2019-09-28

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Joe Wilson, skeptic on Iraq War intelligence, dies at age 69 – (Associated Press)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, according to his…

‘This man lives forever’: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe set for burial – (Associated Press)
ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (AP) — A priest asked God to take pity on Robert Mugabe as the family of the longtime Zimbabwean leader prepared Saturday to bury him at his rural home. They chose a private…

Afghan presidential vote held in relative calm, but turnout low – (Reuters)
Tight security ensured Afghanistan’s presidential election was held on Saturday in relative calm, though several small attacks, low turnout and complaints about the voting system heightened fears an unclear result could drive the country into further chaos.

Polls close in Afghanistan presidential election: official – (Reuters)
Polling centers in a presidential election closed in Afghanistan on Saturday amid accusations that voting was flawed and the voter turn out was very thin, heightening fears that an unclear result could drive country into further chaos.

House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents – (Reuters)
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump forged ahead with their probe on Friday, issuing a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents concerning contact with the Ukrai…

Republicans rally base around Trump impeachment probe in battleground Wisconsin – (Reuters)
Terry Dittrich has been working with Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on a simple strategy to win the critical battleground of Wisconsin next year: Turn out even more gun lovers, anti-abortion conservatives and illegal immigration critics than in his surpr…

U.S. House defeats Republican measure disapproving of impeachment inquiry – (Reuters)
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives killed a Republican resolution on Friday disapproving of the formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this week.

U.S. House panel to hear from inspector general on whistleblower complaint – (Reuters)
A U.S. House of Representatives committee will hear closed-door testimony from the intelligence community’s inspector general on Oct. 4, a congressional official said on Friday.

‘Damning’ facts will help sell impeachment probe to divided voters at home, Democrats say – (Reuters)
Some moderate Democratic lawmakers who a week ago had little interest in talking about an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump say they are now optimistic they can sell it to voters at home during a recess of the U.S. Congress over the next two …

Trump told Russians in 2017 he was not concerned about election meddling: Washington Post – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump told two Russian officials in a 2017 meeting that he was not concerned about Moscow’s meddling in the U.S. election, which prompted White House officials to limit access to the remarks, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon to halt protest as China National Day nears – (Reuters)
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks, broke windows and blocked a key road near the local headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Former college towns left to adapt to business loss – (Associated Press)
POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — As colleges and universities come alive this fall, some campuses sit closed and empty after succumbing to a recent wave of fewer students and financial challenges.Now…

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses – (Associated Press)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of…

Democrats in South’s governor races hit hurdle: Impeachment – (Associated Press)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On Thursday, as President Donald Trump mused about a possible “spy” in the White House, Democrats alleged a “cover-up” and Washington fired up the gears of impeachment, the…

New chapter opens in Pennsylvania in fight over suing church – (Associated Press)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a…

Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes, US cautious – (Associated Press)
LONDON (AP) — While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit.The Royal College of Physicians…

Ex-White House official says Trump phone call memos limited – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s…

Trump envoy to Ukraine Volker resigns: sources – (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s special representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, resigned on Friday, sources familiar with the situation said.

Crew members flee South Korea oil tanker fire – (BBC News)
The blaze broke out on a cargo ship docked in the South Korean port city of Ulsan.

A Marathon at Midnight, to Beat the Heat at the World Championships in Doha – (The New York Times)
Most of the athletes at the track and field world championships in Qatar are competing in an air-conditioned stadium, but a 26.2-mile marathon course defies such amenities.

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From various sources

IDF nabs 8 Hamas ‘leaders’ in Hebron – (The Jerusalem Post)
Hamas: “Armed struggle a strategic choice”

Nasrallah: ‘We are threatening them and we will enter occupied Palestine.’ – (The Jerusalem Post)
In early September, Nasrallah claimed that ‘any attack on Iran would result in Israel ceasing to exist.’

The Swamp In The White House – (The American Conservative)
On trying to keep a clear eyes and a clear head as the bog fog engulfs us

Party Platforms – (CBC News)
Compare the party platforms on these top election issues

What do the federal parties offer Quebecers in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions? | CBC News – (CBC News)
Here’s a closer look at how the party platforms stack up on the key obstacle to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec: gas-guzzling vehicles.

Everyone Has A Secret Zodiac Sign — What’s Yours? – (Buzzfeed)
Let’s get to the bottom of it.

Fact Check: The Liberals’ complicated claim that plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 | CBC News – (CBC News)
Fact-checking Catherine McKenna’s claim that ‘plastics will outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050.’

There’s a big hole at the centre of the Tories’ climate strategy | CBC News – (CBC News)
Andrew Scheer says his climate plan is Canada’s “best” chance of reaching its Paris Agreement goals. But it doesn’t have any firm greenhouse gas reduction targets.

22 Times People Had No Idea They Were Talking To Tony Hawk – (Buzzfeed)
Poor Tony.

Where the party leaders are on Day 18 of the federal election campaign | CBC News – (CBC News)
Here’s what you need to know about where the leaders of Canada’s political parties are on Day 18 of the election campaign.

coleslaw-org/coleslaw – (Hacker News)
Flexible Lisp Blogware. Contribute to coleslaw-org/coleslaw development by creating an account on GitHub.

Whistleblower complaint: U.S. special envoy to Ukraine steps down a day after whistleblower complaint was released – (CBS News)
The complaint claims Volker reportedly advised Ukrainian leaders on how to “navigate” demands President Trump made of Zelensky

Sunday: Graham, Giuliani, Murphy – (CBS News)
Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham, Sen. Chris Murphy, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Terri Sewell and Rep. Will Hurd will appear on “Face the Nation” this Sunday

Communication with locked-in patients in question after misconduct finding – (Ars Technica)
The work claimed it was possible to interpret yes-or-no answers from brain waves.

