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Trump, at U.N., Blames Europe for His Delay of Ukraine Aid

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President Trump said Tuesday that he held up American aid to Ukraine that has become the subject of furious controversy because European countries have not paid their fair share to support the country, and pointed to the fact that the money was eventually released as evidence that he had done nothing wrong.

The funds were frozen before Mr. Trump pressed the new Ukrainian president to investigate a leading Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

He also said that a groundswell for his impeachment among Democratic lawmakers amounted to a new “witch hunt.”

“I’m leading in the polls and they have no idea how to stop me,” Mr. Trump said, though the president trails the leading Democratic candidates in most polls. “The only way they can try is through impeachment.”

The $391 million aid package in question was provided to Ukraine for its defense against a Russian-backed separatist insurgency in its east which has left more than 13,000 people dead over the past five years.

Mr. Trump also noted that the funds allocated for Ukraine “were fully paid,” although he did not mention the fact that his administration acted only after the delay became public through news media leaks, and under bipartisan pressure from Congress.

And he suggested that a transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, whose release many Democrats have insisted on, would become public. Mr. Trump repeated his assertion that the transcript would exonerate him.

“When you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume you’ll see at some point, you’ll understand that call was perfect,” he said.

Mr. Trump addressed reporters minutes before his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, where he is expected to focus on Iran at a moment of crisis in the Persian Gulf, that has escalated in the wake of drone and missile strikes on key Saudi oil facilities earlier this month. Iran has denied responsibility for the attack, and Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are supplied by Iran, have taken credit. But Trump officials say they are certain that Iran was responsible.

In the days since that attack, which shook global energy markets, Mr. Trump has alternated between threats of fierce military action and calls for patience and restraint. An American military response could escalate the conflict with potentially devastating consequences for the global economy, which is powered by a Middle Eastern oil flow that Iran can easily disrupt. Mr. Trump is considering a range of retaliatory options, including cyberattacks. Mr. Trump projected confidence about the standoff with Tehran, telling reporters that “Iran is coming along very well. We’re in very good shape with respect to Iran.”

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Trump’s Ukraine Call May Be ‘Game-Changer’ On Impeachment

Updated at 12:26 p.m. ET

The impeachment train might be getting ready to leave the station.

Civil-rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., added his name to the list of Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry in a speech on the House floor Tuesday afternoon.

“We cannot delay,” Lewis said. “We must not wait. Now is the time to act. I have been patient while we tried every other path and used every other tool. We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives, and the House alone, to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution. The future of our democracy is at stake. I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”

Lewis is often a bellwether for the Democratic caucus on major positions, and his support is a powerful push towards impeachment.

Earlier, seven House Democrats who represent competitive districts are pushing to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, if reporting turns out to be true that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

“For all seven of us, the idea that a sitting president would use security assistance from the United States to pressure and potentially extort the president of another country into giving him dirt on a political opponent is just beyond the pale,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan told NPR’s Morning Edition Tuesday.

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Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan told NPR’s Morning Edition that if it is true, that President Trump pressured a Ukrainian leader to investigate Joe Biden, that is impeachable.

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Slotkin, and Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia all have national security backgrounds and penned an op-ed that published Monday night in the Washington Post calling for impeachment despite the centrist political leanings of their House districts. None except for Crow had publicly backed impeachment publicly before.

Overall, on average, just 1 percentage point separated Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in those districts. They are all freshmen, who replaced Republicans in the 2018 wave election that ushered in Democratic control of the U.S. House.

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They are exactly the kind of freshmen Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been trying to protect in being cautious about going forth with impeachment proceedings. But if the people she is trying to give cover to pull the cover off, impeachment proceedings look far more likely.

Slotkin acknowledged the potential political risk on Morning Edition, but said, “It doesn’t matter.” She noted that voters in her district are divided on whether to impeach Trump.

“I get pulled over in the supermarket by people talking about it and saying, go ahead and do it,” she said, “and I’ve been pulled over by just as many people saying, please don’t do it.”

But, she added, “No matter whether you’re a Democrat or an independent or a Republican, the idea that a sitting president would attempt to leverage dirt on a political opponent from a foreign leader is just beyond the pale, it’s a game-changer, it’s something different, and we have to acknowledge it as thus.”

Pelosi is meeting with her Democratic caucus Tuesday afternoon. A slim majority of House Democrats were already in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings before the Ukraine call incident, which stemmed from a whistleblower complaint by a member of the intelligence community.

