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- 12/14/18--09:59: John Kasich Hints At 2020 Presidential Run In Message To Trump
Donald Trump has made comments about who he thinks should run against him in the 2020 Presidential election — and in one case at least, he may get his wish. Ohio Governor John Kasich has already hinted that he may run, and his latest statements make that look like even more of a possibility in 2020.
According to CNN, Donald Trump was recently interviewed by Fox News’ Harris Faulkner about the upcoming election. When it was suggested that John Kasich and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake had both indicated an interest in running against him, Trump was quick to say he hoped they would.
When asked about Trump’s comments on his candidacy, Kasich’s spokesperson John Weaver had a clear and concise response.
“Be careful what you wish for,” he said in a statement.
A spectacularly serene island on the Falklands full of penguins with its very own four-mile-long beach is up for sale.
Pebble Island has been owned by the Dean family for 150 years, but Sam Harris, the great-great-grandson of the original buyer, has decided it’s time to sell, he told the BBC. Wandering about the island are five different species of penguins, 42 species of birds and sea lions, 6,000 head of sheep and 125 cows.
The family has gradually sold off all of the other islands they own. No one from the family has lived on the island since the 1950s. It spans 20 miles long and four miles wide. It’s actually the third largest offshore island in the Falklands and boasts a mini mountain range, lakes, miles of coastline and cliffs, and a pebble beach for which it’s named.
Authorities have arrested a 28-year-old student at Oregon State University for the felony of a hate crime. Andrew Oswalt was taken into custody following his hearing and is now facing 40 days in jail for putting what is described as offensive stickers on the cars of members of a racial justice group at the university, reports SF Gate. Andrew Oswalt is a doctoral student of chemistry at Oregon State University.
The defendant’s attorney, Nicolas Ortiz, has stepped forward previously, citing that Oswalt will be attempting an appeal. Meanwhile, the police are stating that they believe Oswalt is not the only one who was involved in the felony action. Authorities are claiming that Oswalt had an accomplice when the bumper stickers, featuring a racial slur about African-Americans, were placed on the two cars at the Corvallis food co-op in June 2017.
The White House has shot back at claims made by Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen that the president directed hush money payments be made to cover up his alleged affairs.
According to WECT News6, on Friday morning Cohen made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America show to discuss the controversy. During the lengthy interview, Cohen insisted that Trump was behind the hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the days before the 2016 presidential election.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley was quick to respond to the allegations and didn’t pull any punches when responding to Cohen’s statements.
A man in New Orleans has been arrested and faces misdemeanor charges after he was caught spray-painting multiple buildings on and near Bourbon Street with a distinct message that happened to match multiple articles of his clothing.
In addition to carrying out the vandalism on what’s probably the city’s busiest and most crowded street, one that happens to be a designated historic landmark, the spraying was caught on surveillance cameras and also witnessed by police officers. Plus, there was something suspicious about the man committing it: He was wearing a shirt and hat with the word “cocaine,” while also spraying the word “cocaine” on buildings and on the ground, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.
The word was also found sprayed in other places around the area, including at least five places on the ground. And the man was also found carrying a white spray paint can that matched the color (white, of course) of the sprayed words.
The New York Times has been on the receiving end of the best of British humor after an ill-advised tweet went out from an official Twitter account asking for people’s experiences of petty crime in the capital.
Have you experienced a petty crime in London? Click to tell us your story.
(Your submission may be selected for publication.) https://t.co/MRvmXdlYC8
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 13, 2018
The tweet linked to a New York Times article which discussed London’s growing issue of violent crime. In fairness to the NYT, the issue behind their article was a genuine one. London has seen a surge in knife crime and gang-related acts over the past two years as the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who famously clashed with President Donald Trump over the issue last year, has failed to get to grips with the problem.
Augustus Standingrock will spend the rest of his life in prison after confessing to killing two people and then putting their bodies in acid.
The Montana man struck a plea deal with prosecutors for the deaths of 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles. According to a report from NBC News, he pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide and accountability to deliberate homicide in the killings, which took place last year.
Prosecutors said that Standingrock attacked Wiles because he believed Wiles had sexually assaulted a girl he knew, the report noted.
