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German bank LBBW wins EU bailout approval
Landesbank Baden Wuertemberg
Germany's Landesbank Baden Wuertemberg won EU approval Tuesday for a state bailout after it promised to shrink its balance sheet by 40 percent and refocus on lending to companies. The bank was several state-owned German institutions to run into trouble last year after it ran up more huge losses from investing in high-risk proprietary trading and capital market activities -- a business the EU has now told it to shun. Seven current and former managers of the bank are also being investigated by German authorities for risking or damaging the bank's capital by carrying out or failing to block investments in high-risk deals worth hundreds of millions from 2006. The European Commission said its Tuesday approval for the state rescue of the bank and its new restructuring plan would allow it become a viable business again -- and that the cutbacks would help limit the unfair advantage over rivals that the bank would get from the state aid. Stuttgart-based LBBW earlier this year received a capital injection of (EURO)5 billion from the bank's shareholders all of them public authorities or state-owned including the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg the region's savings bank association and the city of Stuttgart.
[TGT] won EU approval Tuesday for a state bailout after it promised to shrink its balance sheet by 40 percent and refocus on lending to companies. [TGT] was several state-owned German institutions to run into trouble last year after [TGT] ran up more huge losses from investing in high-risk proprietary trading and capital market activities -- a business the EU has now told it to shun. Seven current and former managers of [TGT] are also being investigated by German authorities for risking or damaging [TGT]'s capital by carrying out or failing to block investments in high-risk deals worth hundreds of millions from 2006. The European Commission said its Tuesday approval for the state rescue of [TGT] and its new restructuring plan would allow it become a viable business again -- and that the cutbacks would help limit the unfair advantage over rivals that [TGT] would get from the state aid. Stuttgart-based LBBW earlier this year received a capital injection of (EURO)5 billion from [TGT]'s shareholders all of them public authorities or state-owned including the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg the region's savings bank association and the city of Stuttgart.
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8th LD Writethru: 9th passenger released from tourist bus hijacked in Manila
Rolando Mendoza
The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified the hostage taker as former Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza. Mendoza was dismissed from service for extortion and forcing a chef to swallow "shabu." Two police officers Superintendent Orlando Yebra Jr. and Chief Inspector Romeo Salvador have started negotiations with Mendoza. Mendoza is demanding authorities to clear his name and be reinstated to the service. MPD spokesman Police Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said in a press briefing that the use of force against the hostage taker will be a last resort. He added that Mendoza's demand for reinstatement will be studied and will undergo undue process. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has appealed to Mendoza to "honor and respect" the lives of hostages. The government is hoping that tourists will view it as an "isolated incident" and that "it does not reflect real situation of the country." Mendoza was carrying an M-16 rifle when he abducted the bus with plate number TUU 799 Monday morning. The abduction was held near Rizal Park a major tourist site in Manila.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified the hostage taker as [TGT]. [TGT] was dismissed from service for extortion and forcing a chef to swallow "shabu." Two police officers Superintendent Orlando Yebra Jr. and Chief Inspector Romeo Salvador have started negotiations with [TGT]. [TGT] is demanding authorities to clear [TGT] name and be reinstated to the service. MPD spokesman Police Chief Inspector Erwin Margarejo said in a press briefing that the use of force against the hostage taker will be a last resort. He added that [TGT]'s demand for reinstatement will be studied and will undergo undue process. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has appealed to [TGT] to "honor and respect" the lives of hostages. The government is hoping that tourists will view it as an "isolated incident" and that "it does not reflect real situation of the country." Mendoza was carrying an M-16 rifle when he abducted the bus with plate number TUU 799 Monday morning. The abduction was held near Rizal Park a major tourist site in Manila.
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Commission: Bar Liberian president from office
Charles Taylor
Sirleaf 70 acknowledged before the commission in February that she gave up to $10 000 to a rebel group headed by Charles Taylor. Sirleaf said the money she sent while an expatriate was meant for humanitarian services and that she was never a member of the group the National Patriotic Front. Information Minister Laurence Bropleh said Monday evening if the public had had any dissatisfaction with Sirleaf's involvement with Taylor at the time they would have voted against her in 2005. In 2005 the Liberian people knew that President Sirleaf had contributed $10 000 to Taylor's movement Bropleh said. An AP correspondent and others who covered the Liberian war can recall no humanitarian works by Taylor and his fighters especially in the first months of the war when tens of thousands of refugees were fleeing across the borders to Ivory Coast and Guinea where they were helped by international and government agencies. Then most atrocities were committed by Doe's forces and Taylor was welcomed as a liberator fighting a barbaric dictatorship. "In defense of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf she never hid the fact that she was curious about Taylor and what he was all about " said Huband who drove with Johnson Sirleaf on her first trip to meet Taylor in May 1990. "A lot of people supported the idea of Doe being ousted and there had been so many attempts and they all were foiled at least one with the help of the American government which continued to support Doe despite his brutality." "I never had the impression that Sirleaf supported Taylor certainly not after it became clear his troops were out of control " Huband said. "Certainly there was no way she could predict the kind of atrocities that would be committed (by Taylor's fighters) ..."
Sirleaf 70 acknowledged before the commission in February that she gave up to $10 000 to a rebel group headed by [TGT]. Sirleaf said the money she sent while an expatriate was meant for humanitarian services and that she was never a member of the group the National Patriotic Front. Information Minister Laurence Bropleh said Monday evening if the public had had any dissatisfaction with Sirleaf's involvement with [TGT] at the time they would have voted against her in 2005. In 2005 the Liberian people knew that President Sirleaf had contributed $10 000 to [TGT]'s movement Bropleh said. An AP correspondent and others who covered the Liberian war can recall no humanitarian works by [TGT] and [TGT] fighters especially in the first months of the war when tens of thousands of refugees were fleeing across the borders to Ivory Coast and Guinea where they were helped by international and government agencies. Then most atrocities were committed by Doe's forces and [TGT] was welcomed as a liberator fighting a barbaric dictatorship. "In defense of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf she never hid the fact that she was curious about [TGT] and what he was all about " said Huband who drove with Johnson Sirleaf on her first trip to meet [TGT] in May 1990. "A lot of people supported the idea of Doe being ousted and there had been so many attempts and they all were foiled at least one with the help of the American government which continued to support Doe despite his brutality." "I never had the impression that Sirleaf supported [TGT]certainly not after it became clear his troops were out of control " Huband said. "Certainly there was no way she could predict the kind of atrocities that would be committed (by [TGT]'s fighters) ..."
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AP Exclusive: Network flaw causes scary Web error
Sawyers
Sawyer logged off and asked her sister Mari 31 her partner in a dessert catering company and their mother Fran 57 to see whether they had the same problem on their phones. Generally Web sites and computers are compromised from within. A hacker can get a Web page or computers to run programming code that they shouldn't. But in this case it was a security gap between the phone and the Web site that exposed strangers' Facebook pages to the Sawyers. Misconfigured equipment poorly written network software or other technical errors could have caused AT T to fumble the information flowing from the Sawyers' phones to Facebook and back. T could confirm only that the problem occurred on one of the Sawyers' phones possibly because they had logged off Facebook on the other two before reporting the incident. It's unclear how many people were affected by the problem the Sawyers discovered and whether it was limited to Facebook. Usually that means a Web site simply won't load said Alberto Solino director of security consulting services for Core Security Technologies. In the Sawyers' case "somehow they got the wrong user but they could keep using that account for a long period of time. That's what's strange " he said. The AP tried to contact two of the people whose Facebook pages were exposed to the Sawyers but the calls and e-mails were not returned. It's unclear whether they are also AT
[TGT] logged off and asked [TGT] sister Mari 31 her partner in a dessert catering company and their mother Fran 57 to see whether they had the same problem on their phones. Generally Web sites and computers are compromised from within. A hacker can get a Web page or computers to run programming code that they shouldn't. But in this case it was a security gap between the phone and the Web site that exposed strangers' Facebook pages to [TGT]. Misconfigured equipment poorly written network software or other technical errors could have caused AT T to fumble the information flowing from [TGT] phones to Facebook and back. T could confirm only that the problem occurred on one of [TGT] phones possibly because they had logged off Facebook on the other two before reporting the incident. It's unclear how many people were affected by the problem [TGT] discovered and whether [TGT] was limited to Facebook. Usually that means a Web site simply won't load said Alberto Solino director of security consulting services for Core Security Technologies. In [TGT] case "somehow they got the wrong user but they could keep using that account for a long period of time. That's what's strange " he said. The AP tried to contact two of the people whose Facebook pages were exposed to [TGT]but the calls and e-mails were not returned. It's unclear whether they are also AT
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Holyfield ' s wife says boxer hit her several times
Candi Holyfield
Candi Holyfield said in the protective order that the abuse against her began about six months after they were married July 1 2003 and started again when she was pregnant with their first child. She said at first it was "mainly emotional" abuse but physical incidents have escalated since 2008. She claimed her husband choked her in front of their daughter and housekeeper in 2008 and that last year he hit and grabbed her in front of their children. A few weeks ago she said he threw a bottle of water at her. In a statement released by the publicist Candi Holyfield said there were "misunderstandings in the representation of what happened in the situation between me and my husband" but did not elaborate. "Out of respect for our family I ask that the media please respect our privacy " she said in the statement. "This is a private matter and your consideration of this would be much appreciated." One of Holyfield's most memorable fights came against Mike Tyson in 1997 when Tyson was disqualified after biting off part of Holyfield's right ear.
[TGT] said in the protective order that the abuse against [TGT] began about six months after they were married July 1 2003 and started again when [TGT] was pregnant with their first child. [TGT] said at first it was "mainly emotional" abuse but physical incidents have escalated since 2008. [TGT] claimed [TGT] husband choked [TGT] in front of their daughter and housekeeper in 2008 and that last year he hit and grabbed [TGT] in front of their children. A few weeks ago [TGT] said he threw a bottle of water at [TGT]. In a statement released by the publicist [TGT] said there were "misunderstandings in the representation of what happened in the situation between me and my husband" but did not elaborate. "Out of respect for our family I ask that the media please respect our privacy " [TGT] said in the statement. "This is a private matter and your consideration of this would be much appreciated." One of [TGT]'s most memorable fights came against Mike Tyson in 1997 when Tyson was disqualified after biting off part of [TGT]'s right ear.
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Hillary Clinton : Misogyny is ` endemic ' .
Hillary Clinton
-LRB- CNN -RRB- Hillary Clinton slammed what she called "endemic" sexism and misogyny in America during an interview with Fareed Zakaria , which aired Sunday . Clinton , who was interviewed by Zakaria on his show , "GPS ," said sexism was so inherent that she purposely had n't highlighted her career history of fighting for women 's rights when she ran for president in 2016 .
-LRB- CNN -RRB- [TGT] slammed what [TGT] called "endemic" sexism and misogyny in America during an interview with Fareed Zakaria , which aired Sunday . Clinton , who was interviewed by Zakaria on his show , "GPS ," said sexism was so inherent that [TGT] purposely had n't highlighted [TGT] career history of fighting for women 's rights when [TGT] ran for president in 2016 .
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Trouser-wearing women fined $200 in Sudan
Lubna Hussein
Lubna Hussein was among 13 women arrested July 3 in a raid by the public order police in Khartoum. Ten of the women were fined and flogged two days later. But Hussein and two others decided to go to trial. Hussein said Friday she would rather go to jail than pay any fine out of protest of the nation's strict laws on women's dress. The case has made headlines in Sudan and around the world and Hussein used it to rally world opinion against the country's morality laws based on a strict interpretation of Islam. Galal al-Sayed Hussein's lawyer said he advised her to pay the fine before appealing the decision. She refused he said "She insisted." As a U.N. staffer Hussein should have immunity from prosecution but she has opted to resign so that she could stand trial and draw attention to the case. In a column published in the British daily the Guardian Friday Hussein said her case is not an isolated one but is a showcase of repressive laws in a country with a long history of civil conflicts. Hussein said earlier she would take the issue all the way to Sudan's Constitutional Court necessary but that if the court rules against her and orders the flogging she's ready "to receive (even) 40 000 lashes" if that what it takes to abolish the law.
[TGT] was among 13 women arrested July 3 in a raid by the public order police in Khartoum. Ten of the women were fined and flogged two days later. But [TGT] and two others decided to go to trial. [TGT] said Friday she would rather go to jail than pay any fine out of protest of the nation's strict laws on women's dress. The case has made headlines in Sudan and around the world and [TGT] used it to rally world opinion against the country's morality laws based on a strict interpretation of Islam. Galal al-Sayed [TGT]'s lawyer said he advised her to pay the fine before appealing the decision. She refused he said "She insisted." As a U.N. staffer [TGT] should have immunity from prosecution but she has opted to resign so that she could stand trial and draw attention to the case. In a column published in the British daily the Guardian Friday [TGT] said her case is not an isolated one but is a showcase of repressive laws in a country with a long history of civil conflicts. [TGT] said earlier she would take the issue all the way to Sudan's Constitutional Court necessary but that if the court rules against her and orders the flogging she's ready "to receive (even) 40 000 lashes" if that what it takes to abolish the law.
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Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump With Harvey Weinstein .
Hillary Clinton
"A lot of people thought I was probably exaggerating it , but now we are worried and Congress is worried about whether they can take that power away from Trump so that in a moment of pique he does n't pick up that phone and call whoever is sitting in the control center today ," Clinton told the audience at Sunday 's London Literature Festival .
"A lot of people thought I was probably exaggerating it , but now we are worried and Congress is worried about whether they can take that power away from Trump so that in a moment of pique he does n't pick up that phone and call whoever is sitting in the control center today ," Clinton told the audience at Sunday 's London Literature Festival .
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Feature: "Chinese is an important part of my life " says Russian sinologist
Maria Rukodelnikova
Rukodelnikova is fond of a lot things from China - green tea calligraphy Peking Opera traditional Chinese painting but what she loves most is the Chinese language. When Rukodelnikova entered the Languages Department of Moscow University in 1986 no Chinese lessons were offered. But after a teacher from China started to offer Chinese courses there she jumped at the chance starting her Chinese language study of seven years. After that Rukodelnikova worked in the Russian Academy of Sciences before becoming a Chinese teacher at the Russian State University for the Humanities. She is now head of the Oriental Languages Teaching and Research Division of the Language Institute of the university and a well-known sinologist in Russia. Rukodelnikova noticed a growing number of Russians taking Chinese lessons and more people going China to learn the Chinese language. She said she hopes more Chinese experts could come to Russia to give lectures or seminars. For Rukodelnikova languages play an extremely important role in promoting mutual understanding as well as economic trade and cultural exchanges between different countries.
[TGT] is fond of a lot things from China - green tea calligraphy Peking Opera traditional Chinese painting but what she loves most is the Chinese language. When [TGT] entered the Languages Department of Moscow University in 1986 no Chinese lessons were offered. But after a teacher from China started to offer Chinese courses there she jumped at the chance starting her Chinese language study of seven years. After that [TGT] worked in the Russian Academy of Sciences before becoming a Chinese teacher at the Russian State University for the Humanities. She is now head of the Oriental Languages Teaching and Research Division of the Language Institute of the university and a well-known sinologist in Russia. [TGT] noticed a growing number of Russians taking Chinese lessons and more people going China to learn the Chinese language. She said she hopes more Chinese experts could come to Russia to give lectures or seminars. For [TGT]languages play an extremely important role in promoting mutual understanding as well as economic trade and cultural exchanges between different countries.
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Former Australian Opposition leader attacks new climate change policy
Tony Abbott
Former Australian Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull launched attack against Tony Abbott's approach to climate change on Monday saying the new Liberal policy is a farce and some claims amount to "bullshit." A recent Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper on Monday showed that Abbott had greater appeal than his predecessor Turnbull. In the better Prime Minister stakes Abbott debuted at 23 percent up from the last 14 percent rating for Turnbull. In comparison Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had his percentage cut five points to 60 percent. As Abbott had never been afraid of speaking his mind Turnbull said "I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few home truths about the farce that the coalition's policy or lack of policy on climate change has descended into." Abbott has ditched coalition support for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) labeling it a big tax. He has pledged to meet the targets to cut emissions through other means suggesting he'll do it cheaper than the Labor ETS.
Former Australian Opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull launched attack against [TGT] approach to climate change on Monday saying the new Liberal policy is a farce and some claims amount to "bullshit." A recent Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper on Monday showed that [TGT] had greater appeal than [TGT] predecessor Turnbull. In the better Prime Minister stakes [TGT] debuted at 23 percent up from the last 14 percent rating for Turnbull. In comparison Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had his percentage cut five points to 60 percent. As [TGT] had never been afraid of speaking [TGT] mind Turnbull said "I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few home truths about the farce that the coalition's policy or lack of policy on climate change has descended into." [TGT] has ditched coalition support for an emissions trading scheme (ETS) labeling it a big tax. He has pledged to meet the targets to cut emissions through other means suggesting he'll do it cheaper than the Labor ETS.
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Ted Cruz , asked if he 's interacting with Texans , says he 's done 17 ` town halls ' in 2017 .
Ted Cruz
But could it be that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas does n't get personally grilled by constituents very often ? The listed events Cruz attended from April through August 2017 demonstrate that the term ` town hall ' can be stretched every which way , even to events not open to the public . All told , it looks to us like Cruz took questions at gatherings of selected constituents , mostly business employees -- with the three veterans events open to members of the public who registered . Regardless , the Houston lawyer was told during the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival about a Democratic challenger 's suggestion that Cruz had n't visited small Texas towns during the term he won in 2012 . "Do you do enough interaction with your constituents , Sen. Cruz ?" Cruz , asked if he interacts enough with constituents , said : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls" in Texas . Cruz replied : "That is a huge part of the job . A town hall , Cruz spokesman Phil Novack later noted by email , is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members ." Cruz , a Republican poised to seek re-election in 2018 , hardly has a reputation of avoiding attention . Novack otherwise told us Cruz had held 19 town halls with Texas constituents in 2017 , all "organized by third parties who determined attendees , where" the senator "has taken unvetted questions from anyone in the crowd -- at businesses , factories , chambers of commerce , and in public venues ." The businesses , including Division Laundry & Cleaners in San Antonio , Sysco Central Texas in New Braunfels and Igloo Products Corp. in Katy , had employee town halls with Cruz , the chart says . The veterans group , per the chart , hosted Cruz at July events in McKinney , Austin and Houston . By email to our inquiry , a CVA spokesman , Jim Fellinger , told us each CVA event with Cruz was open to the public by registration , without the group screening out anybody who registered . Fellinger pointed us to video posts of the CVA events showing that Cruz each time took questions via a moderator , who recognized a few individuals to speak directly to Cruz . Cruz 's office lists 19 events . Next , we confirmed from press releases , news stories and video snippets that Cruz made the appearances described in the Novack-provided chart . Events in bold on the chart below were open to reporters , Phil Novack , a spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz , said . SOURCE : Chart provided by email from Phil Novack , press secretary to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , Sept. 28 , 2017 . We also asked Novack to share 2017 events Cruz had in Texas that were open to the public without registration -- where anyone could ask a question on any topic . Experts evaluate Cruz 's claim . Next , we shared our annotated version of the chart by email with academic experts and requested appraisals of Cruz 's statement that he 'd done 17 "town halls ." It seems these town halls are open only to the people from the sections of ` town ' that support Ted Cruz . In contrast , Trim , who directs a Pepperdine public engagement institute , said Cruz 's use of the "town hall" term struck her as "valid within the common use of the term ` town hall ' in 21st century America ." Mark Jones , a Rice University political scientist , said Cruz 's claim fits a "minimalist" definition of town hall in that they involved the senator speaking to , and fielding questions from , constituents from all walks of life across the state . But for a town hall "maximalist ," Jones wrote , none of Cruz 's events would qualify as a town hall "because they were held in largely controlled settings and were not open to the general public" with the exception of the veterans gatherings open to people registering ahead of time . John Gastil , a Penn State University professor , said that while the "town hall" term has lost clarity of definition over the years , he thinks Cruz 's claim was made to affirm his availability to the public . Cruz 's claim "strikes me as dubious ," Gastil summed up .
But could it be that [TGT] does n't get personally grilled by constituents very often ? The listed events [TGT] attended from April through August 2017 demonstrate that the term ` town hall ' can be stretched every which way , even to events not open to the public . All told , it looks to us like [TGT] took questions at gatherings of selected constituents , mostly business employees -- with the three veterans events open to members of the public who registered . Regardless , the Houston lawyer was told during the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival about a Democratic challenger 's suggestion that [TGT] had n't visited small Texas towns during the term he won in 2012 . "Do you do enough interaction with your constituents , [TGT] ?" Cruz , asked if [TGT] interacts enough with constituents , said : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls" in Texas . [TGT] replied : "That is a huge part of the job . A town hall , [TGT] spokesman Phil Novack later noted by email , is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members ." Cruz , a Republican poised to seek re-election in 2018 , hardly has a reputation of avoiding attention . Novack otherwise told us [TGT] had held 19 town halls with Texas constituents in 2017 , all "organized by third parties who determined attendees , where" the senator "has taken unvetted questions from anyone in the crowd -- at businesses , factories , chambers of commerce , and in public venues ." The businesses , including Division Laundry & Cleaners in San Antonio , Sysco Central Texas in New Braunfels and Igloo Products Corp. in Katy , had employee town halls with [TGT] , the chart says . The veterans group , per the chart , hosted [TGT] at July events in McKinney , Austin and Houston . By email to our inquiry , a CVA spokesman , Jim Fellinger , told us each CVA event with [TGT] was open to the public by registration , without the group screening out anybody who registered . Fellinger pointed us to video posts of the CVA events showing that [TGT] each time took questions via a moderator , who recognized a few individuals to speak directly to [TGT] . [TGT] 's office lists 19 events . Next , we confirmed from press releases , news stories and video snippets that [TGT] made the appearances described in the Novack-provided chart . Events in bold on the chart below were open to reporters , Phil Novack , a spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz , said . SOURCE : Chart provided by email from Phil Novack , press secretary to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , Sept. 28 , 2017 . We also asked Novack to share 2017 events [TGT] had in Texas that were open to the public without registration -- where anyone could ask a question on any topic . Experts evaluate [TGT] 's claim . Next , we shared our annotated version of the chart by email with academic experts and requested appraisals of [TGT] 's statement that he 'd done 17 "town halls ." It seems these town halls are open only to the people from the sections of ` town ' that support [TGT] . In contrast , Trim , who directs a Pepperdine public engagement institute , said [TGT] 's use of the "town hall" term struck her as "valid within the common use of the term ` town hall ' in 21st century America ." Mark Jones , a Rice University political scientist , said [TGT] 's claim fits a "minimalist" definition of town hall in that they involved the senator speaking to , and fielding questions from , constituents from all walks of life across the state . But for a town hall "maximalist ," Jones wrote , none of [TGT] 's events would qualify as a town hall "because they were held in largely controlled settings and were not open to the general public" with the exception of the veterans gatherings open to people registering ahead of time . John Gastil , a Penn State University professor , said that while the "town hall" term has lost clarity of definition over the years , he thinks [TGT] 's claim was made to affirm his availability to the public . [TGT] 's claim "strikes me as dubious ," Gastil summed up .
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Nigerian military deploys to northern city
Boko Haram
Soldiers will stop and check all motorists passing through Maiduguri and nearby villages throughout the night while police will take over manning checkpoints during the day authorities said. The soldiers arrived late Tuesday night the first sign of a federal government intervention in a city beset by targeted killings by Boko Haram for weeks. Zarewa also said police found the unexploded bombs after an alleged Boko Haram bomb attack on a police station in Gamboru a building destroyed by rioting sect members in July 2009. The rioting as well as a subsequent security crackdown left more than 700 people dead. Followers of Boko Haram which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language went into hiding after the July 2009 riot as police began arresting anyone caught listening to or holding a sermon by the sect. However officials now fear the group has rearmed. A video recording released in late June showed a Boko Haram leader calling for new violence as the one-year anniversary of their attack neared. Boko Haram has said it wants a stricter version of Islam's Shariah law in place across Nigeria. Nigeria a nation of 150 million people is divided between the Christian-dominated south and the Muslim north. A dozen states across Nigeria's north already have Shariah law in place though the area remains under the control of secular state governments. a Boko Haram leader calling for new violence as the one-year anniversary of their attack neared.
Soldiers will stop and check all motorists passing through Maiduguri and nearby villages throughout the night while police will take over manning checkpoints during the day authorities said. The soldiers arrived late Tuesday night the first sign of a federal government intervention in a city beset by targeted killings by [TGT] for weeks. Zarewa also said police found the unexploded bombs after an alleged [TGT] bomb attack on a police station in Gamboru a building destroyed by rioting sect members in July 2009. The rioting as well as a subsequent security crackdown left more than 700 people dead. Followers of Boko Haram which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language went into hiding after the July 2009 riot as police began arresting anyone caught listening to or holding a sermon by the sect. However officials now fear the group has rearmed. A video recording released in late June showed a [TGT] leader calling for new violence as the one-year anniversary of their attack neared. [TGT] has said [TGT] wants a stricter version of Islam's Shariah law in place across Nigeria. Nigeria a nation of 150 million people is divided between the Christian-dominated south and the Muslim north. A dozen states across Nigeria's north already have Shariah law in place though the area remains under the control of secular state governments. a [TGT] leader calling for new violence as the one-year anniversary of their attack neared.
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Hillary Clinton
"Trump was outspent by Clinton by 1.7 times , she had 2.4 more personnel than us . Addressing the Oxford Union on Monday night , Mr Scaramucci discussed how Mr Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in November , despite the Democratic nominee 's greater financial clout .
"Trump was outspent by [TGT] by 1.7 times , she had 2.4 more personnel than us . Addressing the Oxford Union on Monday night , Mr Scaramucci discussed how Mr Trump defeated [TGT] in November , despite the Democratic nominee 's greater financial clout .
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Nepali women vies for new world record
Qomolangma
