FIVE scenarios that could derail the PM's deal

FIVE scenarios that could derail the PM’s deal: JACK DOYLE analyses the problems Boris Johnson faces between now and October 31

  • MPs to vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal today, with PM hopeful of a victory 
  • But Mr Johnson still faces several obstacles to get Brexit passed in nine days 
  • The obstacles include Jeremy Corbyn, Remainers MPs and the House of Lords 

On what is being dubbed ‘Titanic Tuesday’, MPs will today vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal – amid growing hope of victory among Tory MPs. 

But even if Mr Johnson wins today, there is a long way to go before we can be sure Brexit will happen in nine days. 

Here, we examine the obstacles Mr Johnson faces between now and October 31.

Boris Johnson is increasingly confident of a Commons victory for his Brexit deal tomorrow

Second reading

Today MPs will vote on the second reading of the 110-page Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which was published last night. Jeremy Corbyn will whip his MPs to vote against it, as will the DUP, the Lib Dems and the Scottish Nationalists. But No 10 believes it has won back almost all the hardline Brexiteers who killed off Theresa May’s deal as well as Tory Remain rebels, and has enough votes from Labour leavers and independents to get it over the line. If the vote is lost, the deal is effectively dead and with it any hope of getting out of the EU by the end of the month.

Timetable vote

The second of today’s two votes, but potentially the more important, because it will set out the timetable for debates and votes on the Bill. Ministers will try their utmost to drive the Bill through in time for October 31, and want the Commons stages completed by Thursday, by means of two midnight sittings today and tomorrow. But opposition MPs – and some Tory rebels – will demand more time for debate. If they get it, it will be all but impossible to leave in nine days.

Customs union

The most dangerous of the Labour amendments. Mr Corbyn will try to force the UK to stay in a post-Brexit customs union, which would make free trade deals all but impossible. A similar proposal in April lost by only three votes. Downing Street aides have made it clear they will not swallow a customs union – the issue on which Mr Johnson quit Mrs May’s government – and suggest such an amendment would kill the Bill. With Tory rebels backing away from the idea yesterday, the vote will hinge on the actions of the DUP, SNP and Labour leavers.

However, even if it goes through, the PM will still face several challenges to pass it nine days, with Jeremy Corbyn also likely to push for a second referendum

Second referendum

A lurking threat. Mr Corbyn will attach a second referendum amendment to the Bill, proposing a delay until the country has been put through the trauma of a second vote. If it passes, Mr Johnson will have to abandon the Bill and – in the short term – Brexit. But despite the determined efforts of Remain campaigners, the Commons has never voted for a second referendum, and there seems little prospect of a majority emerging at this stage.

House of Lords

If the deal survives the Commons, this could be the real danger zone. With a large number of Remainer peers, the Lords can be expected to try to throw a spanner in the works with amendments, as well as backing second referendum and customs union amendments if they come from the Commons. The question is whether, when it comes to the crunch, unelected peers would defy a majority in the Commons – and the referendum result – and try to block Brexit.

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Mum’s heartbreak as fiance, 20, collapses and dies suddenly on way to bed

A young mum has told of her heartbreak after her fiance collapsed and died on his way to bed.

Excited Katie Sanderson was planning her future with partner Carl Mulhall, 20, and their 17-old-month daughter Ella.

The Gainsborough couple had got engaged on July 19 – Katie’s 18th birthday, reports Lincolnshire Live .

However, as the pair headed to bed on October 11, Carl began complaining of pain in his chest.

Moments later, the dad-of-one said he couldn’t see before suddenly collapsing.

He was given CPR by his parents who raced round after a phone call from Katie,

The worried mum dialled 999 and 28 minutes later an ambulance arrived.

“It sounds pathetic but I didn’t believe him at first,” Katie said.

“I know nothing about first aid. I sat beside him stroking his head telling him everything would be ok.

“It was one of the hardest phone calls I have had to make to his parents and it’s a phone call I never want to make again.”

