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UCLA mom charged with paying $400K to get son admitted as fake soccer recruit – USA TODAY

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

CLOSE The college admissions scam involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman shows how some rich families use a “side door” to game an already unfair education system. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY BOSTON — A mother from Canada was arrested Monday night in Spain and indicted in the U.S. for paying $400,000 to get her son admitted into the University of California-Los Angles as a fake soccer recruit. Xiaoning Sui, 48,…

The latest on the Saudi oil attacks – CNN

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Oil prices spiked Monday after the attack on the heart of Saudi Arabian oil production. US oil futures jumped 14.7%, settling at $62.90 a barrel. It was the biggest spike since January 2009. Futures of Brent crude, the global benchmark, settled up 14.6% at $69.02 a barrel. Gasoline futures, meanwhile, were up more than 13%, which isn’t boding well for American drivers. What this means for gas prices: Experts say consumers…

Trump’s California fundraisers are drenched in cash — and secrecy – POLITICO

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

President Donald Trump’s California fundraisers have attracted a new set of Republican donors and bundlers eager to be in the room with him in Northern and Southern California events. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images White House Donors are snapping up tickets, even if they don’t know exactly where the events are being held. By CARLA MARINUCCI 09/16/2019 06:59 PM EDT Updated 09/16/2019 11:14 PM EDT 2019-09-16T11:14-0400 SAN FRANCISCO — Donald Trump…

Mexican developer Javier Burillo arrested after son killed by boat – USA TODAY

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

CLOSE Tiburon police chief Mike Cronin answers a reporter’s question as Fire Chief Richard Pearce stands to the side during a news conference about a man on manslaughter charges at the police station in Tiburon, Calif., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. (Photo: Alan Dep, AP) A member of a wealthy Mexican family was arrested on manslaughter charges after his 11-year-old son was killed during a boating trip in the San Francisco Bay, police say….

NYT reporters behind Kavanaugh story suggest key information was removed by editors – Fox News

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Video New York Times revises story on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh An editor’s note corrects a glaring omission in the accusation against Brett Kavanaugh that touched off a political firestorm; Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz reports. The New York Times reporters behind the controversial piece on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh claimed Monday night that key details missing from the sexual misconduct allegation may have been removed from the…

Israelis Go To Polls As Netanyahu Aims To Hold Power Amid Corruption Scandals – NPR

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Heidi Levine/AP hide caption toggle caption Heidi Levine/AP Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Heidi Levine/AP Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party are facing voters for the second time in just five months…

How I realized the NY Times Kavanaugh story was a train wreck – Fox News

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Video Howard Kurtz: Dems demand impeachment over NYT’s flawed Kavanaugh piece ‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the New York Times’ flawed ‘bombshell’ Brett Kavanaugh story that has been widely panned. All the political players were ready to pounce, from the 2020 Democrats calling for Brett Kavanaugh to be run off the Supreme Court to President Trump saying the media were telling lies about him. But the New York…

Mexican tycoon arrested when boat kills son in San Francisco Bay – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A member of one of Mexico’s wealthiest families was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after his 11-year-old son died on a family boating trip in the San Francisco Bay, police said Monday. Javier A. Burillo, 57, was arrested Sunday at his multimillion-dollar home in the bayfront community of Belvedere on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child and operating a boat while under…

Eugene Robinson: Trump administration is more ‘Game of Thrones’ than ‘West Wing’ – Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Even if voters hand control of the Senate to Democrats, McConnell will still be able to use the Senate’s rules to delay, deflect and disrupt. In that eventuality, would the next president push Senate leaders to get rid of the filibuster? And if the Republicans retain Senate control, which is a very real possibility, do the Democratic candidates have ideas for going over, under, around or through McConnell to make…

Warren, in NYC rally, casts campaign as successor to other women-led movements – POLITICO

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. | Jessica Hill/AP Photo 2020 elections By SALLY GOLDENBERG and ALEX THOMPSON 09/16/2019 10:54 PM EDT Updated 09/16/2019 11:37 PM EDT 2019-09-16T11:37-0400 NEW YORK — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a speech that drew thousands of supporters to a historic site in Lower Manhattan, on Monday made one of her most explicit appeals to female voters since announcing her bid for the White House. In Washington…

Activist Joshua Wong brings Hong Kong fight to U.S. with upcoming congressional testimony – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Activist Joshua Wong said he believes President Donald Trump would sign a bipartisan congressional bill aimed at supporting democracy in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by months of protests. The bill, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, has gained momentum among lawmakers, including former presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and would direct the president to sanction those who suppress…

Trump stops short of placing blame on Iran for Saudi oil attacks – CBS News

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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New York Times’ botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section – CNN

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Eugene Robinson: Trump administration is more ‘Game of Thrones’ than ‘West Wing’ – Salt Lake Tribune

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Even if voters hand control of the Senate to Democrats, McConnell will still be able to use the Senate’s rules to delay, deflect and disrupt. In that eventuality, would the next president push Senate leaders to get rid of the filibuster? And if the Republicans retain Senate control, which is a very real possibility, do the Democratic candidates have ideas for going over, under, around or through McConnell to make…

Trump’s dual instincts on Iran: Big threats and an eagerness to deal – The Washington Post

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Anne Gearan September 16 at 8:11 PM President Trump has said Iran is the greatest threat in the Middle East, a would-be nuclear power that he has brought low through the stiffest sanctions ever applied to a single nation. He has warned that the United States is “locked and loaded” to punish Iran if it is found to be responsible for the attack on Saudi oil facilities over the weekend….

Trump says it looks like Iran was behind Saudi oil field attack – CNN

Monday, September 16, 2019

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8 Years of Trump Tax Returns Are Subpoenaed by Manhattan D.A. – The New York Times

Monday, September 16, 2019

Even if the Manhattan district attorney’s office is successful in obtaining the president’s tax returns, the documents would be covered by secrecy rules governing grand juries, meaning they would not become public unless they were used as evidence in a criminal case. At the beginning of August, the state prosecutors also subpoenaed the Trump Organization, seeking documents related to the payment to Ms. Daniels and the reimbursement to Mr. Cohen….

The new Kavanaugh allegation is important because of what it says about the FBI – Vox.com

Monday, September 16, 2019

A group of fence-sitting senators decided in fall 2018 to wait to decide whether or not to support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until after the FBI conducted an investigation into allegations of serious sexual misconduct by multiple women. Two senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona, were convinced by the final report and sent him to the bench. “It appears to be a very…

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy. Here’s what it means – USA TODAY

Monday, September 16, 2019

CLOSE The company that made billions selling OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy protection. This comes after it reached a tentative settlement with many governments. AP Pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma is framing its bankruptcy filing as an opportunity to cut red tape and provide billions in settlement cash to curb the opioid crisis it’s accused of facilitating. But the OxyContin maker’s legal issues are far from over. Purdue Pharma filed for…