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Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show

Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents showWhile the impeachment proceedings are now over, ongoing lawsuits and upcoming books are expected to reveal still more details about the campaign to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pursue the investigations Trump wanted.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:28:16 -0500

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WHO Head Warns of ‘Potential Pandemic’ after Initially Praising China’s Response to Coronavirus

WHO Head Warns of ‘Potential Pandemic’ after Initially Praising China’s Response to CoronavirusWorld Health Organization director Tedros Adhanom said Monday that the coronavirus “absolutely” has the potential to be a global pandemic, and stated that the recent spike in cases outside of China “is certainly very concerning.”Adhanom, speaking at the WHO’s daily press briefing on updates to the coronavirus, said that the organization was now assessing whether the virus, which originated in China, was reaching pandemic-levels as cases continued to be reported outside of China. As of Monday, there have been more than 2,000 cases reported outside of China, with surges in South Korea, Iran, and Italy raising concerns."Our decision about whether to use the word ‘pandemic’ to describe an epidemic is based on an ongoing assessment of the geographical spread of the virus, the severity of disease it causes and the impact it has on the whole of society,” he explained.While praising China for taking measures to avoid a “significant number” of cases, Adhanom admitted that the virus could have a greater global impact. Last week, the WHO praised China despite fears that Beijing was misstating the number of cases after numerous changes to its counting criteria.“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” he said, adding that “we must focus on containment, while doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic.”Adhanom closed by outlining three “priorities” for the international community to work together against the virus, including the safeguarding of health workers, the protection of those most susceptible to the disease — including the elderly and the infirm, and the assisting of those countries “that are the most vulnerable.”In January, the WHO declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern,” while Adhanom insisted that “this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China.”


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:06:52 -0500

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10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in Germany

10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in GermanyAround 10,000 protesters marched through the central German town of Hanau on Sunday to mourn the nine people who were killed by an immigrant-hating gunman four days ago. “These days and hours are the blackest and darkest our town has ever experienced during peace times,” Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky told the somber crowds, according to the German news agency dpa. Five of the victims were reported to be Turkish citizens.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:00:29 -0500

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Idaho's governor says he's hoping to speed up the extradition of doomsday mom Lori Vallow so she can face charges connected to her 2 missing kids

Idaho's governor says he's hoping to speed up the extradition of doomsday mom Lori Vallow so she can face charges connected to her 2 missing kidsLori Vallow, who's two children have been missing since September, was arrested on charges related to their disappearance last week.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:25:03 -0500

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'It's my guilty pleasure': Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake

'It's my guilty pleasure': Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecakeSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer admitted he has dropped almost $9,000 on his favorite cheesecake over the years. "Guilty as charged," he said.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:29:08 -0500

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Iran, Italy, and South Korea announced harsh new measures to stifle their own outbreaks of the coronavirus

Iran, Italy, and South Korea announced harsh new measures to stifle their own outbreaks of the coronavirusNew cases outside China have caused global concerns that more major regions were at risk and the outbreak could reach pandemic status.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 21:02:02 -0500

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Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king - sources

Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king - sourcesMalaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted his resignation to the king, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday, amid talks of forming a new coalition to govern the country. Mahathir, 94, assumed office in May 2018 for his second stint as prime minister. A spokesman from the prime minister's office declined to comment, saying only that a statement will be issued soon.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 01:13:00 -0500

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Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effect

Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effectWith new rules taking effect on Monday that disqualify more people from green cards if they use government benefits, droves of immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have dropped social services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the United States.


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:04:43 -0500

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The Dow is on pace for its biggest 1-day drop in 3 years

The Dow is on pace for its biggest 1-day drop in 3 yearsCoronavirus fears have led to a stock plunge.The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 979 points, or 3.4 percent, lower at Monday's opening, putting it on pace for its biggest one-day point drop in three years, per CNBC. The record currently belongs to a 1,175-point decline in February 2018. At the moment, the drop is the third-highest in that timeframe, and the Dow has erased its gains for the year, per Bloomberg.> S&P 500 registers its biggest drop since August, Dow Jones erased its gains for the year. BQMarketNow> > Read more: https://t.co/VSYdnuxalD pic.twitter.com/7B4Ysxdp6S> > -- BloombergQuint (@BloombergQuint) February 24, 2020The other major indexes, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, fell 3.2 percent and 4 percent, respectively, and several major industries, especially those that rely heavily on Chinese consumers, have also taken hits as a result of the virus' global spread, which now has countries like Italy, Iran, and South Korea undertaking significant measures to contain it. > More stats on the coronavirus's impact on global business:> > -$29 billion loss in airline revenue > -China auto sales down 92% > -387 Procter & Gamble suppliers in China interrupted > -Adidas sales in China down 85%https://t.co/P86EPreRrg> > -- Jeff Giesea (@jeffgiesea) February 22, 2020More stories from theweek.com The coronavirus recession? The real third way in 2020 Top member of Trump's coronavirus task force asks Twitter for help accessing map of virus


