Trump Team Grasping to Undercut Mueller Probe
Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general and acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about some of the excuses the Donald Trump team is trying out in search of a pretext for firing Robert Mueller as special counsel.
Departing White House press secretary says good riddance to press
Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ?most successful covert operation in history?
Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier
Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea. The ban, which is expected to come into force next Thursday, follows the death of US student Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested during a 2015 holiday in the pariah state, and who passed away in June after returning from his North Korean prison in a coma. News of the new restrictions was first confirmed on Friday by Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based company who arranged Warmbier?s tour. Trump denounces North Korea 'brutality' as Otta Warmbier dies 00:38 ?It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27th. After the 30 day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government,? announced YPT in a short statement. The Koryo Group, another major travel company operating in North Korea followed suit. It said that the move was expected but still ?something of a shock?, apologising to customers who had planned a trip already. US officials later confirmed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose ?geographic travel restriction? for North Korea, a rare ruling which has previously prevented US citizens from travelling to Lebanon, Sudan, Cuba and North Vietnam. American student Otto Warmbier speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea in 2016 Credit: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP Photo Koryo?s Beijing-based general manager, Simon Cockerell, criticised the policy for turning back the clock on engagement. ?It is unfortunate because we criticise North Korea for being isolationist and now we?re helping isolate them,? he said. ?That?s not what soft power is about.? But while the restrictions will impact the business of tour groups, only 800-1000 Americans are likely to be affected. US Ambassador: We are prepared to use "considerable military forces" on North Korea 00:37 Michael Hurt, a Seoul-based American professor said that the announcement would kibosh his pre-approved academic trip to the autumn Pyongyang Fashion Festival, where he had hoped to connect with North Koreans on cultural issues. ?I?m obviously very disappointed that real work, actual engagement done by people interested in going in a way not related to irresponsible, frat boy antics can?t happen now,? he said. ?Because of the exceptionally stupid few, those doing real, decent work can?t get their work done.? However, the move is unlikely to meet much resistance in general from the American public. Following Warmbier?s death, YPT faced accusations of drunken antics and being too cavalier about the risks of travelling to the ruthless regime, which currently holds three other Americans in custody. The company denied the accusations and defended its record as ?one of the best in the industry.? Professor Robert Kelly, from South Korea's Pusan University, said the ban was no surprise. "The number of abductions and hostage-takings seems to have gone up since Kim Jong-un took over," he said. "For the last several years I have counselled my western friends not to go. It's just too dangerous now."
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Teenagers who filmed and laughed as disabled man drowned had no legal duty to save him, experts say
Teenagers who laughed while filming a disabled man as he drowned instead of rescuing him had no legal obligation to help, according to experts. Police are pursuing misdemeanour charges against the five minors, aged between 14 and 16, for failing to report the death of Jamie Dunn. As the 31-year-old drowned in a Florida pond on 9 July, the five teenagers mocked, laughed at and recorded him dying before posting the video online.
What Married Couples Need to Know About Social Security
Married couples have several Social Security claiming options that aren't available to single people. If you have worked and paid taxes into Social Security for at least 10 years and earned at least 40 credits, you will probably be eligible to receive benefits. You qualify for credits when you earn income and pay Social Security taxes.
Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles
German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions. "Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement. Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.
Pardon me? Legal experts doubt Trump could absolve himself in Russia inquiry
Legal experts say it is unclear if the president can self-pardon. An apropos-of-nothing assertion by Donald Trump on Twitter on Saturday morning, that ?all agree the US president has the complete power to pardon?, raised interesting questions: How broad is the president?s pardoning power, and does it extend to self-pardons? As the Russia scandal deepens, with Congress preparing to interview Donald Trump Jr and special counsel Robert Mueller accessing the president?s tax returns, Trump has been seeking legal advice on the question of self-pardons, the Washington Post reported on Friday morning.
Ohio treasurer and Senate candidate takes on Anti-Defamation League over far-right ?witch hunt?
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a candidate in next year?s Republican Senate primary, sided Thursday with two prominent right-wing nationalist commentators over the Anti-Defamation League, which put them on a watch list of what it called ?alt-lite? figures.