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Catalonia independence declaration looms as leaders defy Spanish King – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Russia did interfere in 2016 elections – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday largely endorsed the findings of the intelligence community that Russia sought to sway the 2016 U.S. elections through a hacking and influence campaign, and they called for a “more aggressive, whole-of-government approach” to ensure future elections are not similarly compromised. “There is consensus among members and staff that we trust the conclusions of the ICA,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s…

Tropical Storm Nate expected to form and may strike US Gulf Coast as a hurricane Sunday – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A festering mass of thunderstorms in the southwestern Caribbean has gradually become better organized and was declared the 16th tropical depression of Atlantic hurricane season Wednesday morning by the National Hurricane Center. The depression is likely to become the season’s 14th named storm, called Nate, very soon. The depression could strengthen substantially over the coming days and make landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast between Louisiana and Florida’s west coast late Sunday…

In Las Vegas, doubt that Washington can solve gun violence – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

• More than 50 killed, 500+ injured • Live updates • Gunman was an accountant who played $100-a-hand poker • What we know about the shooting • Concertgoers describe gunfire that ‘went on and on and on’ • Portraits of the victims • IN PHOTOS: The Las Vegas shooting • It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history • A look at Nevada’s gun laws • 8 charts that…

New details emerge about Marilou Danley, girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Marilou Danley, the longtime girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman, returned to the United States on Tuesday night and was met at the Los Angeles airport by FBI agents, according to the Associated Press. Authorities are hoping she can shed light on what drove Stephen Paddock to open fire from his casino hotel room Sunday night. He killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 on the Las Vegas Strip before…

Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence – NBCNews.com

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to multiple senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time. The tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once…

UK’s May says sorry for poor election, vows social reforms – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized to her party Wednesday for a disastrous election result and promised economic help for struggling families, as she tried to restore momentum to a divided government. In a Conservative Party conference speech full of idealistic language but interrupted by a prankster, May said the election campaign had been “too scripted, too presidential.” “I led the campaign, and I am sorry,” she…

Spanish court opens sedition probe of Catalonia officials for indepdendence bid – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

BARCELONA — Spain’s High Court launched an investigation against top Catalan police and organizers on Wednesday on suspicion of inciting rebellion against the state, just hours after the Spanish king charged that the Barcelona separatists were acting “outside the law and outside democracy.”  With each passing day, national authorities and the pro-independence forces in Catalonia appear to be moving inexorably toward direct confrontation. Included in the high court’s probe into…

Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman’s girlfriend in Philippines – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The investigation into the motives of a Las Vegas retiree who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history turned on Tuesday to the gunman’s girlfriend in the Philippines, where she turned up after the massacre, authorities said. Stephen Paddock, who killed himself moments before police stormed the hotel suite he had transformed into a sniper’s nest on Sunday night, left no…

Las Vegas gunman used modified weapons, tiny cameras to carry out attack – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Las Vegas gunman used a “bump stock’’ to turn at least one rifle into something akin to an automatic weapon, as well as remote video cameras to alert him when police were closing in on his firing positions, according to law enforcement officials. One of the cameras was placed on a room service food cart just outside Stephen Paddock’s hotel room door, in what officials said was an apparent…

Meticulous Planning by Las Vegas Gunman Before He Opened Fire – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

President Trump, who is expected to visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, said on Tuesday that Mr. Paddock was “a sick man, a demented man,” adding that “we are dealing with a very, very sick individual.” He said there would be some discussion about firearms legislation, but was not specific. “We will be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” Mr. Trump said as he prepared to leave Washington for…

Trump Lobs Praise, and Paper Towels, to Puerto Rico Storm Victims – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

And like his earlier travels, it had its peculiar moments: He also gently tossed rolls of paper towels into a crowd that gathered to see him at Calvary Chapel, outside the island’s capital, San Juan. Photo Mr. Trump shook hands with Carmen Yulín Cruz, right, the mayor of San Juan, but did not ask her to speak on Tuesday during a briefing held at an air base. Credit Doug Mills/The…

Anti-abortion congressman urged woman get an abortion, text messages suggest – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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With Trump’s backing, House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The House on Tuesday approved a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, advancing a key GOP priority for the third time in the past four years — this time, with a supportive Republican in the White House. The bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is not expected to emerge from the Senate, where most Democrats and a handful of moderate Republicans can block its…

How gerrymandering keeps Congress from passing gun control laws – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman’s Rifle Had ‘Bump Stock’ to Make It Rapid-Fire Weapon – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A federal law enforcement official earlier said two rifles were outfitted with scopes and set up on tripods in front of two big windows. Another official said that among the weapons were AR-15-style assault rifles. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the investigation. Sheriff Lombardo said that Mr. Paddock brought at least 10 suitcases into his hotel room over…

Congress faces paralysis on guns in wake of Las Vegas shooting spree – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE A motion graphic explaining how the events unfolded when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Ramon Padilla, Janet Loehrke George Petras, Jim Sergent USA TODAY Douglas and Sylvia Vick from Texas pray at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip…

Kennedy’s Vote Is in Play on Voting Maps Warped by Politics – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Some of the court’s more liberal members said the problem represented a crisis for democracy and that the Supreme Court should step in. “What’s really behind all of this?” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked. She answered her own question: “The precious right to vote.” In extended remarks, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. expressed worry that the court’s authority and legitimacy would be hurt were it to start striking down…

Yahoo now thinks all 3B accounts were impacted by 2013 breach, not 1B as thought – TechCrunch

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Internet giant Yahoo’s massive 2013 security breach has dealt the company yet another blow. Today Yahoo sent out a notice disclosing that a further investigation of the  2013 breach has produced new evidence. The company now believes that all of its three billion accounts were impacted, not 1 billion as it previously thought. This will include all people who have Yahoo emails, and all people who had registered for any other…

Trump’s half-baked Puerto Rico photo op, annotated – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

President Trump spent most of his news conference in Puerto Rico on Tuesday playing the expectations game. Puerto Rico is messing with the U.S. budget, he said. The loss of life isn’t as bad as Hurricane Katrina, he said. Everybody is doing a great job, he said — including, most notably, a guy named Donald Trump. For a guy who spent the weekend attacking the mayor of San Juan for…