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  1. Adequate drinking water, health, and veterinary measures are being provided in the affected areas of Odisha The death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Titli and subsequent floods have reached 57 due to landslides, wall-collapse incidents, and drowning, the Special Relief Commission (SRC) said on Thursday. The Commission further said that at least 10 people are still missing in the wake of the natural calamity that hit the state. Apart from fatalities, 2,73,425 hectares of crops have been damaged across 17 districts of the state. Furthermore, 60,11,000 people in 8125 villages have been affected and 57,131 houses have been damaged. The SRC said, "The Government has announced for providing gratuitous relief for fifteen days at the rate of Rs. 60 per adult and Rs 45 per child per day to all affected families of Ganjam, Gajapati and Gunupur Sub- Division of Rayagada district. Accordingly, an amount of Rs. 1.02 bn have has been released in favour of the Collectors concerned for payment as...
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  3. In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing "clearly false" affidavits to derail a series of lawsuits seeking information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and her handling of the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth also said he was "shocked" and "dumbfounded" when he learned that FBI had granted immunity to former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills during its investigation into the use of Clinton's server, according to a court transcript of his remarks. "I had myself found that Cheryl Mills had committed perjury and lied under oath in a published opinion I had issued in a Judicial Watch case where I found her unworthy of belief, and I was quite shocked to find out she had been given immunity in - by the Justice Department in the Hillary Clinton email case," Lamberth...
  4. Dearest subjects of Her Majesty's Crumbling English empire: be warned! One of your brethren realms - namely, the Federation of Australia - is sliding away from the beloved civilising influence of Westminster, and is headed for utter chaos! On saturday 20th October, a by-election in the Sydney electoral division of Wentworth, the seat of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, will decide the fate of current caretaker prime minister Scott Morrison (affectionately, and not-so-affectionately, known as 'ScoMo'), whose Liberal-National Party coalition government is barely hanging on. With a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a failure to retain this critical piece of furniture will see the current parliament well and truly hung, thus opening the door to a (gasp!) Labour government. But never fear; loyalists have mobilised all available reinforcements to prevent such a disastrous outcome! The by-election conveniently falls on the same day that English-American royal...
  5. Thank you Eric Holder and Maxine Waters. Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, a Democrat operative funded by George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after a Nevada Republican campaign manager accused him of grabbing her arm and refusing to let go. Kristin Davison, the female victim said she was "terrified and traumatized" after Mr. Stark manhandled her and left bruises on her body, including on her neck and arms.
  6. It didn't make many national headlines, but the proposed budget for NASA's "Planetary Defense Coordination Office" was just increased by 90 million dollars. At a time when our national budget is already stretched to the max, this seems like an odd thing to be spending so much money on. As you will see below, the "Planetary Defense Coordination Office" is only two years old, and it is in charge of tracking threats posed by near-Earth objects such as asteroids. Needless to say, if a giant asteroid suddenly hit our planet it would be the greatest catastrophe in modern times and for those of us that survived our lives would be radically different from then on. So the threat is real, but in recent years NASA has assured the public that there are no imminent threats. Has that now changed? This is a subject that I am particularly interested in, and so a Politico article about "NASA's asteroid defense program" definitely caught my eye... The Trump administration has proposed increasing the...
  7. South Korea's northeastern mountainous region observed the first snowfall of the season on Thursday, with a torrential rain warning issued for parts of the east coast, the Gangwon Local Meteorological Administration said. Four centimeters of snow had accumulated by 9:00 a.m. in most parts of the high mountainous region, and snow accumulation of 7 centimeters was observed on the peaks of Mount Seorak in Yangyang in South Korea's northeastern province of Gangwon as of 9:30 a.m. The snowfall came 16 days earlier than last year, according to the administration.
  8. The Minnesota Democratic Party has suspended a spokesman for calling for violence against Republicans even as two GOP candidates have been assaulted in suspected politically motivated attacks. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has suspended communications staffer William Davis for one week without pay after making a Facebook post joking that Democrats would "bring [Republicans] to the guillotine" on Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections. Minnesota Republican Party chairman Jennifer Carnahan said the suspension was not enough, calling for his immediate firing in the aftermath of separate attacks against Republican candidates. She said she has been subjected to numerous death threats during her tenure as the state party leader and that death threats are no laughing matter. "The overt hatred and violence that has become prevalent from many Democrats towards Republicans in recent times is unlawful, unacceptable, and downright scary," she said in an email. "Yes, we have free...