Date : Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:17:00 -0500

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Chris Wallace Relentlessly Grills Top Pence Aide on Russia Briefing: ‘You Say None of This Happened?!’

Chris Wallace Relentlessly Grills Top Pence Aide on Russia Briefing: ‘You Say None of This Happened?!’Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, struggled during a pair of Sunday morning talk show appearances as he was grilled relentlessly over the White House’s assertion that Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire wasn’t fired over a House briefing on Russian interference in the 2020 election to assist President Donald Trump.In an interview on Fox News Sunday, after host Chris Wallace asked why Trump was attacking Democrats over the Russia story, Short insisted early on that “there’s no intelligence that said the Russians are trying to help Donald Trump win elections,” prompting Wallace to immediately push back.“I know that’s the White House argument,” Wallace stated. “There is a consistent story that came out this week and we’ve heard it from members of the committee, from members of the intelligence community, we’ve heard it from people in your own White House.”The Fox News anchor noted that intelligence community official Shelby Pierson briefed Congress on Russia’s latest interference attempt to help Trump, which eventually resulted in Trump firing Maguire and replacing him with Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who has very little intelligence experience.“You say none of this happened?” Wallace pressed Short.Team Bernie Fingers Richard Grenell for Leaking Russia StoryShort, meanwhile, argued that it’s “disconcerting” that they were discussing a classified briefing, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of leaking details to the press. (The president has made similar claims since this story broke.)“You can’t say it didn't happen and then say they leaked it!" Wallace pushed back, adding: “You’re denying that Shelby Pierson, who is the election security czar, you’re denying that under questioning from Democrats, she gave any indication that the Russian efforts to meddle in the election was because they have found a preference for President Trump?”The two briefly went back and forth, with Wallace pressing the White House aide over his contradictory arguments before finally declaring: “I don’t understand, you’re saying it’s not true and they leaked it!”Short also faced heat in a separate interview with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, who also took issue with Short roundly dismissing the notion that Russia is looking to aid Trump in the 2020 election.Todd, for his part, wanted to know why the president wasn’t concerned about Russia interference, prompting Short to deflect and insist that the administration had made moves to improve overall election security. When Todd continued to grill him on the subject, noting that Trump’s de facto response is to say Democrats are making it all up, Short eventually claimed Trump is frustrated with intel briefings because Schiff will leak it out and distort it.“So what you’re saying is because he believes it could get leaked, he’s not going to essentially inform the legislative branch of what’s happening?” Todd wondered aloud, adding: “What does that do to enhance security? Doesn’t it undermine the very thing you’re telling me you’re doing?”Short, meanwhile, contended that Trump’s “frustration remains more with Adam Schiff and those in the House Intelligence Committee who will not take the information honestly and will not represent it honestly.”Elsewhere in the Meet the Press interview, Short repeatedly insisted that Maguire was not dismissed due to the briefing, claiming his end date as acting director was March 12 and that he was going to be replaced soon anyway. Todd, however, pointed out that Trump could have nominated Maguire to take the job permanently, prompting Short to wave off that idea, saying he never heard from anyone that the acting director was ever in consideration for the position.Short wasn’t the White House’s only representative on the Sunday shows arguing that Trump did not fire Maguire because his briefer told Congress that Russia wanted to help him. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien also made the case in multiple appearances, further asserting that there’s “zero intelligence” supporting claims that Russia is boosting Trump. O’Brien did, however, noted that it would be “no surprise” that the Kremlin preferred Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders since the Vermont senator “honeymooned in Moscow.” Sanders, meanwhile, has blamed Grenell for leaking details about a briefing he received a month ago informing him that Russia was meddling on his behalf in the Democratic primary.Stephen Colbert Grills Fox News’ Chris Wallace: How Can You Call Mueller Hearing a ‘Disaster’?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.


Date : Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:27:35 -0500

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