Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice Department
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:38:14 -0500

Mueller witness bragged about access to Clintons secured with illegal campaign cash, says Justice DepartmentAn emissary for two Arab princes boasted to unnamed officials of a Middle Eastern government about his direct access to Hillary and Bill Clinton while funneling more than $3.5 million in illegal campaign contributions to the 2016 Clinton campaign and Democratic fundraising committees, according to a federal indictment.

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 02:08:07 -0500

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptionsAs Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would shield LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and other public services — while also carving out exemptions for religious organizations to act based on beliefs that may exclude those of different sexual orientations or gender identities. Stewart’s bill counts support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but it has yet to win a backer among House Democrats who unanimously supported a more expansive LGBTQ rights measure in May.

Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia ties
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:31:05 -0500

Belarus crowds rally against closer Russia tiesRoughly 1,000 Belarusians joined an unauthorised demonstration on Saturday against the prospect of a closer union with Russia. Long-time ruler Alexander Lukashenko was meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia on Saturday to discuss "key issues in our bilateral relations, including the prospects for deepening integration", according to the Kremlin. Police quickly intervened to oversee the demonstration but made no arrests.

Indiana judge grants stay of execution for federal inmate
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:31:33 -0500

Indiana judge grants stay of execution for federal inmateA convicted murderer set to become the first federal inmate to be executed in 16 years was granted a stay of execution on Thursday by a judge in Indiana. Daniel Lewis Lee, a white supremacist convicted in Arkansas of murdering a family of three, was granted the stay by U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon. Lee's execution had been set for Monday, but a separate ruling by a judge in Washington last month put his execution and that of three other federal inmates on hold.

Tesla changed the release dates for the most and least expensive versions of the Cybertruck by a year
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:09:15 -0500

Tesla changed the release dates for the most and least expensive versions of the Cybertruck by a yearTesla said the three-motor Cybertruck would enter production in late 2021, while production for the single-motor Cybertruck would begin in late 2022.

Should America Fear the Chinese H-20 Stealth Bomber?
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:00:00 -0500

Should America Fear the Chinese H-20 Stealth Bomber?Or is it even real?

Two school shootings a day apart: Wisconsin reckons with impact of armed guards
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:04:26 -0500

