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Nov 14, 2019

Warren Says Honest Businesses Shouldn't Worry If She Wins 2020
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren sought to reassure business leaders and investors they have nothing to worry about if she is elected -- as long as they obey the law."I believe in markets. Markets with rules that are consistently enforced," she said in an interview in Concord, New Hampshire. "If someone has built a business on cheating people, then they should be very worried about a Warren administration, but if that's not the case, then there's no reason for them to worry."Warren's progressive proposals for reducing inequality, including a wealth tax, breaking up big technology and agriculture companies, as well as her $21 trillion plan to replace private health insurance with a government-run system, have raised concerns on Wall Street that her policies would be ruinous and push the U.S. too far to the left.As she has gained in the polls, she's come in for criticism from Wall Street executives and billionaires, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman and Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates.She attacked Cooperman in a new campaign commercial, and on Wednesday he fired back in a profanity-laced tirade on CNBC.The Massachusetts senator, who has pledged not to take big-donor money to fuel her campaign, said the criticism reminded her of the opposition she faced when she proposed establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."A lot of financial institutions were saying in effect, ‘if there's a cop on t

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Nov 14, 2019

'You embarrassed yourself': Kellyanne Conway blasts CNN's Wolf Blitzer for playing George Conway clip
On CNN Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, special counselor to President Trump, was asked to respond to the assessment given by her husband, George, that testimony in the first public impeachment hearings was damning for her boss.

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Nov 14, 2019

Kellyanne Conway tussles with CNN's Wolf Blitzer over clip of her husband
Kellyanne Conway tangled with CNN's Wolf Blitzer during a live interview on Thursday as the network tried to get her reaction to a clip of her husband disparaging President Donald Trump amid impeachment proceedings. Conway, a top White House aide who frequently defends the president on cable networks, appeared on CNN to discuss the public impeachment hearings that launched Wednesday. "I just have a final question, a sensitive question, and it's a political question, it's a substantive question," he began.

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Nov 14, 2019

Turkey's Erdogan and Lindsey Graham reportedly had a spat over Syria's Kurds in the Oval Office
President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a cordial meeting on Wednesday, with Trump going out of his way to say he's a "big fan" of Erdogan and the two are "very good friends." But there was no evident progress on the big issues dividing the NATO allies: Turkey's assault on America's Kurdish allies in Syria and its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems, and America's refusal to extradite a Muslim cleric Erdogan accuses of fomenting revolt.Trump invited five Republican senators critical of Turkey to his Oval Office meeting with Erdogan, and things "took a dark turn when Erdogan pulled out his iPad and made the group watch a propaganda video that depicted Kurds as terrorists," Axios reports, citing three people familiar with the meeting. "Erdogan apparently thought he could sway these senators by forcing them to watch a clunky propaganda film. The senators in the meeting took turns pushing back on Erdogan, while Trump sat back and watched, intervening occasionally to play traffic cop."All of the GOP senators were upset about the S-400, but Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) "got into a heated back-and-forth" with Erdogan over the Syrian Kurds, Axios reports. After Erdogan's film finished, Graham asked him: "Well, do you want me to go get the Kurds to make one about what you've done?" Graham told Axios late Wednesday that he had informed Erdogan "that 10,000 SDF fighters, mostly Kurds, suffered, died, or injured in the fight against ISIS, and America will not forget that and will not abandon them."Graham also made a wry comment when Trump told Erdogan to pick a "friendly reporter" at

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Nov 14, 2019

Hong Kong Police Claim Protesters Have Moved ‘One Step Closer to Terrorism'
Hong Kong police issued a warning Thursday to pro-democracy protesters, saying they have moved "one step closer to terrorism" after engulfing the city in violent demonstrations against police, especially on university campuses."Their acts are another step closer to terrorism," police spokesman Tse Chun-chung said at a press briefing, according to the Associated Press. Chun-chung added that the violence at Chinese University of Hong Kong is mushrooming "like a cancer cell" to other campuses including Hong Kong University and Baptist University.The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where some of the most violent clashes have taken place, has suspended classes for the remainder of the year. Protesters threw more than 400 firebombs at police and dropped objects from bridges onto roads, according to the authorities.However, Tse denied state media reports that the police were considering implementing a curfew in Hong Kong this weekend, a decision that would rest with the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam."The force is certainly capable and determined to control Hong Kong's social unrest at the moment. We welcome any new measures that can help us to achieve the goal of restoring the public safety and order in Hong Kong," Tse said. "It's time to wake up. No society can tolerate this much senseless violence."Meanwhile, Hong Kong police are beefing up their manpower and officer training to deal with the crisis.The violent pro-democracy protests that have ravaged Hong Kong on and off for

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Nov 14, 2019

Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators
An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian rebels accused in the crash. Calls between officials in Moscow and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine mostly took place via secure telephones provided by the Russian security service, and intensified ahead of the disaster in the first half of July 2014, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said. "The indications for close ties between leaders of the DPR (Donetsk People's Republic) and Russian government officials raise questions about their possible involvement in the deployment of the (missile), which brought down flight MH17 on 17 July 2014," the JIT said.

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Nov 14, 2019

Young Turks Founder Cenk Uygur Files for Katie Hill's Former Seat
Progressive talk show host Cenk Uygur has filed to enter the race for disgraced former congresswoman Katie Hill's congressional district, according to a Federal Election Commission database filing submitted on Wednesday.Uygur, host and creator of "The Young Turks," a leftist online news outlet, tweeted "no comment" after news broke of the filing Wednesday night. To all reporters: No comment. -- Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) November 13, 2019During a show on Wednesday in which he endorsed Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for president, Uygur hinted at "dramatic news on Thursday" and told viewers to "stay tuned."A former MSNBC commentator, Uygur has drifted further left in recent years, but in college he espoused conservative views, supporting pro-life causes and defending Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. A Turkish immigrant, he has also been the subject of controversy for his past denial of the Armenian genocide, for which he apologized in 2016.Hill left her seat on October 28, resigning after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations that Hill engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with multiple staffers."I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment," Hill wrote in a letter of resignation at the time.On Wednesday night, Hill appeared to distance herself from Uygur by reinforcing her support for state assemblywoman Christy Smith, saying "A local gal is the only one who can keep it

