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Senate documents reveal Trump lawyer scramble as Trump Tower meeting became public

There's lots of information in the Senate's just-released documents on Russian attempts to assist the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections. Among the most significant may be further details about the June meeting at Trump Tower between top Trump campaign

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Journalists are obsessing over a new voter—suburban women—and not a moment too soon

Oh, yes, surely we will still be hearing liberally from Trump voters whose only regret is their hero's failure thus far to actually drop someone on 5th Avenue. But even Washington journalists seem to have tired of them a bit. And just in time for the midter
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Journalists are obsessing over a new voter—suburban women—and not a moment too soon

Oh, yes, surely we will still be hearing liberally from Trump voters whose only regret is their hero's failure thus far to actually drop someone on 5th Avenue. But even Washington journalists seem to have tired of them a bit. And just in time for the midterms, we are starting to meet a new crop of voters journalists just can't get enough of: suburban women.  They are of interest, of course, not only because the election outcome might turn on them, but also because they appear to be moving as a bloc toward Democrats. The question is whether their midterm votes will represent a one-time shift or an actual evolution. As noted in a lengthy Buzzfeed article interviewing suburban women in Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania: The question isn’t so much if these voters will leave Republicans this year, but whether the shift is permanent — whether Republicans have, in the space of a few years, lost a demographic that they once relied on. Journalist Ronald Brownstein wondered in The Atlantic whether the new Democratic converts might serve as the long-term antidote to the white working-class men who abandoned Democrats for Trump in 2016.  «In that way,» he wrote, «2018 could complete the geographic realignment that began in 2010, cementing Democratic control inside the major metropolitan areas and reaffirming Republican dominance beyond them.» What is interesting and perhaps not so obvious is the variety of voters in this relatively small niche. Some were simply passive Democratic voters who got really activated and started organizing and even running. Others were Democratic leaners or Republican leaners who often purposely split their tickets to vote for divided government. Still others were flat-out GOP voters who say they won't go near Republicans this cycle. “Now I’m Democratic. I’ve never been before,” said Bobbie, a retired woman spending a morning browsing the shops of Birmingham, Michigan, an idyllic suburb of Detroit. “But I care about our Constitution.” She’s split tickets between Republicans and Democrats before, she said, but now? “Absolutely not. I don’t see myself voting for any of them.” GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip, and you’re off to the races! But don't stop there! How about chipping in $3 right now to help put the House safely back in Democratic control.

What does early voting look like in Georgia? Massive turnout, long lines, and voter suppression

In-person early voting began in Georgia on Monday and, by the numbers, it’s off to an incredible start. On the first day alone, 69,049 people voted—a massive increase compared to the 20,898 people who participated in the first day of in-person early voti
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What does early voting look like in Georgia? Massive turnout, long lines, and voter suppression

In-person early voting began in Georgia on Monday and, by the numbers, it’s off to an incredible start. On the first day alone, 69,049 people voted—a massive increase compared to the 20,898 people who participated in the first day of in-person early voting during the last midterm election in 2014. Though more people voting is always a good thing, it has not been without problems. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, “some early voters in Cobb County had to wait in lines for more than two hours, and others in Fulton County encountered delays because of technical difficulties.” Unfortunately, today doesn’t look any better, as lines reached a 3 hour estimated wait in Cobb County.  xThere’s an estimated wait of 3 hours to vote early for the midterms in Cobb, one of Georgia’s largest counties. Janine Eveler, head of Cobb elections, said some people lined up at 7 a.m. — the polls open at 8 a.m. @CobbNewsNow @ajc @PoliticallyGa pic.twitter.com/oN7ACRY2sJ— Ben Brasch (@ben_brasch) October 17, 2018 Want to help get out the vote for Democrats? Just click here to enter your zip code and choose a local event.  Double your impact: Chip in $3 to help Stacey Abrams overcome voter suppression dirty tricks in Georgia.

White supremacist Steve King endorses Canadian mayoral candidate who once appeared on neo-Nazi show

Water is wet, cats meow, and Iowa Congress member Steve King is a white supremacist. We know this because of his own deplorable statements and actions, including his toast to the deportation of a Dreamer, his statement comparing immigrants to selecting a dog
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White supremacist Steve King endorses Canadian mayoral candidate who once appeared on neo-Nazi show

