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  • Rep. Justin Amash turned on Trump. Will his Michigan district follow him ??? or turn on him?
    November 17, 2019

    Rep. Justin Amash turned on Trump. Will his Michigan district follow him ??? or turn on him?If you want to understand how impeachment is being seen by actual Americans, there may be no better place to go than Grand Rapids, Mich. In part that???s because the area around Grand Rapids, comprising Michigan???s Third Congressional District, is one of only about two dozen districts in the nation to vote for Barack Obama and for Donald Trump.


  • PHOTOS: Deadly shooting at California football party
    November 18, 2019

    PHOTOS: Deadly shooting at California football partyFour people were killed and six more wounded when ???unknown suspects??? sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said.


  • PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters
    November 18, 2019

    PHOTOS: Hong Kong police storm university held by protestersPolice breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University for days.


  • Ukraine ex-president named witness in power abuse probe
    November 18, 2019

    Ukraine ex-president named witness in power abuse probeUkraine's former president Petro Poroshenko has been designated a witness in a criminal investigation related to the nomination of judges, the state investigation bureau said on Monday. Poroshenko has been embroiled in a number of investigations since leaving office in May. "His status is that of a witness," a spokeswoman for the state investigation bureau, which handles high-profile cases, told AFP.


  • Massachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-Man
    November 17, 2019

    Massachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-ManA father is facing drug possession charges after his son, 5, allegedly took heroin??to school and said tasting it made him feel like Spider-Man.


  • UPDATE 2-Israel says intercepts rockets fired from Syria
    November 18, 2019

    UPDATE 2-Israel says intercepts rockets fired from SyriaIsrael's military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday. Minutes earlier, sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded in the area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. "Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the Israeli air defense systems," the army said.


  • China's H-20 and JH-XX Stealth Bombers: Beijing's Very Own Deadly B-2 Bombers?
    November 18, 2019

    China's H-20 and JH-XX Stealth Bombers: Beijing's Very Own Deadly B-2 Bombers?What role will they have? Should America be worried?


  • 2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into river
    November 18, 2019

    2 dead as French bridge collapse sends vehicles into riverA 15-year-old girl and a truck driver died Monday when a road bridge collapsed in rural southwest France, dumping several vehicles into a river and prompting nationwide questions about bridge safety. Bystanders were able to rescue the girl???s mother after her car fell into the Tarn River near the village of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn, regional prosecutor Dominique Alzeari told reporters. Several hours later, Mirepoix-sur-Tarn Mayor Eric Oget said on BFM television that a truck driver whose vehicle fell into the river was also found dead, and rescuers were working to extract his body.


  • New Epstein accuser sues estate and calls on Prince Andrew to share information
    November 18, 2019

