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Starbucks CEO Apologizes For Arrests Of Two Black Men At Philadelphia Store As Protests Mount

Starbucks Corporation’s Chief Executive Kevin Johnson hopes to meet with the two black men arrested at one of its Philadelphia cafes last week to apologize for the incident, which has sparked accusations of racial profiling at the coffee chain. “The circumstances surrounding the incident and the outcome in our store on Thursday were reprehensible … they were wrong,” Johnson said on Monday, amid protests and calls for a boycott on social media. The 2 men had not made a purchase, but were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing on Thursday after a store manager called 911 and reported them for refusing to leave. Witnesses said the men were calmly sitting in the cafe and in a widely viewed video, some patrons asked police whether they were targeted because they are black. Police released the men, who were not charged. The female manager who reported the men to police has left the company, a Starbucks representative said.. ...Read Full Story

Fox News’ Sean Hannity Was Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client

U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed in court that Fox News host Sean Hannity was one of his clients, this after a federal judge overruled his effort to withhold the client’s identity. Cohen was in court on Monday to ask a judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized from him last week through a warrant as part of a criminal investigation. Cohen argued that some of the seized documents are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation. “I understand if he doesn’t want his name out there, but that’s not enough under the law,” Wood said, before ordering a lawyer for Cohen to disclose the name. Sean Hannity is a conservative television host known for advocating for Trump on his Fox News show.. ...Read Full Story

Former First Lady Barbara Bush In Failing Health; Will Not Be Seeking Further Treatment

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and will not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations, a spokesman for the Bush family said on Sunday. Bush, 92, will “instead focus on comfort care” for unspecified health complications, according to a statement. Mrs. Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93, and mother of 43rd President George W. Bush. “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”. ...Read Full Story

Nikki Haley Says U.S. Is Prepared To Strike Syria Again

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said this weekend that “the United States is locked and loaded” to strike Syria again if the country’s regime continues to use chemical weapons. Haley relayed the message from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council hours after a U.S.-led bombardment targeted Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Haley also accused Russia of defending Syrian President Bashar Assad and failing to ensure that the war-torn country’s cache of poison gas was destroyed. “When our President draws a red line, our President enforces the red,” she said. “The United States of America will not allow the Assad regime to continue using chemical weapons.”. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Says He Is In Support Of “Cooperative” Approach To Mueller Probe

President Donald Trump said he has “full confidence” in White House lawyer Ty Cobb, who has urged Trump to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.  In a tweet on Thursday, Mr. Trump said “I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!) He continued, “I have full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process.” Some of Trump’s strongest supporters have been urging the president to take a more aggressive position toward Mueller’s investigation, in particular after FBI agents descended on the office and home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump has called the FBI raid an “attack on our country.”  However in a separate Twitter post Thursday, Mr. Trump denied reports that he had tried to dismiss Mueller last year. “If I wanted to fire Robert Mueller in December, as reported by the Failing New York Times, I would have fired him,” Trump said.  Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation to protect the special counsel from being fired without cause.. ...Read Full Story

Massive Power Outage Hits Puerto Rico, Affecting Almost 900K

Puerto Rico was hit with a massive power outage Thursday after a tree fell on a power line, according to Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority.  San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said at least 700,000 people are without power and it could take eight to 16 hours for electricity to be restored. Major blackouts were reported from the northern town of Manatí to Yabucoa, roughly 50 miles southeast. The blackout also includes the capital of San Juan, the most populated area of the island. Hurricane Maria damaged much of the island’s infrastructure and its electrical grid when it made landfall in Puerto Rico in late September. Nearly seven months later, more than 100,000 Puerto Ricans still have no power.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Tells Russia To “Get Ready” For Syria Missile Attacks

President Donald Trump, in an early morning tweet, told Russia to prepare for “nice and new and ‘smart!'” missile attacks in Syria. This comes after an alleged gas attack in the country. The President’s tweet came after the Russian ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview on Tuesday that “if there is a US missile attack, we – in line with both Putin and Russia’s chief of staff’s remarks – will shoot down US rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles”. Trump also attacked Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Wednesday’s tweet, saying it “shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The warnings come as the United States and several European countries threatened to use military action against the Syrian government and its main ally, Russia, in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. . ...Read Full Story

House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election In November

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November. Mr. Ryan said he will serve until the end of this Congress in January, which will mark 20 years in Congress. He insisted he will be “leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future.”  Mr. Ryan’s decision caught many in the party by surprise, as he had just hosted a donor retreat last week in Texas and most believed he would not leave until after November. However when explaining his decision Wednesday morning at a meeting in the Capitol, Mr. Ryan said he wanted to spend more time with his children, who live in the same town where he grew up.. ...Read Full Story

Senators Question Facebook’s Commitment To Privacy During Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony Before Congress

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive,, began the first of two marathon hearings in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, answering tough questions on the company’s mishandling of data. This was Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, which was prompted by the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign, harvested the data of an estimated 87 million Facebook users to psychologically profile voters during the 2016 election. Mr. Zuckerberg faced hours of questioning from lawmakers, who pressed him to account for how third-party partners could data without users’ knowledge. Lawmakers grilled the 33-year-old executive on the proliferation of so-called fake news on Facebook, Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election and censorship of conservative media.. ...Read Full Story

President Trump Cancels Latin America Trip To Focus On Syria

President Donald Trump canceled a foreign trip to Latin America as Trump administration officials consulted with global allies Tuesday on a possible joint military response to Syria’s alleged poison gas attack. Trump spoke with other world leaders and officials said the U.S., France and Britain were in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week. None of the three countries’ leaders had made a firm decision, according to the officials, who were not authorized to discuss military planning by name. A joint military operation, possibly with France in the lead, could send a message of international unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syria’s political and military support from Russia and Iran.. ...Read Full Story