There’s a huge difference in the way California Governor Gavin Newsom and Texas Governor Greg Abbott handle cities in their states with rampant homelessness and dangerous conditions... The letter, which Abbot sent to Austin Mayor Steve Adler today, details the problems the progressive city is facing, problems similar to those documented in places like San Francisco and Seattle. These problems include businesses having difficulty keeping their sidewalks clean, homeowners fearful of property crime, rampant drug abuse, and literal human feces lining the streets...
Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine. It was created by Mr. Pinchuk, whose fortune stems from a pipe-making company. He served two terms as an elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament and is a proponent of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union.
Mr. Pinchuk and his wife—the daughter of former Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma—began donating to Clinton charities in 2006 after being introduced to Mr. Clinton by Doug Schoen, a pollster who has worked for both Clintons.
In 2008, Mr. Pinchuk made a five-year, $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative... The pledge was to fund a program to train future Ukrainian leaders and professionals “to modernize Ukraine,” according to the Clinton Foundation.
The early account by the future whistle-blower shows how determined he was to make known his allegations that Mr. Trump asked Ukraine’s government to interfere on his behalf in the 2020 election. It also explains how Mr. Schiff knew to press for the complaint when the Trump administration initially blocked lawmakers from seeing it.
The C.I.A. officer approached a House Intelligence Committee aide with his concerns about Mr. Trump only after he had had a colleague first convey them to the C.I.A.’s top lawyer. Concerned about how that initial avenue for airing his allegations through the C.I.A. was unfolding, the officer then approached the House aide. In both cases, the original accusation was vague.
In a letter to Dorsey on Tuesday, Harris said the president has violated the social media platform’s user agreement with his tweets about a whistleblower and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff. Harris accused Trump of violating Twitter’s rules that its users may not threaten “violence against an individual or a group of people” or “attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.” She cited a handful of Trump’s tweets from the past week, calling them “blatant threats.”
“Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib reportedly told Detriot police chief James Craig during a tour of the Real Time Crime Center, the city’s 24-hour threat-gathering hub where facial recognization is used to identify suspects. “I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!” the freshman congresswoman added, arguing that Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and John Lewis (D-GA) are often confused for one another because they are both black and bald. Tlaib’s suggestion seemingly irked Craig, who is black, prompting him to respond: “I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender,” “I understand the technology real well,” he added.
Peter Vlaming filed suit against the West Point School Board in King William County on Monday, alleging that standing firm in not “violat[ing] his conscience” had “cost him his job”... Vlaming, who worked with the district for seven years, met with the student, his mother, and a guidance counselor to gain a better understanding of the situation, but was accused in October of referring to the student as “her” behind the student’s back, the suit alleges... The teacher met with school administration to discuss the issue, and argued that referring to the student as male “was against his religious beliefs,” but was repeatedly told that using female pronouns was against school policy, according to the suit.
Artificial stone used to make kitchen and bathroom countertops has been linked to cases of death and irreversible lung injury in workers who cut, grind and polish this increasingly popular material. The fear is that thousands of workers in the United States who create countertops out of what's known as "engineered stone" may be inhaling dangerous amounts of lung-damaging silica dust, because engineered stone is mostly made of the mineral silica.
The 12 White House hopefuls who met the polling and fundraising requirements set by the Democratic National Committee are former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; billionaire businessman and activist Tom Steyer; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
...on 22 July 2019, Ukrainian media reported that the procurator for military investigations in the Ukrainian prosecutor-general’s office was probing the purchase by Ukraine of the Aeros border surveillance system. Adam Schiff’s sometime fundraiser found one of his two big projects in Ukraine under investigation for corruption: specifically, it appears, for an allegation that the system itself was not necessary for the procurement purpose; for an allegation that it had functionality problems; and for an allegation that the transaction involved embezzlement (although the latter charge doesn’t seem to be directed at Aeros).
It seems doubtful that President Trump knew about this relatively obscure development when he had his 25 July phone call with President Zelensky. But it’s a strong bet that a lot of Democrats in the U.S. knew (such as political activist Alexandra Chalupa and her Ukraine-embedded network, which was so active in seeking dirt on Trump during the 2016 campaign). As the link above indicates, Igor Pasternak had already posted a statement about the investigation at the Aeros company website (the date of the statement is 24 July).