  9. Speaking at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin has touched upon a wide array of issues, including the ongoing war in Syria, nuclear weapons, defense policy and bilateral relations with the US, China and Japan. Daesh Took 700 Hostages in US-Controlled Area in Syria "We now see what is happening on the left bank of the Euphrates River, our colleagues know that. This territory is under the protection of our American partners, they rely there on the Kurdish armed forces. But they obviously did not work it through, members of Daesh remained in several settlements," Putin said at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi.
  10. Retired Indo-Canadian engineer, Neelam Makhija, 71, spent two months in prison and was held against his will in France for two and a half years. His crime? Being a friend of a coach who hosted, once a year, meditation seminars. Despite his acknowledged innocence before the court, he cannot obtain compensation (financial or moral) for the way he was treated by the French state.
  11. A week before leaving the Trump administration, Nikki Haley spoke to the neocon group - Council for National Policy - lending weight to the prospect of a 2020 candidacy while touting her record as a warmonger's warmonger. The secretive, heavily evangelical CNP has developed a reputation for anointing Republican presidents. Donald Trump and George W. Bush both spoke in front of the CNP before setting out on the campaign trail, and Trump appointed several members to his cabinet in gratitude, including Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. Haley revealed that, while she began 2016 as a never-Trumper, a job offer from Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was all she needed to convert to a disciple of the Donald. Mercifully, she turned down that first offer, admitting she was completely underqualified to be secretary of state. She had no such qualms about becoming ambassador to the UN, however, even though she told Trump at the time, "Honestly, I don't even know what the UN does."
  12. We are experiencing an ever-increasing level of surveillance over the citizenry, government censorship and closed-door policies, control and manipulation of the media, and a "hardline" shift of all institutions to the left. The institutions I'm referring to specifically are the educational system (better termed a system of indoctrination), the courts, the religious institutions...every one of them are all "leaning" toward (if not striving toward) full blown socialism. Let us recall a key quote: "The goal of Socialism is Communism." - Lenin Just as recently as Tuesday, 10/2/18, we have this stunning announcement as quoted by the Washington Examiner by none other than the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Here's the excerpt: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Tuesday the public should steer clear of Russian-owned entities that pose as legitimate news outlets. "I encourage everybody, if you are reading something... and it suddenly takes you to RT and...
  13. Glenn Simpson - the co-founder of the Fusion GPS research group that commissioned the unverified, Democrat-funded anti-Trump dossier - on Tuesday invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. On Capitol Hill, Simpson declined to answer multiple shouted questions from Fox News about his refusal to testify as he arrived to the committee room. But Simpson's lawyer, Joshua Levy, on Tuesday took aim at Republican lawmakers for compelling him to appear. "This committee would make Sen. Joseph McCarthy proud," Levy said. "Like Sen. McCarthy, this committee has largely conducted its business through secret, confidential interviews and depositions, binding witnesses and their counsels into silence while the members walk outside to all of you the media with public and selectively leaked interviews to tell you what they want you to hear."
  14. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn't give many press interviews. But he did, on Wednesday, invite a Wall Street Journal reporter to the Justice Department for what the Journal called an "expansive" conversation. Rosenstein talked about the Robert Mueller Trump-Russia special counsel investigation, calling it "appropriate and independent." He stressed that he serves at the pleasure of the president. He said he tries to avoid media speculation about both the investigation and his job. Rosenstein had time to discuss a lot of things. One thing apparently not mentioned in the interview was the fact that, at that very moment, Rosenstein was putting off appearing before the House Judiciary-Oversight task force that wants to question him, not just about the Trump-Russia investigation, but about reports that he last year suggested wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump in the White House and that he also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to remove the...
  15. After a Turkish daily said it obtained a recording from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul related to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a London-based outlet published an ultra-graphic description of his alleged murder and dismemberment. A three-minute audio recording of Khashoggi's said to reveal what happened to him at the Saudi consulate has been leaked to the Turkish daily Sabah, but the paper has yet to release it. It is said to have been recorded by the journalist's Apple Watch. But the London-based Middle East Eye claims to know what's on the tape citing a source. It alleges the journalist was dragged into a study, where he was dismembered with a bone saw while he was still alive. The source also cites alleged witnesses hearing harrowing screams which only stopped, according to the claims, when the journalist was drugged with an unknown substance.
