In testimony to the House committees pursuing impeachment hearings on Donald Trump’s conduct towards Ukraine, Michael McKinley said that foreign service officers had been left feeling unprotected in the face of improper political pressure.
The National Farmers’ Federation’s calls for a wholistic drought strategy grow louder. All the days events, live
I told you drought was going to be the issue of the day.
Adding to @msmarto news this morning on this morning’s special caucus meeting after a second shadow cabinet meeting last night to thrash out trade, I gather there’s also internal Labor angst about drought funding @AmyRemeikis
I’m listening to Hamish Macdonald interview David Littleproud on RN, and it sounded like Littleproud just took a swipe at some city media types, saying that “while I get a lot of metropolitan commentators are frothing at the mouth at the moment” in regards to the drought and what needs to be done, says we “need to be careful” not to scare the next generation from entering agriculture as a career.
Macdonald pulled him up on the “metropolitan commentators … frothing at the mouth” comment.
To be perfectly fair, having spent a fair amount of time in drought-affected regions recently, I mean, that is what you hear when you go there – I mean, I don’t think it is just metropolitan commentators saying this sort of stuff [that more needs to be done], people on farms are quite desperate at the moment; are you sort of diminishing their plight by suggesting that?
Totally not, Hamish. I don’t have the comfort of tucking myself into a bed in a metropolitan [area] I actually live and breath it every day my friend. I actually see these people and I know them by face and by name. These are resilient people. And they believe in what they do and they know what they are doing is the best in the world. Now we are going through a tough time and we’ve continued to have these conditions over our whole agricultural history, but we’ve faced up to them, and we’ve continued to work through them. So we will get through this, and when people say they want hope, then it is about leadership of hope and saying we will get through this, your government will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this, and we will get you through, in the here and now … the community and the future, that is why we are going to prepare to get them through this one and prepare them to get through the next one.
Family of seven was detained for nearly two weeks after crossing into Washington state, saying they were trying to avoid an animal in the road
Lawyers for a British family who made an unauthorized crossing from Canada into the United States say the family has been deported after nearly two weeks in federal custody.
Bridget Cambria says US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told her all seven members of the family, including an infant and toddler twins, are headed back to England. Ice declined comment Wednesday afternoon, saying it doesn’t discuss “removal arrangements” before deportees are back in their own country.
Sanders’ recent heart attack was a reminder that he would be the oldest person ever elected president
Bernie Sanders was in trouble. Why, pundits asked, would anyone vote for a 78-year-old white man – and socialist! – who just had a heart attack?
On Tuesday the Vermont senator delivered a dramatic riposte; first with a feisty debate performance, then by gaining the backing of three rising stars of the progressive movement – all young congresswomen of colour.
“AOC”, as she is known, is expected to appear at a “Bernie’s Back” rally in her home city of New York on Saturday alongside Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. That leaves Ayanna Pressley, who hails from Sanders’ rival Elizabeth Warren’s home state of Massachusetts, as the only member of “the squad” not in his camp.