The first team of women who summit Mt. Qomolangma has termed their project "Everest women 7 summits eco-action" the first international leg of a mission to climb seven highest peaks on each of seven continents the team informed media amid a press conference organized here in capital Kathmandu prior to their mission. Marking the golden jubilee anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Australia the mission kick-starts in Australia on June 29. The team will make their way to Sydney and travel down through the south coast of New South Wales and then up to the alpine region to climb Mt Kosciuszko/Targangil in early July. The team expects to finish the expedition by the end of 2011. "We will be meeting with schools environment groups famous climbers environmentalists and scientists during the tour as well as speak at several public events in Sydney Canberra and Melbourne the team mentioned in a release. The team has also set their mission theme entitled "Education for Action". women who summit Mt. Qomolangma has termed their project "Everest women 7 summits eco-action" the first international leg of a mission to climb seven highest peaks on each of seven continents the team informed media amid a press conference organized here in capital Kathmandu prior to their mission.
[TGT] has termed [TGT] project "Everest women 7 summits eco-action" the first international leg of a mission to climb seven highest peaks on each of seven continents [TGT] informed media amid a press conference organized here in capital Kathmandu prior to [TGT] mission. Marking the golden jubilee anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Australia the mission kick-starts in Australia on June 29. [TGT] will make [TGT] way to Sydney and travel down through the south coast of New South Wales and then up to the alpine region to climb Mt Kosciuszko/Targangil in early July. [TGT] expects to finish the expedition by the end of 2011. "[TGT] will be meeting with schools environment groups famous climbers environmentalists and scientists during the tour as well as speak at several public events in Sydney Canberra and Melbourne the team mentioned in a release. [TGT] has also set [TGT] mission theme entitled "Education for Action". [TGT] has termed [TGT] project "Everest women 7 summits eco-action" the first international leg of a mission to climb seven highest peaks on each of seven continents [TGT] informed media amid a press conference organized here in capital Kathmandu prior to [TGT] mission.
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S.African president says cartoon defamed him
Jacob Zuma
The cartoon caused a storm when the Times published it in 2008 two years after Jacob Zuma had been acquitted of rape charges. But van der Berg said Zuma had not followed up on threats to sue until now. Zuma is claiming 4 million rand (about $570 000) for humiliation and degradation and 1 million rand (about $140 000) for damage to his reputation. His spokesman Zizi Kodwa refused to comment Tuesday. The cartoon also showed Zuma's political allies encouraging him as they held down a writhing screaming figure with a sash identifying her as the "justice system." It appeared in the newspaper as Zuma's political party led a protest campaign to have the corruption charges dropped against him. Zuma at the time was preparing to lead his African National Congress party in general elections. Prosecutors dropped the charges on the eve of the vote and Zuma took office in 2009. Buti Manamela then a leader of the Young Communist League filed a formal complaint about the cartoon before South Africa's Human Rights Commission in 2008. The South African Communist Party leader was among the ANC allies depicted in the cartoon.
The cartoon caused a storm when the Times published it in 2008 two years after [TGT] had been acquitted of rape charges. But van der Berg said [TGT] had not followed up on threats to sue until now. [TGT] is claiming 4 million rand (about $570 000) for humiliation and degradation and 1 million rand (about $140 000) for damage to [TGT] reputation. [TGT] spokesman Zizi Kodwa refused to comment Tuesday. The cartoon also showed [TGT]'s political allies encouraging [TGT] as they held down a writhing screaming figure with a sash identifying her as the "justice system." It appeared in the newspaper as [TGT]'s political party led a protest campaign to have the corruption charges dropped against [TGT]. [TGT] at the time was preparing to lead [TGT] African National Congress party in general elections. Prosecutors dropped the charges on the eve of the vote and [TGT] took office in 2009. Buti Manamela then a leader of the Young Communist League filed a formal complaint about the cartoon before South Africa's Human Rights Commission in 2008. [TGT] was among the ANC allies depicted in the cartoon.
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At Koch donor summit , Mike Pence promises tax reform , and Ted Cruz warns of midterm ` bloodbath ' if Congress fails .
Ted Cruz
"We could face a bloodbath ," Sen. Ted Cruz -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- told more than 100 donors gathered at the tony St. Regis Hotel in midtown Manhattan , forewarning of the "potential for a Watergate-level blowout ."
"We could face a bloodbath ," Sen. [TGT] -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- told more than 100 donors gathered at the tony St. Regis Hotel in midtown Manhattan , forewarning of the "potential for a Watergate-level blowout ."
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Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke is headed to Silicon Valley to raise cash .
Ted Cruz
A Texas congressman who is waging a longshot campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz is making his first reported trip to raise money in Silicon Valley , according to an invitation obtained by Recode . But O'Rourke may be particularly well-positioned to tap its riches , given the frosty relationship between Cruz and the tech industry on issues like immigration . O'Rourke is the underdog against Cruz , who remains popular in his home state despite a once-fractious relationship with President Donald Trump , but O'Rourke 's campaign has shown signs of strength .
[TGT] is making [TGT] first reported trip to raise money in Silicon Valley , according to an invitation obtained by Recode . But [TGT] may be particularly well-positioned to tap [TGT] riches , given the frosty relationship between [TGT] and the tech industry on issues like immigration . [TGT] is the underdog against Cruz , who remains popular in [TGT] home state despite a once-fractious relationship with President Donald Trump , but [TGT] 's campaign has shown signs of strength .
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New Questions About Progressives' Power
Blanche Lincoln
But as Sen. Blanche Lincoln proved by winning the bruising Democratic primary runoff Democrats do not necessarily serve at the pleasure of the party's left flank. Lincoln survived a massive and unprecedented mobilization by labor unions and liberal advocacy groups in Arkansas raising questions anew about the political power of the progressive movement. Labor alone spent some $10 million on the race airing an onslaught of advertisements assailing Lincoln for her connections with corporate interests and had hundreds of paid workers in the state canvassing on behalf of her runoff opponent Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. High-level union organizers poured into the state in the closing days of the campaign feeding facts and figures to reporters to tout the likelihood of Lincoln's defeat _ a victory they were convinced was theirs. Lincoln's win stunned labor and progressive leaders. But regardless they said every penny spent to support Halter was worth it. Forcing Lincoln into a race for survival they said demonstrated to other moderate Democrats in the country that support from the party's liberal base cannot be taken for granted. Steve Rosenthal a veteran labor organizer who was a key strategist in the campaign against Lincoln said forcing her into a runoff and having Halter come within four percentage points of her on Tuesday was "a phenomenal victory." "There are other senators sitting on Capitol Hill saying `I don't want to go through what Senator Lincoln went through ' and that's the important lesson " Rosenthal said. "The labor movement is about protecting rights and expanding rights for workers. As long as the labor movement is seen as spending its resources only to protect Democrats it loses." It was an audacious move for labor to take on a sitting senator in a conservative right-to-work state that gave rise to Wal-Mart and where labor unions have long been weak. But the labor movement was bullish believing Lincoln to be vulnerable. In Halter an ambitious politician who had long eyed higher office the movement believed it had found the right vessel with which to sink Lincoln.
But as [TGT] proved by winning the bruising Democratic primary runoff Democrats do not necessarily serve at the pleasure of the party's left flank. [TGT] survived a massive and unprecedented mobilization by labor unions and liberal advocacy groups in Arkansas raising questions anew about the political power of the progressive movement. Labor alone spent some $10 million on the race airing an onslaught of advertisements assailing [TGT] for her connections with corporate interests and had hundreds of paid workers in the state canvassing on behalf of her runoff opponent Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. High-level union organizers poured into the state in the closing days of the campaign feeding facts and figures to reporters to tout the likelihood of [TGT]'s defeat _ a victory they were convinced was theirs. [TGT]'s win stunned labor and progressive leaders. But regardless they said every penny spent to support Halter was worth it. Forcing [TGT] into a race for survival they said demonstrated to other moderate Democrats in the country that support from the party's liberal base cannot be taken for granted. Steve Rosenthal a veteran labor organizer who was a key strategist in the campaign against [TGT]said forcing her into a runoff and having Halter come within four percentage points of her on Tuesday was "a phenomenal victory." "There are other senators sitting on Capitol Hill saying `I don't want to go through what [TGT] went through ' and that's the important lesson " Rosenthal said. "The labor movement is about protecting rights and expanding rights for workers. As long as the labor movement is seen as spending its resources only to protect Democrats it loses." It was an audacious move for labor to take on a sitting senator in a conservative right-to-work state that gave rise to Wal-Mart and where labor unions have long been weak. But the labor movement was bullish believing [TGT] to be vulnerable. In Halter an ambitious politician who had long eyed higher office the movement believed it had found the right vessel with which to sink [TGT].
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China Focus: Hefty subsidy sought to salvage Xinjiang tourism
Chi Chongqing
The funding would subsidize tourist agencies or redeem planned ticket price cuts in many scenic spots said Chi. In addition each traveler who visits Xinjiang before Aug. 31 would get a 10-yuan subsidy per day under the proposal Chi said predicting the move could attract 50 000 tourists during this period. About 3 400 domestic and overseas tourist groups comprising 200 000 travelers had canceled tours as of Sunday said Chi. Xinjiang is estimated to have lost 1 billion yuan in revenue if each traveler had spent 5 000 yuan he said forecasting losses of 5 billion yuan this year.
The funding would subsidize tourist agencies or redeem planned ticket price cuts in many scenic spots said [TGT]. In addition each traveler who visits Xinjiang before Aug. 31 would get a 10-yuan subsidy per day under the proposal [TGT] said predicting the move could attract 50 000 tourists during this period. About 3 400 domestic and overseas tourist groups comprising 200 000 travelers had canceled tours as of Sunday said [TGT]. Xinjiang is estimated to have lost 1 billion yuan in revenue if each traveler had spent 5 000 yuan [TGT] said forecasting losses of 5 billion yuan this year.
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Saudi gets 5 years in jail for frank TV sex talk
Sulaiman al-Jumeii
Lawyer Sulaiman al-Jumeii said he plans to appeal the court's ruling and is confident the sentence against his client which includes a ban on travel and talking to the media for five years after his release will be revoked. Al-Jumeii maintains that his client Mazen Abdul-Jawad was duped by the Lebanese LBC satellite channel which aired the talk show and was unaware in many cases he was being recorded. The other three men on the show were also convicted of discussing sex publicly and sentenced to two years imprisonment and 300 lashes each according to al-Jumeii. In his statement al-Jumeii said the decision in the case was made "under pressure from public opinion" due to the media frenzy surrounding it. He also said he will continue pursuing a lawsuit he has filed against LBC.
[TGT] said [TGT] plans to appeal the court's ruling and is confident the sentence against [TGT] client which includes a ban on travel and talking to the media for five years after [TGT] release will be revoked. [TGT] maintains that [TGT] client Mazen Abdul-Jawad was duped by the Lebanese LBC satellite channel which aired the talk show and was unaware in many cases he was being recorded. The other three men on the show were also convicted of discussing sex publicly and sentenced to two years imprisonment and 300 lashes each according to [TGT]. In [TGT] statement [TGT] said the decision in the case was made "under pressure from public opinion" due to the media frenzy surrounding it. [TGT] also said [TGT] will continue pursuing a lawsuit [TGT] has filed against LBC.
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John Cornyn says he 's supporting Ted Cruz for re-election in 2018 .
Ted Cruz
After previously withholding his endorsement , U.S. Sen. John Cornyn , R-Texas , said Sunday he 's supporting Ted Cruz for re-election in 2018 . While Cornyn made a pitch for the latest proposal , known as Graham-Cassidy , Cruz continued to assert he was undecided -- and was even more explicit at one point , saying Senate leaders still do n't have his vote . In a joint session with Cruz at the Texas Tribune Festival , Cornyn called the junior senator "enormously constructive" in the Senate and pledged to support him as he seeks a second term . Cornyn said he recently had breakfast with Cruz and they agreed it was important to set aside their differences -- mainly on tactics , not policy -- in the wake of Hurricane Harvey . "I think it 's really important , particularly in light of the challenges brought by this huge natural disaster , that we stand together as a Texas delegation and there 's no space between Sen. Cruz and me when it comes to doing work for our state ," Cornyn said . Cruz said Graham-Cassidy has some "very good elements" but does not do enough to lower health insurance premiums . The authors took the changes but removed them a day later , Cruz said . Cornyn had previously declined to endorse Cruz for re-election , saying he was "not going to get involved in any primary races , particularly with my colleagues in the Senate ." And Cruz refused to back Cornyn when he was seeking re-election in the 2014 primary . "Right now they do n't have my vote , and I do n't think they have Mike Lee 's either ," Cruz said . Watch Smith 's full interview with Cornyn and Cruz below . In 2018 , Cruz is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke , D-El Paso . Cruz has been generally tight-lipped about O'Rourke , but he went further than usual at the festival while responding to a question about his opponent . "I do n't think Texans want a far-left Democrat in the Senate ," Cruz said .
After previously withholding his endorsement , U.S. Sen. John Cornyn , R-Texas , said Sunday he 's supporting [TGT] for re-election in 2018 . While Cornyn made a pitch for the latest proposal , known as Graham-Cassidy , [TGT] continued to assert he was undecided -- and was even more explicit at one point , saying Senate leaders still do n't have his vote . In a joint session with [TGT] at the Texas Tribune Festival , Cornyn called the junior senator "enormously constructive" in the Senate and pledged to support him as he seeks a second term . Cornyn said he recently had breakfast with [TGT] and they agreed it was important to set aside their differences -- mainly on tactics , not policy -- in the wake of Hurricane Harvey . "I think it 's really important , particularly in light of the challenges brought by this huge natural disaster , that we stand together as a Texas delegation and there 's no space between Sen. [TGT] and me when it comes to doing work for our state ," Cornyn said . [TGT] said Graham-Cassidy has some "very good elements" but does not do enough to lower health insurance premiums . The authors took the changes but removed them a day later , [TGT] said . Cornyn had previously declined to endorse [TGT] for re-election , saying he was "not going to get involved in any primary races , particularly with my colleagues in the Senate ." And [TGT] refused to back Cornyn when he was seeking re-election in the 2014 primary . "Right now they do n't have my vote , and I do n't think they have Mike Lee 's either ,[TGT] said . Watch Smith 's full interview with Cornyn and [TGT] below . In 2018 , [TGT] is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke , D-El Paso . [TGT] has been generally tight-lipped about O'Rourke , but he went further than usual at the festival while responding to a question about his opponent . "I do n't think Texans want a far-left Democrat in the Senate ," [TGT] said .
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GOOGLE TO ADD PAY TO COVER TAX ON SAME-SEX BENEFITS
Bock
The company began to look at the disparity after a gay employee pointed it out said Laszlo Bock Google's vice president for people operations (also known as human resources). Google by the way says its benefits team seriously considers any suggestions on how to expand its coverage. "We said 'You're right that doesn't seem fair ' so we looked into it " Bock said. "From that initial suggestion we said let's take a look at all the benefits we offer and see if we are being truly fair across the board." As a result the company also decided to make a few other changes that would help gay employees including eliminating a one-year waiting period before qualifying for infertility benefits and including domestic partners in its family leave policy -- going beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks' leave in a one-year period to recover from a medical condition or to care for a relative. So what's the cost of Google's largess? Bock declined to provide details but said the decision was less about money and more about equalizing benefits. "If you were to add it all up it's not like we are talking hundreds of thousands per employee " he said. "It will cost some money but it was more about doing the right thing."
The company began to look at the disparity after a gay employee pointed it out said [TGT]. Google by the way says its benefits team seriously considers any suggestions on how to expand its coverage. "We said 'You're right that doesn't seem fair ' so we looked into it " [TGT] said. "From that initial suggestion we said let's take a look at all the benefits we offer and see if we are being truly fair across the board." As a result the company also decided to make a few other changes that would help gay employees including eliminating a one-year waiting period before qualifying for infertility benefits and including domestic partners in its family leave policy -- going beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks' leave in a one-year period to recover from a medical condition or to care for a relative. So what's the cost of Google's largess? [TGT] declined to provide details but said the decision was less about money and more about equalizing benefits. "If you were to add it all up it's not like we are talking hundreds of thousands per employee " [TGT] said. "It will cost some money but it was more about doing the right thing."
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Sex scandal wife of N.Ireland leader claimed expenses for bed
Iris Robinson
Both Peter and Iris Robinson are lawmakers in the House of Commons in London as well as holding public office in Northern Ireland a British province with a self-rule administration led by him. Peter Robinson temporarily stood down as Northern Ireland first minister last month after a BBC programme claimed his wife secured 50 000 pounds (56 000 euros 80 000 dollars) to help her young lover Kirk McCambley set up a cafe. He ordered a probe into a claim he breached parliamentary rules by knowing about the payments but keeping quiet. The inquiry cleared him this week and he resumed his functions Wednesday. His wife resigned as a lawmaker in Belfast and has been undergoing psychiatric treatment. After the alphabetically-listed details for Iris Robinson her husband's entry read simply: "Mr. Robinson has no issues."
Both Peter and [TGT] are lawmakers in the House of Commons in London as well as holding public office in Northern Ireland a British province with a self-rule administration led by him. [TGT] temporarily stood down as Northern Ireland first minister last month after a BBC programme claimed [TGT] wife secured 50 000 pounds (56 000 euros 80 000 dollars) to help her young lover Kirk McCambley set up a cafe. [TGT] ordered a probe into a claim [TGT] breached parliamentary rules by knowing about the payments but keeping quiet. The inquiry cleared [TGT] this week and [TGT] resumed [TGT] functions Wednesday. [TGT] wife resigned as a lawmaker in Belfast and has been undergoing psychiatric treatment. After the alphabetically-listed details for Iris Robinson her husband's entry read simply: [TGT] has no issues."
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Kuwait seeks to boost non-oil income to diversify economy
Sheikh Ahmad
Sheikh Ahmad who is tasked with implementing the plan said 25 percent of projects outlined in the first year have been completed and that 40-50 percent more should be done before the end of the fiscal year in March. "We have already committed to 3.2 billion dollars worth of projects out of the planned 17.7 billion dollars " he said. Mega-projects outlined in the plan include a 25-kilometre (15 miles) causeway two power stations four housing cities a modern container harbour and a huge hospital the minister said. Sheikh Ahmad added. Sheikh Ahmad said his ministry has already received requests from other ministries and government institutions for 1 100 projects worth 25 billion dollars for the second year of the plan.
[TGT]said 25 percent of projects outlined in the first year have been completed and that 40-50 percent more should be done before the end of the fiscal year in March. "We have already committed to 3.2 billion dollars worth of projects out of the planned 17.7 billion dollars " [TGT] said. Mega-projects outlined in the plan include a 25-kilometre (15 miles) causeway two power stations four housing cities a modern container harbour and a huge hospital [TGT] said. [TGT] added. [TGT] said [TGT] ministry has already received requests from other ministries and government institutions for 1 100 projects worth 25 billion dollars for the second year of the plan.
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Berlusconi in new scandal over Italy judge dinner
Silvio Berlusconi
Premier Silvio Berlusconi is steeped in a new scandal over a dinner he had at the home of a constitutional court judge who will rule on a key decision whether to grant him immunity from prosecution while in office. Opposition lawmakers have called for the removal of the judge Luigi Mazzella and a colleague who participated in the mid-May dinner saying there would never be any way to know whether Berlusconi influenced their deliberations on the immunity issue. The court began debating the constitutionality of a law last month that grants Berlusconi the Italian president and two parliament speakers immunity from prosecution. Berlusconi's forces had pushed the legislation through parliament last summer saying it was necessary for the government to function. At the time the bill was passed Berlusconi was on trial on corruption charges in Milan fueling criticism that the bill was tailor-made to save him from prosecution. The premier's trial was suspended pending a decision from the constitutional court which is expected soon. Cabinet minister Elio Vito defended the premier saying Berlusconi hadn't organized any meeting about the legislation but was rather invited to a dinner by a friend well before the court began deliberating the case. Berlusconi has long been dogged by conflict of interest allegations as well as corruption charges stemming from his years as a billionaire media mogul. He has either been acquitted -- sometimes thanks to laws passed by his own government -- or seen cases against him expire under the statute of limitations. He has always maintained his innocence claiming he is the victim of a conspiracy of left-leaning magistrates.
[TGT] is steeped in a new scandal over a dinner [TGT] had at the home of a constitutional court judge who will rule on a key decision whether to grant [TGT] immunity from prosecution while in office. Opposition lawmakers have called for the removal of the judge Luigi Mazzella and a colleague who participated in the mid-May dinner saying there would never be any way to know whether [TGT] influenced their deliberations on the immunity issue. The court began debating the constitutionality of a law last month that grants Berlusconi the Italian president and two parliament speakers immunity from prosecution. [TGT]'s forces had pushed the legislation through parliament last summer saying it was necessary for the government to function. At the time the bill was passed [TGT] was on trial on corruption charges in Milan fueling criticism that the bill was tailor-made to save [TGT] from prosecution. The premier's trial was suspended pending a decision from the constitutional court which is expected soon. Cabinet minister Elio Vito defended the premier saying [TGT] hadn't organized any meeting about the legislation but was rather invited to a dinner by a friend well before the court began deliberating the case. [TGT] has long been dogged by conflict of interest allegations as well as corruption charges stemming from [TGT] years as a billionaire media mogul. [TGT] has either been acquitted -- sometimes thanks to laws passed by [TGT] own government -- or seen cases against [TGT] expire under the statute of limitations. [TGT] has always maintained [TGT] innocence claiming [TGT] is the victim of a conspiracy of left-leaning magistrates.
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GALVESTON OFFICIALS ASK TEXAS COURT TO RECONSIDER BEACH RULING
Joe Jaworski
"I think the Supreme Court really needs to understand the impact of its ruling. It's not just a theoretical question -- they just changed Galveston Island's ability to nourish its beaches " Mayor Joe Jaworski said. "These are Texas' beaches " he said. "It's ironic that the Supreme Court has essentially said it's every man for himself." Although the court rarely grants motions to rehear an already decided case the stakes are too high to ignore any options said Jaworski Galveston's mayor. Galveston's beach-rebuilding effort replacing 54 million cubic feet of sand was essential to restoring the island's battered economy and shoring up several damaged neighborhoods Jaworski said. And unless the beach is restored the city cannot move forward on several pending projects such as replacing a washed-out road to beachfront houses in the Spanish Grant neighborhood Jaworski said. "These houses are sitting there without a street " he said. Jaworski fears some beach residents will abandon the city in frustration. Other city leaders fear landowners will erect their own anti-erosion concrete barriers creating an unsightly blot that could worsen erosion on nearby tracts. "This has really cast a pall on the west end right now " Jaworski said.
"I think the Supreme Court really needs to understand the impact of its ruling. It's not just a theoretical question -- they just changed Galveston Island's ability to nourish its beaches " Mayor [TGT] said. "These are Texas' beaches " he said. "It's ironic that the Supreme Court has essentially said it's every man for himself." Although the court rarely grants motions to rehear an already decided case the stakes are too high to ignore any options said Jaworski Galveston's mayor. Galveston's beach-rebuilding effort replacing 54 million cubic feet of sand was essential to restoring the island's battered economy and shoring up several damaged neighborhoods Jaworski said. And unless the beach is restored the city cannot move forward on several pending projects such as replacing a washed-out road to beachfront houses in the Spanish Grant neighborhood Jaworski said. "These houses are sitting there without a street " he said. Jaworski fears some beach residents will abandon the city in frustration. Other city leaders fear landowners will erect their own anti-erosion concrete barriers creating an unsightly blot that could worsen erosion on nearby tracts. "This has really cast a pall on the west end right now " Jaworski said.
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New playhouse planned for Shakespeare theater site
William Shakespeare
This week actor Paul McGann stood amid the dirt and bricks and recited the prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" -- a play historians believe had its premiere on this site and in which Shakespeare may have taken a small acting role. "It's possible the prologue was spoken by Shakespeare himself " McGann said. "I hope so. I want to channel him." Shakespeare's influence on English culture is incalculable but relatively few physical links to him remain. Tourists can visit his birth and burial places in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. In London there's a reconstruction of the Globe playhouse where he worked near its original site south of the River Thames. Remains have been found nearby of The Rose another Elizabethan venue. It's thought plays including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Merchant of Venice" -- as well as works by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd -- were performed at The Theatre which served as a base for Shakespeare's troupe the Chamberlain's Men. But by 1598 a dispute with the site's landlord threatened to leave the company homeless. Shakespeare and his colleagues took drastic action: over the Christmas holiday while the landlord was away they dismantled the building and hauled its stout oak beans into storage. In the spring the timbers were ferried across the river and used to build a new theater the Globe.
This week actor Paul McGann stood amid the dirt and bricks and recited the prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" -- a play historians believe had its premiere on this site and in which [TGT] may have taken a small acting role. "It's possible the prologue was spoken by [TGT] " McGann said. "I hope so. I want to channel him." Shakespeare's influence on English culture is incalculable but relatively few physical links to him remain. Tourists can visit his birth and burial places in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. In London there's a reconstruction of the Globe playhouse where he worked near its original site south of the River Thames. Remains have been found nearby of The Rose another Elizabethan venue. It's thought plays including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Merchant of Venice" -- as well as works by Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd -- were performed at The Theatre which served as a base for [TGT]'s troupe the Chamberlain's Men. But by 1598 a dispute with the site's landlord threatened to leave the company homeless. [TGT] and [TGT] colleagues took drastic action: over the Christmas holiday while the landlord was away they dismantled the building and hauled its stout oak beans into storage. In the spring the timbers were ferried across the river and used to build a new theater the Globe.
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Turbulence ahead: Senate opens health care debate
Harry Reid
But Reid is determined to avoid being remembered as another Democrat who tried and failed to make health care access for the middle class a part of America's social safety net. "Generation after generation has called on us to fix this broken system " he said at a recent Washington rally. "We're now closer than ever to getting it done." Reid wants to finish by the end of the month; he may not get to. Reid's bill includes $848 billion over 10 years to gradually expand coverage to most of those now uninsured. It would ban onerous insurance industry practices such as denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of someone's poor health. Those who now have the hardest time getting coverage -- the self-employed and small businesses -- could buy a policy in a new insurance market with government subsidies for many. Older people would get better prescription coverage.
But [TGT] is determined to avoid being remembered as another Democrat who tried and failed to make health care access for the middle class a part of America's social safety net. "Generation after generation has called on us to fix this broken system " [TGT] said at a recent Washington rally. "We're now closer than ever to getting it done." [TGT] wants to finish by the end of the month; [TGT] may not get to. [TGT]'s bill includes $848 billion over 10 years to gradually expand coverage to most of those now uninsured. It would ban onerous insurance industry practices such as denying coverage or charging higher premiums because of someone's poor health. Those who now have the hardest time getting coverage -- the self-employed and small businesses -- could buy a policy in a new insurance market with government subsidies for many. Older people would get better prescription coverage.
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Hillary Clinton "Damned" Either Way By Silence On Harvey Weinstein Scandal .
Hillary Clinton