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Nov 14, 2019

Give Hong Kong Democracy, China-Friendly Taiwan Candidate Says
(Bloomberg) -- The candidate representing Taiwan's China-friendly opposition party in January's presidential race called for free elections in Hong Kong, as the city continued to be roiled by some of the most severe protests in its history.Speaking in an interview in Taipei, Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu urged China to grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong by allowing democratic votes for the city's legislators and chief executive, who are currently chosen through a complex process effectively controlled by Beijing. While the independence sought by some protesters will never be tolerated by China, Han said many of the city's problems would be solved if China would abide by the concept of "Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong."The unrest in Hong Kong, which has been effectively shut down for a fourth straight day, has become a closely watched issue in the run-up to Taiwan's Jan. 11 presidential election. Polls show pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen with a commanding lead in the race, a bounce that coincided with her vocal support of pro-democracy protesters who began hitting the streets in early June to oppose Beijing's tightening grip over the city.Taiwan's Tsai Rises From Ashes With a Hand From Hong KongWhile Han has moderated some of his pro-China stances as the violence in Hong Kong continues, the two candidates remain sharply divided over Taiwan's future.Tsai has refused to rule out a formal declaration of independence, a prospect many Taiwanese would view as simply an acknowledgment of reality --

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Nov 14, 2019

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican's finance minister
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican's finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia. The appointment of the Rev. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, a 60-year-old Spanish economist, came one day after Australia's Supreme Court agreed to hear Pell's appeal of his conviction for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s. Francis created the Secretariat for the Economy, and named Pell its prefect, as a key part of his financial reform plans after being elected pope in 2013.

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Nov 14, 2019

The New Zealand man accused of murdering backpacker Grace Millane after a Tinder date said he arranged another date while she lay dead next to him
Millane, 21, died after a Tinder date with a man in Auckland, New Zealand, last December. Her body was found a week later in woods outside the city.

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Nov 14, 2019

Russia blames fatal plane crash on pilots, including one who lied to get license
A plane crash that killed all 50 people on board at Russia's Kazan Airport in 2013 was the result of errors made by two pilots, including one who got his license using falsified documents, Russian investigators said on Thursday. The Boeing 737-500 aircraft was operated by the now-defunct Tatarstan Airlines, which later had its license revoked by Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsiya. The plane from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing when it nose-dived into the runway and burst into flames.

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Nov 14, 2019

Tempers flare over rebuilding of Notre-Dame spire
The French army general charged with overseeing the rebuilding of Paris' fire-mangled Notre-Dame, has caused astonishment by publicly telling the cathedral's chief architect to "shut his mouth" in a sign of tension over the monument's future look. General Jean-Louis Georgelin and chief architect Philippe Villeneuve are at odds over whether to replace the cathedral's spire -- which was toppled in the April 15 blaze -- with an exact replica, or mix things up with a modern twist.

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Nov 14, 2019

Gusty winds to return and reignite fire risk across California
While California residents continue to wait for an unusually late start to the wet season, Santa Ana winds will increase the fire threat across parts of the state.A storm system moving into the northwestern United States on Friday will bring areas of rain and mountain snow to the region.Late on Friday and into the weekend this storm system will drop south through the Rocky Mountains, where it can bring accumulating snow to some of the higher peaks.As this storm continues to sink south on Saturday, an area of high pressure will build into the Northwest.This will cause northeasterly winds to increase across Northern and Central California on Saturday. Wind gusts are expected to reach between 20 and 40 mph, especially in the northeast- to southwest-oriented mountain passes.By Saturday night the high is forecast to slide southwest toward the Great Basin and winds in Northern California will begin to decrease.Meanwhile, gusts across Southern California will begin to increase as a Santa Ana wind event develops.Wind gusts are expected to peak between 35 to 55 mph in the northeast- to southwest-oriented mountain passes and canyons before gradually tapering off into Monday.As is typical with an offshore wind events, conditions across the region will begin to trend warmer throughout the weekend."Winds with this event will be weaker than the past couple of Santa Ana events," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Gawryla. "But any gusty winds coupled with the prevailing dry conditions can increase the fire threat across the

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Nov 14, 2019

UPDATE 1-Japanese emperor begins last major accession rite: spending the night with a goddess
Japanese Emperor Naruhito, dressed in pure white robes, was ushered into a dark wooden hall by torchlight on Thursday night to start his last major accession rite after becoming emperor this spring: spending the night with a goddess. The "Daijosai" rite centres on Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor is descended. It is the most overtly religious of the series of rituals marking Naruhito's taking over after his father Akihito's abdication.

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Nov 14, 2019

Turkey deports American IS suspect stuck at Greek border
An American man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group is being repatriated to the United States after spending three days in a no man's land between Turkey and Greece, Turkey's Interior Ministry said Thursday. The United States agreed to take him in and will provide him with travel documents, the ministry said, adding that the repatriation was underway. The move comes a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington.

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Nov 14, 2019

Trade Talks Hit Bump as China Resists U.S. Demands on Agricultural Purchases
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. A U.S. demand that China detail how it plans to reach as much as $50 billion in agricultural imports annually has become a sticking point in negotiations on a phase one trade deal, according to people familiar with the matter.Chinese negotiators are resisting a proposal from American officials that it provide monthly, quarterly and annual targets for purchases, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing the private talks. China also insists that the two sides must agree to rollback tariffs in phases if a deal is reached, the people said. U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier he had not agreed to ease any levies.There have been small signs that China and the U.S. are easing restrictions on imports of each other's goods. On Thursday, China lifted a ban on American poultry that began in 2015, saying it would allow imports from qualified suppliers. The move comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture made a similar decision to allow Chinese poultry into the U.S.However, optimism that the U.S. and China are close to a limited trade deal has faded in recent days due to uncertainty over whether Washington would agree to rollback tariffs and also how any agreement would be enforced. Trump has said that the U.S. will substantially increase tariffs on China if the first step of a broader agreement isn't reached.China has also taken actions that could signal imp

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Nov 14, 2019

Why Biden Plays Nice With Bernie—and Keeps Ripping Warren
Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Scott Eisen/Getty Images & Paras Griffin/WireImageJoe Biden is sharing the presidential primary's top tier with two progressive senators. One, he says, levied an unprompted attack against his commitment to the Democratic Party and exhibits "elitist" behavior.  The other, he stresses with striking frequency, is "honest" and, in the most Senate-speak way, a friend. "Bernie's been honest; he's going to raise taxes on middle class," Biden said in July at a convention in Detroit about Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) approach to funding Medicare for All, a progressive policy that Biden's campaign says is not the best way to cover Americans' health care needs. Since then, the former vice president become more consistent with his praise. "First and foremost, the thing you must do in public life is be honest with the public," he said on Monday night during a CNN town hall addressing the same topic. "Bernie's been honest." The same amount of honesty on the subject, he suggested, does not apply to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who waited longer than her primary rivals to release details of her Medicare for All proposal, including the funding behind it. "Let's get something straight. She attacked me!" Biden said during the town hall about Warren, who suggested he is running in the wrong party's primary and accused him of repeating Republican talking points. "It's not about her," he added when asked by the moderator about calling her "elitist." "It's about the attitude that exists right now. If you disagr

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Nov 14, 2019

Israel says overnight strike on Gaza house killed Islamic Jihad commander
Israel's military said Thursday that an overnight strike in Gaza that Palestinians officials say left eight members of the same family dead killed an Islamic Jihad commander. Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said Rasmi Abu Malhous was killed in a raid in the Gaza Strip's Deir al-Balah before a ceasefire took hold on Thursday morning. The Gaza health ministry earlier said eight members of the Abu Malhous family, including five children, were killed in an Israeli strike on their family home.

