web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Corporation (Page 259)

Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of native turtles in Florida in what the agency says is the largest seizure of turtles in recent history.

“The illegal trade of turtles is having a global impact on many turtle species and our ecosystems. We commend our law enforcement’s work to address the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said.

The two suspects were found in possession of hundreds of turtles that had a black market value of $200,000. Over 4,000 turtles were taken illegally and sold over a 6-month period, according to the agency. The sellers reportedly received cash and even traded turtles for Marijuana products on occasion.

MASSIVE ELEPHANT FOUND DEAD ON TOP OF SQUISHED CROCODILE

Westlake Legal Group 48860380802_d6cddbe734_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

FWC Photo (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

Michael Boesenberg, 39, was charged with dealing in stolen property as an organizer, 9 counts of standard caging requirements for captured wildlife, 3 counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles, being over the possession limit of turtles, sale and offering turtles taken in the wild, possession of marine turtle parts, possession of black bear parts, possession of marijuana, possession and intent to sell drugs, and possession of a controlled substance, according to the FWC.

Westlake Legal Group Michael-Boesenberg-Lee-County-Sheriff-office Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

Michael Boesenberg, 39, faces charges for possession and sale of sea turtles (Lee County Sheriff office)

Michael Clemons, 23, was charged with two counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles, being over the possession limit of box turtles, selling and offering for sale turtles taken from the wild, and transporting wild-caught turtles without a permit, the agency reported.

Westlake Legal Group 48860381332_0b68e28f57_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of native turtles in Florida in what agency says is the largest seizure of turtles in recent history. (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The FWC says they launched a sting operation after receiving a tip in February 2018. As a result of a search warrant on Aug. 12, they determined that a “well-organized” ring of wildlife traffickers were illegally catching and selling wild turtles to large reptile dealers and illegal distributors who shipped a large majority of them overseas on the black market.

“Putting a stop to this criminal enterprise is a significant win for conservation,” said Col. Curtis Brown, head of FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “Arresting people engaged in illegal wildlife trafficking supports our environment and legal businesses. It is especially positive and rewarding to be able to release many of the turtles back into the wild.”

“We know that the global black market in live animals includes traffickers smuggling protected species of turtles out of the United States, usually for export to the Asian pet market,” Dr. Craig Stanford, Chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group told the FWC. “This sinister and illegal trade threatens the future of many species of North American animals, and as one of the most threatened animal groups on the planet, turtles are at the forefront of our concern.”

BOA CONSTRICTOR ‘AT LARGE’ IN AUSTRALIAN TOWN, ‘FRESHLY SHED’ SKIN DISCOVERED

Westlake Legal Group 48860381067_af7d02d048_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

Over 4,000 turtles were taken illegally and sold over a 6-month period (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The pair reportedly targeted habitats known for the specific species, eventually depleting the turtle populations so much that they had to expand to other areas of the state to meet their growing demand.

“Wild turtle populations cannot sustain the level of harvest that took place here,” said Dr. Brooke Talley, the Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Coordinator for the FWC. “This will likely have consequences for the entire ecosystem and is a detriment for our citizens and future generations.”

Westlake Legal Group 48859831613_3bd7631496_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

The FWC says they launched a sting operation after receiving a tip back in February 2018 (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins.

Investigators also found the pair to be in possession of the skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the rarest species of sea turtle that’s also on the critically endangered list.

Westlake Legal Group 48859831933_0ddd8e39b5_b Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

The skull and shell of a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, the rarest species of sea turtle on the critically endangered list. (Florida Fish and Wildlife)

CLICK FOR THE ALL-NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM

The seized turtles were given a health evaluation and had their species identified by biologists at the FWC. The agency says over 600 turtles were returned to the wild and two dozen were quarantined and released at a later date. The illegal commercialization of wildlife ranks fourth behind guns, drugs and human smuggling, according to the agency.

Westlake Legal Group 48860380802_d6cddbe734_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e   Westlake Legal Group 48860380802_d6cddbe734_k Two suspects charged in largest seizure of turtles in recent history, FWC says fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/florida fox-news/us/crime fox-news/us fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox news fnc/us fnc David Aaro article 491ec08e-f360-556e-bb26-92230ca8a23e

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Brody Jenner reveals split from Kaitlynn Carter will be part of ‘The Hills’ second season

Brody Jenner is ready to share every part of his personal life, even his recent split from partner Kaitlynn Carter.

The reality TV star, 36, admitted that it will all play out on the second season of the rebooted “The Hills: New Beginnings.”

“I’m sure you’re going to see a lot of that,” he said in reference to Carter.

MILEY CYRUS SEEN KISSING BRODY JENNER’S EX AMID LIAM HEMSWORTH SPLIT

“‘The Hills’ was one of those things where, it’s tough to put yourself out there like that but ultimately, it can be very therapeutic as well,” the California native told Entertainment Tonight.

“To put yourself out there and leave yourself open for judgment can also be helpful to your daily life and moving forward in how you grow up. There’s a lot of times you get people that’ll tell you, ‘Don’t do it. It’s a reality show.’ But you gotta be yourself and just do it,” he said.

