Trump: US-Mexico tariff deal reached aimed at stemming ‘tide of migration’

Political News Trump: US-Mexico tariff deal reached aimed at stemming 'tide of migration'

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that a “signed agreement” has been reached between U.S. and Mexico on tariffs – an accord aimed at stemming the “tide of migration.”

“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” he tweeted. “The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”

Trump announced earlier this month that beginning on June 10, a 5% tariff would be imposed on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.”

However, as part of that deal, it appears the U.S. did not get Mexico to agree to a “safe third country” agreement where asylum seekers would be granted asylum in Mexico and unable to claim asylum in the US. Instead, the administration says it will expand its policy of deporting asylum seekers to Mexico to await adjudication of their cases. Mexico will accept those people and offer them services like health care and education.

That policy is currently being contested in federal court, although the Ninth Circuit ruled that the administration could implement as a final determination is reached.

In response, Mexico agrees to strengthen its border security — a nod to the 6,000 Border Guard officers that nation announced Thursday — and to take “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks.”

While Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut off development funds for Central America and the State Department moved to implement a cut in March–but hasn’t fully followed through– Friday’s statement appeared to contradict that idea and noted the importance of those development dollars. While it doesn’t commit any new U.S. dollars to such efforts, it underscores that “both countries recognize the strong links between promoting development and economic growth in southern Mexico and the success of promoting prosperity, good governance and security in Central America.”

The agreement will be revisited within 90 days and the two sides will announce further action before then as they continue conversations.

The announcement of a deal between the two nations came as Trump faced difficulties in moving forward with tariffs against Mexico. His own party offered a major roadblock.

“There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said at a press conference following a lunch on Tuesday, where White House officials tried to make their case for tariffs to skeptical Republicans.

McConnell would not say how far he was willing to go to block the president.

Top advisers, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also pushed back on the president’s proposal to impose a 5% tariff on goods from Mexico, multiple White House sources told ABC News.

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Posted On 07 Jun 2019

State Dept. denies embassies’ requests to fly rainbow pride flag on official flagpoles

Political News State Dept. denies embassies’ requests to fly rainbow pride flag on official flagpoles

iStock/stock-eye(WASHINGTON) — The State Department has denied multiple U.S. diplomatic posts’ requests to fly the rainbow pride flag on official flagpoles during LGBT Pride Month, according to two State Department sources.

The decision is the latest in a string of moves by the agency under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tenure that LGBT rights activists say discriminate against the community.

Among the U.S. missions overseas that were denied are Brazil, Germany, Israel, and Latvia, one source told ABC News.

The denials fly in the face of the spirit of President Donald Trump’s stated push to launch “a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.” While the president tweeted last Friday that the White House would “celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation” -– making him the first Republican president to do so – his administration has not proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month.

Pride flags can be displayed elsewhere on a U.S. mission’s grounds, but not the official flagpole, according to department guidance distributed in May. Flying any special flag on the official flagpole at a US diplomatic post overseas requires special permission, per the department’s Foreign Affairs Manual.

The denial to the U.S. embassy in Germany is particularly striking since Trump’s envoy to Berlin is Richard Grenell, one of the highest-ranking openly gay officials in the administration.

“The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag,” Grenell told NBC News, which was first to report on the denials.

In 2016, the Obama administration granted “blanket written authorization from the Under Secretary for Management to display the pride flag on the external-facing flagpole” during June, according to a cable sent at the time. But that permission was rescinded under the Trump administration, and individual posts had to request permission to fly the pride flag.

In previous years, an official cable was sent from Washington with guidance on how to mark LGBT Pride month and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

But this year, Pompeo did not approve the cable and instead, the department sent guidance to posts via email that noted it would not transmit an [an official cable for and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia] and LGBT Pride Month this year.”

That meant embassies and consulates could still mark both with whatever actions they wanted. But they were not given encouragement as in years past to engage in outreach with local LGBT communities, and they had to again get permission to fly the Pride flag on the official flagpole.

This time, those requests were denied, the sources said. The State Department has not responded to requests for comment.

LGBT rights activists expressed concern last week after news broke that the State Department was planning to convene a new commission on human rights that was based on “natural law” — often taken to mean a religiously-based interpretation that excludes LGBT rights.

