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Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh
- October 05, 2018

Capitol police have arrested dozens of people in recent days for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings. In another development, more than 2,400 law professors signed on a letter to the Senate on Thursday, saying Kavanaugh lacks judicial temperament and is disqualified from sitting on the nation's highest court, according to a Washington Post report. (more...)
Dianne Feinstein, Victims Groups Say Senate Judiciary Actions Violate Rape Shield Rules Dianne Feinstein, Victims Groups Say Senate Judiciary Actions Violate Rape Shield Rules
- October 05, 2018

I wish he hadn't had done it", Sen. Ron Klain, a veteran Washington attorney and formerchief of staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, said there is nothing wrong with maintaining the confidentiality of the report as long as it doesn't make it impossible for senators to digest the information before the vote. (more...)
John Paul Stevens Is Still Alive, Also Doesn't Think Kavanaugh Belongs John Paul Stevens Is Still Alive, Also Doesn't Think Kavanaugh Belongs
- October 05, 2018

Stevens said Kavanaugh's performance during his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee changed his mind about Kavanaugh's suitability for the court, according to the report. Stevens had praised Kavanaugh in his 2014 book " Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution ", the Post noted. "I think there's merit in that criticism, and that the senators should really pay attention to it for the good of the court". (more...)
President Trump fires up supporters, rips Minnesota Democrats at Rochester rally President Trump fires up supporters, rips Minnesota Democrats at Rochester rally
- October 05, 2018

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Minnesota to attend a fundraiser, and a campaign rally, October 4, 2018 , in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Some Democrats are calling hypocrisy on Republicans for calling for Franken's resignation and then pushing forward with Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. (more...)
Tampon tax to go as treasurers finally agree to GST exemption Tampon tax to go as treasurers finally agree to GST exemption
- October 05, 2018

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will be seeking support from his state counterparts to axe the tax on tampons . Great news for your Wednesday morning - the Australian government is finally going to scrap the tampon tax , for real this time. (more...)
Who is Kerry Berchem, the woman releasing text messages from Kavanaugh?
- October 05, 2018

Ramirez claims that Kavanaugh drunkenly exposed himself to her at a party decades ago. Meanwhile Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a third house party around the same time . Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation and told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that he first heard about Ramirez's claim in the New Yorker article. (more...)
USA charges seven Russian intelligence officers with hacking
- October 05, 2018

Earlier Thursday, British intelligence said it's linked several cyberattacks, including meddling in the 2016 election, to the GRU , the Russian spy agency also accused in the novichok poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal this year. (more...)
GOP Senators Await FBI Report In Anxiety-Filled Capitol GOP Senators Await FBI Report In Anxiety-Filled Capitol
- October 05, 2018

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - a red state Democrat who had been an undecided vote - announced Thursday that she will oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Last week Blasey Ford testified before lawmakers - and more than 20 million Americans watching live on television - that Kavanaugh attacked her in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17. (more...)
Pinoys safe as Paeng batters western Japan Pinoys safe as Paeng batters western Japan
- October 05, 2018

More than 750,000 homes lost power and train departures and plane flights were cancelled. At least two people have been killed and scores injured by a powerful typhoon that brought down trees onto railway tracks and kicked up debris across Tokyo as it brushed past the Japanese capital. (more...)
1 law enforcement officer killed in Florence, South Carolina, 6 others wounded 1 law enforcement officer killed in Florence, South Carolina, 6 others wounded
- October 05, 2018

He remembered slain Sgt. Terrence Carraway as "my brother". They had served together three decades. Heidler spoke fondly and sorrowfully of Carraway a day after the sergeant was shot and killed during a two-hour standoff that began Wednesday afternoon when deputies tried to execute a search warrant. (more...)
Officials to send emergency alert test to United States phones, request feedback after Officials to send emergency alert test to United States phones, request feedback after
- October 05, 2018

