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The House Impeached Trump, and the Stock Market Did Not Crash Like He Said It Would

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Fox News Poll, Dec. 19

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Many Facial-Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study

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The majority of commercial facial-recognition systems exhibit bias, according to a study from a federal agency released on Thursday, underscoring questions about a technology increasingly used by police departments and federal agencies to identify suspected criminals.

The systems falsely identified African-American and Asian faces 10 times to 100 times more than Caucasian faces, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported on Thursday. Among a database of photos used by law enforcement agencies in the United States, the highest error rates came in identifying Native Americans, the study found.

The technology also had more difficulty identifying women than men and elderly people more than middle-aged people.

“One false match can lead to missed flights, lengthy interrogations, watchlist placements, tense police encounters, false arrests or worse,” Jay Stanley, a policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement. “Government agencies including the F.B.I., Customs and Border Protection and local law enforcement must immediately halt the deployment of this dystopian technology.”

The federal report confirms earlier studies from M.I.T. that reported that facial-recognition systems from some large tech companies had much lower accuracy rates in identifying the female and darker-skinned faces than white male faces.

“While some biometric researchers and vendors have attempted to claim algorithmic bias is not an issue or has been overcome, this study provides a comprehensive rebuttal,” Joy Buolamwini, a researcher at the M.I.T. Media Lab who led one of the facial studies, said in an email. “We must safeguard the public interest and halt the proliferation of face surveillance.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology tested 189 facial-recognition algorithms from 99 developers, representing the majority of commercial developers. They included systems from Microsoft, biometric technology companies like Cognitec, and Megvii, an artificial intelligence company in China.

The agency did not test systems from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google because they did not submit their algorithms for the federal study.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Alan Dershowitz rebuts Laurence Tribe: ‘Unconstitutional’ for Pelosi to delay Senate trial on impeachment

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Former Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote on Thursday that he thinks it’s “difficult to imagine anything more unconstitutional” than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., withholding the articles of impeachment against President Trump from a Senate trial.

Dershowitz’s comments came in response to Laurence Tribe, another Harvard Law Professor who called for Democrats to delay sending the articles to the Senate — something Pelosi has already indicated she’s willing to do.

“[Tribe] would withhold the trial until the Senate agreed to change its rules, or presumably until a new election put many more Democrats in the Senate. Under his proposal, there might never be a Senate trial, but the impeachment would stand as a final and permanent condemnation of President Trump,” Dershowitz wrote in a Newsmax op-ed.

“It is difficult to imagine anything more unconstitutional, more violative of the intention of the Framers, more of a denial of basic due process and civil liberties, more unfair to the president and more likely to increase the current divisiveness among the American people. Put bluntly, it is hard to imagine a worse idea put forward by good people,” he added.

DERSHOWITZ, TRIBE SPAR OVER IMPEACHMENT: YOU’D HAVE ‘GONE APOPLECTIC’ IF CLINTONS RECEIVED SAME TREATMENT

Dershowitz has long defended Trump in both the Russia investigation and impeachment. He’s already met with Trump personally and reports indicate he may join Trump’s legal team during a Senate trial.

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It’s unclear when Pelosi will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, but she and Tribe have indicated Senate Republicans would need to stop cooperating so much with the White House.

“Let me tell you what I don’t consider a fair trial,” Pelosi told a crowd of reporters on Wednesday. “This is what I don’t consider a fair trial — that Leader McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.”

Tribe similarly accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of conducting a “whitewash” trial and “letting the president and his legal team call the shots.”

DERSHOWITZ SPARS WITH FORMER LAW STUDENT, CNN ANALYST OVER IMPEACHMENT: ‘C’MON ALAN’

On Thursday, Tribe also tweeted that the Senate would violate the constitution if it created a rule demanding Pelosi immediately pass along articles of impeachment.

“Senate rules requiring the House to ‘immediately’ present its articles of impeachment to the Senate clearly violate the constitutional clause in Article I giving each house the sole power to make its own rules,” Tribe tweeted on Wednesday.

“It’s up to the House when and how to prosecute its case in the Senate,” he added, just hours before House Democrats voted to approve the two articles of impeachment.

Dershowitz also suggested that Pelosi’s and Tribe’s position would do “violence” to the rule of law in the United States.