The author of the commission’s concept paper is Robert George, a prominent anti-LGBT academic who created the National Organization for Marriage, a source told ABC News.

The department has also come under fire from Congress for a policy that does not automatically grant birthright citizenship to U.S. citizens’ children who are born abroad through assisted reproductive technology, which lawmakers say indiscriminately affects gay and lesbian couples.

Under State Department policy, children born overseas must be the biological child of a U.S. citizen to receive citizenship at birth. But citizenship will not be granted to the child if it is born through in vitro fertilization and surrogacy and the genetic parent is not a U.S. citizen, even if the couple is legally married.

In several cases, the children of same-sex couples have had their citizenship denied or delayed even though at least one parent is a U.S. citizen. The State Department is currently fighting lawsuits from two couples on this issue.

Nearly 20 Democratic senators and 80 House members signed two letters to Pompeo Thursday demanding he reverse the policy.

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Posted On 07 Jun 2019

Russian police accused of setting up prominent investigative journalist

WORLD NEWS Russian police accused of setting up prominent investigative journalist

iStock/republica(MOSCOW) — A prominent investigative reporter has been arrested in Russia on charges of drug dealing, prompting an outcry from the country’s community of embattled independent journalists who say he is being set up as punishment for exposing corruption.

Ivan Golunov, who writes for the independent news site, Meduza, and whose work has exposed corruption and suspicious dealings by officials and organised criminals, was arrested in Moscow on Thursday. Police have said they stopped him on the street and found he was carrying five bags of mephedrone, a recreational drug popular at nightclubs.

Police said they found more of the drug when they searched Golunov’s apartment, and charged him with “intent to distribute,” an offense that carries a possible prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.

Golunov’s editors at Meduza swiftly denounced his arrest, saying they were certain he was being framed.

“We are convinced that Ivan Golunov is innocent,” the site’s editors, Galina Timchenko and Kolpakov wrote in a statement. “Moreover, we have grounds to suggests that Golunov is being persecuted over his journalistic activity. We know that in recent months Vanya has been getting threats; we know in connection with which text he was preparing; we have a suspicion from who. We will find out by whose will Vanya is being persecuted and we will make this information public.”

Meduza is a popular site that frequently publishes articles critical of Russian authorities. It is based in Latvia in order to shield itself from attacks in Russia.

Through his lawyer, Dmitry Djulai, Golunov accused police of planting the drugs during the arrest. He also said that officers punched and kicked him while questioning him in the police station, and initially prevented him from contacting a lawyer. When his lawyer arrived, police refused to take swabs of Golunov’s hands or his rucksack, which could show whether he had handled the drugs, Djulai said.

Police also released photographs purporting to show equipment from a drugs laboratory that they suggested had been taken at Golunov’s home, but friends said the apartment in the photos was not his and had been taken somewhere else. Russia’s Interior Ministry later was forced to admit the photos had been taken in a different building and said it was investigating why they had been published.

Golunov’s arrest has prompted shock and outrage from across a broad spectrum of journalists and commentators in Russia, as well as expressions of concern abroad. Journalists and other protesters Friday began holding one-man pickets outside Interior ministry offices in a number of Russian cities demanding Golunov’s release. Police then detained at least a dozen people at the protests, among them some of Russia’s most well-known independent journalists.

Reporters Without Borders, an international advocacy group for journalists, said the police’s “extremely strange behavior” suggested that Golunov has been arrested “on a trumped-up charge.” Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk said that if this was the case “it would mark a significant escalation in the harassment of the country’s independent media.”

The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said he had “only just heard” of Golunov’s arrest during his daily briefing call Friday. Asked whether the case could be fabricated, Peskov pointed to the photos released by police, which have since been shown to be misleading.

Planting drugs has long been a tactic of Russia’s security services for jailing or discrediting opponents, but it more frequently used to target political activists rather than journalists. Earlier this year, Oyub Titiev, the director of the Chechnya branch of human rights NGO, Memorial, was convicted on drugs possession charges in another case that was widely condemned by international rights groups as fabricated.

Golunov is considered one of Russia’s most respected investigative reporters.

