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News Budget for Saturday, November 9, 2019


Updated at 11 p.m. EST (0400 UTC).





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^State Department freed Ukraine money before Trump says he did<

USUKRAINE-AID:BLO — President Donald Trump says he lifted his freeze on aid to Ukraine on Sept. 11, but the State Department had quietly authorized releasing $141 million of the money several days earlier, according to five people familiar with the matter.

The State Department decision, which hasn’t been reported previously, stemmed from a legal finding made earlier in the year, and conveyed in a classified memorandum to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. State Department lawyers found the White House Office of Management and Budget, and thus the president, had no legal standing to block spending of the Ukraine aid.

1200 by Nick Wadhams and Saleha Mohsin in Washington. MOVED


^House Republicans want Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify at impeachment hearings<

IMPEACHMENT-REPUBLICANS:BLO — House Republicans asked the chairman of the Intelligence Committee to call Hunter Biden, the anonymous whistleblower and others to testify during the public impeachment hearings that begin next week.

Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the committee’s top Republican, wrote to the panel’s Democratic Chairman, Adam Schiff, on Saturday in response to a Democratic request to justify calling the individuals.

150 by Steve Geimann in Washington. MOVED


^Germany marks 30th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall, but post-Cold War gains are under threat<

GERMANY-BERLINWALL:LA — Tens of thousands of Germans and visitors from around the world converged Saturday at this once-divided city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the fall 30 years ago of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, even as many gains since then are today under threat.

“The Berlin Wall is now history and the lesson learned is that there are no walls high enough or wide enough to keep people out or limit freedom that cannot be torn down,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up on the Communist eastern side of the divide, said at the gate where the 100-mile long barrier once ringed West Berlin.

1450 by Tracy Wilkinson and Erik Kirschbaum in Berlin. MOVED



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GERMANY-BERLINWALL:DPA — 600 by Andrew McCathie in Berlin. MOVED



^Impeachment shatters Perry’s peaceful exit from Trump Cabinet<

IMPEACHMENT-PERRY:BLO — Energy Secretary Rick Perry was poised to cap off his political career as one of Donald Trump’s longest serving Cabinet members and one who managed to avoid scandal. Now he may be remembered for something else: being one of the “three amigos” at the center of the House impeachment inquiry.

“Up until this Ukraine scandal he was one of Trump’s most successful Cabinet members,” said Mark Jones, a political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “Now he’s going out on a sour note that is ending with him being sucked into the impeachment investigation.”

Perry, 69, an Air Force veteran and unsuccessful Republican candidate for president, hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing and maintains the neither he nor anyone else in the Trump administration has done anything improper. But he’s refused requests by House investigators to testify about the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine.

900 (with trims) by Ari Natter in Washington. MOVED


^Trump may release transcript of April Ukraine call on Tuesday<

TRUMP-UKRAINE-CALL:BLO — President Donald Trump said he’s prepared to release the transcript sought by House Democrats of his first phone call with Ukraine’s president, in April, as soon as Tuesday.

250 by Jordan Fabian in Washington. MOVED



^Republican who sparked Trump’s criticism of Elijah Cummings and Baltimore announces run for his seat in Congress<

MDCONGRESS-7THDISTRICT:BZ — The Baltimore County Republican official whose social media posts about trash in West Baltimore prompted President Donald Trump to verbally attack the late Rep. Elijah Cummings says she’s running for Cummings’ former seat in Congress.

Kimberly Klacik, 37, who runs a nonprofit and is a member of a county Republican Central Committee, said she will file next week for the special election in the 7th Congressional District, a seat Cummings held for more than two decades.

550 by Luke Broadwater in Baltimore. MOVED


^A year out, political texts are lighting up Minnesotans’ cellphones<

CAMPAIGN-MINN-TEXTS:MS — The first text alert popped up just after 6 a.m. Tuesday urging Dan Lauer-Schumacher to head out and vote Republican. In the hours that followed, his phone buzzed again and again. By noon, the 35-year-old had fielded at least a dozen texts urging him to support GOP candidates in places like Kentucky and Virginia.

