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Macron under pressure as French pension protests leaves Paris burning

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Days after French President Emmanuel Macron attended the NATO summit, thousands of protestors marched down the streets of Paris to strike over pension reform. Former foreign policy adviser under Margaret Thatcher, Nile Gardiner, discusses the protests in France and the state of foreign countries compared to America.

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  1. Jnr

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    IMPEACH HIM

  2. Richard Nowak

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    What happened? You're kidding right? It happens when the government is clueless.

  3. Jnr

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    The problem is Macron has bad advisers and his attitude will be his downfall

  4. Evil cannot defeat justice LONG

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    10 years of water flow east, 10 years of water flow west,very fair

  5. e james

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND…….OUR UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE LOWEST SINCE NIXON WAS PRESIDENT.

    LET THESE MOTHERFUCKERS EAT CAKE. LE CHAMPS D'ELYSSE………CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES…….

  6. irma dennington

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Macron is George Soros little boy, what Soros wants is to reduce world population, only the chosen ones should live on earth.

  7. e james

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I SAID THESE WORDS IN AUG 1944……….."IS PARIS BURNING!" IS PARIS BURNING!"

  8. e james

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    VIVE LE PANZERFAUST !

  9. Marc Molina

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    And they all laughed at trump?

  10. space man reviews

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Remove Macron from power!

  11. Ricky Castle

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Canada loses 71 thousands jobs, Paris is burning and yet, Trudeau and Macron think Trump is a joke?

  12. Angel Sievert

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Reporter " what happened, how did France go to hell so fast?" Guess what, msm lying media hasnt put out REAL news , the riots yellowvest had been going for a year. The globalists own the News Networks, and they think they still can pull the lies.

  13. Dodd Garger

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Good job Macaroni

  14. John Jordan

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    You should not allow people to go through their working lives expecting a reasonable retirement, only to take it away at the last minute. They're going to react negatively. "Unfunded"? What sort of excuse is that? The world is awash with debt! If it's OK for the banksters, it OK for pensions too. High crimes and hypocrisy. GTFO! Vive La France!

  15. Sam Iam

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    who actually wants to go to that $hithole, anyways ?

  16. Christopher Bedenbaugh

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Leftest elites cause unrest nothing new here.

  17. Linda Campbell

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Yeah maybe President Trump should giggle quietly

  18. Tien

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    When you give people free stuff, it is hard to take back.

  19. derek Schoneck

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Macaroni is an idiot, him and the rest of his political hacks have let Paris turn into a third world sh!t hole !!

    The people will win !!

  20. Carl Ray

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Macaroni cheese head needs to be run out of the country.

  21. Eric with three last names.

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Quit giving pension money to immigrants..

  22. Futurewolf Films

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Left wing riots about collapsing left wing policies? Hmmm.

  23. Keith Hanson

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    But you can't change these devils !

  24. Keith Hanson

    December 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Yeah all the ones drinking champagne in the little click after meetings you see all those losers together trying to belittle Trump but as always the art of the deal . Trump will save the world if they would just listen and support what Trump is doing ! Draining the swamp rapidly ! Trump 2020-20#4-?-?-?-?

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Vice Officers Fired Over Stormy Daniels’s 2018 Arrest at Ohio Strip Club

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Two vice officers were fired on Thursday by the city of Columbus, Ohio, for their role in the wrongful arrest of the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels at a strip club in 2018, an arrest that a lawyer for Ms. Daniels said was the result of a “conspiracy of dunces.”

The officers, Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster, were found to have violated police rules when they arrested Ms. Daniels on three counts of illegal sexually oriented activity and then lied to internal affairs investigators about the basis for the sting, city officials said.

The charges against Ms. Daniels were dropped within 24 hours, but not before the arrest, at Sirens Gentlemen’s Club in Columbus, drew national headlines. Ms. Daniels is best known for saying that she had an affair with Donald J. Trump before he was president.

Amid scrutiny that the arrest had been politically motivated, the city later paid $450,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Ms. Daniels. It also disbanded the troubled vice squad after a federal corruption investigation.

The disciplinary action against the officers had been recommended by the police chief in September and was upheld on Thursday by Ned Pettus Jr., the city’s public safety director, who said in a memorandum accompanying the decision that Officers Rosser and Lancaster had demonstrated a “gross neglect of duty and incompetence.”

Two other members of the Division of Police, Lt. Ronald Kemmerling and Sgt. Scott Soha, were suspended on Thursday for conduct unbecoming of police officers in the arrest of Ms. Daniels, city officials said. Lieutenant Kemmerling was suspended for 240 hours and Sergeant Soha for 120 hours.

Keith Ferrell, the president of the branch of the fraternal order of police that represents all four officers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday, but told The Columbus Dispatch that the officers planned to appeal the ruling to an arbitrator.

