National News at a Glance
Posted November 23, 2018 9:13 p.m. EST
U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy
A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the U.S. economy by century’s end. The report's findings are directly at odds with President Donald Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation. Going forward, U.S. exports and supply chains could be disrupted, agricultural yields could fall to 1980s levels by midcentury and fire season could spread to the Southeast, the report finds.
Trump Charity Loses a Round as Judge Rules in State’s Favor
A state judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit by the New York state attorney general could proceed against President Donald Trump and the Trump Foundation over allegations of misused charitable assets, self-dealing and campaign finance violations during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump’s lawyers had argued that the court did not have jurisdiction over Trump, as president, and that the statutes of limitations had expired in the case of some of the actions at issue. They contended the attorney general’s office suffered from a “pervasive bias” against Trump. Justice Saliann Scarpulla disagreed, writing “I find I have jurisdiction over Mr. Trump.”
Sanders Is Still a Lion of the Left, He’s Just Not the Only One Roaring
Bernie Sanders can still get a crowd. Yet as he ponders another presidential run, it's not clear whether he can get the votes. If Sanders, 77, was a sensation in 2016, he is no longer a singular figure among Democrats. Outflanked on the left by rising stars like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Beto O’Rourke, his stronghold on the party’s progressive wing has weakened. Many of his key policy positions, including Medicare for All and tuition-free public college, have been embraced by others — a victory for him, he would argue, but one that makes his agenda seem less novel.
Ally of Trump Adviser Said to Be in Plea Talks
Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and ally of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, is in plea negotiations with prosecutors working on the special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. A person familiar with the talks said that the prosecutors had presented Corsi with evidence that he had not been truthful when investigators asked him whether he knew beforehand that WikiLeaks was going to publish emails stolen from Democratic computers during the campaign. Although Corsi apparently had no direct connection to the Trump campaign, he was in touch with Stone, who communicated with senior campaign officials through the election.
Lawsuit Says Instructors at the FBI Gave Men an Edge, Despite Blunders
A dozen women have accused the FBI of gender discrimination at its training academy, detailing their allegations in a complaint last month to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. One of the women also claimed she suffered discrimination because of her race, and another because of a disability. The FBI declined to comment on the complaint. In a statement, the bureau said it was “prioritizing advertising and recruiting aimed at women both nationally and through the 56 field offices.” The FBI also said the percentage of applicants to be agents who were women had increased.
President Asks Supreme Court for a Fast Appeal of the Transgender Military Ban
The Trump administration Friday asked the Supreme Court to allow it to leapfrog federal appeals courts in several cases concerning the president’s decision to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Federal district courts have entered injunctions against the new policy, but no appeals court has ruled on it. The Supreme Court does not ordinarily intercede until at least one appeals court has considered an issue, and it typically awaits a disagreement among appeals courts before adding a case to its docket. Trial judges have ruled that there is no evidence that service by transgender people threatens military cohesion or readiness.