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Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?
News ImageThe Home Office has stripped jihadi bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, but the ongoing saga of what will happen next to her and her days-old son remains up in the air. International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. On Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality, but the Home Office told The Telegraph laws in Bangladesh means the teenager automatically retains dual citizenship until she is 21. Her family say they will consider "all legal avenues to challenge this decision", and Begum herself said that she may think about trying to travel with her terrorist husband to his home country of Holland to claim citizenship there. Thecase has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Begumwas one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. She married an Isil fighter and on Sunday have birth to her third childat a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. Her first two children died.Begum's family has pleaded for the 19-year-old to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London. But what options do authorities have in such instances? Remain in Syria If Begum is not repatriated, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could hand her over to neighbouring Iraqi forces, Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor explains. The Telegraph is aware of at least three cases, including European citizens, where male Isil suspects have been transferred from Syria to Iraq to face trial. This would be a controversial option as Baghdad has the option to impose the death penalty, which the UK opposes. Foreign detainees are currently being held by the SDF in an area of Kurdish self-rule in northeastern Syria. The SDF has said that they do not have the money or resources to hold them forever. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria They have warned that if Turkey invades, which it has threatened, it could see the prisoners being set free in the chaos. The Syrian Kurds are also in talks with the Syrian government about ceding some of their territory, which could see some foreign prisoners being handed over to the regime. A third option - Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, has called for an international court to be set up in Syria. This would see them tried by international judges in Syria but return home to serve their sentence. However, sources at the UN say it would be difficult if not impossible to set up such a court in Kurdish-held territory without the authority of the Syrian government. Bangladesh dual citizenship The Telegraph understands that the Home Office made the decision to revoke Begum's British citizenship based on Bangladeshi law. There, until the age of 21, it is understoodthe Isil bride automatically retains dual nationality due to the fact her parents are both from the country. At the age of 21, a child born to Bangladeshi parents has the right to waive their right to dual nationality, but not before. The complication lies in how she gets to Bangladesh - where it is understood her father is currently living -and how she proves that she is Shamima Begum. The teenager has never visited the country and does not have a Bangladeshi passport. Her old British passport is invalid due to her citizenship being revoked and she has previously said she used her sister's passport to travel to Syria back in 2015. One possible option for her would beto travel to Turkey via the notoriously penetrable border with Syria and present herself to the Bangladeshi embassy. But officials in Dhaka may well appeal the Home Office's decision to make Begum their responsibility, insisting that she has never even been to the country. Attemptto gain Dutch citizenship Begum married Isil fighterYago Riedjik in Syria having travelled to the Middle East from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015. His whereabouts are still unknown, but when asked what she might do next, the Isil bridetold ITV News:"Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland. "Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison." This would need a number of elements to align for it to even be a possibility. First, Holland would have to accept to take Riedjik back, having left the country to become a terrorist in the Middle East. Yago Reidjik The country doesn't offer to help its citizens in Syria who are willing to return, and if they report to an embassy, they would be transported to Holland, arrested and prosecuted. A foreigh fighter with dual nationalities deemed a threat to national security - like Britain - can have their Dutch citizenship and passport revoked. If that happens, Begum would have to follow him. But her British passport is - as it stands - invalid. And she previously said she had travelled to Syria on her sister's passport, which has since been taken from her. Dutch legislation dictates that a spouse or partner wishing to live in Holland would need a residence permit, and in order to be eligible for a permit - they must have a valid passport or other travel documents. Somehow, if she manages to make the 2,000-mile journey from Syria to Holland,the Dutch authorities would have to accept that she and Riedjik are married. The pair were wedwithin the confines of Islamic State a matter ofweeks after shearrived. It is highly unlikely there is paperwork to prove they are legally married, and even if there is, the Dutch authorities would have to accept it as binding. Home Office decision is rescinded As the Home Office's letter states, Shamima Begum and her family have the right to appeal the decision. Her lawyer Tasnima Akunjee's rhetoric all along suggests he will help his client fight any move to strip her of her British citizenship. The letter to the Begum family Credit: ITV News If judges side with Begum, deciding Sajid Javid had no right to revoke her British citizenship because it renders her stateless - the Government would be back to square one. The appeal might not necessarily need to happen. If, as Begum's lawyer suggests, the Isil bride is currently stateless - the Home Office would be forced to reverse it stance. In that scenario, all these options are once again back on the table. Sent to Guantnamo Bay As revealed by Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Laura Fitzpatrickon The Telegraph's front page on Friday, theUnited States is planning to send BritishIsilfighters to Guantnamo Bay amid frustration at the UK's failure to take responsibility for its homegrown terrorists. Senior US officials believe Guantnamo can house more than 50 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, including the two surviving British members of the so-called "Beatles" terrorist cell that executed Western hostages. It has emerged that the vast majority of Islamist fighters returning to the UK from Syria have been placed on "secretive" government rehabilitation schemes rather than prosecuted. Despite British concern, Guantnamo Bay is being readied in the run-up to Donald Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria as soon as April. There is acute frustration within the Trump administration over how Britain and other western European countries are refusing to take back their foreign fighters for prosecution in their own courts. Returning jihadis: What other countries do Arrest and prosecution Home Secretary Sajid Javid previously said those who make it back "should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted". But authorities have faced difficulties obtaining evidence to prove someone committed crimes in Syria. Most recently, The Isil Beatles have caused theGovernment enormous problems. Two of the foursuspected terrorists' fate has been left in limbo as the UK and the US play tug-of-war with where they will end up in court. The Home Office previously blocked their return, andthey could end up in an American federal court facing the death penalty after the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence" for them to be tried in the UK. uk drops opposing of death pen Figures disclosed in the Commons last year suggested that only around one in 10 returnees has been prosecuted over "direct action" in Syria, although ministers say a significant proportion of those who have come back were assessed as no longer being of national security concern. New legislation which passed lastweek made it an offence to enter or remain in overseas terror hotspots, officially termed "designated areas". Managed return to UK Powers known as temporary exclusion orders (TEOs) were introduced in 2015. They can last for up to two years and can be imposed on those suspected of involvement in terrorism abroad, making it unlawful for them to return to the UK without engaging with authorities. The powers were unused in 2016, while nine TEOs were issued in 2017. Isil schoolgirls' journey into Syria TPIMs Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) allow the Home Secretary to impose a range of disruptive measures on individuals who are suspected of posing a threat to security but who cannot be prosecuted, or, in the case of foreign nationals, deported. Restrictions can include relocation to another part of the country, electronic monitoring and limits on the use of phones and computers. As of the end of August, six TPIMs were in force. Deradicalisation back in Britain Returnees could be referred to the Government's 40 million a year Prevent programme, which aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism. There were 7,318 individuals referred to Prevent in 2017/18. The schoolgirl who turned to Isil In most cases, referrals are found to require no further action or passed to other services, but when authorities conclude there is a danger the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a voluntary scheme known as Channel. Prevent is backed by ministers and police, but has been described as "toxic" by critics, and the Government announced earlier this year that it would be independently reviewed.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:29:41 -0500
An 11-Year-Old Student Was Arrested in Florida After Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance
News ImageThe 11-year-old was charged with disruption and resisting arrest
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:03:12 -0500
Roger Stone denies using Instagram post to threaten federal judge presiding over his case
News ImageThe original post showed a photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson with a backdrop that appears to include gun crosshairs.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 06:12:09 -0500
Israel should apologize to Poland in Holocaust row: U.S. ambassador to Warsaw
News ImageThe row, initially sparked by media reports suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poles of complicity in the Holocaust, deepened on Monday after the comment by his minister Israel Katz, who also labeled Poles anti-Semites. Katz's words led Poland to pull out of a planned summit of central European states in Israel. U.S. ambassador Georgette Mosbacher, asked if Katz should apologize, said the comment "warrants an apology".
