Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. DONATIONS POUR IN FOR NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL Nearly $1 billion in global contributions have been made to restore the fire-ravaged, 12th century landmark in Paris, and France’s president wants the work completed in five years. 2. COLUMBINE THREAT BY WOMAN WITH GUN SHUTS DENVER-AREA SCHOOLS Authorities are searching for 18-year-old Sol Pais, who they […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. NETANYAHU APPEARS HEADED TO RE-ELECTION It would be a historic fifth term as prime minister, which this summer would make him Israel’s longest-serving leader ever, surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion. 2. MAY TO ASK EU FOR BREXIT DELAY Just days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, EU leaders will meet to discuss granting […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP EXPLORES ART OF THE CLIMB-DOWN The president pivots on two big policy fronts, easing up on threats to close the U.S. border with Mexico and delaying any changes to “Obamacare” until after the 2020 election. 2. ‘A CITY REBORN’ Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s next mayor, a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP’S 2020 MACHINE A FAR CRY FROM FLY-BY-NIGHT 2016 EFFORT The president is assembling an army of operatives to fight for re-election in what stands to be a legacy-defining political battle. 2. FAA PLANNING REVAMP OF AIRCRAFT OVERSIGHT While the agency has made improvements to its oversight of airplane manufacturers, it plans by July […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. NEW ZEALAND HOLDS FIRST FUNERALS FOR MOSQUE SHOOTING VICTIMS A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for “the safest country in the world” are buried before hundreds of mourners. 2. DISNEY CLOSES $71 BILLION DEAL FOR FOX’S ENTERTAINMENT ASSETS The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ETHIOPIA TO SEND PLANE’S BLACK BOX ABROAD The black box from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an airline spokesman tells the AP. 2. CARDINAL PELL SENT TO PRISON FOR MOLESTATION The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse is sentenced to […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. HOUSE DEMOCRATS POISED FOR MORE COHEN TESTIMONY Trump’s former lawyer returns to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of questioning as Democrats pursue investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. 2. FORMER NISSAN CHAIRMAN LEAVES DETENTION FACILITY Carlos Ghosn, held nearly four months for alleged financial fraud, appears to have left a […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP, KIM BEGIN SUMMIT WITH HANDSHAKE, SMILES The affable leaders of hostile nations open with hopeful words and a private chat before sitting down for dinner and further talks about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. 2. MICHAEL COHEN: TRUMP KNEW ABOUT WIKILEAKS Trump’s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. POSSIBLE PEACE DECLARATION LOOMS OVER KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT Such an announcement ending the six-decade-old Korean War could open up a whole new set of problems for Washington if not done carefully. 2. CALIFORNIA VS. TRUMP ESCALATES Disputes over the president’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘I CAN’T SAY I’M THRILLED’ Trump says he’s not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he’s leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he’s sought for a border wall. 2. ‘EL CHAPO’ HEADING TO ‘ALCATRAZ OF THE ROCKIES’ Experts say convicted Mexican drug lord […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘THERE CANNOT BE WAR AND INVESTIGATION’ In a line from his State of the Union address that largely fell flat, Trump calls on Congress to cast aside partisanship but refuses to yield on immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats. 2. WHAT WILL COME OUT OF TRUMP-KIM II IN VIETNAM Trump has announced plans for […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ODDS SEEM AGAINST TRADE WAR BREAKTHROUGH U.S. and Chinese negotiators begin talks aimed at settling a half-year dispute that has weakened both sides, rattled financial markets and clouded the global economic outlook. 2. LAWMAKERS HOPEFUL OF PACT THAT WOULD PREVENT SHUTDOWN Capitol Hill negotiators say they could easily reach a deal on a homeland […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT SENATORS ARE GRAPPLING WITH Side with Trump or vote to temporarily end the longest shutdown in U.S. history and keep negotiating. 2. VENEZUELA BRACES FOR PROTESTS The country’s opposition faces a crucial test in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the socialist […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE Analysts expect the British prime minister to keep her job a day after Parliament resoundingly defeated her Brexit deal with the European Union. 2. ‘I WILL NOT BE BULLIED’ William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, asserts independence from the White House and states that Robert Mueller’s investigation is not […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS House Democrats sweep into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened. 2. TRUMP’S OFFER OF TALKS TO BREAK THE IMPASSE President Donald Trump meets with congressional leaders for a White House briefing […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT’S NEXT FOR SWEEPING CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL After the Senate passes a sweeping criminal justice bill, it heads to the House for approval, then to President Donald Trump for his signature. It addresses concerns that the U.S. war on drugs has led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACING NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UK British politics is thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt as Conservative lawmakers trigger the ultimatum against the prime minister which could see her step down if she loses. 