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  • Bloomberg pledges $70 billion to bolster black America in new plan -

    Bloomberg pledges $70 billion to bolster black America in new planFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his presidential campaign's plan for bolstering economic opportunity for black Americans.


  • Virginia on edge as pro-gun activists seethe over governor?s state of emergency -

    Virginia on edge as pro-gun activists seethe over governor?s state of emergencyMoments after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam approached the podium at the state capitol building on Wednesday to announce that he was issuing a temporary state of emergency ahead of a gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond, the angry comments started pouring in. What started in November as a fight between rural Virginia gun owners and newly elected Democratic lawmakers seeking to propose gun control legislation has since been warped and amplified by extremist groups which, for different reasons, have sought to exploit real tensions around Virginia?s gun debate to advance their own agendas.


  • ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request' -

    ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: 'This is not a request'Federal authorities are turning to a new tactic in the escalating conflict over New York City's so-called sanctuary policies, issuing four ?immigration subpoenas? to the city for information about inmates wanted for deportation. ?This is not a request ? it's a demand,? Henry Lucero, a senior U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, told The Associated Press. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said Saturday the city would review the subpoenas.


  • Two More Bodies Found at Tijuana Property Where Missing California Couple Were Buried Under the Dirt Floor -

    Two More Bodies Found at Tijuana Property Where Missing California Couple Were Buried Under the Dirt FloorTwo more bodies have been discovered at a Tijuana, Mexico, property where investigators earlier found the remains of a missing California couple buried under the dirt floor of a house on Friday. Jesús Rubén López Guillén, 70, a U.S. resident, and his wife Maria Teresa Guillén, 65, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were reported missing by their daughter Norma López after they traveled from Garden Grove to Tijuana on Jan. 10 to collect more than $6,400 in overdue rent from their 37-year-old son-in-law. Police in Garden Grove launched a missing persons investigation after López said she could no longer track her parents? movements through the Find My Phone app. She said the last signal she received before their phone went dead was at the property they owned where her husband was living in southern Tijuana, about 4 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Their bodies were found buried under the dirt floor of one of the property?s three homes late Friday.While conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the Guilléns? murder, Mexican investigators say they discovered the bodies of another couple buried in the property. It is not known if they were found in the same house as the Guilléns? remains. The new victims have not yet been identified, but police in Mexico say they also may have been involved in a monetary dispute with the son-in-law.The son-in-law, a Mexican national who was deported from the U.S. in 2012 and identified only as ?Santiago? in court documents, was first charged with the California couple?s disappearance and taken into custody while the property was searched. Baja California state prosecutor Hirán Sánchez confirmed that when his in-law?s bodies were found, he was charged with their murder.Sanchez told reporters that when the son-in-law was first questioned about what happened to his in-laws, he offered up a ?series of contradictions? including a tale that they had walked across the border and that he had picked them up. López says her parents had instead driven their own pickup truck to retrieve the money. The son-in-law also told police that he first took them to their property and then they went together to a bank to exchange currency he paid them, after which he said he drove them back to the border. Instead investigators say that the son-in-law tried to extract money with the couple?s bank cards.?The Guilléns drove themselves to their houses, not Santiago,? Sanchez said at a news conference. ?They never left.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Japan Planned to Attack Pearl Harbor (Yes, Again) -

    Japan Planned to Attack Pearl Harbor (Yes, Again)Why didn't it?


  • Puerto Ricans discovered a warehouse full of unused food, water, and supplies from Hurricane Maria, resulting in the firing of the island's emergency manager -

    Puerto Ricans discovered a warehouse full of unused food, water, and supplies from Hurricane Maria, resulting in the firing of the island's emergency managerThe supplies, including food, water, cots, and diapers from 2017's Hurricane Maria, were discovered Saturday following earthquakes in Puerto Rico.


