TRUMP-THE LATEST The Latest: Lawyer slams Trump for mocking Ford at rally WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford is condemning President Donald Trump for mocking his client, who has said she was…
The Latest: Lawyer slams Trump for mocking Ford at rally
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford is condemning President Donald Trump for mocking his client, who has said she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.
Attorney Michael Bromwich tweets that Trump engaged in a “vicious, vile and soulless attack” on Ford.
He describes Ford as a “remarkable profile in courage” while calling the president “a profile in cowardice.”
Bromwich is responding to comments made by the president earlier Tuesday night at a political rally in Mississippi.
Trump suggested that Ford’s account of being assaulted at a high school party, which Kavanaugh has denied, was not credible. Imitating Ford at one point, Trump said: “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.'”
NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of that through dubious tax dodges, including outright fraud.
The Times report contradicts Trump’s portrayal of himself as a self-made billionaire who started with just a $1 million loan from his father.
The Times says Trump and his father, Fred, avoided gift and inheritance taxes by setting up a sham corporation and undervaluing assets to tax authorities. The Times says its report is based on more than 100,000 pages of financial documents, including confidential tax returns from the father and his companies.
A lawyer for President Trump tells the Times there was no “fraud or tax evasion” and the facts cited in the article are “extremely inaccurate.”
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The Latest: Accusers’ lawyers question FBI investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for two women who accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct say they fear the FBI is not conducting a thorough investigation, as Republican leaders steer toward a decisive vote on the nomination this week.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party when they were teenagers, wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking why the FBI hasn’t contacted their client after she offered to cooperate in the FBI’s reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh.
An attorney for another accuser, Deborah Ramirez, says he’s seen no indication that the FBI has reached out to any of the 20 people who Ramirez told them may be able to corroborate her account that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were Yale freshmen.
APNewsBreak: EPA says a little radiation may be healthy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is quietly trying to weaken radiation rules, relying on scientific outliers who argue that a little radiation damage is actually good for you — like a little bit of sunlight.
That proposed change would be a departure from decades-old guidance that any exposure is a cancer risk. Critics say it could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, and other individuals who might be exposed to radiation releases.
The Trump administration already has targeted a range of other regulations on toxins and pollutants that it sees as costly for businesses. Supporters of the new proposal argue the government’s current no-tolerance rule for radiation forces unnecessary spending for handling exposure.
Aid slowly is tricking to Indonesian disaster-hit areas
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Aid was trickling into areas crippled by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, with residents in one neighborhood clapping, cheering and high-fiving at the arrival of a supply truck.
A man named Heruwanto said he was happy while clutching a box of instant noodles. “I really haven’t eaten for three days.”
Food, water, fuel and medicine had yet to reach the hardest-hit areas outside Palu, the largest city heavily damaged. Many roads in the earthquake zone are blocked and communications lines are down five days after the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami struck.
The official death toll reached 1,234, while scores of uncounted bodies could be buried in collapsed buildings.
The U.N. humanitarian office said people urgently require shelter, clean water, food, fuel and emergency medical care.
Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.
The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region crucial to American security interests and bolstering Beijing’s ambitions to lead in high-tech arms sales.
U.S. drones were first used in Yemen to kill suspected al-Qaida militants in 2002.
The drone that fired a missile that killed Saleh al-Samad, a top Shiite Houthi rebel official, in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. It was Chinese.
The U.S. still holds a technology advantage. China wins on price.
The Latest: Kudlow says rising wages not inflationary
SEATTLE (AP) — The chief economic adviser in the White House said more people working and prospering is not inflationary in response to massive pay raises announced by Amazon.
Larry Kudlow, the head of the National Economic Council, said he’s in favor of higher wages and said, “Good for them,” in reference to the pay hike announced Tuesday by the Seattle company.
Amazon is boosting its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 per hour starting next month and it will raise pay for employees who make more than that already. The pay increases will benefit more than 350,000 people.
Kudlow was referring to “wage push” inflation, when the cost of goods increase as employers raise prices to pay workers more.
Watchdog: US unprepared for consequences of ‘zero tolerance’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security’s internal watchdog says immigration officials were not prepared to manage the consequences of its “zero tolerance” policy at the border this summer that resulted in the separation of nearly 3,000 children from parents.
The report made public Tuesday found one child was held as long as 25 days in a border patrol facility meant for short-term detention. And poor communication by immigration officials meant some separated parents weren’t told how to reach their children, and lacked good access to communicate with them.
Border Patrol did not ensure that children separated from their parents who were too young to talk could be properly identified.
Homeland Security officials say the report illustrates the difficulties in enforcing immigration laws “that are broken and poorly written.”
‘A scary time’: Trump taps fears of #Metoo run amok
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican allies are using the swirl of sexual misconduct allegations around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to try to stoke support among men — and counter energized Democratic women.
With his Supreme Court nominee under threat from a sexual assault allegation that has triggered painful national soul-searching about gender politics and sexual consent, Trump is siding firmly with men, declaring this “a scary time” for them.
His comments come as Republicans stare down a challenging midterm election cycle powered by Democratic women energized by the #MeToo movement and opposition to Trump’s presidency.
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Some blacks see a racial double standard in Kavanaugh case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some minorities see a racial double standard at work when they hear supporters of Brett Kavanaugh write off the sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee as a case of “boys will be boys.”
Some complain that when young blacks get into trouble, their actions rarely are viewed as youthful folly in the way that the misdeeds of privileged whites are.
Studies, in fact, show young blacks are often perceived as older and less innocent than whites their age.
And some scholars and others say that translates into African-American youths being demonized, arrested, incarcerated and sometimes killed.