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  • 2/79   Viola Davis’s message to white women: ‘Get to know me’
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.

    But Davis does see a path forward: empathy and becoming educated on one another’s experiences.


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  • 3/79   Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys’s husband, says hip-hop industry lacks compassion
    PEOPLE TOPIC NEWS

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.

    Iconic hip-hop producer and Alicia Keys’s husband, Swizz Beatz, isn’t afraid to tell his guy friends he loves them.


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  • 4/79   Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison, Snooki Says
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    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison

    Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is 'Having the Time of His Life' in Prison


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  • 5/79   'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record
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    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...

    'Avengers: Endgame' tops 'Star Wars,' breaks previous pre-sale record originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com"Avengers: Endgame" tickets went on sale Tuesday and just like Thanos' famous snap, they were gone just like that. But way more than half.Fandango is reporting that "Endgame" has broken its pre-sale records, topping the previous holder, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."(MORE: New 'Avengers: Endgame' trailer features Captain Marvel, the battle to beat Thanos)Guess the force is strong with Earth's mightiest heroes. ...


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  • 6/79   Selma Blair reveals she cried with relief at MS diagnosis after being 'not taken seriously' by doctors
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    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me.  Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home.  During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.

    The 46-year-old actress is now revealing the agony she went through before receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last August.'Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,' Blair told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Tuesday on 'Good Morning America.' 'And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. Blair recalled that she would get so fatigued prior to her diagnosis that she would need to pull over to take a nap after dropping her son, now 7, off at his school one mile away from their home. During her interview with 'GMA' at her Los Angeles home, Blair was in an 'exacerbation' of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing symptoms.


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  • 7/79   They won't be loved: Maroon 5 play it safe with dullest halftime show of all time
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    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.

    Maroon 5 could have silenced their many haters with a spectacular performance. But they didn’t do that.


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  • 8/79   Does U.S. women's soccer deserve equal pay?
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    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.

    Has the U.S. women's soccer team done enough to warrant salaries that match their male counterparts? The 360 gives you all the angles on heavily-debated topics in the news.


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  • 9/79   After fighting for 9/11 victims, Jon Stewart turns to Warrior Games
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    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.

    The former “Daily Show” host is serving as the host and emcee of this week’s 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, where about 300 wounded, ill or injured active-duty and veteran military athletes are competing in 14 adaptive sports.


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  • 10/79   Kevin Love talks anxiety, depression and the time he thought he was going to die mid-game
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s mental health journey began in a moment of anxiety on the basketball court during a November 2017 game against the Atlanta Hawks.


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  • 11/79   Is there a crisis with our boys? Expert says they need love, not discipline
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    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.

    “Dear Men” explores how men are navigating the evolution of manhood. You can watch the current week's full episode of “Dear Men” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Roku. So why are young men struggling? So I don’t never hold back my tears when I'm feeling an emotional overload,” he said.


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  • 12/79   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I'm still coping with it
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    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.

    It has been a year since former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing more than 150 girls. But Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is still coming to terms with the sexual abuse she experienced as a teenager.


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  • 13/79   Aly Raisman on Larry Nassar assault: Sometimes people forget I’m still coping with it
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    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.

    Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman tells the Yahoo News show “Through Her Eyes” that she sometimes finds it difficult to hear the graphic details in the sexual assault stories of others, as she is still coping with her own traumatic experience.


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  • 14/79   For the love of the brain: One mother's fight for CTE awareness
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    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named.  Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does.  At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.

    Karen Kinzle Zegel spends her days working on the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation website, fielding questions and giving out information on a disease she barely knew existed five years ago – until it took the life of her son, for whom the foundation is named. Karen remembers, “We were a football family, his dad was a coach, I would cheer and yell and you know, do all the things the football mom does. At the time, she was unaware of CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head – and the role it was playing in Patrick’s life.


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  • 15/79   PHOTOS: Fluorescent turtle embryo wins forty-fifth annual Nikon Small World Competition

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.

    The winners of the 45th annual competition showcase a spectacular blend of science and artistry under the microscope.


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  • 16/79   7 tax scams to watch out for this year

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

    In case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


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  • 17/79   Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.

    The daughter's name is Nicarri.


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  • 18/79   Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”

    Jeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


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  • 19/79   Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday.  As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit.  Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.

    Pope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.


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  • 20/79   Kenya passes data protection law crucial for tech investments
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    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday approved a data protection law which complies with European Union legal standards as it looks to bolster investment in its information technology sector.  The East African nation has attracted foreign firms with innovations such as Safaricom's M-Pesa mobile money services, but the lack of safeguards in handling personal data has held it back from its full potential, officials say.  'Kenya has joined the global community in terms of data protection standards,' Joe Mucheru, minister for information, technology and communication, told Reuters.

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday approved a data protection law which complies with European Union legal standards as it looks to bolster investment in its information technology sector. The East African nation has attracted foreign firms with innovations such as Safaricom's M-Pesa mobile money services, but the lack of safeguards in handling personal data has held it back from its full potential, officials say. 'Kenya has joined the global community in terms of data protection standards,' Joe Mucheru, minister for information, technology and communication, told Reuters.


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  • 21/79   Career Diplomats Pushed Back on Trump’s Attempt to End ‘Temporary Protected Status’ for Central American Migrants
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    The early Trump administration batted down warnings from career U.S. diplomats who warned that some hardline immigration policies could have dangerous national security consequences, according to diplomatic cables released by Senate Democrats Thursday.Some diplomats, including those at the U.S. Embassies in El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, were concerned that the administration's plan to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for undocumented immigrants would cause a spike in transnational crime and illegal immigration, and would damage the relationship between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.“A sudden termination of TPS for El Salvador would undermine additional cooperation to tackle the root causes of illegal migration and overwhelm the country’s ability to absorb the refugees,” then-U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes wrote to Washington, D.C. in July, 2017.Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon objected even more strenuously to ending the program for the three countries.“It is our purpose to provide the best possible foreign policy and diplomatic advice,” Shannon wrote in a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “From my point of view that advice is obvious: extend TPS for the countries indicated.”Some 400,000 migrants from Central America and Haiti have been granted temporary residence and working privileges in the U.S. The program's protections were originally granted to refugees fleeing wars or natural disasters, including Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1999 and the earthquakes that ravaged El Salvador and Haiti in 2001 and 2010.Since then, however, the program has received extensions under several administrations as U.S. leadership weighed the negative economic and political consequences of returning hundreds of thousands of refugees to countries ill-prepared to reabsorb them.The administration recently abandoned its attempts to shutter the program following a protracted legal battle. Last month, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and El Salvador’s foreign minister signed an agreement granting a one year reprieve to about 200,000 Salvadorans who reside in the U.S. under the program.As part of the agreement, El Salvador has agreed to work with U.S. immigration authorities to ramp up its efforts to stanch the flow of migrants attempting to leave the violence-stricken country to cross the U.S. southern border illegally.

    The early Trump administration batted down warnings from career U.S. diplomats who warned that some hardline immigration policies could have dangerous national security consequences, according to diplomatic cables released by Senate Democrats Thursday.Some diplomats, including those at the U.S. Embassies in El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, were concerned that the administration's plan to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for undocumented immigrants would cause a spike in transnational crime and illegal immigration, and would damage the relationship between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.“A sudden termination of TPS for El Salvador would undermine additional cooperation to tackle the root causes of illegal migration and overwhelm the country’s ability to absorb the refugees,” then-U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes wrote to Washington, D.C. in July, 2017.Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon objected even more strenuously to ending the program for the three countries.“It is our purpose to provide the best possible foreign policy and diplomatic advice,” Shannon wrote in a letter to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. “From my point of view that advice is obvious: extend TPS for the countries indicated.”Some 400,000 migrants from Central America and Haiti have been granted temporary residence and working privileges in the U.S. The program's protections were originally granted to refugees fleeing wars or natural disasters, including Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1999 and the earthquakes that ravaged El Salvador and Haiti in 2001 and 2010.Since then, however, the program has received extensions under several administrations as U.S. leadership weighed the negative economic and political consequences of returning hundreds of thousands of refugees to countries ill-prepared to reabsorb them.The administration recently abandoned its attempts to shutter the program following a protracted legal battle. Last month, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and El Salvador’s foreign minister signed an agreement granting a one year reprieve to about 200,000 Salvadorans who reside in the U.S. under the program.As part of the agreement, El Salvador has agreed to work with U.S. immigration authorities to ramp up its efforts to stanch the flow of migrants attempting to leave the violence-stricken country to cross the U.S. southern border illegally.


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  • 22/79   Brazil braces for release of ex-president Lula after court ruling
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    Supporters of Brazilian leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gathered outside a prison Friday waiting for the ex-president's release following a court ruling that threatens to deepen political divisions.  Lula is among several thousand convicts who could be freed after the Supreme Court's decision late Thursday to overturn a rule requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal.  Dozens of people yelling 'good morning, Lula' and waving 'Free Lula' signs stood outside the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba on Friday where the former president has been held since April 2018.

    Supporters of Brazilian leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gathered outside a prison Friday waiting for the ex-president's release following a court ruling that threatens to deepen political divisions. Lula is among several thousand convicts who could be freed after the Supreme Court's decision late Thursday to overturn a rule requiring convicted criminals to go to jail after losing their first appeal. Dozens of people yelling 'good morning, Lula' and waving 'Free Lula' signs stood outside the federal police headquarters in the southern city of Curitiba on Friday where the former president has been held since April 2018.


