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Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at home
The liberal media, enthusiasts all for the Green New Deal, has downplayed the global energy crisis; they especially do not want you to know what kicked it off. Consequently, the Brits scrambled to substitute natural gas for the missing wind energy. A shortage of natural gas spread over Europe like a virus, leading Germans to beg Vladimir Putin for more imports, which the Russian despot declined to provide. Beijing, too, had to substitute natural gas in their energy grid, causing even more shortages. Meanwhile, governors around the U.S. have nixed the construction of natural gas pipelines, denying their states’ residents relatively clean and cheap fuel.
Afghanistan women's junior football team granted UK visas
(CNN) Afghanistan's women's junior football team and their immediate families will be relocated to Britain from Pakistan "shortly" after being granted visas by the UK government. "We are working to finalise visas to the Afghan Women's Development Team and look forward to welcoming them to the UK shortly," a UK government spokesperson told CNN. "The Government is committed to doing all it can to support those most in need, including vulnerable women and girls, and those at risk who have had to flee Afghanistan ." The UK Home Office declined to comment on the type of visas the players and their families would be receiving. In August, the UK government announced a resettlement scheme for Afghan citizens facing "threats of persecution from the Taliban."
Trump faces a pile of civil lawsuits as depositions begin
Trump's attorneys have said that his statements were true and that they plan to file a countersuit. Trump's attorneys could file court papers Monday to set a date for his deposition. Protesters at Trump TowerAlso Monday, attorneys for protesters who allege that Trump's bodyguards assaulted them during a demonstration in 2015 were set to question Trump. Carroll alleges that Trump raped her during a chance encounter in a New York City department store in the mid-1990s. Trump has also filed his own suit against Mary Trump, alleging that she violated their settlement and a nondisclosure agreement.
Senate to vote on sweeping voting rights bill Republicans promise to filibuster
WASHINGTON — This week could be the last dance for federal voting rights legislation. Some have suggested a carve-out to the filibuster for voting rights. said Ezra Levin, a co-founder of the group Indivisible, which has sought to build support for a voting rights overhaul. Biden has championed new voting rights protections, but he has been reluctant to push to eliminate the filibuster in the Senate, where he served for 36 years. "These next six weeks are make or break for President Biden and Senate Democrats," Zupnick said.
EU's Borrell 'optimistic' about possible new Iran talks
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell delivers a speech during a debate on the future of EU-U.S. relations as part of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, October 5, 2021. read moreIran's Fars news agency said discussions could take place on Thursday, citing a lawmaker on Sunday after a meeting with Iran's foreign minister. Borrell, speaking as he arrived for an EU foreign ministers' meeting on Monday, said he was becoming more optimistic. EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after talks broke off between Iran and world powers as Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iranian president. But after Mora's visit, Iran's foreign ministry said it would hold talks in the coming days with the EU in Brussels.
EU to seek sanctions on Belarus airline over migrant arrivals
Ireland is the EU’s hub for aircraft leasing, with Irish companies managing more than half the world’s hired aircraft. Several EU countries, particularly those that share a border with Belarus such as Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, as well as Estonia, want to expand sanctions on Belarus to directly target Belavia. This would ban EU companies from doing any business with the national airline. Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia — supported by other countries including Germany — wrote a letter last month calling for the EU to cease leasing aircraft to Belavia. No EU company should be allowed to lease aircraft to a company that engages in human trafficking.”Want more analysis from POLITICO?
Harris to visit Lake Mead to discuss drought and climate change
Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by the West’s drought as she visits Lake Mead and makes the case for the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate change proposals, which have stalled in Congress. That agenda includes climate provisions that the Biden administration says would make the U.S. more resilient amid the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heat waves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. Officials said Harris will also discuss how water shortages affect farmers, the nation’s food supply and the economy. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands, and increasing water efficiency.
Babylon Rental Review Board gives itself high marks, as do residents
That’s the permit case tally for Babylon Town’s new rental review board, which is nearing its first anniversary, a year that town officials called successful. The seven-member board, which is tasked with reviewing all rental permit applications for houses and buildings, is a first among Long Island municipalities. All of the nearly 2,500 active rental permits in the town are being reviewed and all landlords must come before the board. Under the new rental permit rules, if a landlord does not live near their property, they must appoint a local agent to act on their behalf. They also must post notice of their board hearing to alert neighbors.
Judge getting update on NC school funding equity plan
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge wants an update on why a funding roadmap he's endorsed that's designed to reduce public education inequities among students hasn't been carried out so far. Superior Court Judge David Lee scheduled a court hearing for Monday in the long-running “Leandro” school funding case. Roy Cooper should fully fund the remedial spending plan, in particular by earmarking $1.7 billion for it through mid-2023. But Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor are still in state budget talks that include K-12 spending. GOP lawmakers have bristled at arguments that Lee can force the General Assembly to spend certain levels of money.
Kosovo opposition wins, but most communes in runoffs
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Preliminary results on Monday show that the center-right opposition parties have dominated in Kosovo’s municipal elections but more than half of communes will go to runoffs in a month's time. About 1.9 million voters in the small Balkan nation were electing mayors for 38 municipalities and about 1,000 town hall lawmakers. Election officials said preliminary turnout was 42.5%, slightly less than four years ago. With almost all the vote counted, preliminary results published online by the Central Election Commission showed that 21 communes will need a runoff in a month to elect their mayors. The center-right Democratic Party of Kosovo of former independence fighters, and whose ex-leaders are being tried for war crimes, has won nine posts, followed by the center-right Democratic League of Kosovo with seven and the Alliance for Kosovo’s Future with six mayors.
Lebanon's Maronite patriarch urges non-interference into judiciary
BEIRUT -Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, the top Christian cleric, said on Sunday the country’s judiciary should be free of political interference and sectarian “activism” amid tensions over a probe into last year’s blast at Beirut port. “We must free the judiciary from political interference, sectarian and partisan political activism and respect its independence according to the principle of separation of powers,” he said in his sermon. “The rise in doubts over the (integrity of the) judiciary that has been going for a while has not only undermined the judiciary but also the reputation of Lebanon,” said Rai. BLAMEFORVIOLENCEHezbollah blamed the Christian Lebanese Forces party for the deaths on Thursday, an accusation the head of that party, Samir Geagea, denied. His sudden change of stance prompted a flurry of speculation on social media that he had been threatened.
Venezuelan opposition, Norway urge Maduro government to resume talks
The government of Maduro, who scoffed at the invitation to resume talks, put the conversations on ice after Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, was extradited to the United States from Cape Verde on Saturday to face corruption charges. “We urge our counterpart to restart as soon as possible the session in Mexico to produce the necessary agreements,” said opposition negotiator Gerardo Blyde, speaking from Mexico City. Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government’s negotiating team, announced the suspension https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/maduro-envoy-alex-saab-extradited-us-cape-verde-radio-2021-10-16 on Saturday. His inclusion in the negotiating team was widely seen by Maduro critics as an attempt to delay his extradition. The United States also imposed sanctions on him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that Washington says allowed Saab and Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
ISTANBUL -President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. “There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments,” Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey’s Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
Austrians turn on ex-chancellor's party after corruption claims
ZURICH – Austrians have turned on the conservative Austrian People’s Party (OVP), the senior partner in their coalition government, after party leader Sebastian Kurz quit as chancellor over corruption allegations, according to a poll published on Sunday. Support for the conservative OVP has crashed from 34% to 26% in the wake of the affair, according to the survey published by newspaper Kurier on Sunday. Kurz remains leader of his party and is now also its top lawmaker in parliament, triggering opposition claims he is still exercising power behind the scenes. Some 71% of the people questioned in the Kurier survey thought Kurz’s resignation as chancellor was justified, with only 22% saying it was unwarranted. A poll by Unique Research for Profil magazine published on Saturday also showed how the Kurz affair has damaged the OVP.
Romania's Dacian Ciolo? unveils new cabinet ahead of parliamentary vote
That in turn led to a vote of no confidence brought against Citu by the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) - and supported by USR. It easily passed in the Romanian parliament and led President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss Citu and appoint Ciolos as a potential replacement. That failure could hurt the USR and Ciolos’ own presidential aspirations for 2024. Others have argued that "short of a miracle" Ciolos may not get his cabinet through parliament, his effort to put one anyway could play well with voters. A parliamentary vote on the new cabinet has not been scheduled, but will likely take place this week as Ciolos' deadline to assemble a government and gain approval expires on October 20.
Thousands in El Salvador join protests against Bukele government
By Nelson RenteriaSANSALVADOR – Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets on Sunday in protest against President Nayib Bukele who has stoked concern that he is steadily concentrating power and who responded with changing his Twitter profile late in the day to “Emperor of El Salvador”. Bukele’s apparent joke with his Twitter profile follows an update last month when he changed it to say “Dictator” of El Salvador. Sunday’s protesters chanted slogans including “What does El Salvador want? Here, what’s done is the will of Nayib,” said Rosa Granados, a labor union member who participated in the protests. Bukele, a seasoned and often provocative user of social media, dismissed the protests as a “failure” on Twitter.
OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine suspends operations amid protests
KYIV – The Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk, the chief monitor said on Sunday. About 200 pro-Russian protesters confronted OSCE monitors on Saturday to demand the release of a rebel officer captured by the Ukrainian military last week. The mission had faced previous protests organised by Moscow-backed separatists, but this time demonstrators appeared to block the entrance to the hotel where the monitors are based. Ukraine says the fighting between separatist rebels and the Ukrainian military has killed 14,000 people. Moscow rejects Kyiv’s allegations that is has fomented the conflict and denies having forces in eastern Ukraine.
Japan's LDP vows sharp defense budget hike, but public focus elsewhere
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has for the first time included a policy in its election manifesto of aiming to double the country’s defense budget to 2% of gross domestic product. Much of the momentum behind the push for bigger defense budgets stems from concerns over the behavior of Japan’s superpower neighbor. Military spending by China grew for the 26th consecutive year in 2020, expanding fourteenfold, according to Japan’s 2021 defense white paper. “A tougher line (on China among the Japanese public) is not synonymous with increased defense spending,” said Rand’s Hornung. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has noted that Japan continues to be outpaced by other major countries in terms of defense spending despite its “unprecedented” security environment.
Post-election scenarios: Final tallies offer different possibilities for different coalitions
| KYODORitsumeikan University political scientist Masato Kamikubo also says the ruling coalition losing its majority is unlikely, but he attributes that to the presence of Komeito. At that point, the favored candidate to join in some form appears to be Nippon Ishin. His decision therefore raises questions about the future positioning of Nippon Ishin in the legislature. Nippon Ishin no Kai leaders Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui (left) and Osaka Gov. “One possible answer is that if Nippon Ishin joins the coalition, it would be led by Hirofumi Yoshimura,” the governor of Osaka and Nippon Ishin’s second-in-command.
China hypersonic nuke: US warned it risks 'losing new Cold War within a decade'
Along with China, the United States, Russia and at least five other countries are working on hypersonic technology, and last month North Korea said it had test-fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile. At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17. The Pentagon did not comment on China's testing of the hypersonic missile, but did acknowledge China as their 'number one pacing challenge'. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings. Reports of the improvements follow previously reported upgrades at other Chinese military bases and come amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan.
Thousands protest in El Salvador against 'dictator' President Bukele
Thousands take part in a protest against President Nayib Bukele's government in the capital San Salvador on October 17, 2021. Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets on Sunday in protest against President Nayib Bukele, who has stoked concern that he is steadily concentrating power and who responded by changing his Twitter profile late in the day to "Emperor of El Salvador". Bukele's apparent joke with his Twitter profile follows an update last month when he changed it to say "Dictator" of El Salvador. Sunday's protesters chanted slogans including "What does El Salvador want? Bukele's administration then came under fire from the United States after the Supreme Court judges ruled that the president could seek a second consecutive term, which Washington saw as unconstitutional.
Russian 12-Year Old Opens Fire at Middle School
Police detained a 12-year old Russian boy Monday after he brought his father’s hunting rifle to school and fired two shots, causing no serious injuries. The incident occured Monday morning at a middle school in the village of Sars, near the Urals city of Perm, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. “On the morning of Oct. 18, a 12-year-old schoolboy brought a firearm with him to an educational institution. In the presence of several teenagers, he fired two shots at the ceiling and a fiberglass door. Shards from broken glass inflicted cut wounds on an 11-year-old schoolboy,” the Investigative Committee of the Perm Region said.
Nevada’s Sisolak suffers injuries in car accident
Steve Sisolak, the Democrat from Nevada, was briefly hospitalized on Sunday after being involved in a car crash, a report said. Fox 5 Las Vegas reported that the governor has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home after suffering minor external injuries. Both had minor injuries. The station released a photo of the crash scene that showed significant damage to the front of the car and an SUV. GET THE FOX NEWS APPSisolak was elected in 2018, becoming the first Democratic governor of Nevada in two decades.
Myanmar to free over 5,000 political prisoners
Myanmar will release a total of 5,636 prisoners jailed for protesting the coup that ousted the civilian government, the head of the country's military junta said Monday. Min Aung Hlang, who led the February 1 coup, said his government had its own five-stage plan to restore democracy in Myanmar. What is the situation with former leader Aung San Suu Kyi? On Friday, the lawyer of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's former leader, revealed he had been gagged during ongoing trials against her. Protesters in London demand the release of former elected Myanmar leader Aung San Suu KyiSuu Kyi faces a number of charges including corruption, after she swept to power in 2015 elections.
Hey Parler, Nashville Isn’t Turning Red - The New York Times
Or maybe just the place where bridesmaids come to get drunk in the street. A midsize city on its way to becoming a big city can be all these things at once, of course, especially if it is a midsize city that is growing deliberately, in ways that do not displace its low-income residents or its work force. Especially if it is a midsize city that is investing in its public schools and building out its infrastructure to accommodate its meteoric growth. The truth is that high-profile members of the far right have been moving to Middle Tennessee since long before Parler announced its impending relocation. “Are you from Nashville?” the first child asked.
Opinion | How Not to Reform the I.R.S.
Democratic lawmakers plan to boost the Internal Revenue Service’s enforcement authority to help pay for the spending package working through Congress. administration and reform issues for my entire career, from fielding calls from distressed taxpayers facing overbearing I.R.S. actions during my first day on the job at the National Taxpayers Union to testifying before Congress. Restructuring and Reform Act (R.R.A.) on taxpayer services, solidified burden-of-proof standards in tax disputes, established the I.R.S.
Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
But his actions so far look increasingly like those in a world of competitive coexistence, a bit edgier than the “peaceful coexistence” that the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev used to characterize the old Cold War. The Berlin Wall not only delineated a sharp line between spheres of influence, freedom and authoritarian control, it stopped most communications and trade. The year it fell, 1989, the United States exported $4.3 billion in goods to the Soviets and imported $709 million, an inconsequential blip for both economies. And yet, even through a pandemic and threats of “decoupling,” the United States exported $124 billion in goods to China last year and imported $434 billion. That made China the largest supplier of goods to the United States, and the third largest consumer of its exports, after Canada and Mexico.
Pete Buttigieg Fires Back at Tucker Carlson After Paternity Leave Criticism: 'I'm Not Going to Apologize'
The 39-year-old U.S. Transportation Secretary, who had been on paid paternity leave since August, responded to criticism from Fox News host Tucker Carlson for taking time off after welcoming twins Penelope Rose and Joseph August with his husband Chasten. "Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. pete buttigeig Pete ButtigiegThe former Navy reservist continued, "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family," he tweeted at the time.
No democracy left in EU! Merkel risks inflaming new row with plea for Poland compromise
No democracy left in EU! Merkel risks inflaming new row with plea for Poland compromiseAdded: 18.10.2021 8:25 | 17 views | 0 commentsANGELA MERKEL angered EU officials as she called on Brussels to resolve its differences with Poland over the rule of law with talks rather than court proceedings.
Russia's UK Ambassador defends Putin's position on gas
Russia's UK Ambassador defends Putin's position on gas - 'Not for political reasons'Added: 18.10.2021 2:02 | 26 views | 0 commentsTHE RUSSIAN Ambassador to the UK has snapped back against accusations they had withheld gas supplies for political reasons.
Sleepy school board races are waking up to Covid and critical race theory debates
Sleepy school board races are waking up to Covid and critical race theory debatesAdded: 18.10.2021 0:57 | 32 views | 0 commentsSchool board elections are being targeted by special interest groups and political action committees, which are gaining toeholds in these nonpartisan races.
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decades
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decadesAdded: 18.10.2021 5:17 | 17 views | 0 commentsRobert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, reiterated in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.
Whitmer’s campaign may have to return or donate millions from excess contributions, report says
Whitmer’s campaign may have to return or donate millions from excess contributions, report saysAdded: 18.10.2021 8:54 | 10 views | 0 commentsGov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign may have to return or donate over $3 million identified as excess contributions after a lawsuit brought by the state’s Republican Party.
McAuliffe Misreading What Matters to Virginia Voters
McAuliffe Misreading What Matters to Virginia VotersAdded: 18.10.2021 3:46 | 17 views | 0 commentsCROSS JUNCTION, Va. - Four years ago, Virginia Democrats nominated a slow-talking, country-accented pediatrician named Ralph Northam who had been an anonymous lieutenant governor for Terry McAuliffe.
DOJ Memory Holes Andrew McCabe Wrongdoing
DOJ Memory Holes Andrew McCabe WrongdoingAdded: 18.10.2021 3:43 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.nytimes.comAndrew McCabe was the number-two man at the FBI during the years disgraced former Director James Comey was in charge. He was a critical part of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation targeting the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. He took part in the FBI's misrepresentations to a secret foreign surveillance court when it wrongly wiretapped former campaign aide Carter Page. And he was found, by the Justice Department's own inspector general, to have lied repeatedly to investigators looking into his leaks to the media during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. For that, then-Attorney... More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Fire, FBI, Investigators, President, Justice Department Tags: Hillary Clinton
Private Takeover of Election Offices Should Be Illegal
Added: 18.10.2021 3:40 | 22 views | 0 comments"The Federalist" senior editor, and author of "Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections", Mollie Hemingway revealed that President Trump said he thinks Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg should be in jail for interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important?
COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important? Added: 18.10.2021 6:16 | 19 views | 0 commentsA crucial climate change summit is being held in the UK - this is why it's important.
AP Top Stories October 18A
Added: 18.10.2021 9:25 | 9 views | 0 commentsHere's the latest for Monday October 18th: Authorities search for Haiti kidnapping victims; Jury selection to begin for Ahmaud Arbery suspects; VP Kamala Harris going to Nevada; Bill Clinton goes home from hospital.
Biden caught violating DC mask mandate at Georgetown restaurant
Here's what you need to know as you start your day …Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurantPresident Biden and first lady Jill Biden were caught violating Washington, D.C.'s indoor mask mandate by walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday. Washington, D.C.'s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens also violated Fiola Mare's mask policy, which mirrors the city's. "Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable."
Whitmer’s campaign may have to return or donate millions from excess contributions, report says
Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign may have to return or donate over $3 million identified as excess contributions after a lawsuit brought by the state’s Republican Party. The paper called the exemption a "decades-old state policy" that essentially allows unlimited contributions due to the possibility of a recall. Whitmer’s campaign has benefited from six-figure donations from several donors, the Detroit Free Press reported. Republicans have said people never "actively" sought to recall Whitmer because the longshot efforts fell way short of the necessary voter signatures. GET THE FOX NEWS APPSimon Schuster, the executive director of Michigan Campaign Finance Network, told the paper that the Detroit News that funds could still be used to help Whitmer’s campaign if they are injected into some kind of political organization.
Explainer: China joins heated race for new missiles, vies with U.S., Russia
REUTERS/Aly SongSEOUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China reportedly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle from an near-orbital trajectory in August, amid an intensifying race for the next generation of long-range weapons that are harder to detect and intercept. The United States and Russia have conducted tests of hypersonic weapons in recent months, and North Korea said last month it had tested a newly developed hypersonic missile. This is slower than an intercontinental ballistic missile, but the shape of a hypersonic glide vehicle allows it to manoeuvre toward a target or away from defences. Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), by contrast, carry nuclear warheads on ballistic trajectories that travel into space but never reach orbit. Some experts cautioned against hype surrounding missiles such as the one China tested in August.
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6
“His street cred went up,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic minority leader in the Pennsylvania state Senate. “I'm only telling you what my Republican colleagues tell me: that he’s texting Trump, ‘Corman said this, Corman did that,’” he said of the Republican leader. In June, Trump blasted out one of his email statements: “The Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. In the months since Jan. 6, Mastriano has succeeded in making the state party look more like him, not less. The Republican Senate leader eventually did remove Mastriano from the audit investigation, stripping him of his committee chairmanship.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy Says He Wouldn't Vote For Trump In 2024
said Sunday he would not vote for Donald Trump if he ran for president again in 2024. Advertisement“President Trump is the first president ? in the Republican side at least ? to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. AdvertisementIt’s not the first time the Louisiana Republican has been among a small minority in his party to break from Trump. He was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict Trump at the January impeachment trial. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we’ve had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”He was censured by the Louisiana Republican party for doing so.
Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy Says He Wouldn't Vote For Trump In 2024
said Sunday he would not vote for Donald Trump if he ran for president again in 2024. “President Trump is the first president ? in the Republican side at least ? to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. It’s not the first time the Louisiana Republican has been among a small minority in his party to break from Trump. He was one of seven GOP senators to vote to convict Trump at the January impeachment trial. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we’ve had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”He was censured by the Louisiana Republican party for doing so.
Jury selection set to begin in trial of 3 men charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s murder
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in Arbery’s death Feb. 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga.Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Arbery’s father said he was praying for an impartial panel and a fair trial, declaring that Black crime victims too often have been denied justice. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and took the now-infamous cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. He said Travis McMichael fired his gun in self-defense after Arbery attacked him, punching and trying to grab the weapon. Once a jury is seated, the trial itself could take more than two weeks, Adams said.
Dr. Roach: TSH tells thyroid gland to make more hormone
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Man, 76, arrested after death threat sent to Labour MP
A 76-year-old man has been arrested after a Labour MP received death threats in response to a call for kindness in the wake of Sir David Amess' killing. He signed off the tweet with the hashtags "David Amess" and "More in Common". A South Wales Police spokesman said a 76-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of malicious communications. Mr Bryant confirmed a man had been detained, and said: "I can't tell you much because the police have arrested this chap. "I got off a flight from Qatar, where oddly enough David Amess was as well - we have been looking at what's happening to the refugees from Afghanistan who are all transiting through Doha.
Myanmar junta chief says military government committed to restoring peace
Myanmar's junta leader has said his military government is committed to restoring peace and democracy. In a televised address on Monday, Min Aung Hlaing, dressed in civilian attire, reiterated the junta's five-step plan toward restoring order. "More violence happened due to provocations of terrorist groups," Min Aung Hlaing said. Singapore's foreign ministry said at the weekend that the move to exclude Min Aung Hlaing was a "difficult, but necessary, decision to uphold ASEAN's credibility". A spokesman for Myanmar's military government blamed "foreign intervention" for the decision.
UK MPs to pay tribute to slain colleague in parliament
Police are holding a 25-year-old man under the Terrorism Act, which allowed officers over the weekend to extend his detention for questioning until Friday. Parliament, which reconvenes after a three-week break, will hold a special afternoon session when lawmakers from across the political spectrum will pay tribute to an MP lauded for his decency and tireless constituency work. Map of Britain locating attacks against British MPs since 1979 Jonathan WALTER AFPThe killing has prompted fresh fears over MPs' security, five years after the similar killing of Labour MP Jo Cox in the febrile run-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum. Interior minister Priti Patel has ordered a review of security measures for parliamentarians and vowed "to close any gaps" in security provision. Police and parliamentary authorities were implementing "immediate changes and measures that are actively being put in place, and discussed with MPs," she said Sunday.
Spy chiefs of S. Korea, US, Japan discuss North Korean issues in Seoul
NATIONALSouth Korea's National Intelligence Service Director Park Jie-won (Yonhap)Intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the US and Japan convened in Seoul on Monday to discuss North Korean issues amid a flurry of diplomacy among the three allies aiming to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.According to government sources, Park Jie-won, head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, exchanged views on North Korea and other regional issues in a closed-door meeting with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan’s cabinet intelligence director.It was the first meeting of the three spy chiefs since May.A range of issues involving North Korea, from the recent restoration of the inter-Korean communication channels to President Moon Jae-in’s proposal for a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, are believed to have been discussed. But both South Korea and the US seem eager to exploit the rare opportunities to engage with the reclusive regime.Amid a series of high-level meetings between the two nations, top security advisers Suh Hoon and Jake Sullivan met in Washington last week to reaffirm their commitment to inducing Pyongyang to return to dialogue. Sullivan also stressed his government’s “sincerity” as he reiterated that the US has no hostile intention toward North Korea.Noh Kyu-duk, the special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, is also currently in Washington to hold bilateral and trilateral meetings with his US and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Takehiro Funakoshi.Noh and Kim are meeting just 20 days since their last meeting in Jakarta on Sept. 30. Before the US trip, Noh held a series of meetings with his counterparts from China and Russia – North Korea’s traditional allies – in recent weeks.“The preparation for South Korea and the US to jointly cooperation in providing humanitarian aid to North Korea is near completion,” Noh told reporters upon his arrival in Washi
NK may test long-range missile next year: US intelligence agency
It is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems and production capabilities, it continued.“Integrating a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile and enabling that nuclear-armed missile to function reliably as a system is North Korea’s ultimate operational goal,” it said. “It is possible we could see a test of a long-range missile over the next year.”The DIA also said the regime could conduct further nuclear tests to validate its weapons capabilities.The North announced in 2018 that it would suspend all nuclear and long-range missile tests. This was in hopes that an upcoming summit with the US could yield substantial results, such as the US easing sanctions on the North. But it has carried out smaller tests and developed new types of missiles, with a flurry of activities recently. They are to “ensure the Kim regime’s long-term security” -- by remaining a sovereign, independent country ruled by the Kim family -- and to retain the capability to exercise a dominant influence over the Korean Peninsula.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Unification Minister calls for talks to discuss the North’s ‘double standard’ accusation
NATIONALUnification Minister Lee In-young speaks during a parliamentary audit of the ministry at the National Assembly on Monday. (Yonhap)Unification Minister Lee In-young on Monday stressed the need for talks with North Korea on the regime’s demand that the South drop its “double standards” as a condition of progress on inter-Korean relations.During a parliamentary audit session, Lee responded to a question on whether Seoul could accept Pyongyang’s call for an end to what it called “double standards” -- meaning the way the South characterizes the firing of ballistic missiles by the North as “provocations,” while justifying its own arms buildup.“The issues regarding to the ‘double standard’ are something that cannot be unilaterally imposed from one to another,” said Lee. “Because this issue is related to South Korea’s self-defense, I hope we can resolve this matter through military talks (between the two Koreas),” said Lee. “Through this process, there will be areas we can accept and where we can’t.”North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week accused South Korea of “hypocrisy” and “double standards,” repeating earlier accusations made by his powerful younger sister Kim Yo-jong, who took issue with the South condemning the North’s weapons development tests as “provocations” and “threats” while building up its own military capabilities and purchasing high-tech weaponry from the US.Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong was asked a similar question early this month: whether Seoul would agree to Pyongyang’s demand for an end to “double standards.”Chung said the demand was Pyongyang’s unilateral claim, which was not desirable.At the parliamentary session, Lee also said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s public messages on the US had increased recently and had become more detailed. He said there was a need to watch closely for the North’s next move.Lee urged an “active response” so that the situation could be managed through dialogue and engagement, not military tension.Early this
Spy chiefs of S. Korea, US, Japan discuss North Korean issues in Seoul
Intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the US and Japan convened in Seoul on Monday to discuss North Korean issues amid a flurry of diplomacy among the three allies aiming to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.According to government sources, Park Jie-won, head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, exchanged views on North Korea and other regional issues in a closed-door meeting with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan’s cabinet intelligence director.It was the first meeting of the three spy chiefs since May.A range of issues involving North Korea, from the recent restoration of the inter-Korean communication channels to President Moon Jae-in’s proposal for a declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, are believed to have been discussed. But both South Korea and the US seem eager to exploit the rare opportunities to engage with the reclusive regime.Amid a series of high-level meetings between the two nations, top security advisers Suh Hoon and Jake Sullivan met in Washington last week to reaffirm their commitment to inducing Pyongyang to return to dialogue. Sullivan also stressed his government’s “sincerity” as he reiterated that the US has no hostile intention toward North Korea.Noh Kyu-duk, the special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, is also currently in Washington to hold bilateral and trilateral meetings with his US and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Takehiro Funakoshi.Noh and Kim are meeting just 20 days since their last meeting in Jakarta on Sept. 30. Before the US trip, Noh held a series of meetings with his counterparts from China and Russia – North Korea’s traditional allies – in recent weeks.“The preparation for South Korea and the US to jointly cooperation in providing humanitarian aid to North Korea is near completion,” Noh told reporters upon his arrival in Washington on Saturday.Seoul’s push for the end-of-war declaration is also expected to
Seven Hong Kong democrats jailed for up to 12 months over banned protest against security law
Seven pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong have been sentenced to up to 12 months in prison, after they pleaded guilty to offences linked to an unauthorised protest last year against the newly-imposed national security law. They admitted inciting others to participate in, organising and knowingly taking part in a banned protest on July 1 last year, when Hong Kong marked 23 years since its return to China. Their statements were widely reported, the judge remarked, and the incitement was “direct to all Hong Kong people.”Figo Chan. Hong Kong protesters march with a banner that read “I really fucking love Hong Kong” on July 1, 2020. They are among dozens of democrats who have been detained for over seven months pending trial for conspiracy to commit subversion.
Net zero emissions plan at impasse with Nationals still refusing to endorse target
Nationals MP Matt Canavan - a fierce opposition of a net zero emissions target - was another to share his concerns about the roadmap put forward. But Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said he believes an agreement on net zero would eventually be settled despite still expressing scepticism. “I have no doubt that the government will land net zero by 2050,” he said. “Taking net zero by 2050 to COP26 is not a plan, it's not a commitment, you need to take that and a strong interim target,” Ms Steggall said. The Greens have also warned that a net zero emissions pledge by 2050 needed to be backed up by a more ambitious medium-term target.
Venezuelan opposition urges Maduro to resume talks
Talks meant to resolve the crisis in Venezuela faced a new setback this weekend. Negotiations were put on ice by President Nicolas Maduro after one of his aides, Colombian businessman Alex Saab, was extradited to the U.S.Now opposition negotiators are urging Maduro's government to come back to the table. Dozens of protesters called for Saab's release on Sunday, including his wife. But just last month, Venezuela's government named him one of their negotiators in talks with the opposition. But Norway on Twitter also urged Maduro's government to return to talks, saying it was the only solution.
Politics latest news: Online hate towards MPs is 'out of control', warns Dominic Raab
Online hate towards MPs is “out of control”, Dominic Raab has warned after the murder of Sir David Amess. “The elephant in the room in all this is the online hate that we all get, it’s out of control,” he told Sky News. “I know the Home Secretary has talked about what more she wants to do there and the Online Harms Bill is going through pre-legislative scrutiny. “There is certainly an element of more people who are at-risk and vulnerable because they’ve been spending more time online. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead MPs' tributes to Sir David in the House of Commons from 2.30pm.
Michael Caine: Brexit voter ‘thought Boris Johnson was great’ but is now ‘very disappointed’ in him
Michael Caine has clarified his political views on Boris Johnson in a brand new interview. I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen. And you think: ‘Wait a minute. He’s gone to Marbella?’”Reflecting on Johnson as Prime Minster, Caine added: “Oh, I supported him. Otherwise we might have a socialist government.”In 2019, Caine reiterated his belief that Brexit was a good decision.
China's growth slowdown suggests recovery is losing steam
"The numbers are actually much weaker than what we thought. I think in the fourth quarter it will be even slower because we will see more impact from the energy crunch."
Kishida to respect expert panel talks on imperial succession, new top government spokesman says
New Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno has said in an interview that the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is ready to keep intact an experts’ panel on stable imperial succession launched under the previous administration, and will respect the results of the panel’s discussions. How to proceed with future discussions, including a timeline, will be decided by the panel, Matsuno said, adding that the government will continue paying attention to its debates. The government will consider the appropriate timing for reporting the outcomes of the panel’s discussions to the Diet, he also said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno | KYODOOn North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago, the top government spokesman noted that 19 years have passed since five abductees returned to Japan from the reclusive country in October 2002. Matsuno took office Oct. 4 under the Kishida Cabinet, which was launched the same day.
Opposition pressures Lee Jae-myung at parliamentary audit
Lee Jae-myung of Gyeonggi Province attends a parliamentary audit at the provincial government’s office in Suwon on Monday. The placard reads “recipient of money = culprit, sharer of stolen property = thief,” in an implicit denial of allegations surrounding a land development project in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. Kim Do-eup of the People Power Party accused Lee of being the top controller of how funds were spent in the land development project. "It doesn’t matter if 'he' has the money in his own pocket," Kim said during the audit. Yoo was in charge of land development projects in Seongnam when Lee was mayor of the city.Ruling party lawmakers joined forces with Lee during the audit to denounce the People Power Party for excessively grilling Lee despite lacking real evidence of involvement.
Unification Minister calls for talks to discuss the North’s ‘double standard’ accusation
Unification Minister Lee In-young on Monday stressed the need for talks with North Korea on the regime’s demand that the South drop its “double standards” as a condition of progress on inter-Korean relations.During a parliamentary audit session, Lee responded to a question on whether Seoul could accept Pyongyang’s call for an end to what it called “double standards” -- meaning the way the South characterizes the firing of ballistic missiles by the North as “provocations,” while justifying its own arms buildup.“The issues regarding to the ‘double standard’ are something that cannot be unilaterally imposed from one to another,” said Lee. “Because this issue is related to South Korea’s self-defense, I hope we can resolve this matter through military talks (between the two Koreas),” said Lee. “Through this process, there will be areas we can accept and where we can’t.”North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week accused South Korea of “hypocrisy” and “double standards,” repeating earlier accusations made by his powerful younger sister Kim Yo-jong, who took issue with the South condemning the North’s weapons development tests as “provocations” and “threats” while building up its own military capabilities and purchasing high-tech weaponry from the US.Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong was asked a similar question early this month: whether Seoul would agree to Pyongyang’s demand for an end to “double standards.”Chung said the demand was Pyongyang’s unilateral claim, which was not desirable.At the parliamentary session, Lee also said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s public messages on the US had increased recently and had become more detailed. He said there was a need to watch closely for the North’s next move.Lee urged an “active response” so that the situation could be managed through dialogue and engagement, not military tension.Early this month, the inter-Korean hotlines were restored, about two months after Pyongyang unilaterally cut off contact in August, raising cautious
NK may test long-range missile next year: US intelligence agency
It is unlikely to give up all of its WMD stockpiles, delivery systems and production capabilities, it continued.“Integrating a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile and enabling that nuclear-armed missile to function reliably as a system is North Korea’s ultimate operational goal,” it said. “It is possible we could see a test of a long-range missile over the next year.”The DIA also said the regime could conduct further nuclear tests to validate its weapons capabilities.The North announced in 2018 that it would suspend all nuclear and long-range missile tests. This was in hopes that an upcoming summit with the US could yield substantial results, such as the US easing sanctions on the North. But it has carried out smaller tests and developed new types of missiles, with a flurry of activities recently. They are to “ensure the Kim regime’s long-term security” -- by remaining a sovereign, independent country ruled by the Kim family -- and to retain the capability to exercise a dominant influence over the Korean Peninsula.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defends family leave after being mocked by Fox News anchor
WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended paid family leave Sunday after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked him for taking paternity leave to care for his newborn twins. It's joyful, wonderful, fulfilling work, but it is work," Buttigieg said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Politico reported last week that Buttigieg had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their twin babies, Penelope and Joseph. On Thursday, Carlson said: "Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed.
Trump is calling for a vote audit in another Arizona county even after the first recount in Maricopa proved Biden won
But Pima County officials have spoken up to refute his claims, calling their elections free, fair, secure, and accurate. This time, the former president has his sights set on Pima County, the state's second-most populous county after Maricopa. Chuck Huckelberry, a county administrator in Pima County, refuted the former president's claims in an interview with NBC affiliate KVOA. Pima County's local government took to Twitter to debunk the former president's accusations, tweeting on October 16: "There seems to be some interest in Pima County's 2020 election results. Earlier this month, the Cyber Ninjas' vote recount in Maricopa County confirming Biden beat Trump, and by 261 more votes than was initially counted.
Analysis: How Judge Bitar’s probe shook Lebanon leaders
Experts say judge leading investigation into last year’s explosion at Beirut’s port rattled the country simply by challenging systemic impunity. Bitar’s persistence to pursue senior political and security officials, despite their attempts to delegitimise and remove him, has put the country on notice. They have also continuously tried to remove the judge by filing legal complaints, which have sometimes temporarily suspended the investigation. Last month, a senior Hezbollah security official reportedly threatened Judge Bitar in his office. Many say this is an extension of rampant corruption in Lebanon, where the judiciary is not independent of the government.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday-night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order but was unsuccessful.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul: Biden rescinded Remain in Mexico policy 'because it had Trump's name on it'
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, had a warning for Americans on the border crisis on the latest "Sunday Night in America." Host Trey Gowdy invited McCaul to discuss the federal court ruling to "enforce and implement" the Migrant Protection Protocols otherwise known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy. The Biden administration has attempted various times to rescind the policy despite ongoing issues at the border. "On day one, President Biden rescinded the Remain in Mexico policy, the asylum agreements, the Migrant Protection Protocols, which was working." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is ready to re-instate the Remain in Mexico policy by mid-November.
Analysis: Echoing the opposition, Japan's Kishida woos voters with Abenomics critique
The LDP faces an opposition more united than at any time in nearly a decade and is expected to lose seats after a huge win in 2017. "If voters can't understand the difference, it favours the party in power," said Steven Reed, professor emeritus at Chuo University. That echoes the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan's (CDPJ) call to "restore a society with a 100-million strong middle class". The opposition party says redistribution is a prerequisite for growth, while Kishida insists growth takes priority - a stance that in fact, is similar to Abe's long-held position. "The LDP platform doesn't need to be credible - just enough that people will not vote for the opposition, or not vote at all," Nakano said.
GOP Gov. Calls Trump's 2020 Election Fixation A 'Recipe For Disaster in 2022'
Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that former President Donald Trump’s ongoing comments about the 2020 election are “not constructive” and could spell disaster for the GOP in the 2022 midterms. Advertisement“Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022,” Hutchinson said. And those kinds of comments are not constructive.”WATCH: Trump's comments about "election fraud" in 2020 "are not constructive," Gov. says on #MTPIt's "a recipe for disaster in 2022." Nearly a year since the election, Trump continues to devote considerable energy to pushing conspiracy theories that the election was stolen from him, despite dozens of failed legal challenges, recounts and audits that confirmed Biden’s victory.
Ex-Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Has Damning Theory About Alleged Pee Tape
“I’m not into golden showers,” he said unprompted in a private speech at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, according to The Washington Post. “You know the great thing, our great first lady — ‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one.’”ABC notes that the intelligence agent who collected the reports on the incident later told the FBI that “the tenor of Steele’s reports was far more ‘conclusive’ than was justified” and that the pee tape allegation was based on “word of mouth and hearsay” and perhaps “made in jest.”Steele told Stephanopoulos the collector may have “taken fright” after his cover was blown and tried to downplay his work as a result. “I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it,” Steele said. “Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier” debuts Monday on Hulu.
Ex-Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Has Damning Theory About Alleged Pee Tape
Christopher Steele, the British former spy behind a salacious and unverified dossier about Donald Trump, said he believes one of the most infamous allegations in the document. Steele said he is “prepared to accept” that some of the things in the dossier might not be true. But the pee tape? Trump last week randomly brought up the alleged pee tape himself, denying the allegations. “Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier” debuts Monday on Hulu.
Christopher Steele stands by discredited anti-Trump dossier claims about Michael Cohen in Prague and 'pee tape'
British ex-spy Christopher Steele defended his discredited anti-Trump dossier in a new interview, excerpts of which were released on Sunday. In his dossier, Steele claimed a “Kremlin insider” provided him with a dramatic tale of Cohen’s meetings in Prague with Putin-linked operatives and foreign hackers. Trump also reportedly said former first lady Melania Trump told him, “That one. I’ve spent my entire adult life working with Russian disinformation,” Steele told Fusion co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch in their 2019 book. Hill testified that Steele’s dossier was a “rabbit hole” and Steele “could have been played” by the Russians.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 per cent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
ESPN reporter quits job after refusing to take a vaccine
A reporter with ESPN announced her decision to leave the network rather than get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing her effort to conceive a second child. In a video on her Instagram account, Allison Williams announced her decision to step down from the network, where she works as a college football and basketball reporter. She said she is not morally and ethically aligned with the network’s decision to impose its vaccine mandate on all employees. Ms Williams also cited instances of women who experienced fertility problems after receiving the vaccine. Ms Williams’ decision to resign from the network comes just a few weeks after she announced a leave of absence .
Total bill for gold-plated public sector retirement funds stands at £2.4 TRILLION, study suggests
The total cost of meeting gold-plated public sector pension promises now eclipses the UK’s entire national debt, shocking analysis has revealed. But they are still offered by all public sector employers. ‘The Treasury should make the real economic costs of public sector pensions clear to taxpayers. Neil Record, chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said: ‘There is this cotton wool wrapped around public sector employees. We have always been open and transparent about this.’The Treasury said it ‘did not recognise’ figures that showed total public sector pension liabilities had hit £2.4trillion.
Schumer: Use DOGS to keep airport security lines moving if vaccination rule creates staff shortage
Chuck Schumer has suggested using sniffer dogs to replace people at airports if the fast-approaching deadline for COVID vaccinations for all staff causes a shortage of workers. About 40 per cent of TSA workers are currently at risk of being fired for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. Schumer suggested the dogs could be more widely usedHe said his idea 'really works' and should be seriously considered. He added that the TSA should 'particularly look at New York' to try out his idea, given the large numbers of passengers passing through and the low vaccination rate among TSA workers in the city. Mike Van de Ven, the president of the airline, told employees in a video on Sunday that staffing shortages were to blame.
Myanmar to free more than 5,000 jailed for anti-coup protests: junta chief
Myanmar's junta chief Min Aung Hlaing has announced the release of over 5000 political prisonersAdvertising Read moreYangon (AFP)Myanmar will release more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup which ousted the civilian government, the country's junta chief said Monday. The junta chief gave no details on who would be included in the list and prison authorities did not respond to AFP requests for comment. Myanmar authorities released more than 2,000 anti-coup protesters from prisons across the country in July, including journalists critical of the military government. The junta slammed the decision, accusing ASEAN of breaching its policy of non-interference in the domestic affairs of member states. Last week her chief lawyer said he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations.
US general calls for strong space partnership with S. Korea
This image shows the official poster of the International Aerospace Symposium hosted by South Korea's Air Force. A top US military official called Monday for strong space cooperation with South Korea, stressing credible deterrence in the "contested" security domain comes from a robust partnership based on "mutual trust and shared values." "That is the deep level of cooperation required in the contested space domain today." In his congratulatory speech, Seoul's Defense Minister Suh Wook reaffirmed South Korea's commitment to bolstering space security capabilities. "We will fulfill our role and responsibilities to ensure our Republic of Korea will lead a new era of space."
Naver map to be used to provide address information of sex offenders
The gender ministry said Monday it will begin a pilot service this week that allows citizens to search where convicted sex offenders live using internet portal operator Naver Corp.'s map app.The pilot service, which uses the Naver map to display actual home addresses of sex offenders listed in the government's registry system ( www.sexoffender.go.kr ), will run from Tuesday to the end of this month before the official launch, according to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.The service was organized to improve latencies in updates of VWorld, a map service by the land ministry currently used to provide address information of registered sex criminals.The Naver map is updated more frequently than VWorld, according to the gender ministry. "We will provide more accurate address information (on convicted sexual offenders) through Naver map and work to protect children from being exposed to sex crime," Hwang Yun-jeong, a senior official at the gender ministry, said.South Korea's sex offender registry system discloses personal information of convicted sex offenders whose identity disclosure was ordered by a court, including name, address, and age.
Opposition pressures Lee Jae-myung at parliamentary audit
Kim Do-eup of the People Power Party accused Lee of being the top controller of how funds were spent in the land development project. "It doesn’t matter if 'he' has the money in his own pocket," Kim said during the audit. Rep. Kim and opposition lawmakers have claimed the unnamed person is Lee.The Gyeonggi Province governor has denied the allegation, arguing he has never been the real owner of Hwacheon Daeyu and he would never have done anything to benefit his opposition. "The culprit of this corruption is who took the money," Lee added, pointing fingers to the People Power Party.But Lee acknowledged he is partly to blame for the scandal, mainly as his staff members and aides were involved in the case. Yoo was in charge of land development projects in Seongnam when Lee was mayor of the city.Ruling party lawmakers joined forces with Lee during the audit to denounce the People Power Party for excessively grilling Lee despite lacking real evidence of involvement.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner fires back at US Senator Ted Cruz over Twitter post
The Northern Territory 's Chief Minister Michael Gunner has fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for labelling the territory's vaccination policy as "disgraceful and sad". Mr Cruz shared the video of Mr Gunner, saying while he loves "the Aussies", "the COVID tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad". Mr Gunner responded to Mr Cruz's tweet, saying "we don't need your lectures, thanks mate". Mr Gunner said. Senator Cruz has been an infamous proponent of scrapping vaccine mandates, arguing any policy to make the jab compulsory "ignores medical data".
Biden admin tells Supreme Court that Guantanamo detainee can provide limited testimony
But Fletcher stressed that any information could be subject to redaction if the information might "prejudice the security issues of the United States." Fletcher, who appeared surprised by the question, responded that Zubaydah is subject to the same restrictions that apply to similar detainees at Guantanamo. Disclosure of that information, the court said, would not cause grave danger to national security. But as they grappled with the case, Breyer brought up the separate issue concerning Zubaydah's testimony. Gorsuch suggested if the government did so, it would no longer be required to make any kind of direct admission.
UK faces deadly wave of lone wolf terror attacks by ‘bedroom radicals’ after David Amess stabbing, security experts warn
BRITAIN could face a deadly wave of lone wolf terror attacks by "bedroom radicals", security experts have warned. It comes after Tory MP Sir David Amess was knifed during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday. “He was unlucky,” a Government source told the paper. David Amess was not specifically targeted.”Another source said it remained “unclear” why Amess was chosen. So far no direct links between Ali and Sir David have emerged.
Gabby Petito Foundation raises over $13K in first fundraiser on Long Island
The Gabby Petito Foundation held its first fundraiser near her Long Island hometown on Sunday, raising more than $13,000 as the family of the slain 22-year-old tries to make a positive difference out of their devastating loss. All attendees received a metal bracelet inscribed with “Justice for Gabby” with their $20 ticket donation, according to Fox News. Members of the Blue Point Fire Department, where Gabby’s stepfather served as chief, showed up in numbers to help set up the fundraiser. “So we’re volunteering to help out a good cause.”The fundraiser featured live music and raffle prizes. Justice for Gabby bracelets were sold and distributed at the fundraiser.
Jury selection to start in trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s death
Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 18. Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 18. Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and took the now-infamous cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. Once a jury is seated, the trial itself could take more than two weeks, Adams said.
GOP senator says Trump could lose the nomination if he runs in 2024 since Republicans lost the White House, House, and Senate during his presidency
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana). Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/AFP via Getty ImagesSen. Bill Cassidy said if voters are thinking about winning in 2024, Trump might lose the primary. "Elections are about winning," he said, adding the GOP lost the House, Senate, and White House under Trump. "President Trump is the first president in the Republican side at least to lose the House, the Senate and the presidency in four years. Elections are about winning," Cassidy said during an interview with "Axios on HBO" that aired Sunday.
China ‘fires hypersonic missile that circles globe before striking target’
The missile carried a hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space before cruising downward towards its target. (AFP/Getty)China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that flew round the earth before speeding towards its target, catching US intelligence services by surprise, it was reported. The missile, carrying a hypersonic glide vehicle which flew through low-orbit space before cruising downward, missed its target by 24 miles, according to three people familiar with the test. He said: “Hypersonic glide vehicles . “In contrast, the US has in recent years been fabricating excuses like ‘the China threat’ to justify its arms expansion and development of hypersonic weapons.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. After a tour, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Interior Department and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. In August, federal officials declared the first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought gripping much of the West.
Jill Biden says SC 'prayer partner' helped change her life
“But I do know that when she spoke it was as if God was saying to me, ‘OK, Jill. Charles B. Jackson Jr., said that his mother began texting prayerful reminders to Jill Biden a few days after they met. “This would continue on all the way till today,” Jackson Jr. said. Jill Biden said earlier this year the relationship with Robin Jackson had made a difference in her life. She occasionally accompanies the president, a devout Catholic, to Mass and was with him Saturday when he worshipped at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.
Democrat in key Virginia governor race hanging on by a thread in further blow for ailing Biden administration
The tight polling numbers in the Virginia race echo Mr Biden's decline in national polling, amid rising inflation and a stalled domestic agenda, and has rattled the Democratic Party. According to Rasmussen Reports, 56 per cent of voters disapprove of his record and 43 per cent approve. Acknowledging the stakes, Mr Biden told reporters on Friday the race was understandably being read as a "bellwether of what may happen" next year. Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told the Telegraph a loss for Mr McAuliffe would be "disastrous for Democratic prospects in 2022." "If Virginia is going to go Republican it would pretty much close the books on Democrats maintaining control of Congress," he said.
Hungary's opposition chooses conservative Peter Márki-Zay to run against Orbán next spring
Conservative independent candidate Peter Márki-Zay on Sunday won an opposition race in Hungary, in weekend primaries to decide who runs against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in national elections next spring. At a Sunday campaign event in Budapest, Márki-Zay called his victory "a revolution of the ordinary people," and encouraged supporters of all opposition parties to get behind him going into elections scheduled for April. Márki-Zay now has the pledged support of all of Hungary's six major opposition parties, which cover a range across the political spectrum from left to moderate to right-wing. He entered the primary race as an independent without any political support or financial backing of the opposition parties. Earlier on Sunday, around 700 volunteers representing all six opposition parties filled three floors of a building in Budapest to count the hundreds of thousands of ballots arriving from around the country.
Air Force chief meets with US officials ahead of major defense exhibition
(Yonhap)South Korean Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Park In-ho met with a delegation of senior US military and defense officials in Seoul on Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation ahead of a biennial defense exhibition later this week, his office said. The two sides discussed ways to strengthen space security cooperation between South Korea's Air Force and the US Space Force through people-to-people exchanges, technological cooperation and the sharing of intelligence. From Monday through Wednesday, Park plans to meet senior military and defense officials from 13 countries who are here to participate in the defense exhibition. During the exhibition, some 440 defense and other companies from 28 countries are set to present their cutting-edge military products. The products include large hydrogen-fuel drones, virtual reality-based training systems and multipurpose unmanned vehicles.
Warning from IS: Shia Muslims will be targeted everywhere
The Islamic State (IS) group said in a statement that Shia Muslims will be targeted by its network wherever possible, a media report has claimed. Al-Naba, the IS group’s weekly, has published a warning and it further read that Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and strongholds, reported Khaama Press. The statement has especially threatened Shia Muslims living in Afghanistan. From Baghdad to Khorasan, Shia Muslims will be target everywhere, said IS. The warning came after a powerful explosion rattled a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province on Friday, killing over 60 worshippers while wounding more than 80.
UK faces deadly wave of lone wolf terror attacks by ‘bedroom radicals’ after David Amess stabbing, security experts warn
BRITAIN could face a deadly wave of lone wolf terror attacks by "bedroom radicals", security experts have warned. It comes after Tory MP Sir David Amess was knifed during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday. “It is possible the isolation has made them more introspective and angry – worse, they have been vulnerable to internet radicalisation. So far no direct links between Ali and Sir David have emerged. One new line of inquiry last night was the Southend West MP was targeted in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, because his constituency surgeries were so well advertised online.
JON STEWART Laments that There is Too Much Focus on Donald Trump
But there was a brief moment where Stewart may have drifted slightly off the mark:"I think the media does a terrible job at de-escalation. I mean focusing on things that are more urgent and elemental in people's lives and really hammering away at those things." x Jon Stewart: "I think the media does a terrible job at de-escalation. No one else in Republican politics commands the blind loyalty and propensity for violence that Trump does. And it doesn't mean focusing solely on Trump.
Satirist Andy Borowitz: "Trump to Skip 2024 Campaign and Go Straight to Claiming He Won"
These days, it's always nice to find a little humor in politics. The New Yorker magazine's satirist Andy Borowitz's October 12 satire in The Borowitz Report is entitled: "Trump to skip 2024 campaign and go straight to claiming he won." "Trump said that, although he already won the 2024 election, ‘there was fraud and corruption like you wouldn’t believe.’”Here's the last paragraph:
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY270---Evening Shade-Sunday
The President of the United States will be here." pic.twitter.com/XM8oph1UNe — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . pic.twitter.com/zeTy48Dbh9 — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x Virginia gubernatorial candidate @TerryMcAuliffe on opponent Glenn Youngkin: "He doesn't want Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. https://t.co/ZAobEsxFf8 pic.twitter.com/CFr0kZqfjx — The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2021x . https://t.co/TnrGR82zRs — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 17, 2021VIRGINIAx According to @AdImpact_Pol , McAuliffe campaign has spent almost $3M on anti-Trump ads in VAGOV.
"Civil War started" is more likely not about having a permit for one
(Snopes)The reality is that a Civil War might exist without a declaration of its initiation, much like not being in a location also reveals a location. Scott Macfarlane reported today Proud Boy Zach Rehl texted at 2:29pm "CIVIL WAR HAS STARTED" one minute later where I was, a guy with a megaphone yelled "THEY'RE IN" to massive cheers. The Boogaloo Boys are a far-right movement known for their violence, their Hawaiian shirts, and their desire to spark a second U.S. Civil War. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group's name and movement refer to their desire for a insurrectionist revolt that would spark another Civil War. The first such war, started by secessionist Southern slave states, lasted from 1861 and 1865 and left some 620,000 Americans dead.
Perhaps Sens. Sanders and Smith should invite Sens. Manchin and Sinema to discuss BBB in prime time
One of President Bill Clinton’s top priorities in his first year in office was to pass the North American Free Trade Act. Bernie Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee and negotiated the $3.5 trillion budget resolution which the entire caucus voted for. In 2017, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar agreed to a high stakes debate against Sens. Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin have publicly expressed their differing opinions on BBB to the press and in op-eds; there’s nothing that prevents them from doing so face-to-face. The counterargument was that the CNN debate might have been the best opportunity for the Democrats to publicly make their case.
Overnight News Digest October 17, 2021
Tomorrow's News TodayWelcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Besame, jck and Rise above the swamp. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. BBCPedro Sanchez: Spanish PM vows to abolish prostitutionSpain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged on Sunday to outlaw prostitution in the country. Speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party's three-day congress in Valencia, Mr Sanchez said that the practice "enslaves" women. NPRThe political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectivenessThe science is clear: Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from the coronavirus, and vaccine mandates are an effective tool in promoting widespread vaccinations.
End of an Era.....
However, in 1988, American President Lines - APL -built some container ships that were too wide for the Panama Canal - post-Panamax ships, so-called - ships built expressly for the Asia-US West Coast or Asia -Europe trade. We’ll return to that scoffing later, and those APL ships, the first container ships too wide for the Panama Canal and in 1988 the biggest in the world, over 900 feet long and 120 feet wide. The worldwide volume of containers and the number of container ships exploded. It was a haunting moment, that moment, watching that huge ship ghost by, enormous, just huge. It felt like the passing of an era, and now I think it was.
Will 2024 Be the Year American Democracy Dies? by Spencer Bokat-Lindell
Richard L. Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and an expert in election law," believes that the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol is a preview of where the country is still heading. In a paper published this month, he wrote that “The United States faces a serious risk that the 2024 presidential election, and other future U.S. elections, will not be conducted fairly, and that the candidates taking office will not reflect the free choices made by eligible voters under previously announced election rules.”It could be a bloodless coup, he warns, executed not by rioters with nooses but “lawyers in fine suits”: Between January and June, Republican-controlled legislatures passed 24 laws across 14 states to increase their control over how elections are run, stripping secretaries of state of their power and making it easier to overturn results."
We Must Force Politicians to Recognize the Stakes of This Moment
The argument isn't about whether we can afford President Biden's Build Back plan. It is whether we are so foolish not to do it. The press focuses on the debate over unimaginably large numbers - $3.5 trillion against $1.5 trillion and the $550 billion infrastructure bill against the $3.5 billion reconciliation bill. But this isn't a debate about numbers. It is an argument about morals, about what kind of country we are and what kind of country we want to be..
Article: "The US Army in Iraq only protects their own bases"--Iraqi journalist
Because, the new election law may cause disputes and any political disputes in Iraq threatens the democracy that the US brought to Iraq, and adopted. SS: Will the new Iraqi parliament have a role in fighting corruption and improving the economic situation in the country? Security in Iraq is the responsibility of the neighboring countries, the responsibility of America, and the responsibility of Iraq. MA: The role of the US army in maintaining the internal security of Iraq is almost non-existent. SS: Iraqi Kurds met in Erbil with a number of the Israeli occupation entity.
Film Review: The Mauritanian: The Odyssey of Prisoner 760
image from Guanatanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi(Image by Mohamedou Ould Salahi) Details DMCAThe Odyssey of Prisoner 760 by John Kendall HawkinsSalahi... spoke fluent Arabic, French, and German. Not too long afterward, Wood began to suspect that the US government had nicknamed "Pillow" and "Forrest Gump," was totally wrong about the guy. Salahi was detained at Guanta'namo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until his release on October 17, 2016. Taub writes, "Military officials considered him 'the poster child for the intelligence effort at Guanta'namo.'" Taub tells us that Salahi's "cooperation" has led to special privileges: "books, a television, a PlayStation, and an old laptop, on which he killed time playing chess and watching DVDs."