There were two problems with the deluge of messages. Lauer-Schumacher lives in Minneapolis, where there were no candidates on the ballot. And he considers himself a Democrat.

“You can only block so many numbers for free,” he said. “I just gave up.”

350 by Torey Van Oot in Minneapolis. MOVED



^ICE is ignoring California’s ban on private immigrant detention centers<

IMMIGRATION-CALIF-DETENTION:LA — Last month, California became the first state to kick out privately run immigrant detention centers. A new law that also bans private prisons prohibits new contracts or changes to existing ones after Jan. 1 and phases out existing detention facilities entirely by 2028.

But on Oct. 16, five days after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 32 into law, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials posted a solicitation — a request for offers — on the Federal Business Opportunities website for at least four detention facilities around the state.

Democratic state legislators and advocates for immigrants say that ICE’s action is a blatant attempt to circumvent the law in order to continue detaining immigrants in California.

1300 (with trims) by Andrea Castillo in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Hundreds rally at Texas Governor’s Mansion in support of death row inmate Rodney Reed<

TEXAS-DEATHROW-REED:FT — Hundreds rallied Saturday afternoon in front of the Texas Governor’s Mansion in Austin, hoping their pleas for death row inmate Rodney Reed’s execution to be stayed would reach the ears of the man who has the power to do so: Gov. Greg Abbott.

Standing just feet from Abbott’s residence, Rodney Reed’s mother, Sandra Reed, had a message for him.

“It is time for change. We need to scrutinize the people we vote in to serve and protect us. Because just as there are evildoers, we have good people too. I heard that Governor Abbott is a good man. Well, I say actions speak louder,” Reed said.

1050 (with trims) by Tessa Weinberg in Austin, Texas. MOVED


^UAW pay raises not retroactive, workers forfeit money each day until contract ratification<

UAW-PAYRAISES:DE — Every day that passes without a ratified UAW contract is a day of delayed pay raise for hourly auto industry workers.

“Will there be back pay until September, when the contract should have passed?” is among frequently asked questions on the UAW website devoted to contract talks. The response: “No, it is effective upon ratification.”

Raises are not retroactive to Sept. 14, the date labor contracts expired with General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. GM workers lived on $275 a week strike pay and delayed their pay raises by six weeks. That accounts for the beefy $11,000 bonus upon ratification, to make up for lost ground.

600 by Phoebe Wall Howard in Detroit. MOVED


^John Bolton has $2 million book deal, which could explain his impeachment silence<


John Bolton, the former national security adviser who just delayed testifying at the impeachment inquiry, has signed a deal for a juicy White House memoir.

The deal with Simon & Schuster will pay Bolton a hefty $2 million, two publishing officials familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Saturday.

Bolton has already raised eyebrows with his odd approach to the impeachment probe.

300 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Trump finds refuge amid cheers at Alabama-LSU football game<

TRUMP-FOOTBALLGAME:BLO — President Donald Trump found refuge at the University of Alabama as football fans showered him with cheers during a highly anticipated showdown with Louisiana State University, a match-up of the nation’s top two college teams.

Two weeks ago, Trump was overwhelmingly booed at Nationals Park in Washington during Game 5 of the World Series. He faced a mix of cheers and boos last weekend at a mixed martial arts event at Madison Square Garden in New York.

350 by Jordan Fabian in Washington. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED


^Dershowitz countersues Jeffrey Epstein victim, says her sex allegation is malicious lie<

DERSHOWITZ:MI — Alan Dershowitz has filed a federal defamation claim against Virginia Giuffre, attacking as maliciously false her assertion that she was sexually trafficked to the famed Harvard professor by Jeffrey Epstein when she was a minor.

Dershowitz says he had never even met Giuffre, much less had sex with her.

It is a counterclaim to Giuffre’s own defamation lawsuit against him, which says Dershowitz has repeatedly and falsely branded her a liar for accusing him of using her for sex.

800 by Casey Frank in Miami. MOVED


^Unaccompanied immigrant children could be housed at Marietta shelter<

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-SHELTER:AT — Marietta could soon become home to a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children, under a proposal from a Stone Mountain nonprofit.

