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Top Democrat tells House to draft Trump impeachment articles

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump 'has engaged in abuse of power, undermined our national security and jeopardized the integrity of our elections'

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks about the impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on December 5, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Ramona Diaz's documentary on Maria Ressa, Rappler to premiere at 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:17 PM

'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler’s Maria Ressa and zooms in on the Philippines, where ‘the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is 'starkly evident'

PRESS FREEDOM. 'A Thousand Cuts' trails Rappler's Maria Ressa in a Philippines where the 'worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns' is evident. Still from the film

Filipino brand Rebecca’s Cake Pops opens strong in Manhattan

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Aside from pizza and pastrami at New York's Lower East Side, there are also ube and pandan-flavored cake pops by Filipino-American Rebecca Eng

Trump committed impeachable crimes, 3 scholars tell Congress

Dec 05, 2019 - 7:24 AM

But a fourth expert strongly dissents, saying there was 'woefully inadequate' evidence that Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors necessary for removal

(L-R)Prof. Noah Feldman, Prof. Pamela S. Karlan Prof. Michael Gerhardt, and Prof. Jonathan Turley take the oath during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the impeachment of US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, December 4, 2019. The next phase of impeachment begins December 4, 2019 in the US Congress as lawmakers weigh charges against Donald Trump, after the high-stakes inquiry into the president detailed "overwhelming" evidence of abuse of power and obstruction. Four constitutional scholars will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the first of a series of hearings to establish the gravity of Trump's alleged crimes.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

WATCH: Catriona Gray visits children's hospital in Atlanta

Dec 04, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Catriona visits kids at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta with the help of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation

Trump on trial: the road to impeachment

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Here are the next steps of the process of impeaching US President Donald Trump:

DAMAGING. This photo of a computer screen shows a copy of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Report of The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report on December 3, 2019 in Washington,DC.  Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Lawmakers to consider drawing up Trump impeachment articles

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:32 AM

(UPDATED) The House Intelligence Committee report published Tuesday accuses US President Donald Trump of subverting national security as he pressured Ukraine for dirt on a Democratic election rival

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: The House Intelligence Committee's Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report was released December 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. The report says the committee's investigation 'uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.' (Photo Illustration by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Alanis Morissette drops new song, announces 'Jagged Little Pill' tour

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:27 PM

The song 'Reasons I Drink' is from her upcoming album 'Such Pretty Forks in the Road,' out on May 1, 2020

Canadian musician Alanis Morissette performs on stage with her band during Kaaboo Texas music festival at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on May 10, 2019. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter hospitalized again

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:47 AM

A statement from the Carter Center says the former US president 'was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, this past weekend'

AILING. In this file photo taken on March 25, 2018 former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles during a book signing event for his new book 'Faith: A Journey For All' at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Midtown Manhattan, March 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. House panel to meet on Trump impeachment charges

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:32 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump is facing allegations in the House of Representatives investigation that he illegally sought help from Ukraine to obtain dirt on his domestic political rivals, including possible 2020 challenger Joe Biden

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

11 wounded in New Orleans shooting

Dec 01, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Authorities say the shooting took place at about 3:00 am on a crowded commercial street near many hotels in a historic district that attracts visitors from around the world

Plane crash kills 9, injures 3 in U.S.

Dec 01, 2019 - 11:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Two of the dead were children, according to US news reports coming in

PILATUS PC-12. In this file photo taken on April 13, 2015, a 'PC-12' single-engined aircraft of Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft is pulled over a street to the fair grounds in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany. File photo by Felix Kaestle/DPA/AFP

Envoy key in Trump impeachment accused of sexual misconduct

Nov 28, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Gordon Sondland, the US envoy to the European Union, denies the allegations, with his lawyer alleging that the accusers are trying to taint his credibility in the inquiry

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 17: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives at a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 17, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Sondland testified on Capitol Hill to testify to the committees for the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

In U.S., plant-based diet easier than ever, even at Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:32 PM

There is an increasing number of Americans choosing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by adopting a 'plant-based' diet

Netflix makes deal to keep New York's Paris theater open

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:46 AM

One of New York's oldest single screen movie theaters is reopening to house Netflix special events and screenings

'Frozen 2' ices out competition in North American box office

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:44 AM

The movie takes in an estimated $127 million according to industry watcher Exhibitor Relations