    New Epstein accuser sues estate and calls on Prince Andrew to share informationWoman says sex offender committed ???vicious, prolonged sexual assault??? against her when she was 15Jane Doe 15 speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles along with her lawyer Gloria Allred. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/ReutersA woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein committed a ???vicious, prolonged sexual assault??? against her when she was 15 has called on Prince Andrew to come forward with information about the convicted sex offender.The new accuser, who identifies herself as ???Jane Doe 15???, appealed to the Duke of York at a press conference on Monday, where she and the lawyer Gloria Allred announced her lawsuit against Epstein???s estate. She is one of about a dozen women suing the late financier???s estate for alleged sexual abuses.???Prince Andrew, and any others that are close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have,??? Jane Doe 15 said.Allred said that she had called upon Andrew to ???voluntarily meet with the FBI and prosecutors who are investigating this criminal case in New York, and also to provide his deposition under oath???.Their entreaty comes in the wake of a bombshell BBC Newsnight interview in which Andrew was pressed on his friendship with Epstein ??? who killed himself in a Manhattan jail several months ago following his arrest on sex trafficking charges.Andrew claims he met Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell ??? the daughter of the media baron Robert Maxwell ??? who has been accused of serving as Epstein???s procurer. Virginia Giuffre has claimed that Epstein flew her to London on his private jet around 2001, when she was 17 years old. After dining and dancing, Giuffre and the prince had a sexual encounter at Maxwell???s Belgravia home, she has alleged. Andrew denies the claim. Maxwell has also emphatically denied wrongdoing. She said that after she returned home from New Mexico, an Epstein assistant invited her to his Virgin Islands home. She claimed the assistant said Andrew would be among the guests and added that she declined the invitation.???Epstein took my sexual innocence,??? the woman said during the presser.The royal family did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The prince is not accused of wrongdoing in relation to Jane Doe 15 and claims to have severed ties with Epstein in 2010.Court papers detail the alleged abuse.Jane Doe 15 said she was lured into Epstein???s dark world when she was in New York City on a school trip. She was permitted to visit her sister, who was a model in New York City, for one day. Jane Doe 15???s sister, who knew Epstein, invited her to his town house, she claims.Upon her arrival at his townhouse in the tony Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, his secretary allegedly began ???grooming Jane Doe 15 to be used as Epstein???s sexual object ??? she took photos of Jane Doe 15, gave her an iPod, and told Jane Doe 15 that Epstein really wanted to meet her???. The secretary took down Jane Doe 15???s contact information, the lawsuit says.Several weeks later, she claims the secretary emailed Jane Doe 15, saying ???Epstein was excited by the photos and that he was very interested in [her]??? ??? she and her sister were invited to a magic show in Las Vegas, and then to Epstein???s New Mexico ranch.For Jane Doe 15, who ???grew up in a poor household in the Midwest???, the prospect of travel seemed ???thrilling???. She convinced her mother to let her go on the trip. She then received ticket information from the secretary.Following the show, the girl and her sister were taken to an airport, where they boarded Epstein???s private plane. Epstein was present ???along with several young girls???, she claims.Upon their arrival at the ranch, Jane Doe 15 and the others were told they could do whatever they wanted ??? such as riding horses or ATVs or using the hot tubs or pool.At one point during her stay at the ranch, Jane Doe 15 says, she was asked to the main house and taken to Epstein???s bedroom, where he was allegedly wearing a bathrobe and demanded a massage. The girl says she sensed that Epstein wanted her to engage in sexual activity, ???but she did not know what it was. Epstein seemed to get frustrated as a result.???He then assaulted her with a device, according to court papers.She says she left the ranch after three or four days. A lawyer representing the executors of Epstein???s estate did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


  • Fox News Host Hits Trump for Attacking Chris Wallace: You???re ???Not Entitled to Praise???
    November 18, 2019

    Fox News Host Hits Trump for Attacking Chris Wallace: You???re ???Not Entitled to Praise???Fox NewsFox News aired a rare bit of ???Common Sense??? on Monday afternoon when host Neil Cavuto ended his show with a strong defense of his colleague Chris Wallace, who earned the wrath of President Trump for daring to challenge House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).Trump tweeted on Sunday that Scalise ???blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris???s lowest rated (unless I???m on) morning show,??? adding, ???This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past.?????Zooming out, Cavuto asked his viewers, ???What makes something ???fake news??????? before explaining that the president ???doesn???t distinguish??? between false reporting and journalism that reflects poorly on him.?????Now we can debate whether any crime was committed here,??? Cavuto said, ???but Chris challenged Scalise concluding the witnesses that testified last week didn???t see a crime committed here. That was his view of what they said, but that was not what they said.??? He went on to say it ???was a pity??? Trump didn???t keep watching Fox News Sunday to see Wallace ???just as aggressively going after??? Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). Speaking directly to Trump, Cavuto said, ???Now while it???s understandable not to like what you hear, Mr. President, it is not understandable to tune out what you would very much like to hear.??? He futilely urged Trump to watch ???the things you might like and, yes, the things you might not like.?????While Trump is ???entitled??? to his opinion, Cavuto said journalists ???aren???t entitled to praise??? him unconditionally???as he has come to expect from Fox???s primetime hosts. ???We???re obligated to question you and always be fair to you,??? he said. ???We will. Even if it risks inviting your wrath.?????Trevor Noah Slams Fox News: They Think Viewers Are ???Too Dumb??? to Follow ImpeachmentRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese roots
    November 18, 2019

    TikTok is reportedly considering a rebrand in the US to shed its Chinese rootsByteDance, the company which owns short-form video app TikTok, has recently come under fire due to the fact that it is headquartered in China.


