IJR https://ijr.com Experience The News Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:23:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Shield Gun Maker From Sandy Hook Lawsuit https://ijr.com/supreme-court-not-shield-gun-maker-sandy-hook-lawsuit/ https://ijr.com/supreme-court-not-shield-gun-maker-sandy-hook-lawsuit/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:22:44 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213243 The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the firearms industry. More]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the firearms industry, rejecting Remington Arms Co’s bid to escape a lawsuit by families of victims aiming to hold the gun maker liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults.

The justices turned away Remington’s appeal of a ruling by Connecticut’s top court to let the lawsuit proceed despite a federal law that broadly shields firearms manufacturers from liability when their weapons are used in crimes. The lawsuit will move forward at a time of high passions in the United States over the issue of gun control.

The family members of nine people slain and one survivor of the Sandy Hook massacre filed the lawsuit in 2014. Remington was backed in the case by a number of gun rights groups and lobbying organizations including the powerful National Rifle Association, which is closely aligned with Republicans including President Donald Trump. The NRA called the lawsuit “company-killing.”

The Dec. 14, 2012 rampage was carried out by a 20-year-old gunman named Adam Lanza, who shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and fired on the first-graders and adult staff before fatally shooting himself as police closed in.

The United States has experienced a succession of mass shootings in recent decades, including several that have staggered the public such as the 2017 attack at a Las Vegas concert that killed 58 and one at a nightclub in Orlando in 2016 that killed 49. Assault-type rifles have been a recurring feature in many of the massacres.

The U.S. Congress has not enacted new gun control laws in the wake of the mass shootings largely because of Republican opposition.

The plaintiffs have argued that Remington bears some of the blame for the Sandy Hook tragedy. They said the Bushmaster AR-15 gun that Lanza used – a semi-automatic civilian version of the U.S. military’s M-16 – had been illegally marketed by the company to civilians as a combat weapon for waging war and killing human beings.

The plaintiffs said that Connecticut’s consumer protection law forbids advertising that promotes violent, criminal behavior and yet even though these rifles have become the “weapon of choice for mass shooters” Remington’s ads “continued to exploit the fantasy of an all-conquering lone gunman.” One of them, they noted, stated, “Forces of opposition, bow down.”

Remington argued that it should be insulated from the lawsuit by a 2005 federal law known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was aimed at blocking a wave of lawsuits damaging to the firearms industry.

The case hinges on an exception to this shield for claims in which a gun manufacturer knowingly violates the law to sell or market guns. Remington has argued that the Connecticut Supreme Court interpreted the exception too broadly when it decided to let the case go ahead.

Though the case does not directly implicate the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the NRA told the justices in a filing that the lawsuit could put gun manufacturers out of business, making the right meaningless.

A state trial court initially threw out the claims but the Connecticut Supreme Court revived the lawsuit in March, prompting Remington’s appeal.

The justices already have taken up one important gun rights case in their current term.

They are due to hear arguments on Dec. 2 in a lawsuit by gun owners and the state’s NRA affiliate challenging New York City restrictions on handgun owners transporting firearms outside the home. The city had asked the justices to cancel the arguments because its measure was recently amended, meaning there was no longer any reason to hear the dispute. But the court decided to go ahead with the case.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Trump Bid to End Protections for Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ https://ijr.com/supreme-court-trump-bid-end-protections-dreamers/ https://ijr.com/supreme-court-trump-bid-end-protections-dreamers/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:21:45 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213242 "Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers, and job seekers." More]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court is set on Tuesday to hear arguments over the legality of President Donald Trump’s effort to rescind a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children – dubbed “Dreamers” – part of his tough immigration policies.

The nine justices will hear a scheduled 80 minutes of arguments over the Republican president’s 2017 plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump’s administration has argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers when he created DACA by executive action, bypassing Congress. Trump has made his hardline immigration policies – cracking down on legal and illegal immigration and pursuing construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border – a centerpiece of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.

The court’s 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – appointed by Trump, a Republican.

DACA currently shields about 660,000 immigrants – mostly Hispanic young adults – from deportation and provides them work permits, though not a path to citizenship. The Supreme Court is hearing the administration’s appeals of lower court rulings in California, New York and the District of Columbia that blocked Trump’s move and left DACA in place.

