We will continue to pursue the extradition of defendant Ms. Meng Wanzhou, and will meet all deadlines set by the U.S./Canada Extradition Treaty. We greatly appreciate Canada’s continuing support in our mutual efforts to enforce the rule of law.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Dems land seats in the House Oversight Committee
Disaster capitalism meets the Fortune 500
Bank of America Corp. worries flooded homeowners will default on their mortgages. The Walt Disney Co. is concerned its theme parks will get too hot for vacationers, while AT&T Inc. fears hurricanes and wildfires may knock out its cell towers.
As the Trump administration rolls back rules meant to curb global warming, new disclosures show that the country’s largest companies are already bracing for its effects. The documents reveal how widely climate change is expected to cascade through the economy – disrupting supply chains, disabling operations and driving away customers, but also offering new ways to make money.
The disclosures were collected by CDP, a U.K.-based nonprofit that asks companies to report their environmental impact, including the risks and opportunities they believe climate change presents for their businesses. More than 7,000 companies worldwide filed reports for 2018, including more than 1,800 from the U.S.
More disasters will make iPhones even more vital to people’s lives, Apple predicted.
“As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones,’’ the company wrote. Its mobile devices “can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.’’
Poetic justice appears to be unaffected by the shutdown
Perhaps every other possible name for BMW’s new ride-sharing app was taken
A terrifying plot, stopped in its tracks
Three men in Greece are facing charges, accused of making bombs for an attack against a Muslim community in upstate New York.
The three men, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates are all charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree and conspiracy. Officers say a 16-year-old boy is also facing charges in the case. His identity hasn’t been released due to his status as a minor.
Investigators say the trio had made explosive devices using mason jars and duct tape. Police say the jars had black powder inside along with projectiles like BBs and nails. Three bombs were found at the home of the minor. Twenty-three firearms were found at other locations connected to the investigation.
BuzzFeed obtained images of the proposed Trump Tower Moscow, which Trump’s lawyers said never got very far. (It was supposed to be very tall.)
There’s movement to end the shutdown, but bills to open the government face long odds of passing
Senate leaders have agreed to votes on rival proposals for reopening the government for the first time since the shutdown began last month, though it’s not clear either measure can pass.
Lawmakers will hold separate votes on President Donald Trump’s plan that includes $5.7 billion for border wall funding as well as a Democratic proposal that would reopen agencies through Feb. 8.
The agreement to proceed with votes marks the first attempt at finding a path out of the shutdown, but Trump has threatened to veto any measure that doesn’t fully fund his wall. Democrats likely have the votes to block Trump’s bill and the Democratic proposal would need to win support of 13 Republicans along with every Democrat.
It looks like Los Angeles teachers got much of what they wanted out of their strike
The tentative pact was announced at a 9:30 a.m. news conference at City Hall by L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who mediated the final negotiations with members of his senior staff.
“Today is a day full of good news,” Garcetti said in announcing the agreement, which he said came after a “21-hour marathon that wrapped up just before sunrise.”
“Everyone on every side has worked tirelessly to make this happen,” the mayor said.
The tentative deal includes what amounts to a 6% raise for teachers, although details of how it will go into effect were not immediately available.
It also includes some help to reduce class sizes and removes a contract provision that allows the school district to increase class sizes in times of economic hardship. It was not immediately clear how that issue would be dealt with going forward.
But, said Caputo-Pearl: “We have started down a real path to address class size.”
Maybe the seemingly inevitable Covington kids-Trump meeting isn’t happening after all?
Republican Senator says her husband abused her
Years before her divorce, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst was assaulted by her husband after she confronted him about his alleged affair with their daughter’s babysitter, she wrote in court filings.
Ernst, a Republican who represents Iowa, said that during her 26-year marriage with Gail Ernst, she was the victim of verbal and mental abuse and a physical assault after which a victim’s advocate wanted to take her to a hospital, she wrote in public records connected to their divorce.
“Gail has been very cruel,” she wrote. “This has been an extremely painful journey.”
Ernst in August announced through a brief statement that she and Gail Ernst were divorcing. The divorce was finalized this month.
How could this end any other way?
It’s very early and it’s one national poll, but Trump doesn’t look to be in good re-election shape right now
Will Trump deliver the speech from the site of his unbuilt border wall?
Another day, another Trump administration departure
A. Wess Mitchell, the top diplomat in charge of European affairs, will resign from the State Department next month, creating a key vacancy at a time when European leaders are questioning President Trump’s commitment to historic alliances.
Mitchell, 41, cited personal and professional reasons in a Jan. 4 letter of resignation he submitted to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. His last day as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs is Feb. 15.
“As the administration completes its second year in office, I feel that I have completed what I set out to do in taking this position,” he wrote, citing the development of a Europe strategy and helping Pompeo transition into the job after Rex Tillerson was fired in March.
We’ve got a stand off brewing
The heroes we need
Members of KISS are ensuring that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers going without pay are working on full stomachs, giving away meals to employees affected by the partial government shutdown.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who own a chain of airport restaurants called Rock & Brews, will feed TSA workers for free during the shutdown, they recently announced.
“While the TSA continues to work on our behalf without pay, we want to make sure we can at least provide them with a delicious meal to show our support,” KISS founder Stanley said in a Facebook video announcing the move.
This probably won’t make Brexit any more popular
On climate change, Americans are seeing what’s right in front of them
The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds 74 percent of Americans say extreme weather in the past five years — hurricanes, droughts, floods and heat waves — has influenced their opinions about climate change. That includes half of Americans who say these recent events have influenced their thinking a great deal or a lot.
About as many, 71 percent, said the weather they experience daily in their own areas has influenced their thinking about climate change science.
The survey was conducted in November, a few days before the federal government released a major report revving up scientific warnings about the impact of climate change, including the growing toll of extreme storms and droughts.