  • You Should Get an Electric Fireplace -

    You Should Get an Electric Fireplace


  • As Impeachment Trial Looms, Trump's Legal Team Insists President Did 'Absolutely Nothing Wrong' -

    As Impeachment Trial Looms, Trump's Legal Team Insists President Did 'Absolutely Nothing Wrong'The brief from Trump's lawyers offered the most detailed glimpse of the lines of defense they intend to use


  • Ex-Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line workers reveal the things they couldn't live without on board -

    Ex-Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line workers reveal the things they couldn't live without on boardWorkers for cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian might be away from home for over six months, so they need to be thoughtful about what they pack.


  • ?Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years?: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet Downing -

    ?Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years?: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet DowningA number of Iranian TV hosts and other public personalities have denounced the regime in the wake of Iran's missile strike on a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed 176 people after the military mistook the jet for an enemy target."Apologies for lying to you for 13 years," state TV host of "Good Morning Iran" Gelareh Jabbari posted on Instagram last Monday. "It was very hard for me to believe our people have been killed, forgive me for believing this late."The post, which was seen by NBC News, has since been deleted.Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most popular actors and a star of the Oscar-winning 2016 movie The Salesman, also criticized the regime in a post to her 5.8 million Instagram followers."We are not citizens, we are captives, millions of captives," Alidoosti wrote. That post has also been deleted."The Islamic Republic is facing the worst legitimacy crisis in its 40-year history, and the pressures are mounting from every angle," Afshin Shahi, associate professor of Middle East politics at Bradford University, England, told NBC. "The gap between the state and society has widened to an extreme extent."Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down the plane after several days of official denials. U.S., Canadian and European intelligence had already indicated the plane was shot down in a missile strike.Several hours earlier, Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian military later said the strikes were not intended to kill U.S. troops.However, the Pentagon later acknowledged that 11 Americans were injured in the strikes, and were being treated for concussive symptoms.


  • Prince Harry banned from wearing military uniform after stepping back from armed forces -

    Prince Harry banned from wearing military uniform after stepping back from armed forcesHarry, Duke of Sussex, will be barred from wearing his military uniform after he agreed to step back from his armed forces appointments.


  • Leopard runs into house before being captured in south India -

    Leopard runs into house before being captured in south IndiaA leopard that ran into a house and sparked a frantic search and a frenzy of attention in southern India on Monday has been caught and tranquilized. The big cat emerged from the Kamdanam forest and ran into a house in Shadnagar town in Telangana state, said Dr. Mohammad Abdul Hakeem, a wildlife official. Deadly conflict between humans and animals has increased in recent years in India largely due to shrinking forest habitats and urban expansion.


  • Police arrest organiser of Hong Kong protest after rally turns violent -

    Police arrest organiser of Hong Kong protest after rally turns violentA prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was arrested by police, his organisation said on Monday, after a protest he helped organise in the financial district a day earlier turned violent with officers firing tear gas to disperse the crowds. Ventus Lau was arrested on Sunday evening on charges of "obstruction of police administration" and violating terms set when permission was granted for the protest, the Hong Kong Civil Assembly Team said in a statement. "It was primarily rioters' violent acts which led to the suspension of the gathering," Senior Superintendent Ng Lok-chun told reporters.


  • Climate crisis could justify asylum claims: UN committee -

    Climate crisis could justify asylum claims: UN committeeGovernments that send refugees back to countries severely affected by climate change could be in breach of their human rights obligations, a UN committee said on Monday. The independent experts on the Human Rights Committee issued a non-binding but closely watched ruling in a case brought by Ioane Teitiota from the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Several Pacific island nations including Kiribati are seen as among the most vulnerable in the world to climate change as they are just a few metres above sea level.


  • 2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in -

    2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-inGov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico?s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria. The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department of Family Secretary Glorimar Andújar came a day after the governor fired the director of Puerto Rico?s emergency management agency. Vázquez fired him hours after a Facebook video showed angry people breaking into the warehouse in an area where thousands have been in shelters since a recent earthquake.


  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Says ?We Must Stop Detaining? Illegal Immigrants -

    Rep. Ilhan Omar Says ?We Must Stop Detaining? Illegal Immigrants?This should never be the case,? she wrote. ?The cruelty of our immigration system becomes clearer every day. We must stop detaining immigrants and start giving them pathways to citizenship.?


