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|Dismay as Trump vetoes bill to end US support for war in Yemen ||KD takes over with 38 points in Game 3 blowout |
Politicians decry Trumpâs decision to continue US involvement in it as a cynical move and missed opportunity for humanitarian helpDonald Trump called the resolution âan unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authoritiesâ. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/APDonald Trump has vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabiaâs war in Yemen.The Senate had passed a bipartisan resolution on 13 March in a 54-to-46 vote, in a move that was largely seen as a rebuke of Trumpâs alliance with the Saudi forces leading military action in Yemen. The House voted on the resolution in early April, passing it with 247 votes to 175.âThis resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,â Trump wrote in explaining his veto.The US provides billions of dollars of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.But as the war drags on, members of Congress have expressed concern about the thousands of civilians killed in coalition airstrikes since the conflict began in 2014.Trumpâs veto, the second of his presidency, led to outpourings of dismay from politicians and NGOs. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, called on him to âput peace before politicsâ. She called the Yemen conflict a âhorrific humanitarian crisis that challenges the conscience of the entire worldâ and decried Trumpâs decision to continue US involvement in it as a cynical move.Senator Bernie Sanders, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said: âI am disappointed, but not surprised, that Trump has rejected the bipartisan resolution to end US involvement in the horrific war in Yemen. The people of Yemen desperately need humanitarian help, not more bombs.âThe California congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat, added: âFrom a president elected on the promise of putting a stop to our endless wars, this veto is a painful missed opportunity.â Khanna argued the bill marked a step forward, despite the veto. âIt sends a clear signal to the Saudis that they need to lift their blockade and allow humanitarian assistance into Yemen if they care about their relationship with Congress,â Khanna said.The fighting in the Arab worldâs poorest country has left millions suffering from shortages of food and medical care and has pushed the country to the brink of famine.David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the International Rescue Committee, denounced the veto as âmorally wrong and strategically wrongheadedâ. In a statement he said Yemen was at âbreaking point with 10m people on the brink of famineâ.Oxfam America said the veto would not stop the campaign to end US support for the Saudi military action. âAmerica stands with Yemen. This fight is far from over,â the global humanitarian aid group said in a tweet.Many lawmakers have grown uneasy with Trumpâs close relationship with Saudi Arabia.Lawmakers criticized the president for failing to condemn the country for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and had written critically about the kingdom. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October and never came out. Intelligence agencies said the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was complicit in the killing.
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|Bereft Catholics to be greeted by 'ephemeral wooden' Notre-Dame in front of the charred original ||UNC coach Hatchell resigns after program review |
Catholics and tourists who can no longer approach Notre-DameÂ after Mondayâs devastating fire will be consoled by an âephemeral cathedralâ made of wood until the stricken cathedral reopens, its chief priest has announced. Notre-Dameâs 12 million annual visitors will still be able to marvel at Europeâs most visited historic building from the outside, but Monseigneur Patrick Chauvet said for the faithful something more was needed. âWe mustnât say âthe cathedral is closed for five yearsâ and thatâs it,â he told CSNews TV. The prospect led him to ask the question: âCan I not build an ephemeral cathedral on the esplanade (in front of Notre Dame)?â Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, has backed the idea, he said. The wooden âcathedralâ will host priests who will be able to address the crowds during reconstruction works, which President Emmanuel Macron said wanted to be complete within five years. As experts continued to assess the damage to the building, which lost its roof and âforestâ of ancient wooden beams, along with its famed spire, President Macron led a day of tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved the Gothic edifice from collapse and rescued its treasures from the flames. They were to be awarded a special gold medal for âbravery and devotionâ. Later, Paris town hall will stage a ceremony in the firefightersâ honour, with a Bach concert, two giant banners and readings from Victor Hugoâs The Hunchback of Notre Dame. More than 400 firefighters took part in the nine-hour fight to save the 12th-century cathedral.Â Despite a delay reportedly due to a computer glitch in the fire alarm sending security agents to the wrong part of the cathedral, its iconic towers, rose windows, huge organ and artworks were saved thanks to the quick and valiant work of Paris firemen. The building was only minutes from burning to the ground in a "chain-reaction collapse", said Jose Vaz de Matos, a fire expert with France's culture ministry. Miraculously, no one was killed in the fire, which occurred during a Mass. âThe worst has been avoided,â said Franck Riester, the culture minister. But he warned that there was still a risk of collapse of three weak spots. âThe main structure is out of danger but three areas remain fragile,â he told BFM TV. While the upper level and northern gable had been secured overnight, the western gable between the two bell towers remains âextremely weakenedâ, he warned. Another weak spot is the corner of the southern belfry, where the intense heat from the fire had turned the stone âcrumblyâ. The vault is also not out of danger. âScaffolding will be installed to remove the debris from the vault because if it rains, water will gather and weigh down on it,â he said. With around âŹ900 million (ÂŁ780m) already donated to rebuild the cathedral from around the world, officials warned that fraudsters are taking advantage of the Notre-Dame fire to fool well-wishers into handing over cash. The French Heritage Foundation, which has so far collected more than âŹ13 million from individual donors, said: "A number of scams have been flagged to us both in France and abroad.â It urged people to donate only to official sites.