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:00:20 -0500
Lesbian couple turned away by Indiana tax preparer four years after Mike Pence signed anti-LGBTQ law
News ImageA married lesbian couple in Indiana were turned away by a tax preparer when they attempted to file their taxes jointly last week, making them one of many victims of the states anti-LGBTQ laws. Bailey and Samantha Brazzel got married last July and decided to file their taxes jointly for the first time. The couple went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to meet with Nancy Fivecoate, a tax preparer Ms Bailey used for the last four years.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:26:23 -0500
Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock Market
News ImageSenators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont want to penalize self-indulgent corporations that buy back their own stock. In a recent article intheNewYork Times,they argued that when companies repurchase shares, not only do the vast majority of Americans not benefit, but income inequality is exacerbated since only wealthy shareholders and corporate management profit.Despite decades of extraordinary success that the United States has enjoyed and that we enjoy today, Schumer and Sanders believe that something sinister is taking place in the corporate world. They call buybacks a form of corporate self-indulgence. Why? Because&> corporate boardrooms have become obsessed with maximizing only shareholder earnings to the detriment of workers and the long-term strength of their companies. ... Companies, rather than investing in ways to make their businesses more resilient or their workers more productive, have been dedicating ever larger shares of their profits to dividends and corporate repurchases.Now even some Republicans are getting on board. Florida senator Marco Rubio has suggested changes in the tax law to discourage buybacks because he says they inflate the prices of stock at the expense of future productivity & job creation.These senatorsdont seem to fully understand that the purpose of a business isto allocate resourcesin a way thatmaximizesper share results over the long run. To think that this can be achieved at the expense of workers, at the expense of investing in research, at the expense of developing new and better products, at the expense of investing in equipment to both lower the cost and increase the quality of production, etc. is sophomoric. This underscores their lack of knowledge about investing and financial markets.Companies have several options with regard to the use of excess cash. They can (1) retain the funds in the company, (2) invest in the capital needed to grow the company, (3) make acquisitions, (4) pay out the excess cash in the form of dividends, or (5) repurchase shares from existing shareholders.These senators see little value in share buybacks, but they should listen to WarrenBuffett, who is unequivocally a long-term investor. His financial success is a result of making exceptional long-term investments in resilient companies. Unlike Schumer and Sanders, Buffett is an enthusiastic proponent of utilizing excess cash to repurchase shares when conditions are favorable (or opportune).Here is what he said in his 1984 annual report: The companies in which we have our largest investments are all engaged in significant share repurchases at the times when a wide discrepancy exists between price and value. He has made this point repeatedly throughout the years. These companies repurchase shares and continue to grow, continue to invest in research, in capital that will improve the quality and lower the cost of products. He has even bought back $1 billion of shares of his own company, Berkshire Hathaway, not because he is self-indulgent but because he thinks the firm is undervalued.Schumer and Sandersand in some cases they are joined by Rubioprovide two main reasons we are in a stock buyback crisis:&> First, stock buybacks dont benefit the vast majority of Americans.&> &> Second, when corporations direct resources to buy back shares on this scale, they restrain their capacity to reinvest profits more meaningfully in the company in terms of R&D, equipment, higher wages, paid medical leave, retirement benefits and worker retraining.The first point is utter nonsense. More than 100 million average Americans own stock. Americans invest in mutual funds and index funds and buy and sell stock every day. Tens of millions more have 401K plans, and most union pension funds have hundreds of billions of dollars invested in stocks.The second point is equally absurd. A corporate board of directors is elected by shareholders, the owners of the company. When a board makes the decision to repurchase shares, it is a sign of confidence in the firms long-term profitability. It raises share values, which obviously benefits shareholders and puts firms in better financial shape which also benefits the employees. Essentially, Schumer and Sanders believe, and Rubio seems to believe, that they have the rightto tell the owners of a corporationthe best way to allocate their profits.Studies show that firms that buy back their own shares have strong long-term growth.Consider Apple. It has become the most valuable company in the world. This exceptional success was achieved because of the enormous investments they made to develop revolutionary products. Companies cannot develop revolutionary products by underpaying talented workers or without investing billions of dollars in research, factories, and equipment. Not incidentally, Apple has repurchased billions of dollars of its own stock.The hyper-competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. companies is a major reason that unemployment is at a near 50-year low. Today, no company can survive if its workers are treated poorly. Walmart, which Schumer and Sanders attacked in their article, and many other companies recently raised their wage rates substantially, starting with entry-level positions.What is most disturbing about Schumer and Sanderss proposal is their hubris in believing that they know how every company should handle its excess cash better than the CEOs, the boards of directors, and shareholders do. That is a rather all-encompassing statement. One would be hard-pressed to find a more vivid example of what FriedrichHayek called the fatal conceit, the distorted notion that one knows more than is knowable. Would Buffett invest in a company if Schumer and Sanders were in charge of allocating its resources?We doubt it. Who in their right mind would?If approved, what Schumer and Sanders propose would not only hurt U.S. companies. It would harm the entire U.S. economy and financial system. It would raise the cost of capital for companies. What they advocate would tell domestic and foreign investors that our government is interfering with how companies allocate their resources.What is the difference between going after a large company with lots of shareholders and a small company with one owner? How long before Senators Schumer and Sanders tell the tire-shop owner that he has not paid his employees enough and that therefore he has withdrawn too much of the profit as an owner distribution?Every shareholder and business owner in America should rise up in loud protest against what these senators are proposing.Thomas A. Smith is the president of the Smith Foundation and ran a successful investment company for 40 years.Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:30:43 -0500
Warren Proposes Universal Child Care Plan Funded by Wealth Tax