Water is wet, cats meow, and Iowa Congress member Steve King is a white supremacist. We know this because of his own deplorable statements and actions, including his toast to the deportation of a Dreamer, his statement comparing immigrants to selecting a dog, the confederate flag he kept on his desk despite Iowa being a Union state during the Civil War, and now his enthusiastic endorsement of a Canadian mayoral candidate who last year got herself fired from a right-wing blog after she appeared on a neo-Nazi podcast: xFaith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &...BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values. @FaithGoldy will not be silenced. https://t.co/uqkeaUjm7i— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) October 17, 2018 Right-wing site Rebel Media ended Goldy’s contract following her 2017 interview with neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer. Kedron Bardwell, chair of the political science department at Simpson College in Indianola, told the Des Moines Register that Goldy also “explicitly recited white supremacist slogan The 14 Words (‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for WHITE children’)” on a show that same year. Goldy has also stated that "Canada is undergoing a 'white genocide,’” the Register continues. But “an excellent candidate,” according to King. Goldy is a fringe candidate who has basically no chance of winning, which means that Steve King, a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, made the decision to endorse an international candidate with ties to neo-Nazis while having no time to publicly meet with his own constituents back in Iowa, where he’s been primary author of one sole bill—renaming a post office—in his 15 years in Congress. Apparently, the only way to get King’s undivided attention is to be a white supremacist on Twitter. Meanwhile, “Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, didn't immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment in response to King's support for Goldy.” But as usual, Republican leaders, specifically House Speaker Paul Ryan, will throw up their hands and pretend there’s nothing they can do. But with Donald Trump as the grand wizard of the Republican Party, this is who they are. So believe them. Boiling with anger at Republicans? Get revenge by volunteering to get out the vote for Democrats. Click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you,​ and RSVP to attend.

Climate change is an existential threat to civilization. And also beer.

You are on a train. There has been a murder on the train. There are seven suspects. One is an heiress, another a known crook. There’s a former circus strongman, a mystery woman who won’t leave her room, and a retired admiral of the French navy. One of the
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Climate change is an existential threat to civilization. And also beer.

You are on a train. There has been a murder on the train. There are seven suspects. One is an heiress, another a known crook. There’s a former circus strongman, a mystery woman who won’t leave her room, and a retired admiral of the French navy. One of them, you are fairly certain, is Meryl Streep preparing to play some role that requires a hefty accent. The other suspect is, of course, you. The train is heading northeast at 62 miles per hour as it winds its way through the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains with the Arges River flowing rapidly alongside. One mile ahead of you, the bridge is out. Who committed the murder? Who cares. Because if you don’t all get on the brakes right now, everyone—the innocent along with the guilty—are going to be dead in less than one minute. The missing bridge is climate change. The murder is … anything else. It has been frustratingly difficult to convince the public, even the progressive public, of the threat represented by climate change. Maybe this will help. It’s Tuesday’s editorial from the Charleston  Gazette-Mail of West Virginia, right in the heart of Trump Digs Coal country. When today’s kindergartners are in their 20s, they may find a devastated world wracked by horrible hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other tragedies made worse by global warming. Coastal cities may be abandoned, sunken wrecks. Poverty and misery may result. If the idea that the lives of your children are going to be extra-brutish and extra-short doesn’t hit the nerve, how about this piece from the New York Times. A small international team of scientists considered what the effect of climate change would be for this crop in the next 80 years, and they are raising an alarm they hope will pierce the din of political posturing. They are predicting a beer shortage.

Turkey provides details of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and they are truly horrific

Turkish officials are providing details of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and none of the details makes what happened seem any less than monstrous. While Trump continues to cover for t
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Turkey provides details of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and they are truly horrific

Turkish officials are providing details of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and none of the details makes what happened seem any less than monstrous. While Trump continues to cover for the Saudis, the news about their actions is literally sickening enough that it comes with this warning: If you’re not ready for gruesome details, stop reading now. As reported by the New York Times, the interrogation of Khashoggi was not a lengthy affair. In fact, it wasn’t really an interrogation at all. Not unless this represents questioning. A team of 15 Saudi agents, some with ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was waiting for Mr. Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate the moment he arrived, at about 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 2. After he was shown into the office of the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, the agents seized Mr. Khashoggi almost immediately and began to beat and torture him, eventually cutting off his fingers, the senior Turkish official said. They cut off his fingers. Then beheaded him and dismembered his body. And “it was all over in a few minutes.” The details of what happened to Khashoggi were released by Turkish officials as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Turkey.  Trump continues to insist that he’s unwilling to take any action against Saudi Arabia. In an interview on Tuesday with the Associated Press, Trump insisted that the Saudis were innocent until proven guilty, comparing them to Brett Kavanaugh. On Fox News, Trump repeatedly declared that America “needs” Saudi Arabia, before tumbling into a loop about the evils of Iran, and making outlandish claims about the number of jobs dependent on Saudi arms deals. Trump then tries to reframe the “rogue killers” idea to suggest that even if some Saudi guys did happen to fly to Istanbul, wander into the consulate, and slice up a journalist with a bone saw they just happened to have on hand, it’s all good if crown prince Mohammed bin Salman can claim ignorance. Trump: I hope that the king and the crown prince didn’t know about it, that’s a big factor in my eyes, and I hope they haven’t uh Mike uh Pompeo just left, as you know went to Turkey, and he’s coming back. We’ll find out. But as the Times also reports, even by that miserable standard, there’s a problem. Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 · 4:41:07 PM +00:00 · Mark Sumner With these details breaking in the news, Trump has suddenly decided he wants to see the evidence. While not admitting there is any evidence. xBREAKING: Trump says US has requested audio and video from Turkey relating to missing journalist, `if it exists'— The Associated Press (@AP) October 17, 2018

