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Punish Trump officials for bias against staffer of Iranian heritage - watchdog
Punish Trump officials for bias against staffer of Iranian heritage - watchdog
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  • 2019-11-14 22:00:18Z

Inspector general recommends disciplinary action for Brian Hook and others, in latest scandal to roil US state departmentBrian Hook, back, with Mike Pompeo in Abu Dhabi in September. The report strongly criticised Hook, who led the US campaign to isolate Iran. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesThe state department's watchdog has recommended senior Trump officials, including the administration's Iran envoy, be disciplined for discrimination against a career civil servant, in part because of her Iranian ethnicity and the fact that she had served under the Obama administration.The inspector general's report, which strongly criticised Brian Hook, who has led the US campaign to isolate...

U.S. Justice Kavanaugh to make first major public speech since controversy
U.S. Justice Kavanaugh to make first major public speech since controversy
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  • 2019-11-14 21:34:21Z

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has kept a low profile since sexual misconduct accusations almost derailed his appointment 13 months ago, will make his first major public appearance since his Senate confirmation when he addresses a friendly audience of conservative lawyers on Thursday evening. Kavanaugh, appointed by Republican President Donald Trump to a lifetime position on the highest U.S. judicial body, will address the annual meeting of the Federalist Society. One of the organization's leaders, Leonard Leo, has served as an adviser to Trump on judicial nominations.

There have been 366 mass shootings in the US so far in 2019 - here
There have been 366 mass shootings in the US so far in 2019 - here's the full list
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  • 2019-11-14 21:31:00Z

As of November 14, 2019, there have been more mass shootings in the US than there are days. At least people have died in mass shootings this year.

Diplomat gets chance to tell of her ouster by Trump
Diplomat gets chance to tell of her ouster by Trump

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine watched in disbelief as her reputation was publicly sullied in a slow-burning campaign to discredit her. On Friday, diplomat Marie Yovanovitch gets her turn to tell the public how she feels about her treatment by the Trump administration. Yovanovitch, 60, is a

Southern Poverty Law Center Attacks Stephen Miller for Sharing Center for Immigration Studies Research
Southern Poverty Law Center Attacks Stephen Miller for Sharing Center for Immigration Studies Research

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday criticized White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller for sharing statistics released by the Center for Immigration Studies, which the civil rights group includes on its list of hate groups.Miller sent at least 46 emails involving CIS over a ten-month period to former Breitbart News editor Katie McHugh, the SPLC said in the second of a serious of lengthy reports based on roughly 900 leaked emails Miller sent to Breitbart during the 2016 presidential election cycle. One of the emails included an "embargoed" CIS report and was sent from Miller's government email address.CIS is a mainstream think tank that works to advance restrictionist...

Jewish Groups Blast Fox News for Joe diGenova
Jewish Groups Blast Fox News for Joe diGenova's Anti-Semitic Soros Conspiracy Theory

Fox has come under fire from Jewish organizations following a Wednesday night segment on Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Tonight in which Trump-boosting lawyer Joe diGenova seemingly trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes by accusing Jewish financier George Soros of controlling "very large parts" of the

AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call
AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue "investigations," The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first

Aaron Carter Shares Photo from Hospital:
Aaron Carter Shares Photo from Hospital: 'Mommas Gonna Take Care of You'

Aaron Carter Has Been Hospitalized

Matt Bevin concedes in Kentucky governor's race

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will not contest results showing Democrat Andy Beshear winning the Kentucky governor's race.

