The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group will sign a new peace deal on Thursday, the two groups announced Tuesday. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the revised plan will be sent to the country’s congress for approval after it’s signed. The original peace deal was narrowly rejected by voters in October, as voters were angered rebels were let off too easily and immune from punishment for years of crimes. Rebels and government forces have been engaged in conflict for five decades, where 220,000 people were killed. Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year for his efforts to negotiate a truce.
Today's News: Nov. 22, 2016
Judge blocks Obama administration’s overtime pay rule, a new Colombian peace agreement, and more from the United States and around the world.
—A federal judge in Texas blocked the Obama administration’s rule extending mandatory overtime pay for 4.2 million workers. More here
—The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group will sign a new peace deal on Thursday. More here
—The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against New Jersey’s Bernards Township Tuesday for allegedly discriminating on the basis of religion when it denied zoning approval for the construction of a mosque on land belonging to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. More here
—We’re live-blogging the news stories of the day below. All updates are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5).
New Colombia Peace Deal Announced
The Vegas Golden Knights Are the NHL's Newest Team
Las Vegas’ first professional team finally has a name. NHL officials announced Tuesday the newest professional hockey team will be called the Vegas Golden Knights. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and team owner Bill Foley announced the franchise name to a crowd at T-Mobile Arena, where the Golden Knights will play starting in the 2017-18 season. The Golden Knights will be the NHL’s 31st team. The NHL announced Las Vegas won the bid for an expansion team in June. Quebec’s bid for a team was deferred. In the next offseason, the players from across the league will enter an expansion draft and eventually fill an entire roster for the Golden Knights.
The Vegas Golden Knights logo. pic.twitter.com/OXqcu4ELyF— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) November 23, 2016
Federal Judge Blocks Mandatory Overtime Pay Increase for 4 Million Americans
A federal judge in Texas blocked the Obama administration’s rule extending mandatory overtime pay for 4.2 million workers. The rule, which was one of President Obama’s signature policy achievements, was set to take effect on December 1. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant sided Tuesday with 21 states opposing the measure. Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also opposed the rule, which would have doubled the maximum salary threshold for people working more than 40 hours a week to qualify for time-and-a-half pay. The new rule would have set the level at $47,476, or $913 a week. The previous level was set at $23,660, or $455 a week. Republicans had already vowed to overturn the rule during the Trump administration.
Last-Ditch Effort to Keep the Raiders in Oakland Moves Forward
The city of Oakland is still attempting to keep the Raiders football team in the Bay Area. In a vague announcement Tuesday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said her office reached a “framework deal” with a group of developers leading a last-ditch effort to buy the land on which the Raiders play on Mondays, Thursday, and Sundays for $167.3 million. The group is led by former football player Ronnie Lott. The deal would have to be approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Oakland City Council. But there’s one major problem here: the group of developers does not own the Raiders. The decision to stay in Oakland still rests with owner Mark Davis, who has emphatically said he wants to move the team to Las Vegas, where developers have lined up to build a new stadium. Adding to complications are the many NFL owners have backed the team’s move to Las Vegas. Neither the NFL or Davis have commented on Tuesday’s agreement.
Justice Department Sues New Jersey Township for Denying Mosque Construction
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against New Jersey’s Bernards Township Tuesday for allegedly discriminating on the basis of religion when it denied zoning approval for the construction of a mosque on land belonging to the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge. The Islamic Society, led by former township mayor Mohammad Ali Chaudry, first submitted the zoning application for the mosque in 2012. After 39 public hearings conducted over the span of nearly four years, the township’s planning board denied the mosque’s zoning application in December citing a “lack of details” over parking, traffic, and buffer zones between the mosque and the residential areas surrounding it. The federal government now claims this decision violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which “ensures that municipalities must treat religious land use applications like any other land use application,” Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, said Tuesday in a statement. “But here, township officials kept moving the goalposts by using ever-changing local requirements to effectively deny this religious community the same access as other faiths.” The township denied the discrimination charge, calling the federal inquiry into the matter a “rush to judgement.”
Dow Closes Above 19,000 for the First Time Ever
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 19,000 Tuesday for the first time in its 120-year history. The Dow rose 66.98 points, or 0.4 percent, to finish at 19,023.87, according to preliminary estimates, USA Today reports. It took nearly two years to get here; the Dow closed above 18,000 for the first time in December 2014. The U.S. presidential election appears to have boosted the shares of industrial companies and banks, as investors look ahead to a potentially business-friendly Trump administration. The Dow has closed above 18,000 since the election.
Chlorine Gas Use Suspected in Aleppo Bombardment
Barrel bombs laced with a chemical suspected to be chlorine gas were dropped from helicopters on rebel-held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo Tuesday, causing breathing difficulties among some civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group, reports. The group cites local sources and medical officials, though these reports have not been independently verified. The group said four barrel bombs were dropped, releasing a gas with “an awful smell” that was inhaled by some civilians. The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not without precedent. A report by the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the use of chemical weapons in Syria by both the Syrian government and the Islamic State in 2014 and 2015. Syrian authorities, however, have denied the claims.