Another woman, Tiffanie Pierce, still faces charges of deliberate homicide for the killings. The pair were killed at Pierce’s home, authorities said. In a court hearing this week, Standingrock said that he stabbed Wiles and that Pierce killed Pickett.
At a court hearing, prosecutors established that Standingrock was also responsible for Pickett’s death because he handed Pierce the knife and did not stop her when she began attacking the teen, the Missoulian reported.
Hollywood actor Tom Sizemore told the FBI that rap mogul Suge Knight had ordered the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and even told agents he would be willing to wear a mic to try and help them crack the case, according to an FBI file which has been obtained by The Sun newspaper.
Sizemore, who is now 57, told the FBI about his information on the killings in an interview that took place back in 2004 in a branch of Fat Burger restaurant in Los Angeles. In the transcript of that interview, Sizemore claims that a gang member named “8-Ball” told him about the role of Suge Knight in the killing of both rappers.
He also claims to know another gang member who has more information about the murders and promises agents that he will try to get his phone number for them.
On October 2, dissident Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he had made an appointment to apply for papers he needed to marry his fiancee. The Washington Post columnist was critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and two weeks after his disappearance, it was confirmed he had been killed.
There has been a major international outcry over the journalist’s slaying, and many countries, governments, and organizations have spoken out following his death. Now a journalism group at his alma mater, Indiana State University, have decided to find a way to honor him, according to the Star Tribune. The university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are planning to dedicate a meeting space to Khashoggi.
Graduate student Andrew Hile, the university’s Society of Professional Journalists president, made a statement about the group’s intentions, and added that he hopes the meeting space will be a great lesson for future students and journalists.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has the title of senior advisor for the Trump administration, but his job description has never been well defined, at least not for the public. But now it has been revealed that Kushner allegedly took on a lot of the jobs that former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen left behind, including being the direct contact with National Enquirer publisher David Pecker.
The Daily Beast reports that when the relationship between Trump and Cohen cooled and then soured, Kushner took over as a “conduit,” with Pecker as the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI. In the early days of the Trump administration, Kushner and Pecker spoke on the phone about various media matters, and the publisher was said to be pleased that he had so much front row access to the West Wing and Trump.
A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with murder for allegedly killing a local man while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. According to reports, he described the deceased as a terrorist suspect.
Per a report on Thursday from the Hill, Major Matthew Golsteyn was charged with “premeditated murder — a death penalty offense.” Philip Stackhouse, the lawyer of the accused, took to Twitter and announced that Golsteyn has been charged with murder.
“This morning we learned that the Army charged MAJ Matt Golsteyn w/ premeditated murder, a death penalty offense for allegedly killing a Taliban bomb-maker during combat operations in Marjah, Afghanistan.”
The verdict was given to Golsteyn after a series of investigations carried out by the U.S. military since 2011, per ABC News.
Golsteyn said that he suspected the deceased to be a Taliban bomb-maker and said that when he made the move, he didn’t “violate rules of engagement in the shooting death.”
Sarah Papenheim was a 21-year-old college student studying abroad in the Netherlands, as she attended Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She was studying psychology, an interest brought on by personal tragedy. Three years ago, Papenheim’s older brother committed suicide, causing her to take interest in the source of suicidal behavior and depression. Papenheim was living in an apartment, just a short distance away from her university where she’d been studying for several years, according to People.
The college student had been living with a 23-year-old roommate who has not yet been named. He is now the primary suspect in her murder. Although Papenheim was originally friendly with her roommate, he allegedly had his own set of mental issues. Her mother, Donee Odegard, now says that he had been becoming angry and violent toward her daughter in recent weeks.
Donald Trump laid to rest the speculations surrounding his next chief of staff on Friday by tweeting that Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget Director, would replace the outgoing John Kelly when he departs the White House in January.
“Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration,” tweeted the president. “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
“For the record, there were MANY people who wanted to be the White House Chief of Staff. Mick M will do a GREAT job!” he added.
But while Trump might have spoken glowingly about his next chief of staff, expressing confidence in Mulvaney’s ability, it appears the feeling is not mutual. According to the Daily Beast, Mulvaney has not even been a closet critic of Trump, and right before he got elected on November 8, 2016, the man set to be the next chief of staff called him “a terrible human being”.
