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AOC's first congressional endorsements reflect subtle shift away from outsider status

AOC's first congressional endorsements reflect subtle shift away from outsider statusRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to be playing more of an insider game in some of her recent endorsements. But she's insisting her insurgency is focused on policy, not merely disruption.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 5:00 AM

Texas man wanted for allegedly divorcing his wife without her knowledge

Texas man wanted for allegedly divorcing his wife without her knowledgeA Texas man is wanted by police after he allegedly filed for and completed divorce proceedings against his wife without her knowledge. 




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 3:32 PM

'It's happening': Alien enthusiasts descend on Area 51 for a UFO party

'It's happening': Alien enthusiasts descend on Area 51 for a UFO partyAn event that began as a Facebook joke is expected to attract several thousand people to a remote area of the Nevada desert over the next three days.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 12:41 PM

Bill de Blasio's net worth as he pulls out of 2020 presidential race

Bill de Blasio's net worth as he pulls out of 2020 presidential raceNew York Mayor de Blasio announced that he is officially dropping out of the 2020 presidential race -- here's a look at his current finances.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 4:24 PM

Imelda’s toll in Texas: Flooding and fears about a bridge

Imelda’s toll in Texas: Flooding and fears about a bridgeAs the remnants of the former Tropical Storm Imelda moved north on Friday, residents in southeast Texas awoke to shut down roads, scattered thunderstorms and the possibility of more flooding from a storm that became one the top 10 wettest in U.S. history.The storm that had barely earned a name — it briefly ranked as a tropical storm before being downgraded to a tropical depression — took many residents by surprise with its relentlessness, rekindling memories from when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rainfall in some areas and caused dozens of deaths in 2017.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 1:30 PM

Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Lobbying, Hires Lobbyist One Day Later

Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Lobbying, Hires Lobbyist One Day LaterIs she serious?




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 7:24 AM

Saudis threaten UN-brokered truce in strike near Yemeni port city

Saudis threaten UN-brokered truce in strike near Yemeni port cityThe Saudi-led military coalition launched an air strike north of the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah early on Friday morning, amidst heightened tensions following a weekend strike against Saudi oil installations. The coalition said it had struck only “legitimate military targets,” and had succeeded in destroying four sites used to assemble maritime drones and sea mines by Houthi fighters. “These sites are used to carry out attacks and terrorist operations that threaten shipping lines and international trade in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the southern Red Sea,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki in a statement. Houthi forces who control the area were quick to brand the strike a “dangerous escalation”, saying it violated a UN ceasefire agreement reached last year in Sweden. While the strike took place north of the city, it was within Hodeidah governate and as such violates the terms of the agreement. “The coalition will bear the responsibility of this escalation which is also a test to the United Nations,” said Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam on Twitter. But some argue this is only the latest in a series of violations on both sides. “There has been so much escalation in and around the city, but often when the Houthis break ceasefires they are labelled skirmishes,” said Fatima Alsarar of the Middle East Institute. “The focus has been so much on the Saudi-led coalition because it’s a partner to the United States and you expect them to behave responsibly, but the Houthis are expected to behave like a militia so the bar is so much lower.” “There’s also pressure to see Hodeidah agreement work, and this is unfortunate because the UN always says the ceasefire has been successful otherwise. But people have died. This is just an effort to make the agreement look more successful than it has been.” Yemen displaced Hodeidah is a vital port city on the Red Sea, not only for humanitarian access but because it is used by the Houthis to smuggle in missile parts and small weapons from their backers in Iran. As a result, the city has been at the centre of conflict for the majority of the five-year war. The Saudi-led coalition, which receives Western backing, have been engaged in Yemen's civil war since 2015 after Houthi forces, backed by Iran, ousted the internationally recognised government in the capital Sana'a in late 2014. Some suspect Friday’s strikes were a retaliation for attacks on Saudi oil installations on Saturday, which were later claimed by the Houthi movement. But experts have ruled out Houthi responsibility, arguing forensic evidence shows the attacks came from Iran, the Houthis’ principal ally in the region. “This attack seems symbolic and packaged for a domestic audience,” said Peter Salisbury, Senior Analyst at Crisis Group. “The Saudis likely felt the need to demonstrate their willingness to respond to Houthi cross-border attacks. They’ve struck this site before which raises questions about the utility of such a strike expect for show.” “Yemen, in the eyes of some in the Riyadh and elsewhere, represents the low-hanging fruit in terms of demonstrating a willingness to retaliate against Iran,” he added. The Houthis, for their part, are happy to be used as a scapegoat in Yemen for Iran in order to reach their ultimate objective, according to Ms Alasrar: “Iran thrives on creating confusion, it aims to deflect and say: look at the Houthis, look at the Saudis, we’re not doing anything. They’re sending a message to the US that they need to respect their authority while also denying involvement.”




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 12:12 PM

Officials: Political donor caused deadly overdose during sex

Officials: Political donor caused deadly overdose during sexGemmel Moore had moved back home with his mother in Texas two years ago and was missing Los Angeles when he texted a photo of syringe in an arm to a wealthy gay man he knew in California. Buck bought a plane ticket for Moore and had a car pick him up a week later at the airport. Federal prosecutors released new details Thursday as they charged Buck, 65, with distributing methamphetamine resulting in Moore's death on July 27, 2017.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 1:31 AM

Friday's global strike was likely the largest climate rally ever

Friday's global strike was likely the largest climate rally everThe Global Climate Strike that encouraged kids to walk out of school could be the biggest climate rally ever. But estimates are still rolling in.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 4:36 PM

Progressive revolt against Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)

Progressive revolt against Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)Progressives want to censure Kyrsten Sinema, the first Arizona Democrat to win a Senate seat in 30 years. Genius idea: Hurtle left, right off a cliff.




POSTED SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 10:19 AM

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