Trump responds to impeachment acquittal with rambling, vitriolic speech – live news | US news

Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign plagiarized portions of its plans for maternal health, LGBTQ equality, the economy, tax policy, infrastructure, and mental health from research publications, media outlets, and a number of nonprofit, educational, and policy groups. The Intercept found that exact passages from at least eight Bloomberg plans or accompanying fact sheets were direct copies […]

Trump’s motivation for Suleimani assassination | Letters | US news

Your report on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani (Iran vows ‘severe revenge’ on the US, 3 January) features some welcome scepticism about its stated motives. The Pentagon is quoted as saying that it was about “deterring future Iranian attack plans”, while “a senior US official” refers to “the imminent attacks that Suleimani is alleged to […]

Democrat fooled by Russian prankster posing as Greta Thunberg in phone call | US news

The California congresswoman Maxine Waters has become the latest US politician to be fooled by Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Alexey “Lexus” Stolyarov, Russian pranksters alleged to have ties to security forces. In a 10-minute phone call carried out late last year and posted to the prankster’s YouTube page this week, the senior Democrat thinks she […]

Anne Sacoolas charged over death of Harry Dunn | UK news

The wife of a US intelligence officer has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of the 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. Anne Sacoolas was whisked out of the UK by the American embassy days after the accident in August, with the US claiming she was covered by […]

Saudi student kills three in attack at Florida naval air station, says official | US news

An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom building at the naval air station (Nas) in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning, a US official said, an attack the Saudi government quickly condemned and that US officials were investigating for possible links to terrorism. The assault, which left three dead in addition to […]

Pearl Harbor shooting: US sailor kills two civilians and injures third at military base | US news

A US sailor opened fire at the historic military base in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said, killing two civilian workers and injuring a third before taking his own life. Officials at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham near Honolulu, Hawaii, said on Wednesday evening that investigators were working to determine the circumstances of the […]

Impeachment inquiry: contentious hearing concludes after eight hours – live

Law professor said Trump’s actions toward Ukraine meet constitutional definition of bribery, adding credibility to Democrats’ use of term Help us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 12.34am GMT William Barr’s hand-picked prosecutor wasn’t able to provide evidence that to support right-wing suspicions that the FBI’s Russia investigation was a setup, […]

Former US president Jimmy Carter hospitalized for urinary tract infection | US news

Former US president Jimmy Carter was admitted to a south Georgia hospital over the weekend for treatment of a urinary tract infection, a spokeswoman said Monday. Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman for The Carter Center, said in a statement that the 95-year-old former president was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus over the weekend. […]

Biden launches eight-day Iowa ‘barnstorm’ amid flagging poll numbers | US news

Joe Biden has embarked upon an eight-day tour across Iowa as the former US vice-president attempts to arrest his flagging poll numbers in the key state, which is the first to vote in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Biden started his election blitz on Saturday, telling supporters in a fundraising email that […]

William Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon during Watergate, dies at 87 | US news

William Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the US justice department rather than carry out Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus was also the first administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which confirmed his death. A lifelong Republican, he was also […]