Two school shootings a day apart: Wisconsin reckons with impact of armed guardsShootings involving resource officers renew debate over the role of armed teachers or police in schools Shootings a day apart at two high schools in Wisconsin have shaken the state and sparked a renewed debate over how to combat violence in American schools.An Oshkosh police department resource officer shot a 16-year-old student Tuesday after the boy stabbed him in the officer’s office at Oshkosh West high school. A day earlier, a resource officer at Waukesha South high school helped clear students out of a classroom after a 17-year-old student pointed a pellet gun at another student’s head. Another police officer entered the room and shot the student.Neither of the students who were shot suffered life-threatening injuries. The Democratic governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, called the shootings “breathtaking and tragic”.“The trauma that happens because of this just ripples through the community,” Evers added. “It will take time for people to recover from this. Trauma is a significant issue. We have to be patient.”The debate about the role of armed teachers or police in schools has been a constant in the wake of school shootings across the country. But rarely have armed resource officers been able to prevent a shooting.An estimated 43% of public schools have armed officers on campus, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. The survey covered the 2015-2016 school year, the most recent year surveyed. That figure doesn’t include schools with armed private security guards or teachers and administrators who carry guns.The US Department of Justice has adopted best practices for resource officers from the National Association of School Resources. Those guidelines call for resource officers to serve as police officers as well as teachers and mentors.Nasro recommends such officers have three years of experience and says they should be willing to engage with students and have excellent communication skills. They should complete a school-based policing course before being assigned to the beat and complete an advanced school policing course Nasro provides within a year of completing the basic course. They also should complete biannual training on how lone officers should handle threats and assailants.No Wisconsin laws spell out any special requirements for resource officers or restrictions on their weapons. But the state department of justice has adopted best practices similar to Nasro’s recommendations, calling for officers to work with schools on the extent of their duties, the skills they need, and where school discipline ends and illegal conduct begins. The state guidelines also suggest officers receive training in child development, restraint policies and de-escalation strategies.It’s not clear what led to Tuesday’s stabbing at Oshkosh West high school, which has 1,700 students. The police chief, Dean Smith, said that the officer and the student got into an “altercation” in the officer’s office, the student stabbed the officer with an edged weapon – Smith declined to elaborate – and the officer opened fire with his 9mm pistol, hitting the student once. It’s unclear how many times the officer may have fired. Officials said the officer has 21 years of experience with the Oshkosh police department and has served as a school resource officer since 2017.At Waukesha South high school, 80 miles (130km) south of Oshkosh in suburban Milwaukee, a 17-year-old student apparently grew angry with another student and pointed a pellet gun at the other student. The school’s resource officer helped clear students from the classroom.Linda Ager told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Waukesha shooting happened in the classroom of her husband, Brett Hart, a special education teacher at Waukesha South. Ager said her husband restrained the student until the resource officer arrived.At some point, another officer entered the room and shot the student who refused to drop the weapon. Police said the boy pointed the gun at officers as they confronted him.Police said the student with the pellet gun underwent surgery and was in stable condition.“Today’s tragic event shows that trained school resource officers can save lives,” Vickie Cartwright, the Oshkosh superintendent, said at a news conference on Tuesday.As school shootings have become more frequent, gun rights advocates and gun control advocates have sparred over how best to respond to them. Supporters of gun restrictions have argued that putting more guns in schools does little to prevent shootings and just puts students at greater risk.Last year armed guards at three high-profile school shootings – Marshall county high school in Benton, Kentucky; Majory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida; and Santa Fe high school in Texas – were unable to stop those shootings. In Parkland, the school’s resource officer remained outside rather than enter the building to engage the shooter and try to stop it.But gun-rights advocates believe having more armed educators and law enforcement in schools will help stop a shooter from going on a rampage.“This confirms that action can, and should, be taken to mitigate harm and limit casualties when weapons are brought into school,” Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, said on Tuesday.Evers, the Wisconsin governor, said he is committed to working with Republicans who control the legislature on increasing mental health funding for schools.Evers said on WTMJ-Radio that he thinks Republicans will work with him on that, even though they did not provide as much funding for mental health programs as Evers requested in the state budget approved this summer. Republicans also refused to take up a pair of gun safety bills earlier this year that Evers said were part of the solution to combating violence in schools.Evers, a former state superintendent of schools who worked as a principal, school superintendent and administrator before he was elected governor, said the issue is particularly striking for him, given his background and the fact that has three grown children and nine grandchildren. Two of his children attended the high school in Oshkosh where the shooting occurred.“Our kids need help,” he said. “I’ve been around long enough to see how this has amplified over time. The time is now to take it on.”

A day in the life of a Peloton instructor who wakes up at 4:30 a.m., takes his mini poodle to dog parks, and loves cookies
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:10:40 -0500

A day in the life of a Peloton instructor who wakes up at 4:30 a.m., takes his mini poodle to dog parks, and loves cookiesPeloton, a fast-growing fitness brand, has developed a cult following in part because of energetic instructors like Oliver Lee.

13 Mythical Creatures, Ranked
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:01:00 -0500

13 Mythical Creatures, Ranked

Trump should 'certainly' be impeached, Fox News judge says
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:46:37 -0500

Trump should 'certainly' be impeached, Fox News judge saysFox News judge Andrew Napolitano has said he would “certainly” vote to impeach Donald Trump if he was a member of Congress.Mr Napolitano, a former New Jersey superior court judge whose views have previously been parroted by the US president, said Mr Trump's obstruction of the House impeachment inquiry was alone enough to put him on trial in the Senate.