Bloomberg formally announces U.S. presidential candidacy

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'We cannot afford 4 more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions,' says the former New York mayor

CANDIDATE. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Christian Cultural Center in New York City. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images North America/AFP

U.S. urges social media platforms to block Iran officials

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The call comes after the Iranian government imposed a near-total Internet blackout amid violent protests

A man holds a smartphone connected to a Wifi network without internet access at an office in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 17, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader on November 17 threw his support behind a decision to hike petrol prices, a move that sparked nationwide unrest in which he said "some lost their lives". Access to the internet has been restricted since demonstrations broke out two days prior, after a decision by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, according to a report by semi-official news agency ISNA. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg hospitalized for chills, fever

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent repeated health scares have sparked speculation about potential retirement, which would allow conservative US President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement

RECOVERY. US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is admitted to a hospital on Saturday, November 23. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Giuliani-Pompeo contacts chronicled in newly released papers

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A non-partisan watchdog claims the documents provide 'a clear paper trail' between the two key figures in the circle of President Donald Trump

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their talks in Sochi on May 14, 2019. (Photo by Pavel Golovkin / POOL / AFP)

Democratic head of Trump impeachment inquiry: His conduct worse than Nixon's

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'What we've seen here is far more serious than a third-rate burglary of the Democratic headquarters,' says House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff

IMPEACHABLE: File photo of US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Adam Schiff. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Gordon Sondland's testimony in Trump impeachment inquiry: key quotes

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Here are some of the key quotes from the opening statement of Washington's EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the fourth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP CHIP SOMODEVILLA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Top diplomat says he followed Trump's orders in Ukraine 'quid pro quo'

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(UPDATED) US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland says he believed President Donald Trump was pressing Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 rival Joe Biden

GORDON SONDLAND. US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland takes the oath ahead of his House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on November 20, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump emissary Sondland takes hot seat in impeachment hearings

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, is seen as a central conveyor of Trump's demands that Ukraine investigate potential 2020 rival Joe Biden in exchange for unfreezing US aid to the country

GORDON SONDLAND. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives for a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees October 28, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. officials tell impeachment probe of concerns over Trump-Ukraine call

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:14 AM

'It is improper for the president of the United States to demand a foreign government investigate a US citizen and a political opponent,' says Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, one of the witnesses

DAY 3. National Security Council Ukraine expert Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing, into President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Israelis celebrate, Palestinians rail against U.S. settlement move

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:09 PM

The decision is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves by Donald Trump's administration

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on November 19, 2019 from the Palestinian village of Kifl Hares shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Revava. Photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

'Ford v. Ferrari' zooms to top of North American box office

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, 'Ford v. Ferrari' portrays how a team at Ford built a car to challenge Ferrari's dominance at France's 1966 Le Mans race

Pressure mounts in 2nd week of Trump impeachment hearings

Nov 19, 2019 - 12:25 PM

The US president's suggestion that he might himself testify in the investigation which threatens his presidency has no impact on the House Intelligence Committee's plans to interview 9 witnesses this week

(FILES) In this file photo US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the Economic Club of New York at the New York Hilton Midtown November 12, 2019, in New York, New York. President Donald Trump faces more potentially damning testimony in the Ukraine scandal as a critical week of public impeachment hearings opens Tuesday in the House of Representatives. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

North Korea 'no longer interested' in summits with U.S. – KCNA

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:14 PM

'We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us,' says North Korea's foreign ministry adviser Kim Kye-gwan

NO MORE SUMMITS? In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un walks with US President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized zone on June 30, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Protest-hit Iran slams U.S. show of support for 'rioters'

Nov 18, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Major roads have been blocked, banks torched, and public buildings attacked in the nationwide unrest that has left at least two dead – a civilian and a policeman

PROTESTS. A picture taken on November 17, 2019, shows a scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in Eslamshahr, near the Iranian capital of Tehran. File photo by AFP

U.S., South Korea postpone joint drills in 'act of goodwill'

Nov 17, 2019 - 7:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the decision is 'an act of goodwill to contribute to an environment conducive to diplomacy and the advancement of peace'

Louisiana reelects Democratic governor in setback for Trump

Nov 17, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Governor John Bel Edwards wins by a narrow margin against Republican businessman Eddie Rispone

