WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan, sending in recent days a notification of the deals to Congress for approval, two sources familiar with the situation said on Monday.
In September, Reuters reported that as many as seven major weapons systems were making their way through the export process as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.
Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs committees were notified that three of the planned weapons sales had been approved by the U.S. State Department which oversees Foreign Military Sales, the sources said.
A State Department spokesman said: “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.”
There was no immediate comment from Taiwan’s representative office in Washington.
The sales notified to Congress were for a truck-based rocket launcher made by Lockheed Martin called a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), long range air-to-ground missiles made by Boeing Co called SLAM-ER, and external sensor pods for F-16 jets that allow the real-time transmission of imagery and data from the aircraft back to ground stations.
Reporting by David Brunnstrom, Patricia Zengerle and Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by Franklin Paul and Matthew Lewis
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — 64 W. Washington St. is one of the oldest homes in Chagrin Falls. Built in 1870 by Joseph O’Malley, a prominent builder at the time who constructed many of the homes in the village’s historic district, the home belonged to John and Lucy Bullard, whose family manufactured wooden rolling pins and butter molds.
In 1917, Lucy bequeathed the home to the Congregational Church, which used it to house members of the clergy, according to the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation.
Today, the classic Victorian retains its 19th-century character, while offering updates that bring it up the standards of buyers in the 21st century.
“It’s a great blend of the historic and the new,” says Howard Hanna listing agent Heather Price. “This is an unparalleled setting in the heart of the historic district of Chagrin Falls Village with a large private back lawn that fronts the river with a view of the high falls.”
Entering the Bullard House and into the formal living room is indeed like stepping back in time. The room features high ceilings, extensive millwork, hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and an extravagant chandelier. Through an arched doorway is a salon, where a custom bar covered in wood and an ideal spot to enjoy a nightcap await.
The kitchen is magazine-worthy, with its large island, high-end appliances and premium finishes. The modern vibe continues into the family room, which features a large picture window, providing views of the wooded surroundings and river.
Those views can also be enjoyed upstairs in the master suite, which boasts a spacious sleeping area with an ornate accent wall and double-sided fireplace, office space, luxury bath with onyx tiling, and a dressing room. In all, the home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms (four full).
For wine connoisseurs, there’s a wine cellar with a tasting area and bar in the partially finished basement.
The property includes a charming two-story carriage house, featuring an open-concept living space with a galley kitchen, bedroom and full bath.
But it’s outdoor space that separates this house from its neighbors. A belvedere at the top of the main house provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area. The backyard is peaceful and tranquil, featuring views of the falls, landscaping with a koi pond and waterfall feature, and a large stone patio with firepit.
New to the market, the home is available for $1,795,000.
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Address: 64 W. Washington St.
City: Chagrin Falls
Size: 4,757 sq. ft. (Zillow estimate)
Lot: 0.63 acre
Year built: 1870
No. bedrooms: 5
No. bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half
School district: Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
Real estate agent and contact info: Heather Price, Howard Hanna
Regeneron filed for emergency authorization of its antibody COVID-19 treatment drug, just hours after President Trump claimed it basically cured him. Mitch McConnell hasn’t been to the White House in months, and a new analysis shows Americans’ job-based health care is continually getting more expensive.
We’ll start with Regeneron:
Regeneron asks for emergency authorization of coronavirus treatment Trump received
Biotech company Regeneron late Wednesday applied for emergency authorization for an experimental antibody treatment praised by President Trump.
“Subsequent to our discussions with regulatory authorities, we have submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for our REGN-COV2 investigational antibody combination for COVID-19,” the company said in a news release.
The move came just hours after the president praised the efficacy of the treatment in a short video message posted on Twitter.
“They gave me Regeneron, it’s called Regeneron,” Trump said in the five-minute video Wednesday afternoon. “It was unbelievable. I felt good immediately. I felt as good three days ago as I do now.”
Why it matters: Trump was taking several drugs for his illness, so it’s not clear which helped him feel better. He claimed he has the “emergency use authorization all set,” but the FDA is supposed to make decisions based on science and not demands from the president. Regeneron’s drug is still undergoing clinical trials, and while early results seem promising, the company has not released data to back up its claims.
