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Defeated governor pardons man convicted of decapitating woman and stuffing her body into barrel

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 15:01

Outgoing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin commuted the sentence on Monday of a man who had been convicted of decapitating a woman and disposing of her body in a 55-gallon barrel.


Saskia Noor van Imhoff on Materials with Contradictory Functions

ArtNews News Feed - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 14:57

Saskia Noor van Imhoff is an Amsterdam-based artist whose photographs and sculptures explore systems of perception. She often takes apart familiar objects and recontextualizes them, always building on her own previous works. Her show of new pieces at Grimm gallery in New York, titled#+40.00,” incorporates colored plexiglass, neon tubing, plaster molds, and aluminum casts, as well as parts of a museum climate control system. These last components are from the humidifier van Imhoff utilized for “#+23.00,” her 2016 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which mined the institution’s collection and architecture. Fittingly, we met to discuss her first New York solo (on view through December 13)—set in a basement gallery filled with a thick layer of salt—during New York’s inaugural snowfall of the season. Below, the artist discusses her use of materials and how her exhibition has shifted over the course of its run.

A purple LED light floods the staircase leading visitors down to the show. It’s the kind of light often used to grow plants indoors. In this basement exhibition, concepts like day and night begin to fade away. The staircase is usually a functional space, but I wanted it to become part of the artwork: I titled this piece #+40.01.

View of Saskia Noor van Imhoff’s exhibition “#+40.00,” 2019, at GRIMM.

After spending time under the purple light, you’re left with a green afterimage when you enter the gallery. The longer you stand in front of the purple light, the more intense the experience becomes. It lasts quite a long time, but slowly, the look of green light starts fading away.

The plexiglass I used to make some of the sculptures—#+40.06 and #+40.02—is similar in aqua-greenish color to the afterimage. There’s no green light in here, even though it might seem like it. What you see is either the afterimage, or reflections from the plexiglass. I like to play with the truth of an image and the reliability of our perception: it’s fascinating how just this purple light can manipulate our entire understanding of what we are looking at.

I often use materials that have seemingly contradictory meanings or functions. For instance, I bought large bags of salt, and then dumped them on the floor, smoothing the salt with my hands and a rake: it felt like playing in a sandbox. Salt destroys some materials but is used to conserve others. I’m always looking for these kinds of contradictions in my work as a way to ask: what is the truth?

#+40.02 incorporates parts of a museum climate control system used to regulate temperature and humidity. Usually, you don’t see this infrastructure. The salt under your feet feels more stiff and firm in the areas closer to the water source; it’s looser and softer elsewhere.

I show plaster molds of objects in #+40.04 and #+40.07. But for #+40.06, I first made molds of different things—a branch, for example—then poured in molten aluminum. The metal, which is very hot, burns away the object inside the mold. The process leaves behind different textures in the plaster, depending on the object that was burned. For #+40.06, I cast the corner of a picture frame in aluminum, which is displayed on a plexiglass version of a Donald Judd bench that here is used like a low shelf. Like the salt, this casting process involves simultaneous preservation and destruction: it yields, for instance, a very solid and stable facsimile of the frame, but the original is burned away.

View of Saskia Noor van Imhoff’s exhibition “#+40.00,” 2019, at GRIMM.

I worked with a neon fabrication company to produce the neon sculptures draped over the plexiglass, set in the molds, or sitting on the salt floor. Usually, neon works are flat on the wall, but these occupy a three-dimensional space. The glass shapes were quite difficult for the factory to blow because the structures rely on various supports, which are difficult to use while the glass is molten. The tubes are very fragile. But I’m interested in questioning what, exactly, a material is supposed to do. I left the cords visible—I didn’t want to hide their function—and draped them in a loose way to mimic the neon forms. During the run of the show, the cords’ positions have shifted and they’ve become partially buried in the salt.

I love that the salt moves and the afterimage changes over time, and the work becomes something new during the exhibition. My work is always iterative, meaning that I use elements from older installations in new works and recontextualize them. For instance, the neon pieces trace the edges of found plaster molds: the molds came first, and the neon tubes respond to them, sometimes tracing their contours. That’s why my titles are always numbers.

