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Trump says a President Biden would get 'no ratings'President Trump, whose halting leadership in the face of the coronavirus pandemic Americans increasingly question, boasted Monday about his one undisputed success: his ability to command media attention.


7/13/2020 9:42:49 AM

French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in IndonesiaFrancois Camille Abello, 65, died in a suspected suicide in his cell in Jakarta, police say.


7/13/2020 6:22:57 AM

US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since MayThe pilot was able to eject safely and is being treated for minor injuries, the base said Monday evening.


7/13/2020 10:33:13 PM

New York mayor 'heartbroken' over shooting death of one-year-oldToddler Davell Gardner Jr. was killed and three men were wounded on Sunday after two gunmen opened fire at a family cookout in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York media reported, citing New York police. "It's just horrifying," de Blasio said at a news conference to discuss the coronavirus. Davell's shooting was one of 11 incidents in which 16 people in New York were shot over the weekend, WABC television reported.


7/13/2020 12:49:56 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz Photographed Maskless on American Airlines Flight, Despite Airline PolicyAmerican Airlines customers are required to wear face coverings while on board flights


7/13/2020 12:04:07 PM

Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’The federal prosecutor whom Attorney General Bill Barr ousted in June told House investigators that he was alarmed at the way Barr attempted to replace him, saying that “the “irregular and unexplained actions by the Attorney General raised serious concerns for me,” according to a transcript of the closed-door interview released by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr’s public announcement on June 19 that Berman had “stepped down” from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The late-night announcement by Barr immediately sparked confusion and raised questions about his involvement in a crucial prosecutor’s office. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration’s pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Berman, who at SDNY handled sensitive investigations into Trumpworld figures such as Rudy Giuliani, did not comment specifically to the Judiciary Committee on what he believed Barr’s motivations to be, and he studiously avoided any questions about how specific SDNY probes might have factored into the situation. But Berman made clear that the attorney general’s preferred plan would have slowed and complicated the work of the office, and he raised several questions challenging Barr’s handling of the process. Trump Thought He’d Picked His Perfect U.S. Attorney in Geoffrey Berman. He Was Very Wrong.“Why did the attorney general say that I was stepping down when he knew I had neither resigned nor been fired?” Berman asked rhetorically, in response to questions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY). “Why did the attorney general not tell me the actual reason he was asking me to resign instead of saying that it was to get Clayton into the position? And why did he announce the appointment of Craig Carpenito as acting U.S. attorney when Audrey Strauss was the logical and normal successor?”“Replacing me with someone from outside the district would have resulted in the disruption and delay of the important investigations that were being conducted,” Berman said later. “I was not going to permit that. And I would rather be fired than have that done.” At numerous points, Berman expressed his dismay at Barr’s wish to install Carpenito—who would have retained his previous job in New Jersey—in the job instead of Berman’s top deputy, Strauss, a move he said violated 70 years of precedent at SDNY.According to his opening statement that was obtained by The Daily Beast last Thursday, Berman said that during a private meeting in New York that Barr called to open the discussion, the attorney general praised his performance as U.S. attorney but said the Trump administration wanted Clayton to take the SDNY post. Berman said Barr tried to lure him away by dangling other offers—to head the Department of Justice’s civil rights division and, later, the SEC—but Berman declined. Barr told him that if he did not resign, he would be fired. “I believe the attorney general was trying to entice me to resign so that an outsider could be put into the acting U.S. attorney position at the Southern District of New York, which would have resulted in the delay and disruption of ongoing investigations,” Berman told the Judiciary Committee.At one point in the interview, GOP committee attorney Steve Castor asked if Barr had laid out to Berman a set of actions that would have allowed him to keep his job—if there was any “quid pro quo for you getting to keep your job.”Berman said no, and he confirmed that Barr did not mention any specific SDNY investigations—Castor raised Jeffrey Epstein and Guiliani-related probes—in pressuring him to leave. But Berman did say Barr’s offering of other positions could have been construed as a quid pro quo.“You know, he wanted me to resign to take a position. I assume you could call that a quid pro quo. You resign and you get this, that would mean quid pro quo,” said Berman. Asked to clarify those comments later, he said it wasn’t his term but reiterated that “it could be seen as a quid pro quo, his offering me a job in exchange for my resignation.” Berman is a rare U.S. attorney in that he was not confirmed by the Senate but was appointed by the judges of SDNY to hold the position in April 2018. Berman insisted that, as he was a court-appointed prosecutor, neither Barr nor President Trump had the authority to fire him before the Senate confirmed a successor, but some past legal precedent has indicated the president can fire a court-appointed U.S. attorney. Trump has said he had nothing to do with Berman’s ouster. 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.


