Adam Schiff Has Submitted His Recommendation on Whether to Impeach President TrumpUPDATE: The White House has issued a response through Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. “At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump. This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations. Chairman Schiff’s report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.”***Original post*** House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has released a report summarizing two weeks of impeachment inquiry hearings and months of investigation into President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.“This report reflects the evidence gathered thus far by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in coordination with the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States,” Schiff released in a statement attached to the report.“The decision to move forward with an impeachment inquiry is not one we took lightly. Under the best of circumstances, impeachment is a wrenching process for the nation. I resisted calls to undertake an impeachment investigation for many months on that basis, notwithstanding the existence of presidential misconduct that I believed to be deeply unethical and damaging to our democracy. The alarming events and actions detailed in this report, however, left us with no choice but to proceed,” he said.Schiff calls the report “evidence,” but hours of testimony about “presumed,” “I heard,” “I felt,” etc. don’t hold up to that claim. The report is essentially 72 hours of testimony repackaged by Schiff and his staff to justify impeachment.“As this report details, the impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection. In furtherance of this scheme, President Trump conditioned official acts on a public announcement by the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, of politically-motivated investigations, including one into President Trump’s domestic political opponent,” Schiff continued. “In pressuring President Zelensky to carry out his demand, President Trump withheld a White House meeting desperately sought by the Ukrainian President, and critical U.S. military assistance to fight Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.”As a reminder, Volodymyr has repeatedly stated he felt no pressure from President Trump to launch any kind of investigation into anyone, including the Bidens.Schiff has promised to continue his own investigations, despite handing the report over to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler.“There remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue, even as we transmit our report to the Judiciary Committee. Given the proximate threat of further presidential attempts to solicit foreign interference in our next election, we cannot wait to make a referral until our efforts to obtain additional testimony and documents wind their way through the courts,” Schiff said. “The evidence of the President’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress. Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a stronger or more complete case of an obstruction than that demonstrated by the President since the inquiry began.”Schiff’s language about obstruction indicates the Judiciary Committee will draw up articles of impeachment on that issue.The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats were discomforted by an elected President’s telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected President’s “outside the beltway” approach to diplomacy.The sum and substance of the Democrats’ case for impeachment is that President Trump abused his authority to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump’s potential political rival, for President Trump’s benefit in the 2020 election. Democrats say this pressure campaign encompassed leveraging a White House meeting and the release of U.S. security assistance to force the Ukrainian President to succumb to President Trump’s political wishes. Democrats say that Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, and a “shadow” group of U.S. officials conspired to benefit the President politically.The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Hard and low Trump, who fancies his skills as a verbal pugilist, is expected to hit hard and low.For months he has painted Biden as senile. As the debate approached he increasingly focused on his claim that Biden takes performance enhancing drugs.Biden has laughed off the suggestion, but Trump, a past master at getting slurs to stick to his opponents, is doubling down.”Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?” Trump tweeted Monday.Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield responded in kind, saying that if Trump wants the debate to be conducted through “urine” samples, “he can.”Trump, arguably, has little to lose. His hardcore support is already baked in and Americans are by now almost incapable of feeling shocked by his convention-wrecking style.He also goes to Cleveland with what he hopes will be his own silver bullet — the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.If Barrett is quickly confirmed, as the Republican-led Senate expects, Trump will have managed to tilt the highest court firmly to the right for years to come.Democrats are crying foul over the rushed timing on the eve of an election, but Trump expects the power play to energize many conservatives. Blue collar boast The president is sure to go heavy on previous claims that Biden’s son was involved in corruption in Ukraine. Last year Trump was impeached for using the power of his office to try and pressure the Ukrainian government into publicly backing that theory.Biden, as frontrunner, wants to stay steady, but he has a reputation for losing his cool when challenged in public.”I hope I don’t get baited into a brawl with this guy, because that’s the only place he’s comfortable,” he said.Biden will instead aim to keep his sights trained on the coronavirus pandemic, which polls show about two thirds of Americans say Trump handled badly.He will also shoot back at the filling of the Supreme Court seat, saying that Trump’s plan is for the court to restrict abortion and reverse the Obamacare health program — two areas that could worry swing voters.But the most fiery moments may come when Biden himself gets personal, painting Trump as a spoiled playboy who only poses as a friend of the white working class that helped him get elected in 2016.Biden, who spent his early childhood in the rough-edged town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is increasingly mocking Trump’s glitzy New York roots, calling it a “Scranton vs Park Avenue” election.Trump points out that Biden only lived in Scranton as a young boy and spent most of his life in Congress. But the Times report on the president’s ability to avoid almost all federal income taxes will give Biden a trove of new ammunition. Topics : There’ll be no handshake, but venom to spare when President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden meet in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first of three televised debates that could shake up an already volatile race for the White House.COVID-19 restrictions will give the debate moderated by Fox News star Chris Wallace a streamlined look with a smaller audience. Naturally, there won’t be the once standard — even if occasionally forced — show of goodwill in shaking hands as the rivals go on stage.What the 90-minute clash will have is a chance for Americans finally to see Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, go head to head. With Trump claiming Biden is virtually brain dead — “Biden doesn’t know he’s alive” — and Biden branding the president “a toxic presence,” it won’t be for the faint hearted.Significantly behind in the polls, Trump is in fighting mode, embarking on an endurance-testing schedule of rallies in key battlegrounds several times a week.Biden, though, comes hoping to press his advantage.And he arrives aided by The New York Times’ publication of a report purporting to reveal the contents of Trump’s deeply secret tax returns — finding that the self-proclaimed billionaire and champion of the working class avoids paying almost all federal income taxes.
Tim Watkins and sons, Tom and Charlie, in the Clayfield home before the saleRay White New Farm’s Travis Wentriro said the buyers’ lease on their rental property ended the day after the auction.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“They took a punt to have a crack and are lucky to have a house to move into,” he said.“They’re a young couple about to have a baby in the next couple of months, currently renting and buying their first home together.”They were competing in a bidding war with another couple during the auction.“I think the last $10,000 was $500 bids and it got down to a tug-o-war in the end,” Mr Wentriro said. The renovated worker’s cottage at 56 Jackson St, Clayfield sold at auctionSIXTEEN registered bidders, a crowd of around 100 people, and more than 40 bids are just some of the numbers racked up at the recent auction of a renovated Clayfield home. The huge interest shown in 56 Jackson St pushed the final selling price under the hammer up to $875,000. Tim and Louise Watkins purchased the three-bedroom, two-bathroom workers cottage 12 years ago but have relocated to America. The front porch at 56 Jackson St, ClayfieldHe said products of this calibre close to Brisbane’s CBD have been enormously popular, with young couples in particular showing interest. “There are buyers out there and people want to spend money so that’s a positive,” Mr Wentriro said. The open plan living area at 56 Jackson St, Clayfield Clayfield is a high-demand market with 517 visits per property on realestate.com.au, compared with Queensland’s average of 268 visits per property.The suburb’s median house price is $975,000, according to researcher CoreLogic.
