Impeachment drama in final days of Iowa Caucus campaign

first_imgDES MOINES — Staff for three U.S. Senators running for president scrambled to arrange campaign events around the state this weekend during a brief break in the senate’s impeachment trial. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Sioux City last night he had planned to spend this week campaigning here.“I can’t do that now because I’ve got a constitutional responsibility,” Sanders said, “and unlike the president of the United States, I actually believe in the constitution.”Sanders said he has “zero idea” what the impeachment trial’s schedule may be this week — or how long it may go in February.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had to cancel an event in Burlington because of the impeachment trial’s Saturday morning session, but added one in Davenport Saturday night. Warren spent the weekend traveling through eastern Iowa and met with a group of volunteer leaders in Cedar Rapids before flying back to Washington.“I’m there for the trial and I will be there for the trial, but it’s very hard not to be here in Iowa” Warren told Radio Iowa Sunday morning. “I’m very grateful that so many people have volunteered, have engaged, have said: ‘We know you’re in Washington, so we’ll get out there.’”Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is boarding a 6 a.m. flight to D.C. this morning.“It is with some bitter sweet sentiments ’cause I know I’m going back to do good,” Klobuchar told Radio Iowa Sunday evening, “but I would love to be here.”Klobuchar said she had intended to make another 99-county tour this month, after completing one at the end of December. Klobuchar suggests there’s now more pressure on Republican senators to call former National Security director John Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial. On Sunday night, The New York Times reported Bolton’s book draft alleges President Trump wanted to freeze aid to Ukraine until the country investigated Joe Biden and other Democrats.“With Mr. Bolton saying that exactly what we said happened — happened, for them to deny him testifying would be wrong,” Klobuchar said, “so that’s what I’m going back to work on.”Former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience in Ankeny he expects to be a focus of Trump’s impeachment defense, but Biden suggested it will not be an issue for Iowa Caucus-goers as they make their decision next Monday night.“I’m not sure it will because so far it hasn’t,” Biden told Radio Iowa Saturday evening. “I mean, they’ve beaten the living hell out of me and my numbers have gone up, not down.”Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared at a town hall hosted by Fox News last night and the first audience question was whether Trump should be removed from office.“If he’s not, it’s going to send a message that this Senate, or at least Senate Republicans today think that it’s okay to cheat, it’s okay to involve a foreign government or pressure a foreign government to get involved in American elections,” Buttigieg said.Buttigieg said the American people will have the last word, at the ballot box.last_img read more

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‘That’s what friends are for’: Aubameyang happy to give up hat-trick bid

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was happy to give up the chance to claim a hat-trick on Sunday, preferring to see Arsenal strike partner Alexandre Lacazette convert a confidence-boosting penaltyArsenal defeated relegation-haunted Stoke 3-0 with Aubameyang scoring twice — a penalty and another from open play — with substitute Lacazette scoring the third, also from the spot a minute before time.Aubameyang revealed he passed up the opportunity to score a maiden Arsenal hat-trick — he had scored two for Borussia Dortmund this season before his January transfer — because he wanted to help Lacazette.The Frenchman had returned from injury for his first game since February 10 and accepted the gift gratefully.“I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence,” Aubameyang explained.Some managers do not allow anybody other than the designated penalty-taker to have a go from 12 yards but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made it clear he approved of the gesture.“That shows the state of our society — that when people are generous they are surprised,” he said.“Even more when it is footballers — and when it is strikers even more.“I wasn’t surprised because I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it can only make the team stronger. I think it’s great.”Meanwhile, Wenger’s opinion on Aubameyang’s new hairstyle remains unknown.– Hair’s to you –The Gabon forward had the name Marina etched on to the side of his head. “It is my grandmother’s name,” he said. “She passed away last week so this is my dedication to her.”The win did nothing to alter the Gunners’ position of sixth in the Premier League table, and they are now concentrating on the Europa League, with CSKA Moscow due at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for a quarter-final first leg clash.But Stoke boss Paul Lambert was left fuming with the penalty decision on the first goal.A point would have been precious to second bottom Stoke and they were 15 minutes away from achieving just that when referee Craig Pawson awarded a penalty for Bruno Martins Indi’s challenge on Mesut Ozil.Lambert was convinced the penalty should not have been given as Martin Indi, although approaching from a position behind Ozil, had got enough on the ball.The Scot argued that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system — not yet used in the Premier League — would have seen the original decision overturned had it been in operation.“It was a game-changer because a couple of minutes earlier we had hit the post,” he said.“I know we have the benefit of replays and Craig doesn’t but for the big moments you have to be so precise.”VAR has courted plenty of controversy itself since trials began in the FA Cup earlier this season, but Lambert was a fan.“I’ve seen VAR work in Germany,” he said. “It worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all.“We bring it over here and it seems to be confusing but for this sort of incident? Absolutely. The referees need help for the big calls.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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New bill would require FL couples to read marriage guide before wedding