Despite the big bucks and big support that Hillary Clinton has received from Harvey Weinstein for decades , do n't expect the 2016 Presidential candidate to say anything significant soon about the extensive sexual harassment allegations swirling around the much-accused Oscar-winning producer . The Leonardo DiCaprio , Jennifer Lopez , Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick attended event was one of many Weinstein was involved in last year in Clinton 's battle for the nomination and then against Donald Trump in her effort to become America 's first female President . Pushing others to write hefty checks , Weinstein himself gave thousands personally to Clinton campaign and $ 30,000 to the Clinton Victory Fund . "She 's damned if she does and damned if she does n't now in this situation ," a deep-pocketed Tinseltown donor to the Democrats told Deadline of any statement by Clinton about the scandal that has seemingly buried now ex-The Weinstein Company boss . An October 6 editorial by the NYT advocated that Clinton and Obama , who once in office was also was the recipient of support , big donations and a summer internship for one of his daughters from Weinstein , should speak out about the allegations . With the candidate there in person , a June 20 , 2016 fundraiser at Weinstein 's Manhattan home snared $ 1.8 million for the Clinton campaign . The latter , like Hillary Clinton , has said nothing . "You 'd hope for better , but this is so typical Clinton denial , is n't it ?" Having given a keynote address at Stanford University and continuing her "What Happened" book tour in San Francisco the day after the New York Times published a detailed piece on Weinstein 's behavior and six-figure settlements , Clinton made no mention of the reports or the producer . Clinton does still calls herself a "women + kids advocate" on her Twitter bio and says "To all the little girls watching ... never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world" on a pinned tweet dated November 9 , 2016 . https:t.coUXlIV1JuOF -- Hillary Clinton -LRB- @HillaryClinton -RRB- October 9 , 2017 . Clinton is scheduled to appear in Davis , CA tonight for "What Happened" event . Having backed Hillary Clinton 's NY Senate run and her 2008 race against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination , Weinstein was a major donor and bundler for the ex-SecofState 's Hollywood cash vacuuming 2016 campaign .
Despite the big bucks and big support that [TGT] has received from Harvey Weinstein for decades , do n't expect the 2016 Presidential candidate to say anything significant soon about the extensive sexual harassment allegations swirling around the much-accused Oscar-winning producer . The Leonardo DiCaprio , Jennifer Lopez , Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick attended event was one of many Weinstein was involved in last year in [TGT] 's battle for the nomination and then against Donald Trump in [TGT] effort to become America 's first female President . Pushing others to write hefty checks , Weinstein himself gave thousands personally to [TGT] campaign and $ 30,000 to the Clinton Victory Fund . "[TGT] 's damned if [TGT] does and damned if [TGT] does n't now in this situation ," a deep-pocketed Tinseltown donor to the Democrats told Deadline of any statement by [TGT] about the scandal that has seemingly buried now ex-The Weinstein Company boss . An October 6 editorial by the NYT advocated that [TGT] and Obama , who once in office was also was the recipient of support , big donations and a summer internship for one of his daughters from Weinstein , should speak out about the allegations . With the candidate there in person , a June 20 , 2016 fundraiser at Weinstein 's Manhattan home snared $ 1.8 million for the [TGT] campaign . The latter , like [TGT] , has said nothing . "You 'd hope for better , but this is so typical [TGT] denial , is n't it ?" Having given a keynote address at Stanford University and continuing her "What Happened" book tour in San Francisco the day after the New York Times published a detailed piece on Weinstein 's behavior and six-figure settlements , [TGT] made no mention of the reports or the producer . [TGT] does still calls [TGT] a "women + kids advocate" on [TGT] Twitter bio and says "To all the little girls watching ... never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world" on a pinned tweet dated November 9 , 2016 . https:t.coUXlIV1JuOF -- [TGT] -LRB- @HillaryClinton -RRB- October 9 , 2017 . [TGT] is scheduled to appear in Davis , CA tonight for "What Happened" event . Having backed [TGT] 's NY Senate run and [TGT] 2008 race against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination , Weinstein was a major donor and bundler for the ex-SecofState 's Hollywood cash vacuuming 2016 campaign .
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WORKERS ' RIGHTS EXTEND TO FACEBOOK LABOR BOARD SAYS
Dawnmarie Souza
The case involves Dawnmarie Souza who had to prepare a response to a customer's complaint about her work. Souza the board said was unhappy that her supervisor would not let a representative of the Teamsters the union representing the company's workers help prepare her response. Souza then mocked her supervisor on Facebook using several vulgarities to ridicule him according to Jonathan Kreisberg director of the board's Hartford office which filed the complaint. Souza the board said was unhappy that her supervisor would not let a representative of the Teamsters the union representing the company's workers help prepare her response. Souza then mocked her supervisor on Facebook using several vulgarities to ridicule him according to Jonathan Kreisberg director of the board's Hartford office which filed the complaint.
The case involves [TGT] who had to prepare a response to a customer's complaint about her work. Souza the board said was unhappy that her supervisor would not let a representative of the Teamsters the union representing the company's workers help prepare her response. Souza then mocked her supervisor on Facebook using several vulgarities to ridicule him according to Jonathan Kreisberg director of the board's Hartford office which filed the complaint. Souza the board said was unhappy that her supervisor would not let a representative of the Teamsters the union representing the company's workers help prepare her response. Souza then mocked her supervisor on Facebook using several vulgarities to ridicule him according to Jonathan Kreisberg director of the board's Hartford office which filed the complaint.
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Canadian police critized for death
Paul Kennedy
The officers told a public inquiry in British Columbia that they fired because they felt threatened by Dziekanski who was holding a stapler but Kennedy said he doesn't find any of the officers' statements credible. "The fact that the members met together prior to providing statements causes me to further question their versions of events " Kennedy wrote. Kennedy repeated his earlier recommendations that the force tighten its Taser policies and create an independent body to investigate officers in serious cases such as those involving a death. Kennedy's recommendations aren't binding on the RCMP or the federal government. The commission's reports often include a response from the RCMP but in this case Kennedy's findings were released without including the force's input. Kennedy's investigation as well as several others including the public inquiry were launched after the amateur video of the confrontation was made public.
The officers told a public inquiry in British Columbia that they fired because they felt threatened by Dziekanski who was holding a stapler but [TGT] said [TGT] doesn't find any of the officers' statements credible. "The fact that the members met together prior to providing statements causes me to further question their versions of events " [TGT] wrote. [TGT] repeated [TGT] earlier recommendations that the force tighten its Taser policies and create an independent body to investigate officers in serious cases such as those involving a death. [TGT]'s recommendations aren't binding on the RCMP or the federal government. The commission's reports often include a response from the RCMP but in this case [TGT]'s findings were released without including the force's input. [TGT]'s investigation as well as several others including the public inquiry were launched after the amateur video of the confrontation was made public.
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Wrong Way in Thailand: Can a State of Emergency Lead to `National Reconciliation'?
Abhisit
After bloody clashes between the Thai army and opposition demonstrators killed some 90 people in the center of Bangkok in May the unelected government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva promised to launch what he called a "national reconciliation plan." Since then authorities have arrested hundreds of opposition leaders; closed media; frozen the bank accounts of suspected supporters of the Bangkok demonstrations and brought terrorism charges against the movement's exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. On July 6 Mr. Abhisit renewed a state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 other provinces allowing his regime to arrest and hold people without charge censor the media and prevent public gatherings. Meanwhile he has announced that the parliamentary elections he had offered to hold in November will be postponed until next year. If this is what he calls "national reconciliation " Mr. Abhisit a graduate of Eton and Oxford must have taken a lesson in Orwellian language. Mr. Thaksin and the red shirts have contributed to Thailand's impasse by blockading the center of Bangkok for two months last spring and for refusing the compromise Mr. Abhisit offered before the violence began and the army moved in. But the root cause of the troubles is the refusal of the traditional political class the military and the royal court which Mr. Abhisit's government represents to accept the results of democratic elections. Repression will not solve this problem. If Mr. Abhisit really wants reconciliation the steps he must take are clear: End the state of emergency release the red shirt leaders and negotiate leading to elections with a commitment by all sides to allow the winners to rule within the boundaries of a reformed constitution.
After bloody clashes between the Thai army and opposition demonstrators killed some 90 people in the center of Bangkok in May the unelected government of [TGT] promised to launch what [TGT] called a "national reconciliation plan." Since then authorities have arrested hundreds of opposition leaders; closed media; frozen the bank accounts of suspected supporters of the Bangkok demonstrations and brought terrorism charges against the movement's exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra. On July 6 [TGT] renewed a state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 other provinces allowing his regime to arrest and hold people without charge censor the media and prevent public gatherings. Meanwhile he has announced that the parliamentary elections he had offered to hold in November will be postponed until next year. If this is what he calls "national reconciliation " Mr. Abhisit a graduate of Eton and Oxford must have taken a lesson in Orwellian language. Mr. Thaksin and the red shirts have contributed to Thailand's impasse by blockading the center of Bangkok for two months last spring and for refusing the compromise [TGT] offered before the violence began and the army moved in. But the root cause of the troubles is the refusal of the traditional political class the military and the royal court which Mr. Abhisit's government represents to accept the results of democratic elections. Repression will not solve this problem. If [TGT] really wants reconciliation the steps [TGT] must take are clear: End the state of emergency release the red shirt leaders and negotiate leading to elections with a commitment by all sides to allow the winners to rule within the boundaries of a reformed constitution.
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Laura Ingraham : I Was Asked During GOP Convention to Primary Ted Cruz in 2018 .
Ted Cruz
Conservative commentator and author Laura Ingraham claimed in her book released Tuesday that someone at the 2016 GOP convention suggested that she move to Texas to primary Sen. Ted Cruz -LRB- R-TX -RRB- in 2018 . "People were so torched by Cruz 's failure to endorse Trump that talk of primarying him ignited almost the moment he walked off the stage ," Ingraham wrote in her new book , Billionaire at the Barricades : The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump . Cruz eventually endorsed Trump on September 23 , four months after he dropped out of the presidential race and resumed his work in the U.S. Senate . Ingraham witnessed the moment Cruz declined to endorse President Trump in his speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland , Ohio . Moments before he took the stage , Ingraham said she told Cruz to "endorse" Trump in his speech . Instead of endorsing Trump , Cruz told Americans to "vote your conscience" in his convention speech , causing the crowd to react with jeers and boos . In her book , Ingraham recounted how GOP-mega donor Sheldon Adelson told security not to let Cruz into his suite following the speech .
Conservative commentator and author Laura Ingraham claimed in her book released Tuesday that someone at the 2016 GOP convention suggested that she move to Texas to primary Sen. Ted Cruz -LRB- R-TX -RRB- in 2018 . "People were so torched by [TGT] 's failure to endorse Trump that talk of primarying him ignited almost the moment he walked off the stage ," Ingraham wrote in her new book , Billionaire at the Barricades : The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump . [TGT] eventually endorsed Trump on September 23 , four months after he dropped out of the presidential race and resumed his work in the U.S. Senate . Ingraham witnessed the moment [TGT] declined to endorse President Trump in his speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland , Ohio . Moments before he took the stage , Ingraham said she told [TGT] to "endorse" Trump in his speech . Instead of endorsing Trump , [TGT] told Americans to "vote your conscience" in his convention speech , causing the crowd to react with jeers and boos . In her book , Ingraham recounted how GOP-mega donor Sheldon Adelson told security not to let [TGT] into his suite following the speech .
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Rachel Platten discusses Fight Song and Hillary Clinton .
Hillary Clinton
For many people , Rachel Platten 's Fight Song remains so indelibly associated with Hillary Clinton 's presidential campaign , they ca n't hear the power anthem without picturing the Democratic nominee stepping onstage at a rally . Past : Fight Song singer Rachel Platten -LRB- pictured -RRB- has revealed she does n't feel as though the tune is connected with Hillary Clinton although the former candidate used it for her campaign . ` For me , that song was never anymore Hillary 's song than it was the little kids who used the song while fighting cancer 's song , or the US women 's soccer team 's song , ' she told Glamour in a new interview published this weekend .
For many people , Rachel Platten 's Fight Song remains so indelibly associated with [TGT] presidential campaign , [TGT] ca n't hear the power anthem without picturing the Democratic nominee stepping onstage at a rally . Past : Fight Song singer Rachel Platten -LRB- pictured -RRB- has revealed she does n't feel as though the tune is connected with [TGT] although the former candidate used it for her campaign . ` For me , that song was never anymore [TGT] 's song than it was the little kids who used the song while fighting cancer 's song , or the US women 's soccer team 's song , ' she told Glamour in a new interview published this weekend .
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IRAQI LAWMAKERS APPROVE AN OUTLINE FOR POWER SHARING
Ayad Allawi
A day after one of Iraq's leading politicians declared on television that power sharing was dead the nation's fractious parties met Saturday in a tranquil session of parliament where they approved an outline for forming a partnership government. The session proceeded even though the politician Ayad Allawi had announced that his bloc would not participate in the government. Allawi a former prime minister whose bloc won the most seats in Iraq's elections in March did not attend the session or make any public remarks. Members of his bloc said he was in London. Leaders from all parties including Allawi's bloc Iraqiya met behind closed doors during the session. Meanwhile inside parliament's grand hall which two days earlier had been the scene of a turbulent walkout by Allawi's bloc lawmakers reaffirmed their commitment to a strained agreement that would return Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to office for a second term. For eight months Allawi said he would not participate in any government led by al-Maliki before finally agreeing to a pact to form an inclusive government. In Thursday's session he led a walkout when other parties voted against addressing Iraqiya's demands for power sharing which include a newly created position for Allawi and an agreement to allow the return of three Iraqiya members who had been banned from parliament because of their previous association with Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. The walkout and Allawi's remarks on CNN threatened to scuttle a pact that had taken months to forge with pressure from high-level U.S. officials including President Barack Obama. But while Allawi stayed away members of his bloc took part in Saturday's session and declared that the agreement was still in place. If Allawi follows through on his vow not to participate in the government Iraqiya will be under extreme pressure not to join him in his boycott. Members of the bloc would not say whether they would follow him.
A day after one of Iraq's leading politicians declared on television that power sharing was dead the nation's fractious parties met Saturday in a tranquil session of parliament where they approved an outline for forming a partnership government. The session proceeded even though the politician [TGT] had announced that his bloc would not participate in the government. Allawi a former prime minister whose bloc won the most seats in Iraq's elections in March did not attend the session or make any public remarks. Members of his bloc said he was in London. Leaders from all parties including Allawi's bloc Iraqiya met behind closed doors during the session. Meanwhile inside parliament's grand hall which two days earlier had been the scene of a turbulent walkout by Allawi's bloc lawmakers reaffirmed their commitment to a strained agreement that would return Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to office for a second term. For eight months Allawi said he would not participate in any government led by al-Maliki before finally agreeing to a pact to form an inclusive government. In Thursday's session he led a walkout when other parties voted against addressing Iraqiya's demands for power sharing which include a newly created position for Allawi and an agreement to allow the return of three Iraqiya members who had been banned from parliament because of their previous association with Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. The walkout and Allawi's remarks on CNN threatened to scuttle a pact that had taken months to forge with pressure from high-level U.S. officials including President Barack Obama. But while Allawi stayed away members of his bloc took part in Saturday's session and declared that the agreement was still in place. If Allawi follows through on his vow not to participate in the government Iraqiya will be under extreme pressure not to join him in his boycott. Members of the bloc would not say whether they would follow him.
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Interior Ministry probing legality of Hualien deputy appointment
Interior Chien Tai-lang
Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang said that he had called Fu Sunday evening and the divorce was confirmed. Admitting that Fu might be playing with a "grey area" of the law Chien said that the authorities would look into whether Fu and his "ex-wife" are still living under the same roof. Chien pointed out that it is against the law for the holder of a public office to appoint a spouse or a member of the family living under the same roof as his or her deputy. The regulation is meant to avoid conflict of interest he added. Chien said that as long as Hsu is still living with the Fu family she would not qualify for the post. According to Chien the relevant authorities will decide on the case based on facts.
[TGT]said that [TGT] had called Fu Sunday evening and the divorce was confirmed. Admitting that Fu might be playing with a "grey area" of the law [TGT] said that the authorities would look into whether Fu and his "ex-wife" are still living under the same roof. [TGT] pointed out that it is against the law for the holder of a public office to appoint a spouse or a member of the family living under the same roof as his or [TGT] deputy. The regulation is meant to avoid conflict of interest he added. [TGT] said that as long as Hsu is still living with the Fu family [TGT] would not qualify for the post. According to [TGT]the relevant authorities will decide on the case based on facts.
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PolitiFact : Cruz 's defense of sex toy law was strictly professional .
Ted Cruz
Among darts tossed at Sen. Ted Cruz after his Twitter account "liked" a sexual video clip was an allegation that Cruz has backed a ban on sex toys . It ultimately was Cruz 's duty to defend the law , each lawyer said . Krupkin said : "Cruz in his official capacity as solicitor general supported a ban . It gets too close to the line when you say Ted Cruz" personally "did this . Ted Cruz did that in his official position . We 're unaware of Cruz , elected in 2012 and seeking re-election in 2018 , calling for a ban on sex toys . The Post 's tweet linked to the newspaper 's news story , which said , without added detail : "Cruz , a Republican from Texas , is known for his strong religious convictions and family values stance -- and once even supported a ban on sex toys ." Earlier , the state framed its arguments for upholding the law in a January 2007 brief listing the names of the then-attorney general , Greg Abbott , and five state attorneys working for the agency helmed by Abbott -- including Cruz , Todd and Davis , whose signature alone appears on the brief and , again alone , on the state 's unsuccessful post-ruling motion for rehearing . The New York Post 's tweet called Cruz "the same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys ." Cruz did not respond to our inquiry for this fact-check . This statement incorrectly suggests that Cruz called for a ban on sex toys while serving in the Senate or otherwise personally held that belief . There 's no doubt in my mind that Cruz would have reviewed it in some way ." "No ," Cruz said . To our inquiries , Todd and Gary Krupkin , a Dallas First Amendment lawyer who represents businesses selling such products , each commented that Cruz supported restricting sex toys but that defending state laws also was his duty . Cruz was Texas ' solicitor general at the time , making him the attorney general 's office 's top appellate lawyer . In his position as a state lawyer , Cruz helped in the unsuccessful defense of a Texas law barring commercial promotion of sex toys -- an action giving this claim an element of truth . New York Post Statement : Says Ted Cruz is the "same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys ." So , Todd said , Cruz "defended it . It 's a stupid law ," Cruz said , adding that he believes consenting adults should do what they please in the privacy of their bedrooms .
Among darts tossed at [TGT] after [TGT] Twitter account "liked" a sexual video clip was an allegation that [TGT] has backed a ban on sex toys . It ultimately was Cruz 's duty to defend the law , each lawyer said . Krupkin said : "Cruz in his official capacity as solicitor general supported a ban . It gets too close to the line when you say [TGT]" personally "did this . [TGT] did that in [TGT] official position . We 're unaware of [TGT] , elected in 2012 and seeking re-election in 2018 , calling for a ban on sex toys . The Post 's tweet linked to the newspaper 's news story , which said , without added detail : "Cruz , a Republican from Texas , is known for his strong religious convictions and family values stance -- and once even supported a ban on sex toys ." Earlier , the state framed its arguments for upholding the law in a January 2007 brief listing the names of the then-attorney general , Greg Abbott , and five state attorneys working for the agency helmed by Abbott -- including [TGT] , Todd and Davis , whose signature alone appears on the brief and , again alone , on the state 's unsuccessful post-ruling motion for rehearing . The New York Post 's tweet called [TGT] "the same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys ." [TGT] did not respond to our inquiry for this fact-check . This statement incorrectly suggests that [TGT] called for a ban on sex toys while serving in the Senate or otherwise personally held that belief . There 's no doubt in my mind that [TGT] would have reviewed it in some way ." "No ," [TGT] said . To our inquiries , Todd and Gary Krupkin , a Dallas First Amendment lawyer who represents businesses selling such products , each commented that [TGT] supported restricting sex toys but that defending state laws also was his duty . [TGT] was Texas ' solicitor general at the time , making him the attorney general 's office 's top appellate lawyer . In his position as a state lawyer , [TGT] helped in the unsuccessful defense of a Texas law barring commercial promotion of sex toys -- an action giving this claim an element of truth . New York Post Statement : Says [TGT] is the "same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys ." So , Todd said , [TGT] "defended it . It 's a stupid law ," [TGT] said , adding that [TGT] believes consenting adults should do what they please in the privacy of their bedrooms .
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TIGHT ENDS POSE A BIGGER RECEIVING HEADACHE FOR DEFENSES
Dallas Clark Jason
But the new-wave tight ends are so multidimensional that no matchup is a perfect fit. They have the speed to run away from a linebacker. The Houston Texans put linebacker Brian Cushing on Clark on Nov. 8 and Clark caught 14 passes tying for the third-most receptions in a game by a tight end in league history. Because of their speed tight ends are more of a threat to catch intermediate and deep passes now which makes them a greater threat on third down. Clark caught 28 passes on third down the fourth most in the league and his overall reception average was 11.1 yards. Gates had 21 receptions on third down with an average third-down reception of 15.5 yards. In all he had 18 receptions for at least 20 yards this season and an average of 14.6 yards per reception. In his 13-year playing career Ozzie Newsome the Cleveland Browns' Hall of Fame tight end who is now the Ravens' general manager had three seasons of at least 900 yards and he had two seasons in which he caught 89 passes. Gates has caught at least 71 passes in five of his seven seasons and has passed 900 yards five times. Clark's breakthrough this year though has been a matter of circumstance. In 2008 as receiver Marvin Harrison faded Clark had his career high of 77 receptions for 848 yards. But in 2009 with Harrison gone Anthony Gonzalez injured in the opening game and the Colts working in two inexperienced wide receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon Peyton Manning leaned on Clark more than ever. The Colts had found Harrison's replacement in a much bigger body. "For most of my career we've had the luxury of having phenomenal receivers " Clark said. "You know your place early. Now I'm everywhere in the backfield in the slot out wide. Everywhere but under center -- that job is taken."
But the new-wave tight ends are so multidimensional that no matchup is a perfect fit. They have the speed to run away from a linebacker. The Houston Texans put linebacker Brian Cushing on [TGT] on Nov. 8 and [TGT] caught 14 passes tying for the third-most receptions in a game by a tight end in league history. Because of their speed tight ends are more of a threat to catch intermediate and deep passes now which makes them a greater threat on third down. [TGT] caught 28 passes on third down the fourth most in the league and [TGT] overall reception average was 11.1 yards. Gates had 21 receptions on third down with an average third-down reception of 15.5 yards. In all [TGT] had 18 receptions for at least 20 yards this season and an average of 14.6 yards per reception. In [TGT] 13-year playing career Ozzie Newsome the Cleveland Browns' Hall of Fame tight end who is now the Ravens' general manager had three seasons of at least 900 yards and he had two seasons in which he caught 89 passes. Gates has caught at least 71 passes in five of his seven seasons and has passed 900 yards five times. [TGT]'s breakthrough this year though has been a matter of circumstance. In 2008 as receiver Marvin Harrison faded [TGT] had [TGT] career high of 77 receptions for 848 yards. But in 2009 with Harrison gone [TGT] injured in the opening game and the Colts working in two inexperienced wide receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon Peyton Manning leaned on [TGT] more than ever. The Colts had found Harrison's replacement in a much bigger body. "For most of my career we've had the luxury of having phenomenal receivers [TGT] said. "You know your place early. Now I'm everywhere in the backfield in the slot out wide. Everywhere but under center -- that job is taken."
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Hillary Clinton
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is not letting Hillary Clinton off the hook for her friendship with Harvey Weinstein , the disgraced film producer who is accused of sexually harassing and raping young women in the film industry for decades . "Know what Hillary Clinton is NOT ? know what Hillary Clinton is NOT ? Hillary is CLEARLY not responsible for anything Weinstein Thats screamingly obvious . I have met Hillary Clinton .
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is not letting [TGT] off the hook for her friendship with Harvey Weinstein , the disgraced film producer who is accused of sexually harassing and raping young women in the film industry for decades . "Know what [TGT] is NOT ? know what [TGT] is NOT ? [TGT] is CLEARLY not responsible for anything Weinstein Thats screamingly obvious . I have met [TGT] .
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STICKING TO PLAN KNICKS PASS ON IVERSON
Allen Iverson
Coach Mike D'Antoni in particular was initially enthusiastic about the idea. Walsh had to be convinced. Yet they were so close to making the leap that as of early Thursday evening people close to the team were convinced that Iverson was on his way. Not surprisingly there were concerns about Iverson's character. He left his last two teams Memphis and Detroit amid controversy. While renowned for his passion on the court he is infamous for his poor work habits. As the Knicks dug further they became increasingly concerned about off-court issues and that concern influenced the final decision. Iverson's agent Leon Rose did not return messages on Friday. James L. Dolan the Madison Square Garden chairman was opposed to Iverson from the start according to a person who was briefed on the deliberations but indicated that he would not veto the move if Walsh and D'Antoni wanted to make it. The Knicks might have been Iverson's last best hope to salvage his career and his reputation. Iverson in turn might have represented the Knicks' best hope for providing fans with a little excitement. "I'm always concerned about that " Walsh said of disappointing the fans. "But I don't think you can build a basketball team based on polls."
Coach Mike D'Antoni in particular was initially enthusiastic about the idea. Walsh had to be convinced. Yet they were so close to making the leap that as of early Thursday evening people close to the team were convinced that [TGT] was on [TGT] way. Not surprisingly there were concerns about [TGT]'s character. [TGT] left [TGT] last two teams Memphis and Detroit amid controversy. While renowned for [TGT] passion on the court [TGT] is infamous for [TGT] poor work habits. As the Knicks dug further they became increasingly concerned about off-court issues and that concern influenced the final decision. Iverson's agent Leon Rose did not return messages on Friday. James L. Dolan the Madison Square Garden chairman was opposed to [TGT] from the start according to a person who was briefed on the deliberations but indicated that he would not veto the move if Walsh and D'Antoni wanted to make it. The Knicks might have been [TGT]'s last best hope to salvage [TGT] career and [TGT] reputation. Iverson in turn might have represented the Knicks' best hope for providing fans with a little excitement. "I'm always concerned about that " Walsh said of disappointing the fans. "But I don't think you can build a basketball team based on polls."
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HURDLE REVIVES HIS CAREER WITH TEXAS RANGERS
Ron Washington
Manager Ron Washington worked for Hurdle with the Triple-A Mets nearly two decades ago. He knew his personality but it was his experience as a manager that sold him. "It was easier for him to understand what I wanted. We aren't there yet from an execution standpoint " Washington said. "But we are 100 percent better than we've been in the past. That's why we are sitting here with a chance to play through to the World Series." Hurdle has done so well it has created potential avenues for him to leave. There was buzz this summer that he might succeed the late Keli McGregor as the Rockies president. Hurdle said it's never come up in conversations with O'Dowd or owner Dick Monfort. His name however has been connected to managerial vacancies and at least one team has requested permission to interview him after the Rangers' season.