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Nov 14, 2019

GOP congressman's impeachment hearing tweets spell out 'Epstein didn't kill himself'
On Wednesday, over the course of seven hours, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) posted 23 tweets, all pertaining to the public impeachment hearings going on over at the House Intelligence Committee. In reverse chronological order, the first words of each tweet were: "Evidence," "President," "Schiff," "The," "Every," "It's," "No," "Democrats," "It," "Donald," "Neither," "The," "Kent," "In," "Let," "Lying," "Hillary," "It's," "Maxine," "Schiff," "Even," "Let's," and "Finally." Taking the first letter of each of those words, you get: "Epstein didn't kill himself."Why would Gosar, a dentist by trade who is perhaps most famous for six of his siblings opposing his last re-election bid, take the time and effort to spell that out, acrostic-like, about Jeffrey Epstein's death while in federal prison? He didn't say. But he did seem pleased with his effort -- and his joke. ll of the tweets pertained to today's hearing. est assured, they are substantive. very one of them. ll of them. were brilliant. was okay. -- Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) November 13, 2019"Area 51"? Get it? Apropos of nothing, the current salary for members of Congress is $174,000 a year.More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already confessed to his crimes Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?

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Nov 14, 2019

Taiwan halts sales of three Huawei phones in wording row
Taiwan has suspended sales of three Huawei smartphone models that listed it as "Taiwan, China" for timezones and contacts -- a designation the self-ruled, democratic island bristles at. Starting Thursday, sales of Huawei's P30, P30 pro and Nova 5T models will be banned until the Chinese tech giant tweaks their operating system, Taiwan's National Communications Commission (NCC) said. How Taiwan is described is a hugely sensitive political issue.

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Nov 14, 2019

Turkey Is In NATO, But It Is No U.S. Ally
America and Turkey point fingers at one another as the source of the problem.

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Nov 14, 2019

FEATURE-On China's Yangtze river, giant dam's legacy blocks revival
The 2,000 residents of Muhe, whose village was moved to higher ground a decade ago to escape the rising Yangtze River, have tried to make the most of their remaining land by planting orchards of oranges and persimmons along its banks. With just 110 hectares on the edge of Asia's longest river, Muhe lost half its territory to make way for the colossal Three Gorges Project, a 185-metre dam and 660-kilometre reservoir designed to control flooding, aid navigation and generate electricity. Beijing has allocated more than 600 billion yuan ($86 billion) since 2011 to alleviate the dam's long-term impacts on villages like Muhe and bring the region's deteriorating environment under "effective control".

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Nov 14, 2019

4 frat deaths this month, 2 this week alone. What's going on with fraternity hazing?
As a wave of young men nationally die in circumstances that appear to be related to fraternities, experts are unsure what to do next

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Nov 14, 2019

The Latest: New barrage of Gaza rockets fired into Israel
Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel hours after a cease-fire was declared to bring to an end to two days of intense fighting. Air raid sirens went off in several communities on Thursday near the Gaza Strip as at least five rockets could be seen blasting out of the territory. The rockets come after both Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group said they were holding their fire following the heaviest bout of cross-border violence in months.

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Nov 14, 2019

Fox Regular Claims George Soros ‘Controls a Very Large Part' of the State Department
Fox BusinessFollowing the first public impeachment hearing on Wednesday, a Trump-supporting husband-wife lawyer duo who are now fully entangled in the Ukraine scandal appeared on Fox Business host Lou Dobbs' show and pushed an outlandish conspiracy theory involving billionaire Democratic financier George Soros, the State Department, the FBI, and Ukraine.During Wednesday night's broadcast of Lou Dobbs Tonight, attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing—who reportedly ran an off-the-books operation with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to dig up Ukrainian dirt on former vice president Joe Biden—immediately took issue with senior State Department official George Kent, who testified earlier in the day.After Dobbs, an informal adviser to the president, said he felt Kent and top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor were acting "petty" because they weren't in Giuliani's "irregular" Ukrainian diplomatic channel, he took aim at Kent by invoking Soros, a favorite bogeyman of the right."George Kent is a separate issue. His motives seem peculiar to me," Dobbs declared. "John Solomon reported in March that George Kent pressured Ukrainian investigators to back off an investigation from the anti-corruption action center that a George Soros group sponsored. This is a complicated deal here. And it seems he wanted to keep an investigation of Ukrainian corruption with limits on it."This was all the ammunition diGenova needed to weave an intricate and evidence-proof conspiracy involving the State D

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Nov 13, 2019

The Latest: Xi says Hong Kong must end violence and chaos
Chinese President Xi Jinping says ending violence by what he calls "violent criminals" and restoring order is Hong Kong's most pressing task. The official Xinhua News Agency says the Chinese leader made the comments Thursday while attending the BRICS summit in Brazil. Xi was quoted as saying the Chinese government will continue to support Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, the police and the courts.

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Nov 13, 2019

Israel, Islamic Jihad cease fire after heavy Gaza fighting
Israel and the militant Islamic Jihad group in Gaza reached a cease-fire on Thursday to end the heaviest Gaza fighting in months that killed at least 34 Palestinians and paralyzed parts of Israel. Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Berim said the Egyptian-brokered deal went into effect at 5:30 a.m. An Israeli military spokesman tweeted that the Gaza operation "is over." Some restrictions were lifted on residents of southern Israel and traffic returned to the streets of the Palestinian coastal territory.

