Day: March 16, 2019

Amber Athey | White House Correspondent

Reuters bragged Friday about its scoop that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was once involved in a notorious hacker group, but revealed in the process that one of its reporters willingly sat on the story until after O’Rourke lost his Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz.

Reuters’ Joseph Menn reported exclusively Friday morning that O’Rourke, a former member of Congress and the latest Democrat to join the 2020 presidential race, had a secret membership in an infamous hacking group.

The group, known as the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC), is the oldest and perhaps most influential collection of hackers in the U.S. O’Rourke was among the group’s members when he was a teenager and the group has protected his secret for decades in order to avoid damaging his political career.

But Menn, who has a forthcoming book about the CDC, first learned that O’Rourke was a member of the group over a year ago in late 2017.

Democratic Texas U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke embraces his wife Amy as he concedes to Senator Ted Cruz at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adria Malcolm

Democratic Texas U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke embraces his wife Amy as he concedes to Senator Ted Cruz at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018. (REUTERS/Adria Malcolm)

Reuters explained in a “backstory” article late Friday that Menn held onto the story until after O’Rourke’s high-profile Senate race in exchange for an on-the-record interview. Menn says he was on leave from Reuters at the time in order to work on his book.

Menn had been looking into the CDC for years and “found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress … and then I figured out which one it was.”

However, Menn said the CDC wouldn’t confirm that O’Rourke was the member in question unless the reporter agreed to hang on to the information “until after the November election” in 2018. After agreeing to the group’s terms, Menn approached O’Rourke for an interview with the promise that it would not be published until after his Senate race. O’Rourke agreed.

Menn defended his reporting decision on Twitter, explaining that he only had a “guess” that O’Rourke was the CDC member in Congress and “zero sources.” The reporter did not explain how he came to guess O’Rourke’s involvement and if he had enough information at the time to independently verify his hunch without the CDC’s confirmation.

In addition, Menn said he agreed to CDC’s terms because he “wanted the full story” for his book on the group “rather than 1 scoop ahead of a state vote.”

CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter weighed in on the situation on Twitter, writing, “Reporters who are writing books sometimes hold back certain info till their book comes out. That’s what the reporter says happened in this case.”

Attempting to minimize criticism about Menn’s decision, Stelter added, “What’s your proposal — no books?”

In his interview with Menn, O’Rourke spoke positively of the CDC, through which he engaged in illegal activity. According to Menn’s reporting, O’Rourke accessed cracked gaming software and stole credit card numbers in order to place free long distance phone calls. (RELATED: Beto Wrote Murder Fantasy Where Narrator Drives Over Children On The Street)

“There’s just this profound value in being able to be apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you’re doing it,” O’Rourke said of the group. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”

Menn’s agreement with the CDC that prevented voters from learning about O’Rourke’s hacking calls to mind NBC News’ decision to sit on newsworthy information about then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in fall 2018. (RELATED: NBC Sat On Information That Contradicted Kavanaugh Gang Rape Allegations)

In late September, Julie Swetnick claimed Kavanaugh had participated in gang rapes; it was an allegation her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said could be corroborated by another woman.

NBC revealed in late October — weeks after Kavanaugh’s tense confirmation hearings — that the second woman contradicted Swetnick’s story during a phone interview on September 30. Rather than publish the information at the time when Kavanaugh was facing the allegations in the Senate, NBC opted to hold it until after the judge was already confirmed.

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Captain's Run
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – New Zealand Captain’s Run – The Lensbury, Teddington, Britain – November 9, 2018 New Zealand’s Kieran Read during the captain’s run Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

March 17, 2019

By Greg Stutchbury

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – All Blacks captain Kieran Read has urged his fellow New Zealanders to reject bigotry and support the country’s Muslim community after a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

The death toll from the shooting, carried out by a suspected white supremacist and described by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the country’s “darkest day”, rose to 50 on Sunday.

New Zealand Football (NZF) said on Sunday that one of those killed was Kuwait-born Atta Elayyan, the goalkeeper for the New Zealand futsal team, a version of indoor soccer that is played internationally.

“My heart goes out to the futsal community,” said NZF chief executive Andrew Pragnell.

“They are a very tight-knit group and this news of Atta’s death will be devastating for all involved in the game. We feel their pain and their grief.”

New Zealand’s top professional soccer team, the Wellington Phoenix, said they would remember Elyaan and the other victims at their A-League match against the Western Sydney Wanderers, which will go ahead on Sunday after consultation with police.

The third cricket test between New Zealand and Bangladesh that was due to start in Christchurch on Saturday was canceled after the tourists narrowly avoided being caught up in the shooting.

Rugby is New Zealand’s most popular sport, however, and the captain of the All Blacks, the most successful international team in the game, is typically almost universally respected.

Read’s statement of support for New Zealand’s small Muslim community would therefore have more resonance than might be the case in other countries.

“That this hate filled atrocity has happened in our back yard is beyond words,” Read, who was caught up in the city center lockdown at his daughters’ school on Friday as police searched for the gunman, wrote on his Instagram account.

“My heart goes out to the victims and their families, our Muslim community and the people of Christchurch.

“Our nation is experiencing a great loss of innocence in the face of all that happened. Bigotry and intolerance has no place here in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This is not who we are.

“Our strength lies in our diversity and while acts such as this are orchestrated in an attempt to divide us, love and unity will always prevail.”

“NOT A RELIGIOUS STATEMENT”

Read also plays for the Christchurch-based Canterbury Crusaders, whose Super Rugby match against the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday was canceled after discussions between the teams and police.

The Crusaders adopted their name 23 years ago when rugby went professional but questions have been raised over its associations with the medieval religious wars between Christians and Muslims since the mosque attacks.

The franchise, which has won a record nine Super Rugby titles, issued a statement late on Saturday defending the name.

“We acknowledge and understand the concerns that have been raised,” it read.

“For us, the Crusaders name is a reflection of the crusading spirit of this community, and certainly not a religious statement.

“What we stand for is the opposite of what happened in Christchurch … our crusade is one for peace, unity, inclusiveness and community spirit.

“This team and the wider organization are united with our community in standing against such abhorrent acts … and in standing in support of our Muslim community.”

Read’s All Blacks team mate TJ Perenara also urged his compatriots to think about New Zealand’s Muslim community after witnessing the wider impact of the attacks on Saturday.

“I walked through the airport and saw Muslim people going about their day in fear, including one woman that I and a couple of others sat with while she cried,” the scrumhalf wrote on Instagram.

“I thought about how they were in fear as their community has been attacked … Once we have had time to grieve, it might be time for some uncomfortable conversations.”

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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Johnny Manziel is headed to the AAF as the newest quarterback of the Memphis Express.

The Texas A&M Heisman winner signed a deal with the league Saturday after being booted out of the CFL. The San Antonio Commanders initially owned his rights. They passed, and the Memphis Express took him in the waiver system, according to ProFootballTalk(RELATED: Johnny Manziel Shows Off Arm Strength Amid Uncertain Football Future)

The Express are currently 1-5.

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There you have it, folks. Despite the fact that it didn’t look promising only a few days ago for him to land in the Alliance of American Football, Johnny Manziel is on the move again.

This is honestly the best thing that could have happened to the AAF. Manziel joining the league brings them the biggest name they have by far. (RELATED: AAF Coach Rules Out Signing Johnny Manziel)

TV ratings might already be strong, but they’re about to shoot through the roof.

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I guess his time away from pro football didn’t last long. It’s about to be a hell of a time in Memphis.

Go, Johnny, go! The AAF just became must-watch football, and I can’t wait to see how he does. As always, the world of football never slows down.

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A demonstrator gestures as he is detained by riot police during a protest against the government of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Managua
A demonstrator gestures as he is detained by riot police during a protest against the government of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

March 17, 2019

MANAGUA (Reuters) – Protesters targeting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega took to the streets on Saturday, demanding the release of all political prisoners and turning up the heat on the political crisis that has consumed the country since last year.

Protest organizers and witnesses told Reuters that some protesters who gathered at various points in Managua, the capital, were beaten by police, who since November have enforced a ban on street protests. Videos circulating on social media from the protests also showed police hitting civilians.

The national police defended the arrest of 107 protesters in a statement issued late Saturday, arguing that those detained participated in protests that “were not authorized and that interrupted public order and local business.”

But the statement went on to note that all those arrested on Saturday were being released following a request from a Vatican representative in Nicaragua.

Protests in the Central American nation first erupted in April when Ortega’s leftist government moved to reduce welfare benefits, but since then have escalated into broader opposition to Ortega, a Cold War-era former Marxist guerilla leader who has been in office since 2007.

Since April, more than 320 people have been killed and some 600 others that the opposition describes as political prisoners remain detained, according to figures from human rights groups.

Government officials released a group of 50 prisoners on Friday following demands by the opposition for more detainees to be freed before the political talks could continue.

The government released 100 others in late February when it launched a political dialogue with the opposition.

Last month, Ortega said he was willing to reform state institutions ahead of presidential elections in 2021.

(Reporting by Ismael Lopez in Managua; Writing by David Alire Garcia; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Corned beef is a St. Patrick’s Day meal staple in the U.S., but how did this holiday tradition begin?

Irish immigrants began eating the salty beef dish while celebrating their nationality on St. Patrick’s Day in the 1800s, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beef was a luxury their ancestors in Ireland were likely unable to afford — Irish farmers exported beef to England but ate pork, which was cheaper, in their own homes.

No, corned beef does not contain corn. The “corns” that give the dish its name are large grains of rock salt, which were used to cure the product so it would last longer. (RELATED: Here’s How America Transformed St. Patrick’s Day From A Solemn Liturgical Feast To A Day Of Beer Guzzling And Parades)

Irish immigrants made parades and meals of corned beef and cooked cabbage new traditions to celebrate their Old World roots. More than 1 million Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the 19th century and settled in cities like Boston and New York City.

People participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

People participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

People participate on the sidelines of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

People participate on the sidelines of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

More than 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, according to Forbes. That’s nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population.

These Irish Americans were also responsible for transforming St. Patrick’s Day into the celebration of booze, leprechauns and all things green that it is in 2019. The holiday was popularized back in Ireland by a 17th-century Franciscan priest, who encouraged Irish Catholics to observe St. Patrick’s Day as a feast day. Irish Americans traded the hearty bacon they would eat on St. Patrick’s Day for beef in the New World.

