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Elizabeth Warren calls for investigation into whether Trump Mar-a-Lago guests traded on advance knowledge of Soleimani killing

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Diplomat testifies Iran sanctions could create opening for new deal under Trump

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Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former State Department official under President George W. Bush, told Congress Tuesday that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been more effective than many expected, and could very well lead to a new nuclear deal with international support.

Haass was among the panelists at the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on President Trump‘s Iran policy. The early part of the hearing was largely focused on slamming Trump’s military actions, specifically the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, but Haass expressed optimism that the administration’s sanctions against the Islamic nation have been strong enough to potentially bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: EUROPEAN POWERS SAY ISLAMIC REPUBLIC ‘NOT MEETING’ TERMS, THREATEN MORE SANCTIONS

“I think the sanctions have had much more of an effect than people predicted,” Haass said, even admitting, “I underestimated quite honestly what unilateral sanctions in this regard could accomplish.” He then added that the sanctions may have created a window of opportunity.

“It’s just possible that we’re approaching a moment in Iranian history where the sanctions are having sufficient impact where there might be a greater willingness on the part of the Iranian authorities to compromise,” he explained, comparing the current situation to the late 1980s, when Iran agreed to end its war with Iraq.

“I think the time is right to put forward an initiative,” Haas said, suggesting that “we would have significant multilateral backing” for a proposed new agreement with Iran, even from Russia and China. Such a deal could include terms about restrictions on nuclear activity and missiles, in exchange for sanctions relief.

Haass said that the offering of a deal and the public discussion of such an agreement would also put pressure on Iran because it would force them to answer to the Iranian people if they choose to reject a measure that could improve their standard of living for the sake of a nuclear program.

BORIS JOHNSON WELCOMES REPLACING OBAMA-ERA IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH A ‘TRUMP DEAL’

Britain, France, and Germany threatened additional sanctions against Iran Tuesday, citing “growing violations of the nuclear agreement,” which the three Europeans signed in 2015 and have not withdrawn from — as the U.S. has.

Haass said he is encouraged by recent developments in Europe. “It shows we’re not alone here,” he said. “I think we’ve got real partners there on dealing with Iran.”

Haass was one of three former federal officials testifying at the hearing. Also present were former national security adviser Stephen Hadley and former deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Avril Haines.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was invited to testify, but he declined. Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., noted that Pompeo was in California, but warned that if he does not cooperate with them going forward, they may take action to compel him to do so.

“If Secretary Pompeo is not going to cooperate with the committee then we will consider very strongly taking other actions in the future, including subpoenas,” Engel said.

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal Convictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical about the criminal prosecution of two associates of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who are appealing their convictions in the “Bridgegate” scandal involving retribution against a local mayor who refused to endorse Christie.

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Andrew Chung / Reuters Bill Baroni, a former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court after it heard oral arguments over his criminal prosecution in the New Jersey “Bridgegate” scandal, in Washington, U.S. January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Chung

Arguments before the justices focused on whether the actions for which Bridget Anne Kelly, a former Christie deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were convicted fit the definition of fraud under federal law.

Several justices – liberals and conservatives – appeared dissatisfied with the U.S. Justice Department’s arguments in favor of the prosecutions of Kelly and Baroni, although they asked tough question of both sides. The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018 upheld the 2016 convictions of Kelly and Baroni for wire fraud and misusing Port Authority resources.

Prosecutors had accused Kelly and Baroni of engineering days of lane closures in September 2013 on the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest bridge, which connects Fort Lee, New Jersey, to New York City. The closures caused traffic gridlock and were intended to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, Mark Sokolich, after he declined to endorse the Republican Christie’s gubernatorial re-election bid, prosecutors said.

The scandal marred Christie’s reputation, damaged his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and contributed to low public approval ratings in his home state. Christie, who had been a rising star in Republican politics before Bridgegate, denied involvement and was not charged.

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The justices wrestled with whether re-allocating lanes on a bridge was akin to other types of government misconduct, citing examples like a mayor asking government employees to paint his house or plow snow from his driveway.

Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts noted that although the lane-meddling created traffic chaos, the public could still use the bridge.

“If people want to use the highway to get to Fort Lee, they can,” Roberts said.

Liberal Justice Elena Kagan said that although government employees were commandeered as part of the scheme, their role was incidental. Changing the traffic lanes of the bridge “is not an appropriation of property,” Kagan said.

Justice Samuel Alito, a New Jersey native who served as a federal prosecutor there, was among those tough on the prosecution, although he also appeared dissatisfied at what Kelly and Baroni’s lawyers argued.

At least part of the case hinges on whether Baroni had the authority to change traffic patterns on the bridge, which is a matter of dispute.

Christie, Kelly and Baroni all attended the arguments before the justices.

After dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination, Christie threw his support behind Donald Trump and served as an adviser, but Trump later fired him as the head of his transition team after being elected president.

Trump’s Justice Department is defending the prosecutions of Kelly and Baroni, which occurred before Trump took office.

Baroni initially started serving an 18-month prison sentence but was released after the Supreme Court agreed last year to hear the case. Kelly’s 13-month sentence was put on hold while she appealed.