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Nov 13, 2019

Work Kicks Off to Defuse Budget Timebomb in EU's East
(Bloomberg) -- It's not a task many would relish, but Romania's new finance minister wants to wrest control of a budget gap that's forecast to become the European Union's widest in the coming years.Florin Citu, part of a Liberal Party government that only took power last week, will lay out his plans to tackle the deficit on Thursday. He's already conceded that the 2019 target of 2.8% of gross domestic product is out of reach.The shortfall, stoked by the previous administration's spending largess, has become a key test for the new administration, which wants to avoid EU punishment for exceeding the bloc's fiscal limits.But closing the gap will be a challenge. Without action, the European Commission predicts it will reach more than 6% of gross domestic product in 2021 -- double its official ceiling.The projections include the last government's pledges of double-digit growth in pensions in 2020 and 2021. Dialing back those promises will be hard for Prime Minister Ludovic Orban's minority cabinet."In the absence of corrective measures, the budget deficit will soar to levels that could put Romania under the Excessive Deficit Procedure next year, trigger a negative response from rating agencies and lead to an increase in borrowing costs," said Eugen Sinca, an economist at Erste Group Bank AG in Bucharest.The early signs indicate the problem could be even worse than feared."We're discovering new holes in the budget every day," Orban said. "Issues that require immediate intervention."In a Facebook post Tuesday, Citu hinted at what hi

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Nov 13, 2019

Want To Start World War III? Just Sink A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier
NATO's Article V is ready.

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Nov 13, 2019

Hyundai Santa Cruz Small Pickup Will Start Production in 2021
Several years after its debut as a concept, Hyundai's first truck has officially become a reality.

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Nov 13, 2019

Despite Kashmir anger, China's Xi invites India's Modi to visit again next year
Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China again next year after two informal summits between the men in each other's countries, despite deep disagreement over the disputed Kashmir region. Xi and Modi met in southern India last month, following their first informal summit in China last year as the two sought to put their often deeply strained relationship back on track.

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Nov 13, 2019

A troubling new study shows that legalizing marijuana is linked with an increase in problematic pot use among teens
Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states, and some Democratic presidential candidates have said the drug should become legal nationwide.

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Nov 13, 2019

China's economy grinds lower as October indicators miss forecasts
China's industrial output grew significantly slower than expected in October, as weakness in global and domestic demand and the drawn-out Sino-U.S. trade war weighed on activity in the world's second-largest economy. Industrial production rose 4.7% year-on-year in October, data from the National Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday showed, below the median forecast of 5.4% growth in a Reuters poll. Indicators showed other sectors also slowing significantly and missing forecasts with retail sales growth back near a 16-year trough and fixed asset investment growth the weakest on record.

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Nov 13, 2019

Warren Says Big Business Shouldn't Worry About Her Presidency
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren sought to reassure business leaders and investors they have nothing to worry about if she is elected president -- as long as they obey the law."I believe in markets. Markets with rules that are consistently enforced," she said in an interview in Concord, New Hampshire. "If someone has built a business on cheating people, then they should be very worried about a Warren administration, but if that's not the case, then there's no reason for them to worry."Warren's progressive proposals for reducing inequality, including a wealth tax, breaking up big technology and agriculture companies, as well as her $21 trillion plan to replace private health insurance with a government-run system, have raised concerns on Wall Street that her policies would be ruinous and push the U.S. too far to the left.As she has gained in the polls, she's come in for criticism from Wall Street executives and billionaires, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, hedge fund billionaire Leon Cooperman and Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates.She attacked Cooperman in a new campaign commercial, and on Wednesday he fired back in a profanity-laced tirade on CNBCThe Massachusetts senator, who has pledged not to take big-donor money to fuel her campaign, said the criticism from Wall Street reminded her of the opposition she faced when she proposed establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the financial crisis."A lot of financial institu

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Nov 13, 2019

Islamic Jihad continues to fire rockets into Israel following commander's assassination
Islamic Jihad has fired at least 360 rockets into Israel from Gaza since Tuesday, the Israeli army said Wednesday night, in response to the assassination of one of the militant group's senior commanders.On Tuesday, the commander, Bahaa Abu al-Ata, and his wife were killed when their Gaza home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike. The army says Abu al-Ata was responsible for several rocket attacks against Israel, and was planning a massive operation against the country.After Abu al-Ata's death was reported, Islamic Jihad began firing rockets into Israel, and Israel responded by ramping up airstrikes against Islamic Jihad targets across the Gaza Strip. At least 26 Palestinians have died in the fighting, including a 7-year-old boy. Islamic Jihad is backed by Iran, and calls for the destruction of Israel.The militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, has so far stayed out of the matter. Egyptian mediators are trying to arrange a truce, The Associated Press reports, and U.N. Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the organization is "working to urgently de-escalate the situation." On Tuesday, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike targeting an Islamic Jihad militant in Damascus missed him, but killed two of his relatives.More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already confessed to his crimes Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?

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Nov 13, 2019

Damaged Hard Rock hotel will be completely demolished, New Orleans officials say
The demolition process will take nine weeks, followed by three months of cleanup. The building's owners will cover all costs.

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Nov 13, 2019

After Today, the Vise Tightens on Trump's Ukraine Point Man
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/ReutersRepublicans' most fruitful line of attack during the first day of congressional impeachment hearings for Donald Trump has put even more pressure on a forthcoming witness who has flailed under it thus far: donor-turned ambassador Gordon Sondland. As two senior State Department officials spent nearly six hours recounting their alarm with an effort by Trump's allies that they said undermined U.S. national interests in favor of promoting the president's reelection, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee repeatedly pointed out that neither witness had interacted with Trump or key deputies like White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney or personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. But a critical future witness had: Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Sondland, however, has reversed himself on central aspects of his participation in a shadow foreign policy effort - reversals that have put Trump in a worse position. And he testifies, publicly, next Wednesday. His appearance gained more importance on Wednesday after Amb. Bill Taylor revealed new details about a July 26 phone call between the president and Sondland, overheard by a Taylor staffer in Kyiv. Taylor told legislators that one of his staffers was at dinner with Sondland when Trump called.  During the call, the staffer relayed to Taylor, Trump himself instructed Sondland to press the Ukrainians on delivering "the investigations." The call came one day after Trump's fateful phone call with Zel

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Nov 13, 2019

Michael Avenatti faces new fraud charge in Nike extortion case
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled a new fraud charge against lawyer Michael Avenatti, accusing him of lying to a client as part of his alleged effort to extort Nike Inc. The prosecutors also dropped two counts of conspiracy against Avenatti from the case, which was first made public in March, according to a superseding indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan. "I am extremely pleased that the two counts alleging I engaged in a conspiracy against Nike have just been dismissed by Trump's DOJ," Avenatti wrote on Twitter, referring to the U.S. Department of Justice under President Donald Trump.

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Nov 13, 2019

'It's OK to be different': Meet Narwhal, the 'unicorn' rescue puppy with a tail growing out of his head
Narwhal, a 10-week-old puppy brought to a Missouri dog rescue, has a tail growing out of his head. He's already a social media sensation.