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Australian Senator Fraser Anning has an egg smashed on his head while talking to the media in Victoria
Australian Senator Fraser Anning has an egg smashed on his head while talking to the media in Victoria, Australia March 16, 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. THE UNSHACKLED/via REUTERS

March 17, 2019

By Will Ziebell

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian police said they were investigating after a teenager smashed an egg on a controversial right-wing lawmaker who had blamed New Zealand’s mass mosque shootings on the country’s immigration program.

The footage, shared widely on social media, showed Senator Fraser Anning being approached from behind at a political event on Saturday, before having an egg cracked on the back of his head.

The footage showed Anning appearing to try to hit the person, before that person was dragged to the ground.

Victoria Police released a statement saying the incident was being investigated “in its entirety” and that it involved a 17-year-old boy.

Anning has received widespread condemnation following comments he made that saying cause of New Zealand’s worst peace time shooting was letting “Muslim fanatics” migrate to the country.

“(Anning’s) conflation of this horrendous terrorist attack with issues of immigration, in his attack on Islamic faith specifically, these comments are appalling and they’re ugly and they have no place in Australia,” Australia’s Prime Minister Morrison told journalists on Saturday.

Calls to Anning’s electoral and parliamentary offices went unanswered on Sunday.

A GoFundMe campaign had raised more than A$19,000 ($13,500) for the teenager to cover the cost of legal fees and so he could “buy more eggs” by Sunday and the hashtag #EggBoy was trending on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Australia’s immigration minister announced on Saturday that controversial conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos would not be allowed to enter Australia following Yiannopoulos describing Islam as a “barbaric” and “alien” religion.

“Mr Yiannopoulos’ comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division,” immigration minister David Coleman said in a statement.

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

(Reporting by Will Ziebell; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons
Sep 30, 2018; Atlanta GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is carted off the field with an injury early in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK

March 17, 2019

Injury-plagued tight end Tyler Eifert is re-signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on Twitter on Saturday. Eifert is signing a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Eifert, a product of Notre Dame, was the No. 21 overall selection by the Bengals in 2013 and played 15 games that season. Since then, he has only reached double-digit games in a season once.

That was 2015, when he scored 13 touchdowns in 13 games. He made the Pro Bowl that year, but an ankle injury in that game limited his action the following season.

Eifert, 28, has had season-ending surgery each of the past three seasons. In 2018, it was a broken ankle suffered in Week 4 that sent him to injured reserve.

–The Oakland Raiders released veteran left tackle Donald Penn in what was called a mutual decision.

Penn, who turns 36 next month, indicated that he wants to return for a 13th NFL season elsewhere in 2019.

Penn missed 12 games with a groin injury in 2018 and was slated to count $7.2 million against Oakland’s salary cap this season.

–New Orleans Saints center Max Unger retired in a surprising development, multiple outlets reported.

Unger, who turns 33 next month, completed his 10th NFL season and earned his third Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He had one year left on a three-year, $22 million contract and was set to earn $5.1 million in base salary in 2019.

Unger started 130 regular-season and 12 postseason games with the Seattle Seahawks (2009-14) and Saints (2015-18).

–When suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving shared a post — in which he appeared to be smoking marijuana — on Instagram and announced his retirement last week, it was with coach Jason Garrett’s encouragement, he said.

“He told me I should just quit, smoke all the weed I want, the team didn’t need me,” Irving told USA Today in an interview. “I’m a distraction to the team.”

Irving said he suffers from mental illnesses that he attributes to football and that players should have the option to treat their ailments with cannabis.

“People need to understand I’m not doing this — I didn’t quit football to smoke weed,” Irving said. “That would be idiotic. I understand that. … It’s about wellness, about rights. People need to understand that.”

–The Jacksonville Jaguars stayed busy in free agency, announcing the signings of wide receiver Chris Conley and offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi. Contract terms for the two players were not announced.

Conley, 26, played for the Kansas City Chiefs over his first four seasons, making 104 catches for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns. He emerged as a scoring target for Patrick Mahomes last season, catching 32 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns.

Ogbuehi, 26, started 25 of 35 games over his first four seasons, all with the Cincinnati Bengals, but appeared in just two games last season.

–New head coach Bruce Arians is bringing a familiar face to Tampa Bay, with the Buccaneers signing offensive lineman Earl Watford to a one-year deal.

Watford, who spent last season with the Cleveland Browns, was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and spent his first five seasons playing for Arians.

Watford, 28, has played both guard spots and right tackle over his NFL career, which spans 55 games and 22 starts. Financial terms of his deal were not disclosed.

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers
Mar 1, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) dribbles the ball as Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) defends during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram had surgery on his right arm Saturday and is expected to be ready by the start of the 2019-20 season, the team announced.

Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery, performed by Dr. Hugh Gelabert at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Earlier this month, Ingram, 21, was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis, which involved a blood clot that caused shoulder pain. After the diagnosis, the Lakers announced he would be out the rest of the season.

Ingram, in his third NBA season, averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.8 minutes per game in 52 contests.

–Golden State star Kevin Durant was held out of the lineup at Oklahoma City, missing his second straight game with an injured right ankle.

Coach Steve Kerr told ESPN that Durant “most likely” would return for Monday’s game at San Antonio.

Durant, 30, played nine seasons for Seattle/Oklahoma City before signing with the Warriors as a free agent in 2016. He is averaging 27.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season.

–The top-seeded United States squad will open its defense of its FIBA World Cup championship this summer against the Czech Republic.

The draw for the 32-team tournament was held in Shenzhen, China. The United States will also face Turkey and Japan in Group E.

The FIBA World Cup will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, with play in eight cities across China. The United States, coached this year by Gregg Popovich, is the two-time defending champion.

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Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. at Lafayette Square near the White House on Saturday to show their support for Venezuela’s embattled socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro.

The “Hands Off Venezuela” protesters are not only against any sort of intervention in Venezuela, but many actually believe Maduro is a good leader.

So much so, some even admitted they would trade President Donald Trump for Maduro when asked by The Daily Caller.

It’s no secret that Madruo’s regime is repressive, violent and corrupt. It’s shocking to hear that some Americans seriously support him staying in power. (RELATED: Trump Not Ruling Out Military Intervention in Venezuela)

The group’s website accuses the Trump administration of attempting to “engineer a coup” and “create a war in Venezuela,” despite the fact that most Latin American countries are backing the opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The “Hands Off Venezuela!” protests have been happening in cities across the country, including in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Meghan McCain had a sharp response for President Trump on Saturday after he posted an unflattering tweet about her late father, saying that late Sen. John McCain had “far worse ‘stains’” against him than reports that he’d helped share the infamous Russia dossier.

Quoting former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, the president got the ball rolling when he tweeted about new reports involving Senator McCain. Those reports said that the senator and an associate had shared with the FBI and various media outlets the unverified dossier alleging that Moscow held compromising information on Trump.

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“Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier ‘is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.’ Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel,” Trump wrote.

“He had far worse ‘stains’ than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace [of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act] after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!”

Meghan McCain, bristling at the remark, fired back with her own Twitter post, in which she said that “no one will ever love you the way they loved my father.”

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She continued: “I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?”

In a newly unsealed declaration from September, former senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap confirmed that the FBI received a copy of the first 33 pages of the dossier in December 2016 from Senator McCain.

McCain had denied being the source for BuzzFeed after it published the dossier, but acknowledged giving it to the FBI.

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News conference about Amazon's new headquarters in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia
People move about in front of the rostrum before a news conference about the announcement that Crystal City has been selected as home to Amazon’s new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

March 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A financial package worth an estimated $51 million for Amazon.com Inc’s second headquarters in northern Virginia was approved by the Arlington County Board on Saturday, helping the company clear a key hurdle amid protests.

Amazon in November picked National Landing, a site jointly owned by Arlington County and the City of Alexandria, just outside Washington, along with New York City for its so-called HQ2 or second headquarters.

The company has since scrapped its plans to build its headquarters in New York.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Protesters briefly broke into Serbia's state television building during a protest against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his government in central Belgrade, Serbia
Protesters briefly broke into Serbia’s state television building during a protest against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his government in central Belgrade, Serbia, March 16 , 2019. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic

March 16, 2019

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Protesters briefly broke into Serbia’s state television building in the capital Belgrade on Saturday demanding media freedom and unbiased coverage of more than three months of anti-government demonstrations.

The protesters had been taking part in a demonstration by several thousand people against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), calling for media freedom as a condition for free and fair elections.

State television news has given scant coverage to similar protests that have taken place every Saturday since early December.

“For the past months we have been asking only for one thing – to allow protest organizers to speak on the state television,” said Bosko Obradovic, leader of the Dveri political party.

It was not immediately clear how many protesters had entered the building, but it was the first such incursion at state TV by activists opposed to the authorities for almost 20 years.

Several thousand protesters remained in front of the building as activists chanted “Vucic thief” in the corridors of the building.

Anti-riot police later entered the facility and began to take out the demonstrators one by one.

“Everyone who is in the Radio Television Serbia building this evening will be held responsible,” Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told a press conference shortly before the police took action.

Anti-government demonstrators last stormed the state TV building, known as the government mouthpiece, on October 5, 2000, bringing down the regime of strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

The protesters on Saturday were brought together by the Alliance for Serbia, a loose grouping of 30 opposition parties and organizations.

Vucic has previously said he would not bow to opposition demands for electoral reform and increased media freedom “even if there were five million people in the street”, but said he was willing to test his party’s popularity in a snap vote.

The protests have spread to other cities in Serbia and on Friday were held in Novi Sad, the second-largest city, the southern city of Nis and several other towns, though numbers outside the capital remain small.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac, Editing by William Maclean)

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A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise
A PG&E truck carrying an American Flag drives past PG&E repair trucks in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

March 16, 2019

(Reuters) – PG&E Corp is likely to name a new chief executive officer as early as next week and to announce an overhaul of its board backed by some of its largest investors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Bill Johnson, retiring head of the Tennessee Valley Authority, is the front-runner to get the job of PG&E’s new CEO, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Johnson’s new role has not been finalized and other candidates were still being interviewed, the newspaper added.

