Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended President Trump’s decision to host next year’s G-7 summit at his hotel resort, saying the president “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business.”
It was barely Thursday when someone in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago called 911 to report a person asleep in an SUV at a stop sign.When police officers arrived around 12:30 a.m., they found their boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, "slumped over" in his city-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, according to officials and news reports.Officers did not see any signs of impairment, and Johnson, who reported parking his car after feeling lightheaded, was allowed to drive himself home, the police said.Later that day, the superintendent called for an internal investigation into what happened, citing the need for transparency. Speaking to reporters Thursday night, he blamed blood pressure medication for the episode.The superintendent called for an investigation because "whether you are police officer or a superintendent, all officers ought to be held to the highest standard," a Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, said in a statement Thursday.But the episode took a turn on Friday after Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The Chicago Sun-Times that Superintendent Johnson disclosed to her that he had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before being found asleep in his vehicle.He was not given a sobriety test after officers roused him, and Lightfoot told The Sun-Times that she was awaiting the outcome of the internal investigation to determine if the responding officers skirted rules to protect their boss, and whether Johnson should be held responsible.In a separate statement Friday, Guglielmi said the police "have no indication of impropriety at this time," adding that "this question can only be answered by the internal affairs investigation," which he said was continuing.The mayor declined to say whether the superintendent should have been driving or given a field sobriety test, The Sun-Times reported. The mayor's office did not respond to requests for comment Saturday, and the superintendent could not be reached.The police said Johnson complained of feeling exhausted Wednesday. He sent his driver home that day, but said he should have had one with him.Johnson told reporters that he did not take his blood pressure medication after his doctor changed it this week. He said he threw out his old medication, but "failed to put the new medication in."The superintendent had a blood clot this past summer, The Tribune reported, and in 2017, he underwent a kidney transplant.This episode with the superintendent was the latest to draw attention to the Police Department. In 2018, an officer was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and, more recently, 63 men and women were exonerated after having been convicted on drug charges in arrests by two corrupt police officers.Johnson was named to the post in 2016. His predecessor, Garry F. McCarthy, was fired days after the release of the video of McDonald's shooting.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company
The city's emergency management department said on its website that 100 traffic lights were without power and several more were knocked down on Monday morning, and crews were still surveying the damage. Some 63,000 homes and businesses in Dallas county were still without power on Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. The storm left a miles-long swath of destruction through Dallas, hitting near the Love Field airport in the city's north, the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland said early on Monday.
Police and protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs in Hong Kong on Sunday amid anger over an attack on a leading activist by men allegedly linked to triad gangsters. Clashes broke out as tens of thousands took to the streets for an unsanctioned anti-government march, many also defying a face mask ban introduced in a bid to curb the protests. Tensions ran high after Jimmy Sham, the leader the Civil Human Rights Front which called the march, was attacked earlier in the week by a group of men wielding metal poles and hammers. Witnesses said that those responsible for the assault were associated with pro-Beijing triads that have been blamed for previous violence against protesters. On Saturday afternoon, a 19-year-old man was also hospitalised after being stabbed in the abdomen while handing out pro-democracy flyers in Tai Po, a district in northern Hong Kong. Politically motivated attacks and vandalism have been on the rise as the situation continues to escalate in what is now the twentieth consecutive week of protests. Protesters are now vandalising and destroying shops, banks, and businesses associated with mainland China. As moderate, peaceful marchers branched off from the more radical, black-clad frontline protesters near Tsim Sha Tsui police station, violence flared. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannon, drenching Hong Kong's biggest mosque with blue dye in what they said was an accident Credit: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg Protesters threw molotov cocktails and set fire to makeshift barricades, while riot police charged with batons and fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. Throughout the afternoon a water cannon truck chased protesters down Nathan Road, one of the city's busiest shopping thoroughfares, leaving it streaked with blue dye from the vehicle's turrets. The dye, used to identify protesters, also contains a painful pepper solution. The entrance to the city's biggest mosque was painted blue when the truck fired at a handful of people outside. Police said hitting the building was an accident. Vivek Mahbubani, a Hong Kong-born comedian, stood with a group of friends on Nathan Road, handing out water and egg tarts to marchers. “People passing by today shared our smiles and instead of feeling worried when passing. They all agreed that we are all Hongkongers," he told The Telegraph. “When I heard about the attack on Jimmy Sham, I was horrified. To think that Hong Kong has become a place where something like this can happen was shocking.”
Prosecutors said Monday they are seeking to arrest the wife of South Korea's former justice minister, who resigned last week amid allegations of financial crimes and academic fraud surrounding his family that sparked huge protests and dented the popularity of President Moon Jae-in. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said it requested an arrest warrant for Chung Kyung-shim over her suspected involvement in dubious private equity investments, attempts to destroy evidence, and creating fake credentials to help her daughter get into medical school.