Carl was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital with paramedics still battling to save his life.

Katie, his parents, brother and sister were told to wait in a room with a nurse telling them the medical staff were doing all they could.

Shortly after, a doctor came in and told the five of them the devastating news that Carl had died.

“The doctor came in and said he had unfortunately passed away,” she said.

“It felt like someone had taken my heart and ripped it out completely. My whole world just sunk.

“There were constant tears from all of us.

“It’s such a blur. Walking to the room to go and see him was just horrendous.”

The family are awaiting the results of a post-mortem to see how Carl, known as CJ to his family, died.


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'Watchmen' Soundtrack From Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Being Released in Three Volumes

Everyone’s talking about Watchmen, and rightfully so. The HBO adaptation of the iconic graphic novel is fantastic and lives up to the hype. It also features a killer score courtesy of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The score will be streaming at some point, but if you want to get your hands on a vinyl release, you’re in luck. The Watchmen soundtrack will be released in three volumes on vinyl, with each release coinciding with a major plot point on the series. In addition to the soundtrack news, you can also check out a link to supplementary material that will fill in the blanks between the Watchmen comic and the new show.

As you can see above, the Watchmen score is being released in three volumes, on three different dates: November 4, November 25, and December 16. That’s a whole lot of music, and there’s a method behind this release madness. Jeff Jenson, a story editor on the show, stated on Twitter that the albums will be released at “key points of the season.” They’ll also be “packed with extras.”

HBO’S WATCHMEN HAS BEGUN! TRENT AND ATTICUS’ SCORE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO PREORDER.

THE SCORE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THREE UNIQUE VOLUMES, RELEASED AT STRATEGIC TIMES OVER THE ROLLOUT OF THE SERIES. THE ONLY PHYSICAL MEDIA WILL BE 180G VINYL.

CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SHOW’S WRITERS, EACH LP FEATURES THE SCORE FROM ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS TRENT REZNOR AND ATTICUS ROSS, AS WELL AS ARTWORK AND PACKAGING EXCLUSIVE TO THIS VINYL RELEASE THAT EXPLORES THE CULTURE OF WATCHMEN AMERICA AND PROVIDES REVEALING INSIGHTS INTO THE SAGA’S MYTHOLOGY AND MYSTERIES.

VOLUME 1 IS AVAILABLE 11/4
VOLUME 2 IS AVAILABLE 11/25
VOLUME 3 IS AVAILABLE 12/16

VINYL PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE NOW.

DIGITAL AND WIDER IN-STORE VINYL RELEASE FOR EACH VOLUME WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY AFTER THE ABOVE DATES.

All told, the three releases will feature 39 tracks.

If you’re hungry for even more red hot Watchmen content, you should head on over to this link. HBO is putting out supplementary material that helps fill in some blanks and answer some questions fans might have, specifically about the time period between the comic’s end and the show’s beginning. My guess is this link will be updated every week with more info. Kicking things off are articles about Bass Reeves, the figure seen in the silent movie that starts the first episode; background on Rorschach and how he’s become a hero to the white supremacist group the Seventh Kavalry; and an article about Adrian Veidt being declared dead.

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Black World War I soldier receives recognition decades after death

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A black World War I soldier was finally recognized for his military service over the weekend, decades after he was buried in an unmarked grave in Indiana.

Leonard Inman was interred at the Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette following his death in 1973.

The General de Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution helped get a headstone for Inman after discovering his name in the 1919 Tippecanoe County World War I Honor Roll book, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported.

“We just can’t let his memory be forgotten,” said Diana Vice, the chapter’s vice regent. “I just think that we need to honor them. (African American soldiers are) relegated to the back of this history book in 1919. I felt like he deserved one, and his memory needs to be kept alive and honored for his service and sacrifice.”

Vice said she discovered Inman didn't have a headstone after she found his name with those of 17 other black soldiers who served in the war from Tippecanoe County. She contacted the county’s Veterans Services office, which paid for the marker.