Michael Bloomberg Has a History of Demeaning Comments About Women
Michael Bloomberg Has a History of Demeaning Comments About Women

It was a cheeky birthday gift for a hard-charging boss, a 32-page book of one-liners compiled by colleagues at his company. "The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg," presented in 1990 to the future mayor of New York City, even featured drawings of its namesake in gladiatorial

Federal Judge Rules U.S.-Born
Federal Judge Rules U.S.-Born 'ISIS Bride' Not an American Citizen, U.S. Not Required to Repatriate Her

A federal judge ruled Thursday that 25-year-old Hoda Muthana, who lived in Alabama but left the U.S. in 2014 to join ISIS, is not an American citizen and therefore the country is not required to repatriate her.Muthana is the daughter of Yemen's former ambassador to the United Nations, Ahmed Ali Muthana. Judge Reggie Walton ruled that because Hoda was born while Ahmed Ali still had diplomatic status, Hoda could not be considered a U.S. citizen. Ahmed Ali has since become a naturalized citizen.In addition, Walton ruled that Ahmed Ali cannot provide financial aid to his daughter, who escaped from ISIS to a Kurdish refugee camp in 2018. Hoda Muthana has a son, Adam, who was born in ISIS...

GOP Rep. Steve King suggests George Soros' son is the whistleblower, which makes no sense

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is getting his conspiracy wires crossed.The congressmember is among the far-right crowd publicly speculating on the identity of the whistleblower who exposed President Trump's questionable Ukraine dealings, despite the fact that outing a whistleblower could put them in danger. Then again, King's Thursday guess of the whistleblower's identity couldn't be further from correct.In a since-deleted tweet, King cited Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has repeatedly said he doesn't know the identity of the whistleblower. King then provided Schiff with "four strong clues" apparently revealing his perceived whistleblower with Hillary...

There have already been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools resulting in death or injury in 2019
There have already been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools resulting in death or injury in 2019

According to data from gun safety group Everytown, there have been at least 30 shooting attacks at schools in 2019 resulting in death or injury.

Sanders, AOC to Introduce Over $100 Billion Plan to Make Public Housing Environmentally Friendly
Sanders, AOC to Introduce Over $100 Billion Plan to Make Public Housing Environmentally Friendly

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) plan to introduce legislation on Thursday that makes public housing more energy efficient, at a cost of over $100 billion.The plan, dubbed the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, will call for renovation of public housing units to install community gardens and organic grocery stores along with on-site childcare services, according to the Washington Post. Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, has estimated the cost of the program at between $119-$172 billion over the next decade."Importantly, the working people who have been most impacted by decades of disinvestment in public housing will...

Kellyanne Conway tells Wolf Blitzer,
Kellyanne Conway tells Wolf Blitzer, 'you embarrassed yourself' for mentioning her marriage

"I think you embarrassed yourself, and I'm embarrassed for you," Kellyanne Conway said after Wolf Blitzer asked her about husband George Conway.

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart's Friend Rebecca Broxterman, Who Was in Car Accident With Him, Breaks Silence on Crash

Kevin Hart's friend shares pics of the comedian's totaled car after the accident.

California is becoming a nightmare. Here
California is becoming a nightmare. Here's why the state is getting unlivable, according to science.

In the past decade, California has seen a devastating drought, deadly earthquakes and fires, and skyrocketing homelessness.

Chicago teachers to vote on agreement that guarantees 16% raise, $35M to reduce classes
Chicago teachers to vote on agreement that guarantees 16% raise, $35M to reduce classes

Chicago teachers will begin voting on a tentative contract deal that ended an 11-day strike in the nation's third-largest school district last month.

Bloomberg Responded
Bloomberg Responded 'Kill It' after Employee Disclosed Her Pregnancy, 1997 Lawsuit Alleges

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg allegedly told a female employee,"kill it!" when she told him she was pregnant, according to the former Bloomberg executive's 1997 lawsuit.The lawsuit filed in New York by Sekiko Sakai Garrison alleges Bloomberg followed up his first remark with another offensive comment, "Great! Number 16," apparently referring to the number of pregnant employees on his payroll.Sakai Garrison also claimed Bloomberg pointed out another woman to her and remarked, "If you looked like that, I would do you in a second.""Sexual harassment and sexual degredation of women at Bloomberg was pervasive," the lawsuit...