A Texas judge on Friday declared Obamacare to be unconstitutional, putting coverage for up to 20 million people in jeopardy. Now the judge is under attack for what opponents believe is a deliberate partisan attack against Barack Obama’s landmark accomplishment.
Judge Reed O’Connor issued a ruling on Friday saying that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional and that it must be scrapped because Congress eliminated the penalty for people who fail to obtain insurance coverage. As Politico noted, the decision was slammed for its timing — issued just 24 hours before Obamacare enrollment was set to end — and also called partisan and “reckless.”
The ruling also drew criticism for Judge Reed O’Connor himself. New York Times columnist Christian Farias wrote that Texas and other red states “shop these lawsuits” into O’Connor’s courtroom knowing that he has a long history of partisan rulings that go against Barack Obama.
The Trump family and some former members of his administration have come under scrutiny for using taxpayer money for unnecessary things, and once again first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are in the news for a vacation they took to the Dominican Republican last summer,costing taxpayers nearly $60,000.
According to the Business Insider, while the couple paid for their own expenses during the vacation, their security detail incurred costs taken directly from American citizens. Both Ivanka and Kushner are both advisers to Trump and work in the White House in an official capacity, which means their security detail has to be paid for by citizens.
“Federal records show that the bill amounted to nearly $60,000 – $32,064 for a “VIP VISIT” to the Amanara Resort Rio San Juan and $26,280 for a charge simply identified as “HOTEL RESERVATION.”
Alex George was named Chattanooga’s most popular news anchor in a local newspaper poll, but now the 22-year-old is out of a job after a controversial decision by Sinclair Broadcasting — which came as George is on leave battling a rare form of cancer.
As the Chattanoogan reported, the NewsChannel 9 anchor confirmed this week that Sinclair Broadcasting had terminated her contract. George had quickly endeared herself to viewers despite being just out of college, especially after an emotional announcement in May that she had been diagnosed with cancer and was going on leave to seek treatment.
There was some concern on social media that the popular anchor’s disappearance from broadcasts was related to this cancer battle, but George took to Twitter to explain to her fans that her cancer treatment was going well and that it was not her decision to leave the network.
Maison Hullibarger was a popular teenager, an A-student, and a member of his high school’s football team, so his suicide came as a shock to friends and family.
What happened during the teen’s funeral was even more shocking.
Family members are slamming Rev. Don LaCuesta for repeatedly referring to the boy’s suicide during the funeral service, condemning his cause of death and suggesting that Maison would not be going to heaven because of it. As the Detroit Free Press reported, LaCuesta had met with family members before the funeral and took some notes on what they wanted to be discussed, but did not honor the family’s wishes.
“We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died,” Maison’s mother told the Detroit Free Press.
LaCuesta had other ideas, family members said.
“It was his time to tell everybody what he thought of suicide, (and) we couldn’t believe what he was saying,” Maison’s father said.
It’s only been a few days since Donald Trump announced that his chief of staff, John Kelly, is set to depart from the White House, yet the president finds himself taking to Twitter once again, this time to announce that Interior Secretary will leave the administration at the end of this year.
“Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years,” Trump tweeted.
He also thanked Zinke for his tenure, adding that his successor will be announced next week.
“Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation. The Trump Administration will be announcing the new Secretary of the Interior next week.”
On December 30, just one day before New Year’s celebrations will see most people hit the champagne, Utah will start enforcing a new and much stricter drunk driving law.
As reported by the Hill, the state will drop the standard for blood alcohol consumption (BAC) from the nationwide.08 to.05. This means that just two drinks could result in a DUI, in an effort to drop the number of road accidents that occur because drivers are impaired by alcohol.
The standard across the country of.08 was set by former President Bill Clinton in 2000, and this change will give Utah the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. The law will also mean that people over the new limit continuing to “operate a motor vehicle in a negligent manner causing the death of another” will have committed felony automobile homicide.
Jakelin Caal Maquin and her family fled violence in Guatemala in search of a better life in the United States, but the 7-year-old did not survive the journey.
Now, new details are emerging about how the young girl died of dehydration while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents shortly after her family crossed the border from Mexico. As PBS noted, new details have come to light about the 90 minutes the girl spent between being picked up and when she was first administered medical attention, a long bus journey through a desolate part of New Mexico.