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Florida Governor Signs Controversial Sanctuary Cities Ban

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 20:03

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Florida's governor signed a controversial sanctuary city ban into law on Friday.

Now all the state's law enforcement agencies will have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. It's one of the strictest sanctuary city bans in the nation.

The ban focuses mostly on immigration detainers. Those are requests for law enforcement to hold a potentially deportable individual for up to 48 business hours beyond when they would have been released.

While Florida doesn't have any official sanctuary cities or counties, there have been cases of officials refusing to honor a detainer without a judicial order or criminal warrant.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement, "This law ensures we do not treat non-citizens better than Americans and it will help ensure Floridians are not being victimized by illegal aliens."

The ACLU of Florida issued a travel alert for the state in response to the bill, saying it "put[s] immigrants at risk of violence, potentially forcing victims and witnesses to stay silent for fear of deportation."

Iran's President Says It Will Continue Withdrawing From Nuclear Pact

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:55

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Iran's president says his country will continue to scale back compliance with a 2015 nuclear agreement unless it sees "positive signals" from other signatories.

The country stopped enforcing parts of the 2015 nuclear deal in May, around a year after the U.S. withdrew from the pact. That original deal was signed by the U.S., Iran, and a number of other countries in Europe and Asia.

Iran says it wants to see QUOTE "all the sides" of the agreement working to restore the pact. But it did not give details about what sort of "positive signals" the country was looking for.

The comments come at a tense time between the U.S. and Iran. On Thursday, the U.S. accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers. Iran has denied responsibility.

Other members of the pact have been hoping to save it, but they're facing push back from domestic companies which canceled deals with Iran under U.S. financial pressure.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Mexico Releases Copy Of Immigration Agreement Letter

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 19:16

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On Friday, Mexico's government released a copy of the letter that President Donald Trump teased earlier this week as containing more details regarding the recent immigration deal between the two countries.

The letter outlines an agreement -- rather than a deal -- to begin negotiating a future agreement on sharing the responsibility of processing refugee claims of migrants.

Mexico also committed to immediately start examining its laws and regulations to identify any necessary changes to ensure a future agreement.

On Tuesday, President Trump told reporters at the White House that the letter was "one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States."

The two sides will reconvene in 45 days to determine if Mexico has hit the goals discussed in the deal, and again in 90 days.

The WHO Says Congo's Ebola Outbreak Is Still Not A Global Emergency

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 17:24

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A World Health Organization committee says the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo still isn't an international public health emergency. It's the third time the organization has reached this decision.

The WHO defines an international emergency by three factors: First, it must be "serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected." Second, it must have implications beyond the affected country. And third, it may require immediate international action.

But the disease has already killed over 1,400 people since August, and the first cases outside Congo were confirmed in Uganda on Tuesday. In a statement Friday, the committee said it acknowledges those cases "constitute international spread of disease," but said there is still low risk of global contamination.

It came down to whether potential benefits outweigh the risks of declaring an emergency. Declaring could bring in more donations to fight the disease. But the committee ultimately decided the possibility of other countries suspending travel to Congo would be too risky for the economy.

Venezuelan Migrants Rush To Peru Ahead Of Tougher Immigration Law

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 16:37

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Thousands of Venezuelans rushed to cross Peru's border before a tougher immigration law went into effect Saturday.

The law requires migrants from Venezuela to have a passport and visa to enter Peru. Previously, the country only required a national ID for entry.

Peru's president said the country has opened its doors to "more than 800,000" Venezuelan migrants and that the new law "ensures better control of who enters."

The two countries don't share a border. Instead, Venezuelans often have to travel through Colombia and Ecuador. Some walk over 1,800 miles to get to Peru.

On Thursday, around 6,000 Venezuelans reportedly crossed from Ecuador to Peru — three times the daily average.

About 4 million Venezuelans have fled their home country in the past four years, according to the United Nations. Peru houses over 700,000 of those migrants — the second most in Latin America after Colombia.

Drugmakers Sue To Block Rule Requiring Drug Prices In TV Ads

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 16:21

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Three drug manufacturers and an ad industry group filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Friday. They're trying to stop a new rule that would require them to show list prices of drugs on their TV ads.

Amgen, Merck, and Eli Lilly argue that advertising list prices could mislead consumers about the actual cost of drugs. They also allege the Department of Health and Human Services overstepped its authority when it announced the rule last month.

Under the rule, TV ads would be required to show the prices of any drugs that cost more than $35 for a month's supply. 

It's one of the first measures created since the Trump administration announced its blueprint for lowering drug costs last year.

