Trump in private: what really happens
- Once Trump arrives and the phone is set down, the audio reveals a President who can speak with more coherence than we hear from him in public, but whose talking points and jokes don't vary much from his greatest hits.
- However, the recording also offers not only a new window into a world of sycophants and operators, but also disturbing proof that the President is just as narcissistic, erratic and ill-informed in private as he is in public.
- It's the craziest thing; since I've said that I don't hear from her anymore.") Like the public Trump, the private one also lies about America's share of the NATO budget, pegging it at 90% when it's really 22%.
- Although the President didn't promise to take action on behalf of the others at the dinner, after Parnas talked, Trump said, "Get rid of her.
Dershowitz says he'll 'forgive' Pompeo's 'rudeness' to reporter if he brings peace to Middle East
- The comments come following President Donald Trump's remarks at the unveiling of the Middle East plan on Tuesday, where the President praised Pompeo's behavior toward a National Public Radio reporter as "very impressive" and having done "a good job on her" as Dershowitz patted Pompeo on the back.
- While Dershowitz initially said, "I patted him on the back a dozen times when we talked about the Middle East, so that's what my pat was intended to encourage," he then suggested that the gesture had been meant to support Pompeo in response to criticism over his behavior toward Kelly.
- On Monday, the department removed another NPR reporter from the press pool covering Pompeo's upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and has yet to explain or defend the highly unusual decision.
'Arrow' finale looks to the past, while planting seeds for the future
- For one, they wanted Amell to be part of the episode -- depicting him through a series of flashback sequences -- while paying tribute to the character.
- At the same time, there was other work to be done, given all the DC Comics series in the pipeline, including a potential "Arrow" spinoff, featuring the character of Mia Queen (Katherine McNamara) -- Oliver's grown daughter and heir to the quiver, circa 2040 -- and Laurel/Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah/Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy).
- While foreshadowing all of that, the series still found time to be sentimental in ways designed to pay off for longtime fans, reuniting Oliver and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in the afterlife, paying tribute to the title character with a mock documentary and bringing together the characters of Thea (Willa Holland) and Roy (Colton Haynes), whose engagement provided a sort-of wedding to go with the funeral.
A Maryland cop was charged with murder after a man was shot 7 times inside his police cruiser
- Prince George's County Police Cpl. Michael Owen Jr. is also facing manslaughter and associated weapons charges in the fatal shooting of 43-year-old William Howard Green in Temple Hills, Maryland, police said.
- They took Green to the front seat of Owen's police cruiser to wait for the expert, police said.
- After the shooting, Owen and the other officer took Green out of the cruiser and offered him aid.
- Body cameras are not available for all patrol officers within the county police department but funding is budgeted to equip all of them in the future, Alsobrooks said.
- Stawinski explained that seating individuals in the front seat of police cruisers gives officers better control of the person, and has been a practice in the department for years.
- Owen's vehicle was equipped with a partition, the department said in a statement.
Joni Ernst and the GOP's disgraceful game
- In the midst of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, wherein he stands accused of misusing his office to target a domestic political rival, Republicans have worked hard to justify Trump applying pressure on the Ukrainians to investigate a company affiliated with Joe Biden's son.
- In other words, Republicans (and we're waiting for any of them to say otherwise) have now decided that not only is a president leveraging his office to damage a domestic political rival (a fellow US citizen, a lifetime civil servant) not an impeachable offense, but they themselves will also be only too happy to use these impeachment hearings to do the same thing: to target Biden for their own political gain in the 2020 election.
New Genesis SUV could be a game changer for Hyundai's luxury brand
- After the new GV80, Del Rosso said, Genesis plans to soon add at least one more SUV to its lineup and an electric vehicle.
- Genesis's growing lineup increases the possibility that the auto maker could one day mimic the success of Lexus, just 30 years old but already one of the world's leading luxury car brands in both sales and prestige.
- In the most recent Consumer Reports auto reliability rankings, Hyundai was the sixth most reliable car brand, ranking just behind Genesis.
- A direct competitor to the performance sedans, like the BMW 3-series, it won both Motor Trend Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year awards last year, as well being named one of Car & Driver's Top 10 cars.
- Genesis vehicles do not come with Bentley prices, though, and the brand makes a strong appeal to value conscious consumers, said Fisher.
PETA is calling on Punxsutawney Phil to retire and be replaced with an AI groundhog
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on the keepers of the weather-forecasting groundhog to let him retire -- and to be replaced by an animatronic groundhog.
- PETA wrote in a letter to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club on Monday that it was time for the beloved tradition to change.
- Every February 2, Phil gets dragged out of his hole and held up to flashing lights and crowds in what is a highly stressful experience for him, PETA said.
- Phil lives in a man-made, climate-controlled and light-regulated zoo, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's website.
- PETA suggests that instead, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club get hip to existing technologies and create a groundhog with artificial intelligence that could reliably predict the weather.
- The animal rights organization also made a dig at the time-honored tradition of having Phil check for his shadow, which draws thousands of people to Gobbler's Knob each year.
9-year-old boy charged with attempted murder after his younger sister was stabbed
- At his initial court appearance in Marion County on Tuesday, a judge ordered the boy to undergo psychiatric evaluation, video from CNN affiliate WESH showed.
- CNN reached out to the Marion County Public Defender's office but has not yet heard back.
- The boy told the officer that while his mother was gone, he went to the kitchen, got a knife and hid it behind his back as he approached his sister, the affidavit said.
- His sister was bent over trying to show him something on the floor, the boy said, according to the affidavit, and he grabbed her by the back of the neck and began stabbing her.
- When the officer asked the boy why he stabbed his sister, the boy told him that he wanted to kill her and that "the thought had entered his head two days earlier," according to the affidavit.
Judge effectively denies Lev Parnas' attempt to attend impeachment trial
- Earlier on Tuesday, Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Parnas, asked the judge to modify his client's bail conditions -- which require him to wear the GPS-monitoring ankle bracelet and confine him to his home in Florida -- so Parnas could sit in the Senate chamber and observe the proceedings.
- In a letter to the judge Tuesday, Bondy said he had received tickets to the trial from the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, to attend an afternoon session.
- He said he had been given tickets for himself, Parnas and his co-counsel in the case, Stephanie Schuman, to attend Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. Bondy notified the judge that pretrial services said Parnas would first have to travel to New York to have the GPS device removed to enter the Senate gallery, then travel back to New York to have the ankle bracelet replaced.
Energy Department releases more than 100 pages of Ukraine documents
- The public records release Tuesday evening -- initially given to transparency group American Oversight as a part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and then released publicly by the group -- marks the first set of documents the Department of Energy has made public that could flesh out impeachment allegations against President Donald Trump, as well as possibly offer a window into one of the highest ranking administration officials involved in the Ukraine quid pro quo aside from Trump himself.
- The set of documents includes Perry's briefing book in advance of his May trip, with State Department officials, to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a trip that played a sizable role in Trump's pressure campaign to dangle a meeting with Zelensky in exchange for political help.