The lower courts ruled that Trump’s move to rescind DACA was likely “arbitrary and capricious” and violated a U.S. law called the Administrative Procedure Act.

The justices must determine whether administration officials failed to provide adequate reasons for the decision to end DACA. The initial memo rescinding DACA, the plaintiffs said, gave a “one-sentence explanation” and did not spell out why the administration believes the program is unlawful. The justices will also have to decide whether the administration’s action against DACA is even something courts can review.

Several hundred DACA supporters gathered outside the court on a gray and chilly Tuesday morning, carrying signs that read “home is here” and “defend DACA.”

Anel Medina, a 28-year-old DACA enrollee and oncology nurse in Philadelphia, was among the demonstrators.

“It changed my life. I was able to get a job … finish nursing school,” said Medina, who was born in Mexico City and brought by her mother to the United States at age 5.

Medina said she was a college student and living without legal status when Obama launched DACA.

The challengers who sued to stop Trump’s action included a collection of states such as California and New York, people currently protected by the program and civil rights groups.

“The president’s decision to end DACA … was not only illegal, it ran contrary to American values,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat.

‘A DEAL WILL BE MADE’

Trump has given mixed messages about the “Dreamers,” saying in 2017 that he has “a great love” for them even as he sought to kill a program that protected them from deportation. Ahead of the arguments on Tuesday, his tone was darker.

“Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels.’ Some are very tough, hardened criminals,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Immigrants who had been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor crimes were not eligible to apply to the DACA program and any DACA recipient can be stripped of the program’s protections and deported if they commit serious crimes.

Trump added, “If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!” Trump offered no details of any deal.

In his 2017 statement announcing his planned phase out of DACA, Trump spoke of the “tragic consequences” to the United States of a decades-long failure by leaders in Washington to enforce immigration laws, citing among other things “the illicit entry of dangerous drugs and criminal cartels.” Trump wondered why so few in Washington had expressed “any compassion for the millions of Americans victimized” by America’s immigration system.

“Before we ask what is fair to illegal immigrants, we must also ask what is fair to American families, students, taxpayers, and job seekers,” Trump said in the statement.

Obama created DACA to protect immigrants who as minors were brought into the United States illegally or overstayed a visa. Obama acted after Congress failed to pass a bipartisan immigration policy overhaul that would have provided a path to citizenship to these young immigrants.

Trump has called on Congress to “advance responsible immigration reform” but never proposed a detailed replacement for DACA.

The young people protected under DACA, Obama said, were raised and educated in the United States, grew up as Americans and often know little about their countries of origin.

Trump’s supporters, including 13 conservative states led by Texas, have said DACA imposed costs on the states by compelling them to provide services for DACA recipients, including healthcare, education and law enforcement.

The program, which allows eligible immigrants to obtain renewable two-year work permits, remains in effect for those already enrolled but the administration has refused to approve new applications.

The “Dreamers” moniker is based on the name of bipartisan legislation – never passed – called the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act that would have granted these young immigrants legal status.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung; Additional reporting by Ted Hesson and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Will Dunham)

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Warren Proposes ‘Corporate Perjury’ Law Related to Industry-Funded Research https://ijr.com/warren-corporate-perjury-law-industry-funded-research/ https://ijr.com/warren-corporate-perjury-law-industry-funded-research/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:21:20 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213241 "No one would be liable for mistakes, for submitting research in good faith that turns out to be wrong, or for raising honest disagreements." More]]>

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday proposed a new “corporate perjury” law that she would pursue if elected to the White House, inspired by Exxon Mobil Corp’s <XOM.N> failure to share accurate climate change research with government regulators.

Warren said companies and executives could face criminal liability for false information they knowingly provide to U.S. agencies, leading to up to $250,000 in fines or jail time.

“No one would be liable for mistakes, for submitting research in good faith that turns out to be wrong, or for raising honest disagreements,” Warren wrote on the website Medium.

“But where companies engage in egregious and intentional efforts to mislead agencies in an effort to prevent our government from understanding and acting on facts, they will face criminal liability,” she added.

