Month: February 2019

Toronto under extreme cold weather alert – Global News

Toronto under extreme cold weather alert – Global News

Toronto under extreme cold weather alert Global News The conditions are expected to remain frigid Monday evening with a low of -12 C and -20 C with the wind chill overnight. View full coverage on Google News

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Arrest warrant imminent for New England Patriots owner – ABC News

Arrest warrant imminent for New England Patriots owner ABC News Robert Kraft prostitution scandal offers cautionary tale on the pursuit of fame The Globe and Mail State attorney’s office refutes ESPN report that there’s a bigger name than Robert Kraft in pros…

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Shoe business: NBA lifts Cousins’ technical foul – ABS-CBN News

Shoe business: NBA lifts Cousins’ technical foul ABS-CBN News DeMarcus Cousins snaps out of frustrating slump, carries Warriors past Hornets INQUIRER.net Warriors overcome Steph Curry’s cold shooting to defeat Hornets Sports Interactive Network Philippines ‘H…

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Barrick’s Subsidiary Sends Two Shareholder Proposals — Newmont – Kitco News

Barrick’s Subsidiary Sends Two Shareholder Proposals — Newmont Kitco News Barrick increases pressure on Newmont ahead of possible takeover bid The Globe and Mail Barrick Amasses Stake in Newmont, May Push for Changes Bloomberg Newmont deserves a premium from …

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North Korea Leader Kim Says Ready To Denuclearise – NDTV News

North Korea Leader Kim Says Ready To Denuclearise NDTV News North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday he was willing to give up his nuclear weapons and he would not be holding a second summit with U.S…. View full coverage on Google News

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Prengaman Named to Lead AP's West Region

Prengaman Named to Lead AP’s West Region

Peter Prengaman, an award-winning multiformat global news manager, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’ West Region.

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Stay Tuned for a Trump Split Screen Featuring Cohen and Kim

Two nearly simultaneous events will have very different story lines involving President Trump.

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Graydon Carter Joins the Newsletter Brigade

The former editor of Vanity Fair is going digital.

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NOT REAL NEWS: A Look at What Didn’t Happen This Week

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts:

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Guardiola Expects Man City to Suffer in Tricky Trip to Newport

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola predicts his side will “suffer” against fourth-tier Newport County in their FA Cup fifth round match on Saturday but has urged his players to adapt to a battered playing surface at Rodney Parade.

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The Note: Betrayed at home, empty-handed abroad

The Note: Betrayed at home, empty-handed abroad

The TAKE with Rick Klein
President Donald Trump is headed home early and empty-handed, having been betrayed by an old friend at home and disappointed by a new one abroad.
In the wake of Wednesday’s explosive public hearing , and with a closed-door session before the House Intelligence Committee still ahead of him, it’s what Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen may have wanted to say but couldn’t that should scare the White House .
And with the surprise, early wrap to the president’s second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, it’s what Trump definitely wanted to do but didn’t that might ultimately scare the world.
Trump cited the North Koreans’ insistence on immediate sanctions relief as his reason to leave without having signed anything.
“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said at his Thursday news conference, held ahead of schedule so he could depart Vietnam earlier than planned.
Trump’s willingness to believe Kim’s denial of involvement in the death of Otto Warmbier evoked memories of Helsinki, when he said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was ” extremely strong ” in his denials about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election . Meanwhile, Cohen’s cooperation with the Southern District of New York — cooperation made clearer in Wednesday’s hearing — will linger well beyond the week.
A day that could define Trump’s presidency showed the limits of his personality-first leadership style. The president returns home with more on his plate than when he left.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
Five Democratic senators, actively running for president , are rolling out new legislation that would legalize marijuana at the federal level.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., authored the bill. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Kamala Harris , D-Calif., and Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are co-sponsors.
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker speaks at his “Conversation with Cory” campaign event at the Nevada Partners Event Center, Feb. 24, 2019, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The sweeping legislation would not only remove the drug from the list of controlled substances — formally legalizing it at the federal level — but also expunge the records of those who previously convicted of offenses related to marijuana use and possession.
The authors of the bill point specifically to the disproportionate negative impacts of the dated “War on Drugs” on low-income communities and people of color.
While the bill likely will go over well in progressive circles and, perhaps, among civil libertarians, it could draw tough criticism from Republicans and other Democrats for moving too far too fast.
The TIP with John Verhovek
Nevada may come fourth in the presidential nominating process, but the number of 2020 Democratic hopefuls visiting the Silver State is an indication of the outsize role it’s likely to play again this cycle.
(AP | EPA via Shutterstock) Julian Castro, left, and Kamala Harris. The state was strategically important for Hillary Clinton, whose victory in the 2016 primaries over Sanders cemented her status as the front-runner in the race. Presidential candidates Harris and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will both be in the state on Thursday for events in Las Vegas. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, visited last weekend.
Local Democratic Party officials told ABC News they are looking forward to the influx of candidates and aren’t nervous about states like California or Texas encroaching on their “First in the West,” status by moving their primary dates up in the calendar.
“We’re not concerned about California or Texas moving up because of how unique we are and how competitive our state is,” Nevada Democratic Party Executive Director Alana Mounce told ABC News at the Democratic National Committee’s Winter Meeting in Washington. “Because of the diversity, because we are the only battleground state in that window we know that anyone who does well in Nevada is going to do well in the general election.”
THE PLAYLIST
ABC News’ “Start Here” Podcast. Thursday morning’s special edition features an analysis of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi from our team on the ground in Vietnam. Then, ABC News’ Kyra Phillips and Chris Vlasto break down the marathon day of testimony from President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
President Donald Trump departed Hanoi, Vietnam early Thursday morning, en route to Washington. Michael Cohen appears privately before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington. The American Conservative Union hosts Day Two of its annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Remarks begin at 8:30 a.m. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce holds a hearing on the Paris Climate Agreement at 10 a.m. in Washington. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., travels to Nevada for her first trip to the state as a presidential candidate. Presidential candidate and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro meets with DREAMer mothers at noon PST in Las Vegas. Later, he joins a roundtable with local nonprofit leaders working on immigrant rights. Former Vice President Joe Biden joins former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to launch the “Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership” at 3:30 p.m. CST at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Download the ABC News app and select “The Note” as an item of interest to receive the day’s sharpest political analysis.
The Note is a daily ABC News feature that highlights the key political moments of the day ahead. Please check back tomorrow for the latest.

