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Hillary Clinton kicks off the 'stop Sanders' movement. Will Obama follow her lead?

Hillary Clinton kicks off the 'stop Sanders' movement. Will Obama follow her lead?Sanders himself has been dismissive of Clinton’s comments. And then there’s Obama himself to consider. Clinton’s timing is conspicuous.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 5:35 PM

Chief Justice John Roberts drops 'pettifogging' bomb while reprimanding both sides in impeachment trial

Chief Justice John Roberts drops 'pettifogging' bomb while reprimanding both sides in impeachment trial"Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are," Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said, admonishing participants in President Trump's impeachment trial to keep it civil.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 12:37 PM

Putin to Meet Jailed Israeli’s Mother Amid Reports of Release

Putin to Meet Jailed Israeli’s Mother Amid Reports of Release(Bloomberg) -- President Vladimir Putin is to meet in Jerusalem with the mother of an Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia on drug-smuggling charges, the Kremlin said, amid reports Russian authorities are preparing to free her.Putin, who’ll be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp, spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone last week about 26-year-old Naama Issachar. Netanyahu said after the call that he was optimistic about securing her freedom.Issachar was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in a Russian prison in October for carrying a small amount of hashish on a transit flight via Moscow. Her mother, Yaffa, asked Putin in November to pardon her daughter in a letter handed to him by Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. The plight of the U.S.-born Israeli army veteran, who was detained in April, has become a cause celebre in Israel, where she’s widely regarded as a pawn in a political game.Putin will meet Yaffa Issachar together with Netanyahu and the patriarch, Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. While Ushakov wouldn’t confirm that a release is planned, he said the president’s right to pardon a convicted person is “an important prerogative.”Property DisputeIn another sign of a possible resolution, Ushakov said Russia and Israel are making progress in settling a dispute over the ownership of Russian Orthodox Church property in Jerusalem. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said resolving the issue could form part of a quid pro quo with Putin for the release of Issachar.Putin will speak at the anniversary ceremony, though there won’t be time for him to meet with other leaders attending the event, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to Ushakov.Issachar’s case for a time became entangled with that of a Russian national, Alexei Burkov, whom Israel extradited to the U.S. in November on charges including hacking and credit card fraud. Russia had offered to swap the two, according to Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician.Putin rebuffed repeated pleas to free her by Netanyahu, who’s fighting to maintain his 13-year-rule as he battles fraud and bribery charges, with new elections due in March.\--With assistance from Gwen Ackerman and Ivan Levingston.To contact the reporters on this story: Andrey Biryukov in Moscow at abiryukov5@bloomberg.net;Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at gwhite64@bloomberg.net, Tony HalpinFor 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.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 8:30 AM

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plotA former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — who is also known as “Joe Exotic" — for trying to arrange the killing of a Florida animal sanctuary founder who criticized his treatment of animals. The woman, Carole Baskin, wasn't harmed.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:56 PM

Taiwan calls on China to share 'correct' virus information

Taiwan calls on China to share 'correct' virus informationTaiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China on Wednesday to share "correct" information about a new coronavirus and for the World Health Organisation (WHO) not to exclude Taiwan from collaboration on the outbreak for political reasons. Authorities have confirmed more than 400 cases of the virus in China, most of them in the central city of Wuhan where the virus first appeared at the end of 2019. The virus, which health officials have said can be passed from person to person, has spread to cities including Beijing and Shanghai, with cases have been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, as well as Taiwan.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 9:54 PM

Honda is recalling 2.7 million older U.S. vehicles for potentially defective airbag inflators

Honda is recalling 2.7 million older U.S. vehicles for potentially defective airbag inflatorsNearly 3 million Honda and Acura vehicles are included in this new airbag-inflator recall, which spans the 1996 through 2003 model years.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 10:09 AM

AOC criticises Democratic Party: ‘We don’t have a left party in the United States’

AOC criticises Democratic Party: ‘We don’t have a left party in the United States’New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained that the Democratic party does not represent the political left in the United States, calling the organisation a “centre or centre-conservative” party that “can’t even get a floor vote” on nationalising health care.She said: “We can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for All — not even a floor vote that might get doubled down.”




