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Deval Patrick Cancels College Event After Two People Show Up

Deval Patrick Cancels College Event After Two People Show Up | 21 Nov 2019 | Bain Capital's Deval Patrick canceled an event yesterday after just two people showed up, telling organizers that he had a flight to catch. The latest entrant in the Democratic 2020 primary race arrived for a New Deal Democrats event at Morehouse College when he was told almost nobody had shown up for his talk, CNN reported. It also reported that the two people who did show up in the audience were asked to attend by organizers when they walked through the hallway outside...In a fresh Morning Consult poll released Monday, it was revealed that the former Massachusetts governor [former Managing Director at Bain Capital/Obama Deep State troll] had zero percent support among registered voters who said they may vote in Democratic primaries and caucuses beginning in February next year.

Obama-appointed judge halts Trump immigrant insurance mandate

Obama-appointed judge halts Trump immigrant insurance mandate --Administration expected to appeal | 26 Nov 2019 | A federal judge Tuesday halted President Trump's effort to require people trying to enter the U.S. with certain visas to have health insurance or otherwise prove they can afford to pay for medical costs before obtaining their visa. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon, an Obama appointee, issued the order that would prevent the State Department from enforcing the policy, which was announced in October and would significantly curtail immigrants' ability to migrate to the U.S. and obtain visas...The plaintiffs alleged in their suit before Simon that the policy would prevent up to 375,000 people who could otherwise legally enter the country from crossing the border.

Dow scores 100th record close under Trump

Dow scores 100th record close under Trump | 26 Nov 2019 | Stocks closed on record highs Tuesday helped by a batch of positive retail earnings, a new record for Disney and more positive developments on U.S.-China trade talks. Tuesday's record close was the 100th since President Trump took office...More positive trade developments also helped drive the gains after Trump told reporters the U.S. and China are "in the final throes" of reaching a deal.

Florida man accused of trying to recruit ISIS to attack college deans

Florida man accused of trying to recruit ISIS to attack college deans | 25 Nov 2019 | A Florida man was arrested after allegedly trying to recruit ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] to attack the deans of colleges he formerly attended. Salman Rashid, 23, was arrested on charges of soliciting another person to commit a violent crime, according to a Monday release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida. Rashid allegedly attempted to call on ISIS members to target two deans from Miami-Dade College and Broward College.

President Trump signs animal cruelty bill into law, making it a federal felony

President Trump signs animal cruelty bill into law, making it a federal felony [Excellent!] | 25 Nov 2019 | Animal cruelty has officially become a federal felony after President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on Monday afternoon. The bipartisan bill, Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty. The bill was passed in the Senate by unanimous decision on Nov. 5 after being approved in the House in late October. "Passing this legislation is a major victory in the effort to stop animal cruelty and make our communities safer," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said earlier this month when the bill, which Toomey sponsored along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., passed in the Senate.

DOJ vows appeal after judge orders ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before Congress

DOJ vows appeal after judge orders ex-White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before Congress | 25 Nov 2019 | Former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before Congress pursuant to a subpoena issued earlier this year, a Washington, D.C. federal judge ruled late Monday, in a major setback to President Trump's effort to keep aides from testifying before House impeachment investigators. If McGahn wanted to assert executive privilege to avoid testifying, Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled, he would need to appear before Congress and do it himself, likely on a question-by-question basis... A senior Justice Department official told Fox News the department would appeal Judge Jackson's decision and seek a stay pending that appeal.

Defense Secretary Asks FCC to Limit 5G Deployment

Defense Secretary Asks FCC to Limit 5G Deployment --Deployment in the US has [thankfully] been hampered by fears of radiation and other health risks, with states and localities blocking 5G cells. | 22 Nov 2019 | Telecommunications business, with the urging and support of President Donald Trump, have been rushing to rollout the next level in wireless communications: 5G. But in a little noticed letter Monday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to restrict that rollout, citing "national security, civil service, and the economic benefit of the nation" as the reasons. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Secretary Esper said, "I request that the FCC reject the license modification request and not allow the proposed system to be deployed."