Saudi Air Force officer kills three in mass shooting at US Naval base in Pensacola, Florida
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:56:29 -0500

Saudi Air Force officer kills three in mass shooting at US Naval base in Pensacola, FloridaA Saudi Arabian Air Force officer carried out a mass shooting at a US Naval base in Florida, defence officials said. Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who was undergoing aviation training at the base, killed three people, and injured at least half a dozen more, before being shot dead by police. According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, Alshamrani had posted a short manifesto on Twitter that read: "I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil." "I'm not against you for just being American, I don't hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity." FBI agents were investigating if the attack was terrorism-related. The shooting happened at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is home to the Blue Angels, the US Navy's aerobatic flight demonstration squadron. Gunfire erupted in a two-floor building which houses training classrooms just before 7am. Military members from around the world attend the base for training. A total of 16,000 military personnel and 7,400 civilians work at the base. The shooting happened in two-floor building housing classrooms, and the gunfire started just before 7am. Local sheriff David Morgan said: "Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie." Two sheriff's deputies were injured, one shot in the arm, the other in the knee, but both were expected to survive. Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and monitoring the situation, a White House spokesman said. Grover Robinson, mayor of Pensacola, said it was a "tragic day". He added: "We are a military town." The Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, flew to the scene. Captain Timothy Kinsella Jr., the base's commanding officer said the base was closed until further notice. The shooting was the second to take place at a US naval base this week. On Wednesday, a sailor shot dead two civilians at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii, before taking his own life. The gunman, petty officer Gabriel Romero, 22, had been unhappy with his commanders, and had been undergoing counseling, a US military official said. He used his service rifle to carry out the attack before turning his service pistol on himself. Romero was part of the crew of the submarine USS Columbia, which was undergoing maintenance at Pearl Harbor. The shooting happened days before a ceremony on Saturday to remember those lost in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago. BREAKING: We are aware of reports of a possible active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola. More information to follow.— (@USNavy) Dec 06 2019

Bloomberg says ending 'nationwide madness' of gun violence drives his presidential bid
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:41:16 -0500

Bloomberg says ending 'nationwide madness' of gun violence drives his presidential bidDemocratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday he wants to become president to end "the nationwide madness" of U.S. gun violence, calling it evil and saying he would allow its victims to file lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

Germany: 'No understanding' for Russia outrage on expulsions
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:59:15 -0500

Germany: 'No understanding' for Russia outrage on expulsionsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff is urging Russia to support the investigation of a killing prosecutors say appears to have ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities, and says he has “no understanding" for outraged reactions from Moscow. Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian man on the streets of Berlin in August. German federal prosecutors said evidence suggested the slaying was ordered either by Moscow or authorities in Russia’s republic of Chechnya.

The wife of disgraced Papa John's founder John Schnatter has filed for divorce
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:33:33 -0500

The wife of disgraced Papa John's founder John Schnatter has filed for divorceThe filing came a little more than a week after John Schnatter's viral interview in which he said he had eaten 40 pizzas in 30 days.

Official documents shed light on Tokyo's role in 'comfort women': Kyodo
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:38:00 -0500

Official documents shed light on Tokyo's role in 'comfort women': KyodoThe Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one "comfort woman" for every 70 soldiers, Japan's Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding a fresh light on Tokyo's involvement in the practice. "Comfort women" is a euphemism for the girls and women - many of them Korean - forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels. The issue has plagued Japan's ties with South Korea for decades.

History Book Nightmare: Russia Could Have Nuked Away America's Submarine Fleet
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:30:00 -0500

History Book Nightmare: Russia Could Have Nuked Away America's Submarine FleetBy cutting off communications.

Judge Allows Criminal Trial to Proceed against Pro-Life Investigators
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:47:24 -0500

