Pentagon identifies US soldier killed in suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan

(CNN)The Pentagon announced Friday that Sgt. 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, was killed Thursday in Afghanistan. According to a statement from the Army, Barreto joined the service in 2010 and is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal Barreto is the 16th US service member to be killed in Afghanistan in 2019, and three other American service members have been killed in recent weeks. A Romanian soldier was killed in the same bombing as Barreto, the NATO-led coalition announced in a statement. The Romanian Ministry of Defense identified the soldier as 38-year-old Cpl. 3rd Class Ciprian-Stefan Polschi. “Appalled by the terrorist attack in Afghanistan, in which a Romanian soldier lost his life, the second attack …

Boris Johnson Adopts Cute PuppyDog in Crucial Brexit Week

Boris Johnson welcomed his newly adopted Jack Russell puppy to his London home as the U.K. prime minister called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet, prompting fresh speculation there will be a general election. Just weeks ago the 15-week-old dog, named Dilyn according to a post on Twitter by Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, faced death after being abandoned by a south Wales puppy farmer as his misaligned jaw meant he would be difficult to sell. He was saved by a volunteer-run rescue charity in south Wales. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, was encouraged to get a dog to increase her appeal to voters, but refused because she was concerned about who would look after it. Published on Updated on Original Article …

Joe Biden’s campaign is already making Iowa excuses

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden is the frontrunner to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. Which is why his campaign’s purposeful lowering of expectations on Tuesday won’t work. Remember back in 2008 when Rudy Giuliani, who polling suggested was the frontrunner for the nomination, based his entire campaign strategy on skipping Iowa in order to definitely win in New Hampshire? And how when New Hampshire started to go south on Giuliani, how Florida became the new New Hampshire for him? And how Giuliani never won a single primary or caucus and, relatedly, didn’t get elected president? Right. There is simply almost no evidence in modern political history of a frontrunner losing Iowa and New Hampshire and coming back to …

Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Pound Off Lows But Still Under Pressure as Brexit Showdown Looms

Photographer: Miles Willis/Bloomberg wouldn’t delay the country’s exit from the European Union, and left the The pound may not have much room to recover for now, according to Valentin Marinov, head of G-10 currency strategy at Credit Agricole CIB, who says Johnson is laying the groundwork for a confrontation with the House on Tuesday. “Risks of an early vote are still on the table,” Marinov wrote in an email, noting that the prime minister’s speech hadn’t sustained the pound’s rally. Sterling remains 0.78% lower on the day versus the dollar, and around 90.92 pence versus the euro. The currency may drop as low as $1.10 if a mandate is secured for a no-deal departure from the EU, according to Lee …

Trump threatens to raise tariffs on Chinese goods to 30% amid escalating trade war

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday counterpunched against retaliatory tariffs announced by Beijing earlier in the day, pledging to hike the rates importers must pay on Chinese-made goods even higher. “We’re having a little spat with China and we’ll win it,” Trump told reporters Friday night before departing for the annual G7 summit in Paris. “We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you know. They put some on us, we put a lot on them.” “We’re up to about $550 billion — they’ve been hitting us for many, many years for over $500 billion a year, taking out of our country much more than 500 billion a year,” he added. “So we want that stopped.” It was …

Immigration judges at DOJ were sent news briefing with link to anti-Semitic content

Washington (CNN)A Department of Justice office will no longer send daily news briefings after it sent its employees, including immigration judges, a briefing that included a link to a blog featuring racial and anti-Semitic slurs, according to the president of an immigration judges union. The National Association of Immigration Judges wrote in a letter obtained by CNN that several member judges found the content “offensive.” “The August 19, 2019 morning news briefings contained ‘news’ from a website known for publishing white nationalist ideology and Anti-Semitic tropes,” the group wrote. “NAIJ has received numerous complaints from judges across the nation who found the blog offensive and equated having it on the official (office) website to working in a hostile work environment.” …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

‘Too bad:’ Trump reacts to burglary at Cummings’ Baltimore home after week of attacks

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump appeared to sarcastically call out a break-in at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home after a week of attacking the prominent African American lawmaker over the conditions of his Baltimore district – even comparing the city’s murder rate to third world countries. Cummings confirmed the incident in a statement Friday, but said that the individual did not gain access into his home. “I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house,” Cummings said. “I thank the Baltimore Police Department for their response and ask that all further inquiries be directed to them.” Trump attacks Cummings and …

