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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A man who allegedly groped a woman during a flight told authorities after he was arrested that "the president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts," according to a complaint by the FBI.


Tweets by two academics in October 2018 shed light on legislative efforts in North Carolina to target non-white voters, as documented by court excerpts they shared which were distributed widely online. On 15 October 2018, Sarah Damaske, an associate professor of labor and employment relations at Penn State University, shared a tweet from University of Chicago professor Harold Pollak linking to a federal court decision regarding the state's "voter ID" law, known as House Bill 589 or SL 2013-381: read more


A Russian Army Contingent has arrived in Pakistan to participate in Pak-Russia Joint Training Excercise 'Druzhba-III'. The Pakistan Army and the Russian military will be holding joint military drills in the mountains of Pakistan till November 4. The servicemen from the two armed forces will perform drills at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level. Russia and Pakistan have been holding the 'Friendship' drills since 2016. read more


Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has been diagnosed with "the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease," in an open letter that was released Tuesday. read more


A bomb was found in a mailbox at George Soros's home in Bedford, N.Y. A police bomb squad blew it up, and the FBI's anti-terrorism unit is now investigating. The Bedford Police Department told NPR that one of Soros's employees found a suspicious package in the mailbox and opened it, finding the explosive device.


An Ontario psychic has been charged with pretending to practice witchcraft for allegedly bilking upwards of 20 clients out of more than $100,000 in cash and jewellery, a score police say she achieved by telling highly vulnerable customers she needed to "cleanse" their property of "evil spirits" in order to cure their ailments.


Defining gender as a condition determined strictly by a person's genitals is based on a notion that doctors and scientists abandoned long ago as oversimplified and often medically meaningless. read more


Chinese President Xi Jinping has officially opened the world's longest sea crossing bridge, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. read more


Monday, October 22, 2018

On Monday night in Houston, Donald Trump will dunk on Ted Cruz one last time. Trump will travel to Texas to hold a massive get-out-the-vote rally for Cruz in the final days of a closer-than-expected race against Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D). read more


According to two people familiar with the conversations, Trump is distancing himself from a potential Republican thumping on Election Day. He's telling confidants that he doesn't see the midterms as a referendum on himself, describing his 2020 reelection bid as "the real election."


In the years since Maria Zakharova took over the job of communicating Russia's intentions to the wider world, her weekly press briefing has become must-watch TV here. Combative and aggressive, her style mimicked Russia's increasing belligerence, both at home and abroad. read more


Caitlin Flanagan: Imagine what it would be like to be the subject of one of Trump's bullying campaigns, to have the most powerful man in the world ridicule you day after day, in his crude, below-the-belt way. What would you do about it? Ignore it, and you look weak. Handle it in some principled way, and he will only increase the pressure. Respond to it in kind, hurling equally harsh insults at him, and your energies will be turned back upon you.


In Virginia, Democratic congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger got fed up with the aptly named Dave Brat's attempts to run against Nancy Pelosi, and she fed his gonads to the wolverines. ... While Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, who overmatched Trumper Ron DiSantis right into all three elements of beddy-bye: winking, blinking, and nod. His closing statement made his surprise win in the Democratic primary much more understandable. read more


Linas: Last month, National Public Radio's current ombudsman/public editor, Elizabeth Jensen, explained why the news organization does not confer "Doctor" on PhDs; it reserves the title for "individuals who hold a doctor of dental surgery, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine or veterinary medicine." This news organization's reason for the distinction is "that for most listeners, a 'Dr.' practices medicine." As it turns out, this practice is followed by many journalistic outlets, including Scientific American, because it is the standard laid out by The Associated Press Stylebook. The New York Times is one of few news outlets that does not abide by this guidance.


A California judge has ordered Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to an attorney at his former law firm.


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