In May, the Treasury Department refused a statutory and subpoena request for President Trump's tax returns. Now, it's unclear whether Democrats will get them. read more
The Young Turks host Hasan Piker furiously went off about Rep. Dan Crenshaw's foreign diplomacy he heard on Joe Rogan's podcast this week
Beijing responded with fury this week after President Trump approved the sale of 66 F-16V, or "Viper", jets to Taiwan in a US$8 billion deal, threatening to retaliate without saying what action it would take. Senior Colonel Cao Yanzhong, a researcher at the PLA Academy of Military Science, said the fighters would be "useless"in improving the island's combat strength against the mainland's military. Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province that must eventually be reunified with the mainland, by force if necessary.
Major General Chen Rongdi, at the PLA Academy of Military Science, warned that China would not "sit by and do nothing" about the deal. "As far as I know, China will sanction those companies involved in this sale. And, of course, we do not exclude the option of taking other measures," Chen said. However, the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, does little business in China, thereby limiting the effectiveness of any sanctions.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has posted an adapted version of the famous Holocaust poem First They Came ... on Twitter, likening Hong Kong's anti-government protesters to Nazis intent on attacking the city's residents.
The poem, popularised after World War II, is about the moral cowardice of German intellectuals who did not act to stop Nazi persecution of minority groups based on their political and religious views. It has also been interpreted as a warning against the creeping political apathy that led to the horrors of the Holocaust. More recently, protesters in the US have held placards at rallies that use the poem to refer to US President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on minority groups including women, disabled people, Muslims, African-Americans and immigrants.
In recent days, Chinese state media has ramped up its anti-protest propaganda and used the poem to attempt to shame democracy protesters.
An Arizona court awarded a former Planned Parenthood clinic director $3 million in damages for being wrongfully terminated after she reported that the organization, where she worked for 17 years, was endangering the health and safety of its patients. Mayra Rodriguez sued the controversial organization " which provides abortions among other services " in October 2017, alleging she got terminated after repeatedly reporting the "high complication rates" of one doctor. accusing the doctor of falsification of affidavits and patient records, performing incomplete abortions and failure to report a minor who had an adult partner to authorities.
Rodriguez, who was an illegal immigrant during her employment at Planned Parenthood, said the company tried to use her immigration status against her after the termination. read more