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April 26, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is running for president, rolled out a proposal for military housing on Friday.

Her plan proposes increased inspections of housing units on military bases, which have received complaints from residents who say they are poorly maintained and at times hazardous, reports Reuters. Warren suggests closely regulating the private developers, offering tenants a "bill of rights," and establishing a health registry to track medical conditions that could be caused or worsened by housing conditions.

"Today I'm rolling out a plan to improve our military housing, protect families from abuse, and hold private developers accountable for the promises they make to those who serve our country," wrote Warren in a Medium blog post.

The proposal says the Department of Defense should standardize leases and report financial details of housing contracts. It would also give military bases housing officials dedicated to advocating for service members, and make it illegal for DOD officials or members of Congress "to benefit from investing in a military housing development company."

Warren has been prolific in her policy proposals since launching her 2020 bid; Earlier this week, she also introduced a plan to reduce the maternal mortality rate among African-American women, reports CNN. Read more about her military housing plan at Medium. Summer Meza

1:34 a.m.

Wearing just a cap, googles, and swimsuit, Sarah Thomas got into the water Saturday and emerged more than 54 hours later, a world record holder.

On Tuesday, the 37-year-old from Colorado became the first person to ever swim across the English Channel four times in a row, nonstop. It was a commendable feat, as only four other swimmers have crossed the English Channel three times without stopping. An open water ultra marathon swimmer, Thomas entered her first race in 2007, and was hooked. She swam the English Channel in 2012 and 2016, but after completing breast cancer treatment last year, wanted to take on this challenge, saying her swim was for "all the survivors out there."

Going into it, Thomas expected to swim about 80 miles, but strong tides tacked on 50 additional miles. The hardest parts included getting stung on the face by a jellyfish and having to deal with the saltwater burning her throat, mouth, and tongue, but Thomas pushed through, buoyed by her supporters and the protein drinks she downed every 30 minutes. Once she was back on land, Thomas told BBC News she was "stunned," and couldn't believe she did it. "I'm really just pretty numb," she added. Catherine Garcia

12:53 a.m.

In response to drone attacks against Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, the Trump administration is contemplating several different ways to retaliate against Iran, U.S. officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

U.S. intelligence says there is strong evidence that Iran was behind the attack, an accusation Tehran denies. During a national security meeting on Monday, Trump was presented with several ways the U.S. could target Iran, including a strike against oil facilities or a cyber attack, NBC News reports. Trump wants to avoid being drawn into a larger military conflict with Iran, the officials said, and asked for more options.

On Monday, Trump said the U.S. is prepared for war, but "we'd certainly like to avoid it," and he thinks the Iranians "want to make a deal." Catherine Garcia

12:33 a.m.

The Trump administration will formally revoke California's right to set its own stricter vehicle emissions rules this week, setting up a massive legal fight with high-stakes consequences for U.S. automakers and greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to announce its unprecedented withdrawal of California's waiver on Wednesday, while Trump is raising more money in California, but after the news broke, the announcement has been pushed back to at least Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

The Trump administration has long signaled it will revoke California's special authority to set its own auto emissions standards, granted under the 1970 Clean Air Act. Other states gained the right to adhere to California's stricter standards under a 1977 law, and 13 states have pledged to follow California's current rules.

California vowed to fight the waiver withdrawal all the way to the Supreme Court, and environmental groups have signed on. Stripping California of the right to control its own air quality "could have devastating consequences for our kids' health and the air we breathe, if California were to roll over," Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said. "But we will not." In a speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association on Tuesday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said "we embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation."

Trump's move against California was originally supposed to be part of a broader rollback of fuel economy standards set under President Barack Obama, but the rest of the plan has gotten bogged down "as staff members struggled to prepare legal, technical, or scientific justifications for it," The New York Times reports. Wheeler told the Post last week that the rest of the rules will be finalized by the end of the year. But Trump "wanted to press forward with a policy that would punish California," the Times reports, after he was "blindsided and angered" by a deal California forged with four large automakers in July to adhere to California's goal of higher-efficiency vehicles by 2026 regardless of what the Trump EPA decides. The Justice Department is also examining whether that deal violates antitrust laws. Peter Weber

September 17, 2019

The results of Israel's Tuesday election are starting to trickle in, and the race is too close to call.

