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Transcript: Shelby Pierson on "Intelligence Matters"
This week, on "Intelligence Matters," Morell speaks with the intel official charged with detailing the election security threats facing the U.S.
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Florida is So Cold Freezing Iguanas Are Falling Out of Trees, Officials Warn
You might have heard of it "raining cats and dogs" but have you heard the phrase it's "raining iguanas"?
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5 things to know for January 22: Impeachment, coronavirus, Davos, Lebanon, Boeing
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
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All the reasons we’re still not over Brad and Jen
It’s 2020 and we’re STILL wondering if Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have the hots for each other.
Americans exposed to toxic chemicals in drinking water 'dramatically underestimated': report
Tap water in the United States is contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems at a higher rate than previously thought, according to a new report.
Top election security official details past, current and future threats
"We do not assess that any other country influenced the United States election in 2016 on the scale of what the Russians did," Shelby Pierson tells Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters" this week.
"Bernie me volvía loca": Hillary Clinton critica a Bernie Sanders en un nuevo documental
En la docuserie de Hulu 'Hillary', que se estrena en el Festival de Cine de Sundance, Clinton no se contiene al hablar de su antiguo rival, el senador Bernie Sanders.
Impeachment, Coronavirus, Jeff Bezos: Your Wednesday Briefing
Here's what you need to know.
Three-Year-Old Boy Becomes Youngest Person to Join Mensa UK: How to Find Out Your IQ Score and Apply to Mensa
A British boy achieved an IQ score of 142, and at just three years old, he has become the youngest person to join Mensa UK.
Hernández: Chicharito says he's in 'right place at right time' as Galaxy's brightest star
En la primera entrevista desde que se unió al Galaxy y a la MLS, el jugador más popular del fútbol mexicano dice que le queda mucho por aportar.
Conozca sus derechos: ¿Cómo puedo restaurar mi derecho al voto si estuve encarcelado?
Cuando las personas con condenas por delitos mayores visiten, ahora serán dirigidas a de CLC para comprender si pueden votar.
The 54 greatest players in Super Bowl history: How high do 49ers legend rank?
Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are some of the most accomplished players ever to take the field in the Super Bowl, but is either one the best ever?
Trump says US has plan to contain coronavirus
President Trump Wednesday said the United States has a plan to contain the deadly coronavirus after the first case was reported in the country this week.
Watch live: Trump to speak before heading home from Davos forum
Mr. Trump says his meetings with political and business leaders from around the world will bring investment into the U.S., as he took a jab at "the prophets of doom."
U.S. Supreme Court examines religious school funding in major rights case
U.S. Supreme Court justices are poised to tackle a major religious rights case on Wednesday over whether states can bar public funding of religious institutions in a dispute over a Montana tax credit program that could benefit private religious schools.
Soccer: Olympic qualifiers shifted out of Wuhan following virus fears
Next month's women's Olympic football qualifiers in Wuhan have been shifted to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the central Chinese city.
Democrats to make opening arguments in Trump impeachment trial
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday, beginning up to six days of presentations on the question of whether Trump should be removed from office.
Army veteran makes third $50G donation to New York animal shelter: reports
A warmhearted Army veteran made his third $50,000 donation Monday to a western New York state animal shelter -- a place where he often brings a box of treats for his furry friends because he "just likes dogs."
Core Four weighs in on Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame election
Derek Jeter’s fellow Core Four members sent their congratulations to baseball’s newest Hall of Famer in statements on the Yankees Twitter account on Tuesday. Jeter entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame, falling one vote short of a unanimous selection by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He received 396 of 397 votes. Mariano Rivera,...
Rapper urges action on Mississippi prison crisis
The open letter urges Governor Tate Reeves to declare a state of emergency and put the "full weight" of his office and authority to protect the "basic human rights" of inmates.
McConnell's view in Clinton impeachment trial conflicts with Trump
In a resurfaced CNN interview from 1999, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he voted for live witnesses during former President Bill Clinton's Senate impeachment trial.
DNC begins multi-million 'battleground' investment in six states won by Trump
The Democratic National Committee will begin to pour millions of dollars into six battleground states -- Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona -- in preparation for a general election fight against President Donald Trump, the committee announced Wednesday.
Impeachment live updates: Senate rejects calls for early witnesses
The first day of proceedings stretched into the early morning as Democrats pushed for but failed in their efforts to have subpoenas issued for witnesses and documents.
UPDATE 1-Thailand finds fourth coronavirus ahead of Lunar New Year
Thailand has quarantined a fourth patient with the new coronavirus, including one Thai national, authorities said on Wednesday, days before Saturday's start of the Lunar New Year holiday is expected to bring an influx of Chinese tourists.
Zoe Lofgren is working her third impeachment
When she walks through the Senate chamber on Wednesday to present her case for removing President Donald Trump from office, Rep. Zoe Lofgren could be forgiven for having a sense of deja vu.
