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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rips Rand Paul Over GOP’s ‘Spaceballs’ Climate Agenda

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) pulled no punches after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) mocked her concern over the climate crisis on Twitter.

Paul on Wednesday wrote:

Ocasio-Cortez, whose signature policy proposal is the sweeping Green New Deal that aims to make the U.S. carbon-neutral by 2030, fired back five hours later.

She accused Rand of taking her old hyperbolic warning about the world ending in 12 years out of context and called the GOP’s climate agenda “about as fictional as” the plot of the Mel Brooks-directed 1987 satirical sci-fi movie “Spaceballs.”

Ocasio-Cortez last year warned the “world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” later tweeting that “you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think” she was being literal.

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it,” she wrote, before likening the Republican Party to “The Office” character Dwight Schrute.

Leading climate scientists warned in 2018 that there was only 12 years left to avert catastrophic consequences by keeping the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

The Trump White House, however, has pursued a decidedly anti-environmental agenda and President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly described climate change as a “hoax” and “bullshit.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s response to Rand was well-received on Twitter:

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‘OK, Boomer’ uttered in Supreme Court for first time by Chief Justice Roberts in age discrimination lawsuit

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“OK, Boomer,” was uttered for the first time in a Supreme Court session Wednesday as Chief Justice John Roberts, who will turn 65 this month, referenced the phrase used by younger people to dismiss their elders during a case about age discrimination in the workplace.

As the leader of the Supreme Court, Roberts is poised to preside over the upcoming impeachment trial against President Trump – now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a resolution Wednesday to transmit the two articles to the Senate. The Constitution requires that the vice president, in this case, Mike Pence, who normally presides over the Senate, step out in order to avoid a conflict of interest – he is next in line for the presidency if Trump is removed from office. The chief justice, therefore, is tapped to preside over an impeachment trial.

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But Roberts used the phrase Wednesday on an unrelated matter – while hearing the case of Department of Veteran Affairs employee, Norris Babb, who claims her bosses “discriminated against her based on her gender and age” and “subjected her to a hostile work environment.”

“The hiring person, who’s younger, says, ‘OK, Boomer,’ once to the applicant,” Roberts asked Babb’s attorney, Roman Martinez, suggesting a hypothetical exchange to determine when an older federal employee might be able to win a lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Wednesday was the first time, according to databases of high court arguments, the somewhat pejorative phrase used mostly by millennials and members of Gen Z after going viral on the Internet has been uttered in the Supreme Court, The Associated Press reported.

A “boomer” refers to someone from the baby boomer generation born between 1946 and 1965. Roberts, born Jan. 27, 1955, falls into this group. But justices have lifetime tenure. The nine justices on the Supreme Court range in age from 52 to 86, with Neil Gorsuch the youngest, Ruth Bader Ginsburg the eldest.

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Under federal law, employees working in the private sector or for state or local governments bear the burden of proving age prompted the discrimination. But Babb’s attorney argued that provisions in the act make it easier for government workers to sue – because they only need to prove age was one of several factors that lead to the negative action, The Washington Post reported.

“So calling somebody a ‘boomer’ and considering them for a position would be actionable?” Roberts asked, seeking clarification for the attorney’s argument.

Yes, Martinez replied, if the remark “was one of the factors going into this decision, I think it absolutely would be covered.”

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Back in November, a 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker was accused of ageism after she responded “OK, Boomer” to an older colleague who allegedly heckled her during a debate on climate change.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vertigo: Trump, Pelosi duel for airtime over China, impeachment

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It wasn’t a mere split-screen moment; it was whiplash.

Two major stories collided yesterday on live television as President Trump and House Democrats tried to seize the spotlight from opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, with viewers forced to dart their eyes back and forth as at a tennis match.

And there was a third story—the previous night’s Democratic debate in Iowa—that was blown off the screen, just 12 hours after it ended.

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Nancy Pelosi wanted the focus on her belated move to literally walk the articles of impeachment over to the Senate side. Donald Trump wanted the focus on the partial trade deal he had finally negotiated with China.

Just after 10 eastern, Larry Kudlow, the chief economic adviser, was touting the China agreement on Fox News as MSNBC and CNN were ramping up for a Pelosi presser. The stock-market indexes were hitting all-time highs.

Once Pelosi was introducing Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and her other impeachment managers for the Senate trial, all the cable news networks switched to the House speaker.

