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“Unfit to be President”: 58 House Democrats want to start debating the impeachment of Donald Trump

The Democratic split over impeaching President Trump just burst into the open.

“Donald John Trump has, by his statements, brought the high office of President of the United States in contempt, ridicule, disgrace and disrepute, has sown discord among the people of the United States, has demonstrated that he is unfit to be President, has betrayed his trust as President the United States to the manifest injury of the people of the United States, and has committed a high misdemeanor in office.”

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Hackers use college student loans tool to steal $30 million

Up to 100,000 people are exposed to identity theft after thieves exploited an IRS tool meant to help students apply for college loans.

A financial aid tool for college students helped hackers steal up to $30 million from the US government.

Nearly 100,000 people are at risk for identity theft after hackers breached the IRS’s Data Retrieval Tool, which parents use to transfer financial information for their kids using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In 2015, 17 million students used FAFSA to file for financial aid.

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Will Trump Be Impeached Or Resign? Betting Odds Indicate POTUS Will Likely Be Removed In First Term

President Donald Trump’s first months in office have been mired in controversy, following an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, several controversial executive orders and the repealing of dozens of financial and federal regulations former President Barack Obama signed during his tenure in the Oval Office.

Now, it appears the new president’s days leading the country might just be numbered, according to those betting on his potential impeachment at Ladbrokes, a U.K. betting house. The odds of Trump’s impeachment have increased from nearly half to a 10/11 chance of happening Monday.

Those betting on the president’s political longevity have taken an unprecedented interest in putting their money where their mouths are. People have continued to flood the betting house to place odds on Trump’s removal from elected office, Jessica Bridge, a spokesperson for Ladbrokes, told news outlet Inverse on Monday.

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No one seems to want credit for the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill

Even as major leaders of the Republican party are publicly campaigning in favour of the passage of the American Health Care Act — their bid to repeal and replace Obamacare — it seems as if no one wants full credit for the bill.

Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump’s teams have pushed back on taking on full responsibility for the contents of the AHCA, biling it as a team effort.

Képtalálat a következőre: „No one seems to want credit for the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked directly about efforts by both Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway and Health and Human Secretary Tom Price to push back on reporters calling the bill “Trumpcare.”

“The president is proud of it. The president is proud of the fact that we’re working with Congress. But this is a bill that is not his, it’s a joint effort that we’ve worked with the House and the Senate on,” Spicer said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

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Barack Obama talks the war on drugs with the creator of The Wire

Barack Obama called HBO series The Wire “one of the greatest pieces of art in the last couple of decades” in an interview with the show’s creator that was released today at the Bipartisan Summit for Criminal Justice ReformThe Wire chronicled the effects of the drug war as it was waged on the streets of Baltimore in the early 2000s, detailing how both drug use and the clumsy, heavy-handed law enforcement response to it devastated many urban communities.

As Simon summed it up, “what drugs don’t destroy, the war against them is ripping apart.”

Interestingly, Obama spoke of the incarceration problem as much from an economic perspective as from a social justice one.

“The challenge,” he said, “is folks go into prison at great expense to the state, [and] many times [are] trained to become more hardened criminals while in prison, come out and are basically unemployable and end up looping back in” to the prison system.

“When you break down why people aren’t getting back into the labor force, even as jobs are being created, a big chunk of that is the young male population with felony histories,” Obama said. “So now where we have the opportunity to give them a pathway toward a responsible life, they’re foreclosed. And that’s counterproductive.”

Fiscally speaking, mass incarceration is “breaking the bank,” Obama said. “It means everyone’s taxes are going up, and services are being squeezed.” Many elements in the Republican party have become receptive to these message in recent years.

But in the Senate especially there remains ahardline of lawmakers who cut their political teeth during the tough-on-crime era and who remain enthusiastic proponents of harsh sentences for drug offenders, despite reams of evidence showing they don’t work.

The Justice Department under Obama deserves a great deal of credit for taking administrative steps to reduce the burden of incarceration, including modest sentencing changes and an explicit hands-off approach to the states that have legalized marijuana.

But as Obama notes in the interview, the real work of reform will have to be done through Congress.

Shots fired at Delaware home of vice-president Joe Biden

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The Secret Service says multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near Joe Biden’s Delaware home on Saturday night. Photograph: Emrah Gurel/AP

 

  • Secret Service says multiple shots fired from vehicle at house
  • Biden and wife Dr Jill Biden were away at the time

The Secret Service said on Sunday that multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice-president and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

The Wilmington home is several hundred yards from the main road from where the shots rang out, and authorities were searching outside the Biden residence and nearby houses to determine if any rounds hit anything. Police in New Castle County, Delaware, said there were no reports of any injuries related to the shooting.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at about 8.25pm on a public road outside the secure perimeter near the home. The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel, who saw the vehicle drive past the home at a high rate of speed and flee the scene.

The Secret Service said about 30 minutes later, an individual in a vehicle tried to pass a county police officer securing the outer perimeter of the area. That person was arrested for resisting arrest and was scheduled to be questioned regarding the shooting incident. County police sergeant Jacob Andrews said it appeared the man was not involved in the shooting.

Biden’s neighbourhood includes stately stone-and-brick homes along a curving two-lane road that winds through rolling hills. Nestled in a heavily wooded area, the vice-president’s home is not visible from the main road. A small cottage, occupied by the Secret Service, sits on the property near a gate in front of the driveway that is blocked off by Secret Service vehicles and personnel.

Police said there was a report of shots fired in the nearby area of Hoopes Reservoir, just northwest of the Biden home. The reservoir is a source of fresh water for Wilmington.

Biden’s office said the vice-president and his wife were briefed on Saturday night, as was President Barack Obama. Biden’s office referred all other questions to the Secret Service.

On Sunday afternoon, half a dozen sport utility vehicles were parked near the entrance of the Bidens’ property, providing a heavy security presence in the area. Shortly before 2pm, a motorcade of several more SUVs arrived at the house. It was unclear whether the vice president was in any of the vehicles.

The vice-president planned to speak on Monday in Wilmington at the Organisation of Minority Women’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr breakfast.

The Bidens spend many weekends at their Delaware home. While he served in the Senate, Biden frequently made a daily commute from Delaware to Washington by train.