CNN debates could reshape the Democratic White House race

(CNN)CNN’s Democratic debates could significantly reshape the battle for the party’s nomination and will, for the first time, test how its hopefuls handle Donald Trump’s ugly campaign strategy rooted in direct racism. Sen. Kamala Harris, who made her mark last month by skewering Biden on issues of race, faces heightened expectations in the rematch. And Harris enters the second debate facing fresh criticism from her rivals that she is taking both sides on the question of a proposed new health care system, an ideologically defining question for Democrats. But before Biden and Harris clash again, the fight for the party’s Democratic Party’s grassroots will be in the spotlight on Tuesday when Sen. Elizabeth Warren comes face-to-face with Sen. Bernie Sanders, …

What did we learn from Boris Johnsons first speech as prime minister? Our panel responds

The new PM will have to flesh out his broadbrush plans to unite the country and deliver Brexit, say Zoe Williams and others Atmospherically, Spiro Agnew, for whom the problem wasnt President Nixon (to whom he was vice-president), corruption, scandal or any other sharp edges of reality, it was the nattering nabobs of negativism, the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history. In Johnsons vision, the problem isnt Brexit: the problem is the people who complain about Brexit. The phrases were childish (the doomsters, the gloomsters; the United Kingdom as an awesome foursome) but the thrust was not dissimilar to Theresa Mays. She also entered No 10 filled with certainty and a pugilistic optimism that her will would triumph. Theres never been …

Trump sues to prevent the release of his tax returns

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has filed suit in federal court in Washington, DC, against the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state attorney general and the New York tax commissioner to prevent the disclosure of his tax returns. CNN is reaching out to the parties named for comment. The lawsuit comes as Trump is appealing other court decisions that sided with Congress when the President attempted to block congressional committees from obtaining his financial records. New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement, “President Trump has spent his career hiding behind lawsuits, but, as New York’s chief law enforcement officer, I can assure him that no one is above the law — not even the President …

China will be US military’s ‘primary challenge’ for decades, says top general

(CNN)China will remain the “primary challenge” to the United States military for as long as a century, warned President Donald Trump’s nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday. Milley was fielding questions about how he would function as the President’s principal military adviser and handle the pressure of delivering his own opinions in the Oval Office. If confirmed, he will succeed outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, to become the highest-ranking military officer in the United States and principal military adviser to the President. This transition would come at a time when the Trump administration faces a variety of geopolitical challenges, including the continued expansion of Chinese military power, as seen in areas …

Harris and Biden campaigns spar over desegregation busing one week after first debate

(CNN)The debate over desegregation busing continues to reverberate in the 2020 Democratic presidential race one week after the first debate. But in the days following her standout moment, Harris and her campaign have struggled to explain her own position on busing to desegregate schools today. And animosity between the two campaigns has spilled out into the open, with top aides to Biden and Harris engaging in a heated back-and-forth on social media over where their respective candidates stand on the issue. The public spat has also reignited debate over busing, which was one of the most controversial aspects of the effort to address segregation in schools. Supporters of busing argued that it was to necessary to correct the damaging legacy …

Trump says he is ‘extremely angry’ about Khashoggi murder, but defends MBS relationship

Osaka, Japan (CNN)President Donald Trump said Friday he was “extremely angry and very unhappy” about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but claimed that “nobody has directly pointed a finger” at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite the conclusions of the CIA and a United Nations report. And despite Trump’s claim that “nobody has directly pointed a finger” at bin Salman,his own CIA, according to a senior US official and a source familiar with the matter, concluded the Saudi ruler authorized the brutal murder, CNN reported in November 2018. A United Nations report released last week also implicated bin Salman. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told CNN earlier this month that the UN report …

‘Unless we do something pretty miraculous’: Trump expects ICE raids to happen after July 4

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said that his administration still plans to launch a series of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids starting in about a week, sometime after the July Fourth holiday. He said that the raids would come “starting in a week after — sometime after July 4th,” later adding that “at the end of the second week we’ll be removing people, legally removing (them).” On Thursday, the Democrat-led House passed a $4.6 billion emergency border funding bill that originated in the Senate and will go to the White House for the President’s signature. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed down from an effort to alter the legislation, saying instead that the House would “reluctantly” take up the Senate bill “to …