Westlake Legal Group brody Brody Jenner reveals split from Kaitlynn Carter will be part of 'The Hills' second season Jessica Napoli fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/genres/reality fox-news/entertainment/events/couples fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 2e6f0eeb-27e8-583a-860c-57bbba4abc9c

Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter Jenner attend the premiere of MTV’s “The Hills: New Beginnings” at Liaison on June 19, 2019 in Los Angeles. The pair split in early August 2019, when it was revealed their marriage was never legal. (Getty)

According to Jenner, the cast hasn’t started filming Season 2 of the MTV series but he hopes the new episodes will include more about his music career.

BRODY JENNER DEFENDS EX KAITLYNN CARTER: ‘I FEEL THE NEED TO SET THE STORY STRAIGHT’

He has a new single, “It’s Alive,” with EDM band AHZ and DJs regularly.

“Hopefully in the second season they start filming more about what we actually do in our real life,” Jenner said. “Not just gossiping and sitting at a restaurant or going to a nightclub. There are a lot more things that we have going on in our lives that are interesting and cool, and [music] being one of them.”

Westlake Legal Group kaitynn-carter-miley-cyrus-getty Brody Jenner reveals split from Kaitlynn Carter will be part of 'The Hills' second season Jessica Napoli fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/genres/reality fox-news/entertainment/events/couples fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 2e6f0eeb-27e8-583a-860c-57bbba4abc9c

Kaitlynn Carter and Miley Cyrus are seen on Sept. 10, 2019 in New York City. The pair reportedly showed a lot of PDA at New York Fashion Week. The pair reportedly split after just a month together. (Getty)

Carter and Jenner split in August. He and the 30-year-old media personality had been together since 2014, and Jenner proposed in 2016.

They got married in Bali in June 2018, but the union was never made legal.

MILEY CYRUS, KAITLYNN CARTER ‘HAD A THING GOING’ BEFORE BRODY JENNER SPLIT, SPENCER PRATT CLAIMS

“Brody Jenner & Kaitlynn Carter have decided to amicably separate,” Jenner’s rep told Page Six at the time. “They love and respect one another, and know that this is the best decision for their relationship moving forward.”

Jenner is currently dating model Josie Canseco while Carter was linked to Miley Cyrus in a short-lived romance that only last a few weeks.

Westlake Legal Group brody Brody Jenner reveals split from Kaitlynn Carter will be part of 'The Hills' second season Jessica Napoli fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/genres/reality fox-news/entertainment/events/couples fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 2e6f0eeb-27e8-583a-860c-57bbba4abc9c   Westlake Legal Group brody Brody Jenner reveals split from Kaitlynn Carter will be part of 'The Hills' second season Jessica Napoli fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/genres/reality fox-news/entertainment/events/couples fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article 2e6f0eeb-27e8-583a-860c-57bbba4abc9c

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

U.K. Lawmakers Disrupt Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan

Westlake Legal Group 19brexit-leadall1-facebookJumbo U.K. Lawmakers Disrupt Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan Politics and Government Letwin, Oliver (1956- ) Legislatures and Parliaments Johnson, Boris Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) Great Britain

LONDON — Just as Britain appeared on the cusp of a history-making, up-or-down vote on its long-delayed departure from the European Union, the British Parliament struck an impasse on Saturday as lawmakers adopted a measure that delayed a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with Brussels.

The turbulent events left Mr. Johnson’s agreement in limbo, legally obliging him to seek yet another extension for Britain’s departure, which he had once vowed never to do. It was the latest twist in a debate that has convulsed the country ever since the British public voted in 2016 for a divorce from the European Union.

On a dramatic day in which lawmakers debated while enormous crowds of anti-Brexit protesters marched outside the Houses of Parliament, Mr. Johnson implored lawmakers to approve his agreement, which would pave the way for Britain to leave the European Union at the end of the month.

The prime minister argued that it was the best deal Britain could hope to strike with Europe — one that, in his telling, would position the country for a thriving future as an agile, free agent in the global economy — and that any further delay would be “pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust.”

“As someone who passionately believed we had to go back to our European friends to seek a better agreement,” Mr. Johnson said, “I must tell this House that with this deal, the scope for future negotiations has run its course.”

Instead, by a vote of 322 to 306, they passed a last-minute amendment, brought by Oliver Letwin, an expelled member of Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party, that would delay a vote on the agreement until Parliament had passed the detailed legislation that enacts it.

The amendment brings into play that law to prevent a no-deal Brexit, pressuring Mr. Johnson to request another delay from the European Union — something he said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than do.

Mr. Letwin, who actually supports Mr. Johnson’s plan, argued that his amendment was simply a safety net that prevented pro-Brexit hard-liners from sabotaging the implementing legislation and, in the ensuing political vacuum before the Oct. 31 deadline, engineering the no-deal rupture that some want.

But some opponents of the Brexit blueprint supported the Letwin amendment too. For Mr. Johnson, who has staked his claim to 10 Downing Street on delivering the withdrawal, the amendment was another in a long series of setbacks in Parliament, preventing him from forcing lawmakers into a binary decision on whether to support his plan or not.