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Brothers, 15 and 16, arrested for allegedly raping their 96 year old great-grandmother

Brothers, 15 and 19, arrested for allegedly raping their 96-year-old great-grandmother News / 26 February 2019, 12:14pm / Lerato Selepe File photo: African News Agency (ANA)
Johannesburg – A 15-year-old boy and his 19-year-old brother were expected to appear in court for allegedly repeatedly raping their 96-year-old great-grandmother.
The rapes are alleged to have started in December in QwaQwa, Free State but the family only laid a charge this past Sunday because the teenagers had continued raping the old woman.
Eastern Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said it all started in December when the family took the old woman to a doctor after it had been found that she had been raped.
The doctor is alleged to have confirmed that the old woman had indeed been violated.
Instead of alerting the police, the family is alleged to have spoken to the boys about the matter and told them to never do it again.
However, the boys allegedly continued raping the old woman which prompted the family to finally lay charges this past Sunday.
“On Sunday a case of rape was opened and our team went on a manhunt. Unfortunately, the search was unsuccessful as the suspects were not found,” Mophiring said
“On Monday, the older suspect,19, handed himself over to the Family Child Protection and Sexual Offence unit at Makwane Police station and this led to the arrest of the second suspect age 15,” he added.
The minor’s case was expected to be heard on Tuesday while his brothers were set for February 27 at Makwane Magistrate Court.
Mophiring also added that the old woman had stab wounds on her body and it was unclear if she had been stabbed by the two suspects.
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Michael Cohen Warns Republicans: “I Did the Same Thing You’re Doing Now”

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Cohen then offers a remarkable warning to the Republicans on the committee as to what happens to those who stand by Trump.
“I did the same thing that you’re doing now for ten years. I protected Mr. Trump for ten years,” Cohen says.
“Look what’s happened to me.”
Cohen adds: “The more people that suffer Donald Trump , as I did blindly, are going to suffer the same consequences that I did.”

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Upland: 7-month-old baby girl allegedly killed by her mother identified

Upland: 7-month-old baby girl allegedly killed by her mother identified Share:
The 7-month-old baby girl allegedly killed by her mother in Upland has been identified by police. Share: KABC Updated 13 minutes ago UPLAND, Calif. (KABC) — The 7-month-old baby girl allegedly killed by her mother in Upland has been identified by police. Authorities identified the slain infant as Ezlynn Ortega. Police also identified her 1-year-old brother as Jerricho Ortega. Ezlynn was found with skull fractures inside an Upland apartment on Tuesday and later died. EMBED More News Videos
Tierra Ortega of Upland is expected to face charges in the death of her infant girl and serious injuries to a son who was allegedly thrown off a balcony, police say. Jerricho was found outside that apartment building after apparently being thrown off the two-story structure allegedly by his mother, Tierra Ortega. EMBED More News Videos
Raw video shows an injured 1-year-old child on a stretcher being placed inside a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter. Tierra Ortega then apparently jumped head first from her own second-story balcony onto the ground as police were arriving on scene, authorities said. Both children were airlifted to an area hospital. Ezlynn died from her injuries, and Jerricho sustained a broken foot and was listed in stable condition. Tierra Ortega, who is expected to face murder charges, is set to appear in court on Thursday. Police are still trying to determine a motive.
Officers interview Tierra Ortega after finding injuries to her young children at an Upland apartment building.

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One of the strongest Arctic outbreaks of winter is ready to surge into the Lower 48 in early March

One of the strongest Arctic outbreaks of winter is ready to surge into the Lower 48 in early March The Washington Post 1 day ago Ian Livingston Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Virginia first lady under fire for handing cotton to black students Virginia’s first lady, Pam Northam, faces allegations of racial insensitivity weeks after her husband, Gov. Ralph Northam, was caught in a scandal over a photo of a person in blackface and another in a KKK robe. NBC’s Geoff Bennett reports for TODAY. TODAY Steve Bannon backs “gladiator school” to bolster Europe’s right wing Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is backing a new academy in Italy that will give students tools to defend “the Judeo-Christian West.” CBS News California flooding leaves town surrounded by water North of San Francisco, a flood emergency forced thousands from their homes. In Sonoma County, the Russian River is approaching its highest level in about 25 years. Meg Oliver reports. CBS News 1 Cancel SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Is extreme weather related to climate change? The Washington Post See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Is extreme weather related to climate change? The Washington Post 2:21 Virginia first lady under fire for handing cotton to black students TODAY 2:43 Steve Bannon backs “gladiator school” to bolster Europe’s right wing CBS News 1:35 California flooding leaves town surrounded by water CBS News 1:21 Michael Jackson’s accusers describe alleged abuse CBS News 8:04 Trump addresses Michael Cohen’s testimony after summit with Kim Jong Un The Washington Post 1:41 The Hanoi summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in less than 3 minutes The Washington Post 2:51 Scientists find evidence of ‘Planet Nine’ at edge of Solar System Newsweek 2:51 Rain returns to the South and California floods continue CNN 1:30 Trump on Kim summit: Sometimes you have to walk CNN 1:28 Kim Jong Un ‘felt badly’ about Otto Warmbier, Trump says ABC News 1:42 Jim Acosta: This moment was striking and bizarre CNN 1:33 Chris Christie says Trump is ‘fuming’ that Republicans didn’t defend him during Cohen testimony Newsweek 0:27 Theatrics aside, here are the moments that matter CNN 4:14 Virginia first lady under fire for giving black kids cotton ABC News 0:28 Beto O’Rourke has made decision about presidential run Reuters 0:43 UP NEXT If the forecasts for first week of March are verified, the groundhog may have to go into hiding over its early February prediction of an early spring . One of the coldest weeks of the winter season, compared to normal, is on its way.
At peak, it will feel more like midwinter than early spring for much of the Lower 48.
“The most unusually cold air in the Northern Hemisphere is set to nose-dive into the U.S. to start March,” tweeted Ben Noll , an atmospheric scientist based overseas.
What that means on the ground is that large portions of the north-central U.S. could struggle to get above zero, with widespread nighttime lows in the minus-10 to minus-20 range a decent bet in that region. It’s also possible that every state except perhaps Georgia, South Carolina and Florida will face high temperatures at or below freezing during the stretch.
This morning, DTN Weather, a provider of data and forecasts, highlighted the widespread nature of the massive cold snap slated to enter the Lower 48 as March gets going.
“Temperatures will run 20-30 degrees below normal in spots,” it wrote.
Some locations seem likely to end up even colder than 30 degrees below normal. While the forecast highlighted above is still at a range where confidence in details remains on the low side, it is also very impressive for a five-day average, one that will smooth some of the extremes seen during shorter time scales.
Around March 4 or 5, there could be a day or two with temperatures 20 to 40 degrees below normal encompassing about one-third of the country, from Montana to Wisconsin in the north and then sweeping south across most of the central United States between the Rockies and Mississippi River. The cold ultimately makes it to the Mexico border with Texas and into the Gulf of Mexico.
© National Weather Service/ The NWS in Missoula, Mont., is advertising a brutal day today. (National Weather Service) In addition to the cold being extreme for such a late date in winter, it is also expected to affect an unusually large part of the contiguous United States. Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist from Alaska, points out the 90 percent odds of below-normal temperatures over one of the greatest portions of the country since such forecasts began in 2014.
Some places are waiting for the big cold to arrive. Others continue to live it.
Even before the advertised Arctic outbreak to come, much of the north-central portion of the country is already dealing with an extra deep kind of freeze. In Montana, for instance, wind chills below zero are anticipated for much of Tuesday.
Actual temperatures were near or below zero for lows in the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Tuesday morning. Single digits stretched well south into portions of Oklahoma and Texas.
Although the Arctic onslaught in early March is set to affect much of the Lower 48, the worst of its cold seems likely to fit into a similar pattern seen of late.
The general story of the past several weeks has been of major to extreme cold being centered on the northern Plains region and easing slightly heading west and east. The difference from normal temperature maps so far in February shows that idea well. A huge chunk of real estate is 20 degrees or more below normal, which is exceptional on a monthly time scale.
A place like Great Falls in Montana, just to the east of the continental divide, is running a whopping 27 degrees below normal for the month of February.
Great Falls broke another record low Tuesday morning, with a reading of at least minus-22. The average temperature there is about minus-1 this month to date. That’s the second coldest February on record for the city, and the coldest since 1936, when observations were taken at a different location nearby. Third place there is an incredible 10 degrees warmer!
© weatherbell.com/ The cold air blast to start off March, as shown by the GEFS weather model. (weatherbell.com) Although Great Falls might not get its coldest February ever recorded, it is still a remarkable chill compared to recent history. A number of other locations nearby, like Rapid City in South Dakota, are testing similar marks. The upcoming cold spell should again target these areas with some of the harshest conditions.
While long-term ideas into mid-March tend to show warmer and more stable conditions returning to the southeast in particular, there’s seemingly no immediate end to the persistent cold pattern in the north and northwest anytime soon.

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Kamala Harris: Trump is a racist

