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TRAILER: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Verge recaps: There’s a lot to take in with this new trailer: there’s a new look at Rey’s training on Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker, who tells her that he’s only seen power like hers once before — and that it didn’t scare him enough. He’s presumably talking about Kylo Ren, who we see piloting his fighter, only to hesitate ...

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CALIFORNIA: Wildfires Continue To Rage Across State, Governor Declares Emergency, 1500+ Buildings Lost

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: At least 14 wildfires in the North Bay and surrounding region ravaged mountainsides, homes, vineyards and farmland Monday. One person is confirmed dead and several others were severely burned. Major highways were shut down, and local officials requested help from around the region as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Information from authorities ...

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Trump Breaks With Recent Presidents, Omits Mention Of Native Americans In Columbus Day 2017 Proclamation

Fortune reports: Columbus Day has become a fraught holiday in the United States, but you wouldn’t know it from President Trump’s official proclamation. Published on the official White House website, the statement heralds Christopher Columbus for “setting the stage for the development of our great Nation” and “inspiring countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions—even in the face of ...

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Announces Reelection Bid

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Twitter this morning that she will run for reelection in 2018. For the last few weeks there’s been considerable speculation that Feinstein might retire in the face of a potential primary challenge from a progressive Democrat. Just yesterday Feinstein hedged somewhat during an appearance on Fox News. Feinstein, who had a pacemaker implanted in ...

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Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Mulls Senate Bid

The Associated Press reports: Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is considering a Republican primary challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate GOP leadership team, in a race that could pit the party’s establishment against insurgents inspired by allies of President Donald Trump. Prince was in Wyoming this weekend to discuss a possible Senate campaign with ...

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GOP Sen. Bob Corker: Trump Is A Liar Whose Reckless Threats Could Set Us “On The Path To World War III”

Talk about zero fucks left to give. The New York Times reports: Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview on Sunday that President Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” In ...

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Las Vegas Gunman Hired Hooker Before Shooting

Another right wing conspiracy theory has been debunked. The New York Daily News reports: Investigators believe the Las Vegas mass shooter hired a prostitute in the days leading up to the massacre, says an official briefed by federal law enforcement. Paddock, who was reportedly seen with a mystery woman in his last days, is believed to have hired a prostitute, ...

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Hurricane Nate To Hit New Orleans At Category 2

USA Today reports: A swiftly moving Hurricane Nate strengthened in its race toward the U.S. mainland Saturday and is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it strikes the U.S. Gulf Coast between southeast Louisiana and Florida around midnight. States of emergency were declared in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as Nate — which has already killed at least 21 ...

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Maxine Waters To Rex Tillerson: Bye Felicia!

The Washington Times reports: Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., tweeted “Bye Felicia” to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday afternoon after declaring the top diplomat’s strategy to handling Russia had failed. “Tillerson’s plans are backfiring. Russia sanctions still in place, State is in shambles, & he discovered his boss is a moron. Bye Felicia!” Waters tweeted. The term “bye Felicia” was ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a briefing with the White House press corps. One thing that’s sure to come up in today’s briefing: President Donald Trump’s cryptic (and somewhat ominous) declaration on Thursday night that a meeting of military leaders marked “the calm before the storm.” When asked what he meant by that, Trump said only: ...

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Trump Uses Spanish Accent During Hispanic Heritage Month Event Because Of Course He Did [VIDEO]

The Rage Tweeter-In-Chief this afternoon went for and received laughs when he three times pronounced “Puerto Rico” with an affected Spanish accent. Because using a mock Spanish accent is par for the course when announcing Hispanic Heritage Month. For a final laugh, Trump pronounced it “Port-O Rico” – just in case any idiots in the audience weren’t getting his hilarious ...

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Trump Rolls Back Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

CNBC reports: The Trump administration is expanding exemptions to an Affordable Care Act rule requiring employers to include birth control coverage in health plans. On Friday, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor issued “interim final rules” to make more entities exempt from providing plans that cover contraceptives without a co-payment. They will create what a senior ...

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Hurricane Watch Issued For New Orleans [VIDEO]

CNN reports: New Orleans, and states from Louisiana to Florida, braced Friday as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Nate would pound the Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane. The center of the storm was expected to pass late Saturday or early Sunday about 50 miles east of New Orleans, which was devastated 12 years ago by Hurricane Katrina, according to ...

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Hurricanes Reverse 7-Year Jobs Trend

Business Insider reports: The US economy in September lost more jobs than it created for the first time in seven years. Amid the damage caused by the hurricanes Harvey and Irma, nonfarm payrolls fell by 33,000, the Labor Department said Friday in its monthly report. Most of the losses occurred in the leisure-and-hospitality sector, where most employees can’t work remotely ...

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Kimmel: Trump Is A Tornado Of Fake News [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Jimmy Kimmel railed against President Trump’s “fake news” accusations after the president directed his ire at MSNBC. On his Thursday night show, Kimmel addressed the president’s latest tweets at MSNBC, saying the conflict is ironic because “Donald Trump is a tornado of fake news.” “The irony is,” Kimmel said, “no breathing human on the planet earth produces ...

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Anti-Nuclear Group Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The BBC reports: The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said it was due to the group’s “groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition” on nuclear weapons. “We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has ...

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TENNESSEE: GOP US House Rep. Marsha Blackburn Launches “Politically Incorrect” Bid For Senate [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is launching her bid for the U.S. Senate on the heels of Gov. Bill Haslam’s decision to sit out the race to succeed retiring Sen. Bob Corker. Blackburn described herself in her campaign announcement Thursday as a “hard-core, card-carrying Tennessee conservative” and decried the Republican majority in the Senate for failing to repeal ...

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ARKANSAS: Judge Pleads Guilty To Giving Men Lighter Sentences In Return For Sexual Favors, Nude Photos

The Associated Press reports: An Arkansas judge who gave lighter sentences to men guilty of minor crimes in return for nude photographs or sexual favors could get a bit of leniency himself after admitting Thursday that he engaged in what one state official called one of Arkansas’ worst-ever cases of judicial misconduct. Joseph Boeckman had faced possible sentences of 260 ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a briefing today to discuss the White House’s latest plans and administrative agenda. Today’s briefing is likely to gravitate around the gun control debate that continues to follow the shooting in Las Vegas. The massacre is still being investigated, though there has been a great deal of intrigue surrounding the bump ...

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Ivana Trump: Trump Offered Me Czech Ambassadorship

CBS News reports: Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Donald Trump, says he offered her the ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and that she advised him to tweet, in an interview with Jim Axelrod for CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast October 8. Trump, who says she talks with the President weekly, tells Axelrod her ex-husband asked her advice ...

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