The government plans to press ahead with its Brexit blueprint, forcing another critical vote on Tuesday. But that could also present opponents with the opportunity to try to amend his plan.

Assuming that Mr. Johnson does request another Brexit delay, as he is obliged to do, the European Union would have to decide whether to grant it and, if so, for how long. European leaders would calculate whether to grant a brief delay of a few more weeks to resolve the technical details, or a longer delay to allow a general election or perhaps a second referendum.

Meeting on a Saturday for the first time since the Falklands War in 1982, members of the House of Commons rose, one after the other, to fervently endorse or reject Mr. Johnson’s deal. The debate seemed to be ultimately less about the details of the plan, with its fiendishly complicated arrangements for trade with Northern Ireland, than about whether Britain could finally put Brexit behind it.

Opponents of the plan accused Mr. Johnson of negotiating a shoddy deal that would leave a post-Brexit Britain vulnerable to predatory trade deals with other countries, not least the United States.

“This deal would inevitably lead to a Trump trade deal, forcing the U.K. to diverge from the highest standards and expose our families to chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef,” said the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, referring to fears of chemically-treated imports from the United States.

For Mr. Johnson, 55, a flamboyant politician and former mayor of London who has been in office since July, it was a crucial moment. He spoke with a tone of gravity and conciliation that contrasted starkly with the inflammatory language he has used during previous parliamentary debates over Brexit.

A victory could fuel Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party in the general election he is likely to call for the coming weeks. A further delay could paint Mr. Johnson as a leader stymied by Brexit, much like his predecessor, Theresa May, who lost three thumping votes in Parliament on her Brexit agreement.

For Mr. Johnson, the arithmetic was always going to be daunting. To win, he would need to cobble together a complex, contradictory collection of lawmakers, including converts from the opposition Labour Party, hard-line Brexiteers who rejected Mrs. May’s agreement, and Conservative Party exiles whom he purged after they voted for the amendment that defanged his threat to leave the European Union, even without a deal, on Oct. 31.

Mr. Johnson’s deal differs from those of his predecessor, Theresa May, primarily in its treatment of the border issue in Northern Ireland. Needing to avoid physical border checks, Mrs. May opted to keep the entire United Kingdom in the European Union’s customs union, which was unacceptable to hard-line Brexiteers.

Mr. Johnson sought to satisfy them by keeping Northern Ireland subject to the bloc’s rules in a practical sense, but legally outside it with the rest of Britain.

His deal is at the extreme end of divorce settlements that Britain could have negotiated with Europe. It commits the country to very little alignment with the European Union on trade or regulations, turning its back on much of the web of rules that critics in Britain found stifling or a threat to their sovereignty.

By keeping the European Union at arm’s length, Mr. Johnson and his lieutenants contend, Britain will be unshackled and can set out to transform itself into an agile, lightly regulated competitor in the global economy — or “Singapore-on-Thames,” to use a phrase coined by Brexit evangelists.

To do that, however, Britain must first negotiate new trade agreements with dozens of parties, including the European Union and the United States, a painstaking process that could take several more years. And Mr. Johnson’s plan allows for only a standstill period ending in 14 months time, though this could be extended for a maximum of two years.

Leaving the European Union legally does not end the Brexit drama; it merely brings down the curtain on Act One.

The debate on Saturday came after more than three tumultuous years of division and discord over Brexit, an ordeal that has shaken British politics and tested traditional loyalties, both among lawmakers and voters.

In 2017, Mrs. May called an election betting that she could persuade Britons to give her a big majority in Parliament to negotiate a Brexit accord. That proved a fatal error when she lost her majority and with it, much of her authority within the governing Conservative Party.

Though she later succeeded in negotiating a Brexit deal, she failed three times to get it through the House of Commons and was ultimately forced to request two Brexit delays. Even before that humiliation, her enemies were circling — not least Mr. Johnson, who resigned from her cabinet after complaining that her deal would make Britain a vassal state of the European Union.

That helped feed a narrative that has polarized British politics, with many supporters of Brexit moving toward a more brutal rupture with the European Union than its proponents suggested in the 2016 referendum.

At the same time, opponents of Brexit became less inclined to settle on a compromise that they saw as the worst of both worlds. Voters increasingly came to identify themselves more as “leavers” or “remainers” than by traditional loyalty to any party.

Facing competition from the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, the Conservatives have now embraced a hard-line form of exit, a transition that gained momentum last month with the purge of 21 Conservative rebels, including Mr. Letwin.

The Labour Party still says it wants to negotiate a different, softer Brexit deal, and would put that to a referendum, with remaining in the European Union being the alternative. The smaller and more pro-European Liberal Democrats say they would stay in the bloc without holding a second vote.

But while political sentiment has fled the center ground, there is a growing sense of exhaustion among many voters about the endless haggling over Brexit in Parliament.

