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  • Democrats, preferring to risk COVID than losing to Trump, are shifting away from voting by mail

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    As President Trump has waged a war on the legitimacy of voting by mail, many Democrats have decided to cast their ballots in person.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:53:02 -0400
  • 'My bad': White House press secretary corrected in real time as she claims Amy Coney Barrett is Rhodes scholar

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    The Supreme Court nominee attended Rhodes College in Tennessee

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:18:28 -0400
  • Fact check: Joe Biden faces friendly fire – partly false – over age, pot, prisons and more

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    An Instagram user levels strong charges against former Vice President Joe Biden but says he will vote for him against Trump

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:14:14 -0400
  • The family of one of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor started an online fundraiser so he can retire early and focus on his 'safety'

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    The family of Detective Myles Cosgrove is trying to raise $75,000 so that he can buy out the rest of his service time and retire early.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 05:57:04 -0400
  • Hundreds of Honduran migrants set out for US amid pandemic

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    GUALÁN, Guatemala (AP) — About 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to reach the United States entered Guatemala on foot Thursday morning, testing the newly reopened frontier that had been shut by the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities had planned to register the migrants as they crossed and offer assistance to those willing to turn back, but the group crossed the official border at Corinto without registering, pushing past outnumbered Guatemalan police and soldiers who made little attempt to stop them. In one group were four teenagers, all friends and neighbors from San Pedro Sula, from which hundreds of migrants had set out the previous night.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:38:47 -0400
  • Hundreds of earthquakes continue to rattle Southern California, USGS says

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    The area south of the Salton Sea has been shaken relentlessly since Wednesday afternoon, data shows.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:50:43 -0400
  • Justice Department must release redacted portions of Mueller report dealing with criminal charges before Election Day, judge rules

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    A judge ruled that the DOJ improperly censored portions of the Mueller report dealing with potential criminal charges and Russia's hacking of the DNC.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 02:55:14 -0400
  • Marine Corps F-35 and C-130 Collide During Refueling Exercise, All Personnel Found Safe

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    All nine personnel -- one in the F-35B and eight in the KC-130J tanker -- are accounted for.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 22:02:12 -0400
  • Hume: Biden will be well prepared but with such low expectations anything can happen

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    Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume joins 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' with insight into the first presidential debate.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:36:19 -0400
  • Trump says his rallies didn’t spread virus, many recall Herman Cain’s death

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    During a fiery debate on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sparred over a range of political issues as millions of American voters watched from their homes. The debate moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, asked Trump about the potential exposure of some of his campaign rallies during the pandemic where attendees were not wearing masks or socially distancing. Trump insisted that there were no “negative effects” that stemmed from his rallies and took a jab at Biden, arguing that the former U.S. vice president was essentially envious of his crowd turnouts.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 21:47:32 -0400
  • Armor attrition in Nagorno-Karabakh battle not a sign US should give up on tanks, experts say

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    As Armenia and Azerbaijan trade deadly blows in what many worry could turn into full-scale war, America’s military experts take notes on what not to do.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:48:00 -0400
  • Joe Biden tweets joke mocking 'earpiece' and 'drug' allegations with photo of headphones and ice cream

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    "I’ve got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready," Biden wrote on Twitter with a photo of tangled earbuds and a pint of ice cream.

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:43:28 -0400
  • Emily Jolley: Mother who shared QAnon posts believed to have kidnapped her son

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    Utah resident has shared numerous conspiracy theories on personal Facebook page

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:55:47 -0400
  • Maritime operation challenges 'excessive' Venezuela claims: US Navy

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    The United States Navy said on Thursday it had undertaken an operation off the coast Venezuela in an effort to challenge the South American country's "excessive maritime claims in international waters."

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:19:51 -0400
  • ‘He was screaming.’ 67-year-old uses martial arts on senior home intruder, CA cops say

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    “He was screaming because that’s one of my techniques, the bent fingers.”