  16. Tens of civilians have returned to the regions that are under the Syrian Army's control after paying a hefty amount of money to be allowed to leave a US-run refugee camp in al-Tanf in Southern Homs, well-informed sources reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted the sources as reporting that tens of refugees in al-Rukban camp that is near the US-run al-Tanf base at the border with Iraq have fled towards their villages and towns in Eastern Homs. It went on to say that the fleeing refugees have paid $2,000 to the US-backed militants to be allowed to leave the camp and move towards the army positions.
  17. A member of the 15-man team suspected in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in an accident back in Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish media, prompting suspicion of a cover up. Meshal Saad al-Bostani, a 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, is believed to have died in a 'suspicious car accident' in the Saudi capital Riyadh, sources told the Turkish Yeni Safak - the one that earlier covered the shocking details of the murder. A still taken from a Turkish police CCTV video, released by the Sabah newspaper, identified Bostani as he passed through Istanbul's Ataturk airport on October 2. He, along 14 other Saudi citizens allegedly arrived and left Turkey on the same day and are alleged by Turkish police to have tortured and murdered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate.
  18. Mike Pompeo told Saudi Arabia's crown prince that he had 72 hours to finish his probe into the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi if he wanted to avoid tarnishing the kingdom's "place on the world stage," according to Axios. The Secretary of State met with Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday. According to Axios, Pompeo told Salman during their meeting that the Saudi leader needs to "own" the situation surrounding the alleged macabre murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo also reportedly warned the crown prince that the timeline for dealing with the scandal is "limited" due to increasing global outrage.
  19. Russian biologists have made a major breakthrough after altering the DNA of human embryos to make them more resilient to HIV. A similar technique can be used on pregnant HIV-positive women to protect unborn babies. A newly released study claims human embryos can become more resistant to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) if they have their DNA hacked in just the right way. Molecular biologists in Moscow say removing a CCR5 receptor (a protein on the surface of white blood cells) from the cells of HIV-positive patients helps their immediate recovery. "Removing the CCR5 receptor or its modifications... have already shown promising results in treating the HIV infection," the study says. It adds that a similar technique can be used on pregnant HIV-positive women to protect their unborn children. CCR5 is the main receptor used by strains of HIV that are responsible for viral transmission.
  20. President Donald Trump has threatened to call in the military to seal off the US' southern border with Mexico, unless Mexico takes action to halt a 'caravan' of migrants making its way to the US from Central America. In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump accused the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador of allowing a large 'caravan' of migrants to proceed towards the US unchecked, and hit out at the Democratic party for opposing his own brand of tough border control. Trump also said that he "must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"
  21. Fuming Tory MPs have reacted angrily to Prime Minister Theresa May's admission that the UK could stay under EU rules "months" after Brexit - with some even telling her she needs to quit as leader over her handling of negotiations. On Thursday morning, May faced reporters after a night of discussions in Brussels with her fellow 27 EU leaders that were intended to try and break the current impasse on Brexit negotiations. She revealed one option that had emerged from last night's talks was an extension of the "implementation [or transition] period for a matter of months," in an effort to break the deadlock over the Irish border issue. The prospect of Brexit being further delayed, with a transition period running into 2021, and with it, potentially further UK payments of £15 billion going into the EU coffers, has infuriated Tory MPs. What will alarm the PM is that it's now not just hardline Brexiteers questioning her leadership. Tory Remainer Nick Boles, a former minister for skills...
  22. In a disastrous one-two punch leading up to the hotly contested midterms the Democratic party demonstrated - quite calamitously - how ill equipped they are toward reclaiming majority party status on Nov. 6. Take two of its top so-called "leaders" U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton. Both did more harm to their party in the past 72 hours than anything Trump has ever tweeted - even at 3 a.m. Warren, long haunted by her dubious claims of Native American ancestry, decided just three weeks out from the election to release a self commissioned DNA test that proved she's no more Native American than the average white American. You read that right. Pocohantas, as the president likes to call her, confirmed what voters with two eyes here in the Bay State have known all along - she's no Indian.