—As told to Emily Watlington

‘Marxist, Joke, Disgrace’: How Corbyn United Britain Against Him

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 14:23

LONDON—Jeremy Corbyn’s radical left-wing experiment has been obliterated by the British public.The Labour leader limped to the party’s most pathetic defeat since 1935 after publishing arguably the most socialist party platform in British history.Boris Johnson—a party leader widely viewed as elitist, dishonest, and out-of-touch—was swept to power by the very working-class communities that have cherished and sustained the Labour party since its foundation in 1900.Former Labour leader Michael Foot’s radical manifesto of 1983 was once labeled “the longest suicide note in history,” but his Labour party secured more parliamentary seats against Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party than Corbyn managed this week.Europe to U.K.: Leave if You Must but Do It FastWhat Do the UK Election Results Mean for Democrats? Nothing Very Good.Foot’s defeat lead to a brutal battle for the soul of Labour that was eventually won by the moderate wing of the party, who chased out the most hardened left-wing members in a decade-long dispute that culminated in the election of Tony Blair as leader in 1994.Speaking just after 3 a.m. Friday in a North London sports center, Corbyn made the case that his radical proposals were widely popular and his project had been derailed by the animosity and split loyalties riled up by Brexit, not because the party must move back towards the mainstream.He hopes to stay on as party leader long enough to oversee the election of one of his Corbynista protégés. If he truly wanted to advance the cause of Labour’s left-wing tradition, he would stand down immediately. The last thing any new Labour leader needs is the endorsement of Jeremy Corbyn.The outgoing Labour leader is the most unpopular British party leader since polling began.One only needed to spend a few hours in Labour’s heartlands in North Wales, the Midlands, and the North-East to experience the stunning level of distrust—and even disgust—for the Londoner.Life-long Labour voters opened their doors to The Daily Beast this week and poured scorn on a man they described as “weak,” “a Marxist,” “a joke,” and “a disgrace.”It is true that some of this disdain in ‘Leave’ voting areas flowed from Corbyn’s tortuous progress towards making Labour an anti-Brexit party. But that was only one factor cited in a torrent of abuse directed at the hapless leader.Even in Labour target seats in the anti-Brexit London suburbs, former Labour loyalists said they could not bring themselves to vote for a man who has spent his entire adult life campaigning alongside anti-Western activists associated with Hamas, Hezbollah, and opponents of Israel, some of whom have been accused of anti-Semitism.Of the 2017 Labour voters who abandoned the party at this election by far the largest group (46 percent) said it was because they “don’t like Jeremy Corbyn,” according to a Deltapoll of 12,000 members. Next up was: “Don’t believe manifesto promises.”Voters in Labour seats like Leigh in the suburbs of Manchester, where the Conservatives were elected for the first time since the district was created in 1885, were simply not willing to allow Corbynism into No. 10.Corbyn says the process to replace him will begin in the new year. If his successor is to achieve power, they must be able to unite the party membership—many of whom joined the party to support Corbyn—while not alienating the rest of the country.That will be incredibly difficult. Corbyn’s supporters in the Parliamentary Labour Party and outside sought to defend the left from the election fallout as soon as the devastating exit poll dropped on Thursday night. Hundreds of thousands of party members have bought into the Corbyn narrative and moderate candidates will have to convince them to change direction in order to secure nationwide support if they are to have a chance of preventing a Corbynista from taking up the role. Corbyn’s right-hand man John McDonnell—who often refers to himself as a Marxist—has ruled himself out of the running, saying that the party needs to look to a younger generation.One of the Corbynistas’ most loyal followers and brightest hopes was Laura Pidcock, but she lost a seat that had been held by Labour since 1950 in Thursday’s election.That leaves Corbyn acolytes and avowed left-wingers such as Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon to try and fight off the inevitable challenges from more moderate rivals like Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer or, even further towards the right of the party, Jess Philips.The internal spin battle to explain Labour’s crushing defeat will only intensify in the coming weeks, but whoever emerges must be able to present a clear break from Corbynism if they are to re-engage with a country that has turned its back.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump calls impeachment vote 'embarrassment' to nation

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:53

President Donald Trump declared Friday's House committee vote to impeach him ”an embarrassment to our country" and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, turned up at the White House to discuss Ukraine. With a vote by the full House expected next week, Trump declared in the Oval Office that the Democrats had "made absolute fools of themselves" by moving ahead with impeachment.


Judge's decision may shine light on secret Trump-Putin meeting notes

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:49

A district court judge in Washington, D.C. has ordered administration lawyers to explain why, for more than two years, the White House has refused to turn over to the State Department an interpreter’s notes from a meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 


Spokane Cop Accused of Sex Assault Finally Loses Pay After More Accusers Come Forward

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:32

A Washington state police officer once told a coworker he would “say exactly what's on my mind, unless I'm on body camera.” This week, his boast came back to haunt him. The Spokane Police Department suspended Officer Nathan Nash without pay after a domestic violence victim accused him of assaulting her, and a police investigation found he had turned off his body camera during the event.The investigation began in October, when a domestic violence victim told the police department Nash had sexually assaulted her in a follow-up call to her house. The woman says she called Nash to ask about the location of her evidence photos, according to court documents obtained by KXLY. Nash allegedly asked her to meet in a private place to “go over the bruises on her body” and then pressed her to let him come over before her mother returned. On his way to the woman’s apartment, Nash allegedly turned off both his body camera and tracking equipment, resulting in a 36-minute location gap that a police analyst later described as “peculiar.” Once inside, the woman says, Nash followed her into her bedroom and directed her to take off her pants and underwear. She told investigators she was confused by the request, but complied because he was a police officer. The woman says Nash then penetrated her with his fingers for 30 seconds to a minute. She says she panicked, but thought it might be what he was supposed to do. Eventually, she says she told Nash "OK, that's enough." She later told investigators the alleged assault was the worst thing that has ever happened" to her.Before leaving, the woman says, he gave her his personal cellphone number. He did not photograph or otherwise document her bruises.When questioned by investigators, Nash blamed the incident on the domestic violence victim, suggesting that she had come on to him and become “embarrassed, mad, or upset,” when he ended the sexual contact, according to court documents. He added that the police department's body camera manual was more than 100 pages and “there's no way I'm gonna know all that content." In a statement after Nash's arrest, his personal attorney Rocco Treppiedi said Nash “categorically denies the allegation of sexual assault and any criminal activity.” “Ofc. Nash considered the additional evidence she provided, and immediately followed up on the information she provided,” Treppiedi said. Nash’s attorneys did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.In the weeks after the initial report, two more women came forward with concerns about Nash. One was a second domestic violence victim, who told investigators that Nash had come on to her while he was investigating her complaint in May. During a visit to her home, the woman said, Nash made a point of turning off his bodycam, then gave her his personal cellphone number and said he would respond faster than 911. Over the following weeks, she says he friended her on Facebook and started liking photos of her in lingerie, and sending her “creepy” and “needy” messages. According to court documents, she told investigators she felt he “had a hidden agenda of starting a relationship with her.”A police department volunteer also complained about Nash, claiming he had given her his personal number and sent her inappropriate texts, including a Jeopardy-themed message reading, “Things I would like to do to you for $600,” and “Answer: what is a naked back rub?”“I’m too old to play games, no need in beating around the bush,” Nash allegedly wrote in another message. “I just say exactly what’s on my mind, unless I’m on body camera."Nash was arrested on Nov. 22 and pleaded not guilty to second- and third-degree rape and official misconduct. His trial is set to begin in February.Nash was originally placed on administrative leave while the investigation progressed. This week, the police department put him on “unpaid lay-off status,” meaning he will not work or be paid until the outcome of his case is determined.  If he is found not guilty, he will be reinstated while the department investigates whether he violated any department policy, City spokesperson Marlene Feist told local news station KREM.“The alleged conduct is completely unacceptable and in absolute conflict with the high standards of the Spokane Police Department,” Chief Craig Meidl said in a press release. “Our men and women took an oath to protect and serve the community in which we live. We will not shy away from that oath and it will be upheld.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Meghan McCain Confronts Tom Steyer: ‘You Bought Your Way’ Onto Debate Stage

