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  • 'He'd do it again': Former Obama official says Trump must be impeached
    December 6, 2019

    'He'd do it again': Former Obama official says Trump must be impeachedFormer acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the author of the new bestseller ???Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump,??? believes the GOP notion that Congress can responsibly let voters decide if President Trump???s conduct is impeachable at the ballot box ???makes no sense.???


  • Nikki Haley claims Dylann Roof 'hijacked' the 'heritage' of the Confederate flag in church massacre
    December 6, 2019

    Nikki Haley claims Dylann Roof 'hijacked' the 'heritage' of the Confederate flag in church massacreNikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that white supremacist Dylann Roof ???hijacked??? the Confederate flag by carrying out a mass killing of African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015.


  • Indian border officials on lookout for fugitive cosmic guru
    December 7, 2019

    Indian border officials on lookout for fugitive cosmic guruIndian border officials and embassies have issued an alert for a fugitive guru accused of rape, the government said, days after the holy man announced the creation of his own "cosmic" country. Swami Nithyananda -- one of many self-styled Indian "godmen" with thousands of followers and a chequered past -- is wanted by police for alleged rape, sexual abuse, and abduction of children. Earlier this week, he announced online that he has created his own new country -- reportedly off Ecuador's coast -- complete with cabinet, golden passports, and even a department of homeland security.


  • 50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays
    December 6, 2019

    50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays


  • GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions
    December 6, 2019

    GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptionsAs Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would shield LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other public services ??? while also carving out exemptions for religious organizations to act based on beliefs that may exclude those of different sexual orientations or gender identities. Stewart???s bill counts support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it has yet to win a backer among House Democrats who unanimously supported a more expansive LGBTQ rights measure in May.


  • Reddit has said that Russia likely posted leaked UK trade documents as part of a vast covert influence campaign
    December 7, 2019

    Reddit has said that Russia likely posted leaked UK trade documents as part of a vast covert influence campaignThe documents were cited by the UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to attack Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a planned US trade deal.


  • Saudi gunman called US 'nation of evil' before Florida shooting, monitoring group says
    December 7, 2019

    Saudi gunman called US 'nation of evil' before Florida shooting, monitoring group saysA Saudi trainee military pilot reportedly condemned the United States as a "nation of evil" before carrying out a mass shooting at a top US Navy base in Florida. Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani killed three people and injured eight before being shot dead himself by police at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Saudi Air Force officer, who was on a US-sponsored training programme, reportedly posted a manifesto on Twitter in which he wrote: "I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil." It went on: "I'm not against you for just being American, I don't hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity." According to the the SITE intelligence group, which monitors jihadist activity, the messages were posted hours before the shooting, and quoted Osama bin Laden. The FBI was investigating whether the postings were made by Alshamrani, and whether he was part of a wider group. Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella briefs members of the media following a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The US Navy is confirming that a shooter is dead and several injured after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Credit: Pensacola News Journal Agents detained six other Saudis for questioning, three of whom reportedly started filing after the attack. It was not clear whether they had any connection to the gunman or were just at the scene. The sprawling Naval Air Station Pensacola is the site of the US National Naval Aviation Museum, and the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team. It is referred to as the home of US naval aviation and hundreds of pilots from allied nations pass through for training at any one time. Military personnel are not allowed to carry weapons on the base but Alshamrani was able to take a Glock handgun, purchased locally, into a classroom building where trainee pilots were studying. His training at the base began in August 2017 and was due to finish in August 2020. He was also armed with up to six extended magazines, meaning he could have caused far greater carnage had he not been shot by sheriff's deputies who rushed to the scene. Gun murders per 100,000 residents Saudi Arabia sought to distance itself from the incident as it seeks to repair its image of being an exporter of Islamic extremism. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the September 11, 2001 attacks were Saudis, including some who gained civilian flight training in the US. Last year, the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. King Salman telephoned Donald Trump to denounce the Florida shooting as "heinous" and to pledge cooperation over investigating it. Prince Khalid bin Salman, the king's younger son and deputy defence minister, said: "Like many other Saudi military personnel, I was trained in a US military base, and we used that valuable training to fight side by side with our American allies against terrorism and other threats." The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy arrives for exercises at Naval Air Station Pensacola Credit: US NAVY via Reuters However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suggested Riyadh should offer compensation to the victims, saying they "owe a debt". US officials said Saudi Air Force officers undergoing military training in the US were intensely vetted, "hand-picked," and often came from elite families. But Mark Esper, the US defence secretary, said vetting procedures would be reviewed. He said: "Are we screening persons coming to make sure they have their life in order, their mental health is adequate?" There are currently 5,000 foreign aviation students from 153 countries in the US, including hundreds of Saudis. Captain Timothy Kinsella, the Pensacola base commander, said: "The cross-training with allies is something that we have done for a long time. In World War II, we had Royal Air Force folks training here."


