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Judith Knotts: Street-level view of homelessness — is this the year to entertain new notions of the crisis?  

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I know, I know. The homeless smell bad sometimes. They look scary, with layers of clothing and dirty hands. They litter our streets with cardboard boxes, fast-food wrappers and empty bottles. They sleep on sidewalks or in tents under bridges, testing sanitation limits.

It sounds pretty awful, I admit. This is the picture you and I see in our cities and towns. It makes us want to turn away and escape to our tidy houses.

It makes us angry, too. Most of us work or worked when we were younger. Most of us portion out our paychecks for housing, food, clothing and occasional recreation.

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Many of us have a savings account for the future or, at least, for emergencies. Many of us have health plans. Many of us have an education or a trade that enables us to earn a livable income.

Many of us have family and friends who love us and stand by us when we are troubled.

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But everyone isn’t us! And the facts are ugly.

Before 2003, I probably didn’t give much thought to the homeless, just buzzed by them at intersections where they held up their signs —“ Please help, veteran,” “I’m hungry, anything helps,” “Can you spare some change?”

Living in my bubble, I just didn’t get it. But then, I did.

In 2003, I went to live on the streets for 72 hours with a small group. We had no real plan or contacts. We traveled light — no money, no credit cards, and no cell phones. We carried backpacks with stuff we really didn’t need. Being a school principal, I didn’t consider it a field trip to learn about homelessness. It was a chance to find myself. And, I think, I did.

I couldn’t stay away and returned to live on the streets and be with them again and again. Since that time, I have learned a great deal about homeless people and why they are homeless.  

What I experienced — people sleeping on cardboard in alleys, going through dumpsters for tossed out food, and searching for welcoming places to urinate or defecate — horrified me. This was not a world I knew or even imagined existed.

On the other hand, the people I met were amazingly kind and resilient. They drew me into their lives of desperation that they accepted without complaint.

Thus, I couldn’t stay away and returned to live on the streets and be with them again and again. Since that time, I have learned a great deal about homeless people and why they are homeless.

Who are these people?

They are like us in many ways. They are us! They are men, women, children, teens, seniors, families. They are all races, religions, nationalities. Some are shy, some are social. Some are serious, some are light-hearted. Some are givers and some are takers. Many are lonely. Most, like us, want to be loved.

Why are they homeless?

  • Some were abandoned by their families  
  • Some are runaways who have been abused mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually 
  • Some are released from prison with no place to go; no family, no friends 
  • Some are victims of natural disasters 
  • Some have little education or job training 
  • Some are handicapped mentally, emotionally, physically 
  • Some are victims of war or trauma and suffer from PTSD 
  • Some are drug addicts 
  • Some lost their job and have no safety net for housing 
  • Some have part-time jobs but don’t earn enough to afford housing 
  • Some are on waiting lists for subsidized housing, which can take years 
  • Some are refugees 
  • Some have full-time jobs, but wages for low-paid workers have not kept pace with the surge of housing costs and there is a limited supply of housing options for the poor 
  • Some are alcoholics 
  • Some are victims of serious illnesses or accidents that can wipe out income and savings quickly 
  • Some who have been homeless for a time can’t shake the homeless lifestyle 
  • Some have aged out of foster care at 18 to 21 and have no place to go 
  • Some value their freedom on the streets or in the woods and prefer this life  

Practical explanations. Homeless people wear layers of clothing because they have no closets. They are dirty and may smell because they have no bathrooms. They litter because they don’t have a place they care about and have lost the sense of responsibility that comes from living in a structured society. All of this can be changed.

Why should we even care about this? Why should we be willing in 2020 to alter our notions of homelessness?

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Because it makes sense economically. Because how we treat the least among us defines us as a society, as individuals. And because we, or someone we know or love, could become homeless due to addiction, an accident, an illness or loss of a job.

Enough said. Ponder away.

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’60 Minutes’ obtains graphic photos of Jeffrey Epstein shortly after his death

Newly revealed photos show Jeffrey Epstein’s face frozen in death and the torn strip of orange prison bedsheet he allegedly used as a noose to hang himself.

The photos — which include the convicted pedophile’s corpse both naked and in a hospital gown laying on a gurney — were released by CBS TV’s “60 Minutes’’ Sunday as part of a segment that included an interview with former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden.

Baden, who was hired by Epstein’s brother, Mark, to observe an autopsy on the disgraced financier, was asked if he thought he killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell in August — as the current ME says — or was the victim of something more sinister.

