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Impeachment trial fallout: Trump could get his wish — to hurt Biden

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:20 | Yahoo News

Impeachment trial fallout: Trump could get his wish — to hurt BidenDetails about Hunter Biden could complicate life for Joe Biden — exactly what Trump was trying to do with his Ukraine scheme last summer.  



White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:04 | National Review

White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil WarThree alleged members of a white supremacist group were plotting to murder demonstrators at Monday's gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol before they were arrested by the FBI last week, according to court documents.The men were caught discussing their plans on a hidden camera set up in their Delaware apartment by FBI agents.“We can’t let Virginia go to waste, we just can’t,” said Patrik J. Mathews, one member of the hate group "the Base" that promotes violence against African-Americans and Jews.According to authorities, the 27-year-old former Canadian Armed Forces reservist also discussed creating "instability" in Virginia by killing people, derailing trains, poisoning water, and shutting down highways in order to "kick off the economic collapse" and possibly start a "full blown civil war."Mathews also discussed the possibility of "executing" police officers and stealing their belongings and remarked that, “We could essentially be like literally hunting people.”“Virginia will be our day,” said 33-year-old Brian M. Lemley Jr., adding, “I need to claim my first victim.”“Lemley discussed using a thermal imaging scope affixed to his rifle to conduct ambush attacks,” the court filings read.The two were arrested along with a third man, 19, last Thursday. They are charged with federal firearms violations and “transporting and harboring an alien,” referring to Mathews, who is a Canadian national. Four more members of The Base have also been arrested and charged in Georgia and Wisconsin.In a search of the apartment, prosecutors said that FBI agents found propaganda fliers for The Base, communications devices, empty rifle cases, "go bags" with "numerous Meals-Ready-to-Eat," knives, and materials for building an assault rifle.Tens of thousands of gun rights advocates rallied in Richmond on Monday to protest the state’s Democratic legislature's gun-control agenda. Critics raised fears beforehand that militant white supremacists could disrupt the rally, but the day ended peacefully with no violence.



A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to 6 months in prison for tweeting cartoons making fun of President Xi Jingping

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:18 | Business Insider

A University of Minnesota student was arrested in China and sentenced to 6 months in prison for tweeting cartoons making fun of President Xi JingpingAccording to Chinese court documents obtained by Axios, 20-year-old Luo Daiqing was arrested after returning to Wuhan for summer break.



First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:11 | Associated Press

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec endsA Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States. This week's hearings dealt with the question of whether the U.S. charges against Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, are crimes in Canada as well. Canada arrested Huawei's chief financial officer in December 2018 at Vancouver's airport at the request of the U.S. as she was changing flights.



Putin to Meet Jailed Israeli’s Mother Amid Reports of Release

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:30 | Bloomberg

Putin to Meet Jailed Israeli’s Mother Amid Reports of Release(Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin is to meet in Jerusalem with the mother of an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug-smuggling charges, the Kremlin said, amid reports Russian authorities are preparing to free her.Putin, who’ll be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp, spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone last week about 26-year-old Naama Issachar. Netanyahu said after the call that he was optimistic about securing her freedom.Issachar was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a Russian prison in October for carrying a small amount of hashish on a transit flight via Moscow. Her mother, Yaffa, asked Putin in November to pardon her daughter in a letter handed to him by Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. The plight of the U.S.-born Israeli army veteran, who was detained in April, has become a cause celebre in Israel, where she’s widely regarded as a pawn in a political game.Putin will meet Yaffa Issachar together with Netanyahu and the patriarch, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. While Ushakov wouldn’t confirm that a release is planned, he said the president’s right to pardon a convicted person is “an important prerogative.”Property DisputeIn another sign of a possible resolution, Ushakov said Russia and Israel are making progress in settling a dispute over the ownership of Russian Orthodox Church property in Jerusalem. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said resolving the issue could form part of a quid pro quo with Putin for the release of Issachar.Putin will speak at the anniversary ceremony, though there won’t be time for him to meet with other leaders attending the event, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to Ushakov.Issachar’s case for a time became entangled with that of a Russian national, Alexei Burkov, whom Israel extradited to the U.S. in November on charges including hacking and credit card fraud. Russia had offered to swap the two, according to Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician.Putin rebuffed repeated pleas to free her by Netanyahu, who’s fighting to maintain his 13-year-rule as he battles fraud and bribery charges, with new elections due in March.\--With assistance from Gwen Ackerman and Ivan Levingston.To contact the reporters on this story: Andrey Biryukov in Moscow at abiryukov5@bloomberg.net;Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Tony HalpinFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



Iran Has A Lot Of Missiles And The U.S. Navy's Carriers Look Like Juicy Targets

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:00 | The National Interest

Iran Has A Lot Of Missiles And The U.S. Navy's Carriers Look Like Juicy TargetsCould Iran sink a carrier?



Family attorneys say cruise line's story of toddler's death is 'physically impossible'

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:53 | USA TODAY

Family attorneys say cruise line's story of toddler's death is 'physically impossible'Attorneys representing Chloe Wiegand's family say a ship visit proves it's "physically impossible" for her grandfather to hold her out of the window.



Ghislaine Maxwell: Hackers 'breached' computer belonging to Jeffrey Epstein associate, attorney says

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:07 | The Independent

Ghislaine Maxwell: Hackers 'breached' computer belonging to Jeffrey Epstein associate, attorney saysLawyers for the woman accused of procuring underage girls to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein told a judge that hackers “breached” her computer after a court failed to redact her email address in filings it released last year.Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer Ty Gee said in a December letter to Judge Loretta A Preska that, “despite the Second Circuit’s best efforts, it made serious mistakes” when redacting thousands of pages of records associated with a defamation lawsuit filed by one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre.



