web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 256)

Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats’ ‘crazy’ plans to eliminate student loan debt

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6096027560001_6096014680001-vs Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats' 'crazy' plans to eliminate student loan debt fox-news/us/education/teachers fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/politics/finance fox-news/politics/executive/white-house fox-news/politics/executive/cabinet fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox-news/health/education fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 8e0f9ca9-8113-5bf0-a2fd-78ebfab1f14a

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos panned Democratic proposals to eliminate student loan debt, calling them a “federal takeover of higher education.”

DeVos appeared on “Special Report” on Friday and said if the federal government forgives college loan debt, the burden would be shifted to those Americans who opted not to go to college.

“Their proposals are crazy,” she said, saying some could cost into the trillions of dollars.

“Who do they think is actually going to pay for these? It’s going to be two of the three Americans that aren’t going to college paying for the one out of three that do,” DeVos said. “Let’s look at this for what it really is: A federal takeover of higher education.”

2020 DEMS MAKING BIG, COSTLY PROMISES ON STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS

On the Democratic primary ballot, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., released a plan in June that calls for all student debt to be eliminated regardless of family income level, and that students from families with incomes of $25,000 or less would have their college costs covered.

The plan would be paid for with a tax on stock trades, bonds, derivatives and other types of investments. The Vermont lawmaker called the plan “a revolutionary proposal.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she plans to cancel $50,000 in student debt for each person with household incomes under $100,000.

FLORIDA DEM PROPOSES BILL REQUIRING BIBLE COURSES, ALLOWING PRAYER IN SCHOOLS

On “Special Report,” DeVos, 61, said fixing the American education system is the most important issue for the nation’s future.

“We are not preparing students today,” said claimed. “We need to see education in the future being really engaging, personal, relevant — and every student able to achieve their fullest potential.”

More from Media

DeVos said American education scores are nowhere near those of other nations.

“Two out of three eighth-graders can’t read or write at their grade level,” she said.

DeVos also rejected a claim by Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, who claimed President Trump is not properly supporting the public education system.

“The Trump administration is not doing anything on public education,” Weingarten said. “We have to make sure [public schools] are well-funded and we have to make sure that they have the resources they need so that every child has a shot in public school.”

DeVos said people can’t do “the same thing over and over again and [be] expecting different results.”

“The pivot that we need to make is a dramatic one,” she said. “It is to really allow for education freedom — for parents and students to find the right fit to prepare them for their futures.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6096027560001_6096014680001-vs Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats' 'crazy' plans to eliminate student loan debt fox-news/us/education/teachers fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/politics/finance fox-news/politics/executive/white-house fox-news/politics/executive/cabinet fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox-news/health/education fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 8e0f9ca9-8113-5bf0-a2fd-78ebfab1f14a   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6096027560001_6096014680001-vs Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats' 'crazy' plans to eliminate student loan debt fox-news/us/education/teachers fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/politics/finance fox-news/politics/executive/white-house fox-news/politics/executive/cabinet fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox-news/media/fox-news-flash fox-news/media fox-news/health/education fox news fnc/media fnc Charles Creitz article 8e0f9ca9-8113-5bf0-a2fd-78ebfab1f14a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095745209001_6095746113001-vs Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public Rep. Ken Buck fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 730016b0-9d87-5cb1-8acf-f25bcfed619a

Until recently, the House Intelligence Committee occupied a unique space in Congress by avoiding partisanship and open acrimony. Members selected to sit on the committee were given the trust of overseeing our most secretive programs, access to the most classified information, and the responsibility of ensuring this information does not fall into the wrong hands.

The selection process for membership and the committee rules are also unique. The speaker of the House and the minority leader personally interview and select members. The committee meets behind closed doors and its deliberations are rarely discussed in public.