  • Bloomberg says ending 'nationwide madness' of gun violence drives his presidential bid
    December 5, 2019

    Bloomberg says ending 'nationwide madness' of gun violence drives his presidential bidDemocratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday he wants to become president to end "the nationwide madness" of U.S. gun violence, calling it evil and saying he would allow its victims to file lawsuits against gun manufacturers.


  • China Is Building Its Very Own Stealth Bombers: Meet the H-20 and JH-XX
    December 7, 2019

    China Is Building Its Very Own Stealth Bombers: Meet the H-20 and JH-XXMeet the H-20 and JH-XX


  • Biden Says He Would Consider Giving Ambassadorships to Donors
    December 6, 2019

    Biden Says He Would Consider Giving Ambassadorships to Donors(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden said Friday he would not rule out appointing donors as ambassadors, but wouldn???t make decisions about those roles based on someone???s financial contributions.???Nobody in fact will be appointed by me based on anything they contributed,??? he told a group of reporters aboard his ???No Malarkey??? bus in Decorah, Iowa.???But, for example, you have some of the people who are out there that are prepared to in fact, that are fully qualified ??? head of everything from being the ambassador to NATO to be the ambassador to France or any other country ??? who may or may not have contributed, but that will not be any basis upon which I in fact would appoint anybody.???Other Democratic presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have criticized the longstanding practice of appointing donors to governmental positions. Warren, who has sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, has vowed to not nominate wealthy contributors as ambassadors.In a wide-ranging 20-minute interview, Biden also defended his response to an Iowa voter who confronted him Wednesday over his son???s work in Ukraine, which has come into sharp focus during the U.S. House impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. He said he wanted to keep the focus on Trump, but reacted because the man made accusations that were false.Biden said his son did nothing wrong and referred to a statement by Hunter Biden that he exercised ???poor judgment??? in joining the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.???My son speaks for himself,??? the former vice president said. ???He???s a 47-year-old man. He didn???t do anything wrong.???Joe Biden, who is at the end of an eight-day bus tour across Iowa, again spoke about the need for bipartisan cooperation. He emphasized the vital role that the two-party system plays in American democracy, and the importance of having a robust Republican Party.???I???m really worried that no party should have too much power,??? he said. ???You need a countervailing force.???He added: ???You can???t have such a dominant influence that then you start to abuse power. Every party abuses power if they have too much power.???Biden also touted his ability to help other Democrats get elected, as he argued why he is best suited to bring about gains for party candidates as the presidential nominee.Biden, who often cites polls in swing states that show him defeating Trump, said the requests from candidates in swing districts for him to campaign on their behalf in the midterms is evidence of his appeal.???I don???t have to go out and look at a poll,??? he said. ???Just go into those states. You can feel it. You can taste it.???(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)To contact the reporter on this story: Tyler Pager in Decorah, Iowa at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com??2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Pressure builds for Giuliani as associate enters talks over potential plea deal
    December 6, 2019