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  • 23/79   Roger Stone Frenemy Randy Credico Cuts Up — in Criminal Trial
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    (Bloomberg) -- Over four decades, Randy Credico has been a comedian, an impressionist, a social justice warrior and a talk show host.On Thursday he played the part of government witness, breaking up the criminal trial of his nemesis, Roger Stone, with off-the-cuff comments that left jurors laughing and the judge battling to maintain courtroom decorum.Prosecutors sought Credico’s testimony to prove that Stone -- a longtime Republican operative and sometime adviser to President Donald Trump -- lied to a congressional committee about his communications with WikiLeaks during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, hampering its investigation into Russian interference in the race and potential campaign involvement.Stone is also accused of berating and threatening Credico to prevent the comic from contradicting his House Intelligence Committee testimony in September 2017.Moments after taking the stand, Credico was asked by prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky what he did for a living.“It seems like I’m a professional witness,” he deadpanned. He was just warming up.Credico and Stone met in 2002, he told the jury, when he was leading the William Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice and Stone was running an insurgent, third-party gubernatorial campaign in New York. Credico said he liked the ads he’d seen for the candidate, Tom Golisano (who lost), and sought out the man behind them, launching their rocky, 17-year relationship.As Trump was clinching the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Credico said, the radio host was getting more airtime from WBAI, which he tried to fill with compelling guests. One of them was Stone.“He was a great person to have on the show,” Credico told the court. “This would be a huge catch on my station,” especially in the run-up to the election. Stone was an adviser to the Trump campaign with a reputation as a political brawler and gadfly.Stone had a radio show, too, “Stone Cold Truth,” for which Credico would do promotional spots using his talent for mimicry. In a November 2016 email shown to the jury, the comic offered Stone a roster of voices he could do, including Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, both presidents Bush and actors John Wayne, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.Read More: Trump’s Calls With Stone, Amid Clinton Leaks, Figure in Trial“Would you like to hear some of them?” he volunteered, to laughter in the courtroom. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson declined.Zelinsky zeroed in on a name on the list in all caps, BRANDO GODFATHER, an impression Credico clearly relished. Credico explained that actors’ voices change over time, making the aging Marlon Brando’s voice in “The Godfather” distinct from his younger self in “On the Waterfront.”Credico said he was tempted to do the “Godfather” Brando. The judge managed to resist.“We know you’re a comedian, but this is serious,” Jackson observed.Not long after Credico sent Stone the lighthearted catalog-of-voices email, their relationship grew darker.Read More: Stone Didn’t Lie, He Just Didn’t Understand, Defense ArguesCredico had had another notorious radio guest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who called in for his interview in August 2016 on Credico’s cellphone from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’d sought asylum.In the late stages of the campaign, WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of documents stolen from Democratic Party computers -- by Russian military intelligence agents, the U.S. concluded -- to tilt the election to Trump from Democrat Hillary Clinton.Stone had claimed he had inside information from an intermediary on what was coming from WikiLeaks. Prosecutors allege he shared that information with senior Trump campaign officials. They also allege that one of Stone’s sources of information was the conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.Earlier Thursday, jurors heard from former FBI case agent Michelle Taylor. Through her testimony, prosecutors presented dozens of email and text messages between Stone and Credico, sent as Credico began to believe Stone was implicating him, not Corsi, as the WikiLeaks conduit. Stone was called to testify before the House committee and later did just that, fingering Credico for the panel as his go-between.Read More: Stone Trial to Shed Light on Who Shared 2016 Campaign DirtCredico testified Thursday that he’d had no contact with Assange prior to the WikiLeaks founder’s August 2016 appearance on his radio show, a booking coup he admittedly lorded over Stone (and that he pulled off through his close friend Margaret Kunstler, a lawyer for Assange). “It was kind of bragging,” he said. “I was trying to one-up him.”But Credico denied having any knowledge of what WikiLeaks would publish from its trove of stolen documents.“Julian Assange is not going to tell me about future releases,” he said.That didn’t stop Credico from delivering a letter to Assange in London on behalf of the radio station in September 2016, asking if he wanted to do a weekly radio show for WBAI live from the embassy. The missive was received, Credico said, by a hand reaching out from the embassy door.Congress’s demand for the business records came before it began its impeachment inquiry.Stone pressured Credico to assert his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, to pretend he couldn’t remember -- as Frank Pentangeli in “Godfather II” did when called to testify about organized crime -- or to take the fall, the jury heard.Jackson called a recess before Credico had finished his testimony. He’ll be back on the stand Friday.Before releasing the jurors, the judge admonished them not to do any research on their own -- and not to watch “The Godfather” on Netflix either.The case is U.S. v. Stone, 19-cr-18, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with trial testimony)To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Washington at aharris16@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Jeffrey, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Over four decades, Randy Credico has been a comedian, an impressionist, a social justice warrior and a talk show host.On Thursday he played the part of government witness, breaking up the criminal trial of his nemesis, Roger Stone, with off-the-cuff comments that left jurors laughing and the judge battling to maintain courtroom decorum.Prosecutors sought Credico’s testimony to prove that Stone -- a longtime Republican operative and sometime adviser to President Donald Trump -- lied to a congressional committee about his communications with WikiLeaks during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, hampering its investigation into Russian interference in the race and potential campaign involvement.Stone is also accused of berating and threatening Credico to prevent the comic from contradicting his House Intelligence Committee testimony in September 2017.Moments after taking the stand, Credico was asked by prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky what he did for a living.“It seems like I’m a professional witness,” he deadpanned. He was just warming up.Credico and Stone met in 2002, he told the jury, when he was leading the William Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice and Stone was running an insurgent, third-party gubernatorial campaign in New York. Credico said he liked the ads he’d seen for the candidate, Tom Golisano (who lost), and sought out the man behind them, launching their rocky, 17-year relationship.As Trump was clinching the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Credico said, the radio host was getting more airtime from WBAI, which he tried to fill with compelling guests. One of them was Stone.“He was a great person to have on the show,” Credico told the court. “This would be a huge catch on my station,” especially in the run-up to the election. Stone was an adviser to the Trump campaign with a reputation as a political brawler and gadfly.Stone had a radio show, too, “Stone Cold Truth,” for which Credico would do promotional spots using his talent for mimicry. In a November 2016 email shown to the jury, the comic offered Stone a roster of voices he could do, including Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, both presidents Bush and actors John Wayne, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.Read More: Trump’s Calls With Stone, Amid Clinton Leaks, Figure in Trial“Would you like to hear some of them?” he volunteered, to laughter in the courtroom. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson declined.Zelinsky zeroed in on a name on the list in all caps, BRANDO GODFATHER, an impression Credico clearly relished. Credico explained that actors’ voices change over time, making the aging Marlon Brando’s voice in “The Godfather” distinct from his younger self in “On the Waterfront.”Credico said he was tempted to do the “Godfather” Brando. The judge managed to resist.“We know you’re a comedian, but this is serious,” Jackson observed.Not long after Credico sent Stone the lighthearted catalog-of-voices email, their relationship grew darker.Read More: Stone Didn’t Lie, He Just Didn’t Understand, Defense ArguesCredico had had another notorious radio guest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who called in for his interview in August 2016 on Credico’s cellphone from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he’d sought asylum.In the late stages of the campaign, WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of documents stolen from Democratic Party computers -- by Russian military intelligence agents, the U.S. concluded -- to tilt the election to Trump from Democrat Hillary Clinton.Stone had claimed he had inside information from an intermediary on what was coming from WikiLeaks. Prosecutors allege he shared that information with senior Trump campaign officials. They also allege that one of Stone’s sources of information was the conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.Earlier Thursday, jurors heard from former FBI case agent Michelle Taylor. Through her testimony, prosecutors presented dozens of email and text messages between Stone and Credico, sent as Credico began to believe Stone was implicating him, not Corsi, as the WikiLeaks conduit. Stone was called to testify before the House committee and later did just that, fingering Credico for the panel as his go-between.Read More: Stone Trial to Shed Light on Who Shared 2016 Campaign DirtCredico testified Thursday that he’d had no contact with Assange prior to the WikiLeaks founder’s August 2016 appearance on his radio show, a booking coup he admittedly lorded over Stone (and that he pulled off through his close friend Margaret Kunstler, a lawyer for Assange). “It was kind of bragging,” he said. “I was trying to one-up him.”But Credico denied having any knowledge of what WikiLeaks would publish from its trove of stolen documents.“Julian Assange is not going to tell me about future releases,” he said.That didn’t stop Credico from delivering a letter to Assange in London on behalf of the radio station in September 2016, asking if he wanted to do a weekly radio show for WBAI live from the embassy. The missive was received, Credico said, by a hand reaching out from the embassy door.Congress’s demand for the business records came before it began its impeachment inquiry.Stone pressured Credico to assert his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, to pretend he couldn’t remember -- as Frank Pentangeli in “Godfather II” did when called to testify about organized crime -- or to take the fall, the jury heard.Jackson called a recess before Credico had finished his testimony. He’ll be back on the stand Friday.Before releasing the jurors, the judge admonished them not to do any research on their own -- and not to watch “The Godfather” on Netflix either.The case is U.S. v. Stone, 19-cr-18, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).(Updates with trial testimony)To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in Washington at aharris16@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Jeffrey, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 24/79   Update: Bollore (EPA:BOL) Stock Gained 40% In The Last Three Years
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  • 25/79   Is Topps Tiles Plc's (LON:TPT) High P/E Ratio A Problem For Investors?
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  • 26/79   This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Shaw Communications Inc. (TSE:SJR.B)
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  • 27/79   U.S. Futures Edge Down as Stocks Slip; Bonds Drop: Markets Wrap
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    (Bloomberg) -- The risk-on mood that’s permeated global financial markets this week showed signs of easing as U.S. equity futures fluctuated and most European stocks slipped along with Asian shares. Treasuries extended their recent declines.Contracts on all three main American stock indexes swung from losses to gains and back after the gauges notched record highs in the previous session. Miners and retail companies weighed on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Most European bonds tracked the drop in Treasuries as Italian and Greek notes slumped. The dollar gained and gold fell. Oil erased most of this week’s advance.Investors appear to be catching their breath after a recent rally in risk assets, spurred by indications that the U.S. and China are heading toward an interim deal to halt the trade war. American and Chinese officials both said Thursday that a phase-one agreement would feature pledges to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods in phases.“Moving from a non-escalation to a de-escalation, which would be rolling back the tariffs, has got everybody excited,” Adam Taback, global head of alternative investments at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, told Bloomberg TV.On the data front, China’s exports declined less than expected in October as optimism rose about an interim trade deal, though imports contracted for a sixth straight month. The offshore yuan edged lower though stayed stronger than 7 per dollar.Elsewhere, an early rally for Asian stocks fizzled out leaving most shares down in the region. Hong Kong equities were among the worst performing after the death of student protester threatened to inflame demonstrations planned for this weekend. Japanese 10-year government bond yields climbed alongside their Australian peers. Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index dipped 0.1% as of 8:31 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.4%.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index decreased 0.5%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.3%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.2%.The euro fell 0.1% to $1.1035.The British pound was little changed at $1.2811.The Japanese yen declined 0.1% to 109.35 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points to 1.94%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped less than one basis point to -0.24%.Britain’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to 0.817%.CommoditiesGold dipped 0.6% to $1,459.66 an ounce.West Texas Intermediate crude declined 1.5% to $56.31 a barrel.\--With assistance from Joanna Ossinger and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Constantine Courcoulas in Istanbul at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The risk-on mood that’s permeated global financial markets this week showed signs of easing as U.S. equity futures fluctuated and most European stocks slipped along with Asian shares. Treasuries extended their recent declines.Contracts on all three main American stock indexes swung from losses to gains and back after the gauges notched record highs in the previous session. Miners and retail companies weighed on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Most European bonds tracked the drop in Treasuries as Italian and Greek notes slumped. The dollar gained and gold fell. Oil erased most of this week’s advance.Investors appear to be catching their breath after a recent rally in risk assets, spurred by indications that the U.S. and China are heading toward an interim deal to halt the trade war. American and Chinese officials both said Thursday that a phase-one agreement would feature pledges to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods in phases.“Moving from a non-escalation to a de-escalation, which would be rolling back the tariffs, has got everybody excited,” Adam Taback, global head of alternative investments at Wells Fargo Investment Institute, told Bloomberg TV.On the data front, China’s exports declined less than expected in October as optimism rose about an interim trade deal, though imports contracted for a sixth straight month. The offshore yuan edged lower though stayed stronger than 7 per dollar.Elsewhere, an early rally for Asian stocks fizzled out leaving most shares down in the region. Hong Kong equities were among the worst performing after the death of student protester threatened to inflame demonstrations planned for this weekend. Japanese 10-year government bond yields climbed alongside their Australian peers. Here are the main moves in markets:StocksFutures on the S&P 500 Index dipped 0.1% as of 8:31 a.m. New York time.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.4%.The U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index decreased 0.5%.The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dipped 0.3%.The MSCI Emerging Market Index decreased 0.8%.CurrenciesThe Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed 0.2%.The euro fell 0.1% to $1.1035.The British pound was little changed at $1.2811.The Japanese yen declined 0.1% to 109.35 per dollar.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries rose two basis points to 1.94%.Germany’s 10-year yield dipped less than one basis point to -0.24%.Britain’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to 0.817%.CommoditiesGold dipped 0.6% to $1,459.66 an ounce.West Texas Intermediate crude declined 1.5% to $56.31 a barrel.\--With assistance from Joanna Ossinger and Adam Haigh.To contact the reporter on this story: Constantine Courcoulas in Istanbul at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 28/79   Did You Manage To Avoid Goodrich Petroleum's (NYSEMKT:GDP) 28% Share Price Drop?
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  • 29/79   Energy Surplus Leaves Ghana Paying for Power It Doesn’t Need
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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterGhana has too much power and gas, and that’s a bad thing for government finances.With capacity that’s almost double the country’s peak demand needs, Ghana’s electricity utility has to pay independent producers about $450 million every year for energy that it doesn’t need or use. This adds to the sector’s liabilities, which are the biggest debt threat to a nation that seven months ago completed its 16th bailout program with the International Monetary Fund.Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, who will present the 2020 budget next week, has warned that the sector’s “unsustainable” liabilities may amount to $12.5 billion -- about a fifth of gross domestic product -- by 2023 from about $2.5 billion in January.“Financing of the energy sector is going to be a key risk going forward in terms of debt sustainability,” Cobus de Hart, chief economist for west, central and north Africa at NKC African Economics in Paarl, South Africa, said by phone. While Ghana is doing well to keep expenses under control, “debts keep rising at a much faster pace.”Debt OriginGhana’s energy losses stem from a combination of the liabilities for excess supplies, slow customer payments, under-recovery of costs and even government ministries and agencies’ unpaid lighting bills, said David Vilar Ferrenbach, an Accra-based energy-sector specialist at the World Bank.From 2020, excess gas supplies could add as much as $850 million per year to the liabilities, Ofori-Atta said in July. That’s as delivery deals from additional supplies are due to start even though producers including Tullow Oil Plc and a venture between Eni SpA and Vitol SA already deliver sufficient volumes from local fields.Ghana’s current state of overcapacity “arose out of an uncoordinated approach, plunging the energy sector into a financial crisis,” he said.At StakeThe energy sector’s shortfall for 2019 is expected to be $1.3 billion, according to Ofori-Atta. While the government is not directly responsible for shouldering all of this, it often needs to help the power utility to cover these losses.The IMF forecasts the debt stock will reach 63% of GDP at the end of December, from 51% in January. Not all of that is due to the energy contracts. A bailout of the banking sector has also added to the debt as investors fear a repeat of excessive spending in the run-up to elections, of which the next is scheduled for December 2020. “The risk of additional contingent liabilities and continued revenue under-performance represents some of the sovereign’s main credit challenges,” Elisa Parisi-Capone, a vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, said in emailed response to questions. The company assesses Ghana’s debt at six steps below investment grade. Total debt was $39.1 billion at the end of July, according to the Bank of Ghana.Government’s StepsThe power losses contributed to the 5.2 billion cedis ($935 million) that Afori-Atta added to Ghana’s debt stock in July to prevent the government from breaching its budget-deficit ceiling. A month later, he started talks with independent power producers to restructure their agreements, a move that the industry fiercely resists. While initially saying the talks would take three months, there has been little progress and Ofori-Atta now says he’s unsure when they will conclude. That raises the risk that the payment obligations will continue in 2020.“There’s always room to negotiate if there’s a good solution for both parties,” said Vilar Ferrenbach. “They have to negotiate case by case. A blanket solution” won’t work, he said.The government must also restart a process to find a private operator for the power-distribution network after it terminated an earlier agreement.Market ReactionGhana’s dollar bonds have returned 1.7% since Ofori-Atta’s announcement in July that he’ll renegotiate deals with private producers, lagging African peers which have returned an average of 2%.“There’s additional risk to the budget,” said Yvonne Mhango, head of research for sub-Sahara Africa at Renaissance Capital in Johannesburg. “It’s going to be a challenging time for them given that it’s going to be the year of the election, and there are constraints in terms of what they’ll like to achieve while at the same time trying to meet debt obligations.”(Updates with debt stock in 10th paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Moses Mozart Dzawu in Accra at mdzawu@bloomberg.net;Andre Janse van Vuuren in Accra at ajansevanvuu@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rene Vollgraaff at rvollgraaff@bloomberg.net, Ana MonteiroFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterGhana has too much power and gas, and that’s a bad thing for government finances.With capacity that’s almost double the country’s peak demand needs, Ghana’s electricity utility has to pay independent producers about $450 million every year for energy that it doesn’t need or use. This adds to the sector’s liabilities, which are the biggest debt threat to a nation that seven months ago completed its 16th bailout program with the International Monetary Fund.Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, who will present the 2020 budget next week, has warned that the sector’s “unsustainable” liabilities may amount to $12.5 billion -- about a fifth of gross domestic product -- by 2023 from about $2.5 billion in January.“Financing of the energy sector is going to be a key risk going forward in terms of debt sustainability,” Cobus de Hart, chief economist for west, central and north Africa at NKC African Economics in Paarl, South Africa, said by phone. While Ghana is doing well to keep expenses under control, “debts keep rising at a much faster pace.”Debt OriginGhana’s energy losses stem from a combination of the liabilities for excess supplies, slow customer payments, under-recovery of costs and even government ministries and agencies’ unpaid lighting bills, said David Vilar Ferrenbach, an Accra-based energy-sector specialist at the World Bank.From 2020, excess gas supplies could add as much as $850 million per year to the liabilities, Ofori-Atta said in July. That’s as delivery deals from additional supplies are due to start even though producers including Tullow Oil Plc and a venture between Eni SpA and Vitol SA already deliver sufficient volumes from local fields.Ghana’s current state of overcapacity “arose out of an uncoordinated approach, plunging the energy sector into a financial crisis,” he said.At StakeThe energy sector’s shortfall for 2019 is expected to be $1.3 billion, according to Ofori-Atta. While the government is not directly responsible for shouldering all of this, it often needs to help the power utility to cover these losses.The IMF forecasts the debt stock will reach 63% of GDP at the end of December, from 51% in January. Not all of that is due to the energy contracts. A bailout of the banking sector has also added to the debt as investors fear a repeat of excessive spending in the run-up to elections, of which the next is scheduled for December 2020. “The risk of additional contingent liabilities and continued revenue under-performance represents some of the sovereign’s main credit challenges,” Elisa Parisi-Capone, a vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, said in emailed response to questions. The company assesses Ghana’s debt at six steps below investment grade. Total debt was $39.1 billion at the end of July, according to the Bank of Ghana.Government’s StepsThe power losses contributed to the 5.2 billion cedis ($935 million) that Afori-Atta added to Ghana’s debt stock in July to prevent the government from breaching its budget-deficit ceiling. A month later, he started talks with independent power producers to restructure their agreements, a move that the industry fiercely resists. While initially saying the talks would take three months, there has been little progress and Ofori-Atta now says he’s unsure when they will conclude. That raises the risk that the payment obligations will continue in 2020.“There’s always room to negotiate if there’s a good solution for both parties,” said Vilar Ferrenbach. “They have to negotiate case by case. A blanket solution” won’t work, he said.The government must also restart a process to find a private operator for the power-distribution network after it terminated an earlier agreement.Market ReactionGhana’s dollar bonds have returned 1.7% since Ofori-Atta’s announcement in July that he’ll renegotiate deals with private producers, lagging African peers which have returned an average of 2%.“There’s additional risk to the budget,” said Yvonne Mhango, head of research for sub-Sahara Africa at Renaissance Capital in Johannesburg. “It’s going to be a challenging time for them given that it’s going to be the year of the election, and there are constraints in terms of what they’ll like to achieve while at the same time trying to meet debt obligations.”(Updates with debt stock in 10th paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Moses Mozart Dzawu in Accra at mdzawu@bloomberg.net;Andre Janse van Vuuren in Accra at ajansevanvuu@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rene Vollgraaff at rvollgraaff@bloomberg.net, Ana MonteiroFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 30/79   Next week's Arctic blast will be so cold, forecasters expect it to break 170 records across US
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  • 31/79   Dem Staffer Exchanged Private Emails with Yovanovitch, Contradicting Her Sworn Testimony
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    A Democratic congressional staffer exchanged private emails with former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch two days after the whistleblower complaint that started the impeachment inquiry into President Trump was filed, contradicting Yovanovitch's sworn testimony, according to emails obtained by Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight.The staffer, Laura Carey, reached out to Yovanovitch at the ambassador's personal email address, a breach of State Department protocol. Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month that she passed along staffers' requests to the Legislative Affairs Office at the State Department and never personally responded to Carey.However, the emails obtained by Fox show that after Carey sent an email to Yovanovitch on August 14, the former ambassador responded directly to Carey."I'm writing to see if you would have time to meet up for a chat — in particular, I’m hoping to discuss some Ukraine-related oversight questions we are exploring," Carey wrote."Thanks for reaching out -- and congratulations on your new job," Yovanovitch wrote to Carey on August 15. "I would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you. I have let EUR [Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs] know that you are interested in talking and they will be in touch with you shortly."Yovanovitch was called to testify as part of House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry into the withholding of military aid.Representative Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), who had asked Yovanovitch during her testimony about her contact with Carey, said it was disconcerting that Yovanovitch testified incorrectly regarding her connection with the congressional staffer."I would highly suspect that this Democratic staffer's work was connected in some way to the whistleblower's effort, which has evolved into this impeachment charade," Zeldin said. "We do know that the whistleblower was in contact with [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff's team before the whistleblower had even hired an attorney or filed a whistleblower complaint."A House Foreign Affairs Committee spokesman said Carey's outreach was normal for the situation."The committee wanted to hear from an ambassador whose assignment was cut short under unusual circumstances," the spokesperson said.President Trump ordered Yovanovitch removed from her post as ambassador to Ukraine in May amid allegations of bias against the President. Yovanovitch has denied all allegations of partisanship and has speculated that she was removed so that someone more friendly to Rudy Giuliani's business interests in Ukraine could be installed.

