‘I think I’d take it’: In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump may not alert the FBI if foreign governments offered damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, he said, despite the deluge of investigations stemming from his campaign’s interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Asked by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office on Wednesday whether his campaign would accept such information from foreigners — such as China or Russia — or hand it over the FBI, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both.”

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump continued. “If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

President Trump made the remark during an exclusive interview with ABC News over the course of two days, wherein Stephanopoulos joined the president on a visit to Iowa and back to Washington for a day inside the White House.

Trump disputed the idea that if a foreign government provided information on a political opponent, it would be considered interference in our election process.

“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘oh let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”

President Trump lamented the attention on his son, Donald Trump Jr., for his role in the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016. Stephanopoulos asked whether Trump Jr. should have taken the Russians’ offer for “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton to the FBI.

“Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent,’ do you call the FBI?” Trump responded.

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do,” Trump continued. “Oh, give me a break – life doesn’t work that way.”

“The FBI director said that is what should happen,” Stephanopoulos replied, referring to comments FBI Director Christopher Wray made during congressional testimony last month, when he told lawmakers “the FBI would want to know about” any foreign election meddling.

But on Wednesday, the president refuted Wray’s sentiment.

“The FBI director is wrong, because frankly it doesn’t happen like that in life,” Trump said. “Now maybe it will start happening, maybe today you’d think differently.”

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Man charged in murder of Dallas transgender women Muhlaysia Booker

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The Dallas Police Department(DALLAS) — Police in Dallas have arrested a suspect in connection with a string of murders targeting black transgender women.

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, was charged with murder in the slaying of Muhlaysia Booker, a 22-year-old transgender woman who found shot to death in the city last month. Booker was last seen getting into a light colored Lincoln, which is the same type of car driven by Lyles.

Lyles was also named as a person of interest in the death of another black transgender woman, 26-year-old Chynal Lindsay, whose body was found in a Dallas lake less than a month after Booker’s murder. Police are also looking to see if he could be linked to the deaths of other transgender women in the city.

Lyles was arrested last week on unrelated murder charges in two other cases. Police later found evidence to connect him to Booker’s death.

“During the course of investigating these two cases, detectives recognized that arrestee Lyles drove the same type car that is believed to have picked up Muhlaysia Booker on May 18, 2019,” police said in a statement. “Cell phone analysis indicated that suspect Lyles frequented the Spring and Lagow area.”

“It further put him around Spring and Lagow at the time Muhlaysia was picked up on May 18th and later at the scene of her murder,” the statement added.

Booker was found “lying face down” on a Dallas road on May 18, police said, adding to a fast-growing number of national homicides targeting transgender women.

Booker gained national attention earlier this year when a video circulated online showing a brutal beating by several men in the parking lot of an apartment complex as a crowd cheered.

She told police that the incident occurred after a minor traffic accident and that the men yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs at her.

The Dallas Police department currently has four active murder investigations involving black transgender victims, with the oldest unsolved case dating back to 2015. Brittany White, 29, was fatally shot inside her car in southeast Dallas in October 2018 and another transgender woman was nearly stabbed to death in April.

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Kevin Durant’s surgery a ‘success’ after rupturing Achilles tendon

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Golden State Warriors’ star forward Kevin Durant confirmed that he ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the NBA finals in Toronto Monday night.

Durant confirmed that he had undergone surgery and that it was a success on Instagram.

“My road back starts now!” he wrote. “I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way.”

The injury was an emotional one as well, Durant said.

“Like I said Monday, I’m hurting deeply, but I’m OK,” he wrote. “Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night before that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat.”

Durant’s mom, Wanda Durant, opened up about whether he should have stepped on the court at all.

“I was excited for him because I know how much he loves the game and I know he’s been injured before, so I knew he wouldn’t jeopardize himself,” she told “Good Morning America” Wednesday. “So when he told me he was ready to play I said OK.”

Monday night’s game started out as the perfect comeback for No. 35, who hadn’t played since May 8 when he injured his right calf in a Western Conference semifinals game against the Houston Rockets.

