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Finland memes Trump for suggesting ‘raking’ stops wildfires
- November 19, 2018

Apparently, President Sauli Niinistö never told him that " raking " prevents wildfires . "And they don't have any problem". This is despite the US Government being responsible for 57 per cent of the state's forests . Trump told Fox News from the Oval Office on Friday - before he left for California. "They're raking trees, little trees like this that are nut trees, little bushes, that you could see are totally dry". (more...)
Trump threatens to walk out of future briefings Trump threatens to walk out of future briefings
- November 19, 2018

Acosta pulled the microphone away from the intern so he could continue speaking. "You failed to abide" by "basic, widely understood practices", the letter to Acosta claimed. The network's lawyers want the judge, Timothy Kelly, to give the Trump administration until Tuesday to file a response to that motion. "We are disappointed with the district court's decision", the Justice Department said in response. (more...)
After Recount, Democrat Gillum Concedes Florida Governor Race to Republican DeSantis After Recount, Democrat Gillum Concedes Florida Governor Race to Republican DeSantis
- November 18, 2018

Adds Gillum, "This fight for Florida continues and I just wanted to thank you all for being along with us for at least this part of the journey, but the journey continues". The Facebook live video comes as the state's two mandated manual recounts wind down. The corruption allegation stemmed from a continuing FBI investigation into City Hall that Gillum has said he is not a target of and is cooperating with; the charge that Tallahassee had the state's highest crime rate was false. (more...)
Stacey Abrams May Force Court to Consider a New Vote Stacey Abrams May Force Court to Consider a New Vote
- November 18, 2018

Ms. Abrams said she wasn't conceding the race , but recognized the state of Georgia was going to certify Mr. Kemp the victor and didn't want to "scheme" her way into office. He was backed by and had embraced President Donald Trump as he tried to maintain GOP dominance in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to the governor's mansion since 1998. (more...)
U.S. threatens to impose more trade tariffs on China U.S. threatens to impose more trade tariffs on China
- November 18, 2018

US President Donald Trump has placed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods in retaliation for what he views as unfair trades practices by Beijing. In his speech, Xi said the world needed to "draw upon each other's strengths and pursue coexistence", rather than criticize other countries' domestic choices. (more...)
Sonnenfeld: Facebook should replace 'dispensable' COO Sandberg Sonnenfeld: Facebook should replace 'dispensable' COO Sandberg
- November 17, 2018

Facebook has operated in the last years of aggressive lobbying, to critics, to repel, to win over politicians and to discredit the competition. The firm circulated a document to reporters that "cast Mr. Four Senate Democrats are slamming Facebook over a report this week that the company hired outside firms to undermine its critics. One early reaction to the piece comes from Siva Vaidhyanathan at Slate : " Facebook is now just another normal sleazy American company run by normal sleazy ... (more...)
Acosta Gets His Press Pass Back, But Trump Is the Real Winner Acosta Gets His Press Pass Back, But Trump Is the Real Winner
- November 17, 2018

The judge said the White House violated Acosta's due process rights by revoking his pass without first explaining its actions, doing so only after it had acted, and even then inconsistently. Trump has been lashing out in different directions since the GOP's midterms losses; that presser marked Trump's anger spewing kickoff. "What was going through my mind was 'Gee I hope this works out, '" Acosta said to reporters after he was given his credentials back. (more...)
Pence asks Moon to communicate, talk more closely with N. Korea Pence asks Moon to communicate, talk more closely with N. Korea
- November 16, 2018

The remark, made during a meeting with Moon in Singapore on the sidelines of regional summits, is seen as a call for Moon to play greater roles so that upcoming talks between the USA and the North, including a second summit, will be able make progress. (more...)
Saudi Arabia to Seek Death for 5 Charged in Khashoggi Killing Saudi Arabia to Seek Death for 5 Charged in Khashoggi Killing
- November 16, 2018