“We do not think the discipline is warranted to that level,” Mr. Ferrell told The Dispatch.

The charges against Ms. Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, stemmed from sworn statements given by the officers that Ms. Daniels, while dancing topless at the club on July 11, 2018, pressed patrons’ faces into her chest and fondled the breasts of some women in the audience.

Ms. Daniels, who had a two-night booking at the club, performed similar acts on three officers and grabbed one by the buttocks, according to affidavits. She was taken to jail and appeared in a mug shot from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office before being released within 24 hours.



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Democrats, Pressing Abuse of Power Case, Delve Into Biden

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats sought on Thursday to pre-emptively dismantle President Trump’s core defenses in his impeachment trial, invoking his own words to argue that his pressure campaign on Ukraine was an abuse of power that warranted his removal.

On the second day of arguments in the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, Democrats sought to make the case that Mr. Trump’s actions were an affront to the Constitution. And they worked to disprove his lawyers’ claims that he was acting only in the nation’s interests when he sought to enlist Ukraine to investigate political rivals.

In doing so, they took a calculated risk in talking at length about Mr. Trump’s targets — former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden — and underscored the political backdrop of a trial that is unfolding only 10 months before the election and is likely to reverberate long after the verdict.

“You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country — you can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump,” said Representative Adam B. Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, said in an impassioned appeal as the clock ticked past 10 p.m. “This is why if you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters. Right matters and the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.”

The team of seven Democratic impeachment managers repeatedly attacked the idea that when the president withheld military aid from Ukraine and sought to secure a promise to investigate Joseph Biden, he was merely making a foreign policy decision to root out corruption in Ukraine.

Mr. Trump has consistently suggested, without any evidence, that Mr. Biden pushed to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company with a long history of corruption that employed Hunter Biden on its board. Representative Sylvia R. Garcia, Democrat of Texas, spent nearly an hour debunking the claim, and said that, in fact, the opposite was true.

The prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was “widely perceived as corrupt,” she said, and Mr. Biden was acting in accordance with official American policy, as well as the policy of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and other international organizations in calling for his removal.

Moreover, Mr. Shokin had already let the Burisma investigation “go dormant,” Ms. Garcia said, so his ouster “would only increase the chance that Burisma would be investigated for possible corruption.” She asserted that neither the elder Mr. Biden nor his son had done anything wrong, and that American officials — and Mr. Trump — knew it.

“Every single witness who was asked about the allegations again said that Biden had nothing to do with it and it was false; they testified that he acted properly,” Ms. Garcia said, adding, “There is simply no evidence, nothing, nada in the record to support this baseless allegation.”

It was, in effect, a defense of one of the Democrats’ leading 2020 presidential candidates and a potential challenger to the president. Mr. Schiff later volunteered that neither he nor his colleagues had a position on the Democratic presidential primary.

Mr. Schiff also brought Mr. Trump into the chamber — at least on video — to use the president’s own words against him, with a clip in which the president called both Bidens “corrupt” and called for Ukraine to start a “major investigation” into them.

“The president has confirmed what he wanted in his own words,” Mr. Schiff said. “He has made it clear he didn’t care about corruption, he cared only about himself. Now it is up to us to do something about it, to make sure that a president, that this president, cannot pursue an objective that places himself above our country.”

But in focusing on the Bidens, Democrats took a strategic risk. Some Republicans have already threatened to call the Bidens as witnesses, even suggesting that they would insist on hearing from them as a condition of agreeing to subpoena John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser.

Democrats have refused to consider the idea, and Mr. Biden has said he would not take part in any such swap. And on Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said he would not “give in to that pressure” from some of his colleagues to do so.

But Mr. Trump’s legal team said the Bidens were now fair game in the trial.

“They have opened the door,” said Jay Sekulow. “It’s now relevant.”

Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, said the Democrats’ arguments had made testimony from the Bidens vital.

“If we’re going to call witnesses,” he said, “it’s now clear we absolutely must call Hunter Biden, and we probably need to call Joe Biden.”

Mr. Trump seemed to be paying attention. At a Republican National Committee event on Thursday evening at the president’s club in Doral, Fla., he told 400 people that the proceedings were “impeachment lite” compared with the trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999 and the case against President Richard M. Nixon in the 1970s.

In laying out their case against Mr. Trump, the Democrats focused tightly on the first of two charges against him: that he abused his power by trying to compel a foreign power to help him win re-election in 2020 and withheld two official acts — the provision of $391 million in military aid and a White House meeting with Ukraine’s president — in an effort to advance his illicit scheme.

“President Trump exploited our ally, Ukraine, for his own political benefit to the detriment of American national security,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York. “Is that conduct impeachable? The answer is categorically yes. The Senate must hold this president accountable for his abuse of power crimes against our Constitution.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said: “Impeachment is not punishment for a crime. Impeachment exists to address threats to the political system.”