The shelter could house up to 50 children in custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a nonprofit that obtained approval from the city’s zoning department to refurbish an existing building. Freemont Grace Human Services would run the facility.

1100 (with trims) by Kristal Dixon in Atlanta. MOVED


^’He promised her he’d change’ — slain Queens newlywed had order of protection against violent husband who also killed himself<

NEWLYWEDS-DEATHS:NY — Maybe she saw the best in him — “he promised her he’d change,” Donne Dojoy’s grieving sister recounted Saturday.

But Dojoy’s husband was so filled with senseless rage, he assaulted her weeks after they wed in July, and took her life Friday night by stabbing her over and over in his Queens apartment.

“I guess she wanted to give him another chance,” said Dojoy’s sister, Fannita Barakat, who flew in from Texas to join horrified relatives as they mourned a woman Barakat remembers as “great, hardworking and funny, and just very generous and loving.”

“I guess in the end, he was heartless for her,” said Barakat.

500 by Wesley Parnell, Ellen Moynihan and Thomas Tracy in New York. MOVED

^Girl, 14, charged with murder in death of Philadelphia animal rescuer<

ANIMALRESCUER-MURDER:PH — A 14-year-old girl was charged with murder in the beating death of a well-known animal rescuer inside his Northeast Philadelphia home this week, authorities said early Saturday.

Ajahnae Smaugh is accused of killing Albert Chernoff, 59, with a blunt weapon late Monday night at his home in Rhawnhurst.

250 by Robert Moran in Philadelphia. MOVED


^China says only patriots can become Hong Kong chief executive<

CHINA-HONGKONG:BLO — China’s top official overseeing Hong Kong affairs said Beijing will ensure only people loyal to it become the city’s chief executive, damping hopes of pro-democracy activists.

The majority of representatives in Hong Kong’s Cabinet, judiciary and legislative bodies should also support the central government, Zhang Xiaoming said in a post on the agency’s website.

350 by Lulu Yilun Chen and Josie Wong in Hong Kong. MOVED


^Iran begins enriching uranium at Fordow site in violation of deal<

IRAN-NUCLEAR:DPA — After more than four years, Iran has once again started enriching uranium at the Fordow nuclear site, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday.

In doing so, Iran is violating a cornerstone of the landmark deal to prevent it from developing nuclear arsenal and placing pressure on the parties to the agreement to fulfil their commitments.

350 by Farshid Motahari in Tehran, Iran. MOVED

^Bolivia’s Morales calls for talks with the pope amid unrest<

BOLIVIA-POPE-1ST-LEDE:DPA — Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday called for “urgent” talks with the opposition amid ongoing unrest in the country, also asking the pope to join.

“To preserve peace in our beloved Bolivia, I urgently call for talks with representatives of parties who have won seats in the elections,” Morales tweeted late on Saturday.

He also called on the pope, human rights defenders and international organizations to “accompany our complaint against anti-democratic groups that have launched a coup in Bolivia.”

450 by Chiara Palazzo in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED


^Freed from jail, Lula says he’s ready to fight in Latin America<

^BRAZIL-LULA:BLO—< Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has pledged to travel around Latin America offering support for leftist leaders at a moment when the region is engulfed by growing political turmoil.

“I’m finally free and willing to fight,” Lula said in a video message Saturday.

200 by Vin cius Andrade and Jorgelina do Rosario in Sao Paulo, Brazil. MOVED



^Mercury will pass in front of the sun on Monday<


The stellar show, which only happens about 13 times a century, starts at 7:35 a.m. EST when the tiny planet begins the transit across the sun, according to NASA.

300 by Doreen Christensen. MOVED




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^She feeds Bel-Air’s mega-mansion boom. But lunch is a battlefield<

LA-MANSIONS-BOOM:LA — Twenty-thousand-dollar date palms fluttered in the breeze and cranes glinted against the sapphire sky as Jennifer Ramirez pulled her lunch truck to a stop outside the half-finished mansion on Bel Air Road.

