WASHINGTON ― Even if Democrats win the House this November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might still lose. In a new podcast episode of “The Wave,” HuffPost explores how Pelosi is facing the most serious leadership challenge of her 16-year tenure as the top Democrat in the House. Since 2010, Republicans have conducted an orchestrated campaign to weaponize Pelosi, demonizing her as a California liberal and casting Democratic candidates across the country as mere tools for her agenda.
Fallout over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi captured headlines this week. Turkish media reportedly obtained audio that indicates Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside the consulate. Khashoggi was critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his reporting, and many people, including Sen. Lindsey Graham believe the putative leader had the journalist murdered. Other major headlines of the week included the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael and lottery fever over the massive Mega Millions jackpot.
Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to assault and murder two U.S. senators over their support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Starting in late September, the man allegedly left more than 10 threatening voicemails at the offices of two unidentified senators about Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation, according to a Department of Justice release. Late last month, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had tried to rape her in high school.
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at elections. According to a new study, nearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel
The race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp. “Georgia history matters, and Georgia has a unique political history that has historically inflated the politics of localism and the definition of what is Georgia and what is Georgian,” Jason Morgan Ward, a historian at Emory University, told Yahoo News.
The agreement with plaintiffs’ lawyers will provide compensation ranging from $2,500 up to $250,000 to the women who have claimed abuse by Dr. George Tyndall between 1988 and 2016, USC Interim President Wanda Austin said in a statement. About 500 current and former students have now made accusations against Tyndall.
Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew laughter and applause when she joked she wasn’t an “Indian woman” during Thursday night’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City. “I get it, you wanted an Indian
Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory, the country's ambassador to Guatemala said. Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. "I'm happy, happy! At last!" shouted a relieved Gina Paola Montes, 21, as she ran onto Mexican territory.
A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state governing Congress party politician, Pratap Singh Bajwa. Railway police officer Sukhwinder Singh said Saturday morning that the death toll had risen to 60.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafortappearedin court in awheelchair on Friday as his lawyer expressed concerns about Manafort’s health related to his confinement. Manafort was in Virginia federal court for a hearing to determine his sentencing date, which a judge scheduled for Feb. 8. “We do think there are significant concerns with Mr. Manafort’s health, and much of that has to do with the terms of Mr. Manafort’s confinement,” defense attorney Kevin Downing told the judge at the hearing.
Jordan Brown was released from detention at 18, and his conviction was overturned just this past July.
The Saudi government apparently groomed a mole inside Twitter to keep tabs on dissidents as part of a wide-ranging operation that also unleashed vicious social media attacks on them, The New York Times reported Saturday. The mole was part of a sophisticated online effort “dictated” by controversial Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and carried out by his advisers to quash domestic and international criticism of Saudi Arabia, according to the Times. One of the dissidents viciously attacked as part of the ongoing operation was the late Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. Each morning he awoke to a vile onslaught of Twitter attacks, said the Times.
In 2006 President George W. Bush called it a “thumping.” In 2010 President Barack Obama compared it to a “shellacking.” If the polls and prognostications are correct and Republicans end up losing the House on Nov. 6, how will President Trump describe the experience? It’s worth asking after the week Trump’s GOP just had. For months now forecasters have given Democrats a better chance than Republicans of running the next House of Representatives.
A lucky American could walk away with $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) in prize money after the latest round of the country's lottery draw failed to produce a winner. Mega Millions officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's draw. Should Tuesday produce a winner, it will be the largest prize in US history - and the sum is likely to grow even larger before the draw as excitement around the record-breaking cash prize tempts more people to play.
A black 9-year-old boy is still grappling with accusations of sexual assault by a white woman, dubbed "Cornerstore Caroline," in New York. A viral video captured the moment the 9-year-old, Jeremiah Harvey, walked out of the Brooklyn
The gunman assassinated the police chief of Kandahar province on Thursday along with a top Afghan intelligence agency officer, but the U.S. commander of Afghanistan's NATO-led force, General Scott Miller, who was standing nearby when the attack occurred, was not hurt. "My assessment is that I was not the target. General Abdul Razeq, police commander of the southern province and one of Afghanistan's most powerful security officials, was fatally wounded by a bodyguard of the provincial governor as he came from a meeting with officials on Thursday.
Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.Eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire
At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India's northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official at the scene told AFP.
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off his former girlfriend’s lip. The 23-year-old defendant met with ex-girlfriend Kayla Hayes on Oct. 21, 2017, to discuss their relationship, according to court documents. When Hayes refused to get back together, Fleury became angry and attempted to kiss her.
If Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hoped that releasing the results of a DNA test would settle the issue of her claim to Cherokee heritage, she was quickly proved wrong. In the days that followed, the release reignited debate regarding not only the reliability of commercial DNA tests, but also the very meaning of DNA when it comes to questions of race and heritage. In Warren’s case, the Cherokee Nation quickly responded that “a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship” and that using such a test to claim a connection “is inappropriate and wrong.” (Warren herself acknowledged that the results said nothing about tribal citizenship).
Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn convenience store last week, told “Good Morning America” that he was deeply embarrassed by the allegation, which was proved false. “I’ve had this lately on my mind,” Harvey, who is black, said while seated next to his mother in the tearful interview that aired Friday. The incident happened when Harvey was at the convenience store with his mother, Someko Bellille, and his younger sister.
Eric Trump insisted Friday on Fox News that his father was simply having “fun” this week when he praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) as “my kind of guy” for assaulting a Guardian reporter last year. “He wasn’t the guy that body-slammed anybody,” the younger Trump said of his dad. Gianforte attacked The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs last year after Jacobs asked him a question about health care, body-slamming and punching the reporter and breaking his glasses.
Saudi officials found to have been involved in the killing of a prominent journalist in Turkey should be targeted by new sanctions introduced by Theresa May in the wake of the Salisbury attack, MPs and campaigners said on Saturday. Andrew Mitchell, the former international development secretary, led calls for the Magnitsky law, which mirrors similar legislation in the US and Canada, to be used against any individuals complicit in the death of Jamal Khashoggi. The intervention came as the government said it was "considering ... our next steps" after the kingdom admitted on Friday night that Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.
The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to a record $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing. The jackpot rose from $868 million on Wednesday to $970 million on Thursday, finally reaching $1 billion on Friday ― the largest Mega Millions prize ever, and the country’s second-highest on record. There was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016.
The statement said there isn’t any evidence that foreign meddling has allowed adversaries to “prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt our ability to tally votes,” but the warning comes less than three weeks before the midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is at stake.