The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:34 | INSIDER

The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, againThey keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.



Steyer: U.S. reparations for slavery will help 'repair the damage'

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:52 | Yahoo News

Steyer: U.S. reparations for slavery will help 'repair the damage'The billionaire presidential candidate Tom Steyer reiterated his support Wednesday for reparations for African- Americans suffering from the legacy of slavery.



Judge upholds mom charged for being topless at home

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:00 | Yahoo News Video

Judge upholds mom charged for being topless at homeA judge refused to overturn part of Utah’s lewdness law Tuesday in a blow to a woman who's fighting criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home.



REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:26 | Popular Mechanics

REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear



Rep. Ilhan Omar launches reelection bid with big advantages

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:59 | Associated Press

Rep. Ilhan Omar launches reelection bid with big advantagesRep. Ilhan Omar’s congressional career got off to a rocky start just a year ago, with her provocative remarks on Israel and Jews stirring anger across the country and raising speculation that some other Minnesota Democrat might step forward to challenge her in 2020. Omar was kicking off her reelection campaign Thursday night with a massive bank account and no challengers who pose a serious threat from either party. In an overwhelmingly Democratic district that where Omar took 78% of the vote in 2018, University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs gives her opponents no chance.



Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:06 | Reuters

Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem churchJERUSALEM (Reuters) - "Go outside," French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference. The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856. France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.







Today's Horoscope

Taurus Horoscope for Friday, January 24, 2020

The time is right to make a plan and check it twice. Your day is defined by what you want and how you plan to get it. Taurus is unusually interested in style at the moment. Figuring out how to look and act your best will only help your cause. Study etiquette books and magazine articles so that you don`t make a social faux pas. Questions of health and morality are a nagging presence to someone who`d rather be having a good time.
Gemini
Sitting around and doing nothing simply isn`t on your agenda for the day. Windblown Gemini skips lightly across a busy, attractive landscape. Contact people wade fearlessly into a crowd, confident that their support staff is right behind them. If necessary, however, you act on your own thoughts, confident that your ideas are solid. By the end of the day, you`ll be among the chosen few to realize that greatness comes easily when you deserve it.
Cancer

Your life is becoming more difficult than you had expected. How did such simple routines become so complex? Are you doing something to complicate things without even knowing it? Perhaps you are traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Reach out to loved ones in your time of need. It`s time to listen closely to get the meaning of what your partner is trying to tell you.
Leo
In a world that is full of chaos, you yearn for some stability. Observe a perfect tradition, or declare the start of a new one. Once the process is in place, it will be much easier to feel a sense of security. Making decisions is all part of the game, Leo. Try to shop wisely when faced with an overwhelming selection of bargains. It`s your day to prove that you do, in fact, know what you`re doing -- just in case anybody has been wondering about it.
Virgo

You could use a good dose of fresh air right now, Virgo. Your mind has gotten quite a workout lately, but the rest of you is starting to turn to mush from underuse! Let your body do the talking for a while. Get out of that chair, find some open ground and run or play to your heart`s content. If this means taking an extended weekend, so be it -- you`ll be that much more rested and ready when it`s finally time to go back to work.
Libra
It`s a fantastic feeling when you can look backwards and realize that all of your hard work was worth the effort. The last few days of tension resolve into something far better than you had hoped. Even if you aren`t shouting from the rooftops, your triumph is obvious. Find some time to celebrate your victory with the people who really matter to you -- not that anyone needs an excuse to attend an impromptu party!
Scorpio

Communication issues become a slight problem for you today. Think very carefully about who is present before you let any of your typical sarcastic comments fly. The words that actually come out may be different -- and much harsher -- from those that you actually intended. Keep in mind that these next few days should be a period of exchange, not ultimatums. Remain open-minded and flexible.
Sagittarius
Having friends in high places is a definite advantage -- and one that puts you a step ahead of all of your competitors at the moment. It`s a good thing that you keep in touch so well, because a few of those connections are about to come in handy. Simplicity makes an appearance. An easy answer looks great when it`s the only one. Someone who doubted you now changes their mind.
Capricorn

Everything has a tendency of evening out in the end, Capricorn. Even if you got off to a later start than everyone else, you`ll adequately recoup your losses by the time this is all over. Aimless, irrational fortune smiles in your direction once again. Don`t be surprised if you win a door prize or are selected to sit on a prestigious committee. Just when you think it couldn`t get any better, you reconnect with someone deliciously unexpected.
Aquarius
Your routine life is a ball and chain that you`d gladly trade in for a set of wings. You feel too expansive to be so contained. You are ready to do almost anything in order to climb out of the rut you`re stuck in. Restlessness turns to excitement when you find a cause that really matters to you. If you can`t get your friends and family members to join you in your fight, go it alone. You are equipped with everything you need to win the battle.
Pisces

Your compassionate side is brought out. Set aside your own work and spend time holding someone else`s hand. Don`t confuse your caregiving role with that of a decision maker, especially if you are only an outside observer. Keep in mind that others may be very sensitive when support turns into interference. The best thing to do now is remain silent. Don`t worry -- you will get the chance to interject your opinion at a later date. Be prepared to be on call for most of the evening.
Aries
Try to keep in mind that it isn`t all about your own little world today, Aries. The state of a personal relationship seems to influence the fate of millions. Love is a better bet than fear or hatred, even if it`s a lot more work. Selfishness has no place in your day -- and no place in your heart. Treat people kindly because you want to, not because you`re looking to gain something from it. The Moon`s current Sign serves as a good role model for how to proceed.