2019-02-27

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Michael D. Cohen’s Congressional Testimony – (The New York Times)
Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald J. Trump, takes the stand on Wednesday morning to testify publicly against Mr. Trump before the House Oversight Committee.

Michael Cohen set to testify on Trump – (BBC News)
Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer is set to paint a bleak picture of the president as a “racist” and a “conman”.

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s…

Wall St. opens lower as Trump-Kim summit begins, India-Pakistan tensions flare – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, as the second U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit kicked off and tensions flared up between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.

Trump, Kim share smiles, dinner before nuke talks – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of two nations with a long history of hostility, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles, hopeful…

U.S. bars lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft – (Reuters)
The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes.

Michael Cohen testimony: Live updates – (Al Jazeera English)
All the latest updates as Trump’s former lawyer testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

United Methodist Church strengthens ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT clergy – (Reuters)
The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform.

‘This isn’t over’: Islamic State loyalties linger despite defeat – (Reuters)
Having joined Islamic State in Syria four years ago, the Algerian woman only abandoned the jihadists’ last scrap of besieged territory when her daughter was shot in the leg.

Credit reporting agencies face pressure from skeptical U.S. Congress – (Reuters)
The nation’s major credit reporting agencies faced renewed scrutiny from Congress on Tuesday, as lawmakers consider legislation overhauling the industry.

Mirror image: Trump, Kim mind their body language with handshake of equals – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un were at pains to show they were getting along in the well-choreographed first moments of their meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday, body language experts said.

Brexit ‘betrayal’ would explode British politics, Farage’s party warns – (Reuters)
A new party backed by Nigel Farage, the insurgent who helped shove Britain towards the EU exit, has a message for the country’s leaders: The foundations of the political system will explode if Brexit is betrayed.

Ash loggers race against time before beetles get them all – (Associated Press)
WALTON, N.Y. (AP) — Loggers in snowy forests are cutting down ash like there’s no tomorrow, seeking to stay one step ahead of a fast-spreading beetle killing the tree in dozens of…

Most Americans back transgender troops: Reuters/Ipsos poll – (Reuters)
Nearly 60 percent of Americans said transgender people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted ahead of a congressional panel’s review, set for Wednesday, of Trump administration curbs on transg…

Nigerian leader appeals for unity as challenger rejects vote – (Associated Press)
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president on Wednesday defended his sweeping win of a second term as free and fair and appealed to a “common love of country” as his top challenger vowed to go to…

India, Pakistan claim to down each other’s jets as Kashmir conflict heats up – (Reuters)
India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint.

Pakistan says 2 Indian warplanes downed, 1 pilot captured – (Associated Press)
MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military said Wednesday it shot down two Indian warplanes in the disputed region of Kashmir and captured a pilot, raising tensions between the nuclear-armed…

Trump meets Kim in Vietnam for second nuclear summit – (Al Jazeera English)
Trump predicts a ‘very successful’ summit and Kim says is ‘certain’ of an outcome as the leaders meet in Hanoi.

Trump knew about email hack, Cohen to say – (BBC News)
According to prepared testimony, the ex-fixer will brand Mr Trump a “racist”, “conman” and “cheat”.

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’ll be much talk of a “rat,” hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign.But did President Donald Trump break the law?That’s the key…

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Cohen to accuse Trump over WikiLeaks, Moscow project, hush paymen – (The Jerusalem Post)
Cohen will also tell Congress that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow, even as he publicly said he had no business interests in Russia.

Netanayhu: IL-Russian relations a ‘brick” boosting Mid-East security – (The Jerusalem Post)
Speaking in Hebrew with his words translated into Russian, Netanyahu began his comments by inviting Putin to the inauguration of a Memorial in Jerusalem Commemorating the victims of the World War II.

r/MapPorn – Tracking of an Eagle over a 20 year period. – (Reddit /r/all)
33,179 votes and 1,117 comments so far on Reddit

r/dankmemes – Yeah yeah Peta bad and all that – (Reddit /r/all)
19,015 votes and 128 comments so far on Reddit

r/gaming – Best feeling ever – (Reddit /r/all)
32,404 votes and 207 comments so far on Reddit

More than 6K suspension orders to go out to Waterloo region students over vaccines | CBC News – (Reddit /r/all)
Region of Waterloo Public Health officials said a total of 6,129 suspension orders will go out, and parents will have until March 26 to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to avoid suspension.

r/pokemon – Pokemon Sword and Shield is Generation 8! – (Reddit /r/all)
0 votes and 2,984 comments so far on Reddit

Pakistan and India say they just shot down each other’s warplanes – (Vice News)
It’s the first time in history that two nuclear-armed powers have carried out airstrikes on each other.

WATCH LIVE: Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight Committee – (The Washington Times)
Live coverage of Michael Cohen testifying in an open hearing before the House Oversight Committee.

