- 2019-12-14 14:30:00Z
And you can't fight a modern war without them.
Touting his leadership role as an asset for Middle America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for reelection Friday as the Kentucky Republican seeks a seventh term next year. McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. senator in Kentucky history, has tied himself closely to President Donald Trump as he prepares to defend himself against a host of Democrats wanting to unseat him. "What I do is look out for Middle America and, in particular, my favorite state in Middle America - Kentucky," McConnell told reporters at the state Capitol.
Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Friday asked young people to fight for their future in the next decade, as she joined a demonstration in the northern Italian city of Turin. "Adults are behaving as if there's no tomorrow," Thunberg told young protesters at a Fridays for Future demonstration, the global movement inspired by her activism. Thunberg traveled to Turin in an electric car after attending the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, where she had given a speech accusing world governments of "creative PR" over their climate change stances.
Leanne Chapman's husband was leaning against the tree before he realized that the snake was curled up in the branches.
Ocasio-Cortez reposted a campaign video from UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, noting its overlap with her own message. Corbyn then lost, badly.
Protesters angry over American demands that South Korea pay more for defense destroyed portraits of the U.S. ambassador stuck on blocks of tofu outside the U.S. embassy on Friday after police warned them against staging a more aggressive demonstration. U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris has become a political lightning rod for South Koreans angered by U.S. President Donald Trump's push to get South Korea to pay billions of dollars more toward maintaining the 28,500 American troops stationed there.
A partnership between the United States and "like-minded nations" will keep Asian countries secure in the face of competition from a rising China, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on Friday. On a visit to Bangkok, Admiral John Aquilino, 56, criticized China's construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a vital trade waterway with rich energy resources where Beijing has disputes with five nations. "We are in competition with the People's Republic of China," Aquilino told reporters.
Royal Caribbean told CBS News it is now "suspending tours of active volcanoes."
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN he suspected that the GOP wanted the vote to happen in the "thick of night."
Andrew Scheer announced intention to step down shortly before reports he used funds for his children's eductionThe leader of Canada's Conservatives has resigned, following mounting frustration over a disappointing performance in October's general election and reports that he used party funds to help pay for his children's private school education.Andrew Scheer announced his intention to step down at an emergency caucus meeting on Thursday morning. Shortly after news of his resignation broke, however, Global News reported that he had used party funds to pay for his children's private school education - allegedly without knowledge or approval from the funding board.Party officials said that...
Is U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland getting thrown under the bus during Thursday's impeachment hearing?Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) thinks so, during the House Judiciary Committee's Thursday debate on the articles of impeachment against President Trump tweeting at Republicans, who he says are just now "throwing Ambassador Sondland under the bus," that "He. Is. Your. Guy!" > Just a reminder to all my GOP judiciary colleagues *now* throwing Ambassador Sondland under the bus. He. Is. Your. Guy! He gave $1M to @realDonaldTrump who has said Sondland is "a great guy." Because his testimony hurts Trump, now he goes under the bus. impeachmentDebate>...
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Looked at one way, Gavin Newsom's dilemma is actually quite enviable. Choosing which hedge fund you get to disappoint is something many would relish. But the California governor finds himself boxed in on determining what happens next with bankrupt utility PG&E Corp.Newsom must
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States warned North Korea on Thursday against any resumption of "unfortunate ill-advised behavior" after Pyongyang raised international concerns by setting an end-of-year deadline for Washington to reconsider its diplomatic approach. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell said that "we have heard threats before," when asked whether Washington was concerned about a return to long-range missile tests by North Korea, which has vowed to take an unspecified "new path" if the United States is not more flexible in stalled nuclear talks. North Korea said earlier on Thursday the United States had nothing to offer it in possible renewed talks aimed at...
The first article of impeachment says President Donald Trump should be not only impeached and removed from office but disqualified from running again.
A Pakistani court on Wednesday indicted a radical cleric wanted by Washington for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and four of his associates on terror financing charges. Hafiz Saeed and the four other suspects pleaded not guilty when a judge read charges against them in a courtroom in the eastern city of Lahore amid tight security. Saeed is the founder chief of outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed by New Delhi for the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people in neighboring India.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election "baseless."
Former FBI attorney Lisa Page on Tuesday sued the FBI and the Justice Department over the leaking of her text messages that prompted a barrage of public attacks from lawmakers and President Donald Trump himself."I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today," she wrote on Twitter. "I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal."The lawsuit accuses both agencies of violating the Privacy Act when reporters were given access to her messages with former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. The messages were originally part of two DOJ inspector general probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's...
Genaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.
The large crowds gathering early for Trump rally in Hershey were unfazed by the unveiling of articles of impeachment coming at the same time.