Warren, one of 17 Democrats vying to take on President Donald Trump in November 2020, has made anti-corruption efforts a centerpiece of her White House bid.

The Massachusetts senator has previously detailed how she would crack down on the so-called revolving door in Washington between the government and lobbying firms, mandate that elected officials release their tax returns and beef up government ethics rules.

In her plan released Tuesday, Warren also said she would ban agencies and courts from considering industry-funded research that has not been peer reviewed and establish a public advocate office to allow greater participation in the rule-making process within U.S. agencies.

Warren noted in the early 2000s, Exxon paid nearly a third of the annual budget of the group Frontiers of Freedom, which promoted industry-friendly research minimizing climate change risks. Tobacco companies such as Phillip Morris <MO.N> and RJ Reynolds also provided the limited-government group with financial support.

“My plan would require industry actors who submit non-peer-reviewed research to agencies to disclose how that research was funded, whether those funders influenced the research’s findings, and the nature of any past or ongoing financial relationships between the researchers and their corporate backers,” Warren wrote.

Warren cited recent congressional testimony by a former Exxon consultant that the company knew of serious risks posed by climate change in the early 1980s. In 2009, a group of industry groups that included Exxon filed a regulatory comment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that stated the effects of climate change were “almost non-existent and engulfed in an extremely high degree of uncertainty.”

Rex Tillerson, Exxon’s chief executive from 2006 to 2017, served as Trump’s secretary of state from February 2017 to March 2018.

Exxon is currently awaiting a verdict in a New York case that accuses the company of misleading investors about the impact of climate change-related regulations on its business. The company’s current and former executives, including Tillerson, have denied the allegations.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker in Washington; Editing by Tom Brown)

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New Yorkers Boo De Blasio at Veterans Day Parade https://ijr.com/new-yorkers-boo-de-blasio-veterans-day-parade/ https://ijr.com/new-yorkers-boo-de-blasio-veterans-day-parade/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:54:20 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213205 "He is a moron and doesn't represent the heart of New York." More]]>

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn’t greeted by the most welcoming chants, as he was booed during New York City’s 100th annual Veterans Day parade.

During Monday’s parade, as the Big Apple mayor walked down the street waving the American flag and he was met with many boos.

“Go back inside,” someone is heard in a video telling de Blasio. Others are heard shouting, “You’re a phony stiff,” and “get out of the street.”

“He is a moron and doesn’t represent the heart of New York,” Huntington resident Cathy Lesser told the New York Post, adding, “He is a poor excuse of a leader and a man. He should step down and allow someone with integrity and honor to lead the city.”

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De Blasio was part of the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field until he dropped out of the race on September 20. Following the news, President Donald Trump called him the “part time mayor of New York City.”

“NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!” Trump tweeted at the time.

Trump was in the Big Apple on Monday, becoming the first sitting president to attend the New York City parade. There, he saluted veterans in his remarks and laying a wreath, as IJR previously reported.

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‘Our Long National Nightmare is Over:’ Spicer Finally Bounced from ‘Dancing’ https://ijr.com/spicer-finally-bounced-from-dancing-with-the-stars/ https://ijr.com/spicer-finally-bounced-from-dancing-with-the-stars/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:43:58 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213211 Former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s dreams of being crowned America’s ballroom dancing king came crashing down Monday night when judges finally eliminated him from the competition in the show’s ninth episode of the season. More]]>

Former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s dreams of being crowned America’s ballroom dancing king came crashing down Monday night when judges finally eliminated him from the competition in the show’s ninth episode of the season.

In his final appearance on the show, the 48-year-old Spicer and his stand-in partner, Jenna Johnson, danced an Argentine tango and a foxtrot. The lackluster performance earned a thumbs-down from the judges — only 26 out of 40 points — enough this time to overcome the votes of viewers who had been propping him up over the previous weeks.

Even a tweet from President Donald Trump wasn’t enough to save Spicer. In the tweet, since deleted and replaced with congratulating Spicer for a job well done, Trump urged his 66 million followers to vote for Spicer, “a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard … All the way with Sean! #MAGA.”