    A Democratic congressional staffer exchanged private emails with former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch two days after the whistleblower complaint that started the impeachment inquiry into President Trump was filed, contradicting Yovanovitch's sworn testimony, according to emails obtained by Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight.The staffer, Laura Carey, reached out to Yovanovitch at the ambassador's personal email address, a breach of State Department protocol. Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month that she passed along staffers' requests to the Legislative Affairs Office at the State Department and never personally responded to Carey.However, the emails obtained by Fox show that after Carey sent an email to Yovanovitch on August 14, the former ambassador responded directly to Carey."I'm writing to see if you would have time to meet up for a chat — in particular, I’m hoping to discuss some Ukraine-related oversight questions we are exploring," Carey wrote."Thanks for reaching out -- and congratulations on your new job," Yovanovitch wrote to Carey on August 15. "I would love to reconnect and look forward to chatting with you. I have let EUR [Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs] know that you are interested in talking and they will be in touch with you shortly."Yovanovitch was called to testify as part of House Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry into the withholding of military aid.Representative Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), who had asked Yovanovitch during her testimony about her contact with Carey, said it was disconcerting that Yovanovitch testified incorrectly regarding her connection with the congressional staffer."I would highly suspect that this Democratic staffer's work was connected in some way to the whistleblower's effort, which has evolved into this impeachment charade," Zeldin said. "We do know that the whistleblower was in contact with [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff's team before the whistleblower had even hired an attorney or filed a whistleblower complaint."A House Foreign Affairs Committee spokesman said Carey's outreach was normal for the situation."The committee wanted to hear from an ambassador whose assignment was cut short under unusual circumstances," the spokesperson said.President Trump ordered Yovanovitch removed from her post as ambassador to Ukraine in May amid allegations of bias against the President. Yovanovitch has denied all allegations of partisanship and has speculated that she was removed so that someone more friendly to Rudy Giuliani's business interests in Ukraine could be installed.


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  • 32/79   Here's What PQ Group Holdings Inc.'s (NYSE:PQG) P/E Is Telling Us
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  • 33/79   Canada Posts Surprise Decline in Jobs, Sending Loonie Lower
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    (Bloomberg) -- Canada’s labor market slipped after two straight months of strength, with both employment and the jobless rate little changed, indicating the nation’s recent pace of job growth may be cooling.The country lost 1,800 jobs in October, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, versus economist expectations for a 15,000 uptick in employment. October marks the first month of job losses since July. Full-time positions fell by 16,100, while part-time increased 14,300. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%, matching the median forecast, and wage gains accelerated.The Canadian dollar dropped on the report, falling 0.4% to C$1.3224 per U.S. dollar.Key InsightsThe flat reading for employment in October doesn’t shift the view of a labor market that remains a bright spot for the Canadian economy despite concerns that trade tensions are slowing growth. Canada added almost 135,000 jobs in the prior two months.The question now is whether the month’s drop in employment is a blip or if it’s a sign of future weakness. The latter could pressure the Bank of Canada into cutting interest rates, something they opened the door to in October’s meetingWage gains quickened to 4.4% on the year, a sign that tightness in the labor market is boosting pay. Hours worked advanced 1.3% from a year earlier, matching last month’s pace.Get MorePrivate sector employment was virtually unchanged, while self-employment plunged by 27,800. Public sector employment helped offset most of the losses, adding 28,700 jobs. Election-related hiring contributed to the gains in the public sector.Even with the slight drop in October, job gains so far this year have been robust. The country has added almost 391,000 jobs, the most in the first 10 months of a year since 2002.The construction and manufacturing sectors dragged on employment, losing a total of 44,000 jobs while public administration and finance, insurance and real estate sectors rose notably\--With assistance from Erik Hertzberg.To contact the reporter on this story: Shelly Hagan in Ottawa at shagan9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at targitis@bloomberg.net, Chris FournierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Canada’s labor market slipped after two straight months of strength, with both employment and the jobless rate little changed, indicating the nation’s recent pace of job growth may be cooling.The country lost 1,800 jobs in October, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, versus economist expectations for a 15,000 uptick in employment. October marks the first month of job losses since July. Full-time positions fell by 16,100, while part-time increased 14,300. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%, matching the median forecast, and wage gains accelerated.The Canadian dollar dropped on the report, falling 0.4% to C$1.3224 per U.S. dollar.Key InsightsThe flat reading for employment in October doesn’t shift the view of a labor market that remains a bright spot for the Canadian economy despite concerns that trade tensions are slowing growth. Canada added almost 135,000 jobs in the prior two months.The question now is whether the month’s drop in employment is a blip or if it’s a sign of future weakness. The latter could pressure the Bank of Canada into cutting interest rates, something they opened the door to in October’s meetingWage gains quickened to 4.4% on the year, a sign that tightness in the labor market is boosting pay. Hours worked advanced 1.3% from a year earlier, matching last month’s pace.Get MorePrivate sector employment was virtually unchanged, while self-employment plunged by 27,800. Public sector employment helped offset most of the losses, adding 28,700 jobs. Election-related hiring contributed to the gains in the public sector.Even with the slight drop in October, job gains so far this year have been robust. The country has added almost 391,000 jobs, the most in the first 10 months of a year since 2002.The construction and manufacturing sectors dragged on employment, losing a total of 44,000 jobs while public administration and finance, insurance and real estate sectors rose notably\--With assistance from Erik Hertzberg.To contact the reporter on this story: Shelly Hagan in Ottawa at shagan9@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at targitis@bloomberg.net, Chris FournierFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 34/79   Calculating The Fair Value Of PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR)
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  • 35/79   How Coworking Spaces Can Boost Your Productivity
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  • 36/79   We Think Torslanda Property Investment (STO:TORSAB) Can Stay On Top Of Its Debt
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  • 37/79   Trade Alert: The Co-Founder Of Moelis & Company (NYSE:MC), Navid Mahmoodzadegan, Has Sold Some Shares Recently
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  • 38/79   Is Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.'s (NYSE:OHI) CEO Pay Fair?
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  • 39/79   Is PrairieSky Royalty (TSE:PSK) A Risky Investment?
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  • 40/79   Graham now says Trump's Ukraine policy was too 'incoherent' for quid pro quo
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    A day after saying he wouldn’t bother to read the testimony, Sen. Lindsey Graham now says he did read it, and his conclusion is that the Trump administration’s Ukraine policy was too "incoherent" for it to have orchestrated the quid pro quo at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

    A day after saying he wouldn’t bother to read the testimony, Sen. Lindsey Graham now says he did read it, and his conclusion is that the Trump administration’s Ukraine policy was too "incoherent" for it to have orchestrated the quid pro quo at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.