In the next hour, they all went live to the East Room as the president staged an event to hail the “Phase One” agreement with China. There is journalistic skepticism, to be sure, about whether Beijing will indeed buy $50 billion in U.S. food exports and stop stealing intellectual property in exchange for relief on some American tariffs. But the partial cease-fire was big news.

Trump, in a jovial mood, began thanking, and thanking, and thanking people. He thanked Mike Pence, Kudlow, Wilbur Ross, Robert Lighthizer and Lou Dobbs. More people were thanked than in an entire Oscars telecast. He practically thanked the sound man and the lighting guy.

After many minutes, MSNBC broke away and began talking about impeachment, with split-screen boxes showing Trump and Dems speaking on the Hill. Soon afterward, CNN shifted to multiple boxes, briefly talking about China and then impeachment. Fox stayed with the East Room extravaganza.

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Finally, Trump moved on to the substantive part of his trade speech, and CNN picked that up, while MSNBC stuck with its favored theme, impeachment. But then all three networks dumped Trump as Pelosi began the House debate on sending impeachment to the Senate.

If you’re keeping score at home, Pelosi had the ball, Trump stole it back, they tussled back and forth during the split-screen period, and then Pelosi trumped Trump.

The reason all this matters for the media is that we’re going to be in a political tug-of-war for weeks. The Democratic candidates are going to have trouble getting a sliver of the spotlight during the Senate trial, even as we head to the Iowa caucuses. Their serious but plodding debate in Des Moines will be instantly forgotten, except perhaps for Elizabeth refusing to shake Bernie’s hand. Joe Biden’s lament about the middle class–“They’re being clobbered. They’re being killed”—rang hollow in light of the booming economy and Wall Street records the next morning.

Another political collision: Trump may well be giving his State of the Union speech (the day after Iowa) while he’s still being tried in the Senate.

As the confrontation with Iran recedes, impeachment will dominate everything. Governing has come to a halt. Even the despicable Houston Astros cheating scandal is muffled. Even Harry and Meghan will find it hard to compete. And that is a challenge for the news business, especially since everyone knows how the trial will turn out.

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Trump Hopes Trade Deals Will Boost Growth. Experts Don’t Agree.

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WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries and White House officials have predicted that President Trump’s initial trade agreement with China and his revised accord with Mexico and Canada — slated for final passage this week — will deliver twin jolts to the economy.

But outside forecasters, including some economists who have welcomed the China agreement in particular, have predicted much more modest gains — and, in some cases, no gains at all.

“We now have U.S.M.C.A.; that’s going to pass the Senate this week,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday on CNBC, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “We have China Phase 1, there is a deal with Japan, a deal with Korea. These are all going to have significant positive effects on the 2020 economy.”

He and other officials have good reason to hope: Mr. Trump is up for re-election, and the economy appears to have grown by just over 2 percent in 2019, a dip from 2018 and well short of the administration’s forecasts of growth above 3 percent for the year.

The administration has yet to publish an official 2020 growth forecast. Mr. Mnuchin said on Sunday that he expected the economy to grow between 2.5 percent and 3 percent this year, though he cautioned that growth could fall to the lower end of that range because of troubles at the aerospace giant Boeing.

Other forecasts were less optimistic. The World Bank said last week that it expected the United States economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year. The first phase of the China trade deals and the U.S.M.C.A. are not expected to have much of an impact on the more pessimistic predictions.

“I have not changed my forecast as of yet and don’t expect to materially,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief United States economist for High Frequency Economics. She expects the nation’s economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year.

The China agreement, she said, “is a step in the right direction, but tariffs remain in place, and I’m not sure they will be rolled back imminently.”

The Phase 1 agreement could affect American growth in two ways, and administration officials are counting on both to deliver.

First, the deal calls for China to begin purchasing what the administration says will be $200 billion worth of American crops and other exported goods and services. Those purchases should increase exports from the United States to China, which, all else being equal, would promote growth.

Second, and perhaps more important, administration officials appear to be counting on the agreement to revive business investment in the United States, which has fallen in recent quarters after surging in the first half of 2018. The uncertainty that Mr. Trump and the Chinese sowed as they imposed escalating tariffs on each other’s imports was largely to blame for that sluggishness, many companies and economists have said.

The bullish case for the China agreement is that it will ease that uncertainty. Some economists say the U.S.M.C.A. could do the same. For months, administration officials have touted a study by the United States International Trade Commission that predicted that the North American trade deal could raise growth by 0.35 percent, largely by reducing uncertainty over trade in digital services.