A memorial featuring a posting of colors, a 21-gun salute and the retiring of colors and taps by a local American Legion Post was held for Inman on Saturday. Vice told The Associated Press prior to the ceremony that Inman's relative from Nevada had flown out for the tribute.

Messages to the Lafayette chapter of the  Daughters of the American Revolution were not immediately returned.

Inman was born in 1893 in Knoxville, Tenn., and served in the 809th Pioneer Infantry, Company C. He enlisted in the military 10 years after moving with his family to Lafayette, Ind., in 1908.

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The armed forces weren't desegregated until 1948, meaning Inman likely served under French command, according to the chapter's research. Black soldiers were not allowed to directly engage in combat at the time.

After his military service, Inman returned to Lafayette. He died Nov. 25, 1973 from an apparent heart attack. He had no children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Should You Ask Your Partner How Many People They’ve Had Sex With? An Expert Says It Depends

After diving into a new relationship, it’s normal to wonder about the details of your partner’s past. After all, a significant aspect of getting to know someone is learning about the experiences that have shaped who they are. That said, when it comes to more intimate topics like sexual experience, navigating your curiosity can be tough. So, should you ask your partner how many people they’ve had sex with? Although asking about someone’s number of sexual partners can be considered taboo, it’s important to acknowledge that discussing sexual history isn’t necessarily problematic for everyone.

According to Jessica O’Reilly, Ph.D., host of the @SexWithDrJess Podcast, in some cases, having an open dialogue about your sexual past can be beneficial. "Talking about your sexual history can help you to better understand one another’s needs, boundaries, triggers, and desires," O’Reilly tells Elite Daily. However, if you’re curious about your partner’s number, it’s important to be honest with yourself about the real reason you want to know. "Some people are simply curious and believe they can learn about their partner by exploring their past," explains O’Reilly. "If you’re curious (perhaps because you’re self-conscious about your own number), you can ask, but be honest about your motivation."

On the other hand, some struggle with the idea that their SO may have had a sexual past before them. So, if you think someone’s number of sexual partners correlates to their self-worth or values, then it’s probably not a good idea to talk numbers. "Some people want to know because they see the number of partners as an indicator of sexual values, personality, and worth," warns O’Reilly. "These folks will judge, but ultimately, they’re judging themselves." Even if your intention isn’t to judge your partner, if there is a response that might affect how you view them, then it may be better to forgo the discussion.

When it comes to talking about sex, O’Reilly explains that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If having open conversations about sex is something you’re interested in, instead of focusing on numbers, consider sharing memorable experiences. "You might talk about a memorable sexual experience and what you learned from it so that you can create new memories with your current partner," suggests O’Reilly. "You can also talk about sexual letdowns and insecurities so that your partner can gain insights into your unique needs."

It’s also important to respect your partner’s boundaries when it comes to what they are or aren’t comfortable sharing. "You don’t have to reveal everything," says O’Reilly. "You’re entitled to privacy and don’t have to answer all of your partner’s questions just as they don’t have to give you all of the details you request. Set your boundaries and respect your partner’s." Ultimately, it’s up to you and your SO to decide what topics you’re comfortable talking about. But, if you know you won’t be able to remain judgment-free, or worry that the information might make you uncomfortable, then considering steering clear of this topic.

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'How to Get Away with Murder': Will Nate Sell Out Annalise to the FBI?

Season 6 of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder is underway, and there is no shortage of murder and deception. The final season only has 11 more episodes to wrap up loose ends. We still have so many questions.

While Viola Davis’s character, Annalise Keating is often brutal and harsh, she has not killed anyone. Many people kill for her, and she helps to cover up the many murders. If she goes down, everyone goes down. So, the question remains, will Nate Lahey (Billy Brown) give the FBI what they want regarding Annalise? Warning: Season 6 Spoilers

Nate has two solid reasons to give the FBI what they want

The FBI has promised him a job. He lost his career as a detective because of Annalise. A position in the FBI could be just what Nate needs to restart his life. 

