David Ortiz arrives at Boston hospital after getting shot in Dominican Republic

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz arrived in Boston on Monday night from a hospital in the Dominican Republic after he was shot in the back at a nightclub by a man who police say confessed to the ambush attack.

The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited through his abdomen, according to Ortiz’s father, Americo Enrique Ortiz, who spoke to reporters outside the hospital in Santo Domingo where his son was being treated. He said his son got out of surgery just after midnight on Monday and was in stable condition.

Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox president and chief executive officer, said Monday afternoon that the team sent a medical air ambulance to pick up Ortiz and jet him back to Boston to be treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. He said he hoped Ortiz would be back in Boston “sometime later tonight.”

Ortiz arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

“David Ortiz is one of the most celebrated and beloved members of the Red Sox family,” said Kennedy, adding that the shooting was jarring news to the team, from the front office to the players, coaches and fans.

In the Dominican Republic, Dr. Abel Gonzalez said the shooting left Ortiz, the married father of three children, with significant injuries.

“The wound caused damage to the liver [and] small intestine. We had to remove part of the intestines as well as [part of] the liver,” Gonzalez said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The shooting unfolded Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in the nation’s capital. Security camera footage acquired by ABC News shows a crowded bar with people scattering after shots are fired and Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appear to grab his side and then collapse.

The man who allegedly shot Ortiz was identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia.

Garcia reportedly confessed to shooting Ortiz, according to Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police. Duran declined to elaborate on what the suspect told the police.

In a brief statement, police said they do not believe robbery was the motive.

Garcia apparently tried to flee the nightclub after the shooting but onlookers immediately stopped and attacked him before he was turned over to the police and taken to a hospital for treatment. He was treated and released into police custody.

Garcia suffered a head contusion, trauma to his thorax and injuries to his left knee and right leg when the crowd detained him, according to the Dominican Republic National Health Service.

Duran said Garcia appeared to be under the influence when police took him into custody. He said police are awaiting a toxicology report to determine if Garcia was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Duran said Garcia has a criminal record, including minor drug trafficking arrests.

Kennedy, the Red Sox president, said a medical team in Boston has been in communication with physicians treating Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. He said Ortiz’s condition is “still serious.”

“But he is stable enough to be transported back here to Boston to continue care,” Kennedy said.

Dr. Gonzalez said Ortiz was conscious on Monday afternoon and his blood pressure was good.

“Today, his tubes were removed, he opened his eyes and the first thing he asked was to see his family,” González said of Ortiz. “He is in good spirits, waiting to travel to Boston this afternoon to see his physician and his wife.”

Americo Ortiz also attended the news conference and personally thanked the doctors and staff at the Abel González Center for Advanced Medicine in Santo Domingo who treated his son and likely saved his life.

He said he wanted to make it clear that his son, who was born in Santo Domingo and is one of the most famous baseball players in the country’s rich history of the sport, was not being taken back to the U.S. because of lack of service in the Dominican Republic.

“We are very satisfied with the service,” said Americo Ortiz, explaining that his son’s family and personal doctors are in Boston.

David Ortiz left the hospital by ambulance just after 5 p.m. local time on Monday and was driven to an airport to be placed on the medical ambulance jet.

“Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” MLB tweeted on its official Twitter account.

News of Ortiz being shot reached some Boston officials, including Mayor Marty Walsh, as they were helping to launch a new gun violence prevention effort in the city.

“It’s a tough situation. Hopefully, he’s OK. He’s such a big Boston icon and part of our city, part of our life here in Boston,” Mayor Walsh told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she is praying for Ortiz to make a full recovery.

“There’s nobody who’s a bigger fighter who knows how to step up in a time of crisis than Big Papi,” Healey said told WCVB.

Ortiz was part of three Red Sox World Series championship teams — in 2004, 2007 and 2013. He’s credited with helping to break the so-called “Curse of the Bambino,” derived from the Red Sox sale of Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1918 and, according to superstition, led to Boston’s 86-year championship drought.

Lovingly known as “Big Papi,” he was a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger winner and finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five times. He was also the World Series MVP in 2013.

Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a legend in the Dominican Republic in his own right, and a former teammate with Ortiz on the 2004 champion Red Sox team, tweeted, “I’m at peace knowing you out of danger, you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice.”

Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016. He hit .315 and led the American League in doubles and runs batted in during his final season, but held fast in his decision to walk away from the game as he had announced months earlier.

He finished his career with 541 career home runs, 17th all-time, and was eighth all-time in extra-base hits (1,192) and 12th all-time in doubles (632).