News ImageThe Massachusetts senators plan, unveiled Tuesday on, would make child care free for families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level, or less than $51,500 for a family of four. The proposal marks the latest policy entry into a 2020 contest that features scores of progressive Democrats competing over how best to mitigate income inequality and expand the economic safety net for working families. Americans pay nearly as much for child care as they do for rent, with the average cost of child care in the U.S. approaching $1,400 a month, according to a 2018 HotPads analysis of a state and metro area pricing index.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:49:52 -0500
Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela
News ImageCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Jhonny Godoy had taken to Twitter to proclaim his opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, posting a video that showed him running through the streets waving the national flag as protests erupted across Venezuela's capital.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:49:00 -0500
Huawei founder says Huawei CFO arrest was politically motivated - BBC
News Image"Firstly, I object to what the U.S. has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable," Ren told the BBC in an interview. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:24:02 -0500
After IS, ammunition among the IV drips at Syria clinic
News ImageAt a clinic in eastern Syria, the Islamic State group have fled leaving a floor strewn with medical supplies -- but also explosives and a foreign passport. US-backed fighters took the three-storey building in the village of Baghouz in recent days, and now use its roof to survey the frontline against the jihadists. Under three mounds of earth, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had buried a woman and two IS fighters found wearing ammunition jackets.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:29:45 -0500
As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say
News ImageArchbishop Anthony S. Apuron was found guilty of 'certain accusations' of crimes related to the sexual abuse of minors. He has appealed the ruling.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:10:07 -0500
Lawsuits mount against Trump's 'emergency' measure
News ImageNo sooner had President Trump announced that he was declaring a national emergency to secure billions in unspent funds to build a border wall than he began outlining the legal battle he expected the measure to face.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:20:33 -0500
Putin: We'll target U.S. if Washington deploys missiles in Europe
News ImageRussia will respond to any U.S. deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (February 20). Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:44:34 -0500
How to see tonight's super Snow moon in the UK
News ImageDust off those binoculars because space fans are in for a celestial treat tonight. February's Snow Moon will bethe second super moonof 2019 to grace our skies, appearing bigger and brighter to the human eye than usual as it makes its closest approach to Earth in the lunar cycle. As one of 12 full moons to admireevery year, February's moon was nicknamed the Snow Moon by early Native Americans to symbolise the country's heavy snowfall and challenging hunting conditions. But when and how can you see it? Here we've compiled a complete guide to our moon, Earth's only natural satellite and the largest and brightest object in our night sky which has enchanted and inspired mankind for centuries. From super moon to blue moon, here's everythingexplained in one place. How often does a full moon occur? A full moon occurs every 29.5 days and is when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun's rays. It occurs when Earth is directly alignedbetween the Sun and the Moon. Why do full moons have names? The early Native Americans didn't record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead tribesgaveeach full moon a nickname to keep track of the seasons and lunar months. Most of the names relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in eachlocation.However, itwasn't a uniform system and tribestended to name and count moons differently. Some, for example, counted four seasons a yearwhile others counted five. Others defined a year as 12 moons, while others said there were13. Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they're still in existence today, according to the Farmers Almanac. January: Wolf Moon This moon was named because villagers used to hear packs of wolves howling in hunger around this time of the year.Its other name is the Old Moon. The first full moon of 2019was a spectacular sight, dubbed the super blood wolf moon. Occurring as theproduct of three different phenomena: it was a supermoon, a wolf moon and a blood moon. While it was said to be the UKs last visible total lunar eclipse for 10 years, it was pictured across skies around the world with a deep orange hue. In January 2018 there were two Wolf Moons,both of which weresupermoons. When two moons occur in one month, the second is called a blue moon. While blue moons typically occuronly once every two to three years, last year we weretreated to two moons - the second appearing at the end of March. When?January 21 Super Wolf Blood Moon: The total lunar eclipse, in pictures from around the world February:Snow Moon The Snow moon is named after the cold white stuff because historically it's always been the snowiest month in America. It's also traditionallyreferred to as the Hunger Moon, because hunting was very difficult in snowy conditions. While February 2018 had no full moon at all, this year'sSnow Moon will alsobe the second of three supermoons to occur in 2019.Rising in thesky at 3.53pm, the moonwill make its closest approach to Earth all year and appear visibly bigger and brighter to the naked eye. When?February 19 March: Worm Moon As temperatures warm, earthworm casts begin to appear and birds begin finding food. It's also known asSap Moon, Crow Moon and Lenten Moon. This year's Worm Moon willalso be the third super moon of 2019, appearing 30 per cent brighter and 14per cent bigger to the human eye. When? March 21 April:Pink Moon April's full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don't be fooled into thinking it will turn pink. It's actually named after pink wildflowers, which appearin the US and Canada in early spring. This moon is also known as Egg Moon, due to spring egg-laying season. Some coastal tribes referredto it as Fish Moon because it appeared at the same time as the shad swimming upstream. This moonis important because it is used to fix the date of Easter, which is always the Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.This year, that moonappears on Friday April 19, which means Easter Sunday falls two days later, on Sunday April 21. When?April 19 May: Flower Moon Spring has officially sprung by the timeMay arrives, and flowers and colourful blooms dot the landscape. This moon is also known asCorn Planting Moon, as crops are sown in time for harvest, or Bright Moon because this full moon is known to be one of the brightest.Some people refer to it as Milk Moon. When?May 18 June: Strawberry Moon This moon is named after thebeginning of the strawberry picking season.It's other names are Rose Moon, Hot Moon, or Hay Moon as hay is typically harvested around now. This moon appears in the same month asthe summer solstice, the longest day of the year (June 21)in which wecan enjoyapproximately 17 hours of daylight. When? June 17 July: Thunder Moon Named due to the prevalence of summer thunder storms. It's sometimes referred to as the Full Buck Moon because at this time of the yeara buck's antlers are fully grown. When? July 16 August: Sturgeon Moon Tribes in North America typically caught Sturgeon during this