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Murkowski to vote no on Kavanaugh
- October 07, 2018

And Murkowski announced Friday night that she will not support Kavanaugh during the final vote but will ask to be recorded as "present" as a courtesy to another GOP senator who will be away from D.C. Senator Susan Collins - a maverick member of Trump's Republican party - and her Democrat counterpart Joe Manchin said allegations that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a fellow teenager almost four decades ago were unproven. (more...)
Kavanaugh Confirmation Likely - Collins: Yes; Manchin: Yes; Flake: Probably Kavanaugh Confirmation Likely - Collins: Yes; Manchin: Yes; Flake: Probably
- October 07, 2018

If senators do not change their voting intentions, Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the top United States court. There does remain some suspense about the timing of the final vote. The political war, however, is just beginning. Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford's testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault , but the Federal Bureau ... (more...)
Flake and Collins spent hours reading Federal Bureau of Investigation report before Kavanaugh vote Flake and Collins spent hours reading Federal Bureau of Investigation report before Kavanaugh vote
- October 07, 2018

Her announcement left only one Democrat undecided: West Virginia's Joe Manchin . Democrats say the interviews, which they originally requested, are incomplete and inconclusive. Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke. (more...)
No, Lindsey Graham Wasn't Calling Christine Blasey Ford Trailer Trash
- October 05, 2018

Capitol Police eventually arrested more than 300 people, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer . Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday about the results of the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh , and during the interview, a citizen who was apparently there protesting interrupted the interview and got a snapped response from the Senator over her comment. (more...)
Google to donate Dollars 1 million towards Indonesia quake relief Google to donate Dollars 1 million towards Indonesia quake relief
- October 05, 2018

At least 29 are still missing . People were sleeping in the open, wary of returning to their homes . We were shouting, people were screaming God is Great. Indonesian authorities are scrambling to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island and are starting to bury some of the more than 1,200 dead, while shaken survivors flee their ruined homes in search of food and shelter. (more...)
More than 250 people died taking selfies since 2011 More than 250 people died taking selfies since 2011
- October 05, 2018

They found that selfie-related deaths are most common in India , Russia the United States and Pakistan and 72.5% of those reported are men. According to Mashable , drowning (70 deaths) and falling (48 deaths) were the top contributors to the selfie mortality rate. (more...)
'Very strong' typhoon Jebi on course to hit Japan 'Very strong' typhoon Jebi on course to hit Japan
- October 05, 2018

Japan has been hit by a succession of typhoons recently, with western parts of the country devastated by massive flooding and landslides that left more than 220 people dead in July. Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have had to be cancelled. Forecasters recorded wind gusts of up to 129 miles per hour in one part of Shikoku, the smallest main island, and 135 miles per hour elsewhere. (more...)
May defends Brexit plan after dancing onto stage May defends Brexit plan after dancing onto stage
- October 04, 2018

The British prime minister poked fun at her Maybot image as she got her groove on to Abba's Dancing Queen - mocking her dance moves from a recent trip to Africa - before appealing to the party to get behind her. Clips of the her "dad dancing " have already been the subject of a number of memes, while some users labelled the clip "cringeworthy". Her dance moves on previous occasions led to a huge meme-fest and this time too it was no different. (more...)
What The FBI Is Looking For In Its Brett Kavanaugh Investigation What The FBI Is Looking For In Its Brett Kavanaugh Investigation
- October 04, 2018

On NBC's " Today " show Wednesday, Sen. Mimicking Ford, he said, "I had one beer!" "I just say it's kind of appalling". Senator Susan Collins of ME, another closely-watched Republican vote, also rebuked Trump for going after Ford, telling reporters on Capitol Hill: "The president's comments were just plain wrong". (more...)
May appeals for party unity at 'toughest phase' of Brexit May appeals for party unity at 'toughest phase' of Brexit
- October 04, 2018

More broadly, rather than concentrating on the divisions within her own party, May's speech was more focussed on the nation and landed a number of blows on the Labour party, the front bench of which the Prime Minister derided as the "Jeremy Corbyn party". (more...)
Trump to female reporter: You're not thinking. You never do Trump to female reporter: You're not thinking. You never do
- October 03, 2018

On several occasions, President Donald Trump has disrespected members of the media. " You never do ", Mr Trump said. Vega referred obliquely to the exchange on her Twitter account later. Unsurprisingly, Collins was passed over and another journalist was handed the mic. "I think a lot of people would like to see that, but I think we have to do DACA first". (more...)
NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges
- October 03, 2018

Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. For example, the Times said Fred Trump gave ownership of most of his real estate empire to his children a year and a half before his death. "We must see Trump's tax returns to know just how far and how deep the crimes go", Rep. (more...)
Drone Footage Shows Impact of Tsunami in Indonesia's Palu City Drone Footage Shows Impact of Tsunami in Indonesia's Palu City
- October 02, 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo has authorised the country to start to accept worldwide aid, as the official death toll continues to climb towards 1,000, with many more people still unaccounted for, days after the tsunami struck. Nugroho, the disaster agency spokesman, said waves were reported as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in some places. An aid worker, who had reached cut off district Donggala by motorcycle, said hundreds of people facing a lack of food and medicine were trying to get ... (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts second woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Federal Bureau of Investigation contacts second woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
- October 02, 2018

