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Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. BushPresident Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday -- including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama -- but that wasn't the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.

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Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!

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Canal jumper released on bail
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Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. Bush

Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. BushPresident Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday -- including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama -- but that wasn't the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.

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Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. Bush

Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. BushPresident Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday -- including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama -- but that wasn't the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.

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Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. Bush

Trump sets internet ablaze with his new nickname for George H.W. BushPresident Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues during his press conference on Monday -- including sparking backlash for his comments about President Obama -- but that wasn't the only reference to his predecessors that generated a big reaction.

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Response from Eddie, AFL not nearly enough
THERE'S so much wrong about the Eddie McGuire-James-Brayshaw-Danny Frawley pack mentality attack of Caroline Wilson. As was the AFL's insipid response on Monday.

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Secret tape not the only talking point
THE reasons behind a decision to release a secret expletive-laden recording of former Chief Justice Tim Carmody are almost as juicy as the tape is expected to be.

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The US/Japan Mech Battle Finally Happened — Watch It Here
​More than 2 years ago, Megabots captured the internet's attention when they introduced their giant fighting robot and challenged Kuratas, a giant fighting robot from Japan, to a duel. It finally happened.

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U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on Obamacare, Trump indicates support
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday reached a bipartisan agreement to shore up Obamacare for two years by reviving federal subsidies for health insurers that President Donald Trump planned to scrap, and the president indicated his support for the plan.

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A Utah High School Is Investigating A Video Showing Smiling Teen Girls Yelling A Racial Slur

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Hillary Clinton Says Threats of War With North Korea Are ‘Dangerous and Short-Sighted’
She was speaking at a forum in the South Korean capital Seoul

(SEOUL) – Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that “cavalier” threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are “dangerous and short-sighted”, urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.

Clinton also called on China to take a “more outfront role” in enforcing sanctions against North Korea aimed at curbing its missile and nuclear development.

“There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive (over North Korea),” said Clinton at a forum in the South Korean capital Seoul, stressing the need for greater pressure on North Korea and diplomacy to bring Pyongyang to talks.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared following a series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Picking fights with Kim Jong Un puts a smile on his face,” Clinton said, without mentioning Trump by name.

Clinton also indirectly referred to Trump’s comments towards North Korea on social media, saying “the insults on Twitter have benefited North Korea, I don’t think they’ve benefited the United States”.

The war of words has seen Trump call the North Korean leader “little rocket man” on a suicide mission, and vowed to destroy North Korea if it threatens the United States or its allies. North Korea has in turn called Trump “mentally deranged” and a “mad dog”.

Talks between the adversaries have long been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally Japan have been reluctant to sit down at the table while Pyongyang continues to pursue a goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said the United States didn’t rule out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea.

North Korea’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong told a U.N. General Assembly committee on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula was now touch-and-go point “and a nuclear war may break out any moment”.


Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, said Washington’s allies have increasingly been expressing concerns over the reliability of the United States, advising Washington to avoid becoming distracted with North Korean threats and be “as forcefully patient” as possible.

Regarding China’s role in reining in North Korea, Clinton said Beijing would be better off trying to “tighten and absolutely enforce sanctions” against North Korea.

North Korea’s relationship with its main ally and trading partner China have been strained by the rapid pursuit of its weapons programmes, with many of Pyongyang’s recent tests coinciding with major Chinese events.

There had been fears that North Korea would conduct another test to coincide with the start of China’s five-yearly party congress on Wednesday. Instead, Pyongyang sent Beijing a congratulatory message.

The central committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea said China had made “great progress in accomplishing the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics” under the guidance of the Communist Party of China.

“We are greatly pleased over this,” the party central committee said in the message carried by the official KCNA news agency, adding that it “sincerely wished” the China congress “satisfactory success.”


Clinton said China’s retaliatory actions against South Korean companies doing business in China following the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea would be unnecessary had Beijing done a better job containing and deterring North Korea.

China has been curbing South Korean businesses there since Seoul decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, saying its powerful radar could be used to pierce its territory. South Korea and the United States have repeatedly told China that THAAD aims only to defend against North Korea’s missile threats.