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  • 41/79   2 escaped murder suspects arrested at US-Mexico border
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    Authorities are trying to determine if anyone helped two inmates who escaped from a California jail, traveled hundreds of miles and crossed into Mexico before being captured trying to walk back into the United States. Jonathan Salazar, 20, and Santos Fonseca, 21, were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at a port of entry in San Ysidro — the nation's largest border crossing — early Wednesday, Monterey County Sheriff's Office Capt. John Thornburg said. Thornburg said the two are in the custody of Monterey County officials and have been returned to a jail in Salinas, a farming city of about 160,000 people roughly 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

    Authorities are trying to determine if anyone helped two inmates who escaped from a California jail, traveled hundreds of miles and crossed into Mexico before being captured trying to walk back into the United States. Jonathan Salazar, 20, and Santos Fonseca, 21, were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at a port of entry in San Ysidro — the nation's largest border crossing — early Wednesday, Monterey County Sheriff's Office Capt. John Thornburg said. Thornburg said the two are in the custody of Monterey County officials and have been returned to a jail in Salinas, a farming city of about 160,000 people roughly 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of San Francisco.


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  • 42/79   Fox News Guest Lars Larson Breaks Network Rule Against Naming Alleged Whistleblower
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    Conservative radio host Lars Larson blurted out the name of the alleged whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry Thursday afternoon on Fox News, breaking the network’s recently implemented rule against doing so.Appearing on Outnumbered Overtime alongside liberal Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall, Larson ranted about the impeachment inquiry process and casually dropped the name of a person right-wing media has publicly alleged to be the whistleblower.Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner did not push back or react to Larson openly breaking the network’s edict, instead chastising Larson for mocking “people who use different pronouns” (the radio host had earlier snarked about gender pronouns).In the wake of conservatives and the president’s son naming the suspected whistleblower, Fox News brass reportedly instructed the network’s hosts and commentators to not do the same.According to CNN, Fox employees were told that the network had not “independently confirmed [the] name or identification of the anonymous whistleblower.” Furthermore, production staffers were ordered to “NOT fulfill any video or graphic requests” regarding the whistleblower's identity.Larson told The Hollywood Reporter that he named the alleged whistleblower “because the American people deserve to know the name of the man making the accusation that the Democrats hope to use to remove an American president.”A Fox News spokesperson gave the following statement to the Daily Beast when reached for comment: “FOX News has not confirmed or independently verified the name of the whistleblower.”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.

    Conservative radio host Lars Larson blurted out the name of the alleged whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment inquiry Thursday afternoon on Fox News, breaking the network’s recently implemented rule against doing so.Appearing on Outnumbered Overtime alongside liberal Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall, Larson ranted about the impeachment inquiry process and casually dropped the name of a person right-wing media has publicly alleged to be the whistleblower.Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner did not push back or react to Larson openly breaking the network’s edict, instead chastising Larson for mocking “people who use different pronouns” (the radio host had earlier snarked about gender pronouns).In the wake of conservatives and the president’s son naming the suspected whistleblower, Fox News brass reportedly instructed the network’s hosts and commentators to not do the same.According to CNN, Fox employees were told that the network had not “independently confirmed [the] name or identification of the anonymous whistleblower.” Furthermore, production staffers were ordered to “NOT fulfill any video or graphic requests” regarding the whistleblower's identity.Larson told The Hollywood Reporter that he named the alleged whistleblower “because the American people deserve to know the name of the man making the accusation that the Democrats hope to use to remove an American president.”A Fox News spokesperson gave the following statement to the Daily Beast when reached for comment: “FOX News has not confirmed or independently verified the name of the whistleblower.”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.


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  • 43/79   Baghdadi's wife revealed IS group secrets after capture
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    The wife of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi revealed "a lot of information" about the jihadist group's "inner workings" after she was captured last year, a Turkish official said. The official said that Baghdadi's spouse identified herself as Rania Mahmoud but was in fact Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi. The woman was arrested on June 2, 2018 in the province of Hatay, near the Syrian border, along with 10 others, including Baghdadi's daughter, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer.

    The wife of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi revealed "a lot of information" about the jihadist group's "inner workings" after she was captured last year, a Turkish official said. The official said that Baghdadi's spouse identified herself as Rania Mahmoud but was in fact Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi. The woman was arrested on June 2, 2018 in the province of Hatay, near the Syrian border, along with 10 others, including Baghdadi's daughter, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer.


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  • 44/79   Hong Kong Student’s Death Fuels Anger Ahead of Weekend Protests
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    (Bloomberg) -- Protesters hit the streets of Hong Kong Friday after a student who fell in a parking garage near a protest earlier this week died, a development that threatened to inflame more demonstrations planned for the weekend.Chow Tsz-lok suffered a brain injury after falling early Monday as police carried out a dispersal operation nearby using tear gas. A spokesman for the Hospital Authority confirmed Friday that he was certified dead at 8:09 a.m.While some demonstrators have committed suicide during the prolonged period of protests, nobody has been confirmed dead as a direct result of a clash between police and demonstrators. Anger over police tactics -- and injured protesters -- has been a major focus of recent rallies.“Considering it’s the first death that’s happened at a police-people confrontation scene, it will certainly add fuel to the already strong fire of anger -- particularly when people generally have absolutely no trust in the system, and the police,” said Alvin Yeung, a pro-democracy lawmaker.Hong Kong police officials again denied their officers had chased and pushed Chow, emphasizing during a Friday afternoon press conference that he had been seen walking around the car park alone in CCTV footage. Police officers entered the car park twice that night, once during a patrol before Chow entered, and the second time after firemen were already attending to him, said Suzette Foo, the force’s Senior Superintendent of the Kowloon East region.She called for a coroner’s inquiry into his death.Protesters held a memorial for Chow before a lunchtime rally in the city center Friday, and calls for “flash mob”-style demonstrations marking his death were trending on online protester forums.“We are very sad about the incident, we do not know what’s the next step,” said a 31-year-old bank employee who asked to be identified by the surname Tam as she protested in centrally located Chater Garden. She said the midday rally was about showing that Hong Kong people “have not let go” of grievances that have fueled months of protest.Chow, 22, was a second year computer science undergraduate at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, which reported the death earlier Friday. University President Wei Shyy briefly paused the school’s graduation ceremony to announce Chow’s death and observe a moment of silence.The death comes after five months of historic unrest in the region’s main financial hub. Sparked by a since-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, the protest movement expanded to include calls for greater democracy, morphing into the biggest challenge to Beijing’s rule over the former colony since its return to China in 1997.Hong Kong’s government said it was “deeply saddened” and offered condolences to Chow’s family in a statement responding to media inquiries about his death.‘Freedom Fighter’Prominent activist Joshua Wong mourned Chow’s death and called him a “freedom fighter.”“Today we mourn the loss of the freedom fighter in HK. We will not leave anyone behind - what we start together, we finish together. Given the losses suffered by HK society in the past month, the gov must pay the price,” he tweeted.The death comes amid a week of violence that saw an outspoken politician stabbed while campaigning, raising concerns about whether the city will be able to hold upcoming district council elections. The lawmaker, Junius Ho -- known for his inflammatory comments against protesters and pro-democracy politicians -- suffered only minor injuries.On Thursday, the government’s Electoral Affairs Commission issued an appeal for the “public to keep calm and return to rationality” ahead of the vote, currently scheduled for Nov. 24. “The community is also urged to stop all threats and violence to support the holding of election in a peaceful and orderly manner,” it said.China foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that stopping violence and restoring social order was “the most pressing issue in Hong Kong right now.”(Updates with Hong Kong police comment in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Josie Wong in Hong Kong at jwong836@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- Protesters hit the streets of Hong Kong Friday after a student who fell in a parking garage near a protest earlier this week died, a development that threatened to inflame more demonstrations planned for the weekend.Chow Tsz-lok suffered a brain injury after falling early Monday as police carried out a dispersal operation nearby using tear gas. A spokesman for the Hospital Authority confirmed Friday that he was certified dead at 8:09 a.m.While some demonstrators have committed suicide during the prolonged period of protests, nobody has been confirmed dead as a direct result of a clash between police and demonstrators. Anger over police tactics -- and injured protesters -- has been a major focus of recent rallies.“Considering it’s the first death that’s happened at a police-people confrontation scene, it will certainly add fuel to the already strong fire of anger -- particularly when people generally have absolutely no trust in the system, and the police,” said Alvin Yeung, a pro-democracy lawmaker.Hong Kong police officials again denied their officers had chased and pushed Chow, emphasizing during a Friday afternoon press conference that he had been seen walking around the car park alone in CCTV footage. Police officers entered the car park twice that night, once during a patrol before Chow entered, and the second time after firemen were already attending to him, said Suzette Foo, the force’s Senior Superintendent of the Kowloon East region.She called for a coroner’s inquiry into his death.Protesters held a memorial for Chow before a lunchtime rally in the city center Friday, and calls for “flash mob”-style demonstrations marking his death were trending on online protester forums.“We are very sad about the incident, we do not know what’s the next step,” said a 31-year-old bank employee who asked to be identified by the surname Tam as she protested in centrally located Chater Garden. She said the midday rally was about showing that Hong Kong people “have not let go” of grievances that have fueled months of protest.Chow, 22, was a second year computer science undergraduate at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, which reported the death earlier Friday. University President Wei Shyy briefly paused the school’s graduation ceremony to announce Chow’s death and observe a moment of silence.The death comes after five months of historic unrest in the region’s main financial hub. Sparked by a since-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, the protest movement expanded to include calls for greater democracy, morphing into the biggest challenge to Beijing’s rule over the former colony since its return to China in 1997.Hong Kong’s government said it was “deeply saddened” and offered condolences to Chow’s family in a statement responding to media inquiries about his death.‘Freedom Fighter’Prominent activist Joshua Wong mourned Chow’s death and called him a “freedom fighter.”“Today we mourn the loss of the freedom fighter in HK. We will not leave anyone behind - what we start together, we finish together. Given the losses suffered by HK society in the past month, the gov must pay the price,” he tweeted.The death comes amid a week of violence that saw an outspoken politician stabbed while campaigning, raising concerns about whether the city will be able to hold upcoming district council elections. The lawmaker, Junius Ho -- known for his inflammatory comments against protesters and pro-democracy politicians -- suffered only minor injuries.On Thursday, the government’s Electoral Affairs Commission issued an appeal for the “public to keep calm and return to rationality” ahead of the vote, currently scheduled for Nov. 24. “The community is also urged to stop all threats and violence to support the holding of election in a peaceful and orderly manner,” it said.China foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that stopping violence and restoring social order was “the most pressing issue in Hong Kong right now.”(Updates with Hong Kong police comment in fifth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Josie Wong in Hong Kong at jwong836@bloomberg.net;Natalie Lung in Hong Kong at flung6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, ;Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Karen LeighFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 45/79   Don't Sleep on North Korea's Large (But Really) Old Submarine Fleet
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    It only takes one torpedo to kill a lot of people.

    It only takes one torpedo to kill a lot of people.


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  • 46/79   Ford's Mach E Electric SUV Spied Looking...Interesting
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    We're not sure how we feel about this new EV's Mustang-inspired styling cues.

    We're not sure how we feel about this new EV's Mustang-inspired styling cues.


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  • 47/79   Trump Jr. tweets name of alleged whistleblower
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    For weeks, President Trump and his supporters have demanded the identity of the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry be exposed. On Wednesday, Trump’s eldest son revealed the name of the alleged whistleblower in a tweet.

    For weeks, President Trump and his supporters have demanded the identity of the whistleblower who triggered the impeachment inquiry be exposed. On Wednesday, Trump’s eldest son revealed the name of the alleged whistleblower in a tweet.