An mobile phone screenshot of the Emergency Alert send by FEMA to all U.S. mobile user to test the National Wireless Emergency Alert System, Oct. 3, 2018. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert ). The wireless alert system launched in 2012. (more...)
Ferry carrying 294 passengers breaks down in Baltic sea after 'malfunction' Ferry carrying 294 passengers breaks down in Baltic sea after 'malfunction'
- October 04, 2018

The vessel was travelling from the northern Germany city of Kiel to the western Lithuanian city of Klaipeda . No further details immediately available. Unconfirmed reports suggest there was an explosion in the engine room. The ship broke down in global waters off of Kaliningrad, Russia between Poland and Lithuania . (more...)
USA general slams Russia's deployment of S-300 missiles in Syria USA general slams Russia's deployment of S-300 missiles in Syria
- October 04, 2018

Thus, Moscow strengthened the air defense of the Arab Republic. Russia, which is backing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government forces in the country's civil war, has largely given Israeli warplanes a free hand over Syrian skies turning a blind eye to frequent strikes on Iranian positions and convoys transferring weapons to Hezbollah, the Iranian backed proxy operating in Syria. (more...)
Utah man arrested in ricin probe after suspicious mailings to Trump, Pentagon Utah man arrested in ricin probe after suspicious mailings to Trump, Pentagon
- October 04, 2018

A law enforcement source told the Reuters news agency that the charges against the Utah suspect would likely be filed on Friday. Allen served in the Navy for four years, leaving the service in 2002. If ingested, it causes nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system. (more...)
Trump trusted less than Putin and Xi, says new global study Trump trusted less than Putin and Xi, says new global study
- October 04, 2018

The survey showed that America's image, which took a big hit last year, Mr Trump's first year in office, continued to deteriorate in many countries this year. The results provide the latest illustration of global unease over Trump's "America First" agenda, in which he has imposed tariffs, dismissed the value of multilateral institutions and withdrawn from worldwide agreements. (more...)
Former Navy sailor linked to suspicious packages, Fox News reports
- October 04, 2018

Two letters were sent to the Pentagon - one addressed to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and the other to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. He disputed her allegations, the details of which are not public, but agreed to the protective order. A Pentagon spokeswoman said tests showed that Tuesday's alert was triggered by castor seeds, which ricin is derived from, as opposed to the deadly substance itself. (more...)
In a first, India to deport 7 Rohingya men to Myanmar In a first, India to deport 7 Rohingya men to Myanmar
- October 04, 2018

India has deported seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, despite last-minute appeals that doing so put them at risk. India's top court has allowed the federal government to send seven Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar in the first deportation of members of the Myanmar minority group since it previous year ordered their identification. (more...)
Six rescue divers die trying to save drowning teenager in Malaysia Six rescue divers die trying to save drowning teenager in Malaysia
- October 04, 2018

Details of the six firemen are yet to be released but they were among a team summoned from three fire and rescue departments namely the Shah Alam, Cyberjaya and Port Klang stations for the operation to search for a missing 17-year-old boy who had fallen into the pool at 6pm near the La Cottage residential area. (more...)
Dutch authorities accuse Russian Federation of targeting chemical weapons watchdog
- October 04, 2018

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified operatives from Russia's GRU arm as being behind various high-profile computer attacks, according to the Foreign Office. "They try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries, they are even prepared to damage Russian companies and citizens". "Our message is clear - together with our allies, we will expose and respond to the GRU's attempts to undermine global stability", Hunt said. (more...)
Hundreds of people are dying from selfies Hundreds of people are dying from selfies
- October 04, 2018

Researchers behind the study say selfie-related deaths are very underreported. "It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made". Bansal said that even if taking a selfie in and of itself is not unsafe, the danger ramps up when people pair their photography with risky behavior. (more...)
Trump's jibe at Brett Kavanaugh accuser risks Supreme Court confirmation Trump's jibe at Brett Kavanaugh accuser risks Supreme Court confirmation
- October 04, 2018

