Tribune News Service
News Budget for Thursday, July 11, 2019
Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC).
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^Trump may issue executive order in census citizenship question fight<
TRUMP-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP:LA — President Donald Trump plans to hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss a controversial citizenship question that he has been trying to add to the 2020 census.
Trump, whose earlier efforts were blocked by the Supreme Court, has suggested he may sign an executive order or other presidential directive that some conservative legal advocates see as his best hope to pass judicial review.
400 by Noah Bierman in Washington. MOVED
^ICE deportation crackdown may start Sunday<
IMMIGRATION-RAIDS:MI — The Trump administration's deportation crackdown in Miami and several other U.S. cities will begin on Sunday, immigration sources have told the Miami Herald.
The mass deportation efforts were originally slated to start late last month but were delayed after the Herald and other media revealed the agency's plan to arrest thousands of immigrant families. Immigration agents will target Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco
Law enforcement sources told the Herald the operation is expected to be smaller than the previous plan, but that people with deportation orders will still be the target.
250 by Monique O. Madan in Miami. MOVED
^Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf of Mexico, expected to become Hurricane Barry on Friday, forecasters say<
WEA-BARRY:OS — Tropical Storm Barry is officially here.
Barry was located 150 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 200 miles southeast of Morgan City, La., the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory Thursday. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, just above the threshold for a tropical storm, and is moving west at 5 mph.
400 by Stephen Ruiz and Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Trump's strong reaction to leak of British memos puts a chill on diplomacy<
USBRITAIN:LA — When a cache of sensitive, embarrassing U.S. diplomatic cables was leaked nine years ago, a chill ran down the spine of many ambassadors and their staffs. Confidential memos, some criticizing key foreign partners, were suddenly blanketing the press. It made for a few awkward tete-a-tetes, a scramble for damage control and strained relations.
But while a couple of diplomats lost their jobs, the damage was not permanent.
Amid a similar scandal that erupted this week, the difference this time around may be Donald Trump.
British Ambassador Kim Darroch might well have survived the leak of his candid, unfavorable views of President Trump — had Trump not spent two days on Twitter lashing out at the veteran envoy and making his position untenable.
The episode has left many foreign service officers, both from the U.S. and other countries, wondering if they can have faith their reports will remain confidential.
1050 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED
^House Judiciary authorizes subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions and 10 others<
CONGRESS-SUBPOENAS:CON — The House Judiciary Committee authorized 12 more subpoenas Thursday related to its probe of the Trump administration, including subpoenas for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the president's son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the witnesses are government officials who worked in close proximity to President Donald Trump or those outside the government who have "critical information" related to allegations of obstruction of justice and public corruption detailed in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report released in April.
500 by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED
^Mueller hearing format gets complaints from junior Judiciary members<
CONGRESS-MUELLER:CON — Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee aired complaints Thursday that testimony from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would be limited to two hours next week — meaning some members from both parties won't get an opportunity to ask questions.
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, was among the members who described a format that would have Mueller leave to appear before the House Intelligence Committee, a smaller panel where all members are expected to have time to ask questions.
650 by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED
^Trump's secretary of defense confirmation hearing planned for Tuesday<
DEFENSE-SECRETARY:CON — The Senate Armed Services Committee intends to hold a confirmation hearing for Mark Esper, the president's pick to be the next secretary of defense, on Tuesday even though the panel is still waiting to receive his official nomination from the White House.
The committee cannot hold Esper's hearing until the White House delivers his formal nomination paperwork, but have tentatively planned the hearing anyway believing they will soon receive the nomination.
600 by Patrick Kelley in Washington. MOVED
^Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill finally would cost $10.2 billion<
CONGRESS-911FUND:NY — $10.2 billion.
That's the cost estimate issued Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office for compensating the people who are still dying and sick from their exposure following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It covers the next 10 years.
The number comes just a day before the House is expected to vote on a new bill to renew the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which is running out of cash much faster than expected.
450 by Michael McAuliff in Washington. MOVED
^Rep. Stephanie Murphy clashes with progressive critics as a Democratic moderate<
^CONGRESS-MURPHY-MODERATE:OS—<Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida has emerged as a moderate force in Washington, drawing heat from the increasingly vocal progressive wing of her party.