Kamala Harris: Trump is a racist

Kamala Harris: Trump is a racist Yahoo! News 35 mins ago Kadia Tubman Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Trump arrives in Hanoi for second Kim summit To a red carpet welcome US President Donald Trump landed in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump arrived hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Vietnamese capital by customized armored train and limousine for their second summit. (Feb. 26) Associated Press Ivanka Trump: Americans want to work for what they get Ivanka Trump addresses Ocasio-Cortes’ Green New Deal in an interview with Steve Hilton on ‘The Next Revolution.’ FOX News U.S. broadcast journalists to be deported from Venezuela after upsetting President Nicolas Maduro A six-person team of journalists will be deported from Venezuela after upsetting President Nicolas Maduro during an interview at the presidential palace in Caracas, Reuters reports. Time 1 Cancel SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Kamala Harris on whether she thinks Trump is a racist: ‘I do’ MSNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Trump arrives in Hanoi for second Kim summit Associated Press 1:13 Ivanka Trump: Americans want to work for what they get FOX News 0:49 U.S. broadcast journalists to be deported from Venezuela after upsetting President Nicolas Maduro Time 1:16 Antarctic iceberg twice the size of NYC may break soon USA TODAY 0:39 Pompeo contradicts Trump tweet on North Korea threat CNN 1:46 Sanders: We’ll bring a lie detector to Trump debate CNN 1:12 Mueller’s Russia Investigation: Who Is Konstantin Kilimnik? The Wall Street Journal. 2:50 Venezuela’s Maduro: US planning military invasion to get him out ABC News 1:58 When confronted with UN report, Maduro accuses Tom Llamas of lying ‘just like Trump’ ABC News 1:55 Responding to critics, Maduro says that Venezuela has the economic capacity to advance ABC News 1:19 Trump falsely claims Ivanka ‘created millions of jobs’ CNN 0:48 5 found dead by police in Pennsylvania apartment Newsweek 0:40 Trump imitates Xi Jinping’s associates, calls them ‘central casting’ The Washington Post 1:05 Trump says ‘signing summit’ with Xi for U.S.-China deal possible soon Reuters 0:27 Trump Says US Has ‘Hottest’ Economy And Every World Leader Congratulates Him For That Newsweek 0:22 Stewart urges Congress to fund 9/11 program Reuters 1:30 UP NEXT
“I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” presidential candidate Kamala Harris said when an interviewer asked if she thought President Trump is a racist.
“When you talk about him calling African countries s-hole countries, when you talk about him referring to immigrants as rapists and murderers, I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” Harris told reporter Terrell J. Starr in an interview with The Root.
“So you definitely agree that he’s a racist?” Starr asked again.
“I do, yes,” she said. “Yes.”
The junior senator from California is one of two black candidates in the running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Asked if she would “have a conversation” about reparations for African Americans for slavery and Jim Crow, Harris said she would. She added that she supports the wholesale legalization of marijuana and believes sex work should be decriminalized for consenting adults.
The interview came a day after Trump lashed out at Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee on Twitter for what he called a “racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!”
Lee’s acceptance speech included a call to action for the 2020 election. “Let’s all mobilize,” he said. “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”
Trump’s attitude toward African-Americans is expected to be one of the topics that his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, will be asked about at his appearances before Congressional committees, according to the New York Times . Cohen, who will testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday, is expected to be asked about Trump’s reported use of racist language during the decade he worked for the Trump Organization.
Last November, Vanity Fair reported a conversation Cohen had with Trump about the racial makeup of a 2016 campaign rally. In the interview, Cohen said, “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.’”

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Maryland Democrat Apologizes For ‘N District’ Slur

Maryland Democrat Apologizes For Allegedly Calling County A ‘N District’ 2:10 PM 02/26/2019 | Politics Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter A Maryland Democratic lawmaker apologized to the state’s Legislative Black Caucus Monday after calling a district in Prince George’s County a “n district.”
Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, who is white, was approached by the caucus regarding her alleged remarks Monday night, after news broke that Lisanti had said the racial slur at a cigar bar in Annapolis, Maryland, while speaking to a colleague, who was also white, after work late one night.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland chair, Del. Darryl Barnes, said Lisanti apologized multiple times but also added he thinks anyone who uses the word is “a reflection of what’s in their heart,” The Washington Post reported .
(Photo Credit: Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti/Screen Shot/YouTube)
“She apologized several times,” Barnes, a Democrat, said. “She recognizes how she has hurt so many within the caucus, and she hoped to repent from this. She said that she doesn’t remember fully what happened, but she recognizes what happened.”
“I do think that someone who uses the word, it’s a reflection of what’s in their heart,” Barnes said.
Lisanti was reportedly questioned about the use of the racial slur in early February. She denied ever using the word but also said she did not remember much of that night. Lisanti also said she is sure she has used the racial slur before in her life.
“I don’t recall that. … I don’t recall much of that evening,” Lisanti said to The Washington Post. She was also asked if she had ever used the racial slur before. “I’m sure I have. … I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain,” she said.
Maryland Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch condemned the comments , saying Lisanti should “face the consequences of her behavior” and that “there is no place in the House of Delegates for any racial slurs — or slurs of any kind in society in general.” (RELATED: ‘Unforgivable’: Trump Calls Out Northam Over Racist Photo And Late-Term Abortion Comments)
Barnes said it is possible the Black Caucus gives other recommendations to House leadership about Lisanti’s position in the state House.
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Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault | HuffPost

26/02/2019 11:45 AM AEDT | Updated 26/02/2019 11:48 AM AEDT Cardinal George Pell, Vatican Treasurer, Convicted Of Child Sexual Assault 2k ASSOCIATED PRESS Cardinal George Pell of Australia was found guilty in December of five counts of historical sexual offenses.
Cardinal George Pell , once one of the highest-ranking members of the Vatican, was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse during a trial in Australia in December, becoming the most senior figure in the Catholic Church to be found guilty of such crimes.
Pell, 77, was found guilty of five counts of historical sexual offenses related to the sexual abuse of two choirboys in 1996 and 1997, shortly after he was made the archbishop of Melbourne. A jury reached the verdict in December, but the media was barred from reporting on the news because of a court-imposed gag order.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday and is expected to serve prison time. He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years, according to The Associated Press.
The cardinal was once the third-most-powerful figure in the Catholic Church, serving as the de facto finance chief, and was close with Pope Francis. Pell was removed from his role as one of the pope’s advisers in December after the verdict was reached.
The media has been prohibited from covering the trial because of a sweeping suppression order meant to maintain the integrity of criminal trials in Australia. The orders are relatively common in the country , and news organizations that break them can be subject to heavy fines and jail time.
The Washington Post was among the first to report the conviction in December but other American outlets, including HuffPost, could not do the same because they have staff in Australia. A similar story was first published by The Daily Beast, but the outlet geo-blocked the report in Australia in an attempt to comply with the gag order.
“We understood there could be legal, and even criminal, consequences if we ran this story,” Noah Shachtman, the editor of The Daily Beast, said at the time . “But ultimately, this was an easy call. You’ve got a top Vatican official convicted of a horrific crime. That’s major, major news. The public deserves to know about it.”
This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Andy Anderson dead at 68 – The Cure and Iggy Pop drummer passes away at home surrounded by family after cancer battle