The utility filed for bankruptcy protection in January in anticipation of liabilities from the wildfires, including the catastrophic 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 people.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Slovakia's presidential candidate Caputova speaks after the first unofficial results at a party election headquarters in Bratislava
Slovakia’s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova speaks after the first unofficial results at a party election headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny

March 16, 2019

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova led Slovakia’s presidential election first round with 38.9 percent of votes after results from a fifth of polling stations were counted, statistics office data showed on Saturday.

The ruling Smer party’s candidate, European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic, was second with 18.9 percent.

Despite having no previous experience of public office, Caputova was set to take pole position for the second round of the election as voters spurn the Smer party a year after the murder of a journalist sparked mass protests.

(Reporting by Tatiana Jancarikova; Writing by Robert Muller; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Popping balloons reportedly triggered an active shooter warning on University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus Saturday.

The initial warning from the Division of Public Safety and Security read simply, “UM EAlert Ann Arbor: Active shooter in Mason Hall . Run, hide, fight.” (RELATED: Five Dead In Active Shooter Incident In Illinois)

Students responded to the alert by barricading themselves in wherever they happened to be at the time and tweeting to those outside the school asking for updates about the possible shooter’s location.

Within an hour, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department gave a statement, saying that reports of a shooter were thus far unconfirmed.

Shortly thereafter, several outlets reported the “all-clear,” saying that unconfirmed reports of popping balloons may have been what caused the alarm.

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MLS: Montreal Impact at Orlando City SC
Mar 16, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti (10) celebrates a goal against Orlando City in the first half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Ignacio Piatti scored twice to lead the visiting Montreal Impact to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City SC on Saturday.

Piatti, who already has three goals this season for Montreal (2-1-0, 6 points), has 10 in 10 career MLS matches against Orlando City. His first goal of the day came as the Impact scored twice in roughly 90 seconds in the first half.

Orji Okwonkwo recorded his first MLS goal in the 14th minute with a cross-body effort to open the scoring. Just one minute later, Piatti increased Montreal’s advantage with a score off a careless back-pass to Orlando City keeper Brian Rowe that was broken up by teammate Max Urruti, thus leaving an empty net.

Piatti put things out of reach in the 80th minute, when he scored on a counter strike off a Orlando City miss. The Impact, amid their season-opening, six-game road stretch, have won four in a row over Orlando City (0-1-2) — which has now gone winless in its first three matches for a second consecutive season.

Though the Impact held an 11-2 advantage in shots on target, Orlando City had its chances while Rowe kept things from getting out of hand.

In the seventh minute, Dom Dwyer went well high of the goal from the center of the box. Impact keeper Evan Bush then made a straight-on save off a direct header from Dwyer in the 35th minute.

Play remained relatively wide open in the second half and even got chippy at times. Players from both squads got into a shoving match in the 56th minute following a questionable foul by Orlando City’s Danilo Acosta.

Dwyer, who missed over the bar during a one-on-one with Bush on 58 minutes, finally broke through in the first minute of second-half stoppage time on a feed from Santiago Patino.

Montreal defender Zakaria Diallo drew a red card for a push to the head as things again got heated between the sides near the conclusion of the match.

Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson came off in the 16th minute and was reportedly placed into concussion protocol.

–Field Level Media

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MLB: Boston Red Sox-Workouts
Feb 18, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) during a spring training workout at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Chris Sale made his spring training debut in impressive fashion, striking out seven over four innings as the Boston Red Sox posted a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Fort Myers, Fla.

The Red Sox delayed Sale’s spring preparation after the team made a long postseason run while winning the World Series. Sale recorded Boston’s last three outs in its clinching Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mookie Betts hit a home run for the Red Sox, his first of the spring. Ozzie Albies had two hits for the Braves.

Cardinals 8, Nationals 5

Nolan Gorman, St. Louis’ 18-year-old top prospect, hit a home run, while Randy Arozarena and Andrew Knizner went deep as well as the Cardinals won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Yan Gomes hit a home run for Washington.

Marlins 11, Mets 6

Pedro Alvarez came off the bench to hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a home run for New York.

Tigers 6, Pirates 3

Christin Stewart hit a home run, his third of the spring, and drove in three runs as Detroit won at Lakeland, Fla. Bryan Reynolds had a two-run single for Pittsburgh.

Yankees 17, Blue Jays (ss) 7

Aaron Judge hit one of six New York home runs and the Yankees pounded out 19 hits in the victory at Tampa, Fla. Veterans Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit home runs for Toronto.

Astros 13, Phillies 5

Michael Brantley had three hits and drove in three runs, while Yordan Alvarez and Max Stassi each had two RBIs as Houston won at Clearwater, Fla. J.T. Realmuto hit his third home run of the spring as Philadelphia played without Bryce Harper, who sat with a bruised right ankle.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays (ss) 3

Austin Hays hit a home run in the eighth inning to put Baltimore ahead for good in the victory at Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio gave up two runs on two hits over 3 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts, for Toronto.

–Field Level Media

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MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at New York Red Bulls
Mar 16, 2019; Harrison, NJ, USA; aa2 fights for the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

The New York Red Bulls rallied from a scoreless first half to rout the visiting San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.

New York (1-0-1, 4 points) sported the top regular-season record in MLS in 2018, while San Jose (0-3-0, 0 points) had the league’s worst record.

Yet, San Jose had a surprising 1-0 lead at the end of the first half as the Earthquakes turned in an inspired effort in the first 45 minutes. But in the second half, New York drew even just over five minutes in, the flow of the game switched and the floodgates opened.

Bradley Wright-Phillips drilled a shot from 18 yards out that forced San Jose goalie Daniel Vega to the ground for a diving deflection. The ball went to the left and to New York’s Daniel Royer.

Royer sent it back across the goal to Alex Muyl, who in turn first-timed it into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

In the 71st minute, New York made it 2-1, and it was the Royer to Muyl duo that got it done again.

Royer took the ball to the end line before cutting it back to the middle. The ball deflected off a San Jose defender, forcing it into the air. When it came down, Muyl was waiting, volleying it home for the lead.

Wright-Phillips made it 3-1 with five minutes left in regulation, converting a pass from Sean Davis. Royer got the last goal, putting home a cross from Michael Murillo in the final minutes of the game.

San Jose struck early, scoring in the fifth minute.

Magnus Eriksson found Cristian Espinoza down the right side. Espinoza pushed it into the box, then beat New York goalie Luis Robles to his right for the 1-0 lead.

–Field Level Media

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Houston Dynamo
Mar 16, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis (17) celebrates with forward Mauro Manotas (9) and midfielder Memo Rodriguez (8) after scoring a goal during the first half against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Memo Rodriguez scored twice for the first time in his pro career and the Houston Dynamo continued their bright start to the season despite giving back their lead twice in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

Alberth Elis assisted on both of Rodriguez’s goals and then added his first of the season from the penalty spot for Houston (2-0-1, 7 points), which is off to its best three-game start in club history.

All three of those games were played at BBVA Compass Stadium, where eight of Houston’s 10 wins came last season. Rodriguez has scored in back-to-back games, both wins.

For Vancouver, Lass Bangoura scored his first MLS goal and Fredy Montero converted from the penalty spot for his first of the season.

The Whitecaps (0-3-0, 0 points) are off to their worst start in club history despite having scored four times this season. They finished Saturday down a man after Andy Rose left with an apparent head injury after his team had used its three subs.

Vancouver equalized for a second time nine minutes after halftime when Bangoura finished off an impressive, one-man counter attack. After reacting first to reach a misplayed pass at the center circle, he raced down the left flank, then cut inside to create space from defender Aljaz Struna, and then curled a shot beyond goalkeeper Joe Willis and inside the right post.

Houston went ahead for good 19 minutes later with Elis again creating the danger down the right flank. This time he combined on a give-and-go with Mauro Manotas before delivering a low cross for Rodriguez to smash with his first touch.

Rodriguez opened the scoring on a similar delivery in the 15th minute. Elis got the ball this time by dispossessing Vancouver’s Derek Cornelius in his own end and then delivering another well-weighted cross.

Montero equalized from the spot the Whitecaps in the 35th minute after Adam Lundkvist’s foul in the penalty area, and Elis scored another penalty to put Houston back in front seven minutes later. The latter came after a video review upheld the foul whistle on Cornelius.

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons
Sep 30, 2018; Atlanta GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is carted off the field with an injury early in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK

March 16, 2019

Injury-plagued tight end Tyler Eifert is re-signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on Twitter on Saturday.

Eifert, a product of Notre Dame, was the No. 21 overall selection by the Bengals in 2013 and played 15 games that season. Since then, he has only reached double-digit games in a season once.

That was 2015, when he scored 13 touchdowns in 13 games. He made the Pro Bowl that year, but an ankle injury in that game limited his action the following season.

He has had season-ending surgery each of the past three seasons. In 2018, it was a broken ankle suffered in Week 4 that sent him to injured reserve.

Eifert, 28, also has battled back problems through the years.

“Excited to be signing back with the @Bengals! Can’t thank the Brown family enough for giving me another opportunity. I look forward to a great season,” his tweet read, in part.

Eifert is signing a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.

He has 142 receptions for 1,716 yards and 21 touchdowns in 43 career games (32 starts).

–Field Level Media

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NFL: Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints
Nov 19, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) makes a throw as center Max Unger (60) blocks in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

New Orleans Saints center Max Unger retired Saturday in a surprising development, multiple outlets reported.

Unger, who turns 33 next month, completed his 10th NFL season and earned his third Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He had one year left on a three-year, $22 million contract and was set to earn $5.1 million in base salary in 2019.

With his help, New Orleans ranked third in the league last year in scoring at 31.5 points per game and Drew Brees was only sacked 17 times, fewest of any quarterback in the NFL with at least 10 starts.

Unger started 130 regular season and 12 postseason games with the Seattle Seahawks (2009-14) and Saints (2015-18).

He missed only one of the Saints’ 64 games over the past four seasons. He led the team with 1,013 offensive snaps in 2018.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: British PM May walks outside Downing Street in London
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Theresa May walks outside Downing Street, as she faces a vote on Brexit, in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

March 16, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s warned lawmakers that unless they approved her Brexit divorce deal after two crushing defeats, Britain’s exit from the European Union could face a long delay and could involve taking part in European parliament elections.