A Boston man accused of killing two doctors in their penthouse condo-and leaving behind haunting messages on their walls-was found guilty of murder on Tuesday afternoon. Bampumim Teixeira, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping for the May 2017 slayings of Dr. Lina Bolanos, 38, and her fiancé, 49-year-old Dr. Richard Field. Authorities say Teixeira fatally stabbed the couple, then scribbled "he killed my wife" and "payback" on the walls of their 11th floor condo. He was shot by authorities and apprehended in the hallway of the couple's building.As jurors began their second day of deliberations on Tuesday, Teixeira entered the packed Suffolk Superior...
President Trump has alleged that the FBI's investigation into his campaign was political. The 434-page report provides answers - and suggests reforms.
President Trump and his allies have hinged their "witch hunt" narrative in part on private text messages the Trump administration released between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok, both of whom have since left the FBI. Some of the text messages suggested the pair would have preferred that Hillary Clinton, not Trump, win the 2016 election.The report Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released Monday on the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia investigation found no "documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation" influenced the decision to investigate members of Trump's 2016 campaign, including from Page -...
India's lower house passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the country's northeast. "This bill is in line with India's centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding that he was "delighted" about its passage. "This is not a bill that is discriminatory," Home Minister Amit Shah said.
Brazil will send an emergency security force to the indigenous reserve of Cana Brava in the northeastern state of Maranhao to protect the Guajajara tribe after two members were shot dead over the weekend, a government decree said on Monday. The decree, signed by Justice Minister Sergio Moro, said the National Security Force would be sent to the region from Dec. 10 to Mar. 8 and would work to protect the indigenous tribe. Indigenous tribes in Brazil are facing escalating violence under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to reduce tribal rights and encouraged the commercial exploitation of their protected lands.
Attorney General William Barr slammed the FBI on Monday after the release of the Inspector General report detailing the agency's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russia."The Inspector General's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken," Barr said in a statement. "It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory."The FBI began its investigation after campaign staffer George Papadopoulos allegedly told a member of Australian...
The United States on Monday slapped sanctions on senior Venezuelan government officials accused of taking bribes to issue passports, the US Treasury said. The sanctions targeted Gustavo Adolfo Vizcaino Gil, head of the government department in charge of identification documents and migration, as well as his predecessor Juan Carlos Dugarte Padron, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said. It said the scheme to sell passports for thousands of dollars dated back at least to April 2016 when Dugarte was named as head of the government department and continued under Vizcaino, who took over in June 2018.
Republican lawyer Steve Castor seemed to forget about some previous impeachment testimony during his own appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.Castor argued that Ukraine didn't feel pressure from President Trump to investigate his domestic political arrivals and that the country's government wasn't even aware of a freeze in U.S. military aid until the end of August. Previous witnesses in the House Intelligence Committee's hearings, however, had a different story. Their testimony claimed that at least some Ukrainian officials knew about the hold up the same day as Trump's infamous call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which spurred the impeachment...
The president of the largest federation of unions in the country said Monday that the Trump administration and House Democrats had reached a deal on President Trump's landmark USMCA trade deal after months of negotiation.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who represents a key party in negotiations, told the Washington Post in an email that a deal was in place and he planned to meet with his executive committee later Monday to review the agreement."We have pushed them hard and have done quite well," Trumka said. Last month, the labor union leader said that "until the administration can show us in writing that the new NAFTA is truly enforceable with stronger labor standards, there is still...
Russia plans to establish an air defense "dome" across its polar region by arming all of its Northern Fleet's Arctic divisions with S-400 missile batteries, a Russian naval commander said on Monday. Russia has been stepping up its military presence in the Arctic, building new infrastructure and overhauling its ports as it vies for dominance in a region with huge untapped mineral wealth amid warmer climate cycles. In May, Washington accused Russia of aggressive behavior in the polar region and said China's actions must be watched closely.
The faulty MCAS software, which was designed to push the plane's nose down to stabilize the jet, was a key factor in both 737 Max crashes.
The webcam photograph was taken at 2:10 p.m. local time, just a minute before the eruption started. The fate of the people in the picture is unclear.
A Chinese governor has accused the United States of hypocrisy over its counter-terrorism policies after the House of Representatives passed a bill that criticised China's treatment of Uighur Muslims. The bill called for a tougher response by the US to Beijing's internment of up to 1 million Uighurs in camps in the western province of Xinjiang. The province's governor, Shohrat Zakir, told reporters in Beijing that the bill, passed last week in Washington, is a severe violation of international law and a gross interference in China's affairs which amounts to a US smear campaign against his country. "When the lives of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang were seriously threatened by...
