Another NRA official leaves organization amid turmoil

Washington (CNN)Another official with the National Rifle Association has left as the organization faces legal troubles, allegations of financial misconduct and other high-profile staff departures. Politico first reported Baker left the organization. Baker’s departure is the latest sign of turmoil within the gun rights organization. But her exit is not entirely surprising. She had worked closely with Chris Cox, the NRA’s former chief lobbyist, who resigned last month after NRA leadership accused him of participating in coup to overthrow NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre — a charge Cox denied to the New York Times. The NRA alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in June that the group’s former President Oliver North attempted to oust LaPierre, and argued texts and emails …

Boris Johnson’s early days as mayor: ‘It was total, total chaos’

After rapidly losing three advisers, the ship was eventually steadied largely thanks to those around him Boris Johnson had been mayor of London for 115 days when the rest of the world got its first glimpse of the idiosyncratic charms that had helped him bag the job. After shambling, his blazer unbuttoned, into the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing for the handover ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he inexpertly flapped the official flag of the Games for a few seconds, half-heartedly punched the air and then put his hands in his pockets. Later that evening, Londons new and unusual mayor (New York Times) would declare to a gathering of tipsy Britons and utterly baffled Chinese that wiff-waff [was] coming home, …

Germany says it will stand in ‘full solidarity’ with Ireland over Brexit

German president echoes Angela Merkel in saying the backstop will not be revisited Germany will stand fully in solidarity with Ireland over Brexit, the countrys president has said, and look to underpin rather than undermine the peace process that has kept the border with Northern Ireland invisible in the past 20 years Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Irelands president, Michael Higgins, on a visit to Berlin that Germany stands firmly by Irelands side, raising questions about Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnsons optimism that the Irish border backstop can be revisited. Politically and economically, Ireland is more directly affected by Brexit than any other EU member state. For this reason, too, your country has our full solidarity. We have reiterated this pledge in …

Stop Boris Johnson campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit

Former foreign secretary attacked as dishonest by leadership candidate Rory Stewart A campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and Tory contest to succeed Theresa May in Downing Street. After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnsons readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest. The move, part of a concerted anti-Johnson push by opponents of a hard Brexit, followed comments by the former foreign secretary on Friday, soon after Mays resignation speech in Downing Street, that the UK would definitely leave the EU deal or no deal on 31 …

Gorsuch sides with liberals as Supreme Court rules in favor of Native American rights in Wyoming hunting case

Washington (CNN)The US Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming Native American tribe, ruling that a 19th-century treaty between the tribe and the state did not expire when Wyoming became a state. In the majority opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor — joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Gorsuch — wrote that an 1868 treaty between the Crow Tribe and the United States in which the tribe ceded most of its territory in modern-day Wyoming so its members would have a right to hunt on “unoccupied” parts of the land did not expire after Wyoming gained statehood. “There is also no evidence in the treaty itself that Congress intended the hunting right to expire at statehood, …

Court ruling undermines Trump’s congressional blockade

Washington (CNN)The judicial branch just delivered a sharp jab to the chin of President Donald Trump, in a foreboding omen for his strategy for thwarting investigations that threaten his presidency. Trump is appealing the decision, and long court battles loom — so Monday’s ruling was a setback in a much longer war, a factor that offers Trump a significant political advantage. And typically, his response signaled that he has no intention of backing down and will take each bout in his battle against Congress as far as he can, potentially to the Supreme Court. But Monday put down an early marker in the separation-of-powers feud between Congress and the White House and may hint at how other court battles between …

Democrats say some GOP members ‘twist’ Iran intel

Washington (CNN)As the Trump administration prepares to brief lawmakers Tuesday on the threat posed by Iran, Democrats are charging that Republicans are misrepresenting intelligence to make the danger from Tehran seem more dire than it actually is. Senate and House lawmakers have called on the administration to brief them on the extent of the threat after tensions between Washington and Iran sharply escalated in recent weeks and senior administration officials hinted at a willingness to take military steps to counter Iran. The US has sent a Navy carrier strike group and bomber task force into the Persian Gulf as officials have warned of Iranian plans to attack US personnel. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, and …

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential run

New York, New York (CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary Thursday morning, casting himself as the most accomplished progressive pick in a field of 23 candidates vying for a chance to challenge President Donald Trump next year. “I know we can do it,” he said, “because I’ve done it here in the largest, toughest city in this country.” De Blasio will hit the trail later Thursday, visiting Iowa before heading to South Carolina for events this weekend. The two-term mayor, who in 2017 became the first Democrat re-elected to his office in more than three decades, joins the race after months of deliberations and a handful of visits to early-voting states. Even before …