Health News ROCK STAR DEAD Andy Anderson dead at 68 – The Cure and Iggy Pop drummer passes away at home surrounded by family after cancer battle
The musician revealed he had terminal cancer in a Facebook post just weeks ago Breaking 27th February 2019, 10:28 am Updated: 27th February 2019, 10:53 am THE Cure drummer Andy Anderson has died aged 68.
He lost his battle with cancer just weeks after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease on a Facebook post. Redferns Second on the right, Andy made his debut with the band with the single The Lovecats Facebook 3 Andy Anderson was born Clifford Leon Anderson in London
The musician who has also worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel was reportedly surrounded by friends and loved ones when he died at his home.
He had written on Facebook earlier this month: “No boo-hooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make, yet another choice in life. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.”
His former bandmate Lol Tolhurt said: “Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey.
“We are all blessed to have known him.” MOST READ IN NEWS

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Republican Congressman, Trump ally, tweets attack against Michael Cohen ahead of public testimony

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., asked the House Ethics Committee Tuesday to investigate a tweet from a Republican congressman about Michael Cohen ahead of his public testimony before Congress , a move that could prompt an official investigation.
In a letter to the panel, Rice said she believes Rep. Matt Gaetz’s controversial tweet Tuesday evening, which implied alleged details about Cohen’s romantic life could come out during Cohen’s public testimony, constituted witness tampering.
Gaetz, a self-described Trump loyalist, tweeted : “Hey @MichaelCohen212 – Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…”
“As a former District Attorney and federal prosecutor, I believe this statement is in violation of 18 U.S. Code 1512, which clearly defines witness tampering and intimidation,” she wrote in the letter obtained by ABC News. “According to the Department of Justice … this statute applies to proceedings before Congress.”
Rice, who encouraged the committee to refer the matter to the Justice Department after an investigation , discussed the tweet with Gaetz on the House floor Tuesday evening, according to a source familiar with their conversation.
Under its rules, the House ethics panel could launch an investigation into the matter from the referral. A committee official declined to comment on Rice’s referral.
After a committee investigation, the panel could eventually recommend the House vote to reprimand, censure or fine Gaetz, Bryson Morgan, a former investigative counsel for the House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics, told ABC News.
The panel could also recommend expulsion, which would require a two-thirds majority of the chamber.
Gaetz was questioned by reporters moments after his tweet and why he wrote it, saying “the tweet speaks for itself.”
(Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, back center, leaves after a closed door Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 26, 2019. Gaetz was asked if the tweet should be perceived as a threat telling reporters, “Absolutely not. We’re witness testing not witness tampering. And when witnesses come before Congress their truthfulness and voracity ought to be tested and we have the opportunity.”
Asked whether his tweet attacking Michael Cohen should be perceived as a threat, Rep. Matt Gaetz told reporters, “Absolutely not. We’re witness testing not witness tampering.” https://t.co/Qg1JcOm5Jh pic.twitter.com/YfBC2weUCC
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2019 ’s former personal attorney and long-time fixer, disbarred in New York) Gaetz apologized in a later tweet around midnight Wednesday and said he planned to delete the inflammatory Cohen tweet.
“Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did,” he said in a response to a tweet from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry.”
Speaker, I want to get the truth too. While it is important 2 create context around the testimony of liars like Michael Cohen, it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did. I’m deleting the tweet & I should have chosen words that better showed my intent. I’m sorry. https://t.co/Rdbw3sTQJD
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 27, 2019 Lanny J. Davis, an attorney for Michael Cohen, said: “We will not respond to Mr. Gaetz’s despicable lies and personal smears, except to say we trust that his colleagues in the House, both Republicans and Democrats, will repudiate his words and his conduct. I also trust that his constituents will not appreciate that their congressman has set a new low — which in today’s political culture is hard to imagine as possible.”
The tweet from Gaetz was a stunning attack from a member of Congress ahead of public testimony.
“I think it’s enough to warrant an investigation. This is knowingly using intimidation … with the intent to influence or delay or prevent the testimony,” said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor, senior adviser to American Oversight, a government watchdog group referring to the federal code. “This guy could be charged with witness tampering.”
Asked for any proof about his allegations against Cohen, Gaetz told ABC News “tune in tomorrow and find out.” Gaetz is not a member of the House Oversight Committee, which will question Cohen tomorrow for his first public hearing.
Cohen has been testifying before members and staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors since first thing Tuesday morning.
(Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building before testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. The longtime Trump Organization employee plead guilty to lying to Congress as well as financial crimes including bank and tax fraud late last year. Cohen also pleaded guilty to campaign finance violation for payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign.
A source familiar with his public testimony plans for Wednesday told ABC News Cohen is expected to publicly accuse President Trump of potentially committing a crime while in office. The accusation, according to the source, is related to Trump’s alleged repayment of money to Cohen for his deal with Daniels. Trump has denied Daniels’ claim but has admitted to the reimbursement.
Trump has denied the affair alleged by Daniels and another accusation from former Playboy model Karen McDougal, and has previously said the payment amounted to nothing more than a “simple private transaction,” and that they do not qualify as campaign finance violations.
ABC News’ Karma Allen contributed to this report.

