May 21, 2019
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – The German government says Chancellor Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have discussed the situation in Iran in a joint telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel’s office said in a statement Tuesday that the three leaders “underlined the need to persuade Iran to remain in the nuclear agreement, which they agreed to maintain.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House communications director Hope Hicks and a former aide in the White House counsel’s office as Democrats continue their investigations of President Donald Trump. The committee subpoenaed Hicks for documents and for testimony at a public hearing. It subpoenaed Annie Donaldson for documents and for questioning in a private deposition. Donaldson was a top aide to former White House Counsel Donald McGahn.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top Trump administration officials are briefing Congress behind closed doors about Iran. Pompeo, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented a classified briefing Tuesday to House lawmakers. Some Republicans say what they heard backed up President Donald Trump’s recent actions in the Persian Gulf. But Democrats say they left the session with more questions than answers.
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual – eight years instead of 60, in some cases. That is a completely new approach to decommissioning nuclear plants in the United States. Some regulators, activists and others question whether the rapid timetables are safe.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A San Francisco police attorney said that a reporter whose office and work equipment was seized in a police raid can collect his property although the legal issues surrounding the case were not resolved Tuesday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel Feng set dates to hear separate motions to quash search warrants used to raid the home of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody and to unseal those warrants. Media organizations are outraged that police raided a journalist’s home.
May 21, 2019
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the United States will not defeat Iran with economic pressure. In a live broadcast on state TV, Rouhani says: “The Iranian nation will not be defeated by America, the White House could not defeat the Iranian nation.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, says Democrats are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.” Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and failing to appear before the committee. McGahn was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats have received a closed-door briefing on Iran from former CIA Director John Brennan and former State Department official Wendy Sherman, who negotiated the Iran nuclear deal. Brennan said that while Iran wants to avoid conflict, its leaders will not capitulate to Trump. Sherman warned that reckless behavior by the Trump administration is undermining moderates in the country. That’s according to a person in the room who was not authorized to discuss the private meeting.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Relatives of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor who’s accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students say they’re heartbroken after reading about the pain so many have suffered. A new statement released Monday night by the family of Dr. Richard Strauss says the family continues to be shocked and saddened by what happened. The university released a report last week that shows Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students over two decades into the 1990s.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The “Medicare for All” plan embraced by leading 2020 Democrats appears more generous than what’s offered in other advanced countries. The plan by Sen. Bernie Sanders would charge no copays or deductibles for medical care, allowing only limited cost-sharing for certain prescription drugs. Policy experts say the benefits may be needed to persuade Americans they would be better off in a new government plan. But the plan is a punching bag for Republicans trying to tag Democrats as “socialists.”