“I was excited because he was doing so well and then when it happened I kinda just sunk,” Durant admitted of the moment she watched her son clutch his leg and fall on the court. “I was just glued on him and glued on his eyes to see how he was doing.”

She said it was “hurtful to see the anguish in his eyes and he looked as though he felt somewhat dejected.”

Wanda Durant watched as his teammates helped escort him to the locker room. She said she was in touch with him immediately.

“I talked to him five to 10 minutes afterwards. And he just told me not to cry,” she recalled. “I know he worked so hard to get back to play. And he just told me he was going to be OK and don’t worry.”

Warriors fans across the nation panicked when Durant, 30, went down again during the second quarter of Monday night’s game.

Even rapper Drake, a hardcore Toronto Raptors fan, was seen patting Durant on the back as he limped his way to the locker room with the help of staff.

Some fans in the arena initially cheered when Durant went down, but his mom said she didn’t hear about that until later on and has since forgiven the raucus crowd.

“I was really hurt and kinda disappointed that that was the first [response] after something so horrific. But because of the players in Toronto, Kawhi [Leonard] and [Serge] Ibaka, who I love very much and are dear sons of mine as well, they calmed them down – I was pleased with that. All is forgiven.”

“He gave us what he had. He sacrificed his body and we know how it turned out,” said teammate Steph Curry after the game.

Questions immediately arose, however, over whether the Warriors may have brought Durant back from his calf injury too soon and potentially cost him what could be the entire 2019-2020 season.

“It’s still out right now, he felt that he was able to play and they said that he could play,” Wanda Durant said. “We still have to analyze that see if they made the right decision.”

His mom added, “The doctors said that he was OK. Kevin couldn’t have gone on his own to say I’m gonna play without the advisement of the doctors.”

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who got choked up at times during a news conference after the game, said Durant had been with the medical team for weeks.

“He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. I don’t believe there’s anyone to blame. … But if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department,” Myers said.

Following his injury, Wanda Durant took to Twitter to clap back at critics who have questioned the NBA star’s integrity and love of the sport.

 “Over the years the last few years there’s been a lot of questions about who he is as a person, his love for his teammates, his love for the game. And it was really painstaking,” she said while holding back tears. “Because my son is an adult now and the NBA is his employer I chose not to respond, but after they questioned him faking an injury and using the injury for his benefit, I felt that was really harsh – so I just wanted to let them know that I’ve been hearing all of their words.”

She also took the opportunity to thank everyone who has rallied around her son in the face of his latest setback.

“To the fans all over the world who have sent us their prayers, who have contacted me over my social media, sent general responses, I’m just so grateful and our family is thankful,” she said. “And so for that, we have complete gratitude.”

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Former Stanford sailing coach dodges prison term in ‘Varsity Blues’ college entrance scam

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jejim/iStock(BOSTON) — The former Stanford University sailing coach charged in the massive “Varsity Blues” college entrance cheating scam avoided a prison term Wednesday when he became the first defendant in the nationwide scandal to be sentenced.

John Vandemore was sentenced in Boston federal court to six months of home detention and two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Vandemore, 42, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. Of the 22 defendants who have pleaded guilty, he was the first to be sentenced.

Vandemore had faced a sentence of 27 to 33 months in prison, but U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel departed from the suggested sentencing guidelines, concluding “he’s probably the least culpable in this case” and saying that it was hard to justify sending him to prison.

Technically, Zobel sentenced Vandemore to one day in prison, accounting for the time he spent in jail following his arrest in March.

During Wednesday’s court hearing, Vandemore apologized to those he said he hurt, including his wife, sister, father and friends, as well as his former Stanford team, the sailing community, and the sailing alumni of the Palo Alto, California, university.

“I love you and I’m truly sorry,” Vandemore said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen vigorously argued for a 13-month prison sentence for Vandemore, and he read several letters from high school students who were disheartened by the scandal, in which Vandemore and other coaches at elite colleges allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for helping get students from wealthy families into their schools.