He also says Kavanaugh was often belligerent and aggressive when drunk. "With that being said , I'd like it to go quickly ..." Several US media outlets over the weekend said that the scope of the investigation was being constrained by the White House, reporting that one of Mr Kavanaugh's accusers, Julie Swetnick , would not be interviewed. (more...)
GOP senator: Kavanaugh hearing format 'not great,' but 'we're stuck with it' GOP senator: Kavanaugh hearing format 'not great,' but 'we're stuck with it'
- October 01, 2018

In an interview published in 2012 in FrontLine Magazine , the magazine for conservative Christian group Foundations Baptist Fellowship global, Mitchell said she was drawn to fighting sex crimes against children after working with a senior attorney who was assigned a case where the offender was a youth choir director. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh: Looking ahead to what's next for the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Looking ahead to what's next for the Supreme Court nominee
- October 01, 2018

On Thursday, Kavanaugh refused multiple times to explicitly say he was in favor of the FBI conducting an investigation into Ford's allegations, even after several Democratic senators asked the Supreme Court nominee about this. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) charged Sunday that Sen. Complying with the Senate's request, Trump directed the FBI Friday night to re-open its background investigation into Kavanaugh with the probe " limited in scope and completed in less than one week". (more...)
Powerful typhoon nears Tokyo after losing some strength Powerful typhoon nears Tokyo after losing some strength
- October 01, 2018

Trami is now heading towards Japan's northeast. National broadcaster NHK reported that one man had died in Tottori prefecture on Honshu island and another was missing on the southern island of Kyushu. West Japan Railway Co. said all trains in the area covering Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe would suspend operations from about noon September 30 as the typhoon approaches the Kansai region. (more...)
Hurricane Rosa remnants may bring thunderstorms to Mohave County Hurricane Rosa remnants may bring thunderstorms to Mohave County
- October 01, 2018

Forecasters expected the storm to drop between 3 inches to 6 inches in Baja California and northwestern Sonora with isolated totals up to 10 inches. How much rainfall will Rosa bring to Desert Southwest? . The region bracing for Rosa's rain was already soaked by remnants of Hurricane Bud in June. Rosa still had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) early Sunday and it was centered about 355 miles (570 kilometers) southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico. (more...)
Trump asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe claims against Kavanaugh Trump asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe claims against Kavanaugh
- October 01, 2018

Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed that despite Democrats' continued delay tactics, the Senate will move forward to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. A White House official told NBC News that Swetnick's claims will not be investigated. Dr. Ford's testimony was a powerful moment for our country, and I am grateful to her and all the courageous women who were inspired by her to speak out and share their own stories. (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser Federal Bureau of Investigation reaches out to second Kavanaugh accuser
- October 01, 2018

Senate leaders agreed to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to allow for a one-week FBI investigation . Kavanaugh, in his testimony following Ford's, categorically denied the allegations. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway also said she had not discussed the matter with McGahn. "I need to go", Flake said. Why do they insist on muzzling women with information submitted under penalty of perjury? "Having them do a thorough investigation, I actually think it will be a blessing in ... (more...)
Kavanaugh, Ford Testify About Sexual Assault Allegation Kavanaugh, Ford Testify About Sexual Assault Allegation
- September 30, 2018

All three concluded that Ford's responses were "not indicative of deception", with one scale registering a 0.002% probability that she was lying, and another giving it less than a.02% chance. Trump also blasted Avenatti personally on Twitter, calling him a "third rate lawyer" who makes "false accusations" and is "looking for attention". President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. (more...)
How the FBI will investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh How the FBI will investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh
- September 30, 2018

Ramirez, and she has agreed to cooperate with their investigation", Ramirez's attorney, John Clune, said in a statement . The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations. Mr Flake, often a vocal critic of his own party's president, had been outspoken in raising doubts about Judge Kavanaugh in the days leading up to this week's historic hearings. (more...)
How Jewish Senator Dianne Feinstein might bring down Kavanaugh How Jewish Senator Dianne Feinstein might bring down Kavanaugh
- September 30, 2018

Trump blamed the Senate Democrats and suggested that how they handled sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh would help Republicans at the polls. The scope of the investigation that FBI agents will undertake now is unclear. Speaking to NPR, Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar said of the inquiry: "I think it will be better for the country that this FBI investigation occur". (more...)
Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct
- September 30, 2018

As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to answer questions around an alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, a third accuser has stepped forward. He added, "I strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration". In his remarks, Kavanaugh again fully denies all accusations of sexual misconduct raised against him. (more...)
Supreme Court's huge verdict, says adultery is not crime Supreme Court's huge verdict, says adultery is not crime
- September 28, 2018

