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US unemployment rate hits lowest level since 1969

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 16:41

US unemployment rate hits lowest level since 1969 | 08 Oct 2018 | The US unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1969, underscoring the strength of the economic expansion and reinforcing expectations of further increases in interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The jobless rate dropped to 3.7 per cent in September, lower than forecasts of a 3.8 per cent rate. Non-farm payrolls rose by 134,000 in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, which was short of economists' expectations for the addition of 185,000. However, there was an upward revision to the previous month’s data, with employers adding 270,000 jobs in August, up from the initial estimate of 201,000.

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Kavanaugh Clears Key Procedural Vote on Way to Supreme Court

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:35

Kavanaugh Clears Key Procedural Vote on Way to Supreme Court | 08 Oct 2018 | Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh cleared a major hurdle Friday morning in his quest for the Supreme Court, as the Senate voted narrowly to cut off debate on his nomination and move to a final vote as early as Saturday, but one Republican senator left open the possibility that she could still vote no. The 51-49 vote is the next-to-last step in the most tumultuous Supreme Court confirmation process in decades... For Judge Kavanaugh, and the country, the stakes are huge: If confirmed, President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee will replace the high court's swing vote, the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, with a committed conservative, shifting the ideological balance on the court toward the right for generations.

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Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:03

Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant | 04 Oct 2018 | Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump's campaign. Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee's private law firm. That's the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

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Key Republicans signal confidence in FBI report on Kavanaugh

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 18:49

Key Republicans signal confidence in FBI report on Kavanaugh | 04 Oct 2018 | Key undecided Republican senators are signaling on Thursday the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh may give them the confidence they need to back the embattled Supreme Court nominee. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school and college, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the investigation "appears to be a very thorough" one... GOP staff briefed some senators early in the day Thursday on the FBI's interviews of nine individuals connected to the allegations against Kavanaugh, according to Republicans.

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GOP-doxxing suspect arrested; worked or interned for Feinstein, Jackson Lee, other Dems

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:26

GOP-doxxing suspect arrested; worked or interned for Feinstein, Jackson Lee, other Dems | 03 Oct 2018 | A Democratic congressional intern was arrested Wednesday and accused of posting the personal information of at least one Republican senator during last week's hearing about sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, authorities said. U.S. Capitol Police said 27-year-old Jackson Cosko was charged with making public restricted personal information, witness tampering, threats in interstate communication, unauthorized access of a government computer, identity theft, second-degree burglary and unlawful entry. Police added that the investigation was continuing and more charges could be filed.

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McConnell files cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh nomination, setting up key procedural vote later this week

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:11

McConnell files cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh nomination, setting up key procedural vote later this week | 03 Oct 2018 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Wednesday night filed for cloture to end debate on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, setting up a key procedural vote for Friday -- and a possible confirmation vote as early as Saturday. McConnell also revealed that the Senate would receive the FBI's supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh Wednesday night. Two senators, both of whom are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that they've been instructed to plan for a vote on Sunday.

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Police officer deceased after 7 law enforcement officers, 1 other shot in Florence

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 02:58

Police officer deceased after 7 law enforcement officers, 1 other shot in Florence | 03 Oct 2018 | (SC) One suspect is in custody and a Florence police officer is deceased after eight people, seven of which were law enforcement officers, were shot in Florence Wednesday evening. Florence County Emergency Management officials said on Facebook around 6 p.m. that a suspect is in custody and the "active shooting situation is over." Officials are asking people to stay away from the area as "there is still an active crime investigation in progress."

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Ex-Boyfriend of Ford Raises Speculation That She Gave False Statements to Senate

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 00:13

Ex-Boyfriend of Ford Raises Speculation That She Gave False Statements to Senate | 03 Oct 2018 | As the Senate Judiciary members grapple with testimony provided by Christine Blasey Ford last Thursday regarding accusations that she was attacked by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh 36 years ago, a letter from a former long-time boyfriend is beginning to raise serious doubt about her credibility and truthfulness to the lawmakers about her past...The ex-boyfriend, whose name was removed from the letter at his request for privacy, sent the letter to Grassley's committee saying "I do not want to become involved in this process or current investigation, but wanted to be truthful about what I know." The former boyfriend established that he had a long-time relationship with Ford from 1992-1998.

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Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell's memo about the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 05:12

Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell's memo about the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing | 01 Oct 2018 | In a memo sent to all GOP senators, Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell -- who was hired by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask questions of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford during last week's hearing -- said she did not believe "a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee," per NBC News. The other side: Democrats condemned Republicans' choice of Mitchell, arguing that it created a judicial setting for the hearing -- when neither Ford nor Kavanaugh was on trial.

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F.B.I. to End Kavanaugh Inquiry as Soon as Wednesday, With Vote Coming This Week

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 03:29

F.B.I. to End Kavanaugh Inquiry as Soon as Wednesday, With Vote Coming This Week | 02 Oct 2018 | Senate Republican leaders pressed on Tuesday to wrap up the confirmation of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, seizing on word from the F.B.I. that it would complete its investigation into allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct as early as Wednesday. "We'll have an F.B.I. report this week, and we'll have a vote this week," an emphatic Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, told reporters after the Republicans' weekly policy luncheon...The push for a quick vote on Judge Kavanaugh came as the Senate and the White House waited for the F.B.I. to finish its work.