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Facebook shareholders back proposal to remove Mark Zuckerberg as chairman

The proposal, set to be voted on at the company#39;s annual shareholder meeting in May 2019, is asking Facebook#39;s board to make the role of board chair an independent position.
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Facebook shareholders back proposal to remove Mark Zuckerberg as chairman

The proposal, set to be voted on at the company#39;s annual shareholder meeting in May 2019, is asking Facebook#39;s board to make the role of board chair an independent position.

Aditya Birla Health Insurance: The changing contours of medical insurance

ABHICL has opted to be a stand-alone medical insurance company. That makes it more vulnerable to the risks attendant to this line of business.
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Aditya Birla Health Insurance: The changing contours of medical insurance

ABHICL has opted to be a stand-alone medical insurance company. That makes it more vulnerable to the risks attendant to this line of business.

US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based money exchange for Islamic State ties

The Treasury#39;s Office of Foreign Assets Control added Afaq Dubai to its list of specially designated global terrorists for «assisting in, sponsoring or providing financial, material or technical support» for the Islamic State group
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US imposes sanctions on Iraq-based money exchange for Islamic State ties

The Treasury#39;s Office of Foreign Assets Control added Afaq Dubai to its list of specially designated global terrorists for «assisting in, sponsoring or providing financial, material or technical support» for the Islamic State group

SEBI asks Singh brothers, 8 others to repay Rs 403 cr to Fortis within 3 months

SEBI has directed the Singh brothers to not associate themselves with the affairs of Fortis Healthcare (FHL) in any manner till further directions
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SEBI asks Singh brothers, 8 others to repay Rs 403 cr to Fortis within 3 months

SEBI has directed the Singh brothers to not associate themselves with the affairs of Fortis Healthcare (FHL) in any manner till further directions

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First GWAS analysis of 'type 1.5 diabetes' reveals links between immune and metabolic disease

Scientists who performed the largest-ever genetic study of a puzzling type of adult-onset diabetes have uncovered new connections to the two major types of diabetes, offering intriguing insights into more accurate diagnosis and better treatment. Latent automi
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First GWAS analysis of 'type 1.5 diabetes' reveals links between immune and metabolic disease

Scientists who performed the largest-ever genetic study of a puzzling type of adult-onset diabetes have uncovered new connections to the two major types of diabetes, offering intriguing insights into more accurate diagnosis and better treatment. Latent automimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is a relatively common disorder that shares features of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Conceptual framework to study role of exercise in multiple sclerosis

Researchers have proposed a conceptual framework for examining the relationship between exercise and adaptive neuroplasticity in the population with multiple sclerosis (MS).
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Conceptual framework to study role of exercise in multiple sclerosis

Researchers have proposed a conceptual framework for examining the relationship between exercise and adaptive neuroplasticity in the population with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Tesla inks deal for Gigafactory 3 in China

Tesla has secured the rights to about 210 acres of land in Lingang, Shanghai, the site of the electric automaker's planned factory and its first outside of the U.S.
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Tesla inks deal for Gigafactory 3 in China

Tesla has secured the rights to about 210 acres of land in Lingang, Shanghai, the site of the electric automaker's planned factory and its first outside of the U.S.

Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staff

Layoffs are never an easy pill to swallow, but for Essential, it seems the writing was on the wall for a while with this one. After months of reports highlighting its struggles, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup has announced some major layoffs. All told
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Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staff

Layoffs are never an easy pill to swallow, but for Essential, it seems the writing was on the wall for a while with this one. After months of reports highlighting its struggles, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup has announced some major layoffs. All told, the company will be losing around 30 percent of its staff. […]

This 3D-printed prosthetic hand combines speed and strength with simplicity

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way from the heavy, solid hands and legs of yesteryear, but it's still difficult to pack a range of motion into them without complex or bulky machinery. But new research out of Cornell uses a cleverly designed 3D-printed mech
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This 3D-printed prosthetic hand combines speed and strength with simplicity

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way from the heavy, solid hands and legs of yesteryear, but it's still difficult to pack a range of motion into them without complex or bulky machinery. But new research out of Cornell uses a cleverly designed 3D-printed mechanism to achieve speed and strength with simple construction — and it costs a lot less, too.