The Intelligence Committee is the last committee that should conduct an impeachment proceeding. Impeachment should be based on a fair process. Fairness requires open proceedings so that the public can evaluate the demeanor and credibility of each witness.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS BLAST DEMS FOR WITHHOLDING IMPEACHMENT DOCS, DEMAND ACCESS TO RECORDS

More from Opinion

Using secretive proceedings to investigate the president invites distrust that will further divide our country.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has weaponized the Intelligence Committee. In the process, she has ruined the last vestige of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the least likely member to lead a credible investigation. He has consistently exploited the trust of his position for partisan purposes.

Schiff said this year that “there’s clear evidence on the issue of collusion” between the Trump election campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Schiff said President Trump “may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”

SCHIFF ADMITS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ‘MUCH MORE CLEAR’ ABOUT CONTACT WITH WHISTLEBLOWER

Of course, the American people now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded there was no collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Shortly after the existence of an intelligence whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about a phone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine became public, Schiff stated that neither he nor his staff had contact with the whistleblower prior to the filing of the complaint.

But we now know that Schiff’s staff had previously interviewed the whistleblower. This has caused many to question whether Schiff’s staff coached the whistleblower.

Schiff is now engaged in impeachment hearings, questioning witnesses behind closed doors. In a total lack of transparency – and contrary to every prior instance involving presidential impeachment – this process is occurring outside of the full view of the American people.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTER

Democrats are selectively disseminating information from these closed-door proceedings to unfairly characterize President Trump’s actions. This is occurring before witness transcripts can be released to the public to put these statements in proper context.

The Intelligence Committee’s special status in Congress enabling it to operate outside of public scrutiny was never meant to be used to manipulate public opinion.

The American people deserve better. If Democrats want to engage in a legitimate impeachment inquiry, the House should follow precedent and immediately hold a vote to authorize an inquiry.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The investigation should allow the president’s counsel to assert relevant privileges, encourage the minority to call witnesses, and protect due process by being fully transparent and open to the public.

Anything less will prove the partisan nature of this impeachment and will do great damage to the integrity of the Intelligence Committee and America’s long-term national security interests.

Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095745209001_6095746113001-vs Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public Rep. Ken Buck fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 730016b0-9d87-5cb1-8acf-f25bcfed619a   Westlake Legal Group 694940094001_6095745209001_6095746113001-vs Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public Rep. Ken Buck fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/elections/house-of-representatives fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/person/adam-schiff fox-news/opinion fox news fnc/opinion fnc article 730016b0-9d87-5cb1-8acf-f25bcfed619a

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

G.M. Workers Begin to Size Up the Deal Their Union Is Selling

Westlake Legal Group 18motors1-facebookJumbo G.M. Workers Begin to Size Up the Deal Their Union Is Selling Wages and Salaries United Automobile Workers Strikes Labor and Jobs General Motors Factories and Manufacturing Employee Fringe Benefits Automobiles

The tentative contract hammered out by the United Automobile Workers and General Motors won’t please all of the union’s members, but it is sure to get strong support at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

The factory, which employs 700 U.A.W. members, is scheduled to close in January. But under the contract, G.M. has promised to spend $3 billion to retool Hamtramck to make battery modules and electric trucks, most likely increasing its work force and ensuring its operation for at least several more years.

“I think it’s a good contract,” Wiley Turnage, chairman of Local 22, which represents Hamtramck workers, said Friday. “I’m happy.” He said he planned to vote in favor of the contract and to recommend that his members do the same.

If ratified by the U.A.W.’s rank and file, the contract will end a strike that has idled 34 factories in seven states for more than a month and has cost G.M. an estimated $2 billion in operating profit. The walkout’s effects have rippled through the North American auto industry, affecting production and idling workers at parts suppliers and G.M.’s operations in Canada and Mexico.

Voting on the contract will take place next week, with a result due on Friday. A simple majority is required for ratification, but it must include a majority of skilled-trades workers — the electricians and other technical specialists who maintain machinery. If it does not, the union will have to bargain with the company to address their concerns — as occurred in 2015, the last time G.M. negotiated a contract.