Andrew Hunter, senior United States economist at Capital Economics, backed that assessment on Tuesday. “The gap that opened up last year between investment and corporate profits suggests that tariff uncertainty has caused firms to delay” investment plans, he wrote in a research note. He added, “With the U.S.M.C.A. deal signed and the threat of further tariffs on Chinese goods seemingly off the table, that drag should now be fading.”

Many economists have praised the agreements for reducing uncertainty, but few have raised their growth forecasts because of them. That is in part because they say the deals still leave a large number of tariffs in place — particularly those against China, but also on some steel, aluminum, solar panels and washing machines imported from other countries.

They also noted that Mr. Trump had waged his trade wars on fronts well beyond North America and China. New trade battles loom this year, including one between the United States and France over a French push to impose a new tax that hits American tech giants like Google and Amazon.

Mary Lovely, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said the Phase 1 agreement was “good news for the U.S. and the world economy.” But, she said, “there remains considerable uncertainly for businesses using China as a platform for products destined for the U.S. market, and we will continue to see the impact of this in slower investment and higher business costs.”

Lewis Alexander, chief United States economist at Nomura, revised his 2020 growth forecast up by 0.1 percentage points in late fall to reflect the suspension of a new round of tariffs that had been set to take effect in December. He said he did not expect a material gain in business investment because of the deals.

Several economists expressed optimism that a “Phase 2” deal with China that rolls back more tariffs — coupled with a long stretch of trade peace on other fronts — could deliver more benefits to the economy. But administration officials appear to have ruled out such a deal before November.

“Yes, there is some upside risk to our outlook if things go better than we expect,” Mr. Alexander said. “But in general the direct effects of tariff changes are not large, and to really change the tone, a lot of things about the U.S.-China relationship would have to be settled in a way that seemed durable. It’s hard to see how that could be achieved in an election year.”

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Mile-long asteroid could be dangerous to life on Earth in millions of years if it breaks up: scientists

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A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientists wrote in a report published Monday.

“The potential breakup of the rock could be dangerous to life on Earth,” Toshihiro Kasuga, a visiting scientist at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and Kyoto Sangyo University, said in a release Wednesday, according to CNET. “Those resulting asteroids could hit the Earth in the next 10 million years or so.”

The findings were first reported in The Astronomical Journal Monday.

The fireball that passed over Kyoto, Japan, late at night on April 28, 2017, was a one-inch meteor that broke off the asteroid measuring more than a mile wide, scientists later determined, according to Live Science.

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“We uncovered the fireball’s true identity,” Kasuga said, according to CNET. “The 2017 fireball and its parent asteroid gave us a behind-the-scenes look at meteors.”

The asteroid, known as 2003 YT1, is made up of two parts: the larger rock measures 1.2 miles and is orbited by a 690-foot piece.

“The parent body 2003 YT1 could break up and those resulting asteroids could hit the Earth in the next 10 million years or so, especially because 2003 YT1 has a dust production mechanism,” he added, the Daily Express reported.

The asteroid was first discovered in 2003, hence its name.

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It has a history of cracking and releasing dust particles into space, The Express reported.

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Donald Trump Jr. Spectacularly Self-Owns With Question About Democrats

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Many commenters were quick to remind Trump Jr. that the Democratic-controlled House had impeached his father over the Ukraine scandal.

“I’d say that was a pretty big accomplishment,” wrote one.

Others highlighted the Democratic taking of the House in the 2018 midterms.

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Pair with Iranian ties get prison time for illegal surveillance of Iranian opposition groups in US: DOJ

Two men with Iranian backgrounds were sentenced to prison terms Wednesday after being convicted of conducting surveillance and collecting information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 39, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 60, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, were handed prison terms of 38 months and 30 months, respectively, the DOJ said.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman sentenced Doostdar to 38 months in prison as well as 36 months of supervised release and a fine of $14,153. Ghorbani was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release.

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On Oct. 8, 2019, Doostdar entered guilty pleas to one count of acting as an agent of the government of Iran without notifying the attorney general and one count of conspiring to violate that statute, the DOJ said.

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Two men with Iranian backgrounds were sentenced to long prison terms on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 for conducting surveillance and collecting information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

On Nov. 4, 2019, Ghorbani entered a guilty plea to one count of willfully violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) as well as Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

“The defendants, working for Iran, gathered information on Americans that could then be used by the Iranian intelligence services to intimidate or harm them or their families. These prosecutions should serve as a reminder to anyone here working covertly for Iran that the American law enforcement will pursue you to protect this country, its citizens and the First Amendment principles upon which it was founded,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in the news release.