Health Secretary Alex Azar said, "Requiring the inclusion of drugs' list prices in TV ads is the single most significant step any administration has taken toward a simple commitment: American patients deserve to know the prices of the health care they receive."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Hong Kong Indefinitely Suspends Extradition Bill Amid Protests

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 15:18

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said, "After repeated internal deliberation over the past two days, I now announce that the government has decided to suspend the legislative amendment exercise. We start our communication with all sectors of society, do more explanation work, and listen to different views of society. I want to stress that the government is adopting an open mind to heed comprehensively different views in society towards the bill."

Lam indefinitely suspended a controversial extradition bill on Saturday. But protesters say it isn't enough, and that the government needs to completely throw out the legislation. 

Lam said the decision was made because of violence that broke out Wednesday. Protests outside Hong Kong's government complex had been mostly peaceful up until then, when protesters clashed with police.

The now suspended legislation would allow China to extradite suspects from Hong Kong. It would not guarantee a fair trial. 

Critics say that legislation could be used to target political enemies and would undermine the city's semi-autonomous legal system. But a Hong Kong Executive Council leader said protesters don't understand the bill.

Bernard Chan said, "But obviously, I think it's very unfortunate: I think most people were confused with the intention. They thought the bill is to really focus on China alone - in fact it is not. The Extradition Amendment is to deal with a case-by-case extradition arrangement with the rest of the world, not just China alone."

The protests aren't over. A previously scheduled march is still expected to happen Sunday.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN 

EU Says Russians Targeted EU Parliamentary Elections

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 02:37

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The EU says it has evidence that Russian groups conducted disinformation campaigns in an attempt to influence the last European Parliament elections.

According to a report released on Friday, the European Commission found "a continued and sustained disinformation activity by Russian sources aiming to suppress turnout and influence voter preferences." It said the online campaigns used "disinformation to promote extreme views and polarize local debates, including through unfounded attacks on the EU." The report gives the example of "malicious actors [using] the fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral to illustrate the alleged decline of Western and Christian values in the EU."

The report says online platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook took steps to combat the spread of disinformation leading up to election day, but it added that "more needs to be done to protect [the EU's] democratic processes and institutions." 

The report stops short of blaming the Kremlin directly for the campaigns and doesn't say whether the tactics influenced how people voted. 

The EU elections took place late last month, and saw the highest turnout since 1994. Although nationalist parties did make gains this time around, snagging almost a quarter of the available seats for the first time ever, pro-EU mainstream parties still maintained dominance in Parliament. 

NYC Will Allocate Funding For Nonprofit That Pays For Abortions

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 01:46

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New York City is planning to allocate money in its budget to cover the cost of abortions for some women who travel from other states to have the procedure. 

According to The New York Times, the city is setting aside $250,000 for the New York Abortion Access Fund. The nonprofit pays clinics on behalf of women who are not covered by insurance or Medicaid and can't afford to pay for abortions.

Last year, the fund paid for just under 600 abortions and in some cases also covered patients' transportation. City officials say they're allocating enough money to cover about 500 abortion procedures. 

This is the first time New York has set aside funding for the organization.

The city already provides funding to Planned Parenthood, but that organization provides health services other than abortion, and its affiliates bill patients on a sliding scale.

The city's announcement comes as many states are working to limit abortion access. This year, nine states have passed laws that restrict abortion rights, including Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. But some other states, including Illinois and Vermont, are passing legislation to strengthen abortion rights. 

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in January that would protect abortion access even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

DOJ Issues Memo Defending Treasury's Refusal To Release Trump's Taxes

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 01:36

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On Friday, the Department of Justice released a legal opinion supporting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's decision not to release President Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress.

Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel wrote in the memo that the House Ways and Means Committee's request for the president's tax information was "unprecedented" and that it "raised a serious risk of abuse".

In May, the committee's chairman, Richard Neal, issued subpoenas to both the Treasury and the IRS after they denied his request for six years' worth of the president's tax returns.

Last month, Mnuchin testified in front of the House Financial Services committee about his refusal to comply with those subpoenas, saying: "I would have never done anything to violate the law. Quite the contrary, I was advised had I turned them over, I would be violating the law."

But according to The Washington Post, a confidential IRS draft memo issued last fall stated the president's tax returns must be released to Congress unless the president invokes executive privilege.

Bayer To Invest $5.6B In Researching New Weedkilling Methods

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 22:53

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Pharmaceutical company Bayer has announced it will invest billions of dollars in developing "additional methods to combat weeds."

According to a press release on Friday, the company said it plans to invest approximately $5.6 billion over the next 10 years to research weed-killing methods that don't involve glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Roundup line of herbicides.

