Tribune News Service
International Budget for Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Updated at 0100 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EST).
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^Trump heads to NATO summit as impeachment looms<
TRUMP-NATO:LA — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump's meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances.
He leaves Monday for a two-day summit at a resort in Hertfordshire, 18 miles outside London, with leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 29-nation military alliance that has been one of his most frequent targets.
He is scheduled to return Wednesday night, hours after the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee holds its first public hearing, the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. Trump's legal team was invited to attend but declined.
1200 (with trims) by Noah Bierman and Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED
^Four impeachment scholars to open Judiciary Committee's hearing<
IMPEACHMENT:BLO — Four experts on presidential impeachment will fill the witness table during the House Judiciary Committee's opening hearing of historic proceedings to determine whether President Donald Trump should be impeached.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is depicting Wednesday's session as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, and whether Trump's alleged actions warrant pressing forward with possible articles of impeachment.
550 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED
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IMPEACHMENT:CON — 650 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED
^China suspends visits by US warships to Hong Kong, sanctions NGOs<
USCHINA-HONGKONG:DPA — China will suspend visits by U.S. warships to Hong Kong and sanction several U.S. nonprofits in retaliation for the Trump administration enacting legislation in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said U.S. nonprofits have instigated protesters "to engage in extreme violent crimes" and have promoted separatism.
500 by Simina Mistreanu in Beijing. MOVED
^Amnesty raises death toll, says 208 people killed in Iran protests<
IRAN:DPA — Amnesty International raised the death toll of those killed by Iranian security forces to 208, citing credible reports received by the organization, in a statement on its website on Monday.
The real death toll is likely to be higher, the London-based human rights group added.
Protests broke out across Iran in mid-November after the government announced it was raising fuel prices and rationing fuel amid a deep economic crisis triggered by U.S. sanctions.
200 in London. MOVED
^Supreme Court may punt rather than rule on key gun-rights case<
SCOTUS-GUNS:LA — The Supreme Court justices sounded uncertain Monday over whether to rule on a major gun-rights case, since New York City has repealed the disputed law at issue that restricted carrying a licensed weapon outside the city.
The gun owners who sued "got everything they asked for," New York City's attorney Richard Dearing told the court.
The four liberal justices made clear they thought the Second Amendment case — New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. vs. City of New York — should be dismissed as moot. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. also questioned what was left of the dispute that launched the case, while new Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh listened but asked no questions during the argument.
The New York City case has drawn wide attention because the high court has said nothing about the scope of the 2nd Amendment for nearly a decade.
600 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED
^Senate confirms Dan Brouillette to succeed Perry as energy secretary<
ENERGYSECRETARY:CON — The Senate voted 70-15 on Monday evening to confirm Dan Brouillette to succeed Rick Perry as secretary of the Department of Energy.
President Donald Trump nominated Brouillette, a long-time Republican donor and former business executive for Ford Motor Co. and USAA who worked at the Energy Department during the George W. Bush administration, after Perry said in October he would step down.
500 by Benjamin Hulac in Washington. MOVED
^GOP report finds no impeachable offenses, just 'disagreements'<
IMPEACHMENT-GOP-REPORT:BLO — A 110-page report from GOP lawmakers concludes the Democratic-led House investigation of Donald Trump failed to establish any impeachable offenses and instead paints a picture of "unelected bureaucrats" disagreeing with the president's style, world view and foreign policy decisions.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released their conclusions Monday as the panel's Democrats are letting members review the majority report after two months of gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses to understand Trump's actions regarding Ukraine.
450 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED
^US mulls duties on $2.4 billion in French goods over tech tax<
USFRANCE-TARIFFS:BLO — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital revenues that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
"France's digital services tax discriminates against U.S. companies," the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement Monday.
850 by William Horobin in Paris, and Jenny Leonard and Laura Davison in Washington. MOVED
^Lindsey Graham says US must sanction Turkey for testing Russian arms<
USTURKEY-SANCTIONS:BLO — Two leading senators pressed Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to comply with existing law and impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile system.
South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen said in a letter dated Monday that Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 anti-aircraft weapons should trigger sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
400 by Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED
^Democrat Steve Bullock ends struggling presidential campaign<
BULLOCK:LA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who brought a unique perspective to the presidential race as a red-state Democrat from the Rocky Mountain West but never emerged as a serious contender, abruptly ended on Monday his quest for the White House.
"Today, I am suspending my campaign to become the Democratic Party's nominee for President," Bullock said in a written statement. "While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates."
He once again ruled out a run for U.S. Senate.
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BULLOCK:CON — 250 by Roll Call Staff. MOVED
^Trump campaign bars Bloomberg News from rallies<
TRUMP-BLOOMBERG:LA — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has banned Bloomberg News from covering its rallies and other public events, citing what it calls a biased coverage policy by the media company of one of his Democratic rivals.