Three Britons brought back from Sierra Leone over Ebola-like virus

Three Britons brought back from Sierra Leone over Ebola-like virus --Trio to be medically assessed after contact with Dutch pair diagnosed with Lassa fever | 24 Nov 2019 | Three British nationals have been brought back to the UK from Sierra Leone for medical assessment after coming into close contact with two people diagnosed with Lassa fever. One of the two Dutch nationals who contracted the virus, whose symptoms are similar to Ebola, while working in the west African country has died. Public Health England (PHE) said three British people who had stayed in Sierra Leone and had close contact with the Dutch pair had been repatriated to be medically assessed and treated, if required. The agency has also got in touch with 15 other British nationals who had contact with the pair to monitor them.

Eddie Gallagher controversy: Esper fires Navy secretary amid Navy SEAL case, Pentagon says

Eddie Gallagher controversy: Esper fires Navy secretary amid Navy SEAL case, Pentagon says | 24 Nov 2019 | Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer Sunday over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL who posed for a photo next to an Islamic State terrorist's corpse in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Sunday. "Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher," Department of Defense spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Sunday. Controversy continued to swirl around whether or not the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, ousting him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his conviction in July.

Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid

Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid | 24 Nov 2019 | Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest men, has formally launched a Democratic bid for president. Ending weeks of speculation, the 77-year-old former Republican announced his candidacy Sunday in a written statement posted on a campaign website describing himself as uniquely positioned to defeat President Donald Trump. He will quickly follow with a massive advertising campaign blanketing airways in key primary states across the U.S.

Koalas 'Functionally Extinct' After Australia Bushfires Destroy 80% of Their Habitat

Koalas 'Functionally Extinct' After Australia Bushfires Destroy 80% of Their Habitat | 23 Nov 2019 | As Australia experiences record-breaking drought and bushfires, koala populations have dwindled along with their habitat, leaving them "functionally extinct." The chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation, Deborah Tabart, estimates that over 1,000 koalas have been killed from the fires and that 80 percent of their habitat has been destroyed. Recent bushfires, along with prolonged drought and deforestation has led to koalas becoming "functionally extinct" according to experts... Many are urging the Australian government to enact the Koala Protection Act, written in 2016 but never passed into law and molded after the Bald Eagle Protection Act in the U.S.

Bolton returns to Twitter after resignation, accuses White House of blocking access to account

Bolton returns to Twitter after resignation, accuses White House of blocking access to account | 22 Nov 2019 | Former National Security Adviser [Deep State warmonger] John Bolton, whose name has repeatedly surfaced in impeachment hearings as a witness to key events, returned to Twitter on Friday and pointedly accused the White House of blocking access to his account after his resignation in September -- though President Trump denied involvement. "[S]ince resigning as National Security Advisor, the @WhiteHouse refused to return access to my personal Twitter account. Out of fear of what I may say? To those who speculated I went into hiding, I’m sorry to disappoint!" he tweeted. Bolton leveled the allegation after surfacing on Twitter earlier in the morning following his two-month hiatus from the platform, cryptically vowing to share the "back-story" of what happened to his account. [Yes, the 'back-story' is that Bolton is an idiot.]

US drone lost over Libya, military says

US drone lost over Libya, military says | 23 Nov 2019 | An unmanned drone that was flying over Libya was lost on Thursday, according to the U.S. military. "An unarmed U.S. Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) was lost over Tripoli, Libya, Nov. 21," the Africa Command said in a statement on Friday. It noted that the incident was under investigation, but did not provide additional details. The Africa Command uses RPAs in Libya to monitor violent extremism and assess security there, according to the statement.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fever, chills

Ruth Bader Ginsburg hospitalized after fever, chills | 23 Nov 2019 | Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized on Friday night after she experienced chills and fever during the day, but her symptoms have died down, the court said in a statement. "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, last night after experiencing chills and fever earlier in the day," the statement said... Ginsburg, 86, also missed a day of work last week due to a stomach bug, but later returned to the Supreme Court.

Yang boycotts MSNBC pending on-air apology

Yang boycotts MSNBC pending on-air apology | 23 Nov 2019 | Andrew Yang said he won’t appear on MSNBC until the network offers him an on-air apology for granting him so little speaking time during the last debate. Yang, 44, received the least debate time out of all the candidates on stage at Wednesday's debate despite polling above multiple other contenders. Yang spoke for about six minutes and 48 seconds, far behind others who spoke for more than 12 minutes. On Saturday, Yang gave the network an ultimatum via Twitter if they want him back on air. "Was asked to appear on @msnbc this weekend - and told them that I'd be happy to after they apologize on-air, discuss and include our campaign consistent with our polling, and allow surrogates from our campaign as they do other candidates'. They think we need them. We don't," he said.