month, but also it is when grain and corn were gathered so is also referred to as Grain Moon.August will also see what is known as a 'black moon' in the UK, which is when there are two new moons in one month. The first will be on August 1 and the second on August 30. This month's full moon appears in the same month as the Perseidmeteor shower, which peaks on August 12. When? August 15 September:Harvest Moon The Harvest Moon is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox, which this year will come on September 14. The Harvest Moon arrivedlate in 2017, on October 5- it normally rises in September. It was during September that most of the crops were harvested ahead of the autumn and this moon would give light to farmers so they could carry on working longer in the evening. Some tribes also called it the Barley Moon, the Full Corn Moonor Fruit Moon. When? September 14 October: Hunter's Moon As people planned ahead for the cold months ahead, the October moon came to signify the ideal time for hunting game, which were becoming fatter from eating falling grains. This moon is alsoknown as the travel moon and the dying grass moon. When?October 13 November: FrostMoon The first of the winter frosts historically begin to take their toll around now and winter begins to bite, leading to this month's moon moniker. It isalso known as the Beaver Moon. When? November 12 December: Cold Moon Nights are long and dark and winter's grip tightens, hence this Moon's name. With Christmas just a few weeks away, it's also referred to as Moon before Yuleand Long Nights Moon. When? December 12 Total lunar eclipses Space fans will remember that atotal lunar eclipsegraced our skies on January 21. In total the phenomenon - which was also a full moon and a supermoon - lasted five hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds, with its maximum totality peaking at 5.12am. The celestial spectacle, otherwise knownas a 'blood moon',occurs when the moon moves into the Earths shadow. At the distance of the moon this shadow appears like the bulls eye at the centre of a dartboard. The umbral shadowslowly creeps across the moons disc until it engulfs it completely. You might think the moon would disappear from view at this point but this is typically not the case. The Earths atmosphere acts like a lens, refracting or bending the Sun's red light to infill the otherwise dark umbra. This results in the moon's usual bright white hue transforming into a deep blood orange. July 2018saw the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting from 8.49pm to 10.13pm in London.Making the phenomenon even more spectacular, Mars wasat its closest point to Earth since 2003, meaning the Red Planet wasclose to maximum brightness. Once in a blue moon Does this well-known phrase have anything to do with the moon? Well, yes it does. We use it to refer to something happeningvery rarely and a blue moon is a rare occurrence. It's the namegiven to asecond full moon that occurs in a single calendar month and thistypically occurs only once every two to three years. There's lots of other moons, too - how many do you know? Full moon:We all know what these are. They come around every month and light up the night at night. Harvest moon: Thefull moon closest to the autumn equinox. Black moon:Most experts agree that thisrefers to the second new moon in a calendar month.The last black moon was at the start of October 2016 and thenext oneis expected in August 2019; the first of the month will be on the 1st and the second will fall on the 30th. Blood moon: Also known as asupermoon lunar eclipse. It'swhenthe shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of arare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year. There was one in the UK in January2019,but the next one won't be until 2029. Strawberry moon: A rare event when there's a full moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 when17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. Despite the name, the moon does appear pink or red. The romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed Junes full moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season. What is a supermoon? Ever lookedup at the night sky to see a fullmoon so close you could almost touch it? Well you've probablyspotted a supermoon. The impressive sighthappenswhen a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. To us Earth-lings,itappears30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to the naked eye. How a supermoon is generated Supermoon is not an astrological term though. It's scientificname is actuallyPerigee Full Moon, but supermoon is more catchyand is used by the media to describe our celestial neighbour when it gets up close. AstrologerRichard Nolle firstcame up with the term supermoon and he defined it as " a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per centof) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit", according to How many supermoons are therein 2019? The first full moon supermoon of 2019 appeared on January 21. Two more supermoons will take place on February 19 and March 21. The first of these supermoons was a total lunar eclipse, with the totality lasting 1 hour, 1 minute and 58 seconds in the UK. However, the peak of the eclipse was at 5:12am, which meant stargazers had to get up early to catch it. There will also be three new moon supermoons in 2019: one on August 1, one on August 31 and another on September 28.Unfortunately, stargazers may be unable to see these moons as new moons are generally obscured by the light of the sun. What do I look for? Head outside at sunsetwhen the moon is closest to the horizon and marvel at its size.As well as being closer and brighter, the moon (clouds permitting) should alsolook orange and red in colour. Why? Well, as moonlight passes through the thicker section of theatmosphere, lightparticles at the red end of the spectrum don't scatter as easily as light at the blue end of the spectrum. So when the moon looks red, you're just looking at red light that wasn't scattered.As the moon gets higher in the sky, it returns to its normal white/yellowcolour. Will thetides be larger? Yes. When full or new moons areespecially close to Earth, it leads to higher tides. Tides are governed by the gravitational pull of the moon and, to a lesser extent, the sun.Because the sun and moon go through different alignments, this affects the size of the tides. Tell me more about the moon The moonis4.6 billion years old and was formed between 30-50 million years after the solar system. It is smaller than Earth -about the same size as Pluto in fact. Itssurface area isless than the surfacearea of Asia - about 14.6 million square milesaccording to Gravity on the moon is only 1/6 of that found on Earth. The moon is not round, but is egg-shaped with the large end pointed towards Earth. It would take 135 days to drive by car to the moon at 70 mph(or nine years to walk). The moon has"moonquakes"caused by the gravitational pull of Earth. Experts believe the moon has a molten core, just like Earth. How was the Moon formed? How the Moon was formed Man on the Moon Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon and they were all American men, including (most famously) Neil Armstrong who was the first in 1969 on the Apollo II mission. The last time mankind sent someone to the moon was in 1972 whenGene Cernan visited on the Apollo 17 mission. AlthoughArmstrong was the first man to walk on the moon,Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate there. While millions watched the moon landing on live television, Aldrin was forced to go in atube fitted inside his space suit. Buzz Aldrin Jr. beside the U.S. flag after man reaches the Moon for the first time during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Credit: AP When theastronauts took off their helmets after their moonwalk, they noticed a strong smell, which Armstrong described as wet ashes in a fireplace and Aldrin as spent gunpowder. It was the smell of moon-dust brought in on their boots. The mineral, armalcolite, discovered during the first moon landing and later found at various locations on Earth, was named after the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. How the Daily Telegraph reported Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon in 1969 One of President Nixons speechwriters had prepared an address entitled: In Event of Moon Disaster. It began: Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace. If the launch from the Moon had failed, Houston was to close down communications and leave Armstrong and Aldrin to their death.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:22:40 -0500
