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Gingrich on ‘joke’ resolution formalizing impeachment: Passage will ‘kill’ House Democrats’ majority

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich dismissed a resolution introduced Tuesday by House Democrats to formalize their impeachment inquiry and adopt rules to govern the proceedings, calling it a “joke.”

“I thought it was very appropriate that [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] was bringing it up on Halloween because I think, frankly, it’s a joke. And I think that Schiff probably ought to come on the floor as a scarecrow,” Gingrich said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Tuesday.

“You remember in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the scarecrow has no brain and it is Halloween,” Gingrich added. “The fact is that they’re not doing anything that’s serious.”

The resolution directs the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Judiciary, and Ways and Means Committees to “continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump.”

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“You know, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution guarantees us due process,” Gingrich said. “This president has been denied due process,” Gingrich said. “… Neither the Democrats in 1973 nor the Republicans in 1998 did anything as one-sided, as secretive and destructive as what Pelosi and Schiff have done.”

MacCallum asked Gingrich why he believed Pelosi was now supporting a vote formalizing the impeachment inquiry, prompting the former Republican leader to say that Democrats are now “trapped at a dead end.”

“I think that the Lindsey Graham-Mitch McConnell [Senate] resolution served notice that they had to do something or it was literally dead on arrival in the Senate,” Gingrich said. “I think the White House blocking them and refusing to do things until there was a vote moved them. But she has a real problem.”

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Gingrich bluntly predicted that House Democrats would “kill” their majority if the resolution passes.

“Having been speaker of the House, she can probably pass this resolution if she’s suicidal, but she’s going to kill their majority,” Gingrich predicted. “I mean, if you’re Congressman [Collin] Peterson and you’re in northern Minnesota and you’re in a 30-point Trump district, voting yes on Thursday basically is the end of your career. And you go through district after district.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Republicans Push For Whistleblower’s Identity In Impeachment Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over questions about the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

The skirmish revealed a growing dispute between the two sides, as Republicans say they need to hear from the intelligence official who initially raised the alarm over Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate his political rivals in order to assess the whistleblower’s credibility.

Democrats say the whistleblower’s testimony is not needed at this point because it has been corroborated by other witnesses. Bringing him or her forward after repeated attacks by Trump would only put the whistleblower’s safety at risk, they said.

“We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren’t interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower,” Representative Eric Swalwell told reporters.

Government personnel have been assigned to protect the whistleblower, according to sources familiar with the matter, after Trump has attacked the whistleblower and conservative news outlets and social-media activists speculated about the individual’s identity.

As many as five possible names for the whistleblower have circulated in political circles, according to sources familiar with efforts to protect the whistleblower.

“Such behavior is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless,” the whistleblower’s lawyers, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid, told Reuters on Tuesday.

In a closed-door hearing on Tuesday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff cut off a Republican line of questioning of a witness, Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, objecting that it was designed to reveal the whistleblower’s identity.

Republicans said they were trying to figure out who Vindman had spoken with after Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic presidential candidate JoeBiden in a July 25 phone call.

They said they do not aim to publicly reveal the whistleblower’s identity but need to assess his or her motivations.

“It’s tough to determine someone’s credibility if you can’t put them under oath and ask them questions,” Republican Representative Jim Jordan told reporters. In previous sessions, Republicans have asked witnesses whether they know the person they suspect to be the whistleblower and inquired about possible motives, according to a congressional aide.

The whistleblower’s lawyers have told congressional investigators their client is only interested in answering written questions.

(Additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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Ricky Martin announces birth of fourth child

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Ricky Martin is now a father of four.

The singer and husband Jwan Yosef announced the arrival of son Renn Martin-Yosef Tuesday on Instagram, sharing a photo of the infant in Martin’s arms, along with both parents beaming with pride and joy.

“Nuestro hijo Renn Martin-Yosef ha nacido,” wrote the pop star in Spanish on Instagram, which translates in English to, “Our son Renn Martin-Yosef was born.”

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Martin, 47, and Yosef are already parents to twins Valentino and Matteo, and daughter Lucia.

