Trump commits to $750 billion defense budget
- Last week, Trump appeared to call the Defense Department budget of $716 billion "crazy" in a tweet.
- The next day Mattis and key Republican lawmakers who oppose any defense budget cuts met with the President for lunch to discuss military funding.
- The larger number tracks with what some experts, including a congressionally appointed panel, have said should be a yearly 3 to 5% increase to the defense budget, which includes money for the military as well as the nuclear weapons elements of the Department of Energy.
- The meeting last week came as the Trump administration floated a 5% cut to the Defense Department, reducing the defense budget from $716 billion allocated in 2019 to $700 billion in 2020 as part of a federal government-wide effort to reduce the deficit.
- Defense officials were planning on a $733 billion budget for 2020 prior to the proposed cuts.
7 wounded, 1 critically, in West Bank shooting
- Shots were fired from a passing car toward people standing at a bus stop at the entrance to the settlement, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
- The IDF said its soldiers nearby responded by firing toward the vehicle, which managed to flee the scene.
- Magen David Adom said the person critically wounded is a 21-year-old woman.
- Two people are described by MDA as moderately wounded, and four are described as lightly wounded.
Trump reportedly told the Pentagon to increase the defense budget to $750 billion after saying he would cut spending by 5%
- President Donald Trump has reportedly told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to prepare a $750 billion budget proposal for 2020, according to Politico's Wesley Morgan.
- This request comes just months after Trump asked every major cabinet agency to submit proposals cutting their budget by 5% next year, according to The Washington Post.
- Trump said he wanted to see the defense budget decrease by 2%, from $716 billion to $700 billion.
- Politico's sources said that that Trump met Tuesday with Mattis and the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and decided on the $750 billion number.
- One source, a former administration official, said Trump suggested this figure as a "negotiating tactic" to make sure Democrats don't push the defense budget below $733 billion, which is what Mattis and the chairman of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees had wanted.
Trump's pick for the country's top military post could splinter his relationship with Mattis
- President Donald Trump announced his nomination of General Mark Milley for the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the country's top military post, on Saturday.
- The decision regarding the nation's top military position was in contrast to the candidate Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly preferred for the role and could compromise Trump's relationship with the defense head.
- The Washington Post reported that Trump was deciding between Milley and the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. David Goldfein, whom Mattis preferred.
- Though it was reportedly unclear why Mattis preferred Goldfein, Trump's decision could be taken as a sign of the two's weakened relationship, going against the member of his cabinet who oversees the military.
- Despite his reported preference, current and former officials told the Post Mattis and Milley have a good relationship, going back to the war in Afghanistan, for which Mattis sought Milley out to brainstorm.
Trump to nominate Mark Milley, who oversaw Iraq, Afghanistan conflicts, to Joint Chiefs of Staff
- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.
- If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- While serving as head of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Milley was assigned to review the case of former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years.
- The Milley move starts a series of military leadership changes in coming months, including successors in 2019 for Adm. John Richardson as the chief of Naval Operations, Gen. Robert Neller as commandant of the Marine Corps, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Utah teen gets five years to life for helping friend hang herself
- In May 2017, 16-year-old Jchandra Brown hanged herself at a campground in Payson, Utah, while her friend Tyerell Przybycien recorded it on his cell phone.
- Prosecutors said Przybycien bought the rope and tied the noose Brown put around her neck, and he purchased the compressed air she used to knock herself out before dying.
- Brown's mother, who brought a large framed photo of Jchandra to court, said she wanted Przybycien to be in prison.
- Both the prosecution and defense agreed that Przybycien was involved in Brown's death.
- The state had said Brown wouldn't have killed herself if not for Przybycien's involvement, which they say he talked about in texts and interviews.
- CNN affiliates reported that Przybycien was also sentenced in an unrelated case to five years, which he will serve at the same time as his homicide sentence.
NFL Week 14 betting guide and our best bets for the Westgate SuperContest
- Every week, we're putting together our best five picks against the spread to submit into the WestGate Las Vegas SuperContest with the goal of winning the grand prize of $1.4 million.
- Take a look below for our picks for the WestGate SuperContest, as well as our other best bets for this Sunday's NFL action (* indicates home team).
- an immovable object — Sunday's matchup between the Chiefs offense and the Ravens defense should be one of the best of the season.
- Derek Carr and the Raiders kept things closer than expected last weekend against the Chiefs, playing Kansas City tough well into the second half and threatening to win the game outright.
- In a stat that no one would have believed coming into the season — no quarterback in the NFL has scored more fantasy points over the past two weeks than Josh Allen.
Jurors begin deliberations over whether Charlottesville death was motivated by fear or malice
- Charlottesville, Virginia (CNN) - After a week of testimony, jurors must decide whether James Fields panicked or deliberately drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last year that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer.
- The 32-year-old paralegal was protesting against the "Unite the Right" rally when Fields drove his car into the crowd after a day of tense clashes between members of alt-right groups and those opposed to their presence.
- In its closing argument, the Commonwealth hammered home the heart of its case, that Fields was unprovoked and acted with the intent to harm people.
- During the trial, prosecutors introduced into evidence Instagram posts by Fields of memes showing a car driving into a group of people described as protesters.
- On Wednesday, fellow protesters testified that Fields asked them to lunch shortly before ramming his car into a throng of people.
Final witness in Charlottesville trial says James Fields was 'calm and normal' on day of rally
- a little scared" on the day he rammed his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the final defense witness at his murder trial testified Thursday.
- The witness, Joshua Matthews, testified about the moments before Fields plowed into the counterprotesters during the August 12, 2017, rally, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring more than a dozen others.
- Matthews' testimony was largely consistent with other defense witnesses, who told the court that Fields didn't appear angry or agitated before he got behind the wheel of his car.
- Calhoun said he and his girlfriend attended the rally and spent part of the day with Fields, whom they had just met that day.
- On Wednesday, Trooper Clifford Lee Thomas, a crash reconstructionist for the Virginia State Police, testified that Fields had accelerated to a maximum of 28 mph before crashing into a Toyota Camry.
Sean McVay showed off his incredible memory again by rattling off all 11 Bears defensive starters and their strengths in 67 seconds
- But beyond his prowess as a head coach, McVay has regularly made headlines for his ridiculous memory — most notably his ability to recall essentially any play his teams have ever run.
- On Wednesday, McVay gave a window into how his impressive memory and his abilities as a head coach go hand-in-hand.
- Speaking with reporters, McVay began to break down the Bears defense ahead of the Rams upcoming game in Chicago.
- After just 67 seconds, McVay had run through the Bears' entire defensive unit, breaking down their strengths or how they are used along the way.
- The Bears defense better be ready to play come Sunday, because, by the sound of it, McVay will have the Rams prepared.