That has proved a powerful weapon for Mr. Johnson, who has argued that he would “get Brexit done” — even if the reality is that Britain’s legal departure from the European Union is only a stage in a much longer process.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Last minute bid by rebel MPs derails Brexit vote; Johnson pledges not to negotiate a delay

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095977216001_6095972035001-vs Last minute bid by rebel MPs derails Brexit vote; Johnson pledges not to negotiate a delay fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe/brexit fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/person/boris-johnson fox news fnc/world fnc article Adam Shaw 7c4aca6e-16c7-553c-891e-14763a8f49db

A crucial vote on U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was torpedoed by a last-ditch bid by anti-Brexit MPs to derail it hours before lawmakers were due to cast their votes — as thousands protested outside Parliament.

An amendment passed that would require Johnson to apply for a delay to Britain’s Oct. 31 departure from the bloc, something that Johnson said he would not do.

The rare Saturday session of Parliament was surrounded with both drama and a cloud of unknowns ahead of the vote expected late in the day, and comes just days after Johnson had secured a new withdrawal agreement with European leaders during the week, ahead of Britain’s scheduled departure from the bloc at the end of the month.

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue had warned of the danger of leaving without a deal, and Johnson had hailed the agreement as one that would satisfy hardline Brexiteers while making sure that the U.K. did not crash out of the bloc.

BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH: BORIS JOHNSON AGREES ‘GREAT NEW DEAL’ WITH EU

Let us come together as democrats behind this deal, the one proposition that fulfils the verdict of the majority but which also allows us to bring together the two halves of our hearts, to bring together the two halves of our nation,” he told lawmakers, according to the Times of London.

As lawmakers debated the measure, thousands of mostly anti-Brexit protesters marched through the streets of London. Many of them were calling for a second referendum — something that those opposed to Brexit have been calling for since shortly after the first referendum in 2016, where 52 percent of voters chose to leave.

While polls show Johnson’s Conservative Party leading comfortably in the polls, there is a strong alliance of anti-Brexit parties in Parliament, and polls suggest that the public is still mostly split down the middle on Britain’s departure from the E.U.

Supporters of the amendment that passed, put forward by independent (and former Tory) MP Oliver Letwin, say it will remove the risk that the U.K. could still fall out of the bloc by mistake if there was a problem getting through Parliament the formal legislation needed to implement the deal.

But it requires Johnson, who has repeatedly promised that Britain would leave the E.U. on Oct. 31., to request a delay to the departure date. European leaders have said that there would be no further delays now that there is a deal on the table.

“I want us to finish this off and speak about the future,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday. “The Oct. 31 date must be respected. I don’t believe new delays should be granted.”

If the Letwin amendment was to pass, the Times of London reported that Downing Street would abandon the vote and sent MPs home.

BORIS JOHNSON AIDE DENIES PRIME MINISTER COFFEE IN DISPOSABLE CUP

Should the amendment be foiled, Johnson still faces the daunting task of getting his deal over the line by itself. His party holds only 288 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, so will require support from pro-Brexit MPs in other parties — while limiting defections within his own.

It was a task that evaded former Prime Minister Theresa May, who failed to get her own deal through on three separate occasions before she resigned in the summer.

Johnson’s deal differs from the May’s deal on the crucial aspect that it abandons the controversial backstop proposal that would have seen the U.K. kept in a customs union until a formal trade deal was made. The backstop was made to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland (which is part of the U.K.) and Ireland — which is remaining within the E.U.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

But in Johnson’s deal a special status is created for Northern Ireland which allows it to keep an open border with Ireland but while keeping unity with the rest of the U.K.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095977216001_6095972035001-vs Last minute bid by rebel MPs derails Brexit vote; Johnson pledges not to negotiate a delay fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe/brexit fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/person/boris-johnson fox news fnc/world fnc article Adam Shaw 7c4aca6e-16c7-553c-891e-14763a8f49db   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095977216001_6095972035001-vs Last minute bid by rebel MPs derails Brexit vote; Johnson pledges not to negotiate a delay fox-news/world/world-regions/united-kingdom fox-news/world/world-regions/europe/brexit fox-news/world/world-regions/europe fox-news/person/boris-johnson fox news fnc/world fnc article Adam Shaw 7c4aca6e-16c7-553c-891e-14763a8f49db

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Boris Johnson Forced To Request Brexit Delay After MPs Amend Halloween Deadline

Westlake Legal Group 5dab045d2000003f165062a9 Boris Johnson Forced To Request Brexit Delay After MPs Amend Halloween Deadline

Boris Johnson has been forced to ask for a Brexit delay after members of parliament inflicted yet another defeat on his government.

In a historic “super Saturday” sitting ― not seen since 1982 ― the House of Commons voted by 322 to 306 to compel the prime minister to write to Brussels to extend the UK’s membership of the European Union from October 31 to January of next year. 

The vote means that Johnson’s “do-or-die” Halloween deadline can now be breached if Brexit legislation is not passed in the next two weeks.

Parliament backed an amendment by Tory grandee Sir Oliver Letwin which delays Johnson’s plan for a straight “yes” or “no” vote on his EU divorce proposals.

But after the vote, Johnson vowed to defy parliament, insisting: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.”