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While the proud parents are remaining mum on exactly when their baby boy was born, Martin announced that he and Yosef would be expecting again during the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in September, telling the crowd, “I have to announce that we are pregnant. We are waiting!”

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As the crowd erupted in cheers, Martin stated, “I love big families.”

This story originally appeared on Page Six.

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Cops trod on Mouseketeer Dennis Day’s remains for months before discovering body, family claims

Police investigating the disappearance and subsequent death of original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Dennis Day have been accused of repeatedly walking on a pile of clothing that concealed the 76-year-old’s remains, causing skeletal fractures.

A Tort Claim Notice sent to the Phoenix (Ore.) Police Department and obtained by Fox News alleges that the city, the police department and Lieutenant Jeff Price “acted with negligence and bad faith” while carrying out their investigation.

Price helmed the search for the missing Mouseketeer and is alleged by Day’s family to have “had access to and possession of all evidence sufficient to lead the investigating officer to find Mr. Day’s deceased body.” However, a letter sent by attorney Erin E. Gould claims Price knowingly made false statements about the investigation that stifled any ability to solve the case and begin prosecution of a suspect in a timely manner.

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“Due to the City of Phoenix Police Department and Lieutenant Jeff Price’s negligence, neglect, and failure to conduct an investigation at even a minimum professional standard, Mr. Day’s body was found in April 2019 and not identified until June 2019,” read the claim. “Worse, Lieutenant Jeff Price made statements that certain investigative tools were used in the Summer of 2018, such as cadaver sniffing dogs, which were knowingly false and further delayed the investigation.”

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Daniel James Burda faces manslaughter and other charges in connection with Dennis Day’s death. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

While Day was last seen alive around July 15, 2018, the notice claims he contacted police days earlier to report that live-in handyman Daniel Burda, had “behaved violently toward him” and asked for advice on how he could have Burda removed from the home.

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Day was advised that he would need to formally evict Burda from the home if Burda was an official tenant.

Day was reported missing two weeks after his husband, 88-year-old Henry Caswell, was hospitalized following a number of falls in their home. Not long after Day disappeared, 36-year-old Burda was questioned by Phoenix police and was observed on police body-camera footage with “obvious defense wounds on his hands and forearms.”

In August 2018, Phoenix police received a number of 911 calls reporting a “horrific smell” coming from Day’s residence. One of the reports was made by a Meals on Wheels volunteer who delivered food to the residence.

Over the next six months, the claim alleges that police “took no substantive action to attempt to locate Mr. Day despite abundant and obvious evidence that his deceased body was decaying in the Pine Street house and that Mr. Burda was responsible for his death.”

“The Pine Street house is located a mere four blocks, or .3 miles, from the police station in a dense residential area in downtown Phoenix,” the notice claims.

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Burda, a man with a lengthy rap sheet, was not arrested in connection with Day’s disappearance and death until July 5 of this year, after the investigation had been turned over to the Oregon State Police. Price indicated on the “Vanished” podcast that he never arrested the handyman because he didn’t believe Burda would “stick around” the Phoenix area after killing Day, the notice claims.

Burda was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft, state police said at the time.

According to the Oregonian newspaper, Burda told investigators after his arrest that he pushed Day to the floor and later concealed his body under a pile of clothes. The claim states that police “had stepped on, during three separate searches, causing multiple post mortal skeletal fractures and still did not find him.”

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The local outlet reported, citing court documents, that Burda indicated that he attempted to air out the residence with Day’s remains still inside “because it smelled like death.” He also allegedly tried multiple chemical solutions to clean the area.

In June, two women from southern Oregon were arrested and charged with felony theft of a car and jewelry belonging to Day after his 1990s Ford Escort was discovered about 200 miles away from his home. At the time, Price told Fox News there was no evidence that a crime had been committed.

The family’s claim notice further alleges that they weren’t notified of Day’s disappearance until January 2019 after a local news report covered the case.

“At that point, the heirs applied pressure to the Phoenix Police Department to enlist the help of state police,” the claim read. “Once state police were involved and cadaver dogs were sent to the house, Mr. Day’s decomposed body was found. The body was sent to a lab and later identified months later to in fact be Mr. Day.”

