NYC Life Expectancy Rises, But Racial And Wealth Disparities Remain – Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 8:02 PM

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Kitchen 21, Housing Several Restaurants, Opens in Brooklyn

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TREADWELL PARK DOWNTOWN The second of Abraham Merchant’s craft beer halls also has an outdoor beer garden: 301 South End Avenue (Albany Street), Battery Park City, 212-945-0528, treadwellpark.com.

Looking Ahead

PUBLIC Ian Schrager’s latest hotel, this one on the Lower East Side, will have several restaurants from Jean-Georges Vongerichten when it opens in about a month. Among the dining options will be the Public Kitchen, with a smoker, a wood-burning oven and grill, and a global menu. The hotel will also have a market and dining counter called Louis, with pastrami sandwiches, dumplings, a salad station and hot dogs, and a clubby bar and lounge with light food called Diego. The Roof, with views all around, will be a nightspot serving barbecue on weekends: 215 Chrystie Street (Stanton Street).

Chefs on the Move

LEE HANSON AND RIAD NASR, who ran the kitchen at Balthazar and Minetta Tavern, will be operating a summer pop-up called the Club Car at the McKittrick Hotel, starting Friday through Sept. 4. They will prepare a menu as summery as a sea breeze with lobster, crab, scallops and clams, and some meat items: 542 West 27th Street, 212-564-1662, mckittrickhotel.com.

PETER HOFFMAN, who closed his restaurants Savoy and Back Forty, will prepare his annual seasonal Catalan calçotada dinner, featuring grilled young leeks, spring lamb and white runner beans on Friday at Reynard, in the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue (North 11th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn; $115, including wine and tip: 718-460-8004, reynardnyc.com.

BEN POLLINGER, who left Oceana last year, will open a restaurant of his own, as yet unnamed, at 252 Schraalenburgh Road in Closter, N.J., in early fall. He described it as spacious, about 100 seats, with a bar area seating 40 and an outdoor patio for another 30 guests. He plans a contemporary American menu with global accents.

Closing

ISABELLA’S This longtime Upper West Side restaurant has closed after some 30 years.

SCHILLER’S LIQUOR BAR Keith McNally has announced that his Lower East Side restaurant, which made subway tiles a design statement, will close in August. The lease is up: 131 Rivington Street (Norfolk Street), 212-260-4555, schillersny.com.

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The only way Trump will get impeached

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to Groton, Connecticut, May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo  Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Thomson Reuters

In the past few weeks, the impeachment of Donald Trump has moved from the realm of liberal fantasy to real, if still distant possibility. The U.S. president violates democratic norms and expectations around presidential conduct. And with each fresh outrage, the American system’s ultimate political sanction becomes more thinkable.

If and when the House Judiciary Committee takes up the question of impeachment, it will have a running start. Legal scholars, including Laurence Tribe, of Harvard have begun work on sample articles in the indictment.

As during Watergate, there is broad agreement that the first article would be the obstruction of justice. By his admission, Trump fired James Comey as director of the FBI because of the probe into links between his presidential campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey contemporaneously documented Trump’s request that he let go of the investigation into Michael Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser. Comey’s memos, combined with Trump’s admission, make a strong prima facie case.

A second article of impeachment might revolve around accusations of conflict of interest and corruption. Trump, who has neither released his tax returns nor properly separated himself from his real estate, hotel, and golf businesses, stands to profit enormously from his time in office.

Doubling the membership admission fee at his Mar-a-Lago resort (to $200,000) is a crude and obvious way of selling access while in office. The elevated rates paid by visiting diplomats at his new Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House, trigger the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, a specific prohibition against officials receiving payments from foreign governments.

A historically grounded understanding of what the American founders meant by the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” arguably covers a much wider range of presidential abuses. Another Harvard law professor, Noah Feldman, argues that the president’s slanderous accusation that Barack Obama tapped his phones in Trump Tower constitutes an impeachable offense, along with Trump’s bilious defamation of the press.

Donald Trump Sergey Lavrov Sergey KislyakDonald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP

A president cannot be criminally prosecuted for disclosing classified information, as Trump apparently did when he bragged to Russian officials about his fantastic intelligence on ISIS. But gratuitously harming national security by spilling secrets in this way is arguably an impeachable offense too.

The specifics of possible charges are somewhat beside the point. Whether impeachment hearings take place is ultimately a political question much more than a legal one. And so long as Republicans control the House, they remain unlikely. Since Trump became the GOP nominee, people have continually wondered whether this or that catastrophe would finally cause Republican legislators to break with him. Would the Access Hollywood tape, in which Trump bragged about sexual predation, be the straw that broke the camel’s back? Would his bigoted attacks on a Mexican American judge?

