Democratic lawmakers are rewriting a law to ensure President Donald Trump won't escape "criminal liability" if he is re-elected and time runs out to indict him, Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday.
"I don't think any person should be above the law," the California Democrat, who is mulling a run at the presidency, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "What concerns me right now is the president may escape criminal liability because he could win reelection and the statute of limitations could run out."
The current policy rules out indicting a sitting president, Swalwell added, so "we should rewrite the law. The statute of limitations can continue to run, so once you're out of office, you can be indicted."
And the law, he added is "in the works because there are "indictments waiting for this president."
Swalwell said he also has every confidence lawmakers will see special counsel Robert Mueller's report, as Congress just voted unanimously to see it and Trump is "outnumbered."
The lawmaker also said Tuesday he believes Trump colluded with Russia, and he thinks there is circumstantial evidence.
"The president knew the Russians were seeking to help him," said Swalwell. "So he went out as a candidate, invited them to hack more, did not tell his family not to take any of these meetings. He was told by Roger Stone that Wikileaks was also going to be putting out materials damaging to his opponent and he went on the stage and said I love Wikileaks. This is circumstantial evidence which in a court of law can be treated as the same as direct evidence. Yes, he's colluded."
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William Davis | Contributor
A pro-life activist was punched in the face last Thursday outside a Massachusetts abortion facility, according to police.
The Brookline Police Department reported the incident that occurred Thursday morning outside Women’s Health Services on Harvard Avenue. The woman allegedly responsible for the assault was issued a summons. (RELATED: Beto On Third Trimester Abortions: ‘Should Be A Decision That The Woman Makes’)
At 9:33 a.m., according to the report, “police were dispatched to Women’s Health Services on Harvard Street for a disturbance. A woman believed a man, who was standing out front of the address, was videotaping her. The two exchanged words, the woman struck the man in the face then left the area. Police were able to identify the woman and summoned her to court for assault and battery.”
Patch.com described the suspect as a young female patient and quotes a witness who allegedly saw the incident as it occurred. The witness, Sonia Powell, expressed sympathy for the woman: “I can just imagine what she was going through, to maybe come outside for some air or something and then this man said something. I hope she’s okay, though.”
Women’s Health Services performs first- and second-trimester abortions.
The alleged incident continues a trend of alleged violence toward conservative activists in recent weeks. Conservative activist Hayden Williams was punched in the face while tabling for Turning Point USA at the University of California Berkely. (RELATED: Supreme Court Legalized Abortion 46 Years Ago. Here’s A Look At Abortion Across The US)
In January, a pro-life sidewalk counselor was brutally beaten outside of an abortion facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Julia Roberts took a firm stance against the actions of those involved in the college admissions scandal.
The “Pretty Woman” actress weighed in on the scandal while promoting her new drama “Ben Is Back” in the U.K.
Roberts and her husband have three kids together, 14-year old twins and an 11-year old son. They try to keep the experience relatively normal for their kids, Roberts said.
“My husband and I are very aligned on that front, I think that we live a very normal experience with our children. Obviously we have advantages that we didn’t have as children,” Roberts told ITV. “But I think that’s the unique part of it, coming from the childhood I have. You do need to know how to make your bed and do your laundry and make one meal. These are important life skills.”
“They have to run their own race,” she continued. “They have to have their own experience.” (RELATED: Lori Loughlin’s Daughter Loses Sephora Collaboration Amid College Admissions Scandal)
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were both charged in the massive admissions scandal for allegedly paying for their children to gain admission to certain colleges. Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes so her daughters could secure admissions to the University of Southern California. Huffman reportedly paid $15,000 to have someone take the SAT test for her daughter.
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At least 127,000 blacks and Hispanics were sent to prison in California during the time Kamala Harris served as the state’s attorney general, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting.
Harris, now serving in the U.S. Senate, is currently running for the Democratic nomination for president.
