Politics

Jimmy Carter Hospitalized With Fractured Pelvis

NBC News reports: Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering from a fractured pelvis after falling at his Georgia home, The Carter Center announced Tuesday. “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga,” The Carter Center tweeted. “He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor …

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Justin Trudeau Wins Second Term But Loses Majority

The Associated Press reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s national elections Monday, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite having been weakened by a series of scandals that tarnished his image as a liberal icon. Trudeau’s Liberal party took the most seats in Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. …

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BRITAIN: Tearful Assange Battles Extradition To US

The London Evening Standard reports: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange struggled to say his own name as he appeared in the dock facing extradition to the US. The 48-year-old is wanted in the United States over claims that he was involved in the hacking and leak of a mass of classified documents in 2010 through the Wikileaks website. But Assange says …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Gives Up On Forming Government

Haaretz reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to President Reuven Rivlin that he is returning the mandate to form a governing coalition. In a Facebook video posted Monday, Netanyahu said “Ever since receiving the mandate [to form a government] I have worked relentlessly … to establish a broad national unity government. This is what the people wants.” But he argued …

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House To Vote On Turkey Sanctions, GOP Opposes

Roll Call reports: This week the House will consider a package of sanctions against Turkey and an election security measure, while the Senate will finally bring some fiscal 2020 appropriations bills to the floor. The Turkey sanctions measure is being brought to the House floor despite last week’s U.S.-Turkey announcement of a 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria. Speaker Nancy Pelosi …

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AOC Endorses Bernie At Massive Queens Rally [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat who was elected as the youngest women to serve in Congress during the 2018 midterms, has endorsed Bernie Sanders to become the next president of the United States. Speaking at a massive rally in Queens, the congresswoman celebrated Mr Sanders’ lifelong career in public service and progressive track record as a …

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Michael Moore Endorses Bernie: “He Can Win This”

Politico reports: Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Friday endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president in 2020, saying “he absolutely can win this.” Moore said a reason for his decision to support Sanders is the senator’s willingness to recognize that capitalism “is at the core” of a number of issues facing the country. “Why me for Bernie?” he said in …

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NYC Approves $8 Billion Plan To Close Rikers Island

The New York Times reports: One 886-bed jail will tower over shops and restaurants in Downtown Brooklyn. Another will be next to a subway yard in Queens. In the Bronx, a jail will replace a Police Department tow pound. And another jail will rise in the shadow of City Hall in Manhattan. That is at the heart of a plan …

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Obama Endorses Reelection Of “Progressive” Trudeau

The Huffington Post reports: Former United States president Barack Obama has endorsed the re-election bid of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Obama made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, touting Trudeau as a “hard-working, effective leader” who takes on big issues like climate change. Since leaving the White House, Obama has made several visits north to speak to crowds in Canadian cities, including …

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Senators: Revoke WH Invite For Turkish President

Axios reports: Senators Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) have publicly suggested that President Trump revoke his invitation to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month after Turkey’s offensive into Syria. The big picture: Domestic pressure is mounting against Trump following his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, which gave Erdogan space to invade …

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Vaping Advocates Swarm White House Comment Line

Roll Call reports: Vapers across the country are swarming Twitter, the White House comment line and statehouse steps with the message: “We Vape, We Vote.” They’re speaking out after a slew of attacks on their way of life. President Donald Trump announced his support for a vaping flavor ban in September. Some states temporarily banned the sales of vaping tools …

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Polish Nationalists Win Big After Anti-LGBT Campaign

Reuters reports: Poland’s ruling conservative nationalist party won parliamentary elections on Sunday, a result that likely will lead it to seek to exert even more control over the country’s judiciary and deepen a showdown with the European Union. Preliminary results showed the Law and Justice party won about 44% of the vote, giving it a majority in the 460-seat lower …

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UKRAINE: Far-Right Groups Protest Against President

The Associated Press reports: As police watched warily, far-right and nationalist groups protested Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, expressing anger at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his long-awaited peace plan for eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy paid homage Monday to Ukrainians killed in the five-year conflict with Moscow-backed separatists, holding a moment of silence at a Kyiv monument. Later he will …

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Dates Set For General Election Presidential Debates

The Hill reports: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday that the first 2020 general election debate will be held in September and will be hosted by the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. The debate, which will be held on Sept. 29, 2020, will be one of three general election presidential debates. The commission also said the University …

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Ethiopian PM Awarded Nobel Peace Prize [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Mr Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was named as …

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NYC Council OKs Plan To Zone Rikers Out Of Existence

Courthouse News reports: As the clock ticks on a deadline for the New York City Council to vote on a controversial new borough jails plan, legislators voted Thursday to pass a proposal they say would force lawmakers to shutter the notorious Rikers Island jail complex by 2026. The council faces an Oct. 17 vote over whether to build four new …

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Ted Cruz And AOC To NBA: Suspend Ops With China

Deadspin reports: A day after NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement wondering whether everyone couldn’t just get along and enjoy some hoops, eight members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz, signed a letter to Silver condemning the the NBA’s response to the controversy over Daryl Morey’s tweet supporting Hong Kong protestors. Perhaps basketball can bring everyone together. …

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Erdogan Threatens To Bury Europe With Refugees

Reuters reports: The president of Turkey has threatened to “open the doors” and send three million refugees to Europe if the European Union condemns his invasion of Syria as an occupation. The military operation has been condemned by governments around the world. Responding to the condemnation from Europe on Thursday, Erdogan said in a speech: “We will open the gates …

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Bernie: I “Misspoke” About Scaling Back My Campaign

NBC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday tamped down speculation that he would slow his presidential campaign after he suffered a heart attack last week, saying he plans to compete as vigorously as ever for the 2020 Democratic nomination. The Vermont independent told NBC in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday night on “Nightly News” and Thursday on the “Today” …

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Turkey Begins Airstrikes On Northern Syria [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: Turkey’s military operation in Syria has begun just three days after President Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw from the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the beginning of the operation Wednesday morning, saying he was going to “eliminate the threat of terrorism” from his country. There were immediate reports of Turkish airstrikes in the …

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