a government that represents the greatest country on earth," Yoho wrote in a letter to supporters.Yoho sits on the House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Before running for Congress he worked as a large animal veterinarian.In November Yoho was thought to be considering retirement, but the congressman initially denied reports that he would be stepping down.The retirement wave is fueling concerns for GOP prospects in the 2020 congressional elections, although some of the affected districts are expected to remain in Republican control. Yoho's district is widely considered safe for Republicans, and the congressman is himself a staunch supporter of President Trump.

12/10/2019 12:04:22 PM

'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agencyNorth Korea on Monday accused President Trump of “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.

12/9/2019 2:18:21 PM

Pro-Trump Network OAN Tried to Get This Ukrainian Millionaire a Visa Before His ArrestBefore catching the eye of German law enforcement, former Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Onyshchenko drew attention from the conservative TV channel One America News. Last week, German authorities arrested the multi-millionaire because of a warrant from Ukrainian anti-corruption prosecutors. Before his arrest, though, the Trump-friendly media outlet tried to help him get a visa to travel to the U.S. The effort, which has not been previously reported, was part of a push by OAN to unearth information on Burisma Holdings, the energy company that retained Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Trump rival Joe Biden. Onyshchenko has claimed to have dirt on the firm. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, has boosted the channel’s Burisma work. “I can confirm that One America News Network did attempt to secure a number of visas for former Ukrainian officials to travel to the United States, including Olekesandr Onyshchenko,” network president Charles Herring told The Daily Beast in an email. “One America News Network made the request prior to Mr. Onyschchenko being detained. One America News investigative efforts have cost in excess of $100,000 to date.”Herring added that the outlet is also “currently seeking visas” for several other former Ukrainian officials, but is no longer doing so for Onyshchenko. Herring declined to say which other ex-officials his outlet is trying to secure visas for. Efforts by media outlets to secure legal travel authorizations for their sources are in an ethical gray area, according to one expert. Especially when the source in question is accused of embezzlement. Onyshchenko’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.Ukrainian anti-corruption prosecutors allege Onyshchenko ran a scheme to steal millions from Kyiv’s state-owned natural gas company. The news of OAN’s effort to help him get a visa comes on the heels of Rudy Giuliani’s trip to Kyiv, where Trump’s personal lawyer worked with a correspondent and crew member of OAN. On the trip, Giuliani and OAN’s Chanel Rion met with Viktor Shokin and Yuri Lutsenko, two former Ukrainian prosecutors who have alleged misconduct by the Bidens. Their claims—that Obama administration officials pressured the Ukrainain government to ignore wrongdoing by Burisma in a bid to protect the Bidens—are at the heart of Giuliani’s search for dirt. Giuliani has said he is working with OAN on this project, and the network’s segments back that up. OAN’s coverage of the impeachment scandal has raised eyebrows. The channel sent a camera crew to the apartment building where they believe the whistleblower who kicked off the Ukraine scandal lives, and to the home of the suspected whistleblower’s parents. And Rion’s documentary series on the Bidens and Burisma has taken an odd tone. In a promotional segment for one program, she said the sources would “testify under oath” for the show. Giuliani figures prominently throughout the programming. And on Tuesday evening, Rion tweeted effusive praise of Giuliani’s communications director, Christianné Allen. “An incredibly talented patriot and a breath of fresh air here in the swamp. @Christianne_L_A — here’s to the adventures ahead,” Rion wrote, along with a picture of herself and Allen.Onyshchenko told conservative media site CD Media that he applied for a U.S. visa earlier this year. It wasn’t his first overture to American officials; in 2016, Onyshchenko met with Justice Department officials to discuss corruption in Ukraine. People familiar with the events told The Daily Beast that Onyshchenko’s outreach appeared to be part of an effort to secure a U.S. visa. In recent years, OAN has tried to outpace Fox News, Fox Business, and Sinclair as the most committed Trump ally in television. Beyond traveling with Giuliani on his latest European jaunt in hopes of scoring dirt on Trump’s political enemies, the network has run countless hours of explicitly pro-MAGA programming and has even taken the step of naming the alleged whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry—a step that Fox brass have repeatedly instructed their own staff not to take.And Trump has noticed. The president has tweeted praise of OAN’s coverage while chastising Fox News for being insufficiently supportive of him. He also privately recommends the network to total strangers at Mar-a-Lago. Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine ‘Investigation’ Stars Some of Kyiv’s Most Dubious CharactersThe network’s efforts on Onyshchenko’s behalf raise ethical questions, according to journalism professor Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University. “This sounds like it’s in kind of a gray area,” he told The Daily Beast.“If they’re just helping them come over to the U.S. for a short period of time to be interviewed and participate in a story, maybe that doesn’t bother me that much. But if this is some sort of long-term arrangement where the Ukrainians would be able to stay in the U.S. a long time, this is something they’ve been wanting to do, and OAN is making it happen for them, that would probably be going too far.”“I’m not really comfortable with any of this,” he added, “but as long as it’s for some short-term purpose—namely, for participating in a story—I’m not going to get all outraged about it, either.”Giuliani’s Ukraine project is central to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry targeting Trump. In a July phone call, Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to help Giuliani with the effort. Meanwhile, the administration held up military aid and refused to schedule a White House visit for Zelensky. Giuliani communicated to Ukrainian officials that Zelensky needed to announce investigations Burisma and of alleged Ukrainian interference in the U.S. 2016 election if he wanted to visit the White House, according to European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. Zelensky didn’t announce the probes, and the White House has yet to set a date for his visit. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet 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.

12/10/2019 8:30:24 PM

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