The agreement includes provisions for higher wages and a process that allows temporary workers to become full-fledged employees. It also enables full-time hourly workers to rise to the top wage of $32 an hour within four years, ending a two-tier wage system that fostered tensions between workers. Each worker would also be paid a bonus of $11,000.

RBC Capital Markets estimated that the contract would raise G.M.’s labor costs by $100 million a year.

For its part, G.M. secured the union’s acceptance that three plants already idled, including a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, will close permanently. That will help G.M. guard against excess manufacturing capacity at a time when auto sales are slowing, and put G.M. in a more stable position if the economy goes into a recession. The union went into the talks hoping to prod G.M. into reactivating the Lordstown plant.

A rejection of the contract would be a major setback for the U.A.W. president, Doug Jones, and the union’s other senior officials at a delicate moment. Before the strike, union leaders had come under heavy criticism from the rank and file over a federal corruption investigation in which several high-ranking officers have been charged with using union funds for lavish travel and personal purchases.

Many union locals have started planning informational meetings to explain the terms of the contract to members. Darlene Maddox, who was laid off when the Lordstown factory closed this year and accepted a transfer to Lansing, Mich., said she was very disappointed that her old plant wouldn’t be saved but wanted to know more before deciding how to vote.

“My first instinct is to vote no,” she said. “But the major highlights appear to be good.”

Others said they were encouraged that temporary workers would be able to become permanent employees with full benefits after three years of service.

Under current rules, temporary workers earn about $15 an hour, can be laid off at any time and have no dental or vision insurance.

Linda Castro, a temporary worker at a plant making sport utility vehicles in Spring Hill, Tenn., joined G.M. in January 2017, was laid off after a few months and more than a year later was recalled. She said she was worried that G.M. would lay off temporary workers before they could become full employees.

“No one is going to make it to three years,” she said. “So it’s useless.”

Others said the end of the two-tier wage system was a big victory. Under current conditions, some G.M. workers earning less than $20 an hour work alongside veterans making $31 an hour, the current top wage. The proposed contract would move workers to the top wage in four years, half the time it takes now.

“For me, what matters is making sure everyone makes the same wage, and to be able to do that in a time frame that’s not eight years,” said Ashly Luna, an assembler at a truck plant in Flint, Mich., who has been at G.M. for 12 years.

The proposed contract also would leave the workers’ share of health care costs unchanged at about 3 percent, well below the level paid by other manufacturing workers and G.M.’s salaried staff.

D. J. Calma, another line worker in Flint, said autoworkers deserved generous health care terms because of the physical toll of assembly work.

“In the short amount of time I’ve been here, 12 years, I never thought my body would feel this way,” he said. “It’s the repetitious squeezing. You’re putting your body to the test, truck to truck.”

Todd Campanella, an officer in a U.A.W. branch that represents more than 800 G.M. employees in Rochester, N.Y., said the leadership of his local would meet with senior union officials over the weekend to discuss the contract before presenting it to members for a vote.

Mr. Campanella attended the meeting on Thursday in Detroit at which leaders of G.M. union locals gathered to debate the proposed contract. He said representatives from idled plants had voiced concerns about the agreement before the group voted to recommend it to workers.

“We’re all in this together, and when some of us are hurting, we’re all hurting,” Mr. Campanella said. “That’s really where the discontent would come from. Other than that, a lot of the contract was very positive for a lot of the plants.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Plane collides with pickup truck while landing, pilot killed

CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close Plane collides with pickup truck while landing, pilot killed

The National Transportation Safety Board and Brown County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an airplane crash that killed a Ledgeview pilot. Jeff Bollier, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. – The pilot of a small plane died Thursday when his aircraft slammed into a pickup truck as he tried to land at a grass airstrip in Wisconsin.

The driver of the pickup was critically injured, authorities say.

The incident remains under investigation by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Authorities said the pilot, John Fiddelke of Ledgeview, died at the scene.