This Finnish Town Wants to Name Streets After Emojis and Memes
File this one under ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . A town in southern Finland has proposed naming two new roads Emojikatu and Meemikatu streets, or Emoji and Meme streets in a new commercial zone, the BBC reports. “We wanted something that speaks to modern times,” Juha Anttila, an architect and town planner in Lohja, told Finnish media. “We have almost run out of plant, tree and bird names in our area.” Antilla said “there are more than 20 place names starting with Birch” in Lohja, which is west of Helsinki, the capital. The town’s planning committee has already approved the proposal, and will now ask residents for their opinions. If they don’t object, the proposal will go into effect next year.
NCAA Orders Notre Dame to Vacate Wins from 2012-13 and 2013-14 Football Seasons
The NCAA has ordered the University of Notre Dame to vacate its football wins from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons in a case related to academic misconduct. The NCAA said a former student athletic trainer at the school violated the league’s ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football players and provided six other players with academic extra benefits. Notre Dame was also fined $5,000 and was put on a one-year probation for the violations. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s coach, called the vacations of wins “excessive,” according to Pete Sampson, editor of Irish Illustrated on Scout.com. John Jenkins, the university’s president, said the penalty was not appropriate in this case. This season has been dismal for the Fighting Irish. The team had an unbeaten record in the 2012-13 season before it lost to the Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game. The following year, they finished 9-4.
The Latest From the Trump Transition
Our Politics team is covering the latest from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition.
Here are some of the stories that are making headlines today:
Former Trump Campaign Manager Says He Will Not 'Lock Her Up'
Trump Will Meet the New York Times After All
Trump's Preview of His First Days in Office
And here’s the link to our transition live blog.
Turkey Withdraws a Bill That Would Have Cleared Men of Sexual Assault If They Married the Victim
Turkey’s government withdrew a bill that would have allowed men convicted of sexually assaulting young girls to have their sentences overturned if they married their victims. The announcement was made Tuesday, after widespread protests against the bill, which would suspended a man’s sentence if he could prove the act was carried out without force and that the girl consented. The bill came under widespread attack from women’s-rights groups, including one headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s daughter. The government argued the bill was necessary, because in Turkey the courts permit civil marriages for people as young as 16 and that some fathers were imprisoned for marrying off their underage daughters even though both families, the bride, and groom had consented. Critics said those under 18 cannot give meaningful consent.
A Dakota Access Pipeline Protester May Lose Her Arm After Clashes With Deputies
A 21-year-old woman protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, may need to have her arm amputated, activists say. Images posted to social media showed Sophia Wilansky’s arm severely broken with the bone sticking out, which activists said was the result of being hit with a projectile fired by Morton County Sheriff’s Department and being sprayed with a water cannon. The woman’s father told The Guardian a concussion grenade tore apart her nerves, flesh, muscle, and bone, causing her to undergo eight hours of surgery to repair the limb. Wilansky was one of 26 people who activists said were taken to the hospital after a clash with police Sunday night. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department told the Los Angeles Times the wound could not have come from deputies, because they didn’t “deploy anything that should have caused that type of damage to her arm.”
No. Nigel Farage Won't Be the U.K.'s Ambassador to the U.S.
Nigel Farage is a much loved figure in the incoming Trump administration. The leader of the U.K. Independence Party campaigned with Donald Trump during the presidential election. He was one of the first figures to speak to President-elect Trump. He even offered to be a conduit between Trump and the U.K. government. Indeed, Farage is so popular with Trump that the president-elect tweeted Monday that he would be a “great” ambassador to the U.S. Trouble is the U.K. government, which has never hidden its disdain of Farage, doesn’t agree. Its response: There’s “no vacancy.” The post of U.K. ambassador to the U.S. is held by Sir Kim Darroch, a career diplomat who took the position last January. Ambassadorships typically last four years. Farage, writing in Breitbart, which was previously run by Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, accused the U.K. government of putting its “dislike” of him over “what could be good for our country.”
Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
Egypt's Highest Court Overturns Morsi's Life Sentence, Orders Retrial in Espionage Case
The Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest judicial body, has overturned the life sentence of Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated leader who was ousted by the military in 2013, just a year after he was elected president. The life sentence was related to charges that Morsi passed secrets to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The court ordered a retrial in the cases. On November 15, the court overturned the death sentence imposed on Morsi in connection with a prison break in 2011. Morsi was elected president in 2012 after massive protests during the Arab Spring saw the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the longtime Egyptian leader. But public sentiment, and the military, quickly turned against Morsi, and mass protests against his rule resulted in his ouster in 2013.
Trump Says U.S. Will Leave TPP
President-elect Donald Trump, in a video released Monday, outlined his immediate priorities as president, announcing the U.S. will exit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, end “job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy,” and order the U.S. Labor Department to investigate visa abuses. (My colleague Russell Berman wrote more about this here.) The video was released after a private, off-the-record meeting the TV news executives. Trump was scheduled Tuesday to meet with editors of the The New York Times, but he tweeted Tuesday that he “cancelled today's meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice.” He left open the possibility that the meeting would be rescheduled, but called the newspaper’s coverage of him “nasty.” Trump’s relationship with the Times, tense for years, became bitter during the presidential campaign.
.@transition2017 update and policy plans for the first 100 days. pic.twitter.com/HTgPXfPWeJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2016