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:53:08 -0400
  • The White House is upping its offer to Democrats to pass a new stimulus bill including $1,200 direct payments, report says

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    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are yet to strike a deal but say they are hopeful and talks will continue.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:06:26 -0400
  • Lebanon asks Interpol to detain 2 Russians over port blast

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    The lead investigator into the August blast at Beirut’s port that killed and wounded many people issued two arrest warrants Thursday for the captain and owner of a ship that carried thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate to Beirut seven years ago, the state-run National News Agency said. The news agency said judge Fadi Sawwan referred the case to the state prosecution that asked Interpol to detain the two Russian citizens. NNA did not give the names of the two men but Boris Prokoshev was the captain who sailed the MV Rhosus from Turkey to Beirut in 2013.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:48:58 -0400
  • MQ-9 Reaper Drone Flies with Double Hellfire Missiles in New Test

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    A new software update on the MQ-9 Reaper allows the hunter-killer drone to carry eight AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:36:35 -0400
  • Tens of thousands of airline workers out of jobs after Congress fails to reach deal

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    "Hundreds of thousands of airline workers are facing financial ruin through no fault of our own. How will we take care of our families without a paycheck and health insurance?" said one airline worker.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:11:00 -0400
  • US makes fresh pitch to Latin America in bid to counter China's influence

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    Experts say Growth in the Americas programme is attempt to reassert US control – and seems likely to anatagonise Beijing Growing tensions between the US and China have prompted clashes at the United Nations, accusations of spying and rumblings of a global trade war.In Latin America, the rivalry has recently prompted a public relations battle over which superpower could provide ventilators and PPE during the pandemic, outcry over a Chinese deepwater fishing fleet and renewed pressure over the adoption of Huawei technology in 5G networks.Now, the US seems intent on countering China’s growing commercial influence in the region, with a program challenging Beijing’s involvement in infrastructure developments and energy mega-projects.On a recent visit to Suriname and Guyana – which have both recently made major offshore oil discoveries – Mike Pompeo made a direct sales pitch on behalf of US companies.“No state-owned operation can beat the quality of the products and services of American private companies,” said the US secretary of state. “We’ve watched the Chinese communist party invest in countries, and it all seems great at the front end and then it all comes falling down when the political costs connected to that becomes clear.”Pompeo – the first secretary of state to visit either country – also used the opportunity to sign up both nations to the Growth in the Americas programme, more frequently referred to as America Crece, its Spanish translation, which seeks to “catalyze private-sector investment in Latin America and the Caribbean”.The project is seen as a direct response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the $1.5tn foreign and economic policy to establish maritime trade and invest in infrastructure projects in dozens of countries.Nineteen countries in the region have signed up to the BRI, with Chinese firms – many of them partly state-owned – winning major mining, energy and transport projects. Since 2005, China-based firms have invested over $123bn in the region and Chinese banks have loaned $137bn.“It’s clear that America Crece is a US response to the BRI; Pompeo has consistently criticized what he considers onerous conditions attached to Chinese infrastructure loans,” said Rob Soutar, managing editor of Diálogo Chino, a website specialising in China-Latin America relations.“Inside China, a number of academics see America Crece as the US attempt to reassert control over Latin America as its unique area of influence – a new version of the Monroe doctrine,” he said.In September 2018 the US recalled its top diplomats in Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic after the countries each ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan and established ties with China.But since then, US pressure appears to have increased, the growth of BRI partnerships has slowed, and Chinese investments in strategic countries such as Panama appear to have hit a speed bump.The America Crece program offers no new budget for regional infrastructure projects, but it does give the US policy a name and a direction.“The BRI wants to create infrastructure that supports Chinese interests – built by Chinese companies and with Chinese banks making money on the loans. America Crece, by contrast, involves projects with business cases that make sense for the region and support good governance,” said Dr Evan Ellis, a professor of Latin American Studies at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.But the view that Chinese investment relies solely on backroom deals with Beijing is no longer correct, said Soutar. “In recent years there’s been a major shift in the way Chinese firms invest in the region. Increasingly, they invest in equity or form international consortiums to win competitive tenders, such as the Bogota metro system.”> We advise Mr Pompeo to respect facts and truth and stop spreading rumors about China> > Chinese embassy in SurinameAnd while America Crece is theoretically open to investment from all countries, Colombian president Ivan Duque’s description of the programme as a “new phase of Plan Colombia” has given ammunition to those who view it as a way to secure lucrative contracts for US companies.Under the 2000-16 Plan Colombia – which focused on tackling the country’s twin guerrilla and narco-trafficking problems – much of the $10bn in aid went to US arms and security firms.Having fallen down the list of US foreign policy priorities under the Obama administration, US diplomatic efforts in Latin America have been revived in recent years. Donald Trump has sought to attract votes in Florida by taking a tough stance on socialist governments in Cuba and Venezuela, but the need resist China’s “predatory trade practices” is one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats agree on.The new, straight-talking strategy seems designed to antagonise China.“We advise Mr Pompeo to respect facts and truth, abandon arrogance and prejudice, stop smearing and spreading rumors about China,” the Chinese embassy in Suriname said.And while geopolitical rivals search to gain influence over natural resources, infrastructure and trade routes, the best interests of Latin America itself could be sidelined, said Soutar.“Both the BRI and America Crece invest overwhelmingly in fossil fuel infrastructure, locking Latin America into a high-carbon development pathway. The region desperately needs investment to rebuild after Covid, but this should be channelled towards low-carbon, climate-resilient development if it’s to generate sustained, long-term benefits.”