Judge Allows Criminal Trial to Proceed against Pro-Life InvestigatorsA San Francisco judge ruled Friday that the criminal trial may move forward against the pro-life investigators who went undercover to record abortion industry executives talking about procuring fetal body parts.Judge Christopher Hite deemed the evidence sufficient to send to trial the case against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, who are charged with nine felony counts, one count of conspiracy and eight counts of illegal taping. Six additional counts were dropped.Daleiden, 30, and Merritt, 64, several years ago surreptitiously recorded executives from Planned Parenthood and other organizations haggling about compensation for the procurement of fetal parts for researchers who request them.The Thomas More Society, representing the two pro-life investigators, announced the decision on Friday in a tweet.> BREAKING NEWS: 6 counts in David Daleiden's criminal case have been thrown out of court and 9 remain. Judge Hite deems the evidence enough to go to trial on 9 counts. More to follow!> > -- Thomas More Society (@ThomasMoreSoc) December 6, 2019Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, called the charges against the investigators "unfounded and outrageous" in a statement on Friday's decision, saying they "have nothing to do with violating privacy or video recording laws but everything to do with protecting the powerful and wealthy abortion industry.""The same year David and Sandra published their recordings of Planned Parenthood employees haggling over the price of aborted baby body parts, videos taken by undercover animal rights activists were praised and led to investigations of abuse in the poultry industry," Rose said.Last month, the jury in the separate civil case against Daleiden and Merritt handed Planned Parenthood a win under federal racketeering statutes, awarding the abortion giant over $2.2 million.

Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Predators Again, Months After Backlash
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 17:42:42 -0500

Trump Administration Authorizes 'Cyanide Bombs' to Kill Predators Again, Months After BacklashThe devices have been used to poison thousands of coyotes, foxes and feral dogs to protect wildlife

Biden Says He Would Consider Giving Ambassadorships to Donors
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 23:29:40 -0500

Biden Says He Would Consider Giving Ambassadorships to Donors(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden said Friday he would not rule out appointing donors as ambassadors, but wouldn’t make decisions about those roles based on someone’s financial contributions.“Nobody in fact will be appointed by me based on anything they contributed,” he told a group of reporters aboard his “No Malarkey” bus in Decorah, Iowa.“But, for example, you have some of the people who are out there that are prepared to in fact, that are fully qualified — head of everything from being the ambassador to NATO to be the ambassador to France or any other country — who may or may not have contributed, but that will not be any basis upon which I in fact would appoint anybody.”Other Democratic presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have criticized the longstanding practice of appointing donors to governmental positions. Warren, who has sworn off high-dollar fundraisers, has vowed to not nominate wealthy contributors as ambassadors.In a wide-ranging 20-minute interview, Biden also defended his response to an Iowa voter who confronted him Wednesday over his son’s work in Ukraine, which has come into sharp focus during the U.S. House impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. He said he wanted to keep the focus on Trump, but reacted because the man made accusations that were false.Biden said his son did nothing wrong and referred to a statement by Hunter Biden that he exercised “poor judgment” in joining the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.”My son speaks for himself,” the former vice president said. “He’s a 47-year-old man. He didn’t do anything wrong.”Joe Biden, who is at the end of an eight-day bus tour across Iowa, again spoke about the need for bipartisan cooperation. He emphasized the vital role that the two-party system plays in American democracy, and the importance of having a robust Republican Party.“I’m really worried that no party should have too much power,” he said. “You need a countervailing force.”He added: “You can’t have such a dominant influence that then you start to abuse power. Every party abuses power if they have too much power.”Biden also touted his ability to help other Democrats get elected, as he argued why he is best suited to bring about gains for party candidates as the presidential nominee.Biden, who often cites polls in swing states that show him defeating Trump, said the requests from candidates in swing districts for him to campaign on their behalf in the midterms is evidence of his appeal.“I don’t have to go out and look at a poll,” he said. “Just go into those states. You can feel it. You can taste it.”(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)To contact the reporter on this story: Tyler Pager in Decorah, Iowa at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at, Max Berley, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Iraqis protest to defy 'slaughter' in Baghdad as drone hits cleric's home
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:29:42 -0500

Iraqis protest to defy 'slaughter' in Baghdad as drone hits cleric's homeIraq's anti-regime protesters gathered in the capital and south on Saturday, grieving but defiant after 17 were killed in an attack demonstrators described as "slaughter". The dramatic developments have threatened to derail the anti-government rallies rocking Iraq since October, the largest and deadliest grassroots movement in decades. Late Friday, at least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked a large building where protesters had camped out for weeks, medics said.