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 10:32 AM

The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again

The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, againThey keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 10:34 AM

The U.S.'s Next Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller, Hero of Pearl Harbor

The U.S.'s Next Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller, Hero of Pearl HarborMiller heroically fought back against the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 4:29 PM

Joe Biden tells reporter to 'calm down' after repeated questions about Bernie Sanders

Joe Biden tells reporter to 'calm down' after repeated questions about Bernie SandersFormer Vice President Joe Biden seemingly doesn't want to hear about his apparent feud with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).After an Iowa campaign event on Wednesday, Biden walked off the stage in a pretty typical way: followed by reporters asking him questions. But one from CBS News' Ed O'Keefe about Sanders seemingly sent him over the edge.As Biden left the stage, O'Keefe asked why he was attacking Sanders after just accepting his apology a day earlier. "Why wasn't his apology enough, Mr. Vice President?" O'Keefe asked. Biden stopped, turned around, and peppered O'Keefe with a barrage of "why why why why why." "You're getting nervous, man! Calm down," Biden then said before briefly answering the question.> WATCH: After a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, @joebiden reacts to @edokeefe's question about his ongoing feud with @berniesanders: "Calm down, it's okay." https://t.co/a2hmMbnjnf pic.twitter.com/ymOMWRR2zP> > — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 22, 2020O'Keefe's question stems from one of Sanders' supporters accusing Biden of having a "corruption problem" in an op-ed, and another putting together a video purportedly showing Biden opposing social security. Sanders apologized for the op-ed but not for the video, as Biden pointed out to CBS News.More stories from theweek.com The White House is arguing the impeachment articles don't include allegations of a quid pro quo because the exact words don't appear Joe Biden won't testify in Trump's impeachment trial even it means John Bolton will Several senators left the chamber in the middle of Adam Schiff's impeachment remarks




POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 4:30 PM

News – Insurance Journal

Trump Says U.S. Has Plan to Contain Coronavirus
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States has a plan in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said: “We do have …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 3:03 PM
Marsh Sees Hike in Demand for Political Violence Insurance in Gulf After Tanker Attacks
Marsh, one of the world’s largest insurance brokers and risk advisers, has seen a spike in clients’ inquiries for political violence cover in the Gulf after attacks on tankers and oil installations rattled the region last year, an executive said. …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:53 PM
Ransomware Exposure Driving Up Cyber Insurance Costs
U.S. insurers are ramping up cyber-insurance rates by as much as 25% and trying to curb exposure to vulnerable customers after a surge of costly claims, industry sources said. The changes follow a challenging year of hackers using malicious programs, …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:31 PM
Philadelphia Teachers Union Suing District Over Asbestos in Schools
The union representing public school teachers in Philadelphia is suing the district over its handling of asbestos contamination in schools, the union said Monday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers suit comes after the city school district was forced to close …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:28 PM
PMA Companies Names Consiglio as Vice President of Northeast Region
PMA Companies has named Jeanne Consiglio as vice president of the Northeast region. In her new role, Consiglio will be responsible for leading the company’s strategic growth objectives in Connecticut, the New York City metropolitan area, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:23 PM
Massachusetts’ Sayata Labs Hires King Flynn as Head of Insurance
King Flynn has joined Sayata Labs, a Boston, Mass.-based, Axa-backed insurtech startup, as head of Insurance. Sayata helps insurance carriers and brokers accelerate their mid-market cyber business while simultaneously providing insureds with knowledge about their cyber posture so they can …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:15 PM
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Appointed as NAIC Committee Chair
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman has been selected for the second consecutive year to serve as chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the organization reported in announcing its leadership …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 2:07 PM
Natural Disasters in Past Decade Broke Records for Economic, Insured Losses: Aon
The past decade broke new records in terms of economic damages and insured losses, according to Aon’s latest catastrophe report. The costs to global economies reached US$2.98 trillion between 2010 and 2019, which was US$1.19 trillion higher than 2000-2009, said …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 1:56 PM
Pandemic Fears Grow as China Steps Up Efforts to Control New Flu-Like Coronavirus
Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to nine on Wednesday with more than 470 confirmed cases, heightening global fears of contagion from an infection suspected to have come from animals. The previously unknown and contagious coronavirus strain emerged from …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 12:55 PM
Former Iowa Agent Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fraud
A Muscatine, Iowa, insurance agent has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for wire and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors for Iowa said that Ashley Erin Murphy Schneider, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Davenport’s federal courthouse after pleading guilty …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 6:42 AM

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