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For many observers, the biggest takeaway of the New York Times' bombshell report on President Trump's finances is how often in recent years Trump has paid little to no income tax, but for former intelligence officials, it's the potential of his massive debt to make him susceptible to foreign influence. The Times exposé, which is based on years of Trump's tax returns obtained by the paper, said the president “is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million, with most of it coming due within four years.” The Times report said that the scale of the president's debts, with few obvious income streams to service them, paints a picture “of a businessman-president in a tightening financial vise.”
Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him. It's always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.
A disastrous stretch limousine crash that killed 20 people was probably caused by an owner who showed an "egregious disregard for safety" by putting the vehicle on the road despite failing a state inspection that cited issues with the brake system, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The federal board met virtually Tuesday to finalize its report on the probable cause of the crash Oct. 6, 2018, in Schoharie, New York, which killed the driver, all 17 passengers and two bystanders. The limousine, owned by Prestige Limousine of Saratoga County, appeared to suffer brake failure and reached speeds of 100 mph as it descended a steep hill toward the "T" intersection of Routes 30 and 30A where the crash occurred, the NTSB found.
The leader of a party fielding the second highest number of candidates for Myanmar's November elections has been arrested after local media reported allegations of a shady past, including a prison escape and financial finagling. Despite the arrest of Kyaw Myint, another executive of his United Democratic Party said it will continue campaigning. Despite fielding 1,131 candidates for the Nov. 8 polls — second only to the ruling National League for Democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi — the party has not won a single seat in the last two elections.
Over the summer, a group called the Transition Integrity Project, made up of election experts from across the political spectrum, ran a series of hypothetical scenarios for how the presidential election might play out. With so many potential disrupting factors in this year's race, nearly all the outcomes they simulated resulted in “a chaotic legal and political landscape” that could tear American democracy apart. President Trump's ongoing baseless claims of voter fraud to undermine mail-in voting, plus his recent refusal to say he would accept the results, have sparked fears among Democrats that he may try to steal the election.
The New York Times/Redux Dr. Mike Pappas was marching through the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx with hundreds of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters on June 4 when he noticed a shift in behavior among the dozens of police officers who had been trailing them for the last hour. About 10 minutes before the start of an 8 p.m. citywide curfew, Pappas says a swarm of New York City police officers in riot gear rushed to form a wall at the end of the street.
Myles Cosgrove is one of the two Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March. This weekend, Cosgrove's family started an online fundraiser to raise $75,000 so he can buy out the rest of his service time and retire from the force early to "focus on the safety of his family." The family wrote in the campaign page that "it has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position."
The body of a boater who had been missing since mid-August was recovered more than 1,500 feet underwater in Lake Tahoe after a search that lasted over a month, officials said Monday. The City of South Lake Tahoe said it began a missing person investigation with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 10 after a boat 29-year-old Ryan Normolye rented washed ashore in Glenbrook, Nevada without him in it.
The first debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden was filled with insults, interruptions and falsehoods. Many Americans who watched the presidential candidates face off on Tuesday night think Biden came out on top, new polls find. Regardless which candidate they favored, 60% of registered voters said Democratic challenger Biden did a better job than Republican President Donald Trump in the debate, according to a CNN poll.
SANTA ROSA, California – Robert Hayden and his wife, Alla, have lived in the Spring Lake Village retirement community of Santa Rosa for 10 years and love its beautiful grounds almost as much as the plethora of interesting people they've met there – retired doctors, musicians, pilots, writers and executives. On Sunday, the Haydens were among the approximately 450 Village residents forced to leave their homes as the fast-moving Glass Fire approached. It was the second time in recent years they'd gone through that drill, after fleeing the October 2017 wine country fires that killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 structures.
Sri Lanka's government announced Tuesday that it will ban cattle slaughter, saying it would help the dairy industry and thereby save money used to purchase imported milk powder. But an analyst said the decision was politically motivated to please the Buddhist majority and would harm dairy farmers. Cabinet ministers decided at a meeting Monday to immediately amend the Animal Act, the Cattle Slaughter Ordinance and other laws and regulations passed by local authorities regarding cattle slaughter, the government's information department said.
The family of a Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman who died after she was gang-raped has accused police officials of cremating her body without their permission. The 19-year-old was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras district in northern India. Local journalist Abhishek Mathur, who witnessed the cremation from a distance, told the BBC that the police kept her family and media away from the funeral pyre.
President Donald Trump's family members did not wear masks during his debate on Tuesday with the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, defying the rules of the event. Trump's children were pictured wearing masks as they approached their seats, but they took them off for the debate itself. A Bloomberg reporter at the debate said first lady Melania Trump took off her mask after sitting down.