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Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum selects architect for expansion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has announced plans to erect a new building on land it's occupied since 1931. The museum said in a news release Wednesday that the architectural firm of Snøhetta has been chosen for the project. The firm's many n
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Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum selects architect for expansion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has announced plans to erect a new building on land it's occupied since 1931. The museum said in a news release Wednesday that the architectural firm of Snøhetta has been chosen for the project. The firm's many noted projects include work ...

Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

PARIS (AP) - France's Ecology Ministry says pellets of oil have reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. It said those beaches were closed to the public Wedne
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Beaches closed on the French Riviera due to oil pellets

PARIS (AP) - France's Ecology Ministry says pellets of oil have reached Mediterranean beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. It said those beaches were closed to the public Wednesday and agents were going to be mobilized ...

Black Lightning Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Black Lightning Makes Superhero Tropes its Own

Black Lightning’s back to its usual gripping pace in its second episode. So much happens even before the opening credits. It opens with a tense-as-hell scene with Tobias and Khalil. They’re playing chess, […] The post Black Lightning Season
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Black Lightning Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Black Lightning Makes Superhero Tropes its Own

Black Lightning’s back to its usual gripping pace in its second episode. So much happens even before the opening credits. It opens with a tense-as-hell scene with Tobias and Khalil. They’re playing chess, […] The post Black Lightning Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Black Lightning Makes Superhero Tropes its Own appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Deals: Save Big on Games and Gear with the Night of the Living Deals

If you’re looking for a head-start on discounts this year, our sister site IGN is putting on a single-day sale that starts at 9AM ET on Wednesday, October 17th. The Day of the […] The post Geek Deals: Save Big on Games and Gear with the Night of t
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Geek Deals: Save Big on Games and Gear with the Night of the Living Deals

If you’re looking for a head-start on discounts this year, our sister site IGN is putting on a single-day sale that starts at 9AM ET on Wednesday, October 17th. The Day of the […] The post Geek Deals: Save Big on Games and Gear with the Night of the Living Deals appeared first on Geek.com.

An Undulating Brick Facade Imitates the Free-Flowing Movement of Draped Fabric

German architecture firm Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten recently constructed a new headquarters for the Association of the Northwest German Textile and Garment Industry in Münster, Germany. The firm wanted the building to allude to the association’s w
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An Undulating Brick Facade Imitates the Free-Flowing Movement of Draped Fabric

German architecture firm Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten recently constructed a new headquarters for the Association of the Northwest German Textile and Garment Industry in Münster, Germany. The firm wanted the building to allude to the association’s work with fabric, and designed a facade that would imitate its folds through a gradient of bricks oriented at different angles. The decision to recreate the appearance of a soft textile from a firm material was inspired by the alabaster folds of Max Klinger's statue of Beethoven located at the Leipzig Art Museum. More

9 Audiobooks for Epic Fall Reading (Get Exclusive Audible Deal!)

The sun-kissed days of summer are gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on your favorite reads. Fall is the perfect time to get cozy on the couch and listen to […] The post 9 Audiobooks for Epic Fall Reading (Get Exclusive Audible D
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The sun-kissed days of summer are gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on your favorite reads. Fall is the perfect time to get cozy on the couch and listen to […] The post 9 Audiobooks for Epic Fall Reading (Get Exclusive Audible Deal!) appeared first on Geek.com.

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Heisman Watch: As UCF keeps winning, McKenzie Milton's moment has arrived

Could Golden Knights' quarterback challenge for best finish since 1992 for a player from outside the power conferences?
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Heisman Watch: As UCF keeps winning, McKenzie Milton's moment has arrived

Could Golden Knights' quarterback challenge for best finish since 1992 for a player from outside the power conferences?

John Mara still believes in Odell Beckham Jr., plans on talking with WR

New York Giants co-owner John Mara made headlines on Tuesday when he essentially told reporters he wished Odell Beckham Jr. would shut up and play. Granted, he was a bit more nuanced than that, but that was definitely the message that came across. “I wish h
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John Mara still believes in Odell Beckham Jr., plans on talking with WR

New York Giants co-owner John Mara made headlines on Tuesday when he essentially told reporters he wished Odell Beckham Jr. would shut up and play. Granted, he was a bit more nuanced than that, but that was definitely the message that came across. “I wish he would create the headlines by his play on the field, as opposed to what he says and does off the field,” Mara said. “I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking.” Beckham recently stirred up quite the hornet’s nest with comments about his team in an interview with ESPN. During that interview, he questioned the Giants’ heart and seemed to question whether Eli Manning has what it takes to make plays downfield, among other things. On Wednesday at the conclusion of the NFL’s fall meetings in New York, Mara threw his support behind OBJ and said he intends on having a conversation with the receiver. “I will [talk to Beckham] at some point,” Mara said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday. “I’ve had a number of those conversations with him in t

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