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  • 48/79   Elizabeth Warren Thinks Voters Are Stupid
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    The bad news is, Elizabeth Warren has some barmy ideas about raising your taxes. The good news is, she’s a proven coward. She says she likes to “nerd out” on the policy details. Okay, let’s do that.Warren estimates that her health-care scheme would cost about $2 trillion — every year, forever. As often is the case when we are talking about the federal budget, the numbers sound incomprehensible to many people: millions, billions, trillions, squidillions, whatever. To put that $2 trillion a year into perspective, a comparison: That is more money than the federal government collects annually in all of the personal and corporate income taxes combined. Put another way, even if the federal government were able to successfully double the revenue it gets from personal and corporate income taxes, the additional revenue would not pay for Warren’s health-care plan.In fiscal year 2019, all federal tax revenue from all sources combined amounted to $3.4 trillion. If a Warren administration and a Democratic Congress were successful in raising Americans’ taxes by 50 percent, the extra revenue still wouldn't be enough to fund Warren’s health-care program.And that does not take into account the rest of the fiscal scene, which is pretty grim. While Warren talks about Medicare for All, as it is the unfunded liability of Medicare over the next 75 years already tops $42 trillion, or just over twelve years’ worth of total federal tax revenue. Put another way: If the federal government continued collecting taxes at the current rate, stopped spending even a nickel on anything else, and put all of that money into Medicare, it would have to do so for twelve years just in order to cover the difference between what Medicare already has promised to pay out and what dedicated Medicare taxes will actually fund.And never mind, for the moment, that there are lots of things Warren and the other Democrats want to spend money on besides expanding Medicare: trillions of dollars in subsidies for college students and student-loan forgiveness, alternative-energy subsidies, etc. Warren proposes the better part of another trillion dollars a year in new spending on top of the $2 trillion a year for expanding Medicare.To pay for that, she would have to raise federal tax revenue by around 80 percent — and that still would do nothing about the trillion-dollar deficits we already have or the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and other entitlement programs that already are piling up even faster than the official national debt.Writing at Slate, Jordan Weissmann describes Warren’s plan to pay for her health-care proposal as “not entirely realistic.” Indeed. And it is worth keeping in mind that all of the above relies on Warren’s own estimates of the cost of her program. Other analysts have put the number much higher — about 50 percent higher, in fact. If those estimates are closer to the truth, then paying for all this means doubling or more than doubling federal tax revenue.And here it is worth reminding ourselves that tax rates and tax revenue are not the same thing. Progressives like to point out that during the Eisenhower years, the top tax rate was radically higher than it is today. And that is true. But tax revenue today is about what it was then: From 1950 to 1960, federal tax receipts averaged 15.9 percent of GDP, whereas in 2018 they were just a tad higher than that, at 16.2 percent of GDP. So don’t let anybody sell you the story that we could pay for all this with the tax rates of the 1950s or 1960s.And don’t let Elizabeth Warren sell you her story, either.The last time Democrats had a big idea about reorganizing U.S. health care — the grievously misnamed Affordable Care Act — they proposed to pay for part of it with a piddly little tax on manufactures of medical devices and the so-called Cadillac tax on expensive health-care plans. The Cadillac tax never has been implemented, because it annoys government workers, labor unions, and other important Democratic constituencies that have gold-plated health-care plans — paid for by somebody else, usually, often taxpayers. The medical-device tax was suspended, too. Does anybody remember who led the charge to repeal it? None other than Senator Elizabeth Warren. In theory, Senator Warren represents Massachusetts; in reality, she represents Boston and its wealthy suburbs, which are home to a number of medical-device companies.A politician who cannot stand up to a relatively minor special-interest demand back home — while serving as an elected Democrat in one of the most reliably Democratic states in the country — is not going to oversee the doubling of the federal tax burden in pursuit of a new welfare program that also would strip most Americans of the private insurance they already have and mostly want to keep. It’s not going to happen.It’s a fairy tale — or, properly understood, a lie.As the aforementioned Jordan Weissmann writes, the point of Warren’s nonsense story about how she’ll pay for her Medicare expansion is to “deflect unpleasant questions from debate moderators and journalists.” It does not have anything to do with the actual facts of the case — only with the contours of the fiction that is the Warren presidential campaign. One more piece of evidence that political partisans enjoy being lied to, if they are skillfully lied to.Give me the power now — we’ll work out the details later.There is only one reason that Elizabeth Warren would proceed in this manner: She thinks her voters are stupid.There isn’t any obvious reason to think she’s wrong about that.

    The bad news is, Elizabeth Warren has some barmy ideas about raising your taxes. The good news is, she’s a proven coward. She says she likes to “nerd out” on the policy details. Okay, let’s do that.Warren estimates that her health-care scheme would cost about $2 trillion — every year, forever. As often is the case when we are talking about the federal budget, the numbers sound incomprehensible to many people: millions, billions, trillions, squidillions, whatever. To put that $2 trillion a year into perspective, a comparison: That is more money than the federal government collects annually in all of the personal and corporate income taxes combined. Put another way, even if the federal government were able to successfully double the revenue it gets from personal and corporate income taxes, the additional revenue would not pay for Warren’s health-care plan.In fiscal year 2019, all federal tax revenue from all sources combined amounted to $3.4 trillion. If a Warren administration and a Democratic Congress were successful in raising Americans’ taxes by 50 percent, the extra revenue still wouldn't be enough to fund Warren’s health-care program.And that does not take into account the rest of the fiscal scene, which is pretty grim. While Warren talks about Medicare for All, as it is the unfunded liability of Medicare over the next 75 years already tops $42 trillion, or just over twelve years’ worth of total federal tax revenue. Put another way: If the federal government continued collecting taxes at the current rate, stopped spending even a nickel on anything else, and put all of that money into Medicare, it would have to do so for twelve years just in order to cover the difference between what Medicare already has promised to pay out and what dedicated Medicare taxes will actually fund.And never mind, for the moment, that there are lots of things Warren and the other Democrats want to spend money on besides expanding Medicare: trillions of dollars in subsidies for college students and student-loan forgiveness, alternative-energy subsidies, etc. Warren proposes the better part of another trillion dollars a year in new spending on top of the $2 trillion a year for expanding Medicare.To pay for that, she would have to raise federal tax revenue by around 80 percent — and that still would do nothing about the trillion-dollar deficits we already have or the unfunded liabilities of Social Security and other entitlement programs that already are piling up even faster than the official national debt.Writing at Slate, Jordan Weissmann describes Warren’s plan to pay for her health-care proposal as “not entirely realistic.” Indeed. And it is worth keeping in mind that all of the above relies on Warren’s own estimates of the cost of her program. Other analysts have put the number much higher — about 50 percent higher, in fact. If those estimates are closer to the truth, then paying for all this means doubling or more than doubling federal tax revenue.And here it is worth reminding ourselves that tax rates and tax revenue are not the same thing. Progressives like to point out that during the Eisenhower years, the top tax rate was radically higher than it is today. And that is true. But tax revenue today is about what it was then: From 1950 to 1960, federal tax receipts averaged 15.9 percent of GDP, whereas in 2018 they were just a tad higher than that, at 16.2 percent of GDP. So don’t let anybody sell you the story that we could pay for all this with the tax rates of the 1950s or 1960s.And don’t let Elizabeth Warren sell you her story, either.The last time Democrats had a big idea about reorganizing U.S. health care — the grievously misnamed Affordable Care Act — they proposed to pay for part of it with a piddly little tax on manufactures of medical devices and the so-called Cadillac tax on expensive health-care plans. The Cadillac tax never has been implemented, because it annoys government workers, labor unions, and other important Democratic constituencies that have gold-plated health-care plans — paid for by somebody else, usually, often taxpayers. The medical-device tax was suspended, too. Does anybody remember who led the charge to repeal it? None other than Senator Elizabeth Warren. In theory, Senator Warren represents Massachusetts; in reality, she represents Boston and its wealthy suburbs, which are home to a number of medical-device companies.A politician who cannot stand up to a relatively minor special-interest demand back home — while serving as an elected Democrat in one of the most reliably Democratic states in the country — is not going to oversee the doubling of the federal tax burden in pursuit of a new welfare program that also would strip most Americans of the private insurance they already have and mostly want to keep. It’s not going to happen.It’s a fairy tale — or, properly understood, a lie.As the aforementioned Jordan Weissmann writes, the point of Warren’s nonsense story about how she’ll pay for her Medicare expansion is to “deflect unpleasant questions from debate moderators and journalists.” It does not have anything to do with the actual facts of the case — only with the contours of the fiction that is the Warren presidential campaign. One more piece of evidence that political partisans enjoy being lied to, if they are skillfully lied to.Give me the power now — we’ll work out the details later.There is only one reason that Elizabeth Warren would proceed in this manner: She thinks her voters are stupid.There isn’t any obvious reason to think she’s wrong about that.


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  • 49/79   Child seats in Italy to be fitted with alarms after spate of deaths of children trapped in hot cars
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    Parents of babies and toddlers will be required to use special alarmed child seats under a new law in Italy, in response to a spate of children dying in cars from extreme heat. Parents who fail to buy the alarmed car seats, or buy alarm attachments, face fines of up to €326 and five points being docked from their driving licence. If, within two years, a parent is caught again without the special seat, their driving licence will be suspended for two weeks. The special car seats work by motion sensor and set off audio alarms and flashing lights if a child is left alone in the car. Devices can also be linked to a parent’s mobile phone. Under the law adopted on Thursday, they are now compulsory for all children under the age of four. The government has promised to contribute €30 to each family that has to buy the specially-equipped seats, which cost around €100. It will operate on a first-come-first-served basis, with warnings that there is unlikely to be enough money for every family in the country. The law was introduced in response to cases of babies and children dying in cars after being accidentally forgotten by their parents or carers during the scorching heat of summer. It applies not only to Italians but to foreigners visiting the country. An Italian road safety group said that parents “need to hurry” to buy the seats or fit alarms to their existing seats, or risk fines and the docking of licence points. Aside from car accidents and collisions, heat stroke is the main cause of vehicle-related death for children under the age of 15, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics. A small child’s body heats up much faster than that of an adult’s and vital organs start to shut down quicker.

    Parents of babies and toddlers will be required to use special alarmed child seats under a new law in Italy, in response to a spate of children dying in cars from extreme heat. Parents who fail to buy the alarmed car seats, or buy alarm attachments, face fines of up to €326 and five points being docked from their driving licence. If, within two years, a parent is caught again without the special seat, their driving licence will be suspended for two weeks. The special car seats work by motion sensor and set off audio alarms and flashing lights if a child is left alone in the car. Devices can also be linked to a parent’s mobile phone. Under the law adopted on Thursday, they are now compulsory for all children under the age of four. The government has promised to contribute €30 to each family that has to buy the specially-equipped seats, which cost around €100. It will operate on a first-come-first-served basis, with warnings that there is unlikely to be enough money for every family in the country. The law was introduced in response to cases of babies and children dying in cars after being accidentally forgotten by their parents or carers during the scorching heat of summer. It applies not only to Italians but to foreigners visiting the country. An Italian road safety group said that parents “need to hurry” to buy the seats or fit alarms to their existing seats, or risk fines and the docking of licence points. Aside from car accidents and collisions, heat stroke is the main cause of vehicle-related death for children under the age of 15, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics. A small child’s body heats up much faster than that of an adult’s and vital organs start to shut down quicker.


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  • 50/79   Mammoth bones found in man-made pit reveal tantalizing evidence of hunting behavior
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    Anthropologists in Mexico say they’ve uncovered more than 800 bones from 14 mammoths, in two human-made traps north of Mexico City, which are thought to be 15,000 years old.  The pits -- which are 6 feet deep and 25 yards in diameter -- were discovered when the site was excavated to be used as a garbage dump, according to a statement from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.  Researchers think that groups of 20 or 30 prehistoric hunters herded the mammoths with torches and branches, attempting to separate one animal from the group and lead it into a trap.

    Anthropologists in Mexico say they’ve uncovered more than 800 bones from 14 mammoths, in two human-made traps north of Mexico City, which are thought to be 15,000 years old. The pits -- which are 6 feet deep and 25 yards in diameter -- were discovered when the site was excavated to be used as a garbage dump, according to a statement from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. Researchers think that groups of 20 or 30 prehistoric hunters herded the mammoths with torches and branches, attempting to separate one animal from the group and lead it into a trap.


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  • 51/79   A virus from the measles family is spreading because of melting ice. It kills seals and otters by the thousands.
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    Phocine distemper virus has killed thousands of Atlantic seals. New ocean water passageways likely allowed the virus to spread to the Pacific.

    Phocine distemper virus has killed thousands of Atlantic seals. New ocean water passageways likely allowed the virus to spread to the Pacific.


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  • 52/79   Like roads, many genetic lineages led to ancient Rome
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    At the height of its empire, the inhabitants of ancient Rome genetically resembled the populations of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, according to a DNA study published Thursday.  The paper is based on genome data of 127 individuals from 29 archaeological sites in and around the city, spanning nearly 12,000 years of Roman prehistory and history.  Rome and central Italy's antiquity is well-documented in the rich archaeological and historical record, but relatively little genetic work had been carried out until now.

    At the height of its empire, the inhabitants of ancient Rome genetically resembled the populations of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, according to a DNA study published Thursday. The paper is based on genome data of 127 individuals from 29 archaeological sites in and around the city, spanning nearly 12,000 years of Roman prehistory and history. Rome and central Italy's antiquity is well-documented in the rich archaeological and historical record, but relatively little genetic work had been carried out until now.


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  • 53/79   E-cigs may damage the heart, study says
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    Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver -- increasingly popular among teens -- may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes.  The latest findings, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, come after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month declared an 'outbreak of lung injuries' linked to vaping.  'E-cigarettes contain nicotine, particulate matter, metal and flavourings, not just harmless water vapour,' senior author Loren Wold of Ohio State University wrote in Thursday's study.

    Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver -- increasingly popular among teens -- may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes. The latest findings, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, come after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month declared an 'outbreak of lung injuries' linked to vaping. 'E-cigarettes contain nicotine, particulate matter, metal and flavourings, not just harmless water vapour,' senior author Loren Wold of Ohio State University wrote in Thursday's study.


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  • 54/79   Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows
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    Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.  The Hawaiian Islands act like a comb that gathers debris as it floats across the Pacific.

    Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. The Hawaiian Islands act like a comb that gathers debris as it floats across the Pacific.


