Tribune News Service
International Budget for Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).
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^Britain's contest for prime minister roiled by Trump's attack on envoy to Washington<
USBRITAIN:LA — President Donald Trump's full-throated attack on Britain's ambassador to Washington is roiling the race for prime minister, putting the Trump-friendly front-runner in an awkward spot.
The extraordinary diplomatic spat between Britain and the United States, a historically close alliance, has erupted just two weeks before a party leadership vote determines who will replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
1050 by Christina Boyle in London and Laura King in Washington. MOVED
^The Tory rivals jockeying to become Britain's next chancellor<
BRITAIN-CHANCELLOR:BLO — As Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson enter their final weeks of campaigning to replace Prime Minister Theresa May in No. 10 Downing Street, speculation is mounting over who would take up residence next door as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
While neither Hunt nor Johnson say they have promised the job to anyone yet, both have been preparing their transition teams ahead of the result on July 23. A number of names have been circulating, including Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd and even Hunt himself — if he loses to Johnson.
1150 by Jessica Shankleman and Kitty Donaldson in London. MOVED
^Mexico's finance minister quits abruptly, sending peso tumbling<
MEXICO-FINANCEMINISTER:LA — Mexico's finance secretary abruptly resigned Tuesday over disagreements with the left-wing government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, which he accused of fiscal "extremism."
The unexpected departure of Carlos Urzua seven months into Lopez Obrador's presidency sent stocks and the peso plunging and renewed worries among investors still wary after the president's cancellation of a $13 billion airport project that was underway outside Mexico City.
700 by Kate Linthicum in Mexico City. MOVED
^Trump backs Acosta as NY case renews criticism of Epstein's Florida deal<
EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE-ACOSTA-1ST-LEDE:MI — President Donald Trump distanced himself Tuesday from former acquaintance Jeffrey Epstein and backed his labor secretary as demands increased for Alex Acosta's resignation over a lenient plea agreement he negotiated years ago with the accused sex trafficker.
Speaking to reporters in the White House, Trump said he "feels badly" for Acosta, who broke months of silence Tuesday on Epstein's 2008 nonprosecution agreement. Acosta took to Twitter to argue that New York prosecutors are now able to "more fully bring (Epstein) to justice" thanks to new information.
1000 by David Smiley and Alex Daugherty in Miami. MOVED
^Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89<
PEROT-OBIT:DA — Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia.
He was 89.
The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.
"Describe my father?" Ross Perot Jr., his only son and CEO of the Perot Group, asked rhetorically in an interview. "Obviously a great family man, wonderful father. But at the end of the day, he was a wonderful humanitarian.
"Every day he came to work trying to figure out how he could help somebody."
2900 (with trims) by Cheryl Hall in Dallas. MOVED
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PEROT-OBIT-1ST-LEDE:LA — 1950 (with trims) by Scott Martelle. MOVED
^Federal appeals court appears skeptical of Obamacare, putting future of law in doubt<
TRUMP-OBAMACARE-LAWSUIT-1ST-LEDE:LA — A panel of federal judges in New Orleans sharply questioned attorneys defending the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, increasing the chances that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may throw out at least part of the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.
Two of the three judges on the appeals court panel — both appointed by Republican presidents — repeatedly pressed California's deputy solicitor general, who is defending the law, to explain why it should remain on the books after Congress in 2017 scrapped a penalty against people who didn't have health insurance. That provision was once deemed essential to the program.
1050 (with trims) by Noam N. Levey in New Orleans. MOVED
^Trump can't block people on Twitter, federal appeals court rules<
TRUMP-TWITTER:SJ — President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could affect officials' communications with the public on social media.
"The First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise-open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees," wrote Judge Barrington Parker in the unanimous decision by the three-member U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York.
400 by Levi Sumagaysay in San Jose, Calif. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED
^Spending, legal hoops ahead for Trump on census question<
TRUMP-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP:CON — Warming up for the next round of the fight over adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census after setbacks in the courts, the Trump administration's latest effort faces numerous hurdles in court that could spill out into Congress' annual spending talks.
