Politics

Assange Warned After Outburst In UK Court [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Julian Assange has been warned by the judge in his extradition case that he could be removed from court with the case continuing in his absence after he interjected while a lawyer for the US authorities sparred with a high-profile witness giving evidence in support of the WikiLeaks founder. The incident came on the second day of …

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Sanders Calls Ex-Colleague A “Foulmouthed NYC Jew”

Business Insider reports: In “Speaking for Myself: Faith Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House,” Sarah Sanders describes former White House colleague Josh Raffel as “a liberal, aggressive, foulmouthed Jew from New York City,” according to Jewish Insider, which obtained a preview copy of the book. During his time working at the White House, Raffel …

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NYPD Union Boss Calls Gay US House Nominee A “First Class Whore” For Questions On Police Work Slowdown

The New York Daily News reports: The head of the union that represents New York City police sergeants resorted to nasty name-calling of a Bronx Councilman on Friday for demanding an independent investigation into a possible NYPD work slowdown. “This is what a first class whore looks like,” screamed the message sent from the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s Twitter account, which …

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Mississippi Selects Flag Design, Voters Must Approve

USA Today reports: A state commission selected the Magnolia Flag to be the next flag of Mississippi. Voters will decide in November whether to approve it or restart the process. The commission voted Wednesday to recommend the flag over one other final design that featured a shield with wavy lines representing water. The final designs were selected out of about …

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POLL: 52% Say They’ll Vote Early By Mail Or In Person

NBC News reports: A majority of American adults intend to vote early in person or by mail this year, according to new data from the NBC|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking Poll, as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to upend how Americans cast their ballots. Fifty-two percent of adults say they will vote early — with 19 percent saying they will vote early in …

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Russian Protesters: “Putin, Have Some Tea” [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday in Russia’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s handling of a regional political crisis and the suspected poisoning of his most vocal critic. “Putin, have some tea,” protesters chanted as they marched on the city’s main thoroughfare, in a reference to the case of …

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Japanese PM Abruptly Resigns For Health Reasons

The BBC reports: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation for health reasons. He said he did not want his illness to get in the way of decision making, and apologised to the Japanese people for failing to complete his term in office. The 65-year-old has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but he …

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Doctors: Russian Opposition Leader Was Poisoned

Sky News reports: German doctors treating Russian dissident Alexei Navalny say tests indicate he was poisoned. Doctors at Charite-Universitatsmedizin Berlin, where the Putin critic has been since being transferred from Siberia on Saturday, said: “The clinical findings indicate intoxication by a substance from the cholinesterase inhibitor group. “The specific substance has not been identified so far and a further wide-ranging …

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Russian Opposition Leader Reportedly Poisoned [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital suffering from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman has said. The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Kira Yarmysh said, adding that they suspected something had been mixed into his tea. The Kremlin said that it wished Mr Navalny a …

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Belarus President Lies That NATO Is Poised To Invade

Deutsche Welle reports: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today accused NATO of deploying tanks and planes to Belarus’ western border, a claim the military alliance rejected. Speaking at a rally of his supporters in central Minsk, the 65-year-old leader dismissed opposition calls for a new election and urged Belarusians to defend their country. “I called you here not to defend me, …

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NZ Delays National Election After Auckland Outbreak

The BBC reports: The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has postponed the country’s general election by a month amid a spike in coronavirus cases. The vote was due to take place on 19 September but will now be held on 17 October instead. Ms Ardern said on Monday that the new date would allow parties “to plan around …

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NYC’s 9/11 Tribute Back On After Cuomo Steps In

Gothamist reports: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum had announced Thursday that its annual Tribute in Light—the dual beams of light that commemorates the victims of the September 11th terror attacks—would not be lit on the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, with organizers citing the health risks of the pandemic to crews who help install the lights. …

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Putin Offers Military Help To Quell Belarus Protests

Reuters reports: Russia said on Sunday it had told Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko it was ready to offer military assistance if necessary as demonstrators held one of the biggest protests yet against Lukashenko’s contested re-election. The protest in Minsk attracted tens of thousands of people, despite the deaths of at least two protesters and thousands of detentions since last Sunday’s …

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Mississippi Sorry For Listing Mosquito Flag As Finalist

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports: A viral design being proposed as the new state flag for Mississippi originated as a joke and was only included in a list of finalists due to a typo, according to officials. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is currently narrowing down options to replace its current flag after lawmakers voted to remove the …

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FL Sheriff Who Vowed To Deputize Gun Owners Over BLM Protesters Is Arrested On Felony Charges [VIDEO]

Law & Crime reports: Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels made national headlines earlier this year when he threatened to make “special deputies of every lawful gun owner in this county” in order to “handle” Black Lives Matter protesters who showed up in his community. On Thursday, Daniels was charged with three felony counts – two for allegedly lying to law …

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Legalized Weed Initiative To Appear On Arizona Ballot

Tucson’s ABC News affiliate reports: The Arizona Secretary of State’s office certified signatures for the marijuana legalization ballot measure. Secretary Katie Hobbs announced it will now be placed on the general election ballot in November as Prop 207. The initiative would legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older and allow those to …

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De Blasio Sued For Denying “Blue Lives Matter” Mural

The New York Post reports: A pair of pro-cop groups are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio after being denied a Blue Lives Matter mural akin to the one Black Lives Matter had splashed across Fifth Avenue, The Post has learned. The lawsuit, filed late Monday by Blue Lives Matter NYC and Standing up for NYC in the Southern District of …

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Lebanese PM And Government Resign After Blast

Gulf News reports: Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, submitted his resignation on Monday to Lebanese president Micheal Aoun since a deadly blast blamed on state negligence ripped through the capital. The explosion, along with a severe economic crisis, has been widely blamed on decades of corruption and misrule by Lebanon’s entrenched political class. Lebanon’s cabinet faced mounting pressure on Monday …

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World Leaders Pledge $300M To Aid Beirut [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: World leaders and international organizations pledged nearly $300 million in emergency humanitarian aid to Beirut in the wake of the devastating explosion, but they warned on Sunday that no money for rebuilding the Lebanese capital will be made available until the country’s authorities commit themselves to the political and economic reforms demanded by the people. Over 30 participants …

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Over 1300 Detained In Belarus Election Eve Crackdown

Reuters reports: Authorities in Belarus on Saturday detained Maria Kolesnikova, a prominent member of the opposition campaign challenging President Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential election, the campaign team said. Human rights groups say more than 1,300 people have been detained in a crackdown ahead of Sunday’s election in an attempt to clamp down on street protests that pose the biggest …

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