“This is unfair,” Rosen said of the sentence handed down by Zobel. “This is totally unfair. This system is rigged. It is broken… If we give just a slap on the wrist instead of real punishment … we’re shortchanging not only the criminal justice system but all those kids in high school.”

But Zobel was unmoved by Rosen’s argument and expressed skepticism that Vandemore personally benefited from the scam, citing evidence that he gave all of the bribe money to the Stanford sailing program.

“I don’t know what we’re fighting about other than for your other cases,” Zobel told Rosen.

Vandemore’s lawyer, Robert Fisher, countered that his client should not be made an example in the widespread cheating scam.

“It’s unfortunate John has to be the first to go through this,” Fisher said. “I really don’t think this is about him.”

“He is doing anything and everything he can to rebuild his life,” Fisher added. “He’s been working extremely hard on this. You have a gentleman here today who has taken all the right steps. He admits he made a mistake. He’s remorseful and paid a very, very significant price.”

On March 13, federal prosecutors announced that 50 people, including 33 wealthy parents, were charged in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Those indicted included actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who prosecutors said allegedly paid bribes to William “Rick” Singer, who masterminded the scam.

Singer, the owner of a college counseling service and a sham charity called Key Worldwide Foundation, allegedly accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools. Singer, in turn, paid bribes to coaches, who allegedly claimed the students were recruited athletes despite never having played the sport they were recruited for.

Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, California, pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court in March on charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He cooperated with federal investigators, even wearing a wire to help investigators implicate parents in the scam.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 19.

Huffman, 56, is among the defendants who have pleaded guilty in the scam. She pleaded guilty last month to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Through tears, Huffman acknowledged that she was guilty of paying $15,000 to arrange for a college entrance exam proctor to correct her daughter’s answers, and for her daughter to be allowed more time to take the test. In exchange for her plea, federal prosecutors consented to recommend a sentence of four months imprisonment, a year of supervised release and a $20,000 fine.

Huffman is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 13 in Boston federal court.

Loughlin, 54, best known for her role as Aunt Becky in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 55, continue to fight the charges against them.

Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly agreed to pay Singer “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the indictment.

Both were initially charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. In April, prosecutors filed an additional count of conspiracy to commit money laundering against Loughlin, Giannulli and 14 other parents ensnared in the scam.


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6 arrested, 1 at large in $8K murder plot against Red Sox icon David Ortiz: Police

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Rob Carr/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Six men have been arrested in the brazen ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox icon David “Big Papi” Ortiz that occurred at a crowded nightclub in the Dominican Republic.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that the suspects set out to kill the retired baseball player to collect an $8,000 bounty placed on his head.

In a news conference in the Dominican Republic, police showed reporters the handgun used in the attempted hit job Sunday on Ortiz.

Police said a total of seven men were all part of the murder plot that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

Earlier, police identified one of the suspects as Eddy Valdimir Garcia, 25, who was nabbed by onlookers and beaten before being turned over to police minutes after Ortiz was severely wounded at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Garcia was treated at a hospital for his injuries.

Photos of officers escorting Garcia into a police station following his release from a hospital showed him with stitched up gashes on his forehead and nose, a fresh bruise above his right eye and a busted lower lip.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet publicly identified the suspect who shot Ortiz.

Surveillance video taken from the nightclub showed the gunman walking up behind Ortiz as he was sitting at the bar and shooting him in the back at close range.

Garcia allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting, according to police. But his attorney, Bunel Ramirez Meran, said Tuesday night that Garcia is not the gunman who shot Ortiz. Meran said Garcia is innocent.

Charging papers obtained by ABC News show that Garcia is charged with “intentionally causing injury through the use of an illegal firearm” in addition to attempted homicide and criminal association.

Garcia has been remanded into custody while legal proceedings are underway, documents showed.

Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, said that Garcia confessed to playing a role in the shooting, but he would not elaborate on what the suspect told the police.

Meran said that Garcia is accused of being the motorcyclist who drove the shooter to the Dial Bar and Lounge. Meran noted there is no legal distinction between being the author or the accomplice to a crime in the Dominican Republic.