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019

19-year-old surfer wounded in possible shark attack off North Carolina coast

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WWAY-TV(OCEAN ISLE, N.C.) — A teenage surfer was rushed to the hospital on Monday after suffering from a possible shark attack off the coast of North Carolina, officials said.

The 19-year-old boy was bitten at around 2 p.m. while surfing in waters off Ocean Isle Beach, located along the southern portion of the state’s coastline. Emergency workers said he sustained a bite to the soft tissue area of his right foot.

First responders said they were able to control the “serious bleeding” before transferring him to a hospital in Wilmington — about 50 miles northeast of the scene. They said the teen appeared to be in stable condition and was talking with staff along the way.

Officials with the Ocean Isle Police Department and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the incident to confirm the type of bite he suffered.

The boy’s family, who identified him as Austin Reed, said they panicked when they saw him running across the beach bleeding. His grandmother said he appeared to suffer from a “deep tooth bite.”

“Austin is one to goof around a lot so [we] thought he was just kidding,” the teen’s brother told ABC affiliate WWAY-TV on Monday. “Yeah, I guess he really nonchalantly was like, ‘yeah, I got bit by a shark,’ and everybody was like ‘what!?’ and then they saw the blood and stuff. He’s alright.”

The terrifying incident came about a week after another North Carolina teenager lost her leg in a shark attack about three hours away.

Paige Winter, 17, was bitten by a shark on June 2 while swimming off North Carolina’s Atlantic Beach, which is about 140 miles north from where the Monday attack occurred.

She suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas” and had to have her leg amputated, authorities said. Her father manged to punch the shark in a move that may have saved her life, authorities said.

“Her family expresses their appreciation for the first responders, the individuals on the beach who helped and her heroic father who saved her life,” Vidant Medical Center, which treated Winter, said in a statement. “Despite this unfortunate circumstance, Paige is an unwavering advocate for the marine life and the animals who live in the water.”

“She wishes for people to continue to respect sharks in their environment and their safety,” the statement added.

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Missouri’s only abortion clinic allowed to keep operating

iStock/LPETTET(ST. LOUIS) — A circuit court judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction that will allow Missouri’s only remaining abortion clinic to continue operations.

The court has ordered the state’s health department to make a decision about renewing the clinic’s license by June 21, according to Planned Parenthood.

“Today’s decision is a clear victory for our patients — and for people across Missouri — but the threat to safe, legal abortion in the state of Missouri and beyond is far from over. We’ve seen just how closely anti-health politicians came to ending abortion care for an entire state,” president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement. “We are in a state of emergency for women’s health in America. In Missouri, and across the country, Planned Parenthood will do whatever it takes to combat the extreme, dangerous, and unconstitutional efforts by politicians to ban access to health care including safe, legal abortion. We will never stop fighting for our patients.”

Planned Parenthood was initially granted a request for a temporary restraining order on May 31, the day that the clinic’s license would have lapsed, forcing it to close at midnight and making Missouri the first state in the U.S. without an abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood said it had applied to have the license renewed, but the Associated Press reported that Planned Parenthood said state officials claimed they are investigating “a large number of possible deficiencies,” though no further details were given.

The state had asked to interview all seven of the clinic’s physicians, Planned Parenthood said last month, but the state would not provide any guidance on what the doctors would be asked during the interviews. Those interviews could lead to the doctors losing their medical licenses or possible criminal prosecution, Planned Parenthood said.

Missouri is one of several states that have passed abortion bans in recent months. In May, Gov. Parsons signed an abortion ban after 8 weeks of pregnancy, though it has not yet taken effect, and was met with immediate legal challenges.

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Government surveillance photos of travelers hacked in ‘malicious cyber-attack’

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iStock/RiverNorthPhotography(WASHINGTON) —  Government surveillance photos of international travelers and license plates were hacked as part of a “malicious cyber-attack” on a federal contractor, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Monday.

None of the photos have ended up online, according to CBP, but the agency said in the statement that it’s working to figure out, “the extent of the breach and the appropriate response.”

The hack took place after the images were transferred to the network of a private subcontractor, which CBP said was a violation of department policy.

“No CBP systems were compromised,” the agency said in the statement.

The subcontractor broke multiple security and privacy protocols, according to CBP, which continues to investigate the incident. Federal officials said they learned of the violations and subsequent attack late last month.

The ACLU responded to the news calling on the federal government to end those type of data collection efforts.