  • The Latest: HK police say they hope for peaceful resolution
    November 18, 2019

    The Latest: HK police say they hope for peaceful resolutionHong Kong police spokesman Kwok Ka-chuen says police have not yet decided their next steps to end a standoff at Polytechnic University but are still hoping for a peaceful resolution. Asked whether a deadline had been set for the anti-government protesters inside to surrender, Kwok gave no specifics. Kwok and others said all adults leaving the campus would be arrested on suspicion of rioting and other offenses, based on the degree of violence witnessed at the school and surrounding areas.


  • Riot police use water cannons to disperse Georgia protesters
    November 18, 2019

    Riot police use water cannons to disperse Georgia protestersRiot police in Georgia used water cannons on Monday to disperse anti-government protesters who have taken to the streets after the ruling party backtracked on promised electoral reforms. Hundreds of riot police in body armour and helmets sprayed water to break up a crowd of several hundred protesters outside the parliament building in the capital Tbilisi. Police also cleared protesters away from the city's main thoroughfare, Rustaveli Avenue, where they have blocked traffic since the last week.


  • Here's how FedEx will fly giant panda Bei Bei to China via its 'Panda Express'
    November 18, 2019

    Here's how FedEx will fly giant panda Bei Bei to China via its 'Panda Express'A FedEx plane will soon take a 15-plus hour flight from the U.S. to China. Its cargo: one giant panda, supplies and plenty of snacks.


  • Russia hands back captured naval ships to Ukraine before summit
    November 18, 2019

    Russia hands back captured naval ships to Ukraine before summitMOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia on Monday handed back three naval ships it captured last year to Ukraine, something Kiev wanted to happen before a four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month in Paris. The handover, confirmed by the two countries' foreign ministries, occurred in the Black Sea off the coast of Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Russia seized the ships in the same area in November last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors.


  • China's Plans To Fight A Nuclear War Against America Would Kill Millions
    November 18, 2019

    China's Plans To Fight A Nuclear War Against America Would Kill MillionsA scary scenario.


  • China signs defense agreement with South Korea as U.S. angers Seoul with demand for $5 billion troop payment
    November 18, 2019

    China signs defense agreement with South Korea as U.S. angers Seoul with demand for $5 billion troop paymentThe defense ministers of South Korea and China have agreed to develop their security ties to ensure stability in northeast Asia, the latest indication that Washington???s longstanding alliances in the region are fraying.


  • Rodney Reed's mother says the 'truth will and shall set him free' after her son was granted a stay of execution
    November 18, 2019

    Rodney Reed's mother says the 'truth will and shall set him free' after her son was granted a stay of executionRodney Reed has spent 20 years in prison for the 1996 murder of a 19-year-old woman named Stacey Stites.


  • IRS whistleblower reportedly met with Senate staffers this month
    November 18, 2019

    IRS whistleblower reportedly met with Senate staffers this monthA career official at the Internal Revenue Service who filed a whistleblower complaint over the summer, accusing at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department of trying to interfere with an audit of President Trump's tax returns, met with Senate Finance Committee staff members earlier this month, a congressional aide told The New York Times. The whistleblower spoke with staffers for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee. The whistleblower contacted the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee in July, claiming that political appointees were getting involved in the audit and putting pressure of some kind on senior IRS officials, the Times reports.Details of the allegations remain unclear, and the House Ways and Means Committee is still reviewing the complaint. "We generally do not comment on whistleblower meetings, their contents, or even if they happened," Michael Zona, a spokesman for Grassley, told the Times. "Additionally, federal law prohibits the discussion of protected taxpayer information."A person familiar with the matter told the Times the complaint does not directly implicate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has refused to comply with a congressional request to release six years worth of Trump's personal and business tax returns.More stories from theweek.com The potential lie that could actually destroy Trump The coming death of just about every rock legend How China can win a trade war in 1 move


  • Forgotten Genocide: How a Quarter of Europe???s Roma Were Murdered by the Nazis, then Erased From History
    November 17, 2019