"We were one of seven districts in the entire country with a zero partisan tilt," said Murphy, 40, in an interview with The Orlando Sentinel. "I can assure you, that makes for a very different member (of Congress), than people who are in super safe districts, either red or blue."
Politico recently called her The Velvet Hammer for her quiet, behind-the-scenes influence on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi through the groups she co-chairs, the moderate Blue Dogs and the under-50 Future Forum, as well as her role in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.
1000 (with trims) by Steven Lemongello. MOVED
^Joe Biden moves to regain footing with vow to restore pre-Trump world order<
BIDEN-FOREIGNPOLICY:LA — Joe Biden moved to get his presidential campaign back on track Thursday by highlighting an advantage he had over the rest of the Democratic field — experience in foreign affairs — declaring himself the candidate best qualified to restore America's place on the world stage and end the diplomatic tumult created by the Trump administration.
In an address at the City University of New York, Biden presented a blueprint for world leadership that rejected the alliances the Trump administration had built with autocrats and would restore U.S. relations with European countries and other major democracies.
750 by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED
^Fallout in Michigan and beyond from Justin Amash's breakup with GOP<
MICHIGAN-AMASH:CON — Republicans didn't shed a tear after Rep. Justin Amash jumped the GOP ship. But their exuberance for being rid of the Michigan congressman might be masking his influence on the party's effort to recapture the House majority and regain control of his 3rd District.
As more of a libertarian than a Republican, Amash has never fit comfortably within the GOP conference, and he made his departure official with a July 4 op-ed in The Washington Post declaring his independence from the Republican Party.
His relationship with the GOP has been irreparable since May, when Amash called for President Donald Trump to be impeached. And now he'll be on Capitol Hill without a party and committee assignments, unless Speaker Nancy Pelosi decides to give him some.
900 (with trims) by Nathan L. Gonzales in Washington. MOVED
^Jeffrey Epstein proposes staying in his Upper East Side mansion to await trial for sexually abusing girls<
EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE:NY — Multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein proposed locking himself up in the Upper East Side mansion where he is accused of sexually abusing underage girls while he awaits trial.
The plan for Epstein to remain in the seven-story townhouse on E. 71st Street monitored by private security guards was part of a 16-page memo outlining a possible bail package. The government argues that Epstein is a flight risk and that he should remain in federal lockup on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking.
350 by Stephen Rex Brown in New York. MOVED
^Setback for Planned Parenthood: Court lets Trump's funding cutoff remain in effect<
COURT-CLINICS-ABORTION:LA — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to put a hold on President Donald Trump's new rule denying funds to family planning clinics that make referrals for abortion.
The order by an 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a setback for Planned Parenthood and other groups facing the loss of substantial federal assistance.
300 by Maura Dolan in San Francisco. MOVED
^Profanity-laced texts leave Puerto Rico governor facing furor<
PUERTORICO-GOVERNOR:BLO — A day after two former Puerto Rico government officials and four others were arrested as part of a federal corruption probe, Gov. Ricardo Rossello was engulfed in a furor over the release of profanity-laced text messages in which he lashes out at his foes.
The messages between Rossello and his top aides, published by the Primera Hora newspaper, threaten to further tarnish a government that's been battered by investigations and the collapse into a record-setting bankruptcy two years ago that's left it fighting with investors over its cash.
600 (with trims) by Michael Deibert in San Juan, Puerto Rico. MOVED
^FBI investigating tattooed deputy gangs in Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department<
DEPUTIES-TATTOOS-FBI:LA — The FBI is investigating a secret society of tattooed deputies in East Los Angeles as well as similar gang-like groups elsewhere within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, multiple people familiar with the inquiry said.
The federal probe follows allegations of beatings and harassment by members of the Banditos, a group of deputies assigned to the Sheriff's East L.A. station who brand themselves with matching tattoos of a skeleton outfitted in a sombrero, bandolier and pistol. The clique's members are accused by other deputies of using gang-like tactics to recruit young Latino deputies into their fold and retaliating against those who rebuff them.
1400 (with trims) by Maya Lau and Joel Rubin in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Patient accused doctor of sex abuse in 2014, but UCLA let him continue working<
CMP-UCLA-GYNECOLOGIST:LA — The UCLA Medical Center learned in 2014 that a breast cancer patient had made abuse allegations against gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps, but officials did not move to fire him until four years later, after more accusations came to light, university records and interviews show.
