Thursday, January 16, 2020

Full Coverage of the Senate Impeachment Trial

PBS NewsHour: The Senate is expected to take the first steps in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Thursday by swearing in all 100 U.S. senators. Stayed tuned to this stream for all of the day's events. The expected schedule is as follows:

-10:30am EST: PBS NewsHour's pre-show with all the information you need to know for today. -Noon EST: House democrats formally deliver the articles of impeachment to the Senate. -12:30pm EST: We rebroadcast our pre-show with all the information you need to know for today. -2:00pm EST: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is sworn in to preside over the trial, and all U.S. senators are sworn in as jurors.

Pelosi Briefs Reporters as Democrats Deliver Impeachment Articles to the Senate

C-SPAN: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters ahead of the Senate impeachment trial. She also reacts to the GAO report saying the the White House Budget Office violated the law by withholding aid to Ukraine.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy Holds a News Conference Prior to Impeachment Articles Being Read to the Senate

Lev Parnas Speaks Out for First Time: Trump Lied

This report was published on YouTube on January 15.

Libya: 'Turkey is Already Militarily Involved in the Country'

Russian Government Resignation: Mikhail Mishustin 'is a Safe Place Holder'

Syria: Government Strikes on Idlib Kill at Least 39 Fighters

Five French Ports Shut Down Due to French Strikes

Northern Ireland After Brexit: How Will Businesses Cope with New Rules?

Hundreds of Migrants from Honduras Cross Into Guatemala

Canada Provides Update Following International Meeting on Iran Plane Crash

Global News: Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne is expected to speak at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, following a meeting with the member countries of the International Coordination Response Group for the families of victims of Flight PS752.

Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the U.K. will meet to discuss the need for a thorough investigation and the steps needed to secure full cooperation from Iranian authorities.

Coverage begins at the 6:45 mark.

Governor Cuomo Visits Puerto Rico Following Earthquakes

The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo: Governor Cuomo visits Puerto Rico to help the community and let residents know New York will continue doing everything in its power to help the island recover and rebuild following a series of devastating earthquakes.

Cuomo: Release the Full Funding for Puerto Rico

The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo: Governor Cuomo called on the Trump administration to immediately release federal funds to Puerto Rico and declare a Major Disaster Declaration for the damage caused by the earthquakes.

City Council Hearing on NYCHA Gets Heated

This report was published on YouTube on January 15.

How to Protect Yourself from Flu Outbreak

This report was published on YouTube on January 15.

New 9/11 First Responder Study Highlights Risk of Leukemia

This report was published on YouTube on January 15.

Trial of 6-Year-Old’s Killer Exposes Lapses in City’s Child Welfare System

 Zymere Perkins

The New York Times: A Harlem man was convicted of murder in the beating of his girlfriend’s son after a trial that shed light on the city’s failure to intervene. 

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Meet New York’s Impeachment Managers

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Source: The New York Times

Bailout Up to $500 Million Proposed for Taxi Drivers Trapped in Loans

The New York Times: The proposal is the most far-reaching step taken in response to a Times investigation into exploitative practices in the industry.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happening in Harlem: 32nd Precinct Community Council Meeting

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Source:  A. Smith, President/NYPD Civilian Volunteer
(32nd Precinct Community Council)

Governor Cuomo Announces Deployment of Additional Assets to Help Puerto Rico Respond to Earthquakes

The Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo: Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the deployment of further assets to Puerto Rico to assist with emergency response efforts following a series of initial damage assessments conducted by the Governor and his delegation.
The Governor will deploy eight additional engineers and utility experts from the New York Power Authority to address power outages caused by the recent earthquakes and work to stabilize the island’s power system to help mitigate the repeated power outages.

Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at the Groundbreaking for the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council

NYC Mayor's Office: Mayor de Blasio delivers remarks at the groundbreaking for the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council and Hotel Association of the NYC Queens Health Center.

Mayor de Blasio Visits OEM to Dispatch Additional Resources to Puerto Rico

This video was published on YouTube on January 14. 

NYC Mayor's Office: Mayor de Blasio visits New York City Emergency Management’s Emergency Operation Center to dispatch more City building inspectors, engineers and emergency managers to Puerto Rico in response to recent earthquakes.