The administration has been coy about how it will try to re-litigate the question, and Attorney General William Barr told reporters the "pathway" to reinstate it may be unveiled later this week.
But any move in court could quickly put the government in a bind, legal experts say.
900 by Michael Macagnone in Washington. MOVED
^Attorney General Barr won't recuse himself from new case against Jeffrey Epstein<
EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE-BARR:BLO — Attorney General William Barr won't recuse himself from involvement in the new charges filed against alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein by federal prosecutors in New York, according to a Justice Department official.
Barr made the decision on Tuesday after consulting with career ethics officials at the department, said the official, who asked not to be identified discussing a sensitive matter.
600 by Chris Strohm in Washington. MOVED
^Senate Republicans tiptoe around Acosta, largely defer on his future<
EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE-ACOSTA-GOP:CON — Some Republicans in Congress are looking for more answers about Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's conduct as U.S. attorney, but they're not joining calls by Democrats that he step down because of a generous plea deal he cut with accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
One Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, said Tuesday that Acosta should explain his handling of the plea agreement with Epstein.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it is good that the case against Epstein is going forward, but did not call for Acosta to step down.
900 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED
^House Judiciary Committee to vote on subpoenas on family separation order<
CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION-SUBPOENAS:CON — The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Thursday a vote on a resolution that would authorize the issuing of subpoenas to current and former White House officials who participated in the 2018 decisions over the "zero tolerance" policy, which resulted in the separation of more than 2,500 children from their migrant parents at the southern border.
The resolution would authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from current and former administration officials relating to the family separation policy, other separating policies and the detention of children and families.
550 by Chris Cioffi in Washington. MOVED
^Migrant apprehensions at southern border fell in June following Trump's Mexico deal<
BORDER-CROSSINGS:BLO — The number of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border fell in June, the first major test of an immigration enforcement deal President Donald Trump negotiated with Mexico after threatening the country with tariffs.
About 104,000 migrants were caught after crossing into the U.S. or turned away at the Mexican border in June, compared with 144,000 a month earlier, Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday in a statement.
400 by Josh Wingrove and Justin Sink in Washington. MOVED
^9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill to go before House on Friday<
CONGRESS-911FUND:NY — The bill to replenish the expiring 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will get a vote in the full House of Representatives on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday.
The move is a major step for the bill, which would undo drastic cuts in payments to ill and dying responders and other survivors.
250 by Michael McAuliff in New York. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED
^Pentagon readies for third acting secretary this year<
DEFENSE-ACTINGSECRETARY:CON — President Donald Trump is expected to formally nominate the Pentagon's acting chief, Mark Esper, for Defense secretary soon, a move that will send him back to his old job at least temporarily.
And so the massive bureaucracy is preparing for its third acting secretary — Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer — since January.
550 by Andrew Clevenger in Washington. MOVED
^Joe Biden's income spiked to $11 million after leaving office, tax returns show<
BIDEN-INCOME:LA — Joe Biden's income jumped from less than $400,000 a year while he was vice president to more than $11 million in the year after he left office, a spike in wealth due to sales of his 2017 book and speaking fees that routinely ran more than $100,000 per event.
Biden's campaign released a financial disclosure form and three years of income tax returns starting with 2016, his last year in office, and running through 2018.
350 by Janet Hook and Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED
^Tom Steyer joins swarm of Democrats running for president<
STEYER:LA — California billionaire and activist Tom Steyer launched his long-shot presidential campaign Tuesday morning, joining a crowded Democratic field with a promise to focus on climate action and political reform.
Steyer, who just months ago insisted he would not run for president, reversed that decision in a video announcement to supporters. He lamented how "corporate money has corrupted our democracy and stripped Americans of our ability to determine our own future," though Steyer has probably funneled more cash into the political system than all of his nearly two dozen rivals combined.