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to back Bernie Sanders for 2020: 'Were not thinking at all about the next election'
News ImageAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez has refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, despite working on the senators first presidential campaign. A spokesperson for Ms Ocasio-Cortez, like Mr Sanders a self-described democratic socialist, refused to comment directly on the 77-year-olds Tuesday announcement he is running for a second time. Were excited to see so many progressives in the race, spokesperson Corbin Trent said.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:27:14 -0500
China's Silicon Valley Blueprint Has Plenty of Holes
News ImageLate Monday, theofficial Xinhua News Agency released details of the State Council's Greater Bay Area plana project to knit together Hong Kong and Macau with nine mainland cities into a global innovation hub to rival Californias Silicon Valley. Hong Kong residents struggling with high housing prices will have the opportunity to move across the border and work in state-owned companies while people moving the other way will gain access to the citys educationand health systems.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:13:11 -0500
India's Modi breaks protocol to welcome Saudi's crown prince
News ImageModi is due to hold talks on Wednesday with the crown prince, who has already visited Pakistan, where he also received a lavish reception. The trip has taken on extra dimension after a bombing in the disputed Kashmir region on Thursday that India blamed on Pakistan. The neighbors are each keen to cement ties with Saudi Arabia even as tensions between them have risen sharply.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:41:54 -0500
Aurora warehouse where 5 killed won't reopen until next week
News ImageAURORA, Ill. (AP) The suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse where five people were fatally shot won't reopen until next week, but its doors will be open to support workers, company officials said Monday.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 22:23:42 -0500
The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summit
News ImagePope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, drawschurch leaders from around the world.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:03:49 -0500
US weighing options on American IS sympathizer in Syria
News ImageThe United States said Tuesday it wanted to ensure foreign jihadists remain off the battlefield as it weighed options on an American detained in Syria who says she wants to return home. The United States has urged European powers to take back hundreds of their citizens who fought with the Islamic State movement in Syria, but acknowledged the situation was complex in the rare case of an American jihadist. Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old from Alabama who became a prominent online agitator for the extremists, said in an interview published Sunday with The Guardian that she had been brainwashed online and "deeply regrets" joining the movement.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:21:35 -0500
Police: Shooter targeted 3 victims in gated LA community
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) One of three men who were shot to death at a home in a gated Los Angeles community likely allowed the shooter inside, authorities said Tuesday.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:22:46 -0500
Many Americans Are Shocked By Their Tax Returns in 2019. Heres What You Should Know
News ImagePeople may receive less money in their tax refunds this year. The average federal tax return rate is down 8.7%.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:35:16 -0500
Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says
News ImageDonald Trump must be removed from office as he is not well at all mentally, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bushs ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trumps national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was clearly illegal and the product of the presidents state of mind.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:06:00 -0500
Maryland town hopes to build Civil War memorial featuring large portrait of John Wilkes Booth
News ImageA small Maryland town is considering a controversial proposal to build a new Civil War memorial that would feature John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin, along with other famous figures from the conflict.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:53:26 -0500
The Best Thing in IKEA's New Summer Collection Is . . .
News ImageHint: It's going to transform your backyard BBQ setup
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:36:35 -0500
Saudi prince expects investment worth more than $100 billion in India
News ImageIndia rolled out the red carpet for the crown prince as it seeks diplomatic support against Pakistan following a militant attack in the disputed region of Kashmir. The crown prince, whose country is facing frosty ties with Western countries after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was also given a lavish welcome this week in Pakistan where the two sides signed memoranda of understanding valued at about $20 billion to help prop up Pakistan's economy. In a joint press appearance after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said terrorism was a common concern and Saudi Arabia was ready to share intelligence with India to tackle it.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:07:28 -0500
Huawei founder says will not share data with China - CBS News
News ImageHuawei Technologies Co Ltd's founder and chief executive pledged not to share any customer information with the Chinese government and said the company had never done so, in an interview with CBS News that aired on Tuesday. Asked if it had shared data with China's government, Huawei's Ren Zhengfei said in a translated interview with the television news outlet: "For the past 30 years, we have never done that. On Monday, Ren said in a separate interview with the BBC that the technology company would not undertake any spying activities and that it could shift its business investments to other countries amid an ongoing U.S. pressure campaign.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:01:09 -0500
How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widows
How Social Security could get benefits boosted to help most vulnerable like widowsDespite a looming funding shortfall, proposals to enhance Social Security benefits are being circulated.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:54:59 -0500
Conspiracy theorists are claiming Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. She isnt.