1550 by Richard Winton and Teresa Watanabe in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Ridgecrest earthquakes caused damage to the earth's crust seen from satellite<
SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKES-SATELLITEIMAGE:LA — Damage to the earth's crust from the 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude earthquakes that struck Southern California last week is visible in a kaleidoscopic satellite image released by NASA.
350 by Colleen Shalby in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Quakes may have rattled Ridgecrest, but its sense of community isn't shaken<
SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-RIDGECREST:LA — Opal Goode turned 112 in June, about a month before the big earthquakes that still have this town rumbling.
The local Bank of America, where she worked for 20 years (more than 50 years ago), threw a party, and everyone was invited. It would have been the event of the summer if it hadn't been upstaged by the 6.4 quake on July 4 and the 7.1 the next day.
Members of the high school band played "Anchors Aweigh" — the Naval Air Weapons Station in nearby China Lake employs much of the town. Volunteers with Paws to Serve brought the puppies they're raising to be seeing-eye dogs.
And John "Skip" Gorman, a metal artist who shares a "potpourri of thoughts and observations" on his Ridgecrest blog, read a poem about Opal that won him a laugh and a kiss from the guest of honor.
900 (with trims) by Diana Marcum in Ridgecrest, Calif. MOVED
^Navy SEAL looking for others who have taken photos with enemy corpses, for last legal argument<
NAVY-SEAL:SD — The Navy SEAL who raised nearly $750,000 from a community of supporters to successfully fight war crimes charges in a San Diego court-martial is again asking for the public's help for one more round with the Navy.
Chief Eddie Gallagher, through an attorney, is asking the public to help him persuade a Navy admiral to reduce his punishment for posing with the body of a dead Islamic State fighter. Specifically, he's looking for other service members who have taken photos with dead enemy combatants — and received a lesser sentence.
350 by Andrew Dyer in San Diego. MOVED
^Woman dies, two other people injured when boat capsizes near Belmont Harbor<
CHICAGO-BOATACCIDENT:TB — A woman died and two other people were injured when a sailboat capsized after hitting a dock near Chicago's Belmont Harbor early Thursday, according to Chicago police.
All three people were thrown from the boat when it overturned around 1:55 a.m. near Lake Shore Drive and Fullerton Avenue, police said.
100 by Chicago Tribune Staff in Chicago. MOVED
^Principal who spoke about Holocaust shouldn't have contract renewed, superintendent says<
FLA-PRINCIPAL-HOLOCAUST:MI — The Boca Raton principal who refused to say the Holocaust was a "factual, historical event" should not have his contract renewed, the superintendent for Palm Beach County Schools said Wednesday.
"There have been enormous concerns over the principal's statements and while he has apologized for what he said, it's not tenable for him to lead the school," said Dr. Donald Fennoy, the district's superintendent.
350 by Michelle Marchante. MOVED
^Officials determine lightning strike started the Jim Beam warehouse fire<
JIMBEAM-FIRE:LX — Officials have determined that a lightning strike caused a massive fire at the Jim Beam Woodford County warehouse, which went on to burn for several days and had wide-reaching environmental effects.
On Tuesday, the Jim Beam facility transitioned from an emergency phase to long-term remediation and clean up, according to a Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Facebook post.
Initial suspicions that lightning started the fire proved correct, cabinet spokesman John Mura said.
150 by Rebekah Alvey in Lexington, Ky. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED
^Chicago man continues legal fight to bring his 'emotional support' pig to parks<
CHICAGO-PIG:TB — A Chicago man fighting for his "emotional support" guinea hog to be allowed in the city's parks can continue with part of his lawsuit against the Chicago Park District, a federal judge ruled last week.
In a lawsuit filed against the city and the Park District last year, Kenneth Mayle, 37, alleged that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, his pig Chief Wiggum should be allowed to accompany him in public spaces because he's an "emotional support" animal.
450 by Jessica Villagomez in Chicago. MOVED
^The alligator in a Chicago lagoon might have been a pet, but experts say dumping exotic animals is never the answer<
CHICAGO-GATOR-EXOTICPETS:TB — According to Dr. Ellen Boyd, associate veterinarian at Animal House of Chicago, owning an alligator is tricky business.
