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Schumer calls on top Republicans to make a deal on coronavirus relief

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:44

Schumer calls on top Republicans to make a deal on coronavirus reliefHis comments come after Trump signed four executive actions over the weekend for coronavirus economic relief, which upended negotiations with Congress.


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai predicted that he would be arrested under China's new national security law, but said he would still stay and fight

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:37

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai predicted that he would be arrested under China's new national security law, but said he would still stay and fightLai predicted his arrest in May, when Beijing first outlined Hong Kong's draconian new law. He is the most high-profile arrest under this law so far.


Number of Americans giving up US citizenship skyrocketing in 2020, report says

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:24

Number of Americans giving up US citizenship skyrocketing in 2020, report saysThe number had been in steep decline over the last few years, according to the report.


Ron Johnson Subpoenas FBI Director Wray in Probe of Crossfire Hurricane Origins

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:14

Ron Johnson Subpoenas FBI Director Wray in Probe of Crossfire Hurricane OriginsSenator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) subpoenaed FBI director Christopher Wray last week for documents pertaining to the Russia investigation.Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the subpoena as part of the committee's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane by the FBI.The subpoena, obtained by Fox News, demands that Wray make available "all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. This includes, but is not limited to, all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review.""The FBI has already been producing documents and information to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which are directly responsive to this subpoena," the FBI told Fox. "As always, the FBI will continue to cooperate with the Committee’s requests, consistent with our law enforcement and national security obligations."Both the Homeland Security committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are conducting investigations into the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane probe, whose stated aim was to uncover alleged collusion between Russian operatives and 2016 Trump-campaign officials. Intelligence officials have already declassified various documents pertaining to Crossfire Hurricane as part of the Judiciary Committee's investigation.Many of those documents were uncovered by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz as part of his own investigation into the FBI's applications for FISA warrants to surveil former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz found "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications."


Race in Mauritius to empty oil tanker before it breaks up

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 07:11

Race in Mauritius to empty oil tanker before it breaks upUrgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of the fuel has washed up on the eastern coast of Mauritius, polluting its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline. High winds and waves are pounding the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef two weeks ago and is showing signs of breaking up and dumping its remaining cargo of oil into the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Mauritius.


Inside the Wuhan lab at the center of the coronavirus storm

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 06:53

Inside the Wuhan lab at the center of the coronavirus stormThe institute is the focus of speculation and conspiracy theories — some emanating from the White House — about whether the virus leaked from the facility.


Lindsey Graham Claims Declassified Docs Show FBI ‘Misled’ Congress on Steele Dossier

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:59

Lindsey Graham Claims Declassified Docs Show FBI ‘Misled’ Congress on Steele DossierNewly declassified documents show that the FBI misled Congress regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said on Sunday.The Senate Intelligence Committee, which Graham chairs, is currently conducting an investigation into the origins of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane probe, whose stated aim was to uncover alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian operatives.One document released by the committee on Sunday is an FBI draft of talking points for a February 2018 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia investigation. The talking points, uncovered by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, seek to give the impression that the Steele dossier's "Primary Sub-Source" for intelligence was reliable.The Primary Sub-Source "did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it," according to the talking points.However, the FBI knew in early 2017 that the Primary Sub-Source had cast doubt on the dossier's claims that Trump-campaign officials and Russian operatives were working together. The Primary Sub-Source in fact told FBI agents in 2017 that there was "zero" corroboration for some of the allegations in the dossier.The 2018 memo "clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier. The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice and FBI had previously done to the FISA Court: mischaracterize, mislead and lie," Graham said in a press release. "What does this mean? That Congress as well as the FISA Court was lied to about the reliability of the Russian sub-source. I will be asking FBI Director Wray to provide me all the details possible about how the briefing was arranged and who provided it."IG Horowitz's report on the FBI's attempts to obtain FISA warrants for former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page revealed "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in those applications.


Louisville police said protesters, who have been marching against Breonna Taylor's death for more than 70 days, can no longer use public roads

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:46

Louisville police said protesters, who have been marching against Breonna Taylor's death for more than 70 days, can no longer use public roadsA handful of people have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and blocking a roadway since the ban started, local media reported.


Indian immigrant who drowned saving two children in US river had ‘big dreams’ of starting own business

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:41

Indian immigrant who drowned saving two children in US river had ‘big dreams’ of starting own businessAn Indian immigrant who died saving two children from drowning in a California river had “big dreams” of starting his own business, his family said.Manjit Singh, 29, had been cooling off at Reedley Beach on the Kings River, Frenso, on Wednesday, shortly after finishing a driving lesson, when he heard a woman crying out for help.


Iran sank a replica US aircraft carrier, then left it in the Strait of Hormuz — now it can seriously disrupt ships in a vital oil route worth $878 million a day

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:23

Iran sank a replica US aircraft carrier, then left it in the Strait of Hormuz — now it can seriously disrupt ships in a vital oil route worth $878 million a dayIran's Revolutionary Guard Corps sunk the replica during a July 28 and July 29 operation meant to show how it would take on a US carrier.


Joe Biden needs Black voters. So why does he keep insulting us?

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 05:07

Joe Biden needs Black voters. So why does he keep insulting us?Biden seems to think a mythical ‘special relationship’ with the black community allows him to get away with offensive commentsIf the 2020 election was left up to white Americans, Donald Trump would be given a second term. According to the recent Hill-HarrisX poll, 50% of white voters would vote for Trump if the election were held today. So once again, it is up to Black voters to save America from itself.But when one considers how drastically the Democratic party needs the Black vote to perform for their candidate to win – according to some estimates, they need turnout rate of 65% of all Black Americans and, of that group, nearly 90% of Black voters must vote for Democrats for them to secure the White House – one must question why Joe Biden is allowed to continue speaking when every other statement he makes about Black people is “problematic” if you’re trying to spin it and out-right racist if you’re being honest.Black Americans who are not dutiful members of the political establishment – whose job it is to explain away every bumbling and insulting thing the Democratic party’s forced pick spits up – are rightly upset at the fact that Joe’s own words are making Trump’s re-election more likely.If anyone on team Joe is under the impression that 2020 is a slam dunk, one only needs to look at the recent polling to understand this isn’t true. White America has a commitment to Trump that is unmoved by the fact that 160,000+ Americans have died as a result of his absurd and criminally pathetic response to Covid-19.The economy has tanked, but 48% of Americans making over $75,000 a year still support Trump as opposed to 39% for Biden. Perhaps most disturbingly in that poll, Trump leads with independent voters – albeit within the margin of error.The bottom line is, Biden is by no means a shoo-in. And to that end, it would be best for his campaign to level with Joe about the Black vote: don’t let the Black Democratic Establishment types like Jim Clyburn and Keisha Lance Bottoms fool you: the Black voters you need are not excited about your candidacy. Black voters understand that we are disproportionately victims of Covid-19. And, there is a high possibility that as a result of Donald Trump’s weaponized ignorance, America could see 500,000 deaths from which Black people will disproportionately bear the burden.Biden cannot win the general election solely with the Black super voters the likes of whom helped him carry South Carolina. To defeat Trump and his coalition of fraudulently-aggrieved white Americans, Biden will need the votes of Black people who, quite frankly, do not like him and have to convince ourselves anew every morning that we’re voting to remove Trump and not to support him.But if Biden’s team continues to allow him to believe that he has some preferred seat in the Black community that gives him the right to comment on our Blackness, then America may wake up November 4th to the unthinkable nightmare that White America has successfully re-elected the White-Supremacist-In-Chief who has presided over the deaths of 160,000 Americans, 40+ million job losses, 5.4m newly uninsured during a pandemic, and one third of this country unable to pay their rent.And if this were to happen, it would be the fault of no one else but white voters, their laughably fictionalized aggrievement complex, their commitment to a racist president, and Biden’s inability to stop speaking about Black Americans as if he hasn’t learned a single thing since vigorously pushing the 1994 crime bill into law.And perhaps that is the real problem. * Benjamin Dixon is the host of the Benjamin Dixon podcast


Small plane plummets and sinks into New Hampshire lake as boaters watch

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:57

Small plane plummets and sinks into New Hampshire lake as boaters watchAn off-duty cop was among those who rushed into help.


Wild bear that sniffed woman's hair is caught and castrated

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:51

Wild bear that sniffed woman's hair is caught and castratedThe black bear was captured after he was filmed approaching a visitor at an ecological park.


Lebanon government resigns amid explosion fallout

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:39

Lebanon government resigns amid explosion falloutLebanon's government resigned during a cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss early elections following last week's catastrophic explosion in Beirut, the country's health minister has said. "The whole government resigned," Hamad Hassan told reporters at the end of the meeting. Prime Minister Hassan Diab was expected to travel to the presidential palace to "hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers," Mr Hassan said. Pressure has mounted on the government to step down amid growing anger from a public that holds it accountable for the explosion that damaged half the capital last Tuesday. Three ministers had already offered their resignations ahead of the meeting, while Foreign minister Nassif Hitti resigned the day before blast, warning the country was at risk of becoming a failed state and the government seemed incapable of reform. Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni, a key negotiator with the International Monetary Fund over a rescue plan to help Lebanon exit a financial crisis, prepared his resignation letter and brought it with him to a cabinet meeting, a source close to him said.