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  • 55/79   Boeing traces problem with Starliner parachute system to an unsecured pin
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    For want of a pin, the use of a spaceship's parachute was lost. That may be a simplistic way to explain why one of the three parachutes on Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi failed to open. It does, however, serve as a cautionary tale about the one obvious glitch in Monday's pad abort test of the Starliner, a craft that's due to start transporting NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station next year. Overall, the test was judged a success: The uncrewed Starliner fired the rocket engines on its launch abort system, slowed its descent with the aid… Read More

    For want of a pin, the use of a spaceship's parachute was lost. That may be a simplistic way to explain why one of the three parachutes on Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi failed to open. It does, however, serve as a cautionary tale about the one obvious glitch in Monday's pad abort test of the Starliner, a craft that's due to start transporting NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station next year. Overall, the test was judged a success: The uncrewed Starliner fired the rocket engines on its launch abort system, slowed its descent with the aid… Read More


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  • 56/79   Photos from space reveal what climate change looks like, from melting Arctic ice to rampant California fires
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    Extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires are linked to climate change. Such phenomena can be seen from space.

    Extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires are linked to climate change. Such phenomena can be seen from space.


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  • 57/79   NASA cracks open a sample of moon soil that’s been shut away for four decades
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    For the first time in more than 40 years, NASA has opened up a pristine sample of moon dirt and rocks that was collected during the Apollo missions. Scientists hope that a close analysis of the material from a 2-foot-long, nearly 2-inch-wide core sample will help astronauts get ready for a new series of Artemis moon missions in the 2020s. When Apollo's moonwalkers collected samples of lunar soil and rock, also known as regolith, some of those samples were tucked away at NASA's Johnson Space Center with the expectation that analytical tools would improve over the course of the decades… Read More

    For the first time in more than 40 years, NASA has opened up a pristine sample of moon dirt and rocks that was collected during the Apollo missions. Scientists hope that a close analysis of the material from a 2-foot-long, nearly 2-inch-wide core sample will help astronauts get ready for a new series of Artemis moon missions in the 2020s. When Apollo's moonwalkers collected samples of lunar soil and rock, also known as regolith, some of those samples were tucked away at NASA's Johnson Space Center with the expectation that analytical tools would improve over the course of the decades… Read More


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  • 58/79   2019’s Allen Distinguished Investigators will focus on the mysteries of our cells
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    The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of Seattle's Allen Institute, is making a total of $7.5 million in awards to its latest class of five biomedical researchers. The themes for this year's Allen Distinguished Investigators focus on stem cell therapies and single-cell interactions in their native environments. “The field of stem cell biology has the potential to change how we treat diseases by helping precision medicine, and there’s so much we still don’t understand about the interplay between cells in living tissues or organs,” Kathy Richmond, director of the Frontiers Group, said today in a news release. "Our… Read More

    The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a division of Seattle's Allen Institute, is making a total of $7.5 million in awards to its latest class of five biomedical researchers. The themes for this year's Allen Distinguished Investigators focus on stem cell therapies and single-cell interactions in their native environments. “The field of stem cell biology has the potential to change how we treat diseases by helping precision medicine, and there’s so much we still don’t understand about the interplay between cells in living tissues or organs,” Kathy Richmond, director of the Frontiers Group, said today in a news release. "Our… Read More


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  • 59/79   Spaceflight and Rocket Lab will put a Japanese shooting-star satellite into orbit
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    Seattle-based Spaceflight says it's handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that's designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE's spacecraft is just one of seven satellites due to be sent into orbit from New Zealand as early as Nov. 25, aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle. It'll be the 10th Electron launch, earning the nickname "Running Out of Fingers." It'll also be the first launch to test the guidance and navigation hardware as well as the sensors that Rocket Lab will eventually use to help make the Electron's first stage recoverable. No recovery will… Read More

    Seattle-based Spaceflight says it's handling the pre-launch logistics for a Japanese satellite that's designed to spray artificial shooting stars into the sky. Tokyo-based ALE's spacecraft is just one of seven satellites due to be sent into orbit from New Zealand as early as Nov. 25, aboard a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle. It'll be the 10th Electron launch, earning the nickname "Running Out of Fingers." It'll also be the first launch to test the guidance and navigation hardware as well as the sensors that Rocket Lab will eventually use to help make the Electron's first stage recoverable. No recovery will… Read More


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  • 60/79   Iraq's spiritual leader calls for road map out of impasse
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    Iraq's most senior Shiite spiritual leader called Friday for a road map out of the impasse, saying the country's political class has a 'unique opportunity' to meet the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets for weeks, demanding change — only to have their rallies met with a deadly crackdown.  In the latest violence, masked men attacked anti-government protesters in the southern city of Basra late on Thursday, killing five people, Iraqi state TV and medical officials said.  The shooting also wounded around 120, said medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

    Iraq's most senior Shiite spiritual leader called Friday for a road map out of the impasse, saying the country's political class has a 'unique opportunity' to meet the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets for weeks, demanding change — only to have their rallies met with a deadly crackdown. In the latest violence, masked men attacked anti-government protesters in the southern city of Basra late on Thursday, killing five people, Iraqi state TV and medical officials said. The shooting also wounded around 120, said medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


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  • 61/79   Rising Risk of Impeachment Tests Ties Between Barr and the President
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    WASHINGTON -- For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn, a lawyer to defend him against his accusers and go after his enemies. But the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr may be growing more complicated with the rising threat of impeachment.Rather than publicly join the fight against House Democrats pursuing the president, Barr has remained out of the fray, resisting requests by intermediaries from Trump to go before the cameras to say no crime had been committed. While Barr exonerated the president in the spring at the end of the Russia investigation, he has been more reticent in the current matter.The reluctance hints at a new distance between the two men, according to people who have spoken with them. Trump, angry with his coverage, is aggravated with Barr for urging him to release a reconstructed transcript of the telephone call with Ukraine's president at the center of the impeachment drive. For his part, Barr was bothered that Trump on that call lumped him together with Rudy Giuliani, the president's private lawyer, like interchangeable parts of his personal defense team.The two remain on much better terms than Trump was with his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whom he repeatedly berated in public for not protecting him from the Russia investigation and eventually fired. The president has given Barr extensive leeway and largely deferred to his judgment. Barr has spoken with pride about how much Trump relies on him and treats him as a confidant.But the impeachment debate seems to be testing those ties as House Democrats investigate whether Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors by using his office to pressure Ukraine to provide incriminating information about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats. The Justice Department concluded there was no campaign finance violation, but Barr has not gone beyond that."The easiest read of this is, yes, there's a limit," said Harry Litman, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general under President Bill Clinton. "Yes, he will push the envelope, but if it's not plausible to say there's no crime, he won't do it."Trump on Thursday angrily denied a report in The Washington Post, which was confirmed by The New York Times, that he wanted Barr to hold a news conference to say that the president had broken no laws, only to be rebuffed by the attorney general.In a Twitter post, Trump called The Post's article "pure fiction," adding: "We both deny this story, which they knew before they wrote it. A garbage newspaper!" Barr, however, did not publicly deny the account.Late Thursday, Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said, "It was President Trump who decided to release the entire, unredacted phone call showing everyone he's done nothing wrong, and while shady sources attempt to push a false narrative of division, the president has a great relationship with the attorney general and respects his decades of service to this country."The attorney general's public absence in recent weeks contrasted with his willingness to act as Trump's defender after the special counsel, Robert Mueller, wrapped up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign.Barr released a four-page letter summing up Mueller's findings that critics considered tilted to the most sympathetic interpretation for the president. Then, after releasing the special counsel report, the attorney general took it upon himself to declare that its findings did not add up to obstruction of justice, even though Mueller was not willing to conclude that. At a news conference and before Congress, Barr insisted Trump had done nothing wrong.Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University and friend of Barr's, said the Ukraine matter is fundamentally different because it is still under investigation by the House. Barr offered his judgments about the Russia case only after Mueller wrapped up his inquiry.It would be "highly inappropriate for Attorney General Barr to exonerate the president on a controversy that was still unfolding," Turley said.If anything, Turley added, Barr should be credited for ensuring that as much information be released as possible, in both the Russia and Ukraine cases."What's ironic is that Barr has one of the most robust views of executive privilege," Turley said, "yet it's breathtaking to see the level at which he has secured the release of information about the president and the speed with which he has done it."Barr had to negotiate hard with Trump to release the vast majority of Mueller's report with only some redactions. His news conference defending the president essentially grew out of that discussion, with Barr agreeing to offer his own conclusions publicly as long as the report was turned over to Congress. A White House official denied late Thursday that there had been such a debate.Similarly, Barr recommended that Trump release the reconstructed transcript of the July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine, arguing that it would show that Trump did nothing wrong. Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, agreed with that recommendation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued against releasing the call record, saying that it would hurt American diplomacy if foreign leaders thought their conversations with the president might be made public. Pompeo was also on the call -- which he initially obscured -- giving him added reason to not want it publicly aired.Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, was not included in the discussion and instead was among a number of aides blindsided when he learned that the president had decided to release the reconstructed transcript. In New York with Trump for meetings at the United Nations, Mulvaney declared to other aides that he would not be the one defending the call, according to people involved in the matter.In the run-up to the release of the Ukraine call notes, the White House and the Justice Department exchanged plans for how they would share the information. When the Justice Department said it would release a statement rather than hold a news conference saying that it found no campaign finance violation, the White House did not push back, according to an administration official.To the extent that Trump was convinced that releasing the reconstructed transcript would clear him of wrongdoing, it was a major miscalculation. The record showed that after Zelenskiy talked about his country's need for more security aid from the United States in the face of Russian aggression, Trump immediately pivoted and asked him to "do us a favor, though," and investigate a conspiracy theory about Ukraine's involvement with Democrats in 2016 as well as Biden and his son Hunter Biden.Democrats have seized on that to say it made clear the president was pressing a foreign power for help against his domestic political rivals. In the days that followed, reports emerged about Barr's own contacts with foreign leaders for help investigating the origins of the Russia interference investigation. While the Ukraine pressure campaign is separate from the Justice Department's newest investigation into the 2016 election, critics have said it is more evidence that the Trump administration is trying to carry out work that personally benefits Trump.Since the release of the reconstructed transcript, Trump has grown irked when he sees news coverage asserting that the call was problematic, harkening back to the fact that Barr was among those who told him it would be wise to release it, according to two people close to the president. One of them said that Mulvaney has fueled the president's concerns about Barr, telling Trump that it was a mistake to make the document public.In the call, which took place the day after Mueller testified before Congress, effectively ending his inquiry, Trump suggested that Barr was part of his effort to get damaging information about Democrats. "I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it," Trump told Zelenskiy.Barr sought to distance himself from the pressure campaign, however. After the release of the reconstructed transcript, his department said that Barr had no knowledge of the call until a whistleblower filed a complaint and that Trump had not spoken with the attorney general "about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son."Even so, Barr's department had advised the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, to keep the whistleblower complaint from Congress and in a written statement ruled out any campaign finance violation by the president.While the attorney general has otherwise remained silent about Trump, he has distanced himself from Giuliani. After reports that federal prosecutors in New York were investigating Giuliani, the head of the Justice Department's criminal division said he would not have met with him in Washington had he known.But for every Cabinet officer in Trump's turnover-heavy administration, a countdown clock begins ticking from the moment they are appointed and the question is when it will eventually go off. For Barr, it is still ticking, at least for now.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    WASHINGTON -- For a while at least, he seemed to have found his Roy Cohn, a lawyer to defend him against his accusers and go after his enemies. But the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr may be growing more complicated with the rising threat of impeachment.Rather than publicly join the fight against House Democrats pursuing the president, Barr has remained out of the fray, resisting requests by intermediaries from Trump to go before the cameras to say no crime had been committed. While Barr exonerated the president in the spring at the end of the Russia investigation, he has been more reticent in the current matter.The reluctance hints at a new distance between the two men, according to people who have spoken with them. Trump, angry with his coverage, is aggravated with Barr for urging him to release a reconstructed transcript of the telephone call with Ukraine's president at the center of the impeachment drive. For his part, Barr was bothered that Trump on that call lumped him together with Rudy Giuliani, the president's private lawyer, like interchangeable parts of his personal defense team.The two remain on much better terms than Trump was with his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whom he repeatedly berated in public for not protecting him from the Russia investigation and eventually fired. The president has given Barr extensive leeway and largely deferred to his judgment. Barr has spoken with pride about how much Trump relies on him and treats him as a confidant.But the impeachment debate seems to be testing those ties as House Democrats investigate whether Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors by using his office to pressure Ukraine to provide incriminating information about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats. The Justice Department concluded there was no campaign finance violation, but Barr has not gone beyond that."The easiest read of this is, yes, there's a limit," said Harry Litman, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general under President Bill Clinton. "Yes, he will push the envelope, but if it's not plausible to say there's no crime, he won't do it."Trump on Thursday angrily denied a report in The Washington Post, which was confirmed by The New York Times, that he wanted Barr to hold a news conference to say that the president had broken no laws, only to be rebuffed by the attorney general.In a Twitter post, Trump called The Post's article "pure fiction," adding: "We both deny this story, which they knew before they wrote it. A garbage newspaper!" Barr, however, did not publicly deny the account.Late Thursday, Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said, "It was President Trump who decided to release the entire, unredacted phone call showing everyone he's done nothing wrong, and while shady sources attempt to push a false narrative of division, the president has a great relationship with the attorney general and respects his decades of service to this country."The attorney general's public absence in recent weeks contrasted with his willingness to act as Trump's defender after the special counsel, Robert Mueller, wrapped up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign.Barr released a four-page letter summing up Mueller's findings that critics considered tilted to the most sympathetic interpretation for the president. Then, after releasing the special counsel report, the attorney general took it upon himself to declare that its findings did not add up to obstruction of justice, even though Mueller was not willing to conclude that. At a news conference and before Congress, Barr insisted Trump had done nothing wrong.Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University and friend of Barr's, said the Ukraine matter is fundamentally different because it is still under investigation by the House. Barr offered his judgments about the Russia case only after Mueller wrapped up his inquiry.It would be "highly inappropriate for Attorney General Barr to exonerate the president on a controversy that was still unfolding," Turley said.If anything, Turley added, Barr should be credited for ensuring that as much information be released as possible, in both the Russia and Ukraine cases."What's ironic is that Barr has one of the most robust views of executive privilege," Turley said, "yet it's breathtaking to see the level at which he has secured the release of information about the president and the speed with which he has done it."Barr had to negotiate hard with Trump to release the vast majority of Mueller's report with only some redactions. His news conference defending the president essentially grew out of that discussion, with Barr agreeing to offer his own conclusions publicly as long as the report was turned over to Congress. A White House official denied late Thursday that there had been such a debate.Similarly, Barr recommended that Trump release the reconstructed transcript of the July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine, arguing that it would show that Trump did nothing wrong. Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, agreed with that recommendation, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued against releasing the call record, saying that it would hurt American diplomacy if foreign leaders thought their conversations with the president might be made public. Pompeo was also on the call -- which he initially obscured -- giving him added reason to not want it publicly aired.Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, was not included in the discussion and instead was among a number of aides blindsided when he learned that the president had decided to release the reconstructed transcript. In New York with Trump for meetings at the United Nations, Mulvaney declared to other aides that he would not be the one defending the call, according to people involved in the matter.In the run-up to the release of the Ukraine call notes, the White House and the Justice Department exchanged plans for how they would share the information. When the Justice Department said it would release a statement rather than hold a news conference saying that it found no campaign finance violation, the White House did not push back, according to an administration official.To the extent that Trump was convinced that releasing the reconstructed transcript would clear him of wrongdoing, it was a major miscalculation. The record showed that after Zelenskiy talked about his country's need for more security aid from the United States in the face of Russian aggression, Trump immediately pivoted and asked him to "do us a favor, though," and investigate a conspiracy theory about Ukraine's involvement with Democrats in 2016 as well as Biden and his son Hunter Biden.Democrats have seized on that to say it made clear the president was pressing a foreign power for help against his domestic political rivals. In the days that followed, reports emerged about Barr's own contacts with foreign leaders for help investigating the origins of the Russia interference investigation. While the Ukraine pressure campaign is separate from the Justice Department's newest investigation into the 2016 election, critics have said it is more evidence that the Trump administration is trying to carry out work that personally benefits Trump.Since the release of the reconstructed transcript, Trump has grown irked when he sees news coverage asserting that the call was problematic, harkening back to the fact that Barr was among those who told him it would be wise to release it, according to two people close to the president. One of them said that Mulvaney has fueled the president's concerns about Barr, telling Trump that it was a mistake to make the document public.In the call, which took place the day after Mueller testified before Congress, effectively ending his inquiry, Trump suggested that Barr was part of his effort to get damaging information about Democrats. "I will have Mr. Giuliani give you a call and I am also going to have Attorney General Barr call and we will get to the bottom of it," Trump told Zelenskiy.Barr sought to distance himself from the pressure campaign, however. After the release of the reconstructed transcript, his department said that Barr had no knowledge of the call until a whistleblower filed a complaint and that Trump had not spoken with the attorney general "about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son."Even so, Barr's department had advised the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, to keep the whistleblower complaint from Congress and in a written statement ruled out any campaign finance violation by the president.While the attorney general has otherwise remained silent about Trump, he has distanced himself from Giuliani. After reports that federal prosecutors in New York were investigating Giuliani, the head of the Justice Department's criminal division said he would not have met with him in Washington had he known.But for every Cabinet officer in Trump's turnover-heavy administration, a countdown clock begins ticking from the moment they are appointed and the question is when it will eventually go off. For Barr, it is still ticking, at least for now.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