Missouri woman charged after husband
Missouri woman charged after husband's body found in freezer

Authorities are searching for a woman after finding her husband's corpse in a freezer in a bedroom inside her southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, was charged Wednesday with abandonment of a corpse, a felony that is punishable by up to four years in prison. The grim discovery was made after a witness told police that Paul Barton's body had been in Watters' freezer since his death on Dec. 30, 2018, a police officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

Return to sender: Turkish President Erdogan says he gave back Trump
Return to sender: Turkish President Erdogan says he gave back Trump's 'don't be a tough guy' letter

"We gave back the letter that we have received," Erdogan said when asked why he ignored Trump's advice to not "be a tough guy" and a "fool" in Syria.

Asylum-seekers storm UN refugee office in S.Africa
Asylum-seekers storm UN refugee office in S.Africa
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  • 2019-11-14 14:53:45Z

Hundreds of asylum-seekers who have staged a sit-in protest outside the UN refugee agency in Pretoria for five weeks on Thursday barged into the premises, the agency said. Several hundreds scaled the perimeter wall of the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in an upmarket suburb of the capital, an AFP photographer said. The UNHCR said around 150 foreign nationals "have forced their way into the compound this morning" and that its staff were "safely evacuated out of the building".

Queer pastor on trial for being
Queer pastor on trial for being 'practicing homosexual' takes leave of absence

Blaedel was the subject of three separate complaints in three years, starting when they publicly came out as queer at the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference.

Trump impeachment hearing snatched by New Jersey drag queen:
Trump impeachment hearing snatched by New Jersey drag queen: 'THIS is what Democracy looks like!'

Pissi Myles made a social media splash at President Donald Trump's impeachment hearing on Wednesday.

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American allies
Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American allies

Veterans who served alongside the Kurds discuss the future of American foreign relations, as Turkish President Erdoğan visits the White House

Erdogan Showed Anti-Kurd Propaganda Video to GOP Critics During Oval Office Meeting
Erdogan Showed Anti-Kurd Propaganda Video to GOP Critics During Oval Office Meeting

Turkish president Recip Erdogan attempted to justify his aggression towards the Syrian Kurds during a Wednesday meeting with five Republican senators by showing the room a Turkish video depicting the Kurds as terrorists, according to multiple reports.After the video, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.)

As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help
As Talks With Putin Loom, Ukraine Looks in Vain for U.S. Help
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  • 2019-11-14 13:23:51Z

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukrainians are used to hearing the West call for stability in their country. This fall, the roles have reversed."Ukraine would very much like to see a stable political situation in the States," said Alexander Turchynov, the previous Ukrainian president's national security adviser. The relationship between Kyiv and Washington, he added, "is a question of life and death for us."As the impeachment spectacle unfolds in Washington, attention is focused on President Donald Trump and the ramifications for domestic politics. But the scandal is having a major effect on Ukraine, weakening President Volodomyr Zelenskiy's position as he hopes to start face-to-face...

He Invited Donald Trump Jr. to Campus. Now He
He Invited Donald Trump Jr. to Campus. Now He's Facing Impeachment.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A sitting president is facing impeachment, accused of collusion and abusing his power. Support falls along political lines: The opposition party is determined to remove him, while his allies maintain he did nothing wrong.But this impeachment inquiry is taking place far from Washington

NKorea say US offered to resume nuclear talks in December
NKorea say US offered to resume nuclear talks in December
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  • 2019-11-14 13:21:49Z

North Korea on Thursday said the United States has proposed a resumption of stalled nuclear negotiations in December as they approach an end-of-year deadline set by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer an acceptable deal to salvage the talks. In a statement released by state media, North Korean negotiator Kim Myong Gil didn't clearly say whether the North would accept the supposed U.S. offer.