Jeff Flake, the Republican senator who launched a bid to have the FBI investigate Kavanaugh, has already indicated he could vote against him if it is proven he lied. As Senate Republican leaders marched toward a final vote on the nomination, perhaps over the weekend, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Mr Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticised Mr Trump for his remarks about Ms Blasey Ford at a political rally in Mississippi on ... (more...)
Five officers shot, suspect in custody in SC Five officers shot, suspect in custody in SC
- October 04, 2018

The condition of the other officers remains unclear. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Florence Police Department tonight, in SC". Three sheriff's deputies were wounded and had to be rescued by a bulletproof vehicle, said Major Mike Nunn. "He had an advantage and the officers couldn't get to the ones that were down", Boone said. (more...)
Wife of Malaysian ex-PM charged with money-laundering Wife of Malaysian ex-PM charged with money-laundering
- October 04, 2018

It was the first time the wife of a former Malaysian prime minister had been arrested. Rosmah was arrested on Wednesday after being quizzed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for almost five hours at its headquarters in Putrajaya. (more...)
Man's booby-trapped wheelchair shoots FBI agent as bomb squad searches rigged home Man's booby-trapped wheelchair shoots FBI agent as bomb squad searches rigged home
- October 04, 2018

Gregory Lee Rodvelt, 66, is accused of assaulting an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent after booby traps he set up in his property were triggered. According to court records, Rodvelt's then 90-year-old mother and her guardian filed a civil lawsuit against him, which resulted in a $2.1 million judgment. (more...)
US pulls out of international accord over Jerusalem embassy case US pulls out of international accord over Jerusalem embassy case
- October 04, 2018

Earlier this year, the Trump administration killed USA funding for the United Nations' aid for Palestinian refugees. There have been mounting concerns among US allies about the Trump administration's commitment to multilateralism. "We have consistently across Democratic and Republican administrations opposed the admission of Palestine to the United Nations as a state because it is not a state". (more...)
The FBI’s Investigation of Kavanaugh Was a Sham The FBI’s Investigation of Kavanaugh Was a Sham
- October 04, 2018

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally. Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee , tweeted that Ford "deserves better". Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell again took aim at Kavanaugh opponents. (more...)
Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea for further talks with Kim Jong Mike Pompeo to visit North Korea for further talks with Kim Jong
- October 04, 2018

A commentary on North Korea's official KCNA news agency this week, however, said the declaration should have been resolved half a century ago and it could never be a bargaining chip to persuade it to denuclearize. But the countries appear to differ on what the corresponding measures should be. "In return, the USA may ease economic sanctions on North Korea". (more...)
Kavanaugh called himself and his friends ‘loud, obnoxious drunks’ in 1983 letter Kavanaugh called himself and his friends ‘loud, obnoxious drunks’ in 1983 letter
- October 04, 2018

In a 1983 letter published by The New York Times on Tuesday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggests that he and his friends should warn the neighbors that they are "obnoxious drunks" prior to their "Beach Week" trip. He has since responded to inquiries into his underage drinking by saying that he never blacked out and claiming jokes about his vomiting had to do with his dislike of spicy food. (more...)
French police recapture 'jailbreak king' after three-month hunt French police recapture 'jailbreak king' after three-month hunt
- October 04, 2018

But another local resident, Farah Ziane, was less happy - the police initially stormed her grandfather's apartment by mistake. "His way of walking suggested that it might be a man", Molins said. The helicopter landed in the prison's front courtyard, an area to which detainees reportedly have no access. But within 10 minutes Faid was gone, cheered on by his fellow inmates. (more...)
NBC News Quietly Edits Kavanaugh Piece After Omitting Relevant Testimony
- October 04, 2018

Yarasavage claims to not know if anything happened between Kavanaugh and Ramirez. Agents also have not contacted Julie Swetnick, who alleges in a sworn statement that Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, tried to get teenage girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys". (more...)

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