[TGT] worked for Hurdle with the Triple-A Mets nearly two decades ago. [TGT] knew [TGT] personality but it was [TGT] experience as a manager that sold [TGT]. "It was easier for [TGT] to understand what I wanted. We aren't there yet from an execution standpoint [TGT] said. "But we are 100 percent better than we've been in the past. That's why we are sitting here with a chance to play through to the World Series." Hurdle has done so well it has created potential avenues for [TGT] to leave. There was buzz this summer that [TGT] might succeed the late Keli McGregor as the Rockies president. Hurdle said it's never come up in conversations with O'Dowd or owner Dick Monfort. [TGT] name however has been connected to managerial vacancies and at least one team has requested permission to interview [TGT] after the Rangers' season.
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France pledges longterm support to Afghanistan
Fillon
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon and President Hamid Karzai spoke to journalists in the capital of Kabul after meeting earlier in the day. They discussed the recent international conference on Afghanistan in London and the need to push forward with plans to reconcile Taliban fighters with the government Fillon said. "The French support is something that you can enjoy and France will remain in Afghanistan for as long as it takes " Fillon said but added that France has no plans to expand its military effort. France has about 3 750 troops in Afghanistan most in the mountainous east. The country increased its presence considerably in 2008 Fillon said. "We have a mission to fulfill the mission that has been negotiated with our allies " Fillon said. "We consider that the resources that we have here are sufficient to reach that objective and fulfill that mission." Fillon said he would also be visiting French troops. Embassy officials could not be reached for further comment.
[TGT] spoke to journalists in the capital of Kabul after meeting earlier in the day. [TGT] discussed the recent international conference on Afghanistan in London and the need to push forward with plans to reconcile Taliban fighters with the government [TGT] said. "The French support is something that you can enjoy and France will remain in Afghanistan for as long as it takes [TGT] said but added that France has no plans to expand its military effort. France has about 3 750 troops in Afghanistan most in the mountainous east. The country increased its presence considerably in 2008 [TGT] said. "We have a mission to fulfill the mission that has been negotiated with our allies [TGT] said. "We consider that the resources that we have here are sufficient to reach that objective and fulfill that mission.[TGT] said [TGT] would also be visiting French troops. Embassy officials could not be reached for further comment.
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Political battle looms after Justice Stevens says to retire
John Paul Stevens
The United States is bracing for a heated political battle after venerable US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. George Washington University law school professor Jonathan Turley described Stevens's retirement as "an understandably sad moment for liberals." Stevens nearly beat the record of his long-serving predecessor William Douglas who served for 36 years. Born in 1920 in Chicago Stevens first threw himself into the study of literature in the hope of becoming a professor like his mother. But he turned to law after joining the US Navy following the attacks on Pearl Harbor serving as an intelligence officer from 1942 to 1945.
The United States is bracing for a heated political battle after [TGT] announced [TGT] retirement from the bench. George Washington University law school professor Jonathan Turley described Stevens's retirement as "an understandably sad moment for liberals." [TGT] nearly beat the record of [TGT] long-serving predecessor William Douglas who served for 36 years. Born in 1920 in Chicago Stevens first threw himself into the study of literature in the hope of becoming a professor like his mother. But he turned to law after joining the US Navy following the attacks on Pearl Harbor serving as an intelligence officer from 1942 to 1945.
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Gunman opens fire at US university kills himself
Ruben Cordoba
Construction worker Ruben Cordoba said he was installing a fence on the roof of a three-story building near the library when he looked down and made eye contact with the suspect. "I saw in his eyes he didn't care " Cordoba said. The gunman continued down the street firing three shots toward a campus church then changed direction and fired three more times into the air Cordoba said. A garbage truck driver leaped out of his vehicle and ran away as did a woman carrying two babies Cordoba.
[TGT] said [TGT] was installing a fence on the roof of a three-story building near the library when [TGT] looked down and made eye contact with the suspect. "I saw in [TGT] eyes [TGT] didn't care [TGT] said. The gunman continued down the street firing three shots toward a campus church then changed direction and fired three more times into the air [TGT] said. A garbage truck driver leaped out of his vehicle and ran away as did a woman carrying two babies Cordoba.
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Hillary Clinton : "She 's been through enough ," says Australian journalist .
Hillary Clinton
A recent Australian interview of Hillary Clinton reveals the biases and left wing extremism of both Hillary and the interviewer . A recent interview of Hillary Clinton reveals an angry , bitter figure still coming to terms with her election loss . Hillary has plenty of targets for her wrath including the freedom of information champion Julian Assange , who she calls a "nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator" . She intentionally avoids asking difficult questions about Bill Clinton 's corrupt sexual behaviour and Hillary 's willingness to excuse Bill 's depravity in her ruthless pursuit of the Presidency . Ferguson 's justification for sparing Hillary ?
A recent Australian interview of [TGT] reveals the biases and left wing extremism of both [TGT] and the interviewer . A recent interview of [TGT] reveals an angry , bitter figure still coming to terms with [TGT] election loss . [TGT] has plenty of targets for [TGT] wrath including the freedom of information champion Julian Assange , who [TGT] calls a "nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator" . [TGT] intentionally avoids asking difficult questions about [TGT] corrupt sexual behaviour and [TGT] 's willingness to excuse Bill 's depravity in [TGT] ruthless pursuit of the Presidency . Ferguson 's justification for sparing [TGT] ?
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Olympics: Sweden's Hellner powers to cross-country pursuit gold
Johan Olsson
The 24-year-old Hellner crossed the line in one hour 15min 11.4sec after the two-legs of the course with Angerer at 2.1sec behind and Olsson who led for the second half of the race at 2.8sec back. Olsson was in the lead at the 18.75km stage and held it with less than 4km to go before Hellner made his bid for gold and held off his rivals as the finish line approached to claim his first major title. Hellner said he had hunted down Olsson in the closing stages and described his race as "perfect". "It was excellent. The perfect race and I was very happy. I felt very strong " he said. "I felt that we could catch him (Olsson) but we were trying to keep the pace down a little so he could get more seconds and go for gold." Olsson said he knew his lead would eventually see him overtaken by the top skiers. "Twenty-five seconds is not enough with a bunch like that but I was not going to give up " said Olsson.
The 24-year-old Hellner crossed the line in one hour 15min 11.4sec after the two-legs of the course with Angerer at 2.1sec behind and Olsson who led for the second half of the race at 2.8sec back. Olsson was in the lead at the 18.75km stage and held it with less than 4km to go before Hellner made his bid for gold and held off his rivals as the finish line approached to claim his first major title. Hellner said he had hunted down Olsson in the closing stages and described his race as "perfect". "It was excellent. The perfect race and I was very happy. I felt very strong " he said. "I felt that we could catch him (Olsson) but we were trying to keep the pace down a little so he could get more seconds and go for gold." Olsson said he knew his lead would eventually see him overtaken by the top skiers. "Twenty-five seconds is not enough with a bunch like that but I was not going to give up " said Olsson.
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Israeli defense minister in Turkey
Barak
Barak is the first Israeli official to visit Turkey since the diplomatic feud that erupted Monday after Israel's deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol to complain about a TV show. The ambassador was forced to sit on a low sofa without a handshake while Ayalon explained to local TV stations that the humiliation was intentional. Outraged Turkey threatened to recall the ambassador forcing Ayalon to apologize. Barak on Sunday met with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the latest crisis. He is also scheduled to meet Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul later Sunday. Barak and his fellow Labor Party member Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer have significantly warmer relations with Turkey than Ayalon and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-nationalist party. Upon his arrival in Turkey Barak was greeted warmly at the airport by a Turkish admiral. His first stop was at the mausoleum of modern and secular Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk whom Barak praised as an inspiration in making the region "one of peace and security."
[TGT] is the first Israeli official to visit Turkey since the diplomatic feud that erupted Monday after Israel's deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Oguz Celikkol to complain about a TV show. The ambassador was forced to sit on a low sofa without a handshake while Ayalon explained to local TV stations that the humiliation was intentional. Outraged Turkey threatened to recall the ambassador forcing Ayalon to apologize. [TGT] on Sunday met with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the latest crisis. [TGT] is also scheduled to meet Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul later Sunday. [TGT] and [TGT] fellow Labor Party member Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer have significantly warmer relations with Turkey than Ayalon and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-nationalist party. Upon his arrival in Turkey [TGT] was greeted warmly at the airport by a Turkish admiral. [TGT] first stop was at the mausoleum of modern and secular Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk whom [TGT] praised as an inspiration in making the region "one of peace and security."
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Bridging digital divide on mountain of e-waste
Kandeh Yumkella
Amid criticism that technology company Hewlett Packard (HP) is not doing enough to eliminate toxic substances from its products the head of the United Nations industrial development program Kandeh Yumkella vowed on Wednesday to take the issue up with the UN's long-time partner. "We will deal with the criticism and push HP to deal with that " said Yumkella director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). "People use their computers elsewhere and when the computers are done they're loaded in containers and shipped off " said Yumkella. "We are working with agencies to look at how we deal with e-waste." Yumkella acknowledged that IT companies must take an active role in mitigating e-waste but as the saying goes it's important not to throw out the baby with the bath water.
Amid [TGT] vowed on Wednesday to take the issue up with the UN's long-time partner. "We will deal with [TGT] and push HP to deal with that " said [TGT]director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). "People use their computers elsewhere and when the computers are done they're loaded in containers and shipped off " said Yumkella. "We are working with agencies to look at how we deal with e-waste." Yumkella acknowledged that IT companies must take an active role in mitigating e-waste but as the saying goes it's important not to throw out the baby with the bath water.
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Italian victims of pedophilic clerics gather
Salvatore Domolo
"Here there is no hope. By the time a victim arrives at the awareness of having been a victim legal intervention is not possible " Domolo said in a country that has long been reluctant to confront the Vatican in its own backyard. "The complicity of the hierarchy together with the enormity of the numbers and vast geography of these crimes should lead us to consider that we are facing a crime against humanity carried out by a political-religious organization " Domolo told a news conference before the victims met his delivery bearing the cadence of a homily. Domolo now 45 said he had been a victim of his parish priest from age 8 to 12 and that he was forced to confess "as if I had sinned." "The church has known for 50 years this has been going on" but "kept it quiet in a disgusting way " he said. Domolo was a priest for 15 years. He renounced both the priesthood and his Roman Catholic faith after meeting another victim on a trip to Ireland in 2001.
"Here there is no hope. By the time a victim arrives at the awareness of having been a victim legal intervention is not possible " [TGT] said in a country that has long been reluctant to confront the Vatican in [TGT] own backyard. "The complicity of the hierarchy together with the enormity of the numbers and vast geography of these crimes should lead us to consider that we are facing a crime against humanity carried out by a political-religious organization " Domolo told a news conference before the victims met his delivery bearing the cadence of a homily. Domolo now 45 said he had been a victim of his parish priest from age 8 to 12 and that he was forced to confess "as if I had sinned." "The church has known for 50 years this has been going on" but "kept it quiet in a disgusting way " he said. Domolo was a priest for 15 years. He renounced both the priesthood and his Roman Catholic faith after meeting another victim on a trip to Ireland in 2001.
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Feature: Hardest-hit city nearly destroyed in Chile after megaquake looting erupts
Zhang Hui
The lack of water is a big problem Zhang told Xinhua. Some people spent the night in mountain parks only because they could find spring water there. "Now a lot of people carry big buckets to get water there." As for himself Zhang just washed his face in a roadside fountain and also picked up some water. "Rain started to fall by early Sunday morning. There wasn't heavy rain but the temperature was reduced " he said adding current temperature in the city is around 10 degrees Celsius and it feels "pretty cool." Many people lived in makeshift tents but others like Zhang had to stay in open-air.
The lack of water is a big problem [TGT] told Xinhua. Some people spent the night in mountain parks only because they could find spring water there. "Now a lot of people carry big buckets to get water there." As for himself [TGT] just washed his face in a roadside fountain and also picked up some water. "Rain started to fall by early Sunday morning. There wasn't heavy rain but the temperature was reduced " he said adding current temperature in the city is around 10 degrees Celsius and it feels "pretty cool." Many people lived in makeshift tents but others like [TGT]had to stay in open-air.
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Roundup: BP says well integrity test goes well so far
Kent Wells
Meanwhile Wells said remotely operated vehicles trolling the sea floor around the well bore and two other capturing sonar data have not detected any breaching yet. The company said oil stopped leaking at 2:25 p.m. local time Thursday after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of oil flowing through the last of three valves on the cap. said oil stopped leaking at 2:25 p.m. local time Thursday after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of oil flowing through the last of three valves on the cap. Wells said BP will run a second seismic survey Friday to check for a breach in the well. It will take 24 hours to evaluate the seismic tests. Data gathered during the test will be reviewed at 6-hour intervals. Wells said any decisions to end the test or re-open the well will be made by federal officials. Meanwhile Wells said work restarted Friday on the drilling of the first of two relief wells which is seen as the only permanent way to plug and seal the breached underwater well.
Meanwhile [TGT] said remotely operated vehicles trolling the sea floor around the well bore and two other capturing sonar data have not detected any breaching yet. [TGT] said oil stopped leaking at 2:25 p.m. local time Thursday after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of oil flowing through the last of three valves on the cap. said oil stopped leaking at 2:25 p.m. local time Thursday after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of oil flowing through the last of three valves on the cap. [TGT] said BP will run a second seismic survey Friday to check for a breach in the well. It will take 24 hours to evaluate the seismic tests. Data gathered during the test will be reviewed at 6-hour intervals. [TGT] said any decisions to end the test or re-open the well will be made by federal officials. Meanwhile [TGT] said work restarted Friday on the drilling of the first of two relief wells which is seen as the only permanent way to plug and seal the breached underwater well.
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PolitiFact : Cruz and O'Rourke running ` neck and neck ' ?
Ted Cruz
Beto O'Rourke Statement : Says "the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck" with Sen. Ted Cruz . A West Texas Democrat seeking to represent the state in the U.S. Senate asserts that he 's already running even with incumbent Ted Cruz . We asked Mike Baselice of Austin , a pollster for Republican clients who 's not working for Cruz , to assess the April poll results . In a Facebook post , El Paso U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke 's campaign said : "Beto O'Rourke out-raised Senator Ted Cruz in the second financial quarter without taking a DIME from PACs , and the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck ." Blank noted that among the 37 percent of respondents who did not choose between Cruz and O'Rourke , 36 percent identified as moderates , 33 percent identified as conservatives , and 19 percent identified as liberals . O'Rourke indeed raised more money than Cruz from April through June 2017 , but Cruz , a Republican , ended the quarter with a balance of $ 5.7 million in campaign cash compared with O'Rourke 's $ 1.9 million . Baselice suggested that the poll showed Cruz and O'Rourke with identical levels of support because it surveyed too few Republicans considering the actual Texas electorate . Let 's focus the Truth-O-Meter this time on whether the latest polls show O'Rourke "tied neck-and-neck" with Cruz . To our inquiry , Jody Casey of O'Rourke 's campaign sent us a web link to an April 2017 USA Today Network news story headlined , "O'Rourke , Castro running even with Cruz , poll shows ." -LRB- U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro , D-San Antonio , subsequently said he would n't be challenging Cruz . -RRB- In contrast , the poll found 37 percent of respondents with a favorable view of Cruz , 12 percent neither favorable or unfavorable and 45 percent unfavorable -- with 6 percent not knowing or having no opinion . According to the story , a statewide poll of 1,000 adults commissioned by the Texas Lyceum , a leadership group , found 30 percent of respondents favoring Cruz , 30 percent backing O'Rourke . O'Rourke said , "the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck" with Cruz . For the full skinny , we turned to the Lyceum 's post about the poll , which specifies that it was conducted statewide April 3-9 , 2017 , and that 890 respondents who self-identified as registered voters answered this question : "If the 2018 election for Senate were held today , would you vote for the Republican Ted Cruz , the Democrat Beto O'Rourke , or have n't you thought enough about it ?" That poll did n't ask people to pick between Cruz and O'Rourke . The April poll "is mainly a reflection of name identification and voter attitudes about" Cruz , he said . When they choose to tune into the race , they are going to be predisposed towards supporting Cruz over O'Rourke ."
Beto O'Rourke Statement : Says "the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck" with Sen. Ted Cruz . A West Texas Democrat seeking to represent the state in the U.S. Senate asserts that he 's already running even with [TGT] . We asked Mike Baselice of Austin , a pollster for Republican clients who 's not working for [TGT] , to assess the April poll results . In a Facebook post , El Paso U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke 's campaign said : "Beto O'Rourke out-raised Senator Ted Cruz in the second financial quarter without taking a DIME from PACs , and the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck ." Blank noted that among the 37 percent of respondents who did not choose between [TGT] and O'Rourke , 36 percent identified as moderates , 33 percent identified as conservatives , and 19 percent identified as liberals . O'Rourke indeed raised more money than [TGT] from April through June 2017 , but Cruz , a Republican , ended the quarter with a balance of $ 5.7 million in campaign cash compared with O'Rourke 's $ 1.9 million . Baselice suggested that the poll showed [TGT] and O'Rourke with identical levels of support because it surveyed too few Republicans considering the actual Texas electorate . Let 's focus the Truth-O-Meter this time on whether the latest polls show O'Rourke "tied neck-and-neck" with [TGT] . To our inquiry , Jody Casey of O'Rourke 's campaign sent us a web link to an April 2017 USA Today Network news story headlined , "O'Rourke , Castro running even with [TGT] , poll shows ." -LRB- U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro , D-San Antonio , subsequently said he would n't be challenging [TGT] . -RRB- In contrast , the poll found 37 percent of respondents with a favorable view of [TGT] , 12 percent neither favorable or unfavorable and 45 percent unfavorable -- with 6 percent not knowing or having no opinion . According to the story , a statewide poll of 1,000 adults commissioned by the Texas Lyceum , a leadership group , found 30 percent of respondents favoring [TGT] , 30 percent backing O'Rourke . O'Rourke said , "the latest polls show us tied neck-and-neck" with [TGT] . For the full skinny , we turned to the Lyceum 's post about the poll , which specifies that it was conducted statewide April 3-9 , 2017 , and that 890 respondents who self-identified as registered voters answered this question : "If the 2018 election for Senate were held today , would you vote for the Republican Ted Cruz , the Democrat Beto O'Rourke , or have n't you thought enough about it ?" That poll did n't ask people to pick between [TGT] and O'Rourke . The April poll "is mainly a reflection of name identification and voter attitudes about" [TGT] , he said . When they choose to tune into the race , they are going to be predisposed towards supporting [TGT] over O'Rourke ."
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BRONCOS GREAT FLOYD LITTLE ENTERS PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Floyd Little
On the day Floyd Little the football player was to receive assurance that he would live forever Floyd Douglas Little the man born on the Fourth of July picked at his breakfast. The Broncos' first star with national appeal Little had to wait 30 years after he was eligible for election to become the franchise's third player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday at Fawcett Field the high school home field of Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. Halfway through his two-egg omelet Saturday morning Little got a call from McDaniels who was kicking from inside his mother's womb when Little took his final handoff in 1975. The story goes that Little saved the Broncos franchise. A college sensation at Syracuse Little became the Broncos' first first-round draft pick to snub the National Football League and sign with Denver's struggling American Football League franchise. The excitement of Little's arrival coupled with a nonprofit group that funded the expansion of Bears Stadium to what became Mile High Stadium in 1968 scuttled relocation plans and kept the team in Denver. As members of the new Hall class were waiting in a holding room for ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman to stop talking Friday Little was filled with calm and peace. And a little feistiness. Joining him among the senior players who were elected was Dick LeBeau the former Detroit Lions defensive back who is now the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator. LeBeau has taken on a protective never-let-them-read-you persona that is typical of longtime NFL coaches. But Little poked away at LeBeau's guard. LeBeau couldn't help smiling at Little's playfulness.
On the day [TGT] was to receive assurance that [TGT] would live forever Floyd Douglas Little the man born on the Fourth of July picked at his breakfast. The Broncos' first star with national appeal Little had to wait 30 years after he was eligible for election to become the franchise's third player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday at Fawcett Field the high school home field of Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. Halfway through his two-egg omelet Saturday morning Little got a call from McDaniels who was kicking from inside his mother's womb when Little took his final handoff in 1975. The story goes that Little saved the Broncos franchise. A college sensation at Syracuse Little became the Broncos' first first-round draft pick to snub the National Football League and sign with Denver's struggling American Football League franchise. The excitement of Little's arrival coupled with a nonprofit group that funded the expansion of Bears Stadium to what became Mile High Stadium in 1968 scuttled relocation plans and kept the team in Denver. As members of the new Hall class were waiting in a holding room for ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman to stop talking Friday Little was filled with calm and peace. And a little feistiness. Joining him among the senior players who were elected was Dick LeBeau the former Detroit Lions defensive back who is now the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator. LeBeau has taken on a protective never-let-them-read-you persona that is typical of longtime NFL coaches. But Little poked away at LeBeau's guard. LeBeau couldn't help smiling at Little's playfulness.
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Propofol overdose likely cause of Michael Jackson's sudden death
Conrad Murray
A potent and lethal dose of propofol was the likely factor that induced the death of pop king Michael Jackson his personal doctor Conrad Murray told the authorities the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. In a search warrant affidavit declassified in Houston Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that he had kept giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night for about six weeks in an effort to treat his insomnia. Fearing an addiction was taking root in Jackson Murray began to wean him off the drug by reducing the daily dosage by half and mixing it with two other sedatives lorazepam and midazolam. From June 23 on he administered only two medications excluding the propofol. Two days later Murray tried to help Jackson go into sleep also without using propofol. From 2 a.m. (0900GMT) he injected lorazepam intravenously twice. He then gave the pop star midazolam since Jackson was still awake the report said. He used various drugs before 10:40 a.m. (1740GMT) when he injected 25 milligrams of propofol after Jackson insisted in getting the drug. Murray has already admitted to obtaining and administering propofol on Jackson the morning he died in an interview with LAPD detectives before the court document was made known. Making telephone calls to his Houston office and family members Murray left Jackson alone under the influence of the drug only found that Jackson stopped breathing when he was back. He performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and one of Jackson's aide called 911 but to no avail. Jackson was pronounced dead later after he was rushed to the Medical Center of University of California Los Angeles. An investigation is still underway aiming to make clear the role propofol played in Jackson's death and whether there is any wrongdoings on the part of Murray.
A potent and lethal dose of propofol was the likely factor that induced the death of [TGT] told the authorities the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. In a search warrant affidavit declassified in Houston [TGT] told the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that [TGT] had kept giving [TGT] 50 milligrams of propofol every night for about six weeks in an effort to treat [TGT] insomnia. Fearing an addiction was taking root in Jackson [TGT] began to wean [TGT] off the drug by reducing the daily dosage by half and mixing it with two other sedatives lorazepam and midazolam. From June 23 on [TGT] administered only two medications excluding the propofol. Two days later [TGT] tried to help [TGT] go into sleep also without using propofol. From 2 a.m. (0900GMT) [TGT] injected lorazepam intravenously twice. [TGT] then gave the pop star midazolam since [TGT] was still awake the report said. [TGT] used various drugs before 10:40 a.m. (1740GMT) when [TGT] injected 25 milligrams of propofol after [TGT] insisted in getting the drug. [TGT] has already admitted to obtaining and administering propofol on [TGT] the morning [TGT] died in an interview with LAPD detectives before the court document was made known. Making telephone calls to [TGT] Houston office and family members [TGT] left [TGT] alone under the influence of the drug only found that [TGT] stopped breathing when [TGT] was back. [TGT] performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and one of [TGT]'s aide called 911 but to no avail. [TGT] was pronounced dead later after [TGT] was rushed to the Medical Center of University of California Los Angeles. An investigation is still underway aiming to make clear the role propofol played in [TGT]'s death and whether there is any wrongdoings on the part of [TGT].
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Court: $1.73M award for man denied care in custody
Francisco Castaneda
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury said state prisons were to blame in part for the 2007 death of Francisco Castaneda. After he was convicted of methamphetamine possession in 2005 Castaneda spent years in state and federal facilities where he was repeatedly denied adequate care for painful lesions on his penis his lawyer Conal Doyle said Thursday. Doctors who examined Castaneda twice ordered a biopsy but he didn't get one. The first time the procedure was ordered it was denied by a prison's chief physician. It was apparently forgotten the second time because a doctor failed to follow up. Castaneda was given only pain pills and clean boxer shorts every day and his condition worsened until he had to have his penis amputated in 2007. He died shortly afterward at age 36. Doyle said Castaneda's family felt they were forced to go to trial to get answers about his care after repeated failed attempts to learn more. "The family felt like Francisco was vindicated. They felt like this was something that happened for him after he passed away to restore his honor and find justice for him " said Doyle. Castaneda's 17-year-old daughter Vanessa will be given $1.5 million in damages with the rest of the award going toward medical bills incurred for treatment after Castaneda was released from custody.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury said state prisons were to blame in part for the 2007 death of [TGT]. After he was convicted of methamphetamine possession in 2005 [TGT] spent years in state and federal facilities where [TGT] was repeatedly denied adequate care for painful lesions on [TGT] penis [TGT] lawyer Conal Doyle said Thursday. Doctors who examined [TGT] twice ordered a biopsy but [TGT] didn't get one. The first time the procedure was ordered it was denied by a prison's chief physician. It was apparently forgotten the second time because a doctor failed to follow up. [TGT] was given only pain pills and clean boxer shorts every day and [TGT] condition worsened until [TGT] had to have [TGT] penis amputated in 2007. [TGT] died shortly afterward at age 36. Doyle said [TGT]'s family felt they were forced to go to trial to get answers about [TGT] care after repeated failed attempts to learn more. "The family felt like Francisco was vindicated. They felt like this was something that happened for [TGT] after [TGT] passed away to restore [TGT] honor and find justice for [TGT] " said Doyle. [TGT]'s 17-year-old daughter Vanessa will be given $1.5 million in damages with the rest of the award going toward medical bills incurred for treatment after [TGT] was released from custody.
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Any strike against Iran would not be 'decisive': US military chief
Mike Mullen
Admiral Mike Mullen the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said he supported using diplomatic and economic pressure against Iran and repeated his view that military action could carry "unintended consequences." "No strike however effective will be in and of itself decisive " Mullen told a press conference after recently returning from a visit to the Middle East. But he said the US military stood ready with plans for possible action if necessary. Mullen and other top US officials have said previously military action against Iran cannot be ruled out. "For now the diplomatic and the economic levers of international power are and ought to be the levers first pulled " Mullen said.
[TGT]said [TGT] supported using diplomatic and economic pressure against Iran and repeated [TGT] view that military action could carry "unintended consequences." "No strike however effective will be in and of itself decisive " [TGT] told a press conference after recently returning from a visit to the Middle East. But [TGT] said the US military stood ready with plans for possible action if necessary. [TGT] and other top US officials have said previously military action against Iran cannot be ruled out. "For now the diplomatic and the economic levers of international power are and ought to be the levers first pulled " [TGT] said.
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Ted Cruz : Reagan-style tax cuts will spur China-like economic growth .
Ted Cruz
As the White House and GOP prepared to reveal the first details of its tax plan , Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the FOX Business Network that Republicans should pursue "Reagan-style" tax cuts for individuals and small businesses to boost U.S. economic growth . Cruz believes it will take at least a couple months to get a consensus in Congress . Cruz , a proponent of a flat tax , argued for a single rate on individual wages when he was a contender in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries . Cruz , speaking in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria ," argued that a tax plan that promotes "growth , fairness and simplicity" will bring an end to a period of slow growth . I think it 's important to have it in there ," Cruz said . "If you want to see Reagan-era economic growth , if you want to see booming GDP -LSB- and -RSB- small businesses growing , you 've got to have Reagan-style tax cuts ," Cruz said Wednesday , adding that tax reform led by President Ronald Reagan spurred "China-level numbers" for economic growth . Cruz said broad tax cuts will help the U.S. return to 3 % - plus GDP growth . Cruz also said Congress has been unable to agree on slashing government spending , leaving tax cuts as the best way to lower deficits .
As the White House and GOP prepared to reveal the first details of its tax plan , [TGT] told the FOX Business Network that Republicans should pursue "Reagan-style" tax cuts for individuals and small businesses to boost U.S. economic growth . [TGT] believes it will take at least a couple months to get a consensus in Congress . Cruz , a proponent of a flat tax , argued for a single rate on individual wages when he was a contender in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries . [TGT] , speaking in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria ," argued that a tax plan that promotes "growth , fairness and simplicity" will bring an end to a period of slow growth . I think it 's important to have it in there ," [TGT] said . "If you want to see Reagan-era economic growth , if you want to see booming GDP -LSB- and -RSB- small businesses growing , you 've got to have Reagan-style tax cuts ," [TGT] said Wednesday , adding that tax reform led by President Ronald Reagan spurred "China-level numbers" for economic growth . [TGT] said broad tax cuts will help the U.S. return to 3 % - plus GDP growth . [TGT] also said Congress has been unable to agree on slashing government spending , leaving tax cuts as the best way to lower deficits .
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US: Seattle restaurateur paid 4 workers to marry
Varee Bradford
A grand jury indictment cites four marriages between Thai Ginger workers who have U.S. citizenship and Thai nationals three of whom were Bradford's relatives. Bradford paid three of the workers $10 000 to more than $20 000 while another who had recently been promoted to management received a loan of $3 780 the indictment said. Bradford's attorney Jesse Cantor and her husband declined to comment Tuesday. Bradford faces a maximum prison term of five years on the conspiracy charge and 10 years on each of the document fraud counts. Tangchaiwanna is only charged with immigration fraud conspiracy and could face a maximum five years. The indictment includes a criminal forfeiture allegation meaning the government is seeking to seize any property Bradford may have purchased with proceeds from criminal activity.
A grand jury indictment cites four marriages between Thai Ginger workers who have U.S. citizenship and Thai nationals three of whom were [TGT]'s relatives. [TGT] paid three of the workers $10 000 to more than $20 000 while another who had recently been promoted to management received a loan of $3 780 the indictment said. [TGT]'s attorney Jesse Cantor and her husband declined to comment Tuesday. [TGT] faces a maximum prison term of five years on the conspiracy charge and 10 years on each of the document fraud counts. Tangchaiwanna is only charged with immigration fraud conspiracy and could face a maximum five years. The indictment includes a criminal forfeiture allegation meaning the government is seeking to seize any property [TGT] may have purchased with proceeds from criminal activity.
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ECB chief opposes new EU budget rules
Jean-Claude Trichet
The draft plan -- put together by a task force of EU finance ministers EU President Herman Van Rompuy and ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet -- was published Thursday. Crucially it includes a disclaimer that Trichet "does not subscribe to all elements" of the proposed economic governance package. ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet -- was published Thursday. Crucially it includes a disclaimer that Trichet "does not subscribe to all elements" of the proposed economic governance package. An ECB spokesman declined to say what parts Trichet does not endorse.
[TGT] was published Thursday. Crucially [TGT] includes a disclaimer that [TGT] "does not subscribe to all elements" of the proposed economic governance package. [TGT] was published Thursday. Crucially [TGT] includes a disclaimer that [TGT] "does not subscribe to all elements" of the proposed economic governance package. An ECB spokesman declined to say what parts [TGT] does not endorse.
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PolitiFact : Cruz touts his ` town halls , ' but were they really ?
Ted Cruz
Fellinger pointed us to video posts of the CVA events showing that Cruz each time took questions via a moderator , who recognized a few individuals to speak directly to Cruz . But could it be that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz does n't get personally grilled by constituents very often ? Cruz , poised to seek re-election as Texas ' junior Republican senator in 2018 , hardly has a reputation for avoiding attention . A Concerned Veterans for America spokesman , Jim Fellinger , told us each CVA event with Cruz was open to the public by registration , without the group screening out anybody who registered . Regardless , the Houston lawyer was told during the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival about a Democratic challenger 's suggestion that Cruz had n't visited small Texas towns during the term he won in 2012 . "Do you do enough interaction with your constituents , Sen. Cruz ?" Cruz , asked if he interacts enough with constituents , said : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls" in Texas . Cruz replied : "That is a huge part of the job . The events Cruz attended from April through August demonstrate that the term "town hall" can be stretched every which way , even to events not open to the public . All told , it looks to us as if Cruz took questions at gatherings of selected constituents , mostly business employees , with the three veterans events open to members of the public who registered . We wondered about that , finding that Cruz 's count largely turned on one 's definition of "town hall ." Next , we spoke with several experts about whether Cruz 's events should be considered town halls . A town hall , Cruz spokesman Phil Novack told us , is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members ." We also asked Novack to share a list of Cruz 's 2017 events in Texas that were open to the public without registration -- where anyone could ask a question on any topic . Ted Cruz Statement : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls ." It seems these town halls are open only to the people from the sections of ` town ' that support Ted Cruz . Novack told us Cruz had held 19 town halls with Texas constituents in 2017 , all "organized by third parties who determined attendees , where" the senator "has taken unvetted questions from anyone in the crowd -- at businesses , factories , chambers of commerce , and in public venues ."
Fellinger pointed us to video posts of the CVA events showing that [TGT] each time took questions via a moderator , who recognized a few individuals to speak directly to [TGT] . But could it be that [TGT] does n't get personally grilled by constituents very often ? [TGT] , poised to seek re-election as Texas ' junior Republican senator in 2018 , hardly has a reputation for avoiding attention . A Concerned Veterans for America spokesman , Jim Fellinger , told us each CVA event with [TGT] was open to the public by registration , without the group screening out anybody who registered . Regardless , the Houston lawyer was told during the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival about a Democratic challenger 's suggestion that [TGT] had n't visited small Texas towns during the term he won in 2012 . "Do you do enough interaction with your constituents , [TGT] ?" [TGT] , asked if [TGT] interacts enough with constituents , said : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls" in Texas . [TGT] replied : "That is a huge part of the job . The events [TGT] attended from April through August demonstrate that the term "town hall" can be stretched every which way , even to events not open to the public . All told , it looks to us as if [TGT] took questions at gatherings of selected constituents , mostly business employees , with the three veterans events open to members of the public who registered . We wondered about that , finding that [TGT] 's count largely turned on one 's definition of "town hall ." Next , we spoke with several experts about whether [TGT] 's events should be considered town halls . A town hall , [TGT] spokesman Phil Novack told us , is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members ." We also asked Novack to share a list of [TGT] 's 2017 events in Texas that were open to the public without registration -- where anyone could ask a question on any topic . [TGT] Statement : "In 2017 , I 've done 17 town halls ." It seems these town halls are open only to the people from the sections of ` town ' that support [TGT] . Novack told us [TGT] had held 19 town halls with Texas constituents in 2017 , all "organized by third parties who determined attendees , where" the senator "has taken unvetted questions from anyone in the crowd -- at businesses , factories , chambers of commerce , and in public venues ."
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Ex-wife of convicted spy Pollard moves to Israel
Anne Pollard
Elad Sonn a spokesman for Israel's immigration ministry said Anne Pollard appealed to the Israeli consulate in New York last week for aid. Sonn says she landed in Israel on Monday with her father. Anne Pollard was arrested in 1985 and found guilty of being an accomplice to her then-husband. He pleaded guilty to passing secrets to Israel and is serving a life sentence. After arriving in Israel Anne Pollard told reporters "I'm overwhelmed I'm so happy to be here I missed Israel so much and there's no place like home." She lived in Israel for a few years in the 1990s. Israel has long called for Jonathan PollardJonathan Pollard's release and his ex-wife agreed. "Twenty-five long years and it's time and I'm very very very hopeful that the U.S. government will release him now." Jonathan and Anne Pollard divorced in 1990. He remarried in 1993 while in prison. Jonathan and Anne Pollard divorced in 1990. He remarried in 1993 while in prison.
Elad Sonn a spokesman for Israel's immigration ministry said [TGT] appealed to the Israeli consulate in New York last week for aid. Sonn says [TGT] landed in Israel on Monday with [TGT] father. [TGT] was arrested in 1985 and found guilty of being an accomplice to [TGT] then-husband. [TGT] pleaded guilty to passing secrets to Israel and is serving a life sentence. After arriving in Israel [TGT] told reporters "I'm overwhelmed I'm so happy to be here I missed Israel so much and there's no place like home." [TGT] lived in Israel for a few years in the 1990s. Israel has long called for [TGT] release and [TGT] ex-wife agreed. "Twenty-five long years and it's time and I'm very very very hopeful that the U.S. government will release [TGT] now.[TGT] divorced in 1990. [TGT] remarried in 1993 while in prison. [TGT] divorced in 1990. [TGT] remarried in 1993 while in prison.
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Leading Spanish daily in rare break with socialist PM
Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
There was a growing feeling that "he (Zapatero) acts with improvisation and flippancy against one of the most serious economic crises of the country's history " it said. "If the government that Zapatero presides (over) wants to move away from the slippery slope it is on and ensure its continuity and most importantly drive the economic recovery and not dive into the abyss a change is necessary " it added. The left-wing newspaper has in recent weeks been highly critical of Zapatero's personal leadership style and economic policies. El Pais was the Prime Minister's main media ally before and after he came to power in 2004. Earlier this month the newspaper published a huge caricature depicting Zapatero at the helm of a sinking map of Spain encircled by sharks marked unemployment and deficit. It also comes on the heels of the resignation this month by three former cabinet ministers in Zapatero's government from their seats in parliament in what has been seen as a sign of a growing split within the ruling party. El Pais accused Zapatero of increasingly adopting a "presidential" style and said change was needed "not only with respect to the political measures adopted but also in the way they are taken and executed which has reached an unprecedented level of confusion."
There was a growing feeling that "he ([TGT]) acts with improvisation and flippancy against one of the most serious economic crises of the country's history " it said. "If the government that [TGT] presides (over) wants to move away from the slippery slope it is on and ensure its continuity and most importantly drive the economic recovery and not dive into the abyss a change is necessary " it added. The left-wing newspaper has in recent weeks been highly critical of [TGT]'s personal leadership style and economic policies. El Pais was the Prime Minister's main media ally before and after [TGT] came to power in 2004. Earlier this month the newspaper published a huge caricature depicting [TGT] at the helm of a sinking map of Spain encircled by sharks marked unemployment and deficit. It also comes on the heels of the resignation this month by three former cabinet ministers in [TGT]'s government from their seats in parliament in what has been seen as a sign of a growing split within the ruling party. El Pais accused [TGT] of increasingly adopting a "presidential" style and said change was needed "not only with respect to the political measures adopted but also in the way they are taken and executed which has reached an unprecedented level of confusion."
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Al Franken : No regrets on devoting chapter to his loathing of Ted Cruz .
Ted Cruz
Despite his outspoken liberalism , Franken has worked hard to make friends with Republicans , Cruz excepted . Of late , Cruz has shown a humbler , more compassionate side . Franken was unsparing in his criticism of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his book , "Al Franken : Giant of the Senate ." Would America be better off if it had elected Cruz and not Trump president ? The second , Chapter 37 , "Sophistry ," details how much he loathes Sen. Ted Cruz , whom he describes as a smarmy , condescending grandstander . "He 's the exception that proves the rule ," Franken told the American-Statesman , explaining his decision to abandon normal senatorial courtesy in writing about Cruz . Smith said that he did n't know Cruz would figure so importantly in Franken 's book when he arranged for Franken 's prime spot at the conference , but said , "It 's the cherry on the sundae ." As for Cruz , Franken said he has no regrets about committing his misgivings to print . Franken and Cruz will bookend the Texas Tribune Festival this weekend . On Sunday , Smith will moderate a discussion with Cruz and his Texas Republican Senate colleague , John Cornyn . When the book came out in May , Cruz told Politico , "Al is trying to sell books and apparently he 's decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books . Smith will moderate a discussion with Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz at 9 a.m. on Sunday , also at Hogg Auditorium . As far as he knows , Smith said , "it 's the only event that has both Al Franken and Ted Cruz on the program ," and , he said , no speaker in the festival 's history has generated as much advance interest and excitement as Franken . Also , American-Statesman chief political writer Jonathan Tilove will interview U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke , D-El Paso , who is running for Cruz 's Senate seat .
Despite his outspoken liberalism , Franken has worked hard to make friends with Republicans , [TGT] excepted . Of late , [TGT] has shown a humbler , more compassionate side . Franken was unsparing in his criticism of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his book , "Al Franken : Giant of the Senate ." Would America be better off if it had elected Cruz and not Trump president ? The second , Chapter 37 , "Sophistry ," details how much he loathes Sen. Ted Cruz , whom he describes as a smarmy , condescending grandstander . "He 's the exception that proves the rule ," Franken told the American-Statesman , explaining his decision to abandon normal senatorial courtesy in writing about [TGT] . Smith said that he did n't know [TGT] would figure so importantly in Franken 's book when he arranged for Franken 's prime spot at the conference , but said , "It 's the cherry on the sundae ." As for [TGT] , Franken said he has no regrets about committing his misgivings to print . Franken and [TGT] will bookend the Texas Tribune Festival this weekend . On Sunday , Smith will moderate a discussion with [TGT] and his Texas Republican Senate colleague , John Cornyn . When the book came out in May , [TGT] told Politico , "Al is trying to sell books and apparently he 's decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books . Smith will moderate a discussion with Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and [TGT] at 9 a.m. on Sunday , also at Hogg Auditorium . As far as he knows , Smith said , "it 's the only event that has both Al Franken and [TGT] on the program ," and , he said , no speaker in the festival 's history has generated as much advance interest and excitement as Franken . Also , American-Statesman chief political writer Jonathan Tilove will interview U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke , D-El Paso , who is running for [TGT] 's Senate seat .
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Lenovo quarterly profit rebounds on strong sales
Yang Yuanqing
"Our growth was driven by gains in almost all regions of the world particularly China and other emerging markets " CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a conference call. Still Yang cautioned that corporate spending was not expected to revive until at least the second half of 2010 which could weigh on revenues. He said Lenovo also faces pressure from rising component costs. Yang said Lenovo plans to expand aggressively in mobile Internet after launching a netbook and a Web-enabled smart phone last month. The company paid $200 million in November to buy back mobile phone assets that it sold earlier to focus on PCs. "We believe Lenovo's mobile Internet products have high potential " Yang said. "We will continue to invest heavily in emerging markets and in consumer businesses -- especially mobile Internet -- to achieve sustainable growth."
"Our growth was driven by gains in almost all regions of the world particularly China and other emerging markets [TGT] said in a conference call. Still [TGT] cautioned that corporate spending was not expected to revive until at least the second half of 2010 which could weigh on revenues. [TGT] said Lenovo also faces pressure from rising component costs. [TGT] said Lenovo plans to expand aggressively in mobile Internet after launching a netbook and a Web-enabled smart phone last month. The company paid $200 million in November to buy back mobile phone assets that it sold earlier to focus on PCs. "We believe Lenovo's mobile Internet products have high potential [TGT] said. "We will continue to invest heavily in emerging markets and in consumer businesses -- especially mobile Internet -- to achieve sustainable growth."
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French nuke tests cloud victims' health 50 years on
Auguste Ribet
"Right after the explosion they told us 'Go and see what happened' " wheezes 74 -year-old throat cancer sufferer Auguste Ribet unfurling a sheaf of paperwork documenting his long struggle for justice. Ribet has been diagnosed with several simultaneous cancers over the past ten years. He wants the French state to recognise that he and several of his deceased comrades are victims of the tests carried out in Algeria. Ribet like most of the other veterans has yet to go to court. He still holds out hope that a law passed last month lessening the burden of proof on veterans by establishing a presumption of a causal link between the bombs and cancer may see veterans at last win recognition as victims.
"Right after the explosion they told us 'Go and see what happened' " wheezes [TGT]unfurling a sheaf of paperwork documenting [TGT] long struggle for justice. [TGT] has been diagnosed with several simultaneous cancers over the past ten years. [TGT] wants the French state to recognise that [TGT] and several of [TGT] deceased comrades are victims of the tests carried out in Algeria. Ribet like most of the other veterans has yet to go to court. He still holds out hope that a law passed last month lessening the burden of proof on veterans by establishing a presumption of a causal link between the bombs and cancer may see veterans at last win recognition as victims.
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ECONOMIC PESSIMISTS GAIN CACHET
Albert Edwards
Albert Edwards an investment strategist in London for the French bank Societe Generale considers the debate a waste of time. To be specific he forecasts a "bloody deep recession" that produces a stock market collapse of at least 60 percent followed by years of inflation of 20 percent to 30 percent as the persistent printing of money by central banks desperate to improve the situation sends prices soaring. Once frequently shown the door by disbelieving clients Edwards recently drew 600 investors to a conference in London. Further afield Raoul Pal a former Goldman Sachs derivatives expert and hedge fund manager has attracted a growing following with his monthly research note that most recently predicted a depression in the United States similar to that of the 1930s and eventual bankruptcy for Britain. But if investors had been following the advice of Edwards or Pal over the last month as stocks have bounced back they would have lost money as both men readily acknowledge. Edwards has advised investors to be heavily underinvested in all equities and Pal is betting against the U.S. stock market as well as shorting the euro. As for whether central banks can rescue their economies through a fresh round of money injection both Pal and Edwards are skeptical.
[TGT]considers the debate a waste of time. To be specific [TGT] forecasts a "bloody deep recession" that produces a stock market collapse of at least 60 percent followed by years of inflation of 20 percent to 30 percent as the persistent printing of money by central banks desperate to improve the situation sends prices soaring. Once frequently shown the door by disbelieving clients [TGT] recently drew 600 investors to a conference in London. Further afield Raoul Pal a former Goldman Sachs derivatives expert and hedge fund manager has attracted a growing following with [TGT] monthly research note that most recently predicted a depression in the United States similar to that of the 1930s and eventual bankruptcy for Britain. But if investors had been following the advice of [TGT] or Pal over the last month as stocks have bounced back they would have lost money as both men readily acknowledge. [TGT] has advised investors to be heavily underinvested in all equities and Pal is betting against the U.S. stock market as well as shorting the euro. As for whether central banks can rescue their economies through a fresh round of money injection both Pal and [TGT] are skeptical.
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PAOLO GIORDANO ' S " SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS " : SCARRED SOULS
Alice
The primes are "suspicious solitary numbers " Giordano writes. Perhaps they would prefer to be ordinary numbers "but for some reason they couldn't do it." And he elaborates: There are some that almost touch -- 17 and 19 41 and 43 -- but are separated by an even number. As the numbers expand these so-called twin primes become ever rarer and the presentiment develops that these were accidents and "that solitude is the true destiny." But then if you count long enough you'll find another pair of twins "clutching each other tightly." Giordano depicts with aching vividness the traumas out of which Alice and Mattia emerge disabled. Alice's ski fall might be only that despite a permanently crippled leg. But we get horror seen from within: a father who bullies her even if lovingly into enduring the cold the awkwardness the fear of something she has so little taste for that she humiliatingly befouls her ski pants. Adults cannot suspect what furnishes a child's nightmare; here the reader is made to live it. Giordano remarkably and movingly portrays the hesitant groping toward warmth that works beneath the pair's emotional disabilities. Alice unable to tolerate not just food but also the vitality it stands for assumes a touchingly decisive if frail seductiveness with the shaky Mattia. When at 22 he brings himself to tell her about his sister she embraces him they kiss and for a moment it seems things will change. Only briefly; Mattia retreats goes off to Scandinavia. Upon his return years later there is another almost-moment. That too will vanish. Alice's reaching out though tentative is genuine. His response describes a parabola: rising seeming to converge dropping away. He is the man who fell to earth; she is earth though crumbly. What is even more distinctive and transforming is the writing. The author works with piercing subtlety. He manages -- moving from math to physics -- an exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level emotion's muons gluons and quarks. Take that kiss: "All Mattia saw was a shadow moving toward him. He instinctively closed his eyes and then felt Alice's hot mouth on his her tears on his cheek or maybe they weren't hers and finally her hands so light holding his head still and catching all his thoughts and imprisoning them there in the space that no longer existed between them."
The primes are "suspicious solitary numbers " Giordano writes. Perhaps they would prefer to be ordinary numbers "but for some reason they couldn't do it." And he elaborates: There are some that almost touch -- 17 and 19 41 and 43 -- but are separated by an even number. As the numbers expand these so-called twin primes become ever rarer and the presentiment develops that these were accidents and "that solitude is the true destiny." But then if you count long enough you'll find another pair of twins "clutching each other tightly." Giordano depicts with aching vividness the traumas out of which [TGT] and Mattia emerge disabled. Alice's ski fall might be only that despite a permanently crippled leg. But we get horror seen from within: a father who bullies her even if lovingly into enduring the cold the awkwardness the fear of something she has so little taste for that she humiliatingly befouls her ski pants. Adults cannot suspect what furnishes a child's nightmare; here the reader is made to live it. Giordano remarkably and movingly portrays the hesitant groping toward warmth that works beneath the pair's emotional disabilities. [TGT]unable to tolerate not just food but also the vitality it stands for assumes a touchingly decisive if frail seductiveness with the shaky Mattia. When at 22 he brings himself to tell [TGT] about his sister [TGT] embraces him they kiss and for a moment it seems things will change. Only briefly; Mattia retreats goes off to Scandinavia. Upon his return years later there is another almost-moment. That too will vanish. [TGT]'s reaching out though tentative is genuine. [TGT] response describes a parabola: rising seeming to converge dropping away. [TGT] is the man who fell to earth; [TGT] is earth though crumbly. What is even more distinctive and transforming is the writing. The author works with piercing subtlety. He manages -- moving from math to physics -- an exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level emotion's muons gluons and quarks. Take that kiss: "All Mattia saw was a shadow moving toward him. He instinctively closed his eyes and then felt [TGT]'s hot mouth on his [TGT] tears on his cheek or maybe they weren't hers and finally her hands so light holding his head still and catching all his thoughts and imprisoning them there in the space that no longer existed between them."
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Stephen Colbert mocks Ted Cruz 's Twitter porn incident at the Emmys .
Ted Cruz
Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert skewered Texas Sen. Ted Cruz Sunday for a "staffing issue" in which a pornographic video was "liked" by his Twitter account . Cruz then joked with a reporter that he should have pulled a stunt like the incident during the campaign because of all the attention he has received from it . "Just ask Ted Cruz ." Cruz 's staff informed Twitter on Tuesday about a pornographic video his personal social media account "liked ," with the senator adding "it was a staffing issue , and it was inadvertent .
Emmy Awards host Stephen Colbert skewered [TGT] Sunday for a "staffing issue" in which a pornographic video was "liked" by [TGT] Twitter account . [TGT] then joked with a reporter that [TGT] should have pulled a stunt like the incident during the campaign because of all the attention [TGT] has received from it . "Just ask [TGT] ." [TGT] 's staff informed Twitter on Tuesday about a pornographic video [TGT] personal social media account "liked ," with the senator adding "it was a staffing issue , and it was inadvertent .
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Hillary Clinton talks gun silencer bill after massacre .
Hillary Clinton
-LRB- CNN -RRB- Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton , amid the fallout of the massacre in Las Vegas , turned the political spotlight on a gun bill that 's currently making its way through the House . Clinton repeatedly brought up the need for tougher gun control laws during the 2016 president campaign .
-LRB- CNN -RRB- [TGT] , amid the fallout of the massacre in Las Vegas , turned the political spotlight on a gun bill that 's currently making its way through the House . [TGT] repeatedly brought up the need for tougher gun control laws during the 2016 president campaign .
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Ex-ESPN worker who had affair with analyst sues
Hundley
ESPN said Hundley's claims are without merit. The Connecticut-based network said its investigation found Hundley's characterization of the events inconsistent. "Hundley's claims are without merit and we will vigorously defend against them " ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. "Her current charges do not accurately portray ESPN's handling of the matter." Phillips acknowledged his relationship with Hundley. Phillips and Hundley were fired in October. Hundley's claims are without merit and we will vigorously defend against them " ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. "Her current charges do not accurately portray ESPN's handling of the matter."
ESPN said [TGT]'s claims are without merit. The Connecticut-based network said its investigation found [TGT]'s characterization of the events inconsistent. "[TGT]'s claims are without merit and we will vigorously defend against [TGT] " ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. "Her current charges do not accurately portray ESPN's handling of the matter." Phillips acknowledged his relationship with [TGT]. [TGT] were fired in October. [TGT]'s claims are without merit and [TGT] will vigorously defend against [TGT] " ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said. "Her current charges do not accurately portray ESPN's handling of the matter."
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Roy Moore Makes Ted Cruz Look Like a Democrat .
Ted Cruz
and Ted Cruz -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- seem more libertines than libertarians .
and [TGT] -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- seem more libertines than libertarians .
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Blonde who calls Berlusconi 'Daddy' turns 19
Silvio Berlusconi
The aspiring model who calls Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi "Daddy" on Tuesday marks a year since he attended her 18th birthday party prompting his wife to file for divorce. Reports in the Italian press that Berlusconi went to the modest apartment of Letizia's parents on the outskirts of Naples to attend her 18th birthday party -- when he offered her an expensive necklace -- led to a public row between the prime minister and his second wife Veronica Lario. Twenty years his junior Lario was quoted as telling a friend she could not stay married to a man who "frequents minors." News reports said Berlusconi first contacted Letizia without her parents knowing after he spotted pictures of her in a file of hopeful models while he claimed to be friends with her parents. The scandal was soon followed by the emergence of sizzling photographs of topless women lounging in the gardens of Berlusconi's luxury villa in Sardinia and revelations that a call girl accepted 2 000 euros (2 800 dollars) to spend the night with him at his Rome residence.
The aspiring model who calls [TGT]" on Tuesday marks a year since [TGT] attended her 18th birthday party prompting [TGT] wife to file for divorce. Reports in the Italian press that [TGT] went to the modest apartment of Letizia's parents on the outskirts of Naples to attend her 18th birthday party -- when [TGT] offered her an expensive necklace -- led to a public row between the prime minister and [TGT] second wife Veronica Lario. Twenty years [TGT] junior Lario was quoted as telling a friend she could not stay married to a man who "frequents minors." News reports said [TGT] first contacted Letizia without her parents knowing after [TGT] spotted pictures of her in a file of hopeful models while [TGT] claimed to be friends with her parents. The scandal was soon followed by the emergence of sizzling photographs of topless women lounging in the gardens of [TGT]'s luxury villa in Sardinia and revelations that a call girl accepted 2 000 euros (2 800 dollars) to spend the night with [TGT] at [TGT] Rome residence.
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Hillary Clinton : The GOP Keeps Playing to the ` Racism and Sexism That Got Trump Elected ' .
Hillary Clinton
Clinton feels our pain , and our confusion -- even the guilt of people who come up and tell her they did n't vote for her , and they 're so sorry ! Promoting What Happened , Clinton is hitting the big media spots . She 's talking to The Nation , for the first time ; to the women who work at the millennial-oriented Mic , and to CNN analyst -LRB- and loyal 2016 Clinton surrogate -RRB- Bakari Sellars for the debut of his podcast . I caught up with Clinton at her midtown office in between book signings . We should get a few disclosures out of the way : My daughter worked for Clinton in five states last year -LRB- Clinton greeted me with "How 's Nora ?" -RRB- I endorsed Clinton in January 2016 , in the pages of The Nation , at least partly because of the media 's repeated certainty that nobody , nowhere , actually liked her ; that her supporters were all Democratic Party hacks and cat ladies and people who did n't know better . Meeting Hillary Clinton in 2017 is a mind-bending experience .
[TGT] feels our pain , and our confusion -- even the guilt of people who come up and tell [TGT] they did n't vote for [TGT] , and they 're so sorry ! Promoting What Happened , [TGT] is hitting the big media spots . [TGT] 's talking to The Nation , for the first time ; to the women who work at the millennial-oriented Mic , and to CNN analyst -LRB- and loyal 2016 [TGT] surrogate -RRB- Bakari Sellars for the debut of his podcast . I caught up with [TGT] at [TGT] midtown office in between book signings . We should get a few disclosures out of the way : [TGT] worked for [TGT] in five states last year -LRB- [TGT] greeted me with "How 's Nora ?" -RRB- I endorsed [TGT] in January 2016 , in the pages of The Nation , at least partly because of the media 's repeated certainty that nobody , nowhere , actually liked [TGT] ; that [TGT] supporters were all Democratic Party hacks and cat ladies and people who did n't know better . [TGT] in 2017 is a mind-bending experience .
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US ex-astronaut pleads guilty in love-triangle attack
Colleen Shipman
Nowak a mother of three had initially been accused of pepper-spraying Shipman after driving 1 500 kilometers (900 miles) from Houston Texas to Orlando International Airport to confront her. With tears in her eyes Shipman told the hearing she was sure "100 percent that Lisa Nowak came here to kill me. It was only by the grace of God and some quick footwork that saved my life. "It was in her eyes a blood-chilling expression of unlimited rage and glee " Shipman added. Nowak who allegedly wore adult diapers during her cross-country trip so she would not have to make bathroom breaks was dismissed from the astronaut corps in 2007 after her arrest. The judge asked Nowak to publicly apologize to Shipman in the courtroom. "I am sincerely sorry for causing fear and misunderstanding and all of this intense public exposure that you have suffered " Nowak said. Nowak who has flown aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery was told by the Florida court to write her apology within the next 10 days and to stay away from Shipman. The judge gave her credit for time served so she will not go to jail.
Nowak a mother of three had initially been accused of pepper-spraying Shipman after driving 1 500 kilometers (900 miles) from Houston Texas to Orlando International Airport to confront her. With tears in her eyes Shipman told the hearing she was sure "100 percent that Lisa Nowak came here to kill me. It was only by the grace of God and some quick footwork that saved my life. "It was in her eyes a blood-chilling expression of unlimited rage and glee " Shipman added. Nowak who allegedly wore adult diapers during her cross-country trip so she would not have to make bathroom breaks was dismissed from the astronaut corps in 2007 after her arrest. The judge asked Nowak to publicly apologize to Shipman in the courtroom. "I am sincerely sorry for causing fear and misunderstanding and all of this intense public exposure that you have suffered " Nowak said. Nowak who has flown aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery was told by the Florida court to write her apology within the next 10 days and to stay away from Shipman. The judge gave her credit for time served so she will not go to jail.
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Cuba ' s energy woes in focus at oil partners
Hugo Chavez
"Petrocaribe will be strengthened -- independent of the international situation independent of the price of oil " Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said as he arrived Friday in St. Kitts. His country's state Bolivarian News Agency said Petrocaribe leaders meet "with the expectation of its expansion as well as new programs of cooperation and attention to a world increasingly thirsty for fuel." During the meeting Chavez called the pact a geopolitical and social "offensive for unity " and said Venezuela is open to accepting other nations. "If some countries want to join the doors are open " he said. The plan promotes Chavez's vision of regional independence from the United States and the lure of cheap oil has drawn countries friendly to Washington as well as his leftist allies.
"Petrocaribe will be strengthened -- independent of the international situation independent of the price of [TGT] said as [TGT] arrived Friday in St. Kitts. [TGT] country's state Bolivarian News Agency said Petrocaribe leaders meet "with the expectation of its expansion as well as new programs of cooperation and attention to a world increasingly thirsty for fuel." During the meeting [TGT] called the pact a geopolitical and social "offensive for unity " and said Venezuela is open to accepting other nations. "If some countries want to join the doors are open " [TGT] said. The plan promotes [TGT]'s vision of regional independence from the United States and the lure of cheap oil has drawn countries friendly to Washington as well as [TGT] leftist allies.
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' 24 ' to end after current season
Kiefer Sutherland
Fox announced Friday that its action-packed real-time show starring Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. Sutherland said in a statement that the show's cast and crew "always wanted '24' to finish on a high note so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of "24." The show has received 68 Emmy nominations winning for outstanding drama series and for Sutherland as lead drama actor in 2006. Kiefer Sutherland as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. Sutherland said in a statement that the show's cast and crew "always wanted '24' to finish on a high note so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of "24." The show has received 68 Emmy nominations winning for outstanding drama series and for Sutherland as lead drama actor in 2006. "This has been the role of a lifetime and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible " Sutherland said. "But when all is said and done it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer and for that I am eternally grateful."
Fox announced Friday that [TGT] as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. [TGT] said in a statement that [TGT]'s cast and crew "always wanted '24' to finish on a high note so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of "24." The show has received 68 Emmy nominations winning for outstanding drama series and for [TGT] as lead drama actor in 2006. [TGT] as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer will wind down at the end of its current eighth season on May 24. [TGT] said in a statement that the show's cast and crew "always wanted '24' to finish on a high note so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon." He also said he was looking forward to creating a film version of "24." The show has received 68 Emmy nominations winning for outstanding drama series and for [TGT] as lead drama actor in 2006. "This has been the role of a lifetime and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible [TGT] said. "But when all is said and done it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer and for that I am eternally grateful."
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Nancy Pelosi
Against this backdrop emerged one of the more heartening stories of late a reminder that beneath our ideological differences lies a common humanity and a shared commitment to make this nation a better place to live even if we disagree profoundly on how to go about it. I'm referring to the grace and eloquence that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demonstrated last week at the U.S. Capitol ceremony to unveil the statue of former President Ronald Reagan. Pelosi did not just go through the motions. She spoke of the late president's appreciation for bipartisanship and civility and his sense of humor. She noted that his statue contained chunks of the Berlin Wall a "symbol of his commitment to national security and his success." She credited former first lady Nancy Reagan for her role in her husband's achievements as well as for the impact of her advocacy of stem-cell research. Pelosi was obviously aware of all that yet she saw fit to recognize the moment -- and the reality that the California Legislature had approved the statue replacement with just one dissenting vote -- with class and perspective. The contrast of the Reagan ceremony with the tone of contemporary politics could not have been more striking. PelosiPelosi herself has been a target of an overwrought Republican campaign to discredit her as a "hypocrite" because she failed to speak out about the Bush administration's plans to waterboard terrorist suspects after supposedly being briefed in 2002. So let's get this straight: The Bush gang stretches the law to authorize and inflict torture and the most vigorous supporters of that policy want to deflect the heat on Pelosi who -- even if she did remain silent after classified briefings -- clearly opposes the practice? It's a twisted political world. As Pelosi noted in her citation of Reagan's friendship with one of her predecessors as speaker -- Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill a proud lion of New Deal liberalism -- there is something special something very American about transcending partisanship on a human level and of respecting ideological differences. These values too often get lost in the furor of modern political warfare.
Against this backdrop emerged one of the more heartening stories of late a reminder that beneath our ideological differences lies a common humanity and a shared commitment to make this nation a better place to live even if we disagree profoundly on how to go about it. I'm referring to the grace and eloquence that [TGT] demonstrated last week at the U.S. Capitol ceremony to unveil the statue of former President Ronald Reagan. [TGT] did not just go through the motions. [TGT] spoke of the late president's appreciation for bipartisanship and civility and [TGT] sense of humor. [TGT] noted that [TGT] statue contained chunks of the Berlin Wall a "symbol of [TGT] commitment to national security and [TGT] success." [TGT] credited former first lady Nancy Reagan for [TGT] role in [TGT] husband's achievements as well as for the impact of [TGT] advocacy of stem-cell research. [TGT] was obviously aware of all that yet [TGT] saw fit to recognize the moment -- and the reality that the California Legislature had approved the statue replacement with just one dissenting vote -- with class and perspective. The contrast of the Reagan ceremony with the tone of contemporary politics could not have been more striking. PelosiPelosi herself has been a target of an overwrought Republican campaign to discredit her as a "hypocrite" because she failed to speak out about the Bush administration's plans to waterboard terrorist suspects after supposedly being briefed in 2002. So let's get this straight: The Bush gang stretches the law to authorize and inflict torture and the most vigorous supporters of that policy want to deflect the heat on [TGT] who -- even if she did remain silent after classified briefings -- clearly opposes the practice? It's a twisted political world. As [TGT] noted in her citation of Reagan's friendship with one of her predecessors as speaker -- Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill a proud lion of New Deal liberalism -- there is something special something very American about transcending partisanship on a human level and of respecting ideological differences. These values too often get lost in the furor of modern political warfare.
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Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz to Square Off During Televised Tax Reform Debate on Wednesday .
Ted Cruz
and Sen. Ted Cruz -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- , who trailed right behind the frontrunners in the Republican and Democratic primaries , will debate each other and field questions from audience members in a town hall on CNN . CNN 's Dana Bash and Jake Tapper -- who questioned Republican primary candidates like Cruz during a debate in 2015 -- will moderate Wednesday night 's debate at 9 p.m. ET . The two senators diverge dramatically on the ideological spectrum , with Sanders describing himself as a "democratic socialist" and Cruz often seen as a staunch conservative . While Sanders has vilified rich corporations for their alleged greed , Cruz advocated for more than halving the corporate tax rate in September . According to Reuters , Cruz sought a 15-20 percent tax rate , similar to proposals issued by Trump and much lower than the current 35 percent rate . Cruz has argued for eliminating the estate tax , also known as the "death tax ," while Sanders has called for a progressive estate tax structure . Earlier this year , CNN hosted a debate between Sanders and Cruz on health care reform .
and Sen. Ted Cruz -LRB- R-Texas -RRB- , who trailed right behind the frontrunners in the Republican and Democratic primaries , will debate each other and field questions from audience members in a town hall on CNN . CNN 's Dana Bash and Jake Tapper -- who questioned Republican primary candidates like [TGT] during a debate in 2015 -- will moderate Wednesday night 's debate at 9 p.m. ET . The two senators diverge dramatically on the ideological spectrum , with Sanders describing himself as a "democratic socialist" and [TGT] often seen as a staunch conservative . While Sanders has vilified rich corporations for their alleged greed , [TGT] advocated for more than halving the corporate tax rate in September . According to Reuters , [TGT] sought a 15-20 percent tax rate , similar to proposals issued by Trump and much lower than the current 35 percent rate . [TGT] has argued for eliminating the estate tax , also known as the "death tax ," while Sanders has called for a progressive estate tax structure . Earlier this year , CNN hosted a debate between Sanders and [TGT] on health care reform .
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BERNANKE TURNS TO CONGRESS
Ben Bernanke
HARWICH - Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledging that failures in oversight contributed to a near-catastrophic financial crisis yesterday called on Congress to enact comprehensive changes that he said would close gaps in regulation prevent future bailouts and create a council of top regulators to identify risks to the nation's financial system. Bernanke speaking at the annual conference of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank said the Fed has already taken a number of steps to improve supervision of banks expanding its focus from individual institutions to include stability of the financial system. In addition it has taken steps to crack down on risky practices including issuing guidelines to banks to overhaul bonus systems that may spur employees to take excessive risks. Ultimately however Congress must act Bernanke said. The nation needs a way to deal with the failure of large complex financial institutions without putting the entire system at risk or bailing them out with taxpayer money. It needs to bring all financial institutions under rigorous federal oversight. And it needs to coordinate information and action among US financial regulators to identify and prevent threats to financial stability he said. "It remains critical for Congress to close regulatory gaps and provide supervisors with additional tools for anticipating and managing systemic risks " Bernanke said in prepared remarks. "Large complex financial firms that do not own a bank but nonetheless pose risks to the overall financial system must not be permitted to avoid comprehensive and effective supervisory oversight." Bernanke was the keynote speaker at a three-day conference sponsored by the Boston Fed. The conference entitled "After the Fall " brought together business and academic economists to explore ways to prevent another financial crisis like the one that edged the US and global economies toward another depression. Bernanke said aggressive and coordinated international efforts by central banks and governments had averted a collapse in the global financial and economic systems. Conditions have improved substantially in recent months he said. "However even though we avoided the worst financial and economic outcomes the fallout from the crisis has nonetheless been very severe " he said. "Now is the time for policy makers to take action to reduce the probability and severity of future crises."
[TGT]acknowledging that failures in oversight contributed to a near-catastrophic financial crisis yesterday called on Congress to enact comprehensive changes that [TGT] said would close gaps in regulation prevent future bailouts and create a council of top regulators to identify risks to the nation's financial system. [TGT]speaking at the annual conference of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank said the Fed has already taken a number of steps to improve supervision of banks expanding its focus from individual institutions to include stability of the financial system. In addition [TGT] has taken steps to crack down on risky practices including issuing guidelines to banks to overhaul bonus systems that may spur employees to take excessive risks. Ultimately however Congress must act [TGT] said. The nation needs a way to deal with the failure of large complex financial institutions without putting the entire system at risk or bailing them out with taxpayer money. It needs to bring all financial institutions under rigorous federal oversight. And it needs to coordinate information and action among US financial regulators to identify and prevent threats to financial stability he said. "It remains critical for Congress to close regulatory gaps and provide supervisors with additional tools for anticipating and managing systemic risks " [TGT] said in prepared remarks. "Large complex financial firms that do not own a bank but nonetheless pose risks to the overall financial system must not be permitted to avoid comprehensive and effective supervisory oversight.[TGT] was the keynote speaker at a three-day conference sponsored by the Boston Fed. The conference entitled "After the Fall " brought together business and academic economists to explore ways to prevent another financial crisis like the one that edged the US and global economies toward another depression. [TGT] said aggressive and coordinated international efforts by central banks and governments had averted a collapse in the global financial and economic systems. Conditions have improved substantially in recent months [TGT] said. "However even though we avoided the worst financial and economic outcomes the fallout from the crisis has nonetheless been very severe " [TGT] said. "Now is the time for policy makers to take action to reduce the probability and severity of future crises."
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Greece seeks advice -- not cash -- from IMF
George Papandreou
Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday stressed that position had not changed. "There is no way that we will either leave the euro or seek (outside) support with the International Monetary Fund. We do not need to " said Papandreou making comments to mark 100 days since taking office. Papandreou argued Greece's economy had been battered by decades of public corruption. "It would be very easy to say that all these problems were created by the international financial crisis. But cronyism lack of accountability and corruption have nothing to do with the international crisis " he said.
[TGT] on Wednesday stressed that position had not changed. "There is no way that we will either leave the euro or seek (outside) support with the International Monetary Fund. We do not need to " said [TGT] making comments to mark 100 days since taking office. [TGT] argued Greece's economy had been battered by decades of public corruption. "It would be very easy to say that all these problems were created by the international financial crisis. But cronyism lack of accountability and corruption have nothing to do with the international crisis " [TGT] said.
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After elimination Ronaldo admits to playing with pain
Ronaldo
After Corinthians' elimination from the Libertadores Cup Ronaldo admitted on Thursday to be playing with pain. The star striker also insinuated that he is being negatively persecuted by the media. Visibly emotional after the series loss to Flamengo in the round of 16 of the Libertadores Cup Ronaldo said that he is playing with continuous pain. The athlete also declared that in no way is he a fan of Flamengo. "I am 33-year-old. I have gone through eight operations and I feel a lot of pain. Despite my afflictions I still have to deal with questions about my passion for the game. As long as the fans support me as long as Corinthians supports me I will continue to play " described Ronaldo. Ronaldo expressed his disappointment in his team's elimination from the tournament. However he expressed his excitement for the prospect of winning the 2010 Brazilian Championship. Additionally Ronaldo expressed his love and appreciation for not only the fans of Corinthians but the organization as a whole believing that the club's centennial year will be special. Corinthians opens the 2010 Brazilian Championship on May 9 against Atletico-PR at home. Ronaldo intends on beginning the tournament with a strong message proving the media wrong and showing that he still has a lot of talent left on the field.
After Corinthians' elimination from the Libertadores Cup [TGT] admitted on Thursday to be playing with pain. The star striker also insinuated that he is being negatively persecuted by the media. Visibly emotional after the series loss to Flamengo in the round of 16 of the Libertadores Cup [TGT] said that [TGT] is playing with continuous pain. [TGT] also declared that in no way is [TGT] a fan of Flamengo. "I am 33-year-old. I have gone through eight operations and I feel a lot of pain. Despite my afflictions I still have to deal with questions about my passion for the game. As long as the fans support me as long as Corinthians supports me I will continue to play " described [TGT]. [TGT] expressed [TGT] disappointment in [TGT] team's elimination from the tournament. However [TGT] expressed [TGT] excitement for the prospect of winning the 2010 Brazilian Championship. [TGT] expressed [TGT] love and appreciation for not only the fans of Corinthians but the organization as a whole believing that the club's centennial year will be special. Corinthians opens the 2010 Brazilian Championship on May 9 against Atletico-PR at home. [TGT] intends on beginning the tournament with a strong message proving the media wrong and showing that [TGT] still has a lot of talent left on the field.
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Obama Team Dismisses Drudge's Claim on Health Plan
Linda Douglass
The video shows White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass sitting in front of a computer monitor displaying the Drudge Report Web site. Douglass points to a link featured by Drudge and discounts it assuring viewers that patients who are satisfied with their private health coverage would be able to keep it. Looking into the camera Douglass says: "The people who always try to scare people whenever you try to bring them health insurance reform are at it again. And they're taking sentences and phrases out of context and cobbling them together to leave a very false impression." Introducing herself in the three-minute video Douglass says part of her job is to "keep track of all the disinformation that's out there about health-insurance reform." Because the president has talked so much about health care Douglass says he is at risk of having his words distorted by people with "a computer and a lot of free time" who might "take a phrase here and there they simply cherry pick and put it together and make it sound like he's saying something he really didn't say."
The video shows White House spokeswoman [TGT] sitting in front of a computer monitor displaying the Drudge Report Web site. [TGT] points to a link featured by Drudge and discounts it assuring viewers that patients who are satisfied with their private health coverage would be able to keep it. Looking into the camera [TGT] says: "The people who always try to scare people whenever you try to bring them health insurance reform are at it again. And they're taking sentences and phrases out of context and cobbling them together to leave a very false impression." Introducing herself in the three-minute video [TGT] says part of [TGT] job is to "keep track of all the disinformation that's out there about health-insurance reform." Because the president has talked so much about health care [TGT] says [TGT] is at risk of having [TGT] words distorted by people with "a computer and a lot of free time" who might "take a phrase here and there they simply cherry pick and put it together and make it sound like [TGT]'s saying something [TGT] really didn't say."
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Hillary Clinton Spends 600 Hours in the Makeup Chair .
Hillary Clinton
During last year 's presidential campaign , Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was under constant scrutiny for every move she made in the public eye , and as a female candidate it frequently was her physical appearance that made headlines rather than her political stance . RELATED PHOTOS : 24 Creative Ways Stars Have Worn Their Hillary Clinton Support . What do you think of Hillary Clinton 's view on society 's beauty standards ? RELATED VIDEO : Hillary Clinton Through the Decades .
During last year 's presidential campaign , Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was under constant scrutiny for every move she made in the public eye , and as a female candidate it frequently was her physical appearance that made headlines rather than her political stance . RELATED PHOTOS : 24 Creative Ways Stars Have Worn Their [TGT] Support . What do you think of [TGT] 's view on society 's beauty standards ? RELATED VIDEO : [TGT] Through the Decades .
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Ted Cruz
But Kacsmaryk and Mateer are backed by Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn , whose fellow Republicans control the chamber and are likely to muster the 50 votes needed to secure their confirmation . "I love the First Liberty Institute ," Cruz said last month . The court cited VFW 's amicus brief filed by First Liberty and Cruz -- who was then with Morgan Lewis -- in saying that the cross was "intended simply to honor our Nation 's fallen soldiers" and was n't "an attempt to set the imprimatur of the state on a particular creed ."
But Kacsmaryk and Mateer are backed by Texas Sens. [TGT] and John Cornyn , whose fellow Republicans control the chamber and are likely to muster the 50 votes needed to secure their confirmation . "I love the First Liberty Institute ," [TGT] said last month . The court cited VFW 's amicus brief filed by First Liberty and Cruz -- who was then with Morgan Lewis -- in saying that the cross was "intended simply to honor our Nation 's fallen soldiers" and was n't "an attempt to set the imprimatur of the state on a particular creed ."
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Venus loses early again at Rogers Cup
Venus Williams
Williams ranked third lost to an opponent ranked 64th. Williams was playing at this tournament for the first time since 1997 when she was 17. She has lost all three of her matches at the Rogers Cup. "I was definitely expecting to play well and to go very far in the tournament " Williams said. "It's disappointing." Bondarenko hadn't taken a set off the American in two previous matches. "I was playing really good " Bondarenko said. "The first set I didn't know what to do with her power. The rest of the game I just tried to keep the ball in play." Williams controlled the first set but couldn't shake Bondarenko who chased down shot after shot in stifling Rexall Centre. Bondarenko won the last three games for the second set and broke Williams once more in the third. She won 20 of 28 service points in the deciding set. "She played well " Williams said. "She really started playing consistently. Unfortunately I made too many errors. I would have liked to play a cleaner match."
Williams ranked third lost to an opponent ranked 64th. Williams was playing at this tournament for the first time since 1997 when she was 17. She has lost all three of her matches at the Rogers Cup. "I was definitely expecting to play well and to go very far in the tournament " Williams said. "It's disappointing." Bondarenko hadn't taken a set off the American in two previous matches. "I was playing really good " Bondarenko said. "The first set I didn't know what to do with her power. The rest of the game I just tried to keep the ball in play." Williams controlled the first set but couldn't shake Bondarenko who chased down shot after shot in stifling Rexall Centre. Bondarenko won the last three games for the second set and broke Williams once more in the third. She won 20 of 28 service points in the deciding set. "She played well " Williams said. "She really started playing consistently. Unfortunately I made too many errors. I would have liked to play a cleaner match."
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TRAIN VICTIMS ' BACKGROUNDS WERE AS VARIED AS THEIR CITY LIZ ROBBINS CONTRIBUTED REPORTING FROM NEW YORK.
Jeanice McMillan
A Buffalo native McMillan moved to the Washington area more than 10 years ago. Neighbors described her as the doting mother of a 19-year-old son named Jordan who was attending college in Virginia. McMillan worked for the Postal Service for years before joining the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in 2007 as a bus driver. In March after two months of training she began operating trains. "She was a wonderful person very friendly very helpful " said Leeza Kanwal 30 a neighbor who lived on the same floor as McMillan. "When I was pregnant she would see me with a laundry basket and take it down to the laundry room for me." She recalled how McMillan would sit in the hall on Friday evenings with friends. "I knew that with them sitting outside watching it was safe for my daughter to play in the hall " she added.
A Buffalo native McMillan moved to the Washington area more than 10 years ago. Neighbors described her as the doting mother of a 19-year-old son named Jordan who was attending college in Virginia. McMillan worked for the Postal Service for years before joining the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in 2007 as a bus driver. In March after two months of training she began operating trains. "She was a wonderful person very friendly very helpful " said Leeza Kanwal 30 a neighbor who lived on the same floor as McMillan. "When I was pregnant she would see me with a laundry basket and take it down to the laundry room for me." She recalled how McMillan would sit in the hall on Friday evenings with friends. "I knew that with them sitting outside watching it was safe for my daughter to play in the hall " she added.
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End Don
George W. Bush
Republicans I spoke with last week are bracing for the latter path and another knock-down drag-out fight. Obama should surprise them with another direction entirely: declare Bush tax cuts like the Bush administration itself over. Rarely has a new conversation been so needed. Isn't it time we stopped fighting over Bush's tax policy? Wouldn't it be refreshing to have a fiscal-policy debate without repeating Bush's name? In the long history of tax policy there have been few issues more divisive than the Bush cuts. Since they passed Democratic presidential candidates have called for their repeal Republican candidates for their extension -- even John McCain the 2008 nominee who had voted against them in 2001 and 2003. The Bush tax cuts are the black hole that swallowed the fiscal- policy debate. The fact is if we extend the Bush tax cuts it locks in the status quo. Earth to Washington: The status quo stinks. With the economy still limping forward much more significant fiscal- policy medicine is in order.
Republicans I spoke with last week are bracing for the latter path and another knock-down drag-out fight. Obama should surprise them with another direction entirely: declare [TGT] tax cuts like the Bush administration itself over. Rarely has a new conversation been so needed. Isn't it time we stopped fighting over [TGT]'s tax policy? Wouldn't it be refreshing to have a fiscal-policy debate without repeating [TGT]'s name? In the long history of tax policy there have been few issues more divisive than the [TGT] cuts. Since they passed Democratic presidential candidates have called for their repeal Republican candidates for their extension -- even John McCain the 2008 nominee who had voted against them in 2001 and 2003. The [TGT] tax cuts are the black hole that swallowed the fiscal- policy debate. The fact is if we extend the [TGT] tax cuts it locks in the status quo. Earth to Washington: The status quo stinks. With the economy still limping forward much more significant fiscal- policy medicine is in order.
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Ted Cruz and porn : a brief history .
Ted Cruz
And yet , as just about everyone with internet access is now aware , Texas Sen. Ted Cruz , a Republican presidential candidate in 2016 , appeared to have liked a pornographic video on Twitter overnight . We do n't know for sure it was Cruz himself who did the "liking" -- as the senator explained this morning , "There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button ." Below Cruz discusses the scene -LRB- that is , the one inside the court -RRB- with CNN 's Jake Tapper . JUST WATCHED Ted Cruz on watching porn with Justice O'Connor Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Ted Cruz on watching porn with Justice O'Connor 01:38 . But that conversation , and others surrounding his book , did n't come close to being the first time Cruz happily discussed pornography on camera . In February 2016 , during the Republican primary season , the Cruz campaign posted a web video featuring an actress who had appeared in erotic films . Asked by some unknown interviewer about his life 's ambitions , the young Cruz pauses for effect , then announces : "Well my aspiration is to , oh I do n't know , be in a teen tit film like that guy who played Horatio . -LRB- Politico guessed Cruz was referencing 1986 's The Malibu Bikini Shop . -RRB- "It happened that one of the actresses who was there had a more colorful film history than we were aware ," Cruz told reporters on the trail . Cruz 's talents would send him in other directions . Cruz did not appear in the scrubbed campaign clip , but he has spoken -- and written -- at some length about another unlikely run-in with the adult film industry . This was years ago , when Cruz was a clerk on the high court for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist . As Cruz recalled it in his memoir , O'Connor , Rehnquist , and their respective clerks gathered for an exhibition -- as it related to a case they were considering on the regulation of online porn -- in a small room .
And yet , as just about everyone with internet access is now aware , Texas Sen. Ted Cruz , a Republican presidential candidate in 2016 , appeared to have liked a pornographic video on Twitter overnight . We do n't know for sure it was Cruz himself who did the "liking" -- as the senator explained this morning , "There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button ." Below Cruz discusses the scene -LRB- that is , the one inside the court -RRB- with CNN 's Jake Tapper . JUST WATCHED [TGT] on watching porn with Justice O'Connor Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH [TGT] on watching porn with Justice O'Connor 01:38 . But that conversation , and others surrounding [TGT] book , did n't come close to being the first time [TGT] happily discussed pornography on camera . In February 2016 , during the Republican primary season , the [TGT] campaign posted a web video featuring an actress who had appeared in erotic films . Asked by some unknown interviewer about his life 's ambitions , [TGT] pauses for effect , then announces : "Well my aspiration is to , oh I do n't know , be in a teen tit film like that guy who played Horatio . -LRB- Politico guessed [TGT] was referencing 1986 's The Malibu Bikini Shop . -RRB- "It happened that one of the actresses who was there had a more colorful film history than we were aware ,[TGT] told reporters on the trail . [TGT] 's talents would send [TGT] in other directions . [TGT] did not appear in the scrubbed campaign clip , but [TGT] has spoken -- and written -- at some length about another unlikely run-in with the adult film industry . This was years ago , when [TGT] was a clerk on the high court for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist . As [TGT] recalled it in [TGT] memoir , O'Connor , Rehnquist , and their respective clerks gathered for an exhibition -- as it related to a case they were considering on the regulation of online porn -- in a small room .
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Strength in emerging economies raises trade fears
Timothy Geithner
Lawmakers facing midterm elections have put pressure on the Obama administration to impose trade sanctions on China. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Beijing to make more progress to let its currency fluctuate. In a speech at the Brookings Institution Geithner said the United States would make currencies a major topic at international finance meetings this weekend in Washington. In a question-and-answer session Geithner rejected the notion that other nations are letting the United States take the lead in trying to get China to revalue its currency. Critics say other countries fear upsetting Chinese leaders and losing sales for their companies. But Geithner did say the IMF should play a bigger role in monitoring how countries manage their currencies. "It is not good for the world for the burden of solving this broader problem the exchange rate problem to rest on the shoulders of the United States " he said. He said other nations have been hurt by China's undervalued currency and would like to see Beijing adjust its currency.
Lawmakers facing midterm elections have put pressure on the Obama administration to impose trade sanctions on China. [TGT] on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Beijing to make more progress to let its currency fluctuate. In a speech at [TGT] said the United States would make currencies a major topic at international finance meetings this weekend in Washington. In a question-and-answer session [TGT] rejected the notion that other nations are letting the United States take the lead in trying to get China to revalue its currency. Critics say other countries fear upsetting Chinese leaders and losing sales for their companies. But [TGT] did say the IMF should play a bigger role in monitoring how countries manage their currencies. "It is not good for the world for the burden of solving this broader problem the exchange rate problem to rest on the shoulders of the United States " [TGT] said. [TGT] said other nations have been hurt by China's undervalued currency and would like to see Beijing adjust its currency.
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Hillary Clinton : I 'm Not Sure Trump Knows Puerto Ricans Are Americans .
Hillary Clinton
"He has not said one word about them , about other American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands ," Clinton said , before Trump tweeted . Clinton also criticized Trump for his silence on Puerto Rico 's recovery while devoting several days toward attacks against hundreds of NFL players who knelt in protest against the president , demonstrations that continued through "Monday Night Football ." "I 'm not sure he knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens ," Clinton told Sirius XM 's Zerlina Maxwell on Monday afternoon . Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday launched a blistering attack against President Donald Trump for his near-silence on the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico , questioning the president 's focus on a days-long campaign against NFL athletes on Twitter while the U.S. territory has struggled with universal devastation . During appearances on Sirius XM and MSNBC 's "All In With Chris Hayes ," Clinton described the president 's approach as a political calculus and being disinterest in the fate of the 3.5 million American residents living on the island . "He does n't think that has any political relevance and it 's certainly not personally important ," Clinton told Chris Hayes on Monday evening . Clinton comments echoed those she made just hours earlier while chatting with Sirius XM 's Maxwell .
"He has not said one word about them , about other American citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands ," [TGT] said , before Trump tweeted . [TGT] also criticized Trump for [TGT] silence on Puerto Rico 's recovery while devoting several days toward attacks against hundreds of NFL players who knelt in protest against [TGT] , demonstrations that continued through "Monday Night Football ." "I 'm not sure [TGT] knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens ," [TGT] told Sirius XM 's Zerlina Maxwell on Monday afternoon . Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday launched a blistering attack against President Donald Trump for his near-silence on the humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico , questioning [TGT] 's focus on a days-long campaign against NFL athletes on Twitter while the U.S. territory has struggled with universal devastation . During appearances on Sirius XM and MSNBC 's "All In With Chris Hayes ," Clinton described [TGT] 's approach as a political calculus and being disinterest in the fate of the 3.5 million American residents living on the island . "He does n't think that has any political relevance and it 's certainly not personally important ," [TGT] told Chris Hayes on Monday evening . [TGT] comments echoed those [TGT] made just hours earlier while chatting with Sirius XM 's Maxwell .
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91
IMF to release Serbia loan tranche
Albert Jaeger
However the Serbian economy is still facing serious challenges as unemployment rate is high and rising while output and investment remain weak the head of the IMF mission here Albert Jaeger told reporters. "The (economic) crisis demonstrated that Serbia cannot afford to return to its pre-crisis model of growth" based on high consumption and low domestic savings and low exports Jaeger said. Serbia should "follow the example of more successful economies in Eastern Europe " he said adding that "Serbian policy makers now face a clear choice." "They can return to pre-crisis growth model that is unlikely to produce sustained and stable growth or to take painful and sometimes politically difficult measures that will make the economy more competetive raise domestic savings and give the dinar better chance to compete against the euro " Jaeger said.
However the Serbian economy is still facing serious challenges as unemployment rate is high and rising while output and investment remain weak the head of the IMF mission here [TGT]told reporters. "The (economic) crisis demonstrated that Serbia cannot afford to return to its pre-crisis model of growth" based on high consumption and low domestic savings and low exports [TGT] said. Serbia should "follow the example of more successful economies in Eastern Europe " [TGT] said adding that "Serbian policy makers now face a clear choice." "They can return to pre-crisis growth model that is unlikely to produce sustained and stable growth or to take painful and sometimes politically difficult measures that will make the economy more competetive raise domestic savings and give the dinar better chance to compete against the euro [TGT] said.
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2 (Positive)
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92
ACORN Funded Political For-Profit Efforts Data Show
Grassley
ACORN's tax-exempt groups and allied organizations long a target of conservative ire used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates according to an analysis by the tax staff of Sen. Charles Grassley R-Iowa. On Thursday Grassley called the transactions a "big shell game" and said ACORN donors may be surprised by how the liberal group known for helping the poor obtain housing and health care was spending their money. He urged the Internal Revenue Service to take a closer look. According to the Grassley report charities "are being used to raise monies which are then funneled to other charities or to other organizations for purposes other than what the donor may have intended. ... Dollars raised for charitable (purposes) appear to be used for impermissible lobbing and political activity." "Senator Grassley made up his mind and he didn't bother about the facts " Lewis said in an interview. "He's dealing with a lot of outdated information and decided to frame it with a predetermined conclusion. Yes we had problems under Wade Rathke. ... And we have been overhauling how we do things ever since." Also on Thursday Grassley requested that ACORN which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now be taken off a list of approved charities for federal employees to donate to in an annual giving campaign.
ACORN's tax-exempt groups and allied organizations long a target of conservative ire used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates according to an analysis by the tax staff of [TGT]R-Iowa. On Thursday [TGT] called the transactions a "big shell game" and said ACORN donors may be surprised by how the liberal group known for helping the poor obtain housing and health care was spending their money. [TGT] urged the Internal Revenue Service to take a closer look. According to the [TGT] report charities "are being used to raise monies which are then funneled to other charities or to other organizations for purposes other than what the donor may have intended. ... Dollars raised for charitable (purposes) appear to be used for impermissible lobbing and political activity." "[TGT] made up [TGT] mind and [TGT] didn't bother about the facts " Lewis said in an interview. "He's dealing with a lot of outdated information and decided to frame it with a predetermined conclusion. Yes we had problems under Wade Rathke. ... And we have been overhauling how we do things ever since." Also on Thursday [TGT] requested that ACORN which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now be taken off a list of approved charities for federal employees to donate to in an annual giving campaign.
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Brazil keen to help Tanzania develop ports
Luiz Inacio Lula
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said that his country was keen to support Tanzania to develop its ports bio-fuels and look at the possibility of cancelling a debt amounting to 240 million U.S. dollars the local media reported on Thursday. Lula who was on the fourth leg of his tour of Africa aimed at deepening economic ties with the continent made the announcement on Wednesday when officially opening the 34th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair. The two countries have many common interests including historical values dancing and soccer according to the Tanzanian president. Lula also noted that the two countries should tackle on the possibility of cancelling the debt of 240 million dollars. For his part Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete hailed Brazil's stance on the issue of cancelling the debt which was borrowed by Tanzania from Brazil in early 1980s and grew to 240 million dollars from the original of 49 million due to interests that accrued over the period.
[TGT] has said that [TGT] country was keen to support Tanzania to develop its ports bio-fuels and look at the possibility of cancelling a debt amounting to 240 million U.S. dollars the local media reported on Thursday. Lula who was on the fourth leg of his tour of Africa aimed at deepening economic ties with the continent made the announcement on Wednesday when officially opening the 34th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair. The two countries have many common interests including historical values dancing and soccer according to [TGT]. [TGT] also noted that the two countries should tackle on the possibility of cancelling the debt of 240 million dollars. For [TGT] part Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete hailed Brazil's stance on the issue of cancelling the debt which was borrowed by Tanzania from Brazil in early 1980s and grew to 240 million dollars from the original of 49 million due to interests that accrued over the period.
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Tycoon once China's richest man jailed for graft
Huang Guangyu
Authorities seized another 200 million yuan in assets from Huang once known as the "Price Butcher" for GOME's low prices. Huang in his 40s was named China's richest man in October 2008 with an estimated net worth of 6.3 billion dollars by the Hurun Report magazine. He was detained and placed under investigation a month later and resigned as GOME director and chairman in January 2009. He was held for more than a year without charge and tried in April in a Beijing court. He stood accused of bribing five government officials with 4.56 million yuan in cash and properties from 2006 to 2008 Xinhua reported previously. The bribes were offered in exchange for "improper benefits" for Huang's GOME Electrical Appliances Holdings and Beijing Pengrun Real Estate Development Company a private equity group which Huang headed the reports said. Before his arrest Huang was revered in the media as a model entrepreneur who rose from nothing by successfully capitalising on China's decades of economic reforms.
Authorities seized another 200 million yuan in assets from Huang once known as the "Price Butcher" for GOME's low prices. Huang in his 40s was named China's richest man in October 2008 with an estimated net worth of 6.3 billion dollars by the Hurun Report magazine. He was detained and placed under investigation a month later and resigned as GOME director and chairman in January 2009. He was held for more than a year without charge and tried in April in a Beijing court. He stood accused of bribing five government officials with 4.56 million yuan in cash and properties from 2006 to 2008 Xinhua reported previously. The bribes were offered in exchange for "improper benefits" for [TGT]'s GOME Electrical Appliances Holdings and Beijing Pengrun Real Estate Development Company a private equity group which [TGT] headed the reports said. Before his arrest [TGT] was revered in the media as a model entrepreneur who rose from nothing by successfully capitalising on China's decades of economic reforms.
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Hong Kong court under fire after judge's niece walks free
Anthony Yuen
Magistrate Anthony Yuen said Monday he considered her "good background well-off family (and) outstanding academic achievement" as mitigating factors. He also noted she suffered from bipolar disorder. Yuen's judgment attracted widespread criticism from the public and police who said the 34-year-old should face harsher punishment. But following a review of his own ruling at the government's request Yuen said Friday it would not change. "Had she been a poor Pakistani or Indian teenager in Hong Kong a jail term would be inevitable. And I have many examples to show you."
[TGT] said Monday [TGT] considered [TGT] "good background well-off family (and) outstanding academic achievement" as mitigating factors. [TGT] also noted [TGT] suffered from bipolar disorder. [TGT]'s judgment attracted widespread criticism from the public and police who said the 34-year-old should face harsher punishment. But following a review of [TGT] own ruling at the government's request [TGT] said Friday it would not change. "Had [TGT] been a poor Pakistani or Indian teenager in Hong Kong a jail term would be inevitable. And I have many examples to show you."
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96
Gifted Programs Show a Talent for Inequity
Warren Buffett
Start with the story of one particularly troublesome Washington-area gifted child Warren Buffett as described in the biography "The Snowball " by Alice Schroeder. By age 13 Buffett later to be the richest man in the world and a Washington Post Co. board member had had it with school. I wonder whether it might have been better had his parents let him quit right then. At newspaper gatherings Buffett sometimes mentions the Washington Post paper route he had as a boy. It sounds quaint and charming until you read the book and discover that the kid had so many routes that his annual income (including proceeds from his tenant farm and other investments) was greater than that of his teachers at his junior and senior high schools. His father was a congressman his family was comfortable but he had made all that money himself as a boy genius entrepreneur. By age 14 he had filed his first tax return. The only teacher who got through to Buffett was the school golf coach and only because he took the student to the racetrack in Charles Town W.Va. where the future investment guru tested his theories on speed handicapping. Buffett's grades improved only because his father threatened to end his newspaper delivery business if he did not shape up. These days we have many fine teachers trained to help gifted children. Many parents are happy that their children have been designated gifted. But we have no data to show that such children wouldn't be better off if they were just taken to the library and told to read anything they liked. That was how Buffett spent much of his time devouring volumes on every imaginable subject including every business book he could find.
Start with the story of one particularly troublesome Washington-area gifted child Warren Buffett as described in the biography "The Snowball " by Alice Schroeder. By age 13 Buffett later to be the richest man in the world and a Washington Post Co. board member had had it with school. I wonder whether it might have been better had his parents let him quit right then. At newspaper gatherings [TGT] sometimes mentions the Washington Post paper route he had as a boy. It sounds quaint and charming until you read the book and discover that the kid had so many routes that his annual income (including proceeds from his tenant farm and other investments) was greater than that of his teachers at his junior and senior high schools. His father was a congressman his family was comfortable but he had made all that money himself as a boy genius entrepreneur. By age 14 he had filed his first tax return. The only teacher who got through to [TGT] was the school golf coach and only because [TGT] took the student to the racetrack in Charles Town W.Va. where the future investment guru tested his theories on speed handicapping. [TGT]'s grades improved only because [TGT] father threatened to end [TGT] newspaper delivery business if [TGT] did not shape up. These days we have many fine teachers trained to help gifted children. Many parents are happy that their children have been designated gifted. But we have no data to show that such children wouldn't be better off if they were just taken to the library and told to read anything they liked. That was how [TGT] spent much of [TGT] time devouring volumes on every imaginable subject including every business book [TGT] could find.
2 (Positive)
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CONCRETE TESTING EXECUTIVE SENTENCED TO UP TO 21 YEARS
V. Reddy Kancharla
McLaughlin ordered Kancharla to pay $225 000 in reparations by Dec. 14 or another year would be added to his prison term. He also ordered Testwell to pay $1 761 099 in reparations. He said he hoped Kancharla's sentence would be a deterrent to the "variety of schemes and conniving" that he said characterized the building business. Assistant District Attorney Diana Florence asked McLaughlin to impose a penalty "at the upper levels" of the sentence range saying Kancharla was eligible for a term ranging from 1 to 3 years to 10 to 30 years. But Kancharla's lawyer Paul Shechtman said his client "a good man" and the "anchor of his family " had conducted business no differently from other testing companies. A moment later Kancharla rose to address the court. He wore a brace on his neck a remnant of one of two recent suicide attempts. The first was in February when he cut his wrist and took sleeping pills after a jury convicted him on one charge and deliberated on others. In April he tried to hang himself "In retrospect I should have paid more attention to the concrete mix design program and should have implemented more checks and balances " he told McLaughlin. "Despite the jury's verdict I want you to know that Testwell was not a criminal enterprise and that I am not a criminal mastermind."
McLaughlin ordered [TGT] to pay $225 000 in reparations by Dec. 14 or another year would be added to his prison term. He also ordered Testwell to pay $1 761 099 in reparations. He said he hoped [TGT]'s sentence would be a deterrent to the "variety of schemes and conniving" that he said characterized the building business. Assistant District Attorney Diana Florence asked McLaughlin to impose a penalty "at the upper levels" of the sentence range saying [TGT] was eligible for a term ranging from 1 to 3 years to 10 to 30 years. But [TGT]'s lawyer Paul Shechtman said his client "a good man" and the "anchor of his family " had conducted business no differently from other testing companies. A moment later [TGT] rose to address the court. He wore a brace on his neck a remnant of one of two recent suicide attempts. The first was in February when he cut his wrist and took sleeping pills after a jury convicted him on one charge and deliberated on others. In April he tried to hang himself "In retrospect I should have paid more attention to the concrete mix design program and should have implemented more checks and balances " he told McLaughlin. "Despite the jury's verdict I want you to know that Testwell was not a criminal enterprise and that I am not a criminal mastermind."
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Security high for Turkey-Armenia 'football diplomacy'
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
In a public appeal on Tuesday Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish football fans to show hospitality and not give in to possible provocations. "Our president was greeted with hospitality in Armenia... We should host Sarkisian and the Armenian team in the same manner as befits Turkish hospitality " he told a meeting of his party's lawmakers here. "I am confident that football lovers in Bursa will act with dignity and maturity " he added. Gul himself held a meeting with Bursa authorities and leaders of football fan groups last week in which he personally appealed for a smooth match. "We want to show the world a lesson in hospitality. I wish this match to be an example to world peace " Gul said in the meeting according to an official statement. Sarkisian and Gul are expected to hold face-to-face talks and have dinner together before watching the match. The two leaders will then attend a reception before Sarkisian flies back home. Erdogan on Tuesday renewed calls on Armenia to make peace with Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh thus making it easier for his government to move on the parliamentary ratification of the reconciliation deals.
In a public appeal on Tuesday [TGT] urged Turkish football fans to show hospitality and not give in to possible provocations. "[TGT] was greeted with hospitality in Armenia... We should host Sarkisian and the Armenian team in the same manner as befits Turkish hospitality " [TGT] told a meeting of [TGT] party's lawmakers here. "I am confident that football lovers in Bursa will act with dignity and maturity " he added. Gul himself held a meeting with Bursa authorities and leaders of football fan groups last week in which he personally appealed for a smooth match. "We want to show the world a lesson in hospitality. I wish this match to be an example to world peace " Gul said in the meeting according to an official statement. Sarkisian and Gul are expected to hold face-to-face talks and have dinner together before watching the match. The two leaders will then attend a reception before Sarkisian flies back home. [TGT] on Tuesday renewed calls on Armenia to make peace with Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh thus making it easier for [TGT] government to move on the parliamentary ratification of the reconciliation deals.
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Lebanon PM: Wrong to accuse Syria in Hariri death
Rafik Hariri
Those accusations by anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians that quickly followed the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri galvanized hundreds of thousands of their supporters to take to the streets in a powerful protest movement. It drove tens of thousands of Syrian troops out of Lebanon and ended decades of Syrian domination over its smaller neighbor. The first U.N. investigator into the Hariri assassination Germany's Detlev Mehlis said the plot's complexity suggested a role by the Syrian intelligence services and its pro-Syria Lebanese counterpart. But the two chief investigators who followed Mehlis have worked quietly and have not named any individuals or countries as suspects. Saad Hariri's comments Monday are part of a remarkable reconciliation between Lebanon and Syria. Hariri has worked to mend ties with Damascus over the past year traveling to Syria five times. Hariri's explicit repudiation of blaming Syria removes one major obstacle to closer ties. It also comes at a time when Hariri and his Western-backed political bloc are struggling to maintain momentum as Syria's allies in Lebanon -- the Shiite militant group Hezbollah -- gain influence.
[TGT] galvanized hundreds of thousands of their supporters to take to the streets in a powerful protest movement. [TGT] drove tens of thousands of Syrian troops out of Lebanon and ended decades of Syrian domination over its smaller neighbor. The first U.N. investigator into the Hariri assassination Germany's Detlev Mehlis said the plot's complexity suggested a role by the Syrian intelligence services and its pro-Syria Lebanese counterpart. But the two chief investigators who followed Mehlis have worked quietly and have not named any individuals or countries as suspects. [TGT]'s comments Monday are part of a remarkable reconciliation between Lebanon and Syria. [TGT] has worked to mend ties with Damascus over the past year traveling to Syria five times. [TGT]'s explicit repudiation of blaming Syria removes one major obstacle to closer ties. It also comes at a time when [TGT] and [TGT] Western-backed political bloc are struggling to maintain momentum as Syria's allies in Lebanon -- the Shiite militant group Hezbollah -- gain influence.
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Hillary Clinton Details Everything She Ate On The 2016 Campaign Trail .
Hillary Clinton
A day in the food life of Hillary Clinton includes eggs , chicken and LOTS of hot sauce . Clinton did n't eat so well during her 2008 presidential campaign , she wrote . On the road , Clinton usually ordered "scrambled egg whites with lots of veggies" from room service , accompanied by "black coffee and strong black tea" and "a huge glass of water ," she wrote . Clinton wrote that while jetting between stops , her team enjoyed delicious in-flight meals thanks to a flight attendant named Elizabeth Rivalsi . A few special desserts peppered the trail , Clinton wrote . It 's long been known that Clinton loves ice cream bars too , and apparently she can get them on demand . Before hitting the trail , Clinton "asked friends for good on-the-go snack recommendations ," she wrote . "When the Quest bars got cold , they were too hard to eat , so we sat on them for a few minutes to warm them up , with as much dignity as one can muster at such a moment ," Clinton wrote . Rivalsi also "had a big basket full of snacks that she regularly replenished with different items ... I have a weakness for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers ," Clinton added . Rivalsi introduced the team to Flavor Blasted Goldfish , but Clinton still prefers the original kind . "Several of us put hot sauce on everything ," Clinton wrote of her staff . Beyond her morning coffee and tea , it appears Clinton 's drinks varied .
A day in the food life of [TGT] includes eggs , chicken and LOTS of hot sauce . [TGT] did n't eat so well during [TGT] 2008 presidential campaign , [TGT] wrote . On the road , [TGT] usually ordered "scrambled egg whites with lots of veggies" from room service , accompanied by "black coffee and strong black tea" and "a huge glass of water ," [TGT] wrote . [TGT] wrote that while jetting between stops , [TGT] team enjoyed delicious in-flight meals thanks to a flight attendant named Elizabeth Rivalsi . A few special desserts peppered the trail , [TGT] wrote . It 's long been known that [TGT] loves ice cream bars too , and apparently [TGT] can get them on demand . Before hitting the trail , [TGT] "asked friends for good on-the-go snack recommendations ," [TGT] wrote . "When the Quest bars got cold , they were too hard to eat , so we sat on them for a few minutes to warm them up , with as much dignity as one can muster at such a moment ," [TGT] wrote . Rivalsi also "had a big basket full of snacks that she regularly replenished with different items ... I have a weakness for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers ," [TGT] added . Rivalsi introduced the team to Flavor Blasted Goldfish , but [TGT] still prefers the original kind . "Several of us put hot sauce on everything ," [TGT] wrote of [TGT] staff . Beyond [TGT] morning coffee and tea , it appears [TGT] 's drinks varied .
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Dataset Card for PerSenT