Bayer's been entangled in multiple lawsuits ever since it purchased Roundup's maker, Monsanto, for more than $60 billion last year. Plaintiffs argue the weedkiller's active ingredient contributed to their cancer diagnoses. The company has consistently denied the accusations, saying the product is safe to use under the label's directions.

Bayer also said it's working on reducing "the ecological footprint" of its agricultural products and reducing its environmental impact by 30% within about 10 years. It said that includes "developing new technologies, scaling down crop protection volumes, and enabling more precise application."

LGBTQ Advocates Push To Make Transgender Rights Top 2020 Issue

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 22:45

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Looking at Des Moines, Iowa's 41st pride festival, the progress for the LGBTQ movement is obvious. But once the crowds clear, advocates will again go back to work for what many view as the next frontier for the LGBTQ community -- the rights of those who identify as transgender and non-binary, especially for those living in rural America.

So we're here at pride, your face says it all. ---(Barrett laughs)---[So] how are you feeling coming out here this weekend in Des Moines? 

"It's funny because growing up I never went to Pride," said Isa Barrett. There just wasn't a Pride in my town the nearest pride was an hour away. My parents didn't know I was like gay. It just didn't happen."

Isa Barrett identifies as transgender and non-binary --meaning Barrett does not identify with a gender or use gender specific pronouns. After high school, Barrett moved from a small town to a larger city in search of access to education, career opportunities and a more inclusive environment.Things Barrett says weren't available growing up in rural Minnesota.

"Do you feel like people in your hometown would be as accepting as people here in Des Moines?"

"I know that if I went back now and I was just a lesbian to them, I think I would be OK," Barrett added. "Once I started introducing like the trans end of things I think it would become less OK. God I haven't thought a lot about this recently because it's like heartbreaking. God I'd love to go back. But I know that I couldn't really live there, there aren't really any opportunities for me there. It's not as accepting as Des Moines."

Activists say LGBTQ rights took a leap forward with national marriage equality, but they are now working to make sure transgender issues are part of the conversation for the 2020 presidential campaign. A major part of that is the continued fight for the Equality Act -- which would ban discrimination of LGBTQ people in public places, employment, housing, education and other areas of life. 

Though the Equality Act remains stalled in Congress, states like Iowa and those marked here in green do have protections against discrimination on the books. 27 states, marked here in red, have limited or no protections in place. And trans rights, like the ability to change gender markers on IDs aren't widely available in a majority of states. 

A recent  from the Movement Advancement Project estimated 2.9 to 3.8 million gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans live outside urban centers. And they face unique challenges that range from housing and employment discrimination to access to health care.

33% of transgender people reported facing discrimination when seeking out health care in the past year. 

"There's just a lack of resources that specifically are catered to the LGBTQ community and we hear from so many transgender individuals who have to travel at least two hours just to access health care," said Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, who is executive director of One Iowa. 

The 2020 Democratic presidential field has put LGBTQ rights at the forefront of the campaign. They have been extremely critical of the Trump administration's proposed rollback of Obama-era transgender health care protections. A move the administration defends citing current national sex discrimination law enacted by Congress and court rulings that blocked the changes proposed by the Obama administration.

In response to this story the White House sent Newsy a statement which reads in part. "President Trump has never considered LGBT Americans second class citizens and has opposed discrimination of any kind against them."

One of Trump's top critics on this issue is Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand . In addition to the Equality Act, she also wants transgender and non-binary people to be able to have an X on their identification documents if they do not identify as male or female. And access to health care including procedures related to gender reassignment is one of her top concerns. 

"So first of all, making sure they have access to coverage, insurance coverage and health care for whatever treatments they need and want, Gillibrand said. "Making sure that we fund the legislation that protects against violence against transgender communities as well as LGBTQ communities overall."

Gillibrand and other 2020 candidates are also aware of how much a community's location plays into it's progress. For instance, Des Moines has been celebrating pride for more than four decades, while in Orange City, Iowa about 3.5 hours northwest from the capital, hosted its first celebration just three years ago.

"Did you receive support or push back from the community I'm sure there [was] some of both right?"

"Yeah, I mean we received a lot of support form Iowa pride organizations," said Mike Goll, one of the organizers of Orange City Pride. "Locally, it was a mixed bag I feel like the town is very nice very kind but it's also very conservative culturally." 

The Movement Advancement Project report outlines in detail the lack of support structures in rural America for LGBTQ people. It also highlights the need for outlets to turn to when discrimination occurs, and the increased visibility that comes with living in small towns. Despite these challenges, the OC Pride group hopes to continue to be a catalyst for change to those around them and ignite a debate among political leaders who are working to get their vote. 