    Forgotten Genocide: How a Quarter of Europe???s Roma Were Murdered by the Nazis, then Erased From HistoryLONDON???It???s impossible to fathom the scale of the depravity. An eyewitness account by a Holocaust survivor???unearthed for a new exhibition in London???describes the conditions in the ???gypsy??? section of Auschwitz as even more inhumane than the rest of the appalling facility.???The conditions were worse than in the other camps,??? wrote eyewitness Hermann Langbein in 1945. ???The route between the huts was ankle deep in mud and dirt. The gypsies were still wearing the clothes that they had been given upon arrival??? footwear was missing??? The latrines were built in such a way that they were practically unusable for the gypsy children. The infirmary was a pathetic sight.???The Holocaust Didn???t End with the Liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi Death CampsThe report by Langbein, also a survivor of the Spanish Civil War, is just one of the sickening contemporary accounts highlighted in the exhibition Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti at London???s Wiener Holocaust Library (to March 11, 2020).Over 90 percent of the Roma held at Auschwitz did not survive the war.In total, it is estimated that up to half a million Roma and Sinti, the name taken by the nomadic people based in Germany, died during the Holocaust. Accurate estimates are impossible but that may have been a quarter of Europe???s Roma and Sinti population.The plight of these people, commonly known as gypsies at the time, was overshadowed by the scale of the genocide perpetrated against Europe???s Jewish community, but the Romani suffering was not simply eclipsed; it was systematically erased in the post-war period. Romani survivors did not qualify for restitution; the mass murder of the Roma was largely ignored at the Nuremberg trials; Germany did not formally recognize that there had been a Romani genocide until 1982.Like homeless and gay victims of the Holocaust, the Roma and Sinti people were primarily categorized by the Nazi killing machine as criminals or ???asocials.??? For the tiny minority who survived, this meant they struggled to apply for compensation for their treatment in the same way as Jewish survivors.Despite the German authorities??? failure to recognize this as another strand of genocide, there was plenty of evidence that the Nazis were applying similar twisted pseudo-science to portray the Roma and Jews as lesser people.The exhibition highlights the work of a man named Dr Robert Ritter, who was responsible for running the Racial Hygiene and Demographic Biology Research Unit from 1936. In 1941, he was promoted and also became head of the Criminal Biology Unit. Much of his work focused on trying to prove that the Romani people were racially inferior using a vast array of nonsensical and unscientific methods.He supported the sterilization of Roma women and expressed his concern about preventing intermarriage with other Germans. He was also personally responsible for identifying Roma and Sinti communities in Germany and Austria which were then raided by Nazis units who transported thousands to the camps.Ritter was never brought to trial.??His racist project had obviously been influential among senior Nazi officials, however. In 1938, the head of the SS Heinrich Himmler wrote: ???Experience gained in combating the gypsy nuisance, and knowledge derived from race-biological research, have shown that the proper method of attacking the Gypsy problem seems to be to treat it as a matter of race.???It???s utterly extraordinary that it took the German government until the 1980s to officially take Himmler???s word for it: the mass execution of the Roma and Sinti people was a racially motivated genocide.It wasn???t just within Germany; the Roma and Sinti people were largely left out of the picture when the world united to condemn the horrors of the Holocaust.???There was no reckoning, no recognition,??? said Barbara Warnock, curator at the Wiener Holocaust Library. ???At the Nuremberg war crimes trials, crimes against Roma weren???t part of the indictments. There are some documents that were entered at Nuremberg that are to do with persecution against Jews that happen to mention persecution against Roma too but it wasn't something that was being particularly focused on or investigated even though people were aware of it. There's never been that big moment of acknowledgement.???Warnock told The Daily Beast that there has been a historic and continued marginalization of Roma communities in Europe. ???The failure to acknowledge the extent of persecution and suffering probably hasn't been helpful,??? she said.Documents that tell the typically depressing story of Hans Brann, a Roma survivor of Auschwitz, have been located by the Wiener Holocaust Library. He was one of just a couple of thousand Roma who entered Auschwitz and left alive.According to a police letter, the response to his restitution claim was to order a police inspector to investigate his claim, and prove that he was a criminal, not a racial victim.??Not all of the documentation survives, but he must have been turned down because six years later Brann made the same claim of restitution. He had waited more than a decade for any recognition of the torment he had suffered.For the Roma people in Europe, the wait goes on. Recent years have seen crackdowns on communities in Italy, France and Hungary.???Reflect upon the situation in Europe today,??? said Warnock. ???A massive amount of prejudice and discrimination continues.?????Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


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