WASHINGTON (AP) — Relegated for months to playing defense, congressional Democrats are rising again. They've been revitalized by the deal their leaders cut with President Donald Trump this week and by a trickle of GOP retirements that have boosted their hopes of capturing House control next year.
Lebanon says it will complain to Security Council over Israel’s alleged breach of its air space.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner (D) faced calls from fellow Democrats this week to step down from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) wrote an extremely misleading op-ed on Thursday claiming to have evidence of widespread voter fraud in New Hampshire.
The Trump Organisation stood to make $4 million and a cut of the profits under the aborted deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, it has emerged. According to detailed plans, obtained by CNN, the scheme even included proposals to open a spa which would have been named after Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka. Negotiations were still taking place in October 2015, four months after Mr Trump announced he was running for the White House. The plans entailed building a hotel, flats and commercial property in central Moscow in a venture which would have carried the Trump brand under a franchising agreement. Ivanka Trump Credit: Susan Walsh/AP Mr Trump's interest in exploiting commercial opportunities in Moscow have hardly been secret, he first expressed interest in building a tower in the Russian capital in the 1990s. But he repeatedly denied having any business links with Russia while he was campaigning for the White House. The documents include a Letter of Understanding for the venture between Trump Acquisition LLC and the I.C. Expert Investment Company of Moscow. In an accompanying email Felix Sater, a Russian born property developer to Michael Cohen, Trump Organisation's executive vice president attached a "Letter of Understanding" for Mr Trump to sign. Mr Sater wrote: "Help world peace and make a lot of money. I would say that's a great lifetime goal for us to go after." The deal, Mr Sater added, could "possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin Credit: Evan Vucci/AP "That should be Putin's message as well, and we will help him agree on that message." In late 2015 there appeared to be considerable warmth between Mr Trump and Mr Putin. The aspiring Republican candidate voiced a desire that he and the Russian leader would "get along". In turn, Mr Putin described the billionaire as "a bright and talented person without any doubt." Despite the detailed negotiations, the project was scrapped. Nevertheless, details of the proposal will rekindle suggestions that Mr Trump's desire for a rapprochement with Moscow was commercially as well as politically driven. A special counsel and the Senate Intelligence Committee are both probing alleged Russian involvement in the presidential election.
The U.S. Navy said on Friday that it was moving the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and other ships into position to provide humanitarian relief from Hurricane Irma if needed. The Abraham Lincoln, along with the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima and transport dock ship New York, have left Norfolk, Virginia and are making their way south while trying to avoid the hurricane, U.S. officials said. In total, the four ships have three CH-53E Marine heavy lift helicopters, 10 MH-60S and 14 MH-60R Navy medium life helicopters.
MIAMI (AP) — On what is likely the last clear day in Florida before Hurricane Irma's monster wind and rain, social workers and police officers are giving Miami's estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation.
TIBURON, Calif. (AP) — A resident of an exclusive San Francisco Bay neighborhood is the target of online outrage and may face criminal charges for shooting to death a doe and its fawn that were eating newly installed landscaping.