Young Turks Founder Cenk Uygur Files for Katie Hill
Young Turks Founder Cenk Uygur Files for Katie Hill's Former Seat

Progressive talk show host Cenk Uygur has filed to enter the race for disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill's congressional district, according to a Federal Election Commission database filing submitted on Wednesday.Uygur, host and creator of "The Young Turks," a leftist online news outlet, tweeted "no comment" after news broke of the filing Wednesday night.> To all reporters: No comment.> > -- Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) November 13, 2019During a show on Wednesday in which he endorsed Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for president, Uygur hinted at "dramatic news on Thursday" and told viewers to "stay tuned."A former MSNBC commentator, Uygur has drifted further left in recent years, but...

Russell Westbrook on Patrick Beverley:
Russell Westbrook on Patrick Beverley: 'He don't guard nobody, man. He just running around doing nothing'

Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley have a history. After his Rockets beat Beverley's Clippers last night, Westbrook fanned the flames. Mark Berman of FOX 26: Westbrook ripping someone else for phony defensive effort?

Red and Blue Economies Are Heading in Sharply Different Directions
Red and Blue Economies Are Heading in Sharply Different Directions

At a quick glance, red and blue metropolitan areas are performing equally well on average in the most watched indicators of labor market health.Employment growth in the year ending in the first quarter of 2019 was 1.4% in both Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning metro areas, and the unemployment

In California
In California's 2020 primary, Latino voters could help Democrats defeat President Trump

California's growing Latino population now represents a third of all voters, which translates to political power and a prize for Democratic hopefuls.

Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre-Dame spire
Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre-Dame spire

The French army general charged with overseeing the rebuilding of Paris' fire-mangled Notre-Dame, has caused astonishment by publicly telling the cathedral's chief architect to "shut his mouth" in a sign of tension over the monument's future look. General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the cathedral's spire -- which was toppled in the April 15 blaze -- with an exact replica, or mix things up with a modern twist.

Former President Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter 'up and walking' day after brain surgery, pastor says

The Rev. Tony Lowden of Maranatha Baptist Church visited former President Jimmy Carter at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Devin Nunes is bravely defending Trump. That
Devin Nunes is bravely defending Trump. That's bad news for the president
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  • 2019-11-14 11:00:36Z

The ex-dairy farmer isn't exactly the cream of the cream: his bizarre claims on the president's behalf have backfiredDevin Nunes, left, and the minority counsel Steve Castor confer during Wednesday's hearing. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesIf you were on trial on national television, facing the possible loss of your job and the probable loss of what remains of your reputation, you might not place your fate in the hands of Devin Nunes.Nunes is a one-time dairy farmer who now milks the bursting udders of an entire herd of conspiracy-minded cows.Mad cow disease had the rare power to leap across species through an unusually mysterious vector known as a prion. Mad Devin disease appears...

France Tried Soaking the Rich. It Didn
France Tried Soaking the Rich. It Didn't Go Well.

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In recent years, several prominent economists have brought attention to the problem of growing inequality. These scholars include Thomas Piketty, author of the best-selling book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," and Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, who in a new book chronicle

Lakers beat Warriors 120-94, improve to NBA-best 9-2
Lakers beat Warriors 120-94, improve to NBA-best 9-2

No Anthony Davis for the first time this season, no problem for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists in three quarters, Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee dominated the middle, and the Lakers rolled past the hobbled Golden State Warriors 120-94 on Wednesday night. Kuzma scored

Fox Regular Claims George Soros
Fox Regular Claims George Soros 'Controls a Very Large Part' of the State Department

Fox BusinessFollowing the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday, a Trump-supporting husband-wife lawyer duo who are now fully entangled in the Ukraine scandal appeared on Fox Business host Lou Dobbs' show and pushed an outlandish conspiracy theory involving billionaire Democratic financier George Soros, the State Department, the FBI, and Ukraine.During Wednesday night's broadcast of Lou Dobbs Tonight, attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing-who reportedly ran an off-the-books operation with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to dig up Ukrainian dirt on former vice president Joe Biden-immediately took issue with senior State Department official George Kent, who testified earlier in...