PSV Eindhoven snatched the Dutch league title from Ajax on a dramatic final day of the season.The teams went into the last day level on points, with Ajax in control by virtue of having a six-goal advantage in goal difference.But the Amsterdam side could only draw 1-1 with lowly De Graafschap to open the door to their rivals.PSV took advantage, as two Luuk de Jong goals and one from Jurgen Locadia gave them a 3-1 win at PEC Zwolle.Victory gave PSV, who like their title rivals lost just twice in the Eredivisie this season, their 23rd league title.Frank de Boer was attempting to become the first Ajax coach to lead the club to five domestic titles, a 34th in total and a fifth in six seasons.And things looked to be going to plan when Amin Younes gave Ajax a half-time lead.But a superb strike from Bryan Smeets, only his second goal of the season, seemed to unnerve the visitors.And De Graafschap, who finished second from bottom and will enter the relegation play-off, held out for the point that allowed Phillip Cocu’s PSV to retain the title.In scoring twice for the champions, captain De Jong became the first PSV player to score more than 25 league goals in a season since former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman in 2002-03.PSV Eindhoven coach, Phillip Cocu, said: “My philosophy is always to remain positive, even if we weren’t in the best situation.“We only had a really slim chance, but a very slim chance is still a chance, isn’t it?“De Graafschap played a big role in our title today. We’re grateful for that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Speights and Bass each added 10 points off the bench, while Felton earned praise for running the group.“They just spaced the floor so well and they just spaced the floor by ball movement,” Doc Rivers said. “It was good.”It was the kind of performance the Clippers (43-29) will need from their “other guys” if they hope to find success in the playoffs, even if the Lakers presented far from a playoff-caliber challenge. Tonight, they face the Dallas Mavericks, who are fighting for the eighth seed.The Clippers have the NBA’s fifth-highest scoring bench, at 39.3 points per game.Wednesday marked the second straight game that Austin Rivers and Crawford both played well. It’s an important offensive combination to the Clippers, and one that often is either/or, rather than both. “What I like about both of them is they have figured out how to give each other room,” Doc Rivers said. “They’ve had a lot of games actually where they both have big games. What it does is it just gives us more scoring. That’s really nice off the bench, when you have two guys that are 16, 20. You’re at 40 with two guys before you start.”Austin Rivers has started 28 games this season because of injuries, and the times he and Crawford were not paired in the backcourt disrupted their chemistry.“We weren’t used to playing with each other for a long time,” Austin Rivers said. “Now we’re getting back to used to playing with each other. So it’s all good.”The danger, of course, is putting too much weight on a blowout over a lowly opponent. The Clippers have won three straight and are back in the mix for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, which would give them home-court advantage in the first round of the postseason.“You can get a rhythm from games like this,” said Clippers guard J.J. Redick, significantly more upbeat than one week ago when he was critical of the team after a loss in Denver.While he said he doesn’t believe they have “turned a corner” – a concept he doesn’t believe in – he does see progress.“We’re headed in the right direction,” he said, “whereas a week ago I think we were – I’m not saying we were headed in the wrong direction – we were just meandering, aimlessly.” DALLAS >> The Clippers spent much of last summer prioritizing improving their bench. They added Marreese Speights, Raymond Felton and Brandon Bass. Paul Pierce committed for another year.Recently, however, with the Clippers swooning, you would have been hard-pressed to know that the second unit was supposed to be a strength.Then on Tuesday night against the Lakers, the reserves were far from reserved. Led by 18 points from Austin Rivers and 15 from Jamal Crawford, the Clippers bench scored 57 of the team’s season high-tying 133 points.“In the past, when the starters have played well the bench will come in and think it’s an offensive contest,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “(Wednesday) they came in and got stops and realized when they get stops they score even more.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
While speaking with the press, Trump was asked if it’s wrong for China to be putting pressure on the NBA … President Donald Trump took aim at Steve Kerr, one of his most vocal critics from the sports world, for not offering an opinion on China’s battle with the NBA, saying Wednesday the Warriors coach “was like a little boy, he was so scared.”Trump’s first remarks on the NBA-China situation are aimed at Steve Kerr https://t.co/zevPqJjlQn— Tom Barrabi (@TBarrabi) October 9, 2019