News ImageRuth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court bench Tuesday to hear oral arguments for the first time since undergoing cancer surgery in December.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:42:03 -0500
Man punches and throws hot coffee on Sikh 7-Eleven clerk because he 'hates Muslims'
News ImageA man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh employee of a California 7-Eleven convenience store. The man can allegedly be seen on surveillance footage punching the employee, and throwing coffee on him after he attempted to leave without paying for coffee. The man, identified by police as John Crain, was arrested by the Marysville Police Department.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:28:46 -0500
Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'
News ImageOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:21:46 -0500
Bernie Sanders Announces Presidential Run, Calls Trump Embarrassment
News ImageBernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who finished runner up to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Tuesday announced a second White House bid. I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country, Sanders said in an interview with Vermont Public Radio.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:30:38 -0500
10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested
10 of the Best Car-Upholstery Cleaners Tested
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:57:00 -0500
Designer Karl Lagerfeld to be cremated without ceremony
News ImageKarl Lagerfeld will be cremated without ceremony and his ashes are likely to be scattered with those of his mother and lover, his label said Wednesday. "His wishes will be respected," a spokeswoman for his Karl Lagerfeld brand told AFP a day after the legendary designer died at the age of 85. Lagerfeld had previously said that his ashes would be mixed with those of his longtime lover, the French dandy Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:05:01 -0500
Third migrant dies in Border Patrol custody in as many months
News ImageA migrant man died in Border Patrol custody on Monday, following the deaths of two Guatemalan children in the agency's custody in December.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:12:21 -0500
Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights
News ImageA winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:15 -0500
7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or Sold
7 Stocks Warren Buffett Just Bought or SoldWarren Buffett is wheeling and dealing. The most anticipated 13-F filing each quarter is that of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B). Here are seven stocks Buffett has been buying and selling according to this month's filing.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:40:46 -0500
Alabama editor who called for lynchings by Klan should quit, senators say
News ImageOfficials in Alabama are calling for a small-town newspaper editor to resign because of an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to terrorize Washington, D.C.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:50 -0500
Forget the line at Juice Press — this WiFi-enabled Vitamix blender is $160 off
News Image"I'm gonna start eating healthy and cooking at home," said a lot of people, probably.But with Chinese 30-40 minutes away on Uber Eats, how many of us actually follow through? (Not me, that's for sure.)Vitamix blenders make eating better easier though, and the A3500 Ascent Series model is $159.60 off on Amazon today. Just don't get your kale at Trader Joe's.SEE ALSO: How different cold pressed juices will affect your body and soulFor people who love the destination (food) but hate the journey (making it), the A3500 is the fanciest of the Ascent series and the ultimate hands-off blender. It features four touch control programs for smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen deserts, all auto-adjusting to the correct blending speed and time so you won't have to babysit it. Built-in WiFi connectivity and the Vitamix app keep things exciting with 17 blending programs and over 500 recipes for ice cream, coffee, waffles, potato soup, and more.Image: vitamixNix the guesswork even more with Vitamix's new digital timer, which decides what the optimal blending time is for you to get perfect textures without having to experiment. If you know what you're doing, there's a programmable timer that will blend for the time you've entered and stop automatically.All of your options are displayed across a scratch-resistant touchscreen, with a self-cleaning option available to get you off the hook afterwards.Regularly $699.95, you can save $159.60 and get it for $540.35. Image: vitamix Save $160 on the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender (64 oz) -- $540.35 See Details
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:59:51 -0500
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'
News ImagePANAMA CITY (AP) Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:40:57 -0500
US election 2020: The Democrat candidates who are running for president
News ImageThe Democratic Party still hasa long way to go to have any chance of wrestling back power from Donald Trump in 2020. There will be no coronation for a Democrat champion to take on Trump. Instead, the party's nomination is wide open and the field of candidates is expected to be one of the biggest ever assembled. It ranges from septuagenarian veterans of Washington to young pretenders barely known yet on the national stage. The party will have to decide whether to go with experience, or to skip a generation and try new blood. Here are all the Democrats who have announced they will be running. Elizabeth Warren The US Senatorof Massachusetts announced on December 31 she had formed an exploratory committee for a presidential run in 2020. The following week, Ms Warreninformally kicked off the nominating fight on a visit to Iowa, condemning the corrupting influence of money on politics and lamenting lost economic opportunities for working families. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during an organising event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa Credit: AP After weeks ofcriticism over her claims of Native American heritage, Ms Warren formally launched her2020presidential campaign in February, saying she is fighting for all Americans. Warren, 69, has made workersrights, fair wages and access to healthcare central to her campaign. This is the fight of our lives. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone,Warren said. And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America. Her ancestry drew fresh scrutiny in early February with the discovery that she described her race as American Indian on a form to join the Texas legal bar in the 1980s. Warren has repeatedly apologized, saying the claim was based on family lore,and she now understands tribal sovereignty dictates membership. Read the full profile of Elizabeth Warren. Bernie Sanders The Independent senator for Vermont announced on February 19 2019 that he was taking a second shot at the Democratic nomination. He blindsided Hillary Clinton with an insurgent campaign from the Left in 2016 which energised young voters in a surge that drew comparisons with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, but ultimately fell short. Bernie Sanders pushed Hillary Clinton harder than expected for the 2016 Democrat nomination but fell short Credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa Mr Sanderss age he would be 79 on inauguration day if he won is a concern. Buthe also has a loyal and established network of activists who could be remobilised. One key lesson Mr Sanders learned from 2016 was that not enough groundwork had been done in the southern states, where Mrs Clinton won easily. His other weakness was foreign policy and in recent months he has been speaking to experts to widen his knowledge. He has also been assiduously visiting Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote in the 2020 primaries. Millions of viewers have been watching events