President Barack Obama vetoed legislation Friday that would have waived sovereign immunity protections for Saudi Arabia and allow 9/11 victims or their relatives to sue the Saudi government for allegedly helping some of the 19 hijackers. Fifteen of the attackers were Saudi nationals. The veto, the 12th of Obama's presidency, sets the stage for likely showdown votes next week in both the House and Senate. If two-thirds majorities of each chamber vote to override the president's veto, it will be the first time that's happened during Obama's time in office. read more
Predictably, the corporate heads of state last week promoted the proposed $66 billion deal as an altruistic plan to improve "the lives of growers and people around the world." Last week, they told Senate Judiciary Committee members that the merger "is needed to meet a rising food demand."
STATE COLLEGE, PA.
Students all over Penn State University agree on this much about Hillary Clinton: "She's slimy," said Anay Pope.
And Pope, 25, is a Clinton supporter. For the moment.
Clinton's poll numbers are sagging, and the biggest reason is that she's plunging among young voters. A Quinnipiac University poll this month found that in a four-way race, Clinton is up 5 points nationally with 18- to 34-year-old voters, down from a 24-point lead just a month before.
Just days ahead of the first debate Monday and less than two months before voting ends, she faces two challenges: Many young voters are taking serious looks at Donald Trump as well as Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein. And many are debating whether they even want to vote this year.
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Trump gets a free commercial, then slips in news
We got played. On Friday Trump said he had a big announcement and everyone expected him to address his views on whether President Obama was born in the U.S. (spoiler: Obama was born in Hawaii.) While Trump did eventually say a tiny amount on the topic, he mostly got free airtime to brag about his new Washington D.C. hotel and have veterans talk about how great he was. Right there at the end he slipped in something his campaign hopes will end a years-long saga: "President Obama was born in the United States -- period."
He also blamed the whole thing on Clinton: "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it."
A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Florida, has caused about 215 million gallons of radioactive water to drain down into the Floridian aquifer system. The aquifer system supplies drinking water to millions of Florida residents, according to the St. Johns Water Management District's website. Additionally, water that escapes from the aquifers create springs used for recreational activities like snorkeling and swimming. The fertilizer company Mosaic wrote on its website that it discovered a sinkhole 45 feet in diameter at its New Wales facility after noticing water levels had dropped in a stack of radioactive waste product known as phosphogypsum in late August.