Location:Basse-Normandie, FranceN 49° 25.128 E 000° 13.967 Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Image by CarPat – 2009, “4 oies crachant de l’eau”If you follow the young boy’s gaze, just beyond the pedestrian streets lined with half-timbered houses, you will easily locate the second converted fountain. Try not to ogle too long at this gaggle! The water is pumped to gracefully exit each beak of the four geese in a steady arc and returned to the river below. They decide to avoid eye contact with any geocacher so as to not give away ground zero.Image by piot57 – 2011, “fresque représentant des teinturiers,” length 10 m (32.8 ft) TraditionalGC5G0BHby scrouny Placed in December 2013, artist Annick Leroy supplied two special sculptures meant to interact with the drainage system of the nearby stream. The first depicts a young boy perched under an umbrella. When water is routed to the pipe directly overhead, it gently cascades over the edges of the boy’s cover as he gazes with a dry smile to the opposite side of the garden. Behind his eyes, there is a secret…perhaps it has something to do with the cache hidden close by? Share with your Friends:More Luckily, the cache does not incorporate an active water feature to retrieve and tries hard to stay dry in its surroundings! Once the cache is located, the finder can appreciate the mosaic fresco nearby, depicting six focused men and women. The scene is in tribute to the hardworking tanners and dyers that inspired the preservation of the vestiges of the old tanneries in the area, one of which is located adjacent to the garden, and an integrated part of Honfleur’s past. In the heart of Normandy, overlooking the southern bank of the Seine, lies the small medieval town of Honfleur. Its history can be traced back to 1027 in a letter from Richard III, Duke of Normandy. The past has been preserved with the landmarks of its rich history, including a converted garden atop a retired tannery with commissioned art pieces and a hidden logbook for this Geocache of the Week!Le Jardin du Tripot is not just any other garden. The location is serene, with the waters of La Claire routed carefully in stair-stepping troughs on their way to La Morelle. However, the water element serves another purpose: it makes the bronze statues in the courtyard come alive on the hunt for a geocache.Image by familiatableto – 2011, “Sous la pluie” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedWho’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012January 30, 2012In “Community””GR34 – Pointe de la Vicomté” GC1Q0VM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 8/23/2010August 19, 2010In “Community”Der Turm – La Torre — Geocache of the WeekJune 26, 2019In “Community”
More than 75% of the 7 lakh electorate on Monday cast votes in the bypolls to the three Assembly seats in West Bengal, amid allegations that Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated an attack on the BJP candidate from Karimpur segment, Joy Prakash Majumdar.The turnout was 77.17% in Kaliaganj, 67.62% in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23% in Karimpur. Video footage aired by local television channels showed that a group of people surrounded Mr. Majumdar, staged a demonstration, and then started slapping and punching him before pushing him into the nearby bushes. The BJP candidate blamed the Trinamool for the attack and alleged that West Bengal’s ruling party was trying to “murder democracy”. ‘Attempt to murder’West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh called it an “attempt to murder” the party candidate and said the Trinamool was looking at an imminent defeat.The Trinamool leadership said the BJP leader was trying to garner sympathy. “This was a planned act to garner sympathy from the people,” Trinamool Congress secretary general and State Minister Partha Chatterjee said.In another incident at Kaliaganj, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar was seen helping his wife cast her vote. The presiding officer of the polling booth was removed after the incident. In Kharagpur Sadar’s booth number 140, the BJP agent complained that the Electronic Voting Machine was strategically placed beside a mirror wall.Over 7.34 lakh voters were eligible to vote in 801 polling stations. Voters had to choose their representatives from among 18 candidates, including three women.Vacant seatsThe polls at Kharagpur Sadar and Karimganj were necessitated after the MLAs from the respective seats contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dilip Ghosh, BJP MLA from Kharagpur Sadar, was elected from the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat and Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, won the Krishnanagar seat in Nadia district. The seat in Uttar Dinajpur district in Kaliaganj had been vacant after the death of Congress MLA Pramath Nath Roy in May 2019.