In a previous court hearing, Misra had observed that "adultery can be a ground for divorce". It was the second legal decision this month reflecting a more liberal outlook in Indian society with the Supreme Court having on September 6 scrapped a ban on gay sex dating back to 1861. (more...)
Trump Blasts 'Con Artist' Dems He Says 'Laugh' at Kavanaugh Allegations Trump Blasts 'Con Artist' Dems He Says 'Laugh' at Kavanaugh Allegations
- September 28, 2018

China and Russian Federation said the council should reward Pyongyang for the "positive developments" this year with U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un having met in June and Kim pledging to work toward denuclearization. (more...)
Russia to supply Syria with S-300 Russia to supply Syria with S-300
- September 28, 2018

In the three years since Jerusalem and Moscow agreed to establish a so-called "de-confliction mechanism" to avoid clashes over Syrian skies, the Jewish State has been "very successful" in curtailing Iran's influence in Syria, Netanyahu said . (more...)
General election would be ‘people’s vote’ says Labour chancellor General election would be ‘people’s vote’ says Labour chancellor
- September 27, 2018

Mr Corbyn declined to say which way he would vote in any new in-or-out poll, while pointing out that he backed Remain in the 2016 referendum. "Because some have said Labour could vote for any deal the Tories reach". We want to be in control of that process. Meanwhile, sections of the crowd could be heard shouting: "Hey Jeremy, take a note, for the many, People's Vote". (more...)
Trump tells United Nations that China seeks to interfere in midterm elections Trump tells United Nations that China seeks to interfere in midterm elections
- September 27, 2018

Speaking to Israeli journalists after meeting Trump in NY on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu reiterated his stance that Israel must control security west of Jordan to the Mediterranean - which includes the occupied West Bank. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh's Poll Numbers Are Firmly In The Red Brett Kavanaugh's Poll Numbers Are Firmly In The Red
- September 27, 2018

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct . Surely she would have reported it to police if the encounter was "as bad as she says", the president said. Trump also mischaracterized the accusations against him, falsely claiming only four women had made allegations ( more than a dozen did ) and said they had been paid to do so (there has been no ... (more...)
Rod Rosenstein Has Verbally Resigned To John Kelly Rod Rosenstein Has Verbally Resigned To John Kelly
- September 26, 2018

It comes three days after Mr Rosenstein was reported to have suggested the idea of secretly recording Mr Trump previous year to expose chaos within the White House. Only the Times knows who's leaking these "erratic" Rosenstein tales and it's not clear its reporters know whether they are being used for nefarious purposes (or whether they care). (more...)
Risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon/evening across Chicago area Risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon/evening across Chicago area
- September 26, 2018

Wednesday will be a windy day with highs only in the low/mid-60s. Wind: S/SE 5-15. Low: 66. The risk for severe weather is now lower for the St. Louis area as the Storm Prediction Center has removed the "slight" risk of severe thunderstorms for Tuesday. (more...)
Briefly: Nuclear deal parties lay out plan to stand up to US Briefly: Nuclear deal parties lay out plan to stand up to US
- September 26, 2018

The U.S. has also accused Iran of promoting global terrorism, which Tehran vehemently denies. The Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement earlier this year and imposed sanctions on businesses dealing with Tehran. European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini talks to the media as she arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders ahead of the EU summit, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. (more...)
Trump says no plans to meet Iran's Rouhani 'despite requests'
- September 26, 2018

In his address past year to the UN, Mr Trump insulted Mr Kim as a " rocket man " bent on nuclear destruction. "Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries", Trump said . (more...)
Second woman comes forward, accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Second woman comes forward, accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
- September 26, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh , with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview , Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington , about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee. "No one is trying to hide from this.in fact, Brett Kavanaugh has been leaning in". I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart. (more...)
Trump praises trade deal with South Korea Trump praises trade deal with South Korea
- September 25, 2018

President Donald Trump says his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will unfold much like their first meeting, except for the location. Security Council resolutions to get him to fully denuclearize". The White House has not closed the door on a Rouhani-Trump meeting. Trump, for his part, said: "We are in no rush". (more...)
Russian Federation missile sale to Syria is ‘significant escalation’: John Bolton
- September 25, 2018

Monday's statement from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will send the newer S-300 missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks. "According to information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly can not but harm our relations", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. (more...)
Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy rescued in remote WA waters Indian sailor Abhilash Tomy rescued in remote WA waters
- September 24, 2018

An global rescue team is trying to reach a seriously injured Indian sailor who is taking part in the Golden Globe round-the-world race. Australian rescue authorities are leading what has become an worldwide rescue mission after the yacht encountered a severe storm. (more...)
US Imposes 10% Tariff on Certain Auto Glass Imported From China US Imposes 10% Tariff on Certain Auto Glass Imported From China
- September 24, 2018

While Monday's tariff may come too soon for some USA companies importing Chinese products, they still have a window of more than three months before duties surge on January 1. The report also highlighted support of USA trade officials' efforts to try to address those issues are affecting business in ways that were expected and unexpected, officials said. (more...)
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein resigns: Axios U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein resigns: Axios
- September 24, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who has oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, is resigning, Axios reported Monday. Trump was not at the White House; he traveled to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. (more...)