about healthcare that he streams live on Facebook. There are podcasts too. Should he win the Democratic nomination and take on Mr Trump there would undoubtedly be fireworks. As for what nickname Mr Trump would give him, we already know. The president has christened him "Crazy Bernie". Read the full profile of Bernie Sanders. Julian Castro The former San Antonio mayor has been widely tipped as a rising star in the Democratic Party for years and announced his presidential campaign on January 12. Im running for president because its time for new leadership. Because its time for new energy,the 44-year-old said. And its time for a new commitment to make sure that the opportunities Ive had are available for every American. Mr Castro is the grandson of a Mexican immigrant and would be the first Hispanic elected president. He served ashousing and urban development secretary during Barack Obamas presidency. Julian Castro, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, speaks at the Netroots Nation annual conference for political progressives in New Orleans Credit: Reuters Mr Castro has sought to use his familys personal story to challenge Mr Trumps border policies including criticising the president by name in his launch speech. Yes, we must have border security, but there is a smart and humane way to do it. And there is no way in hell that caging children is keeping us safe,Mr Castrosaid. Read the full profile of Julian Castro. John Delaney TheDemocrat congressman from Maryland was the first to throw his hat into the ring when he made his announcement in September, 2017. The 55-year-old said he was not seeking a fourth term in Congress, instead devoting time and money to his White House campaign. Representative John Delaney, a Democrat from Maryland, was the first to throw his hat in the ring Credit: Bloomberg Mr Delaneylaunched a pre-emptive strike to win some name recognition. I think am the right person for the job, but not enough people know that,he told the Telegraph at the time at a gathering of around 40 Democratic activists held in a suburban home in southern New Hampshire. So the way I solve that problem is by getting in early and spending more time. Mr Delaneys pitch is unashamedly moderate. This could prove a weakness at a time when some Democrats have buyers remorse at having opted for Hillary Clinton rather than Bernie Sanders, whose campaign captured the public imagination. Read the full profile of John Delaney. TulsiGabbard Gabbard,an Iraq War veteran who is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the USterritory of American Samoa,said the issue of war and peacewould be the main focus of her campaign. The 37-year-olds run would not be without controversy. In 2016, she alarmed fellow Democrats when she met with Donald Trump during his transition to president and later when she took a secret trip to Syria and met with President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of war crimes and genocide. She questioned whether he was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians that killed dozens and led the U.S. to attack a Syrian air base. Representative Gabbard delivers a nomination speech for Sanders on the second day at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Credit: Reuters She said she doesnt regret the trip and considers it important to meet with adversaries if you are seriousabout pursuing peace.She also noted that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was based on faulty intelligence and said that she wanted to understand the evidence behind the Syria attack. Gabbard was one of the most prominent lawmakers to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Her endorsement came in dramatic fashion, with her resigning as a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee to express her support. Read the full profile of Tulsi Gabbard. Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic US Senator KirstenGillibrand, an outspoken Donald Trump critic and champion of womens issues including the MeToo movement, hasannounced she is running for president. Im going to run for president of the United States, because as a young mom Im going to fight for other peoples kids as hard as I would fight for my own which is why I believe that healthcare should be a right and not a privilege,the senator told Stephen Colbert on his CBS television late night talk show. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York Credit: Reuters Her goals will include putting gender at the fore of her campaign, combating institutional racism, taking on special interests and entrenched systems of power in Washington, and fighting against political corruption and greed. I know that I have the compassion, the courage, and the fearless determination to get that done,she added. The 52-year-old from upstate New York said she was forming an exploratory committee, a crucial legal step for a candidate to run for president, just days before travelling to the early voting state of Iowa. Read the full profile of Kirsten Gillibrand. Kamala Harris Kamala Harris, a first-term senator for California,chose Martin Luther King Day to launch her presidential campaign, in a nod to the historic nature of her candidacy. Born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father,the 54-year-old former prosecutor would break several barriers if elected president. Kamala Harris chose MLK day to announce her bid for the presidency Credit: AFP An aide on her campaign said the announcement was also timed to mark47 years since Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, became the first black woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president. Announcingher bid onABCs Good Morning America programme, Ms Harris said: The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. Thats why Im running for president of the United States. Her supporters believe she has a broad enough appeal to gain traction with a Democratic Party that is increasingly non-white and fuelled by women who feel alienated by President Donald Trumps policies. Ms Harris has also chosen to hold her first campaign eventin South Carolina, a state where black voters are the dominant force in the Democratic primary, rather than the traditional first stops of Iowa and New Hampshire, the two predominantly white states that open the primary vote. Read the full profile of Kamala Harris. PeteButtigieg Pete Buttigieg, a little known 37-year-old mayor, has also thrown his hat into the ring sayingAmerica needs a new generation of leaders. Seen as a rank outsider, he would become the countrys first openly gay president if he managed to win his partys nomination and then defeat Donald Trump. Pete Buttigieg Credit: AP The two-term mayor of South Bend, a city of 100,000 people in Indiana, was named by former president Barack Obamaon a list of gifted young Democrats, in an interview published in November 2016. In a short speech and campaign advert, Mr Buttigieg framed the White House bid around his youth as he called for a clean break with the leaders of the past. Mr Buttigieg is a Harvard University graduate, Rhodes scholar and former McKinsey consultant who has held no national political office. He turned 37 on Saturday just two years older than the age minimum to run for president dictated by the US Constitution and would be the youngest-ever Oval Office occupant if he got there. Read the full profile of Pete Buttigieg. Amy Klobuchar AmyKlobucharjoined the 2020 White House race on February 10, adding a pragmatic voice from the heartland state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Senator AmyKlobucharhas positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar declares her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in Minneapolis, Minnesota Credit: Reuters In a speech that was almost a point-by-point rejection of the presidents policies and the countrys toxic divides, she told supporters: We are tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding. Enough is enough. Our nation must be governed not from chaos but from opportunity,she added. Ms Klobuchar, the 58-year-old granddaughter of an iron miner, made the