  • Trump Lawyers to Senate: Reject ?Defective? Impeachment Articles to Protect the ?Will of the American People? -

    Trump Lawyers to Senate: Reject ?Defective? Impeachment Articles to Protect the ?Will of the American People?On the eve of the Senate?s impeachment trial, President Trump?s attorneys outlined a defense strategy that seeks to turn House Democrats? articles of impeachment on their head, arguing it was not the president who abused his power, but the House, and it was not the House?s duty that was unjustly obstructed, but the president?s.In a fiery, six-page letter released on Saturday, Trump?s lead lawyers?Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone?argue that the Senate should not only reject the articles of impeachment but that those articles are blatantly unconstitutional and violate the will of the American people.The articles, the attorneys claim, are ?defective in their entirety? They are the product of invalid proceedings that flagrantly denied the president any due process rights. They rest on dangerous distortions of the Constitution that would do lasting damage to our structure of government.?In their attacks against the two articles passed by Democrats in December?which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals?Sekulow and Cipollone echo closely the substance and tone of arguments made by Trump?s GOP allies on Capitol Hill during the impeachment process.Those arguments emphasize that Trump denies the charges, the Ukrainians downplayed any pressure from Washington to open investigations, and that they eventually got the withheld security assistance anyway without announcing any investigations. And echoing a talking point from Trump himself??read the transcript??the lawyers also argue that the memoranda of transcripts of the April and July calls between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky show there was no unseemly conduct. They claim Democrats knew that, too, because House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) paraphrased the call during a September hearing.Republicans Melt Down as Evidence of Trump?s Guilt Piles Up?The fact that Mr. Schiff felt the need to fabricate a false version of the July 25 call proves that he and his colleagues knew there was absolutely nothing wrong with that call,? the attorneys write.In responding to the obstruction of Congress charge, the attorneys write that the administration?which has blocked key witnesses from testifying and withheld scores of documents from investigators?is simply exercising its constitutional imperatives in the face of what they describe as historic, damaging overreach from the House. ?The House may not usurp Executive Branch authority and may not bypass our Constitution?s system of checks and balances,? the letter reads.In the letter?s conclusion, the attorneys also teased a final defense that rests on long-running GOP claims that impeachment is an attack on the electorate?s will in 2016.?In order to preserve our constitutional structure of government, to reject the poisonous partisanship that the Framers warned against, to ensure one-party political impeachment vendettas do not become ?the new normal,? and to vindicate the will of the American people, the Senate must reject both Articles of Impeachment,? they say. ?In the end, this entire process is nothing more than a dangerous attack on the American people themselves and their fundamental right to vote.?The aggressive defense from the White House was released minutes after the seven Democratic impeachment managers filed an 111-page brief that outlines the case they will make when arguments in the trial begin next week. It includes several counterpoints to the key claims made by Trump?s lawyers?notably, that the aid to Ukraine was only released because Trump ?got caught? withholding it.Trump?s defense team will submit a longer, more formal trial brief on Sunday. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Africa's richest woman accused of corruption and siphoning off state assets -