After two-and-a-half years of tortuous divorce negotiations with the EU, the final outcome is still uncertain with options including a long delay, exiting with May’s deal, a disorderly exit without a deal or even another referendum.

May has issued Brexit supporters a clear ultimatum – ratify her deal by a European Council summit March 21 or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire divorce could be ultimately thwarted.

The prime minister bluntly warned that Britain will be forced to take part in European parliamentary elections expected to place at the end of May if there is a longer extension to Brexit talks.

“If the proposal were to go back to square one and negotiate a new deal, that would mean a much longer extension – almost certainly requiring the United Kingdom to participate in the European Parliament elections in May,” she said in an article in the Sunday Telegraph.

“The idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about. There could be no more potent symbol of parliament’s collective political failure.”

EU leaders will consider pressing Britain to delay Brexit by at least a year to find a way out of the domestic maelstrom, though there is shock and growing impatience at the political chaos in London.

Her deal, an attempt to keep close relations with the EU while leaving the bloc’s formal structures, was defeated by 230 votes in parliament on Jan. 15 and by 149 votes on March 12.

But May continues to fight to build support for her plan, which is expected to put before lawmakers for a third time next week, possibly on Tuesday.

To get it through parliament, the prime minister must win over dozens of Brexit-supporting rebels in her own Conservative Party and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up her minority government.

The DUP said it is continuing to hold talks with the government over the weekend but differences remained over the Irish border.

The changes would address the DUP’s concerns over the backstop – an insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the sensitive border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. The backstop is the most contentious part of the divorce deal the government has agreed with the EU.

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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A sign welcomes visitors to the General Motors Lordstown Complex assembly plant in Warren
A sign welcomes visitors to the General Motors Lordstown Complex, assembly plant in Warren, Ohio, U.S., November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed

March 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump urged General Motors Co <GM.N> to reopen Ohio plant in a tweet on Saturday, ten days after the plant made its last Chevrolet Cruze.

The last Cruze rolled off the assembly line a week ago Wednesday at GM’s plant in Lordstown, Ohio, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year and ending U.S. production of the Cruze.

In a tweet, Trump said “Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST!”

Trump added “Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in U.S., others likewise. G.M. MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!”

Over five years Toyota plans to invest nearly $13 billion.

GM did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Saturday.

(Reporting by Mike Stone; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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A police officer is pictured outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch
A police officer is pictured outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

March 16, 2019

By Tom Westbrook and Praveen Menon

CHRISTCHURCH/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The death toll in the attack on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch rose to 50 after investigators found another victim as they removed bodies from the crime scenes, the country’s police commissioner said on Sunday.

The bodies of the victims in the attack by a suspected white supremacist in Friday’s attacks had not yet been released to families because investigations were ongoing, but police were working as quickly as they could to do that, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said at a media conference in Wellington.

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea. He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges.

Friday’s attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.

“It is with sadness that I advise that number of people who died in this event has now risen to 50,” Bush said.

“As of last night we were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes. In doing so we were able to locate a further victim.”

The body of the 50th victim was found at the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died on Friday after a gunman entered and shot randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, before traveling to a second mosque.

Bush said there were also 50 people injured. Thirty-six were being treated in Christchurch Hospital, with two remaining in intensive care, and one child was at a dedicated children’s hospital.

Bush said police did not believe that three other people arrested on Friday were involved in the attack. Two men faced charges unrelated or “tangential” to the attack, while a woman had been released, he said.

New Zealand shooting: https://tmsnrt.rs/2TEun3P

(Reporting by Praveen Menon and Tom Westbrook; Additional reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Writing by John Mair; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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Bird flies near ING Bank Slaski logo seen on their building in Warsaw
A bird flies near ING Bank Slaski logo seen on their building in Warsaw, Poland July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

March 16, 2019

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Italian central bank on Saturday said Dutch lender ING is not allowed to take on new customers in Italy as long as it has not improved its monitoring of client behavior.

The measure follows inspections by Banca d’Italia from October last year until the beginning of 2019, which showed ING Italy did not do enough to prevent money laundering transactions through its accounts.

ING paid a record 775 million euro ($900 million) fine in a settlement with Dutch prosecutors in September last year for failing to spot criminal use of its Dutch accounts for years.

The bank said the shortcomings found by the Italian supervisors were the result of steps announced after the Dutch settlement, meant to enhance management of compliance risks.

“In the coming days ING will work hard to address the shortcomings and resolve the issues identified,” the lender said.

ING said it would refrain from taking on new customers in Italy during further discussions with Banca d’Italia, but would continue to serve existing clients in the country.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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FILE PHOTO: British and EU flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament in London
FILE PHOTO: British and EU flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

March 16, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union is war-gaming for the collapse of Prime Minister Theresa May’s government after her Brexit divorce deal suffered two crushing defeats, the Observer newspaper reported.

EU officials are concerned that the prime minister has little chance of passing her divorce deal if she brings it back before parliament for a third time next week, the newspaper said.

A diplomatic note between European ambassadors and senior officials reveals an attempt to ensure that May’s successor would not be able to unpick the divorce deal agreed between Britain and the EU last year, the Observer said.

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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Demonstrators march during civic protest in Podgorica
Demonstrators march during civic protest in Podgorica, Montenegro, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic

March 16, 2019

By Aleksandar Vasovic

PODGORICA (Reuters) – Thousands marched through Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday, the fifth such rally in two months, to demand the resignation of President Milo Djukanovic and his government over allegations of abuse of office, graft and cronyism.

Crowds of protesters led by civic and student activists walked through the center of the city chanting “Milo thief” and “We are the state.”

The protests started after Dusko Knezevic, a businessman and a former ally of Djukanovic, accused the country’s long-serving president and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of abuse of office and murky financial deals.

Both Djukanovic and the DPS have denied the allegations but have said the protests are legitimate unless they turn violent.

Djukanovic, 57, has ruled the tiny Adriatic country for three decades, serving either as prime minister or president. The country, with a population of only 650,000, is a NATO member and a candidate for European Union membership.

“We want changes and after 30 years, I think that every citizen understands … that the last dictator must leave,” said protester Ana Vujosevic, 45, from Podgorica.

Montenegrin prosecutors accused Knezevic of fraud and money laundering and issued an international arrest for the fugitive banker who fled to Britain.

Knezevic has said he will produce more evidence about alleged high-level corruption by Djukanovic and his allies.

Before it joins the EU, Montenegro must first root out organized crime, corruption, nepotism, bureaucracy and red tape.

Montenegrin protesters said they wanted opposition parties to stay away from the rallies, said Dzemal Perovic, a civic activist and a protest leader, citing what he called their frequent bickering and what he described as the misgivings of people about the opposition.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by William Maclean)

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Saturday that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that's so deeply diverse won't be a hindrance because his gender and race have given him inherent advantages for years.

While he'd spoken before about his gender and race, O'Rourke had largely dodged campaign-trail questions about whether his party would go for a white man in a year when a historic number of women and minorities are running to deny President Donald Trump a second term.

"I would never begin by saying that it's a disadvantage at all," O'Rourke told reporters in a parking lot in Waterloo, after giving a speech at the campaign kickoff for state Senate candidate Eric Giddens. "As a white man who has had privileges that others could not depend on or take for granted, I've clearly had advantages over the course of my life."

The former Texas congressman was making a series of stops in Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential nominating process. Also campaigning Saturday were Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and former Vice President Joe Biden.

O'Rourke called recognizing and understand that and "doing everything I can to ensure that there is opportunity, and the possibility for advancement and advantage for everyone," a big part of the campaign he's running.

O'Rourke said he believes the Democrats seeking the White House in 2020 encompass "the best field that we've ever seen in the nominating process," praising its "diversity of background and experience" and expertise.

He had already said he'd stop making a joke he'd frequently repeated about how his wife, Amy, raising the couple's three young children "sometimes with my help." O'Rourke said that he'd discussed scrapping the joke with Amy and, while she said she understood he was trying to not that she was "taking on the lion's share" of parenting responsibilities, "it came off sounding a little flip."

Other highlights of Saturday's campaigning:

AMY KLOBUCHAR

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar criticized Trump for his response to the deadly attack in a New Zealand mosque, telling voters in Iowa "it's our job to stand up against" white supremacism.

Trump played down the threat posed by white nationalism on Friday after the mosque massacre that left 49 people dead. The man accused of the shootings has described himself as a white nationalist who hates immigrants.

Klobuchar spoke about the shooting during a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa. The Minnesota senator referenced Trump's comments after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 when he said "both sides" were to blame for violence.

She said, "that other side was white supremacism."

On the policy front, Klobuchar said in Dubuque that as president she would put forward a major infrastructure program that would help address flooding that is hitting parts of the Midwest. Waterloo and Dubuque, both riverfront communities, were bracing for flooding from this year's heavy snowfall.

"We have not been investing like we should" in infrastructure," she said. One option to fund a plan, she said, would be raising the corporate tax rate, which was cut in Trump's 2017 tax bill.

JAY INSLEE

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called on Republicans to stop following Trump on the issue of climate change.

He said until the GOP joins "the scientific world and the rest of humanity in defeating climate change," only one thing can be done: "Republicans must be defeated, and we should do that every chance we get. I'm totally committed to that."

Voters have "exactly one chance left to defeat climate change," Inslee said.

"And that's during the next administration," he said.

Inslee tied his climate change push to the current debate over whether to end the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

"Anything that gets in the way of defeating climate change needs to go," he said.

Inslee also criticized Trump for his remarks after the New Zealand shootings, saying the president "uses exactly the same language of this monster who shot Muslims and talked about the invaders." He said the president "continually looks for dog whistles to spread hate rather than for looking for ways to search for the better angels of our nature."

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand championed public service opportunities during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, saying the work could help treat some of the woes facing the country today.

The Democratic presidential hopeful said public service "changes your life."

"That's why I want national service," she said. "That's why I want to make it the cornerstone of my presidency."

The New York senator held a civic service round table in Manchester as she finishes a two-day swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state.

"I would like to tell anyone in America, if you're willing to do two years of public service, you can get your college degree paid for," she said. "So if you're willing to do a year and only a year, you can get two years paid for."

BETO O'ROURKE

A fluent Spanish speaker from El Paso, across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, O'Rourke noted that he's the only 2020 candidate from the border "at a time that that dominates so much of our national conversation and legislative efforts and the things that the president talks about."