Recently he has investigated family members of Moscow’s deputy mayor, who had acquired property worth tens of millions of dollars and he has also detailed Moscow’s plans to send its waste to surrounding regions, a controversial issue that has sparked protests. Golunov also recently wrote a long article exposing how figures connected to senior officials had tried to take control of Russia’s funeral industry.

The independent Russian site, Mediazona, which frequently focuses on rights abuses, on Friday said the case against Golunov was intended to intimidate Russia’s non-state media.

“This is a blow not only on Ivan himself and his colleagues at Meduza, it is a blow against everyone who continues to work honestly, to collect and convey disclosures of important information about life in Russia,” the site’s editors wrote in an op-ed.

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One of the youngest serving Republicans on her “fight for the American dream”

Political News One of the youngest serving Republicans on her “fight for the American dream”

Friends to Elect Jena Powell(COLUMBUS, OH.) — Jena Powell brings eight years of experience as a business owner and a lifetime on a farm to her new job in Ohio’s House of Representatives — and she’s only 25.

“When I first started running there were some comments regarding my age, but at the end of the day what I always tell people is, this is what I believe, this is where I stand and this is what I’ll do to fight for you,” Powell said on ABC News’ “The Briefing Room.”

Powell is one of the youngest Republicans to serve in the country and the youngest member of the Ohio general assembly, but she says it’s not her age or gender that made her run for office — it was her love for her country.

“I’m here because our Founding Fathers knew and understood that if someone had an idea, that we’d fight for that American dream,” Powell said.

Powell called on her Republican colleagues to appeal to young voters. “We need to do a better job representing what we believe in and why conservatism works,” she said.

Powell, who represents Ohio’s 80th state congressional district, proposed a piece of legislation this week to allow private sector businesses to add apprenticeship programs for people to obtain certain licenses.

“It gives the workforce more power to choose,” Powell said.

Ohio House Bill 258 is inspired by Ivanka Trump and the Trump administration’s push to help people find different ways to get training for jobs without necessarily spending the time or money on a four-year college degree.

This workforce training program hit especially close to home for Powell, who started and still runs an outdoor billboard company with her brother out of Arcanum, Ohio. They own about 600 billboards throughout the state, she said.

Powell is one of seven children and grew up in rural Ohio in a town of about 2,000 people. She said she hopes other people of any age, gender or political ideology follow her lead and run for office.

“Know what you believe, know what you stand for, and come here ready to fight for that, Powell said.”

Watch the full “Millennials Who Won” segment by clicking on the video above.

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Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died says employees received ‘insults and threats’

WORLD NEWS Dominican Republic resort where 3 Americans died says employees received 'insults and threats'

iStock/ufuka(NEW YORK) — The company behind a resort in the Dominican Republic where three Americans died within a few days of one another is firing back against “serious insults and threats.”

In a statement, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts began by noting that they are “collaborating completely” with investigators and will continue to do so.

Because of the ongoing investigation, they address those cases directly in the statement, but they did slam the “inaccurate and false information” that they say has circulated in the wake of the incidents.

The resort company’s said the alleged misinformation that has been circulating related to the case has impacted the hotel chain, which they said has “suffered great damage to its image and reputation.”

“Serious insults and threats have been levied on some of our more than 15,000 employees and their families, who are the backbone of our company and before whom we cannot stand idle on the sidelines,” the statement reads.

“We reiterate that we completely disagree with the dissemination of false information issued publicly which threatens the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and rights of our employees and their families, reserving, where necessary, the right to take the appropriate legal action,” the statement reads.

Just days before an American couple was found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort in the Dominican Republic, another American in another hotel at the same resort died.

The two hotels are adjacent to one another on the same resort on the island’s southern coast.

Jay McDonald, a spokesperson for the family of the first woman who died, Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, said the family became alarmed when they discovered the proximity between the two incidents.

Schaupp-Werner died “suddenly and inexplicably” in her hotel room at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville after having a drink from the in-room mini bar, McDonald said.

The other two Americans, Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found dead in their hotel room after missing their scheduled check-out time.

The preliminary results of the autopsies were released by the Dominican Republic’s attorney general’s office on Thursday. The report did not reveal the conclusive cause of death as that will come once the full toxicology and histopathological report are completed, which could take up to a month. The preliminary autopsy results revealed that Miranda Schaupp-Werner had a narrowing of one of her coronary arteries. Holmes had cirrhosis of the liver, and a large liver as well as lung swelling. Day also had an enlarged liver as well as a large heart, as well as brain and lung swelling.