Jeff Probst addresses
Jeff Probst addresses 'inappropriate touching' fallout on Survivor

Survivor: Jeff Probst addresses 'inappropriate touching' fallout

On the campaign bus, Pete Buttigieg talks stress dreams, misconceptions,
On the campaign bus, Pete Buttigieg talks stress dreams, misconceptions, 'just in case' letter to parents

Pete Buttigieg says he has given "radical access" to the media at a time when Trump's White House no longer does press briefings.

Despite Kashmir anger, China's Xi invites India's Modi to visit again next year
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  • 2019-11-14 02:48:53Z

Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China again next year after two informal summits between the men in each other's countries, despite deep disagreement over the disputed Kashmir region. Xi and Modi met in southern India last month, following their first informal summit in China last year as the two sought to put their often deeply strained relationship back on track.

Love him or hate him, voters say impeachment hearings will not change their views on Trump
Love him or hate him, voters say impeachment hearings will not change their views on Trump

FLINT, Mich./BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Reuters) - As the first televised hearing of the impeachment probe unfolded on Wednesday on the screen in his home in Flint, Michigan, Quincy Murphy said there was no chance the proceedings would alter his view that President Donald Trump is unfit to hold the office. "

Warren Says Big Business Shouldn
Warren Says Big Business Shouldn't Worry About Her Presidency

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren sought to reassure business leaders and investors they have nothing to worry about if she is elected president -- as long as they obey the law."I believe in markets. Markets with rules that are consistently enforced," she said in an interview in Concord, New Hampshire. "If someone has built a business on cheating people, then they should be very worried about a Warren administration, but if that's not the case, then there's no reason for them to worry."Warren's progressive proposals for reducing inequality, including a wealth tax, breaking up big technology and agriculture companies, as well as her $21 trillion plan to...

Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang
Consequential, but dull: Trump impeachment hearings begin without a bang
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  • 2019-11-14 01:29:10Z

Democratic lawmakers tried their hand at reality television with mixed results on Wednesday as they presented arguments to the American public for the impeachment of a former star of the genre, Donald Trump. Unlike the best reality TV shows - not to mention the Trump presidency itself - fireworks and explosive moments were scarce, however. Democrats need the hearings to resonate with the broader American public to gain support for a process that could lead to the impeachment and removal of the Republican commander-in-chief.

Michael Avenatti faces new fraud charge in Nike extortion case
Michael Avenatti faces new fraud charge in Nike extortion case

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled a new fraud charge against lawyer Michael Avenatti, accusing him of lying to a client as part of his alleged effort to extort Nike Inc. The prosecutors also dropped two counts of conspiracy against Avenatti from the case, which was first made public in March, according to a superseding indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan. "I am extremely pleased that the two counts alleging I engaged in a conspiracy against Nike have just been dismissed by Trump's DOJ," Avenatti wrote on Twitter, referring to the U.S. Department of Justice under President Donald Trump.

Court rejects Trump
Court rejects Trump's appeal in fight over financial records

A federal appeals court will not take up President Donald Trump's appeal of a ruling that his accounting firm must turn over financial records to Congress. It is almost certain that Trump will appeal to the Supreme Court.

'It's OK to be different': Meet Narwhal, the 'unicorn' rescue puppy with a tail growing out of his head

Narwhal, a 10-week-old puppy brought to a Missouri dog rescue, has a tail growing out of his head. He's already a social media sensation.

Deval Patrick Joins Crowded 2020 Presidential Contest
Deval Patrick Joins Crowded 2020 Presidential Contest

(Bloomberg) -- Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential campaign Thursday amid growing concerns in the party that the existing field won't produce a nominee strong enough to beat President Donald Trump.Patrick, who resigned Wednesday as a managing director

House mostly behaves during TV debut of impeachment hearings
House mostly behaves during TV debut of impeachment hearings

Congress behaved itself as Americans and the world tuned in for the first time to the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. "Boring," as the president's son Eric tweeted, served both parties during only the fourth presidential impeachment proceedings in the nation's history, on the cusp

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