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Mnuchin cancels plans to attend Saudi Arabia conference

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Mnuchin cancels plans to attend Saudi Arabia conference | 18 Oct 2018 | Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he has decided against attending a conference in Saudi Arabia this month, amid the uproar over the the presumed death of activist Jamal Khashoggi. "Just met with @realDonaldTrump and @SecPompeo and we have decided, I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia," Mnuchin tweeted. Mnuchin has been facing calls to cancel his plans to attend after Khashoggi vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials allege Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

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Suspected member of Khashoggi 'hit-team' dies in mysterious 'traffic accident' in Saudi Arabia

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Suspected member of Khashoggi 'hit-team' dies in mysterious 'traffic accident' in Saudi Arabia | 18 Oct 2018 | A member of the 15-man team suspected in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in an accident back in Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish media, prompting suspicion of a cover-up. Meshal Saad al-Bostani, a 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, is believed to have died in a 'suspicious car accident' in the Saudi capital Riyadh, sources told the Turkish Yeni Safak - which earlier covered the shocking details of the murder. A still taken from a Turkish police CCTV video, released by the Sabah newspaper, identified Bostani as he passed through Istanbul's Ataturk airport on October 2. He, along 14 other Saudi citizens allegedly arrived and left Turkey on the same day and are alleged by Turkish police to have tortured and murdered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate.

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DNC Hit with First Defamation Suit over 'Irreparable Damage' Caused by Dossier

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DNC Hit with First Defamation Suit over 'Irreparable Damage' Caused by Dossier | 17 Oct 2018 | Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has filed a defamation suit against the Democratic National Committee and its law firm for the Steele dossier. Page filed the suit in federal court in Oklahoma and named not only the DNC, but also its law firm, Perkins Coie, and two of its partners, Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann, The Daily Caller News Foundation reported. Perkins Coie also represented Hillary Clinton's campaign, and they were hired by Fusion GPS, an opposition research group that investigated Donald Trump's possible involvement with Russia.

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Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing

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Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing | 17 Oct 2018 | Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that the Trump administration is restricting access to information about a missing Saudi journalist, a move that comes as President Trump has publicly echoed denials of wrongdoing from top Saudi officials. Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post that the administration had "clamped down" on sharing intelligence about Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has been missing for more than two weeks. "I can only surmise that probably the intel is not painting a pretty picture as it relates to Saudi Arabia," Corker told The Post.

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Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 33

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Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 33 | 17 Oct 2018 | The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to 33 on Wednesday after officials confirmed seven more fatalities in Florida, USA Today reported. Twenty-three of the reported deaths occurred in Florida, where the storm hit the hardest, while 10 others were reported across Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida Panhandle last week, devastating infrastructure and leaving some neighborhoods submerged in water.

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Two GOP Candidates Assaulted in Minnesota

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Two GOP Candidates Assaulted in Minnesota --Attacks come as state Democrats suspend staffer for beheading post | 17 Oct 2018 | The Minnesota Democratic Party has suspended a spokesman for calling for violence against Republicans even as two GOP candidates have been assaulted in suspected politically motivated attacks. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has suspended communications staffer William Davis for one week without pay after making a Facebook post joking that Democrats would "bring [Republicans] to the guillotine" on Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections. Minnesota Republican Party chairman Jennifer Carnahan said the suspension was not enough, calling for his immediate firing in the aftermath of separate attacks against Republican candidates. She said she has been subjected to numerous death threats during her tenure as the state party leader and that death threats are no laughing matter.

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Four women in Texas 'voter fraud ring' arrested; they targeted seniors on Fort Worth's north side

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Four women in Texas 'voter fraud ring' arrested; they targeted seniors on Fort Worth's north side | 12 Oct 2018 | Members of an organized voter fraud ring have been arrested and indicted on charges they targeted and, in one case stole, the votes of elderly voters on the city’s north side. Four people were arrested -- Leticia Sanchez, Leticia Sanchez Tepichin, Maria Solis and Laura Parra -- after being indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud, according to a statement from the Texas Attorney General's Office. These people allegedly were paid to target older voters on the north side "in a scheme to generate a large number of mail ballots and then harvest those ballots for specific candidates in 2016," the statement read.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:42

Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could determine whether Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies can censor their users | 16 Oct 2018 | The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds. The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations. The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country's largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

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Honduran ex-lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan to US is detained

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:28

Honduran ex-lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan to US is detained | 16 Oct 2018 | A former Honduran lawmaker traveling with a caravan of migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border was detained by authorities in Guatemala on Tuesday as President Trump threatened to arrest anyone entering the country illegally.
Ex-legislator Bartolo Fuentes, who is said to have organized the march, was detained by Guatemalan authorities after failing to register with migration officials upon entering the country...An official with the country’s migration agency said that Fuentes was to be taken to a migrant shelter and then deported.

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Trump warns Central American countries he'll withhold funds over immigrant caravan

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 05:19

Trump warns Central American countries he'll withhold funds over immigrant caravan | 16 Oct 2018 | President Trump in a tweet on Tuesday warned Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that he intends to withhold funds if the "caravan" of Honduran migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump earlier in the day had threatened to cut off aid for Honduras over the caravan. "We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!" Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening. "Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!" he added in another post.