Aaron Sauer, an NTSB air safety investigator, said Fiddelke was flying his Aeronca 7AC single-engine aircraft northbound toward a grass runway near Fonferek’s Glen southeast of Green Bay at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Sauer said witnesses reported the airplane was at an altitude of just 5 feet as it crossed a county road near the airstrip and struck a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup was rushed to a local hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries, authorities said.

Stuck in trees: Pilot rescued after small plane crashes in NJ

Debris from the crash, including the aircraft’s engine and parts of the truck, ended up in the road and a ditch. The majority of the aircraft ended up on top of the truck in the front yard of a house next to the runway.

Sauer said the aircraft was recently inspected, and maintenance records were found at the scene of the crash.

The full investigation is expected to take six months to a year to complete, Sauer said.

Brown County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Zeigle said the sheriff’s office’s investigation will focus on the condition of the truck at the time of the crash in concert with NTSB’s examination of the aircraft.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Autoplay

Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/18/plane-collides-pickup-while-landing-wisconsin-killing-pilot/4027260002/

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Former Bill Clinton adviser: ‘Fracture, fissure and division’ ahead for Democratic Party

Westlake Legal Group 07_RTS2QCFE Former Bill Clinton adviser: 'Fracture, fissure and division' ahead for Democratic Party Matt London fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 6d3326c6-4879-5e29-bc38-fbaea1fe262e

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke to Doug Schoen, who is a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and a Fox News contributor, about the current state of the Democratic Party.

“When I grew up and you grew up, there was a muscular, strong foreign policy, pro-civil rights, pro-capitalist wing of the [Democratic] party that I proudly identify with, but that wing of the party is in recession now — literally and metaphorically,” Schoen said on Fox Nation’s “Liberty Files with Judge Andrew Napolitano.”

MCHENRY BLASTS LEBRON JAMES: ‘YOU’RE ALL ABOUT BEING ‘WOKE’…WHEN IT’S NOT AFFECTING YOUR BOTTOM LINE’

Schoen warned that the Democratic Party in 2020 is due for a clash between the traditional wing and a growing far-left contingent.

“I think it’s looking like it’s going in that direction of fracture, fissure and division. I think the upper hand in the party is now with the left, sadly, and I wish it were something else,” he said.

“Even JFK himself, maybe even LBJ, they wouldn’t recognize the modern Democratic Party,” Napolitano said.

“No, they wouldn’t,” Schoen agreed. “I would say to your listeners, particularly those who are Democrats or were Democrats: watch the 1961 inaugural address of John F. Kennedy. It will literally bring tears to your eyes and it is completely at variance with and different from anything this current crop of Democrats are talking about.”

“What is the appeal of socialism — clearly, to these young people?” the judge asked. “It’s alien to our culture. It’s absent from our history. All the sudden, it seems to be everywhere.”

Schoen said that the ideology appeals to people as a solution to real problems in American society.

“There are high student loans, high housing costs, high health care costs, and socialism provides an answer, albeit not a good one. But it basically says it’s not your fault, it’s their fault, their fault being the government, older people, however you want to parse it, and redistribution becomes a solution that ameliorates the problems seemingly and avoids any blame for younger people for their circumstances,” he said.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST STORIES FROM FOX NATION

To see more of  “Liberty Files with Judge Napolitano,” visit Fox Nation and join today.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A FOX NATION FREE TRIAL

Fox Nation programs are viewable on-demand and from your mobile device app, but only available only for Fox Nation subscribers. Go to Fox Nation to start a free trial and watch the extensive library from Tomi Lahren, Pete Hegseth, Abby Hornacek, Laura Ingraham, Greg Gutfeld, Judge Andrew Napolitano and many more of your favorite Fox News personalities.

