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Yahoo! BooksNov 17, 2019
Chris Wallace Accuses Top Republican of ‘Very Badly' Mischaracterizing Impeachment Testimony
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace repeatedly confronted House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Sunday over the top Republican's characterization of last week's impeachment testimony, accusing the congressman of "very badly" misrepresenting the witnesses' positions.Wallace pressed the Trump-boosting Louisiana lawmaker on the upcoming testimony of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sonldand, asking Scalise if it was possible Sondland could "blow a hole in the president's defense" if he testifies that the president told him Ukraine aid was being held up unless the Ukrainian president publicly announced an investigation into the Bidens."Well, the president's defense is that those things didn't happen," Scalise responded. "And it's not just the president's word. President Zelensky himself said that the aid wasn't conditioned and there was no pressure.""The real bottom line is he got the money," the GOP representative added, reiterating a key party talking point. "Ukraine got the money."Wallace, however, pointed out that a dozen people listened in on the now-infamous July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky, noting that many of them became immediately upset that Trump pressed Zelensky on investigating a Ukrainian gas firm that Vice President's Joe Biden's son worked for."Those were [House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam] Schiff's witnesses," Scalise insisted."No, sir, they are career foreign service officers and these are people who wo

Yahoo! ArtsNov 17, 2019
Bloomberg Apologizes for N.Y. ‘Stop and Frisk': Campaign Update
(Bloomberg) -- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for not moving faster to reduce police stops under a "stop-and-frisk" policy while he was in office that critics said targeted blacks and Hispanics.Bloomberg spoke as he considers a late bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential contest."Over time, I've come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong," Bloomberg said in remarks to the congregation at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn on Sunday. "Today, I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong, and I'm sorry."Bloomberg said he supported the policy as a way to reduce violence and gun-related deaths, yet came to realize limiting stops didn't increase crime, and that he didn't appreciate "the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities." Critics have cited his support of "stop and frisk" as a potential issue with minority voters who make up a key part of the Democratic base if he decides to seek the party's nomination.Al Sharpton, president and founder of National Action Network, said in a statement that Bloomberg called him after his remarks. Sharpton said while he's glad Bloomberg admitted the policy was wrong, he told the former mayor "it will take more than one speech for people to forgive and forget a policy that so negatively impacted entire communities."Bloomberg, 77, has taken steps toward a presidential bid, including filing paperwork to appear on the ballot in the Alabama and Arkansas primaries on March 3. He has not announced a decision.The former mayor is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent compan

Yahoo! ArtsNov 17, 2019
Hong Kong police officer hit by arrow in clashes with protesters
A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow Sunday as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and blocking a major road tunnel under the city's harbor. Police said the arrow struck a media liaison officer and he was taken to a hospital. Photos on the department's Facebook page show the arrow sticking out of the back of the officer's lower leg through his pants. The protesters held their ground for most of the day, as water cannon trucks drove over bricks and nails strewn by protesters to spray them at close range. They began retreating into Hong Kong Polytechnic University near sunset, fearing they would be trapped as police fired tear gas volleys and approached from the opposite direction. The use of bows and arrows, along with a gasoline bombs launched with catapults, threatened to escalate the violence in the more than five-month-long anti-government movement. Protesters are trying to keep the pressure on Hong Kong leaders, who have rejected most of their demands. The protests were sparked by proposed legislation that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to the mainland. Activists saw it as an erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy under the "one country, two systems" formula implemented in 1997, when Britain returned the territory to China. The officer was taken to hospital Credit: REX The bill has been withdrawn, but the protests have expanded into a wider resistance movement against what is perceived as the growing

Yahoo! BooksNov 17, 2019
Forgotten Genocide: How a Quarter of Europe's Roma Were Murdered by the Nazis, then Erased From History
LONDON—It's impossible to fathom the scale of the depravity. An eyewitness account by a Holocaust survivor—unearthed for a new exhibition in London—describes the conditions in the "gypsy" section of Auschwitz as even more inhumane than the rest of the appalling facility."The conditions were worse than in the other camps," wrote eyewitness Hermann Langbein in 1945. "The route between the huts was ankle deep in mud and dirt. The gypsies were still wearing the clothes that they had been given upon arrival… footwear was missing… The latrines were built in such a way that they were practically unusable for the gypsy children. The infirmary was a pathetic sight."The Holocaust Didn't End with the Liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi Death CampsThe report by Langbein, also a survivor of the Spanish Civil War, is just one of the sickening contemporary accounts highlighted in the exhibition Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti at London's Wiener Holocaust Library (to March 11, 2020).Over 90 percent of the Roma held at Auschwitz did not survive the war.In total, it is estimated that up to half a million Roma and Sinti, the name taken by the nomadic people based in Germany, died during the Holocaust. Accurate estimates are impossible but that may have been a quarter of Europe's Roma and Sinti population.The plight of these people, commonly known as gypsies at the time, was overshadowed by the scale of the genocide
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