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Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?

Is the GOP facing a 'thumping' or 'shellacking' — or can it pull off an escape?In just over a week, the Democrats chances of winning the House in the midterm elections have increased dramatically. What's behind the shift?

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 11:53 AM

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh ConfirmationLong Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 3:25 PM

The contrasts of Mexico's southern and northern borders

The contrasts of Mexico's southern and northern bordersMEXICO CITY (AP) — Some 3,000 Central American migrants prepared to cross into Mexico from Guatemala on Friday with hopes of eventually arriving to the United States. Busloads of Mexican federal police were gathering in Ciudad Hidalgo and a Mexican military helicopter flew along the river in anticipation.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 1:49 PM

Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair

Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfairNearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel about elections. Nonwhite voters, women, and Democrats have the most doubts about the electoral process.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 9:54 AM

Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date

Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing DateFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 8:01 PM

Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce

Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauceWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 8:00 AM

Spain 'dismayed' by Saudi reports on Khashoggi case

Spain 'dismayed' by Saudi reports on Khashoggi caseSpain's government said on Saturday it was "dismayed" by information from Riyadh about the death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "The Spanish government is dismayed by early reports from the Saudi prosecutor about the death of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and offers its most sincere condolences to his family," Spain said in a statement. It also echoed a call from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a thorough and transparent investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the incident, which has caused an international outcry.

POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2018 10:05 AM

Georgia's fraught history with 'outsiders' shapes a tight governor's race

Georgia's fraught history with 'outsiders' shapes a tight governor's raceThe race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 3:30 PM

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victimsStudents wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 4:05 PM

US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections

US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US electionsThe US government on Friday charged a Russian woman with being part of a Kremlin-backed plot to interfere with next month's midterm elections. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first foreigner to be charged in connection with the upcoming elections, rather than the 2016 presidential race. She was accused of having being, since 2014, the chief accountant for "Project Lakhta", a $35 million operation linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which led Russian social media disruption in 2016. She is accused of conducting "information warfare" against the United States. Khusyaynova continued to file detailed multi-million dollar budgets through 2017, and into 2018, including expenses for placing disruptive adverts on Facebook, promoting social media posts, registering domain names, and paying activists. The operation was said to have been funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who is a friend of Vladimir Putin, and two companies he controls. Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his school meals factory in 2010 outside St Petersburg Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP The case was made public shortly after US intelligence agencies, in a rare public statement, warned of concerns about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China and Iran, to interfere with the November 6 midterms, and the next presidential election in 2020. Project Lakhta spread misinformation about US political issues including immigration, gun control, the Confederate flag, and protests by NFL players. It also used events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the far Right rally in Charlottesville, to spread discord, the US Justice Department said. Using thousands of social media accounts and email addresses and posing as Americans, operatives took different positions on the same issue, in order to inflame tensions. The 38-page US Justice Department complaint included images from Facebook said to have been posted by the Russians, many of them favourable to Mr Trump. One praised the president for "wiping away $22 billion in regulations in his first five months". Inside Russia's 'troll factory': The agency accused of interfering in the US election Another suggested that "every household of illegal immigrants deported saves taxpayers $700,000". Among politicians attacked were Barack Obama and John McCain. Prigozhin and his two companies, Concord Management and Concord Catering, were previously charged in February by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether Mr Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia. The latest charge, against Khusyaynova, was not brought by Mr Muller as he is only looking into the 2016 campaign, not 2018. Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by the US government, has been nicknamed "Putin's chef" because he has organised banquets for the Russian president. The revelations came as John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser, prepared to make a trip to Moscow next week, during which he is expected to meet Mr Putin. Paul Manafort leaves court after an earlier hearing  Credit: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, appeared in court in a wheelchair on Friday to learn the date of his sentencing.  Manafort, 69, who was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in the summer, had his right foot bandaged and elevated. Kevin Downing, his lawyer, said there were “significant issues with Mr Manafort’s health right now". Manafort was told he will be sentenced on Feb 8 and legal experts suggested he could face at least 10 years in prison.

POSTED OCTOBER 19, 2018 5:26 PM

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