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“The forensic evidence released so far, including autopsy, point much more to murder and strangulation than the suicide and suicidal hanging,” Baden replied.

The former ME noted that Epstein was taken to an emergency room when he was found in his cell, calling that “not normal protocol’’ and noting it disrupted the scene.

An autopsy photo of Epstein’s hyoid bone, at the base of his neck, also showed it broken in three places, which Baden said is unheard of in a suicidal hanging.

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This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

“Going over — over a thousand jail hangings, suicides in the New York City state prisons over the past 40, 50 years — no one had three fractures,’’ Baden said.

The city ME’s office refuted the claim and said it stands “firmly’’ behind its ruling that Epstein killed himself.

Law-enforcement sources have told The Post that authorities believe Epstein tied one end of a prison sheet around his neck and the other around a bed railing in his cell, then kneeled forward, hanging, until he died.

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One of the photos shows a strip of prison sheet fashioned into a noose.

Another snapshot reveals a piece of orange sheet tied to his bed railing about 4 feet off the ground. A third photo shows a small piece of fabric tied through a grate on his window.

The photos also included a mess of orange sheets in the cell and medicine bottles lined up on a metal shelf on the top bunk.

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“60 Minutes” says a note left in Epstein’s cell shows he “wrote that one guard kept me in a locked shower stall for one hour.”

“Noel (the guard), sent me burnt food. Giants bugs crawling over my hands. No fun,’’ it quotes the note as saying.

Epstein was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, awaiting sex-trafficking charges, when he was found dead the morning of Aug. 10.

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Soleimani’s daughter warns families of U.S. troops, ‘waiting’ for their death

The daughter of slain Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani warned the families of U.S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East that they “will spend their days waiting for the death of their children” during the funeral Monday in Tehran.

While speaking to a vast crowd at Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square, Soleimani’s daughter, Zeinab, directly threatened an attack on the U.S. military in the region, following an increase in tensions between Tehran and Washington.

“Families of the American soldiers in western Asia have witnessed America’s humiliation in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yemen and Palestine wars, and will spend their days waiting for the death of their children,” she said in Farsi, which was translated by the Associated Press.

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Coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike, are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners during a funeral procession, in the city of Mashhad, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Mohammad Hossein Thaghi/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

During the funeral, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — who had a close relationship with Soleimani — wept and prayed over his casket and the caskets of others killed during traditional Muslim prayers for the dead.

Esmail Ghaani, the general replacing Soleimani reportedly stood near Khamenei during the funeral. Iranian President Hassan Rouhbaani and other top leaders within the Islamic Republic were also in attendance.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, fourth from left, leads a prayer over the coffins of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

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Demonstrators unfurled red Shiite flags, which traditionally symbolize both the spilled blood of someone unjustly killed and a call for vengeance.

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Mourners holding posters of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani attend a funeral ceremony for him and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) Square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The processions mark the first time Iran honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony. Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Soleimani on Monday will lie in state at Tehran’s famed Musalla mosque as the revolutionary leader did before him.

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Soleimani will be buried in his hometown of Kerman.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Confuse Baby Yoda With Yoda, Do Not, Warns ‘Mandalorian’ Creator Jon Favreau

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It would seem that Baby Yoda — currently one of most beloved creatures in the cosmos — is a very young Yoda. But combine the two, do not, warns Jon Favreau, creator of the Disney+ show “The Mandalorian.

“The series takes place after ‘Return of the Jedi,’” Favreau said. “Fans of the original trilogy will remember that Yoda not only passes away but actually disappears. So Yoda exists as a Force Ghost.”

Although Baby Yoda is not a young Yoda, he is still called Baby Yoda. That’s because there’s “no name for the Yoda species,” said Favreau. “It’s the easiest, shortest, most hashtag-able way to identify that character, which is identified in the episode as ‘The Child.’”

Is there any relationship between the Yodas?

“Now you’re getting into spoilers,” he said. “But there are a lot of theories about that.”

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Koala Mittens And Joey Pouches: Australian Wildfires Spark Global Knitting Frenzy

Jan 6 (Reuters) – Knitting needles are clicking furiously around the world to create hundreds of protective pouches and blankets for native wildlife made homeless by Australian wildfires that have razed large swathes of bushland.

The Animal Rescue Craft Guild said on Monday it has been deluged with offers of help after putting out a call for volunteers to make bat wraps, joey pouches, birds nests, possum boxes, koala mittens and other snuggly homes for marsupials.

Donations to the volunteer-run group have come in from as far afield as the United States, Britain, Hong Kong, France and Germany.