  23. WikiLeaks raised the alarm Wednesday after the top Democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter to Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno pushing him to "hand over" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the "proper authorities." In a tweet, WikiLeaks complained that Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., sent the letter without a signature from the panel's GOP chairman and noted that it was done just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections. "NEW: Ahead of midterms, ranking Democrat, but not Republican, of House Foreign Relations Committee pressures Ecuador's president @Lenin to hand over @WikiLeaks' publisher @JulianAssange "A dangerous criminal and a threat to global security," the WikiLeaks Twitter account said.
  24. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, who is also the former OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Leonid Kozhara, has come forward and made a major public declaration which will have profound effects on the historical record and how EU officials will be required to treat the conflict in Ukraine, and the necessity of fulfilling the Minsk II Agreement. Kozhara's statements bring the EU back to the foundational framework of the Normandy Quartet, and away from US interference, which experts agree has been the major factor in the inability of Kiev to create a lasting peace on those terms. Kozhara - whose record ranging from his tenure leading the OSCE and as Ukraine's chief diplomat is impeccable - is clear: from the point of view of international law, the conflict in the east of the country is not international, the concept of "hybrid warfare" must be abandoned, and the Ukrainian government is responsible for non-compliance with the Minsk agreements. Inarguably, in effect Kozhara is...
  25. Two US-led coalition aircraft have bombed Syrian Kurdish forces, disrupting their offensive on Islamic State terrorists, RIA news agency reports. The diplomatic source has called out US' "lack of coordination and professionalism." Two US-led coalition's F-15 fighter jets have mistakenly targeted Kurdish units amid their offensive on the remaining forces of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria, RIA reported, citing a "military and diplomatic source." It said six people were killed and 15 injured on the Kurdish side. The incident, which took place near the town of Hajin in the Syrian eastern Deir ez-Zor province, did not just disrupt the operation but also reportedly led to numerous defections in the ranks of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Even worse, the terrorists managed to seize some territories in the area, the source added.
  26. A recent Reuters article reveals that ST Engineering has been awarded $5.5 million to install facial recognition street lights in Singapore. ST's smart street lights come equipped with sensors, LED screens and covert cameras already installed. Incredibly, ST claims their spying street lights can bring "healthcare benefits to residents." Just like smart city projects everywhere, Singapore claims that spying street lights "are not built by the government but by all of us - citizens, companies, agencies." And just like Riverhead, New York who claimed that police surveillance drones will revitalize downtown, Singapore claims their spying street lights will "lead to meaningful and fulfilled lives."
  27. Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking did not believe in the existence of God, his final book reveals. The posthumous manuscript also delves into alien theories and the dangers of artificial intelligence. More than six months after Hawking passed away at the age of 76, his family have pulled together what they believe to be some of the scientist's most compelling answers to mysteries of the universe. His closing piece provides remarkable insight, outlining black hole theories and his fear that humans could be surpassed by artificial intelligence - a topic he spoke widely on in his final years. In one chapter of "Brief Answers to the Big Questions" Hawking tackles the thorny issue of God and gives a resounding answer. "There is no God. No one directs the universe," he writes. "For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God. I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature."
  28. The "weaponized autists" at 4Chan have done it again, because they can; a new meme suggesting that liberals are soulless idiots who can't think for themselves has gone viral. The concept compares Democrats to "nonplayable characters," or NPCs - the recurring characters in video games with repetitive lines and limited knowledge. Lack of an "inner voice" is a dead giveaway that someone may be an NPC. The NPC meme essentially meant to ridicule the post-election perpetual outrage culture in which liberals simply parrot the latest talking points from their favorite pundits, who do their thinking for them. The 4chan version is a simple greyed out, expressionless face known as "NPC Wojak" - which has triggered the left so hard that Twitter conducted a mass-banning campaign for accounts promoting the meme, and the New York Times wrote an entire article trying to figure it out.