450 by Evan Halper and Michael Finnegan in Washington. MOVED
^Family seeks answers after toddler dies in 11-floor fall from cruise ship<
CRUISESHIP-TODDLER-DEATH:FL — As an Indiana family mourns a toddler who fell to her death while aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, they also are seeking answers to how this could have happened.
The incident took place Sunday on the Freedom of the Seas while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The girl, who was identified as Chloe Wiegand, was with her grandfather when she fell from the 11th deck of the ship, according to authorities.
The family now has retained maritime attorney Michael Winkleman, of the Miami law firm Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman.
Speaking on behalf of the family Tuesday, he disputes initial police statements that the girl had accidentally slipped from the arms of the grandfather.
400 by Johnny Diaz in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^College student was late returning a textbook to Amazon, so the company took $3,800 from her dad<
^AMAZON-LATEBOOK-CHARGE:PH—<Amazon.com Inc. tells customers that renting textbooks instead of buying them can save up to 80% off the purchase price:
"Get your textbooks delivered to your door and save both time and money."
What Amelia SanFilippo, a thrifty college freshman, wasn't expecting was that the Seattle-based online retailer would withdraw nearly $4,000 from her father's checking account because she was a few days late returning the book.
900 by William Bender. MOVED
^In the Mojave Desert, earthquakes give California a new tourist attraction<
SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-RUPTURE:LA — Christian Flores had traveled more than 200 miles, from San Diego to the Mojave Desert, to visit the latest Southern California tourist attraction.
There it was, on the hot asphalt of Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona: a gnarly, surprisingly wide scar, courtesy of one very large earthquake. And just a few miles down the road lay another one — caused by a second, even larger and more terrifying quake.
Flores couldn't wait to upload what he saw on his YouTube channel.
Since the Fourth of July, tourists, geologists and students have converged on the once-desolate spot from far and wide, to see the ruptures on Highway 178 caused by last week's magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes. The Grand Canyon this is not — but the cracks were sizable enough to make visitors gape.
850 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio in Ridgecrest, Calif. MOVED
^Many aftershocks later, shaking from Ridgecrest earthquakes is subsiding<
SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-AFTERSHOCKS:LA — Aftershocks from the recent earthquakes near Ridgecrest in Kern County are decreasing in both frequency and magnitude, and seismologists say they expect the pattern to continue.
The earthquakes on July 4 and 5 — one a magnitude 6.4 and the other a 7.1 — were the strongest to hit the area in 20 years. Thousands of aftershocks have already been reported, and scientists have said they expect thousands more — about 34,000 over the next six months.
400 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Ex-USC gynecologist sold sex videos he recorded in foreign hotel rooms, prosecutor says<
CMP-USC-GYNECOLOGIST:LA — A former University of Southern California gynecologist charged with sexual abuse of patients also sold photographs and sex videos he took of young women he lured to his hotel rooms while traveling outside the U.S., a prosecutor said Tuesday.
The allegation was raised at a downtown Los Angeles court hearing, during which the prosecutor tried to persuade a judge to keep George Tyndall's bail at nearly $2.1 million, arguing that the doctor charged with sexual misconduct toward 16 former patients was a danger to the public and a flight risk.
550 by Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED
^New report predicts 6 major hurricanes in the 2019 season<
WEA-HURRICANE-SEASON:OS — Meteorologists are predicting six major hurricanes to develop in the remainder of the 2019 season, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.
CSU defined major hurricanes as categories 3, 4 and 5.
It expects 13 named storms to develop as well.
300 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Woman who's lived at Chicago church 2 years feels renewed pressure with talk of ICE raids<
CHICAGO-IMMIGRANT-SANCTUARY:TB — Francisca Lino stood at the front of the sanctuary cradling her 3-month-old grandson in her arms, often glancing down into his light brown eyes.