Westlake Legal Group 07_RTS2QCFE Former Bill Clinton adviser: 'Fracture, fissure and division' ahead for Democratic Party Matt London fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 6d3326c6-4879-5e29-bc38-fbaea1fe262e   Westlake Legal Group 07_RTS2QCFE Former Bill Clinton adviser: 'Fracture, fissure and division' ahead for Democratic Party Matt London fox-news/topic/fox-nation-opinion fox-news/opinion fox-news/fox-nation fox news fnc/media fnc article 6d3326c6-4879-5e29-bc38-fbaea1fe262e

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Wendy Williams gets emotional as she accepts star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, talks having ‘very tough year’

Westlake Legal Group bc94d382553f9e54f48e77ad7eb9cd61w-c0xd-w640_h480_q80 Wendy Williams gets emotional as she accepts star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, talks having ‘very tough year’ Viktoria Ristanovic fox-news/person/wendy-williams fox-news/health/mental-health/addiction fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article a5bd4603-2a64-5a1a-87fe-02efaf1454a5

While accepting her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Wendy Williams reflected on her “very tough year.”

“If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry, so I’ll keep it light and laughter-y,” the talk show host said as she took the podium to accept her award, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“[People] have said throughout the day … I’m successful because I’ve done things my way. No, not exactly,” she said. “It’s because I’m a good listener to advice, and if I don’t like the advice, then I do things my way.”

WENDY WILLIAMS’ INNER CIRCLE ‘CONCERNED FOR HER WELL-BEING’ AMID SPLIT FROM HUSBAND KEVIN HUNTER: SOURCE

During her acceptance speech, Williams reflected on her long, tough year.

The 55-year-old has been open about her marriage, as well as shared her struggles with addiction, saying in March that she had been living in a sober house.

“The elephant in the room is that I’ve been having a very, very tough year,” she admitted to the crowd, according to E! News. “But slowly, but surely, I’m climbing out of the pit, and this is one of those monumental days that makes me say, you know, if you don’t believe in yourself, who will believe in you? Sometimes life is a very lonely path and you’ve got to make some hard decisions.”

The TV personality has hosted her Emmy-nominated daytime talk show for 11 years. “The Wendy Williams Show” airs weekdays and has been extended through 2022.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group bc94d382553f9e54f48e77ad7eb9cd61w-c0xd-w640_h480_q80 Wendy Williams gets emotional as she accepts star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, talks having ‘very tough year’ Viktoria Ristanovic fox-news/person/wendy-williams fox-news/health/mental-health/addiction fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article a5bd4603-2a64-5a1a-87fe-02efaf1454a5   Westlake Legal Group bc94d382553f9e54f48e77ad7eb9cd61w-c0xd-w640_h480_q80 Wendy Williams gets emotional as she accepts star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, talks having ‘very tough year’ Viktoria Ristanovic fox-news/person/wendy-williams fox-news/health/mental-health/addiction fox-news/entertainment/tv fox-news/entertainment/celebrity-news fox-news/entertainment fox news fnc/entertainment fnc article a5bd4603-2a64-5a1a-87fe-02efaf1454a5

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Shifting Explanations For Withholding Ukraine Aid Begins Drawing GOP Alarm

Westlake Legal Group 5daa43e0200000f31350624d Shifting Explanations For Withholding Ukraine Aid Begins Drawing GOP Alarm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump‘s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance.

Trump, in remarks at the White House, stood by his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, whose earlier comments undermined the administration’s defense in the impeachment probe. Speaking Thursday at a news conference, Mulvaney essentially acknowledged a quid pro quo with Ukraine that Trump has long denied, saying U.S. aid was withheld from Kyiv to push for an investigation of the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 election. He later clarified his remarks.

Trump appeared satisfied with Mulvaney’s clarification and the president dismissed the entire House inquiry as “a terrible witch hunt. This is so bad for our country.”

But former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran against Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, said he now supports impeaching the president.

Mulvaney’s admission, he said, was the “final straw.” ”The last 24 hours has really forced me to review all of this,” Kasich said on CNN.

In Congress, at least one Republican, Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida, spoke out publicly, telling reporters that he and others were concerned by Mulvaney’s remarks. Rooney said he’s open to considering all sides in the impeachment inquiry. He also said Mulvaney’s comments cannot simply undone by a follow-up statement.

“It’s not an Etch-A-Sketch,” said Rooney, a former ambassador to the Holy See under President George W. Bush.

“The only thing I can assume is, he meant what he had to say — that there was a quid pro quo on this stuff,” he said.

The tumult over Mulvaney’s remarks capped a momentous week in the impeachment investigation as the admission, from highest levels of the administration, undercut the White House defense and pushed more evidence into the inquiry.

GOP leaders tried to contain the fallout. But four weeks into the inquiry, the events around Trump’s interaction with the Ukraine president, which are are at the heart of impeachment, have upended Washington.

The Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, who has been caught up in the probe, announced his resignation. A beloved House chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a leading figure in the investigation, died amid ongoing health challenges.

The march toward an impeachment vote now seems all but inevitable, so much so that the highest-ranking Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, privately told his GOP colleagues this week to expect action in the House by Thanksgiving with a Senate trial by Christmas.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given no timeline for conclusion but wants the inquiry completed “expeditiously.” She said Thursday that facts of the investigation will determine next steps.

“The timeline will depend on the truth line,” she told reporters.

This week’s hours of back-to-back closed-door hearings from diplomats and former top aides appeared to be providing investigators with a remarkably consistent account of the run-up and aftermath of Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymy Zelenskiy.

In that July call, Trump asked the newly elected Zelenskiy for a “favor” in investigating the Democratic National Committee’s email situation, which was central to the 2016 election, as well as a Ukraine gas company, Burisma, linked to the family of Trump’s 2020 Democratic rival, Joe Biden, according to a rough transcript of the phone conversation released by the White House.

Republican leaders tried to align with Trump Friday, amid their own mixed messages as House Democrats, who already issued a subpoena to Mulvaney for documents, now want to hear directly from him.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House GOP leader, cited Mulvaney’s clarification as evidence that there was no quid pro quo. He said witnesses have also testified similarly behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry.

“We’ve been very clear,” McCarthy said. “There was no quid pro quo.”

Lawmakers involved in the three House committees conducting the investigation want to hear more next week, which promises another packed schedule of witnesses appearing behind closed doors.

Republicans want the interviews made open to the public, including releasing transcripts.

Democrats in the probe being led by Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, are keeping the proceedings closed for now, partly to prevent witnesses from comparing notes.

Three House committees investigating impeachment have tentatively scheduled several closed-door interviews next week, including one with Bill Taylor, the current top official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

Taylor’s interview, scheduled for Tuesday, is significant because he was among the diplomats on a text message string during the time around the July phone call. He raised a red flag and said it was “crazy” to withhold the military aid for a political investigation.

It’s unclear whether all the witnesses will appear, given that the White House is opposing the inquiry and trying to block officials from testifying.

The schedule includes a mix of State Department officials and White House aides.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information

Westlake Legal Group lpOtTAbR1Bl6sjjd75ndqMWs4u5oTSjQnGKeLXoS1B4 State Department probe of Clinton emails finds no deliberate mishandling of classified information r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Chinese national convicted of trying to export US military technology to China

Westlake Legal Group dd1cc7d9-AP19189059236598 Chinese national convicted of trying to export US military technology to China Morgan Phillips fox-news/world/world-regions/china fox-news/politics/judiciary/federal-courts fox news fnc/us fnc article 5a3b67e4-8185-58bc-9f56-462a70d4105d

A Chinese national was sentenced Wednesday to 40 months in prison after being accused of conspiring to export U.S. military and space technology to China, the Justice Department said Friday.

Tao Li, 39, tried to procure “highly sensitive” U.S. military technology without a license, a violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Justice Department (DOJ) said.