    Africa's richest woman accused of corruption and siphoning off state assetsAfrica?s richest woman has been accused of corruption and exploiting her own country?s natural resources, after thousands of documents detailing her business interests were leaked to the media. Isabel dos Santos, who resides in the UK and whose father was the president of Angola, faces allegations of exploiting family connections to secure deals on land, oil and diamonds. According to the documents, seen by BBC Panorama and the Guardian, she and her husband were allowed to buy up valuable state assets and siphon hundreds of millions of dollars out of Angola. Ms dos Santos, whose fortune is estimated at £2bn, says these claims are entirely false and that she is the victim of a witch-hunt led by the Angolan government. She also wrote on Twitter that the leaked documents were ?fake? and based on ?false information.?     Ms dos Santos is already under investigation for corruption by the Angolan government, which has frozen her assets in the country. The documents were obtained by the Platform to Protect Whistle-blowers in Africa and then passed to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Anti-corruption campaigners responded by claiming that Ms dos Santos has been exploiting her own country for personal gain, with normal Angolan citizens the victims of her lavish lifestyle. "Every time she appears on the cover of some glossy magazine somewhere in the world, every time that she hosts one of her glamorous parties in the south of France, she is doing so by trampling on the aspirations of the citizens of Angola,? Andrew Feinstein, the head of Corruption Watch, told the BBC. In an interview with the BBC following the leak, Ms dos Santos said: ?I regret that Angola has chosen this path, I think that we all stand a lot to lose. ?Now, when you look at my track record and you see the work I have done and look at all the companies I have built, most certainly my companies are commercial companies.   ?If you tell me, is there anything wrong for an Angolan person to have a business venture with a state company, I think there is nothing wrong.? She added that she was facing ?prejudice? due to being the daughter of José Eduardo dos Santos, who served as President of Angola from 1979 to 2017. Ms dos Santos was educated in the UK and is married to Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese art collector and businessman.


  • Report Warned of Threat to U.S. Troops in Germany: Newsweek -

    Report Warned of Threat to U.S. Troops in Germany: Newsweek(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. received intelligence about a potentially imminent attack being planned against military personnel stationed in Germany, Newsweek reported, citing a memo it saw.The 66th Military Intelligence Brigade received third party information stating that a possible attack could occur against soldiers at either Tower Barracks in Grafenwohr or Tower Barracks, Dulmen; the exact location, date and time of possible attack was unknown Information was marked unclassified and from a senior U.S. intelligence official ?The source of information stated the attack would be carried out by an unknown Jordanian extremist currently located in Germany near an unknown military base,? the report saidU.S. Army Europe confirmed to Newsweek that a potential threat was identified and investigated last night ?German and US officials were consulted and no imminent threat was found to exit?To view the source of this information click hereTo contact the reporter on this story: Nathan Crooks in Miami at ncrooks@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Sebastian Tong at stong41@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


  • The Wuhan Pneumonia Crisis Highlights the Danger in China's Opaque Way of Doing Things -

    The Wuhan Pneumonia Crisis Highlights the Danger in China's Opaque Way of Doing ThingsDownplaying the spread of a deadly new virus is a dangerous strategy


  • MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbing -

    MS-13 inmates sent to restricted unit after prison stabbingThe federal Bureau of Prisons is moving some MS-13 gang members in its custody into more restricted housing at certain high-security facilities across the U.S. after a gang stabbing in a Virginia prison, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday. A brawl broke out Wednesday at the prison known as USP Lee between the MS-13 leader and a fellow inmate associated with the Mexican Mafia, and the gang member was stabbed, the people said. The Bureau of Prisons said in a statement that the inmate was injured but survived the attack.


  • Cult slayed pregnant woman and five of her children in Panama -

    Cult slayed pregnant woman and five of her children in PanamaA religious sect whose members believed to be ?anointed by God? forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire as part of a cult ritual, according to local residents.


  • Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others -

    Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters othersQatar Airways, Emirates and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers have rerouted planes since the United States and Iran traded military strikes. Executives and analysts said carriers in the Gulf, a major transit stop between European and Asian destinations, have few alternative routes to choose from in an area where much of the airspace is kept clear of civilian aircraft for military use. In the latest flare up, a U.S. drone strike killed a top general in Iraq on Jan. 3 and Iran fired missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq on Jan. 8.


  • Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano 'recharges' -

    Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano 'recharges'Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown Monday on evacuees' daily visits to their homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano as scientists warned it could be "recharging" for a more powerful explosion. More than 110,000 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres since Taal burst to life a week ago, but many hard-hit towns have let residents back for hours each day to fetch items, feed livestock and clean up their houses. "We are directing DRRMCs (civil defence officers)... not to allow anyone to enter the danger zone," said Epimaco Densing, undersecretary for the Department of Interior.


