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Source: Fox News

Montana senator on defense for role in derailing Trump’s Veterans Affairs nominee

Saturday 13:35 GMT

– Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is pushing back against renewed criticism that he was responsible for Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal as a nominee to run the Veterans Affairs administration earlier this year.

In April, Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, went public with still unproven accusations of misconduct about Jackson involving drugs and alcohol. “That’s the reports we got from the people, the 20-something people that got a hold of us and said we’ve got a problem, this doctor has a problem because he hands out prescriptions like candy,” Tester said on CNN.  “In fact, in the White House, they call him the ‘candy man.’”

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Source: The Guradian

Friday US briefing: Khashoggi search widens as White House shifts tone

Saturday 10:49 GMT

The search for evidence in the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi has moved on to the Saudi consul general’s residence in Istanbul, where Turkish investigators believe his killers may have disposed of his remains.

The White House’s stance regarding Saudi involvement in the journalist’s disappearance finally shifted on Thursday, with Donald Trump threatening “very severe” consequences for the kingdom’s ruling regime, should they be found to have ordered Khashoggi’s death.

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Source: The Guradian

The only thing worse than Trump's attack on a journalist is its timing

Saturday 17:15 GMT

Trump has refused to condemn Saudi Arabia and conservative Republicans have already begun a whisper campaign to smear Khashoggi’s record as a means to provide cover for Trump.

There are too many controversies to recall, too many outrages, and like any good strongman wannabe, Trump has so shifted expectations that we can forget just how outrageous and dangerous he remains. On Thursday night, Trump celebrated the Republican congressman, Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a Guardian reporter in 2017.

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Clinton aide won't rule out ‘Hillary 2020,’ sparking glee from White House

Saturday 17:15 GMT

“It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero,” Philippe Reines told Politico about the possibility that Clinton runs again in 2020, “but it’s not zero.”

“It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix -- either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” Reines said. But as Democrats begin to consider who may be their pick to turn Trump into a one-term president, Reines appeared to be making the case for Clinton.

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Source: DW

Eastern German states demand €60 billion for coal phaseout

Saturday 17:15 GMT

That was the backdrop to a press conference in Berlin on Friday at which the leaders of the three Eastern German coal mining states — Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg — demanded a whopping €60 billion ($69 billion) in federal aid to stop producing lignite.

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. The state premiers are clearly concerned that the coal phaseout will remind eastern Germans of economic disappointments in the wake of the country's reunification in 1990.

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Source: Global News

‘Dear Abby’ slammed for telling parents not to give their kids ‘foreign names’

Saturday 17:15 GMT

While everyone is correctly dragging Dear Abby I just want to point out the actual cool Dear Abby who was awesome & often way before her time on social issues is dead, and THIS Dear Abby is her daughter, who now writes the column with the same pen name in a ghoulish pantomime.

There was a time when Dear Abby acted as a social barometer from which society got its cues to help sidestep improper behaviour.

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Source: BBC

Tech Tent: What was in Twitter's data dump?

Saturday 17:15 GMT

Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

Most of the tweets exposed by Twitter came from Russia's Internet Research Agency, which has been accused of trying to sow discord in the United States and intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump. Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

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Source: The Guradian

The myth of meritocracy: who really gets what they deserve?

Saturday 05:09 GMT

Because each of us comes equipped with different talents and is born into different circumstances, and because people choose their own projects, each of us faces his or he

A system of class filtered by meritocracy would, in his view, still be a system of class: it would involve a hierarchy of social respect, granting dignity to those at the top, but denying respect and self-respect to those who did not inherit the talents and the capacity for effort that, combined with proper education, would give them access to the most highly remunerated occupations.

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Source: Global News

Top lawmakers to interview Rosenstein over reports he secretly taped Trump

Saturday 00:36 GMT

The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording U.S. President Donald Trump.

WATCH: Sessions appoints Rosenstein to lead task force on transnational organized crime. Rosenstein went to the White House days after the report, expecting to be fired, but his job was spared, and he later flew with Trump on Air Force One to an international police chiefs’ conference in Florida.

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Manafort shows up to court in wheelchair, as sentencing date set

Saturday 19:05 GMT

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court Friday in a wheelchair for a hearing to set his sentencing date, as lawyers claimed his terms of confinement were negatively affecting his health.

Federal Judge T.S. Ellis III set a sentencing date for Feb. 8, 2019, pertaining to Manafort's conviction in August in his Virginia trial. "I’m not willing to go on endlessly,” Ellis said, referring to the government’s preference for sentencing to occur after Manafort completes his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as part of a separate plea deal.

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Source: Washington Post

A glimpse into the heartache and high jinks in Theodore Roosevelt’s life

Saturday 00:36 GMT

This glimpse into the early heartache of the man who would go on to remarry, have many children, and become the 26th president is part of a trove of Theodore Roosevelt’s papers that has just been made available online by the Library of Congress.

Selections from his papers displayed by the library Wednesday show the arc of a vigorous life of privilege, loss and public service, along with mentions of pet snakes, roller skates and further high jinks in the White House, where for a time there was also a pet bear.

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Russian national charged with interfering in US political system, 2018 elections

Saturday 19:05 GMT

A Russian national has been charged with interfering in the U.S. political system, including next month’s midterm elections, the Department of Justice revealed Friday.

Khusyaynova, 44, was the chief accountant of a Russian operation called "Project Lakhta," which was "funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering," the news release said. As part of her role in the operation, Khusyaynova allegedly oversaw its financing, "including foreign influence activities directed at the United States," the DOJ said in a news release.

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Source: BBC

Apple boss calls for chip story retraction

Saturday 19:05 GMT

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has called for the retraction of a story alleging Chinese infiltration in its and other major firms' infrastructure.

"Like our partners in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre, at this time we have no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story."

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Source: The Guradian

'Pope Francis has questions to answer': America's Catholics in crisis over abuse scandals

Saturday 08:05 GMT

This month, the Pew Research Center found a sharp fall in confidence among US Catholics in Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse scandals that have engulfed the church this year.

According to Andrew Chesnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, “the scale of the crisis is now threatening to eclipse Pope Francis’ progressive agenda.


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