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House Democrat starts what should be groundswell, demands McConnell recuse himself from impeachment

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat, is demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recuse himself from the Senate's impeachment trial. She accused McConnell of promising the White House to «sabotage» t
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House Democrat starts what should be groundswell, demands McConnell recuse himself from impeachment

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat, is demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recuse himself from the Senate's impeachment trial. She accused McConnell of promising the White House to «sabotage» the trial. «No court in the country would allow a member of the jury to also serve as the accused’s defense attorney. The moment Senator McConnell takes the oath of impartiality required by the Constitution, he will be in violation of that oath,» she said in a statement. That's in response to McConnell's admission on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Thursday night that he would act on Trump's behalf. «Everything I do during this, I'm coordinating with White House counsel,» he said. «There will be no difference between the president's position and our position as to how to handle this.» He would be in violation of his oath, as Demings pointed out, referencing Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution which delineates «The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation.» That oath, or affirmation, every senator will take says «that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of [President Trump], now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.» Demings should not stand alone. Every Democrat—including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his team—should join her. And they should publicly shame any Republican senator still capable of feeling that emotion who is allowing McConnell to get away with this. Sign the petition: Mitch McConnell must recuse himself from Trump impeachment trial.

Salvadoran asylum-seeker forced to wait in Mexico under inhumane Trump policy kidnapped, murdered

A Salvadoran asylum-seeker who had been forced to wait out his case in Mexico for four months under inhumane and illegal Trump administration policy was kidnapped and murdered last month, The New York Times reports. “Mexican authorities said the man was
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Salvadoran asylum-seeker forced to wait in Mexico under inhumane Trump policy kidnapped, murdered

A Salvadoran asylum-seeker who had been forced to wait out his case in Mexico for four months under inhumane and illegal Trump administration policy was kidnapped and murdered last month, The New York Times reports. “Mexican authorities said the man was ‘dismembered’ and they are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.” Despite a false claim from Homeland Security that Migrant Protection Protocols, or Remain in Mexico, has “successfully provided protections” to returned asylum-seekers, human rights leaders said violence against them has surged, documenting nearly 640 cases to date. Nearly 140 of these instances have involved kidnappings. The administration’s policy has been a boon to thugs and cartels, who’ve stooped to targeting asylum-seekers as they’re being sent to Mexico or trying to return to the U.S. for court dates in order to extort them or relatives.  The asylum-seeker, whose identify has not been revealed to protect his widow and two children, had found work at a pizzeria when he was targeted, kidnapped, and killed. "They sent us back,” his widow said. “We said Tijuana was really dangerous, there was a lot of crime but they didn't listen to us. They said that they couldn't do anything because those were Trump's orders.” Some public servants have recognized Trump’s orders are illegal, however.  Doug Stephens, believed to be the first asylum officer to formally refuse to implement Remain in Mexico, said last month that the policy “is violating numerous domestic and international laws by sending people back and causing this harm.” He said he knew he could no longer do his job when “it seemed clear” someone he was interviewing would be harmed if they were returned to Mexico, but he was told by a superior to reject the claim. “I was not really surprised,” he said. “The interviews as they’re structured are clearly designed to make individuals fail and send everyone back without really giving them a fair shot.” The asylum-seeker’s widow said they were trying to do everything right by doing what they were told to do, but this is a system that’s not set up to implement asylum law: It’s set up to block it, and at horrific human costs. “We didn't cross over illegally, we crossed over the right way, we waited our turn to do things right,” she said. “That's why this is so unfair.” NBC News San Diego reports that only now is the family in San Diego, with their attorney working to have them placed with relatives in San Francisco.