Billed as the “ultimate doomsday weapon,” the fearsome super nuke was displayed during China’s 70th anniversary parade in Tiananmen Square.
Meanwhile, in the United States, US Major General Lori Reynolds told 300 intelligence Marines at the 9th Annual Marine Corps Association and Foundation Intelligence Awards Dinner that “diversity” will make the difference in future war fighting...
The new tariffs got the greenlight from the World Trade Organization on Wednesday in a ruling that said the U.S. was authorized to impose import duties as high as 100 percent on $7.5 billion worth of goods due to European subsidies for Airbus that violate international trade rules. The award is the largest in the history of the WTO.
The actual rates will be much lower than 100 percent, according to a senior administration official. The officials said EU aircraft would face a 10 tariff, while agricultural and industrial products would receive a 25 percent tariffs.
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia unsealed an indictment against Chen Deyao, Chen Guichun, and Pan Liangtu on 64 counts: two counts for conspiracy to import and distribute controlled substances, and 62 counts for the distribution of powerful synthetic opioids furanyl fentanyl, U-47700, and methoxyacetyl fentanyl, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release... The three Chinese nationals, who often used the same alias “Alex” when operating the websites, enlisted the help of David Landis, a resident and former local deputy sheriff of Montgomery County, as a distributor.
After being planned and built in total secrecy, Planned Parenthood has announced a new 18,000-square-foot "mega-clinic" and abortion facility. The new facility, located in southern Illinois, will open its doors just 13 miles from another Planned Parenthood clinic in neighboring Missouri—the state's only remaining abortion clinic which is at serious risk of being shut down. Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, told CBS News that the project was planned and erected in secret to avoid the types of long delays experienced in the past—from protesters and uncooperative contractors—that could threaten the welfare of thousands of women if the clinic in St. Louis, Missouri, is shut down.
The median sales price for properties fell 17 percent from the same quarter last year, to $999,950, according to new data from CORE. The average sales price dropped 12 percent, to $1.64 million. Condo sales fell 8 percent, logging 946 transactions. Co-op sales, on the other hand, were up a modest 2 percent year over year... Consequently, nearly 30 percent of the inventory on the market was priced above $3 million... Halstead’s own report released on Wednesday showed Manhattan apartment sales fell 16 percent in the third quarter – with sales above $5 million dropping nearly 50 percent. Properties, meanwhile, spent an average of 192 days on the market – the highest quarterly total since the final quarter of 2012.
The poll, which was conducted last week, found that 57 percent of voters polled said it was time for a new president, while 39 percent said Trump should be reelected in 2020. The results reflected no change from the last Monmouth University Poll survey, which was conducted in August. The same poll found Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with the highest favorability ratings among voters. Biden has a 46 percent favorable rating and 45 percent unfavorable rating with voters, while Warren has a 42 percent favorable rating and 40 percent unfavorable rating. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came in with the highest unfavorable ratings at 49 percent, compared to a 42 percent favorable rating.
Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Stripe are reportedly unsure whether they wish to become paid-up participants in Facebook’s Libra digital currency. According to a Bloomberg article on Oct. 2 — citing “people familiar with the matter” — the four payment giants have reservations about the social network’s project. The companies formed part of the cohort which originally said they wished to act as nodes for Libra, subject to a fee of $10 million. Libra has since faced a major backlash from regulators worldwide and the four now share concerns their own reputations could suffer. According to Bloomberg, the payment giants believe Facebook exaggerated claims that regulators were comfortable with Libra — and they fear past scandals involving the Silicon Valley giant could taint their image.
David Delgado, 32, of Winnetka, near Los Angeles, approached a man wearing the hat in a restaurant bathroom about 6:40 p.m. Sept. 2 and asked him what it said, police reported. When the man told him it read “Make America Great Again” in Russian, Delgado began punching him in the face until he fell down, said Sgt. Robert Higgins in the release. Delgado continued punching the man, then grabbed the hat and ran away, Higgins said in the release. Police arrested Delgado at his home Tuesday following an investigation.
The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!