“The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain such data in the first place,” ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Neema Singh Guliani said in a statement on Monday.

Guliani warned against CBP expanding the use of facial recognition technology and said that Congress should investigate how the agency collects and uses personal data.

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Santa Anita to continue racing because reforms are ‘working,’ spokesman says

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Mario Tama/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) — Santa Anita Park will not heed the California Horse Racing Board’s recommendation to suspend racing in the wake of two more horse deaths over the weekend because the reforms that were enacted earlier in the year appear to be effective, according to a spokesman.

In March, the park announced a series of changes surrounding horse safety, including a “zero tolerance” policy for the use of medication on racing day in the wake of more than two dozen horse deaths since December 2018.

The California Horse Racing Board further voted to limit whips on racing day as well, a rule that applies to Santa Anita.

After the reforms took place, the park saw up to seven weeks of “clean racing,” Stefan Friedman, spokesman for The Stronach Group, a company that owns the park, told ABC News. In addition, the track has seen 50% fewer catastrophic breakdowns during racing and 84% fewer catastrophic incidents during training, Friedman said.

There were no horse fatalities between April 1 to May 18, when the death toll remained at 23, Santa Anita said in a statement last month. But after that time, the number of horses dying began to climb once again.

On Sunday, 3-year-old Truffalino collapsed in the final stages of the third race and died of a heart attack, Friedman said. The day before, 4-year-old Formal Dude broke down while nearing the finish line in the 10th race and was euthanized, he said.

A total of 29 horses have died at Santa Anita since the start of the racing season.

The chairman, vice chairman and executive director of the California Horse Racing Board recommended on Saturday that Santa Anita suspend racing for the seven remaining race days of 2019, which lasts until June 23, but continue training during that time period, according to a statement from Mike Marten, the board’s public information officer.

“It is our understanding that Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race,” the California Horse Racing Board said in a statement over the weekend.

Under current California law, the board does not have the authority to suspend a race meet or remove race dates without the approval of the race track operator or without holding a public meeting with 10 days’ notice, Marten said.

 Santa Anita’s decision to stay open was made after and “extensive consultation” among the The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers, according to a joint statement from those organizations.

Friedman described the most recent horse deaths as “really devastating,” adding that the decision to continue racing “was not made lightly.” The park and the California Horse Racing Board have a “really good relationship,” Friedman added.

“The reforms that we instituted are working,” Friedman said. “Do we have a lot more work to do? Absolutely. And everyone at this track, whether it’s the Stronach Group or the horsemen or the trainers or the jockeys, are fully on board and committed to the goal of having zero catastrophic breakdowns.”

In April, PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo told ABC News that the animal rights advocacy group supported the new rules that Santa Anita put into place, calling them the “first step in what needs to be an overhaul in racing nationwide.”

“The reason that we take that perspective is that the broken bones in California are happening all over the country,” Guillermo said, referring to horse injuries.

Friedman argued that if Santa Anita were to shut down the track, it would be a “terrible signal to everyone that these reforms were ineffective, and that’s just not correct.”

“Secondly…to shut down racing and essentially shut down training, you’re taking about closing down a facility and the horses,” Friedman said. “There’s no place for them to go in this juncture in California,” he added.

Nearly 2,000 horses live on site and hundreds of Santa Anita employees live and work on site as well, Friedman said.

Guillermo said in a statement Monday that what’s happening at Santa Anita is a “microcosm of what’s happening in racing nationally: broken bones, death and public outrage.”

“Their bodies litter tracks in New York, Kentucky, Florida, Texas and many other states,” she said, adding that PETA recently called for tracks nationwide to suspend racing until they can implement “long-needed and significant changes that will help end the cruelty and protect horses.”

Santa Anita Park will host the 2019 Breeders’ Cup world championships on Nov. 1 and 2.

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Parents may be the secret weapon in the battle against childhood obesity: Study

iStock/Dmitriy Protsenko(NEW YORK) —   About 14 million children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese.

Being overweight as a child is associated with obesity as an adult. What is even more concerning is that since 1970s, rates of childhood obesity have tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Overweight or obese children are at a higher risk of developing medical problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep disorders like sleep apnea, according to the CDC.

But what strategies can parents use to help their children maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center recently tested a new program known as DRIVE (Developing Relationships that Include Values of Eating and Exercise), which emphasizes parental involvement in reducing child obesity. Their results were published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

“Parents being a source of change was the factor that made this program work,” said Dr. John Apolzan an assistant professor of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and one of the authors of the new study.