But the camel’s back is the wrong metaphor. Members of Congress are less beasts of accumulating burden than computational machines designed to win re-election. Their sense of their own political interests is acute. Thanks to gerrymandered congressional districts, a large majority of Republican House members hold safe seats, where the risk of losing to a Democrat is minimal. Their greater concern is a well-financed primary challenge from the right.

Only when legislators judge that the risk of continuing to support Trump outweighs the risk of abandoning him will they begin to jump ship. Their support is likely to hold firm so long as Trump’s approval rating among Republicans remains greater than 80 percent.

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This political calculation should not be confused with loyalty—many Republican politicians privately feel (and express) contempt for Trump. The party’s greater loyalty is to a conservative agenda that includes tax cuts, deregulation, and the repeal of Obamacare.

If Trump comes to be seen as an obstacle rather than an avenue for that agenda, party leaders could turn on him. With scandals metastasizing and special counsel Robert Mueller at work, the prospect of a paralyzed presidency is growing.

At the same time, Republicans cannot simply decide they would be better off disposing of Trump in favor of the vice president. Were Trump to be forced from office, Mike Pence would take over in conditions akin to 1974, when the GOP faced public rejection after Watergate. The party leadership understands that there is no good scenario for the party that involves Trump leaving office before his time.

Impeachment becomes a more likely prospect if control of the House shifts in the 2018 congressional election. But even if Democratic efforts to focus the midterm on impeachment succeed, it takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate to remove a president from office. The ultimate decision about whether Trump serves out his term will remain in Republican hands.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Business Insider.

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What Next For WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange After He Pledges “War” and New CIA Documents Leaked: Report

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange issued a defiant statement after Sweden announced it was dropping its investigation into rape allegations against him.

“Today is an important victory for me and the UN human rights system, but by no means erases seven years of detention without charge…while my children grew up. That is not something I can forgive or forget,” Assange told journalists from a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has lived for the last five years.

Marianne Ny, Sweden’s director of public prosecutions, earlier said the investigation was dropped because Sweden had “exhausted the possibilities” for investigating the allegations against Assange.

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But Ny stressed in her statement Friday that the investigation could be reopened before the statute of limitations on the case expires in 2020.

If Assange “went into British custody, then the Swedes may well revisit their decision … as extradition is suddenly easier”, tweeted legal expert David Allen Green.

Assange failed to answer a bail hearing when he took refuge in the embassy, resulting in an active warrant for his arrest by London’s Metropolitan Police, punishable by up to a year in prison.

Foremost of Assange’s concerns is possible extradition to the U.S., where he he could be detained on espionage charges.

Julian Assange speaks to the media from the balcony of the Embassy Of Ecuador on May 19, 2017 in London, England. Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images

In his statement Friday, Assange threatened further leaks of U.S, classified information, after reports last month that U.S. officials were preparing charges for Assange’s arrest.

“The U.K. has said it will arrest me regardless. Now the U.S. CIA director [Mike] Pompeo and the U.S. attorney general [Jeff Sessions] have said that I and other WikiLeaks staff have no rights and that my arrest and the arrest of other staff is a priority. That is not acceptable … Our publications are proceeding at speed and that speed in relation to [recent high profile leaks about the CIA] is accelerating.”

The Trump administration’s declaration that it intends to prioritize the arrest of Assange may surprise observers, after WikiLeaks released hacked Democrat emails that damaged the campaign of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. However, Trump has stated his intention to pursue “leakers,” after a drip of damaging information about his presidency from U.S. officials.

Sweden’s decision came on the same day as WikiLeaks released a fresh batch of documents on the technological capacity of the CIA.

Assange’s lawyer Melinda Taylor told the Guardian: “I can’t say [Assange] will stay in [the Ecuadorian embassy] indefinitely, but I would hope that [events] won’t force him to do so.”

Ecuador has offered Assange asylum should he be able to leave Britain.

Guillaume Long, Ecuador’s foreign minister, pledged to help Assange Friday. “Given that the European arrest warrant no longer holds, Ecuador will now be intensifying its diplomatic efforts with the UK so Julian Assange gains safe passage [to] Ecuador,” said Long.

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Raw: Saudi Arabia Honors Trump in Riyadh

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More than a dozen horses flanked the presidential limousine on Saturday as Donald Trump was driven to the Royal Court in Riyadh, where he received Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor from King Salman. (May 20)

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Raw: Trump, Saudi King Sign Agreements in Riyadh

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President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday signed a series of agreements cementing their countries’ military and economic partnerships. The agreements include a military sales deal of about 110 billion US dollars, effective immediately. (May 20)

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President Trump Receives Royal Saudi Welcome

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