“The Chinese can’t have it both ways. They can’t do less than they could to tighten economic pressures on North Korea and same time discount the real threat South Korea and its citizens face,” she said.

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The Recently Released Taliban Hostage Caitlan Boyle Has Been Rushed to Hospital
Her husband Joshua did not give a reason for her admittance

(SMITHS FALLS, Ontario) — Joshua Boyle, a Canadian who was rescued with his family last week by Pakistani troops, said Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there.

Boyle told The Associated Press in an email that his wife, Caitlan Boyle, was admitted Monday. His email did not specify why she was taken to the hospital.

“My first concern has to be the health of my wife and children,” Boyle wrote.

Boyle, his American wife and their three children were rescued Wednesday, five years after the couple was abducted in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. Four children were born in captivity.

Joshua Boyle said after landing at Toronto’s airport on Friday that the Taliban-linked Haqqani network killed an infant daughter and raped his wife during the years they were held.

In prior email exchange with AP, Boyle did not respond to a question about the fourth child but later told Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that it was a forced abortion. The Taliban said in a statement it was a miscarriage.

On Monday, Boyle told the AP that he and his wife decided to have children even while held captive because they always planned to have a big family and decided, “Hey, let’s make the best of this and at least go home with a larger start on our dream family.”

“We’re sitting as hostages with a lot of time on our hands,” Boyle told AP. “We always wanted as many as possible, and we didn’t want to waste time. Cait’s in her 30s, the clock is ticking.”

Boyle said their three children are now 4, 2 and “somewhere around 6 months.”

“Honestly we’ve always planned to have a family of 5, 10, 12 children … We’re Irish, haha,” he wrote in an email.

The parents of Caitlan Boyle have said they are elated she is free, but also angry at their son-in law for taking their daughter to Afghanistan.

“Taking your pregnant wife to a very dangerous place, to me, and the kind of person I am, is unconscionable,” Caitlan’s father, Jim Coleman said, told ABC News.

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The Myanmar Army Has Killed Hundreds of Rohingya, an Amnesty Report Says
Over 580,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the violence to Bangladesh since late August

(BANGKOK) — Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.

More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Myanmar’s government has said it was responding to attacks by Muslim insurgents, but the United Nations and others have said the response was disproportionate.

The continuing exodus of Rohingya Muslims has become a major humanitarian crisis and sparked international condemnation of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which still denies atrocities are taking place.

Based on interviews with more than 120 fleeing Rohingya, Amnesty International said at least hundreds of people were killed by security forces who surrounded villages, shot fleeing inhabitants and then set buildings alight, burning to death the elderly, sick and disabled who were unable to flee.

In some villages, women and girls were raped or subjected to other sexual violence, according to the report.

The witnesses repeatedly described an insignia on their attackers’ uniforms that matched one worn by troops from Myanmar’s Western Command, Amnesty International said.

When shown various insignia used by Myanmar’s army, witnesses consistently picked out the Western Command patch, it said.

The 33rd Light Infantry Division and border police, who wear a distinctive blue camouflage uniform, were also frequently involved in attacks on villages, along with Buddhist vigilante mobs, witnesses said.

Matthew Wells, an Amnesty crisis researcher who spent several weeks at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, said the rights group plans to issue another report in the coming months examining individual criminal responsibility, including specific commanders and others that may be involved in abuses.

He said hundreds of Rohingya have been treated for gunshot wounds and doctors say that the injuries are consistent with people being shot from behind as they fled.

There were credible indications that a total of several hundred people had been killed in just five villages that were the focus of Amnesty’s reporting. Wells said that given that dozens of villages across northern Rakhine State have been targeted in a similar fashion, the death toll could be much higher.

He said satellite imagery, corroborated by witness accounts, show that Rohingya homes and mosques have been burned entirely in villages, while non-Rohingya areas just one or two hundred yards (meters) away were untouched.

“It speaks to how organized, how seemingly well-planned this scorched-earth campaign has been by the Myanmar military and how determined the effort has been to drive the Rohingya population out of the country,” Wells said.

Among almost two dozen recommendations, the human rights group called for the U.N. Security Council to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Myanmar and financial sanctions against senior officials responsible for violations that Amnesty says meet the criteria for crimes against humanity.