Li was arrested at the Los Angeles airport in September 2018 while traveling from China to Arizona to meet with an undercover agent, according to the DOJ.

He was sentenced this week to more than three years in prison, as well as three years of supervised release. He had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

PENNSYLVANIA MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON, MURDER IN WIFE’S DEATH 9 YEARS AGO

Between December 2016 and January 2018, Li, who resided in China, worked with other Chinese nationals to purchase radiation-hardened power amplifiers and supervisory circuits and illegally export them from the U.S. to China, according to the DOJ.

The electronic components Li hoped to obtain are capable of withstanding high levels of radiation and extreme heat, rendering them particularly useful in military and space devices, the department said.

FLORIDA NANNY WHO ABUSED BOY, 11, AND GOT PREGNANT, SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

Li used multiple fake names to contact people in the U.S. in order to obtain the technology. He and his co-conspirators also agreed to pay a “risk fee” to export the components to China, wiring money from China to a bank account in Arizona, the DOJ said.

“This case is one of many involving illegal attempts to take U.S. technology to China,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

The electronic components sought by Li could have made a “significant contribution” to a foreign nation’s military and space programs, the DOJ said.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Westlake Legal Group AP19189059236598 Chinese national convicted of trying to export US military technology to China Morgan Phillips fox-news/world/world-regions/china fox-news/politics/judiciary/federal-courts fox news fnc/us fnc article 5a3b67e4-8185-58bc-9f56-462a70d4105d   Westlake Legal Group AP19189059236598 Chinese national convicted of trying to export US military technology to China Morgan Phillips fox-news/world/world-regions/china fox-news/politics/judiciary/federal-courts fox news fnc/us fnc article 5a3b67e4-8185-58bc-9f56-462a70d4105d

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Worry

Westlake Legal Group merlin_148254753_920dc85e-393b-480e-8f1d-4ce778d1fde8-facebookJumbo Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Asbestos Worry Shopping and Retail Recalls and Bans of Products Johnson&Johnson Food and Drug Administration Asbestos

Johnson & Johnson, which has spent years insisting that its baby powder is safe, recalled 33,000 bottles of the product on Friday after the Food and Drug Administration discovered evidence of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in one of the bottles.

The recall, the first time Johnson & Johnson has pulled baby powder from store shelves over asbestos concerns, could undercut its defense against a swarm of allegations that its talc-based products caused cancer. It comes as the company, which reaches into the lives of millions of people through brands such as Tylenol, Band-Aid and Rogaine and reported nearly $82 billion in sales last year, is entangled in numerous legal battles over the safety of its products.

The company has settled some claims — and is still fighting others — involving its role in the nationwide opioid crisis. On Thursday, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $117 million in a settlement over the deceptive marketing of transvaginal pelvic mesh implants, and a jury this month ordered it to pay $8 billion to a Maryland man who accused the company of playing down the risks associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. In total, the company faces more than 100,000 lawsuits over its products.

More than 15,000 of those are from people who say baby powder and other talc-based products caused them to develop cancer. Some have mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that is considered the signature disease of asbestos exposure, while others have ovarian cancer.

The decision to pull the baby powder, sourced from China and distributed last year, is a “whopper” for a company as dependent on consumer trust as Johnson & Johnson, said David Noll, a law professor at Rutgers University.

“I can’t imagine an attorney for Johnson & Johnson standing up in front of a jury now and saying with a straight face that the product is safe,” Mr. Noll said. He added that “if people come to associate the company’s signature product with deadly diseases, there will be huge spillover effects for its ability to market other products.”

The recall was prompted by the FD.A.’s discovery of trace levels of chrysotile asbestos in samples from a bottle of baby powder bought from an online retailer. The company said it was informed of the results on Thursday and recalled bottles from lot number 22318RB out of an “abundance of caution,” though the F.D.A. advised consumers with baby powder from the affected lot to “stop using it immediately.”