“Impeachment is the Constitution’s final answer to a president who mistakes himself for a king,” he added.

Democrats expect to wrap up their case on Friday with presentations aimed at proving the second charge: that Mr. Trump obstructed Congress by withholding documents and witnesses and otherwise working to conceal his behavior. On Saturday, Mr. Trump’s defense team is expected to lay out its case.

On Thursday, Mr. Nadler drew on quotes from Alexander Hamilton; from George Washington’s farewell address; and from a 1792 letter to Thomas Jefferson from John Adams that warned of “foreign intrigue and influence” in arguing that Mr. Trump warranted impeachment and removal from office — regardless of whether he committed a crime.

“No president has ever used his office to compel a foreign nation to help him cheat in our elections,” Mr. Nadler said, adding, “It puts even President Nixon to shame.”

Mr. Nadler also turned to Trump allies — including Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor who is assisting in the president’s defense, and Mr. Graham — to make his case, using video clips of their comments from the Clinton impeachment trial to undercut Mr. Trump’s defense.

In one clip, Mr. Graham, an impeachment manager during the Clinton trial, explained why a “high crime” — one of the criteria the Constitution sets forth for the impeachment and removal of a president — does not necessarily require breaking a law.

“When you start using your office and you’re acting in a way that hurts people, you’ve committed a high crime,” Mr. Graham said.

Even before Thursday’s session got underway, it was clear that Mr. Schiff, Mr. Nadler and the other managers had not changed the minds of many Republicans. Senate Democrats were privately expressing concern that they may not get the four Republican votes they would need to bring witnesses and documents into the trial.

If they do not, the case could be over by the end of next week. Publicly, though, Democrats were putting on a good face.

“I am more hopeful than ever that four conscientious, brave Republicans will come forward and tell Mitch McConnell you can’t shut this down without witnesses, you can’t shut this down without documents,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, referring to his Republican counterpart.

The rules of the trial require senators to “keep silent, on pain of imprisonment,” and after two lengthy days of first voting on motions on Tuesday and hearing oral arguments on Wednesday, Republicans were growing weary.

Some complained that Democrats were simply reciting the same facts time and time again, more for the television viewing audience than for the audience in the chamber. Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, handed out fidget spinner toys to his colleagues, ostensibly to ease the boredom — and to deliver a not-too-subtle dig at Democrats.

“They spent a lot of time, they’re well prepared — I just don’t think they have much to work with,” said Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. “They’ve got about a one-hour presentation that they gave six hours on Tuesday and eight hours yesterday.”

But Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, said the Democrats had good reason to be repetitive: Many senators — not to mention the public — did not pay close attention to the House inquiry. One Republican, Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, told reporters as much on Wednesday.

“Senators didn’t know the case,” he said. “They really didn’t. We didn’t stay glued to the television. We haven’t read the transcripts.”

Reporting was contributed by Michael D. Shear, Emily Cochrane, Nicholas Fandos, Peter Baker and Catie Edmondson from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York.





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Coronavirus Live Updates: Deaths Recorded Hundreds of Miles from Center of Outbreak

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But washing hands — frequently and before eating — is universally recommended. Hand sanitizer is effective against respiratory viruses.

The American and British governments on Friday urged travelers to avoid the city of Wuhan and the surrounding area amid growing signs that the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus is worsening.

The American Embassy in Beijing advised travelers from the United States to avoid Hubei Province, where Wuhan is the capital. It said the State Department had already ordered nonemergency government personnel to leave the city. It further warned that the Chinese government might prevent travelers from arriving or leaving.

The notice from the State Department was a Level 4 advisory, the sternest warning the United States government issues regarding travel. Other Level 4 warnings issued by the State Department include travel to Syria, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela and Yemen, among other places.

The warning is a step up from Washington’s earlier cautions. Just a day before, the American government had been advising travelers to “exercise extreme caution” when traveling to the Wuhan area.

The British government in a notice dated Thursday similarly advised against all but essential travel to Wuhan.

The warnings came as the Chinese government on Thursday began widening travel restrictions to cities surrounding Wuhan. The tougher restrictions apply to cities including Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi and Zhejiang, affecting millions more people. The Hubei government has imposed some of its own travel restrictions across the province.

Reporting was contributed by Chris Buckley, Javier Hernández, Vivian Wang, Austin Ramzy, Elaine Yu, Tiffany May, Russell Goldman, Gillian Wong, Paulina Villegas, Steven Lee Myers, Denise Grady, Karen Zraick, Roni Caryn Rabin, Carl Zimmer and Rick Gladstone. Amber Wang, Albee Zhang, Claire Fu, Elsie Chen, Yiwei Wang and Zoe Mou contributed research.



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