The State of the Covid in NYC and Beyond
OK, many are people with co-morbidities including endemic overweight/obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes - practically a description of almost every American over 40. 78% of Covid patients are overweight, but so are over 70% of Americans, so that doesn't tell you much except the condition of most Americans is terrible. But, take a look at this local chart for NYC, ranking vaccination rates by age:Percentage of Vaccinations by Age(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAThis is just NYC, but it's probably a reflection of the proportions in the rest of the country too, albeit higher in every group in vaccination-positive NYC. Phil Murphy is up against a surprisingly competitive republican candidate largely because of his Covid mandates). But, none of the vaccines were originally tested against the much more contagious Delta variant, which now accounts for 99% of cases in NYC and elsewhere:Percentage of Variants Among New Covid Cases in NYC(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAIt's almost like a different disease.
A citizen's guide to Trump's 2024 strategy; Judd Legum
Trump made clear that his strategy in 2024 is to install unwavering Trump loyalists throughout the state and federal government. 1: Using his political clout to put Trump loyalists who still believe claims of election fraud in charge of election administration in key states; A Reuters report looked at the “15 declared Republican candidates for secretary of state in 5 battleground states -- found that 10 out of the 15 candidates have either “declared that the 2020 election was stolen or called for their state’s results to be invalidated or further investigated.” 2: Elect Trump loyalists as governor in key states: include candidates who are likely to do Trump's bidding. .3: Put Trump loyalists in charge of Congress: r estore the Republican majorities in Congress. A majority might be all that's needed to rubber-stamp efforts in the states to swing the election to Trump."
Julian Assange's Father, John Shipton, on the U.S. Government's 'Scandalous' Plan to 'Murder' His Son
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. This piece was reprinted by OpEdNews with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source. From ScheerpostOne of the biggest moments in Julian Assange's trial is slated to happen next month, when the embattled and imprisoned WikiLeaks founder's final extradition hearing is held in Great Britain. If ever there were an expert on Julian Assange, it would surely be Camp's guest, John Shipton -- Assange's father -- who calls the assassination plot considered by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials "pretty scandalous," if not entirely surprising.
The Week Ahead: Trump redux
The unofficial kickoff of the former guy's presidential campaign at a rally Saturday night in Des Moines will reverberate through American politics this week. All indications are that Trump is going to cast the midterm elections as a referendum on himself rather than on Biden. We've already observed it at the state level: Trump's Big Lie has moved 18 Republican-dominated states to enact 33 laws suppressing the votes of likely Democratic voters, on the false pretext of eliminating "voter fraud" that doesn't exist. But for a brief time it seemed as if senior Republicans in Washington would try to move the party away from Trump. For Trump to make the midterm elections into a referendum on himself and his Big Lie is useful for the Democrats.
Raise Congressional Pay -- and Tax the Rich
Under the Stock Act, members of Congress must disclose their own stock trades, and those of their spouses, within 45 days. First, preemptively raise congressional pay: In addition to the base salary, generous allowances for dependent spouses and children (let's say $50,000 per dependent). Second, require members of Congress to put their FAMILY wealth into "blind trusts" so that they don't know how the money is invested. Of course, congressional spouses aren't automatically bound by congressional rules, but members could be given the option of convincing their spouses, or resigning, or being sanctioned by losing committee seats, being barred from leadership, or even being expelled. The goal here is for no one to leave Congress wealthier than he or she entered it.
What will anti-colonial socialist revolution look like?
To find what an anti-colonial socialist revolution will look like on the continent the colonists have named "North America," one first has to ask what it means for a Marxist-Leninist to support Land Back. When the U.S. capitalist state is overthrown, like the tsarist monarchy was overthrown preceding Russia's socialist revolution, the oppressed nations here will have to overcome a comparable contradiction to the one that the countries occupied by the Russian empire faced. Like was the case for the nations within China's borders following the socialist revolution there, these nations answered the Bolsheviks' offer for joining a new proletarian democracy with a resounding "Yes!" Getting all the stolen land back into the control of the tribes is merely the first step towards socialist revolution. The colonized nations must have the opportunity to become part of a socialist project, which can only be made possible by movement-building.
Comedian Dave Chapelle’s The Closer: A racist tirade disguised as stand-up comedy
On October 5, veteran US comedian David Chappelle premiered his latest stand-up comedy special The Closer on Netflix. Chapelle’s 72-minute special, however, is not comedy so much as it is a racist rant. In many instances, those engaging in violence against Asian Americans invoked the libel that China was responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. community has made, while progress toward racial equity has been much slower.” That is, Gay agrees with Chapelle’s premises but perhaps not all his conclusions. The movement of the working class, which has revolutionary implications, is attracting the most thoughtful and progressive layers of the middle classes to its side and repelling the more selfish and degenerate affluent elements.
Coalition Urges Biden to Change Approach to Global Food, Agriculture
Jim Goodman, board president of the National Family Farm Coalition, said in a statement that it’s time for a clear break from the agriculture policies under former President Donald Trump. “This pro-corporate agriculture agenda must change under your watch,” the groups said. The U.S. government must also “refrain from trade challenges to other countries’ efforts to advance food sovereignty, the right to adequate food, biodiversity protection, and confront climate change.” The letter also calls for transparent, public disclosures of any engagement between corporate agribusiness representatives and U.S. officials. Taking such steps for “transformative change,” the groups wrote, would help “protect our food systems from the climate and biodiversity crises and ensure an end to hunger globally.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.
Alberta’s hard-right UCP government stokes regionalist divisions with anti-“equalization” referendum
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former federal Conservative leader Andrew ScheerToday’s referendum is a reactionary stunt, without legal force. Jean lost out to Kenney in the inaugural UCP leadership contest, but Kenney fully embraced Jean’s position on equalization. In fact, with the support of the trade union bureaucracy, the PQ and Quebec nationalism were used to disorient, isolate and derail a massive upsurge of the Quebec working class. Working people in Alberta must decisively reject Kenney’s reactionary “Alberta First” regionalist agenda. But voting “No” in today’s equalization referendum, does not and should not imply any support for the federal government and its equalization program.
California SEIU executive director resigns following arrest for grand theft and tax fraud
The executive director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, Alma Hernandez, was arrested last Friday on corruption charges including grand theft and tax fraud. The SEIU in California is the state’s largest union, with over 700,000 members, including social workers, janitors and doctors. During her tenure as executive director of SEIU California she presided over years of attacks on union members’ wages and living standards. SEIU Local 1000 board members met at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento to discuss the leadership of President Richard Brown. Brown was elected president of the local on June 30, having campaigned as a dissident opponent of the state SEIU bureaucracy.
German Social Democrats, Greens, Free Democrats’ coalition paper: A declaration of war on the working class
The exploratory paper consists largely of non-binding phrases, nebulous avowals, evasions and plain lies. Despite its barren platitudes, the exploratory paper does make a few things clear. Most representatives of the ruling class currently consider a traffic light coalition best suited to push through attacks on the working class and carry out military rearmament. Both draw on wealthy upper-middle-class layers that are responding to the growing anger of the working class with a shift to the right. In Berlin, it continues the coalition with the Left Party and the Greens, although the SPD’s top candidate, Franziska Giffey, said she would have preferred a traffic light coalition.
Nobel Prize committee hails US-aligned journalists, silent on Assange
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)As has been the case many times before when it comes to the Nobel Peace Prize, even limited scrutiny belies the lofty rhetoric. However, in their celebration of press freedom, the Nobel Committee selected two journalists who have never challenged the interests of the major imperialist powers, or exposed their machinations, and who have spent their entire careers in alignment with the US state apparatus. Muratov dedicated his Nobel Prize to Alexei Navalny, a leading figure in the country’s opposition movement. Ressa’s conception of “press freedom” is strikingly similar to that of the US State Department. Such is the “fearless,” “free” and “independent” journalism that can be funded by the American state and hailed by the Nobel Committee.
Murder of Conservative MP David Amess will be used to strengthen state and clampdown on democratic rights
On Saturday, a senior government official informed the media that the man suspected of murdering the Conservative MP Sir David Amess is Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old Briton of Somali heritage. Although never becoming a minister, Amess had been an MP for almost 40 year, having first been elected in 1983. Ali made no attempt to attack anyone else and waited in the church until police arrived at 12.10pm, approximately five minutes after he stabbed Amess. Houses on the road sell for around £2million and Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer lives on a street nearby. Labour and the Lib Dems have announced that they will not contest the seat held by Amess in a by-election.
Maurice Papon and the October 1961 massacre of Paris
We are republishing it for the first time in English for the 50th anniversary of the October 17, 1961 Paris massacre. Einaudi is the author of the 1991 book, “The battle of Paris, 17 October 1961” (Éditions du Sueil). De Gaulle confirmed the nomination, giving Papon the assignment to “hold Paris” while he sought a negotiated agreement for Algeria. Graffiti on a wall next to the Seine river in Paris, shortly after the October 1961 massacre, "Here we drown Algerians." When Claude Bourdet, during a session of the Paris Council, asked Papon to comment directly on the events, he remained silent.
Republican campaign rally in Virginia draws Trump, Bannon and fascist supporters
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. In his telephone message to the rally, Trump focused on claims of election fraud. While Youngkin was not in attendance, citing time “conflicts,” the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, was. In 2020, Trump lost Virginia by a 10 percent margin, with Democrat Joe Biden winning by large margins in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The “Take Back Virginia” rally took place in the final weeks of the Virginia race for the governor’s mansion.
Daily Horoscope
You won’t be able to back out of an emotional commitment of some kind so put the thought of doing so out of your mind. The onus is on you to make it work, and the best way to do that is to convince yourself you want it to work.
Gates seems to double down on claim that Biden's been wrong on top foreign policy issues for decades
Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, seemed to reiterate in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades. Cooper pointed out a part in the book where Gates called Biden a man of integrity but wrote that he believes he’s "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." He said he believes Biden made a mistake in Afghanistan in the way he handled the withdrawal. Biden has defended his administration and essentially said there was no easy way out of the country after two decades. This is not the first time that Gates offered stark criticism for the U.S.'s handling of the Afghanistan war.
Myanmar opposition welcomes ASEAN's junta snub, wants summit invite
Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. However, the opposition said it would accept inviting a truly neutral alternative Myanmar representative, as decided over the weekend by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to its Oct. 26-28 summit, in an unprecedented snub to the military leaders behind a Feb. 1 coup against Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government. "ASEAN excluding Min Aung Hlaing is an important step, but we request that they recognise us as the proper representative," said its spokesman Dr. Sasa. A spokesman for Myanmar's military government blamed "foreign intervention" for the decision which it said was against the objectives of ASEAN, the ASEAN Charter and its principles.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. The Democrats’ razor-thin margins in both houses of Congress have empowered individual lawmakers like Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, vexing fellow lawmakers and the White House. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time
Without computer chips that serve as the switches for today’s economy, the United States could be eclipsed by China and other nations that support their semiconductor industries. More than 20% of the state’s jobs were in manufacturing then; now only 8% are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In overwhelmingly Democratic Rhode Island, Raimondo learned to govern by building coalitions within a diverse caucus. Automakers just stopped ordering semiconductors.”The United States once accounted for 40% of chip-making worldwide; now it’s 12%. The cost of making a chip in the United States is 30% higher than in Taiwan and South Korea.
Jill Biden says SC ‘prayer partner’ helped change her life
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Robin Jackson, wife of the pastor at Brookland Baptist Church in South Carolina, offered to be Jill Biden’s “prayer partner” when the Bidens worshipped at the church. Charles B. Jackson Jr., said that his mother began texting prayerful reminders to Jill Biden a few days after they met. Jill Biden said earlier this year the relationship with Robin Jackson had made a difference in her life.
Despite Friday night reports, Coast Guard waited until first light Saturday to confirm oil spill
Coast Guard officials on Tuesday confirmed reporting by The Times that the agency had first been alerted to the possibility of an oil spill off the Orange County coast on Friday evening. Ore said the Coast Guard, state and local authorities sent up aircraft at first light Saturday to assess the situation. Coast Guard investigators have come up with no other explanation for the break other than anchor drag, federal sources said. On Tuesday morning, antipollution vessels were seen again off the coast of Huntington Beach, south Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Aware of the oil spill, he ran to the shoreline, where he saw the bird getting tossed in the break and pummeled by waves.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. President Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2020, but the McAuliffe-Youngkin race appears to be coming down to the wire. Youngkin also has not campaigned personally with Trump, though the former president phoned into a Virginia rally last week featuring Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Lake: America’s Arab allies warming to Syria’s dictator
King Abdullah II of Jordan made news last week when he took a phone call from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was the first contact between the king and president in more than a decade, since Syria’s civil war began. Since 2018, Arab states that once funded and armed Assad’s opposition have been trying to restore diplomatic ties with his regime. Recently, trade ministers from Syria and the United Arab Emirates met to discuss how to expand economic ties. So it’s worth asking what, if anything, the Biden administration is doing about these thawing relations between Assad and America’s Arab allies.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
“These bills, in my view, are literally about competitiveness versus complacency, about opportunity versus decay, and about leading the world or continuing to let the world move by us,” Biden said Friday while pushing the legislation in Connecticut. Yet beneath the White House’s pleas for patience — reminding people that hard things take time — is a bubbling sense of urgency that a deal needs to be struck rapidly. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. But there are also more abstract imperatives: proving Democrats can deliver on their promises to voters and protecting Biden’s waning political capital. Biden himself has expressed impatience and will be increasing his own personal outreach this week to push lawmakers to find a compromise and bring the bills to a vote, the officials said.
Former APD officer, state rep launches campaign for sheriff
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalBY ELISE KAPLANJOURNAL STAFF WRITERA 20-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department and former state representative has announced he will run for Bernalillo County sheriff next year. Pat Ruiloba grew up in the Adobe Acres neighborhood of the South Valley, and he and his wife are raising their three children there. He joined APD in 1988 and rose through the ranks to detective before retiring in 2008, according to a news release. “As a legislator, Ruiloba sponsored and supported legislation to secure millions in funding for equipment for Albuquerque area law enforcement and fire departments,” the release says. “I will balance my commitment for a more effective, equitable, and thoughtful approach with a strong commitment to protect our community,” Ruiloba said.
Ten times worse than the Charge of the Light Brigade: the Dieppe Raid disaster of 1942
Within weeks of Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on the Channel port of Dieppe in August 1942, one senior general compared it to the notorious 1917 battle of Passchendaele. The shocked survivors said it was “just like the Charge of the Light Brigade”. “Soon no comparisons were necessary,” writes Patrick Bishop, “and Dieppe stood in its own right as a metaphor for bloody futility”. Aware that a premature invasion might end in disaster, the British military was keen to do something to appease her allies. “Destroying it completely,” writes Bishop, “would do nothing to reduce Germany’s war-making capacity.
Monday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Monday. Officials believe the country is facing a new threat from “lone wolf” terrorists who were radicalised online while spending months at home, The Telegraph understands. The Telegraph understands a promise to agree financing for the new plant during the current parliament will be included in the Government’s long-awaited Net Zero strategy. Sir David Amess murder suspect had considered killing other MPs, The Telegraph understandsThe man arrested on suspicion of murdering David Amess had considered killing other MPs, The Telegraph understands. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
US defence chief in Georgia on first stop of Black Sea visit for military talks
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin landed in Georgia Monday on the first leg of a visit to three allies on the Black Sea, aiming to deliver a message of support against threats from Russia. The United States has had training programs with the Georgian military for years, focused on developing interoperability capability with NATO as well as territorial defence, and the current program expires in December. The Pentagon sees the region as a potential flashpoint, especially since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine -— like Georgia a NATO partner state —- in 2014. Russian air and naval forces have increasingly challenged NATO members’ ships in the Black Sea. That will also be part of the discussion when Austin heads to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Thursday and Friday.
US defence chief in Georgia for military talks
The first Pentagon chief to visit since 2014, Austin will seek to renew a military training program and demonstrate America’s commitment to Tbilisi, which has sought for years to become a full member of NATO. The United States has had training programs with the Georgian military for years, focused on developing interoperability capability with NATO as well as territorial defence, and the current program expires in December. The Pentagon sees the region as a potential flashpoint, especially since Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine -— like Georgia a NATO partner state —- in 2014. Russian air and naval forces have increasingly challenged NATO members’ ships in the Black Sea. That will also be part of the discussion when Austin heads to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Thursday and Friday.
Kerala floods: At least 24 killed as rescue operation continues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday, saying that he had spoken to Mr Vijayan about the situation. "It is sad that many people have died due to the heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. My condolences to the bereaved families," Mr Modi said.
Washington trooper signs out for last time, tells Inslee he can ‘kiss my a—‘
A Washington State Patrol officer who refused to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate signed out for the last time on Friday and issued a strongly worded message to Gov. "I wish I could say more, but this is it so state 10-34, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. The mandate applies to most state workers, long-term care employees, and teachers and staff at the state’s schools, including the state’s colleges and universities. The only opt-out is a medical or religious exemption, though the exemption only ensures continued employment if a job accommodation can be made. Q13Fox reported that the mandate for Washington state workers is on Monday, and if they don’t comply they could lose their job.
Junior partner in Australian coalition gov't says it won't rush into net zero
REUTERS/David GrayCANBERRA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The junior partner in Australia's coalition government said on Monday it would not be rushed into a decision on whether to support a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Morrison had sought the agreement of the National party, the government's coalition partner, but its leader Barnaby Joyce said rural-focused lawmakers were unable to agree during a four-hour meeting on Sunday. We have our own party and our own party room for a distinct purpose," Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Joyce said his party is concerned about the impact of net zero on farming and coal mining, but Morrison faces growing pressure to reach an agreement before the climate summit. Morrison has said Australia wanted to achieve net zero "as soon as possible and preferably by 2050" and it expects to beat its pledge to cut carbon emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2030.
Heads of Japan major parties to hold debate ahead of key election
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 14, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The heads of Japan's major parties will hold a public debate on Monday likely to focus on who can best respond to an expected next wave of COVID-19 infections and fix the pandemic-hit economy, two weeks ahead of the national election. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took over the premiership earlier this month, has called the general election for members of the powerful lower house Oct. 31. Women accounted for 18.3% of CDPJ candidates as of Oct. 17, compared with 9.7% for the LDP, according to the Asahi newspaper. The debate among nine party leaders is scheduled to start 1:00 p.m. (0400 GMT).
Welcome to the age of unpeace
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyMark Leonard is director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of “The Age of Unpeace: Why connectivity causes conflict.”The European Union is built on a simple idea. By building a community around the coal and steel that were used to build weapons, the EU managed to turn enemies into friends. They hoped that by opening borders and promoting trade, travel and the internet, they could spread these lessons to the world, and promote global harmony. And the behavior of other countries — from China and Russia to Turkey and Brazil — has shown how nationalism and power are trumping internationalism and the law. It uses its economic power to make those who come into contact with its network follow the rules as well.
MEPs vote on EU’s green food plan amid lobbying blitz
Much will depend on the political stance taken by MEPs in Strasbourg, who will debate a report on Farm to Fork on Monday and vote on Tuesday. Battle of the statsThe mounting criticism has been fueled by a spate of recent studies predicting agricultural armageddon from Farm to Fork. Green groups have launched their own lobbying counter-campaign on MEPs’ inboxes. That report found that Farm to Fork could lead to a drop in food production, although much hinges on how ambitiously countries implement the next EU farm policy. “I believe that the vote in the Parliament will strengthen the Commission’s position,” EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said at a press conference in Luxembourg last week.
Ban on Uyghur imports becomes EU’s hot potato
For now, the Commission departments, and particularly trade officials, appear to be tossing the dossier around like a hot potato. The core issue is whether the EU will legislate on a full-blown trade ban. The alternative would be a less hard-hitting measure that would shoehorn von der Leyen's forced labor ban into a looser package on due diligence rules for companies. In December, EU trade officials brushed off concerns about mass detentions and forced sterilization in Xinjiang to conclude a landmark investment pact with Beijing. Progressive pushCertainly, progressive MEPs and NGOs want to ensure that Dombrovskis takes charge of the forced labor ban.
'Why can't we study?': Afghan girls still barred from high school
ReutersThe administration of U.S. President Joe Biden informed the Supreme Court that a suspected high-ranking al Qaeda figure held at the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could provide limited testimony about his torture at the hands of the CIA. Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned why the U.S. government will not let the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, testify. In response to questions from three justices during oral arguments earlier this month, Acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher wrote a letter to the court on Friday informing the justices that Zubaydah could provide a declaration in the pending case.
Shooting at Halloween party came days after deputy killed man on same block
An L.A. County sheriff’s deputy had fatally shot a man last week on the same Whittier block where three people were critically wounded in a shooting at a Halloween house party Friday, authorities said Sunday. Five days earlier, a deputy had shot and killed a man near the intersection of Obregon Street and Eduardo Avenue, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said. During the conversation, the man pulled out a firearm, and at least one deputy fired at him, officials said. In the case of the Halloween house party, deputies were called to the Whittier home for a report of a fistfight. Anyone with information about the house party shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
Jill Biden to travel to Detroit Oct. 24 for Jewish school's annual dinner
First lady Jill Biden will travel to Detroit next weekend to speak at the annual dinner of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, a Jewish school, the White House said Sunday. Biden will be the guest speaker the dinner at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, where the "outstanding leadership" honoree will be Mary Barra, CEO and chair of General Motors Co.Yeshiva Beth Yehudah has campuses in Southfield and Oak Park, and describes itself as Michigan's largest and oldest Jewish educational institution in Michigan. Biden was in Michigan last month when she spoke at Oakland Community College during a trip with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and advocated for two years of free community college, which is part of husband President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Agenda. Jill Biden pushes for two years of free community college at Royal Oak stopBiden is a professor of writing at Northern Virginia Community College. Joe Biden won Michigan, a battleground state, by 3 percentage points, or 154,000 votes, in 2020.mburke@detroitnews.com
Casey DeSantis surprises Republican crowd Saturday in first appearance after cancer announcement
Ron DeSantis. I’m sure as hell not giving up,' the mother-of-three told a cheering audience at a Hernando County Republican Party dinner on SaturdayGov. Casey and Ron DeSantis, 43, are the parents of Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 monthsDeSantis is an Ohio native. Casey and Ron DeSantis are the parents of Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 months. The Hernando County Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Seoul closely monitoring N. Korean leader's increased messages toward US: ministry
NATIONALNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a lecture to commemorate the 76th founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party last Sunday, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the next day. (Yonhap)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has publicly mentioned the United States more often recently, drawing attention to Pyongyang's next move amid a prolonged deadlock in their nuclear talks, according to South Korea's unification ministry Monday.The ministry made the assessment in a report to lawmakers for an annual parliamentary audit, calling for an "active response" to resume dialogue in the face of growing volatility in the region.North Korea conducted four new missile tests in September alone, including what it called a "hypersonic" missile and a long-range cruise missile. "North Korea's following moves on the US require attention as leader Kim Jong-un's messages on the US have recently increased as well as become more detailed," the ministry said in the report.The assessment came a week after Kim said there are no grounds to believe why Washington is not hostile toward Pyongyang, though adding that neither South Korea nor the US is its "arch-enemy. "Despite many differences in opinion between the two Koreas ... our stance is to work out the differences through dialogue," the ministry said.When the talks resume, Seoul will also push to discuss the North's blowing up of an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong and the killing of a South Korean fisheries official who went adrift in waters north of the inter-Korean border, it said.Regarding North Korea's long-enforced tight border controls due to the pandemic, the ministry said the North is preparing to reopen its train routes with China.Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has begun the shipment of COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea through the Chinese port of Dalian. "(North Korea) needs cooperation with the inter
S. Korean, US, Japanese intelligence chiefs to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: source
NATIONALThese file photos from May 9, 2021, show, from left to right, Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence; Park Jie-won, head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service; and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's cabinet intelligence director. (Yonhap)The intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet in Seoul on Monday behind closed doors for talks on North Korea and other pending issues, according to a source.Park Jie-won, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), was set to sit down for talks with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's Cabinet intelligence director, the source said.The three will meet for the first time since May in Tokyo and are expected to share the assessments of the security situations on the Korean Peninsula, following Pyongyang's recent series of missile launches.Pyongyang has remained unresponsive to Washington's overtures for dialogue, with denuclearization talks having stalled since the no-deal summit between then US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un in 2019.The top spy agency officials may also touch on South Korean President Moon Jae-in's recent proposal to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War as Seoul ramps up diplomacy to revitalize its drive for lasting peace on the peninsula.The chief nuclear envoys of the three regional powers are scheduled to meet in Washington on Tuesday (local time).Takizawa's visit to Seoul is his first since Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office earlier this month, and the discussions could possibly signal Tokyo's new policy direction on North Korea.The talks could also consider ways to strengthen trilateral intelligence sharing, as the leaders of the two East Asian countries attempt to patch up rocky relations over historic disputes stemming from Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45.On Friday, Moon and Kishida held their first phone ca
Key suspect in corruption-laden development scandal detained upon return from US
NATIONALNam Wook (C), a key figure in a sprawling land development scandal in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, is swarmed by reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Monday, after returning from Los Angeles to be questioned by prosecutors on his suspected role in lobbying influential figures over the course of pushing for the project. He shifted the blame to other key figures, including Yoo and Kim Man-bae, owner of Hwacheon Daeyu.Yoo has already been arrested on charges of bribe-taking and breach of trust. Prosecutors had also sought an arrest warrant for Kim last week, but a court rejected the request, saying that the prosecution failed to present sufficient grounds for his arrest.During the media interview, Nam also claimed hearing his partners discussing raising 35 billion won in order to pay seven influential people 5 billion won each in bribes.The scandal has been the hottest issue in the country amid opposition accusations that Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, who is now the ruling Democratic Party's candidate for next year's presidential election, was mayor of Seongnam at the time. Yoo is known as a close associate of Lee.Prosecutors plan to seek an arrest warrant for Nam.Prosecutors, meanwhile, raided the offices of Seongnam City Hall for the second time in three days Monday to secure additional email records of employees involved in the development project.On Friday, investigators seized documents and other materials from the municipality's city project team that had been in charge of establishing and authorizing details of the project, as well as the network division containing digital data about the city's electronic decision-making process and email communications.Investigators plan to analyze the seized materials and later question city hall employees who were involved in the project in the early decision-making phase.
Lee says he feels 'betrayed' by ex-aide arrested in Seongnam development scandal
NATIONALThis photo, provided by the National Assembly's photo press corps, shows Gyeonggi Gov. Lee Jae-myung taking an oath at the start of a parliamentary audit of his government at the Gyeonggi provincial government office in Suwon, south of Seoul, on Monday. in charge of the development project in Seongnam, south of Seoul, when Lee was its mayor.Yoo was arrested earlier this month on charges of breach of trust and bribe-taking. "Through the audit, I will show humility and confidence as the person in charge of the Gyeonggi provincial administration. "The questioning is set to continue Wednesday during another audit of the Gyeonggi government by the National Assembly's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee.
IDF official: Israel expects Hezbollah to fire 2,000 rockets a day in wartime
Israel does not want war with Hezbollah, but is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the terror group if conflict breaks out, a senior Israeli military official told AFP. During the 11-day May conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian terror groups fired around 4,400 projectiles towards the Jewish state. The Iron Dome air defense system intercepted around 90 percent of the rockets headed for populated areas, while just under 300 hit inhabited districts. The unit was criticized for its response to the 2006 war with Hezbollah, which killed more than 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis. “We are preparing for all options and scenarios, including military capabilities,” the security source said.
Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024
said he will not vote for former President Trump Donald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE if he wages a bid for the presidency in 2024. The Republican senator told Axios’ Mike Allen “I don’t know that” when discussing the likelihood that Trump will win the GOP nomination in 2024 if he launches a third campaign for the White House. Bill Cassidy is 1 of 7 GOP senators who voted to convict Trump before he left office. pic.twitter.com/tUcF3pAvCR — Axios (@axios) October 17, 2021ADVERTISEMENTCassidy sounded a similar note in February of this year during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” when discussing a future Trump campaign. Trump has not announced any plans to run for president again in 2024, but his latest actions and comments are pointing towards a future bid.
Sen. Joe Manchin is demanding Biden's child tax credit come with a work requirement and income cap around $60,000, report says
Sen. Joe Manchin wants the child tax credit to cap family income around $60,000, sources told Axios. Manchin supported the credit under the American Rescue Plan in March with no work requirement. The first child tax credit payment lifted around 3 million children out of poverty, one study found. A strong majority of Congressional Democrats have lobbied to make the child tax credit permanent as it helps millions of families pay for basic necessities like housing, health care, child care, and education. A Columbia University study from August found that, under the American Rescue Plan, the first child tax credit payment in July lifted approximately 3 million children out of poverty.
Venezuelan opposition, Norway urge Maduro government to resume talks
The government of Maduro, who scoffed at the invitation to resume talks, put the conversations on ice after Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, was extradited to the United States from Cape Verde on Saturday to face corruption charges. Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government's negotiating team, announced the suspension on Saturday. His inclusion in the negotiating team was widely seen by Maduro critics as an attempt to delay his extradition. Venezuela will denounce the charges against Saab at the United Nations, Maduro said, adding that other responses to the extradition would come. The United States also imposed sanctions on him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that Washington says allowed Saab and Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program.
Marxists try to take Federal Reserve as Biden weighs whether to reappoint Powell: Devine
President Biden is coming unstuck so badly that even CNN has noticed he’s not great at his job. The arrogance and duplicity of his administration simply reflects his character and is driving the Great Disillusionment with his presidency. But there is another, stealthier progressive takeover in train at the Federal Reserve, orchestrated by Wall Street Marxists in the guise of high-minded ethics concerns. Sen. Elizabeth Warren mounted a campaign accusing two of the most conservative members of the Fed Board of Governors of insider trading. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files/File PhotoWarren’s strike on the Fed’s board of governors comes as Biden weighs up whether to reappoint Powell when his four-year term is up in February.
U.S. tells Supreme Court Guantanamo detainee can give limited testimony
The United States flag flies inside of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Camp VI at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, March 22, 2016. Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned why the U.S. government will not let the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, testify. Poland is believed to be the location of a "black site" where the CIA used harsh interrogation techniques against Zubaydah. Zubaydah, now 50, has spent 15 years at Guantanamo and is one of many detainees still held there. He lost an eye and underwent waterboarding 83 times in a single month while held by the CIA, U.S. government documents showed.
Republican senator casts Trump as election loser destined to lose 2024 nomination
A Republican senator described former President Donald Trump as an election loser who is not guaranteed to win the GOP's presidential nomination in 2024 if he decides to run. "President Trump is the first president, on the Republican side at least, to lose the House, the Senate, and the presidency in four years. The Louisiana Republican ventured further by saying he thinks Trump, who does poll well among Republicans looking ahead to 2024, might lose the GOP nomination contest. Trump endorsed Louisiana's other U.S. senator, Bill Cassidy, for reelection in June. And when there was a pattern of behavior that culminated as it did on January the 6th — and we've had revelations since — that just led me to that decision.”Story continuesWashington Examiner VideosTags: News, Bill Cassidy, Congress, Donald Trump, 2020 ElectionsOriginal Author: Daniel ChaitinOriginal Location: Republican senator casts Trump as election loser destined to lose 2024 nomination
In Illinois, new reports reveal Trump Republicans’ fundraising strength
WASHINGTON — Keep an eye on the fundraising ability of GOP freshman Rep. Mary Miller, the Illinois Republican in Congress who is the most unabashed Trump loyalist in the delegation. ADAM KINZINGER/CHRISTINA LAUFThe remap, however it ends up, presents no easy district for GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, leading a crusade against Trumpism, which has bolstered his fundraising ability. To date this cycle, Davis raised $137,271, spent $35,201 and only has $345,912 cash-on-hand because he had campaign funds left over from 2020. MARY MILLER/DARIN LAHOODMiller and GOP Rep. Darin LaHood might end up in the same GOP district after the remap, so the play will be the Republican primary. RODNEY DAVIS/NIKKI BUDZINSKIThe draft map creates a tough district for GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.
Meet the candidates, check your phone, plan your fall: 5 things to know to start your week
Starting Sunday, callers will need to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number for calls within Cincinnati's 513 area code and Northern Kentucky's 859 area code. The move will make way for a new, three-digit phone number for the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, which launches next year. And be sure to check other equipment, including security systems, medical monitoring devices and fax machines that require phone lines to operate. You'll find all this coverage as it posts on our Politics page, as well as in our Local Politics newsletter. This is a chance to meet some of your Cincinnati city and school board candidates in person as well as the journalists who cover local politics and government.
Now opponents in Ohio governor's race, Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley once praised each other
Leading your city with compassion and strength," DeWine texted Whaley after the Oregon District killings. We are amplifying your message," Whaley texted DeWine on March 9, 2019 as DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio. Throughout the early months of the pandemic, Whaley texted DeWine with suggestions and questions about closing bars on St. Patrick's Day or casinos entirely. DeWine praised Whaley for urging fellow mayors to require masks in early July 2020, weeks before DeWine instituted a statewide mask mandate. Whaley texted DeWine on July 3 with an Enquirer article detailing Cincinnati's mask mandate.
Joe Manchin White House child tax credit must include work requirement and $60k family income cap
Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin will only support Joe Biden's flagship child tax credits policy if the existing program is made markedly less generous, sources say. Democrats are looking to make Joe Biden's temporary increase to the child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan permanent. Currently, two parent families on a combined salary of up to $150,000 are eligible for the tax credit. Biden's child tax credit boost is the same as his temporary increases under the American Rescue Plan, which was passed to help the US through the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday in Hartford, ConnecticutIt became the largest child tax credit in US history when it was signed into law in March, but is only effective through 2021.
Michigan city is GRIDLOCKED by residents rushing to get free bottled water as lead contaminates tap
A Michigan city has been gridlocked by residents rushing to get free bottled water after they were warned not to cook or brush with their tap water after vast amounts of lead were detected. 'For at least three years, the people of Benton Harbor have been waiting for safe drinking water uncontaminated by dangerous lead,' Rev. It is expected to cost $30 million, and under Michigan's 2022 state budget, $10 million is dedicated to replace service lines in Benton Harbor. It also has one of the highest rates of lead drinking water pipes per capita, seven years after the lead-filled water in Flint, Michigan sparked a nationwide conversation about water quality. Flint is also majority black, with the Benton Harbor water crisis sparking fresh conversations about why African-Americans are at greater risk of exposure to lead-contaminated tap water.
Pro-Iran Hashed punished in Iraq vote
According to preliminary results the Conquest (Fatah) Alliance, the political arm of the multi-party Hashed, emerged with only around 15 MPs from the October 10 vote. Hashed leaders have rejected the results as a "scam" and said they will appeal, ahead of a final tally expected in the next few weeks. - 'Country in free-fall' -Jalal Mohamed, a 45-year-old grocer, said he also did not vote for the Hashed. Analysts say Sadr will have to come to terms with the Hashed alliance in the negotiating process to form a government and name the new prime minister. The Hashed is still expected to carry weight in parliament through the support of members who say they are independent, and arrangements with Maliki.
S. Korean, US, Japanese intelligence chiefs to discuss N. Korea in Seoul: source
These file photos from May 9, 2021, show, from left to right, Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence; Park Jie-won, head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service; and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's cabinet intelligence director. (Yonhap)The intelligence chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet in Seoul on Monday behind closed doors for talks on North Korea and other pending issues, according to a source. Park Jie-won, the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), was set to sit down for talks with Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan's Cabinet intelligence director, the source said. On Friday, Moon and Kishida held their first phone call and agreed to develop their ties "in a future-oriented manner." Haines, who arrived in Seoul on Sunday, will meet her counterparts after US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns met with Moon here last week.
Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention'
ADVERTISEMENTThe select committee announced on Thursday that it would pursue criminal prosecution against Bannon after the ex-Trump White House strategist failed to appear for a scheduled deposition. Bannon told the congressional panel last week that he would not comply with the subpoena. Asked by Acosta on Sunday about the chances of getting Bannon to testify, Schiff said the panel’s “chances are actually very good” — despite the arduous process of pursuing criminal contempt. In the days leading up to January 6th, on that day itself, Steve Bannon was one of the president's closest advisers,” Schiff said. Rep. Bennie Thompson Bennie Gordon ThompsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon MORE (D-Miss.
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
Why Democrats may be facing a generation in the wilderness
But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the party for years to come? But what if, in terms of political power, this is as good as it gets for the Democratic Party for years to come? To break this cycle, Democrats need to win back states that lean Republican, according to Mr. Shor. “I don’t think they are facing a generation in the wilderness,” says Professor Hopkins. That said, Democrats pursue political power for a different reason than Republicans, Dr. Hopkins adds.
Dems find their unifying goal: 'Put points on the board'
What's more, Manchin and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are locked in a spat over the bill that's certainly not helping. Sinema, for instance, spoke by phone with Biden, White House advisers and Schumer’s team during last week’s recess, according to her office. Patience in the White House — and in many corners of the Democratic Party — is wearing thin. But Manchin and Sinema are in no rush, and other centrists say the party-line social safety net bill should no longer be tied to the infrastructure bill. And some centrists don’t see their odds of passage improving this month without a dramatic escalation in the whip effort by their leadership as well as the White House.
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.
And Gates also believes President Biden didn't act quickly enough after announcing in April he was pushing back President Trump's deadline for the U.S. withdrawal by four months. President Biden: "It's time for American troops to come home." Anderson Cooper: So the former President and President Biden both share some responsibility in this? President Biden has given assurances that the U.S. can still target terrorists in Afghanistan. Gates and President Biden have crossed paths for decades, as he wrote about in 2014.
Texas governor moves state sharply to the right ahead of 2022 election
Governor Greg Abbott meets with Texas National Guard troops and U.S. Border Patrol personnel for a briefing regarding security along the Mexico-U.S. border in Weslaco, Texas, U.S., April 12, 2018. Democrats have made political gains in Texas on the strength of rapidly growing metropolitan areas such as Houston and Austin. "He's taking a more aggressive approach," said Brendan Steinhauser, a Texas-based Republican political consultant. Last year, former President Donald Trump carried Texas by more than five percentage points, despite national unpopularity and unprecedented Democratic fervor. "I do strongly believe Governor Abbott is in the catbird seat for re-election," said Ray Sullivan, who was a senior adviser to Republican former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Black Senate candidates are experiencing a fundraising bonanza in key 2022 races
Black candidates running in pivotal US Senate races in 2022 have raised hefty sums of money. In the past, Black candidates often struggled with fundraising, but the tide has seemingly turned. There are currently three Black members in the upper chamber — Warnock, Scott, and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. But the fundraising numbers appear to reflect a shift in the perception of electability that previously bedeviled Black candidates. "I think Black candidates have proven more and more than ever that we're talented, but we didn't have the resources to compete ... this is the future.
Heartbreaking Final Message Sent By Missionaries Kidnapped In Haiti Revealed
As the kidnapping was occurring, one American citizen was able to post a harrowing cry for help in a WhatsApp group. Pray pray pray. It is unclear if the message was sent via text or video. The report also did not identify the WhatsApp group in question. A senior U.S. official familiar with the discussions told CNN that the current location of the kidnapped missionaries remains unknown.
Are Virginia’s Black voters energized or tired? McAuliffe brings in the big guns to motivate a crucial Democratic constituency.
Democrats have felt tensions of their own. McAuliffe, who is seeking a comeback after serving as governor from 2014 to 2018, defeated three Black candidates for the Democratic nomination, including two women. While McAuliffe’s primary win was decisive — he carried every jurisdiction in the state — some of the party’s younger, more liberal activists were disappointed. Whether they’ll show up in force for a 64-year-old White man is one of the major questions of the campaign.
Mark Levin: Network of liberal dark money groups, billionaires, and Democrats attacking our elections
Life, Liberty & Levin" host Mark Levin laid out what he called a coordinated attack on American elections by left-wing dark-money groups, billionaires, and the Democratic Party in his Sunday monologue. People aren't supposed to talk about issues with the 2020 election, Levin said, lest they be labeled conspiracy theorists by the media. Levin said President Biden's administration and Democrats wouldn't investigate the shadowy forces that are changing American elections without the knowledge of most citizens. Dark money, all this money flowing into the coffers, organizations that don't have to report who's giving what to whom. Levin said no one wanted anything "reversed," and he went after "RINOs" and "NeverTrumpers" who have contributed to the situation.
Texas continues assault on voting rights with gerrymandered maps
Former HUD Secretary, Julian Castro and Demand Justice Executive Director, Brian Fallon explain how the GOP-controlled Texas legislature’s proposed congressional maps underrepresent communities of color. They also discuss how the Biden administration’s chance to do something about the nation-wide voting rights emergency is running out. Oct. 18, 2021
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. “What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative political columnist for the Washington Post, characterized his comments as “complete crap.”“He never used to be this insane. John Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Money floods the race for control of Congress, more than a year early
Raphael Warnock, then a Democratic Senate candidate in Georgia, during a press conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. DAMON WINTER/NYTPoliticians in both parties are furiously racing to expand their online donor bases while simultaneously courting big checks from wealthy benefactors. Democratic- and Republican-linked groups are spending millions of dollars to shape public opinion on the spending package currently being debated in Congress. “Democrats have owned online fundraising, and that is no longer true,” said former Rep. Tom Davis, who previously led the House Republican campaign arm. They include Warnock, the top Democratic fundraiser aside from congressional leaders, and Walker, a leading Republican in the Georgia Senate race.
Former president Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital Sunday after treatment for infection
Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday "to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," his spokesman, Angel Ureña, said in a statement Thursday. Former president Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized Saturday night as he recovers from an infection and is expected to be discharged Sunday, his spokesman said. Clinton's doctors, Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, issued a joint statement Thursday night saying Clinton was responding well to treatment, though they did not detail the nature of the infection. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well." Amin and Bardack added that they had been in constant communication with Clinton's New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
Southwest Airlines seeks to block pilots’ bid to halt mandated COVID-19 vaccinations
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association is seeking to stop the airline from moving ahead with the Nov. 24 deadline for the shots until an existing a lawsuit it filed over alleged U.S. labor law violations is resolved. The union claims Southwest illegally changed work rules during the pandemic instead of negotiating them with pilots. Airlines Cancellations, vaccines and lawsuits: How the pandemic has fractured love between Southwest, unions Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has a reputation for its strong relationship with labor unions that has led to smooth operations dating back to the era of co-founder Herb Kelleher. Pilots also are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to not work for 48 hours after receiving vaccinations. The case is Southwest Airlines Pilots Association v. Southwest Airlines Co., 3:21-cv-02065-M, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
Dominion Energy gave $200k to secretive PAC attacking Youngkin from the right
Big-league political influencer Dominion Energy donated $200,000 to a secretive PAC attacking GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, a new filing shows. The money from Dominion’s PAC went to Accountability Virginia PAC in Washington, according to a public filing this weekend by Dominion with the Virginia Department of Elections. The political news outlet Axios reported in late September that the Accountability Virginia operation has ties to Democratic activists and is funding an ad campaign in which the Democrats pose as conservatives “to drive a wedge between the Republican candidate for Virginia governor and his core voters.”The ads on Facebook, Instagram, Google and Snapchat target rural areas of the state that support Youngkin, and the ads question his commitment to the Second Amendment, Axios reported. Dominion gave $200,000 between July and September to the PAC running the ads. Youngkin’s campaign said Democrats are desperate.
Jill heads to South Carolina to celebrate her 'praying partner's' husband 50th anniversary as pastor
The first lady quietly flew to West Columbia for a surprise appearance at the 50th anniversary celebration for Pastor Charles B. Jackson Sr. of Brookland Baptist Church. But she opened her remarks by retelling the story of how she and Robin Jackson met, saying the relationship has 'shaped my life.' Jill Biden told talk-show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021 that regular contact with Robin Jackson had made a difference. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.'s 50th anniversary at Brookland Baptist Church in West ColumbiaHer role in celebrating the pastor's 50th anniversary was intended to be a surprise for Robin Jackson. At that service, Jill established a relationship with the pastor's wife, Robin Jackson, the first lady's office relayed.
Little boys are snapped easing themselves through White House railing
Two young boys were photographed squeezing through the railings surrounding the White House Sunday afternoon while President Joe Biden was inside. A slightly older child in a white shirt and rainbow sleeve stepped halfway inside at around 1.20pm, as onlookers extended their arms into White House property to get a closer shot of the presidential residence. It sectioned off Lafayette Square, the seven-acre public park directly north of the White House. It is one of a host of security features at the White House, including snipers on its roof and a highly-classified underground bunker. The US Secret Service and Capitol Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com about Sunday's mini-breaches.
[Law Talk] Trademark issues in the world of the metaverse
In particular, gaming, fashion and luxury brand companies are partnering with metaverse platforms to expand their market bases to the virtual world. In the context of the metaverse, trademark infringement may occur if (i) items used in the metaverse are “goods” for purposes of the Trademark Act, and (ii) the act of using the trademark registered in the real world on similar or identical items in the metaverse can lead consumers to confusion. The act of using another person’s trademark in the metaverse may meet those two prongs. If a trademark possesses creativity, it can be eligible for copyright protection in addition to protection as a trademark. In this context, the world of the metaverse is not completely cut off from the real world, but can be considered as an extension of it.
Lee to appear at parliamentary audit amid snowballing development corruption scandal
Lee Jae-myung speaking at the National Assembly in Seoul last Friday. Lee Jae-myung, the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Party, was set to appear at a parliamentary audit of his government on Monday amid opposition vows to use the session to grill him over a corruption-laden development project. The opposition party has claimed the person is Lee. "Through the audit, I will show humility and confidence as the person in charge of the Gyeonggi provincial administration. The questioning is set to continue Wednesday during another audit of the Gyeonggi government by the National Assembly's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee.
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. Advertisement“What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. AdvertisementJohn Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Fauci says he is polarizing because he supports 'science, data, and hard facts' and not conspiracy theories
He told Fox News' Chris Wallace he has become a polarizing figure because he stands with science. "And I think people who feel differently, who have conspiracy theories, who deny reality, that's looking them straight in the eye." Fauci said he stood by the truth and that that's "inconvenient" for people who believe in conspiracy theories. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is considered the nation's top infectious disease expert. When asked by Wallace if anything he has done has contributed to him becoming a polarizing figure, Fauci said he couldn't answer because he couldn't think of anything.
Kinzinger doesn't rule out January 6 committee subpoena for Trump
(CNN) A Republican on the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol on Sunday did not rule out issuing a subpoena for former President Donald Trump as it seeks to obtain information from his allies. "If we subpoena all of a sudden the former president, we know that's going to become kind of a circus so that's not necessarily something we want to do up front. The committee announced last week it was moving forward to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Asked Friday what his message is to those who defy subpoenas from the January 6 select committee, President Joe Biden told CNN's Kaitlan Collins, "I hope that the committee goes after them and holds them accountable." "I do, yes," Biden said when asked if he thinks they should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Bangladesh to be secular, will revert to 1972 Constitution: Hasina govt minister after attacks on Hindus
Taking the radical Islamist challenge head-on, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has decided to revert to its 1972 Constitution offered by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. If the move comes into effect, Islam will no longer be the state religion of the Muslim majority country. Two amendments during successive military regimes between 1978 and 1990 had undermined the 1972 secular Constitution and instituted Islam as the state religion. Islam was made the state religion by a Constitutional amendment during the reign of General HM Ershad in the late 1980s. "We will soon return to the 1972 secular Constitution that founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave to Bangladesh after Independence," Murad is purportedly heard saying in a video on social media.
Chicago Police Department restricts time off for officers after vaccine mandate deadline, CNN affiliate reports
(CNN) A day after Chicago police officers were required to disclose their Covid-19 vaccine status or risking losing pay, the city's police department issued a memo informing officers elective time off is restricted, according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN affiliate WLS. "Until further notice, the use of elective time by sworn CPD members is restricted. Furthermore, the use of elective time will require prior approval from the Deputy chief or above within the requesting member's chain of command," the memo obtained by WLS reads. The memo was issued Saturday to all sworn officers and was to be read at all CPD roll calls for five consecutive days, WLS reports. Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has spoken out against the mandate to report vaccine status, telling officers they are not required to comply, and the police department has its own Covid-19 policy.
Hochul is proving to be the anti-Cuomo — for good and for ill
Kathy Hochul continues to make good on her promises to be, in effect, the “un-Cuomo.” Too bad that also includes appeasing New York’s lefties even more than the last governor did. Andrew Cuomo’s deadly nursing-home order, Hochul apologized for the pain caused by Cuomo’s handling of the crisis. And Hochul has about finished her purge of Cuomo enablers across state government. Nearly all the staffers named as enablers in Attorney General Tish James’ nursing-home and sex-harassment reports are gone or will be soon. But she’s left so much space to her right that she’s left room for Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-LI) to jump into the race.
Ahmaud Arbery’s killing changed his Georgia community. Now three men will stand trial for murder.
It is not clear if any of the defendants will testify in the trial, which lawyers say could stretch well over a month. Robert Rubin, a lawyer for Travis McMichael, said their plans depend on the prosecution’s and he is not sure whom the other side will call. The district attorney’s office in Cobb County, now prosecuting the case, did not respond to an inquiry about its plans for witnesses.
New York City man steals two duffel bags of electronics, food from Target: NYPD
A thief left his mark on a Manhattan Target Sunday morning — swiping two duffel bags-worth of items while flashing a box cutter at security guards, cops said. The latest instance in the city’s shoplifting surge began at 11 a.m. at the Target on Second Avenue in Kips Bay. The crook snatched electronics, pharmacy items and food, stuffing the pilfered goods into a pair of duffel bags, an NYPD spokeswoman said. ALBANY POLS, NYPD ORDER COPS TO DO NOTHING AS DRUG ADDICTS SHOOT UP"He displayed a box cutter to security and then fled," she added. The big-box heist comes amid a shoplifting spree across the Big Apple that have left shelves bare at stores like CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid.
Jon Stewart says media making 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain'
Comedian Jon Stewart said the media's hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump is a mistake and that casting him as an "incredible supervillain" distracts from other threats. "I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's … Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.," Stewart said. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable." Stewart, who recently launched a new show, "The Problem with Jon Stewart," said it's time the media moves away from the idea that "autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs for whether he thinks President Joe Biden is doing an effective job in office, Stewart said, "I don’t think anybody is."
January 6th Committee prepares to drop the hammer on Bannon
After Former Trump Senior Advisor Steve Bannon refused to comply with a lawful subpoena, special congressional committee members are preparing to hold him in contempt. Maria Teresa Kumar and her panel discuss what that could mean, and whether or not the commission will ask Donald Trump to testify. Oct. 18, 2021
Police say bystanders "should've intervened" as woman raped on train
A woman was allegedly raped on a suburban Philadelphia train last week while police said there were "a lot of people" around who "should have done something." Police said they had arrested a man connected to the rape that allegedly happened on a SEPTA El train on Wednesday. According to authorities, the incident was caught on surveillance video that showed bystanders on the train when it happened who "did nothing." Again, we're still going through the video but there was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should've intervened. The victim was taken to a local hospital, Bernhardt told The Associated Press.
Essaibi George defends ad with accent while having a laugh with it in ‘On the Record’ interview
“I don’t think anyone could have imagined … none of them could have imagined that their daughter would be mayor of this city,” Essaibi George said Sunday, in an interview on WCVB’s On the Record. AdvertisementOn Sunday, Essaibi George downplayed the discussion after “On the Record” co-host Ed Harding brought up the accent in a joking manner, trying to repeat the line himself — accent and all. Essaibi George cuts in, “I’ll do it for you one time,” holding back a laugh as she repeats the line — with her R’s. She turned serious, though, as she defended her upbringing in the city, raised by a father who was ridiculed for having a foreign accent. Her father had a thick Arab accent and was mocked when he arrived here, she said, though he maintained pride raising his family here.
Kamala Harris to talk water shortages on Monday visit to Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters at the Carpenters International Training Center on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be joined by U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford at Lake Mead at noon. Harris has already made several trips this year to discuss water conservation and other climate issues.
Kamala Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
Suman NaishadhamAssociated PressWashington — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. That agenda includes climate provisions the Biden administration has said would make the U.S. more resilient against the effects of climate change. Harris will also emphasize that climate change is poised to make extreme weather events such as droughts and heatwaves more frequent, expensive and harmful, White House officials said. The Biden administration has said its infrastructure spending plans would create millions of jobs in repairing water infrastructure, restoring watersheds and wetlands and increasing water efficiency.
Education notes: Why Vail voters get two ballots
Some voters registered in Pima County may have received two ballots as the city of Tucson and the Vail Unified School District roll out their individual elections. Tucson is conducting its city election, while the Pima County Recorder’s Office is holding VUSD’s special election for voters to decide on a bond override. Nearly 20,000 registered voters who live in the city of Tucson and within the VUSD boundaries will receive two ballots to take part in both elections, according to the Pima County Recorder’s Office. Voters can drop off both their ballots at the following locations until Nov. 2 by 2 p.m.:240 N. Stone Ave. First Floor. Tucson Arizona 85756VUSD voters can replace their ballots through the Recorder's Office at any of the three locations.
Conservative mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Hungary's Orban
"We want a new, cleaner, honest Hungary, not just to replace Orban or his party," Marki-Zay told jubiliant supporters in Budapest referring to the nationalist premier's ruling right-wing Fidesz party. "From now on I support Peter Marki-Zay," Dobrev said during a concession speech, urging opposition unity after a bruising election campaign. Praising the primary election process, Marki-Zay said it had selected clean candidates nationwide who would be able to get rid of "the most corrupt system in Hungary's thousand-year-old history". - Cross-party support -Opinion polls have put the opposition alliance neck-and-neck with Fidesz, and gave Marki-Zay a better chance of defeating Orban than Dobrev. As a conservative and Catholic "Marki-Zay was the primary winner least wanted by Fidesz," analyst Robert Laszlo told AFP.
Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. After a tour, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Interior Department and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Water levels at Lake Mead — created in the 1930s by the damming of the Colorado River — have fallen to record lows. In August, federal officials declared the first-ever water shortage at the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought gripping much of the West.
Jon Stewart Blasts Media on CNN for Stirring Up Conflict
Jon Stewart delivered a scathing critique of the media on CNN Sunday. But the overwhelming majority of stories seek to expose the conflict lines.”“But do you think it’s all about the media?” Tapper asked, following up. “But in the scheme of things, performative activism gets people’s attention. Stewart believes it’s a non-story receiving outsized coverage because the media wants to gin up a debate. And I don’t mean civility, and I don’t mean nonpartisanship.
Hungary’s opposition parties unite to challenge far-right leader Orban
© Bernadett Szabo/Reuters Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony and opposition candidate for prime minister Peter Marki-Zay cheer with supporters at the election headquarters after the opposition primary election in Budapest on Sunday. An average of national polls compiled by Politico put Fidesz and the united opposition neck and neck. “It’s not enough to win the urban areas.”Marki-Zay’s win in Hodmezvasarhely made beating Orban by joining forces appear to be possible. The opposition used the strategy in local elections in 2019 and won majorities of districts in Budapest and other cities. The pact means that the opposition will run a joint candidate in all 106 directly elected seats across Hungary.
Beijing mocks America saying their new 21,000mph nuclear-capable missile is 'a new blow to the US'
'Dewey's and Winnipeg's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific,' it added. 'The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble... seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,' it said. The Longtian airbase (pictured) has been expanded and adapted for air defence sites. The Longtian airbase has been expanded and adapted for air defence sites. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings.
Key suspect in corruption-laden development scandal detained upon return from US
(Yonhap)A key partner in a corruption-laden urban development project involving a former aide to the ruling Democratic Party's presidential nominee was detained upon his arrival from the United States on Monday for questioning over bribery and other allegations. In a recent media interview, Nam denied any wrongdoing, claiming he had been sidelined from the project in its early stages. He shifted the blame to other key figures, including Yoo and Kim Man-bae, owner of Hwacheon Daeyu. The scandal has been the hottest issue in the country amid opposition accusations that Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, who is now the ruling Democratic Party's candidate for next year's presidential election, was mayor of Seongnam at the time.
SA opposition say clock is ticking for Liberals to rule out pre-selecting Narungga MP Fraser Ellis
The State Opposition says the clock is ticking for the Liberal Party to rule out pre-selecting Narungga MP Fraser Ellis as its candidate at next year's election. Mr Ellis moved to the crossbench when he was charged amid the travel expenses saga. The Premier has declined to pass judgment today he was passing on tourism grants to South Australian businesses.
Scoop: Manchin's red lines
Why it matters: While Manchin’s demands would dramatically weaken one of President Biden’s signature programs to help working families, they also would reduce the package’s overall costs. That would make it easier for the pivotal senator to support a final package, potentially higher than Manchin's previous $1.5 trillion top line. They'd also fundamentally alter a program the president funded for one year in the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package passed in March. Sinema told lawmakers she will not vote for the social spending plan until the House passes the infrastructure bill, according to Reuters. Neither Manchin nor Sinema endorsed Biden's compromise price for the social spending plan in the $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion range.
Texas Republicans Set To Pass New Congressional Maps
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday were set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. After passage in the Texas House, the maps will go to Republican Gov. Gutierrez said he expects to see legal challenges alleging both racial discrimination and procedural missteps by the map’s authors. Texas was the only state to gain two congressional seats following the 2020 census. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Cargo ship dragged oil pipeline months before spill off California coast, Coast Guard says
Matthew BrownAssociated PressInvestigators believe a 1,200-foot cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. The vessel's owner, identified by the Coast Guard as Dordellas Finance Corporation, could not be reached for comment. California oil spill: Images released of cracked pipeline; cargo ship denies role in disasterMore: California oil spill legal fight likely to last years due to complex investigation into causeWatch: Wildlife rescue ongoing after California oil spillAttorneys for MSC and Dordellas will have the chance to examine and cross-examine the government’s witnesses in the case and also to call their own witnesses, according to the Coast Guard. In response to the new focus on the DANIT, the Houston-based owner of the damaged pipeline, Amplify Energy, thanked the Coast Guard for its continued work on the case.