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Nov 13, 2019

When Hamas is not in Israel's sights
For the first time in more than a decade, Israeli forces have bombed Gaza without targeting Hamas. Before dawn on Tuesday, Israeli forces struck an apartment in the northern Gaza Strip, killing Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife Asma, who died immediately. Ata was not a commander of Hamas, which has de facto control over the Gaza Strip, a territory of some two million people that has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

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Nov 13, 2019

Judge calls USC dad a 'thief,' gives longest prison sentence so far in college admissions scandal
Toby MacFarlane, a California real estate executive, received six months for his actions in the college admissions scandal. It's the longest so far.

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Nov 13, 2019

Colorado officers who shot black teenager won't be charged
A grand jury found that two Colorado police officers were justified in killing a black teenager who was shot multiple times in the back during a foot chase, the district attorney said Wednesday. As a result, no criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved in the Aug. 3 death of De'Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, KRDO reported, citing El Paso County District Attorney Dan May. Bailey, 19, was shot three times in the back and once in the arm.

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Nov 13, 2019

Kentucky's GOP governor embraces conspiracies as he refuses to concede
Only hours after he appeared to lose his reelection bid last week, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, started making baseless claims about supposed irregularities and voter fraud.

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Nov 13, 2019

U.S. appeals court again backs House request for Trump tax documents
A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it would not revisit an October decision backing a U.S. House of Representatives subpoena issued to President Donald Trump's accounting firm for his financial records. The 8-3 vote by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, declining the Republican president's request to rehear arguments that the subpoena to Mazars LLP was illegitimate, brings Democrats closer to shedding light on his business interests and how he built his fortune. In a statement, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said the president would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Nov 13, 2019

Trump impeachment hearings confirm 'no quid pro quo' defense is a lie
As Bill Taylor and George Kent testified, Ukraine needed military aid, and Donald Trump cared less about Ukraine than about the Biden probe: Our view

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Nov 13, 2019

In Republican lawmaker's impeachment tweets, a hidden message?
The first letters of 23 of the Arizona Republican's tweets spell out "EPSTEIN DIDNT KILL HIMSELF" — a reference that many observers aren't willing to dismiss as a coincidence. The morbid acrostic, coincidental or not, reflects a repeated conspiracy theory-turned-meme over the death of the financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in August, and a subsequent autopsy ruled his death a suicide.

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Nov 13, 2019

'A big fan': Trump welcomes Turkey's Erdogan despite bipartisan concern over Syria attack
Trump's meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be a hornet's nest, provoking bipartisan anger over Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

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Nov 13, 2019

Climate change is damaging the health of the world's children and threatens lifelong impact, report says
Climate change is already damaging children's health worldwide and could shape the well-being of an entire generation.

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Nov 13, 2019

Erdogan says he handed back 'tough guy' letter to Trump as two leaders at odds over Kurds
Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan says he returned a letter to Donald Trump in which the president told him not to be a "fool" and a "tough guy" before Turkey launched an assault on allied Kurdish forces in Syria.Mr Trump's 9 October letter warned history will "look upon you forever as the devil" should Turkey proceed with its offensive.

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Nov 13, 2019

Impeachment hearing: Diplomat says Trump felt 'wronged' by Ukraine and that they 'owed' him
The impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump moved into the public eye as House Democrats heard from two witnesses, William Taylor and George Kent.

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Nov 13, 2019

Japanese emperor to spend night with goddess in last major accession rite
Japanese Emperor Naruhito will be ushered into a dark wooden hall on Thursday night to celebrate his last major accession rite after becoming emperor this spring: spending the night with a goddess. The "Daijosai" rite centres on Amaterasu Omikami - the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor is descended. It is the most overtly religious of the series of rituals marking Naruhito's taking over after his father Akihito's abdication.

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Nov 13, 2019

South African Airways cancels flights ahead of strike
South African Airways (SAA) said Wednesday it was cancelling all its flights as thousands of workers vowed to press ahead with an indefinite strike the following day, after the troubled national carrier announced a major retrenchment plan. The looming shutdown forced SAA to announce in a late-night statement on Wednesday that it "has cancelled nearly all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16". "We are embarking on the mother of all strikes," Zazi Nsibanyoni-Mugambi, president of the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) told a news conference in Johannesburg.

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Nov 13, 2019

Germany, France, UK, condemn North Korean missile launches
Germany, France and Britain on Wednesday strongly condemned the dozen sets of ballistic missile launches by North Korea since May and urged Pyongyang to engage in "meaningful negotiations" with the United States on its nuclear and missile programs. The three European countries said the tests, "including what appears to be a medium-range missile launched from underwater," undermine regional security and violate unanimously adopted Security Council resolutions.

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Nov 13, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019

The Latest: Officer says Miranda failure was a mistake
A police officer who obtained a confession from the suspect in the disappearance and death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts says she made an honest mistake by initially failing to read him his legal rights. Officer Pamela Romero testified Wednesday that she tried to read Cristhian Bahena Rivera his Miranda warnings from memory during the Aug. 20, 2018, interrogation. After several more hours of questioning, Rivera led police officers to a cornfield where they discovered Tibbetts' body underneath a stack of leaves and stalks.

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Nov 13, 2019

The Navy Has Spent $13 Billion On An Aircraft Carrier That Can't Deploy
The delay could further inhibit the ability of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet to deploy carriers.

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Nov 13, 2019

Deadly Arctic blast breaks records set more than 100 years ago
It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama and parts of Maine, Michigan and New York were digging out a foot of snow. Blame an Arctic air mass.

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Nov 13, 2019

Trump contradicts aides and says troops in Syria 'only for oil'
* President makes remarks as he hosts Recep Tayyip Erdogan * Trump's own officials say military is fighting IsisTrump meets with Erdogan in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/APDonald Trump has insisted that the US military presence in Syria is "only for the oil", contradicting his own officials who have insisted that the remaining forces were there to fight Isis.Trump made his remarks while hosting Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just over a month after the Turkish president launched an offensive into northeastern Syria, which has been formally condemned as destabilising by state department officials.Sitting alongside Erdogan, Trump contradicted his own officials and the Republican leadership on a range of issues, most importantly on the US military mission in Syria. In a later press conference, the Trump declared himself a "big fan" of Erdogan, and made no criticism of the Turkish incursion.Erdogan, however, criticised Trump for inviting a Kurdish leader he condemned as a terrorist to the White House. Erdogan also noted he had returned a letter which Trump had to him on 9 October, urging his US counterpart to hold back his Syrian invasion plan."Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!" Trump had said in the letter, which Erdogan had said showed a "lack of respect".Asked about the letter on Wednesday, Erdogan - through a translator - said: "We gave back the letter that we have received."Following Trump's earlier insistence that his administration was solely interested in "keeping" Syrian oil, the U

