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More than 50 former intelligence officials wrote a public letter Monday saying they were "deeply suspicious" that Russia could be involved with the dubious New York Post stories published recently about Joe Biden's son Hunter. In the letter, first reported by Politico, the former officials said they believed the information at the center of the stories had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." "It is high time that Russia stops interfering in our democracy," the officials wrote.
Look, sometimes a man just needs a malted milkshake. Admittedly, there are less opportune moments to indulge in such a craving — say, when you're in a highly classified briefing about Afghanistan with your country's senior defense and intelligence officials. "Does anyone want a malt?" the commander-in-chief supposedly asked the top-ranking officials who'd assembled for the briefing at his New Jersey golf club, including the head of the CIA's Special Activities Center, "a little known unit" that is "responsible for operations that include clandestine or covert operations with which the U.S. government does not want to be overtly associated," Spec Ops Magazine explains.
Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen has been seized by police on a street in central Copenhagen, after an audacious jail-break on Tuesday morning. "The arrest operation on Nyvej is over, and an arrested person has been driven away from the scene," police in Copenhagen said on Twitter shortly after 1pm. "We are currently working on Nyvej in Albertslund, where a man has been arrested after an attempted escape," the police wrote on Twitter at 11.20am local time.
Attendees at a Trump rally in Michigan on Saturday chanted “lock her up” when the president mentioned Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And then I guess they said she was threatened,” Trump said in response to the chant, days after authorities announced a foiled antigovernment militia kidnapping plot against Whitmer. And she blamed me.
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.
It's unclear how she survived for 12 days, and her sister told ABC News that Courtier was found covered in bruises and had lost weight. A 38-year-old woman who was missing in Utah's Zion National Park for 12 days was found alive over the weekend and has been reunited with her family. Holly Courtier, from California, was found on Sunday by park rangers, according to the National Parks Service.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for about an hour Monday as they scrabble to reach agreement on a COVID-19 stimulus package before Pelosi's Tuesday night deadline. They reported some progress. "We have finally in the last 24 hours ... come to a place where they are willing to address the crisis," Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday night. "I want this as soon as possible because I don't want to carry over the droppings of this grotesque elephant into the next presidency," Pelosi said on the call, Politico reports.
Germany has granted asylum to a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who fled after being arrested in relation to last year's mass protests. The 22-year-old university student, who has not been named, was held by the Chinese authorities on suspicion of rioting and faced up to ten years in prison. Hong Kong police have arrested more than 10,000 people in connection with ongoing democracy protests in the city, including the elderly and children as young as 12.
Donald Trump on Monday said he could “raise a billion dollars” for his election campaign in exchange for giving companies government favours "if he wanted to”. During a bizarre off-script moment at a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona, Mr Trump suggested he could be “the greatest fundraiser in history” – if only he was corrupt. It comes after campaign declarations showed his rival Joe Biden has raised considerably more in donations in recent weeks.
Who fills the next Supreme Court vacancy matters—and it may even impact your sex life. Yes, if Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett becomes the next Supreme Court justice, the future of the commercial sex industry could be in grave danger—as could the viewing entertainment of millions of Americans since, according to Pornhub statistics, the U.S. consistently outranks all other countries in maintaining the highest rate of daily traffic to Pornhub. Thus, as the Senate hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett draw to a close, her seemingly inevitable spot on the bench has sparked panic among the sex-worker community.
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."
Restaurants and shops in the European Union could be barred from marketing products as "veggie burgers" or "vegan sausage" if farmers get their way in a debate this week in the European parliament. The European Parliament cannot impose the changes on its own, but would adopt a position ahead of negotiations with the bloc's member countries. The European Court of Justice already banned the likes of "soy milk" and "vegan cheese" three years ago, ruling terms such as milk, cream, butter, cheese and yoghurt cannot be used for non-dairy products.
Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the presidential election, has rejected 372,000 requests for mail-in ballots, straining election offices and bewildering voters. More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail-in ballots for the state's June 2 primary did not realize that they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too. Voters have also been baffled by unclear or inaccurate information on the state's ballot-tracking website, and by a wave of mail ballot applications from political parties and get-out-the-vote groups.
Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019, tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. The National Transportation Safety Board will vote Tuesday on their investigation's findings, the fire's probable cause and any recommendations that could potentially prevent further incidents.
Japan's famed Nara deer have been considered national treasures for decades - but some of the tourists who flock to see them leave behind a trail of potentially deadly plastic waste. Fed up, a group of locals have come up with a solution: a paper bag made with rice bran that the deer can digest. Nara Park is home to more than 1,200 free-roaming deer, who are protected by law.
A woman in her 30s died of COVID-19 while on a commercial flight from Arizona to Texas, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced on Sunday. According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, the woman, from Garland, Texas, died on July 25 while the plane was parked outside the airport in Arizona. Prior to her death, the woman had difficulty breathing and was given supplemental oxygen before the flight had taken off, according to the report.
Employees at a Florida manufacturing company got letters along with their pay stubs warning they might lose their job if President Trump isn't re-elected. While sending out letters like these is legal, the move was controversial enough it helped one employee decide to quit. "If Trump and the Republicans win (the election), DMC will hopefully be able to continue operating, more or less as it has been operating lately,” read the letter, which went out to the 170 or so employees of aerospace supplier Daniels Manufacturing, Orlando's WESH reported.
The Trump administration has not spent $9 billion in funding for COVID-19 testing because of opposition from Scott Atlas, an advisor on the White House coronavirus task force, The Washington Post reported. Atlas is not an infectious-disease expert and has emerged as an influential and controversial advisor on the task force by promoting ideas in line with Trump's approach to the pandemic. "We're demanding that the feds release ... those dollars," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday, urging the Trump administration to commit to a "robust testing and tracing program."
Wayne Moak isn't sure who first brought the coronavirus into the congregation at Clear Branch Baptist Church in rural Wesson, Mississippi, but when it got there in September, “it spread fast,” he told The Daily Beast. Within weeks, more than two dozen members of the congregation were sick, including Moak, his wife, son, and all three other staff members, he recalled. Of course, this was exactly the scenario he'd been hoping to avoid when the church decided, in the early days of the pandemic, to set up his pulpit on the bed of a 20-foot trailer and conduct parking lot services.
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."
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson posted a picture of an asteroid approaching Earth saying that it could strike the planet before the election on Nov. 3. “Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr,” he wrote in a tweet Saturday. “It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election.”
President Donald Trump's campaign on Monday said it sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates asking that the planned topics for the third and final debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden be changed. NBC's Kristen Welker, the moderator for Thursday's debate, announced the topics — fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership — last week, according to a news release from the CPD. Bill Stepien, Trump's campaign manager, asked in the letter that the commission “rethink” the set of topics and focus them more on foreign policy, writing the third debate is “always billed as the 'Foreign Policy debate.
Mark Zuckerberg signed off on a change to Facebook's algorithm in late 2017 that throttled traffic to progressive news organizations "more than previously planned," following concerns the algorithm change would otherwise disproportionately impact conservative media, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. In particular, the move affected Mother Jones, a left-leaning news outlet known for its investigations, WSJ reported. On Friday, the Mother Jones Editor in Chief said that the move had cost the outlet $400,000 to $600,000, and that Facebook had lied to them about the change in meetings in 2017.
Ireland announced some of Europe's toughest Covid-19 restrictions on Monday, plunging the country into lockdown for six weeks. Taoiseach Micheál Martin moved the country to the highest level of measures following a surge in coronavirus cases in the country. Schools will stay open and essential services such as construction will be allowed to continue, the Government said, while hotels can remain open only if they are providing rooms for essential workers.
“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.”