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A Conservative Judge Just Slapped the Trump Administration’s Treatment of Poor People

a conservative judge slaps Trump's treatment of poorOver the past week, federal appellate courts dealt a one-two punch to the national conservative agenda. Taken together, they stand as a rare defense of low-income Americans to get affordable health care and exercise their right to vote.

While the Trump administration frequently trumpets the number of judges it has appointed to the federal bench over the past three years, these decisions are a reminder of the inherent independence of lifetime appointees to break sharply with partisan policymakers.

In the first case, Gresham v. Azar, Arkansas residents sued the Secretary of Health and Human Services for approving a pilot project purportedly aimed at “promoting the objectives of Medicaid” but which required recipients to work to qualify for the free health care.

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Schiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.'

Schiff blasts Trump for making false claims about intelHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday denounced President Trump for spreading “false claims” about intelligence officials’ warnings that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help the president and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Speaking with reporters outside the White House earlier that day, Trump brought up how he was never told about an intelligence briefing Sanders received about Moscow's efforts to assist his candidacy in the Democratic primary. Sanders acknowledged that he'd received a briefing just a day after The Washington Post and New York Times reported that intel officials told House lawmakers that Russia developed a preference for Trump in 2020.

"I read where Russia is helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to me at all. Nobody briefed that to me at all," Trump said, suggesting that "Schiff and his group leaked it to the papers. They ought to investigate Schiff for leaking that information.

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Nine dead in Turkey after quake hits rural Iran border region

Turkey earthquake Feb.23, 2020Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said.

Three of those killed were children and 37 Turks were injured, including nine critically, Turkey’s health ministry said.

The shallow tremor caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.

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About 40 million people get water from the Colorado River. Studies show it's drying up.

Colorado River drying upScientists have documented how climate change is sapping the Colorado River, and new research shows the river is so sensitive to warming that it could lose about one-fourth of its flow by 2050 as temperatures continue to climb.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey found that the loss of snowpack due to higher temperatures plays a major role in driving the trend of the river’s dwindling flow. They estimated that warmer temperatures were behind about half of the 16% decline in the river’s flow during the stretch of drought years from 2000-2017, a drop that has forced Western states to adopt plans to boost the Colorado’s water-starved reservoirs.

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Judge blocks health officials from moving 50 patients with coronavirus to California city

Judge blocks health officials from moving coronavirus patients to CaliforniaA federal judge has temporarily blocked state and federal officials from moving as many as 50 Americans infected with the coronavirus to a city in southern California for quarantine.

U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Stanton, an Obama appointee, issued an order late Friday to prevent the transfer of coronavirus patients from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California to Costa Mesa in Orange County. The patients were previously quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan after a mini-outbreak on the vessel.

Local officials argued before the court that the federal government’s plan did not include sufficient protections from the virus for residents. They swiftly sought court intervention after being informed by the state government of plans to move patients to a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa as soon as Sunday.

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Security adviser: I've seen no intel of Moscow helping Trump

Robert O'Brien should read the Mueller reportPresident Donald Trump's national security adviser said he's seen no intelligence indicating that Russia is doing anything to try to help get the president re-elected.

Robert O'Brien's comments were released Saturday in a transcript of an interview with ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopoulos" set to air on Sunday.

“The national security adviser gets pretty good access to our intelligence," O'Brien said. “I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump re-elected.”

O'Brien's comment came after he was asked about media reports that an intelligence professional told members of the House intelligence committee that it was Russia's aim to favor Trump in the election.

TVNL Comment: O'Brien should read the Mueller Report.  Ostriches don't belong in the White House.

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US blocking mention of climate change in G20 statement, diplomats say

g20 communique not allowed to mention climate changeG20  diplomats say the US is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world’s financial leaders.

A new draft of the joint statement shows the G20 considering including it as a risk factor to growth.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this weekend." data-reactid="27">Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s 20 largest economies are discussing the main challenges to the global economy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this weekend.

G20 sources told Reuters that the US was reluctant to accept language on climate change as a risk to the economy.

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Sanders heads to big win in Nevada caucuses, Biden battles Buttigieg for second place

Sanders heads to big win in NevadaBernie Sanders appeared headed to a decisive victory in the Democratic presidential caucuses in Nevada on Saturday, and early returns showed Joe Biden possibly landing a second-place finish that would give his struggling campaign new hope.

Fox News and MSNBC projected Sanders as the winner in Nevada, where he was leading with more than 40% of the final round of popular votes with about 10% of precincts reported, four hours after the caucuses began.

But there were long delays in the reporting of fresh results.

The win in Nevada will further boost the front-running candidacy of Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, after his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire earlier this month. He was buoyed by what entrance polls showed was strong support for a government-run Medicare for All healthcare plan like the one he has proposed.

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Weinstein Jury Appears Deadlocked on Most Serious Charges Against Disgraced Mogul

Weinstein jury appears deadlocked on 2 counts

After four long days of deliberation, the 12 jurors tasked with deciding Harvey Weinstein’s fate indicated in a note to the judge that they may be deadlocked on the most serious charges in the disgraced producer’s rape trial.

On Friday, after spending the morning listening to Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra’s testimony, the jurors sent a note to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke asking if they could “be hung” on the two counts of predatory sexual assault if they are “unanimous” on the other three charges against him: criminal act in the first degree, rape in the first degree, and rape in the third degree.

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