It said the council should explore options for bringing the perpetrators to justice under international law if Myanmar authorities do not act swiftly.

“It is time for the international community to move beyond public outcry and take action to end the campaign of violence that has driven more than half the Rohingya population out of Myanmar,” Amnesty International said.

On Aug. 25, a Rohingya insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked at least 30 security posts on Aug. 25, causing dozens of casualties, according to Myanmar authorities. The brutal attacks against Rohingya that followed has been described by the U.N. as “textbook ethnic cleansing.”

The exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh has continued, with a few small breaks, over the last eight weeks.

New arrivals, almost all terrified and starving, have described scenes of incredible violence with army troops and Buddhist mobs attacking Rohingya homes.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has denied citizenship for the Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic groups officially recognized, which effectively renders them stateless. They have long faced discrimination and persecution with many Buddhists in Myanmar calling them “Bengalis” and saying they migrated illegally from Bangladesh, even though they have lived in the country for generations.

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Now Harvey Weinstein’s Brother Bob Is Being Accused of Sexual Harassment
An attorney for Weinstein has strongly refuted the allegations

(NEW YORK) — Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female showrunner of a series produced by The Weinstein Co. and aired on Spike.

Amanda Segel, a former executive producer of the sci-fi series “The Mist,” claims Bob Weinstein made repeated overtures to her that included invitations to dinner, to his home and to a hotel room, according to a story published Tuesday by Variety.

“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously, and are investigating,” Spike said in a statement.

She says the propositions began in June 2016 and were put to a stop a few months later only after Segel’s lawyer gave Weinstein Co. executives an ultimatum that Segel would leave the show if Weinstein persisted.

An arrangement reportedly was struck that restricted Weinstein’s contact with Segel while she was doing her job. (“The Mist” was recently cancelled after a 10-episode first season.)

Bert Fields, an attorney for Weinstein, strongly refuted the allegations.

“Variety’s story is riddled with false and misleading assertions by Miss Segel,” Fields said. “Even if you believed anything that she said, it contains not a hint of any inappropriate touching, or even a request for such touching.”

“I’ve known Bob Weinstein for many years,” Fields added, “and he’s the last guy that would be involved in any form of sexual harassment.”

Segel’s attorney, David Fox, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Segel’s accusations came to light just two weeks after an explosive story by The New York Times reported on older brother Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault of women spanning several decades. That story was followed by another expose in The New Yorker.

Since those stories surfaced, more than three dozen women have spoken up with additional accusations. Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded with Bob, and on Tuesday resigned from its board. He lost his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The very future of The Weinstein Co. is currently in doubt.

In the meantime, Bob Weinstein has publicly condemned his brother while professing he was unaware that Harvey had engaged in any non-consensual relations with women.

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims,” he said in an interview by The Hollywood reporter published Saturday.

Until now, no such accusations had been made against Bob Weinstein.

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6-Year-Old Boy Found in Dumpster Was Drowned in Bathtub by a Relative, Police Say
Police have taken the relative into custody

The body of a 6-year-old-boy was found in a dumpster Tuesday, a day after he was reported missing to authorities in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Authorities said the child, identified as Dayvid Pakko, had been drowned in a bathtub by a 19-year-old male relative in Lynnwood, Wash., according to the Seattle Times. The relative, who remains unidentified, has been taken into custody, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said.

“There is evidence that the boy was a victim of homicide,” a spokesperson from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said, according to the Times.

It is not yet clear whether the 19-year-old was the adult tasked with watching the child while his mother worked or what the 19-year-old’s exact relationship was with him, the Times reported. It remains unknown whether the 19-year-old has confessed to the crime, but the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office said that police do not believe there are any other suspects.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

The 6-year-old boy’s body was found in a trash container at an apartment complex around the corner from the child’s home around 2 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The boy, who was described as mildly autistic, according to the Times, was first reported missing Monday evening.

“Obviously, it’s an incredibly tragic ending,” the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office spokesperson said.

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Here’s Why There Probably Won’t Be a New Deal on NAFTA This Year
Thanks to harsh demands from the U.S.

(WASHINGTON) — Talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled over tough American demands, dashing hopes that a deal can be reached this year.