The Free Beacon, in data obtained from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said at least 44,172 black offenders and 83,370 Hispanic offenders were sent to California prisons between n 2011 and 2016. By comparison 48,761 whites and 11,182 “other” were incarcerated during that time.
Many of those were prosecuted by her office or that of a state attorney who reported to her, the Free Beacon noted.
The website pointed out that the numbers translate into 23.6 percent of new inmates being black and 44.5 percent being Hispanic. According to the Free Beacon, The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 39.1 percent of Californians were Hispanic/Latino and 6.5 percent were black or African American.
Yet, as a presidential candidate, Harris has touted herself as a progressive on racial justice and has claimed to have reduced racial disparities in the criminal justice system, according to the Free Beacon. At one point, she labeled President Donald Trump a racist during an interview with The Root.
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FILE PHOTO: A NVIDIA logo is shown at SIGGRAPH 2017 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
March 19, 2019
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel-based Cognata, a developer of simulation platforms for self-driving cars, said on Tuesday it was partnering with U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp to speed up testing and validation for autonomous driving.
The companies will deliver an array of scenario and traffic models using large-scale, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, it said.
The simulation, Cognata said, will reduce testing time and costs, as well as produce better product quality and increase safety.
“Highly accurate and scalable traffic model simulation technology is essential to validate autonomous vehicle systems within nearly infinite combinations of real-world scenarios,” said Cognata CEO Danny Atsmon.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Steven Scheer)
FILE PHOTO: A large robot nicknamed Kong lifts the body of a Ford Expedition SUV at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant as the No. 2 U.S. automaker ramps up production of two large SUV models in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Carey/File Photo
March 19, 2019
By Joseph White
DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co <F.N> said it will boost U.S. production of its largest sport utility vehicles in a move to grab profits in a market where consumers favor larger, more comfortable vehicles.
Ford’s Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville will increase the production rate for Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles by 20 percent in July – the second 20 percent increase in a year for both models, executives said during a media briefing on Monday.
The move highlights Detroit automakers’ aggressive efforts to capitalize on popular, profitable large vehicles in America’s heartland, even as policymakers in California, China and Europe push for smaller, electric vehicles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change.
The Trump administration, however, has proposed freezing U.S. fuel efficiency standards – a decision that would make it easier for automakers to sell large SUVs and pickup trucks. [nL1N20T0TB]
With gasoline relatively cheap, U.S. consumers are paying premium prices for large SUVs that seat eight people and can tow a four-ton trailer.
The average transaction price of a new Ford Expedition is $62,700, Ford U.S. marketing director Matt VanDyke said, up $11,700 from the previous year. Ford does not disclose profits by model line. Average prices for the luxury Navigator rose to $81,000 in February from $78,000 a year earlier, according to Lincoln data.
In January, Ford said transaction prices across its U.S. model lines averaged $38,400, above the $34,000 industry average.
General Motors Co <GM.N>, which dominates the North American large SUV segment, will launch a new generation of its large SUV Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon, models later this year. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV <FCHA.MI> last month said it will re-enter the large SUV segment with new models due out in late 2020. [nL1N20L156]
Ford workers and engineers redesigned portions of the Kentucky Truck assembly line to allow for the latest increase, Ford North American manufacturing chief John Savona said.
For the first time, he said, workers at certain stations will be positioned at two levels – some in pits and some on platforms – to install parts on upper and lower sections of a vehicle in unison.
The redesigned Expedition and Navigator assembly system requires 550 additional workers, and those jobs will be filled by workers currently at Ford’s Louisville assembly plant, which builds small Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC SUVs, Savona said.
Ford invested $925 million to build the new generation Expedition and Navigator SUVs at the Kentucky plant. The automaker is pushing for market share in a segment it largely surrendered to rival GM over the past decade.
Since launching its new big SUVs, Ford has improved its share of the U.S. large SUV segment by 5.6 percentage points, Ford’s VanDyke told reporters on Monday.
