Editors, USA TODAY
Published 3:19 a.m. ET Nov. 12, 2019 | Updated 3:25 a.m. ET Nov. 12, 2019
Trump may release transcript of another call with Ukrainian president
President Donald Trump said he may release Tuesday the summary of a second phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21, which House Democrats have sought as part of their impeachment inquiry. Trump took the unusual step in September of releasing a summary of a July 25 call with the Ukrainian president at the center of a whistleblower’s report that alleged the president pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt on Democrat Joe Biden. But that summary has only added fuel to Democratic assertions that Trump abused the power of his office by withholding financial aid approved by Congress to Ukraine as a way to force the country to chip in with investigations of a political opponent.
- Three more transcripts released Monday: Defense, State officials raised concerns about Ukraine policies
- What Republicans seek:GOP wants Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in Trump impeachment inquiry
- Witness list:The 15 who have spoken in the Trump impeachment inquiry and what they have said
President Donald Trump is dismissing the significance of the impeachment inquiry, insisting in “no cases” has he been hurt by it . Trump also says despite Democratic efforts, “we’re kicking their ass.” (Nov. 8)
President Jimmy Carter to have surgery to relieve pressure on his brain
Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to have a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from some recent falls on Tuesday morning, the Carter Center announced. The 95-year-old was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Monday night prior to the procedure. Carter, who served as the 39th president from 1977-1981 and is the oldest living former president, sustained injuries in falls twice in October. He suffered a minor pelvic fracture earlier after a fall at his Georgia home in late October and on Oct. 6, he fell and hit his forehead on a sharp edge at his home. The injury required 14 stitches and left him with a bruised left eye. In 2015, Carter was diagnosed with brain cancer, which he and others saw as a likely death sentence.
- Previous injury:Carter released from hospital after fall, pelvic fracture
- Earlier fall: Incident at home caused Carter to need stitches
- ‘Still going strong’:Jimmy, Rosalynn Carter become longest-married presidential couple
Supreme Court takes up Trump plan to end DACA
The Supreme Court will have the fate of over 650,000 “Dreamers” in its hands Tuesday when it considers the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Nearly every federal court to consider the question has blocked the administration from ending the DACA program. The Supreme Court’s willingness to hear the case signals a potential win for the White House, but how it wins would be crucial. If the justices say Trump has the same discretion to end the program that Obama had in creating it, a future president just as easily could renew it. If they agree with the Justice Department that it’s unlawful, Congress would have to step in. A ruling on the DACA program is expected next spring in the midst of the 2020 presidential election.
- What is DACA? “Dreamers,” DACA, TPS? Who are they, what do they have to do with Trump and the wall?
- Previous coverage:Supreme Court to hear Trump administration plea to end DACA program
- Supreme Court in transition:Conservatives ascendant but Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh prove unpredictable
USA TODAY spoke with four DACA recipients in Austin, Texas about the Supreme Court hearing the case that will decide the fate of the program.
Montgomery swears-in first African-American mayor
Montgomery, Alabama, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement and a city where more than half the population is black, will swear in an African American as mayor for the first time in its 200-year history on Tuesday. Steven Reed’s inauguration on Tuesday was originally planned for City Hall, but the venue was changed to the Montgomery Performing Arts Center with anticipation of a massive turn out. Montgomery, where Rosa Parks started the bus boycott, is one of only a few large cities in the Deep South that had not elected an African American mayor.
- ‘A historic day’: Montgomery, Alabama, elects its first African-American mayor
- Dog whistle:Alabama real estate agent fired after ad about election of city’s first black mayor
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Streaming service Disney+ launches
Tuesday is launch day for streaming video fans with the arrival of Disney’s new subscription service, Disney+. The entertainment powerhouse began pulling back its content from competitors such as Netflix two years ago in preparation for launching its own direct-to-consumer offering. All movies produced by Disney from 2019 and beyond – such as “Frozen 2” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” – will air exclusively on Disney+ after their theatrical and home video runs. What you won’t be able to do on Disney+, at least at launch, is binge on multiple episodes of new series, as you can on Netflix. New episodes will drop, one by one, each Friday at 12:01 a.m. PT. Disney+ will be available on most of the usual streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and assorted TVs with smart TV functionality.
- Disney+ has its classics, plus Marvel and ‘Star Wars,’ but no R-rated films, little bingeing
- ‘The Mandalorian’:How Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ spinoff amps up Western grit with guns and droids
- ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’:Disney+ nostalgia done right
- Rankings:All the major streaming services, from Netflix to Apple TV+ to Disney+