A fourth round of negotiations between the U.S., Mexico and Canada ended in mutual exasperation Tuesday. Talks will continue next month in Mexico City and will spill over into next year.

The negotiators had originally hoped to reach an agreement this year — before Mexico’s presidential election and U.S. midterms turn up the political pressure in 2018.

President Donald Trump, who called NAFTA a job-killing “disaster” on the campaign trail, has threatened to withdraw from the 23-year-old pact if he can’t get what he wants.

Canada and Mexico are balking at America’s demand that a revamped deal do something to reduce America’s trade deficits.

“We have seen no indication that our partners are willing to make any changes that will result in a rebalancing and a reduction in these huge trade deficits,” U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland countered that America’s “unconventional” proposals would “turn back the clock” and warned against a “winner-take-all mindset.”

NAFTA ripped down most trade barriers between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Trade surged within the NAFTA bloc, benefiting American farmers who export corn and other products.

But many U.S. manufacturers moved production south of the border to take advantage of Mexico’s low labor costs, then shipped goods back to the United States. The influx of imports swelled America’s trade deficit with Mexico, which came to $62 billion last year. (The United States logged an $8 billion trade surplus with Canada in 2016).

To cut the trade deficit with Mexico, the United States is demanding that more auto production be made in America before qualifying for NAFTA benefits.

But companies have built complicated supply chains that straddle NAFTA borders, taking advantage of each country’s strengths — such as cheap labor in Mexico and skilled workers and proximity to customers in the United States and Canada. Changing the rules, they say, would disrupt their operations.

“These proposed rules would increase the cost of manufacturing and raise prices for consumers,” said Ann Wilson, senior vice president for government affairs at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, which represents auto suppliers.

“It would just make North America less competitive, and it would impose an indirect barrier to trade,” said trade lawyer Miguel Noyola, a principal at Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Lighthizer is also targeting a NAFTA provision that now allows companies to appeal to private tribunals when they object to decisions by the government of the country where they’re investing — perhaps a costly environmental regulation.

Those tribunals mean companies don’t have to worry as much about the political risks — and account for the potential cost — when they invest in less-developed countries. Effectively, Lighthizer argues, they put “a thumb on the scale” in Mexico’s favor. The U.S. wants to limit companies’ ability to appeal government decisions under NAFTA.

The U.S. is also proposing that the new NAFTA expire unless the countries agreed every few years to extend it. Critics say the so-called sunset clause would create too much uncertainty for businesses.

“Who would want to make an investment if they don’t know what is going to happen in five years?” says former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico James Jones, now chairman of Monarch Global Strategies.

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Republicans Worry They’ll Lose Congress. Their Solution? Tax Cuts
On paper, the budget resolution being considered in the Senate this week is a simple sketch for routine spending in the coming year. But like so much in Washington right now, the 89-page document is hardly as straightforward as it seems. In fact, if Sen. Lindsey Graham is right, the future of Republicans depends on…

On paper, the budget resolution being considered in the Senate this week is a simple sketch for routine spending in the coming year. But like so much in Washington right now, the 89-page document is hardly as straightforward as it seems.

In fact, if Sen. Lindsey Graham is right, the future of Republicans depends on whether the GOP majority in Congress can gets its act together, sign-off on a largely symbolic budget and then use it to deliver on the promise of tax cuts. “If we don’t, we’re dead,” South Carolina Republican told CBS News.

The reason Graham is hardly alone in his diagnosis is that Republicans have been in charge of a one-party town since Jan. 20 and they have very little to show for it. Immigration and infrastructure packages are nowhere to be found. The seven-year pledge to repeal Obamacare turned out to be a dud. That lack of progress has some grassroots conservatives ready to storm the Capitol and demand action.

“Members, having gone through health care and having seen this new world we live in, they understand what the world looks like if they fail again,” said one campaign veteran with deep ties to House Leadership. “That looks like a very unhappy, scary place. In the House, you see a tremendous amount of retirements.”

The House has already passed its version of a budget resolution and is standing by to tack-on tax cuts. Republicans have 52 lawmakers in the Senate, so this should be simple to deal with, right? No. Nothing like this ever is.