The U.S. Department of State has told ABC News it is monitoring the local investigations into the three deaths, but said in a statement on Tuesday that “at this point, we are not aware of any connection between these incidents.”

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Pentagon warns Turkey it won’t receive F-35 if it buys Russian missiles

WORLD NEWS Pentagon warns Turkey it won't receive F-35 if it buys Russian missiles

Ministry of Defence via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon has warned Turkey that it has until July 31 to not purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system or the NATO ally will no longer be allowed to buy the sophisticated F-35 fighter or participate in any aspects of the program.

The move is the latest escalation in a high-stakes war of wills between the two NATO allies over whether Turkey should purchase a Russian weapons system that U.S. officials say is “incompatible” with America’s most sophisticated stealth fighter.

“While we seek to maintain our valued relationship, Turkey will not receive the F-35 if Turkey takes delivery of the S-400, “Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a letter Thursday to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. “You still have the option to change course on the S-400,”

Shanahan warned Akar that the United States has developed a plan to discontinue Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program by July 31 if it does not reverse its decision to purchase the S-400 missile system. The Russian system is believed to have a longer range and improved detection capabilities than American missile defense air systems.

The United States wants Turkey to purchase American-made Patriot anti-missile systems instead of the Russian-made S-400’s. But Turkish leaders have been adamant that they prefer the Russian missile system that they say is markedly better than the American system.

But U.S. officials are most concerned that Russia could use the anti-missile system to pinpoint the stealth fighter’s capabilities and potential vulnerabilities, particularly a radar profile that could make the stealth fighter detectable. Those concerns are why U.S. officials have said that the two systems are “incompatible”.

“We do not want to have the F-35 in close proximity to the S-400 over a period of time because of the ability to understand the profile of the F-35 on that particular piece of equipment,” Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment told reporters on Friday.

In addition to not delivering the four F-35 aircraft that Turkey has already purchased Shanahan said no additional Turkish pilots would be trained in the United States past July 31. By that date, many Turkish pilots who have been training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona will have completed their courses prior to departing the United States.

The U.S. decision could also have an economic impact inside Turkey where more than 900 parts found inside the F-35 are built, as part of the original international consortium agreement for American allies to develop the F-35.

About 400 of those parts, found in the aircraft’s landing gear and central fuselage, are exclusively made by Turkish manufacturers.

Lord said the Pentagon is already looking to make arrangements to find alternate production facilities in other countries by early 2020.

The Pentagon position seems to have been hardened by the recent acknowledgment by Turkey that it had already sent military personnel to Russia to train on the S-400 systems.

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FDA calls out e-cig companies using social media ‘influencers’ to market products

iStock/HAZEMMKAMAL(NEW YORK) — The federal government on Friday issued formal warnings to companies that use social media “influencers” to promote fruit flavored e-cigarette products.

In letters to four e-cigarette companies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the promotional posts on social media failed to include standard nicotine warnings.

“We cannot and will not risk a generation of youth to a lifetime of nicotine addiction,” Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement Friday.

Some of the flavors targeted by the FDA include “Mango Pineapple,” “Strawberry Kiwi,” and “Cotton Cookies Nicotine Salt.”

Solace Vapor said it plans to terminate its relationship with the social media influencer who was accused of improperly marketing the company’s products on social media.

“All of Solace Vapor’s internal packaging, marketing and nicotine warnings are compliant with FDA standards,” the company said in a statement to ABC News. We will be reviewing and terminating any and all 3rd party influencers who may not be compliant with our marketing policies.”

The move continues the FDA’s crackdown on what both Sharpless and his predecessors have called an “epidemic” of e-cigarette use by minors.

In a study from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 1 of every 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes last year. The same was true for about 1 of 20 middle school students. The results indicating an increasing trend in tobacco product use among teens.

Already known as a highly-addictive substance for all consumers, nicotine is particularly harmful to brain development in young people, according to the CDC. In some cases, the CDC says, nicotine has been found to cause lapses in focus and negatively impact the ability to learn.

