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Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top Latvia election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top
- October 09, 2018

The pro-Russia party Harmony, which is supported by ethnic Russians who make up a quarter of the population, took 19.9% of the vote but will find it nearly impossible to be part of any government. "The Latvian president can not but allow Vyacheslav Dombrovsky to set up a new cabinet of ministers", Nils Usakovs wrote on his Facebook page, voicing confidence that the ruling coalition is impossible without the Harmony party. (more...)
How are you fighting climate change?
- October 09, 2018

The week-long meeting in Incheon, South Korea - already deep into overtime - deadlocked on Saturday when oil giant Saudi Arabia demanded the deletion of a passage noting the need for global Carbon dioxide emissions to decline "well before 2030". (more...)
Bucking party, Murkowski charts her own path on Kavanaugh Bucking party, Murkowski charts her own path on Kavanaugh
- October 09, 2018

Manchin said while he had "reservations" due to sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and his temperament, he said "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution". "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". In announcing her support for Kavanaugh, Collins effectively ensured that he would be confirmed to the Supreme Court. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins: Broadsheet October 8 Brett Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins: Broadsheet October 8
- October 09, 2018

Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations , which weren't tested in court . Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country". (more...)
Kavanaugh Hires Court's First All-Female Team of Clerks Kavanaugh Hires Court's First All-Female Team of Clerks
- October 09, 2018

Justice Kavanaugh - who vehemently denies the sexual assault allegations against - is due to take his seat in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear arguments about longer prison terms for repeat offenders. "What I told you is what the history of the Senate has been", McConnell replied. "I don't think that works politically". The climactic 50-48 roll call vote on Saturday (local time ) on Mr Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881. (more...)
On Columbus Day, Donald Trump Praises 'Courage, Willpower, and Ambition' On Columbus Day, Donald Trump Praises 'Courage, Willpower, and Ambition'
- October 09, 2018

City offices will close instead on Veterans Day , which falls on November 12 this year . All PennDOT Driver License and Photo Centers will be closed statewide- including the center in Butler. More and more of the present-day United States is realizing that Columbus isn't the hero that gradeschool texts once told of. In recent years other cities, such as Austin, Los Angeles , Denver, Santa Fe, Portland, Oregon , St Paul, Seattle and dozens of others, have done the same. (more...)
Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’ Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’
- October 09, 2018

During her October 5 speech, Collins claimed that Kavanaugh "will work to lessen the divisions" in the U.S. But during his angry, bitter diatribe before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, Trump's nominee hardly sounded nonpartisan. (more...)
Brazil front-runner Bolsonaro misses last presidential debate Brazil front-runner Bolsonaro misses last presidential debate
- October 08, 2018

That level of rejection was seen in the Datafolha survey, which noted that 45 percent of voters said they would never vote for Bolsonaro, while 41 percent outright refused to back Haddad. Candidates began their last day of campaigning on Saturday for Brazil's most polarised presidential race in decades that could elect a far-right former army captain, who promises to crack down on corruption, ease gun laws and defend Christian family values. (more...)
Turkey demands Saudi Arabia’s ‘full cooperation’ in probe of missing journalist Turkey demands Saudi Arabia’s ‘full cooperation’ in probe of missing journalist
- October 08, 2018

The officials said Khashoggi , who was a Washington Post contributor , was killed when he went to the consulate last Tuesday to get paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee and his body was removed. In a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claimed that Khashoggi " entered " the consulate and "got out after a few minutes or one hour". (more...)
Bolsonaro fails to win outright victory in the presidential election Bolsonaro fails to win outright victory in the presidential election
- October 08, 2018

Former Ceara Governor Ciro Gomes, who split with the PT and garnered 12 percent of first-round votes with his centre-left presidential campaign, stopped short of endorsing Haddad but said he would "fight to defend democracy". Haddad's campaign headquarters in a Sao Paulo hotel broke out in cheers when exit polls showed that the race would go to a runoff. It hasn't helped that Haddad, the son of a Lebanese immigrant, faced corruption accusations linked to his campaign during municipal ... (more...)
Rosenstein And I 'Have A Good Relationship' Rosenstein And I 'Have A Good Relationship'
- October 08, 2018

President Donald Trump talked for about a half hour to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during their flight Monday to Orlando, Florida, for a speech to police chiefs around the world. Trump will speak at the International Association Chiefs of Police conference in Orlando. Trump spoke Monday afternoon at the Orange County Convention Center around 1:40 p.m. (more...)
Hope Hicks Joins New Fox as Chief Communications Officer Hope Hicks Joins New Fox as Chief Communications Officer
- October 08, 2018

Before the deal closes, expected next year, Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, including Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, into a newly listed company. Mr. Trump's fondness for Fox News is well-storied, with the president frequently tweeting out quotes from his favorite hosts and guests. Fox also announced on Monday that Danny O'Brien, former executive vice president and head of government relations for GE Transportation, will join the company in that same ... (more...)
First Lady Melania Trump criticised for 'colonial' hat choice in Kenya First Lady Melania Trump criticised for 'colonial' hat choice in Kenya
- October 08, 2018

Many on social media saw the helmet as a larger issue - one that serves as the growing US sentiment that overshadows the importance of racial equality, relations and compassion in America today. During her visit to Kenya , she was also shown a pile of ash of ivory that was seized and burnt in the country recently. One or two people who appeared to be Secret Service agents quickly used their hands to support her , but she soon went back to petting the elephants. (more...)
Trump predicts Democrats will vote for Republicans because of Kavanaugh stance Trump predicts Democrats will vote for Republicans because of Kavanaugh stance
- October 08, 2018

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation . Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. (more...)
Barbara Bush marries Craig Coyne in ME wedding Barbara Bush marries Craig Coyne in ME wedding
- October 08, 2018

The bride wore a custom light ivory Vera Wang wedding dress with spaghetti strap detail and a cowl draped neckline. Barbara Pierce Bush was married Sunday in a private ceremony in coastal ME, her family announced in a statement. Bush was also in attendance. "It's just been a very sweet romance". According to Today , Barbara's "something borrowed" item was a bracelet that her grandfather gave to his late wife on their 70th wedding anniversary. (more...)
Bulgaria Shocked by Brutal Rape, Murder of Journalist Viktoria Marinova Bulgaria Shocked by Brutal Rape, Murder of Journalist Viktoria Marinova
- October 08, 2018

She had hosted a recently-launched program, interviewing investigative journalists about alleged corruption between businessman and politicians involving European Union funds. He said no match had been found for DNA sample collected so far from the crime scene, which was close to a psychiatric clinic. Marinova is the fourth high-profile journalist to be killed in Europe since the beginning of 2017. (more...)
Two Israelis killed, third wounded, in West Bank shooting Two Israelis killed, third wounded, in West Bank shooting
- October 08, 2018

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus described the Palestinian as a 23-year-old resident of the city of Qalqilya in northwestern West Bank, who worked at the factory, saying he was still at large. Palestinian militant groups praised the attack, calling it revenge for Israeli "crimes" towards the Palestinians. The industrial zone is located next to the Israeli settlement Barkan and near the settlement of Ariel in the north of the West Bank. (more...)
Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn
- October 08, 2018

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon , Republic of Korea. Should governments fail to do that within a decade, and temperatures rise more than 1.5 degrees C, there's one more Hail Mary option. (more...)
UChicago Alum, Former Professor Wins Nobel Prize in Economics
- October 08, 2018

Per Krusell, one of the panel that awarded the prize, said both men were part of the same agenda, thinking about "long-run, global" issues. Romer had shown how economic forces govern the willingness of firms to innovate, helping some societies grow many times faster than others. (more...)
Michael expected to gain hurricane strength as it approaches Florida
- October 08, 2018

The storm quickly strengthened into a powerful tropical storm earlier Monday morning, and by 11 a.m. its maximum sustained winds had reached the 75 miles per hour hurricane threshold. "Don't take a chance", continued Scott, who activated 500 National Guard Troops in advance of the storm. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum canceled campaign events in South Florida on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the storm, his campaign said. (more...)
Brazil election: Jair Bolsonaro leads in exit polls Brazil election: Jair Bolsonaro leads in exit polls
- October 08, 2018

The former Army captain, dubbed "Tropical Trump" because of his nationalist agenda and anti-establishment tirades, won almost half the votes thanks to a surge in support sparked by growing anger at corruption in Latin America's largest nation. (more...)
McConnell now open to high court nomination in election year
- October 08, 2018

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. But she did not say Kavanaugh or Judge assaulted the girls in the bedroom, nor did she provide the names of corroborating witnesses. The dispute over Kavanaugh has added fuel to campaigning for the midterm elections in November when Democrats will try to take control of Congress from the Republicans. (more...)
Melania Trump Told Reporters She 'Doesn't Always Agree' With Her Husband Melania Trump Told Reporters She 'Doesn't Always Agree' With Her Husband
- October 08, 2018

The helmet, often seen for years in movies set in African nations like Indiana Jones and any number of the James Bond films is an enduring symbol of European, particularly British and French, colonialism. She also had on a tan fedora and black tie. "I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear". Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Institute, said there were modest expectations for the first lady's trip, and she largely met them, avoiding ... (more...)
Moon expects Kim to visit Russia, Xi to NKorea Moon expects Kim to visit Russia, Xi to NKorea
- October 08, 2018

In Pyongyang on Sunday, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3-1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse, according to the pool report from the lone US journalist allowed to accompany Pompeo on his Asia trip. (more...)
Mike Pence using 'hearsay evidence', China says on United States election 'meddling' Mike Pence using 'hearsay evidence', China says on United States election 'meddling'
- October 08, 2018

The president said China was trying to undermine him because of his aggressive stance on trade, including his decision to slap tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods shipped into the U.S. "Policymakers in Beijing will be sceptical that any deal that China puts on the table short of outright surrender on core issues - will be enough to blunt this push from the USA". (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to U.S. supreme court Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to U.S. supreme court
- October 08, 2018

But only one of the four, Kim Jackson, worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. The reaction to Saturday's historic decision, unsurprisingly, varied by Democrat or Republican. "I would have voted no if I disbelieved Judge Kavanaugh, but given his denials and the lack of evidence that this happened I just did not think that it was fair to ruin the life of this distinguished judge and his family over allegations that can not be proven", she told CBS' Scott Pelley . (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Newest Supreme Court Justice
- October 08, 2018

Collins, in remarks on the Senate floor explaining her decision to back Kavanaugh, said Ford's accusations against him "fail to meet the more-likely-than-not standard". That investigation took two days, and ultimately Thomas was confirmed to the court. The full confirmation vote could take place as early as Saturday. (more...)
Mitch McConnell dodges question on Supreme Court nomination in 2020 election
- October 08, 2018

Kavanaugh's nomination, one of the most contentious in US history, had roiled Washington and the USA political scene for weeks, with Kavanaugh accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her when both were high school teenagers more than 30 years ago, allegations that in the end did not derail the appointment of the appellate court judge one level up to the high court. (more...)
Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight
- October 08, 2018

In a much anticipated speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said that she believed that Ford was a survivor of sexual assault. Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. Kavanaugh is expected to start work with SCOTUS on Tuesday. Dickerson also asked her about Kavanaugh's temperament and partisanship, which her Republican colleague Sen. (more...)
Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice
- October 08, 2018

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s. (more...)

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