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:30

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer got a warm welcome from every co-host of The View except one on Friday morning. “Mr. Steyer, between you and Mayor Bloomberg, you have now spent $200 million on political ads,” Meghan McCain told their guest. “It hasn't really helped you very much in the polls, but you did make it to the next debate stage. I think you bought your way there, and I don't think it's fair that you’re there and Cory Booker isn't. Change my mind.” After letting out an uncomfortable chuckle, Steyer skirted the question by touting his message about a “broken” government “bought by corporations.” When the candidate pointed out that he has been spending time in the early primary states—unlike that other billionaire—McCain shot back, “Cory Booker has too, who doesn't have $200 million.” “I’m talking about breaking a corporate stranglehold on our government that is preventing it from acting on anything,” Steyer said. “And no one can say that I have been purchased, but I also have 10 years of putting together coalitions like the people in this audience to stand up for our rights and to take on unchecked corporate power that has bought our government.” “But it’s good you have $100 million to buy Facebook ads to get you on a debate stage,” McCain said, interrupting him. “I’m completely unconvinced by this, but we can move on.” Later in the segment, after Steyer vowed to help elect whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being and reminded the hosts that he started “one of the biggest grassroots organizations in the United States,” McCain came back with, “That doesn’t make you a good politician, with all due respect.” “Mayor Bloomberg was mayor for three terms, and so if you’re going to go the billionaire route,” she continued, with a dramatic eye roll, “he's a lot more compelling than you are.” Meghan McCain: Greta Thunberg Didn’t ‘Earn’ Person of the YearRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Heavy, gusty storms to rattle Florida, Georgia into Friday night

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 12:21

While an outbreak of severe weather is not anticipated, storms capable of producing strong gusts and flash flooding will pester parts of the southeastern United States into Friday night.The thunderstorms are part of a large and strengthening storm that is producing an expanding swath of heavy rain in the eastern third of the nation. The risk is greatest from the central part of the Florida Peninsula to southeastern Georgia and the immediate coast of South Carolina. The risk also extends westward over part of the Florida Panhandle as well.People in this area should keep an eye on the weather. Heavy, gusty thunderstorms can briefly become severe with high winds, small hail and perhaps an isolated tornado. A satellite image showing precipitation over the southeastern U.S. on Friday, December 13, 2019, around midday. (AccuWeather) What adds to the threat is the likelihood of storms developing after dark Friday.By Saturday, dry air is forecast to sweep from west to east across the region and end the thunderstorm threat.Download the free AccuWeather app to check the forecast in your area. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


