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Pompeo suggests reporter ‘working for Democrats’ after impeachment grilling

Secretary of state says to Nashville local TV reporter Nancy Amons who asked hardball questions: You have some of your facts wrong Secretary of state Mike Pompeo suffered embarrassment from an unexpected quarter on Friday, as a speech to a Christian group about religious freedom, a priority of the Trump administration. WSMV, an NBC affiliate, Nancy Amons was determined not to give him a break. Saying she would start right away with the tough stuff, as you know, Amons asked about a key issue in the Ukraine scandal: the removal…

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Donald Trump is a ‘potty-mouth’, says Nancy Pelosi

Speaker says Potus has become a potty-mouth and children are listening after president made crude comment about Biden at rally Donald Trump has become a potty-mouth and children are listening, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, told Democrats, after the president a rally in Minnesota on Thursday. Pelosi leads House Democrats conducting a formal impeachment inquiry centered on Trumps attempts to get Ukraine to investigate unfounded allegations of corruption involving Bidens son. With Congress on recess, the speaker spoke to her caucus on a conference call on Friday. You know, Pelosi…

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Ukraine to review legal cases amid Trump claims over Bidens

Ruslan Ryaboshapka distances audit from US presidents call for investigation into Biden ties Ukraines highest prosecutor has said he is holding a broad review of investigations closed under his predecessors, including more than a dozen linked to the Ukrainian energy company where Joe Bidens son served on the board of directors. The general prosecutor, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said the review was part of Ukraines reform process as investigative powers are handed over to another government agency by the middle of next month. Q&A What is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal? Show Hide…

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Doctor gets 40 years in prison for prescribing over 500,000 opioid doses

Virginia doctor Joel Smithers was convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally distributing opioids A doctor who prosecutors said ran a medical practice in Virginia like an interstate drug distribution ring was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids. Dr Joel Smithers was sentenced in US district court in Abingdon. Judge James Jones sentenced Smithers to 40 years. He faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of life. Smithers was convicted in May of more than 800 counts…

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Cory Booker may quit 2020 race by Tuesday despite ‘avalanche of support’

Democratic candidate says surge raised $1.5m of self-imposed fundraising goal of $1.7m by end of the month According to his own deadline, New Jersey senator Cory Booker has less than two days to save his presidential campaign. On Sunday he said an avalanche of support had brought him close to a self-imposed fundraising goal, but admitted he could be out of the race by Tuesday. Some minor candidates have dropped out but the field is still unwieldy. On Friday the Democratic National Committee announced last week that if he did…

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How e-cigarettes went from celebrity accessory to product non grata

Several states have enacted a ban on sales of vaping products amid more than 800 reports of lung injuries nationwide Up until a month ago, it sometimes seemed like everybody vaped, from everybody is trying to quit. Amid reports of at least New York, Michigan and everyone to refrain from vaping and the governor launching a a federal flavored e-cigarette ban. Theyve been touted as safer than cigarettes, even to the extreme of being safe, period, said John Maa, a past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. But…

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US cinemas ban masks and costumes at Joker screenings

Following concerns about the potential for violence, several chains will not allow face coverings or clothing that would make other guests feel uncomfortable Major cinema chains in the US have announced that they will enforce bans of masks, costumes and toy weapons at screenings of Joker, the new film starring says on its website that no masks, painted faces or costumes will be permitted into our theatres. AMC Theatres, the USs largest cinema chain with more than 600 venues, 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado, at a midnight screening of The…

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The blockbuster that wasn’t: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit

A California man was charged with fraud after securing millions in funding and using most of the money on himself, prosecutors say On paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures. With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, Game of Thrones or the recently Disney-fied Star Wars universe have inspired an undeniable gold rush for premium content so much so that the genre has, in…

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Trump’s whistleblower response is ‘witness retaliation’, says ex-spy chief

Pressure on Trump mounts as 300 national security officials say presidents actions constitute unconscionable abuse of power James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has said Donald Trumps implication that officials involved in the whistleblower complaint should be treated as spies is witness retaliation, as more than 300 national security officials signed a letter saying the accusations against Trump amount to an unconscionable abuse of power. As pressure continued to mount on Trump, former secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta also suggested the White Houses attempts to…

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White House tried to cover up Trump’s Ukraine conversation, whistleblower alleges

Pelosi slams White House for trying to keep details from public, while Trump says this is the greatest scam in American history Donald Trumps actions on Ukraine pose risks to US national security, according to a whistleblowers complaint released on Thursday which also appeared to reveal an attempt by the White House to cover up conversations with a foreign leader. The whistleblower alleges in the explosive complaint that Trump used a phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to solicit interference in the 2020 election, and that the White House then intervened…

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Kim Jong-un invites Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang report

Letter from North Korean leader comes as talks between the men have stalled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited US president Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources. The letter pre-dates North Koreas latest last met at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas in June and agreed to restart working-level negotiations that had been stalled since an unsuccessful second summit between the two leaders in Vietnam in February. Last weeks round of short-range missiles…

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Can the rest of the world save itself from climate breakdown without the US?

With Trump expected to skip the UN climate summit, the question will be: whats possible if the most powerful nation is pulling away from action? This story originally appeared in Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. As world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trumps surprise election as president of the United States…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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Hong Kong: violence follows calls for Trump to ‘liberate’ territory

Protesters clash with police in shopping districts after rally to petition US to resist Beijing Hong Kong police have fired teargas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district, after demonstrators rallied at the US consulate calling on Donald Trump to liberate the territory. Police had clashed with protesters in the Centraldistrict as the demonstrations in Hong Kong entered their 14th week. Protesters dispersed to nearby Admiralty, the bar district of Wan Chai and on to Causeway Bay. Riot police fire teargas to disperse protesters around the Causeway…

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Trump revels in ‘chopper talk’ as White House press lectern gathers dust

Official briefings have all but been abandoned by a president who prefers to communicate before boarding Marine One Stephen Colbert, the late night TV host, dubs it last stood at that lectern to deliver a briefing to the waiting media. The shift in how the administration communicates happened gradually at first but now seems set in stone. Press secretary Jon Decker, the White House correspondent of Fox News Radio and a regular at Trumps chopper talks, recalled: Two or three weeks ago I got three questions in to the president…

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