‘I want my desire to compete back’: Champion skater Zagitova ‘suspends’ career

World champion figure-skater Alina Zagitova has decided to put her career on ice, foregoing appearances at the upcoming Russian, European and World championships. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘I want my desire to compete back’: Champion skater Zagitova ‘suspends’ career

World champion figure-skater Alina Zagitova has decided to put her career on ice, foregoing appearances at the upcoming Russian, European and World championships. Read Full Article at RT.com

Trump's 'big deal with China' isn't big, isn't a deal, and isn't real

America’s farmers can now rejoice, praise Donald Trump, and “buy much larger tractors.” Or at least that’s the word that Trump handed down after he inked a preliminary deal with China on Thursday evening. But—shocking as it may seem—there are no
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Trump's 'big deal with China' isn't big, isn't a deal, and isn't real

America’s farmers can now rejoice, praise Donald Trump, and “buy much larger tractors.” Or at least that’s the word that Trump handed down after he inked a preliminary deal with China on Thursday evening. But—shocking as it may seem—there are not many connections between Trump’s claims about this deal and the actual deal in the real world. As The New York Times reports, this deal is still a long, long way from the kind of victory that Trump has promised for his long-running trade war. It won’t come close to restoring the fortunes of American farmers, who have been suffering a record level of bankruptcies since Trump decided to prove his toughness by blowing up international relations. It also won’t pave over the massive payments Trump has handed out in an effort to minimize the damage. In fact, it will leave behind a $10 billion hole. The agricultural purchases required in the agreement are both vague and clearly far too small to restore even the conditions that existed before Trump’s actions sent China looking to South America and other regions to replace goods they would have previously purchased from America. In 2019, farm debt topped $416 billion—absolutely swamping the scale of Trump’s “enormous deal,” even when including non-agricultural products.  Even as bankruptcy is up 24% in a single year, Trump is telling America’s farmers that it’s time to buy “much larger tractors” to generate all the grain required by this deal. Trump says that he expects China to buy $50 billion of U.S. agricultural products. That $50 billion figure is one that Trump has deployed before. It’s just that the date keeps shifting. And shifting. That number is imaginary, but the exploding farm debt and bankruptcies are very real. The hole between what Trump “expects” and what’s actually in the deal is far larger than any of the gaps Republicans complained about in the impeachment case. As in Trump doesn’t give any timetable for those purchases, or any description of how they will be configured, or any real reason to believe the purchases will happen at all. When will farmers see new purchases from China? “Pretty soon,” says Trump. That’s not exactly something that cash-starved farmers can take to the bank when asking for that new tractor loan. Though imaginary tractors will probably do for this imaginary deal.

‘I decide who I fight’: Khabib slaps down Dana White over claims McGregor will earn rematch if he wins on UFC comeback (VIDEO)

Khabib Nurmagomedov has no intention of facing Conor McGregor again any time soon, despite UFC boss Dana White claiming the Irishman would be in line for a rematch if he wins on his octagon comeback in January. Read Full Article at RT.com
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‘I decide who I fight’: Khabib slaps down Dana White over claims McGregor will earn rematch if he wins on UFC comeback (VIDEO)

Khabib Nurmagomedov has no intention of facing Conor McGregor again any time soon, despite UFC boss Dana White claiming the Irishman would be in line for a rematch if he wins on his octagon comeback in January. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Gold dealers sell at discount over poor wedding demand, ample supply

The Chinese festival is also expected to improve demand in Singapore, with many retailers offering promotions for bullion, Silver Bullion sales manager Vincent Tie said.
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Gold dealers sell at discount over poor wedding demand, ample supply

The Chinese festival is also expected to improve demand in Singapore, with many retailers offering promotions for bullion, Silver Bullion sales manager Vincent Tie said.

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This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 bil
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This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade’s new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in […]

Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety

Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study.
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Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety

Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study.