“I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days that I’ve served as prime minister ― that further delay will the bad for this country, bad for our European Union and bad for democracy,” he stated.

It sets up a fresh parliamentary showdown next Tuesday, when the government is expected to bring forward its Withdrawal Agreement Bill to enact the deal Johnson struck with Brussels.

Downing Street sources were withering about the new delay, but Letwin and other members insisted that his new safeguard would actually make it more likely that parliament could now approve his deal.

In line with British law, Johnson will now have until 11pm on Saturday night to send a letter to the EU requesting an extension of the UK’s EU membership to January 31, 2020.

HuffPost UK understands that allies of Johnson are expecting the EU to grant only a short extension, probably a couple of weeks, in order to help the deal get through the Commons and avoid a general election or second referendum.

Earlier, Johnson signaled that he would indeed comply with the law, however with a strong hint that he would also possibly send another message to Brussels that he wanted any delay to be as short as possible.

“I must tell the House again in all candor that whatever letters they may seek to enforce, seek to force the government to write, it cannot change my judgement that further delay is pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust,” he said.

Johnson made a direct pitch for the backing of Labour MPs in areas that backed Brexit, but although a handful gave their support many decided that the Letwin move to categorically rule out a no-deal Brexit was needed.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his MPs would “not be duped” into believing Tory “empty promises” on workers’ rights and the environment.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Kim Strassel: The impeachment inquiry will be ‘damaging’ to America

Westlake Legal Group STRASSEL-2SHOT Kim Strassel: The impeachment inquiry will be 'damaging' to America Julia Musto fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 56c7df92-b520-517d-8bf7-52e9598f0a55

House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump will harm the United States, WSJ editorial board member and Fox News contributor Kimberley Strassel said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Jedidiah Bila, Strassel said, “We’ve been told for three years that it’s Donald Trump who is breaking institutions, destroying democracy, undermining the way we operate…I think if you stepped back and looked at it objectively, the lasting damage that we’re getting is to institutions that are coming under assault as part of this resistance drive to push him out of office.”

Strassel said that impeachment is one of the ” most awesome sober tools we are provided in the constitution,” noting that the Founding Fathers almost didn’t write it into the Constitution because “they were worried that it’d be misused.”

“And, that’s what we see happening,” she told Bila. “For three years, people were calling about impeachment, calling for impeachment the day Donald Trump was elected.”

REP. KEN BUCK: TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY DEEPLY FLAWED AND UNFAIR — HEARINGS SHOULD BE PUBLIC

According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 89 percent of Democrats approve of the House of Representatives’ decision to conduct an impeachment inquiry and 93 percent think Trump has done things that are grounds for impeachment.

A recent Quinnipiac poll, in addition to finding 9 in 10 Democrats expressing approval of the impeachment inquiry, found 85 percent of Democrats say they think Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

At a 2020 campaign rally in Dallas on Thursday, the president hit back: “For three straight years, radical Democrats have been trying to overthrow the results of a great, great, election, maybe the greatest election in the history of our country. They want to impose an extreme agenda.”

“They cannot pass it and they cannot win it at the ballot box. They’re not going to win that evening again. They won’t come close in 2020. They know it. They know they’re not going to win it,” he said. Adding, “You know, I really don’t believe anymore that they love our country.”

“Look at their own words,” Strassel pointed out. “They say that the original offense was that Donald Trump demanded a quid pro quo that he was going to withhold Ukrainian aid for the Ukraine unless the country gave him dirt on Joe Biden.”

“We saw the transcript. We’ve had Ukraine say, ‘No, there was no quid pro quo.’ They’ve even said that they didn’t even know the money was being withheld,” she added.

“What you do see now is [Democrats] moving the goal post to suggest that even smaller offenses are somehow impeachable,” she said. “But, this is a risk. If we’re going to turn impeachment into a partisan political tool, every party’s going to use it against each other.”

Strassel told Bila she believes that there will be a formal vote in the House because now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has “jumped on this train,” there’s “no way she can jump back off it again” and her base will “demand an impeachment vote in the end.”

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE FOX NEWS APP

“But, it’s going to go to the Senate and it’s not going to go anywhere and he’s going to be acquitted,” she predicted.

“And so, then [Pelosi] has to ask herself, did she actually convince Americans of the case? Was there in any way a bipartisan majority to do this?” Strassel asked. “And, assuming the polls stay the way they are, there isn’t going to be. And, it’s just going to cause more damage in the United States.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group STRASSEL-2SHOT Kim Strassel: The impeachment inquiry will be 'damaging' to America Julia Musto fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 56c7df92-b520-517d-8bf7-52e9598f0a55   Westlake Legal Group STRASSEL-2SHOT Kim Strassel: The impeachment inquiry will be 'damaging' to America Julia Musto fox-news/shows/fox-friends fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox news fnc/media fnc article 56c7df92-b520-517d-8bf7-52e9598f0a55

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon reenact their ‘Friends’ scene

Westlake Legal Group jenreese Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon reenact their 'Friends' scene The Sun fox-news/person/reese-witherspoon fox-news/person/jennifer-aniston fox-news/entertainment/tv fnc/entertainment fnc db510dfb-4826-54c0-bba7-6fbce2212629 article

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon delighted fans by reliving some of their best moments as sisters in “Friends.”

