New House Judiciary Committee report defines impeachable offenses 

The House Judiciary Committee concluded the first week of its public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump by releasing a report summarizing its findings so far on Saturday.

The 52 page report, authored by staffers of the Democratic members of the committee, is a condensed version of the testimony of four legal experts who answered questions before the committee Wednesday. In their testimonies, those experts worked to explain what constitutes an impeachable offense according to the Constitution. The report also serves as a rebuttal to common Republican critiques of the impeachment inquiry thus far — largely …

Trump orders review of EPA water rules because “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times”

President Donald Trump’s latest effort to reshape US environmental regulations appears to involve toilets.

During a small business event at the White House Friday, Trump announced he has ordered a federal review of water efficiency standards pertaining to bathroom fixtures.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water,” Trump said, complaining that water flow in other fixtures has slowed to a trickle. “You can’t wash your hands practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet, and the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes …

Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station shooting: what we know

A shooter at the Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station killed at least three people and injured eight others on Friday morning, local and federal officials confirmed. Sheriff deputies killed the shooter.

“Our community is secure at this time. We have no reason to believe — or are we looking for — any additional shooters within Escambia County,” Sheriff David Morgan said at a press conference.

This story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.

What we know

  • Around 6:50 am local time on Friday, police received calls of a shooting at the Naval Air Station in

The Supreme Court just handed the Trump administration a rare rebuke

The Supreme Court handed down a brief order Friday evening saying that the Trump administration may not bypass the ordinary legal process governing appeals if it wants to execute four men.

The case, Barr v. Roane, arises from the administration’s effort to revive the federal death penalty.

The federal government has not executed anyone since 2003; last July, however, the Justice Department announced that it planned to resume executions, and it named five men that it intended to execute in the coming months.

A federal district court blocked four of these executions shortly before Thanksgiving.

The legal dispute …

White House declines to be involved in House impeachment inquiry, leaving defense to Republican lawmakers

The White House indicated Friday that it does not intend to mount a defense in the ongoing impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump. White House counsel Pat Cipollone made the announcement in a letter to House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday, in which he called the proceedings “completely baseless.”

The letter clarifies some uncertainty created by a previous missive Cipollone sent to the Judiciary Committee in which he refused to make clear whether Trump would participate in upcoming hearings.

Nadler had encouraged Trump and the White House to participate in the process, promising the executive branch in …

It’s not just passengers being assaulted in Ubers. Drivers are at risk, too.

More than 3,000 people were sexually assaulted during Uber rides last year.

The disturbing numbers, released by the company on Thursday, have many concerned about the safety of using Uber and other rideshare apps — especially since the data came out the same week that 19 women sued Lyft, saying drivers for the company sexually assaulted them.

But it’s not just passengers who are being assaulted. According to Uber’s data, 42 percent of those reporting sexual assault were drivers. “Drivers are assaulted as much as the passengers are,” Michael Bomberger, an attorney who represents the women suing Lyft, told …

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Impeachment rolls onward

  • Next week, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to draft impeachment charges against President Trump. [USA Today / George Petras]
  • That means we’re on track for an impeachment vote before Christmas, although there’s no guarantee that will happen. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she gave the House Intelligence Committee the go-ahead for articles of