"Our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the former officers and officials wrote in a letter released Thursday.Some served under Trump »
The White House is objecting to a new report from the Government Accountability Office that concludes that seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. continues to struggle with supply chain logistics that have led to shortages of personal protective equipment and diagnostic tests. The authors of the nearly 400-page GAO report were concerned that not only did those issues continue to persist, but that the Trump administration did not take them seriously enough. “As supply constraints continue,” those investigators wrote, “we found that [the Department of Health and Human Services] and [the Federal Emergency Management Administration] have not developed plans outlining specific actions the federal government will take to help mitigate remaining medical supply gaps needed to respond to the pandemic.”
A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) hidden in the wall of one of his uncle's houses. Nicolás Escobar told Colombian media "a vision" indicated where to look for the money in the apartment where he lives in the city of Medellín. He said it was not the first time he found money in places where his uncle used to avoid capture, as Escobar reportedly hid millions in properties.
Former president Barack Obama has issued a call for Americans to get in touch with their thoughts on the upcoming election, telling them: "Send me a text". "If you're in the United States, send me a text at 773-365-9687 — I want to hear how you're doing, what's on your mind, and how you're planning on voting this year," he added. Unfortunately for fans of Mr Obama, the mobile phone number is unlikely to be his personal contact number; it corresponds with the dialing code of his adopted hometown of Chicago.
President Donald Trump reportedly scolded his senior aides after criminal-justice reforms passed under his administration failed to energize Black voters. "Why the hell did I do that?" Trump said, according to administration officials who spoke with The Washington Post. Trump has tried to boost his standing among Black voters, though polling figures show he is trailing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in terms of support.
A Colorado man is accused of shooting and killing a neighbor's grandmother because he was upset over children playing near his yard. Jason Arroyo, 33, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and attempted murder on Sept. 6 in Denver, according to CBS Denver. Witnesses told police that Arroyo shot a 55-year-old woman after a confrontation about the two children playing.
A former Mike Pence staffer who played a key role in advising the government on its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has accused Keith Kellogg of "bald faced" lies, after the retired Gen. claimed he gave the ex-aide her marching orders from the White House. Olivia Troye, an ex-Homeland Security official, left her role in August under a cloud. The White House reacted furiously to the video and launched a personal attack on Ms Troye, who has come out in support of the president's Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
Whoopi Goldberg had one piece of advice for former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of next Tuesday's debate with President Donald Trump. “All Joe has to say is, 'I may look sleepy, I may be sleepy, but I didn't let 200,000 people die in the middle of a pandemic,'” The View moderator said on Wednesday after playing a clip from Trump's massive outdoor rally in Pennsylvania from the night before. At another rally in Ohio on Monday, Trump went on a misleading rant about how young people can survive COVID-19 that ended with the outrageous statement: “It affects virtually nobody.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow a raging coronavirus outbreak. In a video statement, Netanyahu said there would be a “full lockdown” beginning Friday that would run through Oct. 10. “The goal is to reduce the rate of infection, and the goal is literally to save many lives in Israel,” he said, without elaborating on the new restrictions.
President Donald Trump hasn't announced a Supreme Court nominee yet, but some Democrats have already decided there's no point in meeting with her, no matter who it is. A meeting would be fruitless not just because Trump is likely to pick a hard-line conservative, but because they're still furious Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stonewalled Merrick Garland in 2016. Sen. Joe Manchin, who has supported two of Trump's nominees, said he isn't ready to totally turn his back on the traditional process even though he's announced his opposition to a pre-election confirmation.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted Wednesday night to Louisville police officers dodging charges in the killing of Breonna Taylor by claiming Black Lives Matter had peddled a “lie” about the 26-year-old's fatal shooting, all while falsely accusing Taylor's boyfriend of being a drug dealer. With protests erupting in Louisville hours after a grand jury decided not to charge three cops with killing Taylor, Carlson recapped the decision while complaining about the way Taylor's death had been portrayed by social justice activists and the press. “In March, three Louisville police officers served a search warrant at the apartment of a woman called Breonna Taylor,” Carlson said.
A white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during May protests had been waiting to “ambush” people who were breaking into businesses and stealing, a special prosecutor said Wednesday. Special Prosecutor Frederick Franklin detailed more of the evidence against Jake Gardner three days after Gardner killed himself and more than a week after a grand jury indicted him in the May 30 death of 22-year-old James Scurlock. The evidence included text messages and videos of the encounter that Franklin said undermined Gardner's claim that he acted in self-defense.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz says Mike Bloomberg may face a criminal probe for paying fines for felons in Florida; reaction from 'Outnumbered.
Bryan Callen is suing the husband of a woman who claims that the comedian raped her, arguing her spouse is out to ruin his career. On Wednesday, Callen filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that Gabriel Tigerman has launched an “ongoing campaign to destroy [the comic's] livelihood” via “threats, harassment and intimidation of third parties that dare contact him.” Tigerman is married to Katherine Fiore Tigerman, who in July told The Times that in 1999, Callen held her down on a bed and forced her to have sex with him.
Donald Trump abruptly cut short a press conference on Wednesday to "leave for an emergency phone call". When pressed, Mr Trump said it was a "big call" without offering any further detail. White House reporters, however, later claimed it was for two TV appearances later in the evening.
IKOM, Nigeria—Lucy was contemplating closing early for the day when soldiers—believed to be from the Cameroon government's notorious Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR)—stormed her shop in the northwestern Cameroon town of Bamenda at the end of August, dragged her outside, asked her to take off the shirt she was wearing, and forced her to sit on the bare ground for hours. “When I asked them what I had done wrong, one of them gave me a terrible slap and began to kick me all over my body,” Lucy, who sells foodstuffs close to a market in Bamenda, told The Daily Beast via telephone. On the same day Lucy was brutalized by government forces in Bamenda, about 80 other women—mostly traders at the local food market—were detained at a police station for three days, many of them beaten and wounded by soldiers who were searching for English-speaking separatists following the killing of a police officer days before.
Attorneys for a Montana real estate agent are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic online “troll storm” that he orchestrated against the Jewish woman and her family, court filings show. More than a year has passed since a federal judge in Montana entered a default judgment against Andrew Anglin, the Daily Stormer's founder and publisher. Plaintiffs' lawyers say the Ohio native has failed to pay any of the monetary award to Tanya Gersh.
These groups are less ideological than the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a movement known as the FARC that made peace with the government in 2016 after five decades of conflict that killed 250,000 people and chased millions from their homes. The new groups can be just as violent, however. There is less direct confrontation now between armed groups and the government,” said Juan Carlos Garzon, an expert on Colombia's conflict at the Ideas for Peace Foundation.
The London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition celebrates photographers who highlight the fragility of wildlife on our planet. This year, the contest received more than 49,000 entries from photographers in 25 countries. The front-runners' images show the burning Amazon, endangered langur monkeys, and a camouflaged hippopotamus.
Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. “Four former employees of #eBay are scheduled to plead guilty on Oct. 8 at 2pm via zoom in federal court in #Boston,” according to a tweet from the official account of the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts. “The defendants are charged w/ participating in a cyberstalking campaign that targeted a Massachusetts couple.”
Donald Trump will face Joe Biden within days for the first of three presidential debates, and some of the president's supporters are already bracing for a humiliating loss. White House allies, Republican donors and some of Trump's closest advisers worry that a recent, frenzied push by his top lieutenants to portray Biden as a seasoned debater — with the goal of raising expectations for the Democratic presidential nominee — is too late and too disingenuous to have an impact when the two meet on the debate stage next Tuesday. Unlike the president, who has spuriously claimed Biden is “probably” on performance-enhancing drugs, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh attributed Biden's “quite good” performance in past debates to the Democrat's ability “to turn it on when the cameras come” after years of experience in politics.
The bad news: He was most likely the victim of a "brushing" scam, in which a company creates an online account with a random person's address, ships products to that address and then uses the account to post fake online reviews praising the products. The fraudsters probably found Hunkele's personal information online. The scam gained attention this summer when people all over the United States received unsolicited seeds in the mail from China.
The spike protein on the novel coronavirus that helps it break into healthy cells has a tiny "pocket" that could make it vulnerable to antiviral drugs, researchers have discovered. In a paper published on Monday in Science, researchers note that common-cold-causing rhinoviruses have a similar pocket, and drugs that fit into the pocket by mimicking fatty acids like LA have lessened symptoms in human clinical trials. This suggests, they say, that drugs developed to target the pocket on the coronavirus spike protein might help eliminate COVID-19.
Conservative political commentator Lou Dobbs has claimed there is “no point considering” whether Donald Trump could lose November's election, as he shared an excerpt from his own book with viewers. Speaking on Wednesday night, the Fox Business anchor said his show's “quote of the day” had come from his book on the US president, The Trump Century. “The Lou Dobbs Tonight quote of the day comes from my new book,” said Mr Dobbs, whose show aired as president Trump suggested “there won't be a transfer” of power following November's vote.
Face masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as Covid-19 cases continue to drop. From midnight on Wednesday, they are required only in Auckland, the heart of a recent outbreak, and on planes. The rest of New Zealand lifted all pandemic restrictions on Monday.
Gil Dezer may have been born into a real estate family, but it was his unrelenting drive that paved the glitzy boulevard to his development dynasty. Born and raised in the Northeast, Dezer remembers learning all about real estate at the dinner table from his father, Michael, a real estate investor. Michael was also the visionary who set up the company for long-term success by purchasing numerous acres of oceanfront property in Sunny Isles Beach back in the 80s.
“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.”