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By Dennis Romero
LOS ANGELES — Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., says that he’s donating campaign cash from prominent Democratic Party contributor Ed Buck after a second death was reported at his apartment in as many years.
Lieu, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said in a statement dated Tuesday that he would donate $18,500 in contributions from Buck to African-American and LGBTQ nonprofits such as the NAACP and Lambda Legal.
“I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck,” Lieu said in a statement. “While we await the results of the law enforcement investigation, I am going to donate the contributions I have received from Mr. Buck to my federal campaign over the years.”
The deceased was described by Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, as a 55-year-old longtime friend who showed up at Buck’s home in West Hollywood “intoxicated” on Sunday or Monday.
Asked what kind of substance might have been involved, Amster said, “The behavior that was described seemed like it might have been more than methamphetamine.”
Meth was listed as an “immediate cause” in the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, who would have been 29 next week. His body was found at Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017.
Buck, who first made political headlines in the the 1980s when he led the successful drive to impeach Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, has steadfastly denied any culpability in Moore’s death, and the same can now be said of the new case.
“Ed really didn’t want him to come over,” Amster said. “He was insistent and came over and brought his emotional issues over, and he was intoxicated and he died. Ed had nothing to with his death.”
The death was reported at 1:05 a.m. (4:05 a.m. ET) Monday, when someone called 911, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Charles Moore said.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating, and they have launched “a secondary review” of Moore’s death, according to a statement. Seymour said his client welcomed a second look at Moore’s death because the conclusion “is still going to be what it is.”
Coroner’s investigators initially described Moore’s death as “accidental,” and homicide detectives did not open a case until nearly two months later, after his mother, LaTisha Nixon, made waves with the media by questioning Buck’s behavior.
She told authorities that Buck had once tied up her son and that she suspected that he “may have harmed the decedent,” according to the coroner’s report on his death.
However, after homicide investigators sent their file to the district attorney’s office, prosecutors saw no case. The identity of the victim in Monday’s death was not released; the cause was still under investigation.
“As with the previous incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was intimately involved in reviewing the facts of the case, and will be so in this case as well,” according to the sheriff’s statement, which was issued Monday.
Brexit LIVE: 10 Tories who voted for Corbyn’s hard Brexit block – Revealed
TEN Tory MPs voted in favour of a motion to derail Brexit but the Labour-led attempt was still defeated by a majority of 11 in what was seen as a boost to Conservative leadership candidates such as Boris Johnson who plan a “deal or no deal” departure in October.
Bernie Sanders turns the tables on Trump over ‘democratic socialism’
Bernie Sanders will outline his vision of “democratic socialism” on Wednesday, explaining his view that all Americans are guaranteed certain rights, including housing, a job, a secure retirement and more, according to excerpts of the speech released by his campaign.
“We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights,” Sanders will say, according to the excerpts of what his campaign is billing as a major address. “This is what I mean by democratic socialism.”
The Vermont independent senator will urge voters to “take the next step forward and guarantee every man, woman and child in our country” rights to health care, education, a “decent job,” affordable housing, a secure retirement and living in a “clean environment,” according to the excerpts.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Sanders for his views, labeling him as “Crazy Bernie” and inaccurately comparing his vision to the version of socialism that was put in place in trouble-plagued Venezuela.
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump said at his State of the Union address in February. “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
Sanders will also call on voters to reject Trump’s attacks on his ideology, claiming that the president and his “fellow oligarchs” don’t “really oppose all forms of socialism.”
“They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires,” Sanders will say, citing the Great Recession bailouts from the federal government that he said made Wall Street “big government socialists.”
Sanders’ campaign said that the speech will also call on the American people to reject Trump’s “xenophobic and authoritarian policies” and “instead complete the unfinished business of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.”
“The speech is not just about Trump,” Sanders’ chief of staff Ari Rabin-Havt told NBC News. “There’s a collection of interests taking a bigger stand to control politics while working people feel pain and hurt. Democratic socialism is part of the answer for that.”
Sanders’ identification as a democratic socialist has ignited within the crowded field of Democrats running for president a discussion over what it means to be a socialist and whether the philosophy can coexist with capitalism.
Sanders delivered a similar speech during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, when he was battling against eventual-nominee Hillary Clinton, saying then that “real freedom must include economic security” and comparing his vision to Roosevelt’s.
Russia plans to deliver S-400 missiles to Turkey within weeks
MOSCOW — Russia said on Tuesday it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, setting the clock ticking on a U.S. threat to hit Ankara with sanctions if it goes ahead with a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies.
Turkey and the United States have sparred publicly for months over Ankara’s order for the S-400s, which are not compatible with the transatlantic alliance’s systems.
Washington has threatened to remove Turkey from its F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops the deal, and has set its own deadline of July 31. If Ankara accepts delivery of the S-400s, that would trigger U.S. sanctions that could prolong Turkey’s economic recession and prompt a re-evaluation of its 67-year membership of NATO.
Turkey said that a U.S. House of Representatives’ resolution on Monday condemning the S-400 purchase and urging sanctions was unacceptably threatening.
Later on Tuesday in Moscow, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters: “The agreements reached between Russia and Turkey are being fulfilled on time in the given context. There are no bilateral problems.”
Asked if the surface-to-air missiles will be delivered in July, he said: “Yes, that’s what we plan somehow.”
The comments came days after the head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, said Moscow would start delivering the S-400s to Turkey in two months. Turkish officials have said the delivery could take place as soon as June.
The U.S. resolution, introduced in May and entitled “Expressing concern for the United States-Turkey alliance,” was agreed in the House on Monday.
It urges Turkey to cancel the S-400 purchase and calls for sanctions if Ankara accepts their delivery. That, the resolution said, would undermine the U.S.-led transatlantic defense alliance.
In response, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that its foreign policy and judicial system were being maligned by “unfair” and “unfounded” allegations in the resolution.
“It is unacceptable to take decisions which do not serve to increase mutual trust, to continue to keep the language of threats and sanctions on the agenda and to set various artificial deadlines,” it added in a statement.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faces a balancing act in its ties with the West and Russia, with which it has close energy ties and is also cooperating in neighboring Syria.
The United States is also pressuring Turkey and other nations to isolate Iran, including blocking oil exports.
U.S. officials said on Monday the training of Turkish pilots on F-35 fighter jets had come to a faster-than-expected halt at an air base in Arizona, as Ankara’s involvement was wound down over the S-400 controversy.
The United States says Turkey’s acquisition of Russia’s S-400 air defenses poses a threat to Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 stealth fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy.
“We rarely see it in foreign affairs, but this is a black and white issue. There is no middle ground. Either Mr. Erdogan cancels the Russian deal, or he doesn’t,” Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said on the House floor on Monday.
“There is no future for Turkey having both Russian weapons and American F-35s. There’s no third option,” he said.
Turkey appeared set to move ahead with the S-400 purchase despite the U.S. warnings. Erdogan said last week it was “out of the question” for Turkey to back away from its deal with Moscow.
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