The news organization, owned by billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, has declared it will not investigate the former New York City mayor or any of his fellow Democrats vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination — but will continue to investigate Trump.
300 by Michael Finnegan. MOVED
^Kelly Loeffler to have powerful ally after she's tapped to fill Georgia Senate seat<
GASENATE:AT — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he's picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she'll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support Loeffler, giving her a key political ally as she faces a potential GOP challenge, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision.
650 by Greg Bluestein in Atlanta. MOVED
^Biden seeks to rejuvenate Iowa campaign, insisting he can win<
BIDEN:BLO — Joe Biden is working to breathe new life into his campaign in Iowa, a state where he's struggled to keep up with his competitors' organizations and popularity despite leading the crowded 2020 field of Democrats in most national polls.
Biden kicked off an eight-day bus tour this weekend that focuses on rural areas. He's traveling with Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, and Vilsack's wife, Christie.
Aides and allies see Biden's trip as an opportunity to shift to a new phase of Iowa campaigning — not as intense as it will be during the final rush before the Feb. 3 caucus, but more focused, particularly in rural areas that get little attention from most candidates.
1100 (with trims) by Jennifer Epstein and Tyler Pager in Denison, Iowa. MOVED
^Jimmy Carter back in hospital for infection<
CARTER:AT — Just days after being released from the hospital following brain surgery, former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus for treatment for a urinary tract infection.
A spokeswoman for Carter said he was admitted this weekend.
"He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon," said Deanna Congileo. "We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home."
250 by Ernie Suggs in Atlanta. MOVED
^US 'likely' to bring new charges in Giuliani-allies case<
GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-1ST-LEDE:BLO — The U.S is "likely" to bring additional charges in a case against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of skirting campaign contribution limits as part of a plot to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, a prosecutor said.
The comment was made Monday at an hourlong court hearing in Manhattan. Responding to a question from U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken about whether the government planned to file additional charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind said: "Certainly the investigation is ongoing. We think a superseding indictment is likely, but no decision has been made. It's something we continue to evaluate."
550 by Christian Berthelsen in New York. MOVED
^Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in deaths of children found hanged<
PA-SIBLINGS-HANGED:AA — In the weeks before her two children were found hanging in the basement of her Berks County home, Lisa Snyder told a friend that she was depressed and "didn't care about her kids," an investigation showed.
Snyder, 36, searched the internet for information about death by hanging and carbon monoxide poisoning, and perused true-crime television shows about getting away with murder. One day before the hanging, Snyder ordered the dog lead, a type of dog leash, that was found wrapped around their necks.
1400 by Pamela Lehman, Laurie Mason Schroeder and Manuel Gamiz Jr. in Allentown, Pa. MOVED
^FBI investigating gang hit on rapper who taunted rivals with his music<
CHICAGO-RAPPER-KILLED:TB — Cedron Doles was a controversial rapper with reputed ties to a Black P Stone gang faction called Black Mobb who earned a following in Chicago's drill music scene by taunting gang rivals, some of them slain, with his lyrics.
^"Whoever dead or alive, f—< the opps, b——!" Doles, who performed under the name Shootashellz, rapped in a music video posted to YouTube in April 2017 .
Entitled "Death of 150," the video talked of the Black Mobb's longstanding feud with the rival Stone faction No Limit, also known as No Limit 150.
About three months later, Doles, 21, was about to get into his car in Chicago's Auburn Gresham community when three men exited a white Nissan Altima and opened fire on that July morning. Shot multiple times about the head and body, he collapsed mortally wounded in the street.
Police recovered 43 shell casings near his body.
800 by Jeremy Gorner in Chicago. MOVED
^Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance scandal, leave Congress<
CONGRESS-HUNTER-1ST-LEDE:SD — After years of denials and claims he was the target of a political witch hunt, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday morning to plead guilty in a sweeping campaign finance investigation.
The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket Monday morning, then KUSI-TV aired an interview with Hunter in which he said he will plead guilty to one of the 60 criminal charges against him. He suggested that he is likely to spend time in custody.
1650 (with trims) by Morgan Cook and Jeff McDonald in San Diego. MOVED
^More than 400 UCLA medical school students get a free education thanks to major donation from David Geffen<
CMP-MEDSCHOOL-FREE:LA — Medical school had put Allen Rodriguez in debt before he was even accepted.
The testing, applications and interviews alone cost Rodriguez thousands that he's still paying off on his credit cards. So it was a relief — and a deciding factor — when his 2014 UCLA medical school acceptance came with more good news: a full scholarship, funded by a $100 million gift from billionaire David Geffen.
The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine announced Monday that the DreamWorks co-founder, who gave the school $100 million in 2012, has donated an additional $46 million to continue to fund merit-based scholarships so medical students do not have to take on weighty loads of debt.