Even more Democrats have come out in favor since, and that number could rise after reporting late Monday night from multiple outlets that the president ordered $400 million in potential aid to Ukraine to be held back before the phone call with the Ukrainian leader.

Trump reportedly pressured the Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, in a July 25 phone call. Trump denied that allegation Tuesday morning before a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump said. “It’s a witch hunt.”

Trump admitted that he put a hold on money to Ukraine, but he denied it had anything to do with wanting Ukraine to investigate Biden. Instead he did it, he said, “because– very important, very important, I want other countries to put up money. I think it’s unfair that we put up the money but then people call me and they say, ‘Oh, let it go, and I let it go.’

He added in response to a reporter’s question during a bilateral meeting with the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that “there was never a quid pro quo” for holding aid to Ukraine.

Three Democratic committee chairmen released a letter Tuesday to White House Counsel Pat Cippolone arguing that an explicit quid pro quo doesn’t matter. House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, and Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot L. Engel, write that Ukraine depends on U.S. aid and is under continued threat from Russia.

“It is, therefore, particularly vulnerable to pressure from a U.S. President,” they write in the letter demanding documents rattled to the Ukraine call to be released. “Exploiting that vulnerability to advance the President’s personal political interests—whether or not the President ever expressly tied his request to a quid pro quo—subverts the constitutional duties he is sworn to uphold and presents an acute crisis for our democracy.”

Trump added that he assumes people will see a readout of the call with the Ukrainian leader and “that call was perfect,” he said, asserting, “There was no pressure put on them whatsoever.”

Instead, he contended the pressure was “put on by Joe Biden. What Joe Biden did for his son, that’s something they should be looking at.”

The allegation, popular in conservative media circles, has been looked at. And there is no evidence the Bidens did anything wrong, something that has been fact checked by multiple news outlets.

As part of Obama administration policy in an effort agreed to by other Western alliance countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Biden threatened to hold up funding to Ukraine unless a prosecutor alleged to have engaged in widespread corruption was ousted.

The then-vice president was sent to Ukraine with that message, and it worked. It’s not something Biden tried to hide. He, in fact, touted it last year.

As NPR’s Lucian Kim reported from Kyiv Tuesday morning, the allegations of corruption against the gas company, Burisma, pre-dated Hunter Biden joining its board. In fact, Kim reported, Burisma brought Hunter Biden on board in an effort to look like it was cleaning up its act. And many in Ukraine credit Joe Biden with helping in the effort to clean up corruption in the country.

“Without Hunter Biden, there would be no story here,” Brian Bonner, chief editor of the Kyiv Post, said on Morning Edition. “Hunter Biden looks like he was trying to cash in.”

But, Bonner added, “Biden, as vice president, did not try to kill the investigation into Burisma. In fact, one of the reasons why the prosecutor general was fired was because he obstructed one corruption case after another. He prosecuted no one for corruption; he protected corruption.”

The president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has admitted to pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden and met with one official in Madrid in an encounter set up by the State Department, he told the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is trying to sell that he is the victim here, a tactic he’s employed many times before to show solidarity in grievance with his political base. But this behavior, if true, is something even Republicans are saying would have been inappropriate.

The issue, however, is that the Trump administration controls much of the information that would answer many of the questions reporters and Congress are asking. The administration has not released the whistleblower complaint publicly or even to Congress, and members of his administration have resisted releasing any transcript of the call Trump had with the Ukrainian leader, citing the precedent it could set.

All of that gives a degree of political cover to Republicans. They can say, if true, it would be inappropriate, but more information is needed. And yet that information is controlled by executive branch — and if it’s never released, it allows Republicans to continue not criticizing him and hope the controversy fades.

But for Democrats, even this new group of moderates, they are putting the responsibility on the administration to prove the president did nothing untoward.

“The onus is on them in the administration to prove that there wasn’t some serious wrongdoing here, given that the president’s lawyer said it openly,” Slotkin said. “He admitted it, so the onus is on them. Otherwise, I think we know we need to move to another tact here.”

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California fire department welcomes 9 babies in 5 months

A California firehouse welcomed nine tiny members into their family in recent months, and celebrated their baby boom with a touching photoshoot. The seven girls and two boys were all born between March and July, and posed with their Rancho Cucamonga firefighter dads for the shoot.