950 by Nicole Blackwood in Chicago. MOVED
^See you later, alligator: Animal control hauls gator off from St. Louis neighborhood<
STLOUIS-GATOR:SL — You just found a baby alligator in your front yard. What do you do?
Poke it with a broom handle, of course.
That was the response of Melinda Thomas, 39, and her husband after coming face-to-face with a gator last week outside of their home in south St. Louis.
300 by Griffin Fletcher in St. Louis. MOVED
^Daughters rode inside inflated pool as mom drove it home atop her car, police say<
^KIDSONCAR:TB—<A mother in Dixon, Ill., trying to transport an inflated pool from her friend's house to her own Tuesday had her two juvenile daughters ride inside the pool as she drove with it atop her SUV, police said.
200 by The Chicago Tribune. MOVED
^Firefighters needed 90 minutes to rescue man trapped in hole at Animal Kingdom<
ANIMALKINGDOM-RESCUE:MI — When a man fell down a hole at Disney's Animal Kingdom, firefighters spent 90 minutes taking turns digging him out.
At around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Orange County Fire Rescue got a call from Reedy Creek firefighters saying they needed help — a man was trapped in a trench and they didn't have the equipment to get him out.
250 by Devoun Cetoute in Miami. MOVED
^Britain says Iran tried to 'impede' oil tanker near Gulf<
BRITAIN-IRAN-1ST-LEDE:DPA — Three Iranian ships tried to "impede the passage" of a British oil tanker as it travelled through the Strait of Hormuz last week, the Defense Ministry in London confirmed Thursday.
The incident heightens tensions in the strategic waters near the Gulf, which is a vital global oil shipping route, and comes as Iran and the U.S. are locked in a standoff over the 2015 nuclear accord that Washington pulled out of last year.
550 by dpa in London. MOVED
^Venezuela political talks end with no signs of breakthrough<
VENEZUELA:MI — High-stakes political negotiations among Venezuela's warring factions ended late Wednesday with no immediate signs of progress.
In a tweet, Venezuelan Communications Jorge Rodr guez said "this round of talks has finished," and thanked Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley for hosting the discussions.
300 by Jim Wyss in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED
^Angela Merkel opts to sit at ceremony after third bout of shaking<
GERMANY-MERKEL:BLO — German Chancellor Angela Merkel opted to sit through a ceremony welcoming Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to Berlin on Thursday, a day after she suffered her third bout of shaking in less than a month during a similar event.
A visibly calm Merkel, who will turn 65 next week, was seated beside Frederiksen during the playing of both countries' national anthems at Thursday's event outside the chancellery. Normally she stands during such events.
250 by Arne Delfs in Berlin. MOVED
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^Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and L pez Obrador crack down on migrants<
MEXICO-MIGRANTS:DA — A handful of national guardsmen in a camouflaged pickup, including a soldier standing in the back, his finger on the trigger of a mounted assault weapon, lazily chase their targets along the banks of the Rio Grande.
The fugitives — two women and their children — stand no chance. They simply stop, their will and dreams broken, just feet from the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents watch from their side of the river as the Mexican guardsmen radio immigration officials to pick up their latest prey.
Then he kicks the dust from the ground and quietly adds, "I guess we stole their dreams."
Stories like this are playing out all along the banks of the Rio Grande. North of the Texas border, the crush of migrants turning themselves in to U.S. authorities to seek asylum has begun to slow. That's due in part to annual summer heat, but a bigger factor this year is the Mexican national guard.
1850 by Alfredo Corchado in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. MOVED
^City dwellers can have an outsized impact on curbing global warming<
SCI-CLIMATE-URBANITES:LA — It's no secret that city folk like to eat, shop and travel. But all that consumption adds up to a hefty climate bill.
On the flip side, that means urbanites have a lot of power to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. By changing their diets, their purchasing habits and how they get around, city dwellers can help avert the worst effects of warming.
A new report from C40 Cities — a coalition of nearly 100 local-level governments committed to addressing climate change — offers a sweeping plan for city leaders and residents to reduce the emissions associated with their consumption.
1300 by Julia Rosen. MOVED
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