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.

Twitter Users Explode Over Trump Administration’s Mexico Border Terrorists Lie

That was MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s sardonic reply to reports that President Donald Trump’s administration had wildly overstated the number of known or suspected terrorists stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border last year. This is markedly less than the “nearly 4,000” claimed by the Trump White House over the weekend. Others on Twitter, including lawmakers, joined Maddow in condemning the lie:

Don Lemon: Used Car Dealer Trump Is Playing You For Suckers

On Tuesday, the “CNN Tonight” host fact-checked several of the falsehoods that Trump told about immigration during his televised Oval Office address on border security ― and warned that the Trump administration was “playing the public, you, for suckers.” Check out the full clip here: RELATED COVERAGE Snoop Dogg Issues Blistering Message To All 'Punk Motherf**ker' Trump Fans Twitter Users Explode Over Trump Administration's Mexico Border Terrorists Lie George Conway Trolls Trump's 'Mess' Address With Epic Retweeting Spree Celebrities Tear Into Trump Over 'Hitler-Ian' Border Security Address

Mysterious blue pigment in medieval woman’s teeth gives scientists ‘bombshell’ clue

In 11th and early 12th century Europe, lapis lazuli was traded as a luxury good and used in pricey artwork or literary works. After carefully studying the dug-up woman’s dental remains, scientists from the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the Laboratory of Microarchaeology at the University of York were able to conclude the woman was likely a medieval nun from Germany, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. MYSTERY OF 3,000-YEAR-OLD EGYPTIAN MUMMY WITH ‘MAGICAL’ TATTOOS SOLVED A thousand years ago, women weren’t known for writing or painting with the coveted stone, though a lack of signatures on these pieces of art made it difficult to prove that …