"We see this town that may or may not handle their boring gays and lesbians you know and that's a work in progress," Goll added. "But there's all these beautiful trans and non-binary young adults and like kids, popping up out of the woodwork, again they've always been here. But we're seeing more and more and so it's an impetus for us to kick up our game to make this place a safe environment for them."

Thousands Of Migrants Quarantined Amid Mumps, Chicken Pox Outbreaks

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 22:23

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Thousands of immigrants are in quarantine after being exposed to mumps or chicken pox. 

CNN reports ICE has placed 5,200 adults in 39 detention centers under medical quarantine. Around 4,200 of those quarantined have reportedly been exposed to mumps, roughly 800 were exposed to chicken pox, and another 100 were exposed to both. 

ICE has dealt with contagious diseases like the measles, the flu and chicken pox before. But it wasn't until last September that the agency recorded cases of mumps. It's not clear how the disease was introduced into ICE facilities or how it spread. 

The Department of Homeland Security has warned Congress about an increased number of migrant detentions at the southern border, and a recent watchdog report found some ICE detention centers are already dangerously overcrowded.

Former ICE Director Will Become White House's 'Border Czar'

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 22:22

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The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Homan, is returning to the Trump administration to act as a "border czar".

President Trump made the announcement during an interview with "Fox & Friends" on Friday. He said Homan would report directly to him and be "very involved with the border," but didn't say what Homan's exact duties would be.

Homan served as the acting head of ICE for 18 months under the Trump administration, but he retired from public office last year after his nomination to the permanent position was held up in the Senate. 

In the months since his retirement, Homan has vocally supported President Trump's immigration policies during appearances on Fox News.

President Trump didn't give a timeline for Homan's official appointment to the role.

Here Are Some Key Matchups For The First Democratic Debate

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 22:13

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The stages are set for the first debate of the 2020 presidential race. NBC announced the lineup on Friday after randomly drawing names alongside Democratic National Committee officials and representatives for the 20 eligible candidates. 

Night one will feature Sen. Cory Booker, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill deBlasio, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

This split puts the two key Texans on stage together — Julián Castro and Beto O'Rourke.

And it presents an interesting opportunity for Elizabeth Warren. Of all the candidates that will be on stage that night, she's the only one polling in the top five nationally. At the same time, it gives the other nine candidates a big stage to present their ideas and hopefully gain more traction for their campaigns. 

Night two of the debates arguably presents the more interesting matchups. 

That evening will feature Sen. Michael Bennet, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Kamala Harris, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. 

The two oldest candidates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will share the stage with the youngest Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. This opens the door for generational issues to come up among the candidates.

Night two also brings together the two people coming from outside the typical political sphere — Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. She is an activist and author. He is an entrepreneur with an economic background.

The diversity of the candidates appear to be pretty evenly distributed through both of the debates, which are scheduled for June 26 and 27 in Miami.

Independent Research Could Help Social Media Counter More Hate Speech

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:59

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The Steven Crowder YouTube harassment incident has highlighted a long-standing issue with YouTube and with other social media platforms: it's not always clear how they enforce their own rules and regulations. To their credit, social media giants are giving the public more insight into their fights against hate speech, but experts think there's still a missing piece that could help: robust independent research.

Social media transparency reports will already show you the scale of the problem. Facebook removed more than 2.2 billion fake accounts in Q1 of 2019 alone. Google, the parent company of YouTube, reported taking down roughly 2.8 million accounts between January and March of 2019, mostly for spam or scams. Twitter's latest report says it took action on over 600,000 accounts in the second half of 2018 for rules violations. 

According to Henry Fernandez, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and member of of the Change The Terms Coalition, today's transparency reports not only help the public understand how enforcement goes on behind the scenes, but also show watchdogs exactly where their efforts could be most useful. 

"In Google's transparency report for YouTube, we learned that well over 90% of content is flagged by automated systems, and not by individual users," Fernandez told Newsy. "Up until that point, for many of the civil and human rights organizations working on these issues, they were focused on how to build a more robust flagging operation, and how to make sure that flagging operation got the correct amount of attention. But it turns out that’s a relatively small amount of the actual flagging that occurs. While it remains important, now that we have access to that transparent data around the real significant role that automation plays in removing content, we can spend more time focused on where the game is actually being played."

Fernandez notes there's a big caveat with that data, however. It's all self-reported. 

"So right now we have to rely on what companies tell us. But if there was robust transparency on data about hateful activities, entire university departments could be built just to focus on answering what works for keeping internet platforms free of hateful activities."