For longtime fans of the show, it was good riddance. The fact that Spicer lasted as long as he did despite his lead-footed performance week after week drove them into fits of social media rage every week. “Our long national nightmare is over,” declared TV Guide.

Spicer survived week after week, much to the chagrin of the judges and loyal fans of the show, because of a wave of support from Trump fans on social media and an ensuing avalanche of viewer votes via text and on ABC’s website. Keeping him alive had become another battle in the culture war between coastal elites and the Make America Great Again crowd.

Spicer signed off from the show by saying he wishes he could have done better. “Thanks to everyone who supported me. Thanks to my family for everything they did. I’ve loved being on this show, thank you for making me part of it,” he said. “God bless you all, happy Veterans Day.”

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Former Clinton Strategist Says There’s ‘Still a Political Logic There’ for a Hillary Clinton 2020 Bid https://ijr.com/former-clinton-strategist-still-political-logic-hillary-2020/ https://ijr.com/former-clinton-strategist-still-political-logic-hillary-2020/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:06:49 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213187 "There's still a political logic there for her." More]]>

Former Clinton strategist Mark Penn says not to close off the idea of a 2020 presidential run for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Penn added to the speculation that Clinton may end up jumping into the crowded Democratic presidential primary race.

Speaking on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on Sunday, the former strategist was asked by host Maria Bartiromo if Clinton would join the race.

“There’s still a couple of days here,” Penn responded. He added:

“I don’t know whether she’ll look at the Michael Bloomberg thing and say, ‘The field’s too crowded now. I missed my opportunity,’ or the opposite, ‘Wow, the field’s weak, I could come in. I could get 165,000 donors, I’m tied with Biden in some of these early states…’ There’s still a political logic there for her.”

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Penn’s comments came as former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is considering running for president in 2020, in which he filed paperwork in Alabama on November 7 to run in the Democratic primary.

“I think Michael Bloomberg saw that opportunity and made a pretty intelligent decision,” Penn said on Fox News, adding, “For him, it’s now or never in terms of running for president, so why not get in and shake up the Democratic Party.”

“I think Bloomberg has said directly he thinks the field is weak but I do think that Biden’s gonna have a test in Iowa and New Hampshire. If Biden doesn’t come through that test and at the end of those two has to drop out, then I think that’s going to present a clear field for Bloomberg in the moderate wing. If Biden does particularly well in those states, that might block the Bloomberg effort and he’ll never get off the ground, so a lot of pressure is put on the Biden campaign now to deliver in the early states.”

“I think the big question is whether Bloomberg will be put into the debates or not regardless of his polling numbers, he needs 165,000 small donors and while people seem to like billionaires as presidents,” he continued, adding, “… the Democratic Party says if you don’t have a 165,000 small donors, you don’t qualify for the debates, and that is a problem for Michael Bloomberg.”

As IJR previously reported, a former adviser to former President Bill Clinton previously suggested that the former secretary of state “feels that God put her on the Earth” to be president.

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Biden Demands Warren ‘Tell Us the Truth’ About the Costs of Medicare for All https://ijr.com/tell-us-the-truth-biden-warren-honest-about-costs-medicare-for-all/ https://ijr.com/tell-us-the-truth-biden-warren-honest-about-costs-medicare-for-all/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:21 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213156 "It not about her; it's about the attitude out there. The attitude that we know best, you do it my way." More]]>

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) asked fellow Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), to “tell us the truth” about the costs of her Medicare for All proposal on Monday night.

At a CNN town hall, Biden was asked by a professor why he didn’t support Medicare for All and he accused Warren of lying about the costs and timeline of the plan.

Biden went on to outline the differences between his plan and his competitors’ Medicare for All programs, saying that people “should be entitled choose to keep [their plan] if they wish.”

Watch his comments below:

He also argued that Congress would not pass Medicare for All promptly adding that other programs, such as student debt forgiveness, could be implemented faster.

Additionally, he slammed Warren for not being honest about the cost of the program, saying that several studies have found that middle-class Americans would see their taxes go up in order to pay for Medicare for All.