Washington Hears Echoes of the ’50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
But his actions so far look increasingly like those in a world of competitive coexistence, a bit edgier than the “peaceful coexistence” that the Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev used to characterize the old Cold War. The Berlin Wall not only delineated a sharp line between spheres of influence, freedom and authoritarian control, it stopped most communications and trade. The year it fell, 1989, the United States exported $4.3 billion in goods to the Soviets and imported $709 million, an inconsequential blip for both economies. And yet, even through a pandemic and threats of “decoupling,” the United States exported $124 billion in goods to China last year and imported $434 billion. That made China the largest supplier of goods to the United States, and the third largest consumer of its exports, after Canada and Mexico.
WaPo columnist mocked for lecturing unmasked stranger in elevator: 'Strong hall monitor energy'
Marcus aired her grievances on the social media platform after the unmasked man, according to her account, dismissed her suggestion to wear a face covering, responding "I don’t care what you think." "In Madison, Wis. By now I should know better but: I get in elevator. Man steps in, unmasked," Marcus writes. LIBERAL WAPO COLUMNIST SLAMS ‘TRIGGERED’ YALE AFTER REPORT ON ‘RACIST’ PARTY INVITATION: ‘DO SOME GROWING UP’Critics did not take well to her online venting. Ron DeSantis' press secretary Christina Pushaw said Marcus was giving off "strong hall monitor energy."
Jill Biden surprises her South Carolina ‘prayer partner’
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2021 file photo, first lady Jill Biden speaks during a visit to Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Jill Biden on Sunday returned to the South Carolina Baptist church where she says she began to repair her relationship with God following her son's death from brain cancer six years ago. Jill would always return a text expressing appreciation.” Jill Biden uses the professional title “Dr.” because of her doctorate degree. Jill Biden told talk-show host Kelly Clarkson in February 2021 that regular contact with Robin Jackson had made a difference.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
ISTANBUL (Reuters) -President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
U.S. to pay families of drone strike victims
Reuters VideosThe leader of the military junta that has ruled Myanmar since its coup will not be invited to a top diplomatic summit for the region, and it represents a rare snub for the leader from the Southeast Asian country.The Association of Southeast Asian Nations - or ASEAN - agreed to the move at an emergency meeting on Friday (October 16).The move is seen as unprecedented. Myanmar's Army chief Min Aung Hlaing led the coup against the country's elected civilian government in February. But the ASEAN bloc is consensus-driven, and Friday's decision marks a rare bold step for it. ASEAN traditionally favors a policy of engagement and non-interference.The bloc says it will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar instead. Singapore's foreign ministry said on Saturday the move to sideline Myanmar's military chief was a "difficult but necessary decision to uphold ASEAN’s credibility.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
U.S. House incumbents continue aggressive fundraising amid redistricting
Two U.S. House sophomores who flipped Republican seats three years ago are again leading the Michigan delegation in fundraising for the quarter, according to disclosure reports. Slotkin reported $3.76 million cash on hand, and Stevens has $1.5 million as of Sept. 30. Simon Schuster of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network attributed this to the uncertainty that the incumbents are facing amid the state's first round of redistricting with a new nonpartisan redistricting commission. Schuster noted that Walberg’s fundraising was down about $100,000 from the same quarter in 2019 and that his PAC receipts continue to be down. "That reflects the precipitous drop that he also faced in the second quarter," Schuster said.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
Hungary: Mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Orban
The new opposition leader, who has lived in both the US and Canada, made a name for himself in 2018 when he won the mayoral election in the southern town of Hodmezovasarhely, which was considered a Fidesz stronghold.
A Man Shot By Kyle Rittenhouse Is Accusing Police Of Enabling Militants During The Kenosha Protests
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, has filed a lawsuit accusing police of enabling the actions of Rittenhouse and white nationalist militants who roamed the streets on a night of deadly violence in the city. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial is scheduled to begin next month. "It was not a mistake that Kyle Rittenhouse would kill two people and maim a third on that evening," the lawsuit stated. Grosskreutz also alleged that officers' actions during the protests constituted racial discrimination and that they would have acted differently if Rittenhouse were Black. Earlier this year, the family of Anthony Huber, who was fatally shot by Rittenhouse, sued the Kenosha sheriff and police departments, alleging that their officers' conduct "directly caused" Huber's death.
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 per cent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
Opinion : Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
None of this gets Democrats off the hook. As the late Donald H. Rumsfeld might advise them, you have to work with the system you have, not the system you wish you had. It is no excuse for making a mess of what should be a moment of achievement.
Fox News Rundown Extra: Dr. Brett Giroir On America’s Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19
Anti-COVID drugs also appear to be on the horizon and even young children may soon be eligible for the vaccines. Dr. Giroir did see optimistic about the coming months, but still offered advice to families on how to protect themselves from future surges in the virus. He also weighed in how our country reacted to COVID, what mistakes we made and whether or not we’re prepared for future pandemics. The interview was too long and we could not include everything Dr. Brett Giroir had to say. On the FOX News Rundown Extra you will hear our entire conversation.
Florida first lady Casey DeSantis makes surprise first public appearance since breast cancer diagnosis
EXCLUSIVE: Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis surprised guests at the Hernando County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner Saturday with her first public appearance since Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this month. DESANTIS' WIFE, CASEY, DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER"I hear when you get a standing ovation before you even walk in the door you should probably just leave," the first lady said after taking the microphone from the governor. The governor announced earlier this month that his 41-year-old wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, saying she would have the full support of her family while she faces the challenge. "I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed first lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer," the governor said in a statement.
Stacey Abrams campaigns for McAuliffe in churches: 'Voting is an act of faith'
Democrat Stacey Abrams campaigned for Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at Black churches in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday. Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia gubernatorial election in 2018 and has used that defeat to position herself as a voting rights advocate. "I am the daughter of not one but two pastors," Abrams told Second Calvary Baptist Church congregants, who were required to show cards proving their vaccination status. Abrams told the churchgoers that she once believed it was wrong to mix church and politics, but was convinced by her mother that "politics is always in the church." McAuliffe made appearances at different churches and later joined Abrams at an outdoor campaign event.
Ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo launches new party, vows to stay in politics
Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo speaks during the second day of the meeting to launch the formation of a new political party at the Sofitel hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast October 17, 2021. Reuters/Luc GnagoABIDJAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo vowed on Sunday to continue in politics "until my death" as he launched a new party following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court and return from a decade abroad. Gbagbo, president from 2000-2011, returned to Ivory Coast in June after being acquitted in 2019 by the Netherlands-based court on war crimes charges for his role in a civil war sparked by his refusal to concede defeat in an election. Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer, has West Africa's third-largest economy and has seen some of the world's fastest economic growth over the past decade. The government has not said whether it plans to enforce the verdict, or whether Gbagbo will be pardoned.
As time runs short, Dems vow: less talk, more action
There are also two scheduled recesses in November and a long December layoff that could be in jeopardy without quick action. Sinema, for instance, spoke by phone with Biden, White House advisers and Schumer’s team during last week’s recess, according to her office. Patience in the White House — and in many corners of the Democratic Party — is wearing thin. But Manchin and Sinema are in no rush, and other centrists say the party-line social safety net bill should no longer be tied to the infrastructure bill. And some centrists don’t see their odds of passage improving this month without a dramatic escalation in the whip effort by their leadership as well as the White House.
US Afghan resettlements slowed by housing shortage, old technology
More than 50,000 Afghans are housed temporarily on eight military bases around the country awaiting resettlement to permanent homes. Resettlement agencies, which contract with the State Department to help the Afghans, say finding off-base housing is a big challenge. The State Department reactivated an old database system, called Hummingbird, that staff on bases must enter the Afghans into to match them with resettlement slots. A SECRET CIA GATE AT KABUL AIRPORT BECAME AN ESCAPE PATH FOR AFGHANSA State Department spokeswoman said the system is no longer manual. The IOM referred requests for comment on its role to the State Department.
Michelle Wu has big ideas. If she’s elected mayor, Beacon Hill could decide if many of them happen.
Yet, he struggled to realize some priorities, either because they were rejected or lacked the necessary state funding. When he first ran in 2013, for example, Walsh promised free prekindergarten for all — something both Wu and Essaibi George are also pitching. They’re all actions that would require approval at the State House. “We can support efforts that are already happening at the State House,” Essaibi George said. Essaibi George said she’s confident she can work with “whoever it is” in the governor’s office.
Police: 1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at Houston bar
HOUSTON — A man with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed three constable deputies outside a Houston bar early Saturday, killing one and leaving two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities detained one person near the scene but he is not believed to be the shooter, according to the Houston Police Department which is investigating the shooting. One of the first deputies who was shot, Kareem Atkins, died from his wounds, according to the constable’s office. It was not yet clear whether the deputies returned fire, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones told reporters. Constables are licensed peace officers who perform various law enforcement functions, according to the Texas Association of Counties.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014 to 2018 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Analysis: Ex-lawmaker argues for Mississippi abortion limits
"No matter the spin the Court’s anti-choice justices may use to avoid laying bare their extremist agenda, the reality is that upholding Mississippi’s ban on abortion would overturn Roe v. Mississippi's only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, remains open and offers abortions up to 16 weeks of pregnancy. In addition to challenging Roe v. Wade, her written arguments to the Supreme Court challenge the court's 1992 decision in a Pennsylvania abortion case. Both rulings said states may not put an undue burden on abortion before viability. The Mississippi attorney general's office argues that the rulings are “egregiously wrong.”
Britain faces ‘wave of terror attacks plotted by bedroom radicals’
Britain’s intelligence agencies have warned ministers of a potential new wave of terrorist attacks carried out by “bedroom radicals” bred during lockdown. Officials believe the country is facing a new threat from “lone wolf” terrorists who were radicalised online while spending months at home, The Telegraph understands. It comes as investigators seek to establish whether the 25-year-old suspect in the killing of Sir David Amess had been radicalised during the long months of the pandemic. Police believe Sir David was not specifically targeted by his alleged terrorist killer but is believed to have been picked as part of plot to murder any MP. The development came as Sir David’s devastated family issued a statement in which they said they were “absolutely broken” by his murder.
Arkansas governor accepts vaccine mandates work despite allowing people to opt out
Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson toed a fine line on the issue of vaccine mandates during a conversation on Sunday with NBC’s Chuck Todd. At the same time, however, he rejected the idea of either letting states or the federal government institute those same mandates. “I accept that” vaccine mandates lead to more Americans receiving the vaccine, Mr Hutchinson responded. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) evidence that vaccine mandates work. Hutchinson, who effectively passed a new law allowing employees to opt out of vaccine mandates responds: "Absolutely, it does indicate that."
Ex-British spy Christopher Steele defends Trump dossier and says kompromat tape ‘probably’ exists
“[T]oday, do you still believe that this tape exists?” Mr Stephanopoulos asked him. “I think it probably does, but I would not put 100 percent certainty on it,” said the former spy. Allies of the former president argued falsely that the dossier of unverified claims, including the shocking “pee tape” claim, was the basis for the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign. Top intelligence officials have testified that it actually stemmed from comments made by a Trump campaign official to an Australian diplomat, who alerted US authorities. At the same time, he relented and admitted that “not everything” in the dossier regarding Mr Trump had ended up being true.
Trump fan accused of tasing police officer at Capitol riot cries and calls himself ‘piece of s***’ in FBI interview
Daniel “DJ” Rodriguez was taken into custody after being identified by HuffPost as the individual who electroshocked DC Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone. The agents said that to that point other actors were telling the story in the court of public opinion. He said he was “stupid” for believing that the mob who attacked Congress on 6 January could put Mr Trump in power for a second term. In relation to the attack on Officer Fanone, the agents ask him to explain what happened. Yes.”Asked why he did it, Mr Rodriguez cried and responded: “I don’t know.
Belarus: French ambassador leaves Minsk after Minsk expels him
The EU has repeatedly said that it does not consider the August elections to have been "free and fair" and has imposed sanctions on Mr Lukashenko's regime.
China fires hypersonic missile to circle planet in low orbit in terrifying display of its weaponry
At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17. 'The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble... seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,' it said. The Longtian airbase (pictured) has been expanded and adapted for air defence sites. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings. Reports of the improvements follow previously reported upgrades at other Chinese military bases and come amid rising tensions between China and Taiwan.
Salvadorans march against Bukele's economic and judicial policies
"People are starting to get tired of this authoritarian government, (it's) anti-democratic," Ricardo Navarro, head of the environmentalist NGO Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, told AFP. "He is already taking us down a cliff with his bad ideas that are already affecting the economy with this bitcoin." Members of the political opposition said their protest participation Sunday was also about other policies from Bukele and his congressional allies. "He attacked judicial independence," Medardo Gonzalez, former leader of the Farabundo Marti Front for Liberation party, told AFP, referring to the recent legislative vote to remove judges over 60 or who have served more than 30 years. "That is only something a dictatorial government would do and we don't want that in El Salvador," Gonzalez said.
ICAC hearing into Gladys Berejiklian begins
A fortnight on from Gladys Berejiklian's shock resignation, soon the allegations that led to her departure will be tested. For the next two weeks, the Independent Commission Against Corruption will hold public hearings into whether Ms Berejiklian breached the public trust.
'He has not suffered the consequences': Impeachment witness on Trump's lies
Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says former President Donald Trump has not been held accountable for his attempts to steal the 2020 presidential election.
Jill Biden makes unannounced trip to South Carolina to honor pastor
(CNN) First Lady Jill Biden on Sunday afternoon made a trip to Columbia, South Carolina, which had not been announced publicly ahead of time, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. The attendance of the first lady was spurred by her relationship with Robin Jackson, the pastor's wife, who in 2019 became Biden's prayer partner. The two met when then-candidate Joe Biden and Jill Biden attended a service at Brookland during the presidential campaign. Robin Jackson and Jill Biden forged a remote prayer connection, which Biden has credited with restoring her faith after the death of her son, Beau Biden. Biden and Jackson remain "frequently in touch," mostly "via text," Biden's press secretary Michael La Rosa tells CNN.
At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment
That is the backdrop for the dual dramas that consumed Axel Springer in 2021. The first was the investigation into Mr. Reichelt, the editor who is also the face of a new television network Bild has started. Der Spiegel described “the Reichelt system,” in which “the editor in chief was said to have invited female trainees and interns to dinner via Instagram. Axel Springer has sought to keep details of the investigation’s findings out of the German press. The article was killed after a call from Mr. Reichelt, a person involved in the process said.
Alex Murdaugh Extradited to S.C. to Face Charges in Alleged $4.3 Million Insurance Settlement Scheme: Reports
Citing inmate records, NBC News reported that Murdaugh is currently in custody at Columbia's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He was charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses connected to the Gloria Satterfield wrongful death settlement case. Her sons filed a wrongful death lawsuit — allegedly at Murdaugh's suggestion, the sons' attorney, Eric Bland said. Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Authorities are revealing little about the case — except to say that Maggie and Paul were shot with two different firearms.
Former President Bill Clinton Hospitalized for 'Non-COVID Infection'
“President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. The 75-year-old politician was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday, October 12. “President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection. “The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist,” the doctors explained. Ahead of his recent hospital stay, Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, were scheduled to attend a private event in California on Thursday for the Clinton Foundation.
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president
Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be presidentAdded: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 8 views | 0 commentsFormer top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.
What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling? Added: 18.06.2020 19:29 | 25 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 against President Donald Trump's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers work permits and deportation relief to certain immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 27 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Is the Supply Chain Catastrophe Joe Biden's Fault?
Added: 17.10.2021 20:58 | 11 views | 0 commentsDespite what conservatives say, Joe Biden is not trying to ruin the holiday shopping season.
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy? Added: 17.10.2021 20:58 | 11 views | 0 commentsEven the president's closest allies are alarmed that he's not making voting rights a front-and-center issue.
Democrats Scramble for Climate Options After Manchin Rejects Clean-Energy Plan
Senator Joe Manchin. (The state is the second-largest coal producer in the country and Manchin himself has personal financial ties to the coal industry.) Manchin’s vote is essential to Democrats’ plan to pass the massive spending bill via the reconciliation process in the Senate. “This is absolutely the most important climate policy in the package,” Leah Stokes, an expert on climate policy who has been advising Senate Democrats on how to craft the program, told the Times. It’s not clear, however, whether or not Manchin would support any of these or other potential changes.
Reps. Greene and Gaetz Are Rich in Hate, But Their PAC Is Low on Cash
A PAC started by two of the House’s most controversial members — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) — is running low on funds and only has $13,000 in cash, Mother Jones reported. The PAC spent $159,000 between July 1st and September 30th, but only raised $57,000 in the same period. During that time, the two representatives embarked on a fundraising tour that lost money and had a number of events canceled. Despite his lackluster fundraising, the magazine noted, Gaetz is still spending extravagantly on luxurious accommodations. Let’s hope their fledgling finances are a sign Americans aren’t putting too much stock into these two extremists.
At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment
That is the backdrop for the dual dramas that consumed Axel Springer in 2021. The first was the investigation into Mr. Reichelt, the editor who is also the face of a new television network Bild has started. Der Spiegel described “the Reichelt system,” in which “the editor in chief was said to have invited female trainees and interns to dinner via Instagram. Axel Springer has sought to keep details of the investigation’s findings out of the German press. The article was killed after a call from Mr. Reichelt, a person involved in the process said.
Steele defends explosive claims about Russian collusion from his dossier
“I stand by the work we did, the sources that we had, and the professionalism which we applied to it,” Steele ?says in the documentary, ??”Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier?,?” ?which premieres on Hulu Monday. “I’m prepared to accept that not everything in the dossier is 100 percent accurate,” Steele said. “Because I think the Russians felt they’d got pretty good value out of Donald Trump when he was president of the US,” Steele said. Former President Donald Trump has denied the claims made in the Steele dossier. PA Images via Getty ImagesThe Steele Dossier began as a project to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidates, and the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news website, provided the funding to research firm Fusion GPS.
U. Michigan paid critical race theory advocate $20,000 for a one-hour virtual discussion: report
Author and prominent critical race theory advocate Ibram X. Kendi was reportedly paid $20,000 to speak at a one-hour virtual event last fall at the University of Michigan. "Costs for this event were covered by the university's General Fund," the university’s director of Public Affairs and Internal Communications, Rick Fitzgerald, told Campus Reform. The November discussion mainly focused on Kendi’s 2017 book, "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," Campus Reform reported. Kendi, who authored the best-selling 2019 book "How to Be an Antiracist," is one of the leading figures pushing the implementation of "critical race theory" in schools. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News’ requests for comment from the University of Michigan and Kendi were not immediately returned.
Gabby Petito Foundation's first fundraiser kicks off with strong showing in Long Island hometown
The first fundraiser for the new Gabby Petito Foundation saw a line out the door when it kicked off Sunday afternoon in her Long Island hometown. He described Petito is "one of our family members" and said the department would help out in any way it could. Richard Stafford, the attorney for Petito’s parents and stepparents and a longtime family friend, praised the strong showing at the start of the event. More information on the Gabby Petito Foundation can be found at its website. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPLaundrie had returned home to his parents’ Florida address on Sept. 1, according to authorities.
Bill Clinton released from hospital, will finish recovery at home
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection, and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Father of suspect in British lawmaker's slaying is 'traumatized'
LONDON — The father of a man held for the fatal stabbing of a British lawmaker during a meeting with local voters told British media he was shocked and “traumatized” by his son’s arrest, as police continued questioning the suspect under terrorism laws. British authorities have not released the name of the suspect, but British media reported the suspect is Ali Harbi Ali, 25, believed to be a British citizen with Somali heritage. The Sunday Times reported that his father, Harbi Ali Kullane, a former adviser to Somalia’s prime minister, said British counter-terrorism police had visited him. Lawmakers could also be asked to share their whereabouts at all times with police, she said. But Patel added that she did not believe that the killing of Amess should change the relationship between lawmakers and their voters.
China secretly tests first hypersonic missile in move that catches US intelligence 'by surprise'
China secretly tests first hypersonic missile in move that catches US intelligence 'by surprise' - KCNA via KNSChina has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. The report added that China's progress on hypersonic weapons "caught US intelligence by surprise." Along with China, the United States, Russia, North Korea and at least four other countries are working on hypersonic technology. Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly at more than five times the speed of sound. Crucially, a hypersonic missile is maneuverable (like the much slower, often subsonic cruise missile), making it harder to track and defend against.
Former President Bill Clinton released from hospital
Originally Published: 17 OCT 21 11:04 ET(CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton has been released from a California hospital after being treated for an infection that spread to his bloodstream. Clinton walked out arm-in-arm with his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before greeting hospital staff and giving a thumbs-up when asked how he was feeling. University of California Irvine Health Department of Medicine Executive Director Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, who had been overseeing Clinton’s medical team, released a statement following Clinton’s release. “President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. This story has been updated with a statement from the UC Irvine Medical Center.
Faith leaders, lawmakers join in prayer with members of vandalized Rochester Hills mosque
Rochester Hills — Lawmakers and community members joined faith leaders on a brisk Sunday afternoon, gathering outside a Muslim house of worship vandalized Oct. 8 to send a message of solidarity and forgiveness. The Ahmadiyya community will not be pressing charges against the suspect, according to Imam Shamshad Nasir, the Ahmadiyya Regional Missionary in Detroit. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh leaders then spoke to the audience about the importance of interfaith dialogue and stressing their solidarity with the Ahmadiyya community in Michigan. Republican and Democratic state representatives spoke as well, describing the value of the diverse religious communities in Rochester Hills and nearby cities. State Rep. Mark Tisdell, R-Rochester, said he had a longstanding relationship with the Ahmadiyya community that began when he was a city councilman.
Analysis: Lawmakers travel Louisiana to talk redistricting
The chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana, Louis Gurvich, told the party's governing body in August that redistricting is “going to be a tough, bloody mess.”“In the Legislature, that’s when you’re going to find out who you’re real friends are,” Gurvich said. Democrats want to reverse years of lost clout in the state House and Senate. If they lose more seats to the GOP, they’d have little chance to move an agenda and could be sidelined from legislative debates. “These are very, very high stakes we’re talking about," New Orleans Democratic Rep. Royce Duplessis, vice chairman of the House redistricting committee, said on a webinar held by the Southern University Law Center and left-leaning organizations. With Louisiana continuing a decades-long trend of population decline in its northern parishes, lawmakers will revisit a debate from 10 years ago: whether to maintain two of the state’s six U.S. House seats in north Louisiana or to consolidate to one northern-based district along Interstate 20.
Man sparks debate after asking whether he is wrong to place wife ‘on a budget’ in attempt to curb spending
A 25-year-old man has sparked a debate after questioning whether he was wrong to put his wife “on a budget” in an attempt to curb her spending. In the comments, he also clarified that his wife is spending his income, as she does not currently have a job but is looking. The Reddit user concluded the post explaining that he didn’t expect a fight after unveiling the budget, as he thought it was “fair,” before revealing that his wife didn’t feel the same way. “Everyone needs a budget, but this is something that should have been hammered out before you got married,” someone else wrote. “However, you do not ‘put’ your wife on budget as if she were a child.
Sir David Amess murder suspect had considered killing other MPs, the Telegraph understands
The man arrested on suspicion of murdering David Amess had considered killing other MPs, the Telegraph understands. The investigation into the tragic death of Amess suggests he was not specifically targeted, but picked at random as part of a plot to kill any national politician. Ali was seen using his mobile phone moments after the murder, according to sources. The Telegraph has not been able to establish whether the phone was used to record comments after the attack - including identifying with a particular terrorist organisation - or to send a message to a third party. The actions, seen by witnesses in the room, though, are understood to be at the centre of why investigators labelled the attack a “terror incident” within hours of the murder.
‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out in plea for justice
In a heartbreaking new interview, Gabby Petito’s mother and stepfather recalled trusting her fiance, Brian Laundrie, and took a painful look back at the couple’s ill-fated van trip. “I thought he would take care of her.”The distraught parents also remembered Mr Laundrie as a “quiet” and “polite” young man who was kind to their kids, and even read books to their youngest child. He has been charged, however, with fraudulently using Ms Petito’s debit card, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Through their lawyer, Steve Bertolino, the Laundries have denied that their son had anything to do with Ms Petito’s death. Ms Petito told the officers that they had been hitting each other, and that Mr Laundrie had roughly grabbed her face.
Christopher Steele: Cohen DID meet Kremlin officials and Trump golden showers tape 'probably' exists
Christopher Steele doubled-down on claims from his infamous dossier, insisting that Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague and that the 'golden showers' tape of Donald Trump likely exists. Stephanopoulos asked in reference to the salacious 'golden showers' tape claimed to exist in the dossier that has never come to light. 'Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier¿ premieres tomorrow¿streaming only on @hulu. Stephanopoulos also asked if the former British intelligence official 'accepts' the FBI findings that Cohen did not meet with Kremlin officials in Prague – like the Steele Dossier claims. 'Since he's gone to prison, since he's turned on President Trump he's told every single story.
Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock
Late last week, several news outlets reported that a major climate program, called the Clean Electricity Payment Program, was likely to be cut from Democrats’ massive spending bill because Manchin opposed it. The longer you take to do something about it, the more it's going to cost, in livelihoods, as well as lives. We need to act.”The clean electricity program aims to meet a goal of reducing U.S. electricity production emissions by 80 percent before 2030. “You supported a clean electricity standard during your campaign. How disappointed are you that this potentially will not be in the bill?” Tapper asked Buttigieg on Sunday.
Rep. Adam Schiff says Jan. 6 committee plans to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with subpoena
Rep. Adam Schiff said the January 6 committee would vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to comply with their subpoena. Robert Costello, a lawyer for Bannon, said in an October 13 letter to the committee that Bannon was "not in defiance" of the subpoena. Schiff said he does not know when the report against Bannon will be taken up on the House floor. With those that we expect to be hostile, sometimes we go straight to a subpoena," Schiff said. It would send a "powerful message" to other uncooperative witnesses to see the Justice Department eventually bring charges against Bannon, Schiff added Sunday.
Progressive Democrats push Biden to advance plans for student loan forgiveness
Progressives continue to push President Biden to cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers. Sen. Chuck Schumer has pressed the president to cancel $50,000 in federal student debt per borrower. Roughly 45 million Americans hold $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, according to the US Federal Reserve. However, for Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chair of the influential Congressional Progressive Caucus, the student loan issue remains front and center. "Student debt relief is good for people and good for the economy.
Conservative mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Hungary's Orban
Peter Marki-Zay, a conservative provincial mayor, was chosen as the unified opposition challenger to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at next year's election, after winning a primary vote Sunday, according to partial results. "From now on I support Peter Marki-Zay," said Dobrev during a concession speech, urging opposition unity after a bruising election campaign. Opinion polls have put the opposition alliance neck-and-neck with Fidesz, and Marki-Zay best-placed to defeat the nationalist premier. Story continuesDespite having no party machinery or significant funding, Marki-Zay was also boosted during the primary race by support from younger voters open to his anti-elite and anti-corruption messages. The opposition will have candidates in next year's election who have a chance to change the government," she added.
In allied capitals, a nuanced, cautious view of Biden
Biden’s credibility, this official said, “depends on what he is able to get done, how much he can deliver” on important issues whose outcomes are still to be determined. Even if allies may disagree with decisions he makes, the European official said, “it’s a good thing if people actually do what they say. That’s the underlying message of the past several months.”
California shooting at Halloween house party puts 3 people in hospital; suspect at large, police say
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in Whittier, California, just before 11 p.m. Friday, according to a local report. A fistfight had broken out in the home and continued outside to a nearby unrelated vigil, the sheriff’s office said. Sheriff's Sgt. The gunman, who has not been identified, fled on foot and remains at large, Sheriff’s Sgt. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News has reached out to the sheriff's office seeking more information and will update this story accordingly.
Mexican electoral body says 2.85 mln signatures needed to open presidential recall referendum
REUTERS/Gustavo Graf/File PhotoMEXICO CITY, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Mexico's national election authority said Sunday that 2.85 million signatures are necessary to move forward with a recall referendum on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's mandate. The National Electoral Institute (INE) said 3% of the 94,845,915 registered voters in 32 states would need to show support between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, mainly through its mobile app, in order for the recall referendum to move forward. Lopez Obrador, who took office in 2018, has long said he would hold a recall referendum halfway through his term to decide if he continues in office. Opposition parties, however, are against the referendum, which they see as a way to polarize voters and galvanize supporters of the president, who has consistently enjoyed support of around 60%. Reporting by Cassandra Garrison, Editing by Nick ZieminskiOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Thousands protest in El Salvador against Bukele government
People take part in a protest against actions by the government of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, as the use of bitcoin and legal reforms to extend his term, in San Salvador, El Salvador October 17, 2021. REUTERS/Jose CabezasSAN SALVADOR, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets on Sunday to air a range of complaints against President Nayib Bukele, from adopting bitcoin as legal tender to firing Supreme Court judges, viewed by critics as a power grab. People in the streets chanted slogans including "What does El Salvador want? Bukele's administration then came under fire from the United States after the Supreme Court judges ruled that the president could seek a second consecutive term, which Washington saw as unconstitutional. Bukele, a seasoned and often provocative user of social media, dismissed the protests as a "failure" on his Twitter account.
Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race to face Orbán in 2022
Peter Marki-Zay will take on Viktor Orban in the 2022 Hungarian election | Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty ImagesConservative politician Péter Márki-Zay is set to win the race to become the Hungarian opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister, according to early results published late Sunday. Many left-wing and liberal opposition supporters backed Márki-Zay, who currently serves as mayor of the southern city of Hódmez?vásárhely, in the hope that he could appeal to undecided Hungarians and voters who have become disenchanted with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party. With about 60 percent of votes counted, Márki-Zay won 58 percent of the vote, while Dobrev took 42 percent. A diverse group of six opposition parties has come together in an effort to defeat Orbán, and organized primaries to select joint candidates both in individual electoral districts and for the post of prime minister. Speaking to supporters in Budapest, Márki-Zay vowed to work to change Hungary’s political culture and called for the country to unite.
Political Giants Stump for Terry McAuliffe
Democrats are pulling out all the stops, sending political hardhitters such as Jill Biden, President Obama and Stacey Abrams on the campaign trail to stump for VA gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe joins Jonathan Capehart live before his Souls to the Polls event in Norfolk.Oct.
Gambian Toufah Jallow tells of surviving rape by dictator
"I am Toufah Jallow. Jallow said she wants to be a role model for others who have experienced sexual assault and to help them deal with it. But seeing statistics for sexual assault with so few being held accountable bothered her. But the groundwork has been laid and Jallow has started the Toufah Foundation, set up to help support of survivors of sexual assault in Gambia. And if Jammeh returns to Gambia, Jallow says she will fly there to confront him.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014-18 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Stephen K. Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Ivory Coast's ex-leader Gbagbo vows return to political life
Critics of Gbagbo, though, maintain he should never have been given a statesman's welcome upon his return. Gbagbo's founding of the new political party marks a final severing of ties with the Ivorian Popular Front party, which he founded in the 1980s. The party splintered into two factions while Gbagbo was awaiting trial, with one led by Pascal Affi N’Guessan. The two men have gone their separate ways and Gbagbo in August announced the formation of a new political party. Arrested in 2011, Gbagbo spent eight years awaiting trial on the war crimes charges.
Ivory Coast's ex-leader Gbagbo vows return to political life
Critics of Gbagbo, though, maintain he should never have been given a statesman's welcome upon his return. Gbagbo's founding of the new political party marks a final severing of ties with the Ivorian Popular Front party, which he founded in the 1980s. The party splintered into two factions while Gbagbo was awaiting trial, with one led by Pascal Affi N’Guessan. The two men have gone their separate ways and Gbagbo in August announced the formation of a new political party. Arrested in 2011, Gbagbo spent eight years awaiting trial on the war crimes charges.
Saudi Crown Prince may join leaders of China and Russia in missing crucial climate summit in Glasgow
Both countries, which are among the world’s biggest polluters, declined to submit updated pledges in time for the United Nations’ deadline. It comes after Andrei Kelin, Russia’s top diplomat in Britain, on Sunday confirmed that Mr Putin had not made a final decision on whether to attend. "The day before yesterday the president announced that we now have set a goal of reaching hydrocarbon neutrality by 2060. We do not believe that putting artificial goals and not very much calculated goals will help in this situation," Mr Kelin added. Challenged on 2060 being a later date than other countries are aiming for, he said: "It is not very much later date because the idea is to set up the goal of 2050."
Outsider Marki-Zay to stand against PM Orban in 2022 after winning run-off
By Gergely Szakacs and Krisztina ThanBUDAPEST -Small-town conservative Peter Marki-Zay, a political outsider with no party affiliation, will go head-to-head with Prime Minister Viktor Orban next year for leadership of Hungary after on Sunday winning an opposition run-off primary. Marki-Zay defeated leftist Klara Dobrev, who pledged to support him at the head of an alliance of six opposition parties that, in the 2022 parliamentary election, will bid to oust Orban after more than a decade in power. “We can only win together,” Marki-Zay told a crowd of cheering supporters, accompanied by his wife and seven children. With 74% of votes counted in the primary and final results due later on Sunday, Marki-Zay had 57% of votes to the Democratic Coalition’s Dobrev’s 43%. While Orban thrives on conflict and has had a series of disputes with the European Union, both Marki-Zay and Dobrev are looking to improve relations with Brussels.
U.S. climate adviser Kerry to visit Mexico, Britain this week
WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate adviser John Kerry will travel to Mexico and Britain this week to meet with his counterparts ahead of the upcoming United Nations’ COP26 conference, the State Department said on Sunday. Kerry will meet with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday near Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala and will visit a reforestation project in the state of Tabasco, Lopez Obrador said last week. Kerry will then visit officials in London on Tuesday, the department said in a statement.
DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' over vaccine mandate
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed Biden's federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate - and raged he was 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' if they refuse to they the shot. DeSantis, who's been named as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he vows to fight the federal government in court. 'I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job. Currently, 65 percent of Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis added that the state's lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects
This signals that both Democrats may be in an even more fragile position than most overall voter polls make it seem. President Biden’s approval rating is also underwater with these voters, who disapprove of him by a 14 point margin. In the New Jersey gubernatorial race, Murphy is in a decidedly stronger overall position than McAuliffe in Virginia. That being said, Murphy’s lead has markedly shrunk since earlier this summer, which occurred contemporaneously with the drop in President Biden’s ratings. Additionally, Murphy’s current nine point lead — notably, the same margin as President Biden’s approval rating in the state — is much narrower than Biden’s 16 point margin of victory in New Jersey in 2020.
The roots of denialism: How the birth of smog in 1943 led to Trump and QAnon
Smog was what happened when hydrocarbons, created mostly by refineries and cars, were released into LA's famously bright sunshine. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. According to an investigation by The Guardian newspaper, more than 100 groups were set up to "deny climate science and obstruct policy solutions to global warming." Climate science moved denialism from industry propaganda to conspiracy theory.
Selena Gomez privately put Facebook execs on blast in 2020 for all the hateful content
It all started in 2016 when Gomez visited the company's Menlo Park headquarters to celebrate becoming the most-followed account on Instagram. Now, thanks to the WSJ's reporting, we know Gomez also emailed the Facebook executives privately to voice her issues. Sandberg responded, saying that Facebook's AI detected 91 percent of the 1.5 million posts it removed for violating its rules on hate speech. "You refuse to even mention, let alone address, the problem Facebook has with white supremacists and bigots," Gomez wrote in an Oct. 10, 2020 email to Sandberg and other executives. Her subsequent email outreach is what's new here, and it comes from the Journal's ongoing bombshell Facebook Files reports.
A Man Shot By Kyle Rittenhouse Is Accusing Police Of Enabling Militants During The Kenosha Protests
Gaige Grosskreutz, top, tends to another injured protester during clashes with police outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse during protests in Kenosha last year, has filed a lawsuit accusing police of enabling the actions of Rittenhouse and white nationalist militants who roamed the streets on a night of deadly violence in the Wisconsin city. "It was not a mistake that Kyle Rittenhouse would kill two people and maim a third on that evening," the lawsuit stated. Grosskreutz also alleged that officers' actions during the protests constituted racial discrimination and that they would have acted differently if Rittenhouse was Black. Earlier this year, the family of Anthony Huber, who was fatally shot by Rittenhouse, sued the Kenosha sheriff and police departments, alleging that their officers' conduct "directly caused" Huber's death.
Man steals two duffel bags of electronics, food from NYC Target: NYPD
A thief left his mark on a Manhattan Target Sunday morning — swiping two duffel bags-worth of items while flashing a box cutter at security guards, cops said. The latest instance in the city’s shoplifting surge began at 11 a.m. at the Target on Second Avenue in Kips Bay. The crook snatched electronics, pharmacy items and food, stuffing the pilfered goods into a pair of duffel bags, an NYPD spokeswoman said. The big-box heist comes amid a shoplifting spree across the Big Apple that have left shelves bare at stores like CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid. Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams promised to target the recent wave of thefts in NYC if elected.
Curtis Sliwa vows to wage ‘war’ on Gov. Hochul’s open-drug-use legalization
Mayoral hopeful Curtis Sliwa ripped Gov. “I’ll tell you, if the good people of New York City elect me mayor on Nov. 2, I am immediately going to go to war against Gov. Kathy Hochul was slammed by Curtis Sliwa for OK’ing legislation that led the NYPD to allow open drug use on city streets. She suggested using an unspecified amount of the $256 million allocated for New York City as part of the opioid settlements reached by the state attorney general’s office earlier this year. That’s why millions from the Opioid Settlement Fund awarded to New York City must flow to the nonprofits that we know are doing the work on the ground.”
China says new hypersonic missile a blow to US ‘strategic superiority’
The hypersonic missile, which was launched in August, orbited the globe but missed its target by a couple of dozen miles. “That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge.”The US, Russia and China have all been working on hypersonic weapons. “China’s military buildup will focus on the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea. The US’ conventional military superiority around the world will not translate into a guarantee of superiority in these regions?,” it continued. fly at lower trajectories and can m?a?neuver in flight, which makes them hard to track and destroy,” Fravel told the Financial Times.
'More reporting:' How journalists should cover threats to democracy
New York, NY (CNN) The media treats some aspects of the first amendment — such as press freedom — as sacred. But when it comes to other crucial protections, including free and fair elections and other basic tenets of democracy, there tends to be a "sliding scale." On "Reliable Sources" Sunday, CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter discussed the changing role of political media — and how reporters need to do a better job protecting democracy. "My main critique is that is that the goalposts have been moved for everything other than the press coverage of press freedoms," Marc Elias, the founder of Democracy Docket, said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. After working with Watergate reporter Bob Woodward on the book, Costa said he realized democracy itself was in peril in the US — and former president Donald Trump is playing a pivotal role.
Governor's race in Va. has Republicans dreaming of a post-Trump future
Every campaign in the state was just a proxy vote on how you feel about Donald Trump, which, if you're in North Dakota, is a great deal for Republicans. Youngkin’s Republican allies say he has adeptly managed his coalition, keeping “Never Trump” and “Forever Trump” Republicans in the same GOP tent. “The problem they have is that Glenn Youngkin is not Donald Trump. He doesn't come across as Donald Trump. He doesn't act like Donald Trump.
Venezuelan opposition urges government to resume suspended talks
Gerardo Blyde Perez of Venezuela's Unitary Platform speaks during a news conference after the third round of talks with the Venezuelan government was suspended, at a hotel in Mexico City, Mexico October 17, 2021. REUTERS/Luis CortesMEXICO CITY, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The chair of the Venezuelan opposition negotiating team on Sunday urged the government to resume talks as soon as possible, after President Nicolas Maduro's administration suspended talks this weekend. Maduro's government suspended the conversations after its envoy Alex Saab was extradited to the United States from Cape Verde on Saturday on money laundering charges. Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government's negotiating team, said late on Saturday the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks, which were set to resume on Sunday. The Venezuelan government in September named Saab - who was arrested in June 2020 when his plane stopped in Cape Verde to refuel - as a member of its negotiating team.
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authorities
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authoritiesEnlarge this image toggle caption Brandon Bell/Getty Images Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesGaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, is suing the city, the county and several law enforcement officers, claiming they condoned the efforts of white nationalists to violently dispel demonstrators protesting a police shooting. At one of the protests, the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed two people — Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum — and wounded Grosskreutz, who says he lost 90% of his right bicep. "It was a natural consequence of the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Sherriff's office in deputizing a roving militia to 'protect property' and 'assist in maintaining order.'" Since the shootings, Rittenhouse has received support from conservative groups and Blue Lives Matter activists. The Kenosha Police Department announced in April that Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake, acted within department policy and wouldn't face discipline.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Chicago museum fires all of it's mostly White female, financially well-off docents for lack of diversity
The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. Docents are trained volunteers who lead tours of museums, and at the Art Institute, they averaged 15 years of unpaid service. People line up outside the Art institute of Chicago as the museum re-opens on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Chicago. "Still, the Art Institute hasn’t explained why they had to be jettisoned en masse and not diversified over time. The Art Institute told Fox News in comment on Sunday that they "have not fired anyone."
British lawmakers could get police protection when meeting constituents in wake of David Amess killing
© Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock A vigil for David Amess is held near where the member of Parliament was fatally stabbed Oct. 15, 2021, in Leigh-on-Sea in southeast England. Patel insisted that the killing — which police declared an act of terrorism possibly linked to Islamist extremism — should not stop lawmakers from engaging openly with constituents. “For me and for the government, this is about safeguarding our democracy and enabling our elected representatives to carry on doing what they do, serving the public,” she added. Sky News reported Sunday that the suspect in Amess’s killing booked an appointment to see the lawmaker. Amess, 69, a long-serving Conservative member of Parliament who represented Southend West in Essex, was stabbed to death Friday while meeting with constituents in a local church annex.
Biketoberfest: Nazi-symbol hats spark outrage at Florida bike festival
A vendor at the Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Florida, revved up controversy last week by selling hats featuring Nazi symbols and imagery, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. The Biketoberfest is a massive annual biker rally in the city that sees participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The items sold caused backlash from local Floridians, including Marvin Miller, president of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler counties. "Needless to say it's repulsive and not something we welcome and want in our city," Henry said, according to the News-Journal. "I'm a believer in First Amendment rights and I want to make sure we're not trampling on someone's rights.
'Anyone but Orban': Hungary's opposition votes for who will try to unseat strongman leader in next year's elections
Peter Marki-Zay, a conservative provincial mayor, will challenge Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at an election next year after winning in an opposition primary vote, according to results. The primary was designed by a six-party opposition alliance formed last year in an effort to combat a mainly first-past-the-post election system that favours Mr Orban and his ruling right-wing Fidesz party. The vote, Hungary's first ever primary contest, aimed at selecting just one contender to oppose Mr Orban - as well as single candidates in each constituency to go up against Fidesz - in the election due next April. Opinion polls have put the opposition alliance neck-and-neck with Fidesz, and Mr Marki-Zay best-placed to defeat the nationalist premier. After the first primary round last month that saw more than 600,000 people take part, Mr Marki-Zay and Ms Dobrev were the final candidates battling it out.
US urges UK to rebuild relations with Paris after submarine contract row
The US has urged Britain to follow its example and try to repair its relations with Paris in the wake of the row over France’s loss of its submarine contract with Australia. Australia pulled out of the $66bn (£48bn) contract for 12 diesel electric-powered submarines, signed in 2016, to opt instead for nuclear-powered submarines to be developed with America and the UK. The secretive and sudden cancellation of the contract has created a crisis of trust between Paris on the one hand and London, Canberra and Washington on the other. US diplomats have been disappointed that the British prime minister has not made any parallel effort to patch up relations with Macron. There were disagreements within the Biden administration about how to handle the affair once it was clear that Australia wanted to end the submarine contract, and adopt US nuclear-propelled submarines.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress." Former President Bill Clinton, standing with his wife, Hillary, was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center Sunday. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at UC Irvine Medical Center on Sunday morning.
UK must pound the table for the return of imperial measures in Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Protocol must allow pounds and ounces to be used in the province to prevent a “two-speed UK”, Tory Brexiteers have warned ahead of treaty talks with the EU. Imperial measurements will not be returning to Northern Ireland under government plans to slash EU red tape because of the Brexit deal to stop a hard Irish border. The Northern Ireland Protocol means the province follows some EU rules, including on measurements. Lord Frost begins negotiations with Brussels on Monday over the treaty, which grants Northern Ireland access to the Single Market but the UK argues disrupts trade with Britain. After Brexit, the Government ordered a review of inherited EU rules.
We shouldn't let a few bad statues spoil our taste for public art
'Anyone but Orban': Hungary's opposition votes for who will try to unseat strongman leader in next year's elections
Online trolls could be stripped of their anonymity under plans to tackle abuse of MPs
Online trolls could be stripped of their anonymity in order to tackle the growing torrent of abuse faced by MPs, Priti Patel has signalled. In the wake of Sir David Amess’s death there are now mounting calls for the Government to take tougher action against social media companies that fail to tackle abuse on their platforms. While the motive behind the Conservative MP’s murder is still being established, the Home Secretary warned on Sunday that parliamentarians were being subjected to “relentless” and “appalling” attacks online with growing frequency. Hinting that the Government could now seek to toughen up upcoming online safety legislation, Ms Patel added that she wanted ministers to “look at everything” when asked whether the right to anonymity could be outlawed. However, she later cautioned that there was a need to be “balanced” and “proportionate” when assessing anonymity online, citing the safeguards in place for whistleblowers and political activists, such as pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.
Jon Stewart tells CNN that media is too focused on ‘conflict’ stories like ‘the Karen yelling in the store’
Onetime The Daily Show host Jon Stewart joined CNN on Sunday to discuss the US political media, and condemned what he called a focus on conflict instead of real reporting and facts. “Like, how many times have you seen stories about ‘the battle over masks’, that’s the ‘Karen’ yelling in the store and the people throwing them out, and how many stories have we seen about the efficacy of masks?” he asked. The Independent has reached out to Politico’s editors to determine whether it truly ran on the site or any of its newsletters. After retiring from Comedy Central’s flagship satirical newscast The Daily Show in 2015, Mr Stewart worked with HBO on an animated project that never made it to air. He later joined Apple TV, and now hosts a current affairs talk programme, The Problem with Jon Stewart.
'Be tolerant', urges family of UK lawmaker stabbed to death
LONDON – The family of British lawmaker David Amess, who was stabbed to death as he met constituency voters, on Sunday urged people to be tolerant regardless of race, religious or political beliefs. “Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand,” they said in a statement released via London police.
California parents to protest school vaccine mandates by keeping kids at home Monday
Some California parents are keeping their children home from school Monday to protest a statewide vaccine mandate for schoolchildren. Gavin Newsom's recent announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required for all public and private school students. California schools lose funding every time a child is absent, regardless if they're away for a legitimate reason. California schools receive funding based on average daily attendance. California will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grades after it gets final federal approval for children 5 to 11.
Eyeing Russia, U.S. Defense Chief Heads to Black Sea Region
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin headed to the Black Sea region Sunday aiming to shore up alliances with countries pressured by Russia and show gratitude for their contributions to the two-decade war in Afghanistan. Austin will visit Georgia, Romania and Ukraine before taking part in the in-person defense ministers summit at NATO in Brussels on October 21-22. All three countries are in the NATO orbit — Romania a full member and Georgia and Ukraine partner states. In Georgia, Austin will meet with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Minister of Defense Juansher Burchuladze, with a key aim to keep up defense cooperation as a three-year U.S. Army training program expires this year. "We expect that meetings will be focused on further deepening our cooperation, regional security issues, and the process of Georgia's NATO integration," he said.
Conservative mayor Marki-Zay wins run-off to challenge Hungary's Orban
"From now on I support Peter Marki-Zay," said Dobrev during a concession speech, urging opposition unity after a bruising election campaign. Opinion polls have put the opposition alliance neck-and-neck with Fidesz, and Marki-Zay best-placed to defeat the nationalist premier. Dobrev, a vice president of the European Parliament since 2019 who had been hoping to become Hungary's first woman prime minister, had emphasised her greater experience and accused her rival of "unsuitability" for the top job. But polls indicated the mother-of-three's weakness was her husband, former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, who admitted lying in 2006 during a leaked private speech and has been relentlessly attacked by Orban ever since. The opposition will have candidates in next year's election who have a chance to change the government," she added.
Jon Stewart Cautions: It’s a ‘Mistake’ to Focus Only on Trump
Jon Stewart thinks the media’s focus on Donald Trump misses the larger point, which is that our democracy is being threatened by much larger systems, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday. The comedian appeared on the news network to promote his new show, The Problem With Jon Stewart. “You were talking a second ago about identifying the weak points in the guardrails of democracy,” Tapper said during the interview. “It’s also obvious — and I know you have spoken about this in the past — that Donald Trump has also identified those weak points. I don’t know that autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump.
Senators ask Biden administration to fund program that helps people pay heating bills
The lawmakers announced on Friday that they’re leading a coalition of 36 senators to urge the federal government to pay for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. ADVERTISEMENTBoth senators also said that federal funding is a crucial lifeline for low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes. Nearly 5.3 million households across the nation have received assistance from the federal program, according to the AP. This comes as Maine was awarded more than $40 million to help nearly 33,000 households in 2020. Rhode Island was awarded $24 million, with an additional $30.8 million through the America Rescue Plan, which helped more than 26,000 households in 2020, the AP reported.
Israeli officer punished for violence against protesters
The Israeli military says it has reprimanded an officer who used excessive force against protesters in the occupied West BankJERUSALEM -- The Israeli military on Sunday said it has reprimanded an officer who was found to have used excessive force against protesters in the occupied West Bank, including pushing a 65-year-old Israeli peace activist to the ground. The officer was punished in connection to a pair of incidents, the army said. Among them was a Sept. 17 demonstration in the southern West Bank in which an Israeli activist was shoved to the ground and suffered a serious injury to his eye socket. The more than 2.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank live under Israeli military rule, with the Palestinian Authority having limited autonomy in cities and towns. ———Associated Press writer Jack Jeffery in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed.
Texas Gov. Abbott argues Biden 'completely abandoned' everyone who lives on the border
He also pointed out that "these are counties and these are people who traditionally have voted Democrat, that the Biden administration is ignoring." The Texas governor also blamed Biden's "catastrophic open border policies" for the migrant crisis. "But now, we’re seeing the highest number of cross border crossings and it’s all because of the catastrophic open border policies by the Biden administration," he continued. The Biden administration ended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their immigration proceedings. The Biden administration, however, has blamed a mixture of Trump administration policies and "root causes" in Central America for the surge.
Law professor's car stolen in broad daylight while Soros-backed DA speaks on campus about bail reform
A law professor at the University of New Mexico was the victim of a car theft in broad daylight during a lecture on Albuquerque crime delivered by a George Soros-backed district attorney. "Pretty ironic that this happened while DA Torrez was at the law school talking about crime in Albuquerque," she added. He had the backing of billionaire George Soros in his DA race and is currently grappling with a high murder rate in the New Mexico city and continued car theft crimes. DA'S BACKED BY SOROS, OTHER LIBERAL ACTIVISTS JOIN FRAY IN CLASH WITH POLICEThe area is also currently dealing with continued car theft problems. One recent car theft incident turned deadly in August, when two patrol officers spotted a stolen car about three miles from the University of New Mexico’s campus.
Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro envoy extradited to US to face charges
Venezuela said Saturday it would suspend negotiations with the opposition party after a member of its team was extradited to the U.S. on money laundering charges. The Socialist government named Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman, as a member of the negotiating team in talks with the opposition in neutral Mexico. Talks were set to resume Sunday following, and opposition leader Juan Guaido condemned the decision. The decision to suspend talks will add further strain to an already difficult political situation in Venezuela. Maduro last entertained talks with the opposition party in 2019 – a two month stretch that was the fourth attempt since 2014 for a meeting of the minds in the country, according to The Hill.
Outsider Marki-Zay looks poised to win Hungary opposition run-off
Mayor of Hodmezovasarhely and conservative opposition candidate for prime minister, Peter Marki-Zay, leader of independent civic political initiative "Everyone's Hungary Movement" speaks at a campaign rally during the second round of the opposition primary election, in Budapest, Hungary, October 10, 2021. REUTERS/Marton MonusBUDAPEST, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Small-town mayor Peter Marki-Zay, an outsider with no party affiliation, looked poised on Sunday to defeat leftist Klara Dobrev in an opposition primary run-off to pick a challenger to Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. With half of votes counted, Marki-Zay had 204,873 votes -- about 59% -- while Democratic Coalition politician Dobrev had 141,938. He said he and Dobrev had agreed ahead of the race that keeping the opposition united was vital for both of them and pledged to work together after the run-off. "Meanwhile, Marki-Zay could be better positioned to challenge incumbent Viktor Orban, but his relatively low profile and limited political experience might make it difficult to keep opposition parties united behind his candidacy."
Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers
Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. A New York man charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection wants to bill the government for working on his own case. A judge told another New Yorker that he may have incriminated himself during courtroom arguments. And Michael Magner, a New Orleans criminal defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor, observed, "Just because you have a constitutional right to do something doesn't necessarily mean that it's smart."
China takes lead in hypersonic arms race as US, Russia & NK battle for 21,000mph nukes that can hit anywhere in MINUTES
CHINA appears to have taken a shock lead in the hypersonic arms race as the world's powers battle it out for the next generation of devastating nuclear weapons. Fravel said: "Hypersonic glide vehicles... fly at lower trajectories and can manoeuvre in flight, which makes them hard to track and destroy." And the firing of Kim's missiles came just a day after it was announced US tested its own hypersonic weapon. Earlier this year, the Russian military announced it had tested a hypersonic missile it claimed was capable of evading all Western defences. The Kremlin also has in its armoury the 21,000mph Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, which it reportedly brought into service in 2019.
Home Secretary and Speaker join calls for Southend to be made a city as a tribute to Sir David Amess
Making Southend-on-Sea a city would be a “wonderful” tribute to Sir David Amess, Priti Patel said, joining calls to fulfil one of his longest-running campaigns as a local MP. The Home Secretary yesterday backed the campaign along with the House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who said it would be the “biggest and greatest thing we can do for David.”Southend is one of several towns competing for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022. As a local MP, Sir David was the most high-profile champion for Southend’s designation as a city and he had been raising the case since 2000. Asked about the campaign yesterday, Ms Patel said: “If you could see me now I’m smiling at that suggestion, because David was a wonderful advocate.
Capitol attack panel’s message to Steve Bannon: we won’t forget about you
He added that the committee would not rule out calling Trump himself to testify, though he acknowledged that such a move was not imminent. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, has declined to appear before the committee, or respond to the subpoena demanding documents and testimony, claiming executive privilege. The committee will decide on Tuesday whether to make a criminal contempt referral to the full House of Representatives. “The president has every right to signal, I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. Trump granted clemency to Bannon over federal fraud charges in one of his last acts before leaving office on 20 January.
Bus services in crisis as drivers lured away to fill lorry vacancies
Dan Norris, the West of England metro mayor, said the Government’s attempt to entice bus drivers to switch careers to become lorry operators would compound the chronic shortage of drivers. He told the Guardian: “The Government has written to HGV drivers, which include many bus drivers, offering lucrative careers in haulage, which hasn’t helped. Members of the RMT employed by Stagecoach in the South West had been due to walk out on Monday. Mick Lynch, the RMT’s general secretary, said when announcing the planned action last week that bus workers were “leaving in droves” from the industry over low pay. It will also include the company’s north-east services after a vote last week overwhelmingly backed strike action.
Poland: New project aims to help migrants crossing border
"It's hard. That's right, there may be people who mark their home with a green light as a joke or who will lure refugees and immediately hand them over to the services, to be taken to the forest on the Polish-Belarusian border. It is a matter of their conscience," he said.
Japan party chiefs clash on plans for economy ahead of poll
Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said that the party aims to raise taxes on financial income, differentiating the CDP from the LDP. The Lower House was dissolved Thursday, meaning that the general election will take place only 17 days after the breakup, the shortest such period in postwar history. Leaders of political parties standing in the upcoming general election pose after a debate Sunday hosted by the video streaming site Nico Nico Douga. “We’ll work to increase the country’s middle class population to stabilize society,” LDP Secretary General Akira Amari said, demonstrating Kishida’s aim of realizing new capitalism. All 465 seats of the Lower House will be up for grabs in the general election.
Buttigieg defends taking weeks off during crisis and warns supply chain crisis will go into 2022
He also admitted that the supply chain traffic jams and delays could last into next year. 'And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins.' 'So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously. It later emerged that Buttigieg began taking parental leave in mid-August, but the Transportation Department never announced his planned absence. Also on Sunday, Buttigieg warned that the supply chain disruption will continue into 2022.
Texas School Administrator Told Teachers To Include Books with ‘Opposing’ Views of Holocaust
A Texas school district is at the center of the controversy over a state law that seeks to ban critical race theory in school curriculums. In mid-October 2021, NBC News revealed a leaked audio clip in which a top administrator with Southlake’s Carroll Independent School District advised teachers that if they have books on the Holocaust in the classroom, they should also include “opposing” viewpoints on it. The school district released a statement saying the comments in the recording “were in no way to convey that the Holocaust was anything less than a terrible event in history. Additionally, we recognize there are not two sides of the Holocaust”:We reached out to the school district, asking them if they planned to change anything about the curriculum, including scrapping including “opposing” perspectives on the Holocaust. A similar debate broke out with the ethnic studies curriculum in California schools, an issue we covered back in March 2021.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event
"I'm a supporter of the ticket," Burgos told Salon after being removed from the "Latinos for Youngkin" event. (Zachary Petrizzo/Salon)Asked about his white nationalist pin, Burgos added, "I support the America First movement." It's not the first run-in with right-wing extremism for the Youngkin campaign, either: the candidate himself has appeared on former Trump official Sebastian Gorka's radio show. It's these beliefs that Burgos cited as the reason he plans to continue supporting Youngkin despite being booted from the campaign event Saturday. He even said he planned on attending another Youngkin event later that evening in Northern Virginia.
