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House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

Business
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is unaware of the scope of environmental and cyber threats to its military bases, members of the House Armed Services Committee charged. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., chair of the intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, at a hearing this week cited four U.S. military bases which collectively sustained over $ 10 billion in damage from weather events. He referred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Tyndall AFB, Fla., overwhelmed by hurricanes last year; the flooding of Offutt AFB, Neb., by overflowing rivers; and earthquakes in July 2019 which damaged China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif. The hearing on Wednesday came after the subcommittee requested an assessment by the Defense Department of its risk exposure to weather events...
White House ‘will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry’

White House ‘will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry’

World
The White House has officially refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.A letter sent to Democratic leaders rejected it as "baseless" and "constitutionally invalid".Three Democratic-led House committees are investigating Mr Trump.The inquiry is trying to find out if the president held back aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.The White House letter comes hours after the Trump administration blocked the US ambassador to the European Union from appearing before a congressional impeachment investigation.What does the letter say?White House counsel Pat Cipollone addressed the eight-page letter to the leading D...
Trump-Ukraine inquiry: Democrats demand documents from White House

Trump-Ukraine inquiry: Democrats demand documents from White House

World
US Democratic lawmakers have demanded documents from the White House as part of their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The documents relate to a call between Mr Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 25 July. In the call, Mr Trump pushed Mr Zelensky to investigate his leading Democratic political rival, Joe Biden.The impeachment inquiry stems from the call, which was flagged up by a whistleblower in August.The whistleblower alleged that Mr Trump used a $ 400m military aid package to Ukraine, which had been suspended earlier in July, as leverage to persuade Mr Zelensky. The White House released the aid in September.Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing, accusing his political opponents of a "witch hunt"....
Here’s how many people tapped their retirement plan to buy a house

Here’s how many people tapped their retirement plan to buy a house

Finance
Tony Anderson | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesSome people will do just about anything to buy their first home.Just under 10% of homeowners surveyed by Bankrate.com, a personal finance website, said they took out money from their retirement savings to help cover the down payment and closing costs on their first dwelling.The site polled a total of 2,582 adults from July 31 through Aug. 2.Nearly half saved money specifically toward their home purchase, while another 20% said they received a financial gift from family and friends.The median sales price for a home is $ 320,300, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which can make the recommended down payment of 20% — what you'll need to avoid the additional cost of private mortgage insurance — a heavy lift for new buyers.Millennials