Trump Complains of ‘Sham’ and ‘Hoax’: Impeachment Update

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:57

(Bloomberg) -- The House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday. The impeachment resolution is H.Res. 755. The full House is tentatively set to vote on impeachment next week.Here are the latest developments:Trump Complains of ‘Sham’ and ‘Hoax’ (11:55 a.m.)Asked for his reaction to the House vote, Trump repeated his criticism of the Democrats’ impeachment effort: “It’s a witch hunt, it’s a sham, it’s a hoax.”The president, speaking to reporters while meeting with Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benitez, accused Democrats of “trivializing impeachment.”Trump said impeachment is good for him politically, citing polls showing increasing support. He said he wouldn’t mind a short or a long impeachment process.White House Calls Inquiry a ‘Charade’ (10:50 a.m.)White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed the House impeachment process and said Trump is already looking ahead to a Senate trial.“This desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry in the House Judiciary Committee has reached its shameful end,” Grisham said in a statement. “The president looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House.”GOP’s Collins Says Democrats Abused Power (10:42 a.m.)Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, said Democrats undermined the integrity of the House of Representatives by voting on articles of impeachment he described as “folly.”“What will become more obvious in the coming days and years is that Democrats gravely abused their power,” Collins said. -- Billy HousePanel Sends Trump Articles to House Floor (10:09 a.m.)The House Judiciary Committee approved two impeachment articles against Trump, which if adopted by the full House would make him the third president impeached in U.S. history.The committee approved both articles by 23-17 party-line votes. The first article accuses Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival, and the second one states that he obstructed Congress’s investigation.The full House is tentatively planning to vote next Wednesday, according to a Democratic aide.Panel Approves Trump Abuse of Power Article (10:07 a.m.)The House Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 to impeach Trump for abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival.If the full House adopts the measure next week, Trump would become only the third U.S. president to be impeached. The Judiciary Committee will vote shortly on the second article, accusing Trump of obstructing Congress’s investigation of the Ukraine matter.Panel Begins Vote on First Trump Article (10:04 a.m.)The House Judiciary Committee began voting on the first impeachment article, which accuses Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival.Judiciary Panel Convenes to Vote on Articles (10:03 a.m.)The Judiciary Committee opened its meeting Friday for votes on the two impeachment articles against Trump.Judiciary Sets Vote on Articles for Friday (7:00 a.m.)The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to return at 10 a.m. Friday to vote on recommending two articles of impeachment to the full House. Chairman Jerrold Nadler recessed the panel late Thursday night following a marathon day-long hearing.“I want the members on both sides of the aisle to think about what has happened over these last few days and to search their conscience before we cast our final votes,” Nadler said amid objections from GOP lawmakers.During Thursday’s hearing, the panel’s Democratic majority rejected five amendments from Republicans to change the articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Catch Up on Impeachment CoverageKey EventsThe House impeachment resolution is H.Res. 755. The Intelligence Committee Democrats’ impeachment report is here.Gordon Sondland’s transcript is here and here; Kurt Volker’s transcript is here and here. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s transcript is here and here; the transcript of Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to the secretary of State, is here. The transcript of Holmes, a Foreign Service officer in Kyiv, is here.The transcript of William Taylor, the top U.S. envoy to Ukraine, is here and here. State Department official George Kent’s testimony is here and here. Testimony by Alexander Vindman can be found here, and the Fiona Hill transcript is here. Laura Cooper’s transcript is here; Christopher Anderson’s is here and Catherine Croft’s is here. Jennifer Williams’ transcript is here and Timothy Morrison’s is here. The Philip Reeker transcript is here. Mark Sandy’s is here.\--With assistance from Billy House.To contact the reporter on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at jwingrove4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Justin Blum, Joshua GalluFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Spain pledges funds for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:55

The Spanish government on Friday authorized nearly 150 million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to ease the strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivals from Latin America overwhelmed its social services. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa, who announced the measure at a weekly briefing, said the subsidies will be complemented by 25 million euros from European funds. Provoked by national crises in Spanish-speaking countries like Venezuela and Colombia, the number of people seeking asylum in Spain has skyrocketed.


Brent Wadden’s Abstract Weavings Are Equal Parts Anni and Josef Albers

ArtNews News Feed - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:45

Anni and Josef Albers did not have children. If they had, the kids might have grown up to make work like Brent Wadden’s. The Canadian artist uses Anni’s medium, weaving, to create abstract “paintings” whose color interactions would have made Josef proud.

Wadden trained as a painter, but he has been working exclusively as a weaver for almost a decade now, producing textiles by hand. Ten new examples were on view in his recent exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, “Second Life.” All but one were variations on a single theme, consisting of vertical compositions bisected by diagonals formed by transitions between different colors of yarn. The exception, a tripartite horizontal composition, shared this basic language. The diagonals wobble pleasantly as they make their way across the pieces, their irregularity the result of Wadden’s inexactness as he weaves, and the slight distortion of the textiles that occurred when they were stretched for their framed display. A machine loom—or a more careful weaver—could have created perfect vectors. But those were not what Wadden was after. Like many other artists who have adopted fiber in recent years—such as Josh Faught—he has said that he prizes his own inexpert craftsmanship, seeing it as a means of infusing his work with an expressive touch.