Adobe turns it up to 11, surpassing $11B in revenue

Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest ever mark. “
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Adobe turns it up to 11, surpassing $11B in revenue

Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest ever mark. “Fiscal 2019 was a phenomenal year for Adobe as we exceeded $11 billion in […]

Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations

Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profil
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Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations

Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profile the following year, as well, thanks in part to a great backstory. Today, however, the company […]

India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya

India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 3
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India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya

India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 32 million people, is the latest example of a worrying worldwide […]

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Researchers Unearth World’s Oldest Figurative Artwork in Indonesian Cave

A recent finding in Sulawesi, Indonesia, is changing our conceptions of the origins of visual art. Fifteen researchers this week published an article in Nature describing prehistoric cave art that they believe was created about 43,900 years ago. The art depic
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Researchers Unearth World’s Oldest Figurative Artwork in Indonesian Cave

A recent finding in Sulawesi, Indonesia, is changing our conceptions of the origins of visual art. Fifteen researchers this week published an article in Nature describing prehistoric cave art that they believe was created about 43,900 years ago. The art depicts multiple therianthropes—mythical creatures that have both human and animal characteristics like beaks and tails—hunting wild pigs and cattle with spears. Traditionally, therianthropes were employed for sharing folklore, religious myths, and spiritual beliefs. More

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conserva
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Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British Columbia-based Midas Gold's lobbying efforts ...

Saban, wife funding new Tuscaloosa center with $1.25 gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will help fund a new children's center in Tuscaloosa with gifts totaling $1.25 million, officials announced Friday. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Saban and his wife Terry at making a
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Saban, wife funding new Tuscaloosa center with $1.25 gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will help fund a new children's center in Tuscaloosa with gifts totaling $1.25 million, officials announced Friday. The Tuscaloosa News reported that Saban and his wife Terry at making a $1 million donation for what will become the Saban ...

Geminid Meteor Shower: How to See Shooting Stars Tonight

The Geminids will peak tonight from midnight to 4 a.m. local time. (Photo by Pratik Chorge / Hindustan Times via Getty Images) It’s the holiday season and space is gifting us a major celestial sight tonight: the Geminid meteor shower. This
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Geminid Meteor Shower: How to See Shooting Stars Tonight

The Geminids will peak tonight from midnight to 4 a.m. local time. (Photo by Pratik Chorge / Hindustan Times via Getty Images) It’s the holiday season and space is gifting us a major celestial sight tonight: the Geminid meteor shower. This meteor shower, which takes place in mid-December each year, will peak after midnight and […] The post Geminid Meteor Shower: How to See Shooting Stars Tonight appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch These Movies Before ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’

For a while there it seemed like movie studios kept trying and failing to follow-up on the success of Jumanji, the classic Robin Williams movie about kids trapped at the mercy of a […] The post Watch These Movies Before ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ app
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Watch These Movies Before ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’

For a while there it seemed like movie studios kept trying and failing to follow-up on the success of Jumanji, the classic Robin Williams movie about kids trapped at the mercy of a […] The post Watch These Movies Before ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Cool Gifts for ‘Black Panther’ Aficionados

Photo Credit: Amazon Black Panther crashed onto the comics scene back in 1966, before the Black Panther movement. Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, Black Panther premiered in Fantastic Four #52 where he single-handedly defeats […] The pos
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Cool Gifts for ‘Black Panther’ Aficionados

Photo Credit: Amazon Black Panther crashed onto the comics scene back in 1966, before the Black Panther movement. Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, Black Panther premiered in Fantastic Four #52 where he single-handedly defeats […] The post Cool Gifts for ‘Black Panther’ Aficionados appeared first on Geek.com.

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Cardinals release veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs

The Arizona Cardinals have released veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs with three games remaining in a disappointing season for both the player and the team
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Cardinals release veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs

The Arizona Cardinals have released veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs with three games remaining in a disappointing season for both the player and the team

Chapecoense air crash survivor Neto retires from soccer

One of the six survivors of the air crash that killed almost all of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense in 2016 announced his playing retirement on Friday
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Chapecoense air crash survivor Neto retires from soccer

One of the six survivors of the air crash that killed almost all of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense in 2016 announced his playing retirement on Friday

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