Mueller lawyer with anti-Trump bias is ex-FBI official facing FISA criminal investigation

Mueller lawyer with anti-Trump bias is ex-FBI official facing FISA criminal investigation | 22 Nov 2019 | The FBI lawyer under criminal investigation for allegedly falsifying a document related to the surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser expressed negative opinions of President Trump in messages to colleagues. Kevin Clinesmith, who was part of special counsel Robert Mueller's team, has been identified as the attorney who could face a criminal charge as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's expansive criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.

Covington Catholic High teen can go forward with $275M NBC suit - judge

Covington Catholic High teen can go forward with $275M NBC suit - judge | 22 Nov 2019 | A federal court judge has ruled a Covington Catholic High School student can -- with certain exceptions -- continue with his $275 million libel lawsuit against NBC Universal for the network's coverage of a viral interaction between the Kentucky teenager and a Native American man, court papers and reports show. Nicholas Sandmann's attorneys filed the lawsuit after he and several classmates were accused of harassing Nathan Phillips, a Native American man, in the network's coverage of viral videos of their encounter on Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Memorial. They slapped The Washington Post and CNN with similar suits.

WH press secretary suggests John Bolton may have 'forgotten' his Twitter password, cites 'advanced age'

WH press secretary suggests John Bolton may have 'forgotten' his Twitter password, cites 'advanced age' | 23 Nov 2019 | The White House on Friday shot back at former National Security Adviser [Deep State warmonger] John Bolton over his claim that it had locked him out of his Twitter account, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham suggesting the former ambassador was of "advanced age" and had simply forgotten his password. "Sometimes, I'll use my father as an example, somebody who is of an advanced age may not understand that all you have to do is contact Twitter and reset your password if you've forgotten it so I'll just leave it at that," Grisham said on Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs Tonight.

U.S. Navy secretary backs SEAL's expulsion review, despite Trump objection

U.S. Navy secretary backs SEAL's expulsion review, despite Trump objection | 22 Nov 2019 | U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force, despite President Donald Trump's assertion that he not be expelled. “I believe the process matters for good order and discipline,” Spencer told Reuters, weighing in on a confrontation between Trump and senior Navy officials over the outcome of a high-profile war-crimes case. A military jury in July convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter but acquitted him of murder in the detainee's death. Gallagher also was cleared of charges that he deliberately fired on unarmed civilians.

FBI lawyer suspected in Russia probe origin was kicked off Mueller team for anti-Trump texts - Report

FBI lawyer suspected in Russia probe origin was kicked off Mueller team for anti-Trump texts - Report | 22 Nov 2019 | The FBI lawyer under criminal investigation for allegedly altering a document connected to the surveillance of a Trump adviser was kicked off ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's team for anti-Trump texts, according to a report Friday. The New York Times identified Kevin Clinesmith as the former FBI attorney under investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is probing the origins of the Russia probe. It was reported Thursday that Mr. Durham is probing whether an FBI lawyer falsified an email that was used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to surveil Mr. Page. Mr. Clinesmith was the primary FBI attorney assigned to the Russia probe in 2017.

Democrats set to open new chapter in impeachment

Democrats set to open new chapter in impeachment | 22 Nov 2019 | After a two-week barrage of public hearings, Democrats are eyeing the next stage of their impeachment inquiry as they edge closer to an end-of-year goal for wrapping up their investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other Democrats on the panel finished their last scheduled public hearings this week with what sounded like closing arguments for impeachment. Schiff said lawmakers will determine their next steps "in the coming days."

Poll finds sharp swing in opposition to impeachment among independents

Poll finds sharp swing in opposition to impeachment among independents | 21 Nov 2019 | A new national survey finds independent voters leading a sharp swing in opposition to impeachment, the second major poll to produce those findings this week. The latest national poll from Emerson College finds 45 percent oppose impeaching President Trump, against 43 percent who support it. That's a 6-point swing in support from October... More importantly, the poll shows more independents now oppose impeachment than support it, a significant change from Emerson's polling in October. The new poll found 49 percent oppose impeachment compared to 34 percent who support it. In October, 48 percent of independents polled supported impeachment, against 39 percent who opposed.