Eleven out of 21 suspects have been indicted and their cases will be referred to court, while the investigation with the remaining suspects will continue in order to determine their role in the crime. He denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the murder. That stance was reiterated by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who said the prince had absolutely nothing to do with the case and accused Turkey of ignoring Saudi requests for information. (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she's confused for intern at US Capitol Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she's confused for intern at US Capitol
- November 16, 2018

Pelosi, now the minority leader, is the only announced candidate for speaker but a revolt of 17 Democrats would deny her the speakership during a House vote in January. "You know I've never gone to that place", she continued. "I don't hate Nancy". At least one Democrat, Marcia Fudge (Ohio), seems to be shedding some of the pretense and openly discussing a possible challenge to Pelosi. (more...)
Trump Scoffs at Report North Korea Has Undeclared Nuclear Sites Trump Scoffs at Report North Korea Has Undeclared Nuclear Sites
- November 16, 2018

Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul, said South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials had been "closely watching" the sites using military satellites and that the CSIS report contained "nothing new". The bases are arranged in three belts across North Korea, according to the report, with those for strategic missiles deep inside the country. Marie Harf questioned if North Korea has given anything up, noting that they still have missiles and are just not ... (more...)
National Guard troops help search for Camp Fire victims National Guard troops help search for Camp Fire victims
- November 15, 2018

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea's office has identified four of the victims, publicly naming three. "If you've been up there, you also know the magnitude of the scene we're dealing with. Nearby, the Hill Fire in Ventura County has burned 4,531 acres and was 85 percent contained, according to a post by Cal Fire on Monday night. "I felt the strongest wind I ever felt in my life". (more...)
Israeli Defence Minister resigns; accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of surrendering before Hamas Israeli Defence Minister resigns; accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of surrendering before Hamas
- November 15, 2018

Scores of Israelis rallied outside the Knesset ( Israel's parliament) in Jerusalem on Wednesday to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a cease-fire deal with Gaza-based Palestinian factions. "We will dictate the times and circumstances that are right for Israel and are right for the security of our people", Netanyahu said. The shekel fell yesterday in the wake of the rocket attacks on southern Israel by Hamas militants in the Gaza strip. (more...)
North Korea missile base 'active,' USA analysts say North Korea missile base 'active,' USA analysts say
- November 15, 2018

US analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs. (more...)
Dade Elections Dept. Expected To Finish Machine Recount Well Ahead Of Deadline Dade Elections Dept. Expected To Finish Machine Recount Well Ahead Of Deadline
- November 15, 2018

Bush said Monday on Twitter that Snipes should be removed from office, saying there was "no question" that she "failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians' confidence in our electoral process". "Unless relief is granted, scores of Florida voters will be unconstitutionally disenfranchised because, in deciding whether to count or reject these ballots, local canvassing boards will apply two demonstrably unconstitutional rules for determining a voter's ... (more...)
Migrant caravan group reaches U.S. border Migrant caravan group reaches U.S. border
- November 15, 2018

Trump also followed through on his threat to issue a presidential proclamation barring migrants caught crossing into the USA illegally from being eligible to claim asylum in America. It is unclear whether the two caravans would merge or when they would set out on the road north. Hundreds of young men from one of the migrant caravans headed toward the United States arrived at a border fence that separates Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California on Monday; some of them began illegally ... (more...)
Everything We Know About the California Wildfires (And How to Help) Everything We Know About the California Wildfires (And How to Help)
- November 14, 2018

The fires occurred after years of drought and increasingly deadly and destructive fire seasons. An estimated 52,000 people have already evacuated the region, with more than 20 zones listed on the mandatory evacuation orders issued by Cal Fire . (more...)
Wildfire deaths confirmed in Butte County as Newsom declares emergency for Ventura Wildfire deaths confirmed in Butte County as Newsom declares emergency for Ventura
- November 14, 2018

The fire then pushed southward, jumped the wide USA 101 freeway before dawn Friday and pushed into the Santa Monica range. Butte County Sheriff officials in Northern California claim that five people were found dead in their vehicles in the town of Paradise. (more...)
Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris
- November 14, 2018

Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Saturday poignantly visited the forest clearing in northeastern France where the Armistice was signed, had signalled beforehand that they meant to use the Paris ceremony to warn about the modern-day danger of nationalism. (more...)
Michelle Obama says her daughters were conceived via IVF Michelle Obama says her daughters were conceived via IVF
- November 14, 2018

First ladies are expected to be everything to everyone, much like many modern American women. 'Someone from Barack's administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn't reflect the president's reality or ideas. (more...)
California fires containment MAP: How contained are the fires? Containment chart latest California fires containment MAP: How contained are the fires? Containment chart latest
- November 14, 2018

Cyrus said on Twitter that she was "completely devastated" by the fires affecting her community. "Our hearts are broken", Kardashian said as she stood with her sisters and mother to accept an honour at the People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica. (more...)
Election Night 2018: Republicans Retain Control Of US Senate; Democrats Take House Election Night 2018: Republicans Retain Control Of US Senate; Democrats Take House
- November 12, 2018

With the midterm elections coming towards an end in the United States, the poll results so far have revealed that the Democrats have taken an edge over the Republicans to take over the House of Representatives. Bob Menendez, who, less than a year ago, stood trial for federal corruption charges. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin was re-elected in West Virginia, which Trump captured by 42 percentage points. (more...)
Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament, calls for election Sri Lanka president dissolves Parliament, calls for election
- November 12, 2018

Meanwhile, Rajapaksa claimed that fresh elections "will truly establish the will of the people and make way for a stable country", PTI reported. Tensions had been building between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe for some time, as the president did not approve of economic reforms introduced by the prime minister. (more...)
Trump Says Disastrous California Wildfires Caused 'Catastrophic Destruction' Trump Says Disastrous California Wildfires Caused 'Catastrophic Destruction'
- November 12, 2018

Two people have been found dead in Malibu while the Woolsey Fire continues to torment Ventura and Los Angeles counties . But he contended, "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor". (more...)
Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive
- November 11, 2018

The United States effectively gave a green light to the Saudi-led offensive when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on September 12 certified continued American support for the coalition's air campaign against the Houthis. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Friday that the United States supports Saudi Arabia's "decision" to cease American aerial refueling. In August this year, he warned that U.S. (more...)
Arizona Firefighters Deployed To Battle California Wildfires Arizona Firefighters Deployed To Battle California Wildfires
- November 11, 2018

Maclean said no details were immediately available about the circumstances of the deaths and that the bodies' badly burned condition would make identification hard. People sidestepped metal that melted off cars and Jet-Skis and donned masks as they surveyed ravaged neighborhoods despite an evacuation order for all of Paradise, a town of 27,000 founded in the 1800s. (more...)
Erdogan: tapes of Khashoggi killing shared with Saudi, US and others Erdogan: tapes of Khashoggi killing shared with Saudi, US and others
- November 11, 2018

A Turkish official said last week that Saudi Arabia sent two people, a chemist and a toxicologist, to Istanbul a week after Khashoggi's October 2 killing to erase evidence, calling it a sign that top Saudi officials knew of the crime. Some were members of a death outfit known as the Tiger Squad , a team of assassins with close ties to MBS that is used to muzzle dissenters, MEE discovered. (more...)
Fatal stabbing in Melbourne 'linked to terrorism' Fatal stabbing in Melbourne 'linked to terrorism'
- November 10, 2018

Officers were confronted near the burning vehicle by a man "brandishing a knife and threatening them" while passers-by called out that people had been stabbed, he said. Police had been called to the auto at 4.20pm local time on Friday, by which point the man had already started attacking bystanders. At the same time, passersby called out that members of the public had been stabbed. (more...)
Pat Toomey's advice to next attorney general: Wrap up Trump probe Pat Toomey's advice to next attorney general: Wrap up Trump probe
- November 10, 2018