More importantly, the FBI promises that they will find out who killed Nate’s father. He is unable to have closure until he knows who ordered the hit on his Pops. 

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Will these two reasons be enough for Nate to tell the FBI even just one of the many things that Annalise is hiding? Let’s analyze this further.

If Annalise goes down, Nate does, too

Season 5 of How to Get Away with Murder revolved around the brutal slaughter of the Assistant District Attorney Miller. Nate and Bonnie are responsible for Miller’s murder, and Annalise knows about it. 

If Annalise is brought in for questioning and finds out that Nate sold her out, she might give up dirt on Nate to save herself. All of these thoughts must be running through his head while chatting with the FBI.

He is internally torn in two different directions. He wants to know what happened to his Pops, but is it worth going to jail? 

Fan opinions on whether or not Nate will give up Annalise

Fans took to Reddit to discuss the recent episode of How to Get Away with Murder. One user wrote, “They really think Nate will turn on Annalise that easily?” The FBI has offered an immunity deal to Laurel and Annalise already up to this point. It seems as if they are going down the list to see who might crack. 

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Another Reddit user thinks that Nate might be in trouble, “Hey Nate, playing both sides going to get you hurt.” Since he is lying to Bonnie and giving up information on Teagan, it is beginning to look like he is in over his head. 

One fan suggested, “Anyone else feel like Nate may have a psychotic break like his father?” There is a lot of pressure being put on Nate. We saw in past seasons that Nate Sr. frequently reacted with rage when under pressure. It is possible that Nate could snap in the same way. 

It’s not likely that Nate will give the FBI anything on Annalise, but this is How to Get Away with Murder after all. Nate already has one murder on his hands. Find out what happens next Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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Larsa Pippen Claps Back After Being Called a Spotlight Seeking Groupie

The girls’ trip may be over, but the drama is just beginning.

On Sunday’s brand-new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian participated in a special getaway with their close friends.

During the vacation, however, fans noticed Larsa Pippen‘s tense discussion with Poosh COO Sarah Howard. “Who cares? It’s not our fault. It’s not our problem,” she shared after Sarah saw a woman crying in a bathroom. “I’m not trying to get to the bathroom and get in someone’s business.”

Fans were quick to comment on Larsa’s behavior. In fact, some opinions caused the model to defend herself.

“I’m sorry but I’m the caring friend. If I see someone crying, I’ll be the first to ask them if they are ok,” one user shared on HollywoodUnlocked’s Instagram.

Larsa responded, “Right a friend!!! If I knew them I would have. They were arguing all night. Like I’m not in Turks to counsel anyone I don’t know. And we were all drinking so who knows how the night could have ended. “

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And when one user called Larsa a “spotlight seeking groupie” who has run to the press for other stories, Kourtney’s close friend didn’t stay silent.

“Actually babe, I’m the one who tried to stop the stories by telling my friends what was going down. They also have called me, told me things about my situation and that’s what friends do!!! But I’m in another country watching a couple fight all night long like what does that have to do with us?” she replied.  We’re drinking, enjoying my friend’s bday trip. The house I wanted us to go to was my longtime friend’s house.”

After the episode ended, Larsa tried to clarify where she was coming from during the disagreement.

“I didn’t mean to be dismissive to Sarah,” she wrote on Twitter. “I just didn’t think we should be getting involved in any type of domestic situation when we’re out of the country #KUWTK.”

Khloe also tweeted, “I know that @LarsaPippen is a great friend to Kourt and she has a great heart. Sarah and her are simply different people. But both are good souls #KUWTK.”

Gotta love a girls’ trip!

Watch a brand new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians Sunday at 9 p.m., only on E!

