Editorial: Intelligence failure: Donald Trump's personal politics comes second to national security
Joe Maguire, a Manhattan College alum whose life and career we admire, is out as President Trump’s acting director of national intelligence for committing an unpardonable sin. He told the unvarnished truth.A president needs confidence in his appointees. Trump apparently has more trust in Maguire’s replacement, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell, despite the fact that he lacks a background in intelligence.But watch that trust evaporate if and when Grenell dares deliver facts the president really doesn’t want to hear.A week ago, a Maguire aide briefed the House Intelligence Committee on a bi...
New York Daily News
'These times call for a fight,' Elizabeth Warren tells Seattle crowd
SEATTLE — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, despite a disappointing showing in another early caucus on Saturday, promised a crowd of thousands in Seattle that she would continue to fight for “big, structural change.” “I wasn’t born a politician, but I was born a fighter and these times call for a fight,” Warren told an overflow crowd at Seattle Center, before her main speech. “A fight on behalf of our families, a fight on behalf of our neighbors, a fight on behalf of our planet, a fight on behalf of our future, I’m ready to lead that fight.”Speaking to what her campaign said was 7,000 people at the Seatt...
The Seattle Times
Minnesota poll: Klobuchar, Sanders lead Democratic pack ahead of primary
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll as the state’s March 3 presidential primary nears, with both well ahead of their nearest Democratic rivals.But many Minnesota Democrats say they are still undecided in a contest that has become increasingly muddled as it spreads to more U.S. states. Minnesota’s primary is on Super Tuesday, when 14 states will award a third of all the delegates in the race.Between them, Klobuchar and Sanders have the support of more than half the 500 likely Democratic primary voters who wer...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Viva la democracia!': Philadelphia Dominicans rally for voting rights after municipal elections suspended in the Caribbean nation
PHILADELPHIA — It started around 3 p.m. with a couple dozen people huddled near the corner of American and Somerset in the city’s Fairhill section.An hour later, a couple hundred had descended on the scene, waving and wearing Dominican Republic flags, chanting pro-democracy and anti-corruption slogans and shutting down all southbound traffic in a rowdy show of support for free elections in the Caribbean nation that has been roiled by botched municipal elections.“I always vote. That’s why I’m here,” said Paola Castillo, who has been living in the United States for 12 years and traveled from Rea...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Feds say Michigan man threatened Ukraine whistleblower's lawyer
DETROIT — A small-town Michigan man has landed on the federal government’s radar, indicted for allegedly threatening a lawyer for the Ukraine whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.Brittan Atkinson, 52, of Beaverton — a quaint vacation spot in rural Gladwin County — is accused of sending attorney Mark Zaid an email on Nov. 7 that read: “All traitors must die miserable deaths. Those that represent traitors shall meet the same fate,” according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.Atkinson allegedly sent the email one day after Trump held up a...
Detroit Free Press
New York readies to say goodbye to a staple of city life: plastic shopping bags
NEW YORK — Bag the ban, say some business leaders and New Yorkers ahead of regulations barring a staple of city life.“I can’t do without it!” Barbara White, 70, said while clutching her plastic bags Saturday outside an East Harlem grocery store. “I’m so used to this kind of way. And I usually get more than I bargained for when I go in there.“I know it’s for the green, whatever that thing is called — climate change,” she added. “I’ll be in trouble.”State lawmakers approved a ban on most kinds of single-use plastic bags last year, saying the move would reduce litter and help the fight against cl...
New York Daily News
Amy Klobuchar tells supporters in Nevada, Minnesota that focus is on Super Tuesday
ELY, Nev. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar returned to Minnesota Saturday to regroup as voters started caucusing in Nevada, a state where she was not expected to be competitive with the leaders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Trailing in early results, Klobuchar told supporters in Las Vegas and Minneapolis that she was focused on the critical March 3 “Super Tuesday” contests, which will include Minnesota and 14 other states and territories and award more than half of the delegates needed to head the party’s fall ballot.Speaking to reporters before leaving Nevada, Klobuchar said she ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Complaints by Florida domestic violence workers shed light on funding, lack of oversight
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the eight years she was in an abusive marriage, Lisa LeBel had no idea there was a shelter in Ocala to help people like her. When LeBel eventually left her relationship and got a job on staff with the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center, it was a huge part of her healing.But after two years, she saw the side of domestic violence centers in Florida that was “so shady and disgusting that I had to leave,” said LeBel, 43, of Dunnellon.LeBel enjoyed performing duties others wouldn’t do, like taking victims to court dates and often escorting them to prenatal doctors...
Jail deaths drop across nation but rise in San Diego County, federal study shows
SAN DIEGO — The number of inmates dying behind bars in jails across the country declined by almost 2% between 2015 and 2016, the most recent years examined in a new report by the U.S. Department of Justice.During the same period in San Diego County, the number of jail deaths increased from 12 to 15 — a 25% rise.The federal government’s analysis also shows the national jail mortality rate — the number of deaths expressed in terms of 100,000 inmates using the average daily population in each jail — dropped 2.6% between 2015 and 2016.In San Diego County, the mortality rate increased by more than ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
141 suing over Zantac cancer concerns likely to be just the beginning
A federal judge in West Palm Beach has been assigned to deal with a legion of lawsuits leveled against a clique of pharmaceutical companies after high levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical were discovered in one of the world’s most popular heartburn medications.Since an independent pharmacy made the discovery in September, 141 people have sued the producers of ranitidine, a drug more commonly known as Zantac-75, in federal court.That’s a lot of lawsuits.So on Feb. 6, a panel of federal judges assigned the cases to a single U.S. District Judge for pretrial matters.That’s important, be...