Secretary Blinken to visit Qatar, discuss future of Afghanistan operations
Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to Qatar to thank the nation for its support in the Afghanistan evacuation efforts. He will also discuss the future of U.S.-Afghanistan relations. Christina Ruffini has the details.news.yahoo.com
‘I have not yet begun to fight,’ Matt Gaetz vows at Trump’s Doral golf club
“When you see the anonymous sources and insiders forecasting my demise, know this: They aren’t really coming for me. They’re coming for you. I'm just in the way," U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said at a high-profile appearance Friday night at former President Donald Trump’s Doral golf club in Miamisun-sentinel.com
Claims against Cuomo: A look at the women's allegations
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool, File)NEW YORK – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing allegations that he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately toward women who worked with him or met him elsewhere — now including one he encountered while on official business. The woman, Sherry Vill, said at a press conference Monday that Cuomo forcibly kissed her cheeks and made her uncomfortable while examining flood damage at her home. The newspaper didn’t name the woman, who said that she told Cuomo to stop groping her and that he had touched and flirted with her previously. Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin responded by reiterating his denials of inappropriate advances and touching.
Vice presidents' policy projects come with political risks
That's likely to be the case for Vice President Kamala Harris, who this week was named the new point person on immigration. This is definitely not a ceremonial task,” said Nina Rees, a former deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Harris' team has clarified that the vice president does not own all of immigration policy. Kamarck's argument bucks the traditional wisdom, which says if a vice president does well on thorny issues, more credit goes to the president and, if not, it gives the president some political cover. The matter of who gets praise, or blame, is even trickier when it's clear the vice president has White House aspirations.
Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent. Trump kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified U.S. Capitol. There were lawyers, White House messaging meetings, and a media blitz run by allies on conservative television, radio and websites. But there was no effort from the White House to line up votes in the president’s defense. The team around Trump is hollowed out, with the White House counsel’s office not drawing up a legal defense plan and the legislative affairs team largely abandoned.
Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent. Trump kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified Capitol. There were lawyers, White House messaging meetings, and a media blitz run by allies on conservative television, radio and websites. But there was no effort from the White House to line up votes in the president’s defense. Trump was expected to release a video response to the impeachment vote later Wednesday.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Clinton and Patterson again team up for political thriller
Clinton and Patterson are teaming up again with The President's Daughter," to be released in June 2021, the book's publishers announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. The plot for The President's Daughter would seem uncomfortable for Clinton, who has a daughter, Chelsea. This novel is completely and fully fiction, says Washington, D.C. attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for Clinton and Patterson. Clinton and Patterson were represented by Barnett and Deneen Howell of Williams & Connolly.
Linda Tripp, central figure in the Clinton impeachment, dies at 70
Tripp's taped conversations with Lewinsky triggered the sex-and-lies probe dogging US President Bill Clinton. Linda Tripp, the former White House employee who became a key figure in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died at age 70. More from NBC News:Diane Spreadbury, a close friend of Tripp, told NBC News that it was great loss and Tripp was "a fantastic friend." Tripp's official cause of death is unknown, but Spreadbury told NBC News it was not coronavirus related. Lewinsky offered well wishes to Tripp on Wednesday after seeing reports that Tripp was ill."no matter the past, upon hearing that linda tripp is very seriously ill, i hope for her recovery," Lewinsky wrote.cnbc.com
Linda Tripp, a key figure in the Clinton impeachment, has died at age 70
Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at age 70. In August 1994, Tripp became a public affairs specialist at the Pentagon, where Lewinsky worked after being a White House intern. Tripp made secret tapes of conversations with Lewinsky, who told her she had had an affair with Mr. Clinton. Tripp turned almost 20 hours of tapes over to Kenneth Starr, the independent prosecutor investigating the president, prompting the investigation that led to his impeachment. As news broke Wednesday that Tripp was near death, Lewinsky tweeted that she hoped for her recovery "no matter the past."cbsnews.com
Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial
(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White House counsel Pat Cipollone and longtime Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on the defense will be Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton. A look at who's who:PAT CIPOLLONEThe current White House counsel, Cipollone is an unassuming and private figure who built a career around complex litigation. In the White House, he has forcefully defended Trump's right to executive privilege and argued that congressional investigators have no right to question White House staffers about their conversations with the president. Herschmann served various roles at the Southern Union Company, a natural gas utility, including as senior executive vice president, president and chief operating officer.
Trump impeachment trial fight for Bolton testimony echoes Monica Lewinsky
Now it is Bolton, fired last September from his job as White House national security adviser, who is the potential prize witness in Republican President Donald Trumps impeachment trial. Former lawmakers and aides who played key roles in Clintons impeachment trial recalled in interviews with Reuters many of the same tensions and fears that are playing out today. Democrats say Bolton could provide a first-hand account of important discussions regarding Ukraine in the White House. Nobody disputes the fact that the president (Trump) made the (telephone) call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Biden, Gramm said. In 1973, a former White House aide named Alexander Butterfield told a Senate committee about the existence of an Oval Office taping system.feeds.reuters.com
At-home rape kits now off the market
Two states have asked the makers of the PRESERVEkit at-home rape testing kit to stop marketing the product. NEW YORK - Two companies who were advertising at-home sexual assault evidence collection kits appear to have halted selling and marketing the products after widespread objections and two state attorneys general threatened the companies with legal action. MeToo Kits, another company that had advertised an at-home sexual assault evidence collection kit, apparently suspended its website as of Friday afternoon. Advocates for sexual assault victims have also opposed the use of at-home kits. Valentine said it's important to keep getting the word out about the potential harm of these at-home sexual assault collection kits.
New 'American Crime Story' season to focus on Clinton impeachment
(CNN) - The next installment of FX's "American Crime Story" franchise, set to debut weeks before the next presidential election, will revisit a scandal that rocked politics. The cable network on Tuesday announced "Impeachment: American Crime Story," a new season of the anthology series that FX says will unravel the story behind the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Annaleigh Ashford has been cast as Jones, while Beanie Feldstein and "American Crime Story" vet Sarah Paulson will play Lewinsky and Tripp, respectively. The new season is set to debut Sept. 27, 2020, roughly six weeks before the next presidential election. "American Crime Story" has previously covered the trial of O.J.
Donald Trump’s attacks "didn’t work before" and "won’t work again,” Hillary Clinton says
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says if Donald Trump chooses to attack her husband over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, “that’s his prerogative.” But she promises to “stick to substance” when it comes to fighting for women’s rights.cbsnews.com
Monica Lewinsky aims to help victims of cyberbullying
Monica Lewinsky aims to help victims of cyberbullying Calling herself "patient zero," Lewinsky says being at the center of a sex scandal turned her into a case study on cyberbullying. She says she hopes to help other victims by sharing her own experience. Michelle Miller reports.cbsnews.com