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“An impeached president has a right to be tried and acquitted by the Senate,” he wrote.

“Denying him and the American people that fundamental right might serve the temporary interests of the Democratic party, and academics who support it, but would do violence to the rule of Constitutional law that is supposed to serve all Americans, regardless of party or ideology.”

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Parkland school shooting trial pushed back months from planned January start

Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz on Thursday had his day in court pushed back to at least next summer, following a judge’s order to postpone the trial date that was originally slated for later next month.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer delayed the original Jan. 27 start date after Cruz’s attorneys asked for more time, and the prosecution agreed, The Associated Press reported.

Cruz, 21, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder after the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead and 17 others injured. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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Nikolas Cruz with attorney Gabe Ermine in Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse on Dec. 19 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

His lawyers reportedly said their client would plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but the offer was roundly rejected by the prosecution.

Earlier this month, a state commission investigated the Parkland shooting; its initial report recommended arming teachers who would volunteer to take firearm training classes in an effort to provide added security for students.

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The 458-page report also took aim at the missteps of school security, law enforcement, assistant principals, Broward County Sheriff’s deputies, social service providers and the FBI for their failure to prevent and stop the massacre from occurring, the Miami Herald reported.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Amy Lieu contributed to this report 

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House Votes to Repeal Trump’s SALT Tax Hike That Burned Blue States

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WASHINGTON — The House voted on Thursday to temporarily eliminate a tax increase on some high-earning residents of states like California and New York that was included in President Trump’s 2017 tax overhaul, with some Republicans joining Democrats in support.

The bill would repeal a cap on a popular tax break that prevented taxpayers from deducting more than $10,000 in state and local taxes from their federal income taxes. It paired that repeal — which would be an effective tax cut for upper earners in high-tax states — with an increase on the highest earners across the country by raising the top income tax rate to 39.6 percent from 37 percent.

In a procedural twist, Democrats agreed to a Republican amendment that would limit the bill’s benefits for blue-state billionaires. It would maintain the so-called SALT cap on deductions for taxpayers earning more than $100 million per year, and direct the saved money to a $500 tax break for teachers and first responders. Representative Mike Thompson, Democrat of California, said the motion was accepted “in the spirit of the holiday season.”

The bill, which was approved by a vote of 218 to 206, has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and Mr. Trump has threatened to veto it.

But it was hailed as a victory by its Democratic champions, many of whom were elected last year in wealthy, suburban areas where the SALT cap had raised some voters’ taxes.

“It’s about fairness,” Representative Thomas Suozzi, Democrat of New York and the lead sponsor of the legislation, said in an interview. “Do we want people moving away from New York to go to Florida because they lost their state and local tax deduction?”

When those residents move out of state, Mr. Suozzi said, “the remaining lower- and middle-income families are left holding the bag.”

The 2017 Trump tax law limited deductions for state and local taxes paid, like income and property taxes, to $10,000 per household per year. That resulted in net tax increases for a slice of high-earning residents of areas with high income or property taxes, which tend to be concentrated in large metropolitan areas like New York City and high-tax states like New Jersey and California.

The SALT cap was tucked into the 2017 tax overhaul in part to help finance it and reduce its impact on the deficit. The bill passed on Thursday includes some budgetary gymnastics in order to avoid adding to the federal debt. It would repeal the SALT cap for three years while raising the top income tax rate for six years. Because of how Republicans structured the 2017 law, the SALT cap is set to expire and the top rate is set to rise on their own at the end of 2025.

Voter anger toward the SALT cap in certain areas appears to have helped lift Democrats in the 2018 midterms. In the months leading up to the election, the online research platform SurveyMonkey interviewed nearly 30,000 registered voters about their opinions on the tax law, their voting intentions and other topics. A New York Times analysis of that data suggests that the SALT cap may have had a significant effect on voters’ views of the tax law — and perhaps even on how they voted — to a degree that could have influenced the narrowest races in those districts.

Efforts to repeal the cap have emerged as a division among Democrats who have long criticized Republicans for cutting taxes to favor the rich.

Many liberal policy analysts oppose raising the SALT cap, because it would mostly benefit high earners and they would rather use the money for spending programs to help the poor and middle class.

Repealing the cap “should not be a top priority,” Seth Hanlon, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, wrote in an online column this month.

