Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president´s ability to defy investigations. The filing sets the stage for a high court showdown over the tax returns Trump has refused to release, unlike every other modern president. The justices also could weigh in more broadly on Trump´s claim that sitting presidents can´t be prosecuted or investigated for crimes. The subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney is seeking Trump´s tax returns back to 2011 from his accounting firm as part of a criminal investigation. Trump's lawyers say a criminal probe of the president at the state or local level is unconstitutional and unprecedented in American history. 'Allowing the sitting president to be targeted for criminal investigation - and to be subpoenaed on that basis- would, like an indictment itself, distract him from the numerous and important duties of his office, intrude on and impair Executive … [Read more...] about Donald Trump appeals to Supreme Court to stop Congress from subpoenaing his tax returns – opening way for showdown on whether he is immune from criminal investigation
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Kavanaugh, 54, chose a friendly audience for his first major appearance since his stormy Supreme Court confirmation a year ago (seen above in July 2018) Protesters blew rape whistles and chanted 'we believe survivors' at Brett Kavanaugh's first major public appearance since his stormy Supreme Court confirmation a year ago. Dozens of protesters, assembled with 'Impeach Kavanaugh' signs stood outside Union Station. Several of the activists crashed the dinner where Kavanaugh was addressing the crowd. As police escorted one woman away, chants of 'we believe survivors','you lied under oath,' 'you lied' were heard from others in the back of the room. Kavanaugh, 54, chose a friendly audience, a dinner of more than 2,000 members of the Federalist Society. The conservative legal organization has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, including Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch. The liberal activist group Demand Justice, which wants Congress to impeach … [Read more...] about Protester is escorted out of dinner as Brett Kavanaugh gave speech after she blew a rape whistle and yelled ‘we believe Christine Ford’ as demonstrators blared out her testimony from a big screen outside the venue
A 28-year-old man has been arrested after axe wielding moped muggers targeted the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite fashion designer and stole here £25,000 Rolex watch. Amanda Wakeley, who has supplied evening dresses to countless celebrities and royals, was mugged by a gang near Chelsea Harbour, west London at around 9.30am on Wednesday. The robbers let the tyres of her car down, stalling her, before riding up and threatening her with an axe. Ms Wakeley, 57, is said to be unhurt, but a source close to her told MailOnline 'this has obviously been a terrifying experience'. Her partner, financial PR adviser Hugh Morrison, said in a social media post: 'The police have been amazing, but say that this happens five to six times every day in (Kensington and Chelsea) and have asked us to share this. British fashion designer Amanda Wakeley, pictured with her partner Hugh Morrison, was mugged of her watch by robbers on a moped on Wednesday The 57-year-old managed to … [Read more...] about Police arrest man, 28, after moped muggers threatened Kate Middleton’s favourite fashion designer Amanda Wakeley with an axe before stealing her £25,000 Rolex watch
When David Hockney painted the sun decks and swimming pools of late-60s Los Angeles his images seemed to sum up the ethos of the place – sexy, hedonistic and free. When it comes to louche glamour, the village of Driffield doesn't really compare. But, 40 years on, it's the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds that has inspired the artist's latest work. Do his almost hallucinatory paintings of the place, currently filling 13 vast rooms of the Royal Academy in London, conjure up its spirit? Definitely, says a group from East Yorkshire touring the exhibition. Hockney's vibrant 1997 painting The Road to York From Sledmere is the first that stops them in their tracks. "This red is the colour of the Sledmere estate houses – he's brought that out," says David Hinde, 55, from Bampton village. Driffield school's head of art, Rosie Bramley, 37, sees the view depicted in an adjacent picture, Garrowby Hill, "every single day". She said: "He's exaggerated the steepness of the … [Read more...] about David Hockney paintings ‘make you want to go home’ to Yorkshire
Construction cranes climb into the sky and sprawl across the massive petrochemical facility that will turn a byproduct of fracked gas into plastic on the banks of the Ohio River, just outside Pittsburgh. Even at a distance, from the car park of a cancer treatment centre on a nearby hilltop, Royal Dutch Shell’s 386-acre site is a behemoth. It will anchor yet more gas, plastics and chemicals infrastructure in the tristate region of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The plant would solidify demand for fracked natural gas and the ethane that comes with it out of the ground. It would make 1.6m tons of plastic and 2.2m tons of globe-heating carbon dioxide annually – roughly the same amount the city of Pittsburgh is trying to eliminate. The facility would also release hundreds of tons of toxic compounds into the air. As global demand for plastics grows, the buildout of this industry threatens US progress on the climate crisis and clean air. Opponents say the vast plastics … [Read more...] about Will a push for plastics turn Appalachia into next ‘Cancer Alley’?