Her grandson, Diego Leon, is a painful reminder of everything she has missed since she's taken sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist Church after being ordered to leave the country two years ago.
She's missed her daughters' graduations. She couldn't comfort her daughter during her pregnancy. She missed the birth of Diego.
Democratic politicians stood side by side with Lino and her family at a news conference Monday where they pledged to fight back against what they said were merciless immigration enforcement policies.
700 by Javonte Anderson in Chicago. MOVED
^Burglars cut hole in Best Buy roof, climb in and steal $93,000 in Apple goods, police say<
BESTBUY-BURGLARS:LA — Detectives are looking for a burglary crew that cut a hole in the roof of a Simi Valley, Calif., Best Buy and stole $93,000 worth of Apple products, the Simi Valley Police Department said.
200 by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in Los Angeles. MOVED
^In action-comedy 'Stuber,' Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista shoot down toxic masculinity<
^MOVIE-STUBER:LA—<Theirs was a gentle friendship forged in the cozy confines of an eco-friendly Nissan Leaf, the electric car that serves as a roving setting for bromance in the new action-comedy "Stuber."
In the driver's seat was Kumail Nanjiani, known for his work on "Silicon Valley" and the autobiographical romance "The Big Sick," starring as a high-strung Uber driver named Stu who picks up the rideshare fare from hell.
Riding shotgun was wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista as Vic, the gruff cop who commandeers Stu's ride when Lasik surgery leaves him blurry-eyed — moments before he gets a hot tip on the biggest case of his career.
2000 by Jen Yamato in Beverly Hills, Calif. MOVED
^Commentary: NAFTA's replacement needs to have its tires kicked<
^NAFTA-COMMENTARY:LA—<President Donald Trump would like to see the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified without delay. It's a bit like a used car salesperson giving you 10 minutes to accept the deal of the century. You may want to look under the hood and test-drive the vehicle first.
USMCA is largely an updated and rebranded version of the North American Free Trade Agreement passed in 1993. That deal contributed to what the economist Joseph Stiglitz views as a defining national problem: "stagnant or declining wages at the bottom, an eviscerated middle class, and top wages that are soaring."
The central question now is, will the USMCA correct the flaws of NAFTA or lock them in for another quarter-century? Specifically, what impact will the new agreement have on U.S. jobs, wages and outsourcing to Mexico?
700 by Harley Shaiken. MOVED
^Commentary: British diplomat gets run over by the Brexit bus<
^USBRITAIN-COMMENTARY:BLO—<A few days ago, the U.K.'s former spy chief warned his country is going through a political nervous breakdown. The leak of confidential memos by Britain's ambassador to Washington about Donald Trump's administration only seems to make that official.
Thanks to the disclosure of two years' worth of cables by diplomat Kim Darroch, the U.S. president now knows that however thick the British laid it on during his state visit to London last month, one of their most senior and respected diplomats views his administration as "uniquely dysfunctional" and "inept."
750 by Therese Raphael. MOVED
^Commentary: Call Uber and Lyft drivers what they are: employees<
^RIDESHARING-COMMENTARY:LA—<Uber and Lyft are mounting a full-court press to convince policymakers in California that their drivers should be classified as independent contractors and not employees. Uber's chief executive and Lyft's founders claim that the designation is critical for the companies. They recently argued "we can make independent work better if we update century-old employment laws." In other words, don't change our business model, just change the law.
As the former head of the federal agency that enforces some of those laws (which are nowhere near a century old), I understand the complexity of this issue.
950 by David Weil. MOVED
^Commentary: Setting quotas on women in the boardroom is probably unconstitutional. It also doesn't work<
^BOARDROOM-QUOTAS-COMMENTARY:LA—<California recently became the first state in the nation to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors. Now Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts appear poised to establish their own "woman quotas." While undoubtedly well-intentioned, these mandates are likely to be struck down in court. And that's a good thing.