The ONLY Online Battle Arena available FREE on PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Switch! Go ahead. Play God. – (Reddit /r/all)
SMITE, the world’s No. 1 Action MOBA, puts players in control of mythological Gods from a third-person perspective. Now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, & Mac!

Michael Cohen hearing: Live video, testimony analysis & reaction – (Politico)
As President Trump’s former personal lawyer testifies before Congress, watch our livestream, and follow POLITICO reporters Anita Kumar, Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney’s latest analysis.

Michael D. Cohen’s Congressional Testimony – (The New York Times)
Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald J. Trump, takes the stand on Wednesday morning to testify publicly against Mr. Trump before the House Oversight Committee.

Michael Cohen set to testify on Trump – (BBC News)
Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer is set to paint a bleak picture of the president as a “racist” and a “conman”.

Michael Cohen Testifies About President Donald Trump – (Buzzfeed)
Watch the House Oversight committee hearing live here. Cohen plans to say that Trump once said “black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”

House Committee on Financial Services holds hearing with testimony from Jerome Powell – (Fox News)

Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee – (Fox News)

Michigan arson case gets second look with alleged Smollett hate crime hoax in spotlight – (Fox News)
As an arson case against Nikki Joly, a transgender man and gay rights activist, heads to a motion hearing next week, appears to be getting national attention amid comparisons to the situation involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, where the supposed victim…

Michael Cohen testifies about Trump, Roger Stone-WikiLeaks plot at House hearing — live blog – (Fox News)
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday.

Michael Cohen House Testimony: Live Coverage – (ABC News)
President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen publicly testifies before the House Oversight Committee.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress about his old boss: ‘He is a conman.’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will deliver testimony linking Trump to the investigations that have shadowed his presidency.

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All about Trump

Cohen to accuse Trump over WikiLeaks, Moscow project, hush paymen – (The Jerusalem Post)
Cohen will also tell Congress that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow, even as he publicly said he had no business interests in Russia.

Michael Cohen hearing: Live video, testimony analysis & reaction – (Politico)
As President Trump’s former personal lawyer testifies before Congress, watch our livestream, and follow POLITICO reporters Anita Kumar, Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney’s latest analysis.

Michael D. Cohen’s Congressional Testimony – (The New York Times)
Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer and fixer for President Donald J. Trump, takes the stand on Wednesday morning to testify publicly against Mr. Trump before the House Oversight Committee.

Michael Cohen set to testify on Trump – (BBC News)
Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer is set to paint a bleak picture of the president as a “racist” and a “conman”.

Michael Cohen Testifies About President Donald Trump – (Buzzfeed)
Watch the House Oversight committee hearing live here. Cohen plans to say that Trump once said “black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”

Michael Cohen testifies about Trump, Roger Stone-WikiLeaks plot at House hearing — live blog – (Fox News)
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday.

Michael Cohen House Testimony: Live Coverage – (ABC News)
President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen publicly testifies before the House Oversight Committee.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress about his old boss: ‘He is a conman.’ – (USA Today)
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will deliver testimony linking Trump to the investigations that have shadowed his presidency.

Read Michael Cohen’s explosive opening statement to Congress – (Axios)
“I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s…

Cohen’s testimony will demand Trump be “impeached and convicted”: Art of the Deal co-author – (Newsweek)
“Art of the Deal” author Tony Schwartz told CNN that the upcoming testimony from the Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer is this presidency’s Watergate scandal.

From threatening schools to racist remarks: Five alleged Trump deeds Cohen plans to share – (USA Today)
In Michael Cohen’s opening statement to Congress, he says Trump “frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world.”

Wall St. opens lower as Trump-Kim summit begins, India-Pakistan tensions flare – (Reuters)
U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, as the second U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit kicked off and tensions flared up between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.

Trump, Kim share smiles, dinner before nuke talks – (Associated Press)
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of two nations with a long history of hostility, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles, hopeful…

Michael Cohen testimony: Live updates – (Al Jazeera English)
All the latest updates as Trump’s former lawyer testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Michael Cohen testimony: Trump ally Matt Gaetz’s tweet sure looked like witness tampering – (MSNBC)
Michael Cohen House testimony: Trump ally Matt Gaetz’s tweet sure looked like witness tampering

Michael Cohen Testifies About Trump — Live Coverage – (The Wall Street Journal)
Michael Cohen Testifies About Trump — Live Coverage

Mirror image: Trump, Kim mind their body language with handshake of equals – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un were at pains to show they were getting along in the well-choreographed first moments of their meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday, body language experts said.

Watch: Michael Cohen delivers bombshell congressional testimony about President Trump – (CNBC)
Michael Cohen is set to deliver a slew of scathing accusations against his former boss in public testimony before Congress on Wednesday.

Trump knew about WikiLeaks plan to leak Democratic emails, Cohen will testify – (Vice News)
“Mr. Trump knew from Roger Stone in advance about the WikiLeaks drop of emails.”

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