    Pressure builds for Giuliani as associate enters talks over potential plea dealPressure to cut deal comes after revelations that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are ???likely??? to face more charges, attorney saysTalks about a potential plea deal are under way between federal prosecutors and an attorney for Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate indicted for making illegal campaign donations who helped Trump lawyer Giuliani???s search for dirt in Ukraine on Joe Biden, says an attorney familiar with the investigationThe talks appear to be in early stages, but the lawyer familiar with the investigation and ex-prosecutors say that pressure mounted on Parnas to cut a deal after prosecutors revealed on Monday that he and his business associate Igor Fruman, who was also indicted for making illegal campaign donations, are ???likely??? to face additional charges.If Parnas strikes a deal it could put further legal pressure on Giuliani, who is facing a growing number of legal woes including some relating to his international consulting business as part of an investigation of alleged crimes including money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, making false statements, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.Parnas and Fruman, who were both born in the former Soviet Union, pleaded not guilty to illegally funneling contributions from a foreign source and three other counts. But Parnas and his lawyer have begun cooperating with the House impeachment inquiry in response to a subpoena and have turned over video and audio recordings to the House intelligence committee.As detailed in the 300-page report by House intelligence committee Democrats and other documents and reports, Parnas played a Zelig-like role in Ukraine and the US in tandem with Giuliani and several other conservatives to try and boost Trump???s political fortunes in 2020.Parnas and Fruman worked with Giuliani to help oust Marie Yovanovitch, a respected US ambassador in Kyiv who was removed this spring, and to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to announce an inquiry into debunked allegations about former vice-president Joe Biden, a leading candidate in 2020, and his son who had worked for a Ukrainian gas company, in order to lift a secret hold on $391m in badly needed US military aid.Parnas and Fruman were arrested at Dulles airport en route to Vienna in October and charged with a complex conspiracy to funnel $325,000 to a Trump Super Pac from a Russian source using shell companies.But federal prosecutors in New York have since widened their investigation to look at Giuliani, including his business interests in Ukraine, and reportedly issued numerous subpoenas.The lawyer familiar with the investigation, who requested anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss it, said: ???There are some plea negotiations under way with regards to Parnas,??? and the federal prosecutors in New York???s southern district which brought the charges; but he noted that ???a proffer by Parnas??? attorney [has] not been accepted at this time???.Ex-prosecutors say a plea deal would probably require Parnas to offer more information about Giuliani and probably others he had contacts with, including possibly Trump and the Republican congressman Devin Nunes.Ex-prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig said plea deals typically require defendants to provide truthful testimony about other possible defendants which in Parnas???s case would include Giuliani. ???That prospect has to make Mr Giuliani uncomfortable,??? he said. ???It might also make Representative Nunes and President Trump uncomfortable as well.???Similarly, ex-federal prosecutor Michael Zeldin said that having a prosecutor signal more charges as likely against Parnas and Fruman ???substantially increases pressure on Parnas to work out a deal???.Zeldin added that ???additional charges could include such crimes as failure to register as a foreign agent, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.??? Convictions of these crimes carry substantial prison terms.Parnas???s lawyer Joseph Bondy declined to comment on whether plea talks were under way, but Bondy told the Guardian his client wanted to help the House of Representatives in its impeachment inquiry.In a statement, Bondy said that they are producing materials to the House intelligence committee ?????? and that Mr Parnas remains fully committed to providing relevant and accurate sworn testimony???. But Parnas needs to be ???granted a level of immunity, such that his statements in the impeachment inquiry cannot be used against him in his federal prosecution???.Parnas and Fruman???s efforts to help Trump???s political fortunes go back at least to April 2018 when the duo were invited as prospective donors to a small Super Pac dinner with Trump at his DC hotel. There, Parnas talked to Trump and warned him that Ambassador Yovanovitch was hostile to his policies, to which Trump replied she should be fired, according to the Washington Post. Their $325,000 check to the Super Pac, America First Action, arrived a few weeks later.In a statement, the Super Pac indicated it has voluntarily cooperated with the federal inquiry, and the $325,000 check was put in a ???segregated bank account ??? until these matters are resolved and a court determines the proper disposition of the funds???.