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Nov 13, 2019

George Conway Blasts GOP's ‘Incoherent' Hearing Performance in MSNBC Debut
George Conway—conservative lawyer, Trump critic, and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway—got the first word on MSNBC after Wednesday's impeachment hearing finally wrapped up just after 3:30 p.m. ET. And he did not paint a pretty picture for Republicans. "Yes, that George Conway," Brian Williams said, introducing the new pundit. "I don't think the Republicans made much headway there," Conway said. "You saw some non-partisan professionals basically just tell us the facts. And the facts are quite damning. And the defenses that were put up by the Republicans were fundamentally illogical and incoherent."Conway summed up one of those defense of the president as "Hey, they actually got the money, the Ukrainians got the money, and Zelensky didn't make a statement" regarding Hunter Biden. "But the fact of the matter is, it was the ask that was illegal.""The second point they tried to make was that these witnesses didn't have firsthand communications with the president of the United States," he continued. "Well, the reason why we don't have testimony of firsthand communications with the president of the United States is because the White House has been blocking that! And other than that, there were just a lot of irrelevancies." White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham offered up the latter defense on Twitter during the hearings, leaving out the fact that the Trump administration has specifically prevents those closest to Trump—like John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, and Mike Pompeo

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Nov 13, 2019

California launches investigation into public safety power shutoffs by PG&E, other utilities
The investigation will focus on PG&E;, responsible for lines that sparked the deadly Camp Fire, along with  Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

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Nov 13, 2019

America Wants Its Robot Warrior XQ-58A Valkyrie To Fight Alongside The F-35
Drones will improve pilots' ability to locate targets.

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Nov 13, 2019

Republicans complained they can't question 'guy who started it all.' Democrat says Trump is 'welcome' to testify.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) would both love to question the person who "started" the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Welch just has someone different in mind.During the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday, Jordan complained that the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about Trump's Ukraine phone call led to the House's official inquiry won't testify before Congress. Republicans including President Trump have been demanding this testimony, but House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has said the whistleblower "has a right under laws championed by this committee to remain anonymous and to be protected from harm" and that this testimony would be "redundant and unnecessary," Vox reports. "There is one witness that they won't bring in front of us, they won't bring in front of the American people," Jordan said Wednesday. "That's the guy who started it all: the whistleblower." In response to Jordan's demand, Welch voiced similar enthusiasm for getting such a person to testify, but he wasn't thinking of the whistleblower. "I'd be glad to have the person who started it all come in and testify," Welch said. "President Trump is welcome to take a seat right there." Referring to the whistleblower, Rep. Jim Jordan says Congress will never get a chance to question the one "who started it all." "I'd be glad to have the person who started it all to come in and testify," Rep. Welch replies. "Pres. Trump is welcome to take a seat right there." pic.twitter.com/QPnu6tETBQ -- ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2019More stories from

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Nov 13, 2019

Mysterious Professor at Heart of Russian Investigation Returns for Impeachment Proceedings
Chip Somodevilla/GettyROME—Joseph Mifsud, the erstwhile professor from Malta whose promise to help then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign aide George Papadopoulos get his hands on Russian "dirt" about Hillary Clinton has reportedly resurfaced. On Wednesday, the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera posted a six-minute audio recording in English it says Mifsud sent from an anonymous email account late Tuesday night. A short time later, the Italian news agency Adnkronos published a clip it received. Whether other publications received the Mifsud missive is not clear, nor is the more important question of whether it's genuine. Last summer Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham traveled to Rome twice to learn what they could from Italian secret service officials about the professor as part of their investigation into the Russian investigation led by Robert Mueller. Mifsud has not been seen for two years and speculation has swirled around the question of whether he is still alive and, if he is, who is supporting him.Barr Went to Rome to Hear a Secret Tape From Joseph Mifsud, the Professor Who Helped Ignite the Russia ProbeThe Corriere clip starts with a brief introduction. "Today is the 11th of November 2019" and continues, "I am Joseph Mifsud speaking, this is my voice." It does sound like other recordings of Mifsud.He goes on to say that he has had "no contact with friends and family for a number of months now." While he

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Nov 13, 2019

Trump impeachment news — live: President asked about Ukraine 'investigations', public hearings told as Democrats reject effort to force whistleblower testimony
The House impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump is beginning its first public hearings with Bill Taylor, acting US ambassador to Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent. Both witnesses are delivering joint-testimony to Congress as the president derides the process as a "partisan sham".Mr Trump has meanwhile reportedly been threatening to fire his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney over his recent blunders. He also previously considered axing Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the US intelligence community, over his handling of the whistleblower complaint about his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to The Washington Post.

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Nov 13, 2019

The U.S. Is on the Verge of Testing a New Ballistic Missile
The new missile is the first American intermediate range missile since the 1980s.

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Nov 13, 2019

McConnell suggests he will not cut short impeachment trial
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Wednesday that the Senate would not cut short an impeachment trial. "The rules of impeachment are very clear when it comes to the trial," the GOP leader said when asked whether he'd support dismissing the trial out of hand. "That, I think, assumes we would have to do what the Constitution calls for the Senate to do and that is to hear the arguments, to listen, take it seriously," Thune said.

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Nov 13, 2019

Turkey's Erdogan calls Macron's NATO comments 'unacceptable'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday slammed as "unacceptable" recent remarks on NATO by French leader Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the alliance was experiencing "brain death" and deplored Turkey's actions in Syria. Hosting his counterpart in the Oval Office, US President Donald Trump said Erdogan was "very disappointed in the statement made by France" regarding NATO. "I think that bothered the president very much," Trump said.

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Nov 13, 2019

GOP Senator Says Republicans Don't Have the Votes to Immediately Halt Senate Impeachment Hearing
Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) told reporters on Wednesday that Senate Republicans lack the votes required to immediately dismiss articles of impeachment, should they be approved by the House.Republicans have floated the possibility of striking down articles of impeachment immediately upon their arrival in the Senate, but Cornyn said that would be difficult to accomplish because a number of Senate Republicans would likely defect and vote to proceed with the hearing."There's some people talking about trying to stop the bill, dismiss charges basically as soon as they get over here," Cornyn said in comments reported by The Hill. "I think that's not going to happen. That would require 51 votes.""I think it would be hard to find 51 votes to cut the case off before the evidence is presented," Cornyn continued.In order to remove President Trump from office, the Senate would need to approve impeachment by 67 votes or a two-thirds majority of those present. Around 20 Republican Senators would need to join Democrats for the impeachment articles to pass, something Cornyn believed was highly unlikely.However, Cornyn said it would be best to let the impeachment process play out in a trial to "let each side have their say.""In the end, we need to have a process that the American people think was fair," Cornyn added.House Democrats held public hearings on Wednesday as part of the impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump withheld military aid fr

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Nov 13, 2019

Trump losing in Georgia to Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg and Harris, polls finds
A poll from The Atlanta-Journal Constitution finds Trump behind the five leading 2020 Democrats in Georgia, which has not gone blue since 1992.