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Cohen brought to tears by Rep. Cummings at end of House hearing

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Cohen brought to tears by Rep. Cummings at end of House hearing Yahoo! News 5 hrs ago Dylan Stableford Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Fact-checking the Michael Cohen hearing | Fact Checker President Trump’s former personal lawyer testified before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 27. The Washington Post You need to listen to Rep. Cummings’ closing remarks House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) called for “keeping democracy in tact” during his closing remarks of the Michael Cohen hearing. CNN Cohen news dominates final day of Trump-Kim nuclear summit With little news and no firm agreement coming from Trump’s nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un, news from back home dominated the headlines. Jonathan Allen and Elise Hu discuss. MSNBC 1 Cancel SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO ‘We have got to get back to normal’: Rep. Cummings closes Cohen hearing NBC News See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next ‘We have got to get back to normal’: Rep. Cummings closes Cohen hearing NBC News 2:56 Fact-checking the Michael Cohen hearing | Fact Checker The Washington Post 1:03 You need to listen to Rep. Cummings’ closing remarks CNN 7:58 Cohen news dominates final day of Trump-Kim nuclear summit MSNBC 4:43 Did Kim just answer his first ever question from a foreign journalist? CBS News 5:26 Trump says he has ‘great respect’ for Kim Jong Un ABC News 1:50 Cohen: Trump feared audit if he released tax returns Reuters – US Video Online 1:13 Michael Cohen Asks Republicans Why They Aren’t Asking Him Any Questions About Trump NowThis News 0:43 Florida Bar To Investigate Congressman Over Michael Cohen Tweet CBS Miami 0:53 Cohen testifies he has knowledge of other illegal acts by Trump NBC News 0:15 Watch Kim Jong Un’s motorcade roll into Hanoi NBC News 1:00 Cohen: Trump knew about WikiLeaks, Russia meeting Associated Press 2:33 North Korea leader Kim, U.S. President Trump meet for second summit Reuters 2:16 Cohen’s full opening statement CBS News 30:01 Cohen calls out GOP over lack of Trump questions CNN 0:40 13 House Republicans vote to reject Trump’s emergency declaration FOX News 4:44 UP NEXT
After spending nearly eight hours testifying about his role as a personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump , Michael Cohen was brought to tears by House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings at the end of Wednesday’s hearing on Capitol Hill.
Cummings said he felt sorry for Cohen, who Trump has called a “rat” for agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“I know it’s painful going to prison,” Cummings told Cohen. “I know it’s gotta be painful being called a rat.”
Last year, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges that included campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. He’s due to begin a three-year prison sentence in May.
“When you call somebody a rat, that’s one of the worst things you can call them,” the chairman said. “Because when [they] go to prison, it means a snitch.”
He continued: “The president called you a rat. We’re better than that!”
© Provided by Oath Inc. Michael Cohen testifying on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Cohen was originally supposed to testify on Feb. 8, but asked for a delay because of what he said were “threats against his family” by Trump and his associates. He told lawmakers Wednesday that he is afraid to walk down the street with his family.
Cummings said the image of Cohen arriving at the courthouse for sentencing with his daughter, who had a cast on, left a mark on him.
“As the father of two daughters, it really hurt me,” Cummings said. “And I can imagine how it must feel for you.”
Cohen appeared to mouth the word “yeah,” wiped tears from his eyes and fidgeted with a pen as Cummings spoke.
“I know that this has been hard,” Cummings added. “I know you’ve faced a lot. I know that you are worried about your family. But this is a part of your destiny.”

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Cohen brought to tears by Rep. Cummings at end of House hearing Yahoo! News 46 mins ago Dylan Stableford Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Cohen: Trump feared audit if he released tax returns U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said on Wednesday that Trump did not want to release his tax returns because he feared public scrutiny would lead to an audit and penalties. When asked if he could presume that Trump was not under audit, Cohen said, ‘I presume that he is not under audit’. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Reuters – US Video Online Cohen testifies he has knowledge of other illegal acts by Trump President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen responded to a question he was asked about other illegal Trump activities saying he was aware of them, but did not specify what they were. NBC News Watch Kim Jong Un’s motorcade roll into Hanoi North Korea leader Kim Jong Un’s motorcade arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam for his second summit with President Donald Trump. Kim traveled by train to Vietnam before he switched to a different set of wheels once across the Vietnamese border. NBC News 1 Cancel SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO ‘We have got to get back to normal’: Rep. Cummings closes Cohen hearing NBC News See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next ‘We have got to get back to normal’: Rep. Cummings closes Cohen hearing NBC News 2:56 Cohen: Trump feared audit if he released tax returns Reuters – US Video Online 1:13 Cohen testifies he has knowledge of other illegal acts by Trump NBC News 0:15 Watch Kim Jong Un’s motorcade roll into Hanoi NBC News 1:00 Cohen: Trump knew about WikiLeaks, Russia meeting Associated Press 2:33 North Korea leader Kim, U.S. President Trump meet for second summit Reuters 2:16 Cohen’s full opening statement CBS News 30:01 Cohen calls out GOP over lack of Trump questions CNN 0:40 13 House Republicans vote to reject Trump’s emergency declaration FOX News 4:44 Cohen to GOP: ‘Unbecoming of Congress’ to blindly follow Trump NBC News 3:15 GOP Rep. Green questions Michael Cohen’s credibility CNN 1:44 Why you should not park in front of a fire hydrant FOX News 0:41 Rep. Elijah Cummings Quote: s MLK to Michael Cohen USA TODAY 0:44 ‘No Doubt’ Trump Knew About Stormy Daniels Payment, Cohen Says Bloomberg 1:03 Rep. Jim Jordan argues Cohen upset he was not offered White House job FOX News 6:53 Pharma executives point blame of soaring drug costs on PBMs CBS News 2:18 UP NEXT After spending nearly eight hours testifying about his role as a personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump , Michael Cohen was brought to tears by House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings at the end of Wednesday’s hearing on Capitol Hill.
Cummings said he felt sorry for Cohen, who Trump has called a “rat” for agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“I know it’s painful going to prison,” Cummings told Cohen. “I know it’s gotta be painful being called a ‘rat.’”
Last year, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges that included campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress. He’s due to begin a three-year prison sentence in May.
“When you call somebody a ‘rat,’ that’s one of the worst things you can call them,” the chairman said. “Because when [they] go to prison, it means a stench.”
He continued: “The president called you a ‘rat.’ We’re better than that!”
© Provided by Oath Inc. Michael Cohen testifying on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Cohen was originally supposed to testify on Feb. 8, but asked for a delay because of what he said were “threats against his family” by Trump and his associates. He told lawmakers Wednesday that he is afraid to walk down the street with his family.
Cummings said the image of Cohen arriving at the courthouse for sentencing with his daughter, who had a cast on, left a mark on him.
“As the father of two daughters, it really hurt me,” Cummings said. “And I can imagine how it must feel for you.”
Cohen appeared to mouth the word “yeah,” wiped tears from his eyes and fidgeted with a pen as Cummings spoke.
“I know that this has been hard,” Cummings added. “I know you’ve faced a lot. I know that you are worried about your family. But this is a part of your destiny.”
© Reuters House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) makes a statement during the testimony of Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump, before a House Oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Terrified girl, 5, cuts her own hair off ‘because of sick Momo challenge’ leaving her mum traumatised

