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In the wake of his recovery from COVID-19, and with his reelection campaign foundering in the polls, President Trump made a fateful decision last week to return to holding mass rallies despite warnings from health officials about doing so during a pandemic. Thousands of his supporters in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona have since flocked to regional airports where the mostly outdoor rallies have been held, and cheered as Trump has bounded onto the stage while Lee Greenwood's “God Bless the U.S.A.” plays. As Trump made clear to his campaign staffers on a Monday call, his notion of freedom means the right to ignore rules meant for the common good.
Reporters at The New York Post were reluctant to put their names on the bombshell story alleging corruption on the part of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden over concerns that the information was inaccurate, it has been reported. The New York Times reported that the story was primarily written by one staff member who refused to put their name on the piece. The Times' information is attributed to two New York Post reporters who spoke on condition of anonymity over fears that the paper - owned by Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch - would retaliate.
Louisville narcotics officers did have a warrant for Taylor's address to search her apartment on March 13. But the warrant shows she was not the main target of the drug investigation and that no illegal narcotics were found inside the apartment. Harris' call for an outside agency to look into the case echoes local civil rights leaders who have said there needs to be an independent federal investigation.
A Taiwanese diplomat ended up in hospital in Fiji this month after two Chinese diplomats stormed into a reception trying to gather information on who was attending, Taiwan's foreign ministry said on Monday, in an unusual escalation of tensions. China, however, disputed the account. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has ramped up pressure on Taipei to accept Chinese sovereignty, including sending fighter jets near the democratically run island.
A German court has ruled that a Muslim doctor should not be granted citizenship after he refused to shake hands with the woman presenting him with his naturalisation certificate. According to the administrative court of Baden-Württemberg, the Lebanese man had forgone his right to become German because his refusal to shake the bureaucrat's hand was evidence that he saw her as “posing the threat of sexual seduction.” The judges explained that obtaining German citizenship was dependent on the applicant being able to demonstrate that he lived according to the values set out in the German constitution, which enshrines sexual equality.
Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly been trying to get controversial adviser Dr. Scott Atlas removed from the White House coronavirus task force. A new report in The Washington Post describes the "discord on the coronavirus task force" that has reportedly "worsened" ever since the arrival of Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has no background in epidemiology. Atlas has reportedly "succeeded in largely sidelining" other doctors on the White House coronavirus task force, has challenged analysis from Birx and others with what experts have dismissed as "junk science," and is seen by colleagues as "ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."
The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it has indicted six Russian intelligence agency hackers for a four-year hacking spree that included attacks against the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and the 2017 French elections. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR NATIONAL SECURITY, JOHN DEMERS] "Today we announce criminal charges against the conspiracy of Russian military intelligence officers who stand accused of conducting the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group."
A U.S. Postal Service carrier has been arrested on charges of stealing one Miami-Dade County mail-in ballot that was sent to a Miami Beach resident earlier this month, federal authorities said Monday. Crystal Nicole Myrie is also accused of stealing 10 gift cards and four prepaid debit cards not in her name, as well as 36 political flyers and 150 other pieces of mail found in her car, according to a criminal complaint. Between Oct. 5-16, Myrie “embezzled letters, postal cards and mail which came into her possession intended to be carried or delivered by her,” according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.
A Shelby County, Tennessee, poll worker was fired Friday after election officials learned that he had turned away voters who were wearing masks and T-shirts that said Black Lives Matter. “What he did was patently wrong and he was fired,” said Suzanne Thompson, spokeswoman for the Shelby County Election Commission. State law prohibits people from wearing items with the name of a political party or candidate currently on the ballot while in a polling place, but statements like “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can't Breathe” are not violations of that law.
The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border. Wang Ya Long from China's People's Liberation Army, was apprehended inside Indian-controlled Ladakh's Demchok area and was to be released soon, the army said in a statement. It said the soldier “had strayed” across the de facto border along the eastern section of what's known as the Line of Actual Control, a loose demarcation separating Indian- and Chinese-controlled areas.
MOSCOW—The man known as "Putin's attack dog" has spent years promoting a violent response to the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. When a teenager from a Chechen family beheaded a school teacher in France on Friday for sharing these images with his class, Ramzan Kadyrov, the Putin-backed ruler of Chechnya, took to social media to lecture France about its “unacceptable attitude to Islamic values.” With a white vest on, Kadyrov spoke to a crowd of about a million people, calling on Muslims to rise against those who “deliberately kindle the fire of religious hostility.”
British billionaire James Dyson, the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, and his wife are selling their three-storey Singapore penthouse about a year after buying it for a reported S$74 million ($54 million). Perched atop Singapore's tallest building, the Tanjong Pagar Centre, the five-bedroom "super penthouse" is equipped with a 600-bottle wine cellar. "An offer has been accepted on the Wallich penthouse," said a spokesman for Dyson's firm.
