Two hundred thirty-one years ago, Alexander Hamilton nailed the essence of presidential impeachment.
“In many cases, it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will inlist [sic] all their animosities, partialities, influence and interest on one side, or on the other,” he wrote in The Federalist No. 65.
What Hamilton couldn’t have predicted: the unabashed cash grab that the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump has become. It’s one made possible by a confluence of technology, shifting norms and extreme partisanship — and flatly unthinkable even a political generation ago.
WASHINGTON—President Trump reversed a decision he had made days earlier to hold next year’s Group of Seven summit at his luxury golf resort near Miami, citing scrutiny by Democrats and the media. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-backtracks-on-decision-to-host-g-7-meeting-at-his-national-doral-resort-11571537355
China’s DF-17 is likely to be the first hypersonic boost-glide system to enter military service, but other hypersonic weapons will soon follow, both unpowered and powered.
If the proliferation of such systems and its impact are to be managed, arms-control measures will be needed. However, demanding enough within a stable security architecture, arms control is far more difficult when the supporting structures are already collapsing, as shown by the failure of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty; arguably it also becomes the more valuable.
President Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of American forces from northern Syria is forcing the Pentagon to acknowledge the possible revival of an Islamic State sanctuary that could be used to carry out attacks throughout the Middle East and West, reports Politico.
Between the lines: While the Department of Defense is considering options such as drone campaigns and commando raids, it would be difficult to trail and gain intelligence on ISIS members without troops on the ground, per Politico.
U.S. officials proposed a long-term plan to help North Korea construct a tourist area in return for denuclearization during recent working-level talks in Stockholm, Hankook Ilbo newspaper reported.
U.S. negotiators prepared plans on the development of the Kalma tourist area, the paper said, citing an unidentified senior South Korean diplomat familiar with the talks in Stockholm. The paper didn’t say how North Korea reacted to the proposal.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been pushing to complete a resort construction in the Wonsan-Kalma coastal area. In August, Pak Pong Ju, a key member of the ruling party’s politburo, visited the region to encourage workers to make the area “a scenic spot” on the east coast.
A South Florida woman recently learned her 7-year-old daughter has been dead for almost a year — and that she, along with her two sisters, reportedly suffered horrific physical abuse by the foster mother who adopted them two years ago.
“I feel like everything that I actually loved, it just crumbled,” the woman, who didn’t want to provide her name, told Local 10 News.
Gina Emanuelle, 50, now faces charges of abuse and neglect.
“(The Department of Children and Families) never called,” the biological mother said. “Police never called. Social workers, no one has told me anything about the death of one of my children.”
The woman said she found out about the situation when friends told her they recognized the woman who adopted her three daughters and baby boy as the registered nurse they just saw on TV, arrested for the repeated abuse of her 6-, 7- and 12-year-old adopted daughters.
Two top officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development admitted at a congressional hearing this week that the agency knowingly missed a legally required deadline that would have made desperately needed hurricane relief funding available to Puerto Rico.
HUD’s chief financial officer, Irv Dennis, and David Woll, the department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development, made the admission Thursday before a House Appropriations subcommittee.