“The FBI will not tolerate surveillance being conducted here in the United States at the behest of foreign nations like Iran.”

— Jay Tabb, executive assistant director, FBI’s National Security Branch.

“The FBI will not tolerate surveillance being conducted here in the United States at the behest of foreign nations like Iran,” said Jay Tabb, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch.

“Such activity is intimidating, particularly to individuals who exercise their constitutional rights to free speech and criticize the Iranian government. The FBI will continue to pursue such activity on U.S. soil and disrupt efforts by any individuals who take such actions on behalf of Iran,” he added.

As part of his plea, Doostdar admitted under oath he traveled to the United States from Iran on three occasions in order to meet with Ghorbani and to provide direction for Ghorbani’s activities on behalf of Iran.  Prior to Doostdar’s first trip to the United States, his handler with the government of Iran identified Ghorbani by name, showed Doostdar a photo of Ghorbani, and told him where Ghorbani worked.

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During Doostdar’s first trip to the United States in July 2017, Doostdar met Ghorbani at Ghorbani’s workplace.  Doostdar admitted that, during a subsequent conversation, Ghorbani told Doostdar he was willing to work for the Iranian government in the United States.

On Sept. 20, 2017, Ghorbani attended a New York City rally organized by the MEK. At the rally, U.S. citizens denounced the Iranian regime and Ghorbani photographed attendees, including MEK leaders.

In December 2017, during Doostdar’s second trip to the United States as part of the conspiracy, Doostdar met with Ghorbani and collected the rally photographs from Ghorbani, the DOJ reported. In the photographs, MEK leaders were depicted. In addition, handwritten notes were included which identified the individuals and listing their positions in the group.

Testifying under oath, Ghorbani admitted to attending the September 2017 MEK rally and to photographing and gathering information on rally attendees to provide to Doostdar and ultimately to individuals in Iran.  Doostdar paid Ghorbani $2,000 for his work, which Doostdar admitted had been provided by Doostdar’s Iranian handler, the news release reported.

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During the December 2017 trip, Ghorbani and Doostdar also discussed Ghorbani’s planned trip to Iran in March 2018, where Ghorbani offered to provide an in-person briefing on rally attendees during this trip.

Later in December 2017, Doostdar traveled to Iran with the photographs and handwritten notes provided by Ghorbani, the DOJ said.

In May 2018, Ghorbani traveled to another MEK rally — this time in Washington, D.C. — where he again collected information on participants critical of the Iranian regime.  Following that rally, Doostdar admitted he and Ghorbani spoke by telephone and discussed ways Ghorbani could use to provide the information collected at that rally to Doostdar in Iran.

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Doostdar also admitted during his travel to the United States to provide Ghorbani with help collecting information on U.S. citizens on behalf of the Iranian regime, he communicated with his Iranian government handler through another co-conspirator, the DOJ said. Doostdar’s handler relayed instructions and encouragement and answered Doostdar’s questions that came up during his mission in the United States.

The investigation was conducted by FBI field offices in Washington and Los Angeles, the news release said.  The case is being prosecuted by the National Security Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

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Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons injured in post-practice car crash: report

Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons suffered a concussion and whiplash following an auto accident Wednesday afternoon after the team’s practice, team officials said.

The 6-foot, 9-inch small forward was evaluated after the incident at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, where the diagnosis was made, a Hawks spokesperson said.

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Parsons will enter the NBA’s concussion protocol and miss Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta’s WXIA-TV reported.

No details about the location, time or other injuries in the car accident were available, the report said.

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In his eight years in the league, Parsons, 31, has played for Houston, Dallas and Memphis prior to Atlanta.

Parsons has played in only five games this season, with his last appearance being Dec. 27.

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Pelosi hands out souvenir pens, Dems slammed for gloating as House delivers Trump impeachment articles

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew criticism Wednesday for handing out commemorative pens — with her name on them — after signing a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for trial.

To critics, the tone of the event seemed celebratory — a far cry from December, when Pelosi wore black and insisted on the House floor it was a “solemn” day before the Democrat-controlled body voted to impeach the president on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress allegations. Later, she even cut short two rounds of cheers from Democrats when the articles were adopted.

“Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted in response. “She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes.”

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“You know what you hand out pens for? Accomplishments. Like, say, signing a historic trade deal with China,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Harrington added, referencing Trump — who on the same day as Pelosi’s impeachment signing entered a landmark trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the East Room of the White House.