The pair reenacted their lines from the sitcom in a press interview, which Reese posted to her Instagram on Friday.

Reese, 43, captioned: “One of the best parts of working with Jen is reliving my favorite lines from #FRIENDS! #theGreenSisters.”

JENNIFER ANISTON POSTS FIRST #TBT ON INSTAGRAM

They were being interviewed for their new show, “The Morning Show,” which sees them back on screen together after playing Rachel and Jill Green.

Their natural rapport was obvious, with Reese having to prompt Jen on her lines.

JENNIFER ANISTON’S ‘FRIENDS’ CO-STARS COURTENEY COX, DAVIS SCHWIMMER WELCOME HER TO INSTAGRAM

“Do you remember your line?” asked Reese, with Jen shaking her head.

They hid behind a sheet of paper as Reese gave her the line, which she then recalled perfectly.

“You can’t have Ross,” said Jennifer, in character as Rachel.

“Can’t have? Can’t have? The only thing I can’t have is diary,” responds Reese, as Jill, in the classic line from the show.

REESE WITHERSPOON RECALLS MEETING JENNIFER ANISTON FOR THE FIRST TIME ON ‘FRIENDS’ SET: ‘I WAS REALLY NERVOUS’

Jen even added a gasp at the scalding line.

Fans went crazy for the exchange from the episode called “The One With Rachel’s Sister” – which first aired on February 3, 2000 and saw Jill try to date Ross – with even Oprah magazine praising the content.

“This is the Friends content we DESERVE! 🙌🏽🏆” wrote Oprah magazine.

Another wrote: “ok. i’m ready to admit that i am fully obsessed with you @ReeseW ‬.”

JENNIFER ANISTON SAYS HER ‘MORNING SHOW’ CHARACTER’S STRUGGLES DRAW PARALLELS TO HER LIFE: ‘I JUST WANT TO CRY’

“This is the kind of reboot we can get behind,” said another.

And Sara Foster, the reality star daughter of David Foster, wrote: “Hahahahaha genius.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun

Westlake Legal Group jenreese Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon reenact their 'Friends' scene The Sun fox-news/person/reese-witherspoon fox-news/person/jennifer-aniston fox-news/entertainment/tv fnc/entertainment fnc db510dfb-4826-54c0-bba7-6fbce2212629 article   Westlake Legal Group jenreese Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon reenact their 'Friends' scene The Sun fox-news/person/reese-witherspoon fox-news/person/jennifer-aniston fox-news/entertainment/tv fnc/entertainment fnc db510dfb-4826-54c0-bba7-6fbce2212629 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Botched capture of El Chapo’s son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord’s family to compensate victims’ families

Mexico’s botched effort to capture one of infamous druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sons was the result of an arrest warrant from the U.S., according to a report.

Wild gun battles Thursday in the northern city of Culiacan – the capital of Mexico’s Sinaloa state — led to Ovidio Guzman Lopez’s release from custody and the deaths of 8 people. The gunfire also left more than 20 people wounded.

As the smoke cleared, Sky News reported El Chapo’s family was offering to compensate those who died and were wounded during the gunfire that pitted outnumbered militarized police and National Guard members against heavily armed gunmen with the violent Sinaloa cartel.

DEA AGENT WHO NABBED EL CHAPO SHOCKED BY MEXICO’S RELEASE OF DRUG LORD’S SON: ‘THERE IS NO POLICE HERE’

Jose Luis Gonzalez Mesa, a lawyer for Guzman’s family, said: “The family apologizes to the people of Sinaloa, and particularly to the people of Culiacan. However many there were, man, no problem, they will help them economically.”

Ovidio Guzman was released as the police retreated to prevent loss of life.

Westlake Legal Group Culiacan-1-Reuters Botched capture of El Chapo's son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord's family to compensate victims' families Robert Gearty fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox-news/world/world-regions/latin-america fox-news/topic/mexican-cartel-violence fox news fnc/world fnc article aad578c0-b048-5a07-a207-06cb24bbbae2

A burning bus, set alight by cartel gunmen to block a road, is pictured during clashes with federal forces following the detention of Ovidio Guzman, son of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico October 17, 2019.  (Reuters)

Three dozen troops arrived at a home Thursday afternoon armed with an arrest warrant from the U.S. to apprehend Ovidio Guzmán, according to the New York Post.

MEXICAN PRESIDENT DEFENDS RETREAT OF SECURITY FORCES, RELEASE OF EL CHAPO’S SON

El Chapo lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman confirmed the warrant had been signed by a federal judge in Washington D.C., although he said details of what went down afterward were still murky.

“It’s unclear what exactly happened,” Lichtman told the paper, adding that Ovidio was safe and not in custody.

“As soon as the smoke clears, we’ll endeavor to figure out exactly what happened here,” he said, according to the paper.