AB trades barbs with Mayfield on social media – (ESPN)
Antonio Brown again went after an NFL player on social media, this time trading barbs with Browns QB Baker Mayfield after he referenced the receiver in an Instagram comment.

Joe Wilson, skeptic on Iraq War intelligence, dies at age 69 – (Associated Press)
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Joseph Wilson, the former ambassador who set off a political firestorm by disputing U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, died Friday, according to his…

Trailblazing Texas deputy who was first local Sikh officer ‘ruthlessly’ killed during traffic stop – (USA Today)
Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, the county’s first Sikh officer, was killed Friday during a traffic stop near Houston. Police have arrested Robert Solis.

Orangutan with human rights begins move to Florida – (Hacker News)
Lawyers for Sandra the orangutan won a landmark appeal in 2014 which deemed her a “nonhuman person”.

Families of Aurora Colorado shooting victims express concern over new ‘Joker’ film – (Fox News)
Heather Dearman, cousin of Aurora Colorado shooting victim, says some of the victims and families of the tragedy will be disturbed by the new ‘Joker’ film.

‘Superstore’ actress Linda Porter dead at 86, her cast mates react – (Fox News)
Linda Porter, known for her role as Myrtle in “Superstore,” has died at the age of 86.

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All about Trump

Whistleblower complaint: U.S. special envoy to Ukraine steps down a day after whistleblower complaint was released – (CBS News)
The complaint claims Volker reportedly advised Ukrainian leaders on how to “navigate” demands President Trump made of Zelensky

Andrew Cuomo says ‘leftist’ Dems pressured Pelosi on impeachment, warns it will go ‘nowhere’ – (Fox News)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said that “leftist” Democrats pressured House Speaker Nancy Pelosi into launching the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and warned that the inquiry will ultimately go “nowhere.”

‘Front-row seat to history’: The monumental week that changed impeachment and sent Congress into chaos – (USA Today)
From frantic journalists swarming lawmakers to a news cycle that wouldn’t slow, members of Congress saw a week of consequence and chaos that made impeaching President Donald Trump a possible reality.

A readers’ guide to fact-checking Trump’s Ukraine controversy – (CNN)
President Donald Trump has made a blizzard of claims about Ukraine. Many of them have been attacks on Democrats, and many of them have been incorrect.

Remain in Mexico: U.S. says it can now return asylum seekers to Mexico along entire southern border – (CBS News)
The Trump administration on Friday said it can now return most migrants who express fear of persecution to Mexico, regardless of the sector along the U.S.-Mexico border where U.S. officials encountered them

Trump impeachment complicates governor campaigns for red state Democrats – (Axios)
The campaigns may soon have to answer to more partisan topics.

To survive impeachment, Trump has to shut up – (CNN)
Okay, children, pull up a chair, writes Paul Begala, Bill Clinton’s strategist during his presidency. Uncle Paul is going to teach you how to win an impeachment fight.

Rudy Giuliani Says He Won’t Testify Before House Without Trump’s OK – (The Huffington Post)
A member of the House Intelligence Committee says Giuliani could be the best witness because he “doesn’t know what he shouldn’t say.”

House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for Ukraine documents – (Reuters)
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who are pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump forged ahead with their probe on Friday, issuing a subpoena to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents concerning contact with the Ukrai…

Republicans rally base around Trump impeachment probe in battleground Wisconsin – (Reuters)
Terry Dittrich has been working with Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on a simple strategy to win the critical battleground of Wisconsin next year: Turn out even more gun lovers, anti-abortion conservatives and illegal immigration critics than in his surpr…

U.S. House defeats Republican measure disapproving of impeachment inquiry – (Reuters)
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives killed a Republican resolution on Friday disapproving of the formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced this week.

‘Damning’ facts will help sell impeachment probe to divided voters at home, Democrats say – (Reuters)
Some moderate Democratic lawmakers who a week ago had little interest in talking about an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump say they are now optimistic they can sell it to voters at home during a recess of the U.S. Congress over the next two …

Trump told Russians in 2017 he was not concerned about election meddling: Washington Post – (Reuters)
President Donald Trump told two Russian officials in a 2017 meeting that he was not concerned about Moscow’s meddling in the U.S. election, which prompted White House officials to limit access to the remarks, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

First House Republican backs Trump impeachment inquiry – (Axios)
Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) wants to see what the inquiry will bring up.

Trump labels AOC and Democrats ‘savages’ amid impeachment inquiry – (Business Insider)
Lawmakers previously announced an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint that detailed a phone call between Trump and Ukraine.

Trump labels AOC and Democrats ‘savages’ amid impeachment inquiry – (Business Insider (UK))
Lawmakers previously announced an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint that detailed a phone call between Trump and Ukraine.

Democrats in South’s governor races hit hurdle: Impeachment – (Associated Press)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On Thursday, as President Donald Trump mused about a possible “spy” in the White House, Democrats alleged a “cover-up” and Washington fired up the gears of impeachment, the…

Trump lashes out at ‘Do Nothing Democrat Savages’ | TheHill – (The Hill)
President Trump on Saturday lashed out at congressional Democrats, calling them “Do Nothing Democ…

Ex-White House official says Trump phone call memos limited – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House severely restricted distribution of memos detailing President Donald Trump’s calls with foreign leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s…

Freshman female Democrats from Trump-won districts are the unlikely leaders on impeachment – (CNN)
When a group of moderate House freshmen Democrats moved from hard no to hell yes on starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, they changed the dynamic for House Democrats, and indeed — the course of history.

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