Politics

Finland Elects 34 Year-Old PM, World’s Youngest

The New York Times reports: Sanna Marin, 34, is set to become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister when she is sworn in this week in Finland, after being elected to the position by her party late Sunday. The country’s coalition government consists of five parties, four of which are led by women, with Ms. Marin now at the helm. …

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NC Towns Spike Xmas Parades Over Confederate Group

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: On Wednesday, Wake Forest became the second Wake County town in a week to cancel its Christmas parade over safety fears. Wake Forest officials canceled the parade for what is though to be the first time since it started more than 71 years ago. Town officials said they had received credible information that “extremist” …

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France Paralyzed By Nationwide Labor Strike [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. Paris authorities barricaded the presidential palace and deployed 6,000 police as activists – many in yellow vests representing France’s year-old movement for …

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Turkey Vows To Scuttle NATO Defense Plan Over Kurds

The Independent reports: Turkey will block NATO’s plan for the defence of Baltic countries unless the alliance recognises a Kurdish group as “terrorists”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned. A NATO meeting on Tuesday, marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary, was set to be a tense affair with Turkey at odds with other members over its purchase of Russian missiles and …

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Former President Jimmy Carter Hospitalized Again

ABC News reports: Former President Jimmy Carter s back in the hospital, one of many recent stays for the 95-year-old Democrat. Carter is in the hospital with a urinary tract infection, according to The Carter Center. “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., this past weekend for treatment for a urinary tract …

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BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro Accuses Leonardo DiCaprio Of Donating Money To “Torch The Amazon”

Reuters reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claimed on Friday that Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio financed fires being set in the Amazon rainforest, without presenting any evidence, the right-wing leader’s latest broadside in casting blame over forest fires that have generated international concern. Bolsonaro appeared to be commenting on social media postings claiming that the environmental organization the World Wildlife Fund …

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Massachusetts Is First State To Ban Flavored Vapes

Boston’s NPR affiliate reports: Gov. Charlie Baker has signed one of the most sweeping laws pertaining to vaping and flavored tobacco products in the country. The new law will affect flavored tobacco and vaping sales. Retailers will no longer be allowed to sell flavored vape cartridges. They will be able to sell devices that deliver nicotine, but not flavored nicotine. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Protesters Shower Lawmakers With Dollar Bills After Vote To Ban Flavored Vapes [VIDEO]

Courthouse News reports: The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly today to ban the sale of flavored vape products, responding to a public health crisis where sweet-smelling mango and mint products are thought to target teen users. “New York cannot and will not wait,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, himself a former smoker who quit with the help of e-cigarettes. …

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Students Boo Melania At Anti-Opioids Event [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: First lady Melania Trump was greeted with resounding boos at an opioid awareness event in Baltimore on Tuesday, even as her husband, President Donald Trump, donated his salary for the third quarter of the year to combat the opioid crisis. Melania Trump was loudly booed as she was introduced at the B’More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness at …

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Former Mattis Aide Won’t Say If He’s “Anonymous”

Mediaite reports: Former James Mattis speechwriter Guy Snodgrass appeared live on Fox News to address questions about if he is Anonymous – questions that he completely dodged and gave no concrete answer. It was reported earlier today that Snodgrass was the Anonymous official who wrote an op-ed and book blasting President Donald Trump. Trace Gallagher asked Snodgrass point-blank if he …

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Doctors Claim Julian Assange Might Die In British Jail

Courthouse News reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who’s being held in a maximum-security prison in London while fighting extradition to the United States, is in such poor physical and mental health that he could die in prison, a group of doctors is warning. In an open letter released today, more than 60 doctors from around the world called on the …

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Egypt Arrests Editor Of Last Independent News Outlet

The New York Times reports: Egyptian security forces arrested a senior editor of the country’s last significant independent news outlet on Saturday, in a new peak to a six-year-old crackdown on press freedom under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The editor in chief of the outlet, the online publication Mada Masr, said Saturday that a few weeks ago, the authorities had …

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DEJA TRUMP: Netanyahu Blasts “Attempted Coup”

The Associated Press reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment has sharpened the battle lines in Israel’s deadlocked political system and could test the loyalty of his right-wing allies, Israeli commentators said Friday. The serious corruption charges announced Thursday have dashed already slim hopes for a unity government after September elections, paving the way for an unprecedented repeat vote in March, …

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Jury Orders Big Tobacco To Pay $157M To Gay Man After Husband Dies From Smoking-Related Cancer [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A Florida jury has awarded a gay man more than $157 million in a wrongful death lawsuit after his husband died from lung cancer caused by smoking cigarettes, in what an attorney said is the first such case involving a same-sex married couple. Edward Caprio was diagnosed in 1996 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It would be …

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Senate Spending Vote Averts Govt Shutdown For Now

Roll Call reports: The Senate cleared a monthlong spending bill Thursday, sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk hours before government funding was set to expire at midnight. The vote was 74-20. The continuing resolution is the second temporary spending bill Congress has passed since fiscal 2020 began on Oct. 1. Once Trump signs it — as his aides say …

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ISRAEL: Another Attempt To Form Government Fails

The New York Times reports: Benny Gantz, the chief political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government ahead of a looming midnight deadline, propelling a deeply divided Israel into a new, uncharted phase of political chaos and increasing the likelihood of a third election in a year. Israel has been …

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Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Investigation

The Guardian reports: The alleged rape investigation involving Julian Assange, who is in prison in Britain, has been discontinued. The deputy chief prosecutor, Eva-Marie Persson, told a news conference: “I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation.” Tuesday’s decision follows a ruling in June by a Swedish court that Assange, who denies the accusation, should not …

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South Dakota Welcomes Meth Campaign Ridicule

The Hill reports: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is defending the state’s launch of an anti-drug campaign with the slogan “Meth, we’re on it.” The tagline drew a mix of criticism and ridicule across Twitter on Monday, but Noem cited the backlash as proof that efforts to raise awareness around South Dakota’s methamphetamine crisis was, in fact, working. “Meth …

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Finally Concedes Election

Kentucky’s PBS affiliate reports: More than a week after initial results showed him losing to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes, Gov. Matt Bevin has conceded the election. Bevin’s concession means that Beshear will become the 64th governor of Kentucky on Dec. 10th, Inauguration Day. Bevin made the announcement during a press conference in the state …

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Trump Tax Break Went To Donor’s Superyacht Marina

ProPublica reports: The Rybovich superyacht marina lies on the West Palm Beach, Florida, waterfront, a short drive north from Mar-a-Lago. Superyachts, floating mansions that can stretch more than 300 feet and cost over $100 million, are serviced at the marina, and their owners enjoy Rybovich’s luxury resort amenities. Its Instagram account offers a glimpse into the rarefied world of the …

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