After being shot and collapsing at the bar as a crowd of patrons scattered at the sound of gunfire, Ortiz underwent surgery at a Santo Domingo hospital. During the operation, doctors removed part of his small and large intestines and liver.

He was flown to Boston late Sunday night on an air ambulance jet chartered by the Red Sox team and underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“David continues to recuperate today in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of treating trauma surgeon Dr. David King,” Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement released Wednesday.

“Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps. His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” she added. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”

The security camera footage from the Dial Bar and Lounge acquired by ABC News shows a chaotic scene erupt as the gunman boldly approached Ortiz from behind and shot him without warning and in front of numerous witnesses.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, was speaking to Ortiz at the bar when the shooting broke out and was also injured, according to The Associated Press. Lopez suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck in the leg, apparently by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

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Democrats vote to hold Barr, Ross in contempt after Trump asserts privilege over census documents

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to recommend the full House hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress, after President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over materials related to the committee’s census investigation.

The panel adopted the contempt resolution on a mostly party line vote of 24-15 on Wednesday afternoon, with Republican Rep. Justin Amash notably joining all Democrats in voting for the resolution while all other Republicans voted against.

The privilege assertion marks the latest escalation in the battle between the Trump Administration and House Democrats investigating Ross’ move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which Democrats claim was intended to intimidate immigrants and minorities, and depress the party’s representation across the country.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings has accused both the DOJ and Commerce Department of stonewalling his investigation by withholding documents and preventing witnesses requested by the committee from testifying on the issue.

“For months, the Trump Administration has claimed that the decision to add the citizenship question was made at the Department level rather than at the White House,” Cummings said. “But now the president is asserting executive privilege over all of these documents. This begs the question—what is being hidden?” he said in opening remarks.

Cummings said the committee has obtained evidence that shows Ross was pushing staff to add the citizenship question months before the department made the request, and that he was doing so at the urging of the White House.

“We also now have evidence that President Trump’s advisers began discussing the citizenship question long before he took office,” Cummings said. “After the inauguration, President Trump discussed the idea with his top White House aides, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, who in turn pressed it with Secretary Ross.”

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd argued in a letter Tuesday that the department has sought to engage in good faith with Cummings and handed over thousands of documents relevant to its investigation. Boyd accused the committee of refusing to engage with the department over a “limited subset” of the requested documents that might be privileged information.

“The Committee has failed to abide by the constitutionally mandated accommodation process by declining to negotiate over the scope of the subpoenaed materials or to recognize legitimate executive branch interest, as well as by its premature decision to schedule a contempt vote,” Boyd said in the letter.

Boyd also addressed criticism from the committee on the DOJ blocking testimony from John Gore, principal deputy assistant attorney general for the civil rights division. The department contends that Barr had only instructed Gore not to testify after the committee declined the department’s request to have counsel accompany him in his transcribed interview.

Reacting to the privilege letter in the committee hearing Wednesday, Cummings said it was part of a broader effort by the Trump Administration to dodge oversight from the legislative branch.

“[The Justice Department] has made very clear that they will not produce the key documents that we have identified as priorities,” Cummings said. “This does not appear to be an effort to engage in good faith negotiations or accommodations, instead it appears to be another example of the administration’s blanket defiance of Congress’ constitutionally mandated responsibilities.”

The contempt vote comes just days after Barr reached a separate agreement with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler regarding his request for underlying documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Nadler similarly had his committee vote to hold Barr in contempt early last month for withholding those documents, which led Barr to request that Trump invoke executive privilege over the materials the committee requested.

However, Nadler announced on Monday that he was suspending any potential move to hold Barr in criminal contempt.

House Democrats did move forward on a separate resolution Tuesday allowing committee heads to go to court to seek the enforcement of subpoenas, which could speed up their plans to sue the administration for defying subpoenas related to the census, the president’s tax returns and other issues.