Dataset Summary

PerSenT is a crowd-sourced dataset that captures the sentiment of an author towards the main entity in a news article. This dataset contains annotations for 5.3k documents and 38k paragraphs covering 3.2k unique entities. For each article, annotators judge what the author’s sentiment is towards the main (target) entity of the article. The annotations also include similar judgments on paragraphs within the article.

Supported Tasks and Leaderboards

Sentiment Classification: Each document consists of multiple paragraphs. Each paragraph is labeled separately (Positive, Neutral, Negative) and the author’s sentiment towards the whole document is included as a document-level label.

Languages

English

Dataset Structure

Data Instances

{'DOCUMENT': "Germany's Landesbank Baden Wuertemberg won EU approval Tuesday for a state bailout after it promised to shrink its balance sheet by 40 percent and refocus on lending to companies.\n The bank was several state-owned German institutions to run into trouble last year after it ran up more huge losses from investing in high-risk proprietary trading and capital market activities -- a business the EU has now told it to shun.\n Seven current and former managers of the bank are also being investigated by German authorities for risking or damaging the bank's capital by carrying out or failing to block investments in high-risk deals worth hundreds of millions from 2006.\n The European Commission said its Tuesday approval for the state rescue of the bank and its new restructuring plan would allow it become a viable business again -- and that the cutbacks would help limit the unfair advantage over rivals that the bank would get from the state aid.\n Stuttgart-based LBBW earlier this year received a capital injection of (EURO)5 billion from the bank's shareholders  all of them public authorities or state-owned  including the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg  the region's savings bank association and the city of Stuttgart.",
 'DOCUMENT_INDEX': 1,
 'MASKED_DOCUMENT': "[TGT] won EU approval Tuesday for a state bailout after it promised to shrink its balance sheet by 40 percent and refocus on lending to companies.\n [TGT] was several state-owned German institutions to run into trouble last year after [TGT] ran up more huge losses from investing in high-risk proprietary trading and capital market activities -- a business the EU has now told it to shun.\n Seven current and former managers of [TGT] are also being investigated by German authorities for risking or damaging [TGT]'s capital by carrying out or failing to block investments in high-risk deals worth hundreds of millions from 2006.\n The European Commission said its Tuesday approval for the state rescue of [TGT] and its new restructuring plan would allow it become a viable business again -- and that the cutbacks would help limit the unfair advantage over rivals that [TGT] would get from the state aid.\n Stuttgart-based LBBW earlier this year received a capital injection of (EURO)5 billion from [TGT]'s shareholders  all of them public authorities or state-owned  including the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg  the region's savings bank association and the city of Stuttgart.",
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 'Paragraph11': -1,
 'Paragraph12': -1,
 'Paragraph13': -1,
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 'Paragraph15': -1,
 'Paragraph2': 0,
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 'Paragraph8': -1,
 'Paragraph9': -1,
 'TARGET_ENTITY': 'Landesbank Baden Wuertemberg',
 'TITLE': 'German bank LBBW wins EU bailout approval',
 'TRUE_SENTIMENT': 0}

Data Fields

  • DOCUMENT_INDEX: ID of the document per original dataset
  • TITLE: Title of the article
  • DOCUMENT: Text of the article
  • MASKED_DOCUMENT: Text of the article with the target entity masked with [TGT] token
  • TARGET_ENTITY: The entity that the author is expressing opinion about
  • TRUE_SENTIMENT: Label for entire article
  • Paragraph{0..15}: Label for each paragraph in the article

Note: Labels are one of [Negative, Neutral, Positive]. Missing labels were replaced with -1.

Data Splits

To split the dataset, entities were split into 4 mutually exclusive sets. Due to the nature of news collections, some entities tend to dominate the collection. In the collection, there were four entities which were the main entity in nearly 800 articles. To avoid these entities from dominating the train or test splits, these were moved them to a separate test collection. The remaining was split into a training, dev, and test sets at random. Thus the collection includes one standard test set consisting of articles drawn at random (Test Standard), while the other is a test set which contains multiple articles about a small number of popular entities (Test Frequent).

Dataset Creation

Curation Rationale

[More Information Needed]

Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

Articles were selected from 3 sources:

  1. MPQA (Deng and Wiebe, 2015; Wiebe et al., 2005): This dataset contains news articles manually annotated for opinions, beliefs, emotions, sentiments, speculations, etc. It also has target annotations which are entities and event anchored to the heads of noun or verb phrases. All decisions on this dataset are made on sentence-level and over short spans.
  2. KBP Challenge (Ellis et al., 2014): This resource contains TAC 2014 KBP English sentiment slot filling challenge dataset. This is a document-level sentiment filling dataset. In this task, given an entity and a sentiment (positive/negative) from the document, the goal is to find entities toward which the original entity holds the given sentimental view. We selected documents from this resource which have been used in the following similar work in sentiment analysis task (Choi et al., 2016).
  3. Media Rank (Ye and Skiena, 2019): This dataset ranks about 50k news sources along different aspects. It is also used for classifying political ideology of news articles (Kulkarni et al., 2018).

Pre-processing steps:

  • First we find all the person entities in each article, using Stanford NER (Name Entity Resolution) tagger (Finkel et al., 2005) and all mentions of them using co-reference resolution (Clark and Manning, 2016; Co, 2017).
  • We removed articles which are not likely to have a main entity of focus. We used a simple heuristic of removing articles in which the most frequent person entity is mentioned only three times or less (even when counting co-referent mentions).
  • For the articles that remain we deemed the most frequent entity to be the main entity of the article. We also filtered out extremely long and extremely short articles to keep the articles which have at least 3 paragraphs and at most 16 paragraphs.

Documents are randomly separated into train, dev, and two test sets. We ensure that each entity appears in only one of the sets. Our goal here is to avoid easy to learn biases over entities. To avoid the most frequent entities from dominating the training or the test sets, we remove articles that covered the most frequent entities and use them as a separate test set (referred to as frequent test set) in addition to the randomly drawn standard test set.

Annotations

Annotation process

We obtained document and paragraph level annotations with the help of Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The workers first verified if the target entity we provide is indeed the main entity in the document. Then, they rated each paragraph in a document that contained a direct mention or a reference to the target entity. Last, they rated the sentiment towards the entity based on the entire document. In both cases, the workers made assessments about the authors view based on what they said about the target entity. For both paragraph and document level sentiment, the workers chose from five rating categories: Negative, Slightly Negative, Neutral, Slightly Positive, or Positive. We then combine the fine-grained annotations to obtain three coarse-grained classes Negative, Neutral, or Positive.

Who are the annotators?

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Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

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Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Additional Information

Dataset Curators

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Licensing Information

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Citation Information

  @inproceedings{bastan2020authors,
        title={Author's Sentiment Prediction}, 
        author={Mohaddeseh Bastan and Mahnaz Koupaee and Youngseo Son and Richard Sicoli and Niranjan Balasubramanian},
        year={2020},
        eprint={2011.06128},
        archivePrefix={arXiv},
        primaryClass={cs.CL}
  }

Contributions

Thanks to @jeromeku for adding this dataset.

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