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Nov 13, 2019

William Taylor laughs at GOP question if Giuliani channel was 'as outlandish as it could be'
Republican counsel Steve Castor came to Wednesday's impeachment hearing with a curious line of questioning: could something extremely unusual have, theoretically, been even more unusual?Castor, the lawyer who questioned diplomat William Taylor on behalf of House Republicans during the public impeachment hearing, asked about what Taylor had previously described as a "confusing and unusual arrangement for making U.S. policy toward Ukraine" in the Trump administration, with there being a secondary, "highly irregular" channel including Rudy Giuliani operating outside of formal diplomatic processes.But Castor's apparent defense of this irregular channel is that it could have, in theory, been more irregular."In fairness, this irregular channel of diplomacy, it's not as outlandish as it could be," Castor said to Taylor. "Is that correct?"Taylor laughed at this question while agreeing that, well, sure, it "could be" more outlandish. But the line of questioning didn't go quite as Castor likely planned. After Castor tried to get Taylor to say that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's involvement in the secondary channel also was "certainly not outlandish," Taylor didn't exactly agree, responding that it's "a little unusual for the U.S. ambassador to the EU to play a role in Ukraine policy.""Okay," Castor said, making one more attempt by asking, "It might be irregular, but it's certainly not outlandish." This time, a seemingly baffled but a

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Nov 13, 2019

Deadly Arctic blast is breaking records set more than 100 years ago
It was literally freezing in Florida and Alabama and parts of Maine, Michigan and New York were digging out a foot of snow. Blame an Arctic air mass.

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Nov 13, 2019

Dog born with tail growing out of its head
A puppy born with a second tail sprouting out of the middle of his face has been adopted by a dog rescue charity after it was found wandering the streets alone.The two-tailed pup has been named "Narwhal" in honour of his additional cranial appendage and has been described as a "little anomaly that's absolutely perfect".

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Nov 13, 2019

Red tide, the toxic algae bloom that kills wildlife, returns to southwest Florida
Southwest Florida is warily watching the return of red tide, a toxic algae bloom that cost businesses nearly $150 million in losses last year

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Nov 13, 2019

Immigration hawk promoted to U.S. homeland security acting deputy
The Trump administration named immigration hawk Ken Cuccinelli to the No. 2 position at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, the same day it installed an acting secretary who became the agency's fifth leader in three years. Chad Wolf told department staff in an email he had been sworn in as acting secretary, and that Cuccinelli would become acting deputy. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Wolf earlier in the day as undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans, a procedural move that allowed the administration to move him into the secretary position on a temporary basis.

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Nov 13, 2019

A gun known as the 'cop-killer' used in killing of Ohio detective during drug raid, officials said
Detective Jorge DelRio was working as part of a DEA task force when he was shot in the face after entering a home. He died days later.

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Nov 13, 2019

Taylor testimony on Trump-Sondland call brings president deeper into extortion scheme
Taylor revelation ties Trump to the extortion scheme beyond the lone July 25 call. Second call reveals deliberate strategy Trump himself was pursuing.

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Nov 13, 2019

Sorry, Hillary: Democrats don't need a savior
With the Iowa caucuses fast approaching, Hillary Clinton is just the latest in the colorful cast of characters who seem to have surveyed the sprawling Democratic field, sensed something lacking and decided that "something" might be them.

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Nov 13, 2019

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home
The Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of dozens of rocket attacks reaching as far as Tel Aviv.

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Nov 13, 2019

Greta Thunberg is sailing back across the Atlantic. Here's what she accomplished while in the US
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is hitching a ride home on a sailboat with Australian YouTubers after eventful months in North America.

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Nov 13, 2019

Mexico's Pemex won't pay ransom after cyberattack: energy minister
Mexican national oil company Pemex will not pay a ransom demanded by suspected cyberattackers who targeted the firm's computer systems, Energy Minister Rocio Nahle told reporters on Wednesday. Nahle, who also serves as chair of the Pemex board, added that the attack hit the company's administrative headquarters in Mexico City and that its "plants and wells" continued to operate. Hackers have demanded some $5 million in bitcoin from Pemex.

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Nov 13, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019

Devin Nunes Pushes Bogus ‘Ukrainian Collusion' Conspiracies During Impeachment Hearing
Joshua Roberts/ReutersRep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) used his questions Wednesday in the first public impeachment hearings to push discredited conspiracy theories claiming that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes raised the claims in an attempt to argue that President Donald Trump was correct to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the 2016 election; and to dispatch Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, to meet with Ukrainian officials. "Since the meddling was aimed against his campaign, he'd have good reason for sending his personal attorney to make inquiries about it," Nunes said. The congressman was alluding to conspiracy theories that are little-known outside of Fox News and the right-wing media ecosystem, and were widely divergent from what witnesses Ambassador William Taylor and State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent were at the hearing to discuss.  In the conspiracy theorists' telling, Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa conspired with Ukrainian officials during the 2016 election to dig up dirt on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Chalupa has denied collecting any opposition research for the DNC.Nunes echoed the idea that Ukraine meddled in the election in his questioning, calling the "black ledger" that revealed cash payments to Manafort "disputed" in a nod to unsubstantiated allegations that the ledger was a fabrication. Other Trump partisans, including Giuliani, have m

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Nov 13, 2019

Ratcliffe and Taylor clash at impeachment inquiry hearing
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.) and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor clashed during Wednesday's impeachment inquiry hearing.

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Nov 13, 2019

Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses Supreme Court hearings due to illness
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was missing from oral arguments at the US Supreme Court on Wednesday morning after contracting a stomach virus.Chief Justice John Roberts announced that the court's oldest justice, at 86 years old, was "indisposed due to an illness" but would be following the week's cases by reading briefs from home. It's the second time within the past year that she has missed arguments due to an illness.

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Nov 13, 2019

The U.S. Navy canceled a routine Black Sea operation after Trump complained that it was hostile to Russia
Christopher Anderson, an aide to Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, testified that the White House canceled a Navy freedom-of-navigation operation in the Black Sea after President Trump complained to then-national security adviser John Bolton about a CNN report that framed the operation as a counter to Russia, Politico reported.