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to go on trial in Paris Monday on charges of building up a property empire in France using funds from Syrian state coffers. Rifaat al-Assad, dubbed the "Butcher of Hama" for allegedly commanding troops that put down an uprising in central Syria in 1982, has been under investigation in France since 2014. This year, an investigating magistrate ordered he stand trial for organised money laundering in building a 90-million-euro ($99.5-million) property portfolio in France.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will welcome his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday -- the Russian's first visit to Washington since a controversial 2017 meeting with US President Donald Trump, the State Department announced. On Friday, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said the meeting was being "prepared" for Tuesday.
A sea of black as vast crowds of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong's financial district on Sunday (December 8) in the biggest rallies since local elections last month. It was the first time since August that the Civil Human Rights Front - organizer of million-strong marches earlier in the year that paralyzed the Asian finance center - had received authorities' permission for a rally. It estimated turnout of 800,000 But police argued it was much lower, at a mere 183,000. China blames the ongoing unrest , now in its sixth month-- on interference by foreign governments including the United...
The Department of Education is overseeing $1.5 trillion in federal student loans.
Too often the conflict, and the people who fought it, are forgotten.
Another victim from a previous shooting in Florida bore some semblance to the reported victims of the recent Naval Air Station shooting.
A British caver who last year helped in the rescue of a Thai football team remains "a hero" and should have won his libel case against the "publicity-seeking" Elon Musk, his friends and fellow rescuers have said. Vernon Unsworth sought £145m in damages from the Tesla founder, arguing in court that his "defamatory" tweet calling him a "pedo guy" after the rescue of the 12 boys and their football coach damaged his reputation. However, a Los Angeles court on Friday unanimously ruled in favour of Mr Musk, worth an estimated £18 billion, as the judge said that the comments did not meet the legal standard for defamation. The pair became embroiled in a row after Mr Unsworth, an experienced cave...
Kosovo is boycotting next week's Nobel Prize ceremony, its foreign minister said on Saturday, in protest at the literature award being given to Peter Handke, an Austrian author criticised for his vocal support for Serbs in the 1990s wars in former Yugoslavia. The Swedish Academy's pick for the 2019 prize, announced in October, triggered outrage in the Balkans and beyond because of Handke's admiration for the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. The award particularly stung in ethnic-Albanian majority Kosovo, which was a Serbian province until it broke away after the 1998-99 war in which Serbia carried out mass atrocities.
A Saudi military student reportedly condemned America as a "nation of evil" in an online manifesto prior to opening fire Friday at a US naval base, killing three people before being shot dead by police. The shooting, which took place in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, left eight others wounded, including two sheriff's deputies who responded to the attack. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the shooter was from Saudi Arabia -- the same nationality as 15 of the 19 men involved in the 9/11 attacks, some of whom attended civilian flight school in Florida.
Iraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference in an apparent nod to Iranian influence, as armed men killed at least 19 people, including three police, near a Baghdad protest site on Friday. More than 70 others were wounded by gunfire and stabbings near Tahrir Square, the main protest camp in the Iraqi capital, police and medics said. It was the most violent flare-up in the capital for weeks and came a week after Iraqi's prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said he would resign following two months of anti-government protests.
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. President Donald Trump's $28 billion farm bailout may be paying many growers more than the trade war with China has cost them.The U.S. Department of Agriculture's calculations overshot the impact of the trade conflict on American soybean prices, according to six academic studies, a conclusion that is likely to add to criticism that the bailout has generated distortions and inequalities in the farm economy."It's clear that the payment rates overstated the damage suffered by soybean growers," said Joseph Glauber, the USDA's former chief economist who published a review of the...
Metro Nashville police arrested the teens, who escaped Saturday, outside an apartment complex in Madison, Tennessee. Two are still on the loose.
Former Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said he "did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago."
SpaceX is set to launch its 19th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS) for the International Space Station today, with a liftoff time scheduled for 12:51 PM EST (9:51 AM EST). The launch will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and will use a Dragon cargo capsule that SpaceX has
A New York state bishop who had been at the center of a sex abuse crisis stepped down on Wednesday after learning the conclusions of a Vatican investigation, becoming the latest high-ranking prelate toppled by the decades-old scandal. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, and named Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, to administer the Buffalo diocese until a new bishop can be appointed. A long line of priests and bishops have been toppled by the Roman Catholic Church's abuse crisis, which exploded onto the international stage in 2002 when the Boston Globe newspaper revealed priests had sexually abused children for decades and church...
The New York Times has released the results from a set of questions posed to each Democratic presidential candidate about his or her views on abortion. Thus far in the primary race, very few of the candidates have been pushed to account for their position on a variety of abortion policies, especially during the debates. The Times should be commended for this effort to get candidates on the record on specific policy questions.Five candidates did not complete the survey: Montana governor Steve Bullock (who has since exited the race), former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro, former Maryland congressman John Delaney, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and California...