“It’s been going crazy,” Belinda Orellana, a founding member of the guild, told Reuters. “The response has been amazing.”

Blazes across Australia in recent weeks have scorched through 8 million hectares of bushland, an area the size of Austria.

Some experts estimates put the number of animals, including domestic pets and livestock, killed as high as half a billion, with potentially hundreds of thousands of injured and displaced native wildlife.

“It’s the poor little souls that survived where we come in,” said Orellana. “Our group creates and supplies items to rescue groups and carers around the country who take in and care for the wildlife.”

Orellana said the guild supplied thousands of rescue groups around the country and demand was growing, adding there was an urgent need for fabric donations.

Originally formed a few months ago to make dog and cat beds and coats for animal pounds, the guild’s Facebook page has 75,000 members. Many of the crafters have crocheted, knitted and sewed a range of items including koala mittens for burned paws and pouches for infant “joey” kangaroos who have lost their mothers.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS The Animal Rescue Craft Guild said on Monday it has been deluged with offers of help after putting out a call for volunteers to make bat wraps, joey pouches, birds nests, possum boxes, koala mittens and other snuggly homes for marsupials.  

Lara Mackay, a new volunteer who lives in New Zealand, has just made her first makeshift joey pouch, which she enlisted her cat to test out at home.

“I’m planning to make as many as possible and am asking fabric outlets for fabric donations to sew,” Mackay told Reuters.

In Singapore, Leslie Kok was working on her fourth joey pouch and meeting up with other volunteers to share materials and tips.

“I will knit as long as there is a need for the pouches,” Kok said.

Closer to the fires, Simone Watts in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, saw the plea for help and set to work turning pillow cases into beds for bats or flying foxes.

“I looked at the list of what is most needed versus my fairly basic sewing capability and decided I could contribute the bat wraps,” Watts said.

(Reporting By Jane Wardell and Nur-Azna Sanusi; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Supporters Of Venezuela’s Maduro Try To Seize Control Of Legislature

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National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, climbs the fence in a failed attempt to enter the compound of the Assembly, as he and other opposition lawmakers are blocked from entering. Matias Delacroix/AP hide caption

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National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, climbs the fence in a failed attempt to enter the compound of the Assembly, as he and other opposition lawmakers are blocked from entering.

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Venezuelan security forces on Sunday blocked opposition leader Juan Guaidó from a special session of the National Assembly, where he was expected to be re-elected as the legislature’s leader – an apparent bid by President Nicolás Maduro to outmaneuver the man who has staked a rival claim to the presidency.

In Guaidó’s absence, supporters of Maduro elected one of their own to head the body. Hours later, however, a majority of National Assembly lawmakers met in emergency session elsewhere, re-electing Guaidó and accusing Maduro of attempting a “parliamentary coup.”

Speaking to reporters outside the National Assembly building, Guaidó called Maduro’s supporters “traitor lawmakers” and accused them of “assassinating the republic.”

Maduro was re-elected in 2018, but the vote was widely seen as fraudulent.

The latest crisis comes nearly a year after Guaidó, who ran against Maduro, declared himself the country’s acting president with the backing of the Assembly. Guaidó quickly received recognition from the U.S. and nearly 60 other countries as Venezuela’s legitimate president.

But Maduro, who enjoys near dictatorial powers in the South American country, has tenaciously held onto power.

When Guaidó arrived for the vote on Sunday, Venezuelan National Guardsmen equipped with riot gear prevented him from entering. In an ensuing scuffle, Guaidó’s suit was torn. At one point, the opposition leader tried to enter the assembly by jumping an iron fence that circles the building.

Other opposition lawmakers were reportedly delayed or prevented by security forces from reaching the legislative session, giving supporters of Maduro a temporary majority. Without holding a formal vote, they selected Luis Parra, a member of Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela, who was sworn-in as leader of the body.

Later, lawmakers allied to Guaidó gathered at the El Nacional newspaper, which is critical of Maduro, and 100 of the legislature’s 167 members voted to re-elect Guaidó.

“The dictatorship has once again committed another mistake,” Guaidó said shortly after being sworn in, according to The Associated Press.

In Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Guaidó, referring to him as the country’s interim president and condemning “the failed efforts of the former Maduro regime to negate the will of the democratically elected National Assembly.”

“For months corrupt regime officials have engaged in an unlawful, violent, and despicable campaign of arrests, intimidation, and bribery to destroy the last democratic institution in Venezuela, the National Assembly, and to prevent elected members of the National Assembly from casting their votes freely and in accordance with the views of their constituents,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Maduro, who has vowed to win control of the National Assembly in elections later this year, praised the move to shut out his rival. Speaking on national television Sunday night, he said Parra’s election represented “a rebellion” and “rejection” of Guaidó.

