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Congress Is Bailing Out Trump’s Farm Bailout

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WASHINGTON ― Democrats are doing the Trump administration a favor that Republicans wouldn’t have done for Obama.

President Donald Trump has given so much extra money to American farms harmed by his trade policy that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is nearing a legal limit.

Now lawmakers are stepping in to save the farm bailout, boosting the USDA’s borrowing authority so it can continue to pay farmers who are unable to sell soybeans and other crops to Chinese buyers because of the Trump trade war.

The House approved a resolution Thursday by a mostly Democratic 301-123 vote to fund the government until Nov. 21. The resolution, which the Senate will likely approve next week, included language the Trump administration wanted to keep the farm funds flowing.

The broader funding bill could have been a point of leverage for Democrats battling the Trump administration for all manner of testimony and documents — but Democrats have declined to use it. House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) had previously threatened to omit language to continue the trade bailout this year, but settled for a provision requiring more detailed reports to Congress.

In a statement, Lowey said the bill denied the Trump administration a blank check.

“I am particularly proud that the legislation requires the Trump administration account for the costs of the trade war for farmers on a state-by-state and commodity-by-commodity basis, a critical step to understanding the damage that is being wrought on farmers and consumers.” Lowey said.

Still, Republicans hissed at Democrats for having even considered using American farmers as leverage in a budget negotiation.

“America’s farmers should NEVER be used as political pawns again,” Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a tweet.

I’m doing my farmers a favor, that’s what I’m doing. …. They need the money. House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)

Republicans should probably be grateful. President Barack Obama used the same bailout authority in 2010, sending $348 million to farmers hurt by heavy rains in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Republicans got mad. They accused Obama of illegally trying to help struggling Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) win an election. And then they imposed new restrictions on the USDA’s ability to use its so-called Commodity Credit Corporation authority ― restrictions that remained in place until 2018, when Trump needed help.

After Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese imports as part of his effort to reduce the U.S. trade deficit, China retaliated by slapping duties on American imports. Farmers are big exporters and were particularly vulnerable to the retaliation.

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a conservative anti-spending nonprofit, said the administration has used the CCC to “buy itself some political will amongst farmers” and that the new bill will allow the administration “to continue showering farming and ranching businesses with subsidies.”

If the agricultural assistance is designed to help Trump with rural voters, the Lincoln case is not a promising example. She lost badly in 2010.

Former House Agriculture Committee Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who said the Obama administration had misused its CCC authority, said there’s nothing wrong with what Trump is doing.

“This set of payments applies to everybody in the country, but it is based on how trade wars have impacted your commodity group,” Lucas said, noting that the payments vary between crops. “There might have been some question back in 2011 that perhaps the language skewed to benefit a particular part of the country.”

House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) rejected the idea that he had done Trump a favor.

“I’m doing my farmers a favor, that’s what I’m doing,” Peterson told HuffPost. “I’m not worried about anything else. They need the money.”

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California lawmaker says it’s ‘incomprehensible’ that ‘racist sexual predator’ Ed Buck roamed free

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said Wednesday that it was “incomprehensible” that authorities took so long to arrest Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on charges of causing a drug overdose.

“It’s incomprehensible to me that it took a third black gay man to be attacked and almost die to finally dissolve the unconscionable apathy that has allowed Ed Buck, a racist sexual predator, to roam free,” said Bass, whose district adjoins Buck’s home neighborhood of West Hollywood. “Everyone knew that he preyed on young black men. … The inaction in response had a message was loud and clear: Black gay lives obviously didn’t matter.”

Bass raged on Twitter later Wednesday that the potential punishment for the state charges against Buck add up to “less than three years per life Ed Buck killed —serial killers don’t stop until they are caught. How many more vulnerable Black men would he have killed? There should be no bail.”

Buck appeared in court on the state charges Thursday, and his arraignment was postponed until next month. He was held on $4 million bail. On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced that Buck had been charged with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore at Buck’s home in July 2017. If convicted of the federal charge, Buck faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

State prosecutors described Buck as a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” who offered drugs, money and shelter to mainly addicted and homeless men in exchange for participating in sexual fetishes. One fetish involved administering dangerous doses of drugs, the documents said.

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When Fox News asked about why it took so long to charge Buck, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Investigator Quilmes Rodriguez said: “The investigation is ongoing.”

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Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. (Congressmember Karen Bass)

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said: “Our office declines comment. And as for a strong statement from our office, you have our bail motion that spells out what you are looking for.”

Buck was arrested Tuesday after a third man reportedly suffered a methamphetamine overdose inside his home last week — and survived. Another man, 55-year-old Timothy Dean, overdosed and died at the home in January 2018.

Buck, 65, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Prosecutors say Buck met his latest victim on Sept. 11 and injected him with two dangerous doses, refused to assist him and “thwarted” his efforts to get outside help until the man fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station.

“His deadly behavior has not stopped,” prosecutors said in the court documents.

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Buck’s “predatory acts and willful disregard for human life must be stopped before another life is lost,” the documents said.

In addition to operating a drug house, Buck is charged with furnishing methamphetamine and with battery causing serious bodily injury. Messages to Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, were not immediately returned.

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Joel Rosenberg: Netanyahu in big trouble – What you need to know about Tuesday’s Israeli election

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Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. We Israelis love elections so much we’ve had two in the last five months.

But Tuesday’s vote didn’t go well for Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history, with 12 years in office. After pulling out all the stops to secure 61 or more seats in the Knesset (the 120-seat Israeli parliament) to build a right-wing coalition government, Netanyahu and his Likud Party fell well short.

In fact, Benny Gantz and the Blue and White Party won 33 seats in the Knesset to Likud’s 31 seats, according to projections, with nearly all the votes counted. Gantz previously served as a highly decorated chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces.

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Israeli politics are cutthroat and complicated, so there’s no point in going through all the possible permutations of what happens from here.

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Short version: the most likely outcome is now a “national unity government” in which either Gantz serves as prime minister for the first two years and Netanyahu for the second two years of the prime minister’s term of office, or vice versa.

That said, here’s what you need to know:

Netanyahu is in big trouble. He faces an all-important court hearing Oct. 2, and it is very possible he will be formally indicted in three separate corruption cases. Though Netanyahu deserves the presumption of innocence, many Israelis believe government officials should not forge a deal with him because he will need to spend so much of his time on his own legal defense in the months and years ahead.

Netanyahu asked Gantz on Thursday to join him in a unity government. “Benny we have to set up a broad unity government,” Netanyahu said in a tweet that included a video. “The nation expects us, both of us to act responsibly by working together.” Netanyahu wants to head such a government. But Gantz would want to become prime minister first if such a deal is reached.

Gantz also wants to form a “broad … national unity government.” Blue and White leaders say they would be happy to form one with Likud, but only if someone other than Netanyahu leads Likud. They don’t want to make a deal with Netanyahu because he’s facing indictments.

Avigdor Liberman’s party appears to have won nine seats in the Knesset.  Liberman is the former defense minister and former chief of staff for Netanyahu who is a now a fierce rival of the prime minister. The right-wing secular Yisrael Beiteinu Party that he now heads went from five seats to nine in the Knesset as a result of Tuesday’s election, according to projections. Liberman is widely regarded as the kingmaker whose support is crucial to anyone trying to create a majority coalition. Liberman indicated Thursday that he will recommend Gantz to be the next prime minister, though he, too, supports a national unity government.

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If all this weren’t complicated enough, neither Blue and White nor Liberman’s party are keen on having religious parties that represent ultra-Orthodox Jews in a coalition government, believing those parties already exert too much control over Israeli social policy and the budget.

“We cannot and there is no reason to go to third elections,” Netanyahu said, expressing a sentiment no doubt shared by most election-weary Israelis. When Netanyahu fell one vote short of forming a coalition government after elections in April, he called the new elections that were held Tuesday, rather than giving Gantz a chance to form a coalition at that time.

The next step in the battle to lead Israel will be for President Reuven Rivlin to designate one candidate to try to assemble a coalition government.

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The designation typically goes to the candidate with the most seats in the Knesset – in this case Gantz – but Rivlin could select Netanyahu to try to form a coalition if Rivlin believes the current prime minister has a better chance of succeeding.

No one knows how this will all turn out. But the struggle is so intense that Netanyahu canceled a planned trip to address the United Nations General Assembly to stay in Israel for the tough bargaining ahead, in an effort to drum up enough support to remain in power.

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Delta flight attendant praised for helping deaf teen

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Sometimes, all it takes is a little gesture to make someone’s day.

Case in point: A mother is praising a Delta Air Lines flight attendant who took care of her daughter while she was flying by herself. The young girl is deaf, and the flight attendant wrote out a note explaining everything she would need to know for the flight.

Loretta Ober shared a photo of the note on her Twitter account, with the caption: “My daughter who is Deaf took a flight by herself! The attendant handed her this note on the plane! Delta makes it amazing!”

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The note reads, “Hi, good morning Ashley, my name is Janna and I will be your flight attendant on today’s flight to JFK. There are two buttons above your head; a yellow one that controls the reading light and a big gray one with a person on it that you can use to call me if you need anything. In the case of an emergency, the nearest exit is behind you. Those are our over-wing exits. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any assistance. Again, my name is Janna and welcome aboard our CRJ200 aircraft.”

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Ober’s 16-year-old daughter, Ashley, was flying from Baltimore/Washington International Airport to Kennedy International in New York, WKYT reports.

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In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Delta said, “We appreciate customers sharing their Delta moments with us, and applaud Janna’s thoughtfulness to help assist this first-time solo flyer.”

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Chris Cornell’s teen daughter releases song they created together

Chris Cornell‘s memory is being honored by his teen daughter.

A ballad that the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman produced for his daughter Toni — when she was just 12 — is now being released.

“Far Away Places” was written by Toni three years ago, and was one of the last songs that Cornell recorded before his death in May 2017.

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The song was released on iTunes on Thursday and is available on other streaming services.

It is featured in a short film, also titled “Far Away Places,” by Tatiana Shanks, a family friend. The movie has been featured in international film festivals, and the song itself has won awards at various film festivals.

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Toni Cornell, daughter of the late singer Chris Cornell, performs with Ziggy Marley, bottom left, underneath a video image of her father during “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Proceeds from the single’s sales will be donated to The New York Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Cornell’s widow, Vicki, also revealed last September that she was releasing a new album titled “Chris Cornell” as well as a four-disc box set on November 16. The box set will contain 11 unreleased tracks. Both projects will include his solo work as well as music made with Audioslave, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog.

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Vicki said the album honors Chris as a “friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist.”

Cornell died at 52 years old and his death was ruled a suicide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Federal Judge Blocks California’s Trump Tax Return Law

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A federal judge announced Thursday that he’s temporarily blocking a new California law aimed at releasing President Donald Trump’s tax returns, several outlets reported.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law in July. It requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the California primary ballot.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England, Jr., issued the temporary injunction from the bench, saying he will make a final ruling in the coming days but that Trump and other candidates could face “irreparable harm without temporary relief.”

Trump is the first president in four decades to not release his tax returns, which could shed important light on his financial dealings. 

Though the law is controversial even among Democrats, Newsom defended his decision to sign it as a response to an unprecedented situation.

“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence,” he said in July. “The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Is Said to Involve Multiple Acts by Trump

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WASHINGTON — A potentially explosive complaint by a whistle-blower in the intelligence community said to involve President Trump was related to a series of actions that goes beyond any single discussion with a foreign leader, according to interviews on Thursday.

The complaint was related to multiple acts, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for American spy agencies, told lawmakers during a private briefing, two officials familiar with it said. But he declined to discuss specifics, including whether the complaint involved the president, according to committee members.

Separately, a person familiar with the whistle-blower’s complaint said it involves in part a commitment that Mr. Trump made in a communication with another world leader. The Washington Post first reported the nature of that discussion. But no single communication was at the root of the complaint, another person familiar with it said.

The complaint cleared an initial hurdle when Mr. Atkinson deemed it credible and began to pursue an investigation. But it has prompted a standoff between lawmakers and the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, who has refused to turn it over to Congress, as is generally required by law. It has become the latest in a series of fights over information between the Democratic-led House and the White House.

Democrats emerged from Mr. Atkinson’s briefing and renewed their accusation that the Trump administration was orchestrating a cover-up of an urgent and legitimate whistle-blower complaint that could affect national security.

Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after the briefing that he still did not know the contents of the complaint and had been unable to get an answer to whether the White House was involved in suppressing it.

“I don’t think this is a problem of the law,” he said. “I think the law is written very clearly. I think the law is just fine. The problem lies elsewhere. And we’re determined to do everything we can to determine what this urgent concern is, to make sure that the national security is protected and to make sure that this whistle-blower is protected.”

Mr. Schiff said he would explore potential recourse with the House’s general counsel to try to force the release of the complaint, including potentially suing for it in court.

Few details of the whistle-blower complaint are known, including the identity of the world leader involved in the single known communication. And it is not obvious how an exchange between Mr. Trump and a foreign leader could meet the legal standards for a whistle-blower complaint that the inspector general would deem an “urgent concern.”

Under the law, the complaint has to concern the existence of an intelligence activity that violates the law, rules or regulations, or otherwise amounts to mismanagement, waste, abuse, or a danger to public safety. But a conversation between two foreign leaders is not itself an intelligence activity.

And while Mr. Trump may have discussed intelligence activities with the foreign leader, he enjoys broad power as president to declassify intelligence secrets, order the intelligence community to act and otherwise direct the conduct of foreign policy as he sees fit, legal experts said.

Mr. Trump regularly speaks with foreign leaders and often takes a freewheeling approach. Some current and former officials said that what an intelligence official took to be a troubling commitment could have been an innocuous comment. But there has long been concern among some in the intelligence agencies that the information they share with the president is being politicized.