“Say hello to Rancho Cucamonga Fire’s newest little family members!” the Fire District wrote on its Facebook page. “Between March and July of this year, nine babies were born in the department and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture this special moment. We are thrilled to see our RCFD fire family keep growing!”

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The babies were all born between March and July of this year.  (Rancho Cucamonga Fire District)

The post, which has been shared over 1,000 times, featured five photos of the newborns and their dads, including one in which they were accompanied by their proud moms. Another photo saw all nine babies in matching onesies and posed in a circle on their respective dad’s jacket.

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Some commenters questioned how the department handled overlapping paternity leave. (Rancho Cucamonga Fire District)

Commenters were quick to label the photos “precious” and “priceless.”

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The babies all donned matching onesies for the photos. (Rancho Cucamonga Fire District)

Last year, another fire station in Florida welcomed nine babies in a 10-month span, which inspired a photoshoot of their own.

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The initial Facebook post has been shared over 1,000 times. (Rancho Cucamonga Fire District)

The Davie Fire Rescue photos also featured one with the babies posed on their respective parent’s jacket while wearing matching onesies.

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Support For Impeachment Surges Among House Democrats

WASHINGTON ― House Democrats just moved a lot closer to supporting an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, in the wake of a bombshell report that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate one of his 2020 rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who for months has resisted moving forward with impeachment, is holding meetings Tuesday afternoon with Democrats to gauge the mood of the caucus, after a wave of her deputies and first-term members voiced their support for impeachment proceedings in the past 24 hours.

On Monday night, seven first-term Democrats with national security backgrounds published a joint Washington Post op-ed calling for impeachment proceedings to begin if the Ukraine allegations are true. The lawmakers who wrote the op-ed, all of whom flipped Republican-held districts in 2018, are Reps. Gil Cisneros (Calif.), Jason Crow (Colo.), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.) and Abigail Spanberger (Va.). Of the seven, only Crow had previously called for impeachment proceedings to begin.

Meanwhile, two of Pelosi’s top lieutenants ― Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and John Larson (D-Conn.) ― issued statements Monday suggesting that Trump’s efforts to pressure a foreign government to give him dirt on Biden could leave Democrats with little choice but to begin impeachment proceedings. 

This is on top of a smattering of rank-and-file Democrats announcing their support for impeachment in the past few days. For example, Reps. Debbie Dingell (Mich.) and Marc Veasey (Texas) just came out in favor of it. And freshman Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota, who flipped a suburban, GOP-held district where Trump narrowly lost in 2016, said he now supports impeachment, too.

“If the reports are corroborated, we must pursue articles of impeachment and report them to the full House of Representatives for immediate consideration,” Phillips said. 

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Trump’s alleged request for election assistance from a foreign government is reportedly the subject of a whistleblower complaint that the administration is refusing to hand over to Congress, which violates federal law. Trump himself confirmed on Sunday that he talked to the Ukrainian president about investigating Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while Biden was vice president. 

It’s illegal to ask a foreign government for help with a political campaign. And Trump may have done so while withholding military assistance from Ukraine. 

Larson said that if Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, doesn’t hand over the complaint to lawmakers Thursday when he testifies in a House hearing, the administration “has left Congress with no alternative but for the House to begin impeachment proceedings, which I will support.”

A more telling indicator of the tidal shift toward impeachment is the uptick in support among the 31 Democrats representing districts that Trump won. Pelosi is presumably most concerned about shielding these Democrats from political blowback; their embrace of impeachment could undermine Democratic leaders’ political justification for opposing the action.

Seven Democrats representing districts Trump won in 2016 have announced their support for impeachment since the weekend: Slotkin, Spanberger, Sherrill, Luria, Antonio Delgado of New York, Haley Stevens of Michigan and Angie Craig of Minnesota.

“The president has admitted to soliciting the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival,” Delgado said in a statement. “This, by itself, is an impeachable offense.”

But of the 31 Democrats in Trump districts, that brings the total supporting impeachment to just nine. Another 10 of those Trump-district Democrats, who include first-term and some veteran members, are still opposed to impeachment. And 12 Democrats in seats Trump won have kept quiet, and their offices did not respond to requests for comment. 

The momentum for impeachment is not overwhelming ― at least, not yet. Democrats will need to cobble together 218 votes if they plan to pass an impeachment resolution on the House floor. For the moment, they have about 150 votes in favor.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.), one of those 31 Democrats in Trump districts, is among those who remain opposed to an impeachment inquiry. In a Monday statement, he said Americans “deserve the truth” about the whistleblower complaint and called for the intelligence director to hand it over, but didn’t appear to move any closer to backing impeachment.