The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule
They discuss the question in the case ... the chief justice and Justice (Clarence) Thomas and me and so forth around. The justices receive some 7,000 petitions annually from people who have lost cases in lower courts. Joined by three fellow liberals at the time, Breyer contended the majority was wrongly overriding lower court judges, who had postponed the execution. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito noted in a speech at the University of Notre Dame that the court requires six votes when it seeks to reverse a lower court decision without hearing oral arguments. Such summary reversals, as they are known, happen on rare occasions when a lower court ruling is plainly at odds with Supreme Court precedent and the justices bypass the usual briefing and public arguments.
Swedish foreign minister visits Israel in major step toward rebuilding ties
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde landed in Israel Sunday evening, as the two countries work to rehabilitate ties that soured over the past decade. Linde will meet with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog, and will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. Will be meeting with foreign minister @yairlapid and president Isaac Herzog. This will be the first visit by a Swedish foreign minister to Israel in ten years. In 2019, Linde tweeted that Sweden wants “more cooperation with Israel, not less,” and that Stockholm does not support boycotts of Israel.
Truth Brigade: The Brutish are Coming! The Brutish are Coming! 1
The New Proud Boys StrategyWe have stories of alliances with the Oathkeepers and III Percenters, who will have their own Truth Brigade Diaries in coming days, and with overt White Supremacists and Nazis. Some Proud Boys think they can come back to attack our Republic through alliances with other domestic terror groups, and participation in confrontations with school boards and hospitals and election officials. Our ResponseIn brief, the Truth Brigade says of these issuesTelling the truth about enslavement and systemic racismCovid mask, distancing, and especially mandates for either vaccines or frequent testingThe Big Lie, with voter suppression, gerrymandering, and overtly stealing elections under color of law. Various states have passed laws purporting to enable legislatures to overturn the actual election returns and substitute their own will. In particular, they pretend that they can violate their own election laws by holding a Presidential election and then, if they.
Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day: Doug LaMalfa- 2021 Update
There was an old joke about how cowboy hats are like hemorrhoids, in that sooner or later, every ***hole has one. Republican Congressman Doug LaMalfa, in California's 1st Congressional District, is walking evidence of that. Since the election of Donald Trump, no matter how grievously stupid the President or his family might be… LaMalfa has been a tenacious defender of them. Even if that district has a +10 Republican lean, and is atypical for what you’d expect for California… maybe people there aren’t livid, right? We knew he hated immigrants, but he’s “all-in” on the subject for someone who supposedly represents a district in a blue state.
I like mail in-ballots, especially in off year elections
As you are aware, republican political operatives are placing Trumpanista's at low level positions, like judge of elections, or school boards that most people could care less about. With the 'steal the vote' crowd, that's part of the overall strategy of having the next coup actually succeed. They design ballots to be as confusing as possible, and long lines make you feel rushed when you are in the voting booth. Here in the heart of Pennsyl-tucky a scheme to trick Democrats into voting for Trump repugs, for the School Board! The mailing was sent to Democratic voters by the Palmyra First political action committee, a PAC founded by conservative Republicans for conservative Republicans.
Mail-in Voting in PA
They don't vote. I don't remember who wrote the diary about PA mail-in ballots needing extra postage or they'd be returned. I had already sent mine in by then, and was fully expecting to get it back with a "please add postage you idiot" stamp on it. When several days passed and I hadn't received it, I checked the status. Just thought I'd share my experience and remind people you CAN (and should) check on the status of your ballot in any case.
GQP seditioning; Joe, Dems fruitioning ? Sunday Good News ? 2 Polls: Bill's + First primary in Iowa?
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On Monday, previous guy to be deposed for the first time since 2016. Will he even show up?
However, at some early point, outsiders need to be interviewed, subpoenas/search warrants executed, — Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) October 16, 2021 2 charges filed against planners, special counsel appt'd (@ejeancarroll case conflict? We don't know everything that is going on but there surely is important progress being made including charges filed against AW/Trump Org. We don't know everything that is going on but there surely is important progress being made including charges filed against AW/Trump Org. Manafort & others could be charged w/ fully investigated federal crimes not covered by their corrupt pardons but nothing so far. I don't blame him @TheJusticeDept @LisaMonaco @SDNYnews @USAO_DC are failing our country by not timely pursuing fed charges against Trump, et al.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Voting rights, the Virginia elections, and The Great Resignation
Beyond that, they say he should throw himself into passing voting rights legislation and more aggressively go after states that are politicizing their election systems. Off-year and special elections are not always the best way to predict how elections will play out elsewhere in the country. And like Kartier, most of the victims were Black trans women, including Tierramarie Lewis and Diamond Kyree Sanders, who lived in Ohio, Chappelle’s home state. [...] More than 100 bills restricting trans rights have been introduced this year. Paul Krugman of The New York Times doesn’t have much of a problem with The Great Resignation, either.
Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted on Tuesday for treatment of a urological infection that developed into sepsis, officials said. A spokesman for Mr. Clinton shared a statement on Twitter from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, the chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, who had been overseeing the team of doctors treating Mr. Clinton. Mr. Clinton’s “fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” Dr. Amin said. “On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress.”Mr. Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Ureña, had said that the former president, 75, was admitted on Tuesday evening to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif., with what he described as a “non-Covid-related infection.”
‘State is a mess’: Bill Bratton wishes Eric Adams luck in ‘tough road’ ahead
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday wished “good luck” to mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams if he’s elected — saying state legislators made a “mess” with recent criminal justice reform. During an appearance on WABC 770’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Bratton predicted a bumpy ride for Adams, a former NYPD captain, if he makes it to Gracie Mansion. The retired chief asserted that “things were going great in the state and city” until Albany’s bail reforms in 2019. Bill Bratton asserted that “things were going great in the state and city” until Albany’s bail reforms in 2019. emal Countess/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images“They made a mess of it,” Bratton said of state lawmakers. “The criminal justice system in the state is a mess.
Pete Buttigieg defends being on paternity leave amid supply-chain crisis
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday defended being AWOL on paternity leave amid the US’s crippling supply-chain crisis — while warning the upheaval could stretch into the holidays and beyond. NASA HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstoc“Part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side, it’s the demand side,” Buttigieg said. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday defended being AWOL on paternity leave amid the US’s crippling supply-chain crisis. Buttigieg only surfaced to address his absence during a national transportation crisis after his paternity leave was reported last week by Politico. Buttigieg told CNN that Polly Trottenberg, the department’s deputy secretary, has been “doing phenomenal work” while filling in during his absence.
Jill Biden boosts group that helps illegal immigrants avoid arrest amid border crisis
First lady Jill Biden touted a private school run by a Democratic donor whose organization has posted tips on how illegal immigrants can avoid arrest while in the U.S."Strength. Thank you El Centro Academy for Children for all you do and for being our gracious hosts today," Biden, who is a teacher, tweeted Tuesday of her visit to the El Centro Academy in Kansas City, Kansas. Caudillo told the Free Beacon that Biden and she did not discuss immigration during the visit, adding she "shared our El Centro story privately with her." At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the country since March, many times with little or no supervision, Fox News exclusively reported last week. "They [illegal immigrants] come well-equipped, they come with new clothing and they come with a desire to get what they can get from us," he added.
German Greens vote to start formal coalition talks with SPD, liberals
Only two delegates out of the 70 total voted Sunday against the negotiations, while one party member abstained. "We have the chance to take on responsibility and play a decisive role in this government of progress. We are happy to face this responsibility," the party tweeted shortly after the vote. The SPD’s party leadership unanimously supported starting the coalition talks Friday, while the FDP's leadership is set to vote on the negotiations on Monday. "If we want to change something, we need decisions that will support us in the next decade," Baerbock said.
Lawsuit over Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally has crippled white supremacist groups, leaders
A federal lawsuit against the organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which has rattled hate groups and white supremacist leaders, goes to trial this month. The suit already has helped to dismantle some of America's most well-known white supremacist groups, and it has financially crippled one leader of the so-called "alt-right," the white supremacist and nationalist movement that came to prominence under President Donald Trump. A white supremacist with a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017. An alleged conspiracy to Unite the RightThe Unite the Right rally, held on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, was a watershed moment for the white supremacist movement in the United States. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lawsuit over Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally goes to trial
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Woman killed man at Rolling Meadows home after he refused to kiss her, prosecutors sayClaudia Resendiz-Flores, 28, was ordered to be held without bail Saturday.
Chief judge in Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District charged with felony menacing, removed from position
The chief judge for Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District was charged Saturday with felony menacing, according to court records. It was not immediately clear when Thompson planned to return, but McCallum said Thompson will resume his duties as a judge — though not chief judge — upon his return. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Brian Boatright on Saturday named Judge Paul Dunkelman to serve as interim chief judge for the Fifth Judicial District while the criminal case against Thompson is pending. “The matter involving Judge Thompson will be properly addressed through the legal system,” Boatright said in a news release. He was appointed chief judge in 2013.
President Biden says ‘democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
Biden played up his working-class roots, noting that he had many childhood friends who went on to become police officers, and said he had spoken at the event many times before. But while Biden has throughout his political career sought to identify with the uniformed services, the organization that ran Saturday’s event, the National Fraternal Order of Police, endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 election and many rank-and-file police officers supported the former president.
Hillary, Chelsea Clinton arrive at Calif. hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the California hospital where he had been treated for an infection unrelated to COVID-19.
Republicans move to tighten grip on Texas after redistricting map approved
Republicans have moved to tighten their grip on power in Texas after a late-night vote in the state’s legislature approved an early sign-off to new congressional boundaries at the expense of communities of color. Republicans say the districts, which were drawn by the Texas state senate, adhered to federal voting rights law. “This map is a bad map,” said Democratic representative Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, a city in Dallas County. “That doesn’t work morally, it doesn’t work mathematically, and it shouldn’t work in redistricting,” Anchía told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. But Houston senator Joan Huffman, the Republican author of SB 6, has said that she created a redistricting plan “blind to race” that meets the requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
People's backgrounds may be screened before they are allowed to meet with their MPs
Police or private security staffThere is also some frustration within the parliamentary leadership at police forces for taking differing approaches to the need to regularly attend constituency meetings. It is understood MPs could be encouraged to hire private security staff for their constituency meetings, with the cost claimed back on expenses, rather than using the police. Another idea being considered is whether airport-style security, such as metal detectors, should be used at meetings between MPs and their constituents. Ms Patel also stressed the importance of MPs “making sure you’re not on your own” for their constituency meetings as she discussed ways to improve their safety. Changes to guidance for MPs about how to approach constituency events and the money available to them to improve security could be announced later this week.
German Greens vote to support formal coalition talks in party congress
Germany's Greens voted in a party congress to support formal coalition talks with the Social Democrats and Liberals that could see the three parties form a government. The party agreed on Friday with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) to open coalition negotiations following exploratory talks. The pro-business FDP leadership is expected to approve formal talks as well on Monday. It's uncertain whether formal talks will lead to a government, however, with the centre-right FDP needing to compromise with the more left-leaning SPD and Greens. The FDP previously walked away from coalition talks in 2017 that involved the Christian Democrats and Greens.
Queen right to be 'irritated' by leaders who 'talk but don't do' on climate change, says Al Gore
Former US vice president Al Gore has said the Queen is right to feel "irritated" at climate change inaction and those who "talk but don't do". Mr Gore, a long-time environmentalist, told Sky News he sympathised with the Queen for having her private conversation publicised, but said "yes, of course she's right" to be irritated. Climate talks like COP26 are largely predicated on trust, with countries coming to the table making commitments in good faith that others will do the same. In it, he says the message on climate change had so far "failed" to get to people. Mr Gore congratulated Sky News for launching the first daily news show dedicated to climate change.
Christopher Steele: Cohen DID meet Kremlin officials and Trump golden showers tape 'probably' exists
Christopher Steele doubled-down on claims from his infamous dossier, insisting that Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague and that the 'golden showers' tape of Donald Trump likely exists. Stephanopoulos asked in reference to the salacious 'golden showers' tape claimed to exist in the dossier that has never come to light. 'Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier¿ premieres tomorrow¿streaming only on @hulu. Stephanopoulos also asked if the former British intelligence official 'accepts' the FBI findings that Cohen did not meet with Kremlin officials in Prague – like the Steele Dossier claims. 'Since he's gone to prison, since he's turned on President Trump he's told every single story.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle-feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait
The U.S. military said on Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week amid high tensions between China and Taiwan. The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway, with both ships sailing through on Thursday and Friday. ADVERTISEMENT"Dewey's and Winnipeg's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific," said the military. "The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble... seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait," said China's People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command. U.S. Navy ships been traveling through the Taiwan Strait about every month, Reuters noted.
Tunisian lawmaker detained over suspected tax fraud, money laundering
TUNIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A Tunisian court on Sunday ordered a lawmaker to be detained over suspected tax fraud and money laundering - the fourth parliamentarian to be taken into custody since President Kais Saied seized near total control of the country in July. Mehdi Ben Gharbia, a businessman and former minister, is a member of the Tahya Tounes party headed by former prime minister Youssef Chahed, who was dismissed by Saied. Saied, who has also suspended parliament and lifted lawmakers' immunity from prosecution, last week unveiled a new government headed by Najla Bouden. None of the other three lawmakers currently detained in prison have been formally charged with an offence. The third legislator is accused of corruption in connection with a phosphate contract.
Opinion | How Democrats Should Sell Themselves to Avoid Electoral Disaster
To the Editor:I’ll tell you why David Shor is wrong, like many of the consultants I’ve encountered who often have a brand rather than a unique skill: 1) Focus groups and polling aren’t real life. 3) Most voters don’t vote for issues; they vote for candidates who appear powerful, in charge and decisive. Ezra Klein speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. speaks to David Shor, who discusses his fear that Democrats face electoral catastrophe in 2022 and beyond unless they shift their messaging. Policy communication alone doesn’t hold the power that David Shor thinks it does.
Former President Bill Clinton released from California hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released on Sunday from a California hospital, where he was admitted late last week to be treated for an infection. Clinton will return to his home in New York, where he will finish a course of antibiotics, Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, executive director of hospital medicine at University of California Irvine Health, said in a prepared statement released by Clinton's spokesman. Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center last week for a urological infection that developed into a blood infection known as sepsis. The former president was traveling to California for a Clinton Foundation event on Thursday, where he was to appear alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton later joined her husband at the hospital after appearing at the function.
British lawmakers could get police protection when meeting constituents in wake of David Amess killing
Hoyle, who wrote in the Observer and the Daily Mail on Sunday that hosting his own meeting with constituents in Chorley hours after Amess’s stabbing reinforced how vital they are, said: “The very essence of being an MP is to help and be seen by our constituents. They are the people who elected us to represent them, so surely making ourselves available to them is the cornerstone of our democracy?”
Chicago museum fires all of it's mostly White female, financially well-off docents for lack of diversity
The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. Docents are trained volunteers who lead tours of museums, and at the Art Institute, they averaged 15 years of unpaid service. CHICAGO FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST POLICE UNION; LIGHTFOOT DENOUNCES 'RHETORIC OF CONSPIRACY THEORISTS'The firings were apparently sparked by the fact that most of the docent staff was composed of older White, financially well-off women, the outlet reported. "Still, the Art Institute hasn’t explained why they had to be jettisoned en masse and not diversified over time. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Art Institute did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on the matter.
Bill Clinton released from hospital in Southern California
Former President Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been admitted days earlier for an infection. Clinton, 75, was released around 8 a.m. from the University of California Irvine Medical Center after he was admitted Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. BILL CLINTON TO REMAIN IN HOSPITAL ANOTHER NIGHT, RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS, SPOKESMAN SAYSHillary Clinton accompanied her husband as he left Sunday, The Associated Press reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAn aide to the former president told the AP that Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, and that he was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. President Joe Biden said Friday night at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton, and that the former president was "doing fine."
Fauci: People 'react against me' when 'truth becomes inconvenient'
Dr. Anthony Fauci has argued that he is an easy target during the coronavirus pandemic because he stands for "science, data and hard facts" rather than "conspiracy theories." Fauci has been a target for both praise and ridicule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as he has been the face of the government response. However, he has positioned himself as on the side of "science, data and evidence" and those who "disagree" as conspiracy theorists. "I have stood for always making science data and evidence, be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, so they react against me."
Greece finishes wall on border with Turkey, amid fears of Afghan migrant crisis
(CNN) Greece has finished building a 40-kilometer (25-mile) wall along its border with Turkey, amid concerns in parts of Europe that the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan could cause an influx of people seeking asylum. The country was at the center of Europe's migrant crisis in the mid-2010s, when millions of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq traveled to the continent. Since then Greece has taken a hardline stance, rebuffing pleas from Turkey and international organizations to allow more migrants through its borders. "The Afghan crisis is creating new facts in the geopolitical sphere and at the same time it is creating possibilities for migrant flows," Greece's Citizens' Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said in a government statement after touring the completed border wall on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about Afghanistan on Friday, the Turkish government said.
OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine suspends operations amid protests
REUTERS/Alexander ErmochenkoKYIV, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk, the chief monitor said on Sunday. About 200 pro-Russian protesters confronted OSCE monitors on Saturday to demand the release of a rebel officer captured by the Ukrainian military last week. Ukraine says the fighting between separatist rebels and the Ukrainian military has killed 14,000 people. Moscow rejects Kyiv's allegations that is has fomented the conflict and denies having forces in eastern Ukraine. The rebels claim the Ukrainian military captured one of their officers, Andrei Kosyak, near the front line on Wednesday while he was part of a joint committee that was overseeing a ceasefire.
Austrians turn on ex-chancellor's party after corruption claims
Austria's former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during a session of the parliament in Vienna, Austria October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File PhotoZURICH, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Austrians have turned on the conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP), the senior partner in their coalition government, after party leader Sebastian Kurz quit as chancellor over corruption allegations, according to a poll published on Sunday. Support for the conservative OVP has crashed from 34% to 26% in the wake of the affair, according to the survey published by newspaper Kurier on Sunday. read moreSome 71% of the people questioned in the Kurier survey thought Kurz's resignation as chancellor was justified, with only 22% saying it was unwarranted. A poll by Unique Research for Profil magazine published on Saturday also showed how the Kurz affair has damaged the OVP.
Former U.S. President Clinton leaves hospital, heads to New York
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, accompanied by his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, leaves University of California Irvine Medical Center, in Orange, California, U.S. October 17, 2021. REUTERS/David SwansonORANGE, Ca., Oct 17 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton walked out of a Southern California hospital on Sunday after being admitted last week for a urological infection and will continue receiving treatment in his home state of New York. Asked how he was feeling as he exited, the 75-year-old former president gave reporters a thumbs up sign. Clinton, who has had previous heart problems, held the White House from 1993 to 2001. A former Arkansas governor, Clinton is known for combining a folksy charm with deep knowledge of policy issues.
Jon Stewart warns more risks to the political system than Trump
… The encouraging thing is watching on a grassroots level, people that are really viewing it as something that they want to protect and that they want to strengthen,” Stewart said. Discussing political developments in the six years between leaving "The Daily Show" and starting a new show, “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ this fall, Stewart said social media algorithms have been a key factor in driving increased political polarization. … The delivery system is more sophisticated, more robust and more ubiquitous," he said. … He is maybe singing them better than [the late Sen. Barry] Goldwater," Stewart said. "That only works, of course, if you care about or even have a sense of honor.”
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’ Presented byA new hypersonic missile test has “all the elements of a Sputnik moment” in the nascent U.S.-China cold war. Rep. VAL DEMINGS (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. MARCO RUBIO. (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C) amassed $8.4 million, and is in the conversation as a potential 2024 candidate. CHARLES BOOKER, a progressive favorite to take on Kentucky Republican Sen. RAND PAUL, raised $1.7 million. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and accompanied him as he left Sunday. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Buttigieg warns some supply chain problems will persist into 2022
Buttigieg struck a similar tone in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” stating that “this is a capitalist country.”“These are private-sector systems,” he said. “Nobody wants the federal government to own or operate the stores, the warehouses, the trucks, or the ships, or the ports. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd about lessening tariffs or utilizing the National Guard as ways of addressing problems in the supply chain, Buttigieg did not rule out the possibility of either option. “I think that any opportunity to make a difference will be looked at,” he said. “We can expect a much better holiday season this year than we were facing a year ago,” he said.
Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid
Similar disparities among cities across the country have prompted a pushback from local officials, who want Treasury to loosen its rules before the program progresses much further. ADVERTISEMENT“Otherwise, they are penalizing cities for the pandemic, not providing them relief,” said Wade Kapszukiewicz, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio. The funding was made available by the Treasury beginning in May — though states and cities have been slow to start spending it . Governments that lost revenue can use their federal aid for almost any services, up to the amount of their losses. But the Treasury’s rule “is restrictive on how cities can demonstrate the true impact on our revenues during this pandemic.”
Lawyer For Protestors Suing Trump On What To Expect From Trump’s First Post-Presidency Deposition
Benjamin Dictor, lawyer for the protestors suing Trump over claims that his security team used violence, speaks with Yasmin Vossoughian about what he expects from the legal proceedings beginning this Monday and why Trump himself will be required to attend.Oct.
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospitalEnlarge this image toggle caption Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesFormer President Bill Clinton has been released from a California hospital where he was receiving treatment for a "non-COVID-related infection." Clinton, 75, had been at the hospital since Tuesday. "President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. On Friday, President Biden told reporters he had spoken with Clinton about his health over the phone. The president added that he hoped to have lunch with Clinton soon.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Local Matters: Prominent Democrats stump for McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race
Associated PressWhen Donald Trump rallied Republicans this past week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called in to a gathering of die-hard supporters. While schedules could change in the final weeks of the race, the two are not expected to turn out together in person before the Nov. 2 election against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Youngkin’s campaign confirmed Friday it does not have any plans for surrogates to join him before Election Day.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Democrats mock Donald Trump over Virginia governor race, flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago
Getty ImagesVirginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has attempted to distance himself from Donald Trump. The Democratic National Committee has mocked Trump about this by flying a plane with a banner near Mar-a-Lago. Democrats have been mocking Donald Trump over gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's attempts to distance himself from the former president. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared at the rally and Donald Trump called in on a phone line. In the 2017 governor race, Democratic Ralph Northam defeated the Republican nominee by the largest margin for a Democrat since 1985.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Chelsea Clinton showed up at the medical center Saturday. “We’re all thinking about President Clinton today. He faced impeachment proceedings stemming from his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
By DÁNICA COTOSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home Saturday from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a three-day protest. ___Associated Press journalists Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
Former president Bill Clinton released from California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours," Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Clark County Sheriff’s deputies shoot, kill suspect after chase
Clark County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed an armed person after a traffic stop turned into a chase at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office says officers had “probable cause” to arrest the person for assault with a handgun. Officers or an officer shot the person after he or she exited the car, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said the person was armed with a handgun and failed to comply with deputies. The sheriff’s office did not identify the person who was shot or give any further details about the shooting.
Republican legislator to run for state Sen. Betsy Johnson’s seat
State Rep. Suzanne Weber, the Tillamook Republican who represents state House District 32, will run for state Sen. Betsy Johnson’s seat. Johnson, a Scappoose Democrat who represents Senate District 16, announced on Thursday that she will run for governor in 2022 as an independent. Weber edged Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, an Astoria Democrat, for an open House seat in 2020. It marked the first time a Republican had won the North Coast district in almost two decades. “I feel it’s really important to work across the aisle to get the solutions that are appropriate for the problem rather than the party,” Weber said.
Bill Clinton released from California hospital
Haven DaleyOrange, Calif. – Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
HAVEN DALEYORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Buttigieg warns Manchin of resistance to Biden’s climate plan: ‘It will cost lives’
The transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered a blunt warning on Sunday to Joe Manchin and other Senate Democrats who are forcing Joe Biden to scale back his climate crisis agenda: your resistance is going to cost lives. Manchin, senator for the coal-dependent state of West Virginia, opposes elements of the president’s clean energy performance program (CEPP), a $150bn central plank of his Build Back Better plan and $3.5tn spending bill. Buttigieg appeared to express his disappointment in Manchin’s stance on Sunday, telling CNN’s State of the Union that the holdout politicians’ stonewalling of Biden’s ambitious climate plan could be deadly. “The longer you take to do something about it, the more it’s going to cost in livelihoods as well as lives,” he said. “The administration and the president are committed to bold climate action, exactly what legislative form that takes is what’s being negotiated right now.
Bill Clinton discharged from hospital after recovering from infection
Bill Clinton was released from a southern California hospital on Sunday morning where he was treated for an infection. The former president was discharged at around 8am from the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Mr Clinton, aged 75, was admitted to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to Covid-19, officials said. “President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said Dr Amin. Between these years, in 2005, Mr Clinton had to undergo lung surgery for a partially collapsed lung.
UN envoy says has agreement on drafting new Syrian constitution
GENEVA – The United Nations Special Envoy said on Sunday that the government and opposition co-chairs of the Syrian Constitutional Committee agreed to start a drafting process for constitutional reform in the country. Geir Pedersen, speaking to reporters in Geneva after meeting the Syrian co-chairs ahead of week-long talks, said they had agreed to “prepare and start drafting constitutional reform.”The talks will be the sixth round in two years and the first since January.
Municipal Elections take place in Kosovo as tensions rise with Serbia
Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti cast his ballot on Sunday as part of municipal elections in which the ruling party is hoping to take control of city hall in Pristina. Outside the polling station Mr Kurti said: "Today, citizens will decide who will decide. Voting there will attract much attention following two incidents in the past two months that have led to soaring tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. Leaders of Kosovo's Serbs walked together to the polling station in North Mitrovica. Serb List coalition leader Goran Rakic and candidate Milan Radojevic cast their votes together in elections that are taking place despite coronavirus.
Duke argues Epstein deal covers royalty
Share this Story: Duke argues Epstein deal covers royaltyDuke argues Epstein deal covers royalty The agreement was last week released to the Duke of York’s legal team on the orders of a judge Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP via Getty ImagesArticle content The Duke of York will argue that a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against him is invalid because his accuser struck a secret deal with Jeffrey Epstein referencing “royalty”. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Duke argues Epstein deal covers royalty Back to video The confidential agreement they signed in Florida, in which she allegedly promised not to take further action against the financier or his associates, has since remained sealed. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Share this article in your social networkAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
Opinion : The Iran deal is dead. Where is Biden’s Plan B?
“Every day they are not coming back to the table … is telling us that this is a team that may not in fact be prepared to come back into [the nuclear deal],” Malley said. “We have to prepare for a world … where Iran doesn’t have constraints on its nuclear program and we have to consider options for dealing with that, even as we hope that we can get back to the deal.”
Judge rejects challenge to Florida ‘vaccine passport’ ban
File)TALLAHASSEE – A Leon County circuit judge has refused to block a state law that bans so-called “vaccine passports,” rejecting arguments by a Sarasota business that the law violates First Amendment rights. The ruling by Circuit Judge Layne Smith was a victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has led efforts to prevent businesses from requiring customers to show proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 --- an issue that has become known as requiring vaccine passports. Smith also split from a South Florida federal judge, who sided in August with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a challenge to the state law. “The only issue before the court, and the only one the court decided, is whether (the law) abridges Bead Abode’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech,” Smith wrote.
Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates
Asa Hutchinson Asa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Sarah Huckabee Sanders raises over million for Arkansas gubernatorial run Arkansas governor allows COVID-19 vaccine mandate opt-out bill to become law MORE (R) on Sunday defended employers mandating that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine, while saying he opposed such mandates by the federal and state governments. “The states are sometimes coming in and saying, ‘Employers should not have the ability to impose a vaccine requirement on their workers.’ To me, that's the wrong direction as well. It's not practical in terms of creating that debate, but it's not principled either,” Hutchinson said during “Meet the Press” on NBC. “I am a defender of the employer's right to provide a healthy workplace. They would have the prerogative to make those decisions and I support that,” Hutchinson said.
German SPD's Scholz moves closer to succeeding Merkel as chancellor
The conservatives criticised the road map as contradictory and short on detail. "A new start is possible with the three parties coming together," Scholz told a news conference. "I can say with complete certainty that it will be a pro-European government," Merkel told reporters in Brussels. Several economists told Reuters they were encouraged by the road map, which promised a waiver on tax increases and a commitment to provide funds for public and private investment. Greens Co-Chief Annalena Baerbock said it should be a coalition of "reform and progress to make this the decade of renewal".
UN envoy says has agreement on drafting new Syrian constitution
U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen gestures while speaking during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia July 22, 2021. Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via REUTERSGENEVA, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy said on Sunday that the government and opposition co-chairs of the Syrian Constitutional Committee agreed to start a drafting process for constitutional reform in the country. Geir Pedersen, speaking to reporters in Geneva after meeting the Syrian co-chairs ahead of week-long talks, said they had agreed to "prepare and start drafting constitutional reform." The talks will be the sixth round in two years and the first since January. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by John StonestreetOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Fatal stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess declared a terrorist incident by police
London's Metropolitan Police Department has declared the fatal stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess a terrorist incident. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, who is also the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, formally declared the incident as terrorism, the police department said in a statement. The murder of Sir David Amess in #Essex earlier today has now been declared as a terrorist incident, and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command will lead the investigation. British lawmaker David Amess in the Prime Minister's Office at the House of Commons on October 16, 2016, in London, United Kingdom. The investigation into Amess' death is being led by the Metropolitan Police Department's Counter Terrorism Command.
Activists reportedly ditch virtual White House meeting over immigration policies
Fed-up immigration advocates ?ditched a virtual meeting with Biden administration officials to protest the White House’s plan to restart former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program, according to a report. “?We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of the work immigration advocates and organizations do around the clock to improve our immigration system?,” the White House said. The activists believe the Biden administration’s decisions on immigration are rooted in politics and that some White House officials view border issues as a losing proposition for Democrats. ?Some activists saw hope in Biden who promised during the presidential campaign to operate a “fair and humane” immigration program, but they say he hasn’t delivered on the pledge. Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Biden White House has scrambled to quell the crisis at the southern border as ?arrests hit a record 1.5 million in fiscal 2021?.?
The middle falls out
But it also can’t lose votes in the House, where the margin is only barely more robust. Lose a few representatives — say, ones worried about their reelection chances next November — and suddenly things quickly go south. This is largely why it’s useful to track polling on the 2022 midterms, not just out of curiosity (which is fair enough) but because perceptions of what will happen in the elections will shape what legislators do before then. If Biden becomes deeply unpopular or Democratic support plunges in the generic congressional ballot, a measure of how Americans are likely to vote in House races, you might expect to see more pressure against the Biden/Democratic agenda.
Opinion : Low-carbon flights are nice. But they won’t save the planet.
But the argument is made easier, I think, by the idea that we’re no longer putting the onus on citizens. After decades of haranguing people to ride their bikes more, there ought to be some comfort and clarity in government saying to them: You know what? It’s not your responsibility to figure this out.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker delays COVID vaccine deadline for some state workers
J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers. Pritzker, who in August set an Oct. 4 deadline for state workers covered by his requirement to get the vaccine, on Friday said employees have until Nov. 30 to be fully vaccinated, the Chicago Tribune reported. CALIFORNIA PARENTS, TEACCHERS PLAN STATEWIDE, WALKOUT TO PROTEST SCHOOL VACCINE MANDATEPritzker's administration has reached agreements with several unions representing state workers. AFSCME, which represents some 15,000 state workers affected by the requirement, objected to what it called "rigid mandates." "This administration continues to work to protect vulnerable residents in our care or custody by ensuring state employees in congregate settings receive the vaccine," Pritzker spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in a statement.
New Mexico far-left, anti-police lawmaker once told to 'f*** off' by own party won't seek re-election
A controversial, far-left state lawmaker in New Mexico who was previously told to "f*** off" by a member of his own party announced that he will not seek re-election, according to a report. "At this point, I’m happy to say that my husband and my future children require my full measure of attention. "I’m sort of heartbroken," Candelaria told the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time, reportedly in tears after the heated exchange. In June 2020, Candelaria reportedly livestreamed himself without a mask participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations which swept across Albuquerque following George Floyd’s death. Candelaria claimed he waited 13 hours for the New Mexico State Police to respond to his call reporting the purported death threats.
Chinese nuclear-capable hypersonic missile test surprises US intelligence: Report
China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in a move that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, according to a new report. Two of those individuals said the test showed how far China has progressed on hypersonic weaponry – farther that U.S. officials realized. The Pentagon did not comment on the specific test, but did acknowledge that China is a top priority. "We have made clear our concerns about the military capabilities China continues to pursue, capabilities that only increase tensions in the region and beyond," John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, told Fox News. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPThe Pentagon did not respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Fauci, Rand Paul trade 'lying' accusations about gain-of-function research in hearing on Delta variant
In his questioning of Fauci, Paul stepped close to the line of accusing Fauci of lying to Congress in previous testimony in which he said that the NIAID had never funded gain-of-function research in China. Citing a paper on research about bat coronaviruses, Paul said that U.S. money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to. He added that the research Paul referenced was "judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function." "The sobering news that you've already heard of is the fact that we are not challenged with a very difficult and problematic variant referred to as the Delta variant," Fauci said. "The discussion about masking on federal – on aviation and ships – is an interagency process not simply with CDC," Walensky said.
Transportation chief Buttigieg defends family leave after being mocked by Fox News anchor
WASHINGTON — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended paid family leave on Sunday, after Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave to care for his twin newborns. Politico reported last week the secretary had been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their twin babies, Penelope and Joseph. On Thursday, Carlson said: “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. When pressed if paid family leave will remain in President Joe Biden's $3.5 billion 'Build Back Better' agenda, Buttigieg said, it remains "in the President's vision, we'll see what the legislative process is going to bring."
Supply chain crisis has voters on edge
Suddenly, logistics and supply chain management — traditionally mundane topics — are becoming important political issues as the nation longs for things to return to “normal.”How did it all start? Again, comparing 2021 to 2019, you can see how big a difference that’s made in terms of trade. The first seven months of 2021 saw a 27 percent increase in cargo from Asia compared to the first seven months of 2019. That process often requires trucks and — comparing the numbers from 2019 to 2021 — problems exist in that part of the supply chain as well. All of this matters on the political front in the U.S. because those shortages and increased prices have voters on edge.
UK MPs could be given police protection for public meetings in wake of killing
LONDON — British MPs holding meetings with the public could be offered police protection following the killing of their colleague David Amess, Home Secretary Priti Patel said Sunday. Ministers and parliamentary authorities are carrying out an urgent review of MPs’ security outside parliament after the Conservative representative for Southend West was fatally stabbed at a drop-in meeting in his constituency. These face-to-face meetings, allowing constituents to bring problems to their lawmakers directly, are known as surgeries. Patel said new protective measures would be “immediate.”“This isn’t a case of let’s wait for two weeks, three weeks, four weeks,” she said. MPs were offered tighter security measures following the 2016 murder of Labour representative Jo Cox, who was killed on her way to meet constituents in her Batley and Spen seat.
Chuck Todd: ‘Biden has to get more involved’ to make progress in Congress
Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd joins Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist to discuss the internal fighting between high-profile senators over the stalled infrastructure bill. Todd says “the White House has allowed Congress to work its will of stalemate” and needs to use its ability to trigger negotiations.Oct.
Kinzinger goes to bat for Biden over Jan. 6 committee comments
But Kinzinger, a strident critic of Trump’s, said he did not think Biden crossed a line with his comments. “I think he has every right to make it clear where the administration stands. However he noted the risks of doing so, particularly given the complicated constitutional and legal dynamics at play. “If we subpoena, all of a sudden, the former president, we know that’s going to become kind of a circus,” he said. “That’s not necessarily something we want to do up front.”Kinzinger, alongside fellow select committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.
Fauci tamps down concern about Covid-19 booster review process
The Moderna vaccine, like a similar one made jointly by Pfizer-BioNTech, was a two-dose schedule whereas J&J was a single shot. Fauci told host Chris Wallace that data gathered in the United States and elsewhere, primarily Israel, point toward the need for booster shots to ward against waning protection against the deadly coronavirus. “As we have seen in the past with other waves that we’ve been through, there’s the danger of resurgence,” Fauci said. Greg Abbott and other Republican elected officials regarding vaccination requirements imposed by the government or private companies. We’re living in a society and society needs to be protected,” Fauci said.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton spent a fifth night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. ___This version has been corrected to show that Saturday night was Clinton’s fifth night in hospital.
NTSB seeks plane that reportedly collided with another in midair near Sutton and kept flying
Oct. 17—The National Transportation Safety Board is looking for an unknown plane that reportedly collided with another aircraft in midair earlier this week and kept flying. Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, a Cessna 180 was struck while flying near Sutton in a collision that resulted in substantial damage to the wing of the plane, NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson said Saturday. But the NTSB is still searching for the other plane, which Johnson said continued flying, and its pilot has not yet come forward to report the accident. "We don't think there was any damage to the other plane, but we don't know that because it kept going," Johnson said. The NTSB encouraged anyone with information about the collision to call its Alaska Regional Office at 907-782-4848.
J&J vaccine 'very likely' should have been 2 doses from the start: Fauci
Recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should not be concerned about the shot's lower efficacy now that boosters have been approved, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. "I think that they should feel good about it because what the advisers to the FDA felt is that given the data that they saw, very likely this should have been a two dose vaccine to begin with," he said Sunday. The FDA vaccine advisory panel unanimously approved booster shots for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday. The panel recommended all J&J recipients 18 years and older to get an additional jab as early as two months after the first dose — key differences from their recommendations for the Moderna and Pfizer boosters which were only for Americans 65 and older or in higher risk groups. J&J vaccine 'very likely' should have been 2 doses from the start: Fauci originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Buttigieg says supply chain crisis ‘will continue into next year’
Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that America’s supply chain disruptions are expected to continue into next year, claiming the bottleneck has been spurred, in part, by an unprecedented amount of demand brought on by President Biden’s economic recovery. During an appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union," Buttigieg was asked by host Jake Tapper if Americans should prepare themselves for economic issues like the supply chain disruptions and inflation to get worse before they get better. BUTTIGIEG 'JOKE' ABOUT SUPPLY CHAIN PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS CRITICIZED"Certainly a lot of the challenges that we’ve been experiencing this year will continue into next year," Buttigieg responded. Buttigieg said the supply chain issues demonstrated a need for House Democrats to pass the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which allocates $17 billion to U.S. ports and remains stalled due to party infighting over their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. "This is one more example of why we need to pass the infrastructure bill," Buttigieg said.
US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
By DÁNICA COTOSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a three-day protest, with Haitian now preparing for another protest scheduled for Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. ___AP journalists Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Perfidious Albion: why French faith in Boris Johnson has nosedived
Boris Johnson’s foreign policy is 80% driven by short-term domestic political interests that make it impossible to come to stable arrangements with him, senior French sources have concluded. The complaint is in some ways a mirror-image of the British claim that French attitudes are being driven by internal politics. It is expected that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, will appoint his combative Europe minister, Clément Beaune, as a key figure in his campaign team. A cancelled meeting between British and French defence ministers has not yet been rescheduled. Last weekend, the French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, complained “not one euro has been paid”, adding sarcastically that it must be due to an accounting error.
Fauci says Americans can enjoy holidays with family if fully vaccinated
"I believe strongly that -- particularly in the vaccinated people, if you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible, that is obviously very young children and not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treating, and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your family," Fauci said on Sunday during ABC’s “This Week.”Fauci explained that when the level of COVID-19 transmission is down, fueled by the vaccines, he believed “there’s no reason at all” why families could not gather together as they had previously done during the pandemic. ADVERTISEMENT"That’s one the reasons why we emphasized why it’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for that of your family, but also for the good of the community, to keep the level of infection down," Fauci said. "When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along." According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of Americans aged 12 years and older have been at least partially vaccinated while 67 percent are fully vaccinated.
Across the U.S., clashes intensify between city officials and the police over vaccination issues.
In many cities across the country, there is friction between governments and law enforcement unions over requirements that officers get vaccinated against the coronavirus or prove their vaccination status, leading to contentious public clashes. John Catanzara, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, has urged police officers there to ignore requirements by the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, that city employees report their vaccination status. In Baltimore, a police union leader told officers not to disclose their vaccination status to city officials amid negotiations over a mandate scheduled to take effect there next week, The Baltimore Sun and other local news outlets reported. Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., reiterated their commitment this week to a vaccine mandate for city employees, despite pushback from the police union there. Ms. Lightfoot said in a statement this week that she “cannot and will not stand idly by while the rhetoric of conspiracy theorists threatens the health and safety of Chicago’s residents and first responders.”The post Across the U.S., clashes intensify between city officials and the police over vaccination issues.
Will aliens ever visit Earth? We asked an expert for his verdict
We asked award-winning astrophysicist and senior astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, a US-based non-profit that specialises in seeking out extraterrestrial intelligence. Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletterIf aliens visit us, will they be friendly? If they were to visit Earth, would we get a War of the Worlds-style encounter, or would we expect bumbling Jar Jar Binks-like entities to turn up? But the idea that they’re going to come here is unwarranted because they’re not here now.”Can we communicate with aliens? The disks, named the Voyager Golden Records , include images, music, sounds, and samples of languages from planet Earth.
Priti Patel: Making Southend a city would be a fitting tribute to Sir David Amess
The Home Secretary and House of Commons Speaker have backed the growing campaign for Southend-on-Sea to be made a city in honour of Sir David Amess. Priti Patel suggested it would be a "wonderful" tribute to the local MP to fulfil one of his longest-running campaigns, while Sir Lindsay Hoyle said it would be the “biggest and greatest thing we can do for David”. As a local MP, Sir David was the most high-profile champion for Southend’s designation as a city and had been raising the case since 2000. Asked about the campaign on Sunday, Ms Patel said: “I’m smiling at that suggestion, because David was a wonderful advocate. It would be a wonderful tribute to my dear friend David.”Echoing her comments, Sir Lindsay said: “I would love to see Southend becoming a city, I think that’s the biggest and greatest thing we can do for David.”
Iranian court upholds new 1-year sentence for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said on Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic Republic. Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told The Associated Press that the appeals court upheld a verdict issued earlier this year sentencing her to another year. Kermani said Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “concerned” when he informed her about the appeals court decision. Authorities furloughed Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison because of the surging coronavirus pandemic and she has been restricted to her parents’ Tehran home since.
Unvaccinated Virginia couple die from COVID - leaving behind five kids
Misty Mitchem, a medical transcriptionist by trade, declined to get the shot even though she had diabetes. 'Both our families have been turned upside down,' Mike Mitchem told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. According to Mike Mitchem, Kevin Mitchem developed a cough last month and went to an urgent care facility in Stafford County. According to Mike Mitchem, Kevin Mitchem (above) developed a cough last month and went to an urgent care facility in Stafford County. It's not going to get them all through school, but it’s a start,' Mike Mitchem said.
Hungary decides on challenger to face Orban next year
Ballot counting was already underway on Sunday afternoon in the race to challenge Viktor OrbanAdvertising Read moreBudapest (AFP)A conservative provincial mayor and a leftist MEP faced off in Hungary Sunday after a month-long opposition primary, with the winner set to challenge Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's election. A father of seven and a practising Catholic, Marki-Zay argued during the campaign that only he can appeal to both leftist voters and conservatives tired of the divisive Orban. Dobrev, a vice president of the European Parliament since 2019 and vying to become Hungary's first woman prime minister, emphasised her greater experience and accused her rival of "unsuitability" for the top job. Polls indicated the mother-of-three's weakness is her husband, former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, who admitted lying in 2006 during a leaked private speech and has been relentlessly attacked by Orban ever since. The primary elections were designed by a six-party opposition alliance formed last year in an effort to combat an election system that favours Orban and Fidesz.
Two years after October 17 protests, Lebanon's economic crisis worse than ever
Two years after Lebanon's so-called October 17 movement began with major nationwide protests, disillusionment and fear prevail in the country. FRANCE 24's Claire Paccalin speaks with Lynn Harfoush, an executive committee member of the National Bloc political party, who remains undeterred. Advertising Read moreTurnout was small at the October 17 demonstration this year, but Harfoush, an executive committee member of Lebanon's secular National Bloc party said there was still reason for hope. “It is a bit disappointing, but at the same time, it’s something we understand,” Harfoush said of the low turnout. But what we are sure of, and the reason that we still believe in the October 17 revolution, is that it did light this flame of change in a lot of people’s hearts.”Harfoush said the economic situation was worse than ever.
Daniel Goldman: Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice
A new Senate report lays out, in stunning detail, the work Trump did has he tried to subvert the 2020 election just as the former president is reportedly pressuring aides to not cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6th. We discuss with Sam Stein, Daniel Goldman, and Kimberly Atkins Stohr.Oct.
Buttigieg: 'I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson'
"And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins," Buttigieg said to host Jake Tapper Jacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE. Fox News's Carlson mocked Buttigieg last week for going on paternity leave after adopting two children with his husband Chasten Buttigieg, quipping that he was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." Buttigieg said that even when on paternity leave, he is engaged with his office on those issues. "Even though I've been on paternity leave and I'm proud of it, obviously given the nature of my job when you take a job like mine you understand and accept that you're going to have to be available 24/7, depending on what's going on and you're going to have to engage. And I did even if that meant taking a phone call or making a decision from a hospital room," Buttigieg said.
Iranian warship fends off pirate attack in Gulf of Aden
Pirates on five boats attacked two Iranian oil tankers but were repelled by army vessels, authorities said. Tehran, Iran – An Iranian warship has repelled pirates who were trying to take over two Iranian oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden, state television said. Admiral Shahram Irani added that a group of army vessels that escorted the tankers, which included the Alborz destroyer, fended off the attack. In June this year, two Iranian army vessels, the Makran and Sahand, began what became a journey that lasted more than four months. The two domestically-built vessels arrived back in the Strait of Hormuz and ended their journey in Iranian waters in Bandar Abbas last month.
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where, under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. "Race is clearly the factor here," Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
U.S. religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. "An overstretched and under-resourced police force alone cannot address the security ills of Haiti." On Friday, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the U.N. political mission in Haiti.
Fauci allegedly misled Trump administration on gain-of-function research in Wuhan: Book
A new book from an investigative Australian reporter dives into how Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly misled the Trump administration on gain-of-function research in China . FAUCI, RAND PAUL TRADE 'LYING' ACCUSATIONS ABOUT GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH IN HEARING ON DELTA VARIANT"Tony, you have to take it up with the boss. WSJ BOARD HITS DEMS, MEDIA ON AVOIDING GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH ACCOUNTABILITY: 'INEXCUSABLE'"??If so, this was naive. WAPO'S JOSH ROGIN: ‘FAUCI WAS WRONG’ ABOUT DENYING NIH FUNDED WUHAN ‘GAIN OF FUNCTION’ CORONAVIRUS RESEARCHWhile Fauci did not tell top Trump administration officials about funding gain-of-function research, emails released through a FOIA request showed Fauci was concerned about the NIH funding such projects, the book states. Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, has also accused Fauci of lying about gain-of-function research, with the book saying that Fauci is essentially the "father of gain-of-function research," according to Ebright.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
The payout from Demings’ all-in-on-Facebook campaign — the first of its kind for a major Florida candidate — did more than just surprise Republicans and Rubio allies. Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. Demings’ campaign manager, Zack Carroll, served in the same role for Harrison. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
Illinois Democrats agonize over how much to gerrymander
Democratic Rep. Marie Newman, on the other hand, finds herself in a potentially competitive seat — and she was quick to express her displeasure. "And I can’t imagine that Democrats in Illinois, who have a reputation for being incredibly well-organized, disciplined and ruthless, would allow this to happen." In a statement releasing the map, Democrats hailed them as a strong initial attempt that could change after the public weighs in during hearings this week. "Call this new Illinois map the Nancy Pelosi Protection Plan," said state GOP Chairman Don Tracy. Crafted by Zach Koutsky, a longtime Illinois Democratic operative, it appeared on the state Legislature’s online portal late Friday night.
Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign
JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in Israel’s war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Israeli media said Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel. The Israeli military declined to comment, but if the Syrian claim is true, it would mark the first time that Israeli snipers are known to have killed an Iranian-linked target across the border. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the strategic territory. Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told the Army Radio station that if Israel killed Saleh, it was meant to send a message to the Iranians.
They said it: Teen party mom
“It’s, frankly, disgusting.”— Amy Rubin, picking up her son from Los Gatos High School Wednesday, following news of the arrest of a former student’s mother on charges of plying him and his classmates with liquor and goading them into sexual hookups in a series of parties at her house.
17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, US religious group says
Dánica CotoAssociated PressSan Juan, Puerto Rico – A group of 17 missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a three-day protest, with Haitian now preparing for another protest scheduled for Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. Among those who met with Haiti’s police chief was Uzra Zeya, U.S. under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
MIAMI — A panicked question gripped Florida Democratic insiders this summer as Joe Biden’s approval numbers began to fade and eyes turned toward the midterm election horizon: Where’s Val Demings? Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. When Demings declared her Senate candidacy in June, she cleared the field of her most serious potential Democratic rival, Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
The secret Supreme Court: Late nights, courtesy votes and the unwritten 6-vote rule
They discuss the question in the case ... the chief justice and Justice (Clarence) Thomas and me and so forth around. The justices receive some 7,000 petitions annually from people who have lost cases in lower courts. Joined by three fellow liberals at the time, Breyer contended the majority was wrongly overriding lower court judges, who had postponed the execution. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito noted in a speech at the University of Notre Dame that the court requires six votes when it seeks to reverse a lower court decision without hearing oral arguments. Such summary reversals, as they are known, happen on rare occasions when a lower court ruling is plainly at odds with Supreme Court precedent and the justices bypass the usual briefing and public arguments.
Pro-military protesters turn out for second day in Sudanese capital
Hundreds of pro-military Sudanese protesters rallied for a second day in Khartoum on Sunday, aggravating what the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, called the “worst and most dangerous crisis” of the country’s precarious transition. The protesters are demanding the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has failed them politically and economically. The protesters have converged on the presidential palace where the transitional authorities are based, shouting “One army, one people” and demanding a military government. Jaafar Hassan, a spokesperson for the FFC, called the pro-military sit-in “an episode in the scenario of a coup d’etat”. Hassan said the FFC organisers aim for “a demonstration of 1 million people … to show the world the position of the Sudanese people”.
Joe Biden pays tribute to service of fallen officers
President Joe Biden on Saturday (16 October) paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the name of law enforcement, as he evoked the Capitol riots of nine months previous as an example of how crucial their role can be. The president was speaking at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020.
Vendor at Florida bike fest defends selling hats with Nazi symbols on: ‘It doesn’t mean what people think’
A vendor has been criticised for selling merchandise featuring Nazi symbolism at a Florida biker rally. The vendor, named Jenny, told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that she sold hats embroidered with swastikas and skull-and-bones logos during Biketoberfest as a tribute to World War II veterans. “It’s just a shame in this day and age,” Mr Miller told the News-Journal: “It never stops. “It’s absolutely disgusting to see a vendor selling Nazi and SS gear, but it’s even worse that the only reason they would do so is because people are actually buying it,” Mr Davis said. Jenny has since been ordered by the owner of the property where she operated her business to get rid of the Nazi merchandise and has done so.
Supply chain crisis could last into next year, Pete Buttigieg warns
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that it was likely that the US would see some supply chain issues persist through 2020 into 2021. “Because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.”Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says supply chain disruptions will "continue into next year." "We need the rest of the private sector chain to step up as well," said Mr Biden during his address. "This is not called a supply chain for nothing. Stretching our supply chain will continue to be my team’s focus."
Sir David Amess: Candlelit vigil in Leigh-on-Sea
The community in Leigh-on-Sea gathers to pay tribute to Sir David Amess, after the MP was stabbed to death.
China fires hypersonic missile to circle planet in low orbit in terrifying display of its weaponry
At a 2019 parade, China showcased advancing weaponry including its hypersonic missile, known as the DF-17. The Longtian airbase (pictured) has been expanded and adapted for air defence sites. The image of the base, taken on October 2, also shows an expanded apron and four hardened aircraft shelters under construction. While at the Zhangzhou base, home of the Eastern Theatre Command's air force, a newly-constructed air defence site is visible as well as several new buildings. Adding to rising tensions, China last Saturday warned the US over its involvement in Taiwan and claimed the 'weak and cowardly' island authorities will accept reunification.
Eyeing Russia, US defense chief heads to Black Sea region
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will visit Black Sea countries Georgia, Romania and Ukraine before heading to a NATO defense ministers summit. Austin will visit Georgia, Romania and Ukraine before taking part in the in-person defense ministers summit at NATO in Brussels on October 21-22. "We are reassuring and reinforcing the sovereignty of countries that are on the front lines of Russian aggression," a senior US defense official told reporters ahead of the trip. All three countries are in the NATO orbit -- Romania a full member and Georgia and Ukraine partner states. "NATO needs to keep building its credible deterrence capabilities for its deterrence and defense mission," the official said.
Katie Couric’s RBG Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. In the service of some higher cause, they reimagined their hero’s actual words to comport with what, in their minds, she really represents. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing herself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailing a source, ‘Mr. The same year Couric interviewed RBG, for example, her documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists. By employing the sin of omission, the media protects its progressive heroes and, in the process, picks political winners and losers.
Poll: Virginia Governor’s Race in Dead Heat Between Youngkin, McAuliffe
Terry McAuliffe (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released Friday. The poll, conducted October 11–13 among 1,095 likely voters, shows Youngkin with 48.4 percent support compared to McAuliffe’s 47.5 percent support, giving Youngkin a 0.9 percent edge. Of the last three Trafalgar polls, this most recent one marks the first time Youngkin has led McAuliffe in the blue-leaning state. The last poll, taken at the end of August, showed McAuliffe with a slight edge over Youngkin, 46.6 percent to 46.3 percent. https://t.co/0VGgmWNKmB pic.twitter.com/ybretH4OuP — Maddie Anderson (@MaddieWAnderson) October 6, 2021The Virginia Democrat’s remarks align with Biden’s stunningly low approval rating in the Trafalgar poll.
Fair districting for Florida is fairness for Latino communities | Commentary
Community districting impacts all of this and more, and is the reason for all Floridians to take action and demand fair and transparent process — not only for the sake of political fairness, but for the sake of the equitable distribution of resources, no matter who you are, where you live or what you look like.
A Bucks County dad angered by COVID-19 closures gave $500,000 to school board candidates. Critics say it’s fueling ‘toxic’ politics.
A typical school board race, depending on the district’s size, will cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to up to $10,000 to run, strategists said. Those reports include spending in support of state candidates, in addition to school board candidates. But a spokesperson for the PSEA, the state’s largest teachers union, said its PAC was “not spending anywhere near $500,000? on the school board races. This year has proven that being a school board member is truly thankless. “We had no money.”Bradica started paying closer attention to her school board during last year’s closures and began to suspect political motivations for its decisions.
Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not 'far-fetched', says Rep. Stacey Plaskett
Rep. Stacey Plaskett said that the prospect of Donald Trump being subpoenaed by the January 6 committee is not "far-fetched." Trump's recent attempts to invoke executive privilege to withhold information were rejected by the White House. Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat chairman of the January 6 House select committee, told CNN on Thursday that "nobody is off-limits to a subpoena from this committee." White House counsel Dana Remus instructed the National Archives to turn over the "initial batch of documents" related to the House committee's request. On Thursday, the select committee moved to pursue criminal contempt charges against Bannon for not cooperating with them.
durga puja: Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Vandalism continues; minorities call for countrywide hunger strike
ISKCON along with other Hindu community members protests in the streets of Noakhali, Bangladesh.Happening now. "From the home minister to ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader, everybody has assured us saying they are informed about everything. he asked.Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari, general secretary of ISKCON Bangladesh, warned that the community would not sit silent and watch the attacks happen. We also know some activists of the ruling party are affiliated with such heinous crimes at some locations. The BNP-Jamaat has chosen the path of various conspiracies by failing to deal with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina politically.
Treasury 'warns of diminishing returns from green investment'
Tensions are rising between Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson today as the Treasury warned of 'diminishing returns' from green investment and the government was rocked by a wave of bitter sniping. There are claims that Mr Sunak privately lamented the 'sh**show' in Downing Street at the height of the pandemic. Tory aides pointed out that new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss openly covets the Treasury job and Mr Sunak is 'rattled'. 'However, more green investment is likely to attract diminishing returns, reducing the positive impact of ever more investment on GDP. The drive to switch cars to electric is one of the main pillars of the Net Zero policy.
Sen. Johnson says Garland’s school order violates parents’ right to free speech
It is such a violation of people’s constitutional rights to petition their government, to free speech,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) Johnson said using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. “[Garland] is saying [the parents] are intimidating school board members. Sen. Ron Johnson said AG Merrick Garland using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. … They’re running for school board.
Tim Scott’s massive 2022 war chest fuels more 2024 buzz
Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina keeps hauling in massive amounts of campaign cash as he runs for reelection in the 2022 midterms, and that’s sparking more speculation about a potential 2024 Republican presidential nomination bid. Pundits see him as a possible 2024 GOP presidential nomination contender. "The numbers say that Tim Scott has developed a national constituency and has created enthusiastic supporters from coast to coast. Any remaining funds from his 2022 Senate campaign could be transferred to a potential presidential bid, should he decide to run for higher office. Scott has repeatedly downed played talk of making a White House run in 2024.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Saab's extradition and said he is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In a Twitter post, Colombian President Ivan Duque called Saab's extradition "a triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption by the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro."
Immigration activists walk out on Biden administration during meeting in protest: 'Turning point'
Dozens of immigration activists walked out on top Biden officials during a virtual meeting, protesting the administration's plans to reinstate the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" policy. They read a statement saying the Biden administration is "playing politics with human lives" and said they could no longer "come into these conversations in good conscience." DHS SAYS IT ANTICIPATES RESTARTING TRUMP-ERA 'REMAIN IN MEXICO' POLICY IN NOVEMBER, IS REBUILDING TENT COURTS"We have sadly reached a turning point," they said. BORDER CRISIS: VIDEO SHOWS SMUGGLER ABANDON 7-YEAR-OLD MIGRANT GIRL"The Biden Administration has been very clear that MPP is not an immigration policy we agree with or support. Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration activists have been increasing in recent months.