  • Blind man executed in US for killing ex-girlfriend
    December 5, 2019

    Blind man executed in US for killing ex-girlfriendA blind man was executed by the US state of Tennessee on Thursday for burning his ex-girlfriend to death. Lee Hall, who was previously known as Leroy Hall, chose to be executed by electrocution rather than lethal injection, a choice that Tennessee has offered to those condemned to death before 1999. Hall, 52, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of setting a car on fire with his former girlfriend inside in 1991.


  • Official documents shed light on Tokyo's role in 'comfort women': Kyodo
    December 7, 2019

    Official documents shed light on Tokyo's role in 'comfort women': KyodoThe Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one "comfort woman" for every 70 soldiers, Japan's Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding a fresh light on Tokyo's involvement in the practice. "Comfort women" is a euphemism for the girls and women - many of them Korean - forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels. The issue has plagued Japan's ties with South Korea for decades.


  • Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit
    December 6, 2019

    Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visitGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame??? during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her visit comes amid rising anti-Semitism and historical revisionism and vowed that Germany would not tolerate anti-Semitism.


  • Jurors from the Elon Musk defamation trial reportedly deliberated for less than a half hour before ruling in his favor: 'It was very clear'
    December 6, 2019

    Jurors from the Elon Musk defamation trial reportedly deliberated for less than a half hour before ruling in his favor: 'It was very clear'The jury foreman reportedly said that calling the British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth "pedo guy" did not meet their criteria to prove defamation.


  • House Ethics Committee tells indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter to 'refrain from voting'
    December 6, 2019

    House Ethics Committee tells indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter to 'refrain from voting'Rep. Duncan Hunter??"should refrain from voting on any question," the House Ethics Committee said in a Thursday letter.


  • A bride was angry her African American friend didn't want to attend her wedding at a plantation, and people think she's in the wrong
    December 5, 2019

    A bride was angry her African American friend didn't want to attend her wedding at a plantation, and people think she's in the wrongA woman was criticized for how she reacted to her bridesmaid's decision to drop out of her plantation wedding, as she wrote in a since-deleted Reddit post.


  • History Book Nightmare: Russia Could Have Nuked Away America's Submarine Fleet
    December 6, 2019

    History Book Nightmare: Russia Could Have Nuked Away America's Submarine FleetBy cutting off communications.


  • Judge Allows Criminal Trial to Proceed against Pro-Life Investigators
    December 6, 2019

    Judge Allows Criminal Trial to Proceed against Pro-Life InvestigatorsA San Francisco judge ruled Friday that the criminal trial may move forward against the pro-life investigators who went undercover to record abortion industry executives talking about procuring fetal body parts.Judge Christopher Hite deemed the evidence sufficient to send to trial the case??against??David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, who are charged with??nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of??illegal taping. Six additional counts were dropped.Daleiden, 30, and Merritt, 64, several years ago surreptitiously recorded executives from Planned Parenthood and other organizations haggling about compensation for the procurement of fetal parts for researchers who request them.The Thomas More Society, representing the two pro-life investigators, announced the decision on Friday in a tweet.> BREAKING NEWS: 6 counts in David Daleiden's criminal case have been thrown out of court and 9 remain. Judge Hite deems the evidence enough to go to trial on 9 counts. More to follow!> > -- Thomas More Society (@ThomasMoreSoc) December 6, 2019Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, called the charges against the investigators "unfounded and outrageous" in a statement on Friday's decision, saying they "have nothing to do with violating privacy or video recording laws but everything to do with protecting the powerful and wealthy abortion industry.""The same year David and Sandra published their recordings of Planned Parenthood employees haggling over the price of aborted baby body parts, videos taken by undercover animal rights activists were praised and led to investigations of abuse in the poultry industry," Rose said.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


  • The Story of Henry Lee Lucas, the Notorious Subject of Netflix???s The Confession Killer
    December 6, 2019

    The Story of Henry Lee Lucas, the Notorious Subject of Netflix???s The Confession KillerThee self-proclaimed serial killer confessed to committing as many as 600 murders. Most of those claims turned out to be lies


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