Puerto Rico can’t afford to pay for Trump’s wall

(CNN)Since announcing his presidential bid in June 2015, Donald Trump has repeatedly promised that Mexico will pay for a wall at the southern US border. But the President has realized that this plan isn’t going to work. He has now been briefed on an alternate plan to divert billions of dollars, earmarked for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, Texas and elsewhere, to pay for his wall. How do I know? I’m Puerto Rican, and I experienced both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I then reported about both for almost a full year for CNN Investigates. Which is to say, I know a crisis when I see it — and I witnessed at least two in 2017. Instead of examining his administration’s …

Don Lemon: GOP Emboldened Steve King To Use White Nationalist Rhetoric

But not before the “CNN Tonight” host rhetorically asked: “Why do Republicans tolerate it?” “The GOP is where it is today because the party chose to go down this road, playing to racists and xenophobes, demonizing immigrants, allowing a manufactured crisis at the border to shut down our government. When you do that, what you get is someone like Congressman King, someone who feels emboldened to use language that’s not a dog whistle. It’s straight-up hateful. It’s a bullhorn.” He later rejected the “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” labels in this statement shared to Twitter: RELATED… Former Trump Org VP Spills Beans On Trump’s Awful Dealmaking Skills George Conway Tears Into Trump: ‘Does Little More Than Spout Nonsense And Lies’

Don Lemon Trolls Trump With Negotiating Tips From ‘The Art Of The Deal’

On Wednesday, Trump stormed out of a brief meeting with Democratic leaders with a huffy “bye-bye” after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would not support funding his $5 billion border wall.  To help Trump with his future negotiations, Lemon opened a copy of POTUS’ 1987 bestseller “The Art Of The Deal” (co-written by Tony Schwartz) and offered some tips “as a public service.”  Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Authorities ID suspect in shooting death of California cop

This 2018 booking photo released by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office shows Kevin Douglas Limbaugh. Authorities identified the 48-year-old Limbaugh as the man who shot and killed rookie Natalie Corona, 22, on Thursda and later took his own life during a standoff with police. (Yolo County Sheriff’s Office via AP) “At one point he did come out,” Pytel said. “It appeared to officers that he was wearing a ballistic vest, a bulletproof vest. He shouted some stuff, went back in and came back out with a firearm, then went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and officers heard a gunshot.” CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOT; SUSPECTED SHOOTER FOUND DEAD The gunman had shot himself in the …

Trump AG nominee William Barr to face questions from several Dems with eyes on White House

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker speaks during the Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) But the stakes are wildly distinct this time around, as Democrats seek assurances that Mueller will be allowed to continue his work. Whitaker has refused to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe that he had publicly said was nearing its legal limits. (House Democrats have ordered Whitaker to testify about that decision.) “I’m keeping an open mind; we had a very constructive meeting this last week,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on “Fox News Sunday.”  “I would need a firm commitment that he wouldn’t allow any interference in the Mueller investigation — that he will allow …

Man Charged In California Campground Slaying And 10 Other Shootings

Rauda, a 42-year-old parolee, faces a number of charges, including one count of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder, L.A. County sheriff’s officials accuse him of opening fire on campers and motorists in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and Calabasas. The shootings, which date back more than two years, His death cast a spotlight on the 8,200-acre recreation area, which is 25 miles from Los Angeles. Before his death, The first big break, authorities said, came in October, when Rauda was taken into custody while walking along a ridge with a rifle and a backpack. At the time, he was considered a suspect in a string of unsolved burglaries. Rauda, who reportedly has a criminal record for firearms …

Pension cold-calling ban takes effect

The government has faced criticism over the time taken to introduce the ban, which was first announced nearly two years ago. How do the fraudsters operate? Pension scams start with an unexpected call, text, social media approach or email – offering a free pension review, or a way to make attractive returns on pension savings. But the money may be simply stolen or transferred into a high-risk scheme completely inappropriate for retirement savings. Many offer eye-catching returns or high-rolling investments in hotels or green energy schemes that never materialise, or instead lead to losses. Research by the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), found that pension scam victims lose an average of £91,000 each. In August, Jennifer Ringstead told …

Apple brings iTunes to Samsung TVs as it seeks new revenue

Las Vegas (CNN Business)Apple is opening up its ecosystem to one of its biggest rivals by giving owners of Samsung TVs direct access to iTunes content. Apple showed signs of loosening its grip in November when it announced that Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo devices would support Apple Music. The two companies also struck a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple devices directly, in exchange for cracking down on unauthorized third-party sellers on the site. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV. Still, a deal with Samsung is even more interesting, as the giant smartphone makers have a complicated history. They spent years locked in a costly legal battle over patents after Apple claimed Samsung …

Read: Democrats’ response to President Trump’s Oval Office address

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s prime-time speech on immigration. Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice. The President has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts. The fact is: On the very first day of this Congress, House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open government and fund smart, effective border security solutions. But the President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government — over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall — a wall he always promised …

Skripal spy house roof to be replaced

The authority has warned neighbours of about four months of disruptions as it replaces the roof timbers. ‘Low risk’ Speaking to BBC Radio Wiltshire, Alistair Cunningham, the chair of the recovery coordination group, said: “the whole house had to be searched, including the roof space. We want to be sure no contamination was taken from the door into the roof space. It’s a timber structure and when it comes to wood it’s more difficult to clean. It’s easier to remove.” Contractors will cover the house and garage with a “sealed frame”, according to a letter written by the council’s director of public of health, Tracy Daszkiewicz. A military team will then dismantle and remove the timbers, before removing them from …

California, New York City move to provide health care coverage to undocumented residents

(CNN)The Democratic leaders of California and New York City are taking steps to provide health care coverage to some undocumented residents. NYC Care will start rolling out in coming months and willtake more than two years to be fully implemented, de Blasio said. It will cost at least $100 million, but the mayor said that the city would save a lot because fewer people would go to the emergency room, which provides pricey and inefficient care. De Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the city would not raise taxes but would instead fund the program through the city’s public health care system, which is now in better financial shape after years of dire straits. “We’re spending a lot of money …

Senate Democrats considering blocking all legislation that doesn’t reopen the government

(CNN)Senate Democrats will try to block action on a Syria sanctions bill when it comes up for a vote Tuesday, an effort to keep the focus on the government shutdown. McConnell has said he won’t make his members vote on a bill to reopen the government without assurances that Trump would sign it, though at least two Republican senators have pushed to reopen the government while wall negotiations continue. The measure in question Tuesday, combines four Middle East-related bills, including new sanctions on the Syrian regime, and is viewed by critics of Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops there as a vehicle to speak out against that move. The government partially shut down late last year following a lapse in …

Unions See Pick For House’s Top Trade Job As Test For Democrats In Populist Era

Now organized labor, an influential foe of free trade agreements, wants to make sure a trusted friend shepherds that process in the House so that its voice is fully heard. Pascrell, a union ally, is keen to ensure Trump ratifies a fundamentally pro-worker North American trade agreement. Labor leaders consider the current revisions an improvement on the status quo, but believe it can still be toughened to help workers. Blumenauer and Kind declined the ranking member position in the last Congress, but they have slightly more seniority than Pascrell. CWA, which represents over 100,000 call center and manufacturing workers whose jobs are vulnerable to offshoring, is coordinating its push for Pascrell with other manufacturing unions. These include the United Steel …

Golden Globes honor ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Green Book’

(CNN)“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Queen singer Freddie Mercury, and “Green Book,” the inspirational true story about an unlikely friendship between an African-American pianist and a white bouncer in the early 1960s, took top honors at the 76th annual Golden Globes on Sunday.