Over the past year, the FDA has pursued more aggressive measures against companies that manufacture, market and sell e-cigarette products. Under federal regulation, the electronic devices and the nicotine infused liquids used in them are classified as tobacco products.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to conflate two types of FBI cases in viral video

Political News Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to conflate two types of FBI cases in viral video

Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In a video clip that has now gone viral, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pressed the FBI’s top counterterrorism official over what she called “discrepancies” between the FBI’s handling of violent white supremacists and Muslim extremists.

“There are holes, and there are gaps here,” the Democrat from New York told FBI Assistant Director Michael McGarrity during a House hearing on Tuesday, claiming Muslim perpetrators have been charged as “domestic terrorists” while white supremacists have avoided such charges.

But is that true? Not exactly.

She’s right that federal authorities have prosecuted such cases differently – but it’s not in the way Ocasio-Cortez claimed or for the reasons she seemed to imply.

Any “discrepancies” in prosecution are largely rooted in the laws as passed by Congress, not policy decisions made inside the FBI.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged, “It could be our fault as Congress.” And, as their back-and-forth escalated, McGarrity tried to caution her: “Some of the definitions we’re using, I think we’re talking past each other.”

But Ocasio-Cortez doubled-down the next day, posting to Twitter: “[T]he FBI witness tried to say I was wrong. … but then we checked. I wasn’t.”

Here are the facts:

‘Clearly domestic terrorism’

At Tuesday’s hearing, Ocasio-Cortez cited what she called two “clear” cases of domestic terrorism: A white supremacist’s 2015 attack on a historically-black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine African-Americans, and last year’s anti-semitic rampage inside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that left 11 Jewish worshippers dead. The congresswoman said those two cases “were only designated and charged as hate crimes, not domestic terrorism incidents.”

By contrast, according to Ocasio-Cortez, the ISIS- and al Qaeda-inspired attack inside a San Bernardino, California, municipal building in 2015 and the similarly inspired massacre at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub a year later “were designated and charged as domestic terrorist incidents.”

But Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be confusing two different types of FBI cases – a mix-up that even law enforcement officials outside the FBI often make too.

None of the perpetrators in those ISIS-inspired cases was designated or charged as a “domestic terrorist.” Instead, they were each designated and charged as a “homegrown violent extremist,” which may sound like a “domestic terrorist” but is actually quite different, at least to the FBI.

They are not the same

As McGarrity told the House panel at the beginning of the more than three-hour hearing on Tuesday: “The FBI categorizes [terrorism] investigations into two main programs: international terrorism and domestic terrorism.”

International terrorists include not only extremists overseas actively involved with groups designated by the U.S. government as “foreign terrorist organizations,” but also radicals inside the United States who draw inspiration from those designated groups – known as “homegrown violent extremists.”

The domestic terrorist designation, meanwhile, has little to do with international terrorism. “Domestic terrorists” are defined as those moved to violence by what McGarrity called “domestic influences, such as racial bias and anti-government sentiment.”

Though all terrorists inside the United States seek to inflict harm and create fear, “the FBI distinguishes” between those identified as “domestic terrorists” and “homegrown violent extremists,” based on what radicalized them to violence, McGarrity emphasized.

The FBI is currently investigating about 850 possible domestic terrorists and tracking another 1,000 potential “homegrown violent extremists,” according to McGarrity.

‘Congress doesn’t have a statute’

“However, what causes some confusion is that ‘domestic terrorism’ is not an offense or a charge,” the then-head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, John Carlin, explained several years ago.

The fact is domestic terrorism investigations – like those into the Charleston church shooting and the Tree of Life synagogue attack – cannot produce “domestic terrorism charges,” McGarrity reiterated Tuesday.

“You’re not going to find an actual charge of domestic terrorism out there,” he insisted.

There are actual terrorism charges available for cases tied to international terrorist groups.

The couple that launched the deadly San Bernardino attack were killed by police, but the Justice Department prosecuted a longtime friend of theirs who purchased two weapons used in the attack. He ultimately pleaded guilty to engaging in a “conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists,” as designated by the U.S. government. He has yet to be sentenced.

In 2017, the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter was indicted on charges that said she “did knowingly aid and abet [her husband’s] attempted provision and provision of ‘material support or resources’ … to a designated foreign terrorist organization.” A federal jury acquitted her of the charges.