850 by Anastasia Boden. MOVED
^Timothy L. O'Brien: Epstein arrest is a worry for Donald Trump<
^OBRIEN-COLUMN:BLO—<Trump has generally spoken about Epstein fondly to me and to others. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy," Trump told New York magazine in 2002. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."
950 by Timothy L. O'Brien. MOVED
^Virginia Heffernan: Trump's Tank Day bored even his GOP courtiers<
^HEFFERNAN-COLUMN:LA—<Tanks might strike you as fierce and cool, or as nothing more than fetish objects for right-wing tweens and goggle-eyed "Armored Warfare" addicts. Either way, all Americans should agree: Tanks are singularly weird machinery for a Fourth of July pageant.
Muskets, gazebos, little Shriner cars, sure. But when it comes to Yankee Doodling around, brute machines of war are a downer — long considered too ugly, utilitarian, authoritarian and lethal for even our most jingoistic national holidays.
800 by Virginia Heffernan. MOVED
^Doyle McManus: Yes, she stuck it to Biden, but Harris' positions are tough to pin down<
^MCMANUS-COLUMN:LA—<Who is the real Kamala Harris?
The senator from California dominated the Democratic presidential debate when she excoriated Joe Biden for his opposition to mandatory busing to achieve school desegregation. Her poll ratings shot up; his sagged.
Then came the details. When reporters asked Harris if she supports federally mandated busing in 2019, she seemed to say no. Busing should be voluntary, a "tool that is in the toolbox" if school boards want to use it, she said last week.
"Absolutely right," Biden replied; that's his position too.
A consensus? Not so fast.
800 by Doyle McManus. MOVED
^John M. Crisp: Soccer stars should avoid normalizing the abnormal<
^CRISP-COLUMN:MCT—<The United States women's soccer team won the World Cup final on July 7 with a splendid shutout against the Netherlands. President Donald Trump said last week that he will fete the team in the White House, despite his annoyance with Megan Rapinoe, a star player who said in graphic and emphatic terms that she would not accept Trump's invitation.
I hope the whole team will decline, as well.
700 by John M. Crisp. MOVED
^Editorial: Biden's right: He has an important message to Democrats about the path to victory in 2020<
^BIDEN-EDITORIAL:NY—<Biden's got a point, AOC.
The old white man vying for the Democratic nomination — not Bernie, the other one — has thrown cold water on the far-left phenom from Queens.
300 by Daily News Editorial Board. MOVED
^Editorial: Do Democrats want to score points or defeat Trump?<
^DEMS-2020-EDITORIAL:SJ—<As the Democratic presidential primary winnowing process begins, the candidates shouldn't forget the endgame: Defeating Donald Trump.
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^Editorial: Medicare for all — or for all who need it?<
^HEALTHCARE-EDITORIAL:FL—<There can be many paths up a mountain. That's true even of some of the tallest peaks in our national political landscape — most prominently, health care. But not every route is necessarily a good one. What looks like the shortest may be too steep, stranding its followers where they started.
Medicare for All, a lodestar of the Democratic Party's most liberal presidential candidates, is one of those deceptively simple pathways. It would be the most effective, economical approach to universal coverage, which is what the national goal should be.
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^Editorial: He said it: Yet again, the Trump administration reveals the nefarious reason behind its pretexts for including a citizenship question on the Census<
^CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP-EDITORIAL:NY—<First, the Trump administration told courts, under oath, it only wanted to ask about citizenship status in the U.S. Census to aid enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
250 . MOVED
^Editorial: Boom time: When the stock market does reflect the real economy<
^MARKETS-ECONOMY-EDITORIAL:TB—<It's often said that the stock market is not the real economy, meaning: Wall Street traders make educated guesses about the future, so don't read too much into this or that moment's results. Stocks bounce around. GDP numbers, hiring and other data better reflect the nation's health.
But if the stock market isn't the real economy, it's real life for tens of millions of Americans who have 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings.
550 by The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. MOVED
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