Both refused and resigned, before Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in command at the Department of Justice, agreed to fire Cox. Despite Trump's distancing himself from Whitaker, two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker's TV appearances and the two had struck a bond. (more...)
California gunman went on social media during bar attack California gunman went on social media during bar attack
- November 10, 2018

Last year's massacre in Las Vegas killed 58 people , after a gunman fired on concert-goers from a hotel room with a series of automatic weapons. "He gave his all and tonight as I told his wife he died a hero because he went in to save lives". (more...)
Dutch businessman, 69, seeks to legally identify as 20 years younger Dutch businessman, 69, seeks to legally identify as 20 years younger
- November 09, 2018

When asked if he could just hide the truth about his age he said; "I don't want to lie". 69-year-old Emile Ratelband , can't get any action despite being the age of the sex number. They argued that if Ratelband's age was to be reduced, what would be the status of his early years then? He also supported his claim by adding his move would be good news for the government as he would renounce his pension until he reaches retirement age again. (more...)
Trump administration moves forward with asylum restrictions Trump administration moves forward with asylum restrictions
- November 09, 2018

Trump told reporters that he had "just signed" the proclamation as he departed the White House on Friday morning en route to Paris. Accordingly, if the president issues a suspension or ban on entry through the US/Mexican border, those who illegally manage to enter the US will not be allowed to apply for asylum once there. (more...)
Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions
- November 09, 2018

Last year Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, which has been a constant source of anger from the president. "There was interference by the Russians into the election , but that was not collusion with the campaign", Whitaker said on "The Wilkow Majority". (more...)
State of emergency declared as 'rapidly-moving' California fire grows State of emergency declared as 'rapidly-moving' California fire grows
- November 09, 2018

A vintage auto rests among debris as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise . The death toll is expected to rise, official said. The highway is expected to remain closed Friday morning, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said. We have nothing now". "The blaze is being driven by fairly strong winds", Carhart said. Thousands of people have evacuated their homes as Camp Fire roars on. (more...)
Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire
- November 09, 2018

He estimated that a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco. Winds are expected to ease Friday morning but a second round of gusty winds is forecast to develop Saturday night into Sunday, CNN Meteorologist Haley Brink said. (more...)
China debuts creepy AI that reads the news like a real(ish) anchor China debuts creepy AI that reads the news like a real(ish) anchor
- November 09, 2018

Xinhua teamed up with the Chinese search engine Sogou to extract features of human anchors from videos of their reporting, using their speech, lip movements and human expression. "I can be endlessly copied and present at different scenes to bring you the news", he says. "Hello, everyone. I'm an English artificial intelligence anchor". (more...)
Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress
- November 09, 2018

Omar won Michigan's 5th Congressional District by defeating Jennifer Zielinski, a Republican , by securing 78.5 percent of the vote. Jared Polis became the first openly gay elected governor in the state of Colorado along with Ms Davids in Congress. (more...)
Tallahassee Mayor Gillum, Republican former Rep. DeSantis cast votes Tallahassee Mayor Gillum, Republican former Rep. DeSantis cast votes
- November 08, 2018

Had Gillum won, he would have been the first black governor of Florida . Democrats picked up governorships in Kansas and at least three other U.S. states on Tuesday but failed to win high-profile races in Florida and OH, as voters cast ballots in three dozen gubernatorial contests across the country. (more...)
Pentagon Declines Trump Admin’s Request to Build Detention Facilities Pentagon Declines Trump Admin’s Request to Build Detention Facilities
- November 08, 2018

The disclosure by USA officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, illustrates the tension within the administration over using military resources to fortify the border against illegal immigration, a top election issue for President Donald Trump's base. (more...)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses ICE of 'Human Rights Violations' in Victory Speech Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accuses ICE of 'Human Rights Violations' in Victory Speech
- November 08, 2018

The mid-term elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across America in a vote being seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency. In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib . (more...)
Republican Marsha Blackburn wins US Senate race in TN Republican Marsha Blackburn wins US Senate race in TN
- November 08, 2018