EANY's 2020 Priorities Action Agenda

The following statement was issued by Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY). 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first “Earth Day” and the promises of clean water and air are still unfulfilled, with new environmental crises impacting us every day. As another generation marches to demand action to save the planet, our leaders must respond by maintaining this critical momentum. We are calling on our leaders to be big and bold in our funding commitments to the environment and to solve systemic challenges the state faces in respect to solid waste. 

Click here for the full announcement and agenda. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Fact Check: Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years

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Source: The Intercept_

Moms 4 Housing: Meet the Oakland Mothers Facing Eviction After Two Months Occupying Vacant House

Senate Republican and Democratic Leadership News Conferences

C-SPAN: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Senate Republican leaders speak to reporters in the Capitol following their weekly caucus luncheon. 

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C-SPAN: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and other Senate Democratic leaders speak to  reporters in the Capitol following their weekly caucus luncheon.
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Bernie and Elizabeth Spat: Making Trump's Day

'Future Hope' Column 

By Ted Glick

The best line I’ve seen since the story broke a couple days ago about the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders spat was this Twitter post by Sunrise Movement leader Varshini Prakash: “mom and dad are fighting and all I wanna do is go to my room and put my headphones on.”

That’s how I’ve been feeling, as someone who’s always supported Bernie but who has appreciated much of what Warren has been saying and who clearly is generally on the same page as Bernie on most major issues.

I’ve written in the past about how powerful it would be if there was either a Warren/Sanders or a Sanders/Warren ticket, if both of them end up as the top two candidates going into the Democratic Convention. The one with fewer delegates, I’ve said, should then get behind the winner and they would both then run as a team.

Differences and divisions in politics, among progressives, among people in general, are nothing new, but this sure feels bad. There ain’t nothing Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg and mainstream-to-corporate Democrats want more than to break the connection between the two strong progressives.

I do not believe that Bernie Sanders said to Elizabeth Warren in a two-person meeting no one else was in that “a woman couldn’t win the White House.” As so many have said, this completely doesn’t compute with what Bernie Sanders has been about for almost 50 years.

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James Murdoch Slams News Corp Over Climate-Change Denial

A Daily Beast Exclusive

Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife issued a rare public rebuke of the family’s media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during Australia’s bushfire crisis.

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The Last of New York’s Black Cowboys

A quarter of the cowhands out West were black. Some in the city want to honor their history. A Harlem composer found a way.

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Source: The New York Times 

Romance Writers Trade Group Cancels Awards Amid Racism Allegations

Backlash Grows Over Oscars' Lack of Diversity

Australia Bushfires: Over a Billion Animals Feared Dead in Mega-Blazes

Top US Military Commander Signals Plans to Reduce American Military Presence in Africa

Israeli Army Spokesman Denies Israel Defence Forces' Involvement in Soleimani Killing

Anti-French Sentiment on the Rise in the Sahel

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Soleimani Killing

Iran Makes First Arrests Over Downing of Ukrainian Passenger Plane

NYPD Officer Yells 'You Fu--in' Jews' at Hasidic Father and Son in Boro Park

Brooklyn, NY - This past Friday night, a Hasidic father and his 17-year old son were walking home after spending time at a tisch, a rabbinical event in Boro Park. As they were crossing the street at 15th Avenue and 50th Street a police car with its lights on drove by and the police officer who was driving the car rolled his window down and yelled “you fu--in’ Jews” at them. The officer laughed and drove off, leaving them shocked and stunned.

The family reached out to Dov Hikind, founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, on Sunday evening to ensure this matter is addressed in a professional and swift manner. The family was terrified but they're willing to come forward so this antisemitic act is addressed and the individual involved is held responsible for his actions.

"I have so much respect for NYC's Finest but sometimes, things like this happen. This incident must be thoroughly investigated by senior officials in the NYPD. With antisemitism reaching unprecedented levels, we can’t allow any form of hate to be tolerated," said Hikind.

Source: Americans Against Antisemitism

'Peace Week' 2020 to Kick Off with NY City Hall Press Conference

January 15 through 22 will mark the 10th annual New York Peace Week

Hosted by LIFE Camp Inc., the City of New York, the NYC Crisis Management System, community partners and local gun violence activists, Peace Week will feature interactive special events geared towards inspiring youth and communities to take personal action to promote peace. 

Peace Week 2020 will kick off with a press conference on the steps of New York City Hall at 11 a.m. Additionally, the Forgiveness Dinner will bring together families impacted by gun violence. 

A community town hall and a number of other events and activities are scheduled.

Click here for a list of public events. 
Source: Rachel Noerdlinger