Seattle business owner fears vaccine mandate will lengthen 911 response time: 'I can't get help'
Seattle business owners are fearing the looming vaccine mandate deadline for police officers and firefighters will further lengthen response time to 911 calls, as the city that saw months of violent demonstrations last year already grapples with police staffing shortages and surging crime. Seattle police responded to both robberies, but Youssef said response times were lengthy and staffing shortages expected to worsen with Monday’s vaccine mandate deadline for the city and state could worsen business. "The tourists are not going to come, the people are not going to go out of their home to buy things. SEATTLE POLICE STAFFING WOES PROMPT EMERGENCY DISPATCH PLAN AS VACCINE MANDATE FOR OFFICERS LOOMSThe extent of the vaccine mandate on police staffing shortages won’t be known until after Monday’s deadline. The union representing some 1,000 Seattle police personnel suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate could worsen staffing shortages, which in turn could risk public safety.
The case for 'hope punk' when talking about climate change: 'To be hopeless is to be uninformed'
Elin Kelsey Photo credit: Agathe BernardIt's not naïve to be hopeful about climate change. So says Elin Kelsey, a climate change communication scholar, educator and author. CNBC spoke to Kelsey, 60, on the phone for a series on managing and responding productively to anxiety about climate change. Or the dystopian narrative of everything's ruined, where a lot of climate change fiction was taken. Because when we could deny climate, which not is not so popular anymore — there's been a real rise in people accepting climate change.
Removing the %&*@ from Maine's vanity plates will take time
Currently, there are license plates with salty language including f-bombs, references to anatomy and sex acts, and general insults. Requests for so-called vanity license plates that are deemed to be potentially offensive will be on hold in the meantime. “Rule-making will delay the process of active removal of plates from the road but will help us balance the free speech rights of citizens and the public interest of removing inappropriate license plates,” she said. But Maine became the “wild, wild, wild west of vanity license plates” when the state dropped its review process in 2015. In Maine, there are about 121,000 vanity license plates on the roads in a state with about 1.3 million residents.
Qatargas says it starts construction of four new LNG mega-trains
Middle East · 10:36 AM UTCTurkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investmentPresident Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia.
Is Trump running in 2024? The Claremont Institute hopes so
Claremont is also, as Daniel Drezner wrote, "the poster child for the devolution of conservative thought into simple-minded racism, immature oppositional thinking and reactionary authoritarianism." Once one of the most prestigious bastions of conservative thought, Claremont now spends its time putting lipstick on the Trumpian wildebeest. The institute is the home base for John Eastman, the founder of Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and a senior fellow. This is bigger than President Trump! https://t.co/wEKMXUJzhP — Patrick T. Brown (@PTBwrites) January 8, 2021Despite the racist tweets, Ryan Williams, the Claremont president, continued to tout Beattie on Twitter the next day.
Sunday Crunch: Remembering Sir David — Investigation latest — MP protection vow
REMEMBERING SIR DAVID: Westminster is coming to terms with the shocking killing of much-loved Southend West MP Sir David Amess at a constituency surgery. But first: Patel told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “When David’s name is mentioned going forward he will bring great cheer and smiles. Patel told Sky the Prevent program was already being independently reviewed. MP PROTECTION VOW: Police protection for MPs holding constituency surgeries is now being considered in the wake of the killing, Patel confirmed. **A message from Sky: For the first time in the UK, you can now get Sky TV over Wifi.
Some families scratching their heads after finding cuts to their October child tax credit payment
It's time to check the mailbox and bank account for extra cash from the October child tax credit that rolled out Friday. ? Child tax credit: The child tax credit gave the typical family $5,086. Many families expected to receive the same dollar amount each month once the advance child tax credit payments began July 15. Some took to social media to say they received only half of their child tax credit money this month. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Some families are reporting cuts to their child tax credit payments
A Ukrainian Oligarch Bought a Midwestern Factory and Let it Rot. What Was Really Going On?
In recent weeks, the world has learned incredible new details about corruption, illicit financing and money laundering by the super-rich, thanks to the Pandora Papers. But this kind of transnational money laundering, which we’ve come to expect, is only part of the picture. Optima International was a parent company to a constellation of related firms (including one called “Optima Harvard Facility LLC”). And then Canadian authorities dropped a bombshell: They accused Gong of running his own transnational money laundering scheme, charging him with fraud and money laundering. Which is exactly what seems to have been the case in each of the overlooked, forgotten towns Kolomoisky and his team touched.
Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign
JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in Israel’s war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Israeli media said Saleh had been assisting the Iranian military against Israel. The Israeli military declined to comment, but if the Syrian claim is true, it would mark the first time that Israeli snipers are known to have killed an Iranian-linked target across the border. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed the strategic territory. Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told the Army Radio station that if Israel killed Saleh, it was meant to send a message to the Iranians.
Challenges mount to president's vaccine mandate
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Arizona was actually not the first state to fight back against workplace mandates; Montana did before there were any federal mandates. The administration has argued that media coverage of opposition to COVID-19 vaccination can obscure the overwhelming popularity, and efficacy, of vaccine mandates. Biden is now the face of vaccine mandates, including ones he may not have ordered himself. Declaring himself “offended,” DeSantis has vowed to sue the Biden administration once the new rule takes effect. Texas has far more Fortune 500 companies (49 of them) than any other state that bans vaccine mandates.
Cash aid reduced poverty in Colorado during the pandemic. But don’t count on that to continue.
Luke Teater, deputy director for the governor’s budget office, told state budget officials during an economic forecast presentation last month that the takeaway is clear. “But I don’t really see a sustainable path for continuing those into the future unless there’s that federal government support. Certainly, in the state we don’t have the resources to do that.”Colorado cannot deficit-spend and it cannot raise taxes without voter approval. The concept of unending cash payments to the poor remains a third rail even in this Democrat-controlled state. And a lot of people are talking about how, beyond cash assistance, they’re really using food banks,” Westbrook said.
Abuse, threats, aggression: the fear that stalks MPs on Britain’s streets
Alec Shelbrooke, the Tory MP for Elmet and Rothwell, was among those to press ahead with a constituency surgery. However, for some time there has been evidence of a rising tide of abuse and aggression shown towards MPs. Spending on MPs’ security has seen a huge expansion in recent years, largely as a result of measures taken in the wake of Cox’s death. In 2015-16, the amount spent on MPs’ security was just £171,000. “We try to be, as constituency MPs, recognisable, available, accessible to all,” said a minister.
Commons Speaker: We must end the hatred aimed at our MPs
In a highly unusual intervention for a Commons Speaker, Hoyle makes the appeal as he writes in the Observer. “I would get in and all I would do is go on Facebook and report death threats and delete them,” said Botterill, who worked for Cooper from 2013 to 2019. “I reckon I reported over 1,000 death threats. Some MPs spoke privately of wanting to move or end walk-in constituency surgeries as a result of the risks they and their staff were facing. In 2015-16, the amount spent on MPs’ security was just £171,000.
Priti Patel considering police protection for MPs after David Amess killing
The home secretary, Priti Patel, has said she is considering offering police protection for MPs at their constituency surgeries, as a review takes place to “close the gaps” in security in the wake of the killing of David Amess on Friday. Writing in the Observer, Hoyle said it was crucial to review whether enough was being done to protect MPs, “especially during surgeries”. A 25-year-old man, the British national Ali Harbi Ali, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. She also declined to rule out the use of airport-style security scanners at MPs’ constituency offices. Constituency surgeries inevitably involve direct contact with voters though, and are often held in community buildings such as churches.
China secretly tests first hypersonic missile in move that catches US intelligence 'by surprise'
China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. FT sources said the hypersonic glide vehicle was carried by a Long March rocket, launches of which it usually announces, though the August test was kept under wraps. The report added that China's progress on hypersonic weapons "caught US intelligence by surprise." "If there was any doubt about the importance of #AUKUS and democratic nations other strategic alliances to counter a malign Communist #China, now equipped with globe circumnavigating hypersonic nuclear missile capabilities..." he said. That is one reason why we hold China as our number one pacing challenge."
BBC's Rainsford can return if Russian journalists gets UK visas
Russia's ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, has said the treatment of Russian journalists in the UK is reason the BBC's Sarah Rainsford has been expelled from the country. In this interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, he insists the BBC correspondent will be allowed back into the country, where she has reported for years, once UK visas have been issued to Russian reporters. Sarah Rainsford was told she'd been barred from Russia by the FSB security service in August and was labelled a 'security threat' - something she and the BBC deny. The move comes during an unprecedented assault on rights and freedoms in Russia, where critics of the Kremlin are increasingly being labelled as hostile 'agents' of the West.
David Amess death: Priti Patel says MPs must be safe and accessible
Writing in the Observer and the Mail on Sunday, he said he didn't want MPs to stop meeting their constituents but that it was necessary "to take stock and review whether those measures are adequate to safeguard members, staff and constituents, especially during surgeries".
Grand Mosque in Mecca drops social distancing
Normal service resumes: worshippers pray shoulder to shoulder at the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca on Sunday, after social distancing rules were easedAdvertising Read moreMecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP)The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity Sunday, with worshippers praying shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Workers removed floor markings that guide people to social distance in and around the Grand Mosque, which is built around the Kaaba, the black cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray. "This is in line with the decision to ease precautionary measures and to allow pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque at full capacity," reported the official Saudi Press Agency. While social distancing measures were lifted, the authorities said visitors must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and must continue to wear masks on mosque grounds. Saudi Arabia has registered over 547,000 coronavirus cases and 8,760 deaths.
Liz Cheney, Lisa Murkowski and other Trump targets outraise their Republican rivals
Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan drew Trump's condemnation for their impeachment votes in his January trial in the House. All three collected more money in the third fundraising quarter than their Trump-endorsed rivals, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. And Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump in February, raised nearly $1.1 million in the July-to-September quarter, more than twice the $465,945 collected by Kelly Tshibaka, who Trump endorsed earlier this year. Murkowski is the only one among the seven Republicans who voted to convict the former President who is up for reelection in 2022. In addition, Murkowski ended September with more than $3.2 million in cash reserves -- more than 10 times the amount Tshibaka had remaining in her campaign account.
Former Trump officials' new career ventures suggest very little changed after leaving White House
According to The Intelligencer, many are doing an array of different things; some of which are synonymous with the questionable activities that long-haunted the Trump Administration. In fact, the report also claimed that he participated in discussions with members of the Trump administration on how to get retribution. Back in February after the Trump administration transitioned out of the White House, Ross spoke with Bloomberg and shared his upcoming post-government plans; which involve "Trump condos on the moon." When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn't disagree. From the looks of it, many Trump administration officials are still conducting shady business as they did while in office.
U.S. religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. "An overstretched and under-resourced police force alone cannot address the security ills of Haiti." On Friday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to extend the UN political mission in Haiti.
durga puja: Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Vandalism continues; minorities call for countrywide hunger strike
ISKCON along with other Hindu community members protests in the streets of Noakhali, Bangladesh.Happening now. "From the home minister to ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader, everybody has assured us saying they are informed about everything. he asked.Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari, general secretary of ISKCON Bangladesh, warned that the community would not sit silent and watch the attacks happen. We also know some activists of the ruling party are affiliated with such heinous crimes at some locations. The BNP-Jamaat has chosen the path of various conspiracies by failing to deal with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina politically.
Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol
Although the rally is billed as a political protest, some make calls to storm the Capitol even before Trump speaks. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building.” Two hours before this, the Proud Boys were already heading for the Capitol. “Proud Boys.” As Trump is speaking, some of his other supporters also head to the Capitol. is a [expletive] war zone.” Police retreat to the Capitol building where it’s becoming more threatening. “It’s our House!” “Whose House?” “Our House!” Throughout the Capitol, staffers have barricaded doors to keep the mob out.
US officials knew of Haitian migrant surge to the border in July: report
President Biden's Department of Homeland Security was made aware in July of the thousands of Haitian migrants headed to the southern border but refused to act, according to a report. The network cited information gathered from three unidentified U.S. officials who claimed an investigation has been opened to find out why so many Haitian migrants arrived so quickly at once. The report, which also claims DHS "acknowledged the failures internally," falls in line with a string of reports and criticism that DHS knew about a coming migrant surge but did not act sufficiently. FORMER ICE OFFICIAL BLASTS MAYORKAS: 'HE'S WATCHING BORDER BE OVERRUN AND HE'S PROUD OF IT'Last month, Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union representing Border Patrol agents, told Fox News that border patrol officials had been warned to prepare for a large influx of migrants coming through Del Rio. "The Department’s humanitarian and operational response was swift, immediately deploying personnel, basic services, food and drinking water, clothing, transportation, and medical resources."
Rebecca Grant: Biden's Taiwan options – 5 crucial steps to deter China
Taiwan must stand as an independent country or we might as well hand China the rest of the Pacific now. TAIWAN WILL NOT START WAR WITH CHINA, TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYSMarines on Taiwan are a good start, but the escalating military activity by China suggests a risks war in the Pacific. Rotating US military forces through Taiwan for exercises are the best way to deter China. SEN. COTTON ON CHILLING WARNING BY CHINA: XI WAGING COLD WAR AND 'BIDEN IS LOSING'3. Biden should call China out to the world, especially since China refuses to participate in nuclear arms control.
They fought vaccine mandates and got low Covid approvals. They’re not sweating.
In states with vaccine mandates, 52 percent of people approve or strongly approve of their governors’ handling of the pandemic, according to the latest survey from the Covid States Project, which has been tracking gubernatorial approval ratings for the past year and a half. That coronavirus approval rating drops to 42 percent for governors in states with no vaccine requirements. And it takes yet another hit — dropping to just 36 percent — in states where governors have barred vaccine mandates. The findings could be temporary, and influenced by summer outbreaks that are now subsiding, but the study’s authors believe the public’s support for vaccine requirements is real, as is its distaste for those opposing the measures. “Leadership is about doing the right thing, which is not always the most popular thing, especially in the short term,” DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw said.
’Not the boring old white guy again’: Black candidates see fundraising windfall
“I think Black candidates have proven more and more than ever that we're talented, but we didn't have the resources to compete...this is the future. It helps that many Black candidates are challenging high-profile, highly polarizing opponents, a sure-fire way to stock the campaign coffers. Harrison’s fundraising prowess has made him a key resource for other Black Senate candidates, to whom he offers fundraising tips and staff suggestions. Harrison points out that until now, Black candidates were not the first choice of party leadership in competitive primaries. “We still have a huge challenge of under-representation right now...we have to have a single Black woman,” said Quentin James, founder and president of the Collective PAC, which supports progressive Black candidates running for office and has endorsed three non-incumbent Black Democratic Senate candidates.
Opinion | Ethiopia is plunging into chaos. It's time for a new Dayton Peace Process.
This crisis will require diplomacy and mediation on a scale not seen since the 1995 Dayton peace process to end the bloody war in Bosnia. Ethiopia in 2021 is not the same as Bosnia in 1995, and a Dayton-style process would need to be adapted to local realities. The U.S., Europe and our African allies and partners have clear security, economic and humanitarian interests in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is at the strategic center of the Horn, surrounded by Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somaliland, Somalia and Kenya. What’s more, a united and stable Ethiopia has always been a provider of stability across the Horn of Africa region.
In Texas, The Most Important Race In 2022 Isn't For Governor
Mike Collier, an accountant running for lieutenant governor in Texas next year, believes he can finally deliver the major victory Texas Democrats have been longing for and break Republicans' stranglehold on the state. Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor CampaignThirteen months before the 2022 election, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke (D) is still mulling a challenge to Gov. As in many other states, the Texas lieutenant governor serves as the president of the state senate. “Their agenda’s all wrong, and the agenda’s all wrong because the lieutenant governor is the wrong man for the job,” Collier told HuffPost. “The lieutenant governor is without a doubt the dream seat to flip if you could only flip one.”Since taking office in 2015, Texas Lt. Gov.
How an Illinois Factory Became Ensnared in a Ukrainian Money-Laundering Probe
Working on behalf of a firm called Optima International, Schochet offered $16.75 million for the empty building. Optima International was a parent company to a constellation of related firms (including one called “Optima Harvard Facility LLC”). Prosecutors would later dub this the “Optima Family,” with its American operations overseen by two Americans named Mordechai Korf (Schochet’s brother-in-law) and Uri Laber. Korf and Mr. Laber have never engaged in money laundering of any kind, and they have no knowledge of anyone else doing so. But the DOJ complaint notes that the Harvard plant purchase was part of the sprawling Optima laundering scheme (including fraudulent loans used to purchase the plant in the first place).
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. ADVERTISEMENT“This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden’s administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately,” she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. “We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
The political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectiveness
Ron DeSantis — also vaccinated against the virus — has vowed to sue the Biden administration over its federal vaccine mandates. A uniquely American predicamentMost Americans have in fact received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Particularly among self-identified evangelicals, Resnicow has found a distinct rejection of the coronavirus vaccine, which he said has made vaccine hesitancy especially difficult to address. While Americans overall are generally favorable of Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal workers, Republicans specifically are not. That's a 13-percentage-point decline since August 2020, before the current fight over the coronavirus vaccine erupted.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to U.S.Enlarge this image toggle caption Ariana Cubillos/AP Ariana Cubillos/APMIAMI — Venezuela's government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country. Families of the men known as the Citgo 6 — for the Houston subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company where they worked — expressed frustration with both governments. "This is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden's administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately," she added. The previous Trump administration had made Saab's extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. Colombian President Iván Duque lauded the extradition of Saab, calling it a "triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption led by the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro."
The courts have a new chance to block Texas’s abortion law. They must take it
US Attorney General Merrick Garland has properly decided to seek emergency relief from the US supreme court. In a nation whose history is fraught with battles between states’ rights and national sovereignty, the case of United States v Texas raises issues basic to our national compact. This case stands on a very different footing from the one that a conservative 5-4 supreme court rejected on September 1 on procedural grounds. It is a Texas law that opens Texas courts to these bounty-hunting lawsuits. Then, too, the United States government interceded against the states.
Tidal power turbocharges hopes for shift to renewables
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, has indicated some support for tidal power. Tidal technology is part of that innovation. The reliability of tidal power could create savings in other areas, he says, as it provides a steady baseload into the grid. Cheeseman dismisses concerns about the potential damage that tidal power could have one the marine environment. “We just need to get the market conditions right for tidal power in the way we created a market for wind power.”
Sudan: Protesters take to streets
Opponents of Sudan's transition to democracy have been demonstrating in Khartoum, calling on the army to take control. Unlike previous demonstrations, protesters were allowed to reach the gates of the presidential palace and there was little police presence.
Politicians' security in spotlight after fatal stabbing of British MP
The fatal stabbing of British MP Sir David Amess at a meeting with his constituents has put a spotlight on politicians' security. In 2016, MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed while on her way to a surgery. Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle wrote in the Guardian's Observer that he had reflected on politicians' surgeries hours after Sir David's death as he held his own, concluding that British politicians should continue to be able to meet openly with their constituents. Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood tweeted that there was "huge anxiety" amongst MPs following Amess' murder and recommended that there should be a temporary pause in face-to-face meetings until the Home Secretary reviewed politicians' security. She suggested that MPs needed to have a Speaker's conference to discuss how politicians can be safe.
Japan and U.K. have a major role to play in Afghanistan's future
From a historical perspective, Afghanistan has been seen as a buffer zone between land powers and sea powers, situated at the forefront of power struggles. And if that happens, it will be a threat also for Japan, a key ally for the U.S. in Asia. Such developments represent a geopolitical movement different from the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy centered on an alliance among sea powers. Japan and the U.K. have a major role to play in this game, and defense cooperation between the two countries will be an indispensable pillar to support the U.S.’ moves. The pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan should be taken as an opportunity to step up the alliance of democratic sea powers centered on the United States.
Erdogan says talks under way with US to buy F-16s
He said the US had offered Turkey in return to sell F-16s to upgrade its air force fleet. "We have said we'll take whatever step is needed to meet our country's defence needs," Erdogan said, adding that Turkey was working to modernise its warplane fleet. Last month, Erdogan said Turkey still planned to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia. Erdogan on Sunday said Washington needed to compensate Turkey for its $1.4 billion payment. "We are working to further develop our fleet from the modernisation of the F-16s in our possession to new additional F-16 purchases," the Turkish leader said.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Amnesty Urges 'Transparent' Iran Probe Into Death Of Alleged Witness To Executed Wrestler's Torture
Amnesty International has called on Iran to carry out an "impartial and transparent" investigation into the "suspicious" death in custody of prisoner Shahin Naseri, who claimed that he witnessed the torture of champion wrestler Navid Afkari before his execution on homicide charges. Iranian authorities said last month that they were investigating Naseri's death after the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights group quoted unnamed sources as saying Naseri had died under "suspicious circumstances" in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary after being transferred to solitary confinement. Naseri claimed he witnessed Afkari being subjected to a severe beating by two plainclothes agents and that he had heard him scream. The statement, which said Naseri was serving a prison term for fraud, theft, and forgery, added that the cause of his death was being investigated and would be announced later. The rights group said not a single Iranian official had been held accountable for these deaths.
Sir David Amess murder: Terror suspect accused of killing MP is son of former top aide to Somali PM
The terror suspect arrested following the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess is the son of a former senior Somali government official, Sky News understands. Sir David Amess killing - live updatesPlease use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Sir David Amess: A life in politicsHowever, two police officers then arrived at the property and were let inside. AdvertisementThe father was quoted in The Sunday Times as confirming that his son was in custody and saying: "I'm not OK. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Priti Patel: 'We need to close any security gaps'He appeared to have good relations with the British embassy in Somalia. Ali Harbi Ali was arrested on Friday at the scene of the attack at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Sir David, MP for Southend West, had been holding his weekly constituency surgery.
Sudan protesters call for military coup as political crisis deepens
(CNN) Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday calling for the military to seize power as Sudan grapples with the biggest political crisis in its two-year-old transition. The military and civilian groups have been sharing power in the east African country in an uneasy alliance since the toppling of long-standing President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. But following a failed coup attempt in September attributed to forces loyal to Bashir, military leaders have been demanding reforms to the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and the replacement of the cabinet. Civilian leaders, however, have accused them of aiming for a power grab. A military-aligned faction of the FFC, including armed groups that rebelled against Bashir, called for Saturday's protests and held a short event in a nearby convention hall.
Some families scratching their heads after finding cuts to their October child tax credit payment
It's time to check the mailbox and bank account for extra cash from the October child tax credit that rolled out Friday. ? Child tax credit:The child tax credit gave the typical family $5,086. Many families expected to receive the same dollar amount each month once the advance child tax credit payments began July 15. ? It's 'going to make a difference':Families plan how they’ll spend extra cash from the child tax credit. Some took to social media to say they received only half of their child tax credit money this month.
What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery
michael barbaroToday, the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and my colleague Richard Fausset’s investigation into it. I came across another couple, and they had already made up their mind that Ahmaud Arbery deserved what he had gotten. It said that the man who shot Ahmaud Arbery, Travis McMichael, was justified in doing so because Mr. Arbery had grabbed the shotgun. It turns out that his son worked in the local district attorney’s office with Greg McMichael, one of the men who had pursued Ahmaud Arbery. richard faussetThe video was shot by a third man who was also engaged in the pursuit of Ahmaud Arbery.
90 Seconds of Rage
They say they had no intention of rioting or trespassing to keep Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Mullins and his wife, whom he met in the seventh grade, live beside a lake about 30 miles north of Wingo. Mr. Mullins is the treasurer, handyman and quiet benefactor who finds the preachers for sparsely attended Sunday services. Joseph Rushmore‘Go Forth and Fight’Circulating in the milling crowd around Mr. Mullins were six strangers destined to become his co-defendants. Later, Mr. Lopatic told the doctors treating his injuries that he’d been jumped in an attempted robbery.
Haiti gang kidnaps US missionary group, including children
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. "An overstretched and under-resourced police force alone cannot address the security ills of Haiti." On Friday, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the U.N. political mission in Haiti.
‘SNL’ Weekend Update takes on budget bill, vaccine mandates, COVID origins -- and other political footballs
"The Biden administration’s climate plan is likely to be dropped from the budget bill after Sen. Joe Manchin refused to support it," co-host Colin Jost said from behind the Weekend Update news desk. "But you know what, I’m not going to let some bad climate news ruin this beautiful 80-degree October day." Weekend Update managed to squeeze in one Biden joke this Saturday, with co-host Michael Che saying a new report found Biden is, on average, 22 minutes late to events. "I mean if you could see half the emails Che sends me," he said in a setup, then promising to show one of the emails. "But the Giants are still going to stick with their current quarterback: a scarecrow on a Roomba," Che said.
After 9/11, China grew into a superpower as a distracted U.S. fixated on terrorism, experts say
WASHINGTON — Twenty years ago, White House officials were worried about China and tensions were rising. The move, and the rhetoric surrounding the fight against terrorism, gave China a justification to crack down on Muslims in China, experts said. But a faltering war effort in Afghanistan and turmoil in the Middle East kept drawing Washington's attention away from China. But they say America remains a center of innovation and still has the means at its disposal to compete with China and win. In private conversations with his Chinese counterparts, Lewis said he has told them not to write off the United States just yet.
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
REUTERS/Paulo WhitakerISTANBUL, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Reuters reported earlier this month that Turkey made a request to the United States to buy 40 Lockheed Martin-made F-16 fighter jets and nearly 80 modernization kits for its existing warplanes. read moreSpeaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. In December 2020, Washington blacklisted Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate, its chief, Ismail Demir, and three other employees.
Lebanon's Maronite patriarch urges non-interference into judiciary
Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai speaks after meeting with President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon July 15, 2020. "We must free the judiciary from political interference, sectarian and partisan political activism and respect its independence according to the principle of separation of powers," he said in his sermon. read more"The rise in doubts over the (integrity of the) judiciary that has been going for a while has not only undermined the judiciary but also the reputation of Lebanon," said Rai. BLAME FOR VIOLENCEHezbollah blamed the Christian Lebanese Forces party for the deaths on Thursday, an accusation the head of that party, Samir Geagea, denied. Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi Writing by Michael Georgy Editing by Alex Richardson and Frances KerryOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
UK will seek to ‘correct’ rulings by European Court of Human Rights
Raab also claimed that British troops serving overseas were being put “in harm’s way” | Steve Parsons/WPA Pool via Getty ImagesU.K. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab on Sunday said an upcoming overhaul of the U.K.’s Human Rights Act would include a “mechanism” to “correct” rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. The minister also claimed that British troops serving overseas were being put “in harm’s way” out of fear of legal action under the European Convention on Human Rights. “We’re identifying the problems and we’re making sure we fix them,” Raab said. “The Justice Secretary proposes to enable ministers to ‘correct’ court judgments that they consider ‘incorrect’. This raises profound constitutional concerns.”The U.K. was among the first countries to ratify the European Convention of Human Rights in 1949 and has accepted the jurisdiction of the Stasbourg court since 1966.
Father of suspect in UK lawmaker’s slaying is ‘traumatized’
Harbi Ali Kullane, a former adviser to Somalia’s prime minister, said counter-terrorism police had visited him, according to the Sunday Times. Amess, a long-serving lawmaker, was stabbed multiple times during a regular meeting with his constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, a town about 40 miles (62 kilometers) east of London. Police have been granted extra time to question the suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of murder but has not yet been charged. In north London, police investigating the killing continued to search an apartment and another address, as officers stood guard outside. But Patel added that she did not believe that the killing of Amess should change the relationship between lawmakers and their voters.
UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. proposed F-16 sales in return for its F-35 investment
(Adds quotes, background)ISTANBUL, Oct 17 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the United States had proposed the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters before departing for a trip to West Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing. "There is the payment of $1.4 billion we have made for the F-35s and the U.S. had such a proposal in return for these payments," Erdogan said. Ankara had ordered more than 100 F-35 jets, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, but the U.S. removed Turkey from the programme in 2019 after it acquired Russian S-400 missile defence systems. But Erdogan has indicated Ankara still intends to buy a second batch of S-400s from Russia, a move that could deepen the rift with Washington.
Congo protests turn violent as lawmakers select electoral commission chief
KINSHASA – Police in Democratic Republic of Congo used tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of the president and an opposition leader on Saturday, as lawmakers selected a new head of the electoral commission. “His (Kadima’s) electoral expertise is not disputed,” said Tresor Kibangula, of the Congo Research Group at New York University. Amid widespread accusations of fraud, the CENI declared Tshisekedi the winner, while Fayulu, who said he had won a landslide victory, came second. Standing on the back of a truck, Fayulu told a large crowd of supporters that Congo needed an independent and transparent CENI, and a CENI president who would publish “the real results”. Albert Malukisa, a political science professor at the Catholic University of Congo, said Tshisekedi had already managed to gain control of the constitutional court.
Damascus accuses Israel of killing former member of Syrian parliament
CAIRO – Syria accused Israeli forces on Saturday of shooting dead Medhat Al-Saleh, a former member of Syrian parliament who had spent 12 years in jail in Israel, state-run television Al-Ekhbariya quoted the cabinet as saying. The Syrian government denounced “this cowardly criminal act”. An Israeli military spokesperson said the military does not comment on foreign reports. The government said Saleh had spent 12 years in prison in Israel after being jailed in 1985 on charges of “resistance” to Israeli authorities. He later served in the Syrian parliament.
Centre-left favoured to take Rome in Italian municipal run-offs
ROME – Italians begin voting on Sunday in a two-day run-off for the local governments of 65 large cities and smaller towns, including the capital Rome. But there will be second rounds in the northern cities of Turin and Trieste, as well as Rome. In Rome, former economy minister Roberto Gualtieri is expected to pick up most of the votes that went in the first round to Raggi and to Carlo Calenda, an independent centrist. Gualtieri came second in the first round with 27%, behind the right-wing candidate Enrico Michetti, a lawyer and radio host, on 30%. The results so far have been a setback for two allied right-wing parties, Matteo Salvini’s League and Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, although they are likely to do well in many of the smaller towns still to be decided.
Turnout in Iraq's election reached 43% -electoral commission
– Turnout in Iraq’s parliamentary election earlier this month reached 43%, the electoral commission said late on Saturday, a small increase from preliminary results but lower than that in the last election in 2018. More than 9.6 million people cast their ballots in the Oct. 10 vote, the commission said. The electoral commission had previously said on Oct. 10 that turnout was 41% in preliminary results. In the last election in 2018, total turnout was 44.5%. At least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates are competing for parliament’s 329 seats, according to the election commission.
Venezuela government suspends talks with opposition over Saab extradition
BOGOTA – Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who is an envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, to the United States on money laundering charges. The announcement was made by Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government’s negotiating team. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The Venezuelan government in September included Saab as a member of its negotiating team at talks with the opposition in Mexico, where the two sides are looking to solve their political crisis. Saab was arrested in June 2020 when his plane stopped in Cape Verde to refuel.
Jailed Turkish philanthropist awaits his fate under Erdogan's wrath
Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala faces a barrage of charges, including espionage and attempts to topple the stateAdvertising Read moreIstanbul (AFP)Jailed without a conviction since 2017, Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala says he feels like a tool in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempts to blame a foreign plot for domestic dissent against his mercurial rule. Some Turkey watchers see the 2013 protests, which were violently suppressed, as the original source of Erdogan's authoritarian streak. Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala was acquitted in 2020, only to be re-arrested before he could return home over alleged links to a 2016 coup plot Handout Anadolu Culture Center/AFPIf convicted, he could be jailed for life without the possibility of parole. He calls him the "red Soros of Turkey" -- an agent of Hungarian-born US financier and pro-democracy campaigner George Soros -- a reference to Kavala's leftist views. Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala says he believes his best hope for release is through the Council of Europe Handout Anadolu Culture Center/AFPKavala's next court hearing is scheduled for November 26.
British-Iranian Woman Fears Return To Prison In Iran After Extra Year Added To Sentence
The husband of a British-Iranian woman says his wife is “traumatized” by the possibility that she could be sent back to prison in Iran after an Iranian appeals court upheld a ruling that adds another year to her sentence. Lawyer Hojjat Kermani said on October 16 that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "concerned" when he informed her about the appeals court decision at a closed-door hearing. The initial court ruling against Zaghari-Ratcliffe was five years plus a one-year travel ban abroad. The extra year added to her sentence means Zaghari-Ratcliffe cannot leave Iran to join her husband and 7-year-old daughter in London for nearly two more years. Rights groups accuse Iran of holding dual nationals as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West.
Iranian Court Upholds Extra Year In Prison for Iranian-British Woman
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a ruling that adds another year to the prison sentence of an Iranian-British woman who has already served a five-year prison sentence in Tehran, according to her lawyer. The initial court ruling against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe also included a one-year-travel ban abroad, meaning Zaghari-Ratcliffe cannot leave Iran to join her husband and now 7-year-old daughter in London for nearly two more years. In April, the court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe on charges that she had spread “propaganda against the system” when she participated in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009. Rights groups accuse Iran of holding dual nationals as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West. Tehran denies that it jails dual nationals to use as bargaining chips.
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ImmigrationJoe Biden Is Being Forced to Keep “Inhumane” Trump Immigration Policy AliveThe Biden administration indicated it will again try to terminate the “Remain in Mexico” program, which the courts have compelled it to restart, while willingly continuing another of his predecessor’s policies to expel migrants.
Social media exposes police brutality, but doesn't always lead to actual change, advocates say
But with social media, that has begun to change. Social media does not have power in and of itself to do good or harm, said Dr. Mary Chayko, a sociologist and co-chair of the SC&I Social Media and Society Research Cluster School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Anglin said that social media is being used to highlight police practices that have been kept hidden for decades. It is hard to disassociate the months-long protests and the role social media played in bringing this bill to fruition. The future of social media and social activismAnglin said the future of activism on social media will involve getting influencers involved in social justice, expanding accountability, and creating more civic engagement.
California faces 'existential' dilemma in tackling climate change, housing crisis
LOS ANGELES — Santa Monica resident Leonora Camner only has to open her windows to escape Southern California's worsening heatwaves. Where millions of Los Angeles County residents must sit in a car for more than an hour to drive to the beach, Camner can get there in minutes. At the center of the debate in Southern California is a yet-to-be completed tool that could bridge the gap between conservation and development. Visitors check their photos taken at Griffith Observatory with a smoky/smoggy view of the Hollywood sign in the background, in Los Angeles, on Sept. 14, 2020. Ultimately, members of the Southern California Association of Governments voted to pause development of the SoCal Greenprint for future study and review.
After the Jan. 6 riot, police departments confront the mental health toll of the job
Erin Smith, whose husband, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after responding to the Capitol riot, wants to change that. Efforts to address policing and hold them accountable have come with advocates and police departments pushing for money to address mental health issues among the uniformed. The police reform bill that fell apart in the Senate last month would have included tens of millions of dollars for police departments across the country to address the growing mental health needs. Jeffrey Smith. Her husband, who had no prior history of depression or mental health issues, became irritable, distant, reclusive and angry.
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory
WARRENTON, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign for Virginia governor last year at a public school to tout his education plan. And education has frequently been the battlefield of American culture wars, from war protests to classroom prayer. He just absolutely confirmed what we all believed.”McAuliffe has dismissed the issue and conspiratorial fear-mongering, saying critical race theory is not even taught in Virginia schools. And all he's doing, like (Former President Donald) Trump, is getting parents fighting parents, using children as political pawns. (Republicans ran ads suggesting that the suburbs of Washington, D.C., had become dangerous because of gang activity and blamed Democrats.)
From Washington: How Low Will Democrats Go On The Spending Bill?
This week we heard House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signal that President Biden’s $3.5-trillion Build Back Better spending bill will have to be trimmed down in order for it to get enough votes to pass both houses. So which programs get prioritized and which get cut from the bill? Jared and FOX News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram discuss the latest on the spending bill negotiations. Who will control Congress after the 2022 Midterms? Many Americans aren’t thinking of the next year’s elections yet, but one element that could potentially impact the upcoming midterms is redistricting.
In 'Build Back Better' fight, progressives have to give a lot to get a little
In other words, progressives are going to have to give up on some of their goals to achieve others. But they have resisted making those choices themselves as the try to gauge what they can and can't get from the pivotal moderate Senate Democrats, Sens. Sinema has resisted making a bargain before the House passes a separate bipartisan infrastructure measure that progressives blocked a few weeks ago. To get a deal, they will have to disappoint progressives — because the plan is essentially a compilation of progressive legislative proposals. Sanders escalated the fight Friday by publishing an op-ed extolling the provisions of Biden's plan in Manchin's home state.
Katie Couric’s RGB Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe mainstream media’s credibility took another big hit this week. Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. In the service of some higher cause, they reimagined their hero’s actual words to comport with what, in their minds, she really represents. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing herself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailing a source, ‘Mr. The same year Couric interviewed RBG, for example, her documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists.
After the Jan. 6 riot, police departments confront the mental health toll of the job
Erin Smith, whose husband, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after responding to the Capitol riot, wants to change that. Efforts to address policing and hold them accountable have come with advocates and police departments pushing for money to address mental health issues among the uniformed. The police reform bill that fell apart in the Senate last month would have included tens of millions of dollars for police departments across the country to address the growing mental health needs. Image: Jeffrey Smith (Jack Reznicki)Erin and Jeffrey Smith were married in 2019. Her husband, who had no prior history of depression or mental health issues, became irritable, distant, reclusive and angry.
US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
“Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 US missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. AdvertisementGangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. ___AP reporter Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, contributed to this report.
ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move
The statement cited a lack of progress made on a roadmap to restore peace in Myanmar that the junta had agreed to with ASEAN in April. Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told the BBC Burmese news service that the United States and representatives of the European Union had pressured other ASEAN member states. Malaysia’s foreign minister said it would be up to the Myanmar junta to decide on an alternate representative to the summit. “We never thought of removing Myanmar from ASEAN, we believe Myanmar has the same rights (as us),” foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah told reporters according to Bernama state news agency. “But the junta has not cooperated, so ASEAN must be strong in defending its credibility and integrity,” he added.
Pro-military protests in Sudan as political crisis deepens
KHARTOUM – Thousands of military-aligned demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday, chanting “down with the government of hunger” as Sudan grapples with the biggest political crisis in its two-year transition. Military and civilian groups have been sharing power in the east African country in an uneasy alliance since the toppling of long-standing President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Civilian leaders, however, have accused them of aiming for a power grab. A military-aligned faction of the FFC, including armed groups that rebelled against Bashir, called for Saturday’s protests. Ahead of the demonstrations, members of an unidentified armed group removed security barriers around government buildings and prevented the police and security forces from going about their work, Khartoum State governor Ayman Khalid said in a statement.
Former Iranian central bank chief sentenced to 10 years on corruption charges
– A former governor of Iran’s Central Bank, Valiollah Seif, was sentenced on Saturday to 10 years in prison on corruption charges involving the mismanagement of millions of dollars, the judiciary said. State TV said Seif and one of his deputies, Ahmad Araghchi, who was sentenced to eight years in jail, had “provided illegal conditions for the mismanagement of about $160 million and 20 million euros”. Another deputy, Salar Aghakhani, was sentenced to 13 years. Seif led the central bank from 2013 to 2018 under former President Hassan Rouahni’s administration. In 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department placed Seif under sanctions for helping transfer millions of dollars to the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
By Mayela Armas and Deisy BuitragoCARACAS/PRAIA -Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The U.S. also sanctioned him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that allowed Saab and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Saab’s extradition and said he is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Former U.S. President Clinton making progress but will remain in hospital
– Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make “excellent progress” and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena said the former president was doing well. Clinton’s wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Saturday. Republican President Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W.
Austrian chancellor says government coalition can still work together
ZURICH – Newly installed Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said the country’s ruling coalition is on “thin ice” but could still work together after his predecessor Sebastian Kurz quit last week. “In the long term, the cooperation (in the coalition) will only work if we rebuild basic trust,” Schallenberg told Der Standard and Kleine Zeitung. “I will hold this office until the next election to the National Council,” Schallenberg told Wiener Zeitung. Asked who would have the last word on policy, himself or Kurz, Schallenberg said he had been sworn in as chancellor and would carry out its duties. “I assume so,” Schallenberg told Wiener Zeitung.
Lebanon's judicial council will meet with Beirut blast probe judge on Tuesday - LBCI TV on Twitter
CAIRO – Lebanon’s higher judicial council will meet with Beirut blast probe judge Tarek Bitar on Tuesday to listen to his opinion on the course of the investigation, LBCI TV said in a tweet on Saturday. The investigation into the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion, one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts in history, has made little headway amid a smear campaign against Bitar and pushback from powerful Lebanese factions, with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah saying Bitar was biased and politicized.
Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says
DUBAI -An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. “The appeals court has approved the lower court’s verdict without holding a hearing,” attorney Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad website. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran’s ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence. There was no immediate official comment from Iran’s judiciary on the appeals court decision. “Iran’s decision to proceed with these baseless charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an appalling continuation of the cruel ordeal she is going through,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement.
U.S. intelligence chief to meet with S. Korea, Japan counterparts -Yonhap
WASHINGTON – The intelligence chiefs of the United States, South Korea and Japan are expected to meet in Seoul early next week for closed-door discussions about North Korea, among other issues, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a government source. U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines will meet with Park Jie-won, head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) and Hiroaki Takizawa, Japan’s cabinet intelligence director, Yonhap said, marking the first meeting of the three since May. They are expected to focus on issues surrounding North Korea, according to the report https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20211016002200315. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Pro-Russian rebels call on OSCE to help secure release of officer detained by Ukraine
By Alexander Ermochenko and Maria TsvetkovaDONETSK, Ukraine – About 200 protesters in separatist-controlled Donetsk confronted monitors from Europe’s main security and rights watchdog on Saturday to demand the release of a pro-Russian officer captured by the Ukrainian military. Two dozen tents were set up on a lawn in front of the hotel and a protester cut firewood with a chainsaw. Several OSCE monitors were seen on a terrace right outside the hotel but did not leave it or come closer to the protesters. Russian-backed rebels claim the Ukrainian military captured their officer, Andrei Kosyak, near the front line on Wednesday while he was part of a joint committee that oversees the ceasefire. The protesters demanded that the OSCE help to get the officer released.
Lebanon Christian leader Bassil: probe into port blast should not be stopped
BEIRUT -The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic movement (FPM), said on Saturday the investigation into last year’s deadly blast at Beirut’s port should not be stopped. Bassil was speaking two days after a spasm of violence that erupted over the inquiry. “The Free Patriotic movement is with (for) continuing the probe, revealing the truth and putting those responsible on trial,” Gebran Bassil said in a speech. Bassil, who is President Michel Aoun’s son-in-law, was hit with U.S. sanctions last year for alleged corruption and his ties to Hezbollah. Hezbollah blamed the Christian Lebanese Forces party for the deaths, an accusation the head of that party, Samir Geagea, denied.
Over 29% of voters support LDP but around 40% remain undecided, poll shows
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is the most popular party among voters with two weeks to go until a general election, though nearly 40% remain undecided, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday. In the nationwide telephone survey conducted on Saturday and Sunday, 29.6% of respondents said they will vote for the LDP, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, when casting ballots under proportional representation, followed by 9.7% backing the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Asked if Kishida should continue to carry on the policies of his predecessors Yoshihide Suga and Shinzo Abe, an overwhelming 68.9% said he should not, while 26.7% said their policies should remain in place.
Syria denounces Israel for allegedly killing ex-security prisoner, intel agent
The Syrian government on Saturday night condemned Israel for allegedly killing a Syrian intelligence agent along the border with the Golan Heights. “The cabinet stressed, in a statement, that those terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue resisting the occupier and liberating the occupied Syrian Golan,” according to the official SANA news agency. Syrian media reports earlier Saturday said the Israeli military shot dead a former security prisoner, Midhat as-Saleh in the town of Ain Eltinah. As-Saleh had fled to Syria years ago, served in parliament and was reportedly working against Israel in Syrian intelligence. The alleged assassination appeared to be tied to Israel’s ongoing efforts to prevent Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group from establishing a permanent base of operations on the Golan border.
Poll: Joe Biden’s Job Approval Hits New Low at 36 Percent
President Joe Biden’s job approval continues to crash with a new low of 36.4 percent during the first nine months of his presidency, according to a Zogby poll, after facing a botched Afghanistan withdrawal, and more recently, a supply chain crisis. Additionally, 61.3 percent of the respondents gave Biden a negative rating when asked about the president’s job performance, and 2.3 percent were unsure of how they felt. The poll revealed that Biden has also lost the support from the majority of Hispanic voters (41 percent positive/59 percent negative) and an overwhelming majority of independent voters (24 percent positive/71 percent negative). The Zogby poll asked 896 likely voters between October 8 and 10 with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent. However, the U.S. is also in the middle of a months-long cargo ship crisis, contributing to empty store shelves.
Syria Accuses Israel of Assassinating Official Near Golan Heights
Mr. Saleh, a member of the Druse religious minority, served 12 years in an Israeli prison on charges of using mines and explosives with the intention of killing Israeli civilians and soldiers. Image Mr. Saleh, who spent 12 years in an Israeli prison on terrorism charges, was responsible for overseeing the strategic Golan Heights boundary for Syria. Credit... Syrian Arab News AgencyIn 1997, after his release, he went to Syria, where he was elected to Parliament. The fighting between Israel and Iran inside Syria effectively constitutes a shadow war, as regional powers test their opponents’ abilities amid the carnage of the Syrian civil war. The assassination was the fourth attack this week against Iranian forces in Syria attributed to Israel.
Joe Biden in 'free fall' with US presidency as polling ratings collapse spectacularly
Joe Biden in 'free fall' with US presidency as polling ratings collapse spectacularlyAdded: 16.10.2021 22:16 | 36 views | 0 commentsJOE BIDEN is in "free fall" as his polling rating collapse according to former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Lindsey Graham: Border crisis a 'bunch of bulls---'; Biden admin is 'criminally negligent'
Added: 17.10.2021 7:54 | 18 views | 0 commentsU.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spoke out Saturday night about the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Biden administration, calling it a "bunch of bulls---" during an appearance of Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine."
Covid and critical race theory: Sleepy school board races are waking up
This year's school board race is heating up in Kansas' most populated county — and across the country. And school board recall efforts are under way in districts in several states, including Louisiana, Virginia and Wisconsin. The endorsements are among more than 50 the PAC has made, supporting school board candidates in Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and elsewhere. In Ankeny, another Des Moines suburb, a school board race garnered attention after Iowa Gov. A third candidate dropped out of the school board race in September, although her name will remain on the ballot.
Life as a 'foreign agent': Inside Russia's crackdown on free speech
But, last year, the state began to deploy it against independent Russian journalists. The Kremlin's moves against domestic dissent have sparked fears of a return to the Communist era's approach to free speech Spencer Platt / Getty ImagesThe foreign agent law was signed in 2012. “It is not the Russian state that drives you out of business, you have to kill your own business yourself,” Kovalev said. And now, when you have individual people declared foreign agents, you see how devastating this actually is.”President Vladimir Putin addressed the law at a forum in Moscow on Wednesday, defending the foreign agent list as a routine act of bureaucracy, akin to the Foreign Agent Registration Act in the United States. That law obliges think-tanks, lobbyists, and foreign state-funded media outlets to report financial ties to foreign governments, but is less aggressive than the Russian law.
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. "President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-COVID-19-related infection, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Thursday in a statement.
Biden administration says it’s ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month
AdvertisementIn August, a US District Court judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to restart MPP, also known as ‘’Remain in Mexico,’’ faulting the White House for ending the program improperly. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, forcing Biden officials to restore a policy the president has deplored as inhumane. The number of migrants taken into custody along the Mexico border this year is at the highest level in at least two decades. The Biden administration has continued to use Title 42, while exempting unaccompanied minors, expelling more than 700,000 since January, the latest data show. Biden officials told reporters Title 42 will remain the primary enforcement mechanism for illegal border crossings, regardless of whether Mexico allows for the reimplementation of MPP.
UK considers ways to boost lawmaker security after stabbing
LONDON -Britain is considering a number of options to boost the security of lawmakers after a parliamentarian was stabbed to death during a meeting with constituents, interior minister Priti Patel said on Sunday. Amess, 69, was knifed repeatedly in the attack on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, during a meeting in a church. Police arrested a 25-year-old British man at the scene on suspicion of murder and have said it is believed he acted alone. “The speaker has already put in a range of measures post Friday as we have with policing,” Patel told Sky News. Surgeries is the term given to meetings British lawmakers have with their constituents.
Biden laughs off suggestion that he invite feuding senators Sanders and Manchin to White House
President Joe Biden laughed off a suggestion that he invite senators Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin to the White House to 'hash it out' as the pair feud over the Democrats' stalled $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan. President, can Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Joe Manchin ever reconcile their differences on your agenda?' President Joe Biden, 78, laughed off reporter's suggestion he invite Senators Bernie Sanders, 80, and Joe Manchin, 74, to the White House to 'hash it out' after they came to explosive terms today over the President's infrastructure plans. A critical piece of President Joe Biden's climate agenda could be struck because of Manchin. Biden said on Friday that he does not think the $3.5 trillion plan will be passed, and a slimmed-down version will prevail.
Vice FM leaves for Europe for senior-level talks on security, diplomatic ties
NATIONALThis photo shows First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun. (South Korea's Foreign Ministry)South Korea's first vice foreign minister left for London on Sunday for talks with British officials on bilateral relations, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of mutual interest, his office said.The weeklong trip by Choi Jong-kun will take him to Belgium where he will attend the seventh session of the Korea-EU High-level Political Dialogue for in-depth discussions on ways to boost their ties and regional security circumstances, it said.Choi is also set to meet with senior Belgium Foreign Ministry officials and Mircea Geoana, deputy secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, before heading to France for talks on bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest.He is scheduled to return home on Saturday.
Key figure in land development corruption scandal heads home from US for probe
NATIONALAttorney Nam Wook, a key figure in a sprawling land development scandal in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, speaks with reporters at a Los Angeles airport on Sunday, before departing for South Korea for a prosecution probe on his suspected role in lobbying influential figures over the course of pushing for the project. (Yonhap)A key figure at the center of an escalating land development corruption scandal was to arrive in South Korea this week for questioning over his suspected role in bribing influential figures in exchange for business favors.Attorney Nam Wook left Los Angeles on Sunday and was to arrive in South Korea early Monday to face a probe by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office over allegations that he was involved in illegal lobbying over the course of the 2015 development project in Seongnam, south of Seoul, and reaped huge profits.Nam told reporters at a Los Angeles airport on Sunday that he felt sorry and vowed to give "every detail" to the prosecution.Nam had been in the US since mid-September before the investigation into the case began, where private investors allegedly bribed government officials, legislators and other influential figures to secure the lucrative contract of developing Seongnam's Daejang-dong district into apartment complexes, and earned them massive profits.Nam joined the city-run project as a private partner, and made about 100.7 billion won ($84.14 million) through his company with a paid-in capital of 87.21 million won.In a recent media interview, Nam denied involvement in irregularities, and instead put blame on two other figures, Kim Man-bae and Yoo Dong-gyu, who are currently under probe by the prosecution.Kim, a former journalist and the largest shareholder of the previously little-known Hwacheon Daeyu Asset Management involved in the project, is being probed on charges of bribery, breach of trust and embezzlement. A court denied the prosecution's request for an arrest warrant for him last week.Yoo, former acti
Lindsey Graham: Border crisis a 'bunch of bulls---'; Biden admin is 'criminally negligent'
Before turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they book flights to visit a loved one already in the United States. The process has the effect of turning Border Patrol agents into "hotel clerks for … well-off Brazilians who are scamming and playing the game." According to the senator, 2020 saw 8,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in the Yuma, Arizona, sector of the southern border. "You got Venezuelans doing the same thing [as Brazilians]," Graham continued. … I can understand wanting to come to America, but at the end of the day, our Border Patrol agents are being denied the ability to police the border because they're processing agents."
Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten its slipping grip
Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. Many live around Dallas and Houston, where under the GOP-engineered maps, there would be no new districts that give Latinos a majority. Republican state Rep. Todd Hunter, who has presided over the redrawn maps in the House, defended the changes and said they comply with the law. “Race is clearly the factor here,” Democratic state Rep. Rafael Anchia said of how the maps were drawn. Texas lawmakers are also redrawing the maps for their own districts, with Republicans following a similar plan that would keep their party in power in the state House and Senate.
Spies next door? The suburban US couple accused of espionage
But the story of the Toebbes, 42 and 45, is now about as far from typical suburbia as you can get. It’s a story that reads like a fictional spy caper, blending a seemingly normal couple with high technology and low espionage. He worked on submarine nuclear propulsion, including secret technology devised to reduce the noise and vibration of submarines. The technology Toebbe offered concerned improved, probably quieter, propulsion so not useful to any power that didn’t already already have nuclear propulsion. “But this an all-American couple with social media accounts, two kids and good jobs, with secrets to hide.
Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks
“Every day that passes, every delay in the negotiations, brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb. Less so is how Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s arch-conservative president, will react to western pressure. For Raisi and his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, obtaining sanctions relief by reviving the nuclear deal is not their top priority. Meanwhile, as talks drag on, Iran’s nuclear capabilities will inexorably expand. Worse still, it opens the door to hawks on all sides who recklessly promote military solutions when, in reality, no such “solutions” exist.
Video: Sir David Amess and the other MPs who have been killed in office
Video: British Muslim, 25, arrested over murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess is named as Ali Harbi Ali as police are granted more time to question himSir David Amess and other members of the House of Commons who have been killed in office, among which Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in her West Yorkshire constituency by far-right extremist Thomas Mair on June...
DAN HODGES: The visceral hatred of Tories at the heart of Labour has to end right now
As he left, he asked about my mother – the former Labour MP for Hampstead & Highgate – with whom he used to spar across the Commons chamber. ‘Give her my love,’ he requested, ‘though I’m not sure she would remember me.’All Labour MPs remember David. But it’s no longer sustainable to continue to ignore and normalise the hatred nurtured within the mainstream of the Labour Party and the wider Labour movement. The abuse and harassment of Conservative MPs and delegates attending their conference has become so routine it barely merits comment. Sir Keir Starmer and other Labour MPs will help lead the tributes.
Video: Boris Johnson makes statement following death of MP Sir David Amess
Video: British Muslim, 25, arrested over murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess is named as Ali Harbi Ali as police are granted more time to question himPrime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement following the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess on Friday afternoon.
Video: Essex Police Chief Constable gives statement after David Amess dies
Video: British Muslim, 25, arrested over murder of Tory MP Sir David Amess is named as Ali Harbi Ali as police are granted more time to question himEssex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington has made a statement following the death of Sir David Amess MP. The Conservative MP was stabbed to death at a constituency meeting at Belfairs Methodist Church in...
Seoul, Washington almost ready for humanitarian aid to Pyongyang: nuclear envoy
NATIONALNoh Kyu-duk, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, speaks with reporters upon his arrival at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday. Noh and Funakoshi are also slated to hold separate bilateral talks Tuesday. The three held their last in-person talks in September in Tokyo.Noh said that South Korea and the US have been discussing “various and creative” ways to bring the North back to dialogue. During their talks Noh asked for Moscow’s cooperation in persuading Pyongyang to return to dialogue.Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in 2019, when former US President Donald Trump rejected Kim Jong-un’s offer of denuclearization in exchange for sanctions relief. Since then, inter-Korean engagement has also remained largely at a standstill.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.comRelated Stories
Key figure in land development corruption scandal heads home from US for probe
A key figure at the center of an escalating land development corruption scandal was to arrive in South Korea this week for questioning over his suspected role in bribing influential figures in exchange for business favors.Attorney Nam Wook left Los Angeles on Sunday and was to arrive in South Korea early Monday to face a probe by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office over allegations that he was involved in illegal lobbying over the course of the 2015 development project in Seongnam, south of Seoul, and reaped huge profits.Nam told reporters at a Los Angeles airport on Sunday that he felt sorry and vowed to give "every detail" to the prosecution.Nam had been in the US since mid-September before the investigation into the case began, where private investors allegedly bribed government officials, legislators and other influential figures to secure the lucrative contract of developing Seongnam's Daejang-dong district into apartment complexes, and earned them massive profits.Nam joined the city-run project as a private partner, and made about 100.7 billion won ($84.14 million) through his company with a paid-in capital of 87.21 million won.In a recent media interview, Nam denied involvement in irregularities, and instead put blame on two other figures, Kim Man-bae and Yoo Dong-gyu, who are currently under probe by the prosecution.Kim, a former journalist and the largest shareholder of the previously little-known Hwacheon Daeyu Asset Management involved in the project, is being probed on charges of bribery, breach of trust and embezzlement. A court denied the prosecution's request for an arrest warrant for him last week.Yoo, former acting chief of the city government-owned Seongnam Development Corp., was arrested earlier this month for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for business favors. The company holds a majority stake in the business.The scandal has been the hottest issue in the country amid opposition accusations that Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung
Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements. "But to have the federal mandate will be counterproductive. DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Syria denounces Israel for allegedly killing ex-security prisoner, intel agent
The Syrian government on Saturday night condemned Israel for allegedly killing a Syrian intelligence agent along the border with the Golan Heights. “The cabinet stressed, in a statement, that those terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue resisting the occupier and liberating the occupied Syrian Golan,” according to the official SANA news agency. The alleged assassination appeared to be tied to Israel’s ongoing efforts to prevent Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group from establishing a permanent base of operations on the Golan border. He then fled across the border to Syria, serving as a member of the Syrian parliament, namely as head of the “Golan Heights portfolio,” according to Syrian media. Israel fears Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah.
QAnon figure says he’s running for Congress in Arizona
FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he's running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)FILE - In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he's running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona.
Climate change policy likely to be cut from spending bill
President Biden’s signature clean energy program is likely to be cut from the spending bill in order to appease democratic senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The senator says the policy is unnecessary. MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez and her panel discuss how this could impact president Biden’s climate change goals. Oct. 17, 2021
CYFD chief vows agency will protect tribal adoptions
“We must restore the credibility of CYFD,” Vigil told the audience of Native American leaders and child welfare caseworkers. Vigil said she supports state lawmakers’ attempts to enshrine the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law. The act passed in 1978 gives preference to Native American families in state foster care and adoption proceedings involving Native children. Tribes and the U.S. Department of the Interior say the law protects Native American families and cultures. Opponents, including a white couple that adopted a Native child, contend the law is racist.
