September 12, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- Pentagon pulls funds for military schools, daycare to pay for Trump’s border wall (MSN)
- Elizabeth Warren proposes major expansion of Social Security (CNN)
- Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits (10 News/AP)
- Trump cancels secret meeting with Taliban leaders, Afghan president after attack (The Hill)
- Trump fires John Bolton (CNN)
- Impeachment inquiry ramps up as Judiciary panel adopts procedural guidelines (NBC)
- Legal Challenge Highlights Battle Between Vintners and Pot Farmers (NBC7)
- To shield Trump from embarrassment, GOP prepares to scrap primaries (MSNBC)
- Billionaire who wants to impeach Trump makes the October presidential debate stage (Los Angeles Times)
- Top NOAA official warned staff against contradicting Trump (Washington Post)
- Tentative list of the missing in Bahamas has 2,500 names (USA Today)
- The Bahamas' death toll is rising as 70,000 residents left homeless by Hurricane Dorian seek food and shelter (CNN)
- Summer heat wave killed nearly 1,500 people in France (Newsy)
- Iran says it’s no longer abiding by uranium enrichment limits (Bloomberg)
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The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects, including schools and daycare centers for military families, as it diverts $3.6 billion to fund President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday unveiled a proposal to overhaul and expand Social Security, beefing up benefits with a hike in payroll and investment incomes taxes on some of the country's wealthiest households…it would immediately boost benefits by $200 a month for every Social Security recipient. If the plan were implemented next year, the typical beneficiary would receive $1,595 a month, rather than $1,395. It would also increase monthly payments by $200 for certain Supplemental Security Income recipients, who are low-income seniors or people with disabilities.
The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there…The high-court action allows the administration to impose the new policy everywhere while the court case against it continues.
President Trump announced Saturday he had canceled a planned secret meeting with leaders of the Taliban and Afghanistan's president at Camp David. Trump also said he had called off negotiations with the insurgent group after Taliban leadership claimed credit for a deadly attack in Kabul.
Trump fires John Bolton (CNN)
President Donald Trump abruptly announced in a tweet Tuesday that he has asked national security adviser John Bolton to resign… Bolton and Trump got into a heated argument Monday night over the President's plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David and Bolton did not back down, two people familiar with what happened said. One senior official confirmed this argument happened in the Oval Office and at the end of the meeting, the President asked Bolton for his resignation.
The House committee passed a resolution Thursday that sets the outlines for future impeachment investigation hearings.
A judge has ruled that a racketeering lawsuit brought by a vineyard against a neighboring marijuana operation can go forward despite attempts to have it dismissed — a ruling that could increase the odds for vineyards and other agricultural businesses that have fought the presence of cannabis farms in their backyards with limited success.
…Donald Trump and his political operation have spent months, not only keeping an eye on possible intra-party rivals, but also on taking deliberate steps to control state GOP operations to ensure a smooth re-nomination process in 2020. Politico reports today that those efforts are starting to pay off in the form of canceled Republican nominating contests.
Tom Steyer, a California billionaire and leader of a movement to impeach President Trump, qualified on Sunday for October’s Democratic presidential debate… 11 participants, the debate will likely be split over two nights on Oct. 15 and 16 in Ohio…Steyer’s appearance will give the former hedge fund manager turned environmental activist the largest audience he has ever faced in what could be a critical moment for his fledgling presidential campaign.
Top NOAA official warned staff against contradicting Trump (Washington Post)
The agency’s backing of the president has been met with a backlash from scientists and meteorologists.
An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath, the government said Wednesday. But it cautioned that the names had yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters.
Volunteers with search dogs continue to scour neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Dorian, while global relief agencies are rushing to get food and shelter Saturday to some 70,000 people in the Bahamas left homeless on two northern islands.
Nearly 1,500 people died in France this summer due to two record-breaking heat waves, according to the country's health ministry. Health officials say that's over 1,000 deaths more than the average for the time of year. Half of the victims were people over 75 years old. Many large parks and swimmings pools were kept open to help people stay cool as temperatures hit as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit
Iran said it was no longer abiding by limits imposed on its uranium enrichment and centrifuge research by the 2015 nuclear accord, throwing down a new challenge to European leaders struggling to sustain their diplomatic push to calm the Gulf.