"There's one candidate whose there to talk about the profoundly positive impact that immigrants have had on our safety and our security, as well as our success and our strength," he said.

O'Rourke plans to campaign in the battleground state of Wisconsin on Sunday, then head to Michigan. His campaign ultimately hopes to drive east until it hits New Hampshire, home of the nation's first presidential primary.

JOE BIDEN

Joe Biden was the scheduled headliner at a Democratic Party dinner in Delaware, his home state, as the former vice president considers whether to make a third White House run.

Biden, 76, who served as President Barack Obama's closest adviser, is the only major contender still on the sidelines and has suggested he could remain there for several more weeks.

BERNIE SANDERS

About 200 people streamed into a sunny park in a suburb of Las Vegas to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders as he made his first appearance in Nevada, the state where he gave Hillary Clinton a surprisingly strong challenge in the 2016 caucuses before she edged out a win.

A group of about a dozen protesters carrying signs supportive of Trump or decrying Sanders as a socialist lined the road to greet supporters of the Vermont senator.

The self-described democratic socialist's rally in Henderson followed an announcement Friday that his presidential campaign staffers became the first in history to unionize. That was expected to bolster goodwill among labor unions who power Nevada Democrats, including the influential casino workers' Culinary Union.

Woodall reported from Exeter, New Hampshire. Associated Press writers Sara Burnett and Will Weissert in Waterloo, Iowa, and Michelle Price in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

Source: NewsMax

MLS: FC Dallas at Columbus Crew SC
Mar 16, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Crew SC defender Gaston Sauro (22) plays the ball forward against FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Gaston Sauro’s first-half goal was the difference when Columbus Crew SC remained unbeaten with a 1-0 victory against FC Dallas at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

Zack Steffen made two saves for his second consecutive shutout for the Crew (2-0-1) and his 21st in 66 career MLS games.

Jesse Gonzalez also had two saves for Dallas (1-1-1), which played its first away match.

Sauro was at the edge of the 6-yard box to flick in a corner kick by Pedro Santos in the 10th minute to give the center back his second goal of the season as his comeback continues.

He missed the entire 2017 season after surgery to repair severe cartilage damage incurred from a posterior cruciate ligament injury in May 2016. He did not return to the field until May 27 of last season and appeared in seven regular season and two postseason games.

He had gone 24 matches without a goal until scoring from a header off corner kick in the season opener versus the New York Red Bulls on March 2.

The Crew squandered an opportunity to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute when Gyasi Zardes couldn’t corral a bouncing rebound of a shot by Robinho that Gonzalez pushed away.

Dallas in the first half was outshot 7-2 and had none on target compared to two for the Crew despite the possession being nearly equal.

The first Dallas shot on goal almost resulted in the equalizer by Michael Barrios in the 57th minute. He took a turnover by Wil Trapp and forced Steffen off his line to make the point-blank stop that Sauro cleared it.

Dallas defender Matt Hedges made his 213th appearance to move past Bobby Rhine into second place on the team’s all-time games played list behind Jason Kreis’ 247.

The Crew plays the first of four straight Eastern Conference games when it goes to Philadelphia on March 23. FC Dallas hosts Colorado the same day.

–Field Level Media

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Karl Notturno | Center for American Greatness

Hours after the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand, a large number of articles asked the predictable question: shouldn’t tech companies do everything in their power to remove hate speech from their platforms and the internet as a whole?

On its face, the argument for purging hate speech from the internet is compelling: if festering hatred in dark corners of the internet spurs deranged people to commit senseless acts of violence, we should do everything in our power to expunge hate speech and hate groups from every platform we can.

This logic, however, is deeply misguided and will only lead to increased radicalization and unnecessary violence.

Even the most authoritarian and repressive regime cannot extinguish ideas and their very attempt to do so will often give the ideas newfound credibility. There is no reason to outlaw patently stupid ideas — they are easily rebuffed with argument. Forbidding the consideration of a certain thought is easily viewed as an admission that it is strong enough to be dangerous.

And this is why the attempt of many in the media, academia, and government to forbid the consideration of so many thoughts is exceedingly harmful. They have pushed certain assumptions as axiomatic truths and have effectively exiled anyone who dares question them.

If anyone asks whether large-scale immigration is a good thing, they are immediately labeled a xenophobic racist. If anyone questions whether the push to normalize transsexuality is wise, they are immediately denounced as a transphobic bigot. If anyone challenges the extensive push for globalization and the increased power of transnational institutions, they are immediately condemned as a nationalist and therefore as a white nationalist.

Censuring people does not make them agree with you. They won’t suddenly change their minds because you yelled at them. They may stop talking publicly about the issue, but they will continue thinking about it and having private conversations with anyone who will engage them. If anything, the severe condemnation will make them suspicious and wary and may even entrench their offending views.

And what happens when we have banished conversation of unpleasant topics and have exiled all the transgressors? They will naturally gravitate to the most extreme and radicalized groups, because those will be the only people who will be willing to have the types of conversations they want. And in that environment, the radicals will have the advantage, because there won’t be any reasonable people to fight back.

The more exiled the group, the more paranoid and prone to violence. And the growing push to purge them will make them feel even more hunted. Someone who feels hunted rarely stops to reexamine their beliefs — their fight or flight instinct kicks in, and all too often they will pick the former.

Many of our so-called public intellectuals have been sheltered from the uncomfortable questions that often start people down this path of radicalization. These questions have been deemed too “triggering” or offensive in and of themselves. Unfortunately, this means that these intellectuals do not have good answers to them. Instead of trying to come up with good answers, they try to shut up the questioners.

What many fail to grasp is that politics is a tool to avoid violence. Unpleasant speech is better than a mass shooting. Being triggered is better than someone pulling a trigger. And when we try to sanitize the public discourse and make the Overton window smaller and smaller to spare someone’s feelings, we simply push more people towards violence.

Isolation and ignorance drive radicalization. But you can’t cure someone of ignorance by simply shouting “you’re ignorant!” The black man who deconverted 200 Klansmen didn’t do it by telling them to go educate themselves. He talked to them — no matter how unpleasant their views were. That was the only way he could change their minds.

Instead of censoring the hate, we must engage the hate. That’s the only way we can avoid further violence.

Karl Notturno (@KarlNotturno) is a fellow at the Center for American Greatness. He also serves as director of A Soldier’s Home, a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans. He graduated from Yale University with degrees in philosophy and history.


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President Trump on Saturday backed bipartisan calls in Congress for FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be made public.

“Play along with the game!” the president told Republicans.

“On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency,” he tweeted. "Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter.”

MUELLER’S REPORT ON RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT FINALLY DROPS?

The House voted on Thursday in support of a nonbinding resolution to encourage Attorney General William Barr to release the report, amid continuing concerns in some quarters that it won’t be made public. Four Republican lawmakers voted present.

Since the measure is nonbinding, Mueller, Barr and Trump cannot be forced to release more information to Congress and the public than the Justice Department and federal law require. Republicans were quick to point out – despite their support for the resolution – that because the resolution does not have the force of law, it had little sway over whether or not the report is released to the public.

Some Democrats have expressed concern that the administration may seek to keep the report under wraps, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., claiming that Barr indicated he’d exploit legal "loopholes" to hide Mueller’s final report from the public and resist subpoenas against the White House.

"I will commit to providing as much information as I can, consistent with the regulations," Barr told Blumenthal during his confirmation hearing in February, when asked if he would ensure that Mueller’s full report would be subject to public review.

TRUMP SAYS ‘THERE SHOULD BE NO MUELLER REPORT,’ CALLS PROBE ‘ILLEGAL’

While Trump has been open to the report being released, it has not stopped him from continuing to be critical of the investigation as a whole — calling the probe “illegal” and “conflicted” as recently as Friday. He also repeated his assertions that there was no collusion between his 2016 campaign and Moscow to affect the outcome of the presidential contest.

“So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be ‘zero’ crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

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“This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime. Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an Election that they thought they were going to win,” he continued. “THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!”

Whenever Mueller does submit his report, Barr will review it and is expected to create his own report explaining the findings to Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

The attorney general is ultimately the official who decides what, if anything, in the report can become public.

Fox News; Brooke Singman and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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FILE PHOTO: Iran's Oil Minister Zanganeh talks to journalists at the beginning of an OPEC meeting in Vienna
FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh talks to journalists at the beginning of an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo

March 16, 2019

(Reuters) – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday frequent U.S. comments about oil prices had created market tensions, the ministry’s news website SHANA reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made the U.S. economy one of his top issues, has repeatedly tweeted about oil prices and the Organization of the Petroleum Producing Countries. He has expressed concern about higher prices, including last month and ahead of OPEC’s meeting in December.

“Americans talk a lot and I advise them to talk less. They (have) caused tensions in the oil market for over a year now and they are responsible for it, and if this trend continues, the market will be more tense,” SHANA quoted Zanganeh as saying.

U.S. crude futures briefly hit a 2019 high on Friday but later retreated along with benchmark Brent oil as worries about the global economy and robust U.S. production put a brake on prices.

OPEC and its allies including Russia, an alliance known as OPEC+, agreed last year to cut production, partly in response to increased U.S. shale output.

“We do not know whether U.S. waivers would be extended or not, we will do our job but they (the U.S.) say something new every single day,” Zanganeh said.

Washington granted waivers to eight major buyers of Iranian oil after reimposing sanctions on Iran’s oil sector in November, after withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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New York Attorney General Letitia James, in a court filing Thursday, claimed there’s evidence that President Trump turned the Trump Foundation into a branch of his 2016 campaign — and that he should pay $2.8 million in restitution.

She detailed her case in a 37-page court filing, part of a lawsuit that also seeks to ban Trump and his three eldest children from running any New York charities for 10 years. Bloomberg News reported that the recommendation also includes a $5.6 million penalty.

The foundation’s lawyers have argued that the lawsuit is politically motivated.

NY AG PROMISES TO ‘USE EVERY AREA OF THE LAW’ TO PROBE TRUMP, FAMILY

"In this vacuum of oversight and diligence, Mr. Trump caused the foundation to enter repeatedly into self-dealing transactions and to coordinate unlawfully with his presidential campaign," James said, according to Bloomberg.