Researchers took 16 families with children ages 2 to 6 years old, and randomly assigned them to one of two treatment groups: a health education group, or the DRIVE group, which had a more rigorous weight-management program.

The health education group was mailed pamphlets on nutrition and parenting strategies for change, but did not receive any coaching or personalized interventions.

Meanwhile, families in the DRIVE group met with a psychologist or a nutritionist, and were challenged to reduce screen time, engage in more physical fitness activities and plan healthier meals.

Families in the group that was mailed pamphlets did not receive behavioral interventions with follow ups.

 Researchers followed the families in both groups for 19 weeks, and monitored changes in their weight, waist circumference and body mass index.

According to Apolzan, there was less of an increase in the BMI of children in the DRIVE group, with average gains of 0.6 pounds at nine weeks and a 1.3-pound weight gain at 19 weeks, which he said was attributable to normal growth spurts.

Some of the parents in the DRIVE group were able to lose weight as well, averaging a 7.5-pound weight loss by the end of the study.

Children in the less rigorous health education group gained 3.3 pounds nine weeks into the study, and 5 pounds at 19 weeks — significantly more than their DRIVE counterparts.

Researchers believe these weight increases are due to a less structured weight management program.

Dr. Apolzan emphasized that the DRIVE study was not a weight loss study, but rather focused on weight management in children at risk for obesity — researchers were focused on making sure that families adopted healthier lifestyle practices.

Helping kids stay active, low-sugar snacks, and incorporating more fruits and vegetables are some steps that families can take to being healthier.

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Trump claims undisclosed component to US-Mexico migrant deal, Mexico contradicts him

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iStock/MicroStockHub(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that there is another, secret component to the migration deal with Mexico that will be revealed “in the not too distant future,” but Mexico’s foreign minister contradicted him.

“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body” the president tweeted. “We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!”

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that there is another, secret component to the migration deal with Mexico that will be revealed “in the not too distant future,” but Mexico’s foreign minister contradicted him.
“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body” the president tweeted. “We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!”
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 But Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday said there were no undisclosed parts of the U.S.- Mexico deal.

“Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement,” Ebrard said at a morning press conference. “It is an immigration agreement, not a commercial one.”

The White House did not respond to a question about what the president made reference to, but when asked about Mexico’s denial, Trump told reporters Monday, “I don’t think they’ll be denying it very long.”

“We have an agreement on something that they will announce very soon. It’s all done,” he added, saying it would be announced “at the appropriate time” after Mexico’s legislature approves it.

He again threatened tariffs on Mexico if its legislature does not ratify this unknown part of the agreement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed up Trump’s claim, saying, “There were a number of commitments made,” but that he couldn’t go into details.

On Friday night, after days of talks between U.S. and Mexican leaders, a joint declaration was reached to curb the record number of migrants crossing the southern border. Mexico agreed to deploy its National Guard throughout Mexico to crack down on human smuggling and trafficking, and expand the implementation of existing “Migrant Protection Protocols,” a policy that requires migrants to remain in Mexico while their asylum request in the U.S. is adjudicated.

During negotiations the United States also wanted Mexico to agree to a “safe third country” agreement, where asylum seekers would be granted asylum in Mexico and be unable to claim asylum in the US, but Mexico ultimately got the U.S. to back off that request.

Mexico’s Ebrard referred to Mexico’s resistance to that demand over the weekend and said that the United States began with demands for “drastic measures” but they were ultimately able to reach “middle ground.”

The agreement also did not include any promises from Mexico to increase agricultural purchases, which the president tweeted about on Saturday morning.

 The president spent the weekend and Monday morning defending the U.S.-Mexico agreement on Twitter against criticisms the deal does not include anything new. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mexico’s Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez had already agreed to deploy Mexican national guard troops to the border during a March meeting in Miami, a Mexican official confirmed to ABC News.

Trump balked at the idea nothing was new and called the report “false and untrue.”

Pompeo also spoke to reporters Monday to praise the deal as “diplomacy at its finest,” a sign of “the enduring strength too of the relationship between our two countries,” and “a significant win for the American people.”

“I’ve seen some reporting that says these countless hours were nothing, that they amounted to a waste of time. I can tell you that the team here at the State Department believes full-throatedly that this is an important set of agreements,” he added. “The scale, the effort, the commitment here is very different.”

In particular, he said the U.S. ability to now deport asylum seekers to Mexico as their cases are adjudicated will expand to “full throttle” and the deployment of National Guard troops was secured in the meetings and would be Mexico’s “biggest effort to date.”