Kelly told Port Authority executive David Wildstein in an August 2013 email that it was “[t]ime for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” and they helped invent a sham “traffic study” to justify the lane closures. Wildstein, the accused Bridgegate mastermind, was sentenced to probation in July 2017 after pleading guilty and cooperating with prosecutors.

In the appeal, Kelly and Baroni had the backing, in a friend-of-the-court brief, of two high-profile figures who faced public corruption prosecutions: former media mogul Conrad Black and former Republican Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell.

The Supreme Court in 2016 threw out McDonnell’s bribery conviction in a ruling that narrowed the types of conduct that can warrant a corruption prosecution. Trump last year granted a full pardon to Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3-1/2 years in prison.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

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Warren pledges to bypass Congress if needed to wipe out student loan debt

DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren vowed Tuesday that if elected, she’d cancel federal student loan debt on her first day in the White House — and bypass Congress if necessary.

“We have a student loan crisis—and we can’t afford to wait for Congress to act. I’ve already proposed a student loan debt cancellation plan, and on day one of my presidency, I’ll use existing laws to start providing that debt cancellation immediately,” the progressive senator from Massachusetts wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.

The populist White House contender had previously called for canceling up to $50,000 in student loan debt for each of the roughly 42 million federal borrowers, but until Tuesday had yet to outline specific steps she would take and the timing of those actions.

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The senator earlier introduced a student loan debt bill in Congress with fellow Democrat Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.

But Warren, writing on the website Medium, said that she would act without waiting for Congress because the Secretary of Education can “use its discretion to wipe away loans even when they do not meet the eligibility criteria for more specific cancellation programs.”

And on Twitter, she emphasized that the “Department of Education has broad authority to end the student loan debt crisis. When I’m president, I plan to use that authority.”

And the senator also vowed: “I will also use all the tools available to me to address the racial disparities in higher education, crack down on for-profit institutions, and eliminate predatory lending.”

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Warren’s announcement came hours before she faces off against five of her top rivals in a Democratic presidential nomination debate in Iowa – which kicks off the primary and caucus nominating calendar in less than three weeks. Joining Warren on the stage will be former Vice President Joe Biden, fellow Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and billionaire environmental and progressive advocate Tom Steyer.

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Americans face more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt – and the issue hits hard in Iowa as well as New Hampshire – which holds the first primary in the race for the White House just eight days after the Iowa caucuses.

Warren’s plan to eliminate student debt appears to be more wide-ranging than plans put out by either Biden or Buttigieg – but her proposals stop short of the call by Sanders to entirely erase all student loan debt.

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Sen. John Cornyn: Senate impeachment trial could wrap up within a few weeks

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The impeachment trial against President Trump could wrap up in the Senate in just a few weeks, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, Cornyn said he presumes that the trial will start the day after Martin Luther King Day, on Jan. 21.

Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has yet to tell her colleagues who she plans to name as impeachment managers, she suggested that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to name them and transmit the articles to the Senate.

ANDY MCCARTHY: WITNESSES WOULD MAKE SENATE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL LONG AND ‘UNPREDICTABLE’

In addition, Fox News has learned that the president’s legal defense team has essentially formed, with White House counsel Pat Cipollone taking the lead.

“It just seems ironic that Speaker Pelosi … has sat on the articles of impeachment for 28 days and [now] she wants to wait one more day in deference to the Democratic presidential debate,” Cornyn remarked. “She knows that this looks really bad because after saying it was a compelling, urgent, and constitutional matter – sitting on it for almost a month – I think undermines her most basic argument.”

The Texas lawmaker said that senators should be careful about “this notion of presenting brand new live witnesses during the course of an impeachment trial” because they can be “unpredictable.”

“I just don’t think we should have a continuation of the circus-like atmosphere that we’ve seen in the House,” he told the “America’s Newsroom” co-hosts.

TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT DEFENSE TEAM: TOP LAWYERS TAPPED FOR LOOMING TRIAL

Hemmer asked whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may call for a vote on each article of impeachment after each side presents its case, but without allowing new witnesses. He said that could mean the trial would wrap up within two weeks.

“I agree with that, Bill,” Cornyn responded, adding that it will come down to whether senators feel they have “heard enough” to make a decision on whether the conduct is impeachable.

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“The fact may be that the facts aren’t all that disputed and the only question is, given this set of facts, does that rise to the level of a high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution and justify the impeachment, the conviction, and the removal of a president 11 months before the next general election?” he asked.

“I am very skeptical, as you might know,” he noted. “But, that is the way I think this is going to go forward.”

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 2

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others.


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Florida police have suspect after 4 bodies found in home linked to missing family

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Florida police have a suspect in custody following the discovery of four bodies inside a home that reports have linked to a Connecticut family missing for over a week.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Celebration – a community developed by the Walt Disney Company in the 1990s – on Monday morning after neighbors called police to check on the family, according to local reports.