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(Bloomberg) -- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said her move to formally endorse Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday, weeks after the 2020 Democratic candidate suffered a heart attack, was an “authentic decision.”The influential first-term lawmaker was interviewed at Sanders’s Saturday rally in New York City. Her comments will air in full Monday on CBS’s “This Morning.”“Some folks try to make these decisions by making political calculations and looking at political strategy,” she said, according to a clip the network provided. “For me, once I decided what I want to do, I think it’s just the most authentic decision to let people know how I feel.” Sanders told CBS that Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement was “very significant.” “Alexandria has been a political phenomenon,” he said, according to a CBS transcript.Saturday was Sanders’s first campaign appearance since his Oct. 1 heart attack, after which he had two stents inserted into a blocked artery in a Las Vegas hospital. He took the stage in Queens clad in black to loud cheers and the strains of AC/DC’s “Back in Black.”Behind in the polls to Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Vermont senator is looking to leverage the charismatic 30 year-old lawmaker, who has outsized influence with left-leading and younger voters. The two already have overlapping support, though.Ready to StruggleSanders told supporters he was ready for an “epic struggle” for the 2020 Democratic nomination and the White House, working in many elements of his typical stump speech focused on opposition to the “billionaire class and corporate elite.”“We have some bad news for them,” Sanders said. “Things are going to change, and we’re going to have a government of working people and not the One Percent.”Ocasio-Cortez, a first-term member of Congress from the Bronx, earlier spoke to a crowd of several thousand -- Sanders said his campaign had a permit for 20,000 people, and not all who wanted to could get in -- in Queens. She vowed a “revolution at the ballot box.”On a sunny autumn afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez said Sanders had been seminal in her political awakening: “It wasn’t until I heard of a man by the name Bernie Sanders that I began to question and assert and recognize my inherent value as a human being that deserves health care, housing and a living wage.”Ocasio-Cortez, on CBS, said Sanders had been fighting for people at the bottom of the economic ladder for years. She cited her own experience working at a restaurant where she earned little in wages, had no health insurance, and faced sexual harassment.‘People Like Me’“It’s astounded me, frankly, that the senator has been there fighting for me long before I got to the halls of Congress and fighting for people like me,” she said.Her endorsement was announced after Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio, along with that of fellow progressive firebrand, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Their support, which lets Sanders burnish his appeal with the next generation of voters, is seen as a setback for Warren, another progressive favorite.Sanders’s heart attack kept him off the trail for two weeks. Coming months after he received seven stitches after cutting his head on a glass shower door, it focused attention on his health and age as primary contests loom in Iowa and New Hampshire. Yet the 78-year-old appeared healthy and energetic at Tuesday’s debate.Age an AssetAlso on hand Saturday was filmmaker Michael Moore, a progressive figure for decades, who portrayed Sanders’s age as an asset. “A 78-year-old knows what a pay raise is,” he said. “A 78-year-old knows what a pension is.”Analysts, though, say it will take more than a good bill of health and some solid endorsements to turn around his campaign, which now hovers between third and fourth place in national and key state polls.The endorsements from Ocasio-Cortez and Omar will grab immediate interest but “won’t stem the tide of support for Elizabeth Warren,” said Michael Gordon, a Democratic strategist who worked for the Clinton and Gore campaign in 1992 and 1996.Still, Sanders is the money leader in the race, hauling in $25.3 million in the third quarter, giving him the funds to push well into the primaries. A key test comes Nov. 1 in Iowa, when the top candidates will speak at a state Democratic party dinner that often is the point at which support starts to coalesce in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, said Robert Shrum, a former top adviser to Democratic nominees Al Gore and John Kerry.The backing of Ocasio-Cortez -- known widely as “AOC” -- helps Sanders at a time when he’s begun highlighting differences with long-time friend and ally Warren, whom he recently pointed out has described herself as a “capitalist to her bones.”Ocasio-Cortez is a sought-after surrogate with strong social media chops. She has 5.6 million followers on Twitter.She was a Sanders ally even before she soared to national fame by defeating Democratic Representative Joe Crowley, 10-term lawmaker and member of the Democratic leadership team, in a 2018 primary election. Ocasio-Cortez volunteered on Sanders’s 2016 presidential bid.Since coming to the House, she and Sanders teamed up on legislation in areas like climate change and capping rates on credit card and other consumer loans. Warren and Senator Kamala Harris of California, another leading presidential contender, also have wooed Ocasio-Cortez with other co-sponsored initiatives.Ocasio-Cortez’s outsized influence in the Democratic Party is on frequent display. Earlier this year, the lawmaker -- who is of Puerto Rican descent -- roiled the Capitol by accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi of targeting “newly elected women of color” by being dismissive of her, Omar, and two other liberal Democratic freshmen known as “the Squad.”Thwarting AmazonLater, President Donald Trump galvanized Democrats after he tweeted that the squad members -- all women of color and all U.S. citizens should “go back where they came from.” Even the cost of Ocasio-Cortez’s haircuts has become a target for conservative media, only burnishing her reputation and fame.“You all like my haircut?” the lawmaker said as she kicked off her remarks. “It got a lot of attention last week.”The Sanders campaign loaded up on other endorsements ahead of Saturday’s rally, including a number of city and state lawmakers. Together, the campaign said, the group “played key roles” in foiling Amazon.com Inc.’s plan to locate a second headquarters in Queens.Endorsements are rarely game-changers, but they can be: Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts shifted the course of the 2008 Democratic primary election by backing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.Some Sanders supporters attending the rally said the Ocasio-Cortez endorsement will give Sanders an added jolt, just when he needs it most.“It’s going to help him,” said Mami Suzuki, 40, a self-employed designer from Brooklyn who backed Sanders in 2016 and this time. “She did the right thing. It will bring more young people to the campaign. She has great outreach.”Others, though, said that while they like Sanders’s agenda, they see his prospects fading in a field that offers choices including Warren, Harris and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey as palatable alternatives.“I love Bernie, but I might not vote for him because he might not be able to get nominated,” said Richard Dumas, 65, of Jackson Heights. “But I want to be here today to be part of the movement.“\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Litvan in Queens, New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at email@example.com, Ros Krasny, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.