  29. Expect delays if you're traveling through Clinton Township today, especially along the westbound lanes of Metro Parkway near Groesbeck. A water main break in the area said to be the cause of an enormous sinkhole along the shoulder of that busy highway. Charlie Langton was live at the scene. Wednesday morning, police were blocking the shoulder as traffic squeezed past the area. Clinton Township police later said the right lane of westbound 16 Mile would be closed west of Garfield road until further notice, as crews work to fix the problem.
  30. A loud boom was heard in Sweetwater. Around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, people heard a loud boom that shook houses. The police department also heard the boom, but dispatchers said they have not gotten any calls that would indicate what caused it. The only calls the fire department has gotten is from people asking about the boom. We can confirm the cause was not an earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the closest earthquake today was a thousand miles away in Mona, Utah -- south of Salt Lake City.
  31. That a free press underpins British democracy is an enduring myth that has been allowed to go unchallenged, up there with unicorns and the Loch Ness Monster. Because if a clutch of right-wing reactionary billionaires owning the bulk of a nation's major newspaper titles and media constitutes a free press, the word 'free' has been stripped and shorn of all meaning. Yet, while the aforementioned - let's be kind here - 'anomaly' has long been understood by anyone of adult years with the ability to put their underpants on the right way round in the morning, the extent to which the British establishment press and media has been penetrated by intelligence services and acts as a conduit for their agenda is less well known.
  32. Washington, D.C. - Shortly after Elizabeth Warren released a DNA test that may or may not show that she is 1/1024th Native American, failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed the results of a recent DNA test that conclusively proved she is only 50% Reptilian. The test, conducted by a renowned DNA expert, showed that only 50% of her blood comes from reptilian humanoids from space bent on destroying humanity. Many Washington insiders had claimed she was 100% reptile, but these claims are now known to be a hoax.
  33. New York University students heckled and disrupted an appearance by Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, accusing the former US Secretary of State of complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Kissinger, now 95, was wheeled into NYU's Stern School of Business on Tuesday evening, where he appeared as part of the school's speaker series 'In Conversation with Mervyn King.' Meanwhile, protesters - some of them members of the International Socialist Organization - gathered outside to denounce Kissinger's checkered history of bloody foreign policy positions, including his support for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s, under whom some 80,000 political opponents were jailed and at least 3,000 executed. Inside, Kissinger was repeatedly interrupted by left-wing protesters, with the first shouting "Henry Kissinger, on behalf of the International Criminal Court, you are a war criminal, you have committed genocide against the people of the world!" before being escorted out by...
  34. Kleenex will re-brand its "Mansize" tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist - touching off a social media conversation about what's in a name. The company behind Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, said Thursday that the product, which is sold only in the U.K., will now be called "Kleenex Extra Large." Packages for the tissues describe them as "confidently strong" and "comfortingly soft." Kimberly-Clark told Britain's Daily Telegraph that it in "no way suggests" that being both soft and strong was "an exclusively masculine trait, nor do we believe that the Mansize branding suggests or endorses gender inequality."
  35. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has withdrawn from a Saudi investment conference at which he was due to make an appearance next week, following continued investigations into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mnuchin tweeted on Thursday morning to say that he had met with US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and decided not to participate in the upcoming Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia. Other high profile figures, including the IMF's Christine Lagarde and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, had already announced that they would now not be attending the conference, which has been dubbed "Davos in the Dessert."
  36. Almost half of military service members believe that the US will be dragged into a new war within the next 12 months, according to a Military Times poll, with Russia and China topping the list of likely nemeses. Around 46 percent of troops who responded to the anonymous survey of currently serving Military Times readers said they thought the US would be fighting yet another war within the next year - an unsettling increase from the mere five percent who made similar predictions in a poll conducted last year. When asked about specific threats, the survey's 900 participants singled out Russia and China. Around 71 percent said that Russia was a significant threat, up 18 percent from last year's survey. China finished close behind, with 68 percent of service members describing Beijing as their primary concern - an increase of 24 points from last year. Cyber terrorism came out on top, with 89 percent listing it as the greatest threat to US national security.
  37. Italy has turned out to be more Euroskeptic than previously imagined after a new survey revealed that a majority of Italians want to see their country crashing out of the 28-member bloc. According to an opinion poll commissioned by Brussels' Eurobarometer, only 44 percent of Italians would vote to remain in the EU, compared to the member states' average of 66 percent. The figure is lower even than Britain, where a majority (53 percent) would today vote Remain if they had another EU referendum, while 35 percent would vote Leave. Britain announced that it was withdrawing from the bloc in 2016 after 51 percent of Britons voted for Brexit.
