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May 1, 2019

Trump EPA insists Monsanto's Roundup is safe, despite cancer cases

Trump EPA insists Monsanto's Roundup is safe, despite cancer cases
Administration to keep weedkiller on the market after landmark court rulings and concerns over food
Emily Holden in Washington
Tue 30 Apr 2019 17.08 EDT

The Trump administration is keeping the weedkiller Roundup on the US market, insisting it is safe for humans despite thousands of lawsuits launched by people who claim it gave them cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains in a new decision that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, which is made by Monsanto, does not cause cancer or other health problems if it is used according to labels.

Glyphosate is used on more than 100 crops, including genetically modified corn, soy, cotton, canola and sugar beet, according to the EPA. Groups campaigning against glyphosate say it is most dangerous for farmworkers and others applying it but also poses risks for people consuming it in food.

Courts have found in favor of a school groundskeeper who is terminally ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and another man who used the chemical for decades and developed the same kind of cancer.


May 1, 2019

Joe Biden's First Campaign Rally Was Full of Democrats Worried the Party Is Moving Too Far Left

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Joe Biden’s First Campaign Rally Was Full of Democrats Worried the Party Is Moving Too Far Left
The former VP makes his moderate case in Pittsburgh.
Clint Hendler


International Association of Fire Fighters President Harold Schaitberger, whose union formally endorsed Biden on Monday morning, gave the rally’s first speech, where he made the argument explicitly. “He speaks to and connects with those workers who didn’t believe the last Democratic nominee heard about them, cared about them, and felt that their historic votes for the Democratic candidate were maybe just being taken for granted,” Schaitberger argued.

“In a field of good people putting themselves forward this primary season, the most important factor that we must determine in the Democratic nomination process is who can win,” Schaitberger continued in a barb that seemed targeted at Sanders, who has long described himself as a socialist. “Let me shoot straight with you, and this might not be popular in parts of the Democratic Party, but we…can’t have a nominee that’s too far left. It’s just that simple. A candidate that has high-minded ideals, maybe honorable ideas, but little chance of winning.”

Many attendees agreed. “I’m shopping,” Pat Martin-Carr, a retired school psychologist, said, explaining that she had yet to settle on a candidate. “I’m looking for who can win. I like some people, but it’s not about who I like. It’s about who can win…I don’t want someone too progressive.”

Brandon Groves, a 38-year-old social worker from nearby Wheeling, West Virginia, said that Biden was his “early favorite” of the 2020 candidates. “I’m not a big fan of Bernie,” Groves said, citing his position on restoring voting rights to felons. “I don’t like how far left the Democratic Party is going.”


April 30, 2019

Effort to Get Trump's State Tax Return Advances


Effort to Get Trump’s State Tax Return Advances
April 30, 2019 at 6:25 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Legislation that would allow U.S. congressional committees to ask for President Trump’s state tax returns is a step closer to getting a vote in New York’s Democrat-controlled Senate,” the AP reports.

“The measure would authorize New York’s Tax Department to release state tax returns to a congressional committee if requested.”
April 30, 2019

Democrats' Emoluments Lawsuit May Proceed


Democrats’ Emoluments Lawsuit May Proceed
April 30, 2019 at 6:12 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Democrats in Congress can move ahead with their lawsuit against President Trump alleging that his private business violates the Constitution’s ban on gifts or payments from foreign governments, a federal judge ruled Tuesday,” the Washington Post reports.

“The decision in Washington from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan adopted a broad definition of the anti-corruption ban and could set the stage for Democratic lawmakers to begin seeking information from the Trump Organization.”
April 30, 2019

Trump Campaign owes City of El Paso more than $470,000 for February rally


El Paso
ONLY ON ABC-7: Trump Campaign owes City of El Paso more than $470,000 for February rally
Invoice states payment was due April 26
By: Erik Elken
Posted: Apr 29, 2019 08:56 PM MDT

EL PASO, Texas - The City of El Paso is still waiting on a nearly half-million-dollar-payment from President Trump's campaign for his February 11 MAGA rally at the El Paso County Coliseum.

The ABC-7 I-Team obtained the 29-page invoice from the City of El Paso that details the costs incurred which totals $470,417.05.

The city's invoice bills Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. It is broken down by reimbursement owed across six departments:

Department of Aviation: $6,286.57
Fire Department: $60,630.84
Health Department: $528
Streets & Maintenance: $6,452
Sun Metro: $15,577.52
Police Department: $380,942.12

The invoice was dated March 27 with a due date of April 26, but as of April 29 the City of El Paso still has not received payment.

"I'm not sure about that," Marc Lotter, Trump Campaign Director of Strategic Communications, told ABC-7 Saturday while speaking at a dinner hosted by the El Paso County Republican Party. "I'll have to check with the accounting folks on that. And when that, about those bills, that's not something that I'm aware of."

The Trump Campaign did pay the $5,000 venue rental fee for the El Paso County Coliseum "immediately", according to El Paso Sports Commission CEO Brian Kennedy.

ABC-7 is continuing to obtain more documents on the cost of President Trump's rally, as well as Beto O'Rourke's campaign kick-off event in March.
April 30, 2019

'It's time for action': Rick Scott calls for U.S. military involvement in Venezuela

‘It’s time for action’: Rick Scott calls for U.S. military involvement in Venezuela
By Alex Daugherty and Tara Copp
April 30, 2019 11:42 AM, Updated 34 minutes ago

Rick Scott isn’t waiting to see if Juan Guaidó can successfully get the Venezuelan military to switch sides and oust Nicolás Maduro.

