It’s been almost a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi went there to get paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, and he hasn’t been seen or heard from since Oct. 2. Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
According to Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” But President Trump has frequently called those rights and those seeking them into question. The president also retweeted a post claiming that “illegals can get up to $3,874 a month under Federal Assistance program.” Immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally don’t qualify for most government benefit programs, including food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance and public housing. While asylees are eligible for cash assistance, they must meet certain requirements to be considered.
On Oct. 5, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
The FBI’s background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was delivered to Capitol Hill early Thursday, where it drew conflicting assessments. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said from the Senate floor, “So none of these last-minute allegations have been corroborated, as is confirmed by the seventh and latest FBI investigation.” McConnell also pledged to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
A federal statute, 18 U.S.C. 1001, stops someone from making false statements in a written document or an unsworn interview.
As part of legislation signed by President Trump in May, beginning Friday, consumers can now freeze their credit for free. A credit freeze stops lenders from opening up new credit, which can protect consumers from identity theft. Freezing credit at the three major reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — used to cost $2 to $10, depending on the laws in the state where the consumer lived.
On Monday, SpaceX announced its first space tourist, who signed up to travel around the moon. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, introduced Yusaku Maezawa, who plans to ride the company’s Big Falcon Rocket. “I choose to go to the moon with artists.
On Monday, President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. This comes on top of the $50 billion to $60 billion in Chinese import tariffs announced this March. China responded Tuesday, threatening to impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.
Sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could slow and possibly stall his appointment to the high court. On Sunday, the Washington Post spoke to Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, who said that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s. Ford sent a letter in late July detailing the allegations to her local representative, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., and to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, knocking out all power and devastating the island’s 3.3 million inhabitants. Based on data from a recent study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government, the official Hurricane Maria death toll was raised in August from 64 to 2,975. This number has been questioned as the one-year anniversary of the hurricane approaches, and as another storm, Hurricane Florence, threatens the lives of Americans.
Residents in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are preparing for Hurricane Florence to come ashore this weekend. North Carolina could receive up to 40 inches of rain and a storm surge as high as 13 feet. Because of the potential damage from Florence, 1 million people in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina have been ordered to evacuate.
This week it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies suspect Russia is behind mysterious attacks on diplomatic personnel in Cuba and China. The attacks seem to have begun in November 2016, when U.S. diplomats and their families in Havana began suffering from symptoms that included dizziness, cognitive difficulties and problems with balance, hearing and vision. Half of the diplomatic personnel in Havana were sent home as a precaution.
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the U.S. East Coast, over 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate in coastal areas from South Carolina to Virginia.
On Sunday, North Korea staged a military parade as it marked the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. Instead, the parade focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat with a special envoy from China. There also weren’t any nuclear tests to mark the holiday, as has happened in the last two years.
This week a bombshell anonymous New York Times op-ed written by a “senior official in the Trump administration” claimed to be part of the “resistance” working within the Trump White House. How did the 25th Amendment come about? In 1965, Congress formally proposed the 25th Amendment, and it became part of the Constitution in February 1967.
On Tuesday, Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, announced his pick to fill John McCain’s Senate seat. Who is Jon Kyl? From 1987 to 1995, Kyl served as a member of the House of Representatives from Arizona.
Last month, President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of eight of 18 criminal counts of tax and bank fraud in a federal court in Virginia. The long-time Republican operative faces more legal woes in a second trial in a D.C. federal court in connection with his political consulting work in Ukraine. Before Manafort worked for the Trump campaign, his lobbying firm was infamous for representing controversial opposition leaders abroad, which brought a bigger payday.
On Aug. 17, President Trump told reporters, “I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace with his wife Nellie. For him to be in the Justice Department and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace. Bruce Ohr: He’s been President Trump’s latest target at the Justice Department and the subject of his angry tweets.
President Trump announced this week that White House counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his post. White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Most notably, he threatened last year to resign if Trump continued to press for the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russia investigation.
This week President Trump said — without providing evidence — that Google’s search engine was hiding “fair media” coverage of him. ….results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.
“Like tobacco, Facebook is a dangerous product one uses at one’s own risk.”
“A key reason why this latest scandal feels more significant is that politicians on both sides of the aisle feel deceived.”
“These are clearly problems of scale, which Facebook has had many years to deal with and has been fundamentally unable to.”
“We need to recognize the danger we’re in. We need to shake the notion that Facebook is a normal company.”
“Facebook is in trouble … It’s a cloud of existential dread that hangs over an organization whose best days are behind it.”