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Donald Trump calls the emoluments clause 'PHONY'

Donald Trump calls the emoluments clause ‘PHONY’ saying George Washington had a business too as he explodes over being forced to ditch holding the G7 at his Doral resort and claims being president has cost him $5 BILLION

  • Donald Trump flew off the handle Monday when reporters again asked about his proposal to hold the 2020 G7 summit at his Doral, Florida resort
  • ‘You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,’ Trump said when defending the potential for him to be enriched through his office 
  • He mentioned that George Washington continued to conduct business when he was president
  • Trump made a U-turn Saturday on his using the Trump-branded property for the event
  • Abrupt decision came after call to Camp David where middle-of-the-road GOP senators were meeting with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney 
  • The ‘consensus’ among that group was that Trump should abandon his plan 
  • Political moderates could be swing-votes in any impeachment trial that might reach the Senate
  • Trump recast the decision on Monday as a response to Democrats and reporters, rather than a political necessity to fend off an impeachment conviction 
  • Mulvaney said Sunday that he and Trump were surprised at the level of pushback 

Donald Trump lashed out as questions were again brought up on Monday surrounding his decision to propose his Florida resort be the site for the 2020 Group of Seven summit.

He lambasted the media and called the emoluments clause ‘phony’ when defending his proposal, which he reversed Saturday, to hold next year’s G7 at a Trump-branded property.

‘You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,’ Trump dismissed while speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting Monday, claiming he doesn’t need to use the presidency to ‘promote’ his business.

The Emoluments Clause is a constitutional provision that prohibits presidents and other members of the federal government from using their office to enrich themselves or their personal businesses.

He also brought up past presidents who have run businesses or engaged in business dealings while president.

‘I don’t know if you know it. George Washington – he ran his business simultaneously while he was president,’ Trump cited.

Donald Trump blasted the emoluments clause as ‘phony’ as he insisted his personal business would not be enriched if the 2020 Group of Seven summit were held at his Doral, Florida resort

Trump defended his person business, by giving a few examples of other presidents who still ran businesses from office – including the first U.S. President George Washington. ‘George Washington, they say, had two desks. He had a presidential desk and a business desk,’ Trump said

WHAT IS THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE?

Also known as the Title of Nobility Clause, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution was created to shield federal officeholders from foreign influences. It also prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility and restricts members of government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress.  

It’s the reason that America has no lords, knights or dukes. 

Text: No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State. 

‘There weren’t too many really rich presidents, but there were a few – they ran their business,’ he continued.

‘George Washington was actually considered a very, very rich man at the time,’ he said. ‘George Washington, they say, had two desks. He had a presidential desk and a business desk.’

George Washington was thought to be richest U.S. president before Trump was elected. Just the value of his estate and plantation in 1799 was worth $1 million, which in 2018 would translate to $20 million.

He had an estimated net worth of $525 million in today’s dollars and owned over 50,000 acres of land. His salary in 1789 was 2 per cent of the total U.S. budget. 

‘Hey, Obama made a deal for a book. Is that running a business?’ Trump said in his Monday remarks, inciting his Democratic predecessor. ‘He has a deal with Netflix? When did they start talking about that? That’s only, you know, a couple of examples.’

Trump insisted he would have allowed the G7 to be held at the Trump National Doral Miami resort ‘for nothing,’ and claims it would have been the cheapest and most secure option for the U.S.

‘The Democrats went crazy, even though I would have done it free. Saved the country a lot of money,’ Trump said in a rant to reporters. ‘Then they say, ‘Oh, but you’ll get promotion.’ Who cares? You don’t think I get enough promotion? I get more promotion than any human being that’s ever lived.’

‘I don’t need promotion,’ he continued.

Trump insisted that being president has actually lost him between $2-$5 billion, but said if he could choose, he would do it all over again ‘in an instant.’

‘Who cares? If you can afford it, what difference does it make?’ he said. ‘If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.’

Trump donates his salary each quarter to support a specific government program.