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Although police have not yet reached a determination of Day’s cause of death, a judge determined last month that Burda was mentally unfit to stand trial and committed him to the Oregon State Hospital.

“At this point, proper justice for the death of Mr. Day will not be served, all due to the fact that the City of Phoenix Police and Lieutenant Price handled the missing person investigation with gross negligence and bad faith,” the claim notice alleges.

The Phoenix Police Department did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Former Trump aide who now works for Devin Nunes reportedly leaked Ukraine whistleblower’s name

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HBO Max Will Go Live in May, at $15 a Month

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BURBANK, Calif. — WarnerMedia executives took the stage on Tuesday to formally introduce the streaming service HBO Max, the future exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones,” “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” the Harry Potter films and movies centered on DC Comics superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

The big reveal, which came two hours into the event, was the cost of HBO Max: $15 a month.

That price puts the service at the top of the market. Netflix’s standard plan costs $13 a month. Apple charges $5 for Apple TV Plus, which will become available Friday. Disney Plus, the service from the Walt Disney Company scheduled to start on Nov. 12, will charge $7. WarnerMedia was already charging $15 for HBO Now, a streaming service with content from HBO.

AT&T became the owner of HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting and the Warner Bros. television and film studio last year, with its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. With that deal, the company became a telecommunications and entertainment behemoth.

The longtime AT&T executive John Stankey became the head of the entertainment unit, WarnerMedia, which will provide HBO Max with the content it needs to compete in the streaming universe.

At the presentation, held at the Warner Bros. studio lot, the main architects of WarnerMedia offered details on the service, which will be available in May.

Mr. Stankey spoke of the company’s worldwide reach at the start of the event. Later, the writer-director-producer J.J. Abrams, who signed a multiyear deal in June with WarnerMedia valued at roughly $500 million, also spoke. He gave no details of what his production company, Bad Robot, would come up with for the company, except to say that he was working on the sci-fi show “Demimonde,” a program that has been in the works at HBO since 2018.

Kevin Reilly, the WarnerMedia chief content officer, said HBO Max would offer its original shows in HBO-style — that is, weekly. “Our creators see the difference of rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” he said. Netflix, the leading streaming service, with 158 subscribers worldwide, releases its series all at once.

The audience included research analysts and members of the news media. Before the event, they were given a quick tram-ride tour of the studio that showed off the stages where movies like “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” were shot. Also highlighted were the TV shows made on the lot, including “The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Friends.”

AT&T has said it aims to reach about 80 million global subscribers for HBO Max by 2025, with 50 million coming from the United States. HBO has 35 million subscriptions, with nine million paying for the direct-to-consumer offering HBO Now. By contrast, Disney said it expected have 60 million to 90 million Disney Plus subscribers by 2024. Netflix’s subscriber base stands at 158 million.

“HBO’s new plan is to be something for everyone,” UBS Global Research said in its report anticipating WarnerMedia’s introduction. “The leader in the something for everyone business model, Netflix, spends considerably more on content, suggesting further increases to come.”

HBO Max will offer some 10,000 hours of programming to start, much of which has been announced in recent months. One show that will not make it to HBO Max is a previously announced “Game of Thrones” prequel starring Naomi Watts. HBO said on Tuesday that the show had been scrapped.

On Tuesday, the company announced a 10-episode sci-fi series, “Raised By Wolves,” from the director Ridley Scott. The project, centered on two aliens raising human children on a mysterious planet. recently completed production in South Africa.

Other HBO Max programs will include the reboot of the British sci-fi drama “Doctor Who,” as well as three new seasons of that show. CNN Films, now part of the AT&T corporate family, will provide a slate of documentaries and episodic series, including one on Anthony Bourdain. HBO Max has also acquired the rights to Studio Ghibli’s library of anime films including “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Oscar-winner “Spirited Away.”

The company has changed the release plan for “Superintelligence,” a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. Instead of making its debut in theaters in December, it will have its premiere on HBO Max at its 2020 launch.