“Thursday’s hearing needs to put our national security and integrity before partisan politics,” Kim said.

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‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Privacy Rule Limited by Europe’s Top Court

LONDON — Europe’s highest court limited the reach of the landmark online privacy law known as “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday, restricting people’s ability to control what information is available about them on the internet.

In a decision with broad implications for the regulation of the internet, the European Court of Justice ruled that the privacy rule cannot be applied outside the European Union. In another ruling, the court said the right to free expression and information must be weighed carefully before deleting links related to certain categories of personal data.

The decisions more carefully define the scope of the right to be forgotten, which is a centerpiece of the European Union’s internet privacy laws. The standard, which was established in 2014, can be used to force Google and other search engines to delete links to websites, news articles and databases that include personal information considered old, no longer relevant or not in the public interest.

The ruling to limit the geographical reach of the right to be forgotten is a victory for Google against a French effort to force the company and other search engines to take down links globally.

The decision is likely to head off international disputes over the reach of European laws outside the 28-nation bloc. The court said Europe could not impose the right to be forgotten on countries that do not recognize the law.

Critics had raised concerns that if other countries, particularly more restrictive governments, adopted rules to force global takedowns it could lead to broad censorship of the internet.

“The balance between right to privacy and protection of personal data, on the one hand, and the freedom of information of internet users, on the other, is likely to vary significantly around the world,” the court said in its decision.

The court said the right to be forgotten “is not an absolute right.”

The cases cannot be appealed, and national courts across the European Union must abide by the decisions.

Google praised the decisions. “Since 2014, we’ve worked hard to implement the right to be forgotten in Europe, and to strike a sensible balance between people’s rights of access to information and privacy,” Peter Fleischer, Google’s senior privacy counsel, said in a statement. “It’s good to see that the Court agreed with our arguments.”

The right to be forgotten has been at the center of a debate about balancing privacy and free speech in the internet age. In Europe, both principles are written into the European Union constitution.

Supporters say the policy is a much-needed legal tool for people, particularly those outside the public eye, to have personal information removed.

But critics have argued that its reach has broadened over time and that countries within the European Union are interpreting it differently. They point to examples of the rule being used to target news articles. The policy is expanding into areas it wasn’t intended, they add, and is being abused to keep information out of the public domain.

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Google has become a quasi-judicial authority on the right to be forgotten, determining what constitutes private information or not. It has received requests to take down more than 3.3 million links, and has granted about 45 percent, according to company figures.

Joris van Hoboken, a law professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel who studies privacy policy, said Tuesday’s decisions are an attempt to maintain an individual’s right to privacy against the public’s right to know, but the rulings delegate the decision making to Google. “The assumption is that Google is going to do that balancing well,” said Mr. van Hoboken.

Jonathan Zittrain, a law professor at Harvard University who studies internet privacy, said concerns remain about the right to be forgotten. He said companies risk fines if they fight a takedown request, but aren’t penalized for deleting something. “This creates asymmetric pressure on corporate decision making that will tilt toward individual demands over the public interest,” Mr. Zittrain said.

Google, which has created an internal team to review takedown requests, deletes links only within the European Union. Most Google searches occur on country-specific sites like Google.fr in France or Google.it in Italy.

But in 2015, the top data-protection regulator in France, known as CNIL, said that Google’s geographically targeted approach didn’t go far enough and that it wanted the company to remove links from its global database. The authority argued that a regional application of the rule was worthless because people could still find the information if they were outside Europe.

Google and other opponents of enlarging the territorial reach, including the Wikimedia Foundation, Microsoft Corp., Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Internet Freedom Foundation, argued people would try to use the rule in Europe to erase unflattering information elsewhere.

“Courts or data regulators in the U.K., France or Germany should not be able to determine the search results that internet users in America, India or Argentina get to see,” Thomas Hughes, executive director of Article 19, a privacy group that supported Google in the case, said in a statement.

The decision leaves open the possibility for France and other national governments within the European Union to force Google to take down links globally in special cases judged necessary to protect an individual’s privacy.

The other case that was decided on Tuesday stemmed from an attempt by several individuals to require Google to remove links to websites found when searching for their names. They argued that certain categories of data, such as information related religion, political beliefs, sex life and past criminal convictions, should be expunged from search results.