7/13/2020 6:21:25 PM

It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking downIt’s the hottest place on Earth for a reason.


7/13/2020 3:34:40 PM

Severe storms put Midwest, Plains in the crosshairs for explosive weekFor the past several weeks, severe weather has abounded across portions of the Plains and Midwest and AccuWeather meteorologists say that trend will continue through midweek.Each state across the Great Plains and Midwest has reported at least one instance of severe weather since the start of the month. From damaging wind gusts to hailstorms and even some tornadoes, the nation's midsection has had it all during the first half of July.Elsewhere, the severe weather bull's-eye has been located solidly over the central Plains since Sunday. However, starting Tuesday, the threat for feisty storms will expand northeastward into the Midwest.The same cold front that set off explosive storms across the central Plains Monday and Monday night will dig eastward on Tuesday. Storms can erupt along a wide swath of the country from the Front Range of the southern Rockies to the Upper Midwest. Severe activity will start to ramp up in earnest by Tuesday afternoon when lines of damaging thunderstorms called squall lines can begin to organize and rumble across the nation's midsection through Tuesday night. Along with torrential rainfall and large hail, very strong and damaging wind gusts are likely to be produced by these storms. Even an isolated tornado or two can develop across the area.An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90 mph can occur on Tuesday, especially in the central Plains.Locations that may end up in the path of Tuesday's damaging storms include Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Dodge City, Kansas.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPThere will be no rest for the weather-weary in the Midwest on Wednesday as another round of severe weather will ignite across the region.Compared to Tuesday, the severe threat on Wednesday will sink southeastward and place locations from northeastern Kansas to western Indiana in the crosshairs for explosive storms during the day.Any storms that initiate on Wednesday will have the capacity to unleash frequent lightning strikes, flooding rainfall, large hail and damaging winds up to an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 75 mph. An isolated tornado or two will once again be possible on Wednesday. Chicago and Milwaukee may be among the major Midwest metros that get hit hard by storms during the afternoon and evening rush hours. If directly impacted, flash flooding may become a significant issue across these cities, especially in low-lying or poor-drainage areas.Motorists, especially those traveling on interstates 80, 70, 55 and 39 will need to keep an eye to the sky on Wednesday as conditions can deteriorate rapidly within any storm.The threat for severe storms will march generally eastward throughout the day and reach into more of Indiana, as well as portions of Michigan and Ohio, by Wednesday evening.Thursday, the Midwest will likely be granted a breather from widespread severe weather as the damaging storm bull's-eye shifts back to the Front Range and the Plains.Despite the threats inherent with large hail and damaging wind gusts, the persistent stormy and wet pattern across the nation's midsection is proving to be beneficial for farmers in the region."The month of July is considered to be the most important month for farmers across the Midwest, as this is when crops like corn and soybeans experience the most rapid growth if conditions are conducive," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


7/14/2020 5:55:10 AM

Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home studyNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks. Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the report released last week for failing to address the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state’s own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.


7/13/2020 11:39:52 PM

Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus“The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” wrote game show host Chuck Woolery in a tweet promoted by the president.


7/13/2020 10:26:49 AM

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