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Buttigieg, surging in Iowa, has a plan to win it all. Here it is.
News ImageReminder: There are 105 days until the Iowa caucuses and 379 days until the 2020 election. It happened to Kamala Harris during the summer. Now its starting to happen to South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who waswidely proclaimedone ofthe winnersof last weeks Democratic primary debate in Westerville, Ohio.
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:52:12 -0400
I cant think properly: Assange fights back tears and struggles to say own name as he appears in court over US extradition
News ImageJulian Assange appeared to fight back tears and said I cant think properly as he faced court to fight extradition to the US.The Wikileaks founder also mumbled, paused and stuttered as he confirmed his name and date of birth at the beginning of the start of a case management hearing in London on Monday.
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 07:29:21 -0400
An Air France flight was forced to turn back in midair when staff found an unattended cellphone that wasn't claimed by any of the passengers
News ImageAir France flight 136 to Chicago from Paris landed at Ireland's Shannon Airport, where the police scanned a cellphone found on board.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:34:28 -0400
Why Russia Is Angry at America's Missile Defense Systems
News ImageMoscow hates THAAD and Aegis Ashore.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:40:00 -0400
Turkey-U.S. Sparring Escalates as Bank Spurns NY Court
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Turkey is snubbing U.S. demands for one of its biggest banks to face charges that it helped Iran evade sanctions amid escalating tensions fueled by Turkeys incursion into northern Syria.U.S. prosecutors charged Turkiye Halk Bankasi AS last week with enabling a sanctions-evasion scheme that helped Iran tap $20 billion in frozen foreign oil sales revenue sitting in foreign bank accounts, at a time when the U.S. was trying to maximize leverage over the country in negotiations to abandon its nuclear program.The timing of the indictment led Turkish officials to dismiss the charges as false and politically motivated. The bank and its U.S. lawyers have refused to accept a legal summons or acknowledge U.S. legal authority in the matter. At a hearing Tuesday, no lawyers or executives showed up to represent the bank. A day earlier Turkey named a former executive at the bank, whod been convicted in the U.S., to head the Istanbul stock exchange.Tensions between Turkey and the U.S. have heightened since President Donald Trump ordered the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, opening the door for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to send his forces to attack Kurds in the region.The incursion spurred the U.S. to sanction Turkey with Trump writing a letter last week to Erdogan imploring him not to be a tough guy or a fool. Erdogan reportedly threw the letter in the trash.Earlier, Trump threatened Turkey in a statement on Twitter.U.S. authorities had been pursuing a criminal case against the bank for at least a year, seeking to impose a massive financial penalty for its role in the scheme. But the case idled for months amid diplomatic wrangling until the charges were filed along with other sanctions last week.Read more on the charges hereFederal prosecutors with the Manhattan U.S. attorneys office have now deemed Halkbank a fugitive, and told U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman they may seek contempt sanctions if the bank fails to respond to renewed demands for its presence in court. Halkbank has no employees or offices in the U.S., though it does have a correspondent bank account and shares that are listed and traded as American depositary receipts in U.S. markets.The judge said he would consider the request but also said he wanted to give the bank two weeks to review the matter and reconsider its position.If Turkeys current position on the issue is any indication, it may take more than two weeks: on Monday, it named a former Halkbank executive who was convicted in a U.S. trial over the sanctions scheme as the new chief executive of the Istanbul stock exchange. The executive, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, was released from U.S. custody in July. In making the appointment, Turkish finance minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogans son-in-law, said Atilla was the victim of an unjust conviction.(Corrects banks name in second paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Christian Berthelsen in New York at cberthelsen1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at, Joe SchneiderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:51:23 -0400
Kim orders South's buildings at resort in North be destroyed
News ImageNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that Kim had visited the resort and described its facilities as "shabby" and lacking national character.
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:34:21 -0400
Mark Levin: Hasnt Even Been a Hint of Scandal in Trumps Presidency
News ImageRight-wing talker and Fox News host Mark Levin hilariously claimed this week that President Donald Trump, who is currently embroiled in an impeachment inquiry for allegedly pressuring a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a political rival, hasnt even had a hint of scandal during his time in the White House.During a recent broadcast of his Blaze TV show, Levinwho also hosts a Fox News weekend programtook aim at Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) over the former GOP presidential nominee ramping up his criticism of Trump as the Ukraine scandal has deepened.With it recently being revealed that Romney had a clandestine Twitter account used for criticizing Trumps behavior, among other things, Levin took the opportunity to claim that Romney known nothing about the personal lives and behavior of former President Barack Obama or ex-Vice President Joe Biden outside of what weve been told.And they kept the [John] Kennedy stuff hidden for decades, they kept the [Lyndon] Johnson stuff hidden for decades, they kept the FDR stuff hidden for decades, and his affairs and so forth, the conservative commentator added, implying that Obama/Biden had skeletons in their closets.Levin proceeded to go on a largely confusing rant in which he said he wanted to question Romney about the Founding Fathers sexual affairs and whether he thought it was right for Franklin Roosevelt to team up with Russia during World War II.What do you think about that, Willard? Levin grumbled. I can go through history, one case after another, about how people are so terribly imperfect.But I will say this about our president, the pro-Trump host continued: While hes been president there hasnt even been a hint of scandal. Not a hint!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.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:15:00 -0400
New Zealand PM Ardern says country will host APEC despite fire damage to convention center
News ImageNew Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday that Auckland would still host a major regional conference in 2021 despite a fire ripping through the complex where the event would have been held. There have been no injuries from the massive fire at the under construction SkyCity Convention Center, which is spewing thick smoke across New Zealand's largest city, forcing road closures and keeping workers away more than 24 hours after it started. The fire had prompted an evacuation of SkyCity Entertainment Group's entire complex, including hotels, casinos and restaurants when it erupted around lunchtime on Tuesday.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:34:24 -0400
There's a reasonable explanation why this mom saw a 'ghost baby' in her sleeping son's crib
News ImageThis mom's 'ghost baby' baby monitor mix-up has us all laughing. Maritza Elizabeth's post on Facebook has gone viral.
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:08:17 -0400
Lindsey Graham says he'll introduce Senate resolution against 'unconstitutional' impeachment inquiry
News ImageSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced on Fox News Tuesday night that he intends to introduce a Senate resolution condemning the House's impeachment inquiry against President Trump.Speaking to Sean Hannity, Graham said the inquiry is "unconstitutional" and "illegitimate," and his resolution would argue that articles of impeachment should be "dismissed in the Senate without a trial." Graham stated that he is worried about future presidents, and "we cannot allow ... this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that's never been voted upon, that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, call witnesses on his behalf, and cross examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds."Graham told Hannity he is "insisting that Donald Trump be given the same rights as every American has if you're given a parking ticket, to confront the witnesses against you -- can't be based on hearsay." Graham is a staunch Trump defender, whose thoughts on impeachment seem to depend on the person in the White House.
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:11:00 -0400
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