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 05:00:05 -0400
  • A lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse — the white teen charged with shooting three Kenosha protesters — says he's suing Joe Biden for libel

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    Lawyer Lin Wood says he's partisan in his support for President Donald Trump: "Put in your hearing aid, Joe. You will hear footsteps."

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:51:00 -0400
  • Gandhis attacked and arrested in India after attempted visit to gang rape victim's family

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    Two prominent leaders of India’s opposition Congress Party were attacked and arrested by police on Thursday while trying to visit the family of a gang rape victim whose death has sparked nationwide protests. Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi claim their convoy was stopped by police in Greater Noida, a satellite city on the outskirts of New Delhi, before he was beaten with wooden sticks known as lathi and wrestled to the ground. Footage shared on social media by Mr Gandhi’s team shows police pushing him, after which he appears to fall. “Just now, police pushed me, lathi-charged me and threw me to the ground,” Mr Gandhi told Asian News International. “I want to ask, can only Modi-ji walk in this country? Can’t a normal person walk? Our vehicle was stopped so we started walking.” The Congress Party has condemned the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the brutal gang rape of the 20-year-old Dalit woman, who died from her injuries on Tuesday after fighting for her life for two weeks. The opposition party argues the BJP has not done enough to ensure women’s safety in India, where 91 women are raped each day.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:50:33 -0400
  • Fact check: Picture of 'Black Lives Matter protesters' attacking a white man is misleading

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    The event where the picture was taken was not a Black Lives Matter protest, USA TODAY found. It was an event in St. Louis involving a statue.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:47:55 -0400
  • Massive spider web seen in Missouri photo has some asking: Could it ‘catch’ humans?

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    “Those are the kind that literally ‘catch’ people if they walk through them at night.”

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:01:57 -0400
  • Texas Dems Declare ‘Big War’ on Gov Over Mail-In Vote Restriction