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McConnell says he hasn’t visited White House in two months due to coronavirus
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he hasn’t visited the White House in two months because of how it has responded to the coronavirus.
Speaking in Kentucky, McConnell said that while he talks to President Trump frequently, he hasn’t been to the White House in person since Aug. 6.
“Because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine and what I insisted we do in the Senate, which was to wear a mask and practice social distancing,” he told reporters.
McConnell’s comments come in the week after President Trump and roughly two dozen people in his orbit have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Senate doesn’t have a mask mandate, though most senators wear masks around the Capitol and there are also signs to remind people to socially distance.
Unlike the Senate, the White House has rapid testing for those in contact with the president. But there have also been several events where the White House did not require social distancing and most people at the event did not wear masks.
McConnell on Thursday appeared to take a veiled jab at the White
The interim vice-chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) says they have reached out to the B.C. government to partner with them to promote ‘reasonable’ stewardship of moose and caribou populations.
Although there are no allocations for cow moose in their territory west of Williams Lake, the TNG vehemently opposes this year’s antlerless moose hunt in B.C.
Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Jimmy Lulua said for years now they have refrained from exercising their Aboriginal rights and traditional way of life to preserve the species.
“It’s frustrating that the government can come in and decide to undo all the years of sacrifice with poor management decisions,” Lulua said in a news release.
“My fellow Tsilhqot’in Chiefs and I have made the decision to refrain from hunting cow and calf moose with the expectation that B.C. would also do the same to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Data provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development shows licensed hunting of cow and calf moose have been concentrated within mountain caribou recovery areas over the past number of years.
This year the B.C. government authorized 400 cow/calf Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) tags —an increase of 57 animals. All but 78 of them fall outside the caribou recovery areas of Revelstoke and Parsnip north of Prince George.
By removing moose in such areas, predators, mainly wolves, are reduced and thus decrease predation on threatened mountain caribou, a ministry spokesperson said.
Despite the province hailing the antlerless moose hunt in caribou recovery areas as ‘good science,’ ?Esdilagh First Nation Chief Roy Stump believes otherwise.
“It remains deeply concerning that the province continues to push misconceived measures to recover caribou herds,” Stump said in a news release, arguing there is little evidence to suggest killing moose will correct the over-abundance of wolves and lead caribou recovery.
“This is a desperate attempt for the province to address caribou recovery because it is something that they have failed to do appropriately for years now,” he said.
The largest caribou herd in the Revelstoke area had stabilized after moose were reduced by approximately 80 per cent, said the ministry. However, two small herds continued to decline, and there appears to have been little if any benefit to caribou numbers in the Parsnip Valley.
Not all authorizations result in a kill, and of the 357 authorizations last year just 79 were successful.
This year’s 400 cow/calf authorizations are a far cry from the 2,032 approved in 2011.
“We do not support the antlerless LEH and we invite the province to work with our nation to develop and implement more technically and culturally sound management measures when it comes to caribou recovery,” Stump said.
The straightforward Neo-Grec exterior of this Bushwick row house hides a rather exuberant interior. The 20-foot-wide house at 930 Bushwick Avenue is one of seven built in 1882.
Real Estate records show that all of the two-story houses in the row constructed by owner and builder Thomas Donahue were designed by architect M.J. Morrill, whose work can also be found in Park Slope and Bed Stuy. No. 930 lost its stoop sometime before the circa 1940 tax photo but otherwise shares decorative details with its neighbors, including brownstone bands and lintels and identical cornices.
It’s set up as a two-family with a one-bedroom garden apartment and an owner’s duplex above. The photographs in the listing are all of the duplex and show a bold interior with a layering of details from various eras. The parlor level has dark wood floors, white painted trim and Colonial Revival columned mantels in the front parlor and dining room. The parlor also sports a statement wall of red flocked wallpaper, what is likely an original Neo-Grec plaster medallion and more recent ornament on the ceiling, and built-in bookcases on either side of pocket doors that have moldings with corner blocks.
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The kitchen is more industrial in vibe than the glam of the other rooms with metal cabinets and shelving.
Upstairs there’s plenty of unpainted woodwork on display, including in the passthrough with built-ins between the two largest bedrooms. Those bedrooms also have mantels and at least one of them has the same rustic tile work as those downstairs. The mantels and tile throughout appear to be later replacements, possibly added in the early 20th century when the stoop was removed, or more recently.