Day 1 of the India International Jewellery Week in Mumbai started on a high note on Monday with Bollywood beauties sashaying down the ramp in glitter and gold.In its fifth edition this year, the four-day event from July 14-17, organised by the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is a major destination for buyers and designers alike as the latest in traditional and modern wear with diamonds, gold, silver and precious stones are presented for the upcoming bridal and festive season.Dia Mirza, Kalki Koechlin, Sunny Leone and Lisa Ray walked the ramp.Gorgeous actresses added extra glitz to the show. Former Miss India Neha Dhupia cut a graceful figure as the ‘royal bride’ – with heavy polki and ruby earrings, necklace and maang teeka – for Geetanjali Jewels, while actress Chitrangada Singh looked traditional yet sexy in a red lehenga choli combination, accentuated by a kamarband with latkans, heavy diamond necklace and a nath. Her voluminous open hair, kohled eyes and confidence on the ramp gave the collection an electric makeover.Dia Mirza, whose wedding with fiance Sahil Sangha has been confirmed for October, looked stately and elegant in a beautiful orange lehenga sari as she walked the ramp for jewellery designer Shobhana. With her hair in a vintage updo with soft ringlets, the diva was seen in chunky jewellery set in diamonds, gold, pearls, emeralds and rubies.After traditional bridal looks, modern brides got their share of trinkets to feast on as well. Big Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan walked for IIGJ Mumbai in a strapless, white pleated maxi gown with a diamond-studded crown, bracelet, rings and a statement necklace with big emeralds to do the talking. Likewise, the ladies in red – Dev D actress Kalki Koechlin and model/activist Lisa Ray – kept it simple in ruby hued dresses and jewellery for Jewels by Preeti and Farah Khan Ali, respectively.advertisementZayed with sister Suzanne Khan.Last but not least, Baby Doll Sunny Leone took to the ramp as showstopper for Apala by Sumit in a black one-shoulder dress and strong and tribal-like ornaments in gold and silver. With three layers of studded chains draping her hair, the Jism 2 actress sported an armour-like necklace, armlet, cuff and solid anklets with aplomb.Shantanu and Nikhil break the stereotype with new bridal wearThe grandeur of sartorial pleasures has begun in the Capital with the Fall 2014 haute couture collection presented by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil in collaboration with Johnnie Walker Black Label at JW Marriott, New Delhi, on Monday.The collection was true to the designers’ aesthetic of fluid drapes, lace applique work and layered frills that enhanced the fitted gowns in a way that they accentuated the body curves. Adding fresh perspective this time around to their bridal wear, the duo made use of unconventional colours – such as grey, black, blue and beige – handcrafted accessories and varying layers of fabric. There were also a variety of options for cocktail wear. Titled ‘Rani Sultanat’, the mood of the collection reflected a palace in Istanbul during the Art Deco Revolution of 1930’s.The exotic ensembles included white flowey anarkali dresses, lehengas with floral lace and sari gowns, while men strutted down in smart velvet achkans with subtle embroidery and sharara pants. Accessories such as handcrafted cuffs and head crowns with feathers, chains and an adjustable bone structure, royal looking brooches and embellished formal loafers added extra punch to the show.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, designer Nikhil Mehra shared, “Couture for us is about refinement. It’s in the details of the craft that makes every ensemble a special creation.” Designer Shantanu Mehra added, “Many brides want a complete look from us for their wedding. As a result, the inclusion of accessories and elaborate head gear has been a natural progression in our design expression. These garments are not for the big day alone, but can be incorporated into a woman’s wardrobe afterwards as well.”
Russia’s Sports Ministry on Friday denied accusations made by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that the Russian state had covered up a doping programme for its sports people.A WADA report released on Friday said more than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests. (Also read: I am not a traitor, says Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova)The Russian ministry said it would carefully study the WADA report and that it would fully cooperate with anti-doping bodies.The Kremlin also said it would study the report, Interfax news agency reported.Russia’s athletics chief, Dmitry Shlyakhtin, declined to comment on the WADA report because he said he had not seen it.