Consider the two-step dance the Senate needs to navigate to both pass the budget and tax cuts. Without the former, the latter can’t get started. Under byzantine Senate rules, lawmakers can’t touch taxes, at least not in the ways being promoted, if they can’t muster 50 aye votes, plus Vice President Mike Pence as a tiebreaker, on the budget first.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is a potential no vote on the budget plan because it heaps red ink on the federal balance sheets. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, whom President Trump called “Liddle Bob” last week, isn’t yet sold that this is the right formula. And Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, whose office announced Tuesday he was returning to the Senate after an illness, still has members of the GOP Leadership worried if he’s back for good.

Throw in there Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, and it’s enough to keep colleagues nervous. On the last two, they say they’re leaning yes, but any efforts to insert ideological provisions could prompt them to walk away.

On top of this, there’s no guarantee the House will take up the Senate version without major changes to appease hardline conservatives in the lower chamber. (Many of those demands, it should be noted, run afoul of the law that allows legislators to score wins with a simple majority. Absolutism and the Parliamentarian are heading toward a collision.)

And then, as if the 535 voting members of Congress inside the building weren’t problematic enough, a double-barrel threat from outside the building is aimed at it. President Trump and his aides at the White House are out of patience with Congress. On a second front, the President’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is ready to spend millions to mount primary challengers against the whole lot and send them packing.

“There’s a time and season for everything, and right now it’s a season of war against a GOP Establishment,” Bannon told a conservative summit this weekend. “It’s no longer acceptable to come and pat you on the head and tell you everything is going to be fine just to get those people in office.”

Bannon’s litmus test: Will the new guard vote to oust McConnell as the party’s Senate leader?

How McConnell is fighting back

If McConnell is feeling any emotion about this challenge, it’s annoyance, not fear. The Kentucky Republican, serving his sixth term in the Senate, has long ago given up the knee-jerk reaction. Instead, a shrewd eye at the end goal guides him over sideshow theatrics. When a collection of conservative grassroots leaders — some of whom recently dined with the President — circulated a letter demanding the wholesale resignation of GOP leadership in the Senate, his allies shrugged. “Did they even bother changing the date from the last time these misfit toys sent this letter?” one McConnell ally asks.

McConnell’s war with Bannon dates back years, going to when Breitbart’s founder was still alive and determined to carpet bomb the Republican Party. The site propped up novelty candidates like Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, who had to explain in an ad that she was not a witch. Among conservatives, the tribal warfare had a town square, and Bannon realized the power of the populism he could harness. When McConnell became the majority leader after the 2014 election, he vowed to exclude the fringe where he could.

For his part, McConnell has warned Trump that Bannon-esque nominees may be incompatible with the middle of each state’s electorate can cost the GOP seats the party cannot afford. “The goal here is to win elections in November,” McConnell said on Oct. 16 at the White House. “Back in 2010 and 2012, we nominated several candidates: Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock.” It was a veritable murderers’ row of candidates who were in races that should have been wins for Republicans, yet were poor fits with unvetted records.

“They’re not in the Senate,” McConnell continued. “And the reason for that was that they were not able to appeal to a broader electorate in the general election.” It was a civics lesson in the President’s literal backyard, one he did not take kindly.

Trump gritted his teeth. “I’m going to see if we (can) talk him out of that,” the President said when asked about Bannon’s broadsides against the GOP. Trump still speaks to Bannon regularly — far more often than McConnell, who single-handedly controls the President’s agenda in the Senate.

The approach has left McConnell quietly stewing about his nominal partner at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s not about the slight. It’s that there is no strategic value in it. Although McConnell didn’t much care for Barack Obama, he thought Trump’s Democratic predecessor a rational person who understood the Senate. The men were hardly pals, but they weren’t speaking different languages.

Things with the Senate aren’t much better from the White House’s side, despite the President’s declarations this week that he’s never been closer to McConnell. Both parties are still smarting from an Aug. 9 phone call that devolved into screaming and profanity. Silence between the two men followed for weeks, while aides kept in touch to see if anger had subsided.

Then, White House officials convinced the President that siding with McConnell in a GOP primary in Alabama was the right thing. It became an embarrassment that pitted the White House against Bannon. Weeks later, the President is still fuming that Bannon won.