It was her third stop on a balmy Friday, a bustling site packed with construction vehicles and hardhats laboring behind green privacy mesh. One moment, the 20-year-old from South Los Angeles stood alone on the glittering pavement, her 5-foot frame dwarfed by one of the most expensive homes ever built. The next, she was mobbed by a dozen hungry workers scrambling for their 9:45 a.m. lunch.

Her horn signals a 20-minute break in a 10-hour day, a chance to trade gossip with gardeners at the compound next door or the carpenters at the site down the block. Los Angeles is in the midst of a development boom. Ramirez’s Munch Truck makes 15 stops in four hours, selling hundreds of meals to men who build homes the size of strip malls.

2250 by Sonja Sharp in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Trump wants to win even more rural votes in 2020. Democrats are scrambling to catch up<

TRUMP-RURALVOTERS:WA — Corey Bauch is eager to explain why he regrets not voting for Donald Trump.

The 44-year old-agreed to meet with me last week in this rural Wisconsin town (population of 1,500), where he has lived most of his life. As we talked, horse-drawn buggies from the local Amish community rolled past a small outpost of stores, on their way to nearby farms.

The libertarian Bauch was one of the few in rural Wisconsin who didn’t support Trump in 2016, saying he reminded him of an arrogant boss. But after the election, he began to see the president’s outspoken style as an antidote to Washington’s pervasive corruption.

He plans to vote for Trump next year.

Trump can win reelection in a number of ways. But perhaps the most likely way the president can win next November is with voters like Bauch, in rural regions of key battleground states, who didn’t back Trump in 2016 but are inclined to do so now.

2700 (with trims) by Alex Roarty in Augusta, Wis. MOVED


^’I wanted to fight back’: Meet the immigrant who’s taking Trump to the Supreme Court over DACA<

IMMIGRATION-DACA-LAWSUIT:BZ — In a crowded office in Baltimore’s Station North, Mar a Perales S nchez spends most of her days working alongside a group of lawyers to win legal protections for migrant workers.

Yet her own status in the United States is uncertain.

Once protected from deportation by a federal program that covered people whose families brought them to the U.S. as children, Perales S nchez was left in limbo in 2017. While she was a student at Princeton University, the Trump administration pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Princeton — and Perales S nchez — decided to fight back. Now, their lawsuit will be heard in consolidation with others next week at the U.S. Supreme Court.

1350 (with trims) by Thalia Juarez in Baltimore. MOVED


^As states with legal weed embrace vaping bans, black-market risks linger<

VAPING-BLACKMARKET:KHN — Cannabis shops around Washington state are now required to hang signs warning customers of “severe lung injuries” and “deaths” associated with vaping.

Kevin Heiderich, a co-owner of one such shop, Tacoma House of Cannabis, argues the government response to vaping illnesses should focus instead on the black market.

“Something has just changed, and no one really knows what it is,” he said.

Still, Heiderich supports more rigorous testing so the regulated market is perceived as safer.

Health officials nationwide are still puzzling over why some who vape come down with a severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, die. So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation has identified more than 1,600 cases, but has yet to pinpoint a lone cause that explains all cases.

Many cases have been traced to vape cartridges filled with THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) — cartridges the users found on the black market.

1550 (with trims) by Will Stone. MOVED


^They’ve managed the forest forever. It’s why they’re key to the climate change fight<


“There’s an energy in that kind of forest that I don’t think you find just anywhere,” said Gull, a member of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi in Quebec.

More than 600 indigenous communities live in Canada’s boreal forest, one of the last great swaths of intact wilderness on Earth. But every year, a million acres fall to logging to make timber and tissue products, including toilet paper sold in the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s seven hockey rinks’ worth of forest every minute.

Canada’s First Nations, with help from groups such as the NRDC and Greenpeace, want to stanch the losses and protect the lands their ancestors have depended upon for centuries.

Similar efforts around the world will be critical to meeting the world’s climate goals, experts say.

1650 (with trims) by Julia Rosen. (Moved as an international story.) MOVED




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