'It was a coup. Period.' - Tulsi Gabbard warns against US meddling in Bolivia

'It was a coup. Period.' - Tulsi Gabbard warns against US meddling in Bolivia | 22 Nov 2019 | Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has finally provided her take on the violent unrest that toppled the sitting president Evo Morales, telling her followers that it was a coup which shouldn’t involve US interference. "What happened in Bolivia is a coup. Period," Gabbard wrote on Twitter, warning against what may lie in store for Washington's interventionists. "The United States and other countries should not be interfering in the Bolivian people's pursuit of self-determination and right to choose their own government," she argued.

FBI lawyer allegedly altered document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

FBI lawyer allegedly altered document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser | 21 Nov 2019 | A former FBI lawyer allegedly altered a document related to surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election, a report said Thursday. The evidence of the altered document was turned over to federal prosecutor John Durham, who is investigating how intelligence was gathered by agencies including the CIA and FBI during the probe into the Trump campaign, CNN reported. It's not clear what role the altered document played in the investigation into Page -- or if a FISA warrant against him would have been okayed without the fudged document, according to the report.

Former FBI lawyer under criminal investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

Former FBI lawyer under criminal investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 surveillance of Trump campaign adviser | 21 Nov 2019 | A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN. The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign. The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's review of the FBI's effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Horowitz will release the report next month.

Al-Qaeda-linked chemist who tried to weaponize anthrax released from Malaysian prison

Al-Qaeda-linked chemist who tried to weaponize anthrax released from Malaysian prison | 21 Nov 2019 | Yazid Sufaat, a biochemist accused of having close ties to al-Qaeda [al-CIA-duh] and plotting terrorist attacks, has been freed from prison after serving two years behind bars in Malaysia. Authorities say he will be monitored closely. The 55-year-old Malaysian national is accused of using his degrees in biological science and chemistry from California State University to aid and abet al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups... In the 1990s, he allegedly tried to create weapons of mass destruction by loading a lethal strain of anthrax onto munitions.

Trump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

Trump signs short-term spending bill to avert shutdown | 21 Nov 2019 | President Trump on Thursday signed a funding stopgap measure just hours ahead of a shutdown deadline, extending funding levels from the last fiscal year until Dec. 20. The measure, which passed in the Senate earlier Thursday and in the House on Tuesday, bought Congressional negotiators an additional four weeks to hammer out a deal on how to spend the agreed $1.37 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, and tackle issues including Trump's request to fund a border wall... But behind the scenes, appropriators are far from sure they will be able to work out a deal in time, with many raising concerns that an additional stopgap measure could be necessary ahead of Christmas.

Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin as Trump leads 4 top Democratic rivals

Marquette Poll shows support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin as Trump leads 4 top Democratic rivals | 20 Nov 2019 | Support for impeachment has slipped in Wisconsin, according to Wednesday's Marquette University Law School Poll. And for the first time, President Donald Trump has surged ahead of all four top Democratic rivals in potential head-to-head matchups. Just 40% of Wisconsin registered voters believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 53% disagreed, according to the survey.

Polio outbreak in Philippines caused by the vaccine, says WHO

Polio outbreak in Philippines caused by the vaccine, says WHO --Yet, Philippine's [so-called] health officials plan to ramp up the polio vaccination programme. | 21 Oct 2019 | A polio outbreak in the Philippines--the first in over 20 years--has been caused by the vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. The case of a three-year-old girl was caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, a joint statement by the WHO and UNICEF has said. The virus has also been detected in sewage in Manila, the nation's capital, and in the province of Lanao del Sur...Public confidence in vaccines in the Philippines is already at a low point after a dengue fever vaccine was blamed for the deaths of at least three children in 2017.

Two U.S. service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan | 20 Nov 2019 | Two U.S. service members were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military said. U.S. Forces Afghanistan said preliminary reports do not indicate the crash was caused by enemy fire but said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The statement does not say where the crash occurred.

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