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Democratic congressman says 'it will not end if the Senate does not convict'

Democratic congressman says 'it will not end if the Senate does not convict'Green subsequently introduced articles of impeachment three times for what he described as Trump’s “infusion of bigotry into policy.” On Dec. 4, Green sent a memo to other House members urging them to include Trump’s “racism” in the articles of impeachment.

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 12:25 PM

The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribesGenaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 2:27 PM

Suu Kyi in court as genocide case set out against Myanmar

Suu Kyi in court as genocide case set out against MyanmarMass rapes, the burning alive of Muslim Rohingya families in their homes and the killing with knives of dozens of children were described by Gambia's legal team as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.'s highest court on Tuesday. Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate, looked on impassively as the alleged atrocities were detailed on the first of three days of hearings at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The case was instituted by Gambia against Buddhist-majority Myanmar in November.

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 1:37 AM

Why Can't Russia Replace Its Old Submarines Fast Enough?

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

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 8:00 PM

Despite Talks, Putin Takes Hard Line Over Ukraine Border Control

Despite Talks, Putin Takes Hard Line Over Ukraine Border Control(Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said returning control of Ukraine’s eastern border to Ukrainian forces could lead to a genocide similar to the massacre in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war.“The Ukrainian side is always raising the issue: ‘Give us the opportunity to close the border with troops.’ Well I can imagine what will happen then. It will be another Srebrenica,” Putin told a meeting of his Kremlin human rights council on Tuesday.Putin questioned whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has control over nationalist forces in the country, saying “It’s not clear who of them is stronger and what will happen and who will control these nationalists when they enter these territories without ensuring guarantees for people.”His remarks show little sign that Putin is softening his position a day after he had his first face-to-face meeting with Zelenskiy to try to resolve the conflict that’s killed more than 13,000 people in eastern Ukraine since 2014. Zelenskiy made clear at the talks in Paris that Ukraine must regain control of its eastern border before elections can take place in the disputed region as part of a peace accord. Putin said the elections must come first.Bosnian Serb forces killed some 8,000 men and boys in the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in 1995, which had been declared a United Nations safe area. The UN called the slaughter the largest such crime on European soil since the end of World War II. Russia, an ally of the Serbs during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, vetoed a 2015 resolution at the UN Security Council that condemned the Srebrenica killings as genocide.To contact the reporter on this story: Irina Reznik in Moscow at ireznik@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at, Tony HalpinFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 10:39 AM

Pakistani radical cleric indicted in terror financing case

Pakistani radical cleric indicted in terror financing caseA Pakistani court on Wednesday indicted a radical cleric wanted by Washington for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and four of his associates on terror financing charges. Hafiz Saeed and the four other suspects pleaded not guilty when a judge read charges against them in a courtroom in the eastern city of Lahore amid tight security. Saeed is the founder chief of outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed by New Delhi for the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people in neighboring India.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2019 6:01 AM

Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appeal

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".

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 10:12 AM

Did FBI try to take down Trump? Three questions about DOJ’s report

Did FBI try to take down Trump? Three questions about DOJ’s reportPresident Trump has alleged that the FBI’s investigation into his campaign was political. The 434-page report provides answers – and suggests reforms.

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 10:52 AM

Biden Suggests He Would Only Serve One Term: Report

Biden Suggests He Would Only Serve One Term: ReportFormer vice president Joe Biden has reportedly suggested that he would only serve one term if elected president but has stopped short of publicly pledging not to run again.“If Biden is elected, he’s going to be 82 years old in four years and he won’t be running for reelection.” a Biden campaign adviser told Politico, arguing that the former vice president could serve as a "good transition figure" to defeat Trump and usher in the "next generation of leaders."“He’s going into this thinking, ‘I want to find a running mate I can turn things over to after four years but if that’s not possible or doesn’t happen then I’ll run for re-election.’ But he’s not going to publicly make a one term pledge,” another senior Biden adviser said.Democrats have raised concerns about Biden's advancing age, noting that he will be 82 in four years. The more progressive wing of the party has also been cool towards Biden, saying he does not represent the new leftward direction of the party. However, critics of the notion of making a one-term pledge have said Biden would do himself a disservice and damage his presidential power by doing so.Biden responded "no" in April when asked whether he would serve only one term, but in recent months has hedged more on the issue.“I feel good and all I can say is, watch me, you’ll see,” Biden told the Associated Press in October. “It doesn’t mean I would run a second term. I’m not going to make that judgment at this moment.”The former vice president continues to outpace his Democratic primary rivals, polling at 28 percent, more than 10 points ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders's 17 percent, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls on Wednesday.

POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2019 9:26 AM

Trump Faces Two Impeachment Articles on Abuse of Power and Obstruction

Trump Faces Two Impeachment Articles on Abuse of Power and ObstructionSpeaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats formally announced their articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday morning. Flanked by the committee chairs who led the inquiry, Pelosi said the House would move to impeach Trump on two counts: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution and to our country, the House Committee on the Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment, charging the president of the U.S., Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,”  said House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY). The introduction of articles effectively concludes the impeachment inquiry that began in September to investigate the extent of Trump’s pressure campaign to get Ukraine to do him political favors. It sets the parameters for a full vote in the House on impeachment next week—and a trial in the Senate in January.Last Impeachment Hearing Ends With a MehAfter their press conference on Tuesday morning, the Judiciary panel released the text of the articles of impeachment to the public, which lays out their case over nine pages. “President Trump used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process,” the articles read. He “thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”After describing the White House’s stonewalling of Democrats’ request for documents and testimony, the articles posit that “this abuse of office served to cover up the president’s own repeated misconduct and to seize and control the power of impeachment.”Abuse of power is the first article of impeachment that appears, and it’s been the most talked about by Democrats. In recent hearings in the Judiciary Committee, they have laid out the case Trump abused the authority of his office by leveraging his power to compel Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into the Biden family and theories about Ukrainian election interference to help Hillary Clinton. Democrats argue that because Trump’s conduct involves the election and a foreign power it is a textbook example of what the Founders imagined for impeachment.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) addressed that argument during his brief remarks Tuesday. “Now, some would argue, why don’t you just wait? Why don’t you just wait until you get these witnesses the White House refuses to produce? Why don’t you just wait until you get the documents the White House refuses to turn over,” Schiff said, before noting it took eight months to get a ruling to show White House counsel Don McGahn did not have the “absolute right to defy Congress.”Schiff said that argument amounted to saying, “Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election?”“The president’s misconduct goes to the heart of whether we can conduct a free and fair election in 2020,” he said. “It is bad enough for a candidate to invite foreign interference in our political process, but it is far more corrosive for a president to do so and to abuse his power to make it so.”  Trump responded in a tweet: “Nadler just said that I ‘pressured Ukraine to interfere in our 2020 Election.’ Ridiculous, and he knows that is not true. Both the President & Foreign Minister of Ukraine said, many times, that there ‘WAS NO PRESSURE.’ Nadler and the Dems know this, but refuse to acknowledge!”Throughout the process, Democrats had argued Trump was effectively impeaching himself by obstructing Congress’ investigatory process. In the Ukraine matter, the White House ignored Democrats’ subpoenas for documents and testimony, preventing them from filling in key gaps in the investigation. Key figures from former Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney were blocked from testifying, while the State Department sat on thousands of pages of documents—which they were once planning to hand over—that could have fleshed out the events described by the witnesses who did testify. The article on obstruction of Congress, then, was hardly a surprise. The most revealing bit of news from the articles’ rollout was their omission of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and its findings that Trump probably obstructed justice. The only allusion to Mueller was a statement that Trump’s actions on Ukraine were “consistent with President Trump’s previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections.”All week, Democrats’ hints to a “pattern” of behavior exhibited by the president seemed to indicate that the findings in Mueller’s report had at minimum informed what is ultimately voted on in the House Judiciary Committee later this week. 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 DECEMBER 10, 2019 9:10 AM

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