announcement before a heavily bundled-up crowd under gray and snowy skies in a park along the Mississippi River, as volunteers passed out handwarmers. In a year when many Democrats say their top priority in a candidate is an ability to defeat Trump, Ms Klobuchars words seemed time after time, issue by issue to target the president. She said that if elected she would return to the international climate treaty on Day One.She promised more stringent gun laws and set a target of universal health care, while calling for America to support its troops, diplomats and intelligence officers. They deserve better than foreign policy by tweet,she said. Likely contenders Joe Biden Barack Obamas vice president continues to top polls when voters areasked who they want as the Democrat 2020 candidate though that does not mean too much at this early stage. Joe Biden, the former US vice president, has been out campaigning for the 2018 midterms Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Mr Biden is actively considering a bid and explained in his autobiography last year that he would have probablychallenged Hillary Clinton in 2016 but for the death of his son Beau. Strengths would include Mr Bidens potential for winning back Trump voters and his track record at the top of government. Weaknesses? He is 75 older than the president and could be framed as too establishment. Cory Booker The junior US senator from New Jersey has styled himself a "street fighter" and there is little doubt he would love to take on Mr Trump. Cory Bookeris one of only three black US senators Credit: Cory Booker Mr Booker, a 6ft 4informer star college athlete, is clearly a major contender. He said recently: "I am so determined to fight and stop Donald Trump." Mr Booker is 48, teetotal, vegan and engages in intermittent fasting, a fad diet. He is one of only three black US senators. Underlying all his convictions is an unshakable Baptist faith. His academic CV is impeccable - political science at Stanford, a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, going on to study law at Yale. Eric Holder Barack Obama's attorney general for six years has not been shy about suggesting he could run. Eric Holder could take up the Obama mantle Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP There have been a flurry of public speeches and media appearances already, and he is an ideal candidate to take up the Obama mantle. Mr Holder, 67, stirred up controversy recently when he said of Republicans: "When they go low, we kick them." As attorney general he led a legal defence of drone strikes, and moved terrorist prosecutions to civilian courts. He has also been a high profile advocate for voting rights. Michael Bloomberg The 76-year-old billionaire has flirted with a White House run several times before, but this may well be the time. Michael Bloomberg: former New York mayor Credit: Roslan RAHMAN/AFP In October, Mr Bloomberg registered as a Democrat, 17 years after he left the party to run for New York mayor as a Republican. On the eve of the midterm elections he spent $5 million on a TV advert backing Democrats. The advert featured himself saying: "We must send a signal to Republicans in Washington that they have failed to lead." Michael Avenatti The California lawyer has been propelled to prominence by representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump over a decade ago. Michael Avenatti, speaking at a 'How to Beat Trump' discussion in October Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Mr Avenatti's indication that he could run for the Democratic nomination was initially treated with scepticism, but he is clearly serious. He has a long background in politics, working on campaigns and conducting opposition research, and has been making exploratory trips to the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Mr Avenatti, 47, is a consummate TV performer and has argued that the Democrats need someone like him who can "fight fire with fire". Beto O'Rourke Regardless of the result of his Senate race against Ted Cruz in Texas, Mr O'Rourke is being widely talked up as a White House contender. Beto O'Rourke pumps his fist for a cheering crowd before departing a campaign rally at the Alamo City Music Hall Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images He has been a US congressman for six years, which is enough of a legislative record forhim to run. In the Texas campaign the 46-year-old proved an ability to raise prodigious amounts of money across America. Matt Angle, a Democrat strategist, said: "Talent and charisma translate and the notion of waiting in line is going away. There is a vacuum at the top for somebody to really step into a leadership role."
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:34:24 -0500
Subaru's Mysterious Concept SUV Will Show Off New e-Boxer Hybrid Tech
News ImageThe lifted plug-in hybrid from the all-wheel-drive specialist is set to debut at this year's Geneva auto show.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:20:00 -0500
India rebuffs Pakistan PM's bomb attack inquiry offer
News ImageIndia on Tuesday demanded that rival Pakistan take "credible and visible action" over a major suicide attack in Kashmir as it sternly rebuffed Prime Minister Imran Khan's offer to investigate the bombing. Amid a new spike in tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, Khan earlier demanded that India give "actionable evidence" to back its claim of Pakistan's backing for the suicide bomber. While offering an investigation, Khan also said Pakistan would retaliate if attacked over the bombing, claimed by a Pakistan-based group, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:29:40 -0500
Airlines begin waiving change fees for new winter storm
News ImageSouthwest Airlines had already started waiving rebooking fees ahead of the new storm. Its likely that others would do the same as forecasts solidified.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:06:57 -0500
Indian journalist condemns Twitter for blocking account after abuse online
News ImageDutt said some people had posted and circulated her phone number on Twitter, enabling the harassment, which she said included threats of rape and images of genitalia being sent to her phone. Dutt tweeted some of the threats and images on Monday, and she included phone numbers and names of the men who allegedly threatened her, after which her account was suspended. "I would like to place on record my absolute horror and disgust at Twitter's encouragement of sexual abuse and gender inequality," said Dutt, a former managing editor at news channel NDTV and a regular columnist with the Washington Post.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:17:37 -0500
Ginsburg Returning to Supreme Court Bench After Cancer Surgery
News ImageGinsburgs presence for arguments in one case will be a relief to liberals worried about any prospect that the 85-year-old justice might have to step down and give President Donald Trump a third Supreme Court vacancy to fill. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg confirmed that Ginsburg will be on the bench Tuesday. Ginsburg has been working from home while recovering from the operation.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:42:59 -0500
How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It
News ImageWarehouse clubs such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club are marketed to consumers as great places to find bargains on all kinds of goods, particularly items sold in bulk. Many discount grocers offer comparable prices on the goods you can find at a warehouse club. For most customers, there are three major areas that will provide enough savings throughout the year to pay for a warehouse club membership.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:20:41 -0500
Porter Ranch shooting: Victims ID'd in triple homicide that police say was not random attack
News ImageLos Angeles police said Tuesday that a triple homicide inside a Porter Ranch home was not a random act of violence.
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:22:20 -0500
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