Share Comments By Emma Gill 15:39, 27 FEB 2019 News Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Get the biggest daily A five-year-old girl cut off her own hair after being exposed to the sick Momo challenge.
The youngster was following instructions from the creepy character, which appears in YouTube videos and has reportedly popped up in children’s programmes and games on the kids’ version of the app.
Now a hair salon’s post about a young customer who has fallen victim to it has gone viral after they shared images of what she had done to her own hair.
The post, from Toddler Trims , states: “So I’ve just had a beautiful little girl in affected by this sick MOMO challenge!! If you are unaware this sick human/mutant is hacking into peppa pig, fortnight, minecraft etc..
“Any & most children’s YouTube videos, telling them to cut there hair off, hold Knives up to there throat, set themselves on fire & that it will suck all the blood from there body … this little girl is off to the doctors after her new haircut.
The salon’s post on social media issued the warning Read More Mum’s warning over ‘Momo challenge’ after seven-year-old told school pals the character would kill them “She is five years old & still keeps talking about momo, her mother is absolutely devastated!!
“Thankfully we have managed to give her a cute pixie cut which she loves but still won’t promise me she won’t listen to MOMO again. I couldn’t help but feel this monster has brainwashed her.”
It adds: “Her mother is pretty traumatised & turning the internet off for now. She has asked me to make everyone aware of this sick sick challenge & what it is doing to our babys!!!
“Please search #momochallenge on fb/google & keep your babies off the net… this could’ve been a lot worse!”
Parents are being warned about the social media stunt The post has been shared almost 59k times in less than 24 hours as fears over the impact such videos are having over children grow.
Earlier reports were of individuals using the character to connect with kids via WhatsApp and then sending instructions for children to harm themselves and even kill themselves.
If they fail to follow instructions they are threatened.
The salon managed to give her a pixie cut But now the fear has stepped up a gear with reports that it is hacking into children’s programmes on YouTube Kids.
Schools, including Haslingden Primary in Rossendale and Buile Hill in Salford, have written to parents to tell them that Momo is popping up in seemingly innocent Peppa Pig episodes, as well as Fortnite, Minecraft and videos showing kids opening Kinder Eggs and other treats.
No clip has been shared of this happening, but schools appear to have responded to an alert from the National Online Safety group, which has issued guidance on Momo and a ‘what parents need to know’ fact sheet, which can be downloaded here .
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Boys Sweeping Girls’ High School Track In Connecticut Wouldn’t Break Top 100 In Male Competition

Boys Sweeping Girls’ High School Track In Connecticut Wouldn’t Break Top 100 In Male Competition 3:57 PM 02/25/2019 | US Grace Carr | Reporter Two biologically male high school students are dominating the 55-meter dash in girls’ track and field in Connecticut, but they don’t rank among the state’s top 100 male competitors for the same race, records show.
Transgender high school juniors Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood’s personal records for the 55-meter dash place high in female competition, but their times aren’t as notable in boys’ competition.
Miller and Yearwood’s personal records for the 55-meter dash clock in at 6.91 seconds and 7.01 seconds, respectively, ranking them first and second in the state’s female competition, and third and seventh nationally.
Miller and Yearwood rank 120th and 195th, respectively, against their male competitors for the state’s 55-meter dash, DyeStat records show .
The state’s high school male record times for the 55-meter dash clock in at 6.47 seconds and 6.50 seconds for first and second place, according to the statistics .
Miller and Yearwood placed first and second, respectively, in the girls’ state indoor track championships Feb. 16, according to The Associated Press .
Miller and Yearwood also placed first and second in Connecticut’s girls track championships in June 2018 for the 100-meter dash.
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Their wins sparked frustration among competitors and parents who claim the two have an unfair advantage over their female competitors.
“We all know the outcome of the race before it even starts; it’s demoralizing,” high school junior Selina Soule told the AP. “I fully support and am happy for these athletes for being true to themselves. They should have the right to express themselves in school, but athletics have always had extra rules to keep the competition fair.” (RELATED: CrossFit To Allow Transgender Athletes To Compete According To Identity In 2019)
Both Miller and Yearwood have started hormone therapy, according to ABC News.
Parents and athletes started two petitions in an attempt to change state rules permitting the boys to participate in girls’ competitions.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) allows athletes to compete according to their gender identity. The athletes must possess school records identifying them as their chosen gender, and those records must be verified by school officials to make sure the gender identification is made in good faith rather than to gain an unfair advantage.
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Doctors of B.C. speak out against naturopaths making false claims about vaccinations