“If policymakers are concerned with the effect of the SALT cap on middle-class families,” he wrote, “there are options to address it without providing enormous windfalls for the wealthy.”

At least one leading presidential contender, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., favors eliminating the cap.

“This bill truly is a tax cut for the few,” said Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. “What Democrats are proposing today is regressive.”

Mr. Suozzi said on Thursday that the repeal of the cap would be “100 percent paid for by the wealthiest Americans,” by raising the top income tax rate.

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Ed Buck included in Elizabeth Warren’s list of Obama-era endorsements; campaign calls it ‘mistake’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign raised eyebrows after announcing that Ed Buck, an accused sexual predator and former megadonor for the Democrats, was among hundreds of Obama-era figures who endorsed her candidacy.

It was first reported Wednesday by CNN that Warren, D-Mass., was being backed by over 200 campaign aides and administration officials under former President Obama, all of whom signed a letter announcing their support for the progressive candidate in an effort organized by former senior Obama aides Sara El-Amine and Jon Carson. CNN highlighted some names on the list, including former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and former USAID official Sean Carroll.

However, CNN failed to highlight signature #39, which belonged “Edward P. B. Buck” and was listed as an alum of Obama’s 2012 campaign. He’s better known as the activist who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes championed by the Democrats, and who made headlines in 2017 after two men died of overdoses in his West Hollywood, Calif., home.

Warren had boasted the CNN article on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

“I’m grateful to have the support of these Obama campaign alumni and my fellow Obama administration alumni. Their work changed what we know is possible in our politics. Together, we can win in 2020 and build a government that works for everyone,” Warren tweeted.

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Warren campaign spokesman Chris Hayden told Fox News, “This was a mistake considering Ed Buck was not staff or an alum. This was put together via Google doc by some Obama alums and they caught some non-staff that populated the list but obviously they missed one. They are removing it.”

Max Berger, another Warren aide, went even further, claiming that someone added “fake names” to the list.

“This was compiled by volunteers from the Obama network,” Berger tweeted. “Someone added fake names to the list. The volunteers caught most of them. They obviously missed one.”

He added, “Ed Buck is in prison. He has no access to email. He couldn’t have signed this letter.”

Buck was indicted this past October with distributing methamphetamine that resulted in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017.

Federal prosecutors said Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay black men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual known as “party and play,” KNBC reported.

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Buck was arrested Sept. 17 and hit with state charges of operating a drug house. Two days later, federal prosecutors charged him with distributing methamphetamine that resulted in Moore’s death.

The alleged predator was being held without bail, and his trial is set for August 2020 at the earliest.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report. 

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Why doesn’t McConnell want witnesses at Trump’s trial? Because he’s guilty.

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My supposition is this has a lot to do with Trump’s assertions of immunity and privilege. Just getting Republicans to agree to testimony is one thing, but we need to hear from Bolton, Giuliani, McGhan, and Mulvaney, who will all have to be compelled by a court decision.

If Trump loses on the “these guys can’t testify” front, then it’ll be doubly humiliating for Senators to acquit him.

I understand Pelosi holding the Articles, but she’s been a few moves ahead this whole time, but I don’t think Democrats have the leverage to get both an agreement to question witnesses AND a ruling that compels them to appear and testify, so I’m fascinated to see where this goes next.

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Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Present’ vote on impeachment ‘an active protest’ against 2-party gridlock

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard doubled down Thursday on her decision to vote “present” on two articles of impeachment against President Trump that cleared the House on Wednesday.

The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach Trump for abuse of power, and 229 to 198 for obstruction of Congress. Votes fell mostly along party lines but Gabbard, a 2020 presidential hopeful, cast the only “present” vote on each article of impeachment.

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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii speaks to Democrats gathered at the Spratt Issues Conference in Greenville, S.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

After the vote, the Hawaii congresswoman issued a lengthy statement saying Trump “violated public trust,” but that voters would be able to hold him accountable in the 2020 election.

“I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing,” she explained. “I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting president must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

MEGHAN MCCAIN: TULSI GABBARD HAS ‘BALLS OF STEEL’ FOR VOTING ‘PRESENT’ ON IMPEACHMENT

Her decision was widely criticized as being non-committal. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that “to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult.”

Gabbard took to Twitter to elaborate on her “present” vote as an “active protest” against the “zero-sum” game that Democrats and Republicans “have trapped America in.”