The foundation agreed to dissolve “under judicial supervision” in December, and to distribute remaining charitable assets "to reputable organizations approved” by the AG’s office.

But this does not resolve the matter.

The AG office claims that Trump used the foundation’s charitable assets to pay off his legal obligations, promote Trump-branded hotels and business interests and purchase personal items.

The suit also claims that the foundation “illegally provided extensive support to his 2016 presidential campaign by using the Trump Foundation’s name and funds it raised from the public to promote his campaign" for the White House.

TRUMP FOUNDATION AGREES TO DISSOLVE AFTER LAWSUIT ALLEGED ‘ILLEGAL CONDUCT’

In particular, it is pointing to a rally Trump held during the run-up to the Iowa caucuses — during which he called for people to donate to veterans’ charities, with the foundation acting as a pass-through. That, James has contended, broke rules barring charities from being part of political campaigns.

The lawsuit also alleges Trump directed that $100,000 of foundation money be used to settle a lawsuit over an 80-foot flagpole he built at his Palm Beach resort.

Trump lashed out at the AG’s office in December after the foundation shuttered, saying there’s been a “long-running civil war” started by former AG Eric Schneidermann.

“The Trump Foundation has done great work and given away lots of money, both mine and others, to great charities over the years — with me taking NO fees, rent, salaries etc.” he said.

That tweet echoed a statement by Trump Organization attorney Alan Futerfas, who said the foundation had been looking to shut down since Trump was elected president.

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“Contrary to the NYAG’s misleading statement issued earlier today, the Foundation has been seeking to dissolve and distribute its remaining assets to worthwhile charitable causes since Donald J. Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election," Futerfas said in a statement to Fox News.

"Unfortunately, the NYAG sought to prevent dissolution for almost two years, thereby depriving those most in need of nearly $1.7 million. Over the past decade, the foundation is proud to have distributed approximately $19 million, including $8.25 million of the president’s personal money, to over 700 different charitable organizations with virtually zero expenses,” he said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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PGA: THE PLAYERS Championship - Third Round
Mar 16, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Ollie Schniederjans (right) and Seamus Power (left) shake hands on the 18th green after completing the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

(Reuters) – Americans Brandt Snedeker and Ollie Schniederjans surged into contention by carding seven-under-par 65s in the third round at the Players Championship in Florida on Saturday.

Their performances came after they had started the day nine strokes behind halfway leaders Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

After benign conditions for the first two rounds, the breeze switched to the north on the back of a cool front, but scores were still hot.

Snedeker notched seven birdies and Schniederjans was helped by an eagle at the par-five ninth, where he holed out from 70 yards.

They signed for 10-under 206, finishing as the halfway leaders set off at 12-under.

“I saw this coming all week, had some great practice rounds,” nine-times PGA Tour winner Snedeker said.

He said he had played well the first two rounds, only to spoil his score with a double-bogey each day.

“I was really focusing on not making a bogey (today), given my first two days, how well I played,” Snedeker said.

“I was able to hit some quality iron shots and make some good putts.”

Tiger Woods also started the day nine shots back, but went in the wrong direction with a 72 that included three bogeys on the front nine, and three birdies on the back.

Woods appeared in good spirits, however, flashing his beaming smile on several occasions as he joked around with playing companion Kevin Na.

“I struggled hitting the putts hard enough,” he said.

Irishman Seamus Power enjoyed an early St Patrick’s Day present when he made a hole-in-one at the 155-yard third.

He shot 73 for two-under 214.

There have been three aces this week, one each at the third, 13th and 17th holes.

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, takes part in a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government, in Guacara
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country’s rightful interim ruler, takes part in a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government, in Guacara, Venezuela March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

March 16, 2019

By Tibisay Romero

VALENCIA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader and National Assembly head Juan Guaido said on Saturday he was launching a “new phase” in his push to oust President Nicolas Maduro, pledging to travel across the country before “reclaiming” the presidential palace.

Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, saying Maduro’s re-election was illegitimate, called on thousands of supporters to stay committed to what he dubbed “Operation Freedom.”

“Very soon, when we have visited and organized every inch … we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the Venezuelan people,” Guaido said, referring to the palace, in a speech in the industrial city of Valencia 176 km (109 miles) west of Caracas.

Most Western countries, including the United States, have recognized Guaido as the OPEC nation’s legitimate head of state and called on Maduro to step aside. But Maduro, a socialist who says he is the victim of an attempted U.S.-led coup, retains the support of the armed forces and control of state functions.

Guaido’s campaign until now has mostly focused on mobilizing supporters in the capital Caracas, where power has largely been restored following a nearly weeklong blackout that paralyzed a country already suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse and chronic shortages of food and medicine.

But the restoration of basic services has been slower in the country’s interior. In sweltering Maracaibo, the second-largest city, prolonged power outages led to the looting of shops and factories, and many merchants demanded foreign currency for purchases while electronic payment systems were down.

“I am certain we will move forward,” said hairdresser Irasai Torres, 60, who attended Guaido’s speech in Valencia, which has been hard-hit by factory closures and the departure of foreign firms. “My life is at a crossroads – we never have water, electricity has been going out for years, and we need to wait in line for food. We do not deserve this.”

Maduro has blamed a U.S. cyber attack for the outage, and this week the country’s chief prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to probe Guaido for alleged involvement in “sabotage” of the country’s electricity system. But local electrical engineers told Reuters the blackout was the result of years of lack of maintenance.

(Additional reporting by Corina Pons in Caracas; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Richard Chang)

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United Nations workers mourn their colleagues during a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu
United Nations workers mourn their colleagues during a commemoration ceremony for the victims at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa NegerI

March 16, 2019

By Maggie Fick

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which crashed killing 157 people, had an unusually high speed after take-off before the plane reported problems and asked permission to climb quickly, said a source who has listened to the air traffic control recording.

A voice from the cockpit of the Boeing 737 MAX requested to climb to 14,000 feet above sea level – about 6,400 feet above the airport – before urgently asking to return, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the recording is part of an ongoing investigation.

The plane vanished from radar at 10,800 feet.

“He said he had a flight control problem. That is why he wanted to climb,” the source said, adding there were no further details given of the exact problem and the voice sounded nervous.

Experts say pilots typically ask to climb when experiencing problems near the ground in order to gain margin for maneuver and avoid any difficult terrain. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains.

The New York Times reported Captain Yared Getachew’s voice was on the recording but the Reuters source was not familiar with his voice or that of the first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur to verify which man was speaking. However, it was the same voice throughout, the source said.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday followed other countries in grounding the 737 MAX, citing satellite data and evidence from the scene that indicated some similarities and “the possibility of a shared cause” with October’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.

On Saturday, investigators began studying the cockpit voice recorder. Along with the flight data recorder, the information will be evaluated by Ethiopian authorities, teams from Boeing, and U.S. and EU aviation safety authorities to try to determine the cause of the crash.

HIGH SPEED, FAILED CLIMB

The Ethiopian flight was set to follow the Standard Instrument Departure (SID) from the airport and followed standard procedure with a first contact just after departure, the source said. Everything appeared normal.

After one or two minutes, the voice on the air traffic control recording requested to remain on the same path as the runway and to climb to 14,000 feet, the source said.

The aircraft’s ground speed after departure was unusually high, the Reuters source said, reaching around 400 knots (460 miles per hour) rather than the 200 to 250 knots that is more typical minutes after departure.

“That is way too fast,” the source said.

No more than two minutes later, the air traffic controller was in communication with other aircraft when the voice from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 interrupted, saying “break, break” – signaling that other non-urgent communications should cease. He sounded very scared, the source said.

“He requested permission to return. Air traffic control granted him permission to turn on the right because to the left is the city,” he said. “Maybe one minute passed before the blinking dot on the radar disappeared.”

After starting the turn, the plane disappeared from radar at an altitude of 10,800 feet above sea level, the highest it reached during the six-minute flight. Addis Ababa’s runway is at a high elevation of around 7,600 feet, suggesting the doomed jet made it about 3,000 feet into the sky.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 had data covering the first half of the flight but it dropped out at 8,600 feet.

Other satellite data tracking the plane has not been made available publicly. In the Lion Air crash, investigators are examining the behavior of a new anti-stall system installed on the 737 MAX that led to the plane gaining and losing altitude as the pilots fought for control against the automated system.

Boeing is expected to finalize a software fix for that system within a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said earlier on Saturday.

(Reporting by Maggie Fick; Additional reporting by Katharine Houreld, Jamie Freed, Tim Hepher; Editing by Leigh Thomas, Editing by William Maclean)

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MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Chicago Fire
Mar 16, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris (13) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at SeatGeek Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz each had a goal and an assist as the Seattle Sounders continued their hot start to the MLS season with a 4-2 victory against the host Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon.

Victor Rodriguez also scored for the Sounders (3-0-0) and goalkeeper Stefan Frei made 10 saves. Seven of those saves came in the first half as Frei helped protect Seattle’s 2-0 lead

Raheem Edwards and Fabian Herbers scored for the Fire (0-2-1). Goalie David Ousted made three saves.

The Sounders opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Ruidiaz capitalized on a Chicago turnover in its own end, gaining possession about 35 yards out from the goal. Ruidiaz fed Morris on the right wing and he beat a defender before sending a low pass across the goalmouth to Rodriguez, who was wide open at the far post and put a one-timer into an empty net.

Morris made it 2-0 in the 15th minute, taking a pass from Lodeiro at the top of the 18-yard box, splitting two defenders and chipping a shot over the onrushing Ousted. It was the third goal of the season for Morris, who missed the entire 2018 MLS campaign with a knee injury.

Lodeiro converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute to make it 3-0 after Fire defender Marcelo tripped up Rodriguez just inside the top of the 18-yard box.

Chicago broke through in the 56th minute. CJ Sapong took a throw-in from Przemyslaw Frankowski and drove down the right wing to the end line. Sapong’s cross found Edwards unmarked at the top of the 6-yard box, and he put a header into the upper right corner of the net, leaving Frei no chance to make a save.

Herbers, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, pulled the Fire within a goal in the 84th by scoring on his own rebound.

Ruidiaz capped the victory in the 88th minute by scoring in his sixth straight regular-season match to break the franchise record.

–Field Level Media

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Scott Morefield | Reporter

Beto O’Rourke was on a date with an ex-girlfriend while he was arrested for drunk driving in 1998.

