National News at a Glance
Posted November 28, 2018 10:15 p.m. EST
Angry Senators Spurn President on War in Yemen
Furious over being denied a CIA briefing on the killing of a Saudi journalist, senators from both parties spurned the Trump administration on Wednesday with a stinging vote to consider ending U.S. military support for the Saudi-backed war in Yemen. The Senate voted 63-37 to bring to the floor a measure to limit presidential war powers in Yemen. It was the strongest signal yet that Republican and Democratic senators alike remain vehemently skeptical of the administration’s insistence that the Saudi crown prince cannot, with certainty, be blamed for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Democrats Nominate Pelosi as Speaker
Rep. Nancy Pelosi overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination on Wednesday to be speaker when the new Congress convenes in January. But the defection of 32 Democrats signaled that she could still face a divisive fight to lead the House just as the party assumes control. The result touched off what promises to be an intense period of arm-twisting and cajoling by a leader renowned for both. At the same time, it confirmed that despite a drumbeat of calls within her caucus for new leadership, most Democrats support returning the 78-year-old Californian, the first woman to be speaker, to the post.
Investigators Raid Offices of President of U.S. Catholic Bishops
Dozens of law enforcement officers conducted a surprise search of the offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Wednesday, looking for evidence in a clergy sexual abuse case that has ensnared the local archbishop, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo. The raid is the latest sign of crisis in the church, with prosecutors growing more aggressive in their search for cover-ups, and the bishops — led by DiNardo, who also serves as president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference — hamstrung by the Vatican in their efforts to carry out changes. The church is under a barrage of investigations.
Mother Whose Child Died After ICE Detention Sues for $60 Million
Mariee Juárez seemed to be in perfect health when she and her mother were detained after they illegally crossed the U.S. border in March. But when they were released from custody three weeks later, the 20-month-old child had a severe infection that would lead to her death less than two months later. On Tuesday, her mother, Yazmin Juárez, 21, filed a legal claim against the U.S. government, seeking $60 million for the child’s wrongful death. Juárez alleges neglect at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which she said provided “inadequate, substandard medical care” to her daughter.
‘Productive’ Talk, but No Deal Between Trump and Cuomo on Hudson Tunnel
He made a video to show President Donald Trump how a critical tunnel under the Hudson River is falling apart. He flew down to Washington to make his case in person. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York left Wednesday’s lunch meeting at the White House empty-handed, without a promise of funding from Trump for what is arguably the most important infrastructure project in the Northeast. Still, Cuomo said he was optimistic, and that the president understood the urgency of building a new train tunnel and wanted to find a solution.
Inmates Ran ‘Sextortion’ Scam Targeting Service Members, Authorities Say
Five prison inmates in South Carolina have been charged with setting up an elaborate extortion ring in which they blackmailed members of the military by posing as underage women online and collected more than half a million dollars, the authorities said Wednesday. The inmates, who were indicted this month, used smartphones that were smuggled into prison to create profiles on social media and dating sites to lure in service members, according to prosecutors. Ten other people were charged with assisting the inmates in obtaining money they demanded from the service members, according to court documents.
Police Find 50 Guns, Nazi Propaganda and 200 Doves at Man’s Home
At weddings and funerals out in the world, he released doves, a universal symbol of peace and love. At home, police say, he kept something quite different under lock and key: an arsenal of guns and Nazi propaganda. Police in Laguna Beach, California, say they made the discovery at the home of Mitchell Todd, 51, who was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat. When police arrived at Todd’s home in Huntington Beach, they discovered a cache of more than 50 firearms as well as Nazi propaganda and several pounds of ammunition, according to authorities.