“Politics should not be a zero-sum game but tragically, that’s exactly what it’s become, and it’s polluted the whole nature of our politics,” she said in a video. “The point of politics should be about doing maximum damage to your opponents just to win.”

She went on to say that her vote was “opting out of this zero-sum game mindset and back into one of negotiation and compromise.”

2020 DEM CANDIDATES REACT TO IMPEACHMENT VOTES: ‘A SAD MOMENT’

Gabbard has risen to prominence as an outsider in her party. A military veteran still serving as an Army National Guard officer, she has blasted U.S. foreign policy while also sporadically defending Trump. She has used the Democratic presidential debate stage to attack California Sen. Kamala Harris, who has since dropped out of the race.

She also got into a caustic public back-and-forth with Hillary Clinton, after the 2016 nominee suggested — without evidence — that Russia is using Gabbard in the 2020 campaign.

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Gabbard retorted by calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers … and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Impeachment vote may have undercut Dems’ efforts to subpoena White House officials

Within minutes of the vote to impeach President Trump Wednesday night, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals demanded that House Democrats explain whether the development undercut their legal demands for testimony from White House Counsel Don McGahn and for documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The case could have broad implications for Democrats’ efforts to obtain access to Trump administration officials and their files, as the impeachment proceedings afforded Congress greater legal authority to go to court and demand access.

In a pair of orders directed at both House Judiciary Committee Democrats and the Department of Justice, the appellate court sought arguments by Monday as to “whether the articles of impeachment render this case moot and whether expedited consideration remains necessary.”

As they barrelled towards an impeachment vote, Democrats had argued that the case needed to be heard in January. Earlier this month, House Democrats had argued to the D.C. Circuit that the materials were needed primarily for impeachment purposes.

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) takes extraordinary positions in this case,” the House Judiciary Committee said in a filing. “It does so to avoid disclosing grand-jury material needed for the House’s impeachment of President Trump and the Senate’s trial to remove him from office.”

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Now that the impeachment proceedings have concluded in the House, the Democrats should explain whether they still seek to compel McGahn’s testimony and, if so, whether it would be “in furtherance” of an impeachment inquiry or as a matter of “legislative oversight,” the first D.C. Circuit order stated.  It was signed by George H.W. Bush appointee Karen Henderson, George W. Bush appointee Thomas Griffith, and Clinton appointee Judith Rogers.

The White House has asserted longstanding executive privileges to bar McGahn from supplying documents and testimony to House investigators, saying internal White House deliberations must remain protected. McGahn’s interview with special counsel investigators factored prominently into the section probing whether the president obstructed justice, including a claim that McGahn disobeyed Trump’s call to have him seek Mueller’s removal.

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White House counsel Don McGahn has been blocked by the White House from providing documents. The White House has cited privilege. (Associated Press)

“On June 17, 2017, the president called [White House Counsel Don] McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the report stated, referencing the Watergate scandal.

The report also revealed that when the media reported on the president’s request for McGahn to have Mueller removed, the president directed White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.”

PELOSI MOCKED FOR SHOOTING DOWN IMPEACHMENT QUESTIONS AT HEATED PRESSER

Concerning the Mueller grand jury materials, House Democrats similarly would need to explain whether they were needed as part of an impeachment probe, the appellate court said. That order was signed by Trump appointee Neomi Rao, as well as Rogers and Griffith.

Justice Department lawyers have argued that House Democrats already had sufficient evidence from Mueller’s investigation, including copies of summaries of FBI witness interviews. A small amount of information was redacted from the report available to Congress in order to protect ongoing grand jury proceedings, as required by law.

In response, Democrats could argue that they intend to launch a new impeachment inquiry — risking significant political backlash — or they could attempt to justify their subpoenas based on more limited existing legislative authority.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, has suggested that she might hold the articles of impeachment in the House, without sending them to the GOP-controlled Senate.

That arrangement might be unconstitutional and wind up in its own court battle, former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz argued in a column Thursday.

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“It is difficult to imagine anything more unconstitutional, more violative of the intention of the Framers, more of a denial of basic due process and civil liberties, more unfair to the president and more likely to increase the current divisiveness among the American people,” Dershowitz wrote. “Put bluntly, it is hard to imagine a worse idea put forward by good people.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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