Sunday, September 22, 2019

Biden wants Trump to release a transcript of the call that...

Following a whistleblower complaint that Presidential Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to pressure Ukrainian government officials into investigating the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son — seemingly in effort to damage Biden’s candidacy — the Democratic presidential contender is now calling on the president to share the transcript of the phone call in which the conversation allegedly took place. The whistleblower filed their complaint in August, and it includes descriptions of a July phone call in which Trump is said to have attempted to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to investigate Hunter Biden’s...

2 winners and 3 losers from the LGBTQ presidential forum

Ten Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday night to discuss a topic that has largely been ignored on the primary debate stage thus far: LGBTQ issues. Organized by LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD, LGBTQ media outlet the Advocate and the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the forum primarily revolved around how each candidate would respond as president to the current administration’s attacks on LGBTQ rights, including the transgender military ban and plans to rollback health care non-discrimination protections and access to shelters for trans people. After sharing his coming out story at the last debate, openly gay candidate Pete...

Report: Trump pressured Ukrainian president about 8 times to investigate Biden’s...

The mysterious whistleblower complaint about President Donald Trump that’s roiling the administration is at least in part about Trump asking the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, the Washington Post reported Friday. A whistleblower who is part of the US intelligence community filed this complaint a little over a month ago. The full details of the complaint remain murky, and it reportedly involves a broader set of events than a single phone call, per the New York Times. But the Trump administration is trying to prevent further details from coming to light. For some time now, there have been...

Here’s why the Amazon climate walkout is a big deal

On Friday, over 1,500 Amazon workers plan to walk out of work to protest their company’s environmental impact. It will be the first time in Amazon’s 25-year history that its corporate employees have participated in a walkout demonstration. Employees are calling on Amazon to reduce its carbon footprint as part of a larger, youth-led global climate strike that has planned hundreds of events around the world. Even ahead of their walkout, protesters have already seen results. On Thursday morning, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in Washington, DC, that the company is making a pact to follow the Paris climate...

A rare bipartisan agreement on immigration reform has tanked in the Senate

A bill that would eliminate per-country caps on employment-based green cards, effectively opening the door to more high-skilled immigrants from India and China, failed on the Senate floor Thursday after Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) blocked the bill. The bill, which would not have increased overall legal immigration levels, had seemed like it would be a rare moment of bipartisan agreement on one of the most contentious topics of the Trump administration. In July, it passed the House in a 365-65 vote with substantial bipartisan support. But whether the Senate would pass the bill was an ongoing question. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY),...

A whistleblower has filed a complaint about a Trump phone call...

An internal Trump administration whistleblower has filed a complaint about a troubling “promise” made during a conversation between President Trump and a foreign leader, per the Washington Post’s Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima, and Shane Harris. The complaint was passed on to the inspector general for the intelligence community, who determined it was credible and a matter of “urgent concern” — a legal standard that normally requires congressional oversight committees be notified. But Trump’s acting director of national intelligence has stepped in to block key congressional committee chairs from receiving the details of the whistleblower complaint — which some legal analysts...

Why Spain is having yet another election

Spain is headed for new elections — again. The country just held national elections back in April. In that vote, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his center-left Spanish Workers’ Socialist Party (PSOE) won the most seats. But they didn’t secure enough votes in Spain’s parliament for an outright majority, and needed the support of other parties to form a government. Now, after months of trying and failing to put a government together, Sánchez conceded defeat ahead of the September 23 deadline. That sets the country up for another round of elections on November 10. Sánchez told reporters Tuesday that he “had tried...

Corey Lewandowski’s chaotic congressional testimony, explained

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee hauled in former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to testify Tuesday, in the first big hearing of their impeachment investigation — and it was a circus. The testimony was mainly about one episode of potential obstruction of justice outlined in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report: President Donald Trump’s request to Lewandowski, in June 2017, that he deliver a message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, pressuring him to retake control of the Russia probe and restrict it only to future election interference. Lewandowski never gave the message to Sessions. It was a bizarre incident. Because Lewandowski...

How Fox News twisted the Kavanaugh scandal into a way to...

A New York Times story from over the weekend contains a third, previously undisclosed sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The report was later updated to make it clear the new allegation is not as strongly corroborated as readers of the first version of the story may have been led to believe. Fox News is capitalizing on the revision to dismiss all the sexual misconduct allegations Kavanaugh faces — and doing so in a misleading way. Over the past 24 hours, Fox News hosts and reporters have described changes the New York Times made to Robin Pogrebin...

Vox Sentences: The latest twist in the Kavanaugh saga

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Ella Nilsen. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A New York Times report surfaces new sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Kavanaugh; a drone strike on a Saudi oil plant is felt around the world. Some lighter news! Vox now has crossword puzzles: Each one is designed to teach you about the world, exercise your brain, and hopefully relieve a little stress. New puzzles come out Monday through Saturday. Go...