The court gave a mixed ruling, saying certain categories of data deserve special consideration but must be weighed against the public’s right to information.

The individuals who brought the case included a politician under investigation, someone convicted of sexual assault against minors and a person referred to as a public relations officer in the Church of Scientology.

Opponents of their demands said removing links would have set a dangerous precedent and made it much easier for information in the public interest to be deleted from the internet.

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Megan Rapinoe gives passionate speech on racism and inequality after winning top FIFA award

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U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe received the Best FIFA Women’s Player award Monday and delivered a passionate speech about how players in her sport can have the power to change the world.

Rapinoe received the award after a tremendous Women’s World Cup where she won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball for being the tournament’s top scorer and best player respectively. During Monday’s ceremony, Rapinoe urged other soccer players to speak out on racism and inequality.

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“If we really want to have meaningful change what I think is most inspiring would be if everybody other than Raheem Sterling and [Kalidou] Koulibaly, if they were as outraged about racism as they were,” she said, “if everybody was as outraged about homophobia as the LGBTQ players, if everybody was as outraged about the lack of equal pay and investment in the women’s game other than just women, that would be the most inspiring thing to me.”

Rapinoe added: “That’s my ask of everybody. As professional footballers … we have so much success, we have incredible platforms, I ask everybody here to lend your platform, to lift people up, to use this beautiful game to change the world for better.”

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Rapinoe told reporters after the ceremony she plans to use her growing platform “to the best of my ability.”

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Argentina’s Lionel Messi won the best players award on the men’s side.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tropical Storm Karen Bears Down On Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin islands, and the British Virgin islands are on alert as Karen, once as a tropical depression, becomes a tropical storm again.

National Hurricane Center officials are warning residents to expect gusts of strong wind and flash floods that could trigger life-threatening mudslides, due to 2 to 4 inches of rain being forecast.

The tropical storm comes ashore in Puerto Rico a day after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck nearly 50 miles from the island’s shoreline. The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center did not issue any tsunami advisories.

A Tuesday morning public advisory issued by the NHC predicted that Karen will pass near or over the Caribbean Sea islands before moving over the western Atlantic.

According to the NHC’s 11:00 a.m. advisory, Karen is located 65 miles south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico and 65 miles west-southwest of St. Croix. Karen is advancing at 8 mph northwards.

Schools and government offices in Puerto Rico were closed Monday in anticipation of the tropical storm and the territory’s governor, Wanda Vázquez Garced, took to Twitter to warn residents.

“We urge the population to be cautious and carry out their family’s emergency plan,” Vázquez Garced said in a tweet. “It’s important to evaluate if you live in a vulnerable zone so you can go to a place of refuge.”

Karen is one of three active tropical storms in the Atlantic. Experts are watching Tropical Storm Lorenzo, which is forecast to become a “large and powerful hurricane” by Wednesday. The NHC has yet to issue any coastal watches or warnings. The storm is about 310 miles southwest of the southern most Cabo Verde Islands.

There is also Tropical Storm Jerry, which is forecast to pass near Bermuda early Wednesday, according to the NHC. Jerry is expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain and heavy waves.

“Swells generated by Jerry are beginning to increase along the coast of Bermuda, and they will continue to affect the island during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said.

The latest storm comes as Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island two years ago. The local government estimates that about 30,000 families are living under blue plastic tarps, a symbol of post-hurricane construction.

NPR’s Jessica Piper contributed to this report.

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Trump Blames Europe for His Delay of Ukraine Aid

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President Trump said Tuesday that he held up American aid to Ukraine that has become the subject of furious controversy because European countries have not paid their fair share to support the country, and pointed to the fact that the money was eventually released as evidence that he had done nothing wrong.

The funds were frozen before Mr. Trump pressed the new Ukrainian president to investigate a leading Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

He also said that a groundswell for his impeachment among Democratic lawmakers amounted to a new “witch hunt.”

“I’m leading in the polls and they have no idea how to stop me,” Mr. Trump said, though the president trails the leading Democratic candidates in most polls. “The only way they can try is through impeachment.”

The $391 million aid package in question was provided to Ukraine for its defense against a Russian-backed separatist insurgency in its east which has left more than 13,000 people dead over the past five years.