How Ryan sees the fight

In the House, aides to Ryan are equally as exasperated with the Bannon theatrics. In an interview, Ryan all but rolled his eyes at Bannon and Breitbart, which have repeatedly sought to oust the Speaker, too, from his gig. “Death, taxes and attacks from Breitbart,” Ryan deadpanned to MSNBC. “I’m so used to that.”

That doesn’t mean it makes Ryan’s life any easier. Many of Ryan’s members live in fear that Bannon will send cash and candidates to their districts to make a play at their seat from the right. Ryan knows the play well, having weathered an annoying primary last year. Breitbart heralded it as a real threat and launched almost daily attacks on the Speaker. Ryan won with 84% of the primary vote. “I don’t think it’s helpful to go after fellow Republicans,” Ryan says.

Still, the Bannon threats hang large over the entire party. Trump, McConnell and Ryan stand to lose bigly should Bannon prevail. Aides to this unlikely trio understand the stakes. McConnell tried to make sure the President understood them when they met privately on Oct. 16. “You have to nominate people who can actually win, because winners make policy and losers go home,” McConnell told reporters after the session.

Implicit in the message: The President needs to leash his attack dog lest they all wind up at the mercy of a Democratic Senate.

The 2018 map favors the GOP. Trump won many of the states where Democrats are on defense: West Virginia by 42 percentage points, North Dakota by 36 points and Indiana by 19 points. But the party could lose the majority in the Senate if Bannon ushers fringe candidates to the general election in places like Utah, Mississippi and Montana. At a minimum, defending incumbent Republicans could cost the GOP cash it needs elsewhere, such as Senate races in Ohio, Missouri and Indiana.

A Democratic Senate, armed with subpoena power, could revisit every aspect of Trump’s time in office. It would spell a nightmare for Trump’s lawyers, who are already fighting battles with an independent prosecutor, House and Senate Intelligence panels and public opinion polls.

Separately, if Democrats net 24 seats, they can claim the House majority. Bannon could help weaken GOP incumbents in the lower chamber, just as he’s threatening the Senate colleagues.

Republicans are starting to sound the alarm that they may deserve to be vulnerable if they prove incapable of delivering on this opportunity. “If we do nothing,” Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says, “if tax reform crashes and burns, if (on) Obamacare, nothing happens, we could face a bloodbath. We have the potential to see a Watergate-level blowout.” What he neglects to mention is that he’s the lone Senator up for re-election in 2018 whom Bannon has vowed not to primary.

Major donors are clearly frustrated. Three fundraisers for conservative committees and super PACs say they’re having trouble making the case to moneyed friends that the fight is worth continuing. After all, things are clearly stalled on the legislative side despite years of promises. As one fundraiser put it bluntly: “The donors are pissed.”

These donors are sounding off. At a private session in New York last week, one donor told lawmakers they needed to get serious about the tax goals, and set aside specifics of the budget for a year. “Who wins Congress isn’t going to be decided on a budget,” the donor said. “It will be decided whether taxes go down or stay the same.”

Senior Republicans, while acknowledging McConnell is not loved by the base, say Bannon could tap into much of the same frustration he did when he ran the Trump campaign late last year. That campaign’s message—focused on emotion, not specifics—still has resonance. “The change people wanted wasn’t because they didn’t like Obama’s Syria policy, or, man, I don’t like the Iran deal,” said another McConnell ally. “No, 50% of Americans said they live paycheck-to-paycheck. When they voted for change, they wanted help on that. People don’t care about tax plans that create 9 million jobs. They are concerned about one job: theirs.”

Many GOP consultants are urging clients to hold their nose on the budget so that they can get to the tax cuts. “If we pass a middle-class tax cut, it pops Steve Bannon’s balloon,” said a veteran Republican strategist with the keys to a major super PAC. “If they do a big celebration with the President in the Rose Garden,” the strategist added, “what’s Steve Bannon going to say? ‘Those tax cuts suck?’”

First, though, these lawmakers have to pass a budget in the Senate. Then they need to tack on tax provisions. Then the House and Senate have to hammer out the differences in a conference committee. And then the President has to sign the compromise document. It’s a tall order in the remaining 37 days the Senate meets, and the 28 working days left for the House before lawmakers leave for a December holiday.