His company, the Trump Organization, writes a six-figure check to the U.S. Treasury every year equal to what it says is its profit from transactions involving foreign governments. A company source said the Doral G7 would have followed the same guideline.

Trump took his Florida country club off the short list of locations for the G7 after Republican senators who will sit in judgment if he’s impeached said they didn’t like it.

He blamed Democrats and reporters on Monday instead.

‘Doral in Miami would have been the best place to hold the G-7, and free, but too much heat from the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats & their Partner, the Fake News Media!’ the president tweeted. ‘I’m surprised that they allow me to give up my $400,000 Plus Presidential Salary! We’ll find someplace else!’ 

The president donates his salary each quarter to support a specific government program. His company, the Trump Organization, writes a six-figure check to the U.S. Treasury every year equal to what it says is its profit from transactions involving foreign governments. A company source said the Doral G7 would have followed the same guideline. 

Last week Trump said his Doral resort near Miami, Florida would host the 2020 G7 summit, only to reverse course after hearing that moderate Republican senators – whose impeachment votes he would need to keep his job – wouldn’t back him

‘I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback,’ Mulvaney said of the bipartisan criticism over the potential conflicts of interest with the president the event at one of his properties

The president vented Monday on Twitter, blaming Democrats and the media for forcing him into a decision that he made after hearing moderate Republicans didn’t like it

After watching Fox News Channel luminaries trash his choice on Friday, Trump called Camp David where acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was meeting with middle-of-the-road congressional Republicans on Saturday, for discussions about a range of issues including Syria, trade and impeachment.

The consensus, Mulvaney told him, was that he should cancel his Florida plans, The New York Times reported. The senators in the room were moderates who could be swing votes in any impeachment tally. In order to remove Trump from office, Democrats would need 20 of them to abandon him.

Hours later the president tweeted an announcement: He would find a Plan B. 

The group told Mulvaney and other aides that a G7 at Doral ‘would be a distraction,’ according to New York Republican Rep. Peter King. A Senate aide told DailyMail.com that some in the room at Camp David griped that they couldn’t support the president’s play at Trump-branding an international diplomatic meeting. 

Mulvaney said the following morning that Trump was genuinely surprised at the intensity of the objections.

‘At the end of the day he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business,’ He said on Fox News Sunday, ‘and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could, and he was very comfortable doing that at Doral.’

‘I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback,’ he continued. ‘I think it’s the right decision to change and we’ll have to find someplace else and my guess is we’ll find someplace else the media won’t like for another reason.’

When host Chris Wallace pushed back that the president was no longer in hospitality and was now serving as president, Mulvaney dismissed it.

‘Yeah, but it’s his background,’ Mulvaney said, adding, ‘he’s in the hotel business, or at least he was before he was president.’

The White House announced Thursday that Trump sought to host next year’s Group of Seven economic summit of developed world leaders at the Trump National Doral golf resort.

Mulvaney told reporters at the time that the summit would take place at the Trump property on June 10-12, 2020, calling it ‘the perfect physical location to do this.’

He also told reporters in the White House press briefing room Thursday that the move would be ‘vastly cheaper’ than other places and that there should be no concerns that Trump would personally profit from the summit.

‘There’s no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape or form,’ Mulvaney said.

The announcement received widespread backlash with claims of potential conflicts of interest between the president and his personal business.

Saturday morning, just two days after announcing the summit would be held at the Doral resort, Trump announced that this would not longer be the location for the U.S. hosting world leaders next year.

He blamed the ‘media and democrat crazed and irrational hostility’ for the quick reversal – even though he received criticism even from within his own party. 

 

Trump argued Doral would be ‘vastly cheaper’ than any other location and Mulvaney said the president would not be ‘profiting from this in any way, shape or form’

‘We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!’ Trump said, bemoaning that the White House would ‘no longer consider’ his branded property for the G7.

Trump’s U-turn came just 30 minutes after he tweeted his reasoning for wanting to host the summit on his own grounds.

