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All aboard: Hong Kong bullet train signals high-speed integration with China

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 10:34pm

Hong Kong’s controversial bullet train got off to a smooth start on Sunday, as hundreds of passengers whistled north across the border at speeds of up to 200 kph (125 mph), deepening integration of the former British colony with mainland China. While the $11 billion rail project has raised fears for...

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China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 10:06pm

China summoned the U.S. ambassador in Beijing and postponed joint military talks in protest against a U.S. decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambas...

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Fox News host says Christine Blasey Ford ‘should be pretty eager to testify’ about her violent sexual assault

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 9:41pm

Trump-loving conservative Ben Shapiro is beginning a new Fox News show in the coming weeks, and on Saturday he appeared in Jesse Watters show to discuss it and the current state of the Kavanaugh nomination. Shapiro said that there is “no evidence” of the violent sexual assault Dr. Christ...

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Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro explodes with rage when guest says alleged Kavanaugh accomplice Mark Judge should testify

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 9:09pm

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro dedicated much of her Saturday night show to discussing the nomination of accused attempted rapist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Things got tense in a segment where Pirro invited a Democratic strategist, Chris Hahn, on to debate the accusations against Kavanaugh. ...

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Michael Avenatti tweets that Kavanaugh accuser ‘is not alone’ — and warns accused accomplice Mark Judge

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 7:22pm

Michael Avenatti tweeted Saturday night that Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward with an account of being violently sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when she was 15 years old “is not alone.” The attorney who represented Stormy Daniels warned Mark Judge, Kav...

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Pro-Trump commentator leaves CNN after he’s accused of spiking pregnant woman’s smoothie with abortion pill

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 7:08pm

Jason Miller is out at CNN. The pro-Trump political commentator tweeted on Saturday that he has “decided to step away” from the network to focus on “clearing [his] name.” News on my departure from CNN: pic.twitter.com/IjNIgeRPRF — Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) Septemb...

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Trump aide called GOP operatives to spread Kavanaugh accuser’s name before her story was published

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 6:06pm

The identity of the woman who came forward to share her story of being violently sexually assaulted at age 15 by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was given to Republican operatives before the story published, the Washington Post reports. After preparing the story in which Professor Christine Bl...

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Here’s how Democrats can destroy Brett Kavanaugh even if he makes it onto the Supreme Court

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 5:32pm

Very few commentators are willing to predict the outcome of this week’s Supreme Court nomination hearings for Brett Kavanaugh. The woman who came forward with a storm of a violent sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh will testify this week, and the judge will also have his say. But, regardless of...

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Florida GOP candidate refuses to return huge donation from man who called Obama the N-word

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 4:51pm

Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, who is running for governor in a race that has been characterized by racist rhetoric, says he will not return a donation given by a man who called President Obama a “Muslim N-word.” DeSantis is endorses by President Donald Trump and won a spirited primary...

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Former Republican strategist explains why Brett Kavanaugh needs to withdraw: ‘I don’t see how this works out for the GOP’

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 4:21pm

A former Republican strategist, Sophia Nelson, told MSNBC on Saturday that she thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh needs to withdraw his name from consideration. