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Antonio Brown used social media consultants to accelerate release from Raiders, report says

Now that the Antonio Brown drama may have concluded – with his release from the Raiders and quick decision to sign with the New England Patriots – reports suggest social media consultants helped facilitate his antics that let him reach free agency.

“Antonio Brown during the week actually sought advice from social media consultants on how he could accelerate his release from the Raiders,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday. “This all started with him releasing the letter from Mike Mayock that he was being fined.”

“He put that out on social media, which led to the confrontation” with Mayock, the Raiders’ general manager, Mortensen added.

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After speaking with consultants, his first plan of action was posting his Instagram story this past Wednesday, showing a letter from Mayock detailing how the receiver was fined roughly $14,000 for skipping the team’s walkthrough on Aug. 22, according to reports.

Following the letter post, he uploaded a professional-level video on YouTube that seemed to include a recorded conversation with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.

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Antonio Brown (84) warming up for an Oakland Raiders preseason game last month. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

In the video’s description, Brown wrote: “I am Antonio Brown, the person, who paved a way for himself to be in charge of his own life. Free me!”

The Raiders, in return, fined him — which let the team void over $29 million in guarantees over the next two years if he wasn’t on the team. Brown later requested his release from the team — in another social media post.

After hearing of his release, Brown posted another video in which he yelled “free!” to the camera and ran outside while flapping his arms like an eagle.

ANTONIO BROW RELEASED BY OAKLAND RAIDERS AFTER FRACTURED OFF-SEASON, REPORTED FEUD WITH GM OVER FINES, MONEY

The ESPN report would confirm what many analysts have suspected over the past week, that his social media antics were orchestrated to expedite his release from the Raiders. He most likely will need to cease his social media efforts going forward under the watchful eye of no-nonsense Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the analysts said.

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Antonio Brown still isn’t part of the Patriots yet and won’t be around the team until he officially signs on Monday. He may need to buy a ticket, however, to watch the contest between his old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots on Sunday night, according to an NBC report.

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The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer.

HELSINKI, Finland — “Happy hour” at the S-market store in the working-class neighborhood of Vallila happens far from the liquor aisles and isn’t exactly convivial. Nobody is here for drinks or a good time. They’re looking for a steep discount on a slab of pork.

Or a chicken, or a salmon fillet, or any of a few hundred items that are hours from their midnight expiration date. Food that is nearly unsellable goes on sale at every one of S-market’s 900 stores in Finland, with prices that are already reduced by 30 percent slashed to 60 percent off at exactly 9 p.m. It’s part of a two-year campaign to reduce food waste that company executives in this famously bibulous country decided to call “happy hour” in the hopes of drawing in regulars, like any decent bar.

“I’ve gotten quite hooked on this,” said Kasimir Karkkainen, 27, who works in a hardware store, as he browsed the meat section in the Vallila S-market. It was 9:15 and he had grabbed a container of pork mini-ribs and two pounds of shrink-wrapped pork tenderloin.

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Discounted food items on the shelves at the S-market in Vallila. Food whose price has already been cut 30 percent is reduced to 60 percent off at 9 p.m., three hours before its midnight expiration date.CreditJuho Kuva for The New York Times

Total cost after the price drop: the equivalent of $4.63.

About one-third of the food produced and packaged for human consumption is lost or wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. That equals 1.3 billion tons a year, worth nearly $680 billion. The figures represent more than just a disastrous misallocation of need and want, given that 10 percent of people in the world are chronically undernourished. All that excess food, scientists say, contributes to climate change.

From 8 to 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are related to food lost during harvest and production or wasted by consumers, a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found. Landfills of rotting food emit methane, a gas that is roughly 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. And to harvest and transport all that wasted food requires billions of acres of arable land, trillions of gallons of water and vast amounts of fossil fuels.

For consumers, cutting back on food waste is one of the few personal habits that can help the planet. But for some reason, a lot of people who fret about their carbon footprint aren’t sweating the vegetables and rump steak they toss into the garbage.

A price discount table and discount stickers that are used before almost-expired food’s price is cut 60 percent.CreditJuho Kuva for The New York Times

“There’s been a lot of focus on energy,” said Paul Behrens, a professor in energy and environmental change at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. “But climate change is as much a land issue and a food issue as anything else.”

Reducing waste is a challenge because selling as much food as possible is a tried, tested and ingrained part of all-you-can-eat cultures. Persuading merchants to promote and profit from “food rescue,” as it is known, is not so obvious.

“Consumers are paying for the food, and who wants to reduce that?” said Toine Timmermans, director of the United Against Food Waste Foundation, a nonprofit in the Netherlands composed of companies and research institutes. “Who profits from reducing food waste?”

A growing number of supermarkets, restaurants and start-ups — many based in Europe — are trying to answer that question. The United States is another matter.

“Food waste might be a uniquely American challenge because many people in this country equate quantity with a bargain,” said Meredith Niles an assistant professor in food systems and policy at the University of Vermont. “Look at the number of restaurants that advertise their supersized portions.”

Nine of the 10 United States supermarket chains that were assessed by the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity last year were given a C grade or lower on food-waste issues. Only Walmart did better, largely for its efforts to standardize date labels and to educate staffers and customers.

Some of the most promising food waste efforts are apps that connect food sellers to food buyers. Think Tinder, except one party in this hookup is a person and the other is an aging loaf of bread.

Among the most popular is Too Good to Go, a company based in Copenhagen, with 13 million users and contracts with 25,000 restaurants and bakeries in 11 countries. Consumers pay about one-third of the sticker price for items, most of which goes to the retailer, with a small percentage paid to the app.

In Denmark, food rescue has attained the scale and momentum of a cultural movement, one with its own intellectual godmother: Selina Juul, a graphic designer who immigrated from Russia at the age of 13.

A variety of marked-down food items are on display at the S-market in Vallila.CreditJuho Kuva for The New York Times

“I came from a country where there was a fear that we wouldn’t have food on the table tomorrow, where there were food shortages,” she said in a phone interview. “When we emigrated, I had never seen so much food. I was shocked. Then I was shocked again when I saw how much food people wasted.”

In 2008, at the age of 28, she started a Facebook group called Stop Wasting Food. Within weeks, she was being interviewed on the radio. Soon after that, she came to the attention of Anders Jensen, the buying director at REMA 1000, the largest supermarket chain in Denmark.

“I was on a business trip to Scotland and I read about Selina in a newspaper,” Mr. Jensen recalls. “Around that time, we learned that every Dane was throwing out 63 kilos of food per year” — about 139 pounds — “and I was sitting in this airport thinking, she’s right.”

After the two met in a Copenhagen cafe, REMA 1000 eliminated in-store bulk discounts. As of 2008, there would be no more three hams for the price of two, or any variations on that theme.

“It exploded in the media because it was the first time a retailer said, ‘It’s O.K. if we sell less,’” Mr. Jensen said.

REMA 1000 and Ms. Juul recognize that there is a limit to how much one company can do to reduce waste. Consciousness raising was necessary. So Ms. Juul has enlisted famous Danes to join her cause.

She’s co-writing a book on cooking with leftovers with Princess Marie, who worked in advertising and marketing before marrying into the Danish royal family. Celebrity chefs, like Rene Redzepi, have spread the word. Mette Frederiksen, the current prime minister, even made it a campaign issue this year.

In Finland, reducing food waste has yet to become a political issue, but it is a selling point for at least one restaurant. Every dish on the menu of Loop, which is housed in a former mental hospital in Helsinki, is made from past-due ingredients donated by grocery stores and bakeries. Donations vary, so Loop’s chefs have no idea what they’ll be making until they walk into the restaurant’s kitchen.

The S-market in Vallila. Scientists say all excess food contributes to climate change.CreditJuho Kuva for The New York Times

“It’s like an episode of ‘Master Chef’ every day,” said Johanna Kohvakka, founder of the nonprofit From Waste to Taste, which operates Loop. “But we try to make every dish look great so that people can share images online and say, ‘This was about to be wasted.’”

Ms. Kohvakka says Loop turns a profit and could serve as a model for similar ventures. Executives at S-market in Finland make no such claims about their happy hour. Mika Lyytikainen, an S-market vice president, explained that the program simply reduces its losses.

“When we sell at 60 percent off, we don’t earn any money, but we earn more than if the food was given to charity,” he said. “On the other hand, it’s now possible for every Finn to buy very cheap food in our stores.”

It’s not unusual to find groups of S-market shoppers milling around with soon-to-be-discounted items from the shelves and waiting for the clock to strike at 9. “I’ve done that,” Mr. Karkkainen said, as he headed for the exits with his pork mini ribs.

Other Finns, it seems, haven’t fully embraced S-market’s anti-waste ethos. Harri Hartikainen, 71, was shopping one evening in Vallila and considered a 60 percent off box of Kansas City-style grilled chicken wings.

“I’ve never tried these before,” he said, dropping them into his shopping basket. “But it’s so cheap, if I don’t like it, I can just throw it out.”

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Small plane crash near Las Vegas kills 2, injures 3

Two people were killed and three others were injured on Saturday night after small private plane crashed near a Nevada airport, investigators said.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, the single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane, carrying four people, crashed right after takeoff from Henderson Executive Airport, which is about 25 minutes from Las Vegas, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Fox News. The crash unfolded about half a mile south of the airport, an FAA spokesman said, adding that the plane, made in 1977, caught fire after it crashed.

One person died at the scene and another died at a hospital, investigators said. They declined to release the names or ages of the victims.

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Two people were killed and three others were injured on Saturday night after a small private plane crashed near a Nevada airport, investigators said. (KVVU Fox 5)

Three people were hospitalized; two remained in the hospital in serious condition Sunday, Fox 5 in Las Vegas reported. The third person who had been hospitalized, apparently a good Samaritan, reportedly suffered from smoke inhalation.

The plane had a mechanical issue and turned around in an attempt to land when it crashed, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a Henderson spokeswoman.

The pilot had reported to air traffic controllers that a door had come open about two minutes after takeoff, Fox 5 reported, citing air traffic control archives. The station reported that the next communication was about seven minutes after takeoff when another pilot reported the crash.

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The propeller plane, which reportedly was registered to a flight school in Southern California, was bound for Gillespie Field Airport in suburban San Diego, officials said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ware investigating the cause of the crash.

The NTSB, the lead investigative agency, was expected to have an investigator at the scene Sunday, according to a statement it sent to Fox News.

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Around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, the single-engine Beechcraft Sierra plane, carrying four people, crashed right after taking off from Henderson Executive Airport, investigators said. (KVVU Fox 5)

“The investigator will document the scene, examine the aircraft, request any air traffic communications, radar data, weather reports and try to contact any witnesses,” the NTSB spokesman, Keith Holloway, said. “Also, the investigator will request maintenance records of the aircraft, and medical records and flight history of the pilot.”

Holloway told Fox News a preliminary report should be made available within the next two weeks but the exact cause of the crash will be released once the investigation was complete, which could take up to two years.

Less than 14 hours after the deadly plane crash had been reported, officials said another small plane made a hard landing at Henderson Executive Airport.

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The plane sustained minor damage and no injuries have been reported, according to the Henderson Fire Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dan Gainor: Bloomberg Law is burned over false report of anti-Semitism

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Anti-Semitism is a huge problem, big enough that the press doesn’t have to manufacture anti-Semites to further left-wing goals.

But this is 2019, and that actually happened, thanks to Bloomberg Law, one of the many publications of the company headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Senior reporter Ben Penn spread his “SCOOP” on Twitter about how “Trump Labor Department’s new sr adviser Leif Olson posted on Facebook that Jewish media ‘protect their own.’”

The story was worse. It was headlined: “Trump Labor Aide Quits After Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts Surface.” The piece led with skewering Olson for having “a history of advancing controversial conservative and faith-based causes in court.” Oh no!

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That didn’t stop the Anti-Defamation League from initially bashing Olson. Rather than face the media firestorm, Olson resigned.

Only the story didn’t end there. That was just the beginning. The ADL backed out when it realized Olson was actually mocking someone else’s anti-Semitism. And then a ton of people threw their support behind Olson – across political lines.

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Even in battleground 2019, there was widespread disgust at the way that Bloomberg and Penn tried to destroy Olson, simply because he’s conservative.

For a while, Bloomberg stood by Penn’s lousy reporting. Washington Post Media Critic Erik Wemple described that attitude as “unsurprising and highly disappointing.” Lefty Vox headlined its take, “How mocking anti-Semitism got a Trump official falsely accused of actual anti-Semitism.” And conservative National Review described the incident as “Ben Penn’s Bad-Faith Hit Job on Leif Olson.”

NationalReview.com Editor Charles Cooke called the story “a deliberate attempt to get a guy fired for mocking the very position you’re accusing him of holding.”

Pundits lined up to blast Penn. Commentary Editor John Podhoretz messaged Penn and called him a “Repugnant child” and said he was “either stupid” or “utter garbage.” Penn actually captured an image of the comments and posted it, acting indignant. Only that generated even more criticism.

NationalReview.com Editor Charles Cooke called the story “a deliberate attempt to get a guy fired for mocking the very position you’re accusing him of holding.”

Of course, no true D.C. scandal is ever complete without the cover-up. And Bloomberg supplied it. After the story blew up, the outlet “removed ‘Anti-Semitic’ from the headline and clarified Olson’s reference to those tropes.” It still left the original hit job on the site.

And then it tried to get people to stop talking about it. The Washington Post reported that a Bloomberg editor urged staffers not to “tweet out the story or about the story (or use any other social media to post anything).” The goal was to avoid “more Twitter-rage.”

Bipartisanship has finally returned to Washington. Penn and Bloomberg Law are widely and deservedly mocked on both sides of the aisle. And Olson got his job back, in the ultimate rejection of Penn’s politics of destruction.

Sleepless Nights at The New York Times 

The New York Times has been on a downward spiral lately. It’s not that paper has gone farther left, it just can’t hide it anymore. It’s been only a month since a headline that treated President Trump fairly was changed and it appears that Times staffers have lost their minds.

Or maybe that’s not new.

Such is the case of Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, who was writing about the newspaper’s favorite topic – the demise of the Republican Party. She was referencing the book “R.I.P. G.O.P.,” which claims the 2020 election “will produce a second blue wave on at least the scale of the first in 2018 and finally will crash and shatter the Republican Party.”

Goldberg twisted that into her ideal fantasy: “the Republican Party, that foul agglomeration of bigotry and avarice that has turned American politics into a dystopian farce, not just defeated but destroyed.”

But in the course of her counting chickens exercise, she let slip a personal detail. Speaking of author and pollster Stanley Greenberg, she noted: “His confidence will not be enough to lessen the insomnia that has plagued me since the cursed night when Trump was elected.”

So, she can’t sleep because of … Trump. Maybe she should read the Times.

College Athletics in Black and White 

Atlantic staff writer and former ESPN host Jemele Hill host caused controversy about African-American athletes this past week. Her black-and-white analysis had people seeing red all over.

It all started with the headline that read, “It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges.” Hill’s article followed that up with suggesting black athletes pick historically black colleges and universities instead. She was roundly criticized as being “pro-segregation” and asked what a “white college” was.

Hill wrote that the idea could “bring some welcome attention and money to beleaguered black colleges, which invested in black people when there was no athletic profit to reap.” But she went on, noting that, “More revolutionarily, perhaps they could disrupt the reign of an ‘amateur’ sports system that uses the labor of black folks to make white folks rich.”

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Singer Kaya Jones responded, saying: “My grandparents went through it! It was illegal in most countries to be married outside your race. MLK and my grandparents are rolling in their graves.”

Hill has said and written controversial things about race before. She made a comment about Malcolm X’s assassination that she tied to Trump, eventually offering to apologize. Then she quoted the late president Andrew Johnson saying said that the U.S. has “a government for white men” and added that, “Under Trump, Johnson’s wish came true.”

‘Compassionate’ Stripping 

You’d think it was sweeps month over at “Good Morning America.” ABC has long had a lurid fascination with fringy sex stories, even highlighting Erika Eiffel, who changed her name to Eiffel because she had a commitment ceremony with the Eiffel Tower.

This week we had strippers. It was for a good cause, though. GMA was promoting the new Jennifer Lopez movie “Hustlers.” GMA anchor Adrienne Bankert described it as a “star-studded female-led drama where the women flip the script” and called it a “compassionate message about love and friendship.”

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Well, not exactly. They strip for and then rob their clients. The GMA gang fell over themselves showing respect for the idea of sex work and robbery. Host Michael Strahan responded to the idea with the rationalization of the day: “You gotta do what you gotta do.”

He even asked former Disney Pop Tart Keke Palmer, who plays Mercedes, what her ideal stripper name would be. Palmer told viewers that “it would be something sweet like baby girl, or baby doll.” Ah, the wholesome family fun of felonious stripping.

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Mike Pompeo says key to ‘successful Iran’ is disarming rogue nation, appealing directly to its people

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Following President Trump‘s cancellation of a secret meeting centered on peace talks with Afghan and Taliban leaders, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned his focus to Iran during a “Fox News Sunday” interview and shared his thoughts on how the country could become successful and prosperous.

“We want a successful Iran. We want them to be part of the community of nations,” he told host Chris Wallace. “You can’t do that when you’re building missiles that threaten Europe, threaten Israel, and building out systems that could ultimately create a nuclear weapon.”

Pompeo wouldn’t comment on the odds of Trump meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly later this month but said America must speak directly to the Iranian people and help them understand that the U.S. will not allow the country to obtain a nuclear weapon.

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“President Trump will think about whether it’s appropriate to meet based on whether he thinks we can get an improved outcome for the American people,” he said. “There are those [in Iran’s government] who think it’s wise to meet. There are those who just want to continue to kill people around the world.

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“We need to make sure that we’re doing all we can to make those that understand that the revolutionary nature of the Iranian regime is unacceptable, that they’ve got to change their behavior, and that America will never permit them to have a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo continued. “Those inside Iran that understand that, and I think that’s the majority of the Iranian people as well — those are the folks we want to make sure we talk to so that we ultimately get the right outcome.”

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Trump left the door open to a possible meeting while speaking with reporters at the White House this past Wednesday, saying America could help lift sanctions and lower Iranian inflation if Tehran was willing to come to the table.

“Their inflation is at a number that few people have ever seen inflation at, and it’s a very sad situation,” Trump said. “They could solve it very quickly. We could solve it in 24 hours, but we’ll see what happens.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace contributed to this report.

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Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan wants a female 007

Pierce Brosnan has joined the chorus of those who want a woman to play Bond.

When asked if a woman should take the torch from Daniel Craig after the upcoming 25th installment of the James Bond franchise, Brosnan, 66, told The Hollywood Reporter, “Yes! I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.”

The Irish actor, who starred as Agent 007 in movies including “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The World Is Not Enough,” admitted he didn’t think it’ll happen anytime soon, however.

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Pierce Brosnan starred as James Bond in movies including “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The World Is Not Enough.”

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“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch,” he said of Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, who originally bought the screen rights to the character. Still, he had nothing but praise for his own experiences with the franchise.

“James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride,” he said. “I will be asked about him until my dying days – it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character. I was honored to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant.”

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Brosnan previously endorsed Tom Hardy as the next Bond, telling The Mail on Sunday in 2018, “I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it – that’s what makes Bond.”

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Brosnan also addressed the womanizing spy potentially needing to adapt to a post-#MeToo era.

“Without question, yes… The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society,” he said. “So they’ll have to address that.”

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“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman,” a Bond insider previously claimed. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”

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Impeach Trump? House Democrats face delicate choice as lawmakers, but not public, push for action

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WASHINGTON – The drumbeat is intensifying in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump, but it’s not clear yet whether a majority of the full chamber will march to that tune.

A majority of House Democrats have called for a formal impeachment inquiry, a list that grew as lawmakers returned to their districts for Congress’ summer break. And lawmakers are taking steps toward doing that: The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing in September with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House aides. Federal courts could order the release any time of secret grand-jury evidence from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But even as support builds on the left, the prospect of getting it done seems remote. A majority of the American public doesn’t think the House should seriously consider impeaching Trump, according to a series of three USA TODAY/Suffolk University polls this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has tamped down expectations by saying the American people must be persuaded with the strongest possible case.

The result is that Democratic lawmakers return to Washington in a delicate position. A majority of the Democratic caucus leading the House, which is the chamber in charge of deciding whether to impeach the president, have come out in favor, putting pressure on the chamber’s leaders to move forward. But those calls have gained momentum this summer at a time when most Americans disagree, and when the party is already trying to find a way to defeat Trump in the 2020 election.

“Nancy Pelosi is a pretty good student of history and she recognizes what a disaster this would be so close to the 2020 election, particularly if you look at the polls,” said Ford O’Connell, an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s graduate school of political management and Republican presidential strategist. “She knows better.”

The political risk for Democrats is that impeaching Trump could draw sympathy to him. After the Republican-controlled House voted to impeach then-President Bill Clinton in 1998, his fellow Democrats gained a handful of seats in the House that year and then a handful of seats in both chambers the following election. Trump himself has called the inquiries a partisan witch hunt and derided impeachment efforts.

The inquiries – into Trump’s efforts to thwart the special counsel probe as possible obstruction of justice, into his namesake business whose profits could violate provisions of the Constitution, into his role in paying off a porn star for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter before the election – are likely to linger through the presidential primaries. But political experts and key lawmakers expect a decision on impeachment in the fall because starting in the election year would appear opportunistic.

“It’s moved off of ‘do we have enough evidence, what’s the standard of proof, is it a high crime and misdemeanor’ and it’s become a complete political question at this point,” said David Weinstein, a former assistant U.S. attorney now in private practice in Miami. “There’s a lot at stake for the Democrats, should they take a shot and miss.”

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are moving forward with a series of lawsuits, subpoenas and planned hearings that could keep Trump’s conduct in the spotlight, regardless of where they ultimately lead. 

Raging court battles

The House is pursuing inquiries on a variety of fronts.

One federal appeals court is set to decide whether the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees can obtain access to Trump’s documents from his lenders, Deutsche Bank and Capital One. Deutsche Bank revealed Tuesday in a court filing that Trump’s tax returns, which several committees sought and which Trump fought to keep confidential, are among the documents falling under the subpoena.

Another appeals court in Washington is weighing whether the Oversight and Reform Committee can force Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, to turn over financial documents. The Justice Department has argued that allowing lawmakers to subpoena the records would distract the president from his duties, even though the House isn’t seeking copies of the records from him. 

Decisions in each appeals case could come any day. Depending on the results, the cases could wind up before the Supreme Court.

In another case, the Judiciary Committee asked U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to grant Congress access to grand-jury evidence from Mueller’s investigation. Howell set deadlines for the Justice Department and the House to submit their arguments by the end of September.

The committee also asked U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for an expedited decision on whether to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about Trump directing him repeatedly to remove Mueller. McGahn, described as the panel’s “most critical witness,” defied a committee subpoena after the White House argued that he had “absolute immunity” from testifying before Congress and that his conversations with the president should remain confidential.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has said that if the House wins the cases involving McGahn and grand-jury information, it would “break the logjam” of administration resistance.

Congressional hearings

At the same time, House leaders have said they plan to continue a series of hearings that could refocus public attention on the controversies that have hung over Trump and his administration even if they don’t reveal any new details.

“I think the hearings largely serve a political purpose, keeping this issue at the forefront of the public’s mind heading into the fall and the campaign season,” said Daniel Medwed, who followed the Mueller inquiry as a professor of criminal law and procedure at Northeastern University.

“My instinct as a legal matter is that there seems to be sufficient evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors in the Mueller report itself. There is a case to be made,” Medwed added. “But the standards for proving impeachment are in the eyes of the beholder. It’s a political calculus more than a legal one.”

To continuing building its case, the Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Sept. 17 with Lewandowski and two former White House aides, deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn and staff secretary Rob Porter.

The Mueller report described Trump asking Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the Russia inquiry or potentially fire him. Lewandowski decided not to follow the directive and asked Dearborn to do it instead. Dearborn also decided not to act.

In another episode, Trump directed Porter to tell McGahn to create a letter “for our records” stating falsely that the president never asked McGahn to terminate Mueller, according to the report. Porter told McGahn about the request and McGahn shrugged it off, saying media reports about the directive to fire Mueller were accurate, according to the report.

The committee also wants to hear from McGahn himself, if the court enforces the subpoena. Pelosi and Nadler have each have said the Mueller report describes repeated incidents of apparent obstruction of justice. Trump has called the inquiries “presidential harassment.”

“The whole Nadler thing is just to drag people forward so they can have a spectacle to pacify the base,” said O’Connell, the Republican strategist. “This is politics.”

A messy political question

What the end product of those hearings and lawsuits might be is a question that will occupy House Democrats as they return to Washington.

Lawmakers over the summer returned to their districts, where many Democrats fielded questions about impeachment from voters. As they did, the number of Democrats who have said the House should at least begin a formal impeachment inquiry swelled to more than half of the party’s caucus.

Among those who stepped forward in August was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico. He tweeted support on Aug. 19 for an impeachment inquiry, “to uncover the facts for the American people and hold this president accountable.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., who serves on the Intelligence and Oversight committees investigating Trump, said in a statement Aug. 26 that “we have now come to a point where we must engage in an investigation to not only expose wrongdoing and prevent it from happening again, but also to determine whether the current president engaged in behavior meriting the beginning of impeachment proceedings.”

But the announcements offer few hints of their endgame. Many of the Democrats who have called for an impeachment inquiry hold relatively safe seats. If the full House fails to act, individual lawmakers could say they tried, according to political experts. And if the House impeaches Trump, but the Republican-controlled Senate declines to remove him from office, Democrats could blame the other chamber.

“It’s actually a very good situation for Democrats politically,” Medwed said.

The declarations came as the American public remained skeptical about impeachment, according to national polls.

Three times this year, the USA TODAY/Suffolk poll asked 1,000 people: “From your own point of view, do you think the House of Representatives should seriously consider impeaching President Trump – yes or no?” The poll released Aug. 28 found 57% opposed to 37% supportive, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Those results followed a poll released June 24 – after the release of Mueller’s report – with nearly 61% opposed and a poll released March 22 with nearly 62% opposed.

On the day after Mueller testified to Congress, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., asked why anyone would bring up impeachment in such a climate. 

“That should be put to bed, that is over,” McCarthy told reporters July 25. “The only people that want impeachment are the ones who are sitting inside this chamber on the Democratic side. The American public have made their decision. Poll after poll you see it, but why would they put the American public through this” rather than working on the economy, immigration or health care?

Trump himself sounded as if he were daring Democrats to impeach him by tweeting that “what they are doing is so wrong, but they do it anyway.”

Pelosi told House Democrats on a conference call Aug. 23 that Trump’s policies prompted her to sleep with a  mouth guard, to avoid grinding her teeth. But she said the “public isn’t there on impeachment.”

“The equities we have to weigh are our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and to be unifying and not dividing,” Pelosi said. “But if and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice. If he cannot respect the Constitution, we’ll have to deal with that. It’s about patriotism not partisanship.”

Six House committees are investigating Trump for evidence of him potentially profiting from public office, abusing his power, obstructing justice or being under the influence of foreign governments. Pelosi has argued that the Watergate investigation of former President Richard Nixon gained public support because of congressional discoveries such as tapes of White House conversations. But some lawmakers are still waiting for answers.

The first question for Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., at a town hall Aug. 28 at Cleary University asked what it would take for her to support impeachment. She noted the Judiciary Committee served a ton of subpoenas to the administration that haven’t been answered but that she expects to know within three weeks about whether the administration will comply.

“I believe that impeachment is a very big step,” Slotkin said. “I believe it is something that should not be taken lightly. And I think it’s something where we should bring people along in the process.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., explained to a town-hall meeting Aug. 22 in Braintree how impeachment could backfire on Democrats and help Trump.

“You want to do this for all the right reasons,” Lynch said. “But you’re going to give Donald Trump another four years and I don’t want to be part of that.”

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Impeach Trump? House Democrats face delicate choice as lawmakers, but not public, push for action

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WASHINGTON – The drumbeat is intensifying in the House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump, but it’s not clear yet whether a majority of the full chamber will march to that tune.

A majority of House Democrats have called for a formal impeachment inquiry, a list that grew as lawmakers returned to their districts for Congress’ summer break. And lawmakers are taking steps toward doing that: The Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing in September with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House aides. Federal courts could order the release any time of secret grand-jury evidence from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But even as support builds on the left, the prospect of getting it done seems remote. A majority of the American public doesn’t think the House should seriously consider impeaching Trump, according to a series of three USA TODAY/Suffolk University polls this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has tamped down expectations by saying the American people must be persuaded with the strongest possible case.

The result is that Democratic lawmakers return to Washington in a delicate position. A majority of the Democratic caucus leading the House, which is the chamber in charge of deciding whether to impeach the president, have come out in favor, putting pressure on the chamber’s leaders to move forward. But those calls have gained momentum this summer at a time when most Americans disagree, and when the party is already trying to find a way to defeat Trump in the 2020 election.

“Nancy Pelosi is a pretty good student of history and she recognizes what a disaster this would be so close to the 2020 election, particularly if you look at the polls,” said Ford O’Connell, an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s graduate school of political management and Republican presidential strategist. “She knows better.”

The political risk for Democrats is that impeaching Trump could draw sympathy to him. After the Republican-controlled House voted to impeach then-President Bill Clinton in 1998, his fellow Democrats gained a handful of seats in the House that year and then a handful of seats in both chambers the following election. Trump himself has called the inquiries a partisan witch hunt and derided impeachment efforts.

The inquiries – into Trump’s efforts to thwart the special counsel probe as possible obstruction of justice, into his namesake business whose profits could violate provisions of the Constitution, into his role in paying off a porn star for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter before the election – are likely to linger through the presidential primaries. But political experts and key lawmakers expect a decision on impeachment in the fall because starting in the election year would appear opportunistic.

“It’s moved off of ‘do we have enough evidence, what’s the standard of proof, is it a high crime and misdemeanor’ and it’s become a complete political question at this point,” said David Weinstein, a former assistant U.S. attorney now in private practice in Miami. “There’s a lot at stake for the Democrats, should they take a shot and miss.”

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are moving forward with a series of lawsuits, subpoenas and planned hearings that could keep Trump’s conduct in the spotlight, regardless of where they ultimately lead. 

Raging court battles

The House is pursuing inquiries on a variety of fronts.

One federal appeals court is set to decide whether the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees can obtain access to Trump’s documents from his lenders, Deutsche Bank and Capital One. Deutsche Bank revealed Tuesday in a court filing that Trump’s tax returns, which several committees sought and which Trump fought to keep confidential, are among the documents falling under the subpoena.

Another appeals court in Washington is weighing whether the Oversight and Reform Committee can force Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, to turn over financial documents. The Justice Department has argued that allowing lawmakers to subpoena the records would distract the president from his duties, even though the House isn’t seeking copies of the records from him. 

Decisions in each appeals case could come any day. Depending on the results, the cases could wind up before the Supreme Court.

In another case, the Judiciary Committee asked U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell to grant Congress access to grand-jury evidence from Mueller’s investigation. Howell set deadlines for the Justice Department and the House to submit their arguments by the end of September.

The committee also asked U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for an expedited decision on whether to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about Trump directing him repeatedly to remove Mueller. McGahn, described as the panel’s “most critical witness,” defied a committee subpoena after the White House argued that he had “absolute immunity” from testifying before Congress and that his conversations with the president should remain confidential.

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has said that if the House wins the cases involving McGahn and grand-jury information, it would “break the logjam” of administration resistance.

Congressional hearings

At the same time, House leaders have said they plan to continue a series of hearings that could refocus public attention on the controversies that have hung over Trump and his administration even if they don’t reveal any new details.

“I think the hearings largely serve a political purpose, keeping this issue at the forefront of the public’s mind heading into the fall and the campaign season,” said Daniel Medwed, who followed the Mueller inquiry as a professor of criminal law and procedure at Northeastern University.

“My instinct as a legal matter is that there seems to be sufficient evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors in the Mueller report itself. There is a case to be made,” Medwed added. “But the standards for proving impeachment are in the eyes of the beholder. It’s a political calculus more than a legal one.”

To continuing building its case, the Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Sept. 17 with Lewandowski and two former White House aides, deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn and staff secretary Rob Porter.

The Mueller report described Trump asking Lewandowski to tell then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the Russia inquiry or potentially fire him. Lewandowski decided not to follow the directive and asked Dearborn to do it instead. Dearborn also decided not to act.

In another episode, Trump directed Porter to tell McGahn to create a letter “for our records” stating falsely that the president never asked McGahn to terminate Mueller, according to the report. Porter told McGahn about the request and McGahn shrugged it off, saying media reports about the directive to fire Mueller were accurate, according to the report.

The committee also wants to hear from McGahn himself, if the court enforces the subpoena. Pelosi and Nadler have each have said the Mueller report describes repeated incidents of apparent obstruction of justice. Trump has called the inquiries “presidential harassment.”

“The whole Nadler thing is just to drag people forward so they can have a spectacle to pacify the base,” said O’Connell, the Republican strategist. “This is politics.”

A messy political question

What the end product of those hearings and lawsuits might be is a question that will occupy House Democrats as they return to Washington.

Lawmakers over the summer returned to their districts, where many Democrats fielded questions about impeachment from voters. As they did, the number of Democrats who have said the House should at least begin a formal impeachment inquiry swelled to more than half of the party’s caucus.

Among those who stepped forward in August was the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico. He tweeted support on Aug. 19 for an impeachment inquiry, “to uncover the facts for the American people and hold this president accountable.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., who serves on the Intelligence and Oversight committees investigating Trump, said in a statement Aug. 26 that “we have now come to a point where we must engage in an investigation to not only expose wrongdoing and prevent it from happening again, but also to determine whether the current president engaged in behavior meriting the beginning of impeachment proceedings.”

But the announcements offer few hints of their endgame. Many of the Democrats who have called for an impeachment inquiry hold relatively safe seats. If the full House fails to act, individual lawmakers could say they tried, according to political experts. And if the House impeaches Trump, but the Republican-controlled Senate declines to remove him from office, Democrats could blame the other chamber.

“It’s actually a very good situation for Democrats politically,” Medwed said.

The declarations came as the American public remained skeptical about impeachment, according to national polls.

Three times this year, the USA TODAY/Suffolk poll asked 1,000 people: “From your own point of view, do you think the House of Representatives should seriously consider impeaching President Trump – yes or no?” The poll released Aug. 28 found 57% opposed to 37% supportive, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Those results followed a poll released June 24 – after the release of Mueller’s report – with nearly 61% opposed and a poll released March 22 with nearly 62% opposed.

On the day after Mueller testified to Congress, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., asked why anyone would bring up impeachment in such a climate. 

“That should be put to bed, that is over,” McCarthy told reporters July 25. “The only people that want impeachment are the ones who are sitting inside this chamber on the Democratic side. The American public have made their decision. Poll after poll you see it, but why would they put the American public through this” rather than working on the economy, immigration or health care?

Trump himself sounded as if he were daring Democrats to impeach him by tweeting that “what they are doing is so wrong, but they do it anyway.”

Pelosi told House Democrats on a conference call Aug. 23 that Trump’s policies prompted her to sleep with a  mouth guard, to avoid grinding her teeth. But she said the “public isn’t there on impeachment.”

“The equities we have to weigh are our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and to be unifying and not dividing,” Pelosi said. “But if and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice. If he cannot respect the Constitution, we’ll have to deal with that. It’s about patriotism not partisanship.”

Six House committees are investigating Trump for evidence of him potentially profiting from public office, abusing his power, obstructing justice or being under the influence of foreign governments. Pelosi has argued that the Watergate investigation of former President Richard Nixon gained public support because of congressional discoveries such as tapes of White House conversations. But some lawmakers are still waiting for answers.

The first question for Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., at a town hall Aug. 28 at Cleary University asked what it would take for her to support impeachment. She noted the Judiciary Committee served a ton of subpoenas to the administration that haven’t been answered but that she expects to know within three weeks about whether the administration will comply.

“I believe that impeachment is a very big step,” Slotkin said. “I believe it is something that should not be taken lightly. And I think it’s something where we should bring people along in the process.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., explained to a town-hall meeting Aug. 22 in Braintree how impeachment could backfire on Democrats and help Trump.

“You want to do this for all the right reasons,” Lynch said. “But you’re going to give Donald Trump another four years and I don’t want to be part of that.”

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Trump’s Secretly Planned Taliban Talks Face Bipartisan Backlash

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s now-canceled peace talks with Taliban leaders at Camp David, which were set to take place Sunday just before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a round of cable news interviews and Twitter posts, lawmakers rebuked Trump, who tweeted on Saturday that members of the terror group were supposed to travel to the U.S. for negotiations. Trump said he had planned to meet separately with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. 

“To me, this is just no way to conduct foreign policy,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told CNN on Sunday, agreeing that the U.S. should be engaged in talks with both the Taliban and the Afghan government, but calling Trump’s move a “hastily arranged summit which no one knew was happening.”

“The whole thing doesn’t quite make sense to me, and it’s just another example of the president treating foreign policy like it’s some kind of game show,” the 2020 presidential hopeful added. “This isn’t a game show, these are terrorists.”

In his tweets, Trump said he nixed the meetings after finding out about a Taliban car bombing in Kabul that occurred Thursday, killing an American soldier and 11 other victims. 

“What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position?” he asked, despite the organization’s long history of such violence. 

In Klobuchar’s view, the talks were doomed from the start and would have done more harm than good.

“The way he conducts foreign policy just reminds me exactly of North Korea,” she said, referring to Trump’s unprecedented meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un. “He loves the showmanship, he wants to have that moment, but then all the details aren’t done, and we end up in a worse place on the world stage than we were before.”

Echoing Klobuchar’s point, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under the Obama administration, called Trump’s planned negotiations “very odd,” drawing a parallel to his “elevation” of Kim with several summits.

“It’s another bizarre episode,” Castro said. “It’s more of his erratic behavior that people are tired of, and that’s one of the reasons I believe that he’s going to lose in 2020.”

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), another presidential contender, also denounced Trump’s actions, noting that to this day, first responders are still dying from the detrimental health effects they faced at ground zero.

His message came in reaction to Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who tweeted, “Never should leaders of a terrorist organization that hasn’t renounced 9/11 and continues in evil be allowed in our great country.”

Kinzinger wasn’t the only Republican to take a stand on the matter. In a statement of her own, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said under no circumstances should Taliban leaders be welcomed to Camp David.

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who ditched the Republican Party in July over its transformation under Trump, later chimed in on the criticism, asking, “How about we end the war without inviting the Taliban to dinner on the week of 9/11?”

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