On Wednesday, House Democrats received an update on their multiple legal battles against the Trump administration from House counsel Douglas Letter, whose presentation appeared to tamp down expectations that Democrats’ lawsuits – particularly those over the president’s financial records, and a potential lawsuit over a subpoena for his tax returns – would be resolved quickly.

“Without getting into the specifics of the timing, it was sobering, that some of this will take a long time,” Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, a member of leadership and the House Ways and Means Committee, said after the meeting. “The less-optimistic scenario is that we’re well into next year on some of these.”

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‘Younger’ stars tease “a lot of drama” is in store for season six

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TV Land(NEW YORK) — Younger is all grown up and heading into season six.

The TV Land comedy’s premise once revolved around Sutton Foster’s Liza, a 40-something woman secretly pretending to be a millennial for the sake of her career in publishing. But now, almost everyone knows her secret.

“It’s a really exciting season,” Foster tells ABC Radio. “I feel like it’s in many ways like Younger has settled into this sort of new territory. It’s grown up a lot.”

This season, Younger is exploring the decidedly more grown-up relationship between Liza and her former boss, Charles, played by Peter Hermann. But it won’t come without complications — one of them being the fact that Charles left his job as publisher to be with Liza.

“You know, he didn’t just give up a job, he also gave up a part of his identity,” Hermann says. “…The ground is really shifting and you see what he’s willing to give up and what he’s not willing to give up.”

The season six premiere will also show the fallout as Hilary Duff’s Kelsey succeeds Charles as publisher, and will reveal whether Nico Tortorella’s Josh is going to be a father. Plus, you’ll want to see three characters sing a rousing rendition of “9 to 5.”

Molly Bernard, who plays Kelsey’s bestie, Lauren, sums up it best: “This season is a lot of drama.”

Younger airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.

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Marine Corps F-35 stealth fighter conducts flyover of White House during Polish president’s visit

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Warrant Officer Bobby Yarbrough/Marine Corps Recruit Depot(WASHINGTON) — A F-35 Marine Corps fighter conducted a flyover of the White House on Wednesday to mark Polish president Andrzej Duda’s visit and Poland’s agreement to purchase the advanced aircraft from the United States.

Presidents Trump and Duda, accompanied by their wives, went to the White House South Lawn to watch the F-35 perform the flyover and then hover above, a capability unique to the Marine version of the aircraft. They waved as the plane flew overhead

The rare, if not unprecedented, White House flyover is the first for the U.S. military’s most advanced aircraft.

Speaking to reporters earlier on Wednesday, President Trump previewed the flyover, saying two fighters would make two passes over the White House before going “straight up,” motioning with his hand.

“They’re going to put on a very small show for us, but it’s going to be something,” he said.

A defense official told ABC News that the White House Military Office had made a request to the Pentagon on May 19 for a Marine F-35 to carry out the flyover, and that the request was approved 10 days later. Two Marine F-35’s were flown from their home base in Beaufort, South Carolina, with one slated to serve as a “spare” aircraft, the official said.

The White House said the flyover partly recognizes Poland’s decision to acquire F-35s of its own, a long-sought-after purchase so that Warsaw could replace aging Soviet-era planes.

Trump said that Poland had agreed to purchase “32 or 35 brand new F-35s at the highest level.” He later said the number was 32.

As did Trump, the White House had said two fighter planes would be on display.

“In honor of today’s visit by President Duda of the Republic of Poland, two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will conduct a brief flyover above the White House this afternoon,” confirmed White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley in a statement. “We appreciate Poland’s plan to purchase this exceptional aircraft and welcome the opportunity for DOD demonstration pilots to showcase the F-35 while logging required training hours.”

The F-35s were expected to fly about 1,000 feet over the White House at 115 miles per hour, one official said.

Trump has described the F-35 stealth aircraft as “invisible” and has personally intervened with the aircraft’s producer Lockheed Martin to lower the cost of the program.

In addition to the F-35 sale, Trump said on Wednesday that as many as 1,000 U.S. forces would rotate through Poland from U.S. bases in Germany.

A U.S. official told ABC News that the 1,000 additional rotational forces in Poland would be stationed at various Polish bases in the country.

