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    Warnings that President Donald Trump is willing to go to dangerous extremes to steal the 2020 presidential election have not only been coming from liberal and progressive outlets — they have also been coming from The Bulwark, a conservative website founded by journalists Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes. The Bulwark has become a go-to site for anti-Trump reporting and commentary from the right. And Kristol, in an article published on September 24, suggests some ways to possibly avoid a “calamity” in this year’s presidential election. Kristol drew a great deal of criticism from the left during the 2000s, when he was a cheerleader for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But these days, Kristol often finds himself commiserating with liberal and...
    “The graveyards are full of indispensable men,” Charles de Gaulle is reputed to have said. Despite the mordant wisdom most of us see in that statement, an alarming number of people refuse to follow his implicit advice. Many of us, particularly in America, the land of rugged individualism, see ourselves as crucial in the grand scheme of things, and are reluctant to leave the stage. That may explain the real insecurity behind the common belief in the immortality of the soul. Admittedly, roughly two-thirds of the way through my career, I started to see myself as experienced, reliable, professionally knowledgeable, and possessing good judgment: all the ingredients for an inflated sense of indispensability. As retirement approached, I felt more than...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Each week, we take a look at our archives for boosts to propel you into the weekend. In January 1992, Frances Fox Piven and Barbara Ehrenreich sat in on a forum hosted by the Nation to hear Jerry Brown—then running for the Democratic presidential nomination against third-way Democrat Bill Clinton. “Strikingly,” Ehrenreich noted in her essay for us on that campaign, “he was talking about class.” Piven and Ehrenreich nudged each other, raised eyebrows, and watched as “nearly five hundred hard-nosed New York leftists clapped till their hands were calloused.” It’s a tiny moment. But I spoke to Piven for an article earlier this year,...
    President Donald J. Trump talks about his healthcare vision and signs executive order in Charlotte NCÂ United States on September 24, 2020.Peter Zay | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images In a speech unveiling his health-care "vision" for America, President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement: that cash cards will soon be sent to millions of seniors using the government health insurance program Medicare.  "Under my plan, 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs," Trump said in North Carolina on Thursday evening. But it's unclear how exactly the administration will pay for the cards. A White House official told CNBC in an email that the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the pandemic Thursday, questioning whether the Trump administration will deliver a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The governor says New York state will have its own health officials to screen any federally approved vaccine. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months...
    A demonstrator holds up a "Black Lives Matter" sign during a protest over the death of a Black man, Daniel Prude, after police put a spit hood over his head during an arrest on March 23, in Rochester, New York, U.S. September 6, 2020. .JPG REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman are facing life in prison after officials said they lit a police van on fire with a Molotov cocktail at a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn in May.  But Mattis and Rahman aren't alone — more than 13,000 people have been arrested during protests this year, and the Department of Justice said more than 300 people across 29 states have been charged with federal crimes....
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is forming a state task force to review a coronavirus vaccine before recommending it to the public, saying Thursday he does not trust the federal government to determine when a vaccine is safe and effective. “New York state will have its own review when the federal government is finished with their review and says it’s safe,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend it to New Yorkers, based on the federal government’s opinion.” Cuomo said that the New York health department will consult with hospitals in the state to review any federally-approved vaccine. The Democrat said he wants to be...
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    The Republican report aimed at raising questions about the dealings of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine appears to have accidentally implicated former Energy Secretary Rick Perry in an energy scheme in the foreign nation, according to the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. Republicans led by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., released their much-hyped report on Hunter Biden’s role at the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma on Wednesday. However, it found no evidence of actual wrongdoing and relied largely on debunked claims, old statements and narratives pushed as part of a Russian disinformation campaign. But the report did find new evidence related to Perry’s actions in Ukraine while he served in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Amos Hochstein, a member of the supervisory board at the...
    One of York’s major theaters is to lay off 60 workers and run the skeleton system as the Furlough project comes to an end. The Grand Opera House on Clifton Street in York has not been able to hold any live performances since the lockout began. It is understood that about 11 full-time employees and 50 ordinary workers have been affected. Also some employees are on temporary layoffs and will be brought back to the company in the coming months. Apart from the Furlough project, the place has no government or art forum support, it is a business operator and part of the Ambassador Theater Group (ADG), the company said. The group has contacted...
              Live from Virginia Monday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed (R) Congressman Ben Cline of Virginia’s sixth district to the show. During the show, Cline discussed the enthusiasm for Donald Trump and how the Republicans need to regain the House and save it from the Democrat’s lust for the expansion of government. Fredericks: Joining us now, Congressman of the Sixth District Republican Virginian Ben Cline. Congressman thanks for the...
              Dear Virginia Star,   I am not voting for a man. I do not give blanket or tacit approval to everything our President has done or said in the past and certainly what he will say or do in the future. I at times cringe at his tweets nor condone some of his actions. Like the fireman who drops the “f bomb” and uses other “salty” language while putting out the fire in your house, I can live with President Trump’s foibles. He gets the job done and at the end of the day it is results that count as our Commander-in-Chief. Nor do I approve of what Vice President Biden has said...
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court for 27 years until her death late last week. Her tenacious advocacy for the rights of those she perceived as legally disadvantaged, combined with her outsized intellect, moved the vector of the court’s direction as few justices have in history. She championed the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community. Justice Ginsburg enjoyed a famous public friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia. She was a liberal Democrat. He was a conservative Republican. She believed in the “living Constitution.” He believed that the meaning of the Constitution was fixed at the time of its ratification. She believed that the Constitution enabled Congress to right any national wrong. He believed...
    A striking aspect of the 24 percent decline in India’s GDP in the first quarter of 2020-21 compared to the previous year’s first quarter is the decline by 10.3 percent in public administration, defense, and other public services. This is a sector where the GDP is estimated not by the “output” of the sector but by the government expenditure incurred under these heads. The decline in the GDP originating in this sector therefore means a decline in public expenditure. This is surprising for two reasons: first, it shows that government expenditure, instead of being “counter-contractionary” has been “pro-contractionary”; second, during the lockdown caused by the pandemic, one would expect government spending on health care to go up, and thereby raise the overall government expenditure,...
    (CNN)Congress is readying to leave Washington this week until after the election without passing a coronavirus economic stimulus bill that members of both parties, businesses and hard-hit Americans all agree is desperately needed.South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the second-ranking GOP leader, and Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, the Republican who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday they are trying to complete action on a House-passed government funding bill this week.That should allow lawmakers to leave town for much of the month of October and members up for reelection to hit the campaign trail, though they are expected to return to cast their votes to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.The funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, is being shopped...
    The federal government plans to change bankruptcy rules, following the American-style model to help small businesses struggling to recover or fold due to the corona virus infection.Key points: Financial institutions expect bankruptcy waves as emergency protections for business owners expire at the end of the year The treasurer says the reforms will allow small businesses to restructure debt while their business is under control. The cost of managing or liquidating a business can be very costly, consuming the remaining assets of small businesses. The new system will be two-tier, with large companies operating under existing insolvency rules, while businesses with less than $ 1 million in debt have a simpler structure. These changes can be seen in the fact...
      5 WELL done to Doctor Doom Whitty and scheming Sturgeon – the population is suitably terrified again. You’ve got us where you want us: Cowering indoors. Exactly half a year since being plunged into lockdown on that dark Monday night in March, draconian and authoritarian new limitations on our lives for the next six months based on a dodgy graph without any real opposition or debate are wildly popular. 5Doctor Doom Chris Whitty has got us where he wants us: cowering indoors.Credit: Reuters According to YouGov, just 17 per cent oppose the new measures, including a 10pm nationwide curfew and a new work from home order, while 77 per cent offer full throttled support. But perhaps more disturbingly, 45...
    It's been 131 days since the House passed the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, which Mitch McConnell has refused to take up. The election is in 41 days. But there appears to be an agreement on government funding that provides minimal coronavirus relief and puts us in a potential government shutdown fight in December, while we could also be fighting Donald Trump's efforts to throw out the election results. This could have gone much better. The House passed a continuing resolution that lasts until December 11. It's not as if anyone was going to be having a holiday anyway, between coronavirus, the onset of an economic depression, and Trump's efforts to start a civil war. Sure, give him the tool of...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two oil-rich Arab Gulf states suffered severe economic blows on Wednesday, as a major credit agency downgraded Kuwait for the first time and the United Arab Emirates acknowledged its economy would contract to a level last seen in 2009. The agency, Moody’s Investors Service, cut Kuwait’s debt rating and sounded the alarm that its “liquid resources are nearing depletion.” With the government failing to pass a public debt law, Kuwait has drawn from its reserve fund to keep spending — at a pace that could prove unsustainable. Moody’s warned that government “gridlock” and ineffective debt management would erode Kuwait’s financial strength in the years ahead. Even if Kuwait managed to push through a debt...
    (CNN)"Agents of Chaos" talks to a who's who of key figures in the Trump-Russia nexus, conveying the scope of a Russian operation that -- to the extent disrupting US politics was the goal -- succeeded beyond its wildest dreams. Director Alex Gibney's two-part documentary is especially notable for its nuance, offering multiple angles exploring what transpired as well as the disparate motivations of those involved.Gibney teamed with investigative journalist Lowell Bergman and reporters from Russia to paint a sweeping portrait of the multi-pronged campaign, orchestrated under Russian president Vladimir Putin's government despite his denials. Andrew Weissmann -- a top lawyer on Robert Mueller's team, who is out with a new book about the investigation -- reiterates its key finding, saying...
    Between the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest in major U.S. cities, huge anti-racism protests, bitter political divisions, a heated Supreme Court battle and President Donald Trump’s ruthless voter suppression efforts, the United States’ 2020 presidential election is turning out to be even more chaotic than the elections of 2000 and 1968. Trump has a devoted loyalist in U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade discusses the effect he could have on the 2020 election in a disturbing op-ed published in the Washington Post on September 22. “William P. Barr sounds more like a far-right-wing news pundit lately than the nation’s attorney general when he’s discussing politics and the coming election,” McQuade warns. “The difference is that unlike...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Last week's signing ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, as Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations, was the celebration Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted -- and the distraction he needed. "Let us pause for a moment to appreciate this remarkable day. Let us rise above any political divide. Let us put all cynicism aside. Let us feel on this day the pulse of history," he said last Tuesday. "For long after the pandemic is gone, the peace we make today will endure." The normalization deals were the latest feathers in the cap of a leader who's been on a diplomatic winning streak lately. From the outside, Israel projects the image of a small...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — The British government is defending its strategy for combatting a second wave of coronavirus infections from criticism that new restrictions didn’t go far enough to stop the exponential spread of the virus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a slate of new rules on Tuesday to stem the renewed outbreak, including a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants, increased use of face masks and again encouraging people to work from home. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News on Wednesday that the government’s approach was “focused, balanced and proportionate.” He says that if everyone complies with the measures, they will be enough to prevent a second national lockdown ``with all the impact on society...
    LONDON — The British government is defending its strategy for combatting a second wave of coronavirus infections from criticism that new restrictions didn’t go far enough to stop the exponential spread of the virus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a slate of new rules on Tuesday to stem the renewed outbreak, including a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants, increased use of face masks and again encouraging people to work from home. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News on Wednesday that the government’s approach was “focused, balanced and proportionate.” He says that if everyone complies with the measures, they will be enough to prevent a second national lockdown ``with all the impact on society and families but also...
    CHENNAI, India — “Will India be No.1 by Dussehra, or Diwali?” Atul Thakur, referring to major Hindu festivals occurring in October and November, poses that question in the Times of India. He is not talking about primacy in economic growth. Rather, he refers to the number of COVID-19 infections and the pace of their increase, which are likely to catapult India ahead of the U.S. by mid-September, conferring the dubious distinction of being the worst-affected nation on the planet. With Unlock 4 having commenced and most institutions and services back in full-fledged operation, infections too are going through the roof, having increased by 1.5 million in the first 17 days of September. While permitting the reopening of transport, temples,...
    The philanthropic and corporate communities alone cannot end diaper need in the U.S. Government support is required. One in three U.S. families cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers for their babies. It’s National Diaper Need Awareness Week right now (September 21–27, 2020), and you just learned (if you didn’t know already) that diaper need is a widespread problem. The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) works to increase awareness—in hopes, of course, that this leads to action. We’ve helped individuals, sports teams, schools, faith communities, and businesses come together to get diapers to the families who need them most. But we have struggled to get much action out of government. That’s a problem. Based on census data, we estimate that...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has touted President Barack Obama’s orchestration of the auto bailout as a major success during his campaign, but several experts have said that Biden’s version of the bailout is misguided and “exaggerated.” The Obama administration intervened in the bankruptcy proceedings of Chrysler and GM after the companies faced a major crisis during the Great Recession, but some experts argued a normal bankruptcy should have occurred without the government’s help. The government specifically created subsidies for the United Auto Workers union which cost taxpayers $26.5 billion, more than the U.S. foreign aid budget in 2011, according to a 2012 Heritage Foundation report. “The Obama Administration is abusing bankruptcy law to benefit a favored constituency, the...
    In a recent interview, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver tried to blame the NBA’s kowtowing to China on the federal government and its rules governing how American companies operate in foreign countries. The NBA has taken a lot of criticism for its constant attacks on America’s perceived evils, while entirely ignoring the worse crimes of oppression, forced labor, slave camps, and political murder perpetrated by its multi-billion-dollar business partner, China. But now, Silver is telling the New York Times that the NBA only bows to China’s will because the U.S. government allows American companies to do business with foreign governments and operate in foreign countries. “At the end of the day, I think those are decisions are for our government, in...
    The U.S. has for decades been locked in a reckoning over the breadth of the language in the Second Amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms. But in recent months, national attention has instead shifted to the lesser-considered subject of its first clause: "A well regulated Militia." Armed self-described militia members have shown up with growing frequency this summer to racial justice protests held in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. Their appearance, usually carrying rifles and dressed in military-style gear, has ratcheted up the tension at demonstrations and the risk of confrontation. [ READ: Trump Defends Kenosha Shooting Suspect ]Militia groups have also attended gun rights rallies and...
    5 I HOPED to say today that the UK has narrowly come back from the brink. I hoped that I’d feel like our hero Prime Minister Boris Johnson – the man who put so much on the line to deliver Brexit – is firmly back in the driving seat. 5I'd hoped that Boris would pull the UK back from the brink.Credit: HOC/JESSICA TAYLOR He stared down Doomsday Doctor Chris Whitty, his gloomy scientist sidekick Patrick Vallance and their dodgy graphs to avert a second national lockdown. Sure, a 10pm nationwide curfew for the hospitality industry, and the dystopian fact that ordering a drink at a bar will be a criminal act from this Thursday, is a disaster. But this...
    SAN ANTONIO – If you lost your source of income or had reduced income because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making payments on your federal student loans may be nearly impossible. The CARES Act gives federal student loan borrowers some relief when it comes to making payments, and most recently, President Donald Trump extended the Sept. 30 end date of the program to Dec. 31. So what does this mean for you, the borrower? The Federal Trade Commission says if you have qualifying federal student loans, you are not obligated to make a payment until after Dec. 31. The U.S. Department of Education has automatically placed those loans into what’s called “administrative forbearance.” How to spot and report tech scams...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Scott DiSavino U.S. motorists drove 11% fewer miles in July than a year ago as drivers stayed home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said Tuesday in a monthly report. U.S. drivers covered 262.4 billion vehicle miles in July, 33.2 billion vehicle miles fewer than the same month a year earlier. The drop came as government lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus kept drivers home. The biggest declines were seen on the East Coast, where mileage in the North fell 15.4% and in the South by 11.3%. Driving on urban Interstate...
    CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden has agreed to forfeit more than $5million from book proceeds and speeches to the US government, according to court records.  The 37-year-old, who leaked intelligence secrets in 2013, published a book last year without government approval which breached contracts he had signed with the CIA and the National Security Agency. The Justice Department brought a lawsuit against Snowden which has since been upheld by a federal judge - but a forfeiture plan has not yet been approved. CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden (pictured) has agreed to forfeit more than $5million from book proceeds and speeches to the US government, according to court records Snowden has so far raked in $4.2million (£3.3milion) from sales of his book, titled Permanent...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)President Xi Jinping has sent a message to China's private businesses: You can make money, but only if you follow my rules.The ruling Chinese Communist Party this month published an unusually frank set of guidelines that call on its members to "educate private businesspeople to weaponize their minds with [Xi's] socialism ideology." The private sector needs "politically sensible people," the directive said, who will "firmly listen to the party and follow the party." The message comes as the world's second-largest economy continues its fragile recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and tussles with the United States over trade and the future of technology. Bringing China's independent-minded private businesses to heel could help speed that recovery, while extending the...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some...
    New York (CNN)A New York police officer who rose through the ranks of the department is accused of using his position in the department's community affairs unit to give Chinese officials access to NYPD officials and offered insider information about its operations, according to a criminal complaint.The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested Monday, according to the US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged him with acting as a foreign agent without notifying American authorities, wire fraud and making false statements, according to a complaint. They also charged him with obstruction of an official proceeding -- prosecutors claim he lied on a national security clearance form that granted him a "secret" security...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed a government funding resolution drafted by House Democrats on Monday, leaving the United States vulnerable to a government shutdown weeks before the November election. The clock is ticking for the the U.S. Senate and Congress to agree on a new funding package with just nine days before it ends at midnight on September 30. The Senate and House must approve identical versions of the bill for it to be signed by President Trump, but one of his closest allies blasted a drafted resolution from House Democrats as 'shameful.'   House Democrats on Monday revealed a short-term spending bill that would extend funding for through December 11. It would stall the potential shutdown of certain operations for vital government...
    As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll passed 200,000 on Monday, the Government Accountability Office published a report arguing that “timely and concerted federal leadership will be required” to respond to the challenges posed by the combination of an already-strained public health system, the current hurricane season, and the upcoming flu season—an urgent wake-up call coming hours after President Donald Trump gave his pandemic response a “perfect grade.” The GAO acknowledged the significance of federal assistance allocated by Congress and the White House and made several recommendations for “improving the ongoing federal response” in light of the reality that “the nation faces continued public health risks and economic difficulties for the foreseeable future.” Because a medical supply chain with high international demand and...
    It’s been 129 days since the House passed the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, which Mitch McConnell has refused to take up, and it’s 9 days until the government runs out of funding with the end of the fiscal year. Oh, and the election is in 43 days. It’s also official: the now-annual September government shutdown clock has started. House Democrats released their short-term continuing resolution to keep government funded until after the election. Playing with fire, they named December 11 as the next spending deadline, handing a potential time bomb to Trump who might very well still be trying to fight an election outcome in a court he’s packed. Setting that aside, Pelosi announced “Democrats are proud to include provisions that save America’s seniors...
    An NYPD officer faces a variety of charges after being accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government, CBS New York reports. According to prosecutors, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City. The federal complaint also alleges Angwang committed wire fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense, gave false statements and obstructed an official proceeding. Angwang works in the community affairs unit at the 111th precinct in Queens and is listed as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials. He holds a "secret" level security...
    Gary M. Kramer September 21, 2020 9:00PM (UTC) "The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel," is Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott's essential follow-up to their 2003 documentary, "The Corporation." That film, as this new one recaps, showed how large public corporations have become the dominant institutions of our time, and have even been deemed by law to have the same rights as a human being.  In the original documentary, the filmmakers — Mark Achbar and Abbott directed; Bakan was a writer — provided a psychological profile of corporations. They demonstrated that businesses were pathologically self-interested. This new film, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, looks at how corporations have changed, in that they are...
    Michael Conroy/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.The Trump administration’s rush to resume federal executions after a 17-year hiatus may have caused a spike in cases of the coronavirus in a federal prison. The risk of catching coronavirus is heightened behind bars because conditions are often crowded and unsanitary, and incarcerated people are more likely to have illnesses and preexisting conditions that make them more susceptible to the infection. From the start, criminal justice advocates warned that resuming executions at the facility could put inmates, staff, and the wider community at risk of catching coronavirus. According to documents obtained by the ACLU, it appears that those fears have...
    (CNN)New Yorkers are weighing in on what they think it means to live in an "anarchist jurisdiction" after the Department of Justice labeled Manhattan, Portland and Seattle as such in a new declaration. The Justice Department labeled the three cities as "anarchy" jurisdictions on Monday on orders from President Trump to block federal funding into "lawless zones."It took no time at all before some people in New York were mocking the assertion on social media. Anarchist jurisdiction started trending on Twitter and users began to tell the world how they felt about the label. Good afternoon comrades from the anarchist jurisdiction. It's hell out here today! #NYAZ https://t.co/oB546fU2qT pic.twitter.com/FMJgrnfxXg— Adam McMahon (@adammc123) September 21, 2020 Many posted about how...
    WASHINGTON – What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some send everyone a ballot through...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards – such as the requirement that people can register to vote when getting drivers’ licenses – through federal law. And of course Washington, D.C. plays a big role in monitoring foreign actors to make sure they don’t interfere in elections. But the actual machinery of democracy is run at the state and local level. States devise the rules of their own elections. Some send everyone a ballot...
    FILMMAKER Michael Moore has suggested that Nancy Pelosi shut down the federal government to prevent the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from being filled. The documentarian and activist on Sunday urged Democrat voters to speak out against President Donald Trump to stop him from picking a replacement justice to take Ginsburg's spot on the nation's highest court. 6Filmmaker Michael Moore urged Nancy Pelosi on Sunday to shut down the US government to prevent Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat from being filledCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6He urged the House Speaker to 'shut the whole damn thing down' so that Republicans can't 'ram through' a 'right-wing' justice Credit: Getty Images - Getty He urged...
    As the November elections approach, Donald Trump and his allies have been forced to contemplate the unthinkable. Not only is there a real possibility that Trump loses his reelection bid, it is possible that his party will lose control of the Senate. It is in this context that Trump in particular is ratcheting up overtly fascist rhetoric. He is being amplified by others of his party, but Trump is uniquely unable to couch his instinctive, narcissistic-driven authoritarian impulses in a layer of plausible deniability. Trump is praising violence against his perceived opponents, embracing notions of "genetic" superiority, engaging in relentless false propaganda intended to cast doubt on the validity of elections and, increasingly, suggesting that he will not necessarily abide...
    Many arguing against aggressive stimulus spending from the federal government cite one critical reason: the national debt. Now totaling over $26.7 trillion, the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio is one of the highest in the world. Top economics and policymakers, however, are not concerned.  When asked about the staggering number, Nobel laureate Esther Duflo told CNBC, "That is not something that the general public should be worried about for the time being at all." She continued, explaining that American credit is one of the safest assets to hold, so in a sense, it is unlikely that the government will ever have to repay this debt. AFL-CIO chief economist William Spriggs asked us to consider if the national debt is creating money...
    London (CNN)The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, according to the country's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. If that rate continues to grow unabated, "by mid-October you would end up with something like 50,000 per day," which "could lead to 200 deaths a day" by November, Vallance warned at a Monday press briefing. "If we don't act, the virus will take off," Vallance's colleague Chris Whitty, the UK's chief medical officer, told the same briefing in Downing Street. "That is the path we are on and if we do not change course, we will find ourselves in a difficult problem." The advisors' comments have fueled speculation that the government is preparing the ground...
    Vehicles drive by the US Treasury Building in Washington, DC on November 15, 2011.Karen Bleier | AFP | Getty Images U.S. authorities are spending so much that European debt will become more appealing to investors, an economist told CNBC Monday. U.S. bonds — debt issued by the U.S. Treasury to fund government activities — are traditionally perceived as a safe asset. This means that those who buy U.S. government bonds will have stable returns in the future -- even if these are not very high -- and investors trust the U.S. government will pay that debt back. However, that could change once the coronavirus pandemic is over. "Debt in the U.S., public debt, is surging much, much more than what...
    Many of you have asked for a deeper dive about federal borrowing, so here goes. To calculate the deficit, take the nation’s revenue (the amount of money that the government takes in), and subtract the amount of money that Jill Schlesinger  the government spends. For fiscal year 2020, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects a federal budget deficit of $3.3 trillion in 2020 ($3.3 trillion in revenue and $6.6 trillion in spending), which, according to CBO, “is more than triple the shortfall recorded in 2019, mostly because of the economic disruption caused by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and the enactment of legislation in response.” Related Articles California stock-trading school to pay $10 million FTC penalty over alleged ‘get-rich-quick’ marketing...
    Liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore called on Americans to get “out in the streets” and protest Republican Senators possibly pushing a Supreme Court nomination before the November election following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Weekends.” Moore said, “We are going to stop any effort on the part Trump, McConnell, the Republicans, to try and ram through some right-wing judge in —literally, it’s going to be in the days before the majority of Americans show up to throw Trump out of the White House. This is not going to happen. And it’s not going to not happen on its own, though. What I’m encouraging people to do this weekend is, umm, we need to be...
    By The Associated Press WATERBURY, Conn. — Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut has tested positive for the new coronavirus and will quarantine for 14 days, she announced Sunday on Twitter. “After going to 2 urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a 3rd site and was tested this morning,” the first-term Democrat said. Hayes said she has no COVID-19 symptoms “except for breathing issues which are being monitored.” Hayes sought testing after one of her staff members tested positive for the virus on Saturday. Hayes, 47, said she contracted the virus despite taking “every possible precaution.” She said her experience underscores the need for a national testing strategy “with a coherent way to receive speedy, accurate results,”...
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    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    Media playback is not supported on your deviceMedia headlineMatt Hancock: Follow the rules or ‘more strict enforcement’ is comingGovt restrictions in the UK will be stricter if the rules are not followed, Matt Hancock warned, as the government imposes a $ 10,000 fine on people who fail to self-isolate. Health Secretary Andrew Marr told the BBC: “The country is facing a crucial point and we have a choice.” “If everyone follows the rules, further national locking can be avoided.” The Prime Minister is considering a ban on mixing homes and is expected to reduce opening hours for pubs. Asked if England could face another national lockout, Mr Hancock said: “I do not reject it, I do not want to see...
    London (CNN Business)Months after top economies first enacted strict quarantines, the Covid-19 pandemic is approaching a bleak milestone: there have been 30 million coronavirus cases around the world, and almost 950,000 deaths.What's happening: Even as the situation appears to be stabilizing in the United States, the case load remains elevated. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned that coronavirus cases are surging alarmingly in Europe.Policymakers are nervously eying the fall and winter, when people will spend more time indoors, risking additional coronavirus infections at a time when colds and seasonal flu typically stress health systems. Outbreaks are also putting economists on high alert, with the chance for renewed harsh lockdowns in some regions just as the recovery is gaining strength.Israel...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Since a longstanding taboo on criticising Thailand's monarchy was broken by protesters in early August, their rallies in Bangkok have got increasingly bold in criticising King Maha Vajiralongkorn and demanding change. HOW DID THE PROTESTS START? Anti-government protests emerged last year after courts banned the most vocal party opposing the government of former junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha. After a pause during measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, protests resumed in mid-July - pushing for Prayuth's removal, a new constitution and an end to the harassment of activists. Some protesters went further with a list of 10 demands to reform the monarchy. Protesters say they do not seek to end the monarchy, only reform it, but...
    Gregoria CaroFOLLOWVíctor Ruiz de AlmirónFOLLOWMadrid Updated: 09/20/2020 01: 56h Save Related news The second vice president of the Government and leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, warned yesterday that the draft of the Budgets negotiated by the coalition will have the imprint of United We Can and that Citizens will not like it. In the speech of the State Citizen Council of his party, Iglesias insisted that Cs is “incompatible” with the “progressive sense” of the coalition government. “They are ruling with the support of the ultra-right in many territories to the shame of the parties that represent the liberal and conservative tradition in Europe,” he said. «The only parliamentary majority that has been proven...
    Standing on an empty platform at the Karma Festival site, Murphy Yunuping spreads her arms wide enough – wide enough to take full measure of her bold, precious and nostalgic new vision.Key points: The new independent school will teach both English and Yolku Mata It was the reopening of East Arnhem College, which closed in 1979 A Kumatj educator wants to see Karma open with 2021 Vision is a new school, the resumption of an old school, his old school, Tubuma College. “My thinking and plans are to transform the college into a Yiddish [didgeridoo] The design, a giant idiot, with the students in it, ”the project leader said, moving through the dusty plains. Whether or not it will...
    Hong Kong (CNN)The crowd recoiled as tear gas canisters rained down on them and riot police advanced up the street, carrying shields and batons. It was August 10, 2019. Protesters had gathered outside a police station on Nathan Road, a busy shopping street in Hong Kong that had become the latest battleground in the anti-government protests that would rock the city for more than six months. The smoke billowed forth as experienced protesters pulled masks down over their faces and scrambled to put goggles on. Many bystanders were slower to react, and took lungfuls of the stinging, choking gas as they hurried to get out of the way. Chan Yin-lam was one of the unlucky ones. In a video the...
    IT has been six months since Britain went into lockdown. Six months since the Government ordered the closure of all cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres that fateful Friday. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2One thing that’s changed a lot is the Labour Party. Keir Starmer became leader in April and we are very much under new leadership Six months since the Chancellor announced that the Government would pay 80 per cent of wages for those employees not working — the “furlough” scheme. So now — as Labour begins its first ever online party conference — seems a good time to look at what has changed and what...
    TikTok users in the US have been reacting to the news of a potential ban of the popular app for months. Photo Illustration by Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto via Getty Images The US government on Friday announced that downloads of the popular social-media app TikTok would be banned starting Sunday, marking the first step toward a total ban of the Chinese-owned video platform. Users of TikTok mourned the potential loss of the application, although the reaction has been occurring on the app for months since Trump first floated the idea of a TikTok ban in July. While many users reacted in the typical fashion — through jokes, memes, and directing their followers to other social media accounts on competing platforms...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- In this week's edition of The Countdown, Bill Ritter is joined by ABC News political director Rick Klein and political consultant Hank Sheinkopf to discuss President Trump's push for a COVID-19 vaccine and the upcoming debates.President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. will have 100 million doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the end of 2020."As soon as a vaccine is approved, my administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin 24 hours after notice," Trump said during the Friday news conference.He said the government will have enough vaccines to distribute to every American by April.The president's recent statements on vaccine readiness contradict the government's top health experts.On Thursday...
    Nuclear fallout THE nuclear option of a new two-week shutdown would be a catastrophe for pubs, restaurants and hotels. We are far from sure it will work. The Government had better be right. The Sun has been sceptical about ­rising Covid cases. They have so far been largely down to increased tests and are mainly robust young people. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3A two-week shutdown would be a catastrophe for pubs and restaurants, we cannot shut our economy down every couple of monthsCredit: PA:Press Association Even so it is hard to ignore the sudden huge leap today alongside the steady rise in hospitalisations and deaths, the two far more crucial...
            by Paul Bradford  The Trump Administration put critical race theory on notice this month. The White House issued a directive outlawing the inclusion of exercises based on this theory in government training. “These types of ‘trainings’ not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce,” the directive declared. Government agencies, such as the Department of Education, followed the directive’s lead and now aim to root out this insidious indoctrination. The Education Department’s memo singles out training “that teaches, trains or suggests the following: (1) virtually all White people contribute to racism or benefit from racism (2) critical race theory...
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    More than 100 million TikTok users in America, and anyone else who’s curious about the popular, controversial video-sharing app, now have a tight time frame to either download or upgrade the app. The U.S. Commerce Department announced Friday that as of Sunday, Sept. 20, it will prevent all downloads of TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. The same order is blocking downloads of WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings 700, -0.38%, also based in China. TikTok stays “intact” until Nov. 12, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday morning on Fox Business. But after that point — without American-based ownership that satisfies the U.S. government — TikTok would “be for all practical purposes shut down,” Ross said....
    Empty malls are getting some surprising new tenants Insider Retail: McDonalds Travis Scott collaboration is a success, but its spicy chicken nuggets disappoint Michael Farr: The problem with the U.S. economy is there are too many poor people It's easy to hate the rich for all that they have and all that you don't, but the rich aren't the problem, says Michael Farr. The problem is that the poor and middle class don't have enough money. Until employment and wages increase, the U.S. economy will remain at best bogged down and at worst digging a deeper hole for all of us. © Provided by CNBC A Kelly Center for Hunger Relief volunteer sorts through food for distribution...
    With COVID-19 blazing through the nation and no federal response in sight, Donald Trump temporarily affixed Mike Pence’s name on a Coronavirus Task Force before deciding that group was more useful to leverage news coverage for his own benefit. Behind the scenes, both Pence and medical experts were sidelined. As Trump turned the task force into a daily mini-rally, it was actually Jared Kushner who was left to manage development of a national testing plan, a national case tracing plan, and the distribution of protective gear and medical supplies. And what happened then wasn’t simply that Kushner didn’t fail to plan. He actually planned to fail.  In July, Vanity Fair reporter Katherine Eban reported on how a national testing strategy had been ready to...
    (CNN)Van Morrison is railing against UK lockdowns and pandemic restrictions in three new songs, despite the government's success at containing Covid-19 transmissions.The 74-year-old Northern Ireland musician is best known for the soft-rock classic "Brown Eyed Girl." But he is no longer so dulcet. His new singles feature lyrics so specific and incendiary they sound as though they were designed to be played at rallies and protests. In a statement, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer described the forthcoming songs -- "Born to Be Free," "As I Walked Out" and "No More Lockdowns" -- as "songs of protest" that criticize the government's decisions to shut down businesses, including live music venues. UKs first socially distanced concert shows what the...
    WASHINGTON – FBI Director Chris Wray told congressmen Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, in testimony that pits him against President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terrorist group. Wray did not dispute that ampifa activists were a serious concern, noting that antifa was “a real thing” and that the FBI had done “properly substantiated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists,” including individuals identifying with antifa. But, he said, “it is not a group or an organization. It is a movement or an ideology ”. This characterization contradicts those made by Trump, who in June pointed to antifa – a contraction of “antifascists” and...
    Jb Reed | Bloomberg | Getty Images The number of borrowers in government Covid-19-related mortgage bailout programs is shrinking, but those in private-label or bank bailouts is rising. This suggests that there is still pain ahead in the mortgage market, as some borrowers are simply not recovering enough financially to afford their home loans. The total number of mortgages in active forbearance programs, where borrowers delay their monthly payments for at least three months, declined by 26,000 last week or 0.7%, according to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data firm. This marks four consecutive weeks of improvement, but the pace has been slowing for the past few weeks. As of Sept. 15, just under 3.7 million homeowners remain...
    By Gergely Szakacs BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian car dealer Realszisztema has shelved plans to build a $1.7 million service facility and warehouse. Auto supplier AGC Glass Hungary, too, is turning away from expansion ambitions as it faces a future of fewer workers and sliding sales. The companies are part of an auto industry that until recently had been a mainstay of a strong Hungarian economy, and a sector that Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hailed as a testament to his stewardship of the nation. Realszisztema and some other Hungarian companies weathered the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reasonably well. But now they are preparing for a second wave, which has injected a renewed sense of uncertainty into their business...
    A UN report assures that the Venezuelan government has committed “egregious violations”, but what does this mean for Nicolás Maduro? The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and other members of his cabinet were accused this Wednesday by the United Nations (UN) of perpetrating crimes against humanity. According to an investigation prepared for the organization’s Human Rights Council, the Venezuelan authorities have provided essential assistance in carrying out arbitrary executions and the systematic use of torture since 2014. The 443-page report points to Maduro as directly responsible for these crimes, as well as God given hair, president of the National Constituent Assembly; and to the Ministers of the Interior and Defense, Néstor Reverol and Vladimir Padrino López,...
    Supporters of the Lega party with placards reading "Try me too" in solidarity with Matteo Salvini for the Open Arms trial, during an election rally in support of Stefano Caldoro, candidate for governor of the Campania Region on September 11, 2020 in Naples, Italy.Ivan Romano | Getty Images News | Getty Images Italians are heading to the polls this weekend for regional elections, and to vote on changes to the constitution, in what is seen as a key test of public support for the government after the country was ravaged by the coronavirus. Italians will be voting on September 20-21 for the presidency of seven regions (Tuscany, Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Veneto and Campania) as well as in a long-awaited constitutional...
    Luis Figo is not going to shut up. The continuous attacks and harassment of the radical left every time it expresses an opinion contrary to the management of the social-communist government and especially to Pablo Iglesias, the faithful of the leader of Podemos jump on social networks. But the Portuguese has many shots taken both in the world of football and outside of it, and he will continue to express himself freely, as he did a few hours ago against the vice president of the Government. Pablo Iglesias, who is also the Minister of Social Rights, denies that there is a serious problem with squatting and in fact even apologizes for the squatting of « abandoned...
    Office workers wearing face masks during lunch time in the central business district in Singapore.Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Competition for white-collar jobs will become more intense after the coronavirus pandemic showed that a lot of work can be done over the internet, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday. "In the past, people think that the blue-collar workers are the ones at risk and that's because their jobs can be replaced by robots and automation. To some extent, that is true," Chan said during a panel discussion moderated by CNBC's Nancy Hungerford at the virtual Singapore Summit. "But increasingly, I think the world is realizing that competition is even tougher...
    A man walks past a Caixabanka’s bank office near Barcelona during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona, ​​Spain, September 14, 2020. . / Albert Gea The boards of directors of CaixaBank and Bankia they meet this Thursday to approve a merger that will reconfigure the Spanish banking sector, creating a true mastodon. According to a source familiar with the contacts, the councils of both entities will be held on Thursday afternoon to validate the details of the operation, object of meticulous negotiations in which the Spanish State has participated, first shareholder of Bankia with a 61.8% stake. The merger, which in practice will mean the absorption of Bankia by CaixaBank, will transform...
    There's your problem right there. It's been 125 days since the House passed the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, which Sen. Mitch McConnell has refused to take up, and it's 13 days until the government runs out of funding with the end of the fiscal year. Oh, and the election is in 47 days. On Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced a vote on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep government funded will come to the floor early next week. That should give the Senate plenty of time to get it done and to the Oval Office, along with everyone's hopes and prayers that Trump doesn't do something stupid with it. Like refuse to sign it. It's already coming with...
    When Donald Trump was running for president in 2016, he insisted that if he won the election, there would be a strict separation between the federal government and his business interests — that he would be “completely isolating” himself from his businesses. But according to Washington Post reporters David A. Fahrenthold and Josh Dawsey, the president’s high-end properties have “charged the U.S. government more than $1.1 million in private transactions since Trump took office” in January 2017. Documents showing $1.1 million in charges, Fahrenthold and Dawsey report in the Post, were released by the U.S. Secret Service after the Post filed a public-records lawsuit. Those documents included receipts and invoices from Trump’s businesses, and the Post reporters note that “$188,000...
    On October 23rd, Garrison Courtney will be sentenced in court after pleading guilty to an elaborate fraud scheme that raked in at least $4.4 million from federal contractors. The tale reads like a Hollywood script. Courtney had a relatively undistinguished career as a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. But apparently he studied up on spycraft and, as his high school drama teacher suggested, “Sometimes I think I trained him too well as an actor.” Courtney presented himself to unwitting private companies as a CIA agent who could steer contracts their way if they gave him a salary and an office. To back up his story, Courtney produced memos on the letterhead of various federal agencies...
    Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) called the Hunter Biden-Burisma investigation was “not the legitimate role of government,” during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee business meeting on Wednesday. Homeland Security Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has defended the investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine and his role on the board of energy company Burisma. Romney said, “I’ll call it the Biden-Burisma investigation and that I think from the outset had the earmarks of a political exercise. I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.” He continued, “Obviously, it is the province of campaigns and political parties’ opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors — to learn about...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN  --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Don’t expect a government check anytime soon | Obama’s new project | Mask vs. vaccine |  Presidential debates are coming | Barr attacks lockdowns | Some good news on jobs | Hurricanes are outpacing their names   NEWS FROM CONGRESS Don’t expect another government check anytime soon:     Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Republicans are looking to leave D.C. at the...
    Never Trump conservatives have been praising Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah as one of the few Republicans in Congress who is willing to stand up to President Donald Trump, and now, Romney is speaking out against a GOP investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his ties to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has said that the Committee will issue a report on Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine before the presidential election on November 3. Many Trump allies have promoted the debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine — not the Russian government, President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin — that interfered...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s oil minister claimed the severe fuel crisis that has hit his country is the result of Western sanctions, and also allegedly because oil fields in eastern regions have fallen under control of American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The minister, Bassam Tomeh told state TV in an interview aired late Wednesday that oil supplies have been delayed because of the situation. “We have stocks that we are trying to manage in a rational way,” he said, without elaborating. U.S. sanctions on Iran have compounded the fuel crisis faced by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Tehran is a key Damascus ally that has supplied it with crude oil throughout Syria’s nine-year civil...
    Diljit Dosanjh, the actor-singer from the heartlands of India, is speaking up for rights of the farmers in the country. He posted on Twitter about saving farmers and protesting against ‘Kisan virodhi bill’. One Twitter user asked him to not spread ‘fake news’ and enquired if he knew the points that the farmers are against. Diljit had an answer. He replied pointing out three important concerns that the farmers have. Farmer Bills: What Are The 3 Legislations Brought by Modi Government? Why Are Farmers Protesting? Know All About These. Diljit said that farmers don’t have the power to decide the rate. Secondly, there is no minimum support price decided (MSP). Lastly, farmers don’t have storage so the limit doesn’t matter....
    The voters began arriving just before noon on July 11. Soon a line of some two dozen people had formed, snaking past a nail salon and a beauty parlor lit with purple neon lights. The temperature outside was reaching into the 90s. The heat, coupled with Hong Kong’s summer humidity and the face masks to ward off Covid-19, made the narrow shopping arcade a welcome respite from the sun. Those waiting to cast their ballots tapped on their phones, reading about the candidates and chatting with each other, using their final minutes to settle on their picks. An elderly volunteer walked up and down the line answering questions. The voting, which took place across the city, was largely a...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A COVID-19 vaccine could be available by November, but not for everyone, said CDC director Robert Redfield, testifying in front of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday. Redfield said, it will likely take until next summer to get the vaccine to general public. “To get back to our regular life, I think, we’re probable thinking late second quarter, third quarter, 2021.” That speed of vaccine development would be unprecedented. President Trump, though, went further, hours later, contradicting Redfield to say he expects wide distribution even sooner. “I think he made a mistake when he said that,” the president told reporters at a press conference. “We are ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced.” The U.S....
    London (CNN)Joe Biden has provided UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the latest reminder that the world is watching how his government is handling Brexit. The Democratic Presidential candidate tweeted on Wednesday: "We can't allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit. Any trade deal between the U.S. and U.K. must be contingent upon respect for the Agreement and preventing the return of a hard border. Period." The tweet makes reference to a political argument currently rumbling in the UK. Last week, Johnson's government unveiled proposed legislation that would override parts of the Brexit deal that the UK agreed with the European Union last autumn. Specifically, it would override a part...
    Damascus — Saleem sees no hope for his future in Syria. At just 25, he's made a good living as a singer at a restaurant in the capital's old town. Now he's saving whatever he can to finance what he expects to be a "terrifying journey to seek a new life abroad." His plan is to get into Lebanon first, and then try to get onto a plane to Turkey. From there, he'll have to rely on people smugglers, using boats, buses, trains or whatever is necessary, to reach Germany or some other safe haven in Europe.   "It is not easy, I know," he tells CBS News. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox He also knows he'll have...
    By Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chemicals giant Bayer and the U.S. government cooperated closely last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, used in the company's controversial weedkiller Roundup, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand's deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than 200 pages of partially redacted documents and emails, some directly between U.S. officials and a Bayer representative. The documents were obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act by the Tucson, Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity, which shared them with Reuters. Thailand eventually dropped plans to ban glyphosate a few days before the ban was due...
    (CNN)We shouldn't be surprised that every day seems to bring new reports about another college or university experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus and students having to be sent home. College students are of an age where they -- or their dorm mates -- are likely to be unable, or unwilling, to practice social distancing on campus. Most American colleges and universities spent much of the spring and summer trying to determine a strategy for returning to school in the fall. Some, like the California State University system (CSU), made the decision to move to online fall classes last spring. As the school year approached, several of the wealthier private schools, like the one where I teach scaled back their plans...
    Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November, 2021. A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean island nation's first premier Errol Barrow's warning against 'loitering on colonial premises'. Buckingham Palace has said Barbados' intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a 'matter' for the Caribbean nation.   The Queen pictured with Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Windsor Castle in 2018 The Queen inspects a guard of honour upon arrival in Barbados in 1977  Prince Charles attends a wreath laying ceremony in Bridgetown in March 2019  Reading the speech, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason said:...
    Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzer sounded the "alarm" Tuesday regarding the possibility that Illinois may have to cut 5% from its budget next year, which he described as a "nightmare scenario." He also pleaded with the federal government for a bailout package to help avert such a "nightmare." "Until Republicans in Washington decide otherwise, middle class, working class and poor families across our state and across the nation will likely suffer from cuts to public safety, education, human services and environmental safety — and the potential layoffs will make the economic recession worse," Pritzker said. "I can promise you that, for everyone and anyone who got into public service who actually wants to serve the public, this is...