HUD officials knowingly failed ‘to comply with the law,’ stalled Puerto Rico hurricane relief funds

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.


LNA Bombs Turkish Military Targets in Misrata | Asharq AL-awsat

The Libyan National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that its forces have destroyed the largest depot of Turkish military equipment belonging to forces loyal to Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in the western city of Misrata.

Commander of the LNA Air Force’s Operations Room Major General Mohammed al-Manfour said his forces downed late Thursday a Turkish Bayraktar TB2 plane in Tamina, in the air college’s southeastern area in Misrata.

U.K. Parliament Postpones Critical Vote, Likely Forcing Brexit Delay.

Parliament said it needed more time to review a deal Mr. Johnson concluded this week with European leaders that sets out citizens’ rights, a financial settlement to the EU and a special arrangement for Northern Ireland that would require customs checks on goods arriving there from elsewhere in the U.K.

Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting

The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara.

Turkey’s president warned that Turkish forces would go back on the attack in four days unless Kurdish-led fighters withdraw “without exception” from a zone 20 miles (30 kilometers) deep in Syria running the entire 260-mile (440-kilometer) length of the border.

“Without exception, if the promise is not fulfilled, Operation Peace Spring will resume the minute the 120 hours end with even more determination,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara.

Pelosi says Mulvaney made a ‘confession’ to wrongdoing

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN Friday that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a “confession” when he told reporters the White House held up military aid to Ukraine until that country agreed to investigate Democrats and that President Donald Trump’s critics should “get over it.”

Pelosi said Mulvaney’s comments are an example of the White House trying to normalize lawlessness.

“The President and his team for a long time have tried to make a lawlessness normal and even make lawlessness a virtue,” Pelosi said, when asked if she considered Mulvaney’s comments an admission of an illegal quid pro quo.

‘Get the Hell out of Syria’: Inside America’s Chaotic Retreat.

America’s humiliating exit from the war in Vietnam was marked by chaotic images of people struggling to board the last helicopters leaving the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. The U.S. didn’t want to leave Syria in similar fashion.