  38. In the wake of the disappearance and likely murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, some of the most fervent and righteous voices demanding that others sever their ties with the Saudi regime have, understandably, come from his colleagues at that paper. "Why do you work for a murderer?," asked the Post's long-time Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt, addressing unnamed hypothetical Washington luminaries who continue to take money to do work for the despots in Riyadh, particularly Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, or "MbS" as he has been affectionately known in the western press. Hiatt urged these hypothetical figures to engage in serious self-reflection: "Can I possibly work for such a regime, and still look at myself in the mirror each morning?" That, said Hiatt, "is the question that we, as a nation, must ask ourselves now."
  39. Ahead of next month's crucial midterm elections, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) squared up against challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) as the two political opposites largely played to their own crowds. The candidates sparred over healthcare, tax cuts and border security, in the final debate of a race that has captured the nation's attention and, for O'Rourke, has drawn a record-breaking $38 million in donations in just three months, many of these from out-of-state supporters. In San Antonio on Tuesday night, O'Rourke struck a combative tone, and tried to paint Cruz as a self-serving elitist, beholden to corporate interests. When Cruz implied that O'Rourke had at one point supported a $10-per-barrel oil tax, O'Rourke denied this, and referenced one of President Trump's 2016 nicknames for Cruz, perhaps the only time the punk-rocking, skateboarding Democrat will ever give Trump credit.
  40. Most snow in 15 years in October and the month is only half over and a blizzard is expected for the New England states over Thanksgiving as a Nor'easter churns up the east coast. Record cold smashes into the 35F below normal category in Texas and Northern Mexico. One can only guess where the climate goes from here and how quickly.
  41. Russian President Vladimir Putin has contrasted the world's response to the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with its response to the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, citing lack of proof in both cases. Speaking at the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Putin said that despite a lack of evidence proving Russian involvement in the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, punitive actions were immediately taken against Moscow. In contrast, he said, that did not happen with Riyadh following Khashoggi's disappearance. "There's no proof in regards to Russia, but steps are taken. Here, people say that a murder happened in Istanbul, but no steps are taken. People need to figure out a single approach to these kinds of problems," Putin said. Khashoggi, a journalist who wrote columns that were critical of the Saudi kingdom for the Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his...
  42. Leaving a trail of devastation and a rising death toll across the southern coast of US, hurricane Michael has created a fertile ground for armed looters who, despite police efforts, continue to ransack homes and businesses. A week after the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record slammed the Gulf of Mexico coast, authorities are still unable to fully restore power to affected areas or to manage looters who have been pillaging destroyed buildings. The problem is the most severe along the Florida panhandle, particularly in the cities of Panama City and Mexico Beach which suffered the worst from Michael, a Category 4 storm.
  43. The October 15 deadline agreed to by Turkey, Russia and Iran for Turkey to evacuate all heavy weapons and jihadist groups along a 15-20 km demilitarised demarcation line around Idlib and its rural area, including rural Latakia, has come and gone. Nevertheless, despite serious Turkish pressure on jihadists to leave Syria or move out of the demilitarised zone to spare Idlib an imminent attack by the Syrian Army and Russia, jihadists remain in their barracks. All the same, Damascus and Moscow consider the time unpropitious for a large attack on the city. Thus, a further delay has been accorded to Turkey to continue its efforts. Any attack on Idlib, the first US line of defence in Syria, has been postponed. But why is this the USA's first line of defence in Syria? Simply because Syria has been freed and only the regions of the northern cities of Idlib and al-Hasaka (and a small part of Deir-ezzour east of the Euphrates) are still occupied. In September, Russia, Iran and Syria decided...
  44. The top Treasury Department employee who was charged Wednesday with leaking confidential financial documents pertaining to former Trump officials was apprehended the previous evening with a flash drive containing the allegedly pilfered information in her hand, prosecutors said in court papers. The dramatic arrest late Tuesday came on the heels of other high-profile, leak-related prosecutions under the Trump administration, which has pledged to go on the offensive against leakers that the president has called "traitors and cowards." Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, a senior official at the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is accused of illegally giving a reporter bank reports documenting several suspicious financial transactions, known as Suspicious Activity Reports ("SARs"), from October 2017 to the present. The financial transactions involved Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, campaign official Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina and...