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Nov 13, 2019

What North Korea Would Do if Trump Attacked: A Rocket Artillery Strike?
Would it be the end of the Peninsula?

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Nov 13, 2019

Ferrari Roma Is Maranello's New, Modern Ode to the GT
Roma evokes the sweet life with its mid-front-engine proportions and claimed best-in-class performance.

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Nov 13, 2019

Even some Republicans don't think Republicans' questioning of William Taylor is working
These Republicans aren't sure where House Republicans are going with this thing.On Tuesday, Ambassador William Taylor and top State Department official George Kent appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for a public hearing regarding President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. And when Ranking Member Devin Nunes launched his questioning of Taylor with a string of conspiracy theories, The View co-host Abby Huntsman, daughter of former Republican governor of Utah and longtime diplomat Jon Huntsman, immediately voiced her concerns. My heart goes out to Bill Taylor. A true patriot, who came back from retirement to serve this country. This is just painful to watch. -- Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) November 13, 2019An outside counsel then took over questioning for the GOP, and Ari Fleisher, who was former President George W. Bush's press secretary, had a simple condemnation of his strategy. Whatever the GOP counsel is doing, it's not working. I don't undertand where he's going. -- Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 13, 2019 Kent says Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine, given his father's role, was a conflict of interest. But the GOP counsel doesn't follow up: What was the conflict? Why would that be a concern? Would it have been better if Hunter was not on Burisma? GOP counsel is not making a case. -- Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) November 13, 2019And while Republican strategist Ana Navarro-Cardenas did praise both parties' decisions to let outside counsels handle most of the questioning, she didn't love when Nunes got the mic. Is it just me, or is @DevinNunes particularly insufferable today?

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Nov 13, 2019

Justice Dept. rolls out new program to combat gun violence
Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can't possess a firearm because of mental health issues. The push, known as Project Guardian, was unveiled at a news conference in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, on the same day public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump began in Washington. "Gun crime remains a pervasive problem in too many communities across America," Barr said in a statement.

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Nov 13, 2019

University of Florida students threaten impeachment for Trump Jr.'s visit
The student body president at the University of Florida is facing an impeachment threat for spending $50,000 in student fees to bring Trump's eldest son and his girlfriend to campus.

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Nov 13, 2019

The fight for justice over Myanmar's Rohingya 'genocide'
Myanmar is facing a barrage of legal challenges from all over the world in an attempt to hold it accountable over the alleged genocide against its Rohingya Muslim population. West African nation The Gambia this week launched a case at the UN's top court while rights groups have filed a separate lawsuit in Argentina. Meanwhile investigations at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague continue into the 2017 military crackdown that forced some 740,000 Rohingya to flee into Bangladesh.

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Nov 13, 2019

2 officials, teacher charged in autistic student's death
Two private school administrators and a teacher are facing criminal charges in the death of an autistic student who was restrained for nearly two hours, prosecutors in Northern California said. Former Guiding Hands School site administrator Cindy Keller, principal Staranne Meyers and special education teacher Kimberly Wohlwend were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on one count each of manslaughter in the Nov. 28, 2018, death of 13-year-old Max Benson, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Nov 13, 2019

Fox's Chris Wallace: Bill Taylor Was ‘Very Impressive' and ‘Very Damaging' to Trump
During the first recess in Wednesday's public impeachment hearing, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace noted that top Ukraine diplomat Bill Taylor was a "very impressive witness" and that his testimony was "very damaging" to President Donald Trump.In his lengthy opening statement on Wednesday, Taylor revealed for the first time that Trump's interest in Ukraine investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son went even further than originally known. According to Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland called Trump from Ukraine and the president pressed him on "the investigations." Following the call, Sondland told a Taylor staffer that Trump "cares more about the investigations of Biden" than Ukraine."Well, as somebody who has covered a lot of trials, and I know Judge [Kenneth] Starr has probably been on a lot more than I have, when you listen to direct examination and the prosecutor for—is talking to the plaintiff and the plaintiff is getting a chance to tell his story, it usually is pretty devastating," Wallace said during Fox News' hearing coverage. "And then when you get cross-examination by the defense attorney, sometimes it turns out not to be quite as effective."Noting that observers had yet to hear from the Republicans or their minority counsel, Wallace emphasized how compelling Taylor's testimony was. "Having said that, I think that William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president," the anchor declared.Wallace furthe

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Nov 13, 2019

China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin
Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's largest-known ape - an extinct creature dubbed "Giganto" that once inhabited Southeast Asia - was an oversized cousin of today's orangutans. The findings, announced on Wednesday, shed light on a species, called Gigantopithecus blacki, that has been shrouded in mystery because its fossil remains are so sparse - just a collection of teeth and remnants of several lower jaws. By some estimates, Gigantopithecus reached up to 10 feet (3 meters) tall, making it not only the largest-known ape but the biggest primate, the mammalian group that includes lemurs, monkeys, apes and humans.

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Nov 13, 2019

Iran says fugitive businessman charged with corruption returns home
A fugitive Iranian businessman charged with financial crimes and accused of ties to President Hassan Rouhani's brother, who has been jailed for graft, has returned home, the country's judiciary said on Wednesday. Rouhani's brother, Hossein Fereydoun, is serving a five-year jail term in a corruption case that the president's supporters allege was politically motivated. The circumstances surrounding the return to Iran of businessman Rasoul Danialzadeh, and whether he did so voluntarily, were unclear.

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Nov 13, 2019

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse
A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week. The attorney informed Catholic officials in New Jersey that he is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of a client who says he was molested by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio in the mid-1970s, when DiMarzio was a parish priest in Jersey City. In a letter sent Monday to the church's Newark, New Jersey, archdiocese, Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian said 56-year-old Mark Matzek alleges he was repeatedly abused by DiMarzio and a second priest, the late Rev. Albert Mark, when he was an altar boy at St. Nicholas Church and a student at St. Nicholas School.

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Nov 13, 2019

Bolivia's Morales says ready to return to 'pacify' country
Bolivia's exiled ex-president Evo Morales said Wednesday he was ready to return to "pacify" his country amid weeks of unrest that led to his resignation. "If the people ask me, we are ready to return to pacify" Bolivia, the leftist leader said in a news conference in Mexico City, where he arrived Tuesday after receiving political asylum. Morales resigned Sunday amid increasingly violent protests over his allegedly fraud-tainted re-election to a controversial fourth term on October 20.

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Nov 13, 2019

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Nov 13, 2019

Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits
New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution -- combined with smoke from crop stubble burning -- cast a toxic pall over the metropolis. With the government facing new criticism over steps taken to counter the pollution, Prince Charles visited the Indian Meteorology Department as part of his two-day visit to India.

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