A statement on President Duda’s website said the United States had also agreed to deploy to Poland an Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone squadron, establish a U.S. Special Operations capability and as well as a division headquarters. The statement added that the U.S. military moves would be undertaken at no cost to the United States.

There are already 4,500 U.S. troops that rotate through Poland as part of a NATO mission. The U.S. is also helping to construct a missile defense base in Poland, which aims to defend U.S. and European allies from a “rogue” missile threat, namely Iran.

The announcement of further U.S.- Poland military cooperation did not include the establishment of a U.S. base in Poland, dubbed “Fort Trump,” which was originally proposed by the Poles to counter Russian aggression, the U.S. official confirmed.

Trump told reporters that talks continue around a possible U.S. base, saying, “We haven’t finalized anything.”

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A one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition doesn’t work, even for twins, gene study finds

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(NEW YORK) — Once thought to be unattainable, an individualized nutrition plan based on a person’s specific metabolism, genetics and lifestyle may soon be a reality, according to researchers.

Those researchers, from King’s College London and Massachusetts General Hospital, announced preliminary results from their Predict study at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual conference. The researchers say it is the largest long-term study to investigate individual metabolic responses to food.

“There is a lot of variability in the ways in which healthy people react to food,” Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and the lead author of the study, told ABC News. “Current nutritional guidelines are unlikely to be helpful for most.”

The study involved over 1,100 people, including 479 identical twins, who were given meals that were heavy in either sugar or fat in an effort to see how they responded. Specifically, they had a group of people fast overnight before feeding them a breakfast high in fat and low in sugar followed by a lunch that was low in fat and high in sugar. They took blood samples throughout the day to measure fat and sugar levels.

The participants were then sent home for two weeks, where they ate standardized meals. Each person’s sleep, exercise and additional meals were tracked. The researchers took stool samples at the beginning and end of the study to analyze each person’s microbiome — the bacteria found in the gut — to determine how it might relate to metabolism.

Although the total data is still being evaluated, the results so far have been surprising because they contradict the notion that a standardized approach to diet is best for everyone.

Identical twins, who share the same DNA, did not metabolize foods in the same way, the researchers said. In fact, they found no similarities between the way identical twins metabolized meals that were high in fat and only about a 30% association in the way they metabolized sugar.

Based on these findings, knowing how a person metabolizes sugar will not help explain how they might also metabolize fat.

“Genetics may not explain most nutritional differences among people,” said Spector. “Most of this variation that affects our weight, risk of diabetes and heart problems is potentially modifiable for an individual.”

The researchers also analyzed how a person’s metabolism may influence food choices, such as if it drives them to prefer savory or sweet foods or vice versa. However, Spector said that it was still unknown “how food preferences relate to food responses, but we do have the data.”

Spector’s study also found that microbiomes differ between identical twins, who shared only about 37% of their gut microbes with each other. By comparison, the study found that unrelated people share about 35% of the same gut microbiota.

“There are many contributory factors to the microbiome,” Spector said, “including birth circumstances, breast feeding and early childhood infections.”

Using the study’s findings, Spector was able to design a computer program that could accurately determine how people’s bodies would respond to sugar in the study. The hope is that this program will someday allow people to understand how different foods affect their bodies specifically.

Until then, Spector recommended that people incorporate other strategies into their diets.

“Most people will still benefit from eating more plants and fiber and more fermented foods to improve gut microbes,” he said. He also advocated for other novel approaches that may be beneficial, like intermittent fasting. “Try and experiment with your routine, try skipping meals and working out different meal timings to see which suits you best.”

The team is currently recruiting people for Predict II, a collaboration between Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University, with the intention of adding to their understanding of metabolism.

Vanessa Cutler, MD, is a resident physician in psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center who is working with the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Republicans join Democrats to rebuke Trump’s ’emergency’ $8B arms sale to Saudis, Emiratis

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CIL868/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Congress is moving ahead with legislation to block $8 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates after the Trump administration declared an “emergency” to bypass Congress and move ahead with the controversial sale over lawmakers’ objections given the two countries’ human rights records.

