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Whistleblower memo shows White House official saying Trump-Ukraine call was ‘crazy’ and ‘frightening’ – Washington Examiner

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The first Ukraine whistleblower wrote a two-page memo one day after the controversial phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky detailing secondhand information provided by a White House official. The notes, reported by Fox News on Monday, describe that July 25 conversation in more alarming terms than what appears in the whistleblower complaint, filed nearly three weeks later with the Intelligence Community inspector general. The White House…

WATCH LIVE: Oakland officials discuss PG&E power outages in Bay Area – KGO-TV

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

PG&E has confirmed that it will shut off power to nearly 800,000 customers across Northern and Central California starting just after midnight. See the list of areas impacted here. RELATED: Are you ready for a blackout? Here’s how to prepare if PG&E cuts electricity during high wind, fire danger PG&E has alerted customers in 30 counties they may lose power. The proactive outage alert covers every Bay Area county, except…

Map shows neighborhoods impacted by PG&E power shutoffs – SFGate

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.) A wide view of the map shows much of Northern California will have its power shut off starting late Tuesday night. (Continue clicking or swiping through the gallery for a closer look.) Photo: Screenshot / PG&E Caption Close…

Supreme Court appears divided over LGBTQ job discrimination – NBC News

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared to be closely divided after hearing two hours of courtroom arguments Tuesday on one of the most important issues of the term: whether existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The court must decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, also covers…

Poll: a majority of Americans think House Democrats right to open Trump impeachment inquiry – USA TODAY

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

CLOSE House Democratic freshmen, who now support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, are explaining their decision across the country at fiery town halls. (Oct. 8) AP, AP WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans think House Democrats were right to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-Shar School poll published Tuesday.  By a margin of 58-38%, respondents said Congress should have begun the impeachment inquiry. Forty-three…

Supreme Court clashes over meaning of ‘sex’ in LGBT discrimination cases – CNBC

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of “sex” in heated oral arguments on Tuesday for a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers. The court heard the cases of three LGBT employees, two gay men and a transgender woman, who claim they were fired because of their identities. At issue was the meaning of Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, which forbids…

Rick Perry says he ‘absolutely’ asked Trump to call Zelensky — just not about the Bidens – CNN

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

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As U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift – The New York Times

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

“This is an important first step in making some of the companies that have benefited the most from the re-education system in Xinjiang feel the consequences of their actions,” said Darren Byler, an anthropologist at the University of Washington who studies the plight of the Uighurs. He said the move signaled that abuse of minority groups in Xinjiang “is real and justifies a political and economic response.” It is also…

Poll: Majority of Americans say they endorse opening of House impeachment inquiry of Trump – The Washington Post

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Dan Balz Scott Clement October 8 at 6:00 AM A majority of Americans say they endorse the decision by House Democrats to begin an impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and nearly half of all adults also say the House should take the additional step and recommend that the president be removed from office, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll. The findings indicate that public opinion has shifted quickly against…

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz – CNN

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

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FBI: Inmate is Most Prolific Serial Killer in US History 7 October 2019 AP News Samuel – Snopes.com

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Samuel Little, who has been behind bars since 2012, told investigators last year that he was responsible for about 90 killings nationwide between 1970 and 2005. In a news release, the FBI…

Supreme Court To Hear LGBTQ Employment Case – NPR

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Aimee Stephens is at the center of the debate over whether employers can fire workers for being LGBTQ. The Supreme Court will hear her case Tuesday. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Sancya/AP Aimee Stephens is at the center of the debate over whether employers can fire workers for being LGBTQ. The Supreme Court will hear her case Tuesday. Paul Sancya/AP At the U.S. Supreme Court, the long-awaited showdown…

‘So what?’ Trump attorney Jay Sekulow dismisses second whistleblower coming forward – Fox News

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Video Jay Sekulow responds to second Ukraine whistleblower President Trump’s personal attorney on Monday dismissed news reports of a second whistleblower claiming to have first-hand knowledge about Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president. Jay Sekulow, the lawyer, told “Hannity” that the White House’s decision to release the call transcript renders future whistleblowers moot. “They’re now talking about a second whistleblower, and my statement on that is: ‘So what’,” he said. “We’ve already…

Elizabeth Warren could be ‘even tougher than Trump’ on China, says analyst – CNBC

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Hong Kong turmoil could cast a ‘shadow’ over China-US trade… “It will just irritate the Chinese that the two [situations] are being linked,” said Richard Harris, CEO of Hong Kong-based asset management firm Port Shelter Investment… Politicsread more

‘Buckle up': Abrupt Syria policy shift is sign of Trump unchained – Reuters

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over the span of just a few hours, U.S. President Donald Trump upended his own policy on Syria with a chaotic series of pronouncements, blindsiding foreign allies, catching senior Republican supporters off guard and sending aides scrambling to control the damage. Trump’s decision on Sunday to remove some U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, opening the door to a Turkish offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in the region,…

‘So what?’ Trump attorney Jay Sekulow dismisses second whistleblower coming forward – Fox News

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Video Jay Sekulow responds to second Ukraine whistleblower President Trump’s personal attorney on Monday dismissed news reports of a second whistleblower claiming to have first-hand knowledge about Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president. Jay Sekulow, the lawyer, told “Hannity” that the White House’s decision to release the call transcript renders future whistleblowers moot. “They’re now talking about a second whistleblower, and my statement on that is: ‘So what’,” he said. “We’ve already…

‘Buckle up': Abrupt Syria policy shift is sign of Trump unchained – Reuters

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over the span of just a few hours, U.S. President Donald Trump upended his own policy on Syria with a chaotic series of pronouncements, blindsiding foreign allies, catching senior Republican supporters off guard and sending aides scrambling to control the damage. Trump’s decision on Sunday to remove some U.S. forces from northeastern Syria, opening the door to a Turkish offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in the region,…