A comedy from the director Steven Soderbergh, “Let Them All Talk,” starring Meryl Streep, will also appear first on HBO Max, as will two movies from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company.

Joining these films is “Bobbie Sue,” the long-gestating Warner Bros. movie about a lawyer, played by Gina Rodriguez, who takes on a conservative law firm.

All 23 seasons of “South Park” will become available on the service next June, with three new seasons to follow. (Each new episode will first debut on Comedy Central before moving to HBO Max 24 hours later.) Other animated series headed to HBO Max include “The Boondocks,” “Robot Chicken” and the first three seasons of “Rick and Morty,” which will be available to consumers at launch. Future seasons will first debut on Adult Swim before streaming on HBO Max.

New Looney Tunes Cartoons and classics from the vault will also stream at HBO Max.

Series that seem in keeping with the HBO brand are also on the docket, including “Americanah,” a 10-episode limited series based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and starring Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira; “Circe,” a 10-episode series based on Madeline Miller’s 2018 best-selling novel; and “Station Eleven,” a post-apocalyptic series adapted from the best seller by Emily St. John Mandel, to be directed by Hiro Murai, who is known for his work on the FX show “Atlanta.”

Ann Sarnoff, who was named the head of the Warner Bros. film and television studio n June, highlighted the classic movies, including films from Warner Bros, MGM and Criterion Classic, that will stream on HBO Max. Intended to replace the much-loved and now-defunct streaming site from Turner Classic Movies, Film Struck, the monthly offering will comprise classics that “can’t be seen anywhere else.”

There will also be competition and reality shows, including, among others, an interior design show, a matchmaking show produced by Ellen DeGeneres, and a children’s crafting show hosted and produced by Lauren Riihimaki, who was deemed the “millennial Martha Stewart” by Forbes.

WarnerMedia made its presentation after AT&T’s third-quarter earnings report, in which it announced a steep decline in its DirecTV subscribers and an overall decline in profit.

Elliott Management, one of Wall Street’s biggest and most aggressive hedge funds, which owns about 1 percent of AT&T shares, has been critical of the company’s move into entertainment. The success of HBO Max will figure into AT&T’s ability to stave off those investors.

HBO Max hopes to appeal to younger viewers with four young-adult films from the uber-producer Greg Berlanti, including “UnPregnant,” which tracks two teenagers on a road trip to New Mexico to terminate a pregnancy before the start of college. A “Gossip Girl” reboot and “Grease: Rydell High,” a musical series, also play to that audience. On Tuesday, Mr. Berlanti also revealed two new DC titles: “Green Lantern” based on the classic DC property and “Strange Adventures,” a one-hour anthology series featuring characters from across the DC canon.

Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling also took the stage to present three half-hour comedies that they will make for the service. Ms. Banks will produce “DC Super Hero High,” a half-hour series set at a boarding school for gifted children. Ms. Rae’s show follows a female rap group from outside Miami trying to make it in the music industry. Ms. Kaling’s “College Girls” follows three freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont.

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lhan Omar votes ‘present’ on bill condemning Armenian genocide, saying Congress should acknowledge other ‘mass slaughters,’ too

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, saying it was important first to condemn the preceding “mass slaughter” of “hundreds of millions of indigenous people,” as well as the “transatlantic slave trade.”

Omar, in a statement explaining her vote of “present” on the resolution, seemingly suggested that the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. She asserted that “accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight” but should instead “be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.”

The comments prompted accusations that Omar, again, was seeking to communicate a bigoted message while maintaining a veneer of wink-and-nod deniability — even as she has previously called for a boycott over alleged Israeli human-rights abuses, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an instance in which “some people did something” while pushing for civil liberties, and asserted that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”

Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib made history as the first Muslim women in Congress earlier this year, and within months, Omar was criticized by her own party for series of remarks deemed anti-Semitic by some — including her claim that Jewish support in Washington was “all about the Benjamins, baby.” (Tlaib, too, has also been accused of anti-Semitism in office.)

Political analyst Zaid Jilani noted that contrary to Omar’s claim, the U.S. has condemned the treatment of Native Americans and the slave trade.