The Federal Government Must Stop the Deadly Abortion Pill

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:30

The Federal Government Must Stop the Deadly Abortion PillWhile COVID-19 dominates the news cycle, a battle is being fought over a deadly drug that has killed over 3.7 million children and at least 24 women. The drug is Mifeprex — commonly known as the abortion pill. On July 13, an Obama-appointed federal judge enjoined the Food and Drug Administration requirements governing the prescription of Mifeprex. He ruled that requiring pregnant women to complete an in-clinic appointment to procure the drugs was a “substantial obstacle” to abortion and was to be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ruling suspends, for the abortion pill, the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), the FDA’s rules for “certain medications with serious safety concerns to help ensure the benefits of the medication outweigh its risks.” Women procuring abortion drugs without proper education or evaluation are at greater risk of complications and death due to undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, hemorrhaging, infection, and more. This dangerous judicial activism should compel elected officials, entrusted with the care of their constituents, to take a stand when federal agencies jeopardize public health and safety.The first drug in the abortion-pill regimen, Mifeprex was approved by the FDA in 2000 after a highly politicized scramble within the Clinton administration. Beverly Winikoff is the founder of one of the abortion pill’s loudest proponents, Gynuity Health Projects. Winikoff claimed that the September 11 terrorist attacks “saved” Mifeprex because the nearly 3,000 Americans killed that day overshadowed news of a woman killed by the abortion pill a day prior. Mifeprex was designed specifically to kill the developing child and is approved for use up to ten weeks, at which point a child has arms, eyelids, toes, fingers, and organs.Since the drug’s approval, over 4,000 adverse maternal reactions have been reported to the FDA. The FDA acknowledges that adverse reactions are notoriously underreported, and most women experiencing hemorrhaging and severe infections will seek follow-up care at emergency rooms instead of returning to the abortion clinic. Yet emergency rooms are not required to report adverse reactions. And as of 2016, the Obama administration changed the requirement so that abortion-pill manufacturers must report only maternal deaths to the FDA. The number of women seeking blood transfusions and emergency intervention is likely much greater than 4,000.The Mifeprex regimen has unleashed horrors on America’s women and children while providing no medical benefit. Killing innocent children, endangering mothers, and abusing the health-care system to do harm is tragic. And as long as this deadly drug remains on the U.S. market, it will pose a serious health risk.Pregnancy is not a disease and abortion is not health care. The abortion pill is not medicine. No child deserves to be killed by a drug, and pregnant women deserve better. FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn should acknowledge the subversion of the abortion industry and its allies, which are using a national pandemic to instigate abortion expansions that could remain long after the pandemic is over. The FDA should protect the public health of Americans and pull this lethal drug, Mifeprex and its approved generics, from the market immediately.Ted Cruz is a U.S. senator from Texas and a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Lila Rose is the president and founder of Live Action, a nonprofit human-rights organization educating on abortion and the abortion industry.


Iran says European insurers should pay compensation for downed Ukrainian plane

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:26

Iran says European insurers should pay compensation for downed Ukrainian planeIran will not compensate Ukraine International Airlines for its plane Tehran accidentally downed in January because the passenger jet was insured by European firms, the head of Iran's Central Insurance Organisation said on Monday. "The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies," said Gholamreza Soleimani, according to the Young Journalists Club news website affiliated with state TV.


As Trump falters, Democrats and Biden eye an elusive prize: Texas

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:04

 TexasIn recent weeks, Joe Biden's campaign has aired television ads specifically aimed at Texans – the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has done so in a quarter-century, according to the state party – and made its first hires there. Texas is among the states targeted by a $280 million fall advertising blitz the campaign unveiled last week, part of a broader strategy aimed at putting Republican-leaning states, including Georgia, Iowa and Ohio, in play ahead of the Nov. 3 election against the Republican Trump. With polls showing Biden holding a national lead over Trump and effectively tied in Texas, Democrats say a concerted effort in the state could expand his viable paths to the White House.


Breonna Taylor's name is a national rallying cry. Will it be enough to charge the police?

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 04:00

Breonna Taylor's name is a national rallying cry. Will it be enough to charge the police?Her name has echoed in streets. It's on signs, LeBron's shoes and magazine covers. Will that pressure be enough to get the results protesters demand?


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