“I mean, don’t you think you’re entitled to know whether or not your taxes are going to go up higher than the benefit than you will get? Significantly higher. That’s what almost every single study, professor, you know says. You know it says that. And so how do you explain that? Well, you should stand up and do at least what Bernie did and say, yup, it’s going to cost 7.5% more in your withholding tax, meaning your pay will be deducted another 7.5%, and on top of that, a 4% to 5% tax increase. Well, that makes sense. But that only gets you halfway there. There’s a little bit of truth in lending here.”

When asked about Warren’s comments that Biden should run in the Republican primary because of his policies, Biden argued she has an elitist attitude towards Americans.

“The attitude that we know better than ordinary people what’s in their interest. I know more than you, let me tell you what you to do. And it wasn’t she’s elitist, the attitude is elitist that people can’t make up their own minds. You like your health insurance, but you shouldn’t like your health insurance, you should have to give that up. I’m going to demand you not have that, we’re going to give you something better. I know what I want. So that is an attitude you’re telling me it’s my way or the highway. It not about her; it’s about the attitude out there. The attitude that we know best, you do it my way.”

Additionally, he said voters would resent the government taking away their private healthcare plans and replacing them with something that they don’t have a voice in choosing.

He went on to demand that Democrats that support the program “tell us the truth about what is going to happen” with the implementation of the program and questioned whether they know how much it is projected to cost, “Maybe they really don’t have any idea what it’s going to cost.”

As the segment concluded, Biden asked participants to raise their hands if they believed Medicare for All could be implemented without raising taxes on the middle-class Americans.

Biden asked the professor if he believed the program could be implemented within five or ten years, saying, “He’s a professor; that’s why I know he knows the answer.”

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As Impeachment Probe Starts New Phase, Trump Promises to Release Transcript https://ijr.com/impeachment-probe-new-phase-trump-promise-transcript/ https://ijr.com/impeachment-probe-new-phase-trump-promise-transcript/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:46:15 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213174 "It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This can't be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!" More]]>

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday could take some control of the impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine if he follows through on a promise to release a transcript of an April call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Trump said on Saturday he would likely release the transcript on Tuesday, describing it to reporters as “very important.” He said on Twitter on Monday evening, however, that he would be releasing it “sometime this week,” adding: “I am sure you will find it tantalizing!”

Just two days before the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, Trump issued a series of scathing tweets on Monday slamming the probe and the Democrats conducting it.

“It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This can’t be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!” he said.

The investigation formally launched six weeks ago by Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has shadowed Trump’s presidency, with the threat that he could be removed from office even as he seeks re-election next year.

He is only the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment. None has been removed from office, although Richard Nixon resigned as he faced almost certain impeachment in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

Democrats are investigating whether there are grounds to impeach Trump over his July 25 request in a phone call to Zelenskiy to investigate a domestic political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

That call prompted a whistleblower complaint that led Democrats to launch the probe in September into whether Trump abused his power by withholding security assistance to put pressure on a vulnerable U.S. ally.

The transcript Trump will release is from a call with Zelenskiy on April 12, after the Ukrainian was elected president, but before he took office. The White House did not release a readout of that conversation when it took place.

For a graphic on the impeachment inquiry, click: https://tmsnrt.rs/30NregM

CONFUSION AND CONCERN

For the past two weeks, House investigators have been releasing transcripts of interviews conducted behind closed doors with witnesses, including diplomats and security aides, about dealings with Ukraine by administration officials and the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

On Monday, the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees released transcripts of interviews with one official from the Department of Defense and two from the State Department.

In her testimony, senior Pentagon official Laura Cooper, detailed confusion and concern in the U.S. national security community after Trump’s White House blocked nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine without explanation.

“All of the senior leaders of the U.S. national security departments and agencies were all unified in their – in their view that this assistance was essential,” Cooper said, according to the transcript.

Trump has intensified his attacks on the investigation as public hearings approach. He issued a series of impeachment-related tweets on Monday evening, including accusing Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee, of fabricating transcripts.

There has been no suggestion by any witness or Republicans on the three committees that the transcripts have been inaccurate.

Democrats consider the open hearings that start on Wednesday crucial to building public support for a vote on articles of impeachment – formal charges – against Trump. If that occurs, the 100-seat Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial.