Westlake Legal Group Culiacan-2-AP Botched capture of El Chapo's son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord's family to compensate victims' families Robert Gearty fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox-news/world/world-regions/latin-america fox-news/topic/mexican-cartel-violence fox news fnc/world fnc article aad578c0-b048-5a07-a207-06cb24bbbae2

A burnt-out truck used by gunmen smolders on an intersection, a day after street battles between gunmen and security forces in Culiacan, Mexico, Friday Oct. 18, 2019.  (AP)

The arrest warrant was issued after Ovidio Guzman and an older brother were charged in a 2018 indictment with a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana for importation into the United States.

The indictment unsealed 8 months ago charged Ovidio Guzman, 28, and Joaquin Guzman Lopez, with engaging in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs to the U.S. over a 10 year period.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday defended the decision to let Ovidio Guzman go free.

“This decision was made to protect citizens,” he said. “You cannot fight fire with fire,” he added. “We do not want deaths. We do not want war.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

But Mike Vigil, a former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who worked undercover in Mexico, called the violence “a massive black eye to the Mexican government” and a “sign that the cartels are more powerful” than it is.

Westlake Legal Group Culiacan-1-Reuters Botched capture of El Chapo's son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord's family to compensate victims' families Robert Gearty fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox-news/world/world-regions/latin-america fox-news/topic/mexican-cartel-violence fox news fnc/world fnc article aad578c0-b048-5a07-a207-06cb24bbbae2   Westlake Legal Group Culiacan-1-Reuters Botched capture of El Chapo's son stemmed from US warrant; drug lord's family to compensate victims' families Robert Gearty fox-news/world/world-regions/location-mexico fox-news/world/world-regions/latin-america fox-news/topic/mexican-cartel-violence fox news fnc/world fnc article aad578c0-b048-5a07-a207-06cb24bbbae2

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Bernie Sanders Adds New York Endorsements Ahead Of Comeback Rally In Queens

Westlake Legal Group 5daa7bd52000009f11506272 Bernie Sanders Adds New York Endorsements Ahead Of Comeback Rally In Queens

The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) secured the endorsements of three additional New York lawmakers ahead of his comeback rally in Queens on Saturday: state Sens. Michael Gianaris and Jessica Ramos of Queens, and state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda of the Bronx.

“Bernie is the best candidate to fight back against the deep-pocketed corporate interests that weaken our democracy and exploit our economy,” Ramos, who unseated a Queens Democrat aligned with state Republicans in September 2018, said in a statement announcing her endorsement. “In Senator Sanders we have a leader who will protect all members of our society, especially those seeking human rights and better working conditions free from unethical practices.” 

Gianaris, who as deputy state Senate majority leader is one of the most powerful Democrats in New York, echoed Ramos’ sentiments. “Bernie Sanders is the best choice to reduce this growing chasm between the ultra-rich and working people,” he said in a statement.

The trio joins a group of five New York lawmakers who had already endorsed Sanders’ bid: New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, state Assemblymen Ron Kim and Phil Steck, and state Sens. Julia Salazar and James Sanders. (James Sanders is not related to the Vermont senator.)

Although New Yorkers cast ballots in the Democratic presidential primary in April, well after the crucial early states, some presidential contenders have already sought endorsements from the state’s robust bench of young, progressive lawmakers. Sanders still has fewer endorsements from New York state and New York City elected officials than Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who announced that she had secured the backing of 14 lawmakers at a mid-September rally in Manhattan.

Sanders, 78, is hoping to regain momentum after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 1 that polling indicates raised doubts in the minds of many Democrats about his fitness to serve in the White House.

Sanders, seeking to reassure the public of his health and vitality, delivered a strong debate performance on Tuesday and hours later announced he’d secured endorsements from Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, two of the Democratic Party’s young, progressive stars.

Saturday’s rally in Queensbridge Park, chosen in part for its proximity to the country’s largest public housing development, is Sanders’ first major campaign event since his hospitalization.

He will be joined onstage at the rally by Ocasio-Cortez, who is expected to formally announce her endorsement there. Sanders courted Ocasio-Cortez in conversations over the course of a month, culminating in a visit she paid to Burlington, Vermont, at the end of September. She met with Sanders and his wife, as well as a group of aides, over two meals, where they developed a rapport, according to someone familiar with Ocasio-Cortez’s thinking.

Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of Sanders is not altogether surprising. Ocasio-Cortez got her start in politics volunteering for Sanders’ 2016 bid; the pair are both self-described democratic socialists and have collaborated on, among other things, legislation limiting interest rates on credit card debt.

But prior to announcing her endorsement of Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez had spoken positively about Warren, too. And Warren had apparently made efforts to develop a relationship with her.

Ocasio-Cortez was drawn to Sanders’ vision of a rejuvenated democracy where ordinary Americans take a more active role in the political process, according to the person with knowledge of her thinking.

“They’re ideologically aligned, but they’re mission-aligned as well,” the person said. “They get along really well. They brighten each other up.”

Saturday’s rally will give Ocasio-Cortez an opportunity to show if her star power is a major draw for aspiring national leaders.