Amanda Cachaldora and her family were sitting at a corner booth inside a Flanigan's restaurant in Hialeah Saturday afternoon when they noticed the indoor dining space started to fill up fast. A day earlier, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a sweeping order that lifted all state restrictions on businesses, including provisions that let some restaurants have full dining rooms again. The order was a continuation of DeSantis' long-running push to reopen the state's pandemic-battered economy, but the directive also unleashed confusion.
The Hungarian government says its official Twitter account was temporarily suspended and then restored without explanation. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Wednesday in a Facebook post that “we have taken the necessary steps and are awaiting an official explanation from Twitter” regarding the status of the government's @abouthungary account. While the account was suspended, the following notice appeared on its feed: "Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter rules."
As Turkey and Greece prepare for talks to calm a bitter maritime dispute, Ankara released a video this week glorifying a 16th century naval victory which led to the Ottoman Empire taking control of the Mediterranean. The video, shared on Twitter by the presidential communications department and viewed nearly half a million times, intersperses tales of ancient sea battles with footage of modern Turkish warships, driving home a message that Turkey must defend its interests in offshore waters. This doctrine, called "Blue Homeland" in the video and accompanying song, has been championed by President Tayyip Erdogan's government as it challenges Greek and Cypriot maritime claims that confine Turkey to narrow strips of Aegean and Mediterranean coastal waters.
A friend — a professional, smart suburban female voter with good judgment who I've known for years — texted me during the first presidential debate that she was on three different text chains with all women, each a different background, party. Looking through the lens of what's driving President Donald Trump's troubles — his poor relationship with female voters — this debate did nothing to help and, if my friend is right, may have made it worse. Trump's theory was to come out and pummel his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, get under his skin, and then watch him dig deep holes from which he could not climb out.
Vice President Mike Pence stopped the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from extending a ban on cruise-ship journeys until 2021, Axios reported. Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, told CDC Director Robert Redfield that extending the "no-sail order" to February 2021 was unfeasible, the report said. The news is the latest in a string of stories showing how the White House has sidelined scientific advice during the pandemic.
A Weston construction company owner reported less than 5% of his payroll to lessen the workers' compensation premiums his company would pay, state financial investigators allege. Everardo Borettini, 71, was arrested Friday on charges of workers' compensation fraud, organized scheme to defraud, first degree grand theft and organized scheme to defraud over $50,000. Borettini entered a not guilty plea Monday.
The cause was a return of the cancer that originally prompted the unusual bone marrow and stem cell transplants Brown received in 2007 and 2008, which for years seemed to have eliminated both his leukemia and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Timothy symbolized that it is possible, under special circumstances,” to rid a patient of HIV -- something that many scientists had doubted could be done, said Dr. Gero Huetter, the Berlin physician who led Brown's historic treatment. It's a very sad situation” that cancer returned and took his life, because he still seemed free of HIV, said Huetter, who is now medical director of a stem cell company in Dresden, Germany.
President Donald Trump might have choked on his Egg McMuffin on Wednesday when tuning into his favorite morning show. Fresh from an aggressive debate performance which his campaign chalked up as a victory before it had even happened, Trump most likely tuned into Fox & Friends expecting the kind of sycophantic flattery he's become accustomed to over the past four years. All three of the hosts—Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Ainsley Earhardt—made clear how deflated they felt the morning after the debate.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a warning to Italy over its economic relations with China on Wednesday, and described Chinese mobile telecoms technology as a threat to Italy's national security and the privacy of its citizens. "The foreign minister and I had a long conversation about the United States' concerns at the Chinese Communist Party trying to leverage its economic presence in Italy to serve its own strategic purposes," Pompeo told a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.
Two women and a teenage girl escaped from a burning two-story California home into the early morning darkness Saturday as flames and smoke engulfed both stories. Then one of the women, Feda Almaliti, realized her 15-year-old son, Muhammed, who had autism, was still inside, according to a release from the Fremont Fire Department. Firefighters in Fremont, a San Francisco Bay Area community, arrived a few minutes later and found Feda and Muhammed Almaliti together in a second-floor bedroom, the release says.
A wealthy benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced leader of a self-improvement group in upstate New York convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials, faces sentencing Wednesday in the federal conspiracy case. Seagram's liquor fortune heir Clare Bronfman is due to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Bronfman, 41, admitted in a guilty plea last year that she harbored someone who was living in the U.S. illegally for unpaid “labor and services” and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Raniere, leader of the group called NXIVM.
A loud blast heard throughout Paris on Wednesday briefly caused panic as edgy residents feared a bombing five days after a terrorist attack outside the former offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The noise was caused by a sonic boom as a military jet broke the speed of sound, police said. Pierre Duclos, who was in a café around the corner from the site of the attack on Friday when the explosion-like noise was heard, said: “Everyone looked at each other and a few people got up and went outside.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”