But GM still commands a 70 percent share of a market where vehicles sell for more than double the average price of a midsize sedan. Ford on Monday night launched a marketing campaign to win over customers. Their slogan: “Built to be a better big.”
(Reporting By Joe White; Editing by Nick Carey)
FILE PHOTO: Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, speaks during a media briefing at the White House in Washington November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
March 19, 2019
By Gabriella Borter
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alan Krueger, a prominent Princeton University economics professor who advised U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, took his own life over the weekend, his family said in a statement on Monday. He was 58.
The statement did not elaborate about the circumstances of Krueger’s death, nor did the university when confirming it earlier in the day.
Krueger served in the last two Democratic administrations – as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton era and as chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers for Obama.
“It is with tremendous sadness we share that Professor Alan B. Krueger, beloved husband, father, son, brother, and Princeton professor of economics took his own life over the weekend,” his family said in the statement furnished by the university. “The family requests the time and space to grieve and remember him.”
He had taught economics at Princeton since 1987. Last week, Krueger delivered a lecture at Stanford University in California on income distribution and labor market regulation titled “Why is Basic Universal Income So Controversial?”
“Alan was recognized as a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching,” Princeton said in a statement.
An avid music fan, Krueger posted about Bruce Springsteen and other rock stars on Twitter and wove David Bowie into his lectures. He made this passion the subject of his latest research in his forthcoming book on economics and the music industry, due to be released in June.
Krueger received numerous awards, including the Kershaw Prize from the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 for distinguished contributions to public policy analysis by someone under the age of 40.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two children.
(Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Scott Malone, Dan Grebler and Bill Berkrot)
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry (R) arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo
March 19, 2019
By Lisa Richwine and Rollo Ross
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fascination, pride and the best soap opera in the world have many Americans eagerly awaiting the impending birth of Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s first child.
After some 29 million Americans watched the televised May 2018 wedding of Harry to Californian actress Markle, the prospect of the first British royal baby born to an American mother is proving even more compelling.
“It’s going to be massive,” said J.D. Heyman, deputy editor of People magazine. “When Meghan presents the baby, when Meghan and Harry step out onto a balcony … I think what you will see is an enormous outpouring of affection for both of them.”
“The excitement around this equals the births of certainly Prince William’s babies and, frankly, Harry and William’s birth(s)” more than 30 years ago, Heyman added.
Despite America’s War of Independence fought against Britain some 240 years ago, Americans have long been obsessed with British royals, who regularly feature on the front pages of celebrity magazines.
British producer Nick Bullen, a co-founder of subscription streaming service True Royalty TV, which launched last summer, said a colorful and dramatic history with larger-than-life figures such as King Henry VIII drives the modern fascination with the royal family.
“The British royal family is the best soap opera in town,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.”
True Royalty TV is based in London but draws its largest number of subscribers from the United States.
While celebrity media outlets are chronicling Markle’s pregnancy with daily pictures and speculation over the baby’s sex and due date, True Royalty TV plans documentaries and talk-show discussions on topics including: how will the royal couple raise their first child?
“Imagine raising an American royal in Britain,” Bullen said. “It’s hard enough I think for a lot of Americans to come to London and get to grips with boarding schools and prep schools and little caps and little shorts and how we raise children in the UK.
“Will Dorian, Meghan’s mum, be involved in the baby’s raising?” Bullen said. “Will it have holidays in California? Will it be doing baby yoga? People want to know all that level of detail.”
Not everyone is getting caught up in royal baby fever.
“I actually don’t have too much of an opinion about it,” shrugged Evan Jorgensen, as he strolled along the Venice Beach boardwalk in California on Monday.
But most people Reuters spoke to said they were excited and pleased. Americans feel tremendous affection toward Markle, said Heyman.
“There’s a personal pride that many people feel, that an average American girl of a multiracial background has risen to this position,” he said.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Rollo Ross; Writing by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Nick Carey)