The former Senate candidate was arrested after a car crash in which he even tried to flee the scene, but the reason for the ill-fated trip seems to have escaped media attention.

O’Rourke was on “a booty call to an ex,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Deputy Digital Director Sami Gilkes pointed out in a tweet Friday.

In her tweet, Gilkes quoted a Vanity Fair profile published Wednesday about the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate by Joe Hagan, titled “Beto O’Rourke: ‘I’m Just Born To Do This’”

The police report describes O’Rourke driving at high speed and sideswiping a truck going in the same direction, then jumping the median into the oncoming lane at about two in the morning. According to a police witness, he tried to drive away from the scene of the accident. O’Rourke maintains that this isn’t true. I asked O’Rourke to describe the events of that night. He was at home listening to music that evening, he says, when his dad called and asked to meet for a drink at the Cincinnati Bar & Grill. The O’Rourkes drank a couple of Jameson whiskeys and afterward O’Rourke called up a college student in Las Cruces that he had dated once: “And I said, ‘Hey, I know this is really late, or late notice, but any chance you’re free tonight?’ and she was, but she says, ‘I don’t have a ride.’ So I said, ‘I’m happy to come pick you up.’”

Hagan writes that O’Rouke was “taking his date, named Michelle, back to Las Cruces when the accident happened.” (RELATED: ‘Wax My Ass, Scrub My Balls’ — This Beto O’Rourke Poem From 1988 Is Beyond Belief)

The then-26-year-old was handcuffed and taken to jail after failing a sobriety test, but he told Hagan that he asked police to remove cash from his jeans so his date could get home.

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People take part in a rally of Catalan separatist organisations in Madrid
People take part in a rally of Catalan separatist organisations to demonstrate against the trial of Catalan leaders and call for self-determination rights, in Madrid, Spain March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Juan Medina

March 16, 2019

MADRID (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Catalan independence marched through central Madrid on Saturday in protest at the ongoing trial of 12 separatist leaders who face years in prison for their role in organizing a failed independence bid from Spain in 2017.

Demonstrators, many who made the journey from the northwestern Catalonia region for the protest, waved Catalan flags and carried signs reading “Self-determination is not a crime”.

Protest organizers put the turnout at 120,000 while police gave a figure of 18,000.

Tensions between Madrid and Barcelona have thawed somewhat since the political crisis triggered by Catalonia’s independence declaration in late 2017 but the trial of 12 separatist leaders for their role in the secession bid and events leading up to it has been one of several sticking points to derail negotiations.

The 12 are on trial in Madrid on charges ranging from rebellion to misuse of funds, which they deny.

The Catalan crisis is set to play a major role in April 28 elections, with three right-leaning parties, the conservative People’s Party (PP), centre-right Ciudadanos and the relatively new far-right Vox party all calling for Spain to take a tougher position with separatists.

Polls show the support of Catalan parties may prove decisive if Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is to form a government after the vote. Most polls indicate Sanchez’s Socialists winning the most seats but falling short of a parliamentary majority.

Sanchez came to power by winning a confidence motion last year with the support of Catalan separatist parties but was unable to secure their backing for his budget, effectively dooming the project and leading him to call an early election.

(Reporting by Sam Edwards; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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MLS: Atlanta United FC at Orlando City SC
Aug 24, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando City defender Jonathan Spector (2) kicks under Atlanta United defender Jeff Larentowicz (18) during the first half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Former Orlando City defender Jonathan Spector is moving overseas, signing a short-term deal for the remainder of the current season with Hibernian, the Scottish Premier League team announced.

Spector, 33, was available after Orlando City declined his contract option for this season. The Chicago-area native played the past two seasons with the Lions, moving into the captain role last season.

“I understand the expectations of the manager and I was able to get a feel for the club having gone to a couple of the home matches,” Spector said, according to the team website. “I’m certainly ready to get going to help the team and the club in whatever way I can.”

Spector is expected to join Hibernian after the upcoming international break.

“Jonathan offers experience, quality and versatility in an area where we haven’t had much cover recently,” Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom said. “He’s made a great impression on everyone since he arrived and it’s easy to see why he’s had the career he’s had.”

Spector not only has played in 36 games with the United States Men’s National Team, he has also played in England for Manchester United, Charlton, West Ham and Birmingham.

Spector played 38 games for Orlando City over the past two seasons, scoring one goal with two assists.

–Field Level Media

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Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz said he heard “demons” to police officers moments after getting caught following the 2018 Parkland school shooting, according to body camera footage released Friday.

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The two-minute video shows Cruz handcuffed on the ground as an officer questions him with helicopters heard hovering in the sky.

“What’s going on today, bro?” an officer asked Cruz.

“Demons man,” Cruz responded.

Cruz added he heard “voices.” (RELATED: Initial Findings Show Police And School Messed Up In Parkland Shooting)

Broward State Attorney’s Office released the video Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

Cruz said in an interrogation hours after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, 2018, that he had heard voices when his dad died around 15 years earlier. He said they got worse when his mom died of pneumonia in November 2017, The Associated Press reported.

The demons statement could potentially be used as an insanity defense, but Cruz’s attorneys have not said whether they will use it. Cruz could face the death penalty if convicted. A trial is set for early 2020, according to the AP.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting left 17 dead.

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President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted that he told Republican leadership to allow all GOP House members to vote in favor of releasing Special Counsel Robert Meuller's upcoming report in a vote taken Thursday.

"On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter. Play along with the game!

The House voted unanimously to pass the resolution to ask the Department of Justice to release Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election once it is complete. Four Republicans voted present.

Later, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham blocked the resolution in the Senate.

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Tennis: BNP Paribas Open-Day 12
Mar 15, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) returns as he wins his semi final match against Karen Khachanov (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

(Reuters) – Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Indian Wells tournament on Saturday with a knee injury, shortly before his eagerly-awaited semi-final clash with great rival Roger Federer.

It would have been the first meeting between the pair since 2017.

“I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semi-final,” Spain’s Nadal said in a statement. “It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career.”

Federer, 37, will play either Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem in the final, bidding for his 101st career title.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ian Chadband)

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MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Los Angeles FC
Mar 3, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LAFC players pose for a team photo before the game against the Sporting KC at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC defeated SKC 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

March 16, 2019

Los Angeles FC made an impressive MLS debut last season when it boasted one of the league’s most productive offenses.

After finishing second in the MLS with 68 goals last season, LAFC is off to a strong start two weeks in.

LAFC will attempt to keep the offense rolling Sunday afternoon when it visits NYCFC, which is coming off two frustrating draws.

LAFC’s six goals entering the third week of the week are tied with the Seattle Sounders and Minnesota United for the league lead. Forward Adama Diomande is among 11 players with two goals and fellow forward Carlos Vela is among six players with two assists entering this week.

Both players figured prominently last Sunday when LAFC scored three times after halftime in a 4-1 home win over Portland. Diomande scored in the 65th minute while Vela had two assists and scored in the 68th minute.

“I think we’re just all bought in,” forward Christian Ramirez said. “We’re just growing from what we had last year and we’re continuing to believe in the style of soccer that (coach) Bob (Bradley) wants us to play and that we’re capable of playing.”

NYCFC is winless through two games for the second time in its five-year history after a frustrating 0-0 draw with DC United last Sunday in its home opener. The one point NYCFC picked up occurred after it opened the season by allowing two goals in the second half and settling for a 2-2 draw at Orlando City in the season opener on March 3.

Last week, NYCFC could not score despite totaling 21 shots and controlling possession for 63 percent of the match.

“We have to make build up, we have to improve when we have the ball. In my opinion, we play much better when we keep the ball and pass the ball,” NYCFC coach Dome Torrent said. “I like to take possession of the ball but with the mentality to score. When you pass the ball in the right moment – you have to attack. That’s for me, the best way to play soccer.”

NYCFC has 34 shots through its first two games with 12 by newcomer Alexandru Mitrita.

Sunday will be the second meeting between the clubs. In a 2-2 tie in Los Angeles on May 13, Vela gave LAFC a one-goal lead in the 65th minute but Ismael Tajouri-Shradi came off the bench and scored the tying goal in the 75th minute.

–Field Level Media

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is going the distance in Iowa — taking it on the run Saturday in a 5K road race.

The Texas Democrat finished the run in North Liberty in about 25 minutes. He said he was on pace for a slower, 40-minute time in the roughly 3-mile race but began chatting about health care with a fellow runner, kept pace with him and finished faster.

Before the race, many runners posed for pictures or asked if O'Rourke was a regular runner — he frequently jogs — but there was little talk of politics.

The former congressman entered the 2020 presidential race Thursday after months of speculation. He has four Iowa events scheduled Saturday.

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Spring wheat field in north-central North Dakota
Spring wheat field in north-central North Dakota, U.S., July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Julie Ingwersen

March 16, 2019

By Lisandra Paraguassu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brazil is considering granting an import quota of 750,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat per year without tariffs in exchange for other trade concessions, according to a Brazilian official with knowledge of the negotiations ahead of President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to Washington.

That is about 10 percent of Brazilian annual wheat imports and is part of a two-decades-old commitment to import 750,000 tonnes of wheat a year free of tariffs that Brazil made during the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round of talks on agriculture but never adopted.

Bolsonaro is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Sunday and meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

Farm state senators have asked that wheat sales be on the agenda, in a letter to Trump seen by Reuters. They estimate such a quota would increase U.S. wheat sales by between $75 million and $120 million a year.

Brazil buys most of its imported wheat from Argentina, and some for Uruguay and Paraguay, without paying tariffs because they are all members of the Mercosur South American customs’ union. Imports from other countries pay a 10 percent tariff.

The Brazilian official, who asked not to be named so he could speak freely, said the wheat quota could be sealed during a meeting between Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Teresa Cristina Dias and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.

In return, the Brazilian government is hoping to see movement toward the reopening of the U.S. market to fresh beef imports from Brazil that were shut down after a meat-packing industry scandal involving bribed inspectors.

Brazil is also seeking U.S. market access for its exports of limes that are facing phytosanitary certification hurdles.

The world’s largest sugar producer also wants tariff-free access to the U.S. market. But Washington is not expected to budge on that issue until Brazil lifts a tariff it slapped on ethanol imports when they exceed 150 million liters in a quarter.