MISSING CALIFORNIA BOY, 11, FOUND DEAD; POLICE CALL IT SUSPICIOUS

Officials have released few details regarding the case, including the names of the suspect and the victims. Deputies wouldn’t say how the victims were killed or what charges the suspect could face.

“All parties involved with this investigation are accounted for,” Sheriff Russ Gibson said during a brief news conference. He didn’t answer reporters’ questions about the case.

Neighbors who witnessed the scene described the residents to local reporters.

A couple and their three children lived at the home, neighbor Connie McGarian told FOX35 Orlando, describing them as the “perfect family.”

Neighbor Marcelo Rodriguez told the Orlando Sentinel that he saw the man who lived there with his family in handcuffs outside the home.

Deputies were looking into whether the death investigation was related to a recent report about a missing family, Maj. Jacob Ruiz, a spokesman for the Osceola sheriff told the paper.

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A Connecticut family of five, missing for more than a week, recently moved to from Colchester to Celebration, friends and family told FOX61. They told the station they believe the family’s disappearance could be linked to the death investigation.

Colchester’s First Selectman’s Office released a statement Monday night.

“The news reports out of Celebration, Florida regarding a Colchester family are shocking and heartbreaking,” the office wrote on Facebook. “While there is much we do not know at this time, I know that the thoughts and prayers of our entire community are with the relatives and friends of the family involved.”

The family has been linked to the house where the investigation is taking place through court documents obtained by the Daily Beast; the property’s landlord had filed an order to evict them.

Celebration is a planned gated community designed and built by the Walt Disney Company just 4 miles from Walt Disney World.

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“We live in Celebration,” Rodriguez told WFTV. “It’s where dreams come true basically, right? And this has happened. So it’s really sad.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lesotho first lady wanted by police in death probe of prime minister’s former wife

Police in Lesotho on Tuesday were searching for the country’s first lady for questioning in the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s former wife, while the police commissioner said the “noose” was tightening around the prime minister and those close to him as an investigation continues.

The killing of Lipolelo Thabane occurred two days before Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s inauguration for a second term in the tiny southern African nation, and two years after a court ruled that Lipolelo was the lawful first lady and entitled to benefits.

Thomas Thabane married his current wife some two months after Lipolelo was killed. Neither the prime minister nor his wife, Maesaiah, have commented publicly on allegations of their involvement in the murder.

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Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane’s wife Maesaiah Thabane is in hiding from the police, who want to question her over the June 14, 2017 killing of Thabane’s former wife Lipolelo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Police on Friday obtained an arrest warrant for the first lady after she didn’t report to them. Police Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli on Tuesday said officers had no idea where she might be.

More details were expected later Tuesday when the High Court was set to hear her application seeking the cancellation of the arrest warrant.

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On Wednesday, the High Court is expected to hear Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli’s application to stop the prime minister from advising Lesotho’s King Letsie III from sending the police official into early retirement.

Molibeli said the prime minister wants him out in a bid to stop the murder investigation and recommend a new commissioner “to immunise himself from criminal investigations and prosecution, thus thwarting the rule of law.”

The police commissioner in recent weeks successfully challenged efforts by the prime minister to send him into suspension and forced leave.

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YouTuber NikkieTutorials Comes Out As Trans And Fans Shower Her In Love

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Popular YouTuber and makeup artist NikkieTutorials has come out as transgender.

On Monday, the vlogger, whose real name is Nikkie de Jager, shared a 17-minute video titled, “I’m Coming Out.” In it, she laid out her journey as a trans woman and why she chose to talk about it now.

“Today I am here to share with you something that I always wanted to share with you one day, but under my own circumstances. It looks like that chance has been taken away from me so today I am taking back my own power,” she explained. “When I was younger, I was born in the wrong body, which means I am transgender.”

Nikkie said that she realized she was female from a very young age. 

“By the age of 6, I grew my hair out. … By the age of 7 or 8, I fully wore girls’ clothes only and it felt amazing,” she said, adding that as a teen she went on hormone therapy and growth stoppers, fully transitioning at 19.

The 25-year-old said that she had been “blackmailed” but did not name who threatened to expose her private information.

“I have been blackmailed by people that wanted to leak my story to the press,” Nikkie said, but she made clear later in the video that she feels liberated and that she “always wanted to share this” with her fans.

She also emphasized that she’s “still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that.”

“The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore or to look at me with different eyes. Or look at me in a different manner. … At the end of the day I am still Nikkie,” she said.

In response to the video, many fans, fellow vloggers, members of the trans community and celebrities have come out on social media to praise Nikkie. They’ve also shared their distaste for whoever is allegedly blackmailing the YouTuber:

Of course, where there are fans there are also haters. One of the most outspoken people to bash Nikkie’s coming out was the sister of Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandino, who apparently changed her Instagram bio to address the video.

Several Instagram accounts dedicated to beauty and lifestyle drama shared that her bio read: “Transgender huh? That’s not the only thing she’s been LYING about.”   

On Tuesday, the bio was changed again to read: “Lets be clear, I love trans people & dislike anyone who lies to hurt others! Period!”

At any rate, keep being you, Nikkie. Most people seem to be happy about that.

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