‘I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders,’ he tweeted before the reversal.

‘It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives,’ he continued.

‘I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!’ he concluded.

Mulvaney said that he and Trump discussed the move and the bipartisan hit the president took for the decision to put Doral on the short list.

‘He was honestly surprised at the level of pushback,’ Mulvaney said of the president. 

Mulvaney’s defense of the president comes as reports emerge that there was an internal effort in the White House to push out the acting chief of staff – an effort that was put on hold as the impeachment inquiry commenced.

A source familiar with Mulvaney’s thinking said the acting chief of staff is looking for an exit, but other people close with Mulvaney contradict this claim, insisting he does not want to leave.

He has also come under fire for essentially admitting during a press briefing this week that the president set a quid pro quo with Ukraine – the main charge Democrats cite for the impeachment proceedings.

Trump has vehemently denied that he set a quid pro quo and says his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the summer was ‘perfect.’ Zelesnky has also claimed he did not feel pressure or ‘blackmailed’ into probing Biden and his son, Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.

However, during his news conference Thursday, Mulvaney said the U.S. requested Ukraine assist in the investigation into the handling of the Democratic National Committee server that was hacked in 2016 – and then insinuated that was the reason the administration decided to withhold funds from Ukraine.

‘That’s why we held up the money,’ Mulvaney said Thursday afternoon after listing the 2016-related investigation and Trump’s broader concerns about corruption in Ukraine.

Mulvaney has denied admitting a quid pro quo.

Mulvaney was head of the Office of Management and Budget, a post he took a month after Trump’s inauguration, and has never officially left that role as he assumed the acting position he now holds in the White House.

He took over as acting chief of staff after retired Marine Corps General John Kelly resigned from the post as chief of staff in January of this year.

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Moment cat gets trapped in a vase – forcing owner to SMASH ornament

Pets will drive you potty! Moment cat gets trapped in a vase – forcing its owner to SMASH the ornament to free it

  • Rattaporn Saringkarn, 26, from southern Thailand, found his pet stuck in the pot
  • His mother, Somchit, had to smash open the garden pot with a wooden pestle 
  • The three-year-old female Siemese cat named Ploy was able to scamper away

This is the moment a woman had to smash open a pot to rescue her fat cat who was had accidentally got stuck inside.

Rattaporn Saringkarn, 26, from Surat Thani in southern Thailand, found his pet Siamese cat named Ploy stuck in the large ceramic pot at his home.

Footage from last Thursday shows how Rattaporn’s mother, Somchit, had to smash open the garden pot with a wooden pestle to release Ploy. 

Rattaporn Saringkarn, 26, from Surat Thani in southern Thailand, found his pet Siamese cat named Ploy (pictured) stuck in the large ceramic pot at his home

Rattaporn’s mother, Somchit, had to smash open the garden pot with a wooden pestle (pictured) to release Ploy

The three-year-old female non-pedigree cat was then able to scamper away.

The woman hits the pot in the middle a few times before it smashes in half and then the cat sticks its head through the top.

They then lift the debris off her so she can get away, as they voice their relief.  

Rattaporn said that the mischievous cat was her usual calm self after the incident, unaware of the damage that she caused by making them smash the valuable garden pot.

The woman hits the pot in the middle a few times before it smashes in half and then the cat sticks its head through the top (pictured)

Ploy was her usual calm self after the incident (pictured), unaware of the damage that she caused by making them smash the valuable garden pot

He said: ‘She found the pot cozy then entered it, but I found her struggling to get out. We tried to pull her out but it was impossible because of her big belly.’

‘Finally, my mother had to smash the pot to get her out. After she was freed she went on walking around in the house like nothing had happened.’