Republicans have so far shown little interest in removing Trump from office.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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‘Shameful’ of UK Not to Publish Report on Russian Meddling, Says Hillary Clinton https://ijr.com/uk-not-publish-report-russian-meddling-clinton/ https://ijr.com/uk-not-publish-report-russian-meddling-clinton/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:45:25 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213175 "I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence." More]]>

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized as “shameful” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision not to publish a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK politics until after an election next month.

The report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been cleared by the security services but it has not yet been given approval for publication by Johnson’s government, so will not appear before the Dec. 12 vote.

“I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence. Inexplicable and shameful,” Clinton told the BBC in remarks reported on Tuesday. “Every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens.”

“There is no doubt – we know it in our country, we have seen it in Europe, we have seen it here – that Russia in particular is determined to try to shape the politics of Western democracies,” Clinton said.

Britain has accused Russia of meddling in the domestic politics and elections of several Western countries, including the U.S. presidential election. The British government says it has not seen evidence of “successful” Russian interference in UK elections, including the 2016 vote to leave the EU.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any meddling and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through hacking and spreading propaganda, aimed at helping Donald Trump defeat Clinton, his Democratic opponent.

The British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee’s report contains allegations of Russia’s attempts to interfere in Western politics and includes evidence from Britain’s main intelligence agencies, MI5, GCHQ and MI6.

The report was completed in March and then went through redaction by the Cabinet Office and security services, a process completed by early October, according to Dominic Grieve, who chaired the committee.

Grieve, who was expelled from the parliamentary group of Johnson’s Conservatives for defying him over Brexit, said the report was sent to the prime minister on Oct. 17 for final approval, a process he said customarily takes 10 days.

Johnson’s government says the delay is a result of normal procedures: “There is a proper process that these reports go through. The ISC are aware of that,” Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday. “That process hadn’t completed by the time that parliament was dissolved.”

As the report is supposed to be presented to parliament, which is not sitting during the election campaign, its publication could be delayed by months.

The opposition Labour Party has said the decision not to release the report is an attempt to withhold the truth from the public and has said both Johnson and his most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, have links to Russia.

Johnson’s government has denied suggestions by the Labour Party that either the Conservative Party or the government are linked to Russian disinformation campaigns.

(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Peter Graff)

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Former U.S. President Carter Hospitalized in Atlanta for Bleeding on the Brain https://ijr.com/carter-hospitalized-atlanta-bleeding-brain/ https://ijr.com/carter-hospitalized-atlanta-bleeding-brain/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:43:10 +0000 https://ijr.com/?p=1213173 He was "resting comfortably." More]]>

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to an Atlanta hospital on Monday for a procedure to relieve brain pressure from bleeding caused by recent falls, the Carter Center said in a statement.

Carter, 95, the country’s oldest living president, was admitted to Emory University Hospital three weeks after suffering a minor pelvic fracture in a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. He was released from the hospital a few days after that accident.

A previous fall earlier in October required stitches to Carter’s face, but he resumed work soon after on a homebuilding project for the nonprofit group Habitat for Humanity..

In May, the former Democratic president broke his hip, also at home, requiring him to undergo surgery.. He was hospitalized briefly in 2017 for dehydration and was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2015.

No information was immediately provided about the circumstances leading to his latest hospitalization.

The procedure to relieve pressure on his brain was scheduled for Tuesday morning, the Carter Center said, adding that he was “resting comfortably,” and that his wife, Rosalynn, 92, was with him.

Carter, a former peanut farmer and Georgia governor, defeated Republican President Gerald Ford in 1976 to become the nation’s 39th president, serving a single four-year term in the White House.

His presidency was overshadowed by an economic recession, an energy crisis and the taking of U.S. hostages by Iran, but he also played a leading role in brokering the Camp David Accords leading to an Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

He lost his 1980 re-election bid to Republican Ronald Reagan.

After leaving office in 1981, Carter went on to become an international fixture and a noted humanitarian. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts toward finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts, advancing democracy and human rights and promoting economic and social development.

He and his wife founded the Carter Center in 1982 to carry on their international and humanitarian work.

Carter has lived longer after leaving the White House than any former president in U.S. history.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman and Dan Whitcomb in Culver City, Calif.; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney)

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