Blackburn is running to replace Republican Senator Bob Corker who decided not to seek re-election. Bredesen had been viewed as one of the Democrats' best hopes in the party's quest to regain majority control of the Senate. But those advantages didn't extend to Blackburn, who had a 48 percent approval rating, according to that poll - 5 points lower than Bredesen. Trump visited the state three times. (more...)
Saudi Arabia to pay compensation to Khashoggi family, fiancee: Turkish official Saudi Arabia to pay compensation to Khashoggi family, fiancee: Turkish official
- November 08, 2018

More than a week after Saudi agents killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia sent an expert team to clean up evidence of the crime, under the guise of helping with the investigation, a senior Turkish official said Monday - the latest twist in a case that has caused an worldwide uproar. (more...)
Trump Crushes 'Rude' Acosta, Aide Grabs His Mic Away Trump Crushes 'Rude' Acosta, Aide Grabs His Mic Away
- November 08, 2018

If you can't bring yourself to watch it, Acosta asked Trump about his repeated claims that immigrants and refugees constitute an " invasion ", when Trump responded, "Honestly, I think that you should let me run the country". If i did, you people - you would have known about it. You're a very rude person. "You run CNN . And if you did it well, your ratings will be much higher". (more...)
Mike Braun Beats Joe Donnelly in Indiana Senate Race Mike Braun Beats Joe Donnelly in Indiana Senate Race
- November 07, 2018

Several news organizations called the race in Braun's favor with about 50% of precincts reporting in, including CBS News, ABC News and NBC News. Given that this contested seat holds major ramifications for who controls a majority in the Senate after November, both parties brought in their biggest names, with former President Barack Obama stumping for Donnelly last weekend and Trump visiting the state twice for Braun just before the election. (more...)
Japan's Biggest Oil Firm Considers to Resume Iranian Oil Imports - Spokeswoman Japan's Biggest Oil Firm Considers to Resume Iranian Oil Imports - Spokeswoman
- November 07, 2018

And, they say, the agreement was the best way to slow Iran's nuclear development. "This has nothing to do with Iran". Alamolhoda, an influential figure on the government's Assembly of Experts, told his followers that Iran would launch a missile attack against "all Persian Gulf countries" in the event its oil markets are curtailed. (more...)
Brian Kemp Is Getting Desperate Brian Kemp Is Getting Desperate
- November 07, 2018

Kemp leveled the allegation after an attorney for election-security advocates notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kemp's office on Saturday that a private citizen alerted him to what appeared to be a major flaw in the database used to check in voters at the polls. (more...)
Obama calls troop deployment a 'political stunt' at Florida rally Obama calls troop deployment a 'political stunt' at Florida rally
- November 07, 2018

The nation's first African American commander in chief took the stage with Andrew Gillum , who is locked in a tight race for governor of Florida against pro-Trump Republican Ron DeSantis , and Senator Bill Nelson , who is running for re-election against outgoing Governor Rick Scott . (more...)
What's at stake in the United States mid-term elections What's at stake in the United States mid-term elections
- November 07, 2018

The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida , Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. Facebook also blocked about 115 user accounts after USA authorities tipped it off to suspicious behaviour that may be linked to a foreign entity, the company said hours voting began. (more...)
Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4 Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4
- November 07, 2018

The driver, 21-year-old Colten Treu, later surrendered to authorities after police launched a search for the vehicle. The grandmother of one of three Girl Scouts killed in a Wisconsin hit-and-run crash says the child dreamed of being an animator and shared a love of crafts with her mom, who also died in the accident. (more...)
Norway Summons Saudi Ambassador Over Khashoggi Case Norway Summons Saudi Ambassador Over Khashoggi Case
- November 05, 2018

Gruesome reports allege that he was murdered and his body dismembered by the team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the Washington Post columnist for criticising MbS. Considering the USA geostrategic and financial interests in preserving $450 billion-worth of deals with the Saudis, Donald Trump has yet to issue any definitive response over the journalist's murder. (more...)