Academia is already studying the problem — and we've seen that an open platform gives good results. In 2017, researchers from Georgia Tech scoured Reddit. They were able to easily scan hundreds of millions of posts and comments to see how well the site's hate speech enforcement policy worked. At the time, Reddit's code was open source. 

"From that, we’ve learned things like that when Reddit closed down two problematic, hateful Subreddits, the overwhelming majority of people either left Reddit entirely or stayed on reddit and no longer engaged in hateful activities or hateful speech when they went to other Subreddits. If we didn’t have that, we wouldn’t know something that is very useful in terms of how you can actually curb hate, not just on Reddit but on other platforms."

Sudan Military Officers Arrested In Connection With Protester Deaths

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:43

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Military leaders in Sudan admitted their own officers had killed 100 protesters on Monday. Several officers are now in custody.

"The situation is just tumbling out of control right now," said Rep. Dan Kildee.

A Sundanese Transitional Military Council spokesman said the council "decided to disperse the sit-in."

"Once again, we regret what happened. There were some deviations in the military command's plans," the spokesman said.

Now, more than two months after President Omar al-Bashir was removed, ending a 30-year rule, the clashes are only escalating after succession talks failed. Talks between the main opposition group and the military broke down nearly two weeks ago. The TMC is aligned with the former president. The opposition wants a civilian-led government.

"We had a great deal of hope when Mr. Bashir was finally removed, and now that hope has been replaced with violence."

Kildee, who represents a large Sudanese community in Michigan, is leading a bipartisan group to pass a resolution "condemning the attacks on peaceful protesters" and encourage a transition of power.

"If Sudan wants to be part of the community of nations, if it wants any sort of relationship with the United States, they have to return to civilian-led transitional government and hold democratic elections; allow the people of Sudan to express themselves freely without fear of violence, persecution or death; allow the freedom of religion; allowing for news media to cover what's taking place," he added.

Right now, none of that is happening. The total death toll is unknown. Many of the murdered have been hidden out of sight, some reportedly thrown into the Nile River.

The U.S. does not appear to be directly intervening. But the State Department has appointed Ambassador Donald Booth as special envoy to Sudan, and State officials have met with TMC leaders. Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of African Affairs Tibor Nagy says he demanded  civilian attacks end; that the military withdraw from Khartoum and allow for an independent investigation of the June 3 attack; and stop the repression of free speech and the internet. Nagy didn't say whether the TMC agreed to any of these requests, but did express support for the opposition's efforts "to bring a civilian-led transitional government and create a better future for Sudan."

Trump Says He Won't Fire Kellyanne Conway After Watchdog Report

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 19:16

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President Donald Trump says he won't follow a federal watchdog agency's recommendation to fire White House aide Kellyanne Conway.

During an interview with Fox News on Friday, the president said he believes Conway is a "terrific person" and "tremendous spokesperson," adding: "It looks to me like they're trying to take away her right of free speech."

On Thursday, the Office of Special Counsel urged President Trump to fire Conway for allegedly violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from participating in certain political activities during the course of their work.

The agency said Conway violated the act on numerous occasions "by making statements directed at ... the failure of candidates for the Democratic Party's nomination for president" in TV interviews and on social media.

And it added if Conway goes unpunished, other federal employees may feel that they don't need to abide by the Hatch Act.

White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves said in a statement the agency's actions against Conway are "deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Suspect In Deadly New Zealand Mosque Attack Pleads Not Guilty

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 18:06

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The man accused of carrying out attacks on two mosques in New Zealand back in March has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The 28-year-old suspect appeared via a video link from the country's maximum-security prison he's being held in. His lawyers read the not guilty pleas for him.

He's charged with 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of engaging in a terrorist act.

The suspect underwent a court-ordered mental health assessment and was declared fit to stand trial.

That trial been scheduled for May of next year. Both the murder charges and the terrorism charge carry a maximum penalty of life in prison if the suspect is convicted.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

NASA Says It Will Need $20B-$30B To Send Astronauts Back To The Moon

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 18:06

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NASA has finally revealed the estimated cost of its plan to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024. 

In an interview with CNN Thursday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the space agency will need between $20 billion and $30 billion over the next five years to make the ambitious Artemis program a reality.

But Bridenstine told the outlet that number is just an estimate — the unpredictable and dangerous nature of spaceflight makes it nearly impossible to settle on a final price tag.

So, where will that money come from? The Trump administration has asked Congress to add $1.6 billion to NASA's 2020 budget to help kick-start the Artemis project.

But, as CNN points out, Bridenstine's cost estimate would mean adding between $4 billion and $6 billion per year to the agency's budget. And it's unclear if NASA will be able to win over skeptical lawmakers to get that extra money.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.