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|Lori Loughlinâs Daughter Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation in College Cheating Scandal ||Simmons torches Nets, says Dudley feud 'done' |
Frazer Harrison/GettyJust days after Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam, media reports suggest one of her daughters could be next to face a criminal probe.Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are each accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering after allegedly paying $500,000 for each of their daughters to be USC rowing recruits despite neither being active in the sport. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison term.Their eldest daughter, Isabella Giannulli, 20, deleted her popular Instagram account late Wednesday just as reports surfaced that she received a formal letter from prosecutors that could lead to potential charges.The Daily Mail reports that Loughlinâs daughter received a letter of intent from federal prosecutors in Massachusetts in early April as part of the ongoing Operation Varsity Blues investigation. Last week, the Wall Street Journal also reported that several students had received âtarget lettersâ from federal investigators in cases where the student may have been complicit. Several students whose parents are accused of buying or bribing officials to ensure their childrenâs college admission have been suspended, but so far none have been criminally charged. The Daily Mail, quoting an unnamed source, reported that Loughlinâs daughter had received a letter. âIt is a not-so-veiled threat. [The U.S. Attorneyâs Office for the District of Massachusetts] is making it pretty clear that they have evidence that very strongly suggests she knew of the illegal plot.âLoughlinâs younger daughter Olivia Jade, 19, who is also implicated in the ordeal, still has her very popular Instagram account up though she has not posted anything since Feb. 28. This week the famous couple rejected a plea bargain that would have potentially kept them from serving jail time in exchange for a guilty plea. An associate of Loughlin told CNN that she felt she had to plead not guilty. âLori doesnât understand why sheâs getting so much criticism for pleading not guilty,â the friend told CNN. âPeople must not realize that she had no choice. The plea deal has been taken off the table, and this is the only way they've been told she and Mossimo can avoid jail time and get another plea. They are hoping justice will prevail.âFelicity Huffman, who is one of 13 parents accused in the scandal, did enter a guilty plea this week along with several other parents embroiled in the scandal. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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|Republican rescinds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's invite to meet coal miners after it completely backfires ||Yanks drop Smith's 'God Bless America' recording |
A Republican lawmakerâs invitation for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to meet with coal miners in his home state of Kentucky backfired completely after the progressive Washington newcomer accepted without hesitation. Ms Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to serve in the US House of Representatives, has served as a lightning rod across party lines for her Green New Deal resolution, which seeks to provide a comprehensive response to the global threat of climate change. Andy Barr, the Kentucky Republican who initially invited the 29-year-old congresswoman to his state, said at the time that local coal miners would tell her âwhat the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks,â while suggesting the resolution could destroy their industry. To his apparent surprise, the first-term Democrat from New York immediately accepted his invitation, saying she would be âhappyâ to meet the coal miners and noted her resolution provides pension payments for those who have worked in the mining industry. âWe want a just transition to make sure we are investing in jobs across those swaths of the country,â she said in her response to Mr Barrâs invitation. Suddenly, that invite appears to include some caveats. In order to accompany her on a trip to meet with local coal miners, Mr Barr demanded an apology from Ms Ocasio-Cortez towards Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican she has criticised for sharing a false tweet that claimed Ilhan Omar denied the attacks on September 11, 2001 were an act of terror. Ms Ocasio-Cortez has defended the Minnesota Democrat after conservatives and Donald Trump spread false and misleading information about her. On Wednesday, it did not appear she was about to back down from that position.âLuckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky,â Corbin Trent, a spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, told The Courier-Journal. âWe donât need Congressman Barr to meet with coal miners and have a town hall,â he added, âthough weâd love his participation if we do.â > GOPâs getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize Iâm fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps í ˝íš https://t.co/TVSafpJWEd> > â Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) > > April 16, 2019As GQ Magazine reported Wednesday, Kentucky Republicans are now publicly voicing their opposition to Ms Ocasio-Cortez headed to the Bluegrass State. âI think we need to be very prepared when we debate her on issues that we're having a hard time with,â James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, told local news outlets, warning âRepublicans are making a mistake picking on her.â Responding to his comments on Twitter, the lawmaker wrote, âGOPâs getting scared that up close, their constituents will realize Iâm fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps.â
| The Yankees are "erring on the side of sensitivity" and have stopped using Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" while they investigate an allegation of racism against the late singer. |
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