Mar. 13 News Briefs

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Trump praises Pelosi for speaking about impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH'-see) agree, at least for now: He shouldn't be impeached. Trump tweeted Wednesday he greatly appreciates Pelosi's "statement against impeachment" but says "everyone must remember the minor fact that I never did anything wrong." Trump claims his first years in office have been "the most successful first two years in history" and asks how anyone with such a record can be removed from office when "impeachment is for 'high crimes and misdemeanors'?" Special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur) is examining whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia and whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation. Trump insists "there was no collusion." Pelosi told The Washington Post this week she's not for impeachment, at least right now, saying the Republican president is "just not worth it" without overwhelming support for his removal.

Schultz to preview his vision for an independent presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is set to further explain his vision for an independent presidency outside the two-party system in a speech at Florida’s Miami Dade College. According to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press, he will further explain what a potential Schultz presidency could look like, including a pledge to assemble a Cabinet that spans the political spectrum and that consists of a greater share of women than that of any previous president. Schultz is a lifelong Democrat who recently registered as an independent. He has been weighing a run for president despite concerns from some Democrats that an outside challenge could unintentionally help President Donald Trump win another term in office. Schultz has dismissed concerns that he’d be a spoiler if he enters the race.

Tornado destroy 10 homes in New Mexico, 5 people injured

DEXTER, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado has destroyed 10 homes in a small southeastern New Mexico community and five people suffered non-life threatening injuries. National Weather Service meteorologist Chuck Jones said the tornado touched down Tuesday in Dexter for about five minutes but that its strength hasn’t been determined. The agency is sending a response team to the area to survey damage. Chaves County spokesman Mike Herrington in a statement says cleanup won’t start Wednesday because heavy winds of up to 70 mph (112 kph) are blowing debris around. He told the Roswell Daily Record newpspaer that five people were taken to area hospitals with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries sustained during the storm. The newspaper reported that roofs were ripped off buildings. The American Red Cross sent a team to assist people who were displaced from their homes.