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Joe Biden: Donald Trump ‘Doesn’t Understand How the Government Functions’
He also criticized the President's social media habits

Former Vice President Joe Biden believes that President Donald Trump does not understand how the U.S. government works.

“[W]hat has really happened here is that, we have a president who does not understand governance. Forget his policies for a minute. He doesn’t understand how the government functions,” Biden said Tuesday alongside Ohio governor and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich at a forum at the University of Delaware.

Biden said that there was a reason why the government has established certain “political norms,” despite Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” and rid Washington of political insiders and bureaucracy within the federal government. He then touched on Trump’s social media habits.

“And secondly, this penchant for self-aggrandizement, and this penchant for tweeting, this penchant to focus so specifically and internally on what he does and doesn’t do — even if he was right about everything — is sending a message to all of you and sending a message to your younger siblings that is just totally inappropriate,” Biden said.

“Violating the norms of personal conduct generates more anxiety and fear than any policy prescription that this president has enunciated,” Biden added. “Sending his Secretary of State [Rex Tillerson] to talk with North Korea and saying he’s on a fool’s errand… it is absolutely bizarre. It’s bizarre conduct.”

Trump himself met with a foreign leader earlier Tuesday. Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told reporters at a press conference that his country and the U.S. “share common values.” Trump in turn hailed the Greece’s economic revival in the wake of an extended financial recession.

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Dow Jones Hits All-Time High as Stocks Close With Big Gains
Health care companies saw the biggest increases in value

Gains by health care companies led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Tuesday, pushing the market further into record territory.

The Dow Jones industrial average briefly climbed above the 23,000 mark for the first time, settling just below the milestone. Slight gains nudged the Dow and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes to new highs for the second straight day this week.

Health care companies posted some of the biggest gains following strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson. News of a plan backed by the White House that would extend federal payments to health insurers also gave the sector a boost. Banks and other financial stocks declined the most. Packaged food and beverage companies were also big laggards.

Trading was mostly listless as investors sized up the latest company earnings news and looked ahead to a full slate of corporate report cards later this week.

“Expectations of ongoing earnings growth are reasonably strong, but there may be a bit of a wait-and-see at this point in time given the run in the equity markets,” said Jason Pride, director of investment strategy at Glenmede.

The S&P 500 index added 1.72 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,559.36. The Dow picked up 40.48 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,997.44. The Nasdaq composite slipped 0.35 points, or 0.01 percent, to 6,623.66. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 5.18 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,497.50.

More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange.

The major stock indexes drifted between small gains and losses for much of the day.

Early on, traders eyed big company earnings news from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson, among others.

UnitedHealth, the country’s biggest health insurer, jumped 5.5 percent after reporting earnings that beat analyst estimates. The stock gained $10.69 to $203.89. Johnson & Johnson added 3.4 percent after reporting a strong quarter of its own. Its shares picked up $4.67 to $140.79.

Health insurers, hospitals and other health care companies also rose as two leading lawmakers reached a deal on a plan that would extend federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump had blocked last week. Trump said Tuesday afternoon that the White House has been involved in the plan, which he called a “short-term deal.” Biogen gained $8.799, or 2.6 percent, to $344.47, while Anthem added $3.50, or 1.9 percent, to $187.26.

Morgan Stanley posted quarterly results above Wall Street’s expectations. Its shares rose 18 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $49.12.

Traders took a dimmer view of Goldman Sachs’ results. The bank also posted results that beat financial analysts’ estimates, but its trading desks, which are weighted toward bonds, currencies and commodities, struggled during the quarter. Goldman slid $6.32, or 2.6 percent, to $239.09.

Netflix fell 1.6 percent after the streaming video company said its debt and programming costs continue to rise as it gained subscribers last quarter. Its shares lost $3.20 to $199.48.

While only a few companies have reported results so far, earnings are mostly looking good, noted Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.

“Earnings are growing year-over-year and, most importantly, the (revenue) overall thus far seems to be doing OK,” he said.

Fifty companies are scheduled to report quarterly results this week, the first full week of the third-quarter earnings season. S&P 500 companies are forecast to deliver 3.3 percent earnings growth in the third quarter, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Among the big names due to report earnings this week are American Express, Verizon Communications and General Electric.

