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Source: The Guradian

Connecticut senator 'embarrassed' at political inaction since Sandy Hook

Today 12:44 GMT

US senator Chris Murphy said he regrets that the Sandy Hook massacre, one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, has been followed by five years of political inaction, and that he finds it difficult to face victim’s families.

It was one of several events Murphy participates in annually to mark the day when gunman Adam Lanza walked into the Sandy Hook elementary school and opened fire before claiming his own life.

Source: Fox News

Trump called her 'real dummy,' but court tosses her $4M defamation case

Today 12:44 GMT

A New York appeals court Tuesday tossed out a Republican consultant’s attempt to revive her $4 million defamation case against President Donald Trump, accusing him of hurting her career after he called her a “real dummy” on Twitter.

“Here Ms. Jacobus was very critical of the president during the campaign, on air, then candidate Trump was certainly within his rights to rebut her attacks and offer his opinion as to what her motivations were,” Rosen added.

Source: The Guradian

Russian cyber-activists 'tried to discredit Scottish independence vote'

Today 12:44 GMT

An expert in Russian cyber-operations has accused Russian activists of running a disinformation campaign to discredit the Scottish independence referendum result, by wrongly alleging it was rigged.

Nimmo said there is now significant circumstantial evidence to show the Russians had prepared videos purporting to show interference in the vote counts in the Scottish independence referendum, to skew the result in favour of the no campaign.

Source: Washington Post

Minnesota governor set to name Franken's Senate replacement

Today 12:44 GMT

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

She grew more political active in the 1990s, founding her own marketing and political consulting firm and eventually managing Walter Mondale’s unsuccessful 2002 Senate run as well as his son Ted Mondale’s 1998 governor for candidate — also unsuccessful.

Source: New York Times

Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

Today 12:44 GMT

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request from President Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for another year, which the president said was needed to fight armed groups there.

Mr. Duterte said Friday that a yearlong extension of martial law was needed to ensure the “total eradication” of militancy in Mindanao, an impoverished region where various armed groups have been active for decades.

Source: DW

Pedophile forbidden to leave Australia under new sex tourism law

Today 12:44 GMT

A registered sex offender has been arrested in Australia under the "world's toughest" crackdown on underage sex tourism.

A pedophile was arrested at Sydney Airport on Wednesday as strict new laws on sex offenders went into effect, local media reported. The Australian government is aiming to crack down on the number of citizens flying to southeast Asia for child sex tourism.

Source: Fox News

Massachusetts Democrat charged in bribery, kickback schemes

Today 12:44 GMT

Senate President Stan Rosenberg, a Democrat, announced Monday that he was stepping aside during a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into the circumstances surrounding reported sexual misconduct allegations by several men against his husband, Bryon Hefner.

A former state senator from Massachusetts was charged last week with collecting about $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that he allegedly laundered through his company.

Source: ABC News

Lawmakers offer words of encouragement for Alabama's next senator

Today 12:44 GMT

In the wake of Doug Jones' historic Alabama special election victory, Democrats and Republicans alike voiced their support for the senator-elect.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who last week tweeted a photo of a $100 check he said he planned to donate to Jones' campaign, tweeted the following:. “Tonight’s results are clear – the people of Alabama deemed Roy Moore unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate,” Chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee Sen. Cory Gardner said in a statement.

Source: CBS News

Minnesota governor set to name Franken’s Senate replacement

Today 12:44 GMT

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

Pawlenty deflected questions about a Senate run Tuesday in an appearance on CNN, where he weighed in on the Alabama Senate race against Republican Roy Moore's candidacy. In a sign of Pawlenty's potential political strength, a top Democratic-allied interest group, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, last month paid for a poll attacking him at a time when he was said to be considering a run for governor.

Source: Common Domain

Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

Today 12:44 GMT

From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military’s growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

The growth of the military’s influence has caused discontent among some Russian diplomats and unease among Western officials about the harder edge it is giving Russia’s foreign policy. Foreign policy-making has become more bellicose and more opaque, and this makes new Russian military adventures more likely, some Western officials say.

Source: Global News

Jagmeet Singh launched NDP byelection campaign in wrong Scarborough riding

Today 12:44 GMT

When newly-minted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attended the campaign kick-off for his party’s candidate in the Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, he enthused that it was like coming home.

Launching a campaign in the wrong riding might account at least in part for the NDP’s all-but non-existent showing in Scarborough-Agincourt on Monday. The cafe is actually situated about a kilometre outside the Toronto riding in the neighbouring electoral district of Scarborough North.

Source: The Guradian

Trump is securing a right-wing takeover of the US court system

Today 08:06 GMT

Indeed, as a man who seems to have no permanent ideology outside of his vast narcissism, Trump’s right-wing takeover of federal courts might be the most Republican thing he does in his entire presidency.

On the US supreme court, Gorsuch has been really busy – he wrote more separate opinions in his first month on the court than Elena Kagan, the next newest justice, wrote in two years. And he’s been a right wing judicial activist, giving a speech at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, hanging out with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, and writing opinions attacking the conservative chief justice John Roberts for not being conservative enough.

Source: New York Times

Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News

Today 08:06 GMT

It is rooted in a Cold War plot that fanned a conspiracy about the origins of AIDS, earning a rebuke from the Reagan administration, and now serves as a lesson about Russian disinformation and the subversion of weighty issues worldwide.

“Today, the fingerprints of Russian disinformation campaigns have been left on both sides of the Atlantic,” Mark R. Jacobson, a professor at Georgetown University and former Pentagon adviser, told a congressional hearing in November. “Whether it is ‘Brexit’ or the American election, Russian propaganda still infects U.S. social media networks,” Dr. Jacobson said.

Source: New York Times

Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Today 08:06 GMT

Its conclusions didn’t draw much applause from the White House: In the long term, the Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis found, the tax cuts would expand the economy by all of 0.7 percent.

In the summer of 2006, as President George W. Bush was pressing to make permanent the tax cuts he had pushed through Congress in 2001 and 2003, the Treasury Department published a so-called dynamic analysis that, the administration hoped, would prove the undoubted economic benefits of the extension.

Source: The Guradian

Congregation fights to save church where Harriet Tubman worshipped

Today 08:06 GMT

The stucco-clad gabled church soon became a focal point for the community; hosting not only worshippers but gatherings of civil rights activists and abolitionists – including the church’s most famous attendee, American Harriet Tubman.

The modest wooden frame of the Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church was laid in the 1850s by former slaves as they settled into their new lives in Canada.

Source: NBC News

These Heisman Trophy finalists could make college football history

Saturday 16:22 GMT
Source: BBC

Avocado injuries a thing of the past?

Thursday 21:51 GMT
Source: Common Domain

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Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

Walmart cashier’s act of kindness leaves foster parent in tears

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: CBS News

Anonymous customer buys 58 meals in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: New York Times

Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Monday 01:31 GMT
Source: Global News

Here’s what the new mortgage rules will do to home prices in 2018: Royal LePage

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s Why YouTube’s Streaming Music Could Be a Huge Deal

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: NBC News

China remembers 142K killed in massacre, offers 'friendship' to Japan

Today 12:44 GMT
Source: Global News

Trump directs NASA to send Americans to the Moon, lay foundations for Mars mission

Tuesday 16:24 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Home Prices Expected to Soar in 2018

Tuesday 19:10 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Apple Acquires Shazam and Its Song-Recognition App

Tuesday 16:23 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Why Apple bought Shazam, the music-recognition app that’s been declining in popularity

Tuesday 22:49 GMT

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