  • Russia Is Worried About Britain's Astute-Class Submarines -

    Russia Is Worried About Britain's Astute-Class SubmarinesThe class seems to have overcome its technical and financial problems, although the lingering impact of those issues could affect not only future classes of SSNs, but also the UK?s commitment to building a new class of SSBNs.


  • Trump's lawyers confirm their impeachment playbook is to argue the charges are 'constitutionally invalid' and should be tossed -

    Trump's lawyers confirm their impeachment playbook is to argue the charges are 'constitutionally invalid' and should be tossedDuring a background briefing, sources working with Trump's legal team said the charges are "frivolous and dangerous" but declined to provide details.


  • Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across border -

    Illegal crossings plunge as US extends policy across borderAdolfo Cardenas smiles faintly at the memory of traveling with his 14-year-old son from Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border in only nine days, riding buses and paying a smuggler $6,000 to ensure passage through highway checkpoints. Father and son walked about 10 minutes in Arizona's stifling June heat before surrendering to border agents. Instead of being released with paperwork to appear in immigration court in Dallas, where Cardenas hopes to live with a cousin, they were bused more than an hour to wait in the Mexican border city of Mexicali.


  • EU Tells China More Access Needed to Seal Investment Accord -

    EU Tells China More Access Needed to Seal Investment Accord(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said China must improve an offer to scale back barriers to foreign money if the two sides are to reach a long-sought investment agreement this year.While demanding more concessions from Beijing, Hogan kept alive an end-2020 target date for achieving an accord that would ease European investors? access to the Chinese market.?We are making progress,? Hogan told a BusinessEurope conference on Monday in Brussels. ?We are not satisfied with the existing offer.?The outcome of the investment accord talks may serve as an indication of the EU?s broader approach toward China. So far, the bloc has taken a less confrontational approach than U.S. President Donald Trump in seeking to rebalance its trading and investment relationship with the world?s second-largest economy.The EU is China?s No. 1 trade partner, while the Chinese market is the second biggest for European exports after the U.S.Both sides have been in talks since 2013 on a bilateral pact that would reduce Chinese restrictions on European companies. In April last year, the EU and China set a 2020 target date for reaching an ?ambitious? investment deal.?Our objective is to keep working with China in relation to this agreement and conclude it by the end of this year,? Hogan said on Monday. ?We will be as ambitious as we possibly can.?In the negotiations, the EU will give priority to ?substance over speed,? he said.?We?ll have to make an assessment as we go along about whether we?re going to get 100% of what we want; usually that doesn?t happen that way,? Hogan said. ?But if we get 99 I?ll be happy.?To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Stearns in Brussels at jstearns2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Flavia Krause-JacksonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river -

    Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ riverVanessa Smallwood of Maple Shade, N.J., was 46 at the time of her disappearance. She was identified in a statement from New Jersey State Police.


  • 'I stayed alive to tell' - Auschwitz's dwindling survivors recount horrors of Nazi death camp -

    'I stayed alive to tell' - Auschwitz's dwindling survivors recount horrors of Nazi death campA strip of skin tattooed with the Auschwitz death camp number 99288 sits in a silver frame on a shelf in Avraham Harshalom's living room. As the 75th anniversary of the camp's liberation on Jan 27, 1945, nears, Harshalom, 95, is very clear about why he kept it. Harshalom is one of some 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today.


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    The 25 Best PSP Games


  • #MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense -

    #MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defenseWhen his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein?s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy that?s taken hold since the 2018 retrial of comedian Bill Cosby: calling a sex crimes expert as a witness to dispel assumptions about how rape and sexual assault victims behave after an attack. In fact, Weinstein?s prosecutors are using the very same expert, Dr. Barbara Ziv.


  • Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune: ICIJ -

    Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune: ICIJAn award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how Africa's richest woman syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the "Panama Papers" tax haven scandal in 2016. Its latest series called "Luanda Leaks" zeros in on Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.


  • China Thinks It Can Nuke American Cities. Should We Worry? -

    China Thinks It Can Nuke American Cities. Should We Worry?World War III is no joke...