Trump maintains the House impeachment effort — based on accusations that he pressured Ukraine to launch an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter, in exchange for U.S. military aid — is a “hoax” and claims he is a victim of a political “witch hunt” led by Pelosi. He is the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

“So it’s fitting that Democrats are handing out pens for their sole accomplishment: impeachment. Democrats have done NOTHING for the American people,”  Harrington added.

Before the signing Wednesday, aides set out two small trays containing more than two dozen black pens emblazoned with Pelosi’s signature. She entered the room and sat at a table with the documents and pens before her. House prosecutors and the committee chairmen who had worked on Trump’s impeachment were standing around her. Pelosi picked up each pen, signed a bit, and handed each one to a lawmaker. Sometimes, she was smiling.

“Embarrassing spectacle – Pelosi using sterling silver platters and handing out ceremonial pens to everyone in sight, made it ridiculously theatrical and so tacky and clownish. What goofballs,” Mark Simone, a conservative radio host, tweeted.

“Impeachment is so “Prayerful” that Pelosi was handing out pens in celebration. Pathetic,” Benny Johnson, chief creative officer for Turning Point USA, added.

At a Dec. 5 news conference, Pelosi had shot back at a reporter who accused her of hating Trump, saying that she, as a woman raised in a Catholic home, actually prays for the president.

“This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of his oath of office. And as a Catholic I resent your using the word ‘hate’ in a sentence that addresses me. I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full, a heart full of love, and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi exclaimed.

In a letter sent to Pelosi the day before the Dec. 18 impeachment vote, Trump questioned whether she was sincere about her faith and alleged she was waging a war on American democracy in her decision to launch the House-led impeachment inquiry back in September.

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The pens that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., will use to sign the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for trial. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying “I pray for the President,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense,” Trump countered.

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House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., second from right, reacts after getting a pen from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., after she signed the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Pelosi’s signature Wednesday sent the articles to the Senate for trial, which is expected to open Thursday.

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After the House vote, Pelosi withheld the articles for about four weeks from the Senate in an effort to pressure Senate Republicans to commit to seeing additional documents and testimony as part of trial proceedings. That promise never came, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Tuesday he was considering allowing both sides – Democrats and Republicans – to call additional witnesses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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San Francisco homeless crisis worries some attendees at JPMorgan summit: ‘The Bill Clinton of cities’

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JPMorgan is holding its annual health care conference in San Francisco this week. But some attendees — when gazing out the windows of their $2,000-a-night hotel rooms or past the doors of another champagne-infused party — have reportedly noticed the city has lost ground in its fight against homelessness.

“I feel unsafe walking around at night, especially as a young woman,” Selin Kurnaz, a co-founder of Massive Bio, told Bloomberg.

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Other executives at the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference have gone on social media to voice their concerns about the city’s decline and have posted about watching city officials clean human excrement off the streets.

The event — which is expected to bring in about $51 million for the city known for its tech startups and venture capital dollars — draws business leaders from across the globe and is considered a “mecca” for industry insiders.

One CEO from a Colorado-based genetic engineering company told the news outlet that the city “has squandered its place in the sun.”

“San Francisco is the Bill Clinton of cities,” John Price, CEO of Greffex Inc., said. “It squandered itself with its flaws.”

“San Francisco is the Bill Clinton of cities. It squandered itself with its flaws.”

— John Price, CEO, Greffex Inc.

California’s severe housing shortage has helped generate growing numbers of homeless people. Federal officials said last month that an uptick in the U.S. homeless population was driven entirely by a 16 percent increase in California, where the median sales price of a home is $500,000 — and even higher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The homeless situation in the city has become a national issue.  President Trump in December told California Gov. Gavin Newsom that the federal government would intervene if the state fails to get a grip on the homeless population.

Newsom blamed the Trump administration over rising homelessness in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, saying the White House was taking no action on “Housing First,” the governor’s approach to solving homelessness.

The Bloomberg report described how JPMorgan attendees on Sunday “with suitcases in tow checked into the W hotel” after stepping over flattened cardboard boxes and passing homeless individuals in sleeping bags.

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The report said once inside the hotel “men in ties and women in tweed chomped on spring rolls and chocolate cakes, and sipped gin cocktails and champagne.”

Earlier this year, San Francisco learned that tech giant Oracle would be moving its annual OpenWorld conference to Las Vegas after about two decades in the City by the Bay. “Poor street conditions” were reportedly cited as one reason for the relocation, which will reportedly cost San Francisco about $64 million in economic activity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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