“There’s nothing wrong with asking that the U.S. government acknowledge human rights abuses here before we acknowledge them overseas,” Jilani wrote. “The issue is, the U.S. government already did acknowledge the ones Omar is asking it to acknowledge. Didn’t acknowledge the Armenian genocide at behest of Turkey.”

He added: “Congress has passed many resolutions condemning abuses against Native Americans and slavery. It has never passed a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide. That’s why Ilhan Omar’s explanation here rings hollow.”

Other commentators were alternately perplexed and outraged by Omar’s statement.

“Her explanation doesn’t cut it,” said political scientist Ian Bremmer.

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“Hard to square this approach with her support for BDS. Not a good look,” wrote former George W. Bush administration official Christian Vanderbrouk, referring to Omar’s support for the movement to boycott and sanction Israel for alleged human rights abuses.

“This is a bizarre explanation,” journalist Yashar Ali observed.

“All lives matter?” mused Alan Cole, a senior GOP economist on Capitol Hill.

“I’m utterly confused by this,” GOP political strategist Andrew Surabian wrote, asking if Omar was “suggesting here that there is no ‘academic consensus’ that the Armenian genocide occurred???”

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The New York Post’s Brooke Rogers noted that Omar’s invocation of term “academic consensus” raised the possibility that Omar, like Turkey, was seeking to dispute basic facts about the genocide.

Earlier this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said nations accusing his country of committing genocide had their own “bloody past.”

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Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed around World War I, and many scholars see it as the 20th century’s first genocide.

Turkey disputes the description, claiming the toll has been inflated and considering those killed victims of a civil war, rather than casualties of genocide.

The nonbinding resolution passed 405-11 Tuesday, with some dissenters warning that it could counterintuitively strengthen Erdogan’s political position.

Opponents of a resolution also said that formally recognizing the Armenian genocide risks angering Turkey, whose relationship is crucial to stability in the region. But such apprehensiveness has waned with Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria earlier this month following President Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.

Reps. Paul Gosar and Eddie Bernice Johnson also voted present.

Speaking on the House floor in support of the resolution, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said the resolution “is an important measure to set the record straight on the atrocities suffered by the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.”

“We know what happened in this dark period of history. Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. This was a genocide — and it’s important that we call this crime what it was.”

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There have been no plans to bring the resolution up for a vote in the Senate. A second resolution on Tuesday, imposing severe sanctions on Turkish officials and prohibiting the sale of military arms to Turkey for use in Syria, passed in the House by a 403-16 vote.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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In Another Bipartisan Rebuke of Trump, House Votes for Sanctions Against Turkey

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WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose a series of sweeping sanctions on Turkey over its brutal assault on the Kurds in northern Syria, dealing its second bipartisan rebuke to President Trump this month for pulling back American forces to allow for the Turkish incursion.

The measure drew broad support from Republicans, including the party’s leaders, underscoring how Mr. Trump’s decision to effectively surrender American influence in the region and abandon Kurdish fighters has provoked the most vocal and intense criticism of the president by his own party since he was elected. The vote was 403 to 16, with 15 Republicans and one Democrat, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, voting against the legislation.

This month, two-thirds of House Republicans joined with Democrats to censure his withdrawal of troops from Syria in a 354 to 60 vote. It was, at the time, the most significant bipartisan repudiation of Mr. Trump since he took office.

The top Democrat and Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee — Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the chairman, and Representative Michael McCaul of Texas — sponsored the legislation that passed Tuesday, which is an attempt by lawmakers to add teeth to what they consider an insufficient response from the Trump administration to Turkey’s bloody offensive into Syria. If enacted, it would prohibit the sale of arms to Turkey for use in Syria, impose sanctions on senior Turkish officials for their role in the military offensive against the Kurds, and require the administration to impose additional sanctions for the Turkish government’s purchase of surface-to-air missile systems from Russia.

“Today Democrats and Republicans come together to demonstrate the strong, smart leadership that has certainly been lacking from the White House,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said.