Mexico’s foreign minister said Monday that their government was already planning to send 6,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico-Guatemala border, but as a result of the deal with the U.S. announced on Friday, that deployment is now happening faster.

The Mexicans were also hesitant about the president’s claim that Mexico agreed to a significant increase in Mexican agricultural purchases.

“I want to be quite clear – there is no agreement of any kind that has not been made known,” Ebrard said on Monday. “We do not have a specific agreement on products.”

The White House and USDA did not respond to a request for comment, however a senior administration official told ABC News there was a “verbal” agreement, although no specifics were discussed.

Some critics said the deal was nothing more than a way for the president to save face after threatening unpopular tariffs against Mexico.

“These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases months ago,” Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told ABC News’ “This Week.”

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How will presidential candidates’ stance on abortion rights shape 2020 election? ‘The View’ discusses

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Dustin Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the rise of anti-abortion laws in the U.S. and the continuing conversation on both sides of the aisle about abortion rights, “The View” co-hosts discussed the consequences presidential candidates could face regarding their stance on the issue.

Following the announcement from former Vice President and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden that he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the use of federal funds for abortion, “The View” weighed in on his decision and whether fellow presidential candidates will use it against him.

Guest co-host Ana Navarro predicted that the public won’t see anything come from Biden’s reversed stance for at least another ten months.

“He’s at the top. He’s got the greatest name ID,” Navarro said. “When you’re at the top, that means more attacks. It means more scrutiny. It means higher expectations — that’s a problem for him.”

“I think he’s been somewhat clumsy the last couple weeks,” Navarro continued. “People don’t want to feel like, even if it is Joe Biden — who they have affection for — that he’s taking it for granted.”

“He’s got time to get it together, but he has to get it together,” Navarro added. “Part of me is disappointed by the way he’s handled it, but part of me also thinks that it’s OK to evolve if you learn more facts, if it’s a genuine evolution.”

Sunny Hostin said she related to Biden’s struggle with the abortion issue as a Catholic, while also saying his changed position will become problematic.

“You have women of color and black women that make presidents, and you realize that the Hyde Amendment affects predominantly women of color and African Americans,” Hostin said. “For him to come out and not recognize that immediately … I don’t know that you can call it clumsy.”

“I don’t know why he wouldn’t recognize that. He was a senator for so very long. He was the vice president for eight years. He has to understand his constituency,” Hostin continued. “I think that’s going to be very problematic for him.”

Meghan McCain called the Hyde Amendment “a great compromise between pro-choicers and pro-lifers,” and pointed out that Biden supported the amendment for decades.

“I think flip-flopping on something like this — I actually was surprised by it because he’s filling the moderate compromise lane as the candidate,” McCain said. “He’s alienating the lane that I still see as the easiest way to beat President Trump, and you’re alienating a lot of moderates.”

“I feel slighted as a conservative and feel slighted as someone who was open to him being president,” McCain added. “It’s a dangerous lane for him to take to go super far left. It’s very dangerous.”

 Whoopi Goldberg sounded a warning to 2020 candidates regarding an Alabama law that protects the parental rights of rapists.

“One issue that every candidate needs to start paying attention to is the fact that because there’s so much anti-abortion law like in Alabama, certain things aren’t happening. In Alabama specifically, a woman who was raped cannot get an abortion, but the parental rights of her rapist are protected. There are things to work out.”

Navarro pointed to a new poll conducted by CNN, the Des Moines Register and Mediacom that revealed abortion rights are the top issue among caucus-goers.

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Tree planted at White House by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron dies

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A tree that President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron planted at the White House last year — a symbol of the two nations’ long friendship — has died.

The oak tree sapling, imported from France’s Belleau Wood forest, was planted by the two presidents last year as a representation of the two nations’ friendship.

The European Sessile Oak originated from the site in France where more than 9,000 U.S. Marines died in battle during World War I. It was planted on the South Lawn of the White House on April 23, 2018 during Macron’s state visit, but mysteriously disappeared five days later.

A tweet by French ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud on April 29 indicated that the tree was not missing, but was quarantined. The mandatory quarantine is for any living organism imported to the U.S. The tree was to be replanted later.

The tree was never replanted and died in quarantine, a diplomatic source told Agence France-Presse.

Since the planting of the “friendship tree” the two leaders’ relationship has grown rocky over issues including, what to do in Iran, addressing climate change and world trade.

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Who is Nixon White House counsel John Dean and why do Democrats want his testimony?