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper was called up to defend the decision Wednesday, but faced a grilling from both Republicans and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While the Trump administration has defended the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Congress has said business as usual must end, in particular because of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents and the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition’s bombing campaign in Yemen.

Clarke said the growing threat from Iran and its ally the Houthi rebels fighting the coalition-backed government in Yemen and the administration’s desire to improve Saudi and Emirati “readiness” and reassure them of U.S. support predicated an emergency.

“There is no emergency. It’s phony, it’s made up, and it’s an abuse of the law — once again, attempting to cut Congress out of the whole picture,” said the committee’s chair, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. “This is not a dictatorship. We don’t rule this country by fiat … Remember when you were in school and you learned checks and balances? Congress is a coequal branch of government.”

The committee’s highest-ranking Republican, Rep. Mike McCaul, called the move “unfortunate” and said he was blindsided by it after talking to National Security Adviser John Bolton a week prior to the emergency declaration. He and Engel both questioned how it was an emergency if the transfer of most of these weapons would take months, if not years in some cases — and why the administration didn’t give Congress a formal 30-day notice instead to allow it to vote on the sales.

Congress is typically first informally notified about an arms sale, allowing lawmakers a chance to work with an administration about any concerns. Once those concerns are settled, the State Department makes a formal notification, giving Congress 30 days to pass a resolution of disapproval if they choose. Otherwise, the sale gets the green light.

Some members had delayed these sales because of their concerns over the Saudi and Emirati coalition’s alleged war crimes in Yemen — using U.S.-made bombs to target civilians and civilian infrastructure — as well as their human rights abuses at home. To push past those objections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the emergency declaration on May 24, which bypasses congressional authority for an arms sale.

Clarke dismissed several members’ concern about being bypassed by saying Congress had been consulted informally for months about these sales — some as long as 18 months.

“I don’t know how much more consultative we can be in that sense… Our communication and our engagement with Congress never abated. There was never a cessation of it at all,” Clarke said, adding that Congress’s delays instead helped to create the emergency by harming the Saudis and Emiratis’ readiness.

That drew ire from lawmakers. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., accused him of “gaslighting” and called his arguments “an absurdity,” while Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., scolded Clarke, “Please don’t … I don’t appreciate the effort to be clever and refuse to answer the question.”

In particular, several members were upset that Pompeo briefed them three days before he made the emergency declaration and did not mention it. Clarke declined to say when exactly the decision was made to declare the emergency, but said the threat intensified in those three days to warrant the emergency — which several members did not buy.

Democrats called the emergency “bogus” or “phony,” as well as the sales themselves “appalling,” “illegal,” and an “abuse of authority.”

The sale includes defensive Patriot missiles to protect from Houthi attacks, such as the one on Abha International Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that injured at least 26 civilians. But a “number of them” of the sales are for offensive weapons for the Saudis to conduct their bombing campaign in Yemen, Clarke said.

Among those are $2 billion worth of precision-guided munitions that Clarke said are already being provided to the coalition. That is what most Democrats expressed concern about — as they’ve been used in bombing civilian targets.

Clarke said it was important to proceed with the sales to keep the Saudis’ trust: “We want to make sure that these particular partners not only had that reassurance, it’s to send a message that we do trust them as a partner,” he said.

That also sparked backlash: “They continue year after year in Yemen to hit [civilian] targets that we have specifically asked them not to hit, and our response to that is to blow past congressional objections to give them these weapons so that they can trust us. Isn’t the issue whether we can trust them?” asked Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J.

The Senate has previously introduced its own bipartisan legislation to block all 22 sales, and it will vote as soon as next week on the resolutions. So far, there are four Republicans who will join the 45 Democrats and 2 Independents in support of the measure, clinching its passage, with the resolutions’ proponents saying the vote total could get as high as 70.

That high a figure seems unlikely, however, and if the resolutions pass both chambers, Trump is still expected to veto them — his second veto to support the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition’s war in Yemen and only the third of his presidency.

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Posted On 12 Jun 2019