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Trump fires back at Pelosi: 'She's a mess'

Trump fires back at Pelosi: 'She's a mess'The president offered a different account of his infrastructure meeting with the House speaker and the Senate minority leader.

Thu, 23 May 2019 17:23:54 -0400
3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake MissouriJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others elsewhere in the state.

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:48:04 -0400
Narendra Modi wins landslide victory in Indian election

Narendra Modi wins landslide victory in Indian electionNarendra Modi sweptback into power on Thursday as his Hindu nationalist party made unexpected gains in a landslide victory. After a mammoth six-week election in which over 600 million people voted, all the results were tallied on Thursday and within hours the TV networkspredicted a win for Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party ahead in 300 of the 542 seats up for grabs, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament. That would give his party the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. "Together we grow," Mr Modi said on Twitter. "Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusiveIndia.Indiawins yet again!" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at BJP headquarters to attend a ceremony to thank the Union Council of Ministers for their contribution in India's general election, in New Delhi Credit: AFP The win by Modi and the BJP has surprised even the most hardened political analysts, with the consensus being that they would be returned to power but with a reduced majority. His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil and Italy, often after adopting harsh positions on protectionism, immigration and defence. The result reinforces Mr Modi's immense popularity and vindicated what at times was a belligerent campaign by several parties, with the focus heavily on the economy, national security, and from the BJP's perspective, an affirmation of its underlying ideology of Hindu nationalism. Nalin Kohli, a senior BJP official, claimed his party hadpicked up votes from Muslims, especially Muslim women.We are the party of power, we are the flavour of the season. It is the aspirations of 1 billion-plus people that have elected us." The main opposition Congress party was heading for a better performance than its nadir in 2014, but early results suggested it would get at least 52 seats. With its partners it makes up the United Progressive Alliance, which was predicted to hit the 110 mark. With some of the BJP's critics accusing it of making India a more divisive country, particularly for Muslims and other minorities, many are asking what happens next for India. + + = Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! VijayiBharat Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2019 Professor Santosh Kumar Rai, of Delhi University, said: Certainly a second term means an ideological victory, even if it is more a personality cult. With a [BJP] majority, a rightist agenda with all the institutions of the state under its control, the party will be more likely to convert India into a majoritarian state. Law, education and culture will be the major areas expecting paradigm shift. Foreign and Finance policies will continue as they are going on now. The election has been the biggest democratic exercise in history with an electorate of 900million, more than 1 million polling booths, seen phases of polling, seven national parties and dozens more regional parties vying for seats in the New Delhi parliament. Commentators have said Mr Modi put himself at the centre of amore presidential style of campaign, often making himself and his party interchangeable. At a packed victory rally at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, Mr Modi said: "This victory will be an inspiration for generations in the country. Crores [tens of millions] of Indians have blessed us, my gratitude to the people. "This is the highest voter turnout since Independence, even in adverse weather conditions. I congratulate the Election Commission for conducting smooth elections in such a big democracy. "I have been saying that no party or candidate is fighting the polls but the people of India are. If anybody has won, it is the people of India. This is the biggest event in any democracy in the world." Referring to his rivals in the Congress Party, he said: "They used a fake tag of Secularism that they thought would wash all sins; today these people have been completely unmasked. Today, India has only two castes - those who are poor and those who want to eradicate poverty. "This is not Modis victory. This is victory of honest peoples hope, this is a victory of youths who have walked on the path of 21st century with dreams.

Thu, 23 May 2019 09:19:43 -0400
The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.

The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.For the purposes of Lockheed's marketing campaign, the F-21 is a new fighter, although it shares many of its major features with the F-16V the company has sold to Bahrain, Greece, Slovakia, South Korea and Taiwan. Lockheed can build new F-16Vs or upgrade older F-16s to the V-standard.Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in Indias 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes.(This first appeared earlier in the month.)But dont count on the American firms F-21 to win the contract.According to journalist Angad Singh, the likely winner is French company Dassaults Rafale twin-engine fighter.Singh explains his rationale in the May 2019 issue of Combat Aircraft magazine. India previously ordered 36 Rafales as part of an earlier fighter tender. With 36 aircraft already on order and the infrastructure in place for an additional 36, a case could certainly be made that training, basing and sustainment costs for additional aircraft would not be an impossible burden.Other candidates for the Indian tender are the Saab Gripen from Sweden, the European Eurofighter Typhoon, the MiG-35 from Russia and the Boeing Super Hornet from the United States. Whichever fighter New Delhi selects, it needs the new jets now, according to Singh.

Thu, 23 May 2019 04:04:00 -0400
After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm - media

After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm - mediaThe U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world's top two economies could be further inflamed. The restrictions would limit Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported https://nyti.ms/2MfgBS3 on Tuesday. The United States stuck Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist last week, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world's largest telecom network gear maker, in a major escalation in the trade war.

Wed, 22 May 2019 11:45:43 -0400
Oregon State Student Dies After Falling 100 Feet While Taking Photos at Scenic Lookout

Oregon State Student Dies After Falling 100 Feet While Taking Photos at Scenic LookoutA junior student at Oregon State University died on Sunday May 19 after falling 100 feet from a scenic viewpoint on the Oregon coast.

Thu, 23 May 2019 09:13:46 -0400
Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are Intentional

Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are IntentionalPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/CSPANThe acting head of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday was accused of overseeing the intentional deaths of five migrant children, in an aggressive line of questioning by a Democratic member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat serving her first term, called the deaths the logical result of a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, an assertion that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan disputed as an appalling accusation.McAleenan, who was first tapped to replace outgoing secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April, previously served as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, where he was an architect of the administrations policy of separating migrant children from their families. That policy, Underwood said, as well as a spate of recent deaths of children in DHS custody, amounts to more than simple administrative negligence.People keep dying, sir. People keep dying, Underwood said at the conclusion of five minutes of aggressive questioning, disputing that overcrowding and lack of access to medical treatment at migrant detention facilities is the result of a lack of appropriations. Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel likeand the evidence is really clearthat this is intentional. Its intentional.DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Blames Migrant Girls Death in Border Patrol Custody on Her FamilyAs colleagues protested her characterization, Underwood continued, calling the deaths a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and its cruel and inhumane.McAleenan, who co-authored a memo to then-Secretary Nielsen asserting that Homeland Security could direct the separation of parents or legal guardians and minors held in immigration detention so that the parent or legal guardian can be prosecuted, protested Underwoods remarks.Thats an appalling accusation, and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day, said McAleenan, adding that Congress providing adequate resources would have prevented this from happening.Republican committee membersas well as one Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michiganvoted to strike Underwoods remarks from the congressional record.On Monday, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy became the fifth minor to die in U.S. government custody since December after being kept in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility for more than a week. Federal law requires minors to be held in Border Patrol stations, which are not equipped to house children or the infirm, for no longer than 72 hours.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Wed, 22 May 2019 12:13:39 -0400
Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match

Wed, 22 May 2019 14:20:10 -0400
62,000 Pounds of Raw Meat Recalled

62,000 Pounds of Raw Meat RecalledIf you're planning on firing up the grill this Memorial Day weekend, you may want to double check your meat products before you get a very un-festive surprise.

Thu, 23 May 2019 13:28:28 -0400
Pelosi urges Trump family or staff to stage intervention for the good of the country

Pelosi urges Trump family or staff to stage intervention for the good of the countryA day after President Trump threw what she described as a temper tantrum in their meeting on infrastructure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on his aides to step in.

Thu, 23 May 2019 12:04:20 -0400
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