February 26, 2019 8:46 pm Updated: February 26, 2019 11:25 pm Doctors of B.C. speak out against naturopaths making false claims about vaccinations By Catherine Urquhart Reporter Global News
WATCH: B.C. doctors are cracking down on some Naturopaths who falsely claim that vaccines contain mercury that can contribute to autism. Catherine Urquhart reports.
As Metro Vancouver deals with a measles outbreak , the Doctors of B.C., an organization representing medical professionals in the province, is expressing concern that some members of the naturopathic community continue to make false claims about vaccinations.
One of those claims is that most vaccines contain mercury, which is false.
When asked about the risk associated with such claims, Dr. Kathleen Ross, president-elect of the Doctors of B.C., said: “I think it is very dangerous.”
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“Unfortunately, the more parents that don’t vaccinate their children, the greater risk to all of us. Children who are unvaccinated can, unfortunately, spread the disease to children who are too young to get the vaccine, are immuno-compromised in some fashion or are older people with immune deficiency,” Ross added.
The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. declined several interview requests.
In an email to Global News, the organization said that since 2018, just one member has been sanctioned for vaccination-related advertising.
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It’s been heralded as the start of a new dialogue. The first summit between the League of Arab States and EU member states ended with a lofty statement of shared values.
European leaders shook hands with their Arab counterparts and discussed issues such as Syria, Yemen and nuclear proliferation. They agreed to tackle the “common challenge” of migration.
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Nanos survey finds Canadians believe Elizabeth May is most ethical party leader | CTV News

Published Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:07PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:09AM EST
Canadians most frequently score Green Party Leader Elizabeth May as the most ethical among her federal counterparts, according to a Nanos Research survey based on data that came out of the field Tuesday.
The results of the study, which was commissioned by CTV News, showed 23.2 per cent of survey respondents picked May as the most ethical federal party leader.
Andrew Scheer came second, with 21.4 per cent of survey respondents selecting the Conservative leader, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came third with 16.9 per cent. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh had 6.1 per cent and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier had 3.0 per cent of the vote.
Pollster Nik Nanos said on CTV’s Power Play that, considering the Liberals and Conservatives both poll above 30 per cent and the Green Party polls in the single digits, the numbers suggest “ethical green coattails for Elizabeth May, while not even all the Liberal supporters or all the Conservative supporters would give a tip of the hat to their own leader.”
Nanos said the SNC-Lavalin controversy has already hit the Liberal Party’s popularity. Whether that dip in support lasts will depend on what former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the House of Commons Justice Committee on Wednesday, he said.
THE MOST ETHICAL PARTY?
When asked which federal political party is the most ethical, results were similar with 23.1 per cent of respondents choosing the Green Party, 21.4 per cent picking the Conservatives, 13.9 selecting the Liberals, 3 per cent picking Bloc Quebecois and just 2.4 per cent opting for the new People’s Party of Canada. Twelve per cent of respondents were unsure.
TRUDEAU VS. SCHEER
Despite Scheer and the Conservatives scoring higher than Trudeau and the Liberals in parts of the survey, when respondents were asked directly which of the two leaders would lead a more ethical government, 39 per cent selected Trudeau while 34.3 chose Scheer. Twenty-seven per cent were unsure.
THE ISSUES THAT MATTER
Asked to choose which of two main issues would most influence their vote in the next federal election – an issue like the recent SNC-Lavalin controversy or an issue like the economy — only 17.4 per cent of respondents opted for the former while 72.5 per cent picked the latter. Ten per cent were unsure.
ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
Overall, the survey painted a bleak picture of Canadians’ confidence in politicians behaving ethically. Asked to rate their confidence in politicians behaving ethically on a scale of one to ten, with ten representing “very high confidence,” the mean response was 4.84. Nearly 60 per cent of respondents gave a neutral score to their confidence in politicians’ ethics, while 29 per cent gave it a score of one to three out of 10. Eleven per cent rated their confidence between eight to 10.
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Nanos Research conducted the hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years old and older, between Feb. 23 and 26. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Related Stories Elizabeth May predicts she won’t stand alone after the next election Photos Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks with the media in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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This Possible 2020 Democrat Wants To Do Away With The Electoral College

Possible 2020 Contender Eric Holder Says Electoral College Isn’t ‘Real Democracy’ 8:04 AM 02/26/2019 | Politics Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter Possible 2020 Democratic presidential contender Eric Holder said on Twitter Tuesday that he supports a plan to create “real democracy” by doing away with the Electoral College’s process.
“A good reform measure to support,” Holder tweeted. “Change the Electoral College by having a state’s electoral votes go to the national popular vote winner — not the person who won the state. The candidate who gets the most votes — nationally — is elected. Real democracy.”
A good reform measure to support. Change the Electoral College by having a state’s electoral votes go to the national popular vote winner – not the person who won the state. The candidate who gets the most votes – nationally – is elected. Real democracy. https://t.co/tPfNWdKQ46
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) February 26, 2019
His tweet included a link to a story from The Hill about Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’s intention to sign a “bill aimed at bypassing Electoral College.” Holder has said he’ll decide in March whether to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, reported NBC News .
Holder is not the first voice on the left to call for an end to the Electoral College after President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote . (RELATED: Obamacare Is Approaching Its 10th Birthday. This GOP Rep Has A Plan To Lean Into Its ‘Free Market’ Aspects)
Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen introduced a measure in January that would add a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. A 2017 Politico story called the Electoral College a “national security threat” and said “[t]he Founding Fathers never anticipated the rise of Facebook and fake news.”
If Polis’s plan goes through, Colorado will become the twelfth state to become part of the national popular vote interstate compact, according to The Hill.
Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis speaks at an election night rally on November 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images)
“I’ve long supported electing the president by who gets the most votes,” Polis told The Hill. “It’s a way to move towards direct election of the president.”
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