With 26 percent of votes counted early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party has 28.42 percent of the vote, followed by the centrist Blue and White Party with 25.4 percent. Exit polls showed that Netanyahu did not appear to have enough votes for a parliamentary majority, and the Central Elections Commission told the Times of Israel the final tally might not be known until Wednesday afternoon.

The commission also said 69.4 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots, with higher turnout among Arab voters; this was likely due to Netanyahu's actions before the election, when he questioned their loyalty and vowed to annex settlements in the West Bank.

Speaking to supporters late Tuesday, Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party said that "starting tonight, we will work to form a broad unity government that will express the will of the people." At his rally, Netanyahu said the country "needs a strong and stable and Zionist government." He touted his relationship with his "close friend President Trump," and declared there can't be a government "that is being supported by anti-Zionist, Arabic parties that don't believe in Israel as a Jewish and democratic state."

Netanyahu is expected to be indicted soon on bribery, fraud, and breach of trust charges related to three separate scandals. He wanted to secure a majority so he could work with his allies to pass legislation giving him immunity, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2019

The United States wants Cuban migrants who pass through Honduras to seek asylum there, rather than in the U.S., Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said Tuesday.

Rosales told reporters that over the last year, thousands of Cubans have made their way through Honduras, headed to the United States. Negotiations are ongoing between the U.S. and Honduras on what to do about migrants, and "one of the topics discussed in the deal with the United States is precisely that if Cuban migrants are interested in seeking political asylum ... they do so in Honduras," Rosales said.

Looking for ways to stop the flow of migrants to the U.S., the Trump administration has worked out an agreement with Guatemala, so migrants headed toward the United States can first apply for asylum there. The Guatemalan government has not yet ratified this deal. Thousands of Hondurans and Guatemalans are leaving their countries every year for the United States, fleeing poverty and violence. Catherine Nichols

September 17, 2019

President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that while he is a "truth-teller" while under oath, the same can't be said for when he's not.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Lewandowski was asked by Barry Berke, an attorney for the Democrats, about comments he made to MSNBC host Ari Melber in February. During the interview, Lewandowski told Melber he didn't remember Trump ever asking him to "get involved" with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions or the Department of Justice.

Earlier in the hearing, Lewandowski confirmed something that appeared in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report — that in 2017, Trump did ask him to tell Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in order to get the attention off his campaign. Lewandowski said he didn't do this because he was going on a trip with his family. He also said he thought it was a "joke" when Trump said he would fire Sessions if he didn't meet with Lewandowski.

After being caught in the lie, Lewandowski said "perhaps I was inaccurate at that time," adding, "I have no obligation to be honest with the media." Catherine Garcia

September 17, 2019

At the end of a contentious hearing on Tuesday, House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that his behavior was "completely unacceptable" and "part of a pattern by a White House desperate for the American people not to hear the truth."

The committee's Democrats are investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump, and Nadler said the hearing focused on "presidential obstruction of justice and abuse of power." Lewandowski had been ordered by Trump to not answer any questions about conversations they had after Trump became president, and Nadler said this was "troubling" and "an absolute cover-up by the White House." Nadler also said he was considering holding Lewandowski in contempt.

Throughout the nearly six hours of testimony, Lewandowski refused to answer certain questions or danced around them. Nadler told him that by doing so, he was "obstructing the work of our committee," and also "proving our point for the American people to see — the president is intent on obstructing our legitimate oversight. You are aiding him in that obstruction." Lewandowski did take the time to praise Trump and accuse Democrats of hating Trump "more than they love their country." Catherine Garcia

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