“If he gets enough of the young, left-wing demo out, the age issue disappears, the health issue is softened and Bernie gets new life. It makes him young again,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran New York City Democratic strategist. “If he doesn’t get a big crowd, then those two issues remain in place.”

Michael Ceraso, a Democratic campaign consultant who worked on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, expressed doubt that Ocasio-Cortez’s blessing would help him broaden his appeal “in the areas where he has deficits,” such as older voters.

But it is likely to help him maximize turnout among the young voters Sanders is relying on to carve a path to the Democratic nomination, according to Ceraso.

Ocasio-Cortez “resonates with those young voters who are looking for a reason to vote,” he said.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

2020 Dem Sestak taking his long-shot bid step-by-step

MANCHESTER, NH — Joe Sestak faces an extremely long and uphill march to win the Democratic presidential nomination – but that’s just what the retired three-star U.S. Navy admiral and former two-term congressman from Pennsylvania’s doing – taking his challenging journey one step at a time.

Sestak, who in June became the second to last Democratic candidate to jump into the 2020 White House race, has been far from the spotlight as he runs a bare-bones campaign mostly in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Westlake Legal Group JoeSestak-walkNH 2020 Dem Sestak taking his long-shot bid step-by-step Paul Steinhauser fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-hampshire fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/newsedge/politics fox news fnc/politics fnc article 6e96afaf-e26e-57e5-a387-24888a0dd649

Retired admiral and former congressman Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania – a very long-shot contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, walks across the width of New Hampshire, in Manchester, NH on Oct. 18, 2019

But Sestak hopes his week-long walk across the width of New Hampshire – from the Vermont border to the Atlantic Ocean – will make him more visible with voters in the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.

SESTAK ANNOUNCES LONG-SHOT WHITE HOUSE BID

“This is an independent minded state, the Granite State. It’s wide open according to some. And I find that as I go around,” Sestak told Fox News on Friday. “I just need to get in front of them physically and on the air, and that’s why we’re doing the walk and that’s why the ad’s up,”

The ad he refers to is a commercial that’s running on local broadcast and cable TV during his trek.

Sestak says he’s “stopping everywhere to meet with people…It’s a great learning experience.”

As he makes stops in roadside cafes or restaurants – to “go in for a coffee and chat with somebody” – he notes that “to a person, they’re glad when I sit down and just go in…The response is fantastic. I’m not just saying that.”

THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

This isn’t the first time Sestak’s taken to walking the roads as he runs for office. He trekked across Pennsylvania in 2014 during his second unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate.

But he shared that the “original idea” came from Pulitzer prize winning decades old book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

“We used to read it to our daughter. And there Atticus says to his daughter Scout, who repeats it in the book, ‘you can’t know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them,’” he explained as he paraphrased the book.

Sestak’s long-shot bid isn’t grabbing a lot of national attention, but he optimistically noted it doesn’t get frustrating “because I really do believe that there’s a decent chance.”

And as he often does, Sestak highlighted his come from behind primary win over incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Senate nomination race.

And he emphasized that “we have enough (campaign cash) to keep on going and we’ll continue full operations well into next year.

Sestak’s far from qualifying for the Democratic presidential primary debates. He jabbed at the Democratic National Committee for using fundraising as one of the two thresholds to qualify for the debates.

“Once you begin to use money as an indicator of support, it kind of hurts the system. And the Democrats should be about support not measured by money,” he emphasized.

Sestak’s walking at a brisk pace, saying on average he treks 3.5 to 3.7 miles per hour. A car with a support staffer or two – who tweet and post video of the trip along the way – is always within a mile or two of the candidate.

It’s a non-traditional journey. Sestak will often stop down and jump into the support vehicle to attend an event or make a campaign stop or two before heading back to the spot where he stopped his trip, so he can resume his journey. And each evening he returns to a home in southern New  Hampshire, where he stays with friends.

Sestak ends his trip Sunday along the harbor in the coastal city of Portsmouth.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“I’m going to talk about national security as I stand right there, on the harbor that looks east,” he noted. “That’s where I sailed across to combat in a ship and I’m going to talk about how we really do need today someone who understands – with breadth and depth of global experience – how this world needs to be led by America.”

Sestak told Fox News that “it doesn’t get lonely” on his walk. He explained that it gives him “a lot of time for thinking.”

But highlighting the dangers of walking across the Granite State, he noted that he has to stay alert along the journey.

“You get in some pretty narrow roadways there with heavy trucks going by. No sidewalks,” he stressed.

Westlake Legal Group JoeSestak-walkNH1 2020 Dem Sestak taking his long-shot bid step-by-step Paul Steinhauser fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-hampshire fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/newsedge/politics fox news fnc/politics fnc article 6e96afaf-e26e-57e5-a387-24888a0dd649   Westlake Legal Group JoeSestak-walkNH1 2020 Dem Sestak taking his long-shot bid step-by-step Paul Steinhauser fox-news/us/us-regions/northeast/new-hampshire fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics/2020-presidential-election fox-news/newsedge/politics fox news fnc/politics fnc article 6e96afaf-e26e-57e5-a387-24888a0dd649

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com