  • ?OK, Now What??: Inside Team Trump?s Scramble to Sell the Soleimani Hit to America -

    ?OK, Now What??: Inside Team Trump?s Scramble to Sell the Soleimani Hit to AmericaIn the hours after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, U.S. officials in the White House, Pentagon, and State Department worked overtime on assembling a plan to handle the fallout, only to watch senior administration officials and the president himself scuttle their effort in real time on national television. The ensuing days became a mad dash to reconcile the intense intra-administration tensions over what the intelligence actually said about Iranian plots, and how best to sell their case to the American public. At the very top was a president who stewed and complained to staff about how the killing he?d just ordered might negatively affect his re-election prospects and ensnare him in a quagmire in the Middle East of his own creation.The plan to take out Soleimani had been approved months earlier by President Donald Trump after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton pushed for more to be done to manage Iran?s aggression in the Middle East. But the president for years tried to avoid a direct military confrontation with Tehran, and hitting Soleimani was a move that could edge the two countries closer to war.When an American contractor was killed in Iraq in late December, President Trump?s national security team presented him with a slew of options on how to respond, and killing Soleimani was on the list. National security advisers reminded the president that he had publicly drawn a line in the sand, saying that if the regime killed Americans there would be severe consequences. Still, the strike was a departure from the regular Trump playbook and officials knew it would take a robust effort to explain not only the reasoning behind the attack but also the administration?s goal on Iran.?There was this sudden nature about it all. Yeah, it had been in the works for some time. But it didn?t feel like we were all thinking the same on how to move forward,? said one U.S. official, referring to the strike on Soleimani. ?It was like, ?OK, now what??? For more than a week, Trump, Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and officials from the national security community, including at the Pentagon, held twice-daily meetings and conference calls to make sure all government agencies were on the same page regarding messaging, according to two individuals familiar with those conversations.Despite that effort, what resulted appeared to be an uncoordinated effort to justify an action by national security officials who were varied in their answers about the pre-strike intelligence and who struggled to define the administration?s strategy on Iran post strike.That internal confusion on how to re-frame the administration?s approach to dealing with Iran led to weeks of what appeared to be frequent mixed messaging, critiques about the administration's apparent lack of strategy, calls from Congress for more robust intelligence briefings?and allegations that Trump and his lieutenants were actively misleading a nation into a sharp military escalation.This article is based on interviews with 10 U.S. government officials and several former administration officials. The State Department and White House House did not comment on the record for this story.Worry over the ?counterpunch?For several days following Soleimani?s assassination, Pentagon officials warned Trump and his national security advisers that Iran had a variety of responses it could carry out to make the Americans pay. Among them, sources said, were Iranian attacks on senior U.S. military officers overseas, or violence targeting American outposts in countries like Iraq. Their bottom line was that Iran would hit back, and hit back hard. The president worried aloud to his team about how the strike could impact the way voters viewed him in the upcoming election. After all, avoiding costly foreign wars in the Middle East had been one of the key promises? and points of contrast?he made as a candidate in 2016. One official told The Daily Beast that in meetings at the White House Trump was ?preoccupied? with ensuring that his public statements on Iran?notably that he would not drag the U.S. into a war with the country?would hold following the assassination. Once Soleimani was gone, Trump was adamant that the administration ?get things back to normal? with Iran, one official told The Daily Beast. According to another U.S. official, senior administration officials, including President Trump, were framing the strike as a de-escalatory measure even before the attack was ordered. The idea was that if the U.S. didn?t hit Soleimani, more people would die because Iran would continue to carry out attacks in the region.Trump?s insistence on returning to ?normal? with Iran directly after he ordered the death of the Islamic republic?s top military leader underscores this president?s wild vacillations between diplomatic overtures and teasing violent retribution, where a call for peace one moment could be followed by a threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites?a tactic that is considered a war crime under international law.The president inquired about this not long before greenlighting, then abruptly calling off, military strikes on Iran