Macron and the ‘French Trump’ trap Gaullism’s heirs in a political vice
As Zemmour, who has been nicknamed the French Trump, dominates the airwaves hammering home his message, polls suggest if he stands either he or Le Pen will be facing Macron in the second round run-off. In previous years, the centre right has put on a show of unity, however fragile, in presidential races. A poll of LR’s 80,000 members has been postponed until 4 December, giving the winner four months to rally the electorate. Polls show Macron with a clear lead in the first-round vote, with Le Pen and Zemmour up to 10 points behind. Perrineau says LR must “reconquer its traditional electorate” if it is to exist, a warning echoed by Etienne Criqui, professor of political science at Nancy university.
Pressure mounts on ex-DoJ official Jeff Clark over Trump’s ‘election subversion scheme’
The Senate report was shared with the House select committee that has been investigating the 6 January attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters, and Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results. “He faces a meaningful threat of criminal liability based on the facts contained in the Senate report. Trump was irritated that Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to participate in the plot to overturn the 2020 election. Pat Cipollone, the top White House lawyer, condemned Trump’s plan as a “murder-suicide pact,” according to the Senate report. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPAThe Senate report formally recommended that the DC bar’s disciplinary counsel “evaluate Clark’s conduct to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted”.
French fishermen threaten Channel blockade after France fails to secure backing from EU countries
France’s failure to secure the backing of European governments in its battle against Britain over fishing licences has prompted fresh threats of a Channel trade blockade by angry French trawlermen. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, was diplomatically humiliated last week when EU nations poured cold water over his attempts to use the post-Brexit trade deal to slap the UK with economic sanctions. He is furious that a number of small French fishing vessels have been refused access to Britain’s coastal waters under the terms of the agreement, but Brussels insiders insisted Mr Macron was simply using the row for political gain ahead of next April’s presidential elections. France’s president believes by publicly fighting for the fishing industry he could steal votes from Marine Le Pen, a far-Right leader, who is hugely popular in northern coastal towns. But French fishermen have once again threatened to take matters into their own hands and blockade the English Channel, which could have a detrimental impact on trade, after Mr Macron failed to secure more licences for them to operate in British waters.
North Korea may test long-range missile over next year, Pentagon intelligence agency says
North Korea may resume long-range ballistic missile tests over the next year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said in a report analyzing the country’s military capabilities, warning that Pyongyang will continue to pose a “critical security challenge” for the United States and its allies. The report, which was released Friday, is the latest warning about North Korea’s efforts to beef up its military power despite not having tested intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear devices over the past several years. North Korea reached out diplomatically in 2018 and 2019. North Korea then showed off in October 2020 what appeared to be a new type of ICBM during a military parade and continued testing short-range ballistic missiles and other weapons. North Korea is also expected to work to improve its newer solid-fueled ballistic missiles, which can be made ready for launch more quickly than liquid fueled missiles, it said.
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo launches new political party
Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo attends the launch of his new party, at the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, on October 16, 2021. Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo launched a new political party Saturday, formally breaking ties with those who ran his former party while he spent years facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court. Organizers say the proposed name of Gbagbo's new party is the African People’s Party — Ivory Coast, shortened to its French acronym, PPA-CI. The creation of Gbagbo's political new party comes amid lingering questions about his future political aspirations. Laurent Gbagbo spent eight years awaiting trial on the war crimes charges.
British MP's murderer was identified by official counter-terrorism scheme
A woman lays flowers in tribute to murdered British MP David Amess outside the Southend West Conservative Association, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, October 16, 2021. The attacker who fatally stabbed British lawmaker David Amess was referred to an official counter-terrorist scheme for those thought to be at risk of radicalisation, according to media reports. Police and security services believe the attacker acted alone and was "self-radicalised", The Sunday Times reported, while he may have been inspired by Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in Somalia. "These increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians," he said. Unlike some MPs, Amess publicised meeting times for constituents on Twitter and held them in public places, while asking people to book ahead.
[Law Talk] Trademark issues in the world of the metaverse
Imagine that a company intends to create a virtual character to be active on metaverse platform and use items bearing another person’s trademarks for the virtual character. As a general rule, you may infringe another person’s trademark when you use a mark identical or similar to the trademark on goods identical or similar to the designated goods, and thereby causing consumer confusion. In the context of the metaverse, trademark infringement may occur if (i) items used in the metaverse are “goods” for purposes of the Trademark Act, and (ii) the act of using the trademark registered in the real world on similar or identical items in the metaverse can lead consumers to confusion.The act of using another person’s trademark in the metaverse may meet those two prongs. For purposes of the Trademark Act, the term “goods” is interpreted to mean “articles which have exchange value” and traded in commerce (Supreme Court Decision 98Hu58). If you sell items displaying another person’s brand in the metaverse, it may lead consumers to confusion that the items are licensed or sold by the brand owner itself.
Seoul, Washington almost ready for humanitarian aid to Pyongyang: nuclear envoy
South Korea and the US are almost ready in their preparation to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea, Seoul’s top nuclear envoy said Saturday.Noh Kyu-duk, the special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, made the remark upon arriving in Washington for talks with his US and Japanese counterparts on ways to induce the reclusive Pyongyang back to the table for the stalled negotiations.Noh is scheduled to meet with Sung Kim, the US special representative for North Korea, on Monday, before they will be joined by their Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, for a trilateral session the following day. Noh and Funakoshi are also slated to hold separate bilateral talks Tuesday. The three held their last in-person talks in September in Tokyo.Noh said that South Korea and the US have been discussing “various and creative” ways to bring the North back to dialogue. During their talks Noh asked for Moscow’s cooperation in persuading Pyongyang to return to dialogue.Denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in 2019, when former US President Donald Trump rejected Kim Jong-un’s offer of denuclearization in exchange for sanctions relief. Since then, inter-Korean engagement has also remained largely at a standstill.By Ahn Sung-mi ( sahn@heraldcorp.com
Myanmar junta 'extremely disappointed' over leader's exclusion from ASEAN summit
Myanmar's military junta said Saturday it was "extremely disappointed" with a decision by Southeast Asian foreign ministers to exclude its leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming summit. "Some ASEAN member states recommended that ASEAN give space to Myanmar to restore its internal affairs and return to normalcy," the statement said. In response, Myanmar's military-controlled foreign ministry said it was "extremely disappointed and strongly objected" to being excluded from the summit. Malaysia's foreign minister said it would be up to the Myanmar junta to decide on an alternate representative to the summit. "We never thought of removing Myanmar from ASEAN, we believe Myanmar has the same rights (as us)," foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah told reporters according to Bernama state news agency.
China tested new space capability with hypersonic missile: Report
China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, according to the Financial Times (FT). The report, citing multiple sources familiar with the test, said on Saturday that Beijing launched the nuclear-capable missile in August. Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly at more than five times the speed of sound. Crucially, a hypersonic missile is manoeuvrable, making it harder to track and defend against. While countries like the US have developed systems designed to defend against cruise and ballistic missiles, the ability to track and take down a hypersonic missile remains questionable.
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Judge Jeanine reveals who she believes is running the White House
Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned who was really in charge of the White House Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine." JUDGE JEANINE: In case you didn’t know it, Joe Biden is the president of the United States in name only. Someone else is running the White House. …No President in United States history has ever spoken like this. By the way, have you noticed Joe Biden is carrying out the same policies Barack Obama had?
Biden, nearly 79, plans to undergo physical exam ‘soon,’ Psaki says
President Biden will undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing Thursday. BILL CLINTON TO REMAIN IN HOSPITAL ANOTHER NIGHT, RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS, SPOKESMAN SAYS"I don’t have an update for you but will soon," Psaki replied. Psaki's interaction with Karem came two days after the press secretary had addressed the question of a Biden physical exam at a previous briefing"It is standard for every president to get a physical," Psaki said Tuesday. O’Donnell also questioned Psaki about Biden’s health in September, after the president was seen coughing during a number of public appearances. Back in May, during previous questions about Biden’s health, Psaki insisted that Biden was physically fit and healthy.
US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
Updated 3 timesSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. ___AP reporter Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, contributed to this report.
Overdose deaths in NYC rise by 36% in a year as cops are ordered not to stop addicts shooting up
New York City overdose stats closely resemble nationwide overdoses, which went up 31 percent, with 96,779 total deaths over the same 12 month period. 'This is the worst this block has ever been,' another neighbor wrote in his social media post, The Post reported. 'We have been fighting to put an end to this crisis, however our city officials have unfortunately failed to address the problem and have allowed this public disorder to continue,' Blair said. In the same period, violent crime soared by 5.6 per cent. And shooting incidents have increased 3.5 percent over last year, with a little over 1 percent more shooting victims.
Vice FM leaves for Europe for senior-level talks on security, diplomatic ties
This photo shows First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun. (South Korea's Foreign Ministry)South Korea's first vice foreign minister left for London on Sunday for talks with British officials on bilateral relations, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of mutual interest, his office said. The weeklong trip by Choi Jong-kun will take him to Belgium where he will attend the seventh session of the Korea-EU High-level Political Dialogue for in-depth discussions on ways to boost their ties and regional security circumstances, it said. Choi is also set to meet with senior Belgium Foreign Ministry officials and Mircea Geoana, deputy secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, before heading to France for talks on bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest. He is scheduled to return home on Saturday.
Thousands of Sudanese protesters demand dissolution of transitional government
Sudanese protesters take part in a rally demanding the dissolution of the transitional government, outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, October 16, 2021. Thousands of pro-military protesters rallied in central Khartoum Saturday, vowing not to leave until the government is dissolved in a threat to Sudan's transition to civilian rule. Protesters chanted "one army, one people" and "the army will bring us bread." Outside the presidential palace, the protesters chanted: "We will stay put where we are... we want the dissolution of this government." The mainstream faction of the FFC said: "The current crisis is not related to dissolution of the government or not.
Drain the swamp? This guy's trying to fill it.
When Gore lost and the staffer whom he had briefly replaced returned from the campaign trail, Adler was out of a job. He no longer wanted to work in government, citing the long hours and tough work. Like his wife’s colleagues at the Distilled Spirits Council, those guys were far more fun than the nerdy tech professionals. He’d call a Hill staffer at their direct line and pitch them on the private sector job. Wynn, the former Maryland representative, was introduced to Adler through his chief of staff after he lost the 2008 primary, he said.
US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. ___AP reporter Evens Sanon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, contributed to this report.
VA-Gov: Hillary Clinton Helps Boost GOTV Efforts For Terry McAuliffe (D)
Terry McAuliffe (D. VA) & Hillary ClintonReceived this e-mail last night from former First Lady, Secretary of State, U.S. Help my friend Terry McAuliffe take on Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate by signing up to volunteer for Democrats in Virginia today. We must unite behind a proven leader like Terry McAuliffe, who has taken on Republican extremism before — and won. Friendly reminder:Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor's race. But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct.
Crazy times, crazy words
Making an excuse to eventually back out of a 1924 election? Threatening party leaders to get on the Big Lie train op lose their base? A small army of wannabes are ready to run for Pres (or Veep) including DeSantis, PCruz, Haley, Hawley (Haley-Hawley in '2024?) More will surely dive in so don't take it as a given that Lard-Ass will be the candidate. Somebody smarter and more articulate might have a better shot at winning and "deconstructing the Administrative state.2022
Can someone clearly explain the downside if only Democrats vote to raise the debt limit?
So far, however, I have not heard a clear explanation of why exactly it matters to Democrats if Republicans don’t want to participate in the vote to raise the debt ceiling. Why does voting to raise the debt ceiling so the U.S. can pay its obligations supposedly make Democrats in Congress look bad? Republicans have made it clear that they intend to filibuster an ordinary bill to raise the debt ceiling, as they did on Monday. And suppose Democrats win another round of brinksmanship and force a bipartisan vote on the debt limit: does anyone think that’s going to stop Republican politicians from casting Democratic politicians as taxers and spenders? 2-ranking Senate Democratic leader, on Tuesday dismissed a proposal to use the budget reconciliation process to raise the federal debt limit with only Democratic votes as a non-starter.
NC-Sen: DFA Keeps Up The Momentum To Help Cheri Beasley (D) Flip North Carolina Blue
Republicans only need to win one seat to take back the Senate majority, unless we flip seats they currently hold. Help DFA Flip the South in North Carolina by ensuring Cheri has the resources it’ll take to beat Republicans at the ballot box in 2022: make a contribution of $10 or more right now. Cheri Beasley overcame these institutional barriers when she won her 2014 race for Associate Justice of the North Carolina State Supreme Court. Will you rush a donation right now and help make history as we work to elect the first Black U.S. senator from North Carolina and flip this extremely important seat from red to blue? Thank you for powering our work to flip the South and win a crucial Senate seat in North Carolina.
California will implement single payer and Assembly candidate Pilar Schiavo will play a leading role
Pilar Schiavo for California Assembly District 38The single payer movement is gaining a lot of momentum in California. Early this year, the California Legislature introduced AB 1400, a new single payer bill that when approved by Gov. This is where Pilar Schiavo, Assembly District 38 candidate will play a key role. AB 1400 has already been endorsed by many influential people, single payer organizations and government bodies like the Los Angeles City Council. If Newsom Survives the Recall, the Health Care Unions Who Backed Him Expect a Push for Single-Payer Health Care
Why are we playing by artificial rules with Manchin and Sinema?
We HAD a deal with Manchin and Sinema. If Manchin and Sinema want to gripe that they already had a deal with the Republicans, the House is NOT bound by it. If Manchin and Sinema don’t want to vote for cloture, that’s their prerogative. If they say that it wasn’t the Bill they sent to the House, legislation doesn’t work that way. Neither the House or Senate can dictate to the other what is brought to the floor, much less passed.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN---DAY269---Evening Shade-Saturday
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 16, 2021x President Biden is speaking now at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. pic.twitter.com/h1ojWcAfy4 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "My friends on the other side never had any problem printing $2 trillion in tax cuts for the very wealthy. pic.twitter.com/oat2BCHBZP — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "They're not about left versus right. pic.twitter.com/M3OTE3oeR2 — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x President Biden: "But somehow, along the way, we sort of stopped investing in our people. pic.twitter.com/HtQeheE9ue — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over $3.5 trillion spending bill https://t.co/V9Y7cyxfsW pic.twitter.com/Pxo14tmFHL — The Hill (@thehill) October 16, 2021x .
WYFP? Tucker Carlson: we're all baizuos on this bus
MARCH 27, 2021On March 19, Fox News host Tucker Carlson spiritedly disparaged U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for supposedly embarrassing the United States in his lack of aggression during his meetings with Chinese delegates. foreignpolicy.com/...On Monday, in telling of a 2017 encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump described Xi's aides as straight out of "central casting." It's a Chinese propaganda film about the 1950s Korean War, centred on a story of Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds. Its success is good news for China's pandemic-affected film sector as Covid forced cinemas to shut and reopen multiple times. [...] Sun Hongyun, an associate professor at Beijing Film Academy said that the film was "an extraordinary and perfect collusion of capital and political propaganda.
Fake Anti-Vax Rock Critic Still Evades YouTube Ban-Leads More Direct Attack On Fauci, Unpunished
The fake rock critic YouTuber I’ve talked about the past continues to evade the YouTube ban, despite new rule changes, now having a more direct attack on Fauci, calling him, “Dr. Falsy.”And regardless of how you think about the Clapton imbroglio or how to think about him personally, this asshat’s response is beyond the pale, so the meat of this particular video is not about Clapton, but a lack of run on fragments saying, “was the Tuskegee Study a conspiracy theory?” “If Clapton is a racist, why has black musicians been in his band?”, “If science is settled, it’s not science because science evolves with skepticism and trial and error,” And “Why are you attacking Clapton, when Nicki Minaj is a bigger target with a bigger following, who matters more?”
Anti-choice is semantic sleight of hand
Neither in the material world (or, if one prefers, in nature) nor in terms of a self is this entity individuated. This person has a web of existing and historical social relationships that anchor this person within a community. This person is individuated in every meaningful sense: in terms of awareness and the ability to survive without intervention. It is not a person—it is a potential person. This right to privacy has been upheld several distinct times by the Supreme Court, notably in Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965.
The children suffer: Texas' cruel abortion law is impacting rape victims as young as 9 years old
Sharon Grigsby, a reporter for the Dallas News, visited the center where staff members told her of recent pregnant rape victims as young as 9 years old. “They’re small, young, in a cute little T-shirt and rainbow shoelaces.”x Think it's rare that sexual abuse of children results in pregnancy? But the new Texas law eliminates the abortion option. What does this mean for the pregnant child rape victims who are showing up at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center? If the Supreme Court once again allows the Texas law to remain in effect on a technicality, it will take months before there is any definitive court ruling.
Manchin's response to Bernie's Build Back Better op-ed exposes his stark betrayal of West Virginians
Sen. Manchin, are West Virginians really more concerned about pharmaceutical industry profits than their own prescription drug costs? How dare you tell West Virginians how transformative the Build Back Better plan would be for them and their families? First of all, West Virginians have already decided what’s best for them, and it’s Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. In other words, Sanders, a Vermont liberal, is self-evidently more attuned to the needs of West Virginians than Manchin is. The senior senator from West Virginia is going to have to work on his deflections, because this one is just trash.
Trump Throws PSYCHO Tantrum Over Andrew McCabe's Pension and Hunter Biden's Paintings
Trump babbled that..."Isn’t it terrible that all of Andrew McCabe’s benefits, pensions, salary, etc., were just fully reinstated by the Justice Department? It was a purely political assault by Trump because McCabe was doing his job as a law enforcement professional, which a criminal like Trump couldn't abide. So he drifted off into a well-worn rant about Hillary Clinton that had been completely debunked long ago. He continued with a sharp turn into Hunter Biden territory, whining that..."Hunter Biden will be given a clean bill of health on everything done by him, with everyone to receive as payment a beautiful Hunter Biden inspired painting selling at your local art gallery for $500,000. What's more, Trump saying that he "always felt I have a talent" for art is so very Trump.
After news of travel restrictions to be eased, border shops ready to welcome back Mexican customers
University of Texas at El Paso professor of economics Tom Fullerton told El Paso Matters that the total economic losses stemming from the restrictions could total hundreds of millions of dollars. “At Simple Mobile, a cell phone store on El Paso Street near the international bridge, Mexican consumers made up 80% of sales, according to shop owner Miguel Lara,” El Paso Matters reported. “It’s been really hard,” he told El Paso Matters. “For too long, El Paso and all border communities have really suffered,” Escobar said in the report. “It’s great news that our ports of entry will be reopened for travel and business, which is the economic lifeblood of so many border communities,” former Housing and Urban Development Sec.
Manchin Lashes Out After Sanders Condemns Obstruction of Biden Agenda
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia lashed out Friday after a major newspaper in his home state published an op-ed by Sen. Bernie Sanders that called out Manchin’s obstruction of his own party’s Build Back Better reconciliation package. “Congress should proceed with caution on any additional spending and I will not vote for a reckless expansion of government programs,” Manchin said in a statement shared on social media. “No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that,” he added. “Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation,” wrote Sanders. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin.” The other is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Alex Murdaugh booked into South Carolina lockup after Florida arrest: report
Alex Murdaugh was booked into a South Carolina detention facility on Saturday following his Thursday arrest in Florida. The disgraced South Carolina attorney was taken into custody following his release from a drug rehabilitation facility in Orlando. He arrived Saturday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland, South Carolina, near Columbia, after waiving an extradition hearing in Florida, according to reports. Murdaugh’s attorney, Dick Harpootlian, had said Friday that Murdaugh intended to return to South Carolina voluntarily, after acknowledging that he will likely face prison time. Murdaugh appeared in a South Carolina courtroom in September regarding the alleged shooting plot against himself, prior to his admission into the Florida rehab facility.
Watters: From fake White House sets to paid child actors, 'Biden doesn't care'
Watters pointed to backlogged supply chains, which consumed national news last week and resulted in a backlog of American imports and sharp criticism of President Biden. "We can't fly either," Watters continued. Watters argued that Biden doesn't care and that his administration "checked out." Fake White House sets, paid actors, spin lies. "The buck doesn't stop at Biden, that's for sure," said Watters.
Donald Trump signed a book for Rudy Giuliani in 2000, writing, 'I promise never to run against you.' It just sold for $54,143 in an online auction.
Rudy Giuliani with Donald Trump in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAn inscribed copy of one of former President Donald Trump's books sold at auction for $54,143. The book was signed in 2000 for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, or "The best mayor N.Y.C. A copy of one of former President Donald Trump's books, which included a note written in 2000 for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, sold last week for more than $54,143. The RR Auction website has a picture of the inscription, which read: "Jan 2000 - To Rudy - The best mayor N.Y.C.
Funds flow to business-backed candidates for APS board
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalA group of business-backed candidates in the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education election are far out-fundraising their opponents, according to campaign finance reports. The reports show that many of the larger contributions to Jackson, Tapia-Romero and Gonzales are coming from business owners and groups themselves. The candidates with the most contributions this year far exceed contribution totals made to candidates in the previous two election cycles. Other notes from the campaign finance reports:• New Mexico Early Learning Academy, which is owned by Tapia-Romero, contributed the largest amount across all four races with $7,000 contributed to Tapia-Romero’s election campaign. • Both Ohiri and Baskerville’s only contribution above $1,000 came from the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, which contributed $5,000 to each of their campaigns.
Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Sunday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. Sir David Amess murder suspect was flagged to counter-extremism officialsThe terror suspect being investigated for the fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess had previously been referred to the Government’s counter-extremism programme. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary suggested that the European Court of Human Rights was imposing too many "obligations on the state" rather than simply defending individuals from "undue interference". Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
COVID-19: Matt Hancock's new UN role helping African economies recover from coronavirus not going ahead
Matt Hancock's new job offer from the United Nations helping African economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic has been withdrawn. Mr Hancock posted: "Honoured to be appointed United Nations Special Representative. I'll be working with the United Nations and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to help African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable development." Ms Truss said: "Congratulations Matt Hancock." And Mr Javid added: "Best wishes Matt Hancock with the new role."
Sir David Amess murder: Name of terror suspect accused of killing MP emerges, as police search three properties in London
The terror suspect held on suspicion of murdering Sir David Amess is named Ali Harbi Ali, Sky News understands. The investigation into the killing of Sir David is still in its infancy so that could change if new details emerge. It continued: "We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sir David Amess's family, loved ones and his constituents. "Sir David Amess promoted our shared values of tolerance, love and respect that make Britain so great." Sir David also spent years raising awareness of endometriosis after being approached by a constituent who suffered from the painful condition.
British MP's killer was referred to counterterrorism program, reports say
The attacker who fatally stabbed British lawmaker David Amess was referred to an official counterterrorist program for those thought to be at risk of radicalization, according to media reports. Ali, a British citizen of Somali heritage, had been referred to Prevent, the U.K. program for those thought at risk of radicalization, a few years ago, the BBC reported. Police and security services believe the attacker acted alone and was “self-radicalized”, The Sunday Times reported, while he may have been inspired by Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in Somalia. “These increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians,” he said. Unlike some MPs, Amess publicized meeting times for constituents on Twitter and held them in public places, while asking people to book ahead.
New Japan PM sends offering to controversial Yasukuni shrine
Advertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Japan's new prime minister on Sunday sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine that honours the war dead but is seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of Tokyo's past militarism. But the central Tokyo shrine also honours senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. Earlier this year, three top ministers paid their respects at the shrine on the anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender. But a Japanese prime minister has not appeared there since 2013, when Shinzo Abe sparked fury in Beijing and Seoul and earned a rare diplomatic rebuke from close ally the United States. Suga had avoided visiting the shrine after 2012, when he became the Abe government's spokesman, and only sent ritual offerings when he became prime minister.
Coal in the stocking: US retailers scramble ahead of festive season
Other workarounds have included bringing imports in earlier in the season, launching holiday promotions sooner and shifting to air cargo from ships. "They're having to pivot to air or they're going to miss their sale season all-together." But even with these measures, Scott Case, a logistics industry veteran and founder of Chicago-based Position: Global, predicted "there are going to be noticeable gaps in what is available to people this holiday season." Retailers are trying to plan for that as well, working up strategies to mollify or cushion the disappointment when choice items run out. At Rickenbacker International Airport in Ohio, Bryan Schreiber, manager of air cargo business development, said he is surprised not to have seen a bigger hike in prices.
Will Beijing sharpen its laws to punish ‘Taiwan separatists’?
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during Double Tenth celebrations on October 10. With tensions between Taipei and Beijing high, observers suggest the mainland is looking at using legislation to punish “Taiwan separatists”. Photo: AP Photo
State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) voted to leave the National School Boards Association (NSBA) saying the national association called parents domestic terrorists. “The most recent national controversy surrounding a letter to President Biden suggesting that some parents should be considered domestic terrorists was the final straw. This misguided approach has made our work and that of many school boards more difficult,” the letter stated. There has been growing tension between teachers, parents and school boards over COVID-19 mask policies and critical race theory. The Department of Justice responded to the NSBA letter and announced it would start investigating the threats towards teachers and school board members.
When the world actually solved an environmental crisis
The ozone layer reduces how much radiation makes it to the surface of the Earth. “Projections suggested that the ozone layer would collapse by 2050,” the Future of Life Institute’s Georgiana Gilgallon told me. In the 1970s, researchers noticed that the ozone layer had started thinning, especially around the poles. But in terms of the primary goal — healing the ozone layer — the worldwide effort was a huge success. Experts estimate that by 2050, the ozone layer will be back to the state it was in 1980.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez ViloriaCARACAS/PRAIA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The U.S. also sanctioned him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that allowed Saab and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Saab's extradition and said he is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
'CITGO 6' oil execs held in Venezuela were picked up by country's forces hours after Alex Saab's extradition to US
Saab, a Colombian businessman close to Maduro, was extradited to the US from Cape Verde earlier Saturday. He faces charges of money laundering in Florida related to his activity as a government contractor in Venezuela. He also faces money laundering and fraud charges in his native Colombia. His extradition, which followed a lengthy court battle in Cape Verde, was confirmed to CNN by Saab's legal defense team on Saturday. The extradition means Saab is now one of Maduro's closest confidants to be available for interrogation by US officials.
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg’s money: Goodwin
Trump offers his own answer, of course, declaring incessantly that the election was stolen. Lacking any other explanation, two-thirds of Republicans still believe “the election was rigged and stolen from Trump,” while only 18 percent believe “Joe Biden won fair and square,” according to a recent Yahoo News/YouGov survey. In “Rigged,” author Mollie Hemingway lays out what amounts to a fascinating alternative to the “stolen” charge. One measure is that the 159 million votes cast represent nearly 67 percent of the eligible population, making the turnout percentage the highest in 120 years, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. He won more than 74 million votes last year, an increase of 10 million over his 2016 tally, and he sounds very much like a 2024 candidate.
EU, US try to lure Iran back to nuclear talks as hopes fade
VIENNA — A delicate EU mission to Iran this week failed to secure a commitment from Tehran’s new hardline administration to resume negotiations over reviving a teetering nuclear deal, according to EU officials. “They are not yet ready for engaging in Vienna,” one senior EU official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The nuclear talks have been stalled since the election of hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi to the Iranian presidency in June. In addition to Lapid, Blinken met EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful.
UK lawmaker stabbed while meeting constituents
Police have been called to an incident in eastern England amid reports a lawmaker has been stabbed during a meeting with constituents. Sky News says Conservative lawmaker David Amess was attacked in the town of Leigh-on-Sea.
FBI official fired under Trump wins back his pension
Under the settlement, McCabe, 53, will be able to officially retire, receive his pension and other benefits, and get about $200,000 in missed pension payments. AdvertisementThe Justice Department did not admit any wrongdoing. With the lawsuit resolved, the Justice Department and FBI avoid the risk that moving toward a trial could produce embarrassing information through the discovery process and depositions. McCabe’s lawyers had planned to question the FBI director, Christopher Wray, and his former deputy, David Bowdich. Trump repeatedly called the inquiry a witch hunt and fired the FBI director at the time, James Comey, after expressing his fury about the investigation.
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law while legal fights play out
The announcement followed a decision by a federal appeals court Thursday night that allowed the law to remain in effect. WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice said Friday that it will ask the Supreme Court for an emergency halt to the Texas law that has restricted access to abortion in the nation’s second largest state to an extent not seen in 50 years. When the Supreme Court declined to block the Texas law in September, the majority said abortion providers challenging it had not shown that they were suing the proper defendants. ‘’The Justice Department intends to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit’s stay of the preliminary injunction against Texas Senate Bill 8,’’ Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a brief statement Friday. Instead, Paxton said in court filings, the only way to directly challenge the constitutionality of the law is to wait until a doctor is sued under its provisions in state court.
Biden says Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas
When asked Friday if the Justice Department should prosecute those who refuse the committee's subpoenas, Biden responded, "I do. Shortly after Biden's remarks, the Justice Department tried to distance itself from any implications the White House was influencing decisions there. "The Department of Justice will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Full stop," Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement Friday. "The Select Committee will use every tool at its disposal to get the information it seeks, and witnesses who try to stonewall the Select Committee will not succeed," committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement then.
Manchin slams Sanders after opinion piece in W.Va. newspaper urging him to support major spending package
The public dispute between Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., over the size and scope of a multi-trillion dollar spending package escalated on Friday, after Sanders published an opinion article in Manchin’s homestate newspaper urging him to support the landmark Democratic proposal. In the evenly-divided Senate, every Democrat's vote is needed to pass the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package. AdvertisementIn recent weeks, Sanders and Manchin have exchanged increasingly sharp words over the proposed spending package. "Sen. Manchin has been extremely critical of the $3.5 trillion proposal that many of us support," Sanders told reporters last week. "It's not going to be everything that Joe Biden wants, it's not going to be everything Joe Manchin wants."
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
At the rally, Trump praised Youngkin as “a great gentleman,” while also spreading lies about the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Oh yeah, I love Trump, love Trump, OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that, they never win. During that campaign, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was fairly elected. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day." Davis said he thinks Virginia voters are more concerned about Biden, whose approval rating has slumped, than Trump.
Annissa Essaibi-George to roll out new Mass and Cass plan as she, Michelle Wu make their pitch about Methadone Mile
Both Boston mayoral candidates say they’re the one to tackle the crisis at Mass and Cass as they weigh in on the hot-button issues around it and Annissa Essaibi-George releases an updated plan. Essaibi-George and Michelle Wu, in interviews with the Herald, both said their particular skills — rather than their opponent’s — are crucial to tackle the dire situation in the dangerous open-air drug market and homeless encampment in the South End. Essaibi-George is going to look to continue to further her point on Sunday, when she has an event right smack dab in the middle of Mass and Cass in which she’ll announce some new endorsements and roll out updates to the Mass and Cass plan she put out last spring. Both of the candidates — of whom one will be the mayor in just one month, Nov. 16 — align somewhat on the latest hot-button Mass and Cass issues. But Essaibi-George said she’s “very much open to it” as long as it’s overseen by a health care operation rather than jailers.
Kishida travels to Fukushima for visit to damaged nuclear plant
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida traveled to Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to visit the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for the first time since taking office Oct. 4. This is his first visit as prime minister to Fukushima, which was hit hard by the March 2011 major earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent severe accident at the Tepco nuclear plant. After the visit to the Fukushima No. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida offers a prayer at a tsunami memorial park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday.
China tested new space capability with hypersonic missile, report says
China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. 1 pacing challenge.”Along with China, the United States, Russia and at least five other countries are working on hypersonic technology. Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly at more than five times the speed of sound. Crucially, a hypersonic missile is maneuverable (like the much slower, often subsonic cruise missile), making it harder to track and defend against. While countries like the United States have developed systems designed to defend against cruise and ballistic missiles, the ability to track and take down a hypersonic missile remains uncertain.
Party execs appeal to voters on first weekend since Lower House breakup
Ruling and opposition party heavyweights took to streets across the country to appeal to voters Saturday, the first weekend since the House of Representatives was dissolved Thursday for a general election, set for Oct. 31. Yukio Edano, leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, makes a speech outside the JR Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on Saturday. “The central and local governments should unite to implement necessary policies, an area where Komeito has strength.”Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Komeito party, talks to a shop owner in Kagurazaka district of Tokyo on Saturday. Before the Lower House breakup, the LDP and Komeito had 276 and 29 seats, respectively, for a total of 305 seats. The CDP 110 had seats, the JCP 12 seats, Nippon Ishin 10 seats and the DPP eight seats.
Sadat's nephew negotiates way out for Egypt prisoners
Mohamed al-Sadat, 66, nephew of former president Anwar al-Sadat, the first Arab leader to strike peace with Israel, has long been a fixture of Egypt's political scene. "This has been effective in some cases (of political prisoners) being re-examined," he said. Forty-six prisoners were freed in July, including prominent activists such as rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry. But as many as 60,000 political prisoners are serving time in Egyptian jails, according to human rights defenders. "He's the man of the hour really when it comes to human rights."
S. Korea's nuclear envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration to resume talks with North
NATIONALNoh Kyu-duk, South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, speaks with reporters upon his arrival at the Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday, ahead of meetings with his US and Japanese counterparts in Washington. "I expect more in-depth discussions on various issues at the working level, including the end-of-war declaration," Noh said during a meeting with reporters upon his arrival at the Dulles international airport. "(The declaration) is meaningful as a gateway to talks for the complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. "South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty.Noh and the US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, are scheduled to meet bilaterally on Monday before holding a trilateral meeting with their Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, the following day. "(The two sides) have been discussing various, creative ways (to bring the North to the talks)," Noh said.Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended without a deal.
Buttigieg Fires Back at Critics of Parental Leave: Biden Administration “Is Actually Pro-Family’
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is pushing back on criticism over his decision to take paternity leave with newborn twins. What we have right now is an administration that’s actually pro-family,” Buttigieg said in an interview. pic.twitter.com/mAUggb4txa — Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) October 16, 2021Buttigieg spoke publicly about his paternity leave after Carlson attacked him. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed.
‘Defund The Media!’: Protest Against Vax Mandate Erupts Outside New York Times Building
Protesters demonstrated Saturday against vaccine mandates in front of the New York Times building in New York City, chanting, “Defund the media!”A large crowd of protesters could be seen carrying American flags, along with various signs that read “equal rights vaxxed unvaxxed,” “medical freedom NOW,” “Let’s go Brandon” and “F*ck Biden,” video shows. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Tucker Carlson Uncut And Personal)WATCH:NOW – Protesters against vaccine mandates chant “Defund the Media” in front of the New York Times building.pic.twitter.com/E6JFvrhLv3 — Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) October 16, 2021The people were apparently protesting federal and city vaccine mandates and the media’s coverage of it. (RELATED: New York City Mandates Vaccinations For 148,000 School Teachers, Staff)In early August, New York City became the first city in the nation to require proof of vaccination at certain indoor businesses such as restaurants, gyms, and performance venues. The city fined 14 businesses, as of Oct. 9, for not following Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate. Hundreds of New Yorkers protested vaccine mandates in September, gathering in Lower Manhattan and then appearing to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. We had been hoping to do wellness visits with them, but now we fear we will not be given the opportunity.”___—AP Writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.
Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract
EXCLUSIVE: With Hollywood on edge and picket signs at the ready, IATSE and the AMPTP have reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract, averting a threatened nationwide strike. The new three-year contract, which must now be ratified by the union’s members, comes just hours before the deadline – midnight Sunday – imposed by IATSE president Matthew Loeb. The union and the Carol Lombardini-led AMPTP are expected to make the agreement public very shortly. “It took a lot to get here, but this is a good deal, a fair deal for everyone concerned,” an individual close to the sometimes strained negotiations told Deadline once all the final contract language was agreed on Saturday. Also, union members will be heading to the ballot box in the next few days to give or refuse their stamp of approval to today’s deal.
Two Russian Submarines and a ship arrive in Sri Lanka
Two Russian Submarines and a ship arrived at the Colombo Port. In June, Russia accused a British destroyer of breaching its territorial waters off Crimea in the Black Sea, and said it had forced it away. Britain rejected Moscow’s account of that incident, saying at the time its ship was operating lawfully in Ukrainian waters. Incidents involving the Russian Navy are rare in the Pacific. The region is dominated by China, which takes a dim view of the United States and its allies patrolling the region’s international waters to assert their right to freedom of navigation.
Bill Clinton expected to be released from hospital Sunday
Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be released from a California hospital Sunday after five days of treatment for a urological infection, a spokesman said on Saturday evening. Clinton, 75, will spend one more night at UC Irvine Medical Center on Saturday night where he is making “excellent progress” and will continue to receive intravenous antibiotics before his expected discharge Sunday, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said. A hospital aide told The Associated Press that Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. Hillary Clinton visiting her husband at the hospital on October 16, 2021. REUTERS/David SwansonPresident Joe Biden has said that he believes Clinton is doing well, and said he believed he would be released on Saturday or Sunday.
Florida Rep. Wilson tells Biden to 'pay' migrants not to come to US
Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson on Thursday called on President Biden to "pay" those fleeing Latin America for the U.S. southern border to "incentivize" them to remain in their country of origin. "Fly to those countries," she said while addressing the Biden administration. The Biden administration has come under fire from both Democrats and Republicans for its response to the migrant crisis at the southern border. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION STOPS BORDER PATROL USING HORSES IN DEL RIO AMID DEM OUTRAGE"I am pissed," Wilson said. The Biden administration has continued the use of Title 42, first implemented under the Trump administration, which allows officials to forego usual immigration proceedings to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
Philadelphia racial equity bill bans police from making stops for minor violations
The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill aimed at closing racial inequalities that will ban police from making traffic stops for minor violations. People of color are 3.4 times as likely to be pulled over than White drivers, according to an analysis by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population. Black drivers are 5.2 times more likely to get pulled over than White drivers, while Native American drivers were 5.7 times as likely to be pulled over. Meanwhile, Latino drivers were 1.6 times more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.
Low-Income Voters Were Key To Toppling Trump, Study Finds
Often dismissed by political pundits as disaffected and disorganized, low-income voters played a key role in Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election, according to a new study. The organization, an advocate for low-income Americans, launched a nonpartisan voter registration drive ahead of the 2020 vote across 16 states. But the 2020 elections saw the highest voter turnout in U.S.history, including among poor and low-income voters, noted the study. The low-income voters included large numbers of white Americans as well as people of color. Advertisement“The findings suggest that, rather than writing white low-income voters off, it is possible to build coalitions of low-income voters across race around a political agenda that centers the issues they have in common,” she added.
Capitol Police officer charged with obstruction in January 6 Capitol riot
Washington — A Capitol Police officer has been arrested and charged with obstructing the investigation into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the building he had sworn an oath to protect. "Hey," Riley allegedly wrote to the individual, "I'm a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance. Riley, who wasn't among the officers inside the Capitol during the attack, also had a 23-minute-long phone conversation with the rioter. "I tried to defend you," Riley wrote, "but then he showed me a video of you in the Capitol smoking weed and acting like a moron. Story continuesThe indicted officer then deleted his messages with the unidentified rioter and stopped all communications.
Widow of a DC police officer who died by suicide after the Capitol riot says 'if it wasn't for January 6, he would still be here'
Olivier Douliery/AFP via GettyErin Smith says her husband would still be alive if not for the January 6 Capitol riot. Jeffrey Smith, a DC police officer, shot and killed himself nine days after working the riot. Erin Smith says video of the riot shows her husband being hit in the head with a metal pole. The widow of Jeffrey Smith, a DC Metropolitan police officer who died by suicide after the Capitol riot, said her husband would still be alive if not for his experience on January 6. "If it wasn't for January 6, he would still be here," Erin Smith said.
Oakland protesters call for authorities to release Jonathan Cortez’s shooting footage
OAKLAND — One month after a Federal Bureau of Investigations agent fatally shot Michael Jonathan Cortez inside an East Oakland corner store, a crowd of family members and supporters rallied outside a federal complex Saturday to demand that authorities release video footage of the encounter. “You killed somebody who was buying beef jerky and Gatorade — somebody who was my family, my blood,” said Marilyn Cortez, 32, Jonathan Cortez’s sister. In the FBI’s version of events, Jonathan Cortez tried to flee from the store and brandished a gun. “What they’re trying to do is terrorize and intimidate the family members, so they showed up at the funeral — and now they’re showing up here,” Galvis said as he pointed out the vehicle. Along with demanding the release of the agent’s name and video footage, along with halting the alleged tailing of family members, the protesters called on authorities to stop the “character assassination” of Jonathan Cortez and vowed to march again in San Francisco in the coming weeks.
The perils of inevitability
She’d met Essaibi George a couple of times, she said, and she liked the former teacher. In Vietnamese, Nguyen asked the crowd to clap if they agreed Wu should be mayor, and was met with loud applause. Wu trounced Essaibi George among every other group too, drawing 57 percent support overall — a 32-point lead. Essaibi George carved out her own, moderate lane in that primary, and it got her to the final. Essaibi George, fighting to stay in this race, will be more aggressive in their next meeting.
For Essaibi George, husband’s real estate holdings present a quandary
Douglas George with his wife, Annissa Essaibi George, after she voted in the preliminary election. The ethics advisory noted that as mayor, Essaibi George should not take any action on matters involving properties abutting or near her husband’s land. An unfinished, ground-floor room in the building is being used as storage space for the Essaibi George campaign. This July, a roof leak collapsed the ceiling in Martha Jackson’s apartment in a building George owns. Saying she felt ignored, Jackson, 61, drove to Essaibi George’s campaign headquarters with pictures of the damage.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to US
Vadell described the men as currently disappeared, adding that “this is additional proof that these Americans are held hostage in Venezuela, and President Biden’s administration needs to recognize this and win their release immediately.”Saab, 49, was arrested in the African archipelago while making a stop on the way to Iran for what Maduro’s government later described as a diplomatic humanitarian mission that gives him immunity from prosecution. He quickly became a revolutionary rallying cry, with Venezuela's government saying months after his arrest that the low-profile businessman had been appointed earlier a representative to the African Union — credentials whose authenticity and relevance U.S. prosecutors have questioned. Rodríguez, standing in front of a sign reading “Free Alex Saab,” blasted what he said was a “brutal aggression” on the part of a U.S. government that has been trying for years, without success, to oust Maduro. He said the Venezuelan government would denounce his illegal “extraction” in multilateral forums and in protest wouldn't partake in the next round of negotiations, although he stopped short of saying the government would abandon the talks altogether.
'De-radicalisation' offers Moroccan prisoners route to freedom
Saleh, a former hard-line Islamist, is among the prisoners who have gone through Morocco's Moussalaha ('Reconciliation') programmeAdvertising Read moreRabat (AFP)Saleh has been languishing in Moroccan jails for 19 years on terrorism charges, but he hopes to be freed soon thanks to a de-radicalisation programme. Today, after passing through the North African kingdom's Moussalaha ("Reconciliation") programme, he is hoping for a reprieve. The programme, launched in 2015 and led by Morocco's DGAPR prison service with several partner organisations, aims to help terror detainees who are willing to question their beliefs. More than 1,500 Moroccan fighters are known to have travelled to the area over the past decade, a security source said. But in 2015, Moroccan authorities launched Moussalaha as part of "a new approach" to detainees, said DGAPR official Moulay Idriss Agoulmam.
Troops to Get 'Climate Literacy' Education Under Pentagon's New Climate Change Plan
A military of "climate literate" troops and bases powered by microgrids, that's the future envisioned by the Pentagon. Its new climate change plan, ordered by President Joe Biden and released Thursday, would affect every level of command. Climate change has been a political lightning rod in Washington, D.C., for decades. The Pentagon has experienced the likely consequences of climate change firsthand in recent years. Related: Climate Change Could Make 'Military Equipment Useless,' Experts Warn
5 things we learned from the committee investigating January 6 this week
(CNN) The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol had a big week . But even though the committee is officially moving forward with criminal contempt on Bannon, there is still a long process that needs to play out. Holding Bannon in criminal contempt through a prosecution could take years, and historic criminal contempt cases have been derailed by appeals and acquittals. But members on the committee made clear this week that they are unified in believing that criminal contempt is their best and fastest option. The result of these deliberations between Trump's legal team and the Biden White House will determine what information the committee gets access to.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally’s extradition to US
Venezuelan President of the National Assembly Jorge Rodriguez, center, speaks to the press as an image of Colombian businessman and Venezuelan special envoy Alex Saab is in the back in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Oct 16, 2021. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. ___—AP Writer Jorge Rueda contributed to this report from Caracas, Venezuela.
After Iraqi Election, a Shiite Leader Emerges as an Unlikely U.S. Ally
Once a fierce sectarian defender of Iraq’s Shiite majority, Mr. al-Sadr has expanded his reach in recent years, reaching out to Sunnis, Christians and other minorities. In a previous election, the Sadrists formed an alliance with the Communist Party, which is officially atheist. “He has grown and evolved,” said Nabeel Khoury, a former U.S. State Department official who served in Iraq in 2003. “We had coffee, we talked and they said Sadr was interested in playing a political role,” said Mr. Khoury, a fellow at the Atlantic Council. But Iraqi political figures who had returned from exile did not want Mr. al-Sadr involved, Mr. Khoury said, and the United States followed their counsel.
Syria Accuses Israel of Assassinating Official Near Golan Heights
Mr. Saleh, a member of the Druse religious minority, served 12 years in an Israeli prison on charges of using mines and explosives with the intention of killing Israeli civilians and soldiers. Image Mr. Saleh, who spent 12 years in an Israeli prison on terrorism charges, was responsible for overseeing the strategic Golan Heights boundary for Syria. Credit... Syrian Arab News AgencyIn 1997, after his release, he went to Syria, where he was elected to Parliament. The fighting between Israel and Iran inside Syria effectively constitutes a shadow war, as regional powers test their opponents’ abilities amid the carnage of the Syrian civil war. The assassination was the fourth attack this week against Iranian forces in Syria attributed to Israel.
University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China
Prosecutors had filed a notice that they intended to retry the case, but the judge acquitted Hu last month. The arrest was part of a broader Justice Department crackdown under then-President Donald Trump’s administration against university researchers suspected of concealing their ties to Chinese institutions. Prosecutors tried to show that Hu deliberately hid his position at the Chinese university when applying for the NASA-funded research grants. A judge ruled that, even assuming Hu intended to deceive about his affiliation with that second university, there is no evidence that Hu intended to harm NASA. The also noted that NASA got the research from Hu that it paid for, and there was no evidence that Hu took any money from China or had anyone in China work on the projects.
Lawyer Alex Murdaugh jailed in alleged theft of former housekeeper's settlement cash
Embattled lawyer Alex Murdaugh was behind bars in his home state of South Carolina on Saturday after the family of his former housekeeper alleged he absconded with millions of dollars in settlement cash. Murdaugh negotiated an insurance settlement in secret, and none of the cash went to the children, the sons claim. On June 7, Murdaugh found his wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, shot to death outside their Colleton County home. On Sept. 4, Murdaugh was shot in the head on the side of a highway. Murdaugh is a member of a respected and well-known family in South Carolina that has produced multiple prosecutors and attorneys.
The mixed record of McAuliffe 'deal-closing' grants
One of the ambitious deals closed using the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund was supposed to bring nearly 350 new jobs to the small town of Appomattox, about 20 miles east of Lynchburg. The state still hasn’t gotten its money back, despite ongoing collection efforts, including legal action. Poor vetting contributed to things going awry, reporting by the Roanoke Times in 2015 detailed. State officials relied on false information posted to the company’s website to vet the company, the paper found. The scrutiny that the Appomattox deal brought to the grant program led to administrative and statutory reforms of the program spearheaded by Republicans in the legislature and the McAuliffe administration.
Nearly 40% of California state workers are unvaccinated against COVID despite Newsom order
Oct. 15—The COVID-19 vaccination rate is lower among California state workers than among the state's general population, according to data from the state Human Resources Department. Caltrans reports a higher rate, with 70% of its employees vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccinated state employees could soon come into closer contact with their unvaccinated peers as state offices reopen in the weeks ahead. "State departments normally do a lot of complex work, but it's in their subject area. The state launched pilot testing programs in the central offices of five state departments, and has expanded testing to 13 departments and 40 sites, Ortega said.
Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract
EXCLUSIVE: With Hollywood on edge and picket signs at the ready, IATSE and the AMPTP have reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract, averting a threatened nationwide strike. The new three-year contract, which must now be ratified by the union’s members, comes just hours before the deadline – midnight Sunday – imposed by IATSE president Matthew Loeb. The union and the Carol Lombardini-led AMPTP are expected to make the agreement public very shortly. “It took a lot to get here, but this is a good deal, a fair deal for everyone concerned,” an individual close to the sometimes strained negotiations told Deadline once all the final contract language was agreed on Saturday. Also, union members will be heading to the ballot box in the next few days to give or refuse their stamp of approval to today’s deal.
China's fires hypersonic nuke 'right round the Earth' as terrifying display of advanced weapons 'leaves US reeling'
CHINA has fired a hypersonic missile around the globe with the US left reeling by the terrifying display of military strength. But the chilling test has alarmed US officials and shows how China has made astonishing progress on the development of its hypersonic weapons, sources said. Two people familiar with the missile test said the weapon could, in theory, fly over the South Pole. Chinese embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu said China's military development did not target any specific country and it has always pursued a military policy that was "defensive in nature". An article published by The Global Times, which is seen as the unfiltered mouthpiece of the Communist Party, warned Taiwan faces "doomsday".
Bill Clinton, 75, will spend one more night in hospital and be discharged tomorrow after ‘sepsis from UTI’ battle
FORMER President Bill Clinton is expected to be discharged from hospital tomorrow after being treated for sepsis. "He is deeply grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive and thankful to the many well-wishers who have sent kind words to him and his family," Ureña added. "He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football," Ureña continued. Bill, 75, was taken to hospital on Tuesday in Irvine, California, after a urological infection developed into sepsis, an extreme reaction to infection which is life-threatening. Speaking at his home in Torrance, California - just over 30 miles from where Bill is being treated - Roger Clinton told The Sun: “He’s going to be OK, he’s going to be just fine.
Thousands rally in Sudan’s capital to demand military rule
Thousands of pro-military protesters have rallied in central Khartoum, vowing not to leave until the government is dissolved in a threat to Sudan’s transition to civilian rule. “We need a military government, the current government has failed to bring us justice and equality,” said Abboud Ahmed, a 50-year-old protester. The government’s supporters charged that the protest was orchestrated by sympathisers of the Bashir regime, which was dominated by Islamists and the military. Protests have rocked eastern Sudan where demonstrators have blocked trade through the key hub of Port Sudan since September. On 21 September, the government said it thwarted a coup attempt which it blamed on military officers and civilians linked to Bashir’s regime.
It isn't just the UK that's suffering supply chain issues. In the US, the crisis may last until the summer
The backlog of cargo ships at the busiest port complex in the US - images of which have come to define the global supply chain crisis - is unlikely to return to normal before next summer. Not surprisingly, many of the issues facing the supply chain industry in the US are the same as those being seen in the UK and Europe. There is a shortage of truck drivers and delays caused by the logjam are costly. "Ordering, ordering, ordering," is how Lisa McHenry, who runs the Knock Knock toy and gift shop in Seal Beach, says she has approached the crisis. This week, Mr Biden touted 24/7 operations at major ports as a first step to dealing with the crisis.
S. Korea's nuclear envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration to resume talks with North
(Yonhap)South Korea's chief nuclear envoy said Saturday that a formal declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War could pave the way for resuming the stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea. "(The declaration) is meaningful as a gateway to talks for the complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula." South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with an armistice, not a peace treaty. "(The two sides) have been discussing various, creative ways (to bring the North to the talks)," Noh said. Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit in 2019 between then US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended without a deal.
Widow of a DC police officer who died by suicide after the Capitol riot says 'if it wasn't for January 6, he would still be here'
Erin Smith says her husband would still be alive if not for the January 6 Capitol riot. Jeffrey Smith, a DC police officer, shot and killed himself nine days after working the riot. Erin Smith says video of the riot shows her husband being hit in the head with a metal pole. "If it wasn't for January 6, he would still be here," Erin Smith said. Video from that day captured the attack and showed Jeffrey Smith knocked to the ground, apparently unconscious, according to a lawsuit filed by Erin Smith against the alleged attackers.
'Reminiscent of Jan. 6': Violent protesters arrested after storming Interior Department, injuring officers
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEMS DISTANCING FROM BIDEN ADMIN ON SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS, OIL SPILL DISASTERFollowing the protest, Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz released a statement through a series of tweets. "Early this afternoon, a group of protestors entered the Stewart Lee Udall Main Interior Building," Schwartz wrote. "Federal Protective Service personnel responded to the area to mitigate the situation. According to video footage from The Washington Post's Ellie Silverman, activists could be seen climbing up doors and pushing officers back as they tried to force their way into the Interior Department. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News reached out to the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and received the following statement:"Yesterday, officers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) responded to a demonstration at the Stewart L. Udall Building.
'Democracy Survived' Capitol Riot Because of Police, Biden Says
Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring "because of you, democracy survived." Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. "Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation's values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived," Biden said. "We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations," Biden said.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. But opponents feared it would have required the state to comply with any “future directives” issued by the Biden administration regarding COVID-19, such as vaccine mandates.
Texas House votes to keep transgender girls out of female sports
Attendees look on as the Texas House of Representatives convenes a third special legislative session for controversial legislative items at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, U.S. September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio FloresOct 14 (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that bans transgender women and girls from participating in female school sports after three previous attempts failed, all but assuring Republican Governor Greg Abbott will sign it into law. Equal rights activists have said there is no evidence that trans women and girls are dominating sports. Ricardo Martinez, chief executive of the LGBTQ rights group Equality Texas, called passage of the bill a "hateful, targeted attack on transgender people." Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, Tennessee and West Virginia have passed similar transgender sports legislation, and South Dakota's governor signed an executive order.
Additional sexual assault accusation revealed against Shimon Peres
An unnamed former secretary accused Shimon Peres of sexual assault, Israeli news reporter Rina Mazliah revealed to N12 on Saturday. "I said to him 'wait wait' and he pushed me up against the wall. This accusation follows those made by former MK Colette Avital who alleged last week that Peres had sexually assaulted her in the 80's. Avital told Haaretz that Peres pinned her to a door and tried to kiss her while he was prime minister in 1984. COLETTE AVITAL (credit: MICHAL FATTAL/FLASH 90)In a radio interview with 103FM, Avital was asked why she had finally revealed what Peres did.
China Tested A Fractional Orbital Bombardment System That Uses A Hypersonic Glide Vehicle: Report
The Financial Times says that the tested hypersonic glide vehicle missed its target by a couple of dozen miles, but that is hardly reassuring considering the capabilities that are apparently in development here. Traditional surface-based radar systems' line of sight is also significantly reduced as the hypersonic glide vehicle travels in the atmosphere. Hypersonic glide vehicles themselves are also very tough to kill with no real defense against them available at this time. A hypersonic glide vehicle with the kinetic energy in its favor from an orbital-like delivery would likely be the very hardest to kill. In August, General Glen VanHerck, head of North American Aerospace Defense Command, told a conference that China had “recently demonstrated very advanced hypersonic glide vehicle capabilities”.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
Haven Daley and Lou KestenAssociated PressORANGE, Calif. – Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. More:Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for urological infectionMore:What is sepsis? President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision
They are also considering adding to the $300 billion in clean energy tax incentives and credits that remain in the bill, while looking for ways to salvage some parts of the clean electricity program. A White House official said on Saturday that staff members were still engaging with members of Congress and had not yet agreed to a final version of climate provisions. Mr. Manchin and another Democrat, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have said they cannot support that spending level. In recent days, as White House officials were trying to forge a deal, Mr. Manchin told them he would not support any legislation that includes a clean electricity program. Once his opposition to the clean electricity program became public on Friday, several fellow Democrats expressed outrage.
McConnell slams Garland for school board memo, says parent protests are 'democracy, not intimidation'
Garland's memo told the FBI to take the lead on a task force to address threats against school officials, including creating a centralized way to report such threats. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said earlier this week that it appeared Garland's memo was simply an effort to go after opponents of critical race theory. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., meanwhile called Garland's memo "politically motivated abuse of power." McConnell further raised concerns about the work of critical race theory backers to go after the very parents Republicans believe Garland's memo targets. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDOJ officials have defended Garland's memo in multiple Senate hearings this week.
DeSantis says AG Garland 'weaponizing the DOJ' against parents
Ron DeSantis on Tuesday vowed to fight an order by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland directing the FBI to address threats of violence against school officials and teachers across the country. "Attorney General Garland is weaponizing the DOJ by using the FBI to pursue concerned parents and silence them through intimidation," the Republican governor tweeted. "Florida will defend the free speech rights of its citizens and will not allow federal agents to squelch dissent." "Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values," Garland said in a statement Monday. Videos of angry parents protesting against school board members over coronavirus-related policies have become a regular occurrence over the course of the pandemic.
Venezuela government suspends talks with opposition over Saab extradition
The announcement was made by Socialist party legislator Jorge Rodriguez, who heads the government's negotiating team. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The Venezuelan government in September included Saab as a member of its negotiating team at talks with the opposition in Mexico, where the two sides are looking to solve their political crisis. Saab was arrested in June 2020 when his plane stopped in Cape Verde to refuel. Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Tempe historical records find schools, parks, street names linked to KKK members
Three of the district's schools are named after KKK members, including Gililland Middle School, Hudson Elementary School, and Laird School. The City council also announced Friday that council members will meet to discuss renaming several city parks and streets named after the former KKK members as part of their Oct. 21 work-study session. "Bringing this issue forward for community awareness and consideration is the right thing to do," said Andrew Ching, Tempe City Manager, in a statement. Many prominent Tempe citizens including mayors, council members, bank executives, school board members and individuals in various other positions of power were members of the KKK, the memo states. Among city schools, parks and streets, the research conducted found that the Laird, Gililland, Hudson, among other family names, had ties to the KKK.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours," spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton will remain overnight at University of California Irvine Medical Center "to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow," the statement said. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton and the former president "sends his best." Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton to spend 1 more night in California hospital
Haven Daley and Lou KestenAssociated PressOrange, Calif. — Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton will remain overnight at University of California Irvine Medical Center “to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow,” the statement said. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn't receiving ICU care. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
A quick guide to Tucson's upcoming general election
Election Day is two weeks away, and ballots have already been mailed to voters across Tucson who will decide the outcome of three City Council races and two propositions with long-term implications. Every registered Tucsonan, regardless of what part of the city they live in, will be able to choose City Council members for Wards 3, 5 and 6. The winning nominees will be tasked with addressing key city issues such as transportation, COVID mitigation and public safety over the next four years. Tucson could also see an increase in the city-wide minimum wage through Proposition 206, and the salaries for the mayor and City Council could be raised by Proposition 410. Ballots can also be dropped off at any one of eight locations across the city on election night on Nov. 2.
