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|Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement
Representative Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will step down after completing his fourth term, joining the wave of House Republicans who have opted against running for reelection in 2020.Yoho had promised to serve no more than four terms in Congress."I ran on a pledge to serve four terms — eight years and come home," Yoho said in his announcement. "Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word."Yoho is the twenty-third House Republican to announce retirement in 2020. 26 Republicans retired in 2018, the year Democrats took back control of the House."Carolyn and I want to thank all of our awesome and loyal supporters who believed in us enough to give us the incredible honor to serve as a Member of the United States Congress, a government that represents the greatest country on earth," Yoho wrote in a letter to supporters.Yoho sits on the House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Before running for Congress he worked as a large animal veterinarian.In November Yoho was thought to be considering retirement, but the congressman initially denied reports that he would be stepping down.The retirement wave is fueling concerns for GOP prospects in the 2020 congressional elections, although some of the affected districts are expected to remain in Republican control. Yoho's district is widely considered safe for Republicans, and the congressman is himself a staunch supporter of President Trump.
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 1:04 PM
|Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says
More cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 9:57 AM
|Why Can't Russia Replace Its Old Submarines Fast Enough?
The Yasen class is in trouble.
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 8:00 PM
|Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true
As our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 12:09 PM
|Armed suspect arrested at Texas naval air base, no injuries reported
An armed person was arrested on Wednesday at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, after causing the base to be put on lockdown just days after deadly shootings at U.S. Navy bases in Florida and Hawaii. On Friday, a Saudi Air Force lieutenant being trained at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, shot and killed three people and wounded eight on the base in a suspected terrorist attack. The Corpus Christi base said on Wednesday there was no indication the incident there was related to the Florida shooting.
POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2019 11:23 AM
|Elizabeth Smart's dad describes kids' reaction to him coming out as gay
In our exclusive interview, Ed Smart reveals how difficult it was to come out as gay to his family and friends
POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2019 2:01 AM
|Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appeal
Akshay Kumar Singh was one of a group of men who gang-raped a 23-year-old woman on a bus in India's capital late at night in December seven years ago. Filed through his lawyer, the now 31-year-old said in his review petition to the Supreme Court that the air quality in New Delhi was like a "gas chamber" and its water "full of poison".
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 10:12 AM
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POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 2:00 PM
|Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one
Delivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.
POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 12:08 AM
|Ukraine Official Denies He Ever Discussed Ukraine Military Aid with Gordon Sondland in Warsaw Meeting
Andriy Yermak, a top Ukrainian aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky, contradicted U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s revised impeachment testimony that the two discussed the holdup of Ukrainian military aid during a September 1 meeting in Warsaw, according to an exclusive interview Yermak gave to Time.Sondland initially testified in October that according to President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the president wanted Ukraine to investigate both the 2016 election and Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company tied to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.In a revised testimony for his public hearing in November, Sondland said that a potential meeting between Trump and Zelensky, as well as the release of military aid to the country, was contingent on the announcement of an anti-corruption probe into Burisma. Sondland said that he relayed that information to Yermak while Zelensky was meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Warsaw.“I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak [at the meeting], where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said in his revised testimony.Yermak, however, told Time that he had no recollection of any such conversation.“Gordon and I were never alone together. We bumped into each other in the hallway next to the escalator, as I was walking out,” he said on the Warsaw meeting. “I remember – everything is fine with my memory – we talked about how well the meeting went. That’s all we talked about.”In a statement, Sondland’s lawyer said “Ambassador Sondland stands by his prior testimony and will not comment further.”Yermak also told Time that he never felt military aid was tied to any investigation, a claim also stated last month by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.“We never had that feeling,” Yermak said. “We had a clear understanding that the aid has been frozen. We honestly said, ‘Okay, that’s bad, what’s going on here.’ We were told that they would figure it out. And after a certain amount of time the aid was unfrozen. We did not have the feeling that this aid was connected to any one specific issue.”Last week, a former senior Ukrainian official in Zelensky’s administration said the government knew the U.S. froze military aid to the country by the end of July.Yermak also denied that a scheduled appearance for Zelensky to appear on CNN was cancelled merely for “a scheduling conflict,” not because the announcement of an investigation of Burisma was scrapped after the whistleblower complaint was unearthed.“Look, we are principled in our position,” Yermak said. “We did not violate anything. We did not do anything that would amount to crossing a line. At all times we kept our word. We did what we said we would do. So I think it wouldn’t be right to give assessments of what line someone may have approached. We never entered into a conspiracy with anyone. We never participated in any conversations under the carpet. It was all public and transparent.”
POSTED DECEMBER 11, 2019 10:24 AM