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Truck attack in Manhattan kills 8 in ‘act of terror’ – CNN

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Facebook, Google and Twitter testified on Capitol Hill. Here’s what they said. – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lawyers from Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon amid mounting political pressure to fully investigate Russian efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and reveal publicly what they find. It is a rare moment in the political spotlight for companies that, despite large lobbying teams in Washington, generally seek to avoid such public and potentially unpredictable confrontations. A growing number of lawmakers have expressed concern…

Trump rejecting Bannon’s hard line against Mueller — for now – CNN

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Man takes teacher hostage, barricades self inside classroom at Riverside elementary school – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A parent has taken a teacher hostage and is barricaded inside Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, school district officials said Tuesday. The district was notified about the situation just after 11:20 a.m., Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson said. The door to a room is blocked with the male parent and a female teacher inside, said Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback. It was not immediately clear which room the man…

Kelly was brought to the White House to impose order. Now he’s stirring controversy. – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More than any recent resident of the White House, President Trump has used the military and “my generals,” as he often calls them, as a shield against criticism from political rivals. And no general in recent weeks has been a more ardent or harder-edged defender of the president than John F. Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general and the White House chief of staff. But on Tuesday, the White House…

Paul Manafort’s Ambition Set the Stage for His Downfall – New York Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“He could have kept running campaigns for the Yanukovychs of the world, and nobody would have cared,” said Hector T. Hoyos, one of Mr. Manafort’s closest friends and business partners. “But he took on the Trump campaign because he believed that the country was going down the wrong path, and he wanted to make a difference,” Mr. Hoyos said of Mr. Manafort, who is the godfather of Mr. Hoyos’s daughter….

Catalan independence: Sacked leader Puigdemont ‘not seeking asylum’ – BBC News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Media captionCarles Puigdemont: Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont says he has not travelled to Belgium to seek asylum. He has appeared in public in Brussels with several colleagues after declaring independence from Spain last week. Spain’s central government has taken direct control of Catalonia and sacked officials, following the region’s banned independence referendum. Mr Puigdemont said he was not trying to escape justice but wanted…

South Korea and China move to normalize relations after THAAD dispute – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEOUL — After a year of frosty diplomacy and economic pressure, South Korea and China announced Tuesday that they would put aside their differences out of a joint desire to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the two countries will resume normal relations. “The two sides attach great importance to the Korea-China relationship,” a statement from the ministry said. In its own coordinated statement, China’s Foreign Ministry said…

Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook – The Hill

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thousands of Americans attended a march last November organized by a Russian group that used social media to interfere in the 2016 election. The demonstration in New York City, which took place a few days after the election, appears to be the largest and most successful known effort to date pulled off by Russian-linked groups intent on using social media platforms to influence American politics.  Sixteen thousand Facebook users said that they planned to attend a Trump…

Historians respond to John F. Kelly’s Civil War remarks: ‘Strange,’ ‘sad,’ ‘wrong’ – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was the guest for the premiere of Laura Ingraham’s new show on Fox News Channel on Monday night. During the interview, he outlined a view of the history of the Civil War that historians described as “strange,” “highly provocative,” “dangerous” and “kind of depressing.” Kelly was asked about the decision of a church in Alexandria, Va., to remove plaques honoring George Washington…

The Daily 202: 10 takeaways from Mueller’s shock-and-awe gambit – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: The ghost of Paul Manafort haunts the White House this Halloween. Since President Trump likes alliterative nicknames, maybe the special counsel’s should be Methodical Mueller. Unveiling the first batch of criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in the American political system, Robert S. Mueller III proved Monday that he is not messing around. The former FBI director has played…

Deposed Catalan leader ‘not seeking asylum in Belgium’ – CNN

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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China, South Korea agree to mend ties after THAAD standoff – Reuters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – Seoul and Beijing on Tuesday agreed to move beyond a year-long stand-off over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, a dispute that has been devastating to South Korean businesses that rely on Chinese consumers. The unexpected detente comes just days before U.S. President Donald Trump begins a trip to Asia, where the North Korean nuclear crisis will take center stage, and helped propel…

John Kelly calls Robert E. Lee an ‘honorable man’ and says ‘lack of compromise’ caused the Civil War – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Monday called Robert E. Lee was “an honorable man” and said that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, once again thrusting himself into the public spotlight on an emotionally charged issue. The comments, made on the debut night of conservative media host Laura Ingraham‘s show on Fox News, came after Kelly was asked about the…

Tech titans support more political ad transparency — but aren’t yet embracing a new bill by the US Senate – Recode

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Here’s what the tech industry says it wants if the U.S. Congress tries to write a new law about online political ads: Rules that are clear, apply to everyone, emphasize disclosure but not too much, and certainly don’t inhibit free speech. And here’s what that really means: The biggest brands in Silicon Valley aren’t exactly ready to embrace a new, bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would subject them…

How conservative media reacted to the Mueller indictments – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The revelation Monday of charges against three former Trump campaign officials in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into possible Russian influence in American politics delivered a sharp jolt to the news cycle. Anticipation over the arrests had been high for days after news that the first charges in Mueller’s investigation were imminent had seeped out over the weekend. And the documents outlining allegations against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, business partner Rick…

One dead in University of Utah shooting as police hunt for suspect – New York Daily News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police are on the hunt for a suspected gunman after one person was killed in a shooting at the University of Utah Monday night, police said. A victim was fatally shot in a vehicle at the gate of Red Butte Canyon, a research area on the east side of the school in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to police.  Police received reports of a man with…

The end of the conservative Republican – Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In a seminal speech Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced that he would not seek re-election because he did not want to accommodate himself to the “new normal” of Donald Trump‘s Republican Party and did not want to adjust to the “present coarseness of our national dialogue.” The speech stood out for its emphasis on the failure of moral leadership in the Republican Party, with the word “principle” appearing 13…

John Kelly calls Robert E. Lee an ‘honorable man’ and says ‘lack of compromise’ caused the Civil War – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media during a daily briefing in October. (AP) White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Monday called Robert E. Lee was “an honorable man” and said that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, once again thrusting himself into the public spotlight on an emotionally charged issue. The comments, made on the debut night of conservative media…