  45. The phenomenon, caused by the arrival of very cold polar air, is expected to bring 180 millimeters of rain in 12 hours, affecting Catalonia, Aragón, Valencia, Andalusia, Balearics and Murcia More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead in Mallorca, including a British couple and two German nationals. Comment: At least 10 killed after massive flash floods hit Majorca, Spain, with 9 inches of rain in 2 hours - UPDATE Spain's national weather service AEMET has issued a special warning for "rain and intense, generalized and persistent storms" for the eastern side of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. The extreme weather is expected to hit on Thursday and last until Sunday. While the gota fría - or "cold drop," a term used to describe a sudden fall in temperatures along the east coast caused by the arrival of very cold polar air - is "typical" of Spanish...
  46. The mass shooting which took place in Crimea on Wednesday is an unfortunate result of globalization and a collective failure to adapt to it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. The Russian president suggested that the suspected shooter, who killed 20 people in a polytechnic college in Kerch, where he himself studied, was inspired by similar sprees of violence in the United States. "Strange as it seems, it's a result of globalization. There are entire communities dedicated to it in the social media online. It all started with well-known tragedies in schools in the US. Young mentally unstable people invent false heroes for themselves," Russian leader said as he attended a Valdai Club plenary session in the Russian southern city of Sochi. The striking resemblance between how the Kerch shooter was dressed and the outfit used by one of the 1999 shooting in Columbine can hardly be overlooked. The Russian investigators are yet to confirm whether the violence in Russia was inspired...
  47. Senator Claire McCaskill is demanding an investigation into several damning Project Veritas videos that show her and her staff admitting that the Missouri Democrat routinely lies about her positions on Planned Parenthood and gun rights in order to win over moderate Republican voters. McCaskill is blaming her Republican opponent - State Attorney General Josh Hawley - for the Project Veritas videos, instead of denying that she's lying to voters, KMBC reported.
  48. While a sobering new UN report on climate change indicates humans might have little time to change our ways to avoid environmental catastrophe, President Trump isn't worried, pointing to scientists "on both sides of the picture." Referencing an uncle who was a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (whom he never spoke to about climate change) as apparent proof of his scientific bona fides, Trump told the Associated Press that he has "a natural instinct for science" and that the climate goes "back and forth, back and forth." Comment: It's funny because it's Trump. And it's also funny because it's probably true: The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists The US president remains unconvinced that human activity is the cause of climate change. While he has backed away from a 2012 claim that the concept was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive," he is now convinced that...
  49. The seventh anniversary of the killing of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on October 20, 2011 provides us with an opportunity to reassess those dramatic events which caused a major step backwards in the country's development. With the fall of its leader, the country's power hierarchy collapsed, leading to the disintegration of both government authorities and the armed forces. The "triumph of the February 17th Revolution and the fall of the dictatorship" was initially greeted with euphoria, but this mood was not enough to prevent the country from falling apart. The victors, who had seized power with the support of NATO and an unlikely coalition of various armed groups, were unable to prevent the country's descent into chaos. That coalition split apart in 2014, and the country has effectively been split in two ever since. There are now two opposed "territories", one headed by Tripoli in the west of Libya, the other headed by Tobruk, in the east. Each has its own government,...
  50. Three years ago, the University of British Columbia suspended novelist Steven Galloway, who then chaired UBC's creative writing program, following explosive allegations that he had sexually assaulted a UBC student. In response, a group of Canadian writers signed on to a movement called UBC Accountable, which highlighted the lack of due process in the proceedings against Galloway. While some members of the Canadian literary community vilified #ubcaccountable as an insult to rape victims, the movement was vindicated when the full facts of Galloway's case became widely known. Specifically, an internal investigation by a retired provincial supreme court judge concluded that Galloway hadn't sexually assaulted anyone. Her report, whose contents were detailed in an exhaustive Quillette investigative report, suggested that the principal complainants were either confused or malicious fantabulists. Earlier this year, the Vancouver-based university was required to pay Galloway $167,000 in the...