Andrew P. Bakaj, a former C.I.A. and Pentagon official whose legal practice specializes in whistle-blower and security clearance issues, confirmed that he is representing the official who filed the complaint. Mr. Bakaj declined to identify his client or to comment.

Mr. Trump denied wrongdoing on Thursday, explaining that he would not “say something inappropriate” on calls where aides and intelligence officials from both sides routinely listen in.

But Mr. Trump’s actions were startling enough to prompt the intelligence official to file a formal whistle-blower complaint on Aug. 12 to the inspector general for the intelligence agencies. Such a complaint is lodged through a formal process intended to protect the whistle-blower from retaliation.

Mr. Schiff has been locked in the standoff with Mr. Maguire over the complaint for nearly a week. He said Mr. Maguire told him that he had been instructed not to give the complaint to Congress, and that the complaint addressed privileged information — meaning the president or people close to him were involved.

Mr. Schiff has said that none of the previous directors of national intelligence, a position created in 2004, had ever refused to provide a whistle-blower complaint to Congress. The House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena last week to compel Mr. Maguire to appear before the panel. He briefly refused but relented on Wednesday, and is now scheduled to appear before the committee in an open hearing next week.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, said on Thursday that he and the committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, also expected both the inspector general and acting director to brief them early next week and “clear this issue up.”

Mr. Maguire and Mr. Atkinson are at odds over how the complaint should be handled. Mr. Atkinson has indicated the matter should be investigated, and alerted the House and Senate Intelligence committees, while Mr. Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence, says the complaint does not fall within the agencies’ purview because it does not involve a member of the intelligence community — a network of 17 agencies that does not include the White House.

[Read a pair of letters from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about the complaint.]

The inspector general of the intelligence community “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent, and that it should be transmitted to Congress under the clear letter of the law,” Mr. Schiff, Democrat of California, said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, said the law is “very clear” that the whistle-blower complaint must be handed over to Congress.

“The Inspector General determines what level of concern it is,” said Mr. King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Once the determination is made,” he added, the director of national intelligence “has a ministerial responsibility to share that with Congress. It is not discretionary.”

“This is based upon the principle of separation of powers and Congress’s oversight responsibility,” Mr. King said.

Mr. Maguire was named the acting director in August, after the president had announced that the previous director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, would be stepping down. Mr. Trump had planned to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, a Trump loyalist without an extensive background in intelligence. But the president dropped the plan after lawmakers from both parties raised concerns about Mr. Ratcliffe’s qualifications and possible exaggerations on his resume.

The reports about the whistle-blower complaint touched off speculation about what Mr. Trump said and to whom.

In the weeks before the complaint was filed, Mr. Trump spoke with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan and the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.

And current and former intelligence officials have expressed surprise that during his first few months as president, Mr. Trump shared classified information provided by an ally, Israel, with the Russian foreign minister.

Such disclosures are not illegal, but Mr. Trump flouted intelligence-sharing decorum by sharing an ally’s intelligence without express permission.

Mr. King expressed some doubt about how serious the underlying complaint might be.

“I am a little concerned it is being overblown,” Mr. King said. “On the other hand, it may be significant. But we won’t know that for a few days.”

Charlie Savage and Michael S. Schmidt contributed reporting.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s being treated for lung cancer

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday that she will receive treatment for a malignant spot on her lung.

The 74-year-old Republican governor said the spot was discovered in a routine exam and was later confirmed to be what she called a tiny, isolated malignancy.

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Ivey said she will travel Friday for an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will undergo radiation treatments.

“The good news is I am one of the fortunate ones where this was discovered early, and it is very treatable,” Ivey said in a statement.

“Naturally, I welcome your prayers and your support. Just as so many others who have been affected by cancer, I am confident of God’s plan and purpose for my life and feel extremely fortunate this was caught so early.”

The governor said it will not interfere in her ability to serve as governor and “doing the work you elected me to do.”

The governor announced the diagnosis in a statement and video released by her press office. She said she made the announcement because, “I always shoot straight with you.”

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Dr. William P. Saliski Jr. with Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants said Ivey was referred to him to review an abnormal spot on her lung, and a biopsy revealed an isolated malignancy.

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“Upon consultation with our cancer team and reviewing all options available, Governor Ivey determined that these minimal radiation treatments are her preference. Governor Ivey has opted for the least invasive treatment which has an excellent cure rate. I expect her to make a full recovery,” Saliski wrote in a statement released by Ivey’s office.

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Whistleblower Filed Complaint Over Multiple Trump Actions: Report

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Alex Wong via Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 19: Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks to members of the media after Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson met behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee at the U.S. Capitol September 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Atkinson was on the Hill to discuss a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Trump Says He’s Completely Immune from ‘the Criminal Process’ in Lawsuit to Keep Tax Returns Secret

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