Supreme Court considers Montana ruling blocking government subsidies for religious schools
The Supreme Court will take the bench Wednesday to consider a dispute that could open the door to more state funds going toward religious education.
Exclusive: Giuliani told U.S. his client deserves leniency for financing Venezuela's opposition - Parnas
At a lavish August gathering at a private estate in Spain, a wealthy Venezuelan businessman under criminal investigation in the United States introduced Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido.
McConnell warns against witnesses in pitch for quick impeachment trial resolution
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hardening his argument against new witness testimony in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, a sign that the powerful GOP leader plans to rally fellow Republican senators to block witness testimony and bring a swift end to the proceedings, according to GOP sources.
Wozniacki accuses opponent of faking injury during win
Caroline Wozniacki has pointed the finger at her second round opponent at the Australian Open, accusing Dayana Yastremska of faking injury.
Letters to the Editor: Why needy UC students would be better off with higher tuition
In-state UC students are getting a great deal. Make the rich ones pay much more so poor students can benefit.
Editorial: Punishment is the only reason to send former L.A. sheriff Lee Baca to prison. That's reason enough
If prison is only for dangerous people, what do we do about convicted former Sheriff Lee Baca?
Life inside ground zero of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
The Lunar New Year -- the most important festival in the Chinese calendar -- is just three days away, but in the Chinese city of Wuhan, there are few reasons to celebrate.
On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Advocates Grapple With Abortion Restrictions
Forty-seven years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, establishing the legality of abortion nationwide. But as another case about abortion heads to a significantly more conservative Supreme Court this year, reproductive rights advocates and health care providers say they are preparing for a world in which the landmark 1973 decision is…
Does Tom Steyer have real momentum or just a ton of money?
The rich Californian's spending is yielding support in a few key states, like South Carolina. The long-shot Democrat also shows some ability to connect with voters.
Grammys 2020 predictions: Who will win the night's biggest awards and who should
Pop breakouts Billie Eilish and Lizzo are expected to pull in some of the biggest prizes at Sunday's Grammy Awards, but look out for Taylor Swift.
Letters to the Editor: Poor Venezuelans are fleeing on foot. Prominent ex-pats need to speak out
People such as Gustavo Dudamel must forcefully condemn the repressive government of Venezuela.
Ben Shapiro: AOC preaches economic nonsense leading to exploitation, tyranny and loss of our rights
AOC claims economic freedom is economic tyranny.
Editorial: The jury is out on whether Republican senators will take their impeachment oath seriously
The Senate must hear from witnesses in Trump impeachment trial.
Op-Ed: Liberals and conservatives both misuse facts. But there are ways to stop that impulse
Even without resorting to 'alternative' facts, people with different ideologies will disagree about which facts are relevant.
At Tirsa's Mexican Cafe, our critic considers colossal tortas and Flamin' Hot Cheeto sopes
Critic Patricia Escárcega considers the flamboyant cooking at Tirsa's Mexican Cafe.
Reagan's Solicitor General Says 'All Honorable People' Have Left Trump's Cabinet: 'He is Capable of Doing Serious Damage'
Former solicitor general under Reagan and Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried blasts President Trump and William Barr, saying of Barr, "You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. His reputation is gone."
The Necessity of the Indian Child Welfare Act
Congress today has substantial and sweeping powers over Native nations and Native people, including the authority to abolish tribes and tribal reservations, and to expand or restrict tribal authority. These powers come from a series of Supreme Court decisions in the late 1800s and early 1900s that were based on racist views about American Indians—that Congress needed virtually unlimited authority over American Indian affairs because Natives were not equipped to govern themselves. The Court reasoned that Natives’ “weakness and helplessness” gave the federal government “broad domain” over them; later cases pointed to Natives’ “condition of tutelage or dependency.” Those decisions gave Congress more power when it comes to Native affairs than it has when it comes to taxing or spending or regulating interstate commerce.But over time, these cases have come to produce different results. These same decisions have empowered Congress, in recent years, to protect Native families from various new and old forms of discrimination, imperialism, and white supremacy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is poised to decide whether that will remain so. It will hear the case later today.The case centers on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was designed to protect American Indian communities against state-led efforts to break up Native families. The challengers in the case—several Republican-led states and non-Native families seeking to adopt Native children—are attempting to invalidate ICWA’s restrictions on breaking up Native families and on non-Native families adopting Native children. In doing so, they risk undoing a set of doctrines that has facilitated tribes’ ability to govern themselves and prosecute individuals who victimize Native people.ICWA was passed in 1978, in an effort to put an end to the long history of states forcibly placing Native children with white families or sending Native children to abusive boarding schools. Following the passage of ICWA, states were required to err on the side of placing Native children with Native families in cases of adoption and to follow a series of procedural rules in cases where authorities feel there is no choice but to break up a Native family.In 2017, Texas filed Brackeen v. Bernhardt, challenging the federal government’s regulation of states’ treatment of Native children in foster care or up for adoption. Texas was joined by three non-Native families, including the Brackeens, who were seeking to adopt Native children. (Some of the Native children had Native relatives who sought custody.)In Brackeen, Texas has mounted nothing less than a frontal attack on the entire corpus of federal law that governs Indian affairs today.The challengers in Brackeen are arguing that the federal government’s authority over Indian affairs ought to be much more limited than the expansive powers that the Supreme Court granted the federal government. They argue that the Constitution allows Congress to regulate only commerce, such as barter and trade, with tribes, and not areas of domestic relations.But this is not the case. The Constitution and Indian tribes themselves gave Congress the authority to regulate almost anything that touches on Native American affairs, including family law. The Constitution recognizes Indian tribes as sovereigns, alongside states and foreign nations. The federal-tribal relationship originated under the international-law principle of the “duty of protection,” in which a superior sovereign agrees to take an inferior sovereign under its wing. Tragically, the United States abused this power, overextending its power to undermine tribal governance and dispossess Indians and tribes of their lands, resources, and cultures.Tribes, of course, fought the federal government in court, but lost in those late-19th- and early-20th-century cases that confirmed the United States’ powers over tribes. But those losses are now what allows Congress to protect Native communities from discrimination. One of the ways that states and white communities sought to eradicate Native communities was by taking away their children; ICWA’s family-law rules provide some protection against those practices.The challengers are also arguing that ICWA, which applies to children who are descendants of members of Native tribes, impermissibly discriminates on the basis of race. Laws that single out particular racial groups are subject to the most rigorous form of judicial scrutiny; therefore, if courts view ICWA as involving a racial distinction, then ICWA may very well be unconstitutional.But numerous previous Supreme Court decisions have held that federal laws that give preferences to members of Native American tribes create political distinctions, rather than racial ones. (Tribes are, after all, political nations.) The irony is that while laws that single out American Indians may be, and historically have been, used to discriminate against them, they may also be used to protect American Indians from discrimination. If Congress cannot single out tribal members, then it cannot rectify prior discrimination against Native communities. The challengers to ICWA want a world in which the judiciary defers to Congress on laws that impose burdens on Indians and tribes but subjects laws benefiting Indians and tribes to higher scrutiny.The challengers have also offered up an argument that does not concern American Indian affairs as such. Texas and three other states maintain that ICWA is unconstitutional because it “commandeers”—i.e., forces—the states to carry out federal law. At least 22 states disagreed by signing onto briefs supporting ICWA. While this argument would not unsettle American Indian affairs, it would drastically reshape the law of American federalism and the relationship between states and the federal government.The reason for that is that ICWA is, in form, a common type of federal regulation, in that it supplies a federal standard against breaking up Native American families for the states to use in a given area (family law). Congress also regulates drug licensing, food safety, environmental protections, and myriad other areas in exactly the same way. If ICWA is unconstitutional, then Congress could not regulate any of these other areas, in which federal law provides a substantive standard that states are bound to follow.Equally important is that ICWA applies in state courts. It is a core feature of American federalism that while federal law may not commandeer state legislatures or state executives, there is nothing unconstitutional about forcing state courts to apply federal law. Indeed, the supremacy clause of the Constitution obligates state courts to follow federal law. Nor does it matter that ICWA imposes some costs and burdens on the states; so do myriad other federal laws, such as statutes that require states to pay a minimum wage, which the Supreme Court has upheld. Imposing costs on the states is something that federal law just does.Brackeen is nominally a challenge to ICWA. But the plaintiffs’ arguments in the case represent a broad-scale effort to reshape Native governance and American federalism.
Help! Should We Let Our Flower Girl Walk Down the Aisle With Her Dead Sister?
“Baby Ella is now in a small, sealed urn and travels with the family everywhere.”
Dear Care and Feeding: How Do We Stop Our Adopted Daughters From Fighting Over a Modeling Internship?
Parenting advice on modeling internships, expressing gratitude, and being away at bedtime.
Letters to the Editor: Only Trump would pick lawyers like Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr
Alan Dershowitz was a friend and defender of Jeffrey Epstein, and Ken Starr lost his university president job. Why did Trump pick them?
POLITICO Playbook: Why Democrats and Republicans are winning on impeachment
And more U.S. troops in Iraq seek treatment following the Iranian missile attack.
China Coronavirus Is Spreading—What Precautions Is the U.S. Taking and Is There a Vaccine?
The first U.S. case of the virus has been identified in Washington state.
Trump rages against impeachment while overseas
CNN's Jeremy Diamond reports President Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm and raged against impeachment as he was watching the first day of the impeachment trial in the Senate.