first_imgNew proposed legislation would require Florida couples to read a marriage guide before tying the knot.Republican Senator Dennis Baxley, of District 12 filed the proposed S.B. 682 legislation on Oct. 28 in an effort “to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida’s citizens.”The bill would create a Marriage Education Committee within the Department of Children and Families.The committee would then publish the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage,’ a book covering marriage topics such as communication skills, parenting, conflict management, financial issues, and domestic violence.Under the bill, couples would have to sign an affidavit under oath, saying they’ve read it.“The facts are mounting, and the high cost of divorce impacting Florida’s Families in human and public costs must be addressed,” Sen. Baxley said in a statement. “This marriage handbook can help Florida Families build healthy families, giving them a guide to building a strong foundation.”The ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would fall under the current ‘Florida Family Law Handbook.’ State law requires couples to read that handbook or other marriage-related information before receiving a marriage license.The Marriage Education Committee would consist of six marriage education and family advocates.Furthermore, the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would be paid for through funding from private sources, not taxpayer money.The funds would cover the costs of creating the book, as well as printing and distributing copies.If passed by the Florida Legislature, the law would go into effect on July 1, 2020.last_img read more

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Active Shooter in New Jersey, Officer Down

first_imgSWAT is on the scene of an active shooting that began at a cemetery in Jersey City, New Jersey and then spilled into a bodega one Jersey City police officer has been shot in the shoulder. Another officer has also been hit in what officers are calling an ambush. There is fear that there is some sort of device or bomb. The shooters are wearing all black and SWAT teams have surrounded their location.There’s at least one shooter reportedly with a long gun barricaded in the bodega. Officers need a bearcat to get to the injured officer. This is a breaking story.last_img

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Broward County man who allegedly threatened to kill President Trump appears in federal court

first_img26-year-old Chauncy Devonte Lump was on Facebook live streaming and made comments such as “He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” and “I need to find the Donald, because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County,” according to the complaint.Police say Lump made the video following the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.Authorities arrested Lump and he is facing a federal charge along with a county charge of making a false bomb report.On Friday the judge ruled no bond for Lump. His next hearing is on Wednesday January 15th. A Broward County security officer appeared in federal court Friday afternoon after he made threats to kill the President and bomb Broward.Broward County Man Threatened To Kill Donald Trumplast_img

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Prosecution: No Death Penalty for Killer Clown Suspect

first_imgProsecutors won’t seek the death penalty for a Wellington woman accused of dressing up as a clown and shooting her future husband’s wife in the face.Assistant State Attorney Reid Scott filed a notice Wednesday in Palm Beach County court that the state is NOT seeking the death penalty for Sheila Keen-Warren, who is charged with first-degree murder in the May 26, 1990, fatal shooting of Marlene Warren.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Detective Paige McCann said during a September 2017 news conference that Sheila Keen, as she was known at the time, was dressed like a clown when she fatally shot Marlene Warren at her Wellington home.“Marlene answered the front door and the clown had two balloons, as well as a bouquet of flowers, and went to hand Marlene those items,” McCann told reporters.Marlene Warren, who had been eating breakfast with her then-22-year-old son and several of his friends, was surprised and commented, “How nice.”“It was at that time that the clown pulled out a gun and shot Marlene in the face,” McCann said.The clown then calmly walked back to the white Chrysler LeBaron in which she had arrived and drove away.Marlene Warren died at a hospital two days later.Keen-Warren had long been considered a suspect in the shooting, but it took investigators 27 years to make an arrest. She eventually married Michael Warren in 2002 and moved to Tennessee, where the couple operated a restaurant. She was arrested in Virginia in 2017.The trial is scheduled to begin in May.last_img read more

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Williamsons make it three in a row at Mothers and Daughters

first_img England U16 international Amelia Williamson paired up with her mum, Tracey, to win a third successive title in the Mothers and Daughters’ 27-hole foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey. The pair (pictured) from Royal Cromer in Norfolk started favourites – and lived up to their billing, winning by a whopping nine shots from Walton Heath’s Alison and Nicola Taylor. The competition was played on a difficult day when an arctic chill, gusty wind and standing water on the fairways lengthened the course significantly. But the Williamsons led by four after their six-over-par 77 in the morning round and put themselves out of reach with level par 35 over the remaining nine holes in the afternoon. Amelia, 15, tied third in the recent Scottish girls’ championship and was sixth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park. Last year she won three English schools’ titles and the West of England U16 stroke play. She is a member of the England Golf girls’ squad.  Her mother, Tracey, is the Norfolk county captain and an eight-times winner of the Norfolk championship. Walton Heath’s Alison Taylor has the luxury of three golfing daughters to rotate and has now been runner-up with middle daughter, Nicola, on three occasions. Meanwhile, another England Golf girls’ squad player, Sharna Dutrieux, was leading amateur at the Roehampton Gold Cup. Sharna, 17, (Wrotham Heath) was fourth overall and three-over par for the 36 holes (71, 76).   The Gold Cup was won by former England international Alex Peters, who now plays on the Ladies European Tour. She was three-under par (71 70) and four shots clear of the field. 19 Apr 2016 Williamsons make it three in a row at Mothers and Daughters last_img read more

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