But, unlike ISIS and al Qaeda, no network of American white supremacists has been officially designated a “terrorist group” – a move that could raise significant First Amendment concerns. And Congress has not passed laws explicitly criminalizing acts of “domestic terrorism.”

To bring federal charges against domestic terrorists, the FBI and Justice Department often rely on weapons-related statutes or laws tied to hate crimes.

That’s why the FBI “worked” the Charleston church shooting and Tree of Life synagogue attack “as both a domestic terrorism case and a hate crimes case,” McGarrity said.

“We’ll use any tool in the tool kit to arrest them,” he added.

If a white supremacist were tied to some group designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government, that could allow federal prosecutors to charge the white supremacist with the same offenses as an ISIS-inspired terrorist – but no such case has ever been identified.

‘Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook’

In her Twitter post on Wednesday, a day after the hearing with McGarrity, Ocasio-Cortez called the hearing “wild.”

But in saying her team “checked” and that she “wasn’t” wrong, it’s unclear exactly what Ocasio-Cortez believes she was right about during Tuesday’s hearing. Her office did not respond to emails seeking comment for this article.

Back on Twitter, she offered this conclusion: “Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook.”

Indeed, at the House hearing on Tuesday, other Democrats expressed concerns beyond the FBI, particularly over how the Department of Homeland Security is now addressing white supremacy.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman, D-Florida, said the Trump administration is “send[ing] a signal that you don’t care about it as much” by shifting resources “elsewhere” and reducing requests for federal to combat domestic terrorism.

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals whom he’ll be rooting for at the Tony Awards this Sunday

Entertainment News  Jake Gyllenhaal reveals whom he'll be rooting for at the Tony Awards this Sunday


Walter McBride/WireImage(NEW YORK) — The brightest Broadway stars will be out for the 73rd annual Tony Awards this Sunday, airing live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The musical Hadestown leads the pack of nominees with 14 nominations, while the revival of To Kill a Mockingbird comes in second, with nine nominations. But Jake Gyllenhaal, a presenter for the evening, already knows who he’s rooting for.

“I am very excited for a number of my friends, but particularly the extraordinary Ruth Wilson, who I starred alongside in [the 2015 play] Constellations… so I’m a little biased,” he tells ABC Radio. 

Wilson, best known for her roles in TV’s The Affair and Luther, is nominated this year for her role in King Lear. Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Laurie Metcalf, Bryan Cranston and Jeff Daniels are also among those recognized in the leading actor categories.

We may see Gyllenhaal on the list of nominees next year — his play Sea Wall/A Life hits Broadway this summer, after a successful off-Broadway run. The play is split between two monologues: Tom Sturridge performs the monologue “Sea Wall” by Simon Stephens, while Gyllenhaal performs “A Life,” by Constellations playwright Nick Payne.

The Tony Awards airs live on CBS Sunday, again hosted by James Corden and featuring performances by Cynthia Erivo and the casts of The Cher Show, Choir Boy, Beetlejuice and more.

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Avengers assemble on Netflix’s ‘The Chef Show’

Entertainment News  Avengers assemble on Netflix's 'The Chef Show'


Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Avengers fans who haven’t yet had their fill of Endgame should take a seat at the table and fill up on the new series of Netflix’s The Chef Show, which debuts today.  Specifically, the series’ second episode.

Created by Iron Man director and foodie Jon Favreau and star chef Roy Choi [CHOY], who Favreau trained with for his hit indie film Chef, The Chef Show follows the pair as they hit the road and sample some of the finest food in the country — and Favreau taps some of his celebrity friends to take the ride with them.

The first episode features Iron Man star Gwyneth Paltrow and stand-up comic Bill Burr.  The second episode, “Avengers Atlanta,” features Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., as well as Spider-Man star Tom Holland, Engame and Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. 

As the Marvel stars feast at an eatery called Holeman and Finch, they also talk shop. They reminisced about 2008’s Iron Man, with Feige saying they only hoped it “could just do well enough that maybe we can do another one.”

Marvel Studios has made 22 more superhero flicks since then.

Downey reveals the moment when he suspected the movie would appeal to a wide audience: “I just remember going to one of the midnight shows, and seeing a single mother [rocking] her baby in a carriage in the aisle, while she was watching it.”

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The Chef Show is now streaming on Netflix.

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