Sunday’s events leave open the question of who controls the legislature and the fight for control is likely to continue.

Parra has already sought to exert his authority, calling an assembly session on Tuesday.

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Japan to Tighten Baggage and Bail Rules After Carlos Ghosn’s Escape

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TOKYO — The Japanese government said on Monday that it would tighten airport baggage inspections and the rules governing the release of criminal suspects on bail, as it continued to investigate how the former auto executive Carlos Ghosn eluded the authorities and flew to Lebanon last week.

At a news conference, Masako Mori, Japan’s justice minister, said the authorities were taking steps to bolster the scanning of luggage, though she declined to disclose details. Media reports have said that Mr. Ghosn evaded airport security measures by hiding in a box that was loaded on a plane.

“Now, measures have been taken so that similar acts can’t be committed,” she said of the escape of Mr. Ghosn, who was on bail as he faced charges of financial wrongdoing. Though her ministry is not responsible for baggage inspection, she said, different agencies are working to tighten control.

Ms. Mori also said the government would accelerate an existing review of how bail works in the country, including whether to require defendants to wear tracking wrist or ankle bracelets. Mr. Ghosn offered to wear one when he sought bail, but the court ultimately granted it without that requirement.

“We have been reviewing the current system,” Ms. Mori said. “We would like to swiftly advance the discussions on the matter, taking into account the recent escaping cases and the various opinions we have received.”

In leaving Japan, Mr. Ghosn forfeited 1.5 billion yen in bail, or about $13.9 million.

Mr. Ghosn, the former chief of the Nissan-Renault auto alliance, has long denied the allegations of financial wrongdoing and insisted he had been set up by Nissan executives who were worried that he would further merge the operations of the Japanese automaker and Renault of France.

After he vanished from Tokyo last week, he appeared in Lebanon, saying in a statement that he had been “held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system.”

Japanese officials on Sunday defended the country’s justice system as fair and open, with plenty of opportunities for Mr. Ghosn to defend himself.

Ms. Mori continued the defense on Monday.

“We acknowledge that there are various criticisms of Japan’s criminal justice procedures, but every country has a different criminal justice system,” she said, adding, “It isn’t appropriate to simply focus on one part of the system when comparing it to other countries.”

The details of Mr. Ghosn’s escape are still emerging.

In Japan, local media outlets have reported that surveillance cameras showed him leaving his Tokyo rental home by himself on Dec. 29. According to media reports in Turkey, he boarded a private jet in the Japanese city of Osaka and flew to Istanbul, then took a second plane to Beirut.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing an anonymous source, that Mr. Ghosn was smuggled through Kansai International Airport in a type of box often used for concert equipment. It said the terminal for private jets at that airport was essentially empty, and that oversize luggage could not fit in the airport’s scanners.

A customs official at the airport, Akira Taniguchi, said that screening of luggage was done in two stages. In the first, a private security company using X-ray and other equipment checks whether there are items that are not allowed on board, likes guns or knives.

In the second stage, customs officials check whether the bags contain items that are not permitted to be brought in or taken out of Japan, like drugs and some foods. They use X-ray machines, metal detectors, drug detectors and dogs for that step.

Asked if Mr. Ghosn had managed to elude these measures, Mr. Taniguchi said, “We cannot comment on this.”

Mr. Ghosn was accompanied out of Japan by an American security consultant named Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Mr. Taylor and another American were the only people listed as passengers on a manifest for the flight that carried Mr. Ghosn from Japan to Turkey, Turkish news outlets have reported.

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Chicago mom who jumped from window charged with killing her kids, cops say

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A Chicago mother accused of killing her two young children and stabbing her grandfather before jumping out of a window on a high-rise building last week was charged with murder.

Aleah Newell, 20, was charged on Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in the deaths of her 7-month-old Ameer and 2-year-old son Johntavis, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Newell was charged while in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Newell’s 70-year-old grandfather, Cordell Walker, was stabbed 10 times and is expected to survive, according to WGN9.

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The children were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

“I don’t know why it happened,” Zera Newell, the children’s grandmother, told ABC 7 Chicago. “Why she killed my grandkids.”

Police were called to Water’s Edge Apartments in Chicago’s South Shore just before 2 a.m. on Thursday where they found Newell and Johntavis on the ground outside the building. Inside they found Walker “moaning in a pool of blood.” Ameer found dead in the bathtub. He sustained 19 stab wounds in the head and had blisters from the scalding water, police said.