REELECTED. Democratic incumbent Governor John Bel Edwards speaks to a crowd at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel on November 16, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

White House's Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison says, however, the summary of the July 25 call had been placed on a highly classified system due to a 'mistake' by White House staff

TESTIMONY. Tim Morrison, the top Russia and Europe adviser on President Donald Trump's National Security Council, arrives to review his testimony in the impeachment inquiry at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Key moments from Day Two of Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:41 AM

(UPDATED) Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before US Congress about intimidation from Trump and the 'smear campaign' against her

Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. - Public impeachment hearings resume Friday with the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who says she was ousted because the Trump administration believed she would not go along with plans to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden, a potential Trump White House rival in 2020. (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP)

Ousted U.S. envoy testifies at Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Earlier witnesses in the inquiry said US envoy Marie Yovanovitch was removed after a smear campaign involving Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Yovanovitch will now tell her side of the story.

DAY 2. Former US Ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill on November 15, 2019 in Washington DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Noice! 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' renewed for season 8

Nov 15, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Good, super toit things come to those who w8! NBC announces the early renewal of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for an 8th season

Taylor Swift says former label heads 'not allowing her' to perform old songs on TV

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Taylor Swift says that Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta are 'exercising tyrannical control' over her, telling her to 'basically, be a good little girl and shut up, or you'll be punished'

5 key moments in Trump impeachment hearing, Day 1

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Witnesses in Day 1 of the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump are Washington's top envoy to Kiev William Taylor, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent

Top US diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies during the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 13, 2019, at the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie US aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Donald Trump faces the most perilous challenge of his three-year presidency as public hearings convened as part of the impeachment probe against him open under the glare of television cameras on Wednesday. Olivier Douliery / AFP

Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:37 AM

(UPDATED) President Donald Trump dismisses the probe in the Democratic-led House of Representatives as a 'witch hunt' and says he is 'too busy' to watch the first public hearings

WITNESSES. Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor(R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent (L) testify during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

LIVE: Open hearing on Trump impeachment inquiry

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Watch on Rappler! US House lawmakers hold a public hearing with US charge d'affaires in Kiev Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.

OPEN HEARING. US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Trump hails economic boom, says China trade deal is 'close'

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:25 AM

'A deal could happen soon,' United States President Donald Trump tells business leaders, while also saying tariffs would be jacked up if no deal is reached with China

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: US President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on November 12, 2019 in New York City. Trump, speaking to business leaders and others in the financial community, spoke about the state of the U.S. economy and the prolonged trade talks with China. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

'No complications' from Carter surgery for brain pressure

Nov 12, 2019 - 11:39 PM

A statement from the Carter Center says the 95-year-old Nobel laureate will remain in hospital 'as long as advisable for observation'

'NO COMPLICATIONS.' File picture taken September 6, 2012 shows former US president Jimmy Carter. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'The problem of drugs is not unique to us. We won’t be able to solve this on our own. We really need to work with other countries, especially those near us,' the Vice President says

NOT JUST WITH U.S. Vice President Leni Robredo continues consulting with various local and international groups on how to reform President Rodrigo Duerte's drug war. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

World War II film 'Midway' tops North American box office

Nov 12, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Midway' tackles the pivotal naval 4-day battle between the US and Japan in the Pacific during World War II

Trump faces perilous test as impeachment hearings open

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:05 PM

The hearings begin on November 13, with the first witnesses two officials who have already provided evidence against Trump in private testimony: Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent

US CAPITOL. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2019 The sun shines over the US Capitol Building on an autumn afternoon in Washington DC. File photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Bloomberg files papers paving way for U.S. presidential bid

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Analysts say that the billionaire's candidacy could do the most harm against frontrunner Joe Biden's prospects

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg was positioning himself Friday to enter the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, setting up a potential showdown with fellow septuagenarian Joe Biden as the leading centrist candidate. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Pompeo warns against China, Russia on eve of Berlin Wall anniversary

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Western, free nations have a responsibility to deter threats to our people' from governments like China, Russia, and Iran, says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

WARNING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a joint press conference with his German counterpart in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 7, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Iran downs unidentified drone near Gulf coast – reports

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The unmanned aircraft is downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile

Locator map of Iran

Rapper Drake launches cannabis brand

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Drake partners with Canadian pot giant Canopy Growth on a new cannabis venture that the rapper calls 'really exciting'