Three Republicans with knowledge of the situation say Sessions has made telephone calls exploring the possibility of running for his old Senate seat... It was not immediately clear how close Sessions was to making a decision or the seriousness of the exploration. Sessions has until next Friday to decide whether to be a last-minute entry into the 2020 Senate race. The Alabama Republican Party closes qualifying for 2020 candidates at 5 p.m. Nov. 8.
An Illinois state lawmaker bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator’s support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an initial check on Aug. 22 for the unidentified lawmaker’s backing of the legislation in the Illinois Senate, the complaint says. The Chicago Democrat’s alleged willingness to arrange regular payments for legislative support stands out even in a state with a history of brazen public corruption.
Earlier today, the automotive website Jalopnik published a story showing how license plate numbers are evidently scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) on Google images, allowing them to be searchable using text queries. Using the OCR hypothesis, TFB wondered if this image data mining technique might be able to be used to search for firearm serial numbers. Using images posted previously on TFB with serial numbers displayed on firearms, we tested the serial number search technique. As you can see from the results below [above], firearm serial numbers are in fact part of this apparent large-scale data mining operation by companies like Google and Facebook.
In a letter sent to Democratic House lawmakers, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the resolution "affirms the ongoing, existing investigation" and "establishes the procedure" for future investigative steps. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump Administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives," Pelosi said. Fox News has learned the vote will take place Thursday on the House floor... Pelosi made clear in her letter they are holding the vote because of the Republican complaints.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pledged Monday to increase sanctions against Iran, saying the Trump administration's "maximum pressure campaign" is halting alleged Iranian aggression in the Middle East. Mnuchin met Monday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called on Washington to impose additional sanctions to halt what he called Iran's "plunge for everything" in the region.
The mound of skulls was piled around what appeared to be an altar of an Afro-Caribbean religion. Mexico City prosecutors said Monday that another 40 jaw bones found in the jumbled pile around the altar do not appear to belong to the 42 complete skulls. In addition, 31 “long” bones, probably from arms or legs, were also found.
The altar where the 42 skulls were found in the lair of Oscar N. alias El Lunares, allegedly belongs to the cult known as Palo Mayombe, of African origin, which is performed to, according to belief, obtain the protection of spirits (which supposedly they are tied to pots with human remains, earth, sticks and other objects) for those who perform the correct rituals. On the other side, on one of the walls, was an image of Baphomet (half human, half goat), considered a Satanist symbol, along with a pyramid and representations of the lunar cycle.
"Home Affairs is developing a Face Verification Service which matches a person's photo against images used on one of their evidence of identity documents to help verify their identity," DHA wrote in a submission to the inquiry. "This could assist in age verification, for example by preventing a minor from using their parent's driver licence to circumvent age verification controls."...
In fiscal 2019, which began on Oct. 1, 2018 and ended on Sept. 30, 2019, the federal government collected $1,717,857,000,000 in individual income taxes, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. That was up $5,509,560,000 from the previous record of $1,712,347,440,000 (in constant September 2019 dollars) that the Treasury collected in individual income taxes in fiscal 2018... In fiscal 2019, the federal government spent a record total of $4,446,584,000,000. That was up $261,665,170,000 from the previous record total of $4,184,918,830,000 (in constant September 2019 dollars) that the federal government had spent in fiscal 2009.
Allen was asked if he will send SWAT to homes to take away guns, and he responded in a way that convinced county residents he will come while they are not home. Allen said, “We do whatever we do to make it as safe as possible. And if what’s as safe as possible is to wait for that individual to leave the house, then that’s what we’ll do. Most of the time there will be other laws that we’ll be able to apply.”...
U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman agreed to permit discovery on three of 33 allegedly libelous statements in the Post’s coverage of the Jan. 18 incident pertaining to teenager Nicholas Sandmann. The Post has insisted that its reporting was fair and accurate...
Francis on Monday officially changed the name of the Holy See archive to remove what he said were the "negative" connotations of having "secret" in its name. From now on, the vast trove of documents, manuscripts and papyrus of popes past will be officially known as the "Vatican Apostolic Archive." In a new law, Francis noted that the archive has long been open to scholars and that he himself has decreed that the archives of World War II-era Pope Pius XII, accused by some of not speaking out enough about the Holocaust, would open to researchers ahead of schedule on March 2, 2020.
The once-celebrated M.I.T. Media Lab micro-greenhouses were supposed to grow food under virtually any conditions. In the end, they worked under almost none. And now, M.I.T. has turned off the lights, possibly for good... The Massachusetts Institute of Technology confirmed Thursday that it had mostly closed the Open Agricultural Initiative, known as OpenAg. The project has been accused of misleading sponsors and the public by exaggerating results, while the Media Lab has been under scrutiny for its financial ties to the convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein.