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Duterte: Impeach me? I’ll put you all in jail


President Duterte last night dared critics of his policies on Chinese fishing in Philippine waters to impeach him, warning that he would put all of them behind bars. He also said the constitutional provision on the country’s exclusive economic zone is for the “thoughtless and the senseless” as he claimed that the Charter would become a mere piece of paper in case war erupts.

Trump jokes to Putin they should ‘get rid’ of journalists


Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin that they should “get rid” of journalists as they met in public at the G-20 conference of world leaders in Osaka, Japan. Indicating toward the journalists in the room, Trump said, “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia but we do.”

Leah Litman: The latest chapter in the Gorsuch-Kavanaugh saga is the most revealing yet


“Of all the dynamics at play in the Supreme Court’s just-concluded term, none was more intriguing than this latest chapter in the story of Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Graduates of the same high school, members of the same Supreme Court clerks’ class and now fellow Supreme Court justices, the differences between their conservative philosophies — especially in the realms of criminal justice and respect for precedent — began to emerge this term.”

Tillerson says Kushner bypassed him and Mattis to make foreign policy


In some cases, as in the blockade of Qatar, where the United States has its main Middle East military air base, Mr. Kushner’s moves forced Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Mattis to scramble to contain the damage to American diplomacy, according to the accounts. The details emerged in a seven-hour interview conducted on May 21 by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which had asked Mr. Tillerson to talk about the inner workings of the Trump administration.

Trump wants to delay census after Supreme Court decision


President Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to delay the 2020 census after the Supreme Court put a hold on his plan to add a question about citizenship, sending the case back to a lower court for more review. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration did not provide enough explanation for its plan to add a controversial citizenship question to the census. For the states and human-rights groups that fought the plan, the ruling was considered a success.

Jennifer Rubin: Kamala Harris hits a home run


Harris, not unlike several middle-tier contenders last night, had the chance to mightily improve her standing. And boy did she. She was the clear standout on the stage, mixing righteous anger, biographical stories and prosecutorial toughness. She demonstrated just how her toughness and prosecutorial experience could be wielded — not just against Democrats but eventually against President Trump.

Harris upstages Biden and Sanders with dominating performance


Harris delivered a dominating performance through much of the two hours, attacking Biden on civil rights, showing passion on race and other issues and silencing her fellow candidates when their crosstalk early in the debate threatened to show Democrats as a squabbling and disagreeable family.

New NASA mission will send a drone to one of Saturn’s moons


NASA is sending a drone-style rotorcraft to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, the agency announced Thursday. The mission, dubbed Dragonfly, will involve the drone, which has a nuclear fuel source, taking scientific measurements of the moon, which has been compared to a primordial Earth.

Boeing pilots report issues in models beyond 737 MAX airplane


Pilots in Boeing aircraft other than the highly scrutinized 737 Max model have reported issues in recent years, with some reporting the plane rapidly descending mid-flight. According to Bloomberg, pilots of the Next Generation model have registered concerns on the Aviation Safety Reporting System—reporting instances of losing airspeed on takeoff or experiencing the plane’s nose taking a dip without their command.

Bernie Sanders complains of ‘ageism’ after 2020 Democratic debate


Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed back against what he described as ageism after night two of the 2020 Democratic Debates on Thursday. “I think that’s kind of ageism, to tell you the truth,” Sanders said when asked about the suggestion made by Rep. Eric Swalwell that a younger candidate would be a better choice in the 2020 race.

After backlash, Alabama prosecutors say they won’t pursue charges against woman who lost baby in shooting


Prosecutors in Alabama have hinted that a woman indicted on manslaughter charges by a grand jury after suffering a miscarriage due to a shooting may not be prosecuted after all. After the case drew nationwide attention this week, the District Attorney’s Office released a statement Thursday stressing that Marshae Jones had not yet been charged and could face either a “lesser charge” or not be prosecuted at all.

Donald Trump declares himself the winner of the second Dem debate


Trump criticized the Democratic candidates for each promising that their healthcare proposals would cover people living in the country illegally. “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!?” Trump wrote, claiming that he was now guaranteed to be re-elected in 2020

Trump to Putin at G-20 summit: ‘Don’t meddle’ in next US election


President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Friday morning for a meeting during the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Before the meeting began, a reporter called out to Trump asking if he would tell Russia not to meddle in future U.S. elections. Trump wagged his finger and leaned over to Putin and said “Don’t meddle in the election.”

SCOTUS: Courts can’t rule on partisan gerrymandering


By a vote of 5-4, along ideological lines, the Supreme Court held that partisan gerrymandering—the practice of rigging electoral districts to favor a political party—is beyond the reach of the courts. Chief Justice Roberts, invoking a longstanding Court doctrine, said that the issue is a “political question” rather than the type of case that courts can decide. The decision is a massive setback for voting-rights activists.

David Wearing: Saudi Arabia is running out of friends


“The strategic bonds between the Atlantic powers and the House of Saud have survived many crises over the years, and for all we know they may survive for a second century. But the existential threats are now plain to see, and if anyone in Riyadh, Washington or London has a serious plan to preserve the status quo, they are keeping it a closely guarded secret.”

Trump wants to strip military families of deportation protections


The Trump administration is planning to roll back rules that protect undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported while they are serving, according to report from NPR. Attorneys familiar with the plans told the public-radio network that the special exemptions for troops’ families will only be awarded in a small number of circumstances.

Angela Merkel seen shaking in public for the second time


Concerns have been raised for German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she was seen trembling at a public event for the second time in two weeks. In the first occasion, Merkel was seen shaking while standing in hot weather next to Ukraine’s president and she later explained that she was dehydrated. But on Thursday, she was seen shaking for a second time at a ceremony in Berlin and refused a glass of water after one was offered to her.

Boeing 737 Max: New issue could delay aircraft’s return


US regulators have uncovered a possible new flaw in Boeing’s troubled 737 Max aircraft that is likely to push back test flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had identified the “potential risk” during simulator tests, but did not reveal details. There were initial hopes among airlines that the 737 Max would be back in the air during the summer, but that timetable was pushed back to late this year even before the latest news.

Jennifer Rubin: Ranking the Democrats’ debate performances


“The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle, in Miami on Wednesday, marked the informal end of the campaign ‘preseason’ and beginning of the real primary battle. In the lead-up, some critics anticipated that a format with 10 candidates and five moderators squeezed into just two hours (including commercials) would not give us much insight into any single contender. But as things played out, we learned a lot.”

Dana Milbank: Remember when conservatives believed no one was above the law?


“Such is the pull of partisan tribalism that, given the choice between defending the law and defending a Trump mouthpiece, Republican lawmakers chose the latter. Not that this is surprising. Jordan’s campaign spent more than $10,000 at Trump properties last year, and Politico reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are speaking at a Jordan fundraiser next month…In turn, these lawmakers defend the Trump administration when it breaks the law — not just in nuanced cases such as special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but even in the case of Conway’s stark illegality.”

Dalai Lama hits out at Trump: He ‘lacks moral principle’


The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists hit out at Trump’s temperament and his “America First” rhetoric during an interview with the BBC. “[Trump’s] emotions [are] also a little bit,” he said, while waggling his finger near his temple. “One day he says something, another day he says something. But I think [there is a] lack of moral principle. When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong. America, they should take the global responsibility.”

House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act testimony


The House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday voted to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she did not appear voluntarily at a hearing focused on her repeated alleged violations of the Hatch Act. The White House blocked Conway from appearing for public testimony before the committee Wednesday, citing “long-standing precedent” of declining to offer presidential advisers for congressional testimony.

Justice Roberts joins Supreme Court liberals


The conservative effort to “roll back the administrative state” suffered a defeat on Wednesday as the Supreme Court upheld its precedent on deferring to agency interpretations of statutes. By a vote of 5-4 in Kisor v. Wilkie, with Chief Justice Roberts joining the four liberal judges in the majority, the court clarified and narrowed the doctrine, known as Auer deference, but left it in place.

DOJ lawyer defends herself after viral testimony on child migrant treatment


A Justice Department lawyer has defended herself after she was roundly criticized for saying that migrant children detained by the Trump administration don’t need soap, toothbrushes, or blankets. A video of Sarah Fabian’s testimony last week before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals went viral after she argued the legal requirement that the government provide “safe and sanitary” conditions for detained children didn’t necessarily require very basic hygiene products.

Trump threatens ‘obliteration’ after Iran suggests he has a ‘mental disorder’


The Iranian and US presidents have traded insults, with Hassan Rouhani suggesting that Donald Trump suffered from a “mental disorder” and Trump once more threatening Iran with “obliteration.” The worsening confrontation became significantly more personal this week when the US imposed sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and eight military commanders, and threatened measures against the foreign minister, Javad Zarif.

San Francisco becomes first US city to ban sale of e-cigarettes


San Francisco voted to ban e-cigarettes in the first legislation of its kind in the United States. Supervisors approved a measure banning the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in an effort to curb the rise of youth vaping. The measure will now go for final approval to San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who said she will sign the legislation, and stores in the city will be required to remove e-cigarettes from their shelves after the change goes into effect in seven months.

Democrats prepare for first showdown as 2020 debates loom


Ten of the leading Democrats competing for their party’s presidential nomination will face off in Miami on Wednesday for the first of two primetime debates that could help to clarify an enormous and unsettled field. The back-to-back debates are the first of the 2020 contest and will give the 20 candidates who qualified for the events a national platform to offer their vision for the country.