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FBI interviews Denver-based friend of Brett Kavanaugh

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 03:18

FBI interviews Denver-based friend of Brett Kavanaugh | 02 Oct 2018 | FBI agents involved with the Brett Kavanaugh investigation interviewed a Denver-based friend of the Supreme Court nominee, the Washington Post reported.The paper reported Tuesday that the bureau moved beyond the initial limitations placed on it and interviewed Tim Gaudette, who was Kavanaugh's classmate at Georgetown Prep. "Gaudette's home was the site of a July 1, 1982, party that Kavanaugh references on his calendar and has become the focus of lawmakers' concerns," the Post reported.

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Suspected ricin detected in mail sent to Trump, Pentagon

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 03:14

Suspected ricin detected in mail sent to Trump, Pentagon --Ricin is a highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans that has been used in terror plots. | 02 Oct 2018 | An envelope addressed to President Donald Trump contained a substance suspected to be ricin and appeared to be connected to similar envelopes sent to the Pentagon, a law enforcement source told CNN. Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official. When asked about the letters sent to the Pentagon, a Secret Service spokesman told CNN that "the Secret Service can confirm receipt of a suspicious envelope addressed to the President on Oct. 1, 2018."

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Pentagon: Letters to Mattis, Navy chief tested positive for ricin

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 03:09

Pentagon: Letters to Mattis, Navy chief tested positive for ricin | 02 Oct 2018 | Two letters addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and another military official tested positive for the toxin ricin at a Pentagon mail sorting facility, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman said tests for two suspicious letters addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and John Richardson, chief of naval operations, were positive for ricin. "The Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility," spokesman Col. Rob Manning said.

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Student union bans clapping over fears it could trigger anxiety

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:50

Student union bans clapping over fears it could trigger anxiety | 02 Oct 2018 | A student union has controversially voted to ban clapping because it could trigger anxiety - and urged students to use jazz hands instead. The change, which will affect Manchester Student's Union events, was passed by the first Senate session of the academic year held on Thursday September 27. It was argued in the meeting that the loud noise of traditional clapping could pose anxiety or sensory issues and British Sign Language clapping or jazz hands would be a more inclusive form of expression.

 

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Ricin Suspected in Mail Sent to Trump and Pentagon Officials

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 02:12

Ricin Suspected in Mail Sent to Trump and Pentagon Officials | 02 Oct 2018 | Federal authorities said on Tuesday that they had intercepted multiple packages suspected of containing ricin, a lethal substance, addressed to President Trump and at least two top Pentagon officials. In a statement on Tuesday night, the Secret Service said a "suspicious envelope" addressed to Mr. Trump was received at a facility outside the White House on Monday. Earlier on Tuesday, the Pentagon put its mail under quarantine after multiple packages suspected of containing ricin were found at a Pentagon mail facility on Monday. They were turned over to the F.B.I. on Tuesday.

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Two Hospitalized After Ted Cruz's Houston Campaign Office Received Envelope With White Powder

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 23:26

Two Hospitalized After Ted Cruz's Houston Campaign Office Received Envelope With White Powder | 02 Oct 2018 | Texas Senator Ted Cruz's Houston campaign office received a mailed envelope containing a "powdery substance" on Tuesday, leading to an emergency response and two hospitalizations. At 9:56 a.m. local time, the Houston Fire Department tweeted that "two people were taken to the hospital after apparently being exposed to white powdery substance in an office building at 3200 SW Fwy. The 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower has been evacuated as HFD HazMat is responding to the scene working to determine the nature of the substance."

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Trump administration working to weaken EPA radiation regulations

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 23:09

Trump administration working to weaken EPA radiation regulations --As recently as March, the EPA's online guidelines for radiation effects advised: "Current science suggests there is some cancer risk from any exposure to radiation." | 02 October 2018 | The Trump administration is quietly moving to weaken U.S. radiation regulations, turning to scientific outliers who argue that a bit of radiation damage is actually good for you -- like a little bit of sunlight. The government's current, decades-old guidance says that any exposure to harmful radiation is a cancer risk. And critics say the proposed change could lead to higher levels of exposure for workers at nuclear installations and oil and gas drilling sites, medical workers doing X-rays and CT scans, people living next to Superfund sites and any members of the public who one day might find themselves exposed to a radiation release.

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White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation - report

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:39

White House authorizes FBI to expand Kavanaugh investigation - report | 01 Oct 2018 | The White House has reportedly permitted the FBI to interview anyone deemed appropriate in its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times reported on Monday that the White House gave authorization to expand the investigation from an initial limited list of witnesses, provided that the review is completed by the end of the week. The FBI has already spoken with the four individuals it had been given permission to speak to, the news[sic]paper reported.

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McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week'

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 05:26

McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week' | 01 Oct 2018 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this week. "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is out of committee. We're considering it here on the floor and...we'll be voting this week," McConnell said...If McConnell waited until Friday to file cloture on Kavanaugh's nomination that would set up an initial vote on ending debate as early as Sunday. If McConnell filed cloture before that, he could bring up the vote as soon as the Friday deadline passed or when the FBI wrapped up its investigation.

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California governor signs nation's strictest net neutrality bill

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 08:10

California governor signs nation's strictest net neutrality bill | 30 Sept 2018 | California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday signed into law the country's strictest net neutrality bill, marking the state's latest rebellion against the Trump administration's agenda. The legislation bars internet service providers from slowing down website speeds, blocking access to certain websites and charging extra for large sites, according to The Sacramento Bee. California legislators wrote the bill last year after the Trump administration eliminated net neutrality rules.

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