Lafayette police fired a recently hired officer less than 24 hours after he was accused to having ties to racist posts made on a fascist web forum, LPD Chief Pat Flannelly confirmed Saturday afternoon. Flannelly said Officer Joseph Zacharek, hired by LPD in June, was called into the police station Friday night after claims started showing up on social media that he was linked to Iron March, a neo-Nazi forum disbanded in 2017 but that had its entire database exposed on the internet in late 2019. Flannelly said that after LPD internal affairs detectives found the social media tip “plausible and credible,” they confronted Zacharek about the claims and asking whether it was hoax.
An angry President Donald Trump came out swinging Monday against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a disjointed closing message two weeks out from Election Day. On the third day of a western campaign swing, Trump was facing intense pressure to turn around his campaign, hoping for the type of last-minute surge that gave him a come-from-behind victory four years ago. But his inconsistent message, another rise in virus cases and his attacks on experts like Fauci could undermine his final efforts to appeal to voters outside his most loyal base.
More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country's northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle vessel's cargo could lead to a major ecological disaster off the Caribbean coast of South America. Trinidad and Tobago's energy and foreign ministers both confirmed to the Miami Herald that a team will head out Tuesday to visit the Venezuelan-flagged floating storage and offloading vessel Nabarima, which environmentalists say is taking on water and threatening to spill 1.3 million barrels of oil into the gulf between both countries. The ship is in the Gulf of Paria, between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago.
U.S. pressure on Sudan to normalise ties with former adversary Israel has stirred public debate on a topic that was long taboo, exposing splits that could complicate any swift settlement of a deal. An agreement between Sudan and Israel may have edged closer on Monday when U.S. President Donald Trump signalled that Washington would remove Khartoum from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. Military figures leading Sudan's political transition have appeared open to normalising ties, but civilian groups including left-wing and Islamist politicians are more reluctant.
As I mentioned in that earlier blog, the idea of a splinternet has emerged, and with it the claim that there are two other main internets aside from the Californian and Chinese ones: a libertarian free-for-all of the kind envisioned by an earlier generation of digital pioneers; and also a more regulated, European one. That makes four in total. Now I'm starting to think this idea of "four kingdoms" is also rather damaging, in a couple of ways.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat on Monday was in critical condition and breathing with a ventilator after his coronavirus infection worsened overnight, said the Israeli hospital treating him. Hadassah Medical Center described Erekat's case as extremely challenging given his history of health problems, including a lung transplant performed in the United States three years ago. It said he suffered from a weak immune system and a bacterial infection in addition to COVID-19.
Donald Trump's campaign adviser and daughter-in-law Lara Trump has defended the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic and blamed the economic fallout from the public health crisis causing an "artificial interruption” of the nation's economy. "The president has done actually an incredible job with the coronavirus," she told CNN's Jake Tapper, who brushed off her comments as “talking points” in a contentious interview on Sunday. In a segment discussing the president's declining support among women voters based on recent polling, Ms Trump – who is married to Eric Trump – falsely claimed that Joe Biden called the president's travel restrictions from China xenophobic.
The U.S. military defended on Sunday its air strikes against Taliban fighters last week, as the insurgent group accused Washington of violating a signed agreement. The Taliban launched a major offensive in the southern province of Helmand in a bid to take its capital, prompting U.S. air strikes in support of Afghan security forces, which were being overrun. "American forces have violated the Doha agreement in various forms by carrying out excessive air strikes following the new developments in Helmand," Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi said in a statement.
The former boat captain accused of a reckless crash at Haulover Sandbar and leaving without searching for a passenger hurled overboard has been sitting in a Broward jail for a week — accused of drunken violence at a Fort Lauderdale-area hotel. Sealey's still in jail, being held for Miami-Dade County, because investigators believe he caused the death of 27-year-old Zachary Forte at Haulover in the first minutes of Sept. 17. Sealey's charged with BUI/manslaughter/failure to render aid, vessel homicide/failure to render aid and leaving the scene of an accident.
The claim: Kamala Harris failed the bar exam on her first attempt, while Amy Coney Barrett graduated at the top of her law school class Some of the most-watched moments from Judge Amy Coney Barrett's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee were her exchanges with Sen. Kamala Harris. One user took to Facebook to compare the qualifications of the conservative Supreme Court nominee and the Democratic vice presidential nominee. "Kamala Harris failed the bar 1st time.
President Donald Trump stood before a crowd in a state that had once been firmly in his grasp. “Did you hear the news?” the president asked the hopeful crowd. There were scattered cheers in the crowd as the president then detailed the fate of a mostly forgotten, minor figure in the Russia probe that feels like a lifetime of news cycles ago.
A new ceasefire in the mountain territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was in jeopardy on Monday with Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces reporting shelling and heavy fighting. Among accusations on both sides, Azerbaijan said it had "neutralised" a missile fired by Armenian forces at an oil pipeline in Azerbaijan on Sunday, several hours after the ceasefire went into force. Armenia denied firing it.
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”