Traders also drew encouragement Tuesday from economic data that showed U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.3 percent last month, as manufacturing of automobiles, home electronics and appliances increased. The gains were limited due to lingering damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Separately, a gauge of homebuilders’ confidence rose more than expected this month as builders looked past a recent slowdown in new home sales and the risk of rising labor and materials costs in the wake of the two hurricanes.

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.30 percent.

Oil prices closed slightly higher, rebounding after an early slide.

Benchmark U.S. crude gained a penny to settle at $51.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 6 cents to close at $57.88 a barrel in London.

In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline rose a penny to $1.63 a gallon. Heating oil was little changed at $1.81 a gallon. Natural gas added 2 cents to $2.96 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold fell $16.80, or 1.3 percent, to $1,286.20 an ounce. Silver slid 33 cents to $17.04 an ounce. Copper lost 4 cents to $3.20 a pound.

The dollar fell to 112.18 yen from 112.22 yen. The euro weakened to $1.1772 from $1.1792. The pound fell to $1.3191 from $1.3243 after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned about the economic impact of Brexit.

Markets overseas were mixed.

In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 percent, while France’s CAC 40 was essentially flat. London’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.1 percent.

In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was unchanged ahead of a twice-a-decade congress Wednesday by China’s ruling Communist Party. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.4 percent, while Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.7 percent. Seoul’s Kospi added 0.2 percent.

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American Author George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’
It was awarded to his novel "Lincoln in the Bardo"

(LONDON) — American author George Saunders has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with “Lincoln in the Bardo,” a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife.

The book is based on a real visit President Abraham Lincoln made in 1862 to the body of his 11-year-old son Willie in a Washington cemetery. It is narrated by a chorus of characters who are all dead, but unwilling or unable to let go of life.

It is the second year in a row an American has won the 50,000 pound ($66,000) prize, which was opened to U.S. authors in 2014.

By turns witty, bawdy, poetic and unsettling, “Lincoln in the Bardo” juxtaposes the real events of the U.S. Civil War — through passages from historians both real and fictional — with a chorus of otherworldly characters male and female, young and old. In Tibetan Buddhism, the bardo is the transition state between death and rebirth.

Baroness Lola Young, who chaired the Booker judging panel, said the novel “stood out because of its innovation, its very different styling, the way in which it paradoxically brought to life these almost-dead souls.”

Saunders was awarded the prize Tuesday by Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall.

“Lincoln in the Bardo” is the first novel by the 58-year-old Saunders, an acclaimed short story writer who won the Folio Prize in 2014 for his darkly funny story collection “Tenth of December.”

A former oil-industry engineer who teaches creative writing at Syracuse University in New York state, Saunders is probably best known outside literary circles for a commencement speech he gave in 2013 with the key message “Try to be kinder.” It went viral on the Internet, became an animated cartoon and was published as a book.

He had been bookies’ favorite to win the Man Booker, which usually brings the winning novelist a huge boost in sales and profile.

Saunders beat five other finalists: New Yorker Paul Auster’s quadruple coming-of-age story “4321”; U.S. writer Emily Fridlund’s story of a Midwest teenager, “History of Wolves”; Scottish author Ali Smith’s Brexit-themed “Autumn”; British-Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid’s migration story “Exit West”; and “Elmet,” debut British novelist Fiona Mozley’s novel about a fiercely independent family under threat.

Saunders is the second American in a row to win the prize, founded in 1969 and until 2013 limited to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth. The 2016 winner was Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout.”

The move to admit all English-language writers spurred fears among some British writers and publishers that Americans would come to dominate a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.

Young said the judges “don’t look at the nationality of the writer. I can say that hand on heart — it’s not an issue for us. The sole concern is the book.”

Prize organizers said 30 percent of the 144 books submitted by publishers for consideration this year were American, a figure slightly down from last year.

Young said the five jurors met for almost five hours Tuesday to choose the winner, finally agreeing unanimously on Saunders.

“I’m not going to pretend it was easy,” she said.

“We didn’t have any major meltdowns at all. But we did have quite fierce debates.”

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