That is a major demand by U.S. biofuels producers who are the main suppliers of ethanol imported by Brazil.

(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Anthony Boadle; editing by Bill Berkrot)

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Donald Trump Jr. is defending Chelsea Clinton after the former first daughter was blasted by NYU students who blamed her tweet for the New Zealand mosque attacks.

“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.”

The political foes became bedfellows after an NYU student confronted Clinton, who is pregnant with her third child, at a Friday night vigil for the massacre victims.

CHELSEA CLINTON CONFRONTED AT NYU VIGIL FOR MOSQUE VICTIMS OVER HER REMARKS ABOUT OMAR

“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world,” senior student Leen Dweik told Clinton Friday in a video posted to social media. “The 49 people died because of the rhetoric you put out there,” added Dweik — who was wearing a Bernie Sanders 2020 T-shirt.

The students’ comments were in response to Clinton’s criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), who sparked controversy last month when she tweeted that a fellow lawmaker was motivated by money to defend Israel.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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Christopher Steele acknowledged in a July 2018 court deposition that he relied on a “random” article posted to a CNN website as part of his research for his infamous dossier.

In the July 13, 2018, deposition, Steele was asked about the research he did into Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive who Steele accused of hacking into Democrats’ computer systems. (RELATED: Judge Unseals Portions Of Christopher Steele’s Deposition In BuzzFeed Lawsuit)

According to a transcript of Steele’s deposition unsealed Thursday, Gubarev’s lawyer asked Steele what information he had gathered on Gubarev or his companies, Webzilla and XBT Holdings. Gubarev sued Steele and BuzzFeed News for defamation for publishing what he claims are false allegations that he hacked Democrats.

Steele responded to the lawyer, Evan Fray-Witzer, by citing a July 28, 2009, article published at CNN’s iReports website.

Fray-Witzer pointed out to Steele that CNN’s iReports articles “are nothing more than any random person posting things on the Internet.”

Steele said he was not aware of that.

“No, I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site,” said Steele, who admitted the iReports article was the only open source research he did on Gubarev.

As Fox News noted, CNN’s iReports now-defunct website made clear that its articles were not fact-checked or vetted prior to publication. The site’s banner used to read, “Unedited. Unfiltered. News.”

Gubarev has accused Steele and BuzzFeed of failing to attempt to investigate the claims made in the dossier. Steele provided the dossier to David Kramer, an associate of late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain. Kramer admitted in his Dec. 13, 2017, deposition that he was BuzzFeed’s source for the dossier. He said he met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger on Dec. 28, 2016, at the behest of Steele.

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson listens as his lawyer, Joshua Levy, speaks to members of the media following a meeting with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Fusion GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Kramer said Steele did not know he provided the dossier to Bensinger, and he acknowledged lying to the retired spy about being Bensinger’s source after BuzzFeed published the report.

Kramer said he told Bensinger the reports were unverified and needed further investigation.

BuzzFeed apologized to Gubarev after publishing the dossier and redacted his name from the version published online. But the Russian filed a lawsuit anyway in February 2017.

As part of that legal fight, BuzzFeed hired former FBI agent Anthony Ferrante to investigate the dossier’s claims about Gubarev. Ferrante produced a report that claimed there is evidence Russian hackers used the servers of Gubarev’s companies to wage cyber attacks against Democrats and other targets. But Ferrante, who was paid $4.1 million by BuzzFeed, admitted he found no evidence that Gubarev took part in the attacks or was aware of them.

Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele, also did an investigation into Gubarev. A Fusion GPS contractor interviewed several Russian tech experts who said they did not believe Gubarev did what he was accused of in the dossier.

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President Donald Trump's first veto was more than a milestone. It signals a new era of ever perilous relations between the executive and legislative branches of government.

Trump's agenda was stymied even before his party lost unified control of Washington at the start of the year and he has grown increasingly frustrated by his dealings with Congress, believing little of substance will get done by the end of his first term and feeling just as pessimistic about the second, according to White House aides, campaign staffers and outside allies.

Republicans in Congress are demonstrating new willingness to part ways with the president. On the Senate vote Thursday rejecting the president's national emergency declaration to get border wall funding, 12 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against Trump.

The 59-41 vote against Trump's declaration was just the latest blow as tensions flare on multiple fronts.

Trump tweeted one word after the vote: "VETO!" And he eagerly flexed that muscle on Friday for the first time, hoping to demonstrate resolve on fulfilling his 2016 campaign pledge.

GOP senators had repeatedly agitated for compromise deals that would give them political cover to support Trump despite their concerns that he was improperly circumventing Congress. But the president was never convinced that any of the proposals ensured the resolution would be defeated, said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking.

A last-ditch trip to the White House by a group of senators Wednesday night only irritated Trump, who felt they were offering little in the way of new solutions.

As the vote neared, Trump repeatedly made clear that it was about party fealty and border security and suggested that voting against him could be perilous.

"It's going to be a great election issue," he predicted.

Looking past the veto, Trump's plans for future collaboration with Congress appear limited. With the exception of pushing for approval of his trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the president and his allies see little benefit for investing more political capital on Capitol Hill. Trump ran against Washington in 2016, and he is fully expected to do so again.

Trump once declared that "I alone can fix it." But that was before getting hamstrung in Washington, and he is now exploring opportunities to pursue executive action to work around lawmakers, as he did with his emergency declaration on the border wall. He is directing aides to find other areas where he can act — or at least be perceived as acting — without Congress, including infrastructure and drug prices.

Trump made his intentions clear recently as he assessed that Democrats would rather investigate him than cooperate on policy: "Basically, they've started the campaign. So the campaign begins."

His dealings with Congress were inconsistent even when Republicans controlled both chambers, and he has made few overtures to Democrats since they won control of the House.

Trump initially predicted he could work across the aisle, but that sentiment cooled after the bitter government shutdown fight and in the face of mounting investigations. His frustrations are evidence of the difficulty that the Washington neophyte and former business executive has had with the process of lawmaking, and the challenges yet to come.

The White House argues there are still opportunities for collaboration, listing ratification of the Canada-Mexico trade pact as a priority. But passage is anything but assured.

Trump's ire has been directed at both parties for some time, aides said. He was upset with the Republicans' performance during the recent congressional hearing featuring his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, telling allies that he was not impressed with their questioning.

Trump's budget proposal this past week was viewed as a shot at Democrats, with its proposals to increase money for the border wall and cut to social safety net programs. The plan, which had little in the way of new or bipartisan ideas, was declared dead on arrival by Democratic House leaders.

Further stoking tensions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invited NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to address an upcoming joint meeting of Congress, in what was widely seen as a rebuke of Trump's criticism of the trans-Atlantic alliance. The invitation was backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and followed votes earlier this year in which Republicans voiced opposition to Trump's plans to draw down U.S. troops in Syria and Afghanistan.

Presidential complaints about Congress — and efforts to find a workaround — are nothing new.

President Barack Obama in 2014 resorted to what became known as his "pen and phone" strategy.

"I've got a pen to take executive actions where Congress won't, and I've got a telephone to rally folks around the country on this mission," he said.

Obama's strategy yielded years of executive orders and regulatory action, but many proved ephemeral when Trump took office and started unwinding them.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

March 16, 2019

By Andrew MacAskill

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s hopes of getting a Brexit divorce deal through parliament were given a boost on Saturday after a report that the Northern Irish party propping up her government might move toward backing her deal.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has 10 lawmakers in parliament, is close to changing its position for the first time after receiving a promise that the government would put into law a requirement that there be no divergence between Northern Ireland and Britain, the Spectator magazine said.

A cabinet minister involved in the talks with the DUP told the Spectator the chances of the party backing the government’s deal were around 60 percent.

After two-and-a-half years of tortuous divorce negotiations with the EU, the final outcome is still uncertain with options including a long delay, exiting with May’s deal, a disorderly exit without a deal or even another referendum.

To get her deal passed through parliament, May must win over dozens of Brexit-supporting rebels in her own Conservative Party and the DUP lawmakers. She is expected bring back the deal for a third vote after two historic defeats.

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the party had good talks with British ministers, including the finance minister, on Friday to see what additional assurances would be needed for them to save her deal.

But the opposition Labour Party’s finance policy chief John McDonnell said on Saturday he was concerned that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s presence during the talks means the government might have offered the DUP money to back the deal.

“It will rightfully be seen by the British electorate as corrupt politics and will demean our political system in the eyes of the world,” McDonnell said.

As talks with the government continued, the DUP said there were still issues to addressed and denied that they were seeking money from the government.

The changes would address the DUP’s concerns over the backstop – an insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the sensitive border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. The backstop is the most contentious part of the divorce deal the government has agreed with the EU.

THIRD TIME LUCKY?

After three dramatic days in parliament this week, lawmakers voted on Thursday to have the government ask the EU for a delay beyond the date Britain is scheduled to leave – March 29.

May says she wants to minimize any delay in leaving the EU to just three months, but to achieve that she will need parliament to back her deal at the third time of asking early next week, possibly Tuesday.

Her deal, an attempt to keep close relations with the EU while leaving the bloc’s formal structures, was defeated by 230 votes in parliament on Jan. 15 and by 149 votes on March 12.

She needs 75 lawmakers to change their vote. If she can swing the DUP behind her, along with several dozen hardliners in her own party, she will be getting close to the numbers she needs.

Around 20 Conservatives lawmakers are unlikely ever to be satisfied but she may draw in a small number of opposition Labour lawmakers.

In another sign of how Brexit continues to reshape loyalties in Britain’s politics, a senior Conservative lawmaker quit his local party on Saturday due to disagreements over Brexit.

Nick Boles, 53, has been critical of the government’s threat to leave the EU without a deal and has faced calls from his local party to be ousted as its candidate for the next general election.

Boles said he could remain aligned with the Conservatives in parliament if it is offered “on acceptable terms.”

At the other end of the political spectrum, Nigel Farage, the politician who probably did more than anyone else to force Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union, joined protesters at the start of a 270-mile march over what they call a betrayal of the Brexit vote.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

“We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result,” Farage said. “It is beginning to look like it doesn’t want to leave and the message from this march is if you think you can walk all over us we will march straight back to you.”

The march, which began with about 100 people, is due to end at parliament on March 29, the day the United Kingdom was supposed to leave the EU.

(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Clelia Oziel)

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