Chief deputy of Pima County Attorney's Office is leaving for nonprofit work
The Pima County Attorney's Office's first Black chief deputy is leaving after less than a year in the position to work in the nonprofit sector, officials said Friday. Phoenix native Tamara Mulembo stepped into the role shortly after new Pima County Attorney Laura Conover took office in January. The plan is for Mulembo to wrap up her duties by the end of the year, said Joe Watson, communications director for the County Attorney’s Office. Mulembo attended law school at the University of Arizona, working in the Pima County Public Defender's Office after graduation. She came to the County Attorney's Office after working as in-house counsel for State Farm and at the federal Public Defender’s Office.
Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally extradited to US
MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with the country's opposition in retaliation for the extradition the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro wanted on money laundering charges. Jorge Rodríguez, who has been heading the government’s delegation in talks that started in August, said his team wouldn’t travel to Mexico City for the next scheduled round of talks, although he stopped short of saying the government was abandoning the talks altogether. Saab was arrested in the African archipelago while making a stop on the way to Iran for what Maduro’s government later described as a diplomatic humanitarian mission. Rodriguez, standing in front of a giant sign reading “Free Alex Saab,” called his arrest an illegal “aggression” by the U.S., which has been pushing for years for Maduro’s removal. Adding to the intrigue, Venezuelan security forces on Saturday picked up six American oil executives who have been under home arrest in another politically charged case.
How a massacre of Algerians in Paris was covered up
French left-wing parties, who were in opposition at the time, have also come in for criticism for not condemning the massacre. They have been seen as complicit in the cover-up given that they filed a law suit against the police for opening fire on mainly French anti-war protesters, killing seven, a few months later, and yet remained silent about the massacre of Algerians.
Dozens of climate activists are arrested as they clash with cops at Interior Department
AdvertisementDozens of climate activists have been arrested after they clashed with police in Washington DC and forced their way into the Interior Department building in scenes that some have called reminiscent of the US Capitol riot. An Interior Department spokeswoman said a group of demonstrators rushed the lobby on Thursday, injuring multiple security officers, at least of whom was taken to a nearby hospital. The climate activists were seen after rushing the lobby of the federal buildingHundreds gathered for the week of marches and demonstrations, seen above. Environmental activists were arrested after occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Department of InteriorPolice officers escort a protester out of the Department of Interior building after a sit-in held by climate activists on Thursday in Washington, DC. 'Interior Department leadership believes strongly in respecting and upholding the right to free speech and peaceful protest,'' Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for Haaland, said in a statement.
Fugitive businessman close to Venezuela's Maduro extradited to US
Pinto Monteiro insisted the extradition was illegal because, he said, the legal process surrounding it in Cape Verde had not run its full course. They are alleged to have moved some $350 million out of Venezuela into accounts they controlled in the United States and other countries. "The extradition of Alex Saab is a triumph in the fight against the drug trafficking, asset laundering and corruption that the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has fostered," Duque tweeted. - Heavy security at airport -Cape Verde agreed last month to extradite Saab to the US, despite protests from Venezuela. Venezuela had called Saab's arrest in Cape Verde "arbitrary" and claimed he was suffering "mistreatment and torture" at the hands of the Cape Verde authorities.
Joe Biden’s approval rating reaches a new low
But after just seven months in office, his approval ratings slipped below 50%. His net approval rating has fallen by more than ten points since his 200th day in office, just over two months ago. After all, voters elected Mr Biden in large part because he was seen as better equipped than Mr Trump to tackle the pandemic. It is unlikely that Mr Biden will solve these problems soon. If things do not improve, he may soon end up with worse ratings than even Mr Trump.
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’s Big Fundraising PAC is Nearly Broke – Mother Jones
Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletterMarjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz both have a knack for ginning up outrage and stealing headlines. And, just six months after founding it, the joint fundraising committee they launched to drive their tour is nearly broke. Like Greene, Gaetz had a strong start to the year, raising $1.8 million in the first quarter. Oddly, for a campaign that seems to be burning through its cash, Gaetz’s campaign spent lavishly on stays at hotels and resorts across the country. Oddly, for a campaign that seems to be burning through its cash, Gaetz’s campaign spent lavishly on stays at hotels and resorts across the country.
North Korean showcases shirtless soldiers lying on broken glass, smashing bricks on head
North Korean state media on Tuesday released footage of a staged military exhibition intended to show enemies that its soldiers had "iron fists" to protect the country. "The United States is still generating regional tension with its wrong judgment and acts," he added. Officials in South Korea and the United States have continued to monitor the tests. However, Kim criticized South Korean authorities for "its hypocritical and brigandish double-dealing attitude," adding that North Korea has the "right" to build their self-defense. The event was reportedly the first of its kind since Kim took office in 2011, The Washington Post reported, citing South Korean officials.
US Commission on Civil Rights members blast AG Garland for memo on parents protesting school boards
Four out of the eight members of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights have penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, chastising him for his recent memo regarding parents who protest school boards. The members who signed onto the letter include Commissioners Peter Kirsanow, J. Christian Adams, Gail Heriot, and Stephen Gilchrist. "We have combed the internet for signs that parents petitioning school boards are anything approaching a national problem," the members continued in the letter. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPGarland's memo came shortly after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Biden claiming some rhetorical clashes between school boards and parents may amount to "domestic terrorism." The NSBA letter invoked the Patriot Act, which Congress passed to deal with terrorism in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.
Bill Clinton to remain in hospital another night, receive antibiotics, spokesman says
Former President Bill Clinton will remain in the hospital for another night to receive antibiotics and is expected to be discharged Sunday, according to his spokesperson. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours," Angel Ureña, Clinton's spokesman, wrote in a tweet. "He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow." HILLARY CLINTON ARRIVES AT UC IRVINE MEDICAL CENTER AS BILL CLINTON RECOVERS FROM INFECTIONUreña also noted that Clinton "is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends and watching college football." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"He is deeply grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive and thankful to the many well-wishers who have sent kind words to him and his family," Ureña added.
Maduro envoy Alex Saab extradited to U.S. from Cape Verde
A woman walks by a mural in support of the liberation of Colombian businessman and envoy Alex Saab, who is detained in Cape Verde on charges of laundering money for the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela September 9, 2021. Saab, an envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his plane stopped there to refuel. Cape Verde national radio reported the extradition on Saturday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. "The Cape Verde authorities and the government of President Biden are responsible for the life and physical integrity of Alex Saab, and we reserve the right to take actions in response as a sovereign nation."
Turnout in Iraq's election reached 43% -electoral commission
Employees of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission count votes at the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed SaadOct 16 (Reuters) - Turnout in Iraq's parliamentary election earlier this month reached 43%, the electoral commission said late on Saturday, a small increase from preliminary results but lower than that in the last election in 2018. More than 9.6 million people cast their ballots in the Oct. 10 vote, the commission said. The electoral commission had previously said on Oct. 10 that turnout was 41% in preliminary results. At least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates are competing for parliament's 329 seats, according to the election commission.
Centre-left favoured to take Rome in Italian municipal run-offs
The centre-right candidate for mayor of Rome Enrico Michetti casts his vote during Italian elections for mayors and councillors, in Rome, Italy, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Remo CasilliROME, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Italians begin voting on Sunday in a two-day run-off for the local governments of 65 large cities and smaller towns, including the capital Rome. But there will be second rounds in the northern cities of Turin and Trieste, as well as Rome. Gualtieri came second in the first round with 27%, behind the right-wing candidate Enrico Michetti, a lawyer and radio host, on 30%. The results so far have been a setback for two allied right-wing parties, Matteo Salvini's League and Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy, although they are likely to do well in many of the smaller towns still to be decided.
Former U.S. President Clinton making progress but will remain in hospital
REUTERS/Ringo ChiuOct 16 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will remain overnight in a Southern California hospital following a urological infection, but he has continued to make "excellent progress" and is expected to be discharged on Sunday, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. Clinton's wife, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was at the hospital on Saturday. The Democrat served two four-year terms in the White House, overseeing strong economic growth while engaging in bruising political battles with congressional Republicans. Republican President Donald Trump would later become the third when he was impeached twice during his term. He defeated an incumbent president, Republican George H.W.
“We’re done”: Immigration advocates stage walk-out on Biden administration
“They give us accolades on the outside, but on the inside, we're having to take out the metaphoric knives from our back.”Immigration advocates participate in a virtual meeting with Biden administration officials before staging a walk-out on Oct. 16, 2021. A White House official told POLITICO that “the Biden Administration has been very clear that MPP is not an immigration policy we agree with or support. The official added, “We are incredibly thankful and appreciative of the work immigration advocates and organizations do around the clock to improve our immigration system.”But while the “Remain in Mexico” policy extension was the catalyst for the blow-up Saturday, it was not the only cause, advocates said. Tensions between the Biden administration and immigration advocates have been escalating for months, and are only now breaking into the open. The Biden administration itself is divided on the continued use of that policy.
Biden's clean electricity program is likely to be scrapped because of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, who has made millions off the fossil-fuel industry, reports say
Sen. Joe Manchin speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Feb. 24, 2021. Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP, FileSen. Joe Manchin could block a key aspect of President Joe Biden's climate agenda. Biden staffers are removing a clean electricity program from a bill because of Manchin, reports say. President Joe Biden's clean electricity program will likely be scrapped from the Democrat's reconciliation bill because of Sen. Joe Manchin, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN published Friday. Leah Stokes, a climate policy expert advising Senate Democrats, told the outlet the program is "the most important climate policy in the package."
UPDATE 1-Turnout in Iraq's election reached 43% -electoral commission
(Add details, background)Oct 16 (Reuters) - Turnout in Iraq's parliamentary election earlier this month reached 43%, the electoral commission said late on Saturday, a small increase from preliminary results but lower than that in the last election in 2018. More than 9.6 million people cast their ballots in the Oct. 10 vote, the commission said. Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said his movement secured the biggest number of seats in the parliament adding that he would not challenge the results. The electoral commission had previously said on Oct. 10 that turnout was 41% in preliminary results. At least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates are competing for parliament's 329 seats, according to the election commission.
Maduro ally extradited to U.S. on money-laundering charges
A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. Federal prosecutors in Miami indicted Saab in 2019 on money-laundering charges connected to an alleged bribery scheme that pocketed more than $350 million from a low-income housing project for the Venezuelan government. Some of Saab’s contracts were obtained by paying bribes to the adult children of Venezuelan first lady, Cilia Flores, the Trump administration alleged. The previous Trump administration had made Saab’s extradition a top priority, at one point even sending a Navy warship to the African archipelago to keep an eye on the captive. The government last month appointed Saab to its negotiating team and fellow envoys arrived to Mexico carrying signs reading “Free Alex Saab.”
Former President Clinton expects to be discharged from Orange County hospital on Sunday
Former President Clinton is expected to be released from an Orange County hospital on Sunday after spending nearly a week there because of an infection, a spokesman said. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton visited the former president at the hospital on Saturday. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, flew to California on Thursday to join her hospitalized husband, former President Clinton. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)AdvertisementThe 75-year-old former president was visiting friends in Orange County when he felt fatigued on Tuesday and was admitted to the hospital.
The fight for justice continues, says Detroit native who prosecuted George Floyd case
Detroit — Breaking the cycle of inaction is a must to fight against injustice, said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office prosecuted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd. "We're a part of the 400-year-old struggle," said Ellison Saturday during Hartford Memorial Baptist Church's 13th annual Social Justice Conference. Some people get tired of the struggle, but the struggle ain't tired of you because the injustice is still going on. "I got to know the family of George Floyd and $27 million sounds like a lot of money. Ellison said that despite Chauvin being behind bars and the upcoming trials of the other officers involved, the fight continues.
Police: 1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at Houston bar
Associated PressHouston — A man with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed three constable deputies outside a Houston bar early Saturday, killing one and leaving two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities detained one person near the scene but he is not believed to be the shooter, according to the Houston Police Department which is investigating the shooting. One of the first deputies who was shot, Kareem Atkins, died from his wounds, according to the constable's office. It was not yet clear whether the deputies returned fire, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones told reporters. Constables are licensed peace officers who perform various law enforcement functions, according to the Texas Association of Counties.
Curley: Don’t blame Pete Buttigieg — he’s just following Kamala Harris’ lead
Vice President Kamala Harris, for example, has plenty of crises on her plate and she isn’t exactly a poster girl for hands-on leadership. As Biden’s deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained to reporters on Air Force One, “Look, this is not a light switch, right? And so, the vice president has done a tremendous job in doing that and make — doing that.”A tremendous job? In her defense, the vice president was busy visiting a bakery in New Jersey with her onetime rival Sen. Cory Booker. It wouldn’t be fair to say Pete Buttigieg is following Harris’ disastrous lead when it comes to his handling of the supply chain crisis.
Fugitive businessman close to Venezuela's Maduro extradited to US: source
A man walks past graffiti reading "Freedom for diplomat Alex Saab, kidnapped by the government of Cape Verde" in Caracas, VenezuelaAdvertising Read moreMiami (AFP)A graft-accused Colombian businessman who is a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was on Saturday extradited to the United States from Cape Verde, a source in his legal team told AFP. Alex Saab "is in the plane and he is coming to the US," the source said. They are alleged to have moved some $350 million out of Venezuela into accounts they controlled in the United States and other countries. "Colombia has supported and will continue to support the United States in the investigation of the transnational crime network led by Saab." Cape Verde agreed last month to extradite Saab to the US, despite protests from Venezuela.
Baltimore police union tells officers to not reveal coronavirus vaccine status
The Baltimore police union told its officers Friday not to reveal their coronavirus vaccine status due to the city’s lack of communication. “It is understandable that our members have questions about a policy with so little information being provided by the city. Until the city responds to our right to bargain these issues, or the courts intervene, I suggest you do nothing in regard to revealing your vaccination status as it is outlined in the city’s policy,” Sgt. Although he said not to follow the city's mandate, Mancuso said the union will ultimately support whatever decision a member makes in whether they provide their vaccination status to the city. There has been a battle around the country between city vaccine mandates and police with Chicago suing its police union for refusing to comply with the mandate.
Virginia Democratic Party files complaint with state board of elections against Youngkin campaign
The Virginia Democratic Party filed a complaint against Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's campaign on Friday, claiming 13 of the campaign's ads failed disclaimer requirements. "The State Board of Elections shouldimmediately convene a hearing and fine Mr. Youngkin $130,000 for failing to comply with the law." Youngkin's campaign told The Hill that out of the 13 ads listed by the state Democratic Party, only two are currently in a rotation. The complaint comes just over two weeks out from Election Day in Virginia where Youngkin will face off against former Democratic Gov. McAuliffe's campaign dismissed the lawsuit as a "desperate Trumpian move" and said the campaign submitted the correct paperwork.
Sakharov Prize: Alexei Navalny & Jeanine Anez on EU shortlist for human rights award
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a group of Afghan women are on the shortlist to win the Sakharov Prize. Jeanine Anez, the jailed Bolivian politician and former interim president has also been nominated for the European Union’s top human rights award. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was set up in 1988 to honour individuals and organisations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. Navalny, the most prominent foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was imprisoned this year after returning to Russia from Germany, where he had been recuperating from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. The women nominated for the Sakharov Prize include human rights activists, a journalist, and cultural figures.
Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says
A British-Iranian aid worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, poses for a photo after she was released from house arrest in Tehran, Iran March 7, 2021. Zaghari family/WANA/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran's ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence. In March 2021, she was released from house arrest but she was summoned to court again on the new charge. "Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison Iran must release her permanently."
Rutherford County’s juvenile court judge is no longer an adjunct instructor at MTSU
Rutherford County Judge Donna Scott Davenport speaks at MTSU's commencement in 2015. Screenshot via YouTubeJudge Donna Scott Davenport, who oversees Rutherford County’s juvenile court system, will no longer teach at Middle Tennessee State University, according to an email sent to faculty and staff Tuesday evening. More: Here’s the viral thread examining Rutherford County’s juvenile justice system by WPLN News and ProPublicaDavenport has been the juvenile court judge for two decades and has taught criminal justice at MTSU as an adjunct instructor for many years. But the county spokesperson did share a statement from Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron: “I share our community’s concerns over a news story that was recently released involving Rutherford County’s juvenile justice system. This is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit in federal court and, therefore, the County is very limited in what can be discussed.
Judge faces criticism following report that Black children were illegally jailed in Tennessee county
There is renewed criticism of a juvenile court judge in Rutherford County, Tennessee, following a joint ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio report that alleges Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversaw a juvenile justice system where Black children were disproportionally and illegally hit with criminal charges. A class-action lawsuit filed, and later settled, against Rutherford County alleges this process was a violation of Tennessee law. In Rutherford County, children were detained in 48% of cases, the report said. Brazil said that the lawsuits have brought some change to Rutherford County. Tennessee State Sen. Jeff Yarbro called the report's findings "wrong on so many levels" in a tweet Saturday.
'Too beautiful to understand me' Putin accused of 'sexist mansplaining' to US news anchor
'Too beautiful to understand me' Putin accused of 'sexist mansplaining' to US news anchorAdded: 16.10.2021 13:01 | 33 views | 0 commentsRUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has claimed that a leading US news anchor was simply "too beautiful" to understand his analysis of the gas crisis.
U.S. Senate votes to confirm McConnell protege to influential appeals court
Added: 18.06.2020 20:07 | 20 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm a federal judge who is a protege of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to an influential appeals court in Washington.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 22 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor
Added: 16.10.2021 20:17 | 6 views | 0 commentsIn September, Mike Lindell, the pillow businessman and promoter of wildly inaccurate conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, said Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was the first and only candidate he had endorsed.
'There's no trust': Pro-immigrant groups blast Biden officials
Added: 16.10.2021 19:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsPro-immigrant groups and service providers blasted Biden administration officials Friday morning on a call on the heels of news that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to revive a Trump-era border policy next month, according to sources familiar with the call.
Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?
Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia? Added: 16.10.2021 19:16 | 7 views | 0 commentsGlenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has pitched himself as a businessman and a political outsider.
Biden remembers service of fallen officers
Added: 16.10.2021 19:51 | 20 views | 0 commentsFramed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site.(Oct.
'There's no trust': Pro-immigrant groups blast Biden officials
Added: 16.10.2021 18:16 | 21 views | 0 commentsPro-immigrant groups and service providers blasted Biden administration officials Friday morning on a call on the heels of news that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to revive a Trump-era border policy next month, according to sources familiar with the call.
Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia?
Who is Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia? Added: 16.10.2021 18:16 | 28 views | 0 commentsGlenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has pitched himself as a businessman and a political outsider.
Katie Couric's White Lies Kill Black People
Added: 16.10.2021 15:16 | 27 views | 0 commentsKatie Couric confessed she's an enemy of the people. In her soon-to-be-released memoir, the former "Today Show" host disclosed she edited an interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg to "protect" the then-83-year-old Supreme Court Justice from public backlash. During a 2016 interview, Ginsburg made the mis...
How Trump Will Hurt Republican Chances in 2022
Added: 16.10.2021 14:16 | 26 views | 0 commentsDonald Trump is, ostensibly, a Republican. But he has shown time and again -- both in the White House and now out of it -- that he cares little about helping the party and its other candidates.
Capitol Police Sergeant: Honoring Flag From Jan. 6 Attack Is a ‘Total Disgrace’
A Capitol Police sergeant has spoken out, saying that it was a “total disgrace” that attendees at a rally for Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate recited the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag purportedly carried during the January 6th insurrection. Aquilino Gonell, who defended the Capitol during the insurrection, spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, telling the anchor that rioters attacked him with a flag pole and chemicals. The rally was in support of Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running against former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “When you hear the former vice president saying that [was just] one day in January, well, I’m still living through that one day and still counting,” he said. “My injury has not gone away because that [was] one day in January,” he said.
'Because of you democracy survived': Biden pays tribute to police during memorial ceremony
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden praised law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the attack on Jan. 6 in remarks Saturday at the National Peace Officers’ annual memorial service. Biden said the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington, D.C. Metropolitan police department “thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on the nation’s value and our votes” during the events of Jan. 6. The memorial, mourning 491 law enforcement officers around the country who died on the job in 2019 and 2020, took place in front of the U.S. Capitol. "We expect you to be people ready to stand in the way and take a bullet for us. “The toll on this profession these past two years has been heavy," Biden said.
Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital soon — Hillary, Chelsea visit
Hillary Clinton returned Saturday to the California hospital where former President Bill Clinton is recovering — and expected to be released soon — after battling a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream. Clinton, 75, was hit with the urinary-tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, according to his doctors, who said he’s been hospitalized since Tuesday. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Friday that Clinton would remain hospitalized overnight to receive further intravenous antibiotics. Hillary Clinton visits former Bill Clinton at the hospital on Oct. 16, 2021. The former President has been dealing with a urological infection.
Fox News Rundown Extra: Bret Baier On His New Book, “To Rescue The Republic”
President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda remains in jeopardy as his own party continues to squabble over its cost and details. The stalemate comes at a time when the White House is in need of a big political win and the Democrats chances of holding on to power after the 2022 midterms are shrinking. Earlier this week, Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report on the Fox News Channel, Bret Baier joined host Jessica Rosenthal to discuss the Democrats’ infighting, President Biden’s low poll numbers and how all of this is only benefiting the RepublicansBret also talked about his new book, “To Rescue the Republic: Ulysses S. Grant, the Fragile Union, and the Crisis of 1876,” and the challenges we faced in the years after the Civil War. The interview was too long and a lot Bret Baier’s analysis of both problems of today and America’s history did not make it in our original segment. On the FOX News Rundown Extra you will hear our entire conversation.
‘City of the Walking Dead:’ Junkies shoot up in broad daylight in Midtown
The Garment District is Gotham’s newest shooting gallery, a disturbing heroin hotspot of addicts shooting up in broad daylight. Dozens of other junkies sat or lay nearly comatose, many of the men shirtless, on the same block. As a result, "New York City has become the city of The Walking Dead," said Michael Alcazar, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former NYPD detective. "With lack of treatment and open use of drugs … the city has lost its focus." Click here to read more on the New York Post.
There was $100K in the car when police pulled them over. There was no crime — but they took it.
But now, at about 2 a.m. on April 19, a Canadian County sheriff’s deputy was peering into their car. “They kept saying, ‘This is illegal money,’” Thai said. So far this year, local law enforcement agencies confiscated more than $1.3 million from people driving through Canadian County, according to an NBC News review of court records. White people accounted for 26 percent of the forfeitures in Canadian County, which is more than 75 percent white. The high percentage of minorities subjected to cash seizures in Canadian County is not a new trend.
Democrat leader says House will take up infrastructure, social spending plans soon
In a letter sent to colleagues over the weekend, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., insisted that the House will work to pass portions of President Biden's agenda, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act, within coming weeks. "With the short-term extension of surface-transportation programs through October 31, the House will aim to consider the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Build Back Better Act this work period," Hoyer wrote, noting that "discussions continue to move forward." Criticizing Republicans over the debt crisis in America, the House Majority Leader said "it is imperative that Senate Republicans get out of the way and allow an up-or-down vote to address the debt limit" over the next seven weeks. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREAccording to Hoyer, the House "will explore options to remove the threat that the debt limit poses over the long term" as early as this month. "Republicans have demonstrated a willingness to weaponize it for partisan purposes," Hoyer concluded of the debt limit under GOP scrutiny.
Puerto Rico ponders race amid surprising census results
“I feel I am something.”Experts are still debating what sparked the significant changes in the 2020 census. The island’s government also does not collect racial data on populations, including those who are homeless or incarcerated, Abadía-Rexach added. “The denial of the existence of racism renders invisible, criminalizes and dehumanizes many Black people in Puerto Rico,” she said. For Isar Godreau, an anthropologist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, that type of data is crucial. As debate continues on what sparked so many changes in the 2020 census, Bonilla said an important question is what the 2030 census results will look like.
Biden: “Democracy survived” Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
CPD restricts time off for officers as union fights Lightfoot on COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate
Chicago police officials are clamping down on days off for officers as Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrangles in court with police union officials who are fighting her COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate, department sources said. Lightfoot has ordered all city workers to get vaccinated or submit to regular testing, or else face potential no-pay status. Catanzara has suggested about half the police force could defy the mandate – which Lightfoot has contended would amount to an illegal strike. A Cook County judge on Friday ordered Catanzara to stop talking about the mandate on social media until at least Oct. 25, when another hearing on the matter is scheduled. No officers were expected to be taken off the job this weekend for potentially defying the mandate.
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Dominion Energy gave $200k to secretive PAC attacking Youngkin from the right
Big league political influencer Dominion Energy donated $200,000 to a secretive PAC attacking GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, a new filing shows. The money from Dominion's PAC went to Accountability Virginia PAC in Washington, according to a public filing this weekend by Dominion with the Virginia Department of Elections. The ads on Facebook, Instagram, Google and Snapchat target rural areas of the state that support Youngkin, and the ads question his commitment to the Second Amendment, Axios reported. Dominion gave $200,000 between July and September to the PAC running the ads. Youngkin's campaign said Democrats are desperate.
Parliament calls in new security firm after mounting complaints from MPs
The police National Counter Terrorism Security Office designed a package of security measures for MPs, which were approved by the National Police Chiefs Council. ADT set to take overAn email to members from parliamentary authorities, sent earlier this year, confirms that ADT will “take over the responsibility for maintaining existing security measures and installing new security measures”. It is understood that Priti Patel would like to abolish the two-tier system for MPs’ security. Under the current policy, only members who have received serious threats are given the “enhanced” package from the parliamentary security contractor. However, a Commons source said the criticism was “unfair to Chubb”, insisting that far more parliamentarians were now using security measures than before the firm was brought in.
NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single sex wards
NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single-sex wards and businesses offered reassurance on the legality of keeping male and female lavatories, under plans by the equalities regulator to help public and private sector bodies resist pressure from pro-trans activists. It is expected to issue the guidance early next year. The regulator's intervention follows a series of highly charged controversies over the use of women-only facilities by trans hospital patients, prisoners and staff. A Whitehall source said that "one of the biggest concerns of women’s groups is ensuring prisons, refuges, changing rooms and hospital wards are kept single sex." The EHRC's plan to clarify the law is intended to strengthen the hand of organisations currently concerned that they will face legal action if they attempt to retain women-only facilities or groups.
Johnson and Starmer lay flowers for killed MP
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer have visited Leigh-on-Sea to pay tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death on Friday.
Hundreds of anti-vaxxers march through London demanding 'don't jab our kids' and 'my body my choice'
AdvertisementAnti-vaxxers today marched through London demanding 'don't jab our kids' and 'my body my choice' as they danced and shouted through megaphones. Protesters held signs reading 'healthy children don't need a Covid-19 vaccine', 'children should not be subject to an experiment', and 'no to the vax passport'. Activists have in the past fortnight targeted schools, screeching at pupils in Manchester, London, Leicester, Liverpool, Lichfield and Telford not to take the jabs. Others handed leaflets to motorists while walking through traffic around west London, many gathering at Hyde Park Corner. An anti-vaxx protester attends rally in west London on Saturday in a shirt reading 'I've had booster no 35, yay!'
Killer plotted attack on Tory MP for a week
AdvertisementThe killer of Tory MP Sir David Amess planned the murderous assault more than a week in advance, security sources have told The Mail on Sunday. Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, met the public every fortnight and advertised the details on his parliamentary website. He had apparently told Sir David's constituency staffers that he had recently moved to the area. A friend of Sir David's personal assistant, Julia Cushion, who witnessed the attack, said: 'She's very, very upset. Former Cabinet Minister David Davis said suspending public meetings with MPs would be 'a terrible reflection of what David stood for'.
Spain's Juan Carlos to plead Crown Immunity to dismiss claims he sent spies to Britain to harass ex
The former King of Spain, Juan Carlos, is pleading Crown Immunity to evade explosive claims that he sent Spanish agents to Britain to harass and threaten a former lover. Representatives for Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Juan Carlos made no comment last night. The former King of Spain, Juan Carlos, is pleading Crown Immunity to evade explosive claims that he sent Spanish agents to Britain to harass and threaten a former lover. According to the court papers, Ms zu Sayn-Wittgenstein has 'been subject to a continuing threat of physical harm, trespass and surveillance'. In 2014, say the papers, Juan Carlos 'stated that if the Claimant did not resume their relationship then there would be consequences.
Chinese prisoners given electric shocks on their genitals and inmates punishment chair for two weeks
His shocking testimony is especially powerful since he comes from a loyal family of police officers and party members. Then the recruits were shown how the Chinese regime used technology to monitor all phones, spy on social media communications and observe everyone’s movement via facial-recognition systems. Jiang said other officials shared his concern over the scale of a crackdown that saw all Uighurs as enemies of the Chinese state. ‘The disturbing torture and violence he describes confirms that the regime is using the most inhumane methods to traumatise and break the Uighur community,’ said Rahima Mahmut, UK director of the World Uighur Congress. The evidence is mounting – the Chinese government is committing genocide and it is time for the world to act.’
Joe Biden dons aviators to pay tribute to 491 police officers who died in the line of duty
Wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and said being a cop is now 'harder than it's ever been'. Biden spoke on the steps of the US Capitol at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. Biden underscored the heavy burden placed on law enforcement officers, and rebuked the 'defund the police' political movement popular within his own party, saying that those gathered before him would get 'more resources, not fewer, so you can do your job.' 'We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations,' Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Manchin accepted over $400,000 from energy companies and GOP donors in the third quarter
FEC filings show that Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, raised over $400,000 from energy companies. Manchin, who represents West Virginia, also owns millions of dollars in coal stocks. West Virginia is the second-largest producer of coal in the US, according to the West Virginia Office of Energy. Manchin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, with over $400,000 coming from the oil and gas industry, according to his FEC filing. Manchin received $74,600 from the employees and political action committee of energy company Energy Transfer Partners, according to Bloomberg and FEC documents.
‘Unprecedented’: Former Walmart CEO Blasts Biden For Supply Chain Crisis
Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon slammed President Biden’s response to the supply chain crisis. As dozens of cargo ships remain stranded outside of California ports, Biden suggested that White House partnerships with private companies could address shipping and processing bottlenecks. A June letter from Matthew Shay — President and CEO of the National Retail Federation — noted that the supply chain crisis has affected over 97% of American retailers:Our nation’s supply chains are stressed because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, and they continue to struggle through our economic recovery. Shay pressed the commander-in-chief to show “strong leadership” in resolving supply chain issues:We continue to work with key executives at the ports and with our transportation providers. As the administration undergoes supply chain reviews for critical sectors, including transportation, addressing the current state of our nation’s ports and freight movement needs to be a critical component of the strategy.
Surprised to see US Republicans cozying up to the European far right? Don’t be | Cas Mudde
He was speaking on screen to an audience of thousands in Madrid, at a meeting of the Spanish far-right party Vox. It was one of many recent outreaches to the global far right by US rightwing figures, which seem to have increased since the ouster of Donald Trump. There are at least four major strands of far-right international networks in which US “conservatives” of all levels participate. Connections between the European far right and Republican members of Congress go back decades; think of people like Steve King, the Iowa Republican, and Dana Rohrabacher, the California Republican. In the pre-Trump era, only relatively marginal rightwing conservatives and Republicans had open connections to the international far right.
Mumbai woman, raped and tortured with iron rod inside tempo in Sakinaka, dies in hospital
According to reports, she succumbed after a 33-hour-long battle in the hospitalA 34-year-old woman, who was raped and tortured with an iron rod, died this morning at a Mumbai hospital. The chief minister said he has discussed the case with state home minister Dilip Walse Patil and Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale. Leader of Opposition in the state Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, said, "The Sakinaka woman rape case should be tried in a fast-track court so that the accused gets punishment at the earliest. But I feel the culprit in the Sakinaka rape should be hanged to death," he said. The Sakinaka incident was an unfortunate reminder of the Delhi rape case, he said, adding that attacks on women was a matter of concern.
Curtis Sliwa rips Eric Adams over vaccine mandate for school kids
In a rare siding with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Saturday ripped his Democratic opponent Eric Adams for declaring he’d require COVID-19 vaccinations for school kids — provided the FDA approves it. “I believe, as he has said, that we are not going to kick kids out of school because they are not vaccinated.”“We are going to keep them in school,” he said. Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams said he’d support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for school kids if the federal FDA approves it. Robert MillerThe FDA is expected to green light the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 as early as this month. De Blasio has backed a vaccine mandate for Department of Education staff and teachers but not students.
McAuliffe outraises Youngkin with big national donations in September
The previous campaign finance report, which detailed spending for July and August, had Youngkin leading in contributions with $15.7 million, compared with McAuliffe’s $11.5 million. Youngkin, a former private-equity executive, reported loaning his campaign $4.5 million during the summer. In the latest filing, Youngkin reported no new personal loans to his campaign. The political action arm of the Republican Governors Association continued to be his top donor, contributing $1.5 million in September.
Hillary Clinton arrives at UC Irvine Medical Center as Bill Clinton recovers from infection
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton arrived at the UC Irvine Medical Center on Saturday morning as former President Bill Clinton recovers from a urological sepsis infection. The mother-daughter duo was seen entering the medical center with an entourage of people. BILL CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH UROLOGICAL INFECTION: MEDICAL EXPERTS WEIGH IN"President Clinton is continuing to receive treatment for an infection at UC Irvine Medical Center," Clinton spokesman Angel Urena tweeted Friday evening. FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON RECOVERING IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL AFTER NON-COVID INFECTION WORSENSPresident Joe Biden told reporters Friday that he had spoken with Clinton. The former president had been in Southern California for events related to the Clinton Foundation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Biden admin gives another $20 million to Mexico, Central America for migrants and refugees
The Biden administration announced Friday that it is giving another $20 million to Mexico and Central America in aid for the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in the region -- including money for healthcare, shelter, and legal aid. The State Department announced that through its Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, it is providing the money "to help meet urgent humanitarian needs for the nearly 700,00 asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico." Amid a continuing and surging crisis at the southern border that has seen more than 200,000 migrant encounters a month in July and August, the Biden administration has focused on tackling "root causes" like poverty, violence and corruption in Central America. "This is part of the Administration’s comprehensive approach to supporting safe, orderly, and humane migration while also addressing the root causes of irregular migration in the region." The Trump-era policy keeps migrants in Mexico as they await the result of their court proceedings, rather than them being released into the U.S. interior.
Gov. Ron DeSantis says he hopes Brian Laundrie is 'brought to justice' if charged and found guilty in Gabby Petito's death
Ron DeSantis said he hoped Brian Laundrie is "brought to justice" if charged and found guilty in Gabby Petito's death. Authorities have been searching for Laundrie since he was reported missing on September 17. Ron DeSantis said Friday he hoped Brian Laundrie was "brought to justice" if he is charged and found guilty in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito, calling the situation "heartbreaking," Fox News reported. Laundrie has not been charged with a crime related to Petito's death, though authorities say he is a person of interest in the case. Experts previously told Insider that if Laundrie was to be charged and convicted in Petito's killing, he could face the death penalty.
Ron DeSantis vows to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday he would challenge the Biden administration over any vaccine mandates President Joe Biden may implement in the future. The Republican governor, widely seen as a potential 2024 presidential contender, said he would seek to fight any Biden administration requirements through the courts and with legislation offered by the state Legislature. VACCINE MANDATE CRITICS LAY IN WAIT FOR BIDEN ROLLOUT"I know Biden is trying to force this on everybody," DeSantis said at the press event. The Florida Health Department fined Leon County for violating the state's ban on vaccine mandates after the county fired 14 employees for not complying with its policy, DeSantis announced on Tuesday. Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, Florida, Ron DeSantis, Vaccination, Biden AdministrationOriginal Author: Christopher HuttonOriginal Location: Ron DeSantis vows to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. DeSantis has opposed broad vaccine requirements and mask mandates in K-12 public schools. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements. DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police, Biden says
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
Former U.S. Rep. Benishek, who represented northern Michigan and U.P., has died at 69
Former U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, a surgeon who represented northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula in Congress for three terms, has died at age 69, according to multiple sources. Benishek ran for Congress after being outraged by the $800 billion stimulus bill passed by Congress in 2009. Benishek won election to Congress with the help of tea party enthusiasts. Benishek in Congress also worked with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on her fight to reform the prosecution of sexual assault in the military. Benishek was succeeded by U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, in 2017.mburke@detroitnews.com
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Abortion already is dominating the Supreme Court’s new term. A sampling of decisions and comments on the issue by the 9 current justices.
Parliament calls in new security firm after mounting complaints from MPs
The police National Counter Terrorism Security Office designed a package of security measures for MPs, which were approved by the National Police Chiefs Council. ADT set to take overAn email to members from parliamentary authorities, sent earlier this year, confirms that ADT will “take over the responsibility for maintaining existing security measures and installing new security measures”. It is understood that Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, would like to abolish the two-tier system for MPs’ security. Under the current policy, only members who have received serious threats are given the “enhanced” package from the parliamentary security contractor. However, a Commons source said the criticism was “unfair to Chubb”, insisting that far more parliamentarians were now using security measures than before the firm was brought in.
NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single sex wards
NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single-sex wards and businesses offered reassurance on the legality of keeping male and female lavatories, under plans by the equalities regulator to help public and private sector bodies resist pressure from pro-trans activists. It is expected to issue the guidance early next year. The regulator's intervention follows a series of highly charged controversies over the use of women-only facilities by trans hospital patients, prisoners and staff. A Whitehall source said that "one of the biggest concerns of women’s groups is ensuring prisons, refuges, changing rooms and hospital wards are kept single sex." The EHRC's plan to clarify the law is intended to strengthen the hand of organisations currently concerned that they will face legal action if they attempt to retain women-only facilities or groups.
Obama and Trump wade into key battle over Virginia’s governor seat
Joe Biden faces a key test of public standing in a tight and closely watched campaign for governor in Virginia next month. The stakes are so high that both Trump and Barack Obama are intervening in the race. “The stakes could not be greater,” Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe said, as he announced Obama’s campaign support on MSNBC last week. Instead of overtly embracing Trump, Youngkin has campaigned with Texas senator Ted Cruz and with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. Mirroring Youngkin’s relationship to Trump, McAuliffe and his aides have expressed fears over associating with Biden.
Dominic Raab: I’ll overhaul the Human Rights Act to stop Strasbourg dictating to us
Mr Raab said: "If you read the negotiating history to the European Convention, it was never supposed to have extraterritorial effect ... Governed by 'elected lawmakers'His concerns also include the extent of the Strasbourg court's reach in the UK, where the Human Rights Act states that judges must take European Court of Human Rights decisions "into account". Those public services should be governed by "elected lawmakers" rather than "judicial legislation". The process is also currently being used to take legal action to overturn immigration tribunal rulings in "unmeritorious cases", Mr Raab says. "We have something like 750 of these a year, the success rate is 3 per cent," says Mr Raab, a former Foreign Office lawyer.
Sir David Amess murder suspect was flagged to counter-extremism officials
He told The Telegraph: “The police were alerted about some sort of threat made against Sir David. Mr Lamb, chairman of Southend Conservative Association, said Sir David’s family were in “disbelief” at the attack. In a statement on behalf of “all Southend mosques”, faith leaders said their thoughts and prayers were with Sir David’s family, friends and colleagues. “Sir David’s murder was an indefensible atrocity, committed on the grounds of a place of worship and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said. “We now have huge numbers of MPs taking measures because we brought in a national contractor,” the source said.
Sir David Amess received 'upsetting' threat in days before fatal attack
“I don’t know the nature of it, but it was rather upsetting and the police were alerted. It is understood this came despite concerns being expressed by some of his staff over the potential security risk at more open venues. Mr Lamb said: “Sir David used to hold them at the Conservative Association, but that made it hard for older people to see him so around a year ago he started going out into the community. Threat for MPs is ‘ever present’“Sadly, I don’t think there’s a member of parliament who hasn’t [received threats]. In his memoir, In Ayes and Ears: A Survivor's Guide to Westminster, published in November 2020, Sir David said the murder of Ms Cox outside her own surgery had been totally unexpected.
Texas deputy killed and two others wounded after being shot from behind outside nightclub
Three Houston deputies were shot, one fatally, in what police have been described as an “ambush”. Heading the gunshots, the third deputy ran out of the building and was also shot before he could draw his gun. Deputy Atkins had recently returned to work after becoming a father and leaves behind a wife and six-month-old child. Deputy Darrell Garrett, 38, who joined Precinct 4 in March 2018, was shot in the back and underwent surgery. “Deputies Atkins, Garrett, and Barthen are true law enforcement heroes that were cowardly ambushed while serving and protecting their community,” said Constable Herman.
Sudan: Protesters demand military coup as crisis deepens
Since then, military leaders have been demanding reforms to the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition, a civilian alliance which led the anti-Bashir protests and formed a key part of the transitional government. The armed forces have also called for the replacement of the cabinet.
Biden has given 10 one-on-one press interviews in his first year
President Joe Biden has only given 10 one-on-one interviews since taking office in January, a stark difference to former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, who had done 113 and 50, respectively. 'Joe Biden can sometimes get off message so putting him in unscripted environments might not be the best way of Joe Biden communicating,' Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons told The Hill. Renowned White House historian Martha Kumar, however, noted that while Biden shied away from one-on-one interviews, he seems to enjoy speaking with reporters. Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, left, said the White House was using Biden effectively by limiting his one-on-one interviews. Biden is famous for going off script and using profanities when speaking with reportersDemocratic strategist Joel Payne said that while the optics around Biden avoiding one-on-one interviews may appear negative, it's a strategy that largely works to focus the president's messages.
Blinken says U.S. does not support normalisation efforts with Syria's Assad
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad addresses the new members of parliament in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on August 12, 2020. SANA/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The United States does not intend to support any efforts to normalise ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or rehabilitate him until there is irreversible progress towards a political solution in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. The United States has suspended its diplomatic presence in Syria since 2012. But Syria has not been a foreign policy priority for the Biden administration, analysts note, as Washington largely concentrated on countering China. The administration has yet to apply sanctions under the so-called Caesar Act, which came into force last year with the aim of increasing pressure on Assad.
Texas Senate approves $3 billion for higher education construction projects
The University of Texas and other higher education institutions in Texas could each receive tens of millions in funding for construction projects under a bill approved Friday by the Texas Senate. Abbott asked lawmakers Friday to consider “legislation to improve higher education.” The new agenda item comes two days after Lt. Gov. SB 52, by Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, initially proposed allocating $1.9 billion to universities, including within the UT System and the Texas State University System, but the first draft did not include funds specifically dedicated to UT-Austin and the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Under the bill, Texas State University also would receive $141.3 million for a STEM classroom building as part of more than $376 million allocated for the Texas State University System. Other beneficiaries of the spending include Texas Southern University, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Houston System.
Donald Trump supporters baffled and divided over his claim that Republicans won't vote in 2022 or 2024
Donald Trump said his supporters would not vote in future elections unless the GOP backed election fraud claims. "Donald Trump is doing everything he can to hurt Republican chances in 2022," an account called Trump Supporters wrote on Telegram. According to Newsweek, another Telegram user wrote, "But what happens if we don't vote? "Not voting is not just what Marxists want, It's also stupid no matter how rigged the system is," another user wrote, according to the outlet. Shake the RNC at its core, voters will not cast votes for them," another Telegram user said.
Pro-Trump candidate suggests talking all the boats out of the water to lower sea levels
A Republican state legislative candidate in Virginia is being mocked on Twitter for suggesting an unscientific potential solution to rising sea levels. “I’m curious, do you think the sea level would lower, if we just took all the boats out of the water? Mr Pio defended himself: “When you take things out of bath water, the bath water decreases, does it not? I guess you don’t believe in science experiments?”But people soon got down to calculating the math behind taking out all boats from water and weighing its impact on sea levels. According to Nasa, global sea levels are rising as a result of human-caused global warming, with recent rates being unprecedented over the past 2,000 years.
Maduro envoy Alex Saab extradited to U.S. - Cape Verde radio
A woman walks by a mural in support of the liberation of Colombian businessman and envoy Alex Saab, who is detained in Cape Verde on charges of laundering money for the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela September 9, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez ViloriaPRAIA, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Alex Saab, a businessman wanted by U.S. authorities on charges of laundering money on behalf of Venezuela's government, has been extradited to the United States, Cape Verde national radio reported on Saturday. Saab, an envoy of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 when his plane stopped there to refuel. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. The tiny Atlantic archipelago nation's constitutional court ruled in September after a protracted court battle that Saab should be extradited.
Sudan: Thousands call for dissolution of transitional government
Thousands of Sudanese protesters marched in the capital, Khartoum, on Saturday calling for the transitional civilian-military government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to be dissolved and replaced by a military administration. It follows on the heels of a reported foiled coup attempt on September 21 that the government blamed on both military officers and civilians linked to Bashir's regime. Military and civilian groups have been sharing power in Sudan since al-Bashir was toppled, but the alliance has been one fraught with tensions. Following the failed coup attempt, military leaders have been calling for government reforms that civilian leaders see as preparing a power grab, adding to the mistrust between the two factions. Watch video 01:23 Behind Sudan's coup attempt: An economy in crisistj/csb (AFP, AP, Reuters)
Five times as many police officers have died from Covid-19 as from gunfire since start of pandemic
He was one of at least 231 officers who died of Covid-19 this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). There were 245 law enforcement deaths from Covid-19 in 2020, according to ODMP. The total stands at 476 Covid-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared to 94 from gunfire in the same period. Reasons cited for the vaccine resistance among law enforcement officers range from disinformation to distrust in the science of the vaccines. This is something you volunteer for," said Charles Ramsey, a former Washington, DC police chief and CNN law enforcement analyst.
Maduro ally extradited to US on money laundering charges
Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Saab, a top fugitive close to Venezuela's socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)MIAMI (AP) — A top fugitive close to Venezuela’s socialist government has been put on a plane to the U.S. to face money laundering charges, a senior U.S. official confirmed Saturday. But while in private U.S. officials have long described Saab as a front man for Maduro, he is not identified as such in court filings. In turn, Maduro’s government has vehemently objected to Saab’s prosecution as a veiled attempt at regime change by the U.S. government.
Abortion Clinic Escorts Say Protesters Are Feeling Emboldened: “I’m Fighting For My Granddaughters Now”
BuzzFeed News spoke to Christine and other clinic escorts in locations ranging from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Fargo, North Dakota. Here are just a few glimpses into what escorts told BuzzFeed News about their experiences helping people access healthcare:A “Narrow Path” in Louisville Louisville Clinic Escorts An abortion protester stands outside a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky. “I hope this brings attention to clinic escorts.” Annie Flanagan / Annie Flanagan Clinic escorts use large umbrellas to shield patients demonstrators at the Reproductive Health Services Center on May 24, 2019. At first, not much changed, said Thompson, who is the clinic escort trainer and a patient educator within the clinic. “Apparently a six-week ban doesn’t go far enough for some of these people,” Heather Mobley, a clinic escort in Charlotte, told BuzzFeed News.
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Border groups on Saturday "walked out" of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers to wait in dangerous Mexican border cities, according to leaked video obtained by BuzzFeed News. In a Thursday night court filing, the Biden administration said it was prepared to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) in mid-November. "We refuse to be complicit in deterrence-based border policies ... We cannot allow our efforts to help the victims of these policies to be used in any way to prolong them." The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for stopping MPP. The Biden administration appealed and asked the Supreme Court to stay the order, but was unsuccessful.
Ex-NASA exec found guilty of murder
A former NASA executive was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of his next-door neighbor by a Virginia jury, according to reports. A former NASA executive was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of his next-door neighbor by a Virginia jury, according to reports. US ArmyHetle said he acted in self-defense — and added Prather had threatened him numerous times, once with a knife. Hetle said he acted in self-defense — and added Prather had threatened him numerous times, once with a knife. Video obtained by Fox 5 DC shows the deadly confrontation: Prather approaches Hetle’s door.
Glenn Youngkin Talks About Virginia. His Base Talks About Donald Trump.
But at the grass-roots level, the messages from Virginia Democrats and Republicans are less distinct. Democrats argue that losing the statewide election on Nov. 2 would be a bad omen for them in the 2022 midterms, and Republicans agree. And while Democrats paint Mr. Youngkin as an acolyte of Mr. Trump who would help pave the way for the former president’s return in 2024, Republicans at the “Take Back Virginia” rally on Wednesday explicitly said the same thing. They were willing to make clear what Mr. Youngkin has carefully avoided. “Let’s win on Nov. 2 and send a message to America that we have had enough,” Mr. Fredericks told the crowd.
British politician mourned as slaying prompts review of safety for lawmakers
Leaders from across the political spectrum joined David Amess’ constituents Saturday in praising the slain British politician as “a man of the people” who cared deeply for his community. A 25-year-old British national of Somali origin was arrested at the crime scene Friday, The Sun reported. Members of the local Muslim community lay flowers in tribute to British MP David Amess, who was stabbed to death during a meeting with constituents. Peter Nicholls/REUTERS“He was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. He was at the football pitches, he was in the choirs, he was in the pubs, he was everywhere and he was Southend.”Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed in Essex, United Kingdom.
Media stops covering FL COVID data because DeSantis' downtrend threatens lockdown politics: Sexton, Travis
As the mainstream media and Democrats seem to have abruptly halted or at least slackened their barrage of criticism toward Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, questions arise as to the reasons behind the sudden silence, co-host Buck Sexton discussed Thursday on "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show." On "The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show," host Buck Sexton noted that essentially in the time since then, little has been said by the pundits about DeSantis or Florida. "Why is it that you are not hearing about the Florida COVID caseload so much anymore?" "We were here talking to you about it in July because the media was convinced Ron DeSantis… ‘doesn't care about old people or children dying of COVID’ – [saying] horrible things."
DeSantis hammers Biden admin for limiting Florida's use of monoclonal antibodies: 'Very, very problematic'
Ron DeSantis hammered the Biden administration for overhauling the distribution of monoclonal antibodies in a way that will severely hamper the treatment's availability in several Republican-controlled states. DeSantis warned that HHS' new equitable distribution plan for monoclonal antibodies (MAB) is "very, very problematic" and warned patients "are going to suffer as a result of this." Florida is one of seven states, alongside Texas and Alabama, making up the majority of demand for the treatment. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday the seven states made up roughly 70% of the requests. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Alabama Medical Association voiced alarm about the HHS changes after Monday's announcement.
'Let's Go Brandon!' goes from social media meme to the top of the iTunes charts
An anti-President Biden rap song inspired by the viral "Let's go Brandon!" BECAME A NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SENSATIONThe song was inspired by the "Let's go Brandon!" During the interview, the crowd could be heard chanting "F--- Joe Biden" in the background, which Stavast seemingly misheard as "Let's go Brandon!" "Brandon, you also told me — as you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ — Brandon, you told me you were gonna kinda hang back those first two stages and just watch and learn," Stavast told Brown during the interview. The interview quickly went viral on social media, with some users speculating that the reporter intentionally attempted to misrepresent what the crowd was chanting.
Congo protests turn violent as lawmakers select electoral commission chief
Police rush to stop rival political supporters fighting during a protest by followers of opposition leader Martin Fayulu who were demonstrating the independence of the country’s electoral commission, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 16, 2021. "His (Kadima's) electoral expertise is not disputed," said Tresor Kibangula, of the Congo Research Group at New York University. "However, the fact that his candidacy was pushed behind the scenes by people close to President Felix Tshisekedi quickly raised suspicions about his independence." Amid widespread accusations of fraud, the CENI declared Tshisekedi the winner, while Fayulu, who said he had won a landslide victory, came second. Albert Malukisa, a political science professor at the Catholic University of Congo, said Tshisekedi had already managed to gain control of the constitutional court.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “This is not a progressives vs. moderates debate…This is about opportunity vs. decay”
As Democrats work to resolve their inter-party differences over what should be included in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” social spending package, Washington Congresswoman and Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal tells Ali Velshi there’s room for negotiation. “You can shorten some of the programs by years in order to bring the price tag down” says Rep. Jayapal. “Negotiation is a messy part of democracy…Sometimes it looks like tempered are flared and they may be...but at the end of the day we’re all Democrats and we’re going to get this done”.Oct.
Amazon managers will decide when — and if — their teams should return to the office in person. Will this be the future of work?
“Managers are [responsible for] defining the nature of work, establishing measurable goals and actively managing against those goals across a performance cycle,” said Penn. Even when firms try to avoid this by requiring office employees to take video calls from their desks, home employees have told me that they can still feel excluded.”“The second concern is the risk to diversity. “If there’s no business necessity for working in person it may come down to employee preference,” she said. Employees, in that case, may welcome the opportunity to decide how many days, if any, they want to come into an office. But none of these decisions should be made in a vacuum, said Penn, and different employees have different needs.
Former officer and NASA exec found guilty of murdering neighbor after years of disputes over loud music and dog poop
Hetle shot Javon Prather seven times and threatened to shoot his wife, who looked on, as well. Since 2016, Hetle and Prather have had several disagreements about mundane things like loud music. A jury on Thursday found a Virginia man, accused of shooting his next-door neighbor, guilty of first-degree murder. Hetle and Prather had feuded for years, arguing over mundane things like dog poop and loud music, according to local news outlets. Since 2016, Hetle has called the police to complain about barking dog noises coming from Prather's house, WTOP said.
Ex-health minister, who resigned after he was caught on CCTV kissing an aide, lost his new UN role after only 3 days
Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesFormer UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock was to join the UN to work on African economic recovery. Former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock's new role at the UN was withdrawn three days after it was announced. Hancock, who resigned from his ministerial role after a public scandal when he was caught on CCTV having an affair with one of his aides, was announced to have been offered a role with the UN helping African economies recover from COVID-19. However, just 72 hours after the announcement, the UN said that the offer of this role had been withdrawn. Hancock's new role was to be "UN special representative on financial innovation and climate change for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa."
Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public
The Arizona Republic newspaper has a separate lawsuit seeking records from the election review. The Senate has already released tens of thousands of records after court rulings in the American Oversight case found they were covered by the state's public records law. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp’s ruling said the Senate’s position that the records were covered by legislative privilege was flat wrong. Kemp set a hearing for early in November to review the progress of the Senate's records release. Doug Ducey in an election he defended as free and fair, has raised concerns about its effect on public trust in elections.
Matt Hancock United Nations job offer withdrawn
Former health secretary Matt Hancock’s offer of an appointment as a United Nations special representative in Africa has been withdrawn. But Mr Hancock said he was told that he could not take up the position while remaining an MP. In a letter posted on Twitter by Mr Hancock, Vera Songwe, the UN’s under secretary-general, said his “success” in overseeing the UK’s vaccine rollout was a “testament” to the strengths he would bring to the role. “Mr Hancock’s appointment by the UN Economic Commission for Africa is not being taken forward,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric. “If Matt Hancock wants to help African countries recover from the pandemic, he should lobby the prime minister to back a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines.
Matt Hancock loses UN job just four days after his appointment
Matt Hancock pictured in London earlier this year - MegaMatt Hancock has lost his new job at the United Nations just four days after being appointed, following outrage from figures who condemned the “jaw dropping” decision to appoint him as a special envoy for Covid recovery in Africa. The UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said his appointment was “not being taken forward,” following days of criticism. Mr Hancock added the position to his LinkedIn page and tweeted a copy of the letter he had sent to the Commission, accepting the appointment. I’ll be working with the @UN @ECA_OFFICIAL to help African economic recovery from the pandemic and promote sustainable development. “If Matt Hancock wants to help African countries recover from the pandemic, he should lobby the prime minister to back a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines.
Robert Durst on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer says
Robert Durst has been placed on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday. Durst, 78, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for murdering his close friend, Susan Berman, inside her Benedict Canyon home in 2000. The real estate heir was in “very bad condition” during the sentencing hearing, according to his lead defense attorney, Dick DeGuerin. “He looked worse than I’ve ever seen him and I was very worried about him.”DeGuerin confirmed that Durst had been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator. In court filings, Durst’s attorneys repeatedly sought a mistrial, claiming Durst was too sick to testify in his own defense.
Will tourism leaders, lawmakers finally fix California’s I-15 bottlenecks?
Tourism leaders are mobilizing to solve the traffic problems that plague the primary artery between Southern California and Southern Nevada — and federal spending legislation could provide needed support. “Here in Nevada, if you go I-15 to Southern California on the weekends, that’s just like a parking lot, there’s so much traffic. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has reported that weekend visitation is rapidly approaching pre-pandemic levels. Job performance goalSolving the I-15 problem was one of Hill’s job performance goals first discussed in June. While Brightline will help by taking some travelers off I-15, Hill noted that the I-15 problem is rooted in freeway bottlenecks that can only be addressed with more traffic lanes.
Days off curtailed for Chicago police officers ahead of potential vaccination reporting mandate showdown
Catanzara has said there are enough FOP members willing to follow his direction that should the city place them on no pay status, about 50% of the Chicago police force would not be at work. But neither he nor the city have said how many officers have currently filled out the city portal.
Prince Andrew will argue use of 'royalty' in Epstein settlement makes lawsuit invalid
The reference to royalty is likely to be seized upon by his legal team as they argue that it nullifies Ms Giuffre’s claim. No other member of the Royal family has been implicated in the Epstein scandal or is thought to have come into contact with Ms Giuffre, allowing them to insist it could only apply to Prince Andrew. Chance of case being dismissedHe urged the judge in his case, Loretta Preska, to unseal the document, warning he was “not compelled not to sit back silently” knowing its contents. “The issue before the court is a matter of professional ethics and the interests of justice,” he said. David Boies, Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, has described it as “irrelevant” to the case.