2. STRASBOURG SUSPECT HEARD SHOUTING ‘GOD IS GREAT’ A French prosecutor says witnesses heard Cherif Chekatt make the exclamation […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. PROSECUTORS RECOMMEND NO JAIL TIME FOR FLYNN Citing “substantial” cooperation by Michael Flynn in its Russia investigation, the special counsel recommends no jail time for Trump’s former national security adviser. 2. A NATION BIDS FARWELL TO BUSH A funeral service in Washington for the 41st president draws together world envoys, Americans of high office […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. SCIENTIST REPORTS 2ND GENE-EDITED PREGNANCY Chinese researcher He Jiankui, who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, says a second pregnancy may be underway. 2. MISSISSIPPI MAKES HISTORY WITH SENATE CHOICE Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins a divisive race marked by racial acrimony, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP DEFIANT OVER SAUDI NON-ACTION In not punishing Riyadh over a journalist’s killing, the president makes clear that good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing and sparks heavy bipartisan criticism in Congress. 2. TRUMP DIRECTLY COOPERATES FOR 1ST TIME IN MUELLER PROBE The president provides the special […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘IF SEEN, PLEASE HAVE HIM CALL’ A message board at a shelter for those who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. 2. PENCE CRITICAL OF MYANMAR’S HANDLING OF ROHINGYA CRISIS But Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs the face-to-face […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MOURNING, PROTESTS AS PITTSBURGH BURIES VICTIMS Trump arrived to shouting, chanting protesters with signs such as “It’s your fault” and “Words matter,” a reference to allegations his bellicose language has emboldened bigots. 2. WHAT MASS MURDERERS LEAVE BEHIND The perpetrators often provide a treasure trove of insight into their violent tendencies on social media, […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT TURKISH LEADER IS SAYING Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is determined not to allow all those responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi escape justice. 2. WHO JOINS PANTHEON OF INCENDIARY ARAB RULERS’ SONS The killing of Khashoggi by agents believed to be close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘I DON’T REMEMBER’ Trump ignites a campaign rally crowd in Mississippi by mocking the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. 2. KAVANAUGH’S ‘REVENGE’ THEORY OPEN TO INTERPRETATION To some, the Supreme Court hopeful is clearing his name. To others, he’s veering into conspiracy territory […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. SENATE GOP BEGINNING TO SCHEDULE KAVANAUGH VOTES Mitch McConnell predicted the Supreme Court nominee would win approval despite uncertainty about how pivotal Republicans would vote in a roll call now expected early next week. 2. HOW FRIENDS DESCRIBE KAVANAUGH’S SECOND ACCUSER Deborah Ramirez is being called by those who know her as intensely private […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT KAVANAUGH ACCUSER IS INSISTING Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her decades-old allegation that she was sexually assaulted by the Supreme Court nominee before testifying on Capitol Hill. 2. KOREAS SUMMIT PRODUCES SWEEPING AGREEMENTS Kim Jong Un promises to permanently dismantle North Korea’s main nuclear complex if the U.S. takes corresponding […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘MONSTER’ HURRICANE FLORENCE NEARS US SEABOARD Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from the Category 4 storm. 2. WHO CAPTURED GOP NOMINATION FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE SEAT Eddie Edwards, a black former police chief endorsed by Trump attorney Rudy […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. POLITICAL STUNNER IN MASSACHUSETTS Ayanna Pressley is virtually assured of becoming the first black woman to serve the state in Congress after her upset victory over a 10-term incumbent — the latest example of Democrats’ embrace of diversity, liberal politics. 2. WHAT KAVANAUGH CAN EXPECT ON DAY 2 OF HEARINGS The Supreme Court nominee […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. BATTLEGROUND SHOWDOWN SET A Bernie Sanders-backed Florida Democrat pulls off an upset victory in the primary for governor while Trump’s favored candidate triumphs for the GOP. 2. ‘ALMOST ALL STORIES & NEWS IS BAD’ Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him prompting the White House to […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WITH COHEN PLEA, GOP FACES FAMILIAR QUANDARY The former Trump attorney and fixer pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges, increasing pressure on the Republican Party in a midterm election year. 2. WHO IS INDIVIDUAL 1 That’s the moniker federal prosecutors gave Trump in the Michael Cohen case and documents also lay out […]

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