1000 by Sonali Kohli in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Two children, parents dead in apparent triple murder-suicide in south Minneapolis<
MINN-MURDER-SUICIDE:MS — Erik Wiltscheck loved having a family living in the home next door in his south Minneapolis neighborhood.
The two young boys made a game of throwing balls over the 6-foot fence, knowing Wiltscheck would toss them right back over.
Wiltscheck also made a point to check in with their newly single mother, Kjersten Schladetzky, to let her know he'd lend a hand if she needed it.
He even helped shovel her driveway on Sunday morning, only to be horrified hours later when Schladetzky's ex-husband came over and fatally shot her and the boys before turning the gun on himself.
700 by Mara Klecker and Erin Adler in Minneapolis. MOVED
^Alan Dershowitz hopes to use mystery man to help him in Epstein case<
EPSTEIN-VICTIM-DERSHOWITZ:MI — Renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz has seized upon a mystery man featured in a recent New York Times story to help defend against allegations that he had sex with Virginia Giuffre, one of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's underage victims, and to pursue a defamation case against the woman.
At a hearing in New York on Monday, Dershowitz's attorney, Howard Cooper, said that the shadowy man featured in the Times' story, who used the pseudonym Patrick Kessler, was part of a scheme that is strikingly similar to the extortion plot Dershowitz says is at the center of accusations Giuffre has made — falsely, he says — against him.
1550 by Julie K. Brown in Miami. MOVED
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EPSTEIN-VICTIM-DERSHOWITZ:NY — 350 by Stephen Rex Brown in New York. MOVED
^After deadly shooting, classes resume at Saugus High School: 'Take care of each other'<
CALIF-SCHOOLSHOOTING:LA — Classes resumed Monday at Saugus High School for the first time since gunfire erupted on the campus nearly 2 weeks ago, leaving two students dead and three others wounded.
"Our objective today is for students to return to a normal routine," Mike Kuhlman, deputy superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, said at a news conference outside the school.
For students returning to the Santa Clarita campus, this new normal included a beefed-up law enforcement presence, a team of mental health counselors and roving therapy dogs. Counselors were also stationed in the school's performing arts center to help parents who "need to be around a little bit on campus," Kuhlman said.
400 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Budweiser wants to brew beer in space. This week's SpaceX launch may bring it one step closer<
SPACEX-BEER:OS — Forget the craft beer craze. Space beer is the new frontier.
At least it is for Budweiser and parent company Anheuser-Busch, which has been sending barley seeds to the International Space Station since 2017 in hopes of learning how to brew in microgravity.
The ultimate goal is to be the first beer on Mars. One can only assume humanity will need something to throw back when it finally reaches the Red Planet.
400 by Chabeli Herrera in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^6-foot shark found on Cape Cod beach with its mouth wide open. What killed it?<
DEADSHARK:CH — A 6-foot, fully intact shark was found Sunday on a Cape Cod beach with its reddened mouth open and jagged teeth exposed.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted a photo of the odd discovery on Facebook and noted the dead shark was discovered about a half mile north of Marconi Beach on Cape Cod.
200 by Mark Price. MOVED
^Woman's disappearance hangs over civil trial pitting her mother against her estranged husband<
MISSINGMOTHER:HC — The disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos will loom over a civil trial scheduled to start Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court that pits the missing woman's mother against her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, who is being sued over millions of dollars in back payments for loans that helped finance his luxury home building business.
Dulos, 52, of Farmington, is expected to take the witness stand in the case, the first time he would testify under oath in a courtroom since his wife and the mother of his five children disappeared May 24.
1100 by Dave Altimari in Hartford, Conn. MOVED
^How 'Frozen 2' gets more adult and more political with each viewing<
^MOVIE-FROZEN2-POLITICAL:LA—<Set a few years after a supposed "happily ever after," "Frozen 2" sees royal sisters Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) embarking on personal, existential journeys, battling not any standard Disney villain but simply the often bristling path to adulthood.
Already a blockbuster, and clearly aimed at families, the largely well-received sequel — which set a domestic box-office record for animated films opening outside of summer and has made close to $300 million in the U.S. through two weekends — doesn't shy away from difficult and rather mature subject matter. (Note for those who haven't seen the film yet: This is a spoiler-heavy story.)
The standout musical numbers dial in on the challenges of growing up, and of finding and maintaining a sense of self amid moments of severe change. Arguably the most sophisticated of the songs, "The Next Right Thing," sung by Bell's Anna, touches on grief and how to battle through near-crippling depression.
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^Lionel Messi wins record sixth Ballon d'Or; Megan Rapinoe gets her first<
^SOC-MESSI-RAPINOE-AWARD:LA—<Lionel Messi received his record sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday, after scoring 46 times and helping Barcelona claim the La Liga title this year.
U.S. star Megan Rapinoe received the women's Ballon d'Or after leading the Women's World Cup in goals, winning the Golden Ball as the best player and scoring the goal that started the U.S. to a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the championship game.
150 by Chuck Schilken. MOVED
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