Brent Wadden: Untitled, 2019, hand woven fibers, wool, cotton, and acrylic on canvas, 71 1/2 by 56 3/4 inches; at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

When he began weaving, Wadden employed a black-and-white palette, the better to emphasize his structural decisions. Color has become increasingly important to him, and for the works in this show, he ventured into vivid polychrome: bright oranges, deep blues, rosy pinks. The yarns are miscellaneous wools, cottons, and synthetic fibers, all sourced online from amateur weavers’ unused stashes. (Perhaps this recycling explains the exhibition title.) The mix of materials introduced further variation to the proceedings, with similar but not-quite-matching yarns creating striations in Wadden’s color blocks, and tightly spun yarns contrasting with mohair-like texture.

The vertical works are perfectly proportioned to a smartphone screen, perhaps a slight concession to digital consumption in a show that otherwise demanded in-person viewing. Their upper and lower halves are made up of separate woven lengths that have been turned sideways, so that the fine white warp runs left to right and the thicker weft vertically. The seams between the lashed-together halves function as something like a horizon line, affirming the textiles’ pictorial status.

As this slightly technical description may suggest, although Wadden positions himself in the lineage of abstract painting—his works echoing those of Richard Diebenkorn, Bridget Riley, and Agnes Martin—it helps to know a little about craft and its history to appreciate what he is up to. The details of process and materials, and the cultural associations of the handmade, give his pieces some of their life.

Wadden has spoken of his admiration for the celebrated quilters of Gee’s Bend and the Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. In 2014, he was included in Nicolas Trembley’s exhibition “Mingei: Are You Here?” at Pace Gallery, a consideration of the Japanese craft movement of the 1920s and ’30s and its legacy. This was an apt context for him. Like the cosmopolitan figures who formulated mingei theory, Wadden’s cultivation of the imperfect has a certain knowingness to it, even a degree of self-contradiction. To create spontaneous and serendipitous effects, he seems to require a highly structured system. He is constantly negotiating between conscious sophistication and instinctive expression, walking a line that wavers like the diagonals wending across his woven abstractions.

Mitch McConnell laughs about stopping Obama hiring judges, allowing Trump to fill courts with conservatives

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:27

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted about blocking former president Barack Obama's judicial appointments, a two-year effort that allowed Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled congress to stack courts with conservative judges and create a conservative majority on the nation's high court.Fox host Sean Hannity told the Kentucky senator that he was shocked that the Obama administration "left so many vacancies and didn't try to fill those positions".


Kentucky governor pardons convicted killer whose brother hosted campaign fundraiser for him

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 11:20

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned hundreds of people, including some convicted of homicide, on his final days in office.


A bald eagle got into a fight with a giant red octopus, until some salmon farmers came along to untangle them

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:47

The farmers were able to pry the octopus' tentacles away from the bird so that it could fly away to safety.


The US and NATO are preparing for Russia to go after troops in the field and at home

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:43

NATO is designed for air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace operations, but on the fringes of those, hybrid activity poses a new kind of challenge.


Bosnia indicts convicted war criminal Milan Lukic

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:42

Bosnia's war crimes prosecutor on Friday indicted Milan Lukic, the Bosnian Serb paramilitary leader given a life sentence by a U.N. war crimes tribunal, for taking part in the kidnapping and killing of 20 people during the Bosnian war. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague convicted Lukic in 2009 of war crimes committed during the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and his life sentence was upheld by an appeals court in 2012. The Bosnian prosecutor issued the indictment for a crime that wasn't covered by the ICTY case after interrogating Lukic in Estonia, where he is serving his life sentence.


Man attempts to defend smacking TV presenter on bottom live on air by saying ‘I got caught up in the moment’

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:19

The man who objectified a TV reporter when he smacked her on the bottom during a live broadcast has spoken out, saying it was a “misjudge in character” and he “was caught up in the moment”.Tommy Callaway, a 43-year-old youth minister and boy scout leader, spoke to newsmagazine Inside Edition in his first interview since a video of him smacking WSAV News reporter Alex Bozarjian went viral.


Russia said it was alarmed after the U.S. tested a ground-launched ballistic missile

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 10:16

Russia said on Friday it was alarmed after the United States tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the RIA news agency reported.


Dems: Postponing impeachment vote was tactical

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:37

After a marathon session of debate, the House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote late Thursday on articles of impeachment against President Trump.


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