There’s also a third bedroom with a closet that might work best for an office or storage. The single bath in the owner’s duplex is sleek with marble walls and floors, a soaking tub and white fixtures.
As noted, there aren’t any images of the garden rental in the listing but it’s got a living room at front, bedroom at rear and kitchen in between.
The rear garden is accessible from both units and has concrete paving and planting beds around the sides. Since the row is set back from the sidewalk there’s also a bit of front garden, also paved but with a tree and plenty of room for planters.
The property last sold for $345,000 in 2004. It’s now on the market for $1.489 million with Allison Dubuisson, John Gomes and Fredrik Eklund of Douglas Elliman. What do you think?
[Listing: 930 Bushwick Avenue | Broker: Douglas Elliman] GMAP
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CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday to review a standalone bill for $25 billion in aid to airlines that Democrats tried to advance last week, her spokesman wrote on Twitter.
“Speaker Pelosi & Secretary Mnuchin spoke by phone at 9:33 a.m. The Secretary inquired about a standalone airlines bill. The Speaker reminded him that Republicans blocked that bill on Friday & asked him to review the DeFazio bill so that they could have an informed conversation,” spokesman Drew Hammill wrote.
Last week, Representative Peter DeFazio, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, failed to win approval of a standalone bipartisan measure for airlines under unanimous consent after some Republicans objected.
The request by airlines for another $25 billion payroll support program to protect jobs for another six months enjoys wide bipartisan backing, but a standalone measure would need unanimous support. A recent Republican-led attempt to pass standalone legislation in the Senate also failed after opposition from three Republican senators, aides told Reuters.
Video: Trump Orders Halt To Federal Stimulus Negotiations Until After Election (CBS New York)
Pelosi’s conversation with Mnuchin came as the Trump administration signaled possible piecemeal legislation for airlines a day after walking away from talks on another broad COVID-19 stimulus package.
A key component of fresh airline relief is to keep workers on the job for another six months. A prior $25 billion airline payroll support program expired on Sept. 30.
The travel industry has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
American Airlines and United Airlines began the furlough of 32,000 workers last week, and tens of thousands more at those airlines and others have agreed to voluntary leaves or reduced hours. Southwest Airlines has warned it will have to carry out the first furlough in its history if workers do not agree to pay cuts in the absence of federal aid.
U.S. airlines urged top lawmakers to advance a standalone bill in a letter on Wednesday, warning that many more job losses are expected across the industry in the weeks ahead if aid is not extended.
“We are disappointed that negotiations between Congress and the Administration over additional COVID-19 relief were suddenly suspended yesterday,” Airlines for America and a dozen unions wrote in a letter on Wednesday to House and Senate leaders.
Airline shares jumped on Wednesday after sinking suddenly a day earlier on remarks by President Donald Trump that his administration would abandon talks with congressional Democrats over a major stimulus
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has sought comments from former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan about a petition, which alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz had links with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and paid money to its chief, Hakeemullah Mehsud, in 2012.
A bench consisting of Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Mohammad Nasir Mehfooz also issued notices to the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments seeking their replies to the petition on Oct 20 and adjourned the hearing into the petition of freelance journalist Shahid Orakzai until then.
The court observed that as the petitioner alleged that payment to the TTP was made in KP, it would be appropriate to issue a notice to the provincial government as well about it.
The petitioner has requested the high court to ask the government to take legal action against the PML-N leaders, who allegedly paid money to the TTP chief, and investigate the imprisoned associates of Hakeemullah Mehsud over the matter.
He claimed that former spokesperson for TTP Ehsanullah Ehsan was not only a witness to the political and financial links of those politicians with the TTP but he also had developed differences with the TTP leaders over that money.
Notices also issued to govt over petition about terror outfit funding
Mr Orakzai alleged that former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was fully aware of the 2012 funding in question.
He promised to produce the ‘pictorial evidence’ of the funding in the court during hearing of the case.
The petitioner claimed that the payment of that money had helped influence the 2013 general elections in favour of the PML-N.
He requested the court to decide the petition before any move is made in the National Assembly for the vote of no-confidence against the prime minister.
The respondents in the petition are former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and the federal government through the law secretary.