Last week, Mr. Trump lifted the modest sanctions he had imposed on Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources after he announced that Turkey had agreed to a permanent cease-fire in Syria.

“The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we are not happy with,” he said.

That comment upset many lawmakers, who believe there is indeed much to be unhappy about. James F. Jeffrey, the president’s special representative to Syria, told Congress that same day that American officials were investigating allegations that Turkish-supported forces had committed war crimes.

On Tuesday, House Republicans largely did not discuss the administration’s decision to lift sanctions, instead focusing their remarks on condemning President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other Turkish officials.

“We let Turkey into NATO to protect them from the Soviet Union,” Mr. McCaul said. “And now our NATO ally is buying Russian equipment, Russian military equipment and, through its invasion into Syria, threatening our allies.”

Only a handful of libertarian-minded Trump allies have come to the president’s defense.

Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona, the chairman of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, argued in an op-ed for The Hill newspaper on Tuesday that Mr. Trump’s decision to “pursue diplomacy” is an approach that “seems to already be bearing fruit.”

For now, the tougher sanctions approved by the House are likely to remain stalled. To enact them, the legislation would have to pass the Republican-led Senate and be signed by Mr. Trump. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has said that, for now at least, he does not intend to bring up any such measure.

“We need to think extremely carefully before we employ the same tools against a democratic NATO ally that we would against the worst rogue states,” Mr. McConnell said in a speech. He has introduced his own resolution rebuking the president for the withdrawal of troops from Syria, but that, too, is unlikely to draw broad support. It would put Congress on the record warning against precipitous withdrawals of American troops from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a provision that is intended to politically jam Democrats, who — notwithstanding their criticism of the president’s pullback in Syria — have long called for pulling United States troops out of the Middle East.

Some Republican senators, however, hope to press forward with sanctions. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland, have introduced their own package of more punitive sanctions, with provisions that would cut off American military assistance to Turkey and bar Mr. Erdogan from visiting the United States.

Republican senators have also privately pressed Mr. Trump for months to impose sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of a Russian antiaircraft system called the S-400. Mr. Trump already punished Ankara for acquiring the surface-to-air missile system in July by canceling the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets, but lawmakers in both parties believe Mr. Trump is legally obligated by a 2017 law to go further and enact sanctions.

“On a strong bipartisan basis, Congress has made it clear that there must be consequences for President Erdogan’s misguided S-400 acquisition, a troubling signal of strategic alignment with Putin’s Russia and a threat to the F-35 program,” the top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees said in a joint statement.

In July, Republican senators met with Mr. Trump at the White House in the hopes of convincing the president to impose sanctions on Turkey. But after a freewheeling meeting that often veered off topic, the lawmakers left with the impression that the president was not interested in such a move, a Republican senator who attended said.

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Puppy accidentally starts fire, causes thousands of dollars in damage

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This Australian dog learned a new trick: how to start a fire.

Security cameras caught the moment that a small puppy accidentally started a fire in its owner’s Melbourne home. Fortunately, the dog was not injured in the incident, although the flames caused a serious amount of damage.

Danielle Danski watched the fire erupt on her couch in real-time, the New York Post reports. Her 10-month-old puppy Archie apparently got his paws on a BBQ lighter and was somehow able to ignite it.

Danski had mobile access to a live feed, which allowed her to contact the fire department soon after the fire started.

While the flames were quickly noticed and authorities were notified, the fire still reportedly caused a shocking AU$60,000 ($41,000 U.S.) in damage to Danski’s apartment. When she returned home, the scared pup reportedly jumped right into her arms.

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While the dog clearly didn’t start the fire on purpose, Archie didn’t escape without punishment.

Danski, who runs an Instagram page for the pooch, changed its handle to “Archie_the_arsonist” after the fire. She captioned the post making the announcement: “We’ve had a ruff week!”

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In a later post, she clarified (written from the puppy’s perspective), “Thanks for all the comments and well wishes. I’m completely fine just made a big mess! Never expected so much attention over this. To the haters out there …have you never had a pup? Really. We get up to mischief”

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Hopefully, this is the last time Archie ever performs this trick.

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