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    HOUSTON - Texas Democrats are planning to take Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) to federal court over his controversial move on Thursday to shutter locations across the state where voters can drop off their mail-in ballots to be counted for the general election.“We’re in a big war right now with the state of Texas,” Gilberto Hinojosa, the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, told The Daily Beast. “We’re probably going to be filing suit on that in the next day or so.”Abbott announced Thursday that effective immediately until the Nov. 3 election, each county in Texas can only operate one site where voters are allowed to submit their mail-in ballots. Abbott said the move would “strengthen ballot security protocols.”“The State of Texas has a duty to voters to maintain the integrity of our elections,” Abbott said. “These enhanced security protocols will ensure greater transparency and will help stop attempts at illegal voting.” A spokesperson for Abbott did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the potential for a legal challenge to the governor’s order.Election officials in Texas and nationwide have incorporated ballot drop-boxes as an important part of their plans to make voting safe and secure in an election year that is expected to see record turnout against the backdrop of a deadly pandemic.Some of Texas’ largest counties had announced that voters would have the option of using multiple drop-off locations: in Harris County, home to 4.7 million residents and the city of Houston, officials had set up a dozen sites where voters could hand in their ballots.Chris Hollins, the top elections official in Harris County, said in a statement that Abbott was “going back on his word” to give Texas voters more options to vote safely during COVID-19, and that the county’s multiple drop-off sites had already been advertised publicly for weeks.“Our office is more than willing to accommodate poll watchers at mail ballot drop-off locations,” said Hollins. “But to force hundreds of thousands of seniors and voters with disabilities to use a single drop-off location in a county that stretches over nearly 2,000 square miles is prejudicial and dangerous."The League of United Latin American Citizens, a national Hispanic advocacy group, also said it was filing a lawsuit, alleging Abbott was trying to “suppress the state’s Hispanic vote.”Texas Democrats said that the move from Abbott is a clear signal of GOP fears that they’re in danger of losing key races in Texas, particularly down-ballot.Texas AG Claims Nearly 60,000 Non-Citizens Voted in State Elections Over Last Two Decades“It tells you that they’re scared,” said Hinojosa. “They know they’re in trouble in the state. All the polling out there shows that they’re in trouble. That they’re likely going to lose the state House, they’re likely going to lose a lot of Congressional seats, and even [Senate candidate] MJ [Hegar] is in contention, she’s within the margin of error.”Julián Castro, who was the mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 and ran for the Democratic nomination this cycle, told The Daily Beast on Thursday that the decision was made by “a nervous man doing the bidding of two other nervous men”—referring to President Donald Trump and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), whom Hegar is challenging.Recent polls have shown a tightening race in Texas, with Trump barely leading Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Cornyn’s lead narrowing over Hegar. Democrats are also targeting several U.S. House seats in the state’s shifting suburban areas, looking to build on the districts they flipped in 2018.“The Republicans wouldn’t be pulling these maneuvers if they didn’t see Texas slipping away from them. In that sense, this is one encouraging sign they see what we see, which is that Texas is turning over,” said Castro.While Castro was hopeful that courts might be sympathetic to a legal challenge against the order, he worried that the announcement itself, even if overturned, could have an effect of voter suppression.“It causes a problem regardless of whether Abbott succeeds in limiting these drop-off boxes or not,” he said. “It creates confusion.”Abbott’s proclamation comes one week after a group of Texas Republicans led by conservative activist Steven Hotze asked the Texas Supreme Court to halt Abbott’s move to extend both early voting and the period that people could deliver their absentee ballots in person.Hotze’s petition for Writ of Mandamus was also filed on behalf of Allen West, chairman for the Republican Party of Texas, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and six current members of the Texas Legislature.It seems few counties designated more than one in-person drop off location for ballots. Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth, is the third largest in Texas by population and only had one designated box. The same is true for Hidalgo and Webb, two large counties on the border.The Tarrant County Democratic Party posted on Twitter that they asked for more ballot drop off locations, but the county elections officials declined.“In a flippable county with close to 1.5M voters, by which 60K vote by mail ballots have already been sent, we have to make due,” the party said on Twitter. “We are relegated to one drop off location in the midst of COVID and uncertainty over the USPS system because Texas Republicans know they'll lose.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:19:33 -0400
  • Sea level: Greenland ice loss worst in 12,000 years

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    Ice loss from Greenland's massive ice sheet will cause sea levels to rise more during the 21st century than they have during any 100-year period in the last 12,000 years, even if global warming is held in check, scientists said Wednesday.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:47:48 -0400
  • 9 charged after McCloskey confrontation won't be prosecuted

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    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:34:36 -0400
  • 'I'm tired of it': Fox News reporter angrily hits back at criticism of his white supremacy question

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    ‘For all of you on Twitter who are hammering me for asking that question, I don’t care,’ says John Roberts

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:04:17 -0400
  • China Accelerates Its Crackdown on Foreign Journalists

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    These days, foreign journalists are facing unprecedented challenges in China.A March report from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) finds that in 2019, “82% of [foreign] reporters [in China] experienced interference or harassment or violence while reporting. . . . 43% said digital/physical surveillance affected reporting. And 70% reported interviews cancelled due to actions taken by Chinese authorities.” The FCCC also finds that Chinese authorities continue to restrict foreign journalists’ access to certain parts of China, including Xinjiang, where millions of Uighur Muslims languish in internment camps. The most striking finding of the report, however, is that not even a single foreign journalist said working conditions in China had improved from 2018 to 2019.It seems that this state of affairs has only gotten worse in 2020. Just this week, the Washington Post’s Anna Fifield published a story about the difficulties she’d faced as a foreign reporter in China. “Reporting in China increasingly feels like reporting in North Korea,” she tweeted. Beijing has expelled around 17 foreign journalists this year, including 15 Americans, and is threatening to expel more. Chinese authorities also continue to punish some foreign journalists by refusing to renew their visas.In August, Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen of Chinese descent who worked for the state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN), was detained by Chinese authorities. No charges were filed, and Cheng simply “disappeared.” China's foreign ministry waited until early September to announce that she was suspected of “criminal activity endangering China's national security.” Her family and friends still do not know her whereabouts, and it is unclear if she has any legal representation.The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s announcement of Cheng’s detention came after the Australian government was forced to mount a frantic mission to extricate the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) Mike Smith from the country. Both had been questioned by Chinese authorities regarding their dealings with Cheng, and both sought help from the Australian consulate. They were allowed to leave China only after a five-day diplomatic standoff. Birtles’s former boss, the ex-ABC China bureau chief Matthew Carney, recently disclosed the threats and interrogations that he and his family, including his 14-year-old daughter, had to endure from Chinese authorities back in 2018, which eventually led them to leave the country, too.Early this month, a Los Angeles Times reporter was detained by Chinese police in Inner Mongolia while investigating the central government’s push to teach Mongolian children key curriculums in Mandarin rather than Mongolian. Many parents and students have been protesting that effort, which they view as Beijing’s latest attempt to erase their cultural identity. The Times reporter said plainclothes men “took her to a police station, where she was interrogated and separated from her belongings, despite identifying herself as an accredited journalist. She was not allowed to call the U.S. Embassy; one officer grabbed her throat with both hands and pushed her into a cell.”Beijing’s treatment of foreign journalists is appalling. But surprisingly, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, for decades, the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) welcomed foreign journalists when it found them to be of use in helping achieve its strategic policy goals.The most famous example of this phenomenon was American journalist Edgar Snow. In the 1930s, Snow visited the CCP’s stronghold in the Chinese countryside and interviewed its leaders, including Mao Zedong. Back then, the People’s Liberation Army was no more than a ragtag bunch of poorly fed, ill-equipped guerrilla fighters. Mao was dismissed by the ruling Nationalist Party as a “bandit,” and he was virtually unknown to the West. Mao recognized the help that Snow could provide in solving that problem. He granted Snow access that was unavailable to any Chinese journalist and charmed the American. Snow, who was somewhat naive and ideologically left-leaning, fell for Mao’s charisma. Mao asked that the texts of Snow’s interviews be translated from English back to Chinese so he could “correct any inaccuracies” prior to the publication, and Snow granted him his wish.The final output was Snow's 1937 book, Red Star Over China, which presented Mao as a great leader who was candid, thoughtful, and funny. It described the goal of the Communist revolution as the creation of a new China that would be egalitarian and democratic. Nowhere did it mention Mao’s brutal purge of a rival faction within the Communist Party, which ended with the arrest of over 100 party members and the execution of more than a dozen. The purge was an early indication of Mao’s ruthlessness in quashing dissent, and there would be many more like it to come.Unfortunately, the inaccurate portrait painted by Snow’s book cast Mao and the Communists in such a positive light that it won them many domestic and international supporters. This, in turn, set a precedent. Recognizing the propaganda value that Snow had provided, Mao invited him back to China several more times over the next three-plus decades. Each time, he manipulated Snow into serving as his mouthpiece for domestic and international audiences.After Mao’s death, a succession of Chinese Communist Party leaders followed the same template, welcoming foreign journalists to China as the regime launched its campaign of economic reform and opened up to the rest of the world. These leaders recognized that they needed the foreign press to tell stories about China, and sure enough, the resulting stories helped attract badly needed foreign investment and tourism to boost the country’s economy.In a country where corruption is rampant and justice is whatever local authorities say it is, many Chinese people have come to believe that the fastest way to get their grievances heard and resolved is through reporting by journalists, especially foreign journalists. As Yuan Yang, the Financial Times’s deputy Beijing bureau chief, has noted, “Sometimes it is not the coverage itself, but the mere appearance of a foreign journalist on the scene, that gets officials to start listening intently to their problems.”Sadly, even that means of getting authorities’ attention is increasingly being closed off by China’s current leader, Xi Jinping, who demands absolute loyalty from all corners of China including the media. Unlike his predecessors, Xi doesn't see foreign media as a friend or a useful tool, but rather as a threat to the narratives advanced by his propaganda and an obstacle to his goal of building a new, China-centric world order. Especially after the coronavirus outbreak, Xi has needed an obedient media to tell a story of Chinese success under his leadership, which has only increased his incentive to keep a tight leash on critical reporting.Xi seems to believe that China is now wealthy, powerful, and resourceful enough that it no longer needs the prestige that foreign media outlets once lent it; state media can tell the stories he wants told both at home and abroad. Since Xi doesn’t see foreign journalists as useful to his own strategic objectives, Chinese authorities have intensified their attacks on foreign journalists. If any informed observer had any remaining doubts about the true nature of the Chinese regime, this crackdown should have dispelled them.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 06:30:23 -0400
  • Parrots at zoo separated after swearing profusely at visitors

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    "If they teach the others bad language and I end up with 250 swearing birds, I don't know what we'll do," said the wildlife sanctuary's chief executive.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:14:18 -0400
  • Myanmar political party chief arrested for prison escape

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    The leader of a party fielding the second highest number of candidates for Myanmar’s November elections has been arrested after local media reported allegations of a shady past, including a prison escape and financial finagling. Despite the arrest of Kyaw Myint, another executive of his United Democratic Party said it will continue campaigning. Despite fielding 1,131 candidates for the Nov. 8 polls — second only to the ruling National League for Democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi — the party has not won a single seat in the last two elections.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:42:38 -0400
  • HK police arrest dozens in China national day protest

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    Hong Kong riot police arrested dozens of people on Thursday (October 1), as they tried to stop anti-government marchers gathering at China national day celebrations. Police had banned the protest, citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings and violence at previous marches. Hundreds of officers conducted stop-and-search activities and cordoned off areas. "Today is a day for national mourning. What should we celebrate? Hong Kong has become a place like this, what's worth us celebrating? Right?" Protesters wanted to march against Beijing's imposition of a sweeping national security law on June 30 and demand the return of 12 Hong Kong people who were arrested at sea by Chinese authorities in August as they tried to reach self-ruled Taiwan. Thursday's protests came even as Chief Executive Carrie Lam said -- at a flag raising ceremony earlier in the day -- that stability had returned to the city. ''During the last three months we have been able to see clearly in front of our eyes how peace has returned to society, as the national security has been safeguarded in the city. Once again the people can enjoy their basic rights and freedom in the society in accordance to the law.'' China's National Day on October 1 is resented by Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists. But for pro-Beijing supporters, it is an opportunity to drum up patriotism in China's most restive city.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:11:21 -0400
  • She tried to board a flight barefoot in Miami, airline says. Then came the meltdown

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    Another day, another public meltdown. But this latest melee wasn’t over masks.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:52:37 -0400
  • Republicans move forward with plan to investigate presidential election in Pennsylvania

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    A proposed Select Committee on Election Integrity would give lawmakers the power to investigate, review and make recommendations on the 2020 election.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:39:31 -0400
  • Turkey, Iran deploy 'game-changing' drones in north Iraq

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    Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 01:02:22 -0400
  • ‘It Was a Purposeful Trap.’ NYPD Planned Attack and Mass Arrests of Protesters, Human Rights Group Says

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    Human Rights Watch says in a new report that video shows NYPD officers trapping protesters in the Bronx before beating and arresting them

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:00:11 -0400
  • Police arrest Proud Boy member on assault and gun charges hours after Trump refuses to denounce white supremacy

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    Arrest follows president’s controversial comments at debate: 'Proud Boys – stand back and stand by’

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:34:16 -0400
  • Biden Staffer Suggests ‘Intolerant’ Views of Orthodox Catholics, Jews, Muslims Should Disqualify Them from Supreme Court

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    A staffer on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign on Monday suggested that Orthodox Catholics, Jews and Muslims should not be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court because of their “intolerant” beliefs.The comments came during a Twitter conversation between Biden campaign deputy data director Nikitha Rai and Brookings Institute senior fellow Shadi Hamid in which Rai attacked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic beliefs. A search for Rai's Twitter account now yields a message saying, "This account doesn't exist."Hamid had responded to a tweet that said Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage as homosexual acts are "at odds with Scripture." Hamid replied, “Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?” “Unfortunately yes,” Rai said. When Hamid pointed out that Orthodox Muslims and Jews generally hold the same view, Rai said, “True. I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is relatively intolerant. It will be awhile before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”> Here’s a @JoeBiden staffer saying that orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism should be made “taboo” and driven from the public sphere. Beneath all the talk of “interfaith” and “pluralism,” this is what they really believe. pic.twitter.com/PrN8S1qaLG> > -- Jeremy McLellan (@JeremyMcLellan) September 29, 2020The former vice president often touts his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, though critics note that some of Biden’s positions — such as his support for abortion and same-sex marriage — stand in opposition to Catholic teachings.Barrett’s faith has been widely scrutinized in the media as “extreme” and cult-like since the president announced he would nominate the 48-year-old Notre Dame professor to fill the vacancy on the Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Barrett, a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, has been attacked for her faith for years now, beginning with her 2017 confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee when Democrats questioned whether her Catholicism should disqualify her from being a judge.“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said at the time.“The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein added. “And that’s of concern.”

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:31:49 -0400
  • Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China: reports

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    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:52:10 -0400
  • 7 people wounded in shooting at Milwaukee funeral home

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    All victims are in stable condition, according to police.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:27:00 -0400
  • US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

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    The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order against FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest palm oil companies and a joint-venture partner with American consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, went into effect Wednesday, said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:49:05 -0400
  • Chinese rail stations and airports swamped during holiday, raising fears of fresh Covid outbreak

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    People have begun swarming into China’s rail stations and airports as the country where the coronavirus pandemic emerged enters into its first major public holiday week after lockdowns began easing, potentially raising the risk of new infections. Nearly half of the country’s 1.4 billion people are expected to hit the road during China’s “Golden Week,” kicking off on Oct 1 as the nation celebrates its founding anniversary. Chinese authorities have relaxed some travel restrictions as the number of daily infections have begun dropping significantly. About 30 people were confirmed with the coronavirus through Tuesday this week, a figure that could rise given increased movement of people over the holiday. As such pandemic precautions remain in place, including detailed contact tracing via mobile phone apps that allow users to flash a green, yellow or red code – a health contagion profile that determines whether someone might pose an infection risk.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:36:32 -0400
  • Democrats postpone House vote on COVID-19 stimulus bill to give more time for negotiations