But Johnson & Johnson also repeated its longstanding defense against cancer claims, saying that “thousands of tests over the past 40 years repeatedly confirm that our consumer talc products do not contain asbestos.” The company appeared to question the testing process, saying in a statement that it is working with the F.D.A. to “determine the integrity of the tested sample and the validity of the test results.”

Dr. Susan Nicholson, Johnson & Johnson’s vice president of women’s health, said during a short conference call with investors on Friday that the F.D.A.’s report showed “an extremely unusual finding” that was “inconsistent with our testing to date.”

In response, an agency spokeswoman, Gloria Sánchez-Contreras, said, “The F.D.A. stands by the quality of its testing and results.”

Analysts estimate the baby powder lawsuits could cost Johnson & Johnson $5 billion to $10 billion. The recall could lead to the company’s having to pay more in damages or to settle cases, said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan business professor who studies corporate governance. Shares of the company closed down more than 6 percent on Friday.

Plaintiffs in the talc cases have accused Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn customers of the risks of asbestos contamination, despite being aware of concerns for decades. A New York Times investigation last year found internal memos and reports made public during litigation that document executives’ concerns about potential contamination that date back 50 years.

[Read our investigation into claims about asbestos in baby powder.]

Johnson & Johnson disclosed this year that it was being investigated by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission over concerns about possible asbestos contamination of its talc-based products.

Johnson & Johnson is awaiting a major decision that could tilt the talc litigation in its favor. As part of pretrial proceedings for thousands of talc lawsuits consolidated in New Jersey, a federal judge is mulling whether to block testimony from expert witnesses hired by plaintiffs, a move that could cause many talc cases to be dismissed or dropped.

[Thousands of people who trusted Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for decades are suing the company after developing cancer. “The Weekly,” our new TV show, investigates their allegations.]

Baby powder represents a tiny fraction of Johnson & Johnson sales but an outsize threat to its reputation.

Johnson & Johnson’s name is “so synonymous with their line of baby products,” said Alla Valente, an analyst with Forrester. But recently, she said, the company has started a “damage control campaign” that casts it as bigger than its baby powder, focusing on its slate of other products.

“It’s about trust: If a mother could trust a Johnson & Johnson product for their children, then that product must be safe,” Ms. Valente said. “But now, the dam is finally breaking, where consumers are saying that enough is enough.”

Talc is a natural mineral, formed in underground deposits under the same geological conditions as asbestos. In mines, veins of asbestos can intermingle with talc, geologists say.

Johnson & Johnson officials emphasized on Friday that the level of asbestos detected was very low, just a fraction of 1 percent of the sample. United States health agencies, however, say there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.

While health risks increase with heavier and longer exposure to asbestos, the overall evidence suggests no level of asbestos exposure is safe, and disease has been found in people with only brief exposures, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Several earlier F.D.A. tests, including one in the past year and another about a decade ago, did not detect any asbestos in samples of baby powder.

The F.D.A. does not require safety testing for personal-care products and cosmetics before they are marketed, and tests products only occasionally, usually after complaints by consumers or advocacy groups.

The agency considered — and soon abandoned — a plan to monitor talcum products for asbestos in the 1970s, when concern about asbestos in household products captured the public’s attention. The F.D.A. commissioned tests of Johnson & Johnson powders back then, and the company successfully challenged their validity.

This year, after consumer tests found asbestos in makeup kits for children sold at Claire’s, the F.D.A. followed up with its own tests. It detected the carcinogen in half of 20 products, including Claire’s eye shadow and compact powder, JoJo Siwa makeup sold at Claire’s, and bronzers, blush and other makeup made by Beauty Plus Global City Color Cosmetics and sold in retail outlets. The products were eventually recalled.

The agency plans to test 30 more products containing talcum powder, including those popular on social media and others marketed to children, Ms. Sánchez-Contreras said. The products are a tiny percentage of the thousands of personal-care products available for sale.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com