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Diehards hold out at Hong Kong campus as foreign pressure grows
Diehards hold out at Hong Kong campus as foreign pressure grows
  • World
  • 2019-11-20 06:43:37Z

Dozens of pro-democracy protesters remained holed up inside a besieged Hong Kong university campus for a fourth straight day on Wednesday as supporters took up online calls to disrupt the city's train network in a bid to distract police. The violent standoff between demonstrators and police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) rippled overseas, with the United Nations calling for a peaceful resolution to the siege, while the US senate passed new legislation supporting protesters' demands. The epicentre of nearly six months of increasingly savage anti-China protests has shifted to the PolyU campus, a stone's throw from the city's harbour, where hardcore protesters have repelled...

Navy could remove Gallagher from SEALs, even after Trump intervention
Navy could remove Gallagher from SEALs, even after Trump intervention

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, whose rank was recently restored by President Donald Trump in a controversial move, could be removed from the Navy SEALs, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Gallagher, a SEAL team platoon leader, was accused of committing war crimes while deployed in Iraq in 2017. In July, a military jury acquitted him of murdering a captured Islamic State fighter by stabbing the wounded prisoner in the neck, but it convicted him of illegally posing with the detainee's corpse.

Lou Dobbs Guest Mocks Vindman: He
Lou Dobbs Guest Mocks Vindman: He's a 'Deep State Crybaby'

After an impeachment hearing that featured Republicans suggesting National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was insufficiently loyal to America on Tuesday, Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and former Trump aide Christian Whiton openly mocked the Iraq War veteran for wearing his Army uniform to testify.During Tuesday night's broadcast of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs-who also serves as an informal adviser to the president-groused about Vindman requesting Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) properly refer to him by his military rank during the hearing."This Colonel Vindman, who insisted for some reason on wanting to be called lieutenant colonel," the Fox host grumbled. "I have never heard...

In a Freudian slip, Nunes accidentally referred to Volker and Morrison as
In a Freudian slip, Nunes accidentally referred to Volker and Morrison as 'your witnesses' to Democrats, a telling sign of how badly this impeachment hearing is going for the GOP

Vindman and Williams directly listened in on the phone call at the center of the inquiry. Volker and Morrison witnessed Trump's shadow Ukraine policy.

Morrison Says He Heard No Demand By Trump: Impeachment Update
Morrison Says He Heard No Demand By Trump: Impeachment Update

(Bloomberg) -- The House Intelligence Committee began its second week of public impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump on Tuesday.Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs on the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, special adviser for Europe and Russia in Vice President Mike Pence's office, testified in the morning.The afternoon session heard from Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Timothy Morrison, NSC senior director for Europe and Russia. Volker's opening statement is here.Here are the latest developments:Volker Now Recalls Sondland Statement (7:01 p.m.)Volker said he now remembers a statement made in July by Ambassador to the European...

Was it a bribe? Democrats trade
Was it a bribe? Democrats trade 'quid quo pro' for 'bribery' in Trump impeachment messaging

Democrats are pounding the word 'bribery' in the ongoing impeachment inquiry to describe Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky.

Man stabbed to death aboard San Francisco area train
  • US
  • 2019-11-20 00:14:43Z

A California transit chief said a man was stabbed to death Tuesday during a fight between two men on a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train. Interim BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez told reporters at a news conference that officials began receiving 911 calls in the afternoon about a fight aboard the train. Alvarez said transit officers boarded the train at the next stop and found a man bleeding and possibly the victim of a stabbing.

Syracuse U tightens security after white supremacist manifesto; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips chancellor
Syracuse U tightens security after white supremacist manifesto; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips chancellor

Security was tightened across the Syracuse University campus Tuesday after a  white supremacist manifesto was posted in an online forum.

Millennial and Gen Z singles have enough casual sex. But they want love, survey says
Millennial and Gen Z singles have enough casual sex. But they want love, survey says

Millennial and Gen Z daters, contrary to some claims, are indeed having sex, a new survey found. But sex is only a part of their romantic fulfillment.

An officer and an impeachment witness, he draws ire of Trump allies
An officer and an impeachment witness, he draws ire of Trump allies
  • US
  • 2019-11-19 23:28:41Z

Inside the hearing room, U.S. Republican lawmakers repeatedly thanked Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman for his military service on Tuesday before challenging his testimony about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran serving as the White House National Security Council's top Ukraine expert, testified before lawmakers in an ongoing impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats. Vindman testified that Trump's request that Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival was an improper demand.

California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown
California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history. The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new wells that use high-pressure steam to extract oil from underground. It's the type of process Chevron uses at an oil field in the Central Valley that leaked more than 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of oil and water this summer.

Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani
Ukrainian gas executive cooperating in US probe of Giuliani

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Rudy Giuliani's business dealings, including whether he failed to register as a foreign agent.

Kurt Volker completely reverses his previous impeachment testimony and now says he thought discussions about political investigations were
Kurt Volker completely reverses his previous impeachment testimony and now says he thought discussions about political investigations were 'inappropriate'

Volker has been accused of working with Rudy Giuliani and the US ambassador to the EU to pressure Ukraine to investigate Trump's political opponents.

GLAAD Commends Chick-fil-A for Dropping Donations to Christian Groups But Demands Franchise Change
GLAAD Commends Chick-fil-A for Dropping Donations to Christian Groups But Demands Franchise Change 'Anti-LGBTQ' Brand

On Monday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation commended Chick-fil-A for its decision to halt donations to several Christian charities but demanded the fast-food chain do more to change its "anti-LGBTQ" brand.GLAAD said it "greet[s] today's announcement with cautious optimism" but warned that the Georgia-based company still has work to do to fix its tarnished image with the LGBTQ community."In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents,"...

FBI wishes it had acted quicker as China stole intellectual property
  • US
  • 2019-11-19 21:58:15Z

The FBI wished it had taken swifter action as Beijing recruited U.S.-based researchers to transfer intellectual property from American laboratories, a senior official at the agency said on Tuesday during Senate testimony. The admission by John Brown, assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the FBI, backed up a Senate subcommittee report that found federal agencies had responded too slowly as China recruited the researchers, leaving U.S. taxpayers unwittingly funding the rise of China's economy and military. Despite China's announcement in 2008 of the Thousand Talents Plan - for which China had originally hoped to recruit 2,000 people but ended up recruiting more than...

Rep. Ilhan Omar Asks Judge for
Rep. Ilhan Omar Asks Judge for 'Compassion' When Sentencing Man Who Threatened Her Life

'A lengthy prison sentence or a burdensome financial fine would not rehabilitate him,' Rep. Omar wrote

Kurt Volker reverses past testimony, admits Sondland brought up Biden investigations in meeting with Ukraine

Former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker has one big revision to his first impeachment testimony.In his original closed-door testimony, when asked if there was any talk of investigating the Bidens in a July 10 meeting with a Ukrainian defense leader, Volker repeatedly answered "no." But when appearing publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Volker reversed that statement.In his lengthy opening statement Tuesday, Volker mentioned meeting with then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, Ukraine's then-National Security and Defense Chief Alex Danylyuk, and other leaders. "I remember, the meeting was essentially over when Ambassador Sondland made a generic comment...

Pentagon says Iran
Pentagon says Iran's missiles unrivaled in Middle East
  • World
  • 2019-11-19 21:46:23Z

Despite decades of sanctions, Iran has succeeded in developing its missile arsenal, which is larger than that of any other Middle Eastern country including Israel, a Pentagon study said Tuesday. "Iran has an extensive missile development program, and the size and sophistication of its missile force continues to grow despite decades of counterproliferation efforts aimed at curbing its advancement," the Defense Intelligence Agency said. The study said Iran considered missiles to be a strategic necessity due to the limitations of its air force, which still has some US planes ordered by the pro-Western shah, who was toppled in 1979.

Odell Beckham tells Mike Tomlin: You disrespected me; you know who I am
Odell Beckham tells Mike Tomlin: You disrespected me; you know who I am

After the Browns traded for Beckham during the offseason, Tomlin fake yawned when ESPN asked him about facing Beckham twice a season. Beckham replied with a fake yawn of his own after a 42-yard catch Thursday night. Beckham and Landry later celebrated Landry's 1-yard touchdown catch with a joint yawn in the end zone.

Carmelo Anthony to wear No. 00 for Trail Blazers, will reportedly be active Tuesday
Carmelo Anthony to wear No. 00 for Trail Blazers, will reportedly be active Tuesday

Carmelo wore No. 15 with the Nuggets and No. 7 with the Knicks, Thunder and Rockets. He also had No. 15 with the Hawks

Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns
Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

While Southern California prepares for its first rain of the season, PG&E; warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people in Northern California.

Takeaways: Trump request to Ukraine seen as a "demand"
Takeaways: Trump request to Ukraine seen as a "demand"

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, were on the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky at the center of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

'American Idol' Star Antonella Barba Blames Show For Her Criminal Behavior, Facing 10 Years In Prison

She will find out her fate in court.

Republicans assail aide who reported Trump phone call
Republicans assail aide who reported Trump phone call

A career Army officer testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine was "improper," as Republicans tried to undercut the national security official with pointed exchanges questioning his loyalty to the U.S. during a remarkable day in the impeachment hearings. Arriving on Capitol Hill in military blue with medals across his chest, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman told lawmakers it was his "duty" to report his concerns about the call. Vindman, a 20-year military officer who received a Purple Heart for being wounded in the Iraq War, was among the officials who listened in to the July 25 call when Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a "favor" --...

Giuliani Associate
Giuliani Associate's Creditor Seeks Cash From Trump-Tied PAC

(Bloomberg) -- A family trust that lent money to an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani is trying to recover more than $500,000 from the defendant and a political action committee tied to President Donald Trump to which he contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars.The Giuliani associate, Lev Parnas, who is accused of using donations to push for Marie Yovanovitch to be recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, owes the Pues Family Trust $510,000, court records show.The trust filed a claim against Parnas in 2011 for $350,000 after he failed to repay a loan. In 2016, a judge in New York granted it the larger award, which reflects interest. The trust registered the judgment in a Florida...

MSNBC Host: GOP Hinting at Vindman Dual Loyalty
MSNBC Host: GOP Hinting at Vindman Dual Loyalty 'Perhaps Inspired' by Fox News

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace laced into Republicans for not-so-subtly implying during Tuesday's impeachment hearings that National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman could have dual loyalty. The GOP's line of questioning, the MSNBC host suggested, was inspired by pro-Trump hosts at Fox News.During a break in Tuesday's testimony, Wallace asked MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake about counsel Steve Castor questioning Vindman about a Ukrainian official asking him if he'd be interested in becoming Ukraine's minister of defense. Vindman is a Ukrainian-born American citizen who emigrated to the United States when he was a child.After Haake said the Republicans were trying to...

Mayweather says he is done with
Mayweather says he is done with 'brutal sport' of boxing

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather said his time in the ring is finished and that he is focused on other projects including his fast-growing chain of boxing fitness gyms and his high-profile promotion company. "I've got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth," Mayweather

Army assessing impeachment witness Vindman
Army assessing impeachment witness Vindman's security: U.S. official
  • US
  • 2019-11-19 17:59:03Z

The U.S. Army will take measures to protect Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his family if needed, perhaps by moving them to a military base, after the key witness in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump expressed concerns over his safety, a U.S. official told Reuters. Vindman is one of the witnesses testifying in public hearings this week about Trump's effort to have Ukraine launch an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president who is a leading Democratic candidate to face Trump at the 2020 presidential election. Some Trump allies in the conservative media have questioned Vindman's loyalty to the United States.

Kim Foxx Admits Failures in Jussie Smollett Case:
Kim Foxx Admits Failures in Jussie Smollett Case: 'I Didn't Handle It Well. I Own That'

In her reelection video for Cook County State Attorney released Tuesday, Kim Foxx concedes that she mishandled the high-profile prosecution of Empire actor Jussie Smollett."The truth is, I didn't handle it well," Foxx says in the video. "I own that.""I'm making changes in my office to make sure we do better," she adds. "That's what reform is about."In the video, Foxx goes on to say that "those attacks aren't just about one case, they're about stopping progress in Cook County . . . we're on the right path to reforming criminal justice in Cook County, and making the system work for everyone."> I ran for Cook County State's Attorney four years ago because we needed to...

Oklahoma man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in Walmart parking lot
Oklahoma man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in Walmart parking lot

A man shot his wife and her boyfriend before killing himself in a Walmart parking lot in Duncan, Oklahoma.

2 officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night of his suicide have been indicted
2 officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night of his suicide have been indicted
  • US
  • 2019-11-19 17:09:00Z

Toval Noel and Michael Thomas were charged on Tuesday with falsifying prison records saying they checked in on Epstein every half-hour.

For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes
For trans activists, recent setbacks temper long-term hopes
  • US
  • 2019-11-19 16:43:21Z

Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump's administration argued before the Supreme Court that employers should be allowed to fire workers because they are transgender. The administration also has moved to revoke health care discrimination protections for trans people, rescind trans-friendly guidelines for students' access to school bathrooms, and sharply restrict trans people's ability to serve in the military.

Alexander Vindman ended his opening statement in Trump
Alexander Vindman ended his opening statement in Trump's impeachment hearing with a message to his father: 'Do not worry. I will be fine for telling the truth.'

"Dad, I'm sitting here today ... is proof that you made the right decision 40 years ago to leave the Soviet Union," Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said.

Lori Loughlin Might Face 2 to 3 Years in Prison if Found Guilty in College Admissions Case: Expert
Lori Loughlin Might Face 2 to 3 Years in Prison if Found Guilty in College Admissions Case: Expert

Lori Loughlin Might Face 2 to 3 Years in Prison: Expert

Chick-fil-A infuriates conservative customers by caving to LGBTQ protests
Chick-fil-A infuriates conservative customers by caving to LGBTQ protests

Conservative commentators did not pull punches after Chick-fil-A's decision.

Epstein jail guards charged with falsifying records
Epstein jail guards charged with falsifying records

Two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were charged Tuesday with falsifying prison records to conceal they were sleeping and browsing the internet during the hours they were supposed to be keeping a close watch on prisoners. Guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were accused in a grand jury indictment of neglecting their duties by failing to check on Epstein for nearly eight hours, and of fabricating log entries to show they had been making checks every 30 minutes, as required. During one two-hour period, the indictment said, both appeared to have been asleep.

Half of Indiana
Half of Indiana's school districts close, thousands of teachers demand better pay on Red for Ed Action Day

More than 15,000 people are expected to flood downtown Indianapolis Tuesday for what could be the largest Statehouse rally in more than 20 years.

Passenger dies after accidental fall from balcony on Carnival's Horizon during cruise

A man fell from a balcony to a deck below on the Carnival Horizon cruise ship as it was returning to port in Miami, officials say.

Read all the transcripts from the closed-door testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry
Read all the transcripts from the closed-door testimony in the Trump impeachment inquiry

The transcripts offer the public an unfiltered view of what witnesses said they knew about the president's dealings with Ukraine.

Las Vegas victim dies, making deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history even deadlier
Las Vegas victim dies, making deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history even deadlier

Kimberly Gervais was shot in the 2017 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, which left 58 other people dead.

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection
Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she's seeking the position again, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the Smollett case and the furor over the handling of it. "Four years ago, I ran for State's Attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County," said Foxx, who grew up in Chicago's crime-ridden Cabrini Green housing project.

Alexander Vindman Decries
Alexander Vindman Decries 'Callow and Cowardly' Attacks on Witnesses in Impeachment Inquiry

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who will testify to the House Intelligence Committee this morning, will say that President Donald Trump's call with President Volodymyr Zelensky was inappropriate and will decry attacks on witnesses appearing before the impeachment inquiry, according to a copy of his opening remarks which The Daily Beast obtained.He did not name any specific people as responsible for the attacks. Trump has tweeted significant criticism of witnesses who have cooperated with the probe. Vindman also said that if Zelensky's administration had followed Trump's directions, it would have damaged U.S. national security. "I was concerned by the call, what I heard was improper, and I...

A Ukraine gas company tied to Joe Biden
A Ukraine gas company tied to Joe Biden's son is at the center of the Trump-whistleblower scandal

Burisma Holdings is among Ukraine's largest independent natural gas companies, and it's now linked to a whistleblower scandal tied to President Trump.

Cuomo Blasts Syracuse U Leadership After White-Supremacist Manifesto Allegedly AirDropped to Students
Cuomo Blasts Syracuse U Leadership After White-Supremacist Manifesto Allegedly AirDropped to Students

Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty ImagesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blasted leadership at Syracuse University for its handling of ongoing hate speech and racist harassment on campus, which escalated overnight when a white-supremacist manifesto was allegedly AirDropped to some students' cell phones.The university's Department of Public Safety announced in a campus-wide email early Tuesday morning that it was investigating reports that the hate manifesto, which students told The Daily Beast was the same one used by the Christchurch mosque shooter, was sent to student phones at Bird Library at around 1 a.m. It was also posted in an online discussion forum about Greek life just after 10...

Democrat Warren vows to use
Democrat Warren vows to use 'every tool' to combat white nationalist violence

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday if elected to the White House she would use "every tool" at her disposal to combat white nationalist violence, beginning with directing the FBI and Justice Department to put a renewed focus on domestic terrorism. Warren, one of 18 Democrats vying

How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp
How Not to Plot Secret Foreign Policy: On a Cellphone and WhatsApp
  • World
  • 2019-11-19 13:15:58Z

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor at the center of the impeachment investigation into the conduct of Ukraine policy, makes a living selling cybersecurity advice through his companies. President Donald Trump even named him the administration's first informal "cybersecurity adviser."But inside the National Security Council, officials expressed wonderment that Giuliani was running his "irregular channel" of Ukraine diplomacy over open cell lines and communications apps in Ukraine that the Russians have deeply penetrated.In his testimony to the House impeachment inquiry, Tim Morrison, who is leaving as the National Security Council's head of Europe and Russia,...

IRS Whistleblower Cites Pressure on Trump Audit
IRS Whistleblower Cites Pressure on Trump Audit

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee staff members met this month with an Internal Revenue Service whistleblower who has alleged that senior Treasury Department officials tried to exert influence over the mandatory audit of President Donald Trump's tax returns, a congressional aide said Monday.The

230 Years and Zero Presidents: Why Mayors Haven
230 Years and Zero Presidents: Why Mayors Haven't Jumped Straight to the White House

In the history of American politics, one fact distills the nation's enduring suspicion of cities: Voters have never elected a sitting mayor to the presidency.Americans have seldom embraced anyone who's even touched the job. Calvin Coolidge was the last president, one of just three in 230 years

Fueled by Clinton Feud, Gabbard
Fueled by Clinton Feud, Gabbard's Long-Shot Campaign Chugs Along

Sitting at a bar in the coastal New Hampshire city of Portsmouth, Ray Brunelle rattled off the qualities he admires in Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.A retired Air Force veteran, he appreciates Gabbard's military background. He praised her "cool and calm" performance in the last primary debate

Key takeaways from Holmes and Hale
Key takeaways from Holmes and Hale's impeachment inquiry testimonies

Holmes testified to an overheard conversation between Gordon Sondland and Donald Trump.

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