that he approved knowing the body count was estimated to be high.And even as he publicly celebrated this massive escalation with Iran and aggressively campaigned on, and fundraised off of, his decision, Trump continued to lament privately to close allies that it would be ?crazy? to plunge America into another invasion or full-blown war in the Middle East, according to two people who spoke to Trump in the days following the Soleimani hit.He then pledged he would not ?let it happen? on his ?watch.? Of course, none of the president?s stated reservations about starting a new war, or his stated desire to bring soldiers home, kept him and his administration from deploying thousands more American troops to the region as the U.S. and Iran walked up to the brink of all-out warfare early this month.The Soleimani strike, though, forced the president to pause, even just briefly, to consider whether what he had ordered would have lasting, irreversible consequences?repercussions he?d never meant to bump up against.?You know, he's sincerely grappling with this, which is good. I mean, war should be hard and we should grapple with it. I just don't want any one person to say, okay, I've grappled with it we should do it,? Sen. Tim Kaine told The Daily Beast in an interview about the escalating tension in Iran. Since the Soleimani strike, the Virginia Democrat has led a bipartisan push in the Senate to rein in Trump?s authority to wage war in Iran without congressional approval. ?If I were president I shouldn't have the ability to just on my own say, let?s do this,? Kaine added. ?It should be deliberative, because that's what the troops and their families deserve.?President Trump?s concerns were fed, in part, by comments from lawmakers and other analysts that the strike on Soleimani could lead quickly to a major, sustained conflict.?We need to get ready for a major pushback. Our people in Iraq and the Middle East are going to be targeted. We need to be ready to defend our people in the Middle East,? said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in an interview with The Daily Beast the night of the strike. ?I think we need to be ready for a big counterpunch.??Overselling the intel?In the first week after the Jan. 3 strike, officials appeared on television and radio shows in an attempt to frame the Soleimani strike as an act of de-escalation. Just hours after the strike, Brian Hook, the special representative for Iran, went on BBC World Service radio saying that killing Soleimani was designed to ?advance the cause of peace.?Officials at the State Department, in coordination with the White House, drafted talking points advising those who would appear in the media to underscore Soleimani?s ?malign activities? and his role in killing American troops over the years, according to two U.S. officials. But the White House wanted to advance a different argument?one that wasn?t about what Iran had already done, but what U.S. officials claimed Iran was about to do. They said the U.S. killed Soleimani because he was planning ?imminent? attacks that would harm American interests. That talking point in particular was emailed out to officials across the Pentagon, White House, and State Department, and even to several GOP lawmakers? offices repeatedly the week of the strike, according to several officials who spoke to The Daily Beast. It became, for a time, the central rationale the administration offered for the assassination. On the night of the hit, the Pentagon said only that Soleimani was ?actively developing plans? for an unspecified attack. By Sunday Jan. 5, Pompeo said on several morning talk shows that there were actually ?constant threats? from Iran, rather than a specific one the strike preempted. And officials told a varying story about how many Americans could be killed. That next week, in briefings to Congress, the administration struggled to explain what exactly the alleged ?imminent? attack was. Senators left a closed-door briefing Wednesday, Jan. 8, unconvinced, angry, and warning that the intelligence put forward did not match how senior officials described it. And when the dissatisfied lawmakers pressed for a clearer picture, Graham ended the briefing even though several members had yet to ask their questions.?It was right when things were really starting to get heated and Graham just said something like, ?Hey don?t you all have to get back to the White House??,? the source said.For Kaine, the problem wasn?t the intel, it was some of the messengers. ?I think the intel has been strong. But I think some of the political people have been overselling the intel,? said Kaine. ?What I heard of the political folks doing seems to me to be significantly beyond what the intel says.?Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House intelligence committee who received a separate classified briefing on the Soleimani strike, said he ?saw nothing related to imminence.??To exaggerate your view of what intelligence means is dangerous,? he told The Daily Beast. ?This was either a misrepresentation or a degree of incompetence in analyzing the intelligence.?Senators were also displeased with how the administration?s briefers, including Pompeo, answered questions about Iraq and its parliament vote to oust American troops from the country after the Soleimani assassination. According to two people in the room, the briefers dismissed questions about the Baghdad vote, telling lawmakers ?don?t worry about it,? according to an individual who was in the room. ?One of them said ?that?s just how the Iraqis talk. We will take care of it.???When you take strikes? in Iraq over their objections, there?s going to be consequences to that. And that?s the kind of thing where you got to be thinking down the board. If they object to us using Iraq as a field of battle? but we?re saying yeah, we?re doing it anyway. Well, what do you think is going to happen?? Kaine told The Daily Beast in reference to the briefing. ?I certainly didn't get much sense that they had thought through, like, oh, they are probably going to kick us out of the country.?Trump on Jan. 9 told reporters that the intelligence actually showed that Iran was ?looking to blow up our embassy.? The next day, he went bigger in a Fox News interview, saying that there ?probably would?ve been four embassies.? But two days after that, on Jan. 12, Trump?s claim was put into question by his own defense secretary. In an interview on CNN?s State of the Union, Mark Esper conceded that he had not in fact seen a piece of intelligence ?with regard to four embassies.? But, in an apparent attempt to cover for Trump, Esper said the president ?believed that it probably and could have been attacks against additional embassies.?According to two officials who spoke to The Daily Beast, Trump was outwardly frustrated by critiques of his embassy claim, telling his close confidants that he was furious with Esper?s performance on CNN.Lawmakers on Capitol Hill called on the Trump administration to explain the president?s remarks, demanding briefings with Pompeo and other administration officials?which were scheduled this week and then canceled without explanation. According to two senior U.S. officials, Trump and Pompeo spoke about the need to avoid answering more questions about the embassy threats.?This whole episode has been one of mixed messages. Mixed messages is a function of no real strategy,? said Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee. ?When you don?t have a strategy, you get all sorts of confusing events on top of each other.??Aggressive opinions?Officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said part of that confusion on messaging came as a result of abundant input by GOP lawmakers with ?aggressive opinions on how to handle Iran,? as one official put it. In the days after the assassination, Trump spoke with Republican leaders in the Senate and the House, picking their brains on how to redefine the administration?s years-long policy of maximum pressure?a campaign to wage economic warfare on Tehran. Some of those same senators had publicly and behind closed doors denounced the administration?s maximum pressure campaign. They argued that the campaign wasn?t doing enough to change Iran?s behavior. In the days leading up to the strike, Graham spoke with President Trump. ?I won?t get into the details,? Graham told The Daily Beast. ?But he told me Soleimani was a target and that they had caught him red-handed.? Graham said he had advocated for the president to take a tougher military stance against Iran following the attacks on the Saudi oil refineries in September.?I didn?t have any specific targets in mind,? Graham said. ?I just thought we needed to be doing more.?Several national security officials who spoke to The Daily Beast said there was a push by GOP lawmakers, including Graham, in the days after the strike to fundamentally re-vamp the administration?s maximum pressure campaign by adding a military component.?If there are any more threats against Americans or our interests then we should hit refineries and oil infrastructure inside Iran,? Graham said. ?The military option should be on the table.? The campaign was not initially designed to include military power as a form of maximum pressure, according to two former Obama administration officials. Instead, its architects envisioned it as a means of economic strangulation, whereby Iran would be put under such crippling sanctions that it would opt to transform its foreign policy and take an unspecified grand bargain that the administration began offering after abandoning the nuclear deal in 2018. Graham told The Daily Beast that he is working on an alternative to the Obama administration's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. ?I'm not surprised the President has close relationships with these folks,? Kaine told The Daily Beast, referring to GOP lawmakers. ?But it makes me nervous. Rather than senators pressuring the president, hey, go after Iran, let them make the case on the floor of the Senate.?After two weeks of shifting talking points on Iran, re-defining the administration?s policy, Pompeo seemed to edge the closest to articulating a clear response on the administration?s policy when he appeared for a speech at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University on Jan. 13.?President Trump and those of us on his national security team are re-establishing deterrence? against Iran. The goal is twofold. First we want to deprive the regime of resources. And second we just want Iran to act like a normal nation,? he said, sighing. ?Just be like Norway.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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