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Babysitter, 21, caught on nanny cam kicking five-month-old twins

Babysitter, 21, caught on nanny cam kicking five-month-old twins and covering their mouths to stifle their cries is sentenced to just a MONTH in jail

  • McKenna Newell, 21, of West Valley City, will severe 30 days in jail and spend 36 months on probation after pleading guilty to a reduced count of child abuse
  • As part of her sentence she will also be forced to pay a fine of $5,000, complete 500 hours of community service and attend anger management classes
  • Newell is seen in the video putting a blanket over one of the twins’ faces to muffle her cries. She shakes the infant before placing her back down
  • When the child starts to cry again, Newell kicks her in the ribs and hits her legs, before administering the same vile attack on the other of the girls
  • After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators she was ‘frustrated and didn’t know what to do,’ and didn’t remember attacking the girls
  • Shortly after her arrest, Newell was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ‘was actively engaged in treatment,’ counselors said 

McKenna Newell, 21, of West Valley City, will severe 30 days in jail and spend 36 months on probation after pleading guilty to a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month

A Utah babysitter who was caught on nanny cam kicking, hitting and covering the mouths and noses of five-month-old twins was sentenced to just a month behind bars for the vile abuse.

McKenna Newell, 21, of West Valley City, will serve 30 days in jail and spend 36 months on probation after pleading guilty to a reduced count of child abuse, a court heard earlier this month.

As part of her sentence she will also be forced to pay a fine of $5,000, complete 500 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.

A warrant for her arrest was first issued on January 5 after the children’s father saw footage of Newell attacking his two girls on a nanny camera that he’d set up in his home.

According to court documents, Newell is seen in the video putting a blanket over one of the twins’ faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up and shakes the infant before placing her back down in a crib.

Moments later, she removes the baby, holds her until she stops crying, and then places her down on the floor next to her sister.

When the child starts to cry again, Newell kicks her in the ribs and hits her legs, before administering the same vile attack on the other of the girls.

According to court documents, Newell is seen in the video putting a blanket over one of the twins’ faces to muffle her cries. She then picks up and shakes the infant before placing her back down in a crib

Footage from the same morning showed Newell putting the infant on the couch and ‘aggressively causing her head to bounce forward,’ and kicking the other baby ‘several times as she laid on the floor,’ prosecutors said.

After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators she was ‘frustrated and didn’t know what to do,’ admitting she was the nanny in the video but felt embarrassed and didn’t remember committing the violent acts.

Shortly after her arrest, Newell was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and ‘was actively engaged in treatment, communicating honestly, taking notes and completing homework assigned to her,’ according to counselors.

West Jordan Police Sergeant JC Holt said: ‘It’s our worst fear as a parent that something like that would happen to your child, especially with somebody you know that you’ve left that child in their care.

‘She lost her patience. She didn’t deal with it in a healthy manner. I think that all of us as adults, we can be susceptible to that at times.

‘It’s not excusable and it’s not okay, that’s why we handled the case the way that we did.’

Holt said the children were not seriously hurt in the incident and were checked out at Primary Children’s Hospital before being medically cleared.

Newell’s actions warranted felony charges because of the potential for serious bodily harm, he explained.

After turning herself into authorities, Newell told investigators she was ‘frustrated and didn’t know what to do,’ admitting she was the nanny in the video but felt embarrassed and didn’t remember committing the violent acts

She received the sentence of a 30 day jail term and three years probation on October 3.

Newell wasn’t in custody at the time of the hearing and she was ordered to report to the Salt Lake County Jail by October 11 to commence her sentence.

She had originally been charged with two counts of child abuse, but saw one of the charges dropped as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Newell advertised her babysitting services through Care.com, though the website said in a previous statement that they closed her account in January, just after she was charged.

A spokesperson told Fox13: ‘This incident is deeply disturbing to us and our thoughts are with the family. The individual in question did have a profile on Care.com which has now been closed but we do not employ the caregivers on our site and she is not, nor has she ever been, an employee of Care.com. 

‘The safety of our community is of paramount importance to use and we have proactively reached out to local law enforcement to provide whatever assistance we can.’  

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