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Judge tosses Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against President Trump

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:31

Judge tosses Stormy Daniels's defamation suit against President Trump | 15 Oct 2018 | A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a "hyperbolic statement" against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress's lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the real estate mogul was a "con job." Trump tweeted that the man was "nonexistent" and that Daniels was playing the "fake news media for fools." In an order handed down Monday, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said Trump's statement was protected speech under the First Amendment.

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Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate and Wrong'

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 02:46

Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate and Wrong' | 15 Oct 2018 | The Cherokee Nation called Sen. Elizabeth Warren's DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry "inappropriate and wrong" in a statement Monday. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation," the Cherokee Nation's Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."

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Elizabeth Warren Shares DNA Test Showing She Has Native American Ancestry

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 02:13

Elizabeth Warren Shares DNA Test Showing She Has Native American Ancestry | 15 Oct 2018 | Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren published a DNA test on Monday that she says shows that her claims to Native American ancestry have a basis in fact. President Donald Trump has alleged that Warren, seen as a potential presidential competitor in 2020, used false claims about her heritage to advance her career as a lawyer...Warren shared a video and a website of testimonials from her colleagues at Harvard University and elsewhere saying her ancestry had no impact on her hiring. Dr. Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford University, said an analysis of Warren's genome turned up evidence of Native American ancestry.

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GOP Vermont House Candidate Says She Received Letter Threatening Her With Rape, Murder

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 01:26

GOP Vermont House Candidate Says She Received Letter Threatening Her With Rape, Murder | 15 Oct 2018 | Deserae Morin, a GOP candidate for Vermont's House of Representatives, claimed to have received a letter that threatened her with rape and murder, an experience that she said was a first for her. Morin shared a photo of the letter, which was composed of letters that were cut out of various printed materials, and called the letter a "threat to all Vermont Republicans." The letter began by calling Morin a derogatory name for women and the statement, "we are hunting you." "My comrades will kill you and the Constitution," the letter continued. "First, we will rape you for days. You will scream and know that agonizing horror." The letter added that Republicans don't have equal rights and stated, "Socialism is here." "Open season for Republican death in Vermont," the letter concluded. "Fear our revolution."

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Saudi government preparing to admit journalist died during interrogation, sources say

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:40

Saudi government preparing to admit journalist died during interrogation, sources say --CCTV footage shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2. | 15 Oct 2018 | The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources. One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible. One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change.

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Police presence at Sen. Collins's Bangor home Monday afternoon after suspicious letter received

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 20:18

Police presence at Sen. Collins's Bangor home Monday afternoon after suspicious letter received --At least two people in HAZMAT suits were seen entering the house Monday afternoon, just after 3pm.| 15 Oct 2018 | A heavy police presence responded to a West Broadway home Monday afternoon to investigate what police are calling "a suspicious letter." "Members of our Criminal Investigation Division are currently on scene and the investigation is ongoing. The Bangor Fire Department and a HAZMAT team from Orono, Maine, are assisting the investigation," said Sgt. Wade Betters, the public information officer for the Bangor Police Department, in a release.

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Brooklyn witches are planning to put a curse on Brett Kavanaugh

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:49

Brooklyn witches are planning to put a curse on Brett Kavanaugh | 12 Oct 2018 | Brooklyn witches are brewing up a swirl of spells that they plan to unleash on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. An occult bookstore in Bushwick called Catland promises to curse the newly-minted justice as well as "all rapists" and "the patriarchy" during the an Oct. 20 ritual that 1,000 have pledged to attend. The ritual is organized by a Brooklyn-based practitioner named Dakota Bracciale, who also conjured up three events to hex President Trump last year, according to The Huffington Post.

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UES Republican Club Vandalized, Note Says Attack Is 'Beginning'

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 06:07

UES Republican Club Vandalized, Note Says Attack Is 'Beginning' | 12 Oct 2018 | The Republican Party's New York City headquarters was vandalized early Friday morning, and party leaders are calling the act "political violence." Vandals broke several windows of the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street near Lexington Avenue and spray painted a symbol associated with anarchism on the club's doors. Ed Cox, the chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, told reporters that the police have launched an investigation into the vandalism. The vandals left behind a note that reads: "Our attack is merely a beginning. We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize."

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Ecuador partly restores Julian Assange's internet access at embassy base

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 03:38

Ecuador partly restores Julian Assange's internet access at embassy base | 14 Oct 2018 | Ecuador has partly restored Julian Assange's communications with the outside world from its London embassy where the WikiLeaks founder has been living for over six years, according to reports. The Ecuadorian government suspended access in March because it said Assange had breached "a written commitment made to the government at the end of 2017 not to issue messages that might interfere with other states". On Sunday, the Press Association reported that Ecuador had partly restored Assange's access to the internet, mobile phones and visits at the embassy, which had been restricted to members of his legal team.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:56

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims | 13 Oct 2018 | A missing Saudi journalist may have recorded the moments he was allegedly tortured and killed on his Apple Watch, a Turkish newspaper reported. Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have said they believe the 59-year-old was murdered there by a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad".

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