Mr. Trump also noted that the funds allocated for Ukraine “were fully paid,” although he did not mention the fact that his administration acted only after the delay became public through news media leaks, and under bipartisan pressure from Congress.

And he suggested that a transcript of his July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, whose release many Democrats have insisted on, would become public. Mr. Trump repeated his assertion that the transcript would exonerate him.

“When you see the call, when you see the readout of the call, which I assume you’ll see at some point, you’ll understand that call was perfect,” he said.

Mr. Trump addressed reporters minutes before his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, where he is expected to focus on Iran at a moment of crisis in the Persian Gulf, that has escalated in the wake of drone and missile strikes on key Saudi oil facilities earlier this month. Iran has denied responsibility for the attack, and Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are supplied by Iran, have taken credit. But Trump officials say they are certain that Iran was responsible.

In the days since that attack, which shook global energy markets, Mr. Trump has alternated between threats of fierce military action and calls for patience and restraint. An American military response could escalate the conflict with potentially devastating consequences for the global economy, which is powered by a Middle Eastern oil flow that Iran can easily disrupt. Mr. Trump is considering a range of retaliatory options, including cyberattacks. Mr. Trump projected confidence about the standoff with Tehran, telling reporters that “Iran is coming along very well. We’re in very good shape with respect to Iran.”

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LA business exec to become 2nd parent to be sentenced in college admissions scandal

A Los Angeles business executive faces sentencing Tuesday for his role in the college admissions scandal that has snagged actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Devin Sloane admitted paying $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a bogus water polo star.

Prosecutors are requesting a year and a day in prison and a $75,000 fine. His lawyers are urging three years of supervised release, a fine and 2,000 hours of community service.

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Lori Loughlin appears in court in Boston in September 2019 about the college admissions scandal. At right, Felicity Huffman leaves her sentencing in the college admissions scam case, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”  (Getty)

The case is being handled in Boston Federal Court.

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The scandal has led to charges against 51 people, including 35 parents, and exposed a college admissions system seeming to favor the privileged — outraging many parents trying to get their children into good schools without cheating.

Huffman drew a 14-day sentence behind bars last week after pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone correct answers on her oldest daughter’s SAT exam. Prosecutors sought 30 days.

Sloane, 53, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy and mail fraud.

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“He knew that what he was doing was wrong and he was utterly untroubled by his crime,” prosecutors handling the Sloane case wrote in a pre-sentencing memo, USA Today reported Tuesday. “He bragged about misleading a USC development official to cover up the quid pro quo — using his dead mother as a prop for a fake donation — and even expressed outrage when high school counselors dared to question why a student who did not play water polo was being recruited to play college water polo.”

Sloane said he wanted to help his son but “failed miserably” by going too far.

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Loughlin, 55, and husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty after being charged with paying accused scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into USC as crew team athletes even though they weren’t rowers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Somebody wake up Wilbur Ross!’: Social media users say Commerce chief asleep during Trump UN speech

Westlake Legal Group 82c51759-216c-4af9-911d-9887759e58d5-AP_Trump_US_Australia_State_Visit 'Somebody wake up Wilbur Ross!': Social media users say Commerce chief asleep during Trump UN speech

President Donald Trump used his Tuesday morning speech before the United Nations General Assembly to criticize global free trade, illegal immigration, social media, and others of his favorite rhetorical and political targets. 

Part of the way through Trump’s speech, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, sitting in attendance with other Trump administration officials, appeared to fall asleep. Video of the General Assembly shows Ross with his head down and eyes closed during parts of the president’s speech. 

Twitter users were fast to pick up on the Cabinet official’s drowsy appearance. 

“Is Wilbur Ross….is he sleeping through Trump’s #unga speech?” asked Vox journalist Aaron Rupar. 

“Wilbur Ross is all of us,” quipped another user. Another said, “Somebody wake up Wilbur Ross!!!”

Foreign Policy Magazine reporter Robbie Gramer noted, “I’m not saying Wilbur Ross is sleeping through Trump’s #UNGA speech. I’m just saying every time the cameras pan to him his eyes are closed and his head’s slightly drooped.”

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Ross’s somnolence has been observed in previous reports. According to a July 2019 Politico article, quoting a former outside adviser, Ross “‘tends to fall asleep in meetings,'” helping to contribute to issues about morale at the Commerce Department. 

The same former outside adviser told Politico that “‘There’s a small window where he’s able to focus and pay attention and not fall asleep.'”  

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