Prosecutors say Newell was using the bath at Walker’s apartment when the 70-year-old came in to use the toilet. She hit him in the head with a towel bar before grabbing a knife and stabbing him repeatedly, they said.

According to court documents, she went into the living room and picked up her 2-year-old before throwing him out of the 11th story window. Newell jumped roughly 20 seconds later, crashing through a window washer scaffold on the third floor and fell onto the concrete. She suffered a broken wrist and ankle.

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The crash was heard by a building security worker who called 911.

Judge Susana Ortiz called Newell’s alleged crimes “reflective of wanton cruelty,” and ordered her jailed without bail, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Newell, who stayed at a Chicago homeless shelter from Monday to Wednesday morning, told an acquaintance that she “couldn’t take care of the kids,” according to ABC 7 Chicago. She was diagnosed with a mood disorder after an attempted suicide attempt during the summer, prosecutors said.

Newell also told her mother that she wanted to “get her life together,” the outlet reported.

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If her condition improves, Newell is set to appear in court on Monday, according to prosecutors.

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House Will Vote On Resolution To Curb Trump’s War Powers This Week, Pelosi Says

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Sunday that the chamber will vote this week on a new war powers resolution meant to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran following an escalation in tensions with the country.

“As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats. “For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”

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Pelosi said the resolution mirrored a similar effort in the Senate introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

“It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” Pelosi wrote.

Senate Democrats also are demanding justification and transparency on Trump’s actions. In a letter late Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called on the president to declassify the notification Congress received about last week’s airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“It is critical that national security matters of such import be shared with the American people in a timely manner,” the senators wrote. “An entirely classified notification is simply not appropriate in a democratic society, and there appears to be no legitimate justification for classifying this notification.”

Trump escalated the United States’ conflict with Iran last week after he ordered the assassination of Soleimani, one of the most powerful military figures in the Middle East. The U.S. airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that killed Soleimani has sparked international condemnation and promises of sharp retribution from Tehran.

On Saturday, Trump informed Congress of the drone strike, as was required by the War Powers Act. However, Pelosi railed against the administration’s claims for ordering the strike, saying it raised “more questions than it answers.” Pelosi noted she had “serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran.”

Trump appeared to respond to the criticism on Sunday via Twitter:

Trump also said the U.S. had selected 52 important sites in Iran that it was willing to strike, including cultural landmarks, warning Iran not to retaliate for the killing. Under international law, purposely destroying a nation’s cultural sites could be considered a war crime.

Iran, for its part, has vowed to respond to the assassination in a “crushing and powerful manner” and said Sunday it would end all remaining commitments to limit nuclear fuel production as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

This article has been updated to include the letter from Senate Democrats Schumer and Menendez to Trump.

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House Will Vote On Resolution To Curb President’s War Powers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Sunday that the chamber will vote this week on a new war powers resolution meant to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran following an escalation in tensions with the country.

“As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats. “For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”

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Pelosi said the resolution mirrored a similar effort in the Senate introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

“It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” Pelosi wrote.

Senate Democrats also are demanding justification and transparency on Trump’s actions. In a letter late Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called on the president to declassify the notification Congress received about last week’s airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“It is critical that national security matters of such import be shared with the American people in a timely manner,” the senators wrote. “An entirely classified notification is simply not appropriate in a democratic society, and there appears to be no legitimate justification for classifying this notification.”

Trump escalated the United States’ conflict with Iran last week after he ordered the assassination of Soleimani, one of the most powerful military figures in the Middle East. The U.S. airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that killed Soleimani has sparked international condemnation and promises of sharp retribution from Tehran.

On Saturday, Trump informed Congress of the drone strike, as was required by the War Powers Act. However, Pelosi railed against the administration’s claims for ordering the strike, saying it raised “more questions than it answers.” Pelosi noted she had “serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran.”

Trump appeared to respond to the criticism on Sunday via Twitter:

Trump also said the U.S. had selected 52 important sites in Iran that it was willing to strike, including cultural landmarks, warning Iran not to retaliate for the killing. Under international law, purposely destroying a nation’s cultural sites could be considered a war crime.

Iran, for its part, has vowed to respond to the assassination in a “crushing and powerful manner” and said Sunday it would end all remaining commitments to limit nuclear fuel production as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

This article has been updated to include the letter from Senate Democrats Schumer and Menendez to Trump.

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