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Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) —  Former White House counsel John Dean, who played a key role leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, testified on Monday before the House Judiciary Committee about possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

It’s been 46 years since Dean sat before the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973 and captivated the country by revealing Nixon’s involvement — as well as his own — in the scandal. Nixon would resign the following year and Dean, who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, would serve four months in a minimum security facility.

“In many ways, the Mueller report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate road map, officially titled the grand jury report and recommendation concerning transmission of evidence to the House of Representatives, was to President Richard Nixon,” Dean said at Monday’s hearing. Democrats had called him to hear his take on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

On Sunday, President Trump tweeted his thoughts on Dean’s upcoming testimony, calling him a “sleazebag.”

Dean, 80, who has repeatedly criticized Trump as a cable television pundit, also took to Twitter to attack Trump ahead of his testimony.

“Would someone get Trump a dog. He needs a friend so he won’t endlessly vent on Twitter,” Dean tweeted.

46 years later, the testimony that precipitated a presidential resignation

Dean was only 32 years old when he was hired as Nixon’s White House counsel. He joined the administration two years before five men, hired by Nixon’s re-election campaign, broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex, though he testified he didn’t know about it when it happened. Afterward, when he began to learn the details, he engaged in the cover-up.

And he testified that Nixon did, too. He was one of the first officials in the administration to do so.

Tapes of their conversations were eventually released, on which Dean is clearly heard telling the president, “We have a cancer within, close to, the presidency, that is growing.”

After Dean was sentenced, he started on a path to educate and share the story of his Nixon years. Now 79, he’s written almost a dozen books on politics and history, including a day-by-day account of what Nixon knew in the Watergate scandal and when he knew it.

On Trump’s radar

Dean hasn’t been a Republican since he testified in 1973, he said in his interview with Baldwin. He’s a registered Independent, and he said he’s voted for both Democrats and Republicans over the years. But he clearly disapproves of the Trump White House and often used the president’s own most common medium to share why.

Dean has made it onto the president’s radar in the past. Trump, reacting to a story that his own White House counsel Don McGahn had talked to special counsel Robert Mueller, said it wasn’t true that McGahn was “a John Dean type ‘RAT.'”

In an interview last year, Dean was asked to compare his experience to McGahn’s. Dean has long said that he decided to testify because he suspected the administration was going to use him as a scapegoat.

“Today, they are much more aware of these things because of what happened during Watergate, when we learned about these laws the hard way,” Dean said.

He also spoke of connections to Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney who pleaded guilty to paying two women for their silence ahead of the 2016 election, among other charges.

Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, is an “old friend” of his, Dean said.

“Lanny knows Watergate pretty well and saw certain parallels between his client’s situation and mine. I was happy to share with Lanny information to refresh his recollection about those times,” Dean said in late August, after he was featured in the president’s tweet.

Dean at the Kavanaugh hearing’s

He testified at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on a subject he’s spent the past four decades unpacking: whether a president is above the law.

The answer, according to famed Watergate whistleblower John Dean, is an emphatic no.

Dean was called to testify by Democrats, who asked if he thinks a sitting president can be subpoenaed or indicted.

Dean, an outspoken Trump critic, warned the committee of the risks of a “weak check” on presidential powers that a right-leaning court could bring, according to his testimony.

“There is much to fear from an unchecked president who is inclined to abuse his powers. That is a fact I can attest to from personal experience,” Dean said. “If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, I submit we will have the most pro-presidential powers Supreme Court in the modern era.”

Dean brought up the different arguments and statements Kavanaugh has made over the years on presidential privilege, from the nominee’s time working with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr on the investigation of former President Bill Clinton to his time working as an associate White House counsel under President George W. Bush, which Dean called “inconsistent.”

“In short, under Judge Kavanaugh’s view, even if a president shot someone in cold-blood on Fifth Avenue, that president could not be prosecuted while in office. And based on Judge Kavanaugh’s thinking at the time, he would give a president plenty of time to destroy the evidence,” Dean wrote.

He also gave his opinion on the documents detailing Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House that were withheld from the committee, a storyline that dominated the hearings since day one.

Dean wrote of Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Clarence Thomas, “both of whom went to the Court with clouds questioning their honesty and integrity hanging over them.”

“If these hearings do nothing else they should establish beyond a reasonable doubt, if possible, that another cloud regarding truthfulness of another justice does not cast doubt on the Court. This is the reason Judge Kavanaugh should want every document he has ever touched reviewed by the committee, unless he has some he wants hidden,” Dean ended his statement.

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019