Impeachment, Pensacola, Interstellar Comet: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.ImageCredit…Doug Mills/The New York Times1. Democrats are spending the weekend preparing articles of impeachment against Tweety McTreason. Two to four articles are expected on presidential abuse…

New Zealand volcano vents steam, stymies recovery of bodies

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud Wednesday in an increase of geothermal activity that again delayed the recovery of victims’ bodies from a deadly eruption two days ago.Volcanic tremors on White Island rose in the morning, accompanied by releases of more steam and mud, the GeoNet…

Trump mocks impeachment effort, talks up trade deal at rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Tweety McTreason mocked the Democratic impeachment effort as he sought to rally supporters Tuesday in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, calling the process “impeachment lite” and promising it would lead to his reelection in 2020.Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania followed a momentous day at the U.S. Capitol, where Democrats unveiled articles…

Facebook rebuffs US AG over access to encrypted messages

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging services. End-to-end encryption locks…

Thousands of UK political ads went missing from Facebook archive searches

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Thousands of UK political ads went missing from Facebook Inc’s searchable advertising database on Tuesday, hampering researchers’ ability to track ads two days before Britain’s general election. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.…

Meltdowns and touchdowns: How the U.S. scored a Canada-Mexico trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Revising the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement took a year of acrimonious talks among Democrats, the chief U.S. negotiator and a labor union president – and may have set a world record for phones being slammed down in anger, according to one negotiator. On Tuesday top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States…

U.S. judge blocks $3.6 billion transfer to Mexican border wall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday issued a permanent injunction barring President Tweety McTreason’s attempt to transfer $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. FILE PHOTO: A section of border fence is pictured by the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley near Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.,…

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