Trump's secret whistleblower complaint and a phone call with Ukraine
Once again, President Donald Trump faces explosive allegations of encouraging foreign meddling to help him win a presidential campaign. On Sunday, Trump confirmed that he had discussed Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden during a phone call on July 25 with the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The conversation was largely about corruption, he told reporters, "all of the corruption taking place, largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption already in the Ukraine."
A still-unnamed administration official was so alarmed by Trump’s interactions with a foreign leader that he or she filed a whistleblower complaint. But the substance of the complaint remains shrouded in secrecy. The administration has enraged congressional Democrats by refusing to turn that complaint over to oversight committees in Congress, as the law requires. That has stoked new demands for the president's impeachment.
Antonio Brown is saying goodbye to the NFL
Antonio Brown says he will no longer play in the NFL. The former New England Patriots receiver voiced his displeasure with his recent release from the Patriots amid sexual assault allegations in a string of tweets Sunday morning. Brown, who was released by the Oakland Raiders and Patriots within two weeks, also criticized NFL owners. "These owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime," Brown wrote. The Patriots released Brown on Sept. 20 after personal trainer Britney Taylor alleged in a federal lawsuit that Brown had sexually assaulted her on three occasions in 2017 and 2018. A league investigation into the claims is still ongoing.
Elizabeth Warren leads Iowa Poll for the first time
Elizabeth Warren has surged in Iowa, narrowly overtaking Joe Biden and distancing herself from fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. Warren now holds a 2-percentage-point lead, with 22% of likely Democatic caucusgoers saying she is their first choice of president. But the race is far from settled: Just one in five likely Democratic caucusgoers say their minds are made up, while 63% say they could still be persuaded to support a different candidate. What does this mean for the U.S. senator from Massachusetts? If she's on the rise, so is the criticism from her Democratic rivals.
Jonathan Van Ness reveals HIV diagnosis
Jonathan Van Ness, the sassy groomer on Netflix's "Queer Eye," revealed that he's HIV positive ahead of his memoir release. "At the beginning (of "Queer Eye") I was really kind of nervous to talk about my HIV status," Van Ness told USA TODAY: "It just became more clear to me that I wanted to be totally open with my story and be able to talk about it especially in the face of (the Trump) administration." In his new memoir, "Over the Top," Van Ness details everything from being sexually abused at a young age at church to his struggle with addiction. Van Ness uses the memoir as an opportunity to educate people on what having HIV means, what it's like to date and how you're treated in the U.S. and across the world.
- It's day seven of UAW's nationwide strike against GM and union members say the automaker's profit sharing offer falls short of their demands
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trump held a rally in Houston ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.
- Florida school resource officer who arrested two kids, ages 6 and 8, is under investigation.
- Friday's global strike was likely the largest climate rally ever and estimates of total crowd sizes are still rolling in — some as high as 4 million.
- Former Ole Miss, Texas quarterback Jevan Snead was found dead in Austin, report says.
Iranians are 'looking for war,' Pompeo says
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday accused Iranian leaders of being "bloodthirsty" and eager for war and suggested Trump would take additional steps to retaliate against Tehran for its alleged role in attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities. “This was an attack by Iran on the world," Pompeo asserted in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation. "Apparently the Iranians are bloodthirsty and looking for war," Pompeo said. His red-hot rhetoric seemed out of sync with Trump's stance on the Sept. 14 attack, which temporarily slashed Saudi Arabia's oil-producing capacity. Unlike Pompeo, Trump has so far declined to directly accuse Iran of being behind the strikes. And Trump has not likened the incident to an act of war.
3 dead, 4 hospitalized after doing drugs together in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh authorities are concerned that a deadly, tainted batch of drugs could still be circulating in the community after three people who attended an event Saturday night died of overdoses and another four were hospitalized. The victims, all men, were wearing orange wristbands apparently distributed by a venue in the city, police spokesman Chris Togneri said. The victims later took the narcotics at about the same time, he said. Five of the victims were found in an apartment, one in an elevator outside the apartment and one on a nearby street. "We remind the public not to use drugs. Simply put: You do not know what's in that drug," Togneri said.
Emmys 2019: 'Fleabag' wins best comedy, 'Game of Thrones' takes best drama
It wasn't the dragon-torching melee some expected, but "Game of Thrones" still had a big night at the Emmys on Sunday. The mega-popular HBO fantasy series was nominated for a historic 32 nominations but only won two at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards: "Thrones" won the major prize of the ceremony - best drama series - and Peter Dinklage took outstanding supporting actor in a drama. It was "Fleabag," though, that did the most damage by taking home four awards, including best comedy series. Among the other drama categories, "Pose" star Billy Porter won lead actor, Jodie Comer took lead actress for "Killing Eve," and Netflix's "Ozark" got supporting actress (for Julia Warner) and outstanding directing. "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" snagged two wins, for supporting actor (Tony Shalhoub) and actress (Alex Borstein), and "Barry" star Bill Hader was a repeat winner for lead actor in a comedy.
- Who won big at the Emmy Awards? Here's the full winners list.
- Best dressed at the Emmys: Emilia Clarke, Regina King were flawless.
- Worst dressed: Kendall Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karamo Brown top the list.
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