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  • 62/79   The Latest: UN envoy hails 1st round of Syria charter talks
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    The U.N. envoy for Syria says first talks on the country's constitution involving Syrian opposition, government and civil society representatives have 'gone much better' than many would have expected.  The helicopters flew east from the Kuweires air base to Ayn Issa and Raqqa and then back.

    The U.N. envoy for Syria says first talks on the country's constitution involving Syrian opposition, government and civil society representatives have 'gone much better' than many would have expected. The helicopters flew east from the Kuweires air base to Ayn Issa and Raqqa and then back.


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  • 63/79   Turkish patrol kills protester amid shaky truce in NE Syria
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    A Syrian protester was killed after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria on Friday, Kurdish forces and a Syria war monitoring group said.  The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted the convoy with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters.  Ten people were hospitalized, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas.

    A Syrian protester was killed after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria on Friday, Kurdish forces and a Syria war monitoring group said. The man was among a group of residents who had chased and pelted the convoy with shoes and stones, prompting Turkish troops to fire tear-gas to disperse the protesters. Ten people were hospitalized, according to the Rojava Information Center, an activist operated group in Kurdish-held areas.


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  • 64/79   Ukraine foes set to pull back troops Saturday
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    The withdrawal of forces is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.  The summit, whose date has yet to be set, will be mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Kiev said earlier it was ready to begin the withdrawal of troops near the village of Petrivske in the Donetsk region on Friday but the separatists insisted that the withdrawal be delayed until Saturday.

    The withdrawal of forces is a precondition for the first face-to-face talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. The summit, whose date has yet to be set, will be mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. Kiev said earlier it was ready to begin the withdrawal of troops near the village of Petrivske in the Donetsk region on Friday but the separatists insisted that the withdrawal be delayed until Saturday.


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  • 65/79   UK election boosts hopes of pro-independence Scottish party
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    The Scottish National Party launched its campaign for Britain's Dec. 12 election on Friday, urging Scots to send its lawmakers to London in order to bring Scotland a step closer to independence.  The party currently holds 35 of Scotland's 59 House of Commons seats, and hopes discontent about Brexit will boost that number.  In Britain's 2016 referendum on European Union membership, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the 28-nation bloc.

    The Scottish National Party launched its campaign for Britain's Dec. 12 election on Friday, urging Scots to send its lawmakers to London in order to bring Scotland a step closer to independence. The party currently holds 35 of Scotland's 59 House of Commons seats, and hopes discontent about Brexit will boost that number. In Britain's 2016 referendum on European Union membership, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the 28-nation bloc.


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  • 66/79   Johnson Pledges Not to Sell Out the NHS to Trump: U.K. Votes
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    (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s political parties are focusing on domestic issues, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing new post-Brexit visas to fast-track foreign staff for the National Health Service, and Labour unveiling measures to improve working conditions for women. The Scottish National Party launched its campaign with a promise to block the state-run healthcare system from being included in any future trade deal with the U.S.Key Developments:Prime Minister Boris Johnson is campaigning in Wales, as is Brexit Party leader Nigel FarageSNP promises second referendum on Scottish independenceLiberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson visits marginal seat of North East Fife, which the SNP won by just two votes in 2017BBC to Host Johnson-Corbyn Debate on Dec. 6 (12:35 p.m.)The BBC said it will host a debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn in Southampton on Dec. 6 -- six days before the general election. The broadcaster will also hold what it called a “seven-way podium debate” among “senior figures” from the major political parties on Nov. 29 in Cardiff.Televised debates -- and the question of which parties are invited to take part -- are already proving controversial. Nicola Sturgeon has threatened to take legal action against Sky News for excluding her Scottish National Party from its proposed debate between Johnson, Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson on Nov. 28. Swinson herself has objected to her exclusion from ITV’s planned Johnson-Corbyn debate on Nov. 19.Sturgeon: Scotland’s ‘Fundamental’ Choice (11:30 a.m.)Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland faces a “fundamental choice” at the Dec. 12 election: Vote SNP “to escape Brexit.”“A vote for the SNP is a vote to take Scotland’s future out of the hands of Boris Johnson and a broken Westminster system,” Sturgeon said at the SNP’s election campaign launch in Edinburgh. Her party will pursue a referendum on Scottish independence next year, she said. The last one was held in 2014.In comments that will have implications if the general election results in no party having a majority, Sturgeon ruled out backing any government unless it offers Scotland a plebiscite. And she suggested Jeremy Corbyn would support one. The Labour leader “supports self-determination for virtually every other country in the world,” she said. “It would be mighty strange if he didn’t support it for Scotland.”Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, also pledged to introduce a new law to protect the state-run National Health Service from inclusion in any trade deal with the U.S. It would mean the Scottish Parliament and other devolved legislatures would have to give their explicit consent, she said.Johnson Says NHS Not for Sale Under Tories (11 a.m.)In a pooled interview with broadcasters, Boris Johnson denied the U.K.’s state-run National Health Service would be up for negotiation in any future trade deal with the U.S.“We can do free trade deals with countries around the world but under us the NHS is not for sale,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to be on any kind of international trade negotiation.”The U.K.’s health service is always a key election issue but it’s significance is heightened this time because of Brexit, and the government’s promise to negotiate a free-trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump. That’s increased concerns the NHS could come under threat from U.S. health insurers and drug companies.Johnson’s Brexit Analysis Provides Opposition Fodder (10 a.m.)Even as Boris Johnson’s Conservatives try to put the attention on the National Health Service and other domestic issues on Friday, a video of the prime minister explaining the benefits of his Brexit deal to Northern Ireland is dominating the early headlines.In a rambling speech, recorded at a meeting of local Conservatives in Northern Ireland, Johnson said the province got a “great deal” because it keeps freedom of movement with the European Union and access to the bloc’s single market.Such comments are a gift to Tory opponents, particularly the pro-EU Liberal Democrats. Tom Brake, the party’s Brexit spokesman, responded on Twitter: “I do agree on one point: the Single Market and freedom of movement are indeed a great deal - even @BorisJohnson recognizes this.”Meanwhile the Labour Party criticized Johnson for distorting the terms of his Brexit deal with Brussels when he told the audience there would be no checks on goods coming from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. The government has previously conceded some checks will be necessary on goods traveling in both directions.“Boris Johnson either doesn’t understand the deal he has negotiated or he isn’t telling the truth. Probably both,” Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said on Twitter.Earlier:Corbyn’s U.K. Labour Party Is a Mess But Can Still Win PowerU.K.’s Johnson Pledges New Post-Brexit Visas for Doctors, NursesJohnson, Corbyn Unveil Voter-Pleasing Plans: U.K. Campaign Trail\--With assistance from Robert Hutton.To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart Biggs in London at sbiggs3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Thomas Penny, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s political parties are focusing on domestic issues, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing new post-Brexit visas to fast-track foreign staff for the National Health Service, and Labour unveiling measures to improve working conditions for women. The Scottish National Party launched its campaign with a promise to block the state-run healthcare system from being included in any future trade deal with the U.S.Key Developments:Prime Minister Boris Johnson is campaigning in Wales, as is Brexit Party leader Nigel FarageSNP promises second referendum on Scottish independenceLiberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson visits marginal seat of North East Fife, which the SNP won by just two votes in 2017BBC to Host Johnson-Corbyn Debate on Dec. 6 (12:35 p.m.)The BBC said it will host a debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and main opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn in Southampton on Dec. 6 -- six days before the general election. The broadcaster will also hold what it called a “seven-way podium debate” among “senior figures” from the major political parties on Nov. 29 in Cardiff.Televised debates -- and the question of which parties are invited to take part -- are already proving controversial. Nicola Sturgeon has threatened to take legal action against Sky News for excluding her Scottish National Party from its proposed debate between Johnson, Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson on Nov. 28. Swinson herself has objected to her exclusion from ITV’s planned Johnson-Corbyn debate on Nov. 19.Sturgeon: Scotland’s ‘Fundamental’ Choice (11:30 a.m.)Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland faces a “fundamental choice” at the Dec. 12 election: Vote SNP “to escape Brexit.”“A vote for the SNP is a vote to take Scotland’s future out of the hands of Boris Johnson and a broken Westminster system,” Sturgeon said at the SNP’s election campaign launch in Edinburgh. Her party will pursue a referendum on Scottish independence next year, she said. The last one was held in 2014.In comments that will have implications if the general election results in no party having a majority, Sturgeon ruled out backing any government unless it offers Scotland a plebiscite. And she suggested Jeremy Corbyn would support one. The Labour leader “supports self-determination for virtually every other country in the world,” she said. “It would be mighty strange if he didn’t support it for Scotland.”Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, also pledged to introduce a new law to protect the state-run National Health Service from inclusion in any trade deal with the U.S. It would mean the Scottish Parliament and other devolved legislatures would have to give their explicit consent, she said.Johnson Says NHS Not for Sale Under Tories (11 a.m.)In a pooled interview with broadcasters, Boris Johnson denied the U.K.’s state-run National Health Service would be up for negotiation in any future trade deal with the U.S.“We can do free trade deals with countries around the world but under us the NHS is not for sale,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to be on any kind of international trade negotiation.”The U.K.’s health service is always a key election issue but it’s significance is heightened this time because of Brexit, and the government’s promise to negotiate a free-trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump. That’s increased concerns the NHS could come under threat from U.S. health insurers and drug companies.Johnson’s Brexit Analysis Provides Opposition Fodder (10 a.m.)Even as Boris Johnson’s Conservatives try to put the attention on the National Health Service and other domestic issues on Friday, a video of the prime minister explaining the benefits of his Brexit deal to Northern Ireland is dominating the early headlines.In a rambling speech, recorded at a meeting of local Conservatives in Northern Ireland, Johnson said the province got a “great deal” because it keeps freedom of movement with the European Union and access to the bloc’s single market.Such comments are a gift to Tory opponents, particularly the pro-EU Liberal Democrats. Tom Brake, the party’s Brexit spokesman, responded on Twitter: “I do agree on one point: the Single Market and freedom of movement are indeed a great deal - even @BorisJohnson recognizes this.”Meanwhile the Labour Party criticized Johnson for distorting the terms of his Brexit deal with Brussels when he told the audience there would be no checks on goods coming from Northern Ireland to Great Britain. The government has previously conceded some checks will be necessary on goods traveling in both directions.“Boris Johnson either doesn’t understand the deal he has negotiated or he isn’t telling the truth. Probably both,” Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said on Twitter.Earlier:Corbyn’s U.K. Labour Party Is a Mess But Can Still Win PowerU.K.’s Johnson Pledges New Post-Brexit Visas for Doctors, NursesJohnson, Corbyn Unveil Voter-Pleasing Plans: U.K. Campaign Trail\--With assistance from Robert Hutton.To contact the reporter on this story: Stuart Biggs in London at sbiggs3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Thomas Penny, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 67/79   Boy whose mother joined IS in Syria returns to dad in Italy
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    An 11-year-old Albanian boy whose mother took him to Syria five years ago when she joined the Islamic State group returned on Friday to Italy for a joyous reunion with his father and sisters.  The boy, Alvin, wearing a red cap, smiled shyly as he was escorted by two policewomen at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport to an airport reception where his father, Afrim Berisha, and two older sisters took turns hugging him, long and tightly.  Red Cross and Red Crescent staff worked with Albanian and Italian government officials to facilitate his return from the crowded al-Hol detention camp in northeastern Syria where he was living without his family.