We will not be cowed, insists Priti Patel, as MPs press ahead with face-to-face surgeries
The Home Secretary and the Speaker of the Commons have insisted that the tradition of face-to-face meetings with constituents must continue, as MPs refused to be intimidated into cancelling routine advice surgeries. Speaking on a visit to the site of Sir David Amess’s death, Priti Patel said that MPs “cannot be cowed by any individual ... to stop us from functioning to serve our elected democracy.”Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, who also travelled to Leigh-on-Sea to pay tribute to Sir David, insisted that “the very essence of being an MP is to help and be seen by our constituents.” He said: “They are the people who elected us to represent them, so surely making ourselves available to them is the cornerstone of our democracy?”The interventions came after Tobias Ellwood, the former Conservative minister, recommended that “no MP has a direct surgery until you can move to Zoom”, the video conferencing platform. He later tweeted that he was simply seeking a “temporary pause in face-to-face meetings” while MPs’ security was reviewed. But other Conservative MPs lined up on Saturday to announce that they were pressing ahead with their surgeries, as Sir David “would have wanted.” In some cases the advice clinics were watched over by local police.
Tobias Ellwood urges MPs to end face-to-face meetings in public following David Amess murder
Home Secretary Priti Patel today issued a defiant message, saying the UK and its democracy 'cannot be cowed' - as Members of Parliament vowed to carry on holding face-to-face public meetings. On Friday afternoon, horrified constituents waiting to see Sir David stabbed at a surgery inside the church. Tobias Ellwood urged MPs to end surgeries but Speaker Lindsay Hoyle held his last night amid widespread debate over MPs' security and how to better protect parliamentarians. Horrified constituents waiting to see Sir David, who has campaigned to help refugees, watched in horror as he was attacked. Sir Lindsay said: 'David was a lovely man, devoted to his family, to parliament and his Southend West constituency.
British government orders security review after deadly terror attack on MP
The fatal stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess was a terrorist incident with possible links to Islamist extremism, police said Saturday, as the government ordered a review of safety measures to protect MPs. Advertising Read moreVeteran Conservative MP David Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church in the small town of Leigh-on-Sea east of London when he was stabbed to death on Friday. The Sun tabloid reported that the attacker stabbed Amess multiple times in the presence of two women staff, before sitting down and waiting for police to arrive. Johnson tweeted a photo of the note he left calling Amess, MP for Southend West since 1997, a "fine parliamentarian and a much loved colleague and friend". Conservative MP David Davis, however, told Sky News that pausing meetings with constituents "would be the wrong thing to do", calling them "critical to the operation of British democracy".
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reform
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reformEnlarge this image toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesSpeaking at a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers and their families, President Biden acknowledged the pain that accompanies losing a loved one. "It's like losing a piece of your soul," Biden said at the 40th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Saturday. "The event is held annually at the U.S. Capitol to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. As president, Biden has pushed for police reform in the wake of several instances of high-profile violence at the hands of police. In his speech Saturday, Biden thanked the Fraternal Order of Police for being constructive partners and renewed his calls for reform.
Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race
Democrats are trolling Donald Trump over Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's efforts to distance himself from the former president, including by flying a plane near his Mar-a-Lago resort asking why Youngkin won't let Trump campaign with him in Virginia. Democrats are trying to make the race between Youngkin and former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe about Trump, believing that's a way to bring out the Democratic vote in the off-year election next year. Democrats have been growing more worried they could lose in Virginia given Biden's falling approval ratings and divisions among Democrats over his legislative agenda. ADVERTISEMENTHe's tried to maintain his distance from Trump, dodging questions on Thursday about whether he wanted Trump to stump for him.
‘It's Absolute Craziness': Vaccine Fights and Misinformation Roil NH GOP
It’s absolute craziness,” said Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard, who quickly accepted Weyler's resignation from his committee post. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties. The money would have allowed the state to hire a public health manager and a dozen workers to address public vaccine concerns.
Hundreds of Sudanese protest in Khartoum, call for the fall of transition govt
On Friday evening, nearly a month after a failed coup, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok denounced "deep divisions" between civilians and military but also within these two blocks. He also declared that the transition was going through its "most dangerous" crisis, saying that the path to democracy was threatened. Supporters of a complete transfer of power to civilians have already called for "a demonstration of one million people" on Thursday. Sudan's prime minister on Friday announced a series of steps for his country's transition to democracy less than a month after a coup attempt rocked its leadership. Authorities announced the coup attempt by a group of soldiers on September 22, saying that it had failed.
Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won’t dismiss case
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported that two masked men attacked him in downtown Chicago in January 2019. But Judge James Linn noted that Smollett’s case now is being handled by a special prosecutor. Linn says he won’t interfere. Trial is set for Nov. 29.
Biden remembers service of fallen officers
Biden remembers service of fallen officersFramed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site.(Oct.
Biden pushes police reform, budget at ceremony honoring slain cops
President Biden spoke at the US Capitol Saturday at an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty — hours after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was slain in an apparent ambush in Houston. The ceremony, organized by the National Fraternal Order of Police and normally held in May, was canceled in 2020 as the pandemic exploded. Biden and his wife Jill listened solemnly as “American Idol” winner Kellie Pickler sang “God Bless America” to begin the ceremony. The president and first lady honored the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. But left-wing Democrats have pushed for police defunding in reaction to that law — and efforts to pass Biden’s compromise reform measure sputtered in the Senate last month.
Joe Manchin demands climate provisions stripped from budget bill
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill currently making its way through the Senate. Senate sources confirmed to The Post that Manchin was “dug in” on climate issues. Manchin has already expressed cost reservations about the $3.5 trillion budget package currently pending in the Senate. The $150 billion earmarked for climate initiatives would be used to convert coal and gas-fired plants to ones that operate with cleaner tech like wind, solar and nuclear. Sen. Joe Manchin offered a lump of coal to his fellow Democrats after he demanded $150 billion in clean-energy initiatives be removed from a budget bill going through the Senate.
Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say
A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said "should have done something." An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that "something wasn’t right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said. The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said. Bernhardt said both SEPTA and Upper Darby Police are familiar with Ngoy. "There were other people on the train who witnessed this horrific act, and it may have been stopped sooner if a rider called 911," the authority said.
Bill Clinton is 'doing fine' and will be out of the hospital soon, Biden says
Hillary Clinton returned Saturday morning to the Southern California hospital where Bill Clinton is recovering after being treated for an infection. The former president is doing fine and will be released soon from the University of California Irvine Medical Center, President Joe Biden said Friday night. Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former president "sends his best." Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital southeast of Los Angeles. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Number of Confederate monuments linked to number of lynchings, study finds
Places with more Confederate monuments tend to also have a history of more lynchings, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Virginia. The data showed that the number of lynchings in an area was associated with a higher likelihood that the same area would have Confederate monuments. Also, scholars and activists have long said that Confederate memorials are associated with hate. The research also cited a study that analyzed 30 dedication speeches for Confederate monuments and found that half of them used explicitly racist phrases. Today, more than 2,000 known Confederate monuments still stand throughout the nation, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says
Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen in an undated photograph handed out by her family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via REUTERSDUBAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. "The appeals court has approved the lower court's verdict without holding a hearing," attorney Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad website. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran's ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence. "Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison Iran must release her permanently."
Lebanon Christian leader Bassil: probe into port blast should not be stopped
Debris are seen in the port area after a blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 10, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKayBEIRUT, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic movement (FPM), said on Saturday the investigation into last year's deadly blast at Beirut's port should not be stopped. Bassil was speaking two days after a spasm of violence that erupted over the inquiry. "The Free Patriotic movement is with (for) continuing the probe, revealing the truth and putting those responsible on trial," Gebran Bassil said in a speech. Hezbollah blamed the Christian Lebanese Forces party for the deaths, an accusation the head of that party, Samir Geagea, denied.
Lebanese Christian group denies Hezbollah claim it planned Beirut bloodshed
Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah attend a funeral of people who were killed in violence in Beirut on Thursday, in Beirut's southern suburbs, Lebanon October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirBEIRUT, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The head of the Christian Lebanese Forces party (LF) denied late on Friday his group had planned street violence in Beirut that killed seven people, and said a meeting held the day before was purely political. The powerful Hezbollah group stepped up accusations against the LF on Friday, saying it killed the seven Shi'ites to try to drag the country into a civil war. Asked whether the presence of LF members in the areas of Ain al-Remmaneh and Teyouneh, where the shooting erupted, meant the incident was planned, Geagea said they were always present in these areas. Aoun's party, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Lebanon's largest Christian bloc, is an ally of Hezbollah.
Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race
In this combination photo, Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Terry McAuliffe left, and Republican Glenn Youngkin appear during the Virginia FREE leadership luncheon, in McLean, Va., on Sept. 1, 2021. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called into a rally of diehard supporters. “Here’s why Glenn Youngkin is going to win: We’re holding the Trump base together by a thread,” he said. ”Glenn Youngkin and this campaign has never abandoned the core principles that are important to Trump voters, not one day.”Former Republican Gov.
Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police
President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony, honoring fallen law enforcement officers at the 40th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reform
At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reformEnlarge this image toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesSpeaking at the a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers and their families, President Biden acknowledged the pain that accompanies losing a loved one. "It's like losing a piece of your soul," Biden said at the 40th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Saturday. "The event is held annually at the U.S. Capitol to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. As president, Biden has pushed for police reform in the wake of several instances of high-profile violence at the hands of police. In his speech Saturday, Biden thanked the Fraternal Order of Police for being constructive partners and renewed his calls for reform.
‘He was Southend’: Tributes paid to slain British lawmaker
(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)LEIGH-ON-SEA, England (AP) — David Amess was a man of the people, a hard-working British lawmaker who had no grand political ambitions beyond serving those who had elected him for nigh-on 40 years. I feel that he was the family of Southend, he was the leader of Southend,” resident Erica Keane, 69, said. He was everywhere and he was Southend.”Amess was clearly a popular lawmaker, winning 10 out of 10 elections since 1983. While never serving as a government minister, Amess was a fixer, a lawmaker able to forge alliances across the political divide. British politicians generally are not given police protection when meeting constituents — unlike the high-security measures that are in place in Parliament.
Murder of UK lawmaker declared a terrorist incident
British police investigating the murder of a Conservative lawmaker declared on Saturday it was a terrorist incident. A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister has led tributes to Amess, calling him one of the kindest people in politics. A church service was held on Friday for the long serving MP. This is the second fatal attack on a British lawmaker in the last five years after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.
‘British tradition’ of openness is questioned after lawmaker’s killing
Their so-called “surgeries” set British MPs apart from lawmakers in other countries where the governed rarely — if ever — get to meet those who govern them. Even compared to some other European democracies, British MPs stand out with their regular and roving surgeries. In France, lawmakers do regularly roam from town to town to make themselves available to voters, and not all require appointments. In the United States, Congress members’ town meetings with constituents also are less frequent and easy-going than their British counterparts’ surgeries. “In short,” he added, “these increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”
Biden Comptroller pick Saule Omarova refuses to turn over Moscow State University thesis on Marxism
Saule Omarova was born in the Soviet Union in what is now called Kazakhstan and graduated from Moscow State University in 1989. She has pointed to the USSR’s practices as recently as 2019, when she tweeted about the gender pay gap, citing the USSR as a better model. Omarova had not complied with the request as of Thursday, Oct. 14, a spokesperson for Senate Banking Committee Republicans claimed. "Until I came to the U.S., I couldn’t imagine that things like gender pay gap still existed in today’s world," Omarova wrote. "Say what you will about old USSR, there was no gender pay gap there.
Biden: 'Democracy survived' Capitol riot because of police
Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. More recently, Biden has expressed hope that he can still sign a comprehensive police overhaul bill into law, while exploring more executive actions to help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law. At the ceremony, Biden expressed concerns for all officers in the line of duty and mentioned the three constable deputies shot in an ambush early Saturday while working at a Houston bar.
In heated GOP Senate race, J.D. Vance defends police in Breonna Taylor case, 'It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome'
The fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Police last year came up in the Ohio Republican Senate race on Saturday. Vance didn't mention any Republicans by name. Vance didn't mention Taylor by name, but described the case as a shooting in Louisville where police shot a woman after the woman's boyfriend had shot at police. "It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome and very few national Republicans were honest about it," Vance said in his address to the Ohio Republican Pancake Breakfast. Timken touts TrumpFormer Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken touted her support of former President Donald Trump in her pitch for the Republican nomination.
Michael Gove poised to overturn Sadiq Khan on Tulip project
Michael Gove is preparing to overturn Sadiq Khan's rejection of the "Tulip" development, according to City sources. The decision would be a victory for the Safra private banking family, which first submitted the plans in 2018. The Tulip, planned for a site next to the Foster-designed Gherkin in the heart of the Square Mile, would be London’s second-tallest building after the Shard. A decision was first pushed back to October with ministers now delaying the decision to Nov 11 at the latest. A spokesman for the City of London Corporation said: "The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee carefully considered the application in detail before approving it in 2019.
Joe Biden must get tougher on Iran to secure Israel-Saudi Arabia normalisation, says Mike Pompeo
Joe Biden must get tougher on Iran if he hopes to convince Saudi Arabia to become the next Arab state to embrace Israel, Donald Trump's former chief diplomat has said. "I'm convinced there will be many more countries joining the Abraham Accords and one day the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will as well," Mr Pompeo said. US and Israeli officials have often predicted that Saudi Arabia will be the next Gulf state to join the treaty, a move that would potentially transform the Middle East. It would bring a long-running, secretive security relationship between Israel and the Kingdom into the open, posing a major challenge to their common foe, Iran. And it could also unlock billions of dollars in trade deals between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi-led coalition intensify air strikes against Yemen Houthi rebels
Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi-led coalition pictured on the Kassara front line near Marib on June 20, 2021. The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen's government said Saturday it had killed 160 Houthi rebels in strikes south of the strategic city of Marib, where loyalists say rebels have made advances. The rebels rarely comment on losses and the toll could not be independently verified by AFP. The coalition has said that since Monday, more than 700 Iran-backed rebels have been killed in air strikes in the battle for Marib. The official said rebels had "kidnapped, imprisoned and abused" members of Yemeni tribes who supported the pro-government forces.
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Biden
GOP Very Excited To Be Handed An FCC Voting Majority By Joe Bidenfrom the own-goal deptConsumer groups have grown all-too-politely annoyed at the Biden administration's failure to pick a third Democratic Commissioner and permanent FCC boss nearly eight months into his term. More interesting perhaps is the fact that interim FCC boss Jessica Rosenworcel, whose term expires at the end of the year, hasn't had her term renewed either. By the time a permanent FCC boss is appointed and confirmed, it's likely a full year and a half of policy making time will have been wasted. Regardless, telecom giants and the GOP allies who love them are pleased as punch about the delay. –The Techdirt TeamFiled Under: fcc, jessica rosenworcel, joe biden
U.K. MP's murder prompts lawmakers to call for safety review
Share this Story: U.K. MP's murder prompts lawmakers to call for safety reviewU.K. MP's murder prompts lawmakers to call for safety review It's the second time in five years that a British MP has been murdered in public after Jo Cox was killed while attending such a so-called constituency surgery in 2016. Article content The attack revives questions about the safety of lawmakers meeting face-to-face with residents in their districts, usually with little security. Try refreshing your browser, or U.K. MP's murder prompts lawmakers to call for safety review Back to video “The early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Article content “I will have to take advice about it,” she said on Times Radio on Friday. Article content They also have teams of case workers who help constituents with the problems that they raise.
Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema received the legal maximum of donations from several known GOP donors, new FEC filings show
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema received the maximum donation allowed by law from several GOP donors. Sinema, a Democrat, has positioned herself as a key obstacle to President Joe Biden's agenda. The maximum individual contribution limit is $2,900 per election, with a maximum of $5,800 in a two-year period, according to FEC guidelines. Private equity executive Anthony De Nicola, who also has backed the Senate Leadership Fund, also donated the maximum legal limit to Sinema, according to Mother Jones. Both Sinema and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin have been opposed to parts of a Democratic spending plan to invest in climate, education, and healthcare spending.
Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision
The proposal is a top priority of the Biden administration, which argues it will help the IRS go after wealthy tax cheats. ADVERTISEMENTCongressional Democrats are expected to make changes to the administration’s initial proposal, but are generally supportive of the idea. Banks and credit unions have been alerting their customers to the IRS proposal and have been urging their members to contact their members of Congress. Republican lawmakers, who have a long history of disliking the IRS, have also frequently been criticizing the IRS bank-reporting proposal in congressional hearings, speeches and op-eds. “The Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats have clearly demonstrated their intent to instate a broad financial surveillance regime using Americans’ private financial information.”ADVERTISEMENTCongressional Democrats are still working on the details of any IRS bank-reporting provision for their spending bill.
Biden says Trump aides like Bannon who try to defy Capitol riot subpoenas should be prosecuted
President Joe Biden has said anyone refusing subpoenas related to the January 6 riot investigation should be prosecuted by the Justice Department. “They’re independent. They would determine any decision on criminal prosecutions. Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6 select committee, said Mr Biden was not instructing the Department of Justice to prosecute Mr Bannon. “I also don’t have a problem with him as a citizen like me saying he hopes the Department of Justice will aggressively enforce the law so people don’t get away with committing crimes like this.”
Illinois Democrats’ Map Aims to Grab 2 G.O.P. Seats in Congress
State lawmakers elsewhere in the nation have also sought to maximize their partisan advantages during the once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Oregon Democrats drew just a single Republican district among the six in their state’s new map. The proposed 17th District of Illinois would stretch in a crescent along the state’s northwestern borders, connecting Rockford in the north to Peoria and the twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, home to Illinois State University. In the mouth of the proposed Fourth District sits the Seventh, one of three districts drawn to have a plurality of Black voters. But on Friday, with his home drawn into a Democrat-heavy district held by Representative Marie Newman, Mr. Kinzinger said he would consider seeking a different office.
India Gets Re-Elected To UN Human Rights Council With Overwhelming Majority
"I am truly delighted at this overwhelming support for India in elections to Human Rights Council. India's Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted "India gets re-elected to the @UN_HRC (2022-24) for a 6th term with overwhelming majority. In 2018, the US under the Donald Trump administration had withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council. She said the US, as a member of the Human Rights Council, will press against the election of countries with egregious human rights records and encourage those committed to promoting and protecting human rights both in their own countries and abroad to seek membership. Our goals are clear: stand with human rights defenders and speak out against violations and abuses of human rights."
October 16, 2021 – Consortiumnews
In her ruling in January against extraditing the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser expressed a high degree of understanding for the CIA wanting to rub out Assange, writes Joe Lauria. Read more ?
What Baraitser Thought About the Plot to Kill or Abduct Assange
The U.S. appeal at the High Court hinges on whether Assange really is as suicidal as Baraitser ruled, or is a malingerer like U.S. prosecutors allege. The High Court will ultimately have to decide whether Baraitser was correct in ruling that Assange was too sick to be sent to the United States. report the High Court will likely look at how the UC Global witnesses testimony was handled by Baraitser. In her 132-page ruling on Jan. 4 against extraditing Assange, Baraitser discussed the evidence of a plot to kill or kidnap him. revelations are admitted to the High Court, it may have little sway on a judiciary that seems in lockstep with whatever the U.S. wants.
Snap Pole*: Changing state names to get a certain Senator's vote
JoeM on the RangeSnap Pole: Which state shall we re-name in order to get Joe Manchin’s vote for a Climate Bill? Which state shall we re-name in order to get that one crucial vote on the Build Back Better bill? And what’s it worth to ya? A too-obvious choice would be to rename West Virginia “Manchin." (As in “my father’s house has many...uh...Manchins”)But I suggest either a different name for the state, or a different state.
44th Commander in Chief Barack Obama Called into Virginia. Why?
Our 44th President of these United States of America has been called in to Political Action at the battleground of Virginia. The battle of Virginia has been won atleast the last 8 years, repeatedly 8 times in a row. Here's the news we’ve been fed: polls are slowly dripping away to not being in favor for Democratic voters in Virginia. Democratic Voters who are loyal to the party aren’t affected by the misinformation nor disinformation. Another move, that would probably better, would be for the heavy hitters to play serious offense in the districts President Biden almost flipped.
Save the Climate. Ruin Manchin.
Joe Manchin has a Dirty Empire. Through these operations Manchin receives hundreds of thousands of revenue every year. Joe Manchin killed Joe Biden’s clean energy proposal. So the time to play nice with Joe Manchin is over. Biden needs to call Manchin into the Oval Office and tell him that if he doesn’t vote for clean energy, Biden will pursue policies that will ruin Manchin and his family business.
Who needs Mt. Rushmore? Trump now demands a do-over for the US Constitution: The Trumpstitution
Former President Donald Trump is pushing a new conspiracy theory while demanding to be either reinstated as president or get a do-over election. President Donald Trump has made clear that he believes – and wants everyone else to accept – that he is always the smartest person in the room. Rushmore statues even make the list of the world’s tallest statues (here). My version of the world’s tallest statue as fantasized by Donald Trump. Click here to see my proposed site for a giant Trump statue.
Cynical, So-Called "Heartbeat" Laws Reduce Human Beings to "Host Bodies"
This is the case that helped galvanize the forces for abortion rights in Ireland. Even though abortion is legal for therapeutic reasons in Peru, K.L. When the Committee made its decision, it marked the first time that a UN human rights body held a government accountable for failing to ensure access to legal abortion services. After her ordeal K.L became an activist for reproductive rights. As the abortion issue heats up, FiveThirtyEight is reporting that support for abortion rights has increased since the Texas Law.
50 Amazing Things Democrats Have Done Since Biden Took Office: Saturday's GNR
The agreement is the culmination of years of fraught negotiations that were revived this year after President Biden took office and renewed the United States’ commitment to multilateralism. The Biden White House was quick to cancel the classification, saying it "undermines the foundations of the civil service."finally….. “We cannot ignore this threat or wish it away,” President Biden wrote in the strategy document. He even compared the current president favorably to his predecessor: “President Biden is an experienced statesman. The Biden administration had been accepting applications only from children with cases that were pending when the program closed.
BREAKING: Ron DeSantis sued for trying to deny 3 Black districts any representatives for a full year
Ron DeSantis in Broward County court on Friday, asking the state to compel DeSantis to schedule special elections in three legislative districts where legislators recently resigned. DeSantis also waited 30 days to set a date for the special election to replace Hastings in Congress, resulting in a similar lawsuit. Elijah Manley at a press conferenceHe first campaign for elected office was a symbolic run for president in 2016. I think young people think of these issues differently and sometimes the issues they care about are a lot different. I can't tell you how many elected officials and candidates have said that they won’t go after the young vote because [young people] don't vote.
When he claims he's not a climate science denier, Joe Manchin is lying through his teeth
An industry that, in case anyone has forgotten, spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting climate denial disinformation. Manchin and his family have thrived thanks to profiteers who created climate change doubt by gaslighting the populace, smearing scientists, attacking activists, and, of course, pouring gobs of campaign money into the pockets of compliant politicians in both parties. There’s a chance we’ll still see passage of a reconciliation bill with a few crumbs on climate. As Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota told The Times, “We must have strong climate action in the Build Back Better budget. This week more than 650 protesters, many of them Indigenous, were arrested in Washington for civil disobedience in protest of foot-dragging in Congress on climate change.
Trump is dividing the GOP against itself in ways Republicans couldn't have imagined
Whatever the case, Senate Republicans handed Trump that lifeline, and now we are just beginning to get a glimpse of how disastrous the move was for the party as a whole. But Trump is also notching those successes by breaking state parties and pitting Republicans against themselves in almost every case. Right now, in Nevada—a swing state with a key 2022 Senate race—the state GOP is in full meltdown mode, or a "civil war," as Politico framed it. But the real problem for Republicans is flagging support within their own party—including 35% of self-identified Republicans in the poll saying GOP members don't deserve reelection, and just 65% saying they do. Similar to the CNN poll, just 66% of registered GOP voters have a favorable view of their own party.
Legacy Social Media: Free as in Beer, Not as in Speech
Per Haugen's theory, lack of "action" by social media platforms is the cause of social ills such as violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia. Richard Stallman tells us to "think of 'free speech,' not 'free beer'" when discussing the free software movement. The marriage of legacy social media platforms to government censorship reverses that proposition. Free speech requires complete separation of social media and state. Punch "distributed social media platforms" into your preferred search engine to find them.
The View from the Barricades: The Labor Market
The unemployment rate is falling but tens of thousands of workers are leaving the labor market. ; they leaving and aggravating the labor market. The churn in the labor market can be understood by studying the relationship between unemployment and vaccination rates. For example, California the state with the highest vaccination rate is also one of the states least impacted by the labor shortage. Where it's safe, workers are returning to the labor market, but they are being picky.
We're Not Safe, Thanks to Facebook
(Image by generic) Details DMCAI think I'm living in a Facebook page sometimes. I supply the answers and then listen to a five-minute description of what transpired when she (it's usually a woman) purchased of a rug recently. This spring, I received a set of free veggie vouches, from a program free to any and all seniors. The next day, in a conversation with a woman, when I try to discuss race, I hear this: Are you Black! In 2021, thanks to Facebook's business model, Black is a deviation from the norm.
Growing BIPOC Youth-Led Climate Movement Is the Force Occupy Could Have Been
The movement’s failures to address white supremacy and colonialism kept us internally stifled and also externally limited our demands and narrative. This limited analysis leads to Band-Aid approaches to systemic harms that fundamentally leave marginalized people behind in a country built on white supremacy. When I was first exposed to the youth climate movement, the loudest people were the most privileged, and those who were most invested in continuing the status quo. Ten years ago, we elevated a narrative about the violence and dangers of corporate power into the national stage. Today’s BIPOC youth-led climate justice movement is challenging both government and corporate power that is holding us all back from a livable future.
Hochul allies see victory in crowded gubernatorial primary
Hochul is hoping to be the last woman standing in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary, with her allies banking on a crowded and ugly race to divide her downstate enemies and deliver victory. In 2018 they delivered Brooklyn to Williams by more than 70,000 votes during his spirited challenge to Hochul in the lieutenant governor’s primary that year. Hochul won the vast majority of counties outside the five boroughs — but still only managed to eke out a victory. Hochul is hoping to be the last woman standing in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary. Hochul was favored by 44 percent of Democratic voters, while James took a distant 28.
Mayor de Blasio falls deeper into debt with new home loans
Debt-ridden Mayor de Blasio has dug himself a deeper, $2.5 million hole by taking out another mortgage on his Park Slope home. They had previously borrowed $625,000 against the $1.56 million house, although it’s unclear how much of that they still owe. Debt-ridden Mayor de Blasio has dug himself a deeper, $2.5 million hole by taking out another mortgage on his Park Slope home. “Mayor de Blasio has not reimbursed the City for these expenses, either personally or through his campaign,” the report said. De Blasio on Thursday blamed his failure to pay the Kramer Levin bill on the pandemic.
Conservatives resign from Biden’s Supreme Court packing commission
Two conservative members have resigned from a commission tasked with studying the issue of adding new members to the United States Supreme Court. Conservatives have long derided any move to expand the nine-judge court as a partisan court-packing scheme. The commission threw cold water on liberal hopes Thursday after the release of preliminary findings which did not take a favorable view of expansion. Caleb Nelson (left) and Jack Goldsmith have resigned from President Biden’s commission. “Recent polls suggest that a majority of the public does not support Court expansion.”
Michigan officials charge 3 women with attempted voter fraud in 2020 election
Michigan officials charged three individuals with attempted voter fraud in relation to the 2020 general election, but have urged the public to stop spreading claims of "widespread" fraud. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Monday charged Trenae Myesha Rainy, Carless Clark and Nancy Juanita Williams in connection with fraud. A state investigation resulted in accusations that the women purposefully filled out ballot applications and ballots incorrectly during the November 2020 general election. Less than 1% of the 5.5 million votes in Michigan have thus far been tied to election fraud. State officials hope that the charges will show that the state’s systems work and will work towards proving that "widespread fraud" did not occur.
Immigration hawks say Biden’s CBP pick has ‘downright dangerous’ record opposing enforcement moves
President Biden’s pick to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will face scrutiny from senators at his confirmation hearing next week, and immigration hawks are raising concerns about what they call his "downright dangerous" record opposing police cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. While CBP is not directly involved in interior enforcement, hawks are concerned that his nomination is another move to what they describe as "open border" policies. "Sanctuary City" policies forbid most cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. "Justice Department grants and other federal support funded through our taxes should not be tied to immigration policies." "Not only is he highly-regarded by open borders activists and illegal aliens, he has a lengthy track record opposing immigration enforcement."
Sudan protest calls for military coup as political crisis deepens
KHARTOUM, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday calling for the military to seize power as Sudan grapples with the biggest political crisis in its two-year-old transition. The military and civilian groups have been sharing power in the east African country in an uneasy alliance since the toppling of long-standing President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. A military-aligned faction of the FFC, including armed groups that rebelled against Bashir, called for Saturday's protests and held a short event in a nearby convention hall. read moreAt the root of the crisis are disputes on issues of justice, military restructuring, and the dismantling of the financial apparatus of Bashir's regime, analysts say. read morePro-civilian groups have called for protests on Thursday.
Lawmaker’s killing wounds ‘British tradition’ of openness
A 25-year-old British man is in custody. A 25-year-old British man is in custody. ADVERTISEMENTTheir so-called “surgeries” set British MPs apart from lawmakers in other countries where the governed rarely — if ever — get to meet those who govern them. In the United States, Congress members’ town meetings with constituents also are less frequent and easy-going than their British counterparts’ surgeries. “In short,” he added, “these increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”
Missouri governor is calling for criminal charges against a journalist who found social security numbers exposed on a public website
Mike Parson Jeff Roberson/APThe governor of Missouri is calling for criminal charges against a reporter who found social security numbers exposed online. Mike Parson labeled the reporter a "hacker" and demanded an investigation - which cyber experts say makes no sense. Mike Parson is demanding a criminal investigation into a journalist who found social security numbers exposed on a state website - a reaction that cybersecurity experts say makes no sense. On Wednesday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Josh Renaud published a story revealing that the state's education department website exposed the SSNs of over 100,000 employees including teachers and administrators. "It's regrettable the governor has chosen to deflect blame onto the journalists who uncovered the website's problem," Caso said.
Black students in Georgia were suspended for planning a protest after white students waved a Confederate flag and allegedly used racial slurs
A group of Black students was suspended for organizing the demonstration, while the non-Black organizers weren't, students told the outlet. A group of Black students in Georgia was suspended after they planned a protest in response to white students who waved a Confederate flag and reportedly used racial slurs against Black students while at school earlier in the month. The student organizer, Jaylynn Murray, told WGCL-TV that the Confederate flag "is a racist symbol" and "it makes me feel disrespected." During the meeting, the organizers said they argued with school officials over the lack of actions against their classmates who they said used racial slurs against Black students, WGCL-TV reported. Data shows that Black students in Floyd County made up the highest suspension rate, 8%, in 2020 compared to their counterparts, according to The Hill.
Biden says he’s open to shortening length of new programs
And we’re going to come back and get the rest,” Biden said during remarks at a child care center in Connecticut. His wife, Jill, is a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. With slim margins in the House and the Senate, Democrats have no votes to spare on the bill. Biden briefly greeted some of the children at the center’s playground, at one point kneeling to give a child a hug. In an interview this week with the Associated Press, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, criticized Democrats including Biden over the lack of progress.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans’ persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
'Run Sean, Run!' Donald Trump calls on former Wisconsin congressman Duffy to enter governor's race
MADISON - Former President Donald Trump is encouraging former U.S. Rep Sean Duffy to run for governor instead of backing former Lt. Gov. "Working hard to get very popular and capable Former Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin to run for Governor. Duffy and his wife, Rachel, have worked as contributors for Fox News. "His wife, Rachel, is likewise an incredible person. "Run Sean, Run!"
Two dead in northern Minnesota homicide
A man killed two people in Culver Township early Saturday morning before killing himself after a police chase. Upon arrival, deputies found a second dead man outside the house, the sheriff’s office said. “The driver of the vehicle fled from the trooper and a short pursuit ensued,” the sheriff’s office said. When the vehicle stopped, the sheriff’s office said the suspect shot himself and died at the scene. The sheriff’s office said it is not seeking additional suspects, and that “there is believed to be no further threat to the public.” Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 911 or the St. Louis County Sheriffs Office Investigative Division at 218-336-4350.
Sheriff: Boone County deputy struck by stolen SUV while deploying stop sticks
A deputy was taken to the hospital Friday night after he was struck by a fleeing car while deploying stop sticks on US 42, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Deputies located the stolen Audi SUV on Rice Pike and attempted to stop thevehicle on US 42, according to the release. The sheriff's office said the vehicle nearly struck a cruiser as it fled on US 42 towards Florence, Kentucky. Officials said Lieutenant Chris Hall was outside of his cruiser on US42 at I-75 to deploy stop sticks and was struck by the fleeing vehicle. The Boone County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to call 911.
Texas Senate, moving with haste, passes transgender sports bill
Chuck LindellAustin American-StatesmanAustin, Texas – Moving with haste, the Texas Senate approved legislation Friday night that would require transgender students to play public school sports according to the “biological sex” listed on their birth certificate. HB 25 arrived at the Senate on Friday morning after House Republicans and Democrats clashed over the bill’s intent and impact. Instead, they argued, HB 25 was a mean-spirited attack on a vulnerable population to score political points with GOP primary voters. Friday afternoon, Senate Republicans voted to suspend the rule that requires at least 24 hours of notice before a bill could be considered in committee. A few hours later, HB 25 came to the Senate floor for a vote.
McAuliffe outraises Youngkin in Virginia governor's race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised more money than Republican Glenn Youngkin in the latest fundraising report for the governor's race, as the two candidates continue building on the record-breaking amount of money raised for a gubernatorial race in the state. McAuliffe raised $12.6 million last month, compared to about $7 million raised by Youngkin. The former governor's campaign reported that he has about $7.8 million in cash on hand, compared to about $3.5 million for Youngkin. The leading donor to McAuliffe's campaign in September was DGA Action, which is the political action committee for the Democratic Governors Association. The top donor to Youngkin's campaign in September came from RGA Right Direction PAC, which is an arm of the Republican Governors Association.
6 combatants, 2 workers killed in fresh violence in Kashmir
Following the spate of killings last week, authorities have detained over 1,000 people in a sweeping crackdown across the Kashmir Valley. On Monday, five Indian soldiers were killed in the deadliest gunbattle with militants this year in contiguous forested area of Surankote town. India and Pakistan claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Rebels in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir have been fighting New Delhi’s rule since 1989. Tens of thousands of civilians, rebels and government forces have been killed in the conflict.
Police probe whether David Amess specially targeted for killing
Counter-terrorism detectives are investigating whether David Amess was specifically targeted for attack by a man who stabbed the MP multiple times, then waited for police to arrest him. The suspected terrorist attack just after midday on Friday, at the constituency surgery of the backbencher for Southend West, has stunned Westminster and forced a review of MPs’ security. Across the country, police forces will start contacting MPs to discuss their security arrangements and offer advice. One option is to have extra security at advice surgeries, provided by private guards but paid for by the taxpayer. Funding is available through the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority for security needs based on threat assessments made by police.”
David Amess killing: what we know so far
The Conservative MP Sir David Amess died on Friday after being stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery. Here is what we know so far:The Southend West MP was fatally injured at Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, at midday on Friday and died at the scene. Police said Amess was stabbed multiple times. Essex police said the response of the emergency services was immediate and officers arrived at the scene within minutes. Hoyle said there would need to be a discussion in the coming days around MPs’ security and any measures that should be taken.
Candidates backed by Trump in his impeachment revenge plan are raising less money than their targets, report says
Donald Trump’s impeachment revenge plan to help unseat Republicans who voted to convict him at the start of the year may not be on track. Republicans are determined to regain control of Congress in the 2022 mid-term elections and post-presidency Mr Trump remains a huge influence among much of the party’s base. Only a small number of Republicans joined Democrats in impeaching Mr Trump on the charge he incited the violent insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January. That is more than twice the $466,000 raised by her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner endorsed by Mr Trump. Ms Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Mr Trump but also submitted evidence in his Senate trial.
'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos
Residents frustrated by the latest round of destructive demonstrations Tuesday questioned whether that meant anything goes now in Portland. “Does that mean we are now like a lawless city?” Linda Witt asked during the meeting with police. The legislation in question is House Bill 2928, which prohibits the use of things like pepper spray and rubber bullets for crowd control. Portland has seen ongoing, often violent protests since the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
A Senate Report Shows How Close American Democracy Came to Disaster
But the Senate Judiciary Committee’s new staff report released last week is a terrifying document. It describes in fresh detail Trump’s efforts to bully the Justice Department into overturning the election. The overall picture is of a Justice Department upended by Trump’s overwhelming desire to hold on to power and Clark’s eagerness to help him, facts be damned. Likewise, it recommends that the inspector general’s purview be expanded to include misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. When it comes to Justice Department lawyers, though, the country has more options.
Reports: Senator Joe Manchin Wants the “Most Important Climate Policy” Out of Biden’s Budget – Mother Jones
Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletterCongressional Democrats need just two more votes to push through President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure bill, but thanks to Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V. “This is absolutely the most important climate policy in the package,” one Senate Democrat adviser told the New York Times. Besides his opposition to the clean electricity program, Manchin has also made it clear he is not a fan of many of the family-focused programs supported by his party. Manchin’s opposition to the clean electricity program is not entirely a surprise. Before joining the Senate, Manchin founded a coal brokerage firm, which he has handed over control of but still profits from.
Robert Gates: Afghanistan withdrawal 'probably did not need to have turned out that way'
Gates — during an interview with “60 Minutes” that is set to air on Sunday — said watching the U.S. pull troops from Kabul sickened him. “It was really tough… I actually wasn't feeling very well… And I was just so low about the way it had ended,” Gates told Anderson Cooper. ADVERTISEMENT“The other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way,” he added. Sunday on 60 Minutes: Robert Gates says watching the Afghanistan withdrawal sickened him. Both Biden and Trump were the target of criticism following the U.S.’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, which brought an end to America’s longest war after 20 years of military involvement.
Pete Buttigieg delivered a sharp clapback to Tucker Carlson’s bigoted “breast feeding” comment
Every day, Fox News’ most popular white supremacist and homophobic bigot Tucker Carlson spews hateful, ignorant bile. Recently, Carlson mocked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave to help his husband raise their adopted newborn twins. “In [Carlson’s] case, I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle-feeding let alone the concept of paternity leave,” Buttigieg said on MSNBC. It’s wonderful work, but it’s definitely work.”Buttigieg is correct that Carlson’s homophobia don’t reflect changing Republican attitudes on gay couples. Meanwhile, Carlson’s hateful comment is just the tip of his anti-LGBTQ iceberg.
Clean energy program likely to be dropped because of Manchin's objections
The Clean Energy Performance Program, the linchpin of President Biden’s proposed climate change legislation, is likely to be dropped from the Democrats’ spending bill because of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., multiple sources have told NBC News. The carrot-and-stick approach would pay electric utility companies that switch from fossil fuels to renewable or clean energy sources and fine those that don’t. The New York Times earlier reported that the program is likely to be dropped from the bill. Gutting the clean energy component of the spending bill would mark a devastating blow for Biden’s climate agenda just two weeks before he heads to a closely watched U.N. global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, likely undermining Biden’s negotiating hand at the meeting. Biden has pledged to cut U.S. emissions at least in half by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, and the climate provisions in the spending bill are key to achieving those reductions.
‘Because of you democracy survived’: Biden hails police for ‘putting their bodies on the line’ to stop pro-Trump riot
Joe Biden thanked all law enforcement personnel for their part in defending democracy on 6 January in remarks delivered on the steps of the US Capitol honouring fallen officers. Speaking at the 40th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, the president said of the courage of police in countering the pro-Trump Capitol riot: “Because of you, democracy survived.”Mr Biden spoke about the huge expectations people have on police today, adding: “We expect everything of [police officers], and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Mr Biden also cited the funding allocated to police departments in the American Rescue Plan and said that he is committed to investing in mental health resources in particular. “You shouldn’t be the one having to talk someone off the edge of a roof; you should have professional help with you,” he said. In honour of Saturday’s service, the president issued a proclamation on Friday that to pay respect to all law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, and their families, all US flags be flown at half-staff.
The ‘Justice for J6’ Rally Was a Flop But Taxpayers Still Got Stuck With a Hefty Bill
Even though Capitol Insurrection 2: Electric Boogaloo, also known as the “Justice for J6” rally, was a total flop with more media and law enforcement than attendees, taxpayers still got stuck with a hefty bill for the security around the event: $790,000. That total does not even include Capitol Police expenses or the cost to erect a perimeter fence near the Capitol. She added that the Department of Public Works laid out around $19,700, and D.C.’s Department of Transportation spent a “pretty marginal” amount. The Defense Department told the paper it spent around $153,000 on the rally. Capitol Police told the Post that they expect to publicly release their costs for the event sometime in December.
Pete Buttigieg fires back at Tucker Carlson for saying he was ‘trying to figure out how to breastfeed’
US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg has fired back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson for saying that he was “trying to figure out how to breastfeed” while on paternity leave. “I guess he just doesn’t understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave,” Mr Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Deadline White House on Friday evening. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child – paternity leave, they call it – trying to figure out how to breastfeed. But Carlson was not swayed by either Mr Buttigieg or the White House, and doubled down on his mockery of the cabinet secretary on Friday evening. “Last night on this show we made a brief, offhand joke about the Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and this morning we discovered our error,” he said.
Desperate Afghan parents are selling their kids to pay off debt as poverty levels deepen following Taliban takeover
Poverty is rising in Afghanistan following the Taliban's swift takeover in August. "If life continues to be this awful, I will kill my children and myself," Saleha told the Journal. Khalid Ahmad, the lender, told the Journal he had to accept the 3-year-old girl to settle the debt. Last month, the United Nations' development agency said Afghanistan is heading toward "universal poverty" following the Taliban's swift takeover of the country. Afghanistan faces "a crush on local banking" because of the Taliban takeover, Wignaraja said.
Iran’s ex-central bank chief and officials sentenced to prison
Tehran, Iran – The former governor and several former officials in Iran’s central bank have been sentenced to prison for illegal practices in managing the country’s tumultuous foreign currency market under United States sanctions. Valiollah Seif, who led the troubled central bank for almost five years until his sacking in July 2018, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, judiciary spokesman Zabihollah Khodaeian told state television on Saturday. A 30-year-old man named Salar Aghakhani, who was the point person on the ground for the officials’ illegal scheme, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. But from months before, Iran’s currency had been yanked out of a short period of relative calm and was fast depreciating. Moreover, after Aghakhani was arrested on an unannounced date, the central bank reportedly wrote to the judiciary to call for his release.
Iranian court upholds new jail term for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
The Iranian British woman was handed a new one-year jail sentence after spending five years in prison. An Iranian court has upheld a verdict sentencing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to another year in prison in Tehran, prolonging a detention that began in 2016. The appeals court upheld a verdict issued in April, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told The Associated Press news agency on Saturday. The court also upheld a one-year ban on travel abroad, meaning she cannot leave Iran to join her husband and six-year-old daughter for nearly two years. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at the Tehran airport in April 2016 as she was returning home in Britain after visiting her family and handed a five-year jail sentence for plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government.
From gas station clerk to bid for Virginia lieutenant governor: Democrat Hala S. Ayala aims for history
That has made it harder for Ayala to distinguish herself in what polls say is an increasingly tight election where either she or Republican Winsome E. Sears will become the first woman of color to hold a statewide office in Virginia. Ayala identifies as Afro-Latina, Lebanese and Irish. Sears, a former state delegate in Norfolk, is Black and was born in Jamaica.
Are Americans growing warier of more government just as Biden tries to pass his big agenda?
Ultimately everyone will have to give ground lest the Biden agenda end up collapsing near the finish line. Still, no one seems to know right now what the magic number will be nor is it clear just what the combination of programs will be. Democratic leaders have signaled growing urgency on the need to come together. At some point, it will be the president’s call, in consultation with Pelosi and Schumer, to settle on something and persuade all sides to get behind it. He has shown patience or passivity, depending on the perspective, but the time for choosing is not far into the future.
Albany pols, NYPD order cops to do nothing as drug addicts shoot up
The New York Police Department (NYPD) waved the white flag last week — upon orders to surrender from Albany — directing officers to let drug addicts freely shoot up on city streets, and even let them share needles. Senate Bill 2523, cited in the order to street cops, decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes, commonly used by addicts to inject drugs such as heroin. "Once again, quality of life in New York City continues to deteriorate because of laws that do not consider the residents and businesses of the city. The new legislation comes at a time when New York City streets, parks and public spaces are overrun by junkies. Having drug addicts, a frightful condition, freely injecting drugs and passing out in public is not tenable."
Biden speaks at event at US Capitol honoring law enforcement killed in line of duty
President Biden is delivering a speech at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the west front of the U.S. Capitol Saturday. This service is to honor the 491 law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2019 and 2020. Biden is joined by First Lady Jill Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is a developing story check back for updates.
Czechs want to know what's wrong with their ill president
Czech President Milos Zeman watches as employees of Prague Castle light candles to commemorate the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, May 10, 2021. Nearly a quarter of a century later, a Czech president is again in hospital but the public has not been told what is wrong with him. The president's spokesperson has said Zeman has been communicating and following developments in the country. The Czech president is directly elected. Zeman's spokesperson said on Twitter the constitutional clause was meant for situations such as when the president is in a coma or abducted.
Donald Trump supporters baffled and divided over his claim that Republicans won't vote in 2022 or 2024
AP Photo/Tony DejakDonald Trump said his supporters would not vote in future elections unless the GOP backed election fraud claims. Former President Donald Trump's supporters are divided over his comments that Republicans will not vote in the 2022 or 2024 elections unless the Republican Party backs his election fraud claims. "Donald Trump is doing everything he can to hurt Republican chances in 2022," an account called Trump Supporters wrote on Telegram. According to Newsweek, another Telegram user wrote, "But what happens if we don't vote? Shake the RNC at its core, voters will not cast votes for them," another Telegram user said.
Tucker Carlson faces backlash over homophobic comments about Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s homophobia-tinged attack on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s decision to avail himself of paternity leave to care for his recently-adopted twins has drawn swift condemnation from LGBT+ rights groups. Mr Buttigieg later shared in a tweet that they had adopted a pair of fraternal twins who they’d named Penelope Rose and Joseph August. Neither the White House nor the Department of Transportation responded to The Independent’s request to comment on Mr Carlson’s attack against the secretary. Mr Carlson, he said, “whines to his audience about the degradation of family values in America and then criticizes Pete for spending time with his newborns. The attacks on Secretary Buttigieg wreak of outdated notions toxic to all men, all parents and all workers.”
Tucker Carlson Offers Most Insincere Response To Pete Buttigieg Attack Backlash
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday offered a fake apology after receiving backlash for his offensive remarks about Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s paternity leave. Carlson on Thursday mocked Buttigieg for taking paid leave to spend time with husband Chasten and their newborn twins. “Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. So understandably, going forward, we are under strict orders from the Biden administration to take Pete Buttigieg very, very seriously,” he sarcastically added.
Lebanon Christian leader Bassil: port blast probe shouldn't be stopped
BEIRUT, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic movement (FPM), said on Saturday the investigation into last year's deadly Beirut port blast should not be stopped. "The Free Patriotic movement is with (for) continuing the probe, revealing the truth and putting those responsible on trial," Gebran Bassil said in a speech. Bassil, who is President Michel Aoun's son-in-law, was hit with U.S. sanctions last year for alleged corruption and his ties to the Iran-backed Hezbollah group. (Reporting by Maha El Dahan, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
Pro-Russian rebels call on OSCE to help secure release of officer detained by Ukraine
Two dozen tents were set up on a lawn in front of the hotel and a protester cut firewood with a chainsaw. Several OSCE monitors were seen on a terrace right outside the hotel but did not leave it or come closer to the protesters. Russian-backed rebels claim the Ukrainian military captured their officer, Andrei Kosyak, near the front line on Wednesday while he was part of a joint committee that oversees the ceasefire. The protesters demanded that the OSCE help to get the officer released. (Reporting by Alexander Ermochenko in Donetsk and Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow; Additional reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv; Editing by Mike Harrison)
Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say
UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that “something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said. Bernhardt called the victim an “unbelievably strong woman" who provided police with a lot of information. The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said. Bernhardt said he is known to both SEPTA and Upper Darby police.
White House revising climate spending plans after Sen. Manchin objects: NYT
"Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing," Manchin spokesperson Sam Runyon told Reuters in a statement. "He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability," Runyon said. The White House had no comment on the New York Times report on Friday evening. Both Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist from Arizona, have objected to the initial $3.5 trillion price tag for Biden's spending plan to fund social programs and fight climate change. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler and Leslie Adler)(Adds details of spending bill, Manchin comment)
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?” Schiff asks. More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco). “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America’s experience alongside a broader “global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
House Democrats have — so far — avoided a wave of retirements that could put their majority in peril
No one is predicting such a big defeat for Democrats next year, as the Trump presidency forced a political sorting of so many congressional districts. Many strategists think that neither party will push much above 235 seats for years to come: Democrats currently hold 220 seats, with two more that are vacant and very likely to be in their fold after special elections next month, while Republicans hold 212 seats and have another likely to be claimed next month.
In major rebuke, ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence at summit
ASEAN's envoy abruptly canceled a trip to Myanmar this week after he was told he would not be able to meet with Suu Kyi, and others as he wanted. Myanmar contended Erywan could not meet with people facing legal proceedings such as Suu Kyi and deposed President Win Myint, Brunei said in a statement. Suu Kyi and other top civilian leaders were detained in the army takeover. The statement from Brunei said the ASEAN ministers were concerned about the impact of the Myanmar crisis on regional security and about the “unity, credibility and centrality of ASEAN as a rules-based organization." There was no consensus among the ASEAN foreign ministers about having a political representative from Myanmar at the summit, so the ministers decided to instead invite a non-political representative to give Myanmar “space to restore its internal affairs and return to normalcy," it added.
With Lawmaker’s Killing, the U.K. Confronts a New Episode of Terrorism
Chaplains consoled a steady stream of people who visited the area where Mr. Amess was killed. “He was just a fantastic person, very kind, loving, gentle man,” Mr. Dear said. Mr. Amess was also a vocal supporter of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq, or M.E.K., which campaigns for the overthrow of Iran’s government. “I just want to know, why?” said Audrey Martin, 66, who was buying groceries as Mr. Johnson and the other leaders arrived to lay flowers. “I think we’ve lost something we will never get back.”The post With Lawmaker’s Killing, the U.K. Confronts a New Episode of Terrorism appeared first on New York Times.
Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says
DUBAI – An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. “The appeals court has approved the lower court’s verdict without holding a hearing,” attorney Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad website. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran’s ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence. There was no immediate official comment from Iran’s judiciary on the appeals court decision. In March 2021, she was released from house arrest but she was summoned to court again on the new charge.
Hungary's opposition vote to select who will run against Viktor Orbán
The political catchphrase amongst Hungary's opposition parties in the run-up to the spring election is "anyone but Orban". The opposition held primaries on Saturday that will decide who runs against the populist prime minister Viktor Orban. "After 12 years of the right-wing Fidesz government, the injustices in this country have become unbearable and cannot be allowed to increase any further," she said. Most opposition voters are left-wing or liberal but right-leaning Márki-Zay doesn't think this is an obstacle. "As a challenger to Viktor Orbán, I have a much better chance now, representing the joint team, including Gergely Karácsony, to reach out in April 2022 to people who might not vote for a left-wing candidate," he said.
Video: 'Today is a dark day': Sir Keir Starmer pays tribute to David Amess
Video: Angela Rayner faces pressure to apologise in the wake of MP David Amess' murder over her 'Tory scum' comments at Labour conferenceSir Keir Starmer paid tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was stabbed to death at a constituency meeting at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. The Labour leader said, 'Sir David had a...
DOJ slams Biden after he said those who defy a subpoena from Jan.6 committee should be prosecuted
The US Department of Justice slammed President Joe Biden after he urged the Jan. 6 riot select committee to prosecute those who refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena. As he was leaving Washington D.C. on Friday, Biden told reporters he hopes the committee 'goes after them and holds them accountable.' When a CNN reporter asked if they should be prosecuted, Biden said, 'I do, yes.' Bannon has refused to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena, citing that Trump had allegedly invoked executive privilege to defend Bannon from testifying. Trump has said he will exert executive privilege to resist any cooperation with the select committee.
Hairdresser who called Jan. 6 'best f---ing day ever' after breaching Capitol gets 14 days in jail
A QAnon-loving hairdresser who called the January 6 attack on the US Capitol the 'best f---ing day ever' after briefly breaching the Capitol building will be forced to serve 14 days in jail after Indiana prosecutors asked a judge to throw her behind bars because she is an 'avid consumer of conspiracy theories.' We got into the Capitol Building.' Amongst the evidence against Bissey and Morgan-Lloyd was a Facebook photo of the two women inside the Capitol, with Bissey captioning the post with 'Inside Capitol Building.' We got into the Capitol Building.' Judge Chutkan said she gave Bissey the jail sentence due to her bragging about her participation in the riots, according to the Associated Press
The myth of the climate moderate
“People don’t know what ‘moderate’ even means, particularly around climate change,” Celinda Lake, a Democratic strategist, told Vox. “I mean, you’re flooded two feet instead of four?”A traditional left-right spectrum doesn’t capture widespread consensus about climate changeLet’s consider what “middle ground” climate action might mean in practice. If you accept the findings of climate scientists, he added, “you understand the level of ambition that’s needed to solve the problem.”“People don’t know what ‘moderate’ even means, particularly around climate change. What should replace the myth of the climate moderate? It’s possible to agree about the reality and urgency of climate change while disagreeing about the best strategies to stop it.
Trump's not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff
Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator SchiffWASHINGTON — Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. “What did the president know about who was coming to this rally and what did he do when he found out?" More immediately, Democrats face the prospect of a House Republican takeover in next fall’s midterm elections, elevating McCarthy to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “If Kevin McCarthy were ever to become speaker, essentially Donald Trump would be speaker,” Schiff warns. Schiff positions America's experience alongside a broader "global struggle going on right now between autocracy and democracy.
Democratic incumbents bolster fundraising advantage in key Senate races
Democratic incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire raised millions more than their top GOP opponents, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday, establishing a cash advantage that will likely be key between now and next November. His two biggest Republican rivals, Thiel Foundation President Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, raised $1 million and more than $560,000, respectively. Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Republican candidates tack toward right on abortion Trump praises NH Senate candidate as Sununu weighs own bid MORE (R) into the race. Those four races will be key to determining which party controls the Senate, which is currently divided at 50-50. Democrats are also looking to go on offense in states such as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Sens.
Arabs 'Are Here by Mistake, Because Ben-Gurion Didn't Finish the Job,' Far-right Leader Tells Lawmakers
Far-right Religious Zionism chairman Bezalel Smotrich told Arab lawmakers Wednesday that they "are here by mistake – because Ben-Gurion didn't finish the job and throw you out in 1948," in his most recent tirade against Arab Knesset members. Smotrich made the remarks during a Knesset discussion on an immigration bill which Simcha Rothman – an MK from his party – tried to promote. He also called Arab lawmakers "terror supporters" and "enemies."
Fact-checking Kari Lake, serial promoter of election lies and early frontrunner in GOP primary for Arizona governor
And like Trump, Lake has not only disseminated false claims about the election but called for action based on those false claims. As of early September, none of her rivals were willing to respond to an Arizona Republic reporter who asked them who won the 2020 election in Arizona. Here's a look at some of the false claims she has made about the 2020 election, both in general and in Arizona. In reality: Biden legitimately won Arizona and the election; Biden didn't cheat; the partisan review did not demonstrate fraud. Cast baseless aspersions on Arizona election practices: Whether out of dishonesty or ignorance, Lake has repeatedly suggested that Maricopa County has committed election wrongdoing it hasn't.
ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move
The statement cited a lack of progress made on a roadmap to restore peace in Myanmar that the junta had agreed to with ASEAN in April. Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told the BBC Burmese news service that the United States and representatives of the European Union had pressured other ASEAN member states. Malaysia's foreign minister said it would be up to the Myanmar junta to decide on an alternate representative to the summit. "We never thought of removing Myanmar from ASEAN, we believe Myanmar has the same rights (as us)," foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah told reporters according to Bernama state news agency. "But the junta has not cooperated, so ASEAN must be strong in defending its credibility and integrity," he added.
Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say
Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say a woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in the presence of other riders who a police official says “should have done something.”UPPER DARBY, Pa. -- A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that “something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said. Bernhardt called the victim an “unbelievably strong woman" who provided police with a lot of information. The entire episode was captured on surveillance video that showed other people on the train at the time, Bernhardt said. Bernhardt said he is known to both SEPTA and Upper Darby police.
After lawmaker’s slaying, British police conduct searches as possible terrorism links probed
The Amess killing has also raised questions about whether more security is needed for politicians. The Palace of Westminster in London is guarded by armed officers and there are airport-style scanners at the entrance but there is no equivalent security for when politicians meet, on a weekly basis, with constituents.
Kyle Rittenhouse victim sues, claims Kenosha police conspired with vigilantes
The lone surviving victim of a deadly August 2020 shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is suing the city and its leaders, claiming police conspired with vigilantes. Now, Grosskreutz is suing the city of Kenosha, Kenosha County, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, retired Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis and interim Chief of Police for the Kenosha Police Department Eric Larsen, as well as other Kenosha officers, according to the complaint filed in a Wisconsin federal court. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office and Kenoshoa Police Department did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News. Grosskreutz was one of three victims Rittenhouse shot on Aug. 25. Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, in response to a call on social media to protect businesses there.
Tensions between mainland China and