What a time.
Rudy Giuliani probably can't explain this one away with a butt dial.Throughout 2019, President Trump's lawyer -- who doesn't have a White House job -- received multiple calls from the White House's Office of Management and Budget, phone records obtained by the House Intelligence Committee reveal. It's unclear exactly who from the office was calling Giuliani in the specified cases, but the calls did come noticeably close to Giuliani's other communications surrounding Ukraine.Several calls from the White House and the OMB to Giuliani happened on April 12, 23, and 24, the phone records show, with one OMB call on the 24th lasting more than 13 minutes. And on either side on most of those...
As cast members turned to dust around her, Johansson acted fast.
"We’re all just really looking forward to getting back together."
Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, includi…
American Gods actor Orlando Jones has been fired ahead of Season 3 of the Starz series.
The final installment of the sequel trilogy is getting a lot of creative promotion — even by Star Wars standards. With The Rise of Skywalker out in just under a week, J.J. Abrams (and some spotty server issues) paid a visit to Fortnite. The director showed off an exclusive clip from the upcoming fi…
The Pokemon Company's legal action continues with action against Discord and 4chan to bring information forward on recent leaks.
We’ve officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with th…
New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers. Suspicious activity was spotted around 5 a.m. Friday morning. By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which in…
Ahead of the theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams stopped by Risky Reels in Fortnite to discuss the film and show off a new clip. Meanwhile, lightsabers have been added to the game.
Remote working has become a new normal in the life of an employee. Spurred by ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, lighter and smaller computers, and everything you need in the cloud, a lot of people have felt a lot less of a need to be in the same physical space as everyone else, day in d…
Fortnite players got a special sneak peak of the upcoming Star Wars movie. A new clip from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was debuted in-game and included a special introduction from director J.J. Abrams
Beginning at 1 p.m. numerous reports spread via DownDetector that players were having trouble connecting to Fortnite on all platforms. The game is set to host an in-world screening of a Star Wars clip at 2 p.m. EST.
In a most unusual crossover/tribute, Rainbow Six Siege, a tactical shooter, is offering a weapon skin for Gris, a nonviolent indie game that won the Games for Impact Award at the 2019 Game Awards.
PlanetSide Arena, which promised a 250-on-250 deathmatch but hadn’t hit 500 people logged in since September, will close its servers in January 2020, Daybreak Game Company announced.
"It would be great to have that available for a mainstream audience."
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Co-writer Chris Terrio on the blending of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Now lawmakers want answers from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Obsidian Entertainment said The Outer Worlds would be getting a story expansion DLC in 2020. Details and a release date will be shared later.
Damon Lindelof says he isn't trolling the 2009 film.
It’s hard to imagine that the finale to one of the year’s best new shows will satisfy everyone, but the run it’s on is already an all-timer.
Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth. Wearable band shipment…
What if Sinbad, King Arthur, Medusa, and Alice started a fight club?
The next generation Xbox has been finally named, but just what does it mean? We try to figure it out.
Watch this week’s best new trailers from Netflix, HBO, and more, including the adaptation of The Witcher and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights.
In a video compilation making the rounds online, cats look at a phone screen that shows their owners with a cat face Snapchat filter. It doesn’t prove they pass the mirror test.
AI leaders say that simply throwing more computers at a problem isn't sustainable.
In this week's newsletter: The moments that defined venture capital and startups in 2019.
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Microsoft's next-generation console has finally been revealed. So how does it stack up to other consoles and fruit, you ask? We were wondering too. So we built one. Kinda.
Check out a full breakdown of all The Mandalorian's characters so far, including some surprise Episode 6 cameos.
The most expensive Pixelbook Go model made it in time for the holidays.
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The Avengers: Endgame screenplay features a cameo from Doctor Strange villain Dormammu.
The Game Awards 2019 are over. Here are the biggest surprises, and let downs from the year's show.
Buttigieg is raising money from Silicon Valley’s billionaires — even as Elizabeth Warren attacks him for it
A fresh Power Rangers movie reboot is on the way from director Jonathan Entwistle, best known for Netflix’s End of the F---ing World.
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As part of the sale, the Atlantic is making layoffs.
Obsidian has announced when we can expect to continue the story of The Outer Worlds.
WWE has one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world and has become a social media force, and now the company has joined TikTok. The entrance music for over 30 superstars can now be included in videos recorded by TikTok users.
The FCC launched a program called Measuring Broadband America. It’s a yearly review of the speeds providers advertise as available to consumers. The agency compares those speeds to the reality on the ground through its own tests.
A streamer with 80,000 followers and a Microsoft partnership lost both after tweeting a joke about being a registered sex offender playing Fortnite with children.