    An 11-year-old Albanian boy whose mother took him to Syria five years ago when she joined the Islamic State group returned on Friday to Italy for a joyous reunion with his father and sisters. The boy, Alvin, wearing a red cap, smiled shyly as he was escorted by two policewomen at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport to an airport reception where his father, Afrim Berisha, and two older sisters took turns hugging him, long and tightly. Red Cross and Red Crescent staff worked with Albanian and Italian government officials to facilitate his return from the crowded al-Hol detention camp in northeastern Syria where he was living without his family.


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  • 68/79   Iran earthquake kills five, leaves 300 injured
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    An earthquake rocked northwestern Iran before dawn on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 in crumbling and collapsed buildings.  The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 1:17 am (2247 GMT Thursday) about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan province, the Iranian Seismological Centre said.  Described as 'moderate', the quake was eight kilometres (five miles) deep and was followed by five aftershocks.

    An earthquake rocked northwestern Iran before dawn on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 in crumbling and collapsed buildings. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 1:17 am (2247 GMT Thursday) about 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan province, the Iranian Seismological Centre said. Described as 'moderate', the quake was eight kilometres (five miles) deep and was followed by five aftershocks.


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  • 69/79   Trump’s Neglect of U.S. Allies Is Killing NATO, Macron Says
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    (Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday drew fire for saying the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was brain dead and its core collective defense commitments in doubt.“The French President has chosen drastic words. This is not my view of cooperation within NATO,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters when asked about Macron’s comments, which were published earlier Thursday in an interview with The Economist. She described the alliance as “irreplaceable.”The French president has been pushing hard for Europe to build up its own defense capacity and a more independent foreign policy, rather than rely on the U.S. and NATO alone. That’s a project where he has found traction in Germany, among other countries.But in Thursday’s interview he appeared to go further, calling for a wholesale change in Europe’s security architecture, in which NATO’s future role was unclear.“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron said. He described fading U.S. commitment and lack of consultation -- especially under President Donald Trump -- as undermining the foundations of the alliance and forcing Europe to rethink its security.“I don’t know, but what will Article Five mean tomorrow?,” Macron said, asked if he thought the collective defense clause no longer worked. If Syrian government forces were to retaliate against NATO member Turkey over its recent cross-border military incursions, “will we commit ourselves under it?”“Will he,” Macron asked of Trump, “be prepared to activate solidarity? If something happens at our borders? It’s a real question.”Despite Trump’s rhetoric, U.S. commitments of troops and money to Europe’s defense have increased at a faster pace, and NATO has been more active in deploying forces for potential collective defense during his administration, than at any time since the end of the Cold War.Defense spending by NATO members has also been increasing more quickly, a development for which Trump has been quick to claim credit.“We do work, we modernize more and we invest more than we did for decades,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Thursday. “The U.S. is realizing that NATO is important to them.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Germany, also pushed back when asked about Macron’s interview. “I think NATO remains an important, critical perhaps historically one of the most critical strategic partnerships in all of recorded history,” he said, adding that he was glad to hear of alliance members committing to meet its 2% of gross domestic product defense spending target.Still, Trump, has pushed traditional allies away in pursing his “America First” agenda. He has called the European Union a “foe,” which is “almost as bad as China, just smaller,” and flirted with the idea of leaving NATO if members didn’t contribute enough money.Macron said U.S. commitment to NATO began to weaken long before Trump took office, and given the rise of China, was in fact “astute.” A security system built around a benign and fully engaged U.S. after World War II was “changing its underlying philosophy,” he said.“You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies,” Macron said, in a reference to Trump’s recent decision to green light Turkey’s operation in Syria, by withdrawing U.S. troops from the target area. “You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake.”Change PrioritiesIn an early sign of how the French president would like to see an autonomous European foreign policy change priorities, he has called for re-engagement with Russia, still under EU sanctions for its annexation of Crimea and military support for insurgents in Eastern Ukraine.“Because what all this shows is that we need to reappropriate our neighborhood policy, we cannot let it be managed by third parties who do not share the same interests,” Macron said in the interview. He said he saw Europe as a balancing power between others: “To put it very simply, we have the right not to be outright enemies with our friends’ enemies.”Russia signaled its pleasure at developments. President Vladimir Putin is impressed by Macron’s approach to relations, which is “much more thoughtful” than the “Russophobic apocalyptic scenarios” heard from many experts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday on a conference call.As for NATO’s health, “it’s not for us to decide whether NATO is alive or dead, or which parts of the body of this alliance are in a comatose state,” Peskov said. “We are not pathologists.”(Updates with Kremlin comment in final two paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Patrick Donahue.To contact the reporters on this story: Marc Champion in London at mchampion7@bloomberg.net;Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

    (Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday drew fire for saying the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was brain dead and its core collective defense commitments in doubt.“The French President has chosen drastic words. This is not my view of cooperation within NATO,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters when asked about Macron’s comments, which were published earlier Thursday in an interview with The Economist. She described the alliance as “irreplaceable.”The French president has been pushing hard for Europe to build up its own defense capacity and a more independent foreign policy, rather than rely on the U.S. and NATO alone. That’s a project where he has found traction in Germany, among other countries.But in Thursday’s interview he appeared to go further, calling for a wholesale change in Europe’s security architecture, in which NATO’s future role was unclear.“What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron said. He described fading U.S. commitment and lack of consultation -- especially under President Donald Trump -- as undermining the foundations of the alliance and forcing Europe to rethink its security.“I don’t know, but what will Article Five mean tomorrow?,” Macron said, asked if he thought the collective defense clause no longer worked. If Syrian government forces were to retaliate against NATO member Turkey over its recent cross-border military incursions, “will we commit ourselves under it?”“Will he,” Macron asked of Trump, “be prepared to activate solidarity? If something happens at our borders? It’s a real question.”Despite Trump’s rhetoric, U.S. commitments of troops and money to Europe’s defense have increased at a faster pace, and NATO has been more active in deploying forces for potential collective defense during his administration, than at any time since the end of the Cold War.Defense spending by NATO members has also been increasing more quickly, a development for which Trump has been quick to claim credit.“We do work, we modernize more and we invest more than we did for decades,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Thursday. “The U.S. is realizing that NATO is important to them.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Germany, also pushed back when asked about Macron’s interview. “I think NATO remains an important, critical perhaps historically one of the most critical strategic partnerships in all of recorded history,” he said, adding that he was glad to hear of alliance members committing to meet its 2% of gross domestic product defense spending target.Still, Trump, has pushed traditional allies away in pursing his “America First” agenda. He has called the European Union a “foe,” which is “almost as bad as China, just smaller,” and flirted with the idea of leaving NATO if members didn’t contribute enough money.Macron said U.S. commitment to NATO began to weaken long before Trump took office, and given the rise of China, was in fact “astute.” A security system built around a benign and fully engaged U.S. after World War II was “changing its underlying philosophy,” he said.“You have partners together in the same part of the world, and you have no coordination whatsoever of strategic decision-making between the United States and its NATO allies,” Macron said, in a reference to Trump’s recent decision to green light Turkey’s operation in Syria, by withdrawing U.S. troops from the target area. “You have an uncoordinated aggressive action by another NATO ally, Turkey, in an area where our interests are at stake.”Change PrioritiesIn an early sign of how the French president would like to see an autonomous European foreign policy change priorities, he has called for re-engagement with Russia, still under EU sanctions for its annexation of Crimea and military support for insurgents in Eastern Ukraine.“Because what all this shows is that we need to reappropriate our neighborhood policy, we cannot let it be managed by third parties who do not share the same interests,” Macron said in the interview. He said he saw Europe as a balancing power between others: “To put it very simply, we have the right not to be outright enemies with our friends’ enemies.”Russia signaled its pleasure at developments. President Vladimir Putin is impressed by Macron’s approach to relations, which is “much more thoughtful” than the “Russophobic apocalyptic scenarios” heard from many experts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday on a conference call.As for NATO’s health, “it’s not for us to decide whether NATO is alive or dead, or which parts of the body of this alliance are in a comatose state,” Peskov said. “We are not pathologists.”(Updates with Kremlin comment in final two paragraphs.)\--With assistance from Patrick Donahue.To contact the reporters on this story: Marc Champion in London at mchampion7@bloomberg.net;Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.net;Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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  • 70/79   5 Turkey Cooking Tips Will Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird This Holidays
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    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.

    There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.


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  • 71/79   9 Easy Ways to Make Your Jack-o'-Lanterns Last Longer
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    A little bleach goes a long way.

    A little bleach goes a long way.


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  • 72/79   Is It Time for a Medication Reconciliation?
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    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...

    More than half of adult Americans regularly take at least one prescription drug, according to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey. And for those who take any medication on ...


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  • 73/79   Brown-Bag Lunches for Kids With Food Allergies
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    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...

    If your school-age child has food allergies, you know that preparing safe lunches that are also enticing can be a challenge. That's why we created this menu of lunchroom suggestions that addresse...


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  • 74/79   What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
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    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...

    If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...


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  • 75/79   Try These Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...

    To fuel their growing bodies and provide the energy necessary to study and stay active, kids and teens need to eat every 3 to 4 hours, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That’s ...


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  • 76/79   The 9 Best Jobs for Teachers To Make Some Cash During the Summer Break
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    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.

    Make the most of your skills with one of these jobs.


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  • 77/79   How to Spot and Avoid Algal Blooms
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    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...

    With many U.S. waterways reaching their highest temperatures at this time of year, colonies of algae in lakes, ponds, and even the ocean can “bloom”—grow far more rapidly than normal. While most ...


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  • 78/79   Get These 4 Vaccines for College
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    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...

    If your child is a college student—or soon to be one—making sure he or she is fully vaccinated is critically important, especially for those who will be living in a dorm or other shared space. Th...


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  • 79/79   DNA detectives: New tech can mean a diagnosis for your child, but not a lot of answers
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    Four-year-old Eli Kadkhoda is one of a handful of children with IRF2BPL-related condition, named after the gene to which it is linked. Its patients are all healthy at birth, stumbling and losing speech by kindergarten, wheelchair-dependent soon after.

    Four-year-old Eli Kadkhoda is one of a handful of children with IRF2BPL-related condition, named after the gene to which it is linked. Its patients are all healthy at birth, stumbling and losing speech by kindergarten, wheelchair-dependent soon after.


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