The Florida senator called for the U.S. military to be positioned on the Venezuelan border on Tuesday, hours after Guaidó and Leopoldo López declared a “start of the end of the usurpation” with armed soldiers by their side.

Scott’s call for the U.S. military to “deliver aid to the people and defend freedom and democracy as well as U.S. national security interests in our hemisphere” was the strongest language used by a U.S. official on Tuesday morning. Other key figures like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Marco Rubio and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway urged the Venezuelan military to oust Maduro and expressed general support for Guaidó.

Scott also wants the U.S. military to break down barriers at the Venezuelan border erected by Maduro to allow aid into the country immediately.

“Absolutely,” Scott said in an interview with the Miami Herald when asked if U.S. troops should dismantle barriers at the border. “Every other democracy in the world that cares about freedom ought to be doing the same thing,” Scott said. “This is ridiculous. We’re seeing genocide happen right in front of our eyes and we’re not aggressive enough.”


April 30, 2019

Mitch McConnell Signs Shirt Joking About Merrick Garland's Death


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Mitch McConnell Signs Shirt Joking About Merrick Garland’s Death
Zach Gibson/Getty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gleefully signed a T-shirt joking about the death of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to photos tweeted Monday. The T-shirt features Garland’s face surrounded by clouds and the dates 3/16/16 and 1/3/17, with the cursive phrase “gone but not forgotten.” McConnell played an instrumental role in keeping Garland, who was nominated by then-President Barack Obama, from filling the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia. Within hours of Scalia’s death, McConnell declared a moratorium on any of Obama’s appointees, arguing that the nomination should be the responsibility of the next president. He refused to hold hearings on Garland, rendering Obama’s appointment meaningless and successfully holding the seat for Trump’s eventual pick, Neil Gorsuch. This isn’t the first time McConnell’s publicly gloated—soon after the court upheld Trump’s travel ban and sided with anti-abortion pregnancy clinics, McConnell spiked the football by tweeting a picture of himself with Gorsuch.

April 30, 2019

Graham Urges Trump to Fight Subpoenas

Whatever they have on him, it must be serious.


Graham Urges Trump to Fight Subpoenas
April 30, 2019 at 6:32 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“A defiant Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that President Donald Trump should ignore congressional subpoenas demanding the administration turn over records to Capitol Hill, even though the South Carolina Republican once noted a similar fight had contributed to Richard Nixon’s downfall,” CNN reports.

“Graham, who played a prominent role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings in 1998, defended his past stance in an interview with CNN while calling on Trump to ‘fight like hell’ against House Democratic ‘political hacks’ and goading Democrats to carry through with impeaching Trump if they want.”
April 30, 2019

'Bizarre, Dangerous, and Insulting': Baby Nurses Fed Up With Trump's Bogus Abortion Rants

‘Bizarre, Dangerous, and Insulting’: Baby Nurses Fed Up With Trump’s Bogus Abortion Rants
They say his talk of executing babies distorts the palliative care they provide gravely sick infants.
Emily Shugerman
04.30.19 5:01 AM ET

President Trump’s latest rant about babies being executed after birth is riling up neonatal nurses, who say he’s twisted the palliative care they provide for the sickest of infants into an anti-abortion rallying cry that could endanger health providers.

Anna Schmidt, who has worked in a neonatal intensive care unit for five years, told the Daily Beast she was livid when she heard about Trump’s comments at a political rally in Wisconsin on Saturday.

“The families that I've worked with, where I've handed them their babies for the first and last time, they don't deserve this kind of thing,” she told The Daily Beast. “They don’t deserve to be vilified or to be called an executioner.”

Trump’s remark was a continuation of his attacks on later abortions, which he describes as “ripp[ing] babies from their mothers’ wombs right up until the moment of birth.” But while abortion providers may be used to such attacks, the president’s latest criticism has rankled a new group of medical professionals—nurses who take care of babies destined to die.

The nurses claim what they do is sensitive, personal, and has absolutely nothing to do with abortion. And they are not happy with the president’s claims.

“When a baby dies in the hospital it’s because something has gone very, very wrong,” said Julia Puler, a NICU nurse from Michigan. “I can’t point to a single case study of a healthy term newborn that was executed in a hospital. And the mere suggestions of that is just utterly bizarre and dangerous and insulting, frankly, for anyone who is a health-care professional.”


April 30, 2019

Dems set to debate Trump impeachment in post-Mueller era

Dems set to debate Trump impeachment in post-Mueller era
By Mike Lillis - 04/29/19 07:20 PM EDT

House Democrats will huddle Tuesday morning in the Capitol for the first time since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on 2016 election tampering, which has heightened liberal calls for the impeachment of President Trump — and complicated the efforts of Democratic leaders seeking a more restrained response.

Heading into the gathering, most Democrats appear to be on board with leadership's cautious strategy, which rejects impeachment — at least for now — while various House committees continue to investigate the president's conduct.

At the same time, lawmakers are acknowledging that there are more voices talking about moving forward with impeachment in the post-Mueller world.

"To be sure, there are more people now talking about it and are more favorable toward that movement. But I also think more people are willing to do what the Speaker said," said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "We need to allow these committees of jurisdiction to proceed with their work."

A handful of liberal Democrats have been beating the impeachment drum, saying they've seen ample evidence already that Trump has acted in ways that should disqualify him from the office.

"Mueller kicked the impeachment ball to the Congress," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tweeted last week. "The Constitution gives the responsibility to Congress to impeach an unfit president — 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' What more do we need?"



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