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    The pared-down version of the legislation passed by House Democrats in May will likely pass the House, but will face opposition in the GOP-led Senate.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 17:54:50 -0400
  • She escaped N.Korea, but 'raped' by South's spies

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    She ran away from her home in North Korea six years ago to find a safe haven in the South. But it was after meeting a South Korean spy, she says, that another nightmare began. Lee, who we're only identifying by her last name to protect her identity, was raped by the man -- according to the defector and prosecutors. "I was mad at myself, I should have defended or fought with a knife, but I was just unable to fight back when they did that to me." She may not be alone. More than 72% of North Koreans resettled in the South are women and at least a quarter of them encountered sexual violence in the South, but less than 10% sought help, the gender equality ministry found in a 2017 survey. In Lee's case, the suspected abuser called himself Dr Seong. She says he was a mysterious man, and like a father figure to help her start a new life. Seong paid her for info. She had previously worked at a military institute in the north. He also helped her reconnect with her brother, who was detained by secret police in North Korea. But eventually Seong and a colleague, identified by the name Kim, began to sexually abuse her. She says it lasted a year and a half and she was pressed to get two abortions and suffered severe distress. "After all, they were the first people that I trusted, respected and relied upon here in the South." Military prosecutors this month indicted the two men, a lieutenant colonel and a master sergeant with charges of sexual assault and rape. But both men have denied rape, according to the chief military prosecutor. They are said to say it was consensual. Lee's lawyer, Jeon Su-mi, blames the system for enabling agents to take advantage of vulnerable defectors. "The women can't say no, they have to obey and have to go out at midnight if they are requested to. The South Korean surveillance system on North Korean defectors has absolute power like God, even if they are just government employees here." Defectors have complained recently that the government of President Moon Jae-in, who has made improving ties with North Korea a priority, is failing to provide refuge by ignoring rights, stifling political activity and deporting some escapees.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:31:57 -0400
  • Co-founder of burn center hits, kills 2 kids as they cross street, California cops say

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    Roller blades and a scooter were found near the scene of the crash.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:15:41 -0400
  • Doctor ‘snubbed for trying to tell Trumps to wear masks at debate'

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    Melania also took off mask once she sat down

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:09:48 -0400
  • Colombian fishermen rescue 94 Haitian migrants adrift at sea

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    Fishermen spot the migrants' boat adrift in the Caribbean sea and tow it to safety.

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:03:34 -0400
  • US Army to upgrade bigger units with new electronic warfare gear

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    The Army has outlined plans for a new electronic warfare, signals intelligence and cyber capability for larger echelons.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:36:19 -0400
  • Polish divers hope Nazi shipwreck holds key to Amber Room treasure

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    Polish divers say they have found the wreck of a German World War Two ship which may help solve a decades-old mystery - the whereabouts of the Amber Room, an ornate chamber from a tsarist palace in Russia that was looted by the Nazis. Decorated with amber and gold, the Amber Room was part of the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg, but was last seen in Koenigsberg, then a Baltic port city in Germany but now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. It was from Koenigsberg that the Karlsruhe steamer set sail in 1945 with a heavy cargo, before being sunk by Soviet warplanes off the coast of Poland.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:41:52 -0400
  • AP: Trooper's mic records talk of beating, choking Black man

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    In graphic, matter-of-fact chatter picked up on his body-camera mic, a Louisiana State trooper implicated in the death of a Black man can be heard talking of beating and choking him before “all of a sudden he just went limp.” It is the most direct evidence to emerge yet in the death last year of Ronald Greene, which troopers initially blamed on injuries from a car crash at the end of a chase. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who died last week in a single-car crash, is heard recounting the May 2019 arrest of Greene in rural north Louisiana on audio provided to the AP through an intermediary who asked not to be identified because the case remains under investigation.

    Thu, 01 Oct 2020 15:44:08 -0400
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