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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

President Donald Trump delivered a blistering and rambling monologue to the journalists he allowed into his Cabinet meeting for more than 70 minutes on Monday. His press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, later tweeted, "I hope we see honest reporting from today's mtg." read more

Redial: The PM will push for a general election if the EU proposes to delay Brexit until January, No 10 has indicated. Boris Johnson "paused" his Brexit bill on Tuesday after MPs rejected his plan to get it signed off in three days. read more

As Parliament met in London Saturday morning and voted to force a Brexit delay, hundreds of thousands of anti-Brexit protesters marched in the city's streets demanding citizens be given a second chance at deciding whether to leave the European Union. read more

WAPO Editorial Board: Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, one of President Trump's most ardent defenders in the Ukraine affair, has said he sees no evidence of wrongdoing in the president's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ... But Mr. Graham did say the other day that "if you could show me that, you know, Trump was actually engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing." We think we can help the South Carolina Republican. read more

Three days after Rogue River Blue cheese, made by Rogue Creamery in Southern Oregon, was named the best cheese in the world at the 2019 World Cheese Awards in Italy, the Central Point facility and store were buzzing. read more

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

William B. Taylor, the senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before impeachment investigators Tuesday: "First, if Ukraine succeeds in breaking free of Russian influence, it is possible for Europe to be whole, free, democratic, and at peace. In contrast, if Russia dominate Ukraine, Russia will again become an empire, oppressing its people, and threatening its neighbors and the rest of the world ... By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Urkranian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani." read more

The Associated Press is reporting that the Iraq military appears to be contradicting the Trump Administration by saying American troops do not have permission to stay in Iraq. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that the troops ordered to abandon the Kurds in Syria would be serving in Iraq to continue the U.S.'s fight against the Islamic State. Iraq's military says those troops are not welcome to stay in Iraq. read more

The start of the World Series is clouded by the way a Houston Astros assistant GM behaved in the clubhouse after the team beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Brandon Taubman shouted at three female reporters, "Thank God we got Osuna! I'm so f--- glad we got Osuna!" The Astros acquired closer Roberto Osuna at a bargain price from the Toronto Blue Jays while he was serving a 75-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. The flak Houston took for picking him up didn't sit well with Taubman, apparently. The Astros' denial that he taunted the women was refuted by two other reporters who witnessed the bizarre incident.

Eugene Robinson: The president has pretty much ceased being president ... Enter Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is not the president, obviously, but increasingly is acting almost like a prime minister. Over the weekend, she led a congressional delegation on an unannounced trip to reassure U.S. allies in Jordan and Afghanistan. read more

Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) cloud computing arm is making an aggressive push into one of the most sensitive technology sectors: U.S. elections. read more

In the days after President Donald Trump paved the way for Turkey to invade Syria, several of his closest allies went to the White House - twice - to try to change his mind, according to four people familiar with the meetings. read more

[Turkish President Recep Tayyip] ErdoÄan hails agreement with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in which Kurdish fighters will be moved from border area ... Most of all, it cements Moscow's new role as prime powerbroker in the Middle East as US influence in the region wanes. read more

A week after first refugees crossed from northeast Syria into Iraq, the arrivals to northern Iraq continue. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, teams on the ground report that of this morning more than 7,100 have arrived since last Monday. Most of them - just under 7,000 - are sheltered at the Bardarash refugee camp, some 140 kilometres east of the Iraqi-Syrian border. Most of the Syrian refugees come from cities and villages from northeast of Syria. Three out of four are women and children. There are unaccompanied children among the arrivals. Some refugees, especially children, require psycho-social first aid, and psycho-social support as they fled in fear in the midst of fighting. Some witnessed explosions and shelling. Refugees with relatives living in the area are allowed to leave the camp and join their families. read more

Sources confirm to CBS3 that a man living in a halfway house in Upper Darby [Pennsylvania] ordered uranium because he thought it would be cool to pose with it and post it on Facebook. Sources say the man ordered the uranium from a company in Michigan. The package arrived Monday to the halfway house on West Chester Pike. Because it's a halfway house, they intercept and scan the mail.

It's been less than a week since the release of a secretly recorded conversation in which Dennis Bonnen told members of his own party that President Donald Trump "is killing us" and called a female lawmaker "vile." Now the first-term Texas GOP House Speaker has announced he will not seek re-election. Bonnen says in a statement Tuesday "it is clear that I can no longer seek re-election" as either a state representative or house speaker.


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