NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: People board an Amtrak train at Penn Station on February 8, 2011 in New York City. Amtrak, a government-owned corporation, has joined up with New Jersey’s two U.S. senators to propose a new rail link to New York City under the Hudson River. The “Gateway Project”, which was formally proposed on Monday, would include two tunnels under the Hudson River and increase the train traffic under the river from 62 trains per day to 92 and cost an estimated $13.5 billion. This plan is looked at as an alternative after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed another rail link plan last year after he deemed it too costly to New Jersey residents. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images
Passengers beware: A new report out by the Amtrak inspector general — yes, that’s a real person — shows higher rates of conductors, mechanics, and engineers testing positive for drugs and alcohol than at any time in the past six years. And that’s with Amtrak only testing about a third of its 4,400-strong workforce and only firing those who fail twice, the AP has learned. “These conditions increase the risk that a serious accident will occur that involves drugs or alcohol,” the report warns, prompting Amtrak to up its drug test rate to at least 50 percent from now on. Which should totally put commuters’ minds atease.
One of the more blatant straight-up lies from today
Trump repeated his lie that Kim Jong Un wouldn’t take Obama phone calls, saying he asked Obama if he tried to call, and Obama said no, but: “Actually, he tried, 11 times. But the man on the other side, the gentleman on the other side, did not take his call. Lack of respect.”
Angry over the U.S. withdrawal, residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said U.S. troops will stay in eastern Syria to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and he was discussing options to keep them there.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic at a convoy of armored vehicles flying American flags passing down an avenue in the northeastern city of Qamishli, according to video by the Kurdish news agency.
The video showed people pelting the vehicles with potatoes and shouting, “No America,” and “America liar,” in English.
$260 million is not a lot of money for drug companies
The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement worth $260 million to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday.
Judge Dan A. Polster of the Northern District of Ohio announced from the bench this morning that the deal was struck around 1 a.m.
People familiar with the discussions said a settlement to resolve thousands of other cases brought by local governments and states could be announced later in the day by state attorneys general, but Judge Polster only confirmed the settlement of this first landmark trial.
Zuckerberg’s involvement with Buttigieg’s campaign will not go down well with progressives
Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has privately recommended several potential hires to Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, a rare example of direct political involvement from one of tech’s most powerful executives.
Earlier this year, Zuckerberg sent multiple emails to Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, with names of individuals that he might consider hiring, campaign spokesman Chris Meagher confirmed. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg’s wife, also sent multiple emails to Schmuhl with staff recommendations. Ultimately, two of the people recommended were hired.
The emails between Zuckerberg and Buttigieg have come to light as Zuckerberg faces unrelenting attacks from politicians from both parties over such issues as misinformation, privacy, election meddling and bias. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee on Facebook’s impact on the financial services and housing sectors.
The Trump administration released more information on its plan to collect migrants’ DNA
The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.
The Justice Department will publish an amended regulation Monday that would mandate DNA collection for almost all migrants who cross between official entry points and are held even temporarily, according to the official. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the regulation had not yet been published.
The rule does not apply to legal permanent residents, or anyone entering the U.S. legally. Children under 14 are exempt. It’s not clear yet whether asylum-seekers who come through official crossings will be exempt.
At the end of June, the same poll showed Biden with a double digit lead over Warren and Buttigieg at 6 percent
It’s a new three-way race in Iowa.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was initially seen as a long-shot presidential contender, has surged within striking distance of former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, a Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll finds.
Biden, long viewed as the Democratic frontrunner, is faltering in the wake of a debate performance last week that those surveyed saw as disappointing.
The poll, taken Wednesday through Friday, put Biden at 18%, Warren at 17% and Buttigieg at 13% among 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers.