Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrant

Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrantThe long awaited 434-page report finds that FBI’s team conducting Crossfire Hurricane— the code name for the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — improperly relied too heavily on allegations made by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had been hired by an opposition research firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?Depends if it actually happened.


A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect

A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspectThe comment made by Monroe County Sheriff's Capt. Penny Phelps was recorded by a deputy's body camera during a conversation in late 2017.


The Best War Movies on Netflix

The Best War Movies on Netflix


UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit AmericaIran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.


Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true

Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come trueAs our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.


'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian billsTimothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.


Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New ZealandA volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically injured. The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from Australia, the U.S., China, Britain and Malaysia, the prime minister said.


Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'

Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'The large crowds gathering early for Trump rally in Hershey were unfazed by the unveiling of articles of impeachment coming at the same time.


Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearingOwen Shroyer, the host of a talk show on Infowars, filmed himself protesting at the start of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing Monday.


1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff

1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff'Today is a horrific day'


Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?Here's how they compare.


Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday after she criticized mounting violence against indigenous people in which two Amazon tribesmen were shot dead three days ago. The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha".


Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy

Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates asked a judge to spare him from prison, put him on probation and order him to do community service for his crimes of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.In a court filing Monday, Gates said he has accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He’s scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington on Dec. 17.Gates was a critical witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud in August.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade, lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016.He also testified in the trials of one-time White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, and Republican operative Roger Stone.Gates said his “cooperation likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of the OSC or any matters arising out of, or related, to the activity of that office.”Additional and specific details of Gates’s cooperation are under seal, according to the filing.Nine letters of support from family and friends, urging Berman to show leniency, were included with the filing. Many described him as a religious man, committed to his family. One letter was filed under seal.Gates also asked that the judge doesn’t impose a fine.“Mr. Gates has remained unemployed since his indictment, and in lieu of any income with which to support his family and maintain their home, he has had to deplete savings and investment accounts, including college savings plans for his children,” according to the filing.The case is U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with letters of support)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Los Angeles at jschneider5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exitBut they also express hope that the historic diversity of the initial 2020 field "will reverberate for years to come."


Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilegeAcknowledge the original sin, but also that white men risked their lives to end slavery and a black man led the way to gay marriage equality.


Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university

Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch universityA 9-year-old Belgian boy who was on track to become the world's youngest university graduate has terminated his studies at the Dutch university of Eindhoven following a dispute over his possible graduation date.


Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from CongressRepublican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, saying he never meant to spend more than eight years in Congress. Yoho, who aligned himself with the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party and has been a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump, joins at least 27 House Republicans in announcing their departures from the U.S. House. Of those, 23 aren't seeking reelection, while three have resigned and already left Congress.


'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents

'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agentsThe Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, uncovered a series of text messages between two FBI agents expressing support for President Trump right after the 2016 election.


A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombingA Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive areaTurkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.


Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state’s claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan is a blow to the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who accused the energy company of lying about its use of a “proxy cost” for carbon to account for future climate-change regulations.“The office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” Ostrager wrote in a 55-page ruling. The AG “produced no testimony either from any investor who claimed to have been misled by any disclosure,” the judge said.Exxon said in a statement that the ruling affirmed that the company gave its investors “accurate information on the risks of climate change” and that New York “failed to make a case even with the extremely low threshold of the Martin Act in its favor.”New York’s Martin Act empowers officials to target a wide range of corporate behavior that could hurt shareholders. While New York claimed Exxon intentionally misled shareholders, under the act it didn’t have to prove intent to win, or that any investors were misled.Read More: Exxon’s Climate Trial Is Over, But the Bigger Fight Is Starting“Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton said in the statement. “ExxonMobil will continue to invest in researching breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions while meeting society’s growing demand for energy.”The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Exxon got a hint of victory on the last day of the trial when the attorney general dropped the two most damning of four claims without explanation during his closing statement. The abandoned claims had been crucial elements of the state’s case because they held that Exxon’s misstatements were part of a scheme to mislead and that investors had relied on them when buying the company’s stock.After the AG’s retreat, what remained for Ostrager to decide was whether Exxon had violated the Martin Act by issuing public statements about proxy costs that were materially misleading. The state couldn’t show that it had.New York claimed Exxon used two sets of numbers -- one public, one secret -- to account for greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon said the state, to cook up a discrepancy where none existed, was conflating two figures that served different purposes.On the last day of the trial, Wells called the entire case a “cruel joke.”Read More: Exxon Calls N.Y. Climate Case a ‘Joke’ on Last Day of TrialExxon “disclosed its use of both the proxy cost and the greenhouse gas metrics no later than 2014,” Ostrager wrote in his decision.New York initially claimed that former Exxon chief executive officer Rex Tillerson had spearheaded the scheme to dupe investors and that the plan was readily adopted by his underlings. Tillerson rejected the claim under oath, while Exxon’s lawyer said New York had dragged the names of the company’s executives and engineers “through the mud” by advancing such a claim and then dropping it at the last minute.During his opening statement to the judge, Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said the state had been swayed to investigate the company by talks with environmentalists and billionaires who wanted to vilify the company at the expense of facts.“It’s almost like the Russians trying to interfere with the election,” Wells said on the first day of the trial. “I mean, think about what’s going on here.”The case is People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil, 452044/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).(Updates with Exxon statement)To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

The Russian Navy Has Some ProblemsYes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report saysMore cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.


Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day oneDelivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.


Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watchSeven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.


Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers

Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers(Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co said Monday it would release Pete Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement preventing him from naming the clients he worked for as a consultant at the firm from 2007 to 2010.In a statement, a spokesman for McKinsey, who refused to be identified, said the company would allow Buttigieg to release the names because of the “unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign.”“After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mayor Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010,” the spokesman said. “Any description of his work for those clients still must not disclose confidential, proprietary or classified information obtained during the course of that work, or violate any security clearance.”Buttigieg asked the firm on Friday to release him from the nondisclosure agreements he signed when he joined McKinsey. He had come under attack from his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren for not disclosing the names of his clients.Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith tweeted that the campaign would soon release the names.He has said that he worked for several nonprofits and on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has released his tax returns for the years he was at McKinsey.Buttigieg also Monday said that he would open his fundraisers to the press and release more names of so-called bundlers, a response to Warren’s demand that he be more transparent about the source of his campaign contributions.Buttigieg has held several high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street and Silicon Valley donors without allowing any reporters in or releasing names of guests and hosts. “Bundlers” collect campaign contributions from multiple donors and deliver it to the candidate.Warren, whose attacks on Buttigieg have increased as he’s taken the lead in the first nominating state of Iowa, has criticized him for a lack of transparency. She doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions. Joe Biden allows reporters into his fundraisers but has yet to release the names of his bundlers“From the start, Pete has said it is important for every candidate to be open and honest, and his actions have reflected that commitment,” Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Fundraisers will be open to the press beginning Tuesday and the names of bundlers will be released this week, Schmuhl said.Buttigieg and Warren have sparred over transparency and their past corporate ties.On Thursday, Warren unleashed an unusually pointed attack on Buttigieg’s campaign-finance practices at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.“The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance committee, who are the bundlers who are raising big money for him, who he’s given a title to and made promises to,” Warren said. “And he should open up the doors so that the press can follow the promises that he’s making in these big-dollar fundraisers.”Buttigieg released a list of 32 campaign bundlers in the first quarter. The names included hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer, who raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who represents Goldman Sachs Group and Facebook Inc.Buttigieg raised $24.9 million in the second quarter, tops among Democratic contenders. Overall, Buttigieg’s campaign has raked in $51.5 million, placing him third, behind Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.In April, Buttigieg’s campaign announced it would no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow them to raise money for him. It also said it would not accept money from corporate PACs. His campaign refunded $30,250 it had received from lobbyists up to that point, including $2,800 given by Elmendorf.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer after several requests from Buttigieg that she release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates with Buttigieg campaign statement in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theoryTed Cruz was laughed at by a TV crew during a live interview after he endorsed Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory about Ukraine.The Texas senator, who challenged Mr Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2016, was mocked for saying he believed there was “considerable evidence” that Ukraine meddled in the most recent presidential election.


Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark caseEarlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.


Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspectsTurkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.


Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"A spunky and useful vehicle.


New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classesIn a new twist in the "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, a California woman agreed to plead guilty to paying $9,000 to have someone take online classes for her son so he could graduate from Georgetown.


Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline

Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotlineThe nonprofit group Freedom for Immigrants, which has run the hotline since 2013 with a free phone line provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sued in federal court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleged that the administration yanked the hotline in August after it was featured on the Netflix show, which drew attention to the group’s criticism of detention conditions for immigrants.


More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep trackNew documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgeryThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Gibson, 41, who is transgender and also goes by the name Scott in court papers, was assigned male at birth and has lived as a female since age 15.


DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With AnticipationDonald Trump’s staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general’s report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump’s 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president’s boosters—and Donald Trump himself—have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump’s campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was illicitly obtained. Early reporting on the investigation suggests that Horowitz didn’t find political bias played a role in the investigation, although Horowitz reportedly accuses an FBI lawyer of altering a document used in a warrant request.All of which could become a bit awkward for right-wing media types who have been consumed with political fantasies and thirsting for vindication over the promise that Horowitz’s report contains damaging revelations about the Justice Department and the Obama administration. It could prove even more embarrassing for QAnon fans who have become convinced that Horowitz’s report will set off mass arrests against top Democrats.Many of Trump’s most loyal boosters and sycophants at Fox News have long promised that Horowitz’s report was not only going to expose FISA abuses and reveal that the Russia investigation was a politically motivated hoax by the Obama administration, but would also lead to actual jail time for those in the Deep State.Carter Page: FISA Application a ‘Complete Joke’Back in January, Fox News host Sean Hannity boasted on his radio program that the president had secret information that Horowitz would use to reveal unbelievable levels of corruption by the intelligence community.“We still have Michael Horowitz, the inspector general. He is to report back on FISA abuse, we already know that did take place,” Hannity told his audience. “We know that the president has five different buckets of information that he's holding, in his hand, that will reveal corruption at levels we never dreamed or we never thought of.”Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference this past spring, Hannity and other Fox News personalities repeatedly insisted that the Horowitz report was just around the corner and that it would spark recriminations among not just top government officials but those who led prior investigations into former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m certain that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is going to look at that in his report as to whether or not Hillary Clinton ever received a defensive briefing,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter, a frequent Hannity guest, said in April. “That’s going to be very interesting. Because that’s going to show the imbalance between the two, how they treated the Trump campaign and how they treated Hillary Clinton.”Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityDuring a May appearance on Fox Business Network, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went even further. Speaking with Fox legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Lewandowski declared a whole slew of Deep State targets would be sitting in jail by the following spring.“And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month, I think we are going to see additional criminal referrals with [Andrew] McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Ohr and other people who we haven't even meant as household names yet will have criminal referrals,” he exclaimed. “And I think what we're going to see, Gregg, is in March or April of next year, James Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Paige will be on trial for the crimes they committed against the Fourth Amendment and against this president.”As the months ticked by and no report emerged, confidence in a forthcoming bombshell began to wane. Hannity, for his part, “joked” in August that as they waited for Horowitz’s report to finally be released, all of his reporting on FISA abuses could lead to a “mid-morning raid at [his] house” or him being the victim of a “bad accident.” With summer turning into fall, Hannity and others subtly began lowering their expectations for  Horowitz, shifting their attention instead towards federal prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. But when the Washington Post reported on Nov. 21 that Horowitz’s report had found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a document tied to a FISA warrant, Hannity allowed himself to hope again. “Premeditated fraud on a FISA court for the purpose of spying on a presidential candidate,” he exclaimed. “Then his transition team. And, yeah, then a president. It’s that bad. And there’s going to be more.”Fellow Fox News contributors, such as Jarrett and former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz, would point to the Post article to assert that an even more “devastating” report was to come, resulting in “criminal referrals” covering “corrupt acts identified by FBI, CIA, State Department, and maybe the Department of Justice itself.”But the jubilation was short-lived. As subsequent reports flooded in that the Horowitz report would find no political bias and that FISA applications had a proper legal basis, the president’s favorite mouthpieces shifted from hyping Horowitz to badmouthing him. The inspector general, they insisted, was a Trump-hating Washington insider himself.“The inspector general is so limited in what he can do. He can't really even compel testimony, the people he talks to are given two weeks to look at the report and lobby for changes and edits,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on Dec. 3. “And the inspector general is a Deep Stater, he's one of them, he's a swampist.”Figures on the farther right have also long expected Horowitz to vindicate pro-Trump conspiracy theories. The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog whose owner was invited to the White House this summer, has eagerly followed developments surrounding the report’s release, adding a “tick tock” countdown in one excited September post.Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.It was merely the latest case of a top DoJ official attracting the adulation of QAnon fans, according to Travis View, a podcaster who analyzes QAnon’s spread. Earlier, QAnon believers were convinced that FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others, would implement the long-awaited purge. More recently, those hopes have rested on Horowitz.“That’s been really critical to the whole QAnon narrative,” View said. This isn’t the first time QAnon believers have expected bombshell revelations from an inspector general report, only to be disappointed. In 2018, QAnon believers were convinced that Horowitz’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation would unleash the “Storm.” Instead, the report contained no major revelations when it was released in June 2018, and no Democrats were arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. One disappointed and armed QAnon believer shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck, demanding in a bizarre video that Trump release the “real” report. With early reports on the Horowitz investigation suggesting that it won’t be as explosive as Republicans hoped, fringe figures have already begun to downplay it and make excuses for the lack of big news. Many have already moved on to fixating instead U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s leading Attorney General Bill Barr’s review into the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.“They’re going to justify why yet another investigation that they’re hoping for was a dud, and pin their hopes on the next investigation,” View said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

China hints at national security trials for 2 CanadiansChina is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court TestimonyA Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An Upgrade

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The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

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'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agency

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Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'Ed Smart told Gayle King he wanted to speak out publicly because he wanted to reach out to other gay men "who are struggling in the same spot."


Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling

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Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies Were

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies WereFox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr’s insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are “narrow” and “slanted.”During a break in Monday’s House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed Starr directly, letting him know he was going to “push back a bit respectfully” on his previous analysis of the impeachment inquiry while referencing Starr’s own role in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.“He said that the presentation of the case against the president is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows. It is slanted,” Wallace noted before speaking right to Starr.“When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the president had lied under oath about sex—I’m not talking about whether or not this story is true or not—but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him,” the Fox News anchor declared.Wallace went on to take issue with Starr suggesting that since it doesn’t appear that the Senate will convict Trump on impeachment the House should abandon their efforts, noting that “there was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed.”“The House and you to some degree participated in impeaching [Clinton], Wallace explained. “Not saying there was anything wrong with that but I’m simply saying it seems there is a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged.”“It seems to be a much bigger issue—whether or not you believe the president did it is a different issue—but it’s about an issue of foreign policy, national security,” the Fox News Sunday host added. "The security of our elections. It is a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex.”Starr, for his part, responded by asserting that there is currently no “bipartisan support of this impeachment inquiry,” insisting that in this impeachment process that “we have not seen proof that a crime has been committed.” “That seems to me to be a very relevant fact,” Starr continued. “When some president has committed actual federal felonies, then that puts, it seems to me, the impeachment inquiry in a very different context.”Starr concluded that the Democrats’ view that Trump is “a clear and present danger to national security” due to the president pressuring a foreign leader to investigate his political rivals is an “extravagant claim.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

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Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash “insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak”.  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault,” Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. “I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body’ aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with about 230 of these children under the age of 14.  Before 2011, GIDS would only give puberty blockers to children once they had turned 16. But the rules were relaxed after reports emerged of British children going overseas to buy the drugs.  Commenting on her experience, Ash said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all.”


Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrant

Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrantThe long awaited 434-page report finds that FBI’s team conducting Crossfire Hurricane— the code name for the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — improperly relied too heavily on allegations made by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had been hired by an opposition research firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

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A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect

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The Best War Movies on Netflix

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UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit AmericaIran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.


Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true

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'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian billsTimothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.


Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

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Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'

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Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

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1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff

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Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

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Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

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Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy

Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates asked a judge to spare him from prison, put him on probation and order him to do community service for his crimes of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.In a court filing Monday, Gates said he has accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He’s scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington on Dec. 17.Gates was a critical witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud in August.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade, lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016.He also testified in the trials of one-time White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, and Republican operative Roger Stone.Gates said his “cooperation likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of the OSC or any matters arising out of, or related, to the activity of that office.”Additional and specific details of Gates’s cooperation are under seal, according to the filing.Nine letters of support from family and friends, urging Berman to show leniency, were included with the filing. Many described him as a religious man, committed to his family. One letter was filed under seal.Gates also asked that the judge doesn’t impose a fine.“Mr. Gates has remained unemployed since his indictment, and in lieu of any income with which to support his family and maintain their home, he has had to deplete savings and investment accounts, including college savings plans for his children,” according to the filing.The case is U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with letters of support)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Los Angeles at jschneider5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

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Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

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'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents

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A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombingA Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive areaTurkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.


Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state’s claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan is a blow to the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who accused the energy company of lying about its use of a “proxy cost” for carbon to account for future climate-change regulations.“The office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” Ostrager wrote in a 55-page ruling. The AG “produced no testimony either from any investor who claimed to have been misled by any disclosure,” the judge said.Exxon said in a statement that the ruling affirmed that the company gave its investors “accurate information on the risks of climate change” and that New York “failed to make a case even with the extremely low threshold of the Martin Act in its favor.”New York’s Martin Act empowers officials to target a wide range of corporate behavior that could hurt shareholders. While New York claimed Exxon intentionally misled shareholders, under the act it didn’t have to prove intent to win, or that any investors were misled.Read More: Exxon’s Climate Trial Is Over, But the Bigger Fight Is Starting“Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton said in the statement. “ExxonMobil will continue to invest in researching breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions while meeting society’s growing demand for energy.”The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Exxon got a hint of victory on the last day of the trial when the attorney general dropped the two most damning of four claims without explanation during his closing statement. The abandoned claims had been crucial elements of the state’s case because they held that Exxon’s misstatements were part of a scheme to mislead and that investors had relied on them when buying the company’s stock.After the AG’s retreat, what remained for Ostrager to decide was whether Exxon had violated the Martin Act by issuing public statements about proxy costs that were materially misleading. The state couldn’t show that it had.New York claimed Exxon used two sets of numbers -- one public, one secret -- to account for greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon said the state, to cook up a discrepancy where none existed, was conflating two figures that served different purposes.On the last day of the trial, Wells called the entire case a “cruel joke.”Read More: Exxon Calls N.Y. Climate Case a ‘Joke’ on Last Day of TrialExxon “disclosed its use of both the proxy cost and the greenhouse gas metrics no later than 2014,” Ostrager wrote in his decision.New York initially claimed that former Exxon chief executive officer Rex Tillerson had spearheaded the scheme to dupe investors and that the plan was readily adopted by his underlings. Tillerson rejected the claim under oath, while Exxon’s lawyer said New York had dragged the names of the company’s executives and engineers “through the mud” by advancing such a claim and then dropping it at the last minute.During his opening statement to the judge, Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said the state had been swayed to investigate the company by talks with environmentalists and billionaires who wanted to vilify the company at the expense of facts.“It’s almost like the Russians trying to interfere with the election,” Wells said on the first day of the trial. “I mean, think about what’s going on here.”The case is People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil, 452044/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).(Updates with Exxon statement)To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

The Russian Navy Has Some ProblemsYes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report saysMore cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.


Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day oneDelivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.


Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watchSeven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.


Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers

Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers(Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co said Monday it would release Pete Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement preventing him from naming the clients he worked for as a consultant at the firm from 2007 to 2010.In a statement, a spokesman for McKinsey, who refused to be identified, said the company would allow Buttigieg to release the names because of the “unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign.”“After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mayor Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010,” the spokesman said. “Any description of his work for those clients still must not disclose confidential, proprietary or classified information obtained during the course of that work, or violate any security clearance.”Buttigieg asked the firm on Friday to release him from the nondisclosure agreements he signed when he joined McKinsey. He had come under attack from his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren for not disclosing the names of his clients.Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith tweeted that the campaign would soon release the names.He has said that he worked for several nonprofits and on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has released his tax returns for the years he was at McKinsey.Buttigieg also Monday said that he would open his fundraisers to the press and release more names of so-called bundlers, a response to Warren’s demand that he be more transparent about the source of his campaign contributions.Buttigieg has held several high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street and Silicon Valley donors without allowing any reporters in or releasing names of guests and hosts. “Bundlers” collect campaign contributions from multiple donors and deliver it to the candidate.Warren, whose attacks on Buttigieg have increased as he’s taken the lead in the first nominating state of Iowa, has criticized him for a lack of transparency. She doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions. Joe Biden allows reporters into his fundraisers but has yet to release the names of his bundlers“From the start, Pete has said it is important for every candidate to be open and honest, and his actions have reflected that commitment,” Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Fundraisers will be open to the press beginning Tuesday and the names of bundlers will be released this week, Schmuhl said.Buttigieg and Warren have sparred over transparency and their past corporate ties.On Thursday, Warren unleashed an unusually pointed attack on Buttigieg’s campaign-finance practices at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.“The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance committee, who are the bundlers who are raising big money for him, who he’s given a title to and made promises to,” Warren said. “And he should open up the doors so that the press can follow the promises that he’s making in these big-dollar fundraisers.”Buttigieg released a list of 32 campaign bundlers in the first quarter. The names included hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer, who raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who represents Goldman Sachs Group and Facebook Inc.Buttigieg raised $24.9 million in the second quarter, tops among Democratic contenders. Overall, Buttigieg’s campaign has raked in $51.5 million, placing him third, behind Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.In April, Buttigieg’s campaign announced it would no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow them to raise money for him. It also said it would not accept money from corporate PACs. His campaign refunded $30,250 it had received from lobbyists up to that point, including $2,800 given by Elmendorf.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer after several requests from Buttigieg that she release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates with Buttigieg campaign statement in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theoryTed Cruz was laughed at by a TV crew during a live interview after he endorsed Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory about Ukraine.The Texas senator, who challenged Mr Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2016, was mocked for saying he believed there was “considerable evidence” that Ukraine meddled in the most recent presidential election.


Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark caseEarlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.


Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspectsTurkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.


Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

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New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

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Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline

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More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep trackNew documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

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DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With AnticipationDonald Trump’s staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general’s report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump’s 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president’s boosters—and Donald Trump himself—have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump’s campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was illicitly obtained. Early reporting on the investigation suggests that Horowitz didn’t find political bias played a role in the investigation, although Horowitz reportedly accuses an FBI lawyer of altering a document used in a warrant request.All of which could become a bit awkward for right-wing media types who have been consumed with political fantasies and thirsting for vindication over the promise that Horowitz’s report contains damaging revelations about the Justice Department and the Obama administration. It could prove even more embarrassing for QAnon fans who have become convinced that Horowitz’s report will set off mass arrests against top Democrats.Many of Trump’s most loyal boosters and sycophants at Fox News have long promised that Horowitz’s report was not only going to expose FISA abuses and reveal that the Russia investigation was a politically motivated hoax by the Obama administration, but would also lead to actual jail time for those in the Deep State.Carter Page: FISA Application a ‘Complete Joke’Back in January, Fox News host Sean Hannity boasted on his radio program that the president had secret information that Horowitz would use to reveal unbelievable levels of corruption by the intelligence community.“We still have Michael Horowitz, the inspector general. He is to report back on FISA abuse, we already know that did take place,” Hannity told his audience. “We know that the president has five different buckets of information that he's holding, in his hand, that will reveal corruption at levels we never dreamed or we never thought of.”Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference this past spring, Hannity and other Fox News personalities repeatedly insisted that the Horowitz report was just around the corner and that it would spark recriminations among not just top government officials but those who led prior investigations into former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m certain that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is going to look at that in his report as to whether or not Hillary Clinton ever received a defensive briefing,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter, a frequent Hannity guest, said in April. “That’s going to be very interesting. Because that’s going to show the imbalance between the two, how they treated the Trump campaign and how they treated Hillary Clinton.”Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityDuring a May appearance on Fox Business Network, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went even further. Speaking with Fox legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Lewandowski declared a whole slew of Deep State targets would be sitting in jail by the following spring.“And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month, I think we are going to see additional criminal referrals with [Andrew] McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Ohr and other people who we haven't even meant as household names yet will have criminal referrals,” he exclaimed. “And I think what we're going to see, Gregg, is in March or April of next year, James Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Paige will be on trial for the crimes they committed against the Fourth Amendment and against this president.”As the months ticked by and no report emerged, confidence in a forthcoming bombshell began to wane. Hannity, for his part, “joked” in August that as they waited for Horowitz’s report to finally be released, all of his reporting on FISA abuses could lead to a “mid-morning raid at [his] house” or him being the victim of a “bad accident.” With summer turning into fall, Hannity and others subtly began lowering their expectations for  Horowitz, shifting their attention instead towards federal prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. But when the Washington Post reported on Nov. 21 that Horowitz’s report had found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a document tied to a FISA warrant, Hannity allowed himself to hope again. “Premeditated fraud on a FISA court for the purpose of spying on a presidential candidate,” he exclaimed. “Then his transition team. And, yeah, then a president. It’s that bad. And there’s going to be more.”Fellow Fox News contributors, such as Jarrett and former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz, would point to the Post article to assert that an even more “devastating” report was to come, resulting in “criminal referrals” covering “corrupt acts identified by FBI, CIA, State Department, and maybe the Department of Justice itself.”But the jubilation was short-lived. As subsequent reports flooded in that the Horowitz report would find no political bias and that FISA applications had a proper legal basis, the president’s favorite mouthpieces shifted from hyping Horowitz to badmouthing him. The inspector general, they insisted, was a Trump-hating Washington insider himself.“The inspector general is so limited in what he can do. He can't really even compel testimony, the people he talks to are given two weeks to look at the report and lobby for changes and edits,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on Dec. 3. “And the inspector general is a Deep Stater, he's one of them, he's a swampist.”Figures on the farther right have also long expected Horowitz to vindicate pro-Trump conspiracy theories. The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog whose owner was invited to the White House this summer, has eagerly followed developments surrounding the report’s release, adding a “tick tock” countdown in one excited September post.Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.It was merely the latest case of a top DoJ official attracting the adulation of QAnon fans, according to Travis View, a podcaster who analyzes QAnon’s spread. Earlier, QAnon believers were convinced that FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others, would implement the long-awaited purge. More recently, those hopes have rested on Horowitz.“That’s been really critical to the whole QAnon narrative,” View said. This isn’t the first time QAnon believers have expected bombshell revelations from an inspector general report, only to be disappointed. In 2018, QAnon believers were convinced that Horowitz’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation would unleash the “Storm.” Instead, the report contained no major revelations when it was released in June 2018, and no Democrats were arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. One disappointed and armed QAnon believer shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck, demanding in a bizarre video that Trump release the “real” report. With early reports on the Horowitz investigation suggesting that it won’t be as explosive as Republicans hoped, fringe figures have already begun to downplay it and make excuses for the lack of big news. Many have already moved on to fixating instead U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s leading Attorney General Bill Barr’s review into the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.“They’re going to justify why yet another investigation that they’re hoping for was a dud, and pin their hopes on the next investigation,” View said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

China hints at national security trials for 2 CanadiansChina is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court TestimonyA Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An Upgrade

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The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

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'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agency

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Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'

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Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling

Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reelingIn a part of Belfast where huge "peace walls" still keep some Catholic Irish nationalists and Protestant unionists apart, Thursday's UK general election could have far-reaching consequences in the decades-long battle for a united Ireland. John Finucane, son of one of the most high-profile victims of British-ruled Northern Ireland's bloody "Troubles", is seeking to become the first nationalist elected by the historically pro-British constituency of North Belfast.


Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies Were

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies WereFox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr’s insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are “narrow” and “slanted.”During a break in Monday’s House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed Starr directly, letting him know he was going to “push back a bit respectfully” on his previous analysis of the impeachment inquiry while referencing Starr’s own role in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.“He said that the presentation of the case against the president is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows. It is slanted,” Wallace noted before speaking right to Starr.“When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the president had lied under oath about sex—I’m not talking about whether or not this story is true or not—but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him,” the Fox News anchor declared.Wallace went on to take issue with Starr suggesting that since it doesn’t appear that the Senate will convict Trump on impeachment the House should abandon their efforts, noting that “there was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed.”“The House and you to some degree participated in impeaching [Clinton], Wallace explained. “Not saying there was anything wrong with that but I’m simply saying it seems there is a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged.”“It seems to be a much bigger issue—whether or not you believe the president did it is a different issue—but it’s about an issue of foreign policy, national security,” the Fox News Sunday host added. "The security of our elections. It is a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex.”Starr, for his part, responded by asserting that there is currently no “bipartisan support of this impeachment inquiry,” insisting that in this impeachment process that “we have not seen proof that a crime has been committed.” “That seems to me to be a very relevant fact,” Starr continued. “When some president has committed actual federal felonies, then that puts, it seems to me, the impeachment inquiry in a very different context.”Starr concluded that the Democrats’ view that Trump is “a clear and present danger to national security” due to the president pressuring a foreign leader to investigate his political rivals is an “extravagant claim.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China tradeStock markets weakened during European trading on Monday as investors weighed the possibility of more U.S. tariffs on China and the outlook for negotiations on the trade dispute. A Chinese official said that Beijing wants a prompt settlement of its trade war with Washington as another U.S. tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese imports is due to take effect Sunday. China announced Friday it was carrying out a promise to waive punitive tariffs on American soybeans and pork.


Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash “insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak”.  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault,” Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. “I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body’ aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with about 230 of these children under the age of 14.  Before 2011, GIDS would only give puberty blockers to children once they had turned 16. But the rules were relaxed after reports emerged of British children going overseas to buy the drugs.  Commenting on her experience, Ash said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all.”


Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrant

Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrantThe long awaited 434-page report finds that FBI’s team conducting Crossfire Hurricane— the code name for the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — improperly relied too heavily on allegations made by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had been hired by an opposition research firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?Depends if it actually happened.


A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect

A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspectThe comment made by Monroe County Sheriff's Capt. Penny Phelps was recorded by a deputy's body camera during a conversation in late 2017.


The Best War Movies on Netflix

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UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit AmericaIran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.


Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true

Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come trueAs our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.


'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian billsTimothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.


Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New ZealandA volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically injured. The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from Australia, the U.S., China, Britain and Malaysia, the prime minister said.


Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'

Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'The large crowds gathering early for Trump rally in Hershey were unfazed by the unveiling of articles of impeachment coming at the same time.


Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearingOwen Shroyer, the host of a talk show on Infowars, filmed himself protesting at the start of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing Monday.


1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff

1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff'Today is a horrific day'


Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?Here's how they compare.


Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday after she criticized mounting violence against indigenous people in which two Amazon tribesmen were shot dead three days ago. The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha".


Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy

Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates asked a judge to spare him from prison, put him on probation and order him to do community service for his crimes of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.In a court filing Monday, Gates said he has accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He’s scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington on Dec. 17.Gates was a critical witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud in August.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade, lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016.He also testified in the trials of one-time White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, and Republican operative Roger Stone.Gates said his “cooperation likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of the OSC or any matters arising out of, or related, to the activity of that office.”Additional and specific details of Gates’s cooperation are under seal, according to the filing.Nine letters of support from family and friends, urging Berman to show leniency, were included with the filing. Many described him as a religious man, committed to his family. One letter was filed under seal.Gates also asked that the judge doesn’t impose a fine.“Mr. Gates has remained unemployed since his indictment, and in lieu of any income with which to support his family and maintain their home, he has had to deplete savings and investment accounts, including college savings plans for his children,” according to the filing.The case is U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with letters of support)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Los Angeles at jschneider5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exitBut they also express hope that the historic diversity of the initial 2020 field "will reverberate for years to come."


Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilegeAcknowledge the original sin, but also that white men risked their lives to end slavery and a black man led the way to gay marriage equality.


Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university

Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch universityA 9-year-old Belgian boy who was on track to become the world's youngest university graduate has terminated his studies at the Dutch university of Eindhoven following a dispute over his possible graduation date.


Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from CongressRepublican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, saying he never meant to spend more than eight years in Congress. Yoho, who aligned himself with the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party and has been a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump, joins at least 27 House Republicans in announcing their departures from the U.S. House. Of those, 23 aren't seeking reelection, while three have resigned and already left Congress.


'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents

'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agentsThe Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, uncovered a series of text messages between two FBI agents expressing support for President Trump right after the 2016 election.


A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombingA Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive areaTurkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.


Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state’s claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan is a blow to the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who accused the energy company of lying about its use of a “proxy cost” for carbon to account for future climate-change regulations.“The office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” Ostrager wrote in a 55-page ruling. The AG “produced no testimony either from any investor who claimed to have been misled by any disclosure,” the judge said.Exxon said in a statement that the ruling affirmed that the company gave its investors “accurate information on the risks of climate change” and that New York “failed to make a case even with the extremely low threshold of the Martin Act in its favor.”New York’s Martin Act empowers officials to target a wide range of corporate behavior that could hurt shareholders. While New York claimed Exxon intentionally misled shareholders, under the act it didn’t have to prove intent to win, or that any investors were misled.Read More: Exxon’s Climate Trial Is Over, But the Bigger Fight Is Starting“Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton said in the statement. “ExxonMobil will continue to invest in researching breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions while meeting society’s growing demand for energy.”The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Exxon got a hint of victory on the last day of the trial when the attorney general dropped the two most damning of four claims without explanation during his closing statement. The abandoned claims had been crucial elements of the state’s case because they held that Exxon’s misstatements were part of a scheme to mislead and that investors had relied on them when buying the company’s stock.After the AG’s retreat, what remained for Ostrager to decide was whether Exxon had violated the Martin Act by issuing public statements about proxy costs that were materially misleading. The state couldn’t show that it had.New York claimed Exxon used two sets of numbers -- one public, one secret -- to account for greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon said the state, to cook up a discrepancy where none existed, was conflating two figures that served different purposes.On the last day of the trial, Wells called the entire case a “cruel joke.”Read More: Exxon Calls N.Y. Climate Case a ‘Joke’ on Last Day of TrialExxon “disclosed its use of both the proxy cost and the greenhouse gas metrics no later than 2014,” Ostrager wrote in his decision.New York initially claimed that former Exxon chief executive officer Rex Tillerson had spearheaded the scheme to dupe investors and that the plan was readily adopted by his underlings. Tillerson rejected the claim under oath, while Exxon’s lawyer said New York had dragged the names of the company’s executives and engineers “through the mud” by advancing such a claim and then dropping it at the last minute.During his opening statement to the judge, Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said the state had been swayed to investigate the company by talks with environmentalists and billionaires who wanted to vilify the company at the expense of facts.“It’s almost like the Russians trying to interfere with the election,” Wells said on the first day of the trial. “I mean, think about what’s going on here.”The case is People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil, 452044/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).(Updates with Exxon statement)To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

The Russian Navy Has Some ProblemsYes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report saysMore cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.


Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day oneDelivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.


Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watchSeven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.


Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers

Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers(Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co said Monday it would release Pete Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement preventing him from naming the clients he worked for as a consultant at the firm from 2007 to 2010.In a statement, a spokesman for McKinsey, who refused to be identified, said the company would allow Buttigieg to release the names because of the “unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign.”“After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mayor Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010,” the spokesman said. “Any description of his work for those clients still must not disclose confidential, proprietary or classified information obtained during the course of that work, or violate any security clearance.”Buttigieg asked the firm on Friday to release him from the nondisclosure agreements he signed when he joined McKinsey. He had come under attack from his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren for not disclosing the names of his clients.Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith tweeted that the campaign would soon release the names.He has said that he worked for several nonprofits and on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has released his tax returns for the years he was at McKinsey.Buttigieg also Monday said that he would open his fundraisers to the press and release more names of so-called bundlers, a response to Warren’s demand that he be more transparent about the source of his campaign contributions.Buttigieg has held several high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street and Silicon Valley donors without allowing any reporters in or releasing names of guests and hosts. “Bundlers” collect campaign contributions from multiple donors and deliver it to the candidate.Warren, whose attacks on Buttigieg have increased as he’s taken the lead in the first nominating state of Iowa, has criticized him for a lack of transparency. She doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions. Joe Biden allows reporters into his fundraisers but has yet to release the names of his bundlers“From the start, Pete has said it is important for every candidate to be open and honest, and his actions have reflected that commitment,” Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Fundraisers will be open to the press beginning Tuesday and the names of bundlers will be released this week, Schmuhl said.Buttigieg and Warren have sparred over transparency and their past corporate ties.On Thursday, Warren unleashed an unusually pointed attack on Buttigieg’s campaign-finance practices at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.“The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance committee, who are the bundlers who are raising big money for him, who he’s given a title to and made promises to,” Warren said. “And he should open up the doors so that the press can follow the promises that he’s making in these big-dollar fundraisers.”Buttigieg released a list of 32 campaign bundlers in the first quarter. The names included hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer, who raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who represents Goldman Sachs Group and Facebook Inc.Buttigieg raised $24.9 million in the second quarter, tops among Democratic contenders. Overall, Buttigieg’s campaign has raked in $51.5 million, placing him third, behind Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.In April, Buttigieg’s campaign announced it would no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow them to raise money for him. It also said it would not accept money from corporate PACs. His campaign refunded $30,250 it had received from lobbyists up to that point, including $2,800 given by Elmendorf.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer after several requests from Buttigieg that she release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates with Buttigieg campaign statement in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theoryTed Cruz was laughed at by a TV crew during a live interview after he endorsed Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory about Ukraine.The Texas senator, who challenged Mr Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2016, was mocked for saying he believed there was “considerable evidence” that Ukraine meddled in the most recent presidential election.


Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark caseEarlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.


Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspectsTurkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.


Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"A spunky and useful vehicle.


New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classesIn a new twist in the "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, a California woman agreed to plead guilty to paying $9,000 to have someone take online classes for her son so he could graduate from Georgetown.


Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline

Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotlineThe nonprofit group Freedom for Immigrants, which has run the hotline since 2013 with a free phone line provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sued in federal court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleged that the administration yanked the hotline in August after it was featured on the Netflix show, which drew attention to the group’s criticism of detention conditions for immigrants.


More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep trackNew documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgeryThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Gibson, 41, who is transgender and also goes by the name Scott in court papers, was assigned male at birth and has lived as a female since age 15.


DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With AnticipationDonald Trump’s staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general’s report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump’s 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president’s boosters—and Donald Trump himself—have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump’s campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was illicitly obtained. Early reporting on the investigation suggests that Horowitz didn’t find political bias played a role in the investigation, although Horowitz reportedly accuses an FBI lawyer of altering a document used in a warrant request.All of which could become a bit awkward for right-wing media types who have been consumed with political fantasies and thirsting for vindication over the promise that Horowitz’s report contains damaging revelations about the Justice Department and the Obama administration. It could prove even more embarrassing for QAnon fans who have become convinced that Horowitz’s report will set off mass arrests against top Democrats.Many of Trump’s most loyal boosters and sycophants at Fox News have long promised that Horowitz’s report was not only going to expose FISA abuses and reveal that the Russia investigation was a politically motivated hoax by the Obama administration, but would also lead to actual jail time for those in the Deep State.Carter Page: FISA Application a ‘Complete Joke’Back in January, Fox News host Sean Hannity boasted on his radio program that the president had secret information that Horowitz would use to reveal unbelievable levels of corruption by the intelligence community.“We still have Michael Horowitz, the inspector general. He is to report back on FISA abuse, we already know that did take place,” Hannity told his audience. “We know that the president has five different buckets of information that he's holding, in his hand, that will reveal corruption at levels we never dreamed or we never thought of.”Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference this past spring, Hannity and other Fox News personalities repeatedly insisted that the Horowitz report was just around the corner and that it would spark recriminations among not just top government officials but those who led prior investigations into former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m certain that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is going to look at that in his report as to whether or not Hillary Clinton ever received a defensive briefing,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter, a frequent Hannity guest, said in April. “That’s going to be very interesting. Because that’s going to show the imbalance between the two, how they treated the Trump campaign and how they treated Hillary Clinton.”Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityDuring a May appearance on Fox Business Network, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went even further. Speaking with Fox legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Lewandowski declared a whole slew of Deep State targets would be sitting in jail by the following spring.“And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month, I think we are going to see additional criminal referrals with [Andrew] McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Ohr and other people who we haven't even meant as household names yet will have criminal referrals,” he exclaimed. “And I think what we're going to see, Gregg, is in March or April of next year, James Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Paige will be on trial for the crimes they committed against the Fourth Amendment and against this president.”As the months ticked by and no report emerged, confidence in a forthcoming bombshell began to wane. Hannity, for his part, “joked” in August that as they waited for Horowitz’s report to finally be released, all of his reporting on FISA abuses could lead to a “mid-morning raid at [his] house” or him being the victim of a “bad accident.” With summer turning into fall, Hannity and others subtly began lowering their expectations for  Horowitz, shifting their attention instead towards federal prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. But when the Washington Post reported on Nov. 21 that Horowitz’s report had found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a document tied to a FISA warrant, Hannity allowed himself to hope again. “Premeditated fraud on a FISA court for the purpose of spying on a presidential candidate,” he exclaimed. “Then his transition team. And, yeah, then a president. It’s that bad. And there’s going to be more.”Fellow Fox News contributors, such as Jarrett and former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz, would point to the Post article to assert that an even more “devastating” report was to come, resulting in “criminal referrals” covering “corrupt acts identified by FBI, CIA, State Department, and maybe the Department of Justice itself.”But the jubilation was short-lived. As subsequent reports flooded in that the Horowitz report would find no political bias and that FISA applications had a proper legal basis, the president’s favorite mouthpieces shifted from hyping Horowitz to badmouthing him. The inspector general, they insisted, was a Trump-hating Washington insider himself.“The inspector general is so limited in what he can do. He can't really even compel testimony, the people he talks to are given two weeks to look at the report and lobby for changes and edits,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on Dec. 3. “And the inspector general is a Deep Stater, he's one of them, he's a swampist.”Figures on the farther right have also long expected Horowitz to vindicate pro-Trump conspiracy theories. The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog whose owner was invited to the White House this summer, has eagerly followed developments surrounding the report’s release, adding a “tick tock” countdown in one excited September post.Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.It was merely the latest case of a top DoJ official attracting the adulation of QAnon fans, according to Travis View, a podcaster who analyzes QAnon’s spread. Earlier, QAnon believers were convinced that FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others, would implement the long-awaited purge. More recently, those hopes have rested on Horowitz.“That’s been really critical to the whole QAnon narrative,” View said. This isn’t the first time QAnon believers have expected bombshell revelations from an inspector general report, only to be disappointed. In 2018, QAnon believers were convinced that Horowitz’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation would unleash the “Storm.” Instead, the report contained no major revelations when it was released in June 2018, and no Democrats were arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. One disappointed and armed QAnon believer shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck, demanding in a bizarre video that Trump release the “real” report. With early reports on the Horowitz investigation suggesting that it won’t be as explosive as Republicans hoped, fringe figures have already begun to downplay it and make excuses for the lack of big news. Many have already moved on to fixating instead U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s leading Attorney General Bill Barr’s review into the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.“They’re going to justify why yet another investigation that they’re hoping for was a dud, and pin their hopes on the next investigation,” View said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

China hints at national security trials for 2 CanadiansChina is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court TestimonyA Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An Upgrade

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The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

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'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agency

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Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'Ed Smart told Gayle King he wanted to speak out publicly because he wanted to reach out to other gay men "who are struggling in the same spot."


Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling

Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reelingIn a part of Belfast where huge "peace walls" still keep some Catholic Irish nationalists and Protestant unionists apart, Thursday's UK general election could have far-reaching consequences in the decades-long battle for a united Ireland. John Finucane, son of one of the most high-profile victims of British-ruled Northern Ireland's bloody "Troubles", is seeking to become the first nationalist elected by the historically pro-British constituency of North Belfast.


Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies Were

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies WereFox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr’s insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are “narrow” and “slanted.”During a break in Monday’s House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed Starr directly, letting him know he was going to “push back a bit respectfully” on his previous analysis of the impeachment inquiry while referencing Starr’s own role in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.“He said that the presentation of the case against the president is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows. It is slanted,” Wallace noted before speaking right to Starr.“When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the president had lied under oath about sex—I’m not talking about whether or not this story is true or not—but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him,” the Fox News anchor declared.Wallace went on to take issue with Starr suggesting that since it doesn’t appear that the Senate will convict Trump on impeachment the House should abandon their efforts, noting that “there was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed.”“The House and you to some degree participated in impeaching [Clinton], Wallace explained. “Not saying there was anything wrong with that but I’m simply saying it seems there is a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged.”“It seems to be a much bigger issue—whether or not you believe the president did it is a different issue—but it’s about an issue of foreign policy, national security,” the Fox News Sunday host added. "The security of our elections. It is a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex.”Starr, for his part, responded by asserting that there is currently no “bipartisan support of this impeachment inquiry,” insisting that in this impeachment process that “we have not seen proof that a crime has been committed.” “That seems to me to be a very relevant fact,” Starr continued. “When some president has committed actual federal felonies, then that puts, it seems to me, the impeachment inquiry in a very different context.”Starr concluded that the Democrats’ view that Trump is “a clear and present danger to national security” due to the president pressuring a foreign leader to investigate his political rivals is an “extravagant claim.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China tradeStock markets weakened during European trading on Monday as investors weighed the possibility of more U.S. tariffs on China and the outlook for negotiations on the trade dispute. A Chinese official said that Beijing wants a prompt settlement of its trade war with Washington as another U.S. tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese imports is due to take effect Sunday. China announced Friday it was carrying out a promise to waive punitive tariffs on American soybeans and pork.


Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash “insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak”.  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault,” Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. “I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body’ aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with about 230 of these children under the age of 14.  Before 2011, GIDS would only give puberty blockers to children once they had turned 16. But the rules were relaxed after reports emerged of British children going overseas to buy the drugs.  Commenting on her experience, Ash said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all.”


Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrant

Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrantThe long awaited 434-page report finds that FBI’s team conducting Crossfire Hurricane— the code name for the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — improperly relied too heavily on allegations made by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had been hired by an opposition research firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?Depends if it actually happened.


A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect

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The Best War Movies on Netflix

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UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit AmericaIran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.


Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true

Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come trueAs our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.


'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian billsTimothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.


Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New ZealandA volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically injured. The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from Australia, the U.S., China, Britain and Malaysia, the prime minister said.


Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'

Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'The large crowds gathering early for Trump rally in Hershey were unfazed by the unveiling of articles of impeachment coming at the same time.


Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

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1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff

1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff'Today is a horrific day'


Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?Here's how they compare.


Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

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Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy

Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates asked a judge to spare him from prison, put him on probation and order him to do community service for his crimes of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.In a court filing Monday, Gates said he has accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He’s scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington on Dec. 17.Gates was a critical witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud in August.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade, lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016.He also testified in the trials of one-time White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, and Republican operative Roger Stone.Gates said his “cooperation likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of the OSC or any matters arising out of, or related, to the activity of that office.”Additional and specific details of Gates’s cooperation are under seal, according to the filing.Nine letters of support from family and friends, urging Berman to show leniency, were included with the filing. Many described him as a religious man, committed to his family. One letter was filed under seal.Gates also asked that the judge doesn’t impose a fine.“Mr. Gates has remained unemployed since his indictment, and in lieu of any income with which to support his family and maintain their home, he has had to deplete savings and investment accounts, including college savings plans for his children,” according to the filing.The case is U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with letters of support)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Los Angeles at jschneider5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exitBut they also express hope that the historic diversity of the initial 2020 field "will reverberate for years to come."


Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilegeAcknowledge the original sin, but also that white men risked their lives to end slavery and a black man led the way to gay marriage equality.


Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university

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Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

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'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents

'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agentsThe Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, uncovered a series of text messages between two FBI agents expressing support for President Trump right after the 2016 election.


A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombingA Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive areaTurkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.


Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state’s claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan is a blow to the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who accused the energy company of lying about its use of a “proxy cost” for carbon to account for future climate-change regulations.“The office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” Ostrager wrote in a 55-page ruling. The AG “produced no testimony either from any investor who claimed to have been misled by any disclosure,” the judge said.Exxon said in a statement that the ruling affirmed that the company gave its investors “accurate information on the risks of climate change” and that New York “failed to make a case even with the extremely low threshold of the Martin Act in its favor.”New York’s Martin Act empowers officials to target a wide range of corporate behavior that could hurt shareholders. While New York claimed Exxon intentionally misled shareholders, under the act it didn’t have to prove intent to win, or that any investors were misled.Read More: Exxon’s Climate Trial Is Over, But the Bigger Fight Is Starting“Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton said in the statement. “ExxonMobil will continue to invest in researching breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions while meeting society’s growing demand for energy.”The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Exxon got a hint of victory on the last day of the trial when the attorney general dropped the two most damning of four claims without explanation during his closing statement. The abandoned claims had been crucial elements of the state’s case because they held that Exxon’s misstatements were part of a scheme to mislead and that investors had relied on them when buying the company’s stock.After the AG’s retreat, what remained for Ostrager to decide was whether Exxon had violated the Martin Act by issuing public statements about proxy costs that were materially misleading. The state couldn’t show that it had.New York claimed Exxon used two sets of numbers -- one public, one secret -- to account for greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon said the state, to cook up a discrepancy where none existed, was conflating two figures that served different purposes.On the last day of the trial, Wells called the entire case a “cruel joke.”Read More: Exxon Calls N.Y. Climate Case a ‘Joke’ on Last Day of TrialExxon “disclosed its use of both the proxy cost and the greenhouse gas metrics no later than 2014,” Ostrager wrote in his decision.New York initially claimed that former Exxon chief executive officer Rex Tillerson had spearheaded the scheme to dupe investors and that the plan was readily adopted by his underlings. Tillerson rejected the claim under oath, while Exxon’s lawyer said New York had dragged the names of the company’s executives and engineers “through the mud” by advancing such a claim and then dropping it at the last minute.During his opening statement to the judge, Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said the state had been swayed to investigate the company by talks with environmentalists and billionaires who wanted to vilify the company at the expense of facts.“It’s almost like the Russians trying to interfere with the election,” Wells said on the first day of the trial. “I mean, think about what’s going on here.”The case is People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil, 452044/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).(Updates with Exxon statement)To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

The Russian Navy Has Some ProblemsYes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

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Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

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Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watchSeven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.


Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers

Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers(Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co said Monday it would release Pete Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement preventing him from naming the clients he worked for as a consultant at the firm from 2007 to 2010.In a statement, a spokesman for McKinsey, who refused to be identified, said the company would allow Buttigieg to release the names because of the “unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign.”“After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mayor Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010,” the spokesman said. “Any description of his work for those clients still must not disclose confidential, proprietary or classified information obtained during the course of that work, or violate any security clearance.”Buttigieg asked the firm on Friday to release him from the nondisclosure agreements he signed when he joined McKinsey. He had come under attack from his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren for not disclosing the names of his clients.Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith tweeted that the campaign would soon release the names.He has said that he worked for several nonprofits and on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has released his tax returns for the years he was at McKinsey.Buttigieg also Monday said that he would open his fundraisers to the press and release more names of so-called bundlers, a response to Warren’s demand that he be more transparent about the source of his campaign contributions.Buttigieg has held several high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street and Silicon Valley donors without allowing any reporters in or releasing names of guests and hosts. “Bundlers” collect campaign contributions from multiple donors and deliver it to the candidate.Warren, whose attacks on Buttigieg have increased as he’s taken the lead in the first nominating state of Iowa, has criticized him for a lack of transparency. She doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions. Joe Biden allows reporters into his fundraisers but has yet to release the names of his bundlers“From the start, Pete has said it is important for every candidate to be open and honest, and his actions have reflected that commitment,” Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Fundraisers will be open to the press beginning Tuesday and the names of bundlers will be released this week, Schmuhl said.Buttigieg and Warren have sparred over transparency and their past corporate ties.On Thursday, Warren unleashed an unusually pointed attack on Buttigieg’s campaign-finance practices at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.“The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance committee, who are the bundlers who are raising big money for him, who he’s given a title to and made promises to,” Warren said. “And he should open up the doors so that the press can follow the promises that he’s making in these big-dollar fundraisers.”Buttigieg released a list of 32 campaign bundlers in the first quarter. The names included hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer, who raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who represents Goldman Sachs Group and Facebook Inc.Buttigieg raised $24.9 million in the second quarter, tops among Democratic contenders. Overall, Buttigieg’s campaign has raked in $51.5 million, placing him third, behind Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.In April, Buttigieg’s campaign announced it would no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow them to raise money for him. It also said it would not accept money from corporate PACs. His campaign refunded $30,250 it had received from lobbyists up to that point, including $2,800 given by Elmendorf.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer after several requests from Buttigieg that she release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates with Buttigieg campaign statement in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

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Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark caseEarlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.


Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

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Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

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New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

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Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline

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More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

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DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With AnticipationDonald Trump’s staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general’s report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump’s 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president’s boosters—and Donald Trump himself—have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump’s campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was illicitly obtained. Early reporting on the investigation suggests that Horowitz didn’t find political bias played a role in the investigation, although Horowitz reportedly accuses an FBI lawyer of altering a document used in a warrant request.All of which could become a bit awkward for right-wing media types who have been consumed with political fantasies and thirsting for vindication over the promise that Horowitz’s report contains damaging revelations about the Justice Department and the Obama administration. It could prove even more embarrassing for QAnon fans who have become convinced that Horowitz’s report will set off mass arrests against top Democrats.Many of Trump’s most loyal boosters and sycophants at Fox News have long promised that Horowitz’s report was not only going to expose FISA abuses and reveal that the Russia investigation was a politically motivated hoax by the Obama administration, but would also lead to actual jail time for those in the Deep State.Carter Page: FISA Application a ‘Complete Joke’Back in January, Fox News host Sean Hannity boasted on his radio program that the president had secret information that Horowitz would use to reveal unbelievable levels of corruption by the intelligence community.“We still have Michael Horowitz, the inspector general. He is to report back on FISA abuse, we already know that did take place,” Hannity told his audience. “We know that the president has five different buckets of information that he's holding, in his hand, that will reveal corruption at levels we never dreamed or we never thought of.”Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference this past spring, Hannity and other Fox News personalities repeatedly insisted that the Horowitz report was just around the corner and that it would spark recriminations among not just top government officials but those who led prior investigations into former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m certain that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is going to look at that in his report as to whether or not Hillary Clinton ever received a defensive briefing,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter, a frequent Hannity guest, said in April. “That’s going to be very interesting. Because that’s going to show the imbalance between the two, how they treated the Trump campaign and how they treated Hillary Clinton.”Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityDuring a May appearance on Fox Business Network, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went even further. Speaking with Fox legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Lewandowski declared a whole slew of Deep State targets would be sitting in jail by the following spring.“And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month, I think we are going to see additional criminal referrals with [Andrew] McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Ohr and other people who we haven't even meant as household names yet will have criminal referrals,” he exclaimed. “And I think what we're going to see, Gregg, is in March or April of next year, James Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Paige will be on trial for the crimes they committed against the Fourth Amendment and against this president.”As the months ticked by and no report emerged, confidence in a forthcoming bombshell began to wane. Hannity, for his part, “joked” in August that as they waited for Horowitz’s report to finally be released, all of his reporting on FISA abuses could lead to a “mid-morning raid at [his] house” or him being the victim of a “bad accident.” With summer turning into fall, Hannity and others subtly began lowering their expectations for  Horowitz, shifting their attention instead towards federal prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. But when the Washington Post reported on Nov. 21 that Horowitz’s report had found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a document tied to a FISA warrant, Hannity allowed himself to hope again. “Premeditated fraud on a FISA court for the purpose of spying on a presidential candidate,” he exclaimed. “Then his transition team. And, yeah, then a president. It’s that bad. And there’s going to be more.”Fellow Fox News contributors, such as Jarrett and former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz, would point to the Post article to assert that an even more “devastating” report was to come, resulting in “criminal referrals” covering “corrupt acts identified by FBI, CIA, State Department, and maybe the Department of Justice itself.”But the jubilation was short-lived. As subsequent reports flooded in that the Horowitz report would find no political bias and that FISA applications had a proper legal basis, the president’s favorite mouthpieces shifted from hyping Horowitz to badmouthing him. The inspector general, they insisted, was a Trump-hating Washington insider himself.“The inspector general is so limited in what he can do. He can't really even compel testimony, the people he talks to are given two weeks to look at the report and lobby for changes and edits,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on Dec. 3. “And the inspector general is a Deep Stater, he's one of them, he's a swampist.”Figures on the farther right have also long expected Horowitz to vindicate pro-Trump conspiracy theories. The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog whose owner was invited to the White House this summer, has eagerly followed developments surrounding the report’s release, adding a “tick tock” countdown in one excited September post.Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.It was merely the latest case of a top DoJ official attracting the adulation of QAnon fans, according to Travis View, a podcaster who analyzes QAnon’s spread. Earlier, QAnon believers were convinced that FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others, would implement the long-awaited purge. More recently, those hopes have rested on Horowitz.“That’s been really critical to the whole QAnon narrative,” View said. This isn’t the first time QAnon believers have expected bombshell revelations from an inspector general report, only to be disappointed. In 2018, QAnon believers were convinced that Horowitz’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation would unleash the “Storm.” Instead, the report contained no major revelations when it was released in June 2018, and no Democrats were arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. One disappointed and armed QAnon believer shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck, demanding in a bizarre video that Trump release the “real” report. With early reports on the Horowitz investigation suggesting that it won’t be as explosive as Republicans hoped, fringe figures have already begun to downplay it and make excuses for the lack of big news. Many have already moved on to fixating instead U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s leading Attorney General Bill Barr’s review into the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.“They’re going to justify why yet another investigation that they’re hoping for was a dud, and pin their hopes on the next investigation,” View said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

China hints at national security trials for 2 CanadiansChina is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court TestimonyA Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An Upgrade

Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An UpgradeThe latest Abrams is here.


The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribesGenaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.


'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agency

'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agencyNorth Korea on Monday accused President Trump of “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.


Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'Ed Smart told Gayle King he wanted to speak out publicly because he wanted to reach out to other gay men "who are struggling in the same spot."


Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling

Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reelingIn a part of Belfast where huge "peace walls" still keep some Catholic Irish nationalists and Protestant unionists apart, Thursday's UK general election could have far-reaching consequences in the decades-long battle for a united Ireland. John Finucane, son of one of the most high-profile victims of British-ruled Northern Ireland's bloody "Troubles", is seeking to become the first nationalist elected by the historically pro-British constituency of North Belfast.


Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies Were

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies WereFox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr’s insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are “narrow” and “slanted.”During a break in Monday’s House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed Starr directly, letting him know he was going to “push back a bit respectfully” on his previous analysis of the impeachment inquiry while referencing Starr’s own role in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.“He said that the presentation of the case against the president is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows. It is slanted,” Wallace noted before speaking right to Starr.“When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the president had lied under oath about sex—I’m not talking about whether or not this story is true or not—but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him,” the Fox News anchor declared.Wallace went on to take issue with Starr suggesting that since it doesn’t appear that the Senate will convict Trump on impeachment the House should abandon their efforts, noting that “there was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed.”“The House and you to some degree participated in impeaching [Clinton], Wallace explained. “Not saying there was anything wrong with that but I’m simply saying it seems there is a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged.”“It seems to be a much bigger issue—whether or not you believe the president did it is a different issue—but it’s about an issue of foreign policy, national security,” the Fox News Sunday host added. "The security of our elections. It is a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex.”Starr, for his part, responded by asserting that there is currently no “bipartisan support of this impeachment inquiry,” insisting that in this impeachment process that “we have not seen proof that a crime has been committed.” “That seems to me to be a very relevant fact,” Starr continued. “When some president has committed actual federal felonies, then that puts, it seems to me, the impeachment inquiry in a very different context.”Starr concluded that the Democrats’ view that Trump is “a clear and present danger to national security” due to the president pressuring a foreign leader to investigate his political rivals is an “extravagant claim.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China tradeStock markets weakened during European trading on Monday as investors weighed the possibility of more U.S. tariffs on China and the outlook for negotiations on the trade dispute. A Chinese official said that Beijing wants a prompt settlement of its trade war with Washington as another U.S. tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese imports is due to take effect Sunday. China announced Friday it was carrying out a promise to waive punitive tariffs on American soybeans and pork.


Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash “insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak”.  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault,” Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. “I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body’ aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with about 230 of these children under the age of 14.  Before 2011, GIDS would only give puberty blockers to children once they had turned 16. But the rules were relaxed after reports emerged of British children going overseas to buy the drugs.  Commenting on her experience, Ash said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all.”


Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrant

Inspector general finds 'significant errors or omissions' in Trump adviser surveillance warrantThe long awaited 434-page report finds that FBI’s team conducting Crossfire Hurricane— the code name for the bureau’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin — improperly relied too heavily on allegations made by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who had been hired by an opposition research firm working for the Hillary Clinton campaign.


Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?Depends if it actually happened.


A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect

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The Best War Movies on Netflix

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UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit AmericaIran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.


Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true

Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come trueAs our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.


'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian billsTimothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.


Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New ZealandA volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically injured. The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from Australia, the U.S., China, Britain and Malaysia, the prime minister said.


Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'

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Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

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1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff

1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff'Today is a horrific day'


Missile Race: Does America or China Dominate the South China Sea?

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Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday after she criticized mounting violence against indigenous people in which two Amazon tribesmen were shot dead three days ago. The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha".


Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy

Rick Gates Seeks to Avoid Jail at Sentencing for Conspiracy(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates asked a judge to spare him from prison, put him on probation and order him to do community service for his crimes of conspiracy and lying to federal investigators.In a court filing Monday, Gates said he has accepted responsibility “in every way possible.” He’s scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington on Dec. 17.Gates was a critical witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. He was the star prosecution witness in the trial of his former boss Paul Manafort, who was convicted of bank and tax fraud in August.Gates was Manafort’s right-hand man in his political consulting firm and worked with him for a decade, lobbying on behalf of Ukraine before joining him on Trump’s presidential campaign. Gates remained on the Trump campaign after Manafort resigned in August 2016.He also testified in the trials of one-time White House counsel to Barack Obama, Gregory Craig, and Republican operative Roger Stone.Gates said his “cooperation likely represents the most extensive undertaking by any cooperating defendant in the work of the OSC or any matters arising out of, or related, to the activity of that office.”Additional and specific details of Gates’s cooperation are under seal, according to the filing.Nine letters of support from family and friends, urging Berman to show leniency, were included with the filing. Many described him as a religious man, committed to his family. One letter was filed under seal.Gates also asked that the judge doesn’t impose a fine.“Mr. Gates has remained unemployed since his indictment, and in lieu of any income with which to support his family and maintain their home, he has had to deplete savings and investment accounts, including college savings plans for his children,” according to the filing.The case is U.S. v. Richard W. Gates III, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with letters of support)To contact the reporter on this story: Joe Schneider in Los Angeles at jschneider5@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exitBut they also express hope that the historic diversity of the initial 2020 field "will reverberate for years to come."


Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

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Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university

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Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

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'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents

'S*** just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agentsThe Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, uncovered a series of text messages between two FBI agents expressing support for President Trump right after the 2016 election.


A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.


Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombingA Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.


Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive areaTurkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.


Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state’s claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager in Manhattan is a blow to the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who accused the energy company of lying about its use of a “proxy cost” for carbon to account for future climate-change regulations.“The office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,” Ostrager wrote in a 55-page ruling. The AG “produced no testimony either from any investor who claimed to have been misled by any disclosure,” the judge said.Exxon said in a statement that the ruling affirmed that the company gave its investors “accurate information on the risks of climate change” and that New York “failed to make a case even with the extremely low threshold of the Martin Act in its favor.”New York’s Martin Act empowers officials to target a wide range of corporate behavior that could hurt shareholders. While New York claimed Exxon intentionally misled shareholders, under the act it didn’t have to prove intent to win, or that any investors were misled.Read More: Exxon’s Climate Trial Is Over, But the Bigger Fight Is Starting“Lawsuits that waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money do nothing to advance meaningful actions that reduce the risks of climate change,” Exxon spokesman Casey Norton said in the statement. “ExxonMobil will continue to invest in researching breakthrough technologies to reduce emissions while meeting society’s growing demand for energy.”The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Exxon got a hint of victory on the last day of the trial when the attorney general dropped the two most damning of four claims without explanation during his closing statement. The abandoned claims had been crucial elements of the state’s case because they held that Exxon’s misstatements were part of a scheme to mislead and that investors had relied on them when buying the company’s stock.After the AG’s retreat, what remained for Ostrager to decide was whether Exxon had violated the Martin Act by issuing public statements about proxy costs that were materially misleading. The state couldn’t show that it had.New York claimed Exxon used two sets of numbers -- one public, one secret -- to account for greenhouse gas emissions. Exxon said the state, to cook up a discrepancy where none existed, was conflating two figures that served different purposes.On the last day of the trial, Wells called the entire case a “cruel joke.”Read More: Exxon Calls N.Y. Climate Case a ‘Joke’ on Last Day of TrialExxon “disclosed its use of both the proxy cost and the greenhouse gas metrics no later than 2014,” Ostrager wrote in his decision.New York initially claimed that former Exxon chief executive officer Rex Tillerson had spearheaded the scheme to dupe investors and that the plan was readily adopted by his underlings. Tillerson rejected the claim under oath, while Exxon’s lawyer said New York had dragged the names of the company’s executives and engineers “through the mud” by advancing such a claim and then dropping it at the last minute.During his opening statement to the judge, Exxon’s lawyer, Theodore Wells, said the state had been swayed to investigate the company by talks with environmentalists and billionaires who wanted to vilify the company at the expense of facts.“It’s almost like the Russians trying to interfere with the election,” Wells said on the first day of the trial. “I mean, think about what’s going on here.”The case is People of the State of New York v. Exxon Mobil, 452044/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).(Updates with Exxon statement)To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Larson in New York at elarson4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter JeffreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

The Russian Navy Has Some ProblemsYes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.


Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report saysMore cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.


Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day one

Kentucky's new governor reorganizes school board on day oneDelivering on a campaign promise to teachers who helped elect him, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear used his first day in office Tuesday to overhaul the state school board. In his inaugural address outside the state Capitol, the new Democratic governor proclaimed his support for public education and expanding health care coverage.


Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watchSeven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.


Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers

Pete Buttigieg Says He Will Open Fundraisers, Disclose All Bundlers(Bloomberg) -- McKinsey & Co said Monday it would release Pete Buttigieg from a nondisclosure agreement preventing him from naming the clients he worked for as a consultant at the firm from 2007 to 2010.In a statement, a spokesman for McKinsey, who refused to be identified, said the company would allow Buttigieg to release the names because of the “unique circumstances presented by a presidential campaign.”“After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mayor Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010,” the spokesman said. “Any description of his work for those clients still must not disclose confidential, proprietary or classified information obtained during the course of that work, or violate any security clearance.”Buttigieg asked the firm on Friday to release him from the nondisclosure agreements he signed when he joined McKinsey. He had come under attack from his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren for not disclosing the names of his clients.Buttigieg spokeswoman Lis Smith tweeted that the campaign would soon release the names.He has said that he worked for several nonprofits and on projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also has released his tax returns for the years he was at McKinsey.Buttigieg also Monday said that he would open his fundraisers to the press and release more names of so-called bundlers, a response to Warren’s demand that he be more transparent about the source of his campaign contributions.Buttigieg has held several high-dollar fundraisers with Wall Street and Silicon Valley donors without allowing any reporters in or releasing names of guests and hosts. “Bundlers” collect campaign contributions from multiple donors and deliver it to the candidate.Warren, whose attacks on Buttigieg have increased as he’s taken the lead in the first nominating state of Iowa, has criticized him for a lack of transparency. She doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions. Joe Biden allows reporters into his fundraisers but has yet to release the names of his bundlers“From the start, Pete has said it is important for every candidate to be open and honest, and his actions have reflected that commitment,” Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Fundraisers will be open to the press beginning Tuesday and the names of bundlers will be released this week, Schmuhl said.Buttigieg and Warren have sparred over transparency and their past corporate ties.On Thursday, Warren unleashed an unusually pointed attack on Buttigieg’s campaign-finance practices at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston.“The mayor should be releasing who’s on his finance committee, who are the bundlers who are raising big money for him, who he’s given a title to and made promises to,” Warren said. “And he should open up the doors so that the press can follow the promises that he’s making in these big-dollar fundraisers.”Buttigieg released a list of 32 campaign bundlers in the first quarter. The names included hedge-fund manager Orin Kramer, who raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist who represents Goldman Sachs Group and Facebook Inc.Buttigieg raised $24.9 million in the second quarter, tops among Democratic contenders. Overall, Buttigieg’s campaign has raked in $51.5 million, placing him third, behind Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.In April, Buttigieg’s campaign announced it would no longer accept money from registered lobbyists or allow them to raise money for him. It also said it would not accept money from corporate PACs. His campaign refunded $30,250 it had received from lobbyists up to that point, including $2,800 given by Elmendorf.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer after several requests from Buttigieg that she release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Updates with Buttigieg campaign statement in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Kinery in Washington at ekinery@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theoryTed Cruz was laughed at by a TV crew during a live interview after he endorsed Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory about Ukraine.The Texas senator, who challenged Mr Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2016, was mocked for saying he believed there was “considerable evidence” that Ukraine meddled in the most recent presidential election.


Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark caseEarlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.


Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspectsTurkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.


Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at mfagundes3@bloomberg.net;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at wbrandimarte@bloomberg.net, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"

Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"A spunky and useful vehicle.


New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes

New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classesIn a new twist in the "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, a California woman agreed to plead guilty to paying $9,000 to have someone take online classes for her son so he could graduate from Georgetown.


Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline

Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotlineThe nonprofit group Freedom for Immigrants, which has run the hotline since 2013 with a free phone line provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sued in federal court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleged that the administration yanked the hotline in August after it was featured on the Netflix show, which drew attention to the group’s criticism of detention conditions for immigrants.


More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep trackNew documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.


U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgeryThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Gibson, 41, who is transgender and also goes by the name Scott in court papers, was assigned male at birth and has lived as a female since age 15.


DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With AnticipationDonald Trump’s staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general’s report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump’s 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president’s boosters—and Donald Trump himself—have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump’s campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was illicitly obtained. Early reporting on the investigation suggests that Horowitz didn’t find political bias played a role in the investigation, although Horowitz reportedly accuses an FBI lawyer of altering a document used in a warrant request.All of which could become a bit awkward for right-wing media types who have been consumed with political fantasies and thirsting for vindication over the promise that Horowitz’s report contains damaging revelations about the Justice Department and the Obama administration. It could prove even more embarrassing for QAnon fans who have become convinced that Horowitz’s report will set off mass arrests against top Democrats.Many of Trump’s most loyal boosters and sycophants at Fox News have long promised that Horowitz’s report was not only going to expose FISA abuses and reveal that the Russia investigation was a politically motivated hoax by the Obama administration, but would also lead to actual jail time for those in the Deep State.Carter Page: FISA Application a ‘Complete Joke’Back in January, Fox News host Sean Hannity boasted on his radio program that the president had secret information that Horowitz would use to reveal unbelievable levels of corruption by the intelligence community.“We still have Michael Horowitz, the inspector general. He is to report back on FISA abuse, we already know that did take place,” Hannity told his audience. “We know that the president has five different buckets of information that he's holding, in his hand, that will reveal corruption at levels we never dreamed or we never thought of.”Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference this past spring, Hannity and other Fox News personalities repeatedly insisted that the Horowitz report was just around the corner and that it would spark recriminations among not just top government officials but those who led prior investigations into former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.“I’m certain that Inspector General Michael Horowitz is going to look at that in his report as to whether or not Hillary Clinton ever received a defensive briefing,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter, a frequent Hannity guest, said in April. “That’s going to be very interesting. Because that’s going to show the imbalance between the two, how they treated the Trump campaign and how they treated Hillary Clinton.”Devin Nunes Tries to Explain Away His Parnas and Giuliani Calls to HannityDuring a May appearance on Fox Business Network, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski went even further. Speaking with Fox legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Lewandowski declared a whole slew of Deep State targets would be sitting in jail by the following spring.“And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month, I think we are going to see additional criminal referrals with [Andrew] McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Ohr and other people who we haven't even meant as household names yet will have criminal referrals,” he exclaimed. “And I think what we're going to see, Gregg, is in March or April of next year, James Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Paige will be on trial for the crimes they committed against the Fourth Amendment and against this president.”As the months ticked by and no report emerged, confidence in a forthcoming bombshell began to wane. Hannity, for his part, “joked” in August that as they waited for Horowitz’s report to finally be released, all of his reporting on FISA abuses could lead to a “mid-morning raid at [his] house” or him being the victim of a “bad accident.” With summer turning into fall, Hannity and others subtly began lowering their expectations for  Horowitz, shifting their attention instead towards federal prosecutor John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. But when the Washington Post reported on Nov. 21 that Horowitz’s report had found evidence that an FBI lawyer altered a document tied to a FISA warrant, Hannity allowed himself to hope again. “Premeditated fraud on a FISA court for the purpose of spying on a presidential candidate,” he exclaimed. “Then his transition team. And, yeah, then a president. It’s that bad. And there’s going to be more.”Fellow Fox News contributors, such as Jarrett and former GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz, would point to the Post article to assert that an even more “devastating” report was to come, resulting in “criminal referrals” covering “corrupt acts identified by FBI, CIA, State Department, and maybe the Department of Justice itself.”But the jubilation was short-lived. As subsequent reports flooded in that the Horowitz report would find no political bias and that FISA applications had a proper legal basis, the president’s favorite mouthpieces shifted from hyping Horowitz to badmouthing him. The inspector general, they insisted, was a Trump-hating Washington insider himself.“The inspector general is so limited in what he can do. He can't really even compel testimony, the people he talks to are given two weeks to look at the report and lobby for changes and edits,” conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh complained on Dec. 3. “And the inspector general is a Deep Stater, he's one of them, he's a swampist.”Figures on the farther right have also long expected Horowitz to vindicate pro-Trump conspiracy theories. The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing blog whose owner was invited to the White House this summer, has eagerly followed developments surrounding the report’s release, adding a “tick tock” countdown in one excited September post.Horowitz has also been a hero for believers in the ludicrous QAnon conspiracy theory, which posits that Trump is engaged in a shadowy war with a “deep-state cabal” and top Democrats, who are also pedophiles and cannibals. QAnon believers hoped that Horowitz’s report would kick off “The Storm” — their long-awaited dream of Trump implementing mass arrests and executions aimed at Democratic officials. In March, for example, prominent QAnon promoter “Joe M” proclaimed that Horowitz would uncover a scandal “1000x worse than Watergate.”The anonymous clue-maker behind QAnon, who goes by the alias “Q,” has built up anticipation for the report. In July, the poster claimed that the new report meant an “avalanche is coming” and claimed it was the first step towards the mass arrest of Democratic leaders.It was merely the latest case of a top DoJ official attracting the adulation of QAnon fans, according to Travis View, a podcaster who analyzes QAnon’s spread. Earlier, QAnon believers were convinced that FBI Director Christopher Wray and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others, would implement the long-awaited purge. More recently, those hopes have rested on Horowitz.“That’s been really critical to the whole QAnon narrative,” View said. This isn’t the first time QAnon believers have expected bombshell revelations from an inspector general report, only to be disappointed. In 2018, QAnon believers were convinced that Horowitz’s report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation would unleash the “Storm.” Instead, the report contained no major revelations when it was released in June 2018, and no Democrats were arrested and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay. One disappointed and armed QAnon believer shut down a bridge near the Hoover Dam with an improvised armored truck, demanding in a bizarre video that Trump release the “real” report. With early reports on the Horowitz investigation suggesting that it won’t be as explosive as Republicans hoped, fringe figures have already begun to downplay it and make excuses for the lack of big news. Many have already moved on to fixating instead U.S. Attorney John Durham, who’s leading Attorney General Bill Barr’s review into the investigation into Trump’s campaign and Russia.“They’re going to justify why yet another investigation that they’re hoping for was a dud, and pin their hopes on the next investigation,” View said. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


China hints at national security trials for 2 Canadians

China hints at national security trials for 2 CanadiansChina is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges in what is widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Tuesday that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law." Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured. Beijing detained Kovrig and Spavor last December, days after Meng, whose father is Huawei's founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her on fraud charges.


Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court TestimonyA Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each.“FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this,” Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court.“Do you want to do this,” Santos responded.“Yes, ma’am,” Nguyen wrote back.“I know I wanted to move forward with it,” Nguyen told the court. “There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails in between. Again, I’m not — I don’t make decisions on the agreements. So I  can’t tell you that I saw this and agreed with the compensation or agreed with the agreement that was sent.”On Friday, a San Francisco judge ruled that the criminal trial may move forward against Daleiden, 30, and Sandra Merritt, 64, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.


Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An Upgrade

Look Out Russia, The U.S. Army's M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Are Getting An UpgradeThe latest Abrams is here.


The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes

The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribesGenaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.


'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agency

'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing,' says North Korea: KCNA news agencyNorth Korea on Monday accused President Trump of “bluffing” and called him “an old man bereft of patience” as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.


Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed, in first interview since coming out as gay: 'There is no cure'Ed Smart told Gayle King he wanted to speak out publicly because he wanted to reach out to other gay men "who are struggling in the same spot."


Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling

Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reelingIn a part of Belfast where huge "peace walls" still keep some Catholic Irish nationalists and Protestant unionists apart, Thursday's UK general election could have far-reaching consequences in the decades-long battle for a united Ireland. John Finucane, son of one of the most high-profile victims of British-ruled Northern Ireland's bloody "Troubles", is seeking to become the first nationalist elected by the historically pro-British constituency of North Belfast.


Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies Were

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment ‘Much Bigger’ Than Clinton’s Sex Lies WereFox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr’s insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are “narrow” and “slanted.”During a break in Monday’s House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed Starr directly, letting him know he was going to “push back a bit respectfully” on his previous analysis of the impeachment inquiry while referencing Starr’s own role in former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.“He said that the presentation of the case against the president is narrow, prosecutors look at the world through dirty windows. It is slanted,” Wallace noted before speaking right to Starr.“When you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether or not the president had lied under oath about sex—I’m not talking about whether or not this story is true or not—but the allegation that President Trump conditioned support for a key foreign policy ally on political benefit to him strikes me as not narrow but far broader than the Clinton impeachment and the effort that was made by you and Republicans then to impeach him,” the Fox News anchor declared.Wallace went on to take issue with Starr suggesting that since it doesn’t appear that the Senate will convict Trump on impeachment the House should abandon their efforts, noting that “there was certainly never any prospect that Bill Clinton was going to be removed.”“The House and you to some degree participated in impeaching [Clinton], Wallace explained. “Not saying there was anything wrong with that but I’m simply saying it seems there is a very different standard in how the Clinton impeachment went and how this impeachment is being judged.”“It seems to be a much bigger issue—whether or not you believe the president did it is a different issue—but it’s about an issue of foreign policy, national security,” the Fox News Sunday host added. "The security of our elections. It is a much bigger issue than whether or not Bill Clinton lied about sex.”Starr, for his part, responded by asserting that there is currently no “bipartisan support of this impeachment inquiry,” insisting that in this impeachment process that “we have not seen proof that a crime has been committed.” “That seems to me to be a very relevant fact,” Starr continued. “When some president has committed actual federal felonies, then that puts, it seems to me, the impeachment inquiry in a very different context.”Starr concluded that the Democrats’ view that Trump is “a clear and present danger to national security” due to the president pressuring a foreign leader to investigate his political rivals is an “extravagant claim.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China trade

Stocks slip as investors weigh outlook for US-China tradeStock markets weakened during European trading on Monday as investors weighed the possibility of more U.S. tariffs on China and the outlook for negotiations on the trade dispute. A Chinese official said that Beijing wants a prompt settlement of its trade war with Washington as another U.S. tariff hike on $160 billion of Chinese imports is due to take effect Sunday. China announced Friday it was carrying out a promise to waive punitive tariffs on American soybeans and pork.


Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash “insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak”.  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault,” Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. “I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body’ aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with about 230 of these children under the age of 14.  Before 2011, GIDS would only give puberty blockers to children once they had turned 16. But the rules were relaxed after reports emerged of British children going overseas to buy the drugs.  Commenting on her experience, Ash said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all.”