The petitioner said though he didn’t know about the exact amount paid to Hakeemullah Mehsud by the PML-N, he would disclose the ‘political motive behind that transaction’ and produce its evidence during the hearing into the petition.
He further said he would name the man, who had taken that money from Lahore to Waziristan, and that the court could seek a sworn affidavit from that person if he denied his role in the matter.
Mr Orakzai said the high court was also empowered to seek the relevant records from any institution functioning under the federal government if it had conducted any investigation into the issue.
He said the petition was not meant to seek action against that political party under Article 17 of the Constitution and instead, it was filed to let the people know about the illegal acts done by politicians.
The petitioner claimed that the man, who had delivered the money to the TTP, was also tasked in 2013 with compiling the lists of the imprisoned TTP militants and its evidence was available in the records
Verandah Place must be one of the most photographed little streets of Cobble Hill, and the 19th century brick homes that line it are a huge part of its charm, along with its position overlooking Cobble Hill Park. One of those little houses, No. 6, is up for rent. While the total monthly nut is not exactly modest (though there is some room for negotiation, we hear), it does include four floors of living space.
Not all of the houses on this scenic stretch in the Cobble Hill Historic District were built as stables; some were originally single-family homes, as is the case here. This particular pre-Civil War house belongs to journalist Cara Greenberg, who pens Brownstoner’s Insider column.
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In addition to the 19th century features, such as marble mantels and two wood-burning fireplaces, there are some nice design touches in the kitchen and baths, as befits an interior-design writer.
The house is set up with living room and study on the parlor level; kitchen, dining, full bath with washer/dryer and bedroom above; and three more bedrooms and another full bath on the top floor. The garden level has a third full bath and two rooms that could be used as work space or more bedrooms as needed.
The kitchen has custom maple cabinets, granite counters, an apron-front sink and bright green tile backsplash. The one bath pictured is on the skylit top floor, and it has green mosaic tile work and white fixtures.
There’s also some outdoor space: A stone-paved rear garden includes planting beds and room for outdoor dining.
Listed by Zoe N Saaf, Cara Sadownick and Cheryl Nielsen-Saaf of Corcoran, the house is renting for $10,500 a month. What do you think?
[Listing: 6 Verandah Place | Broker: Corcoran] GMAP
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Chea Hean (not pictured) has said traders are selling more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. CHEA HEAN VIA FACEBOOK
Anti-corruption, Natural Resource Protection and Civil Rights Protection (ACNCIPO) director Chea Hean said on Monday he is requesting help from Minister of Interior Sar Kheng to protect more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary.
Hean said traders are selling the forest land.
He told The Post on Monday that he is preparing to send his letter on Tuesday. He is requesting intervention to assist the Kampong Speu provincial administration with confiscating the property from a woman named Sieang Samen, the wife of Ou Samrech Chesda, a well-known military official.
The land is located in Sre Kin village in Oral district’s Trapaing Chor commune in Kampong Speu province. Samen is accused of conspiring with authorities to sell the land two weeks ago.
Hean said Samen had people clear the land in 2018, but he had notified the Kampong Speu provincial administration to confiscate it.
Hean said Samen recently sold 150ha in violation of the Kampong Speu confiscation warrant.
“I request the Ministry of Interior to investigate those behind the sale of forest land in the conservation area in Sre Kin village.
“I would like to sue based on the illegal possession and sale of land in that area. This forest land must be kept as State property and the trees should be replanted. The perpetrators must be punished according to the law on protected areas,” Hean said.
Trapaing Chor commune chief Tep Nem said on Monday he had seen a letter of sale and transfer of land title signed by Sre Kin village chief Im Sorn.
However, he did not sign for acknowledgement or allow the sale, leaving the letter at the Trapaing Chor commune administration.
He said the land in the area is protected by a royal decree and there is also a confiscation warrant from the Kampong Speu provincial administration.
“I did not allow buying or selling because it is State land protected by a royal decree and there was a confiscation warrant from the province. I did not dare sign any document to buy or sell that land,” Nem said.
Sorn said on Monday he was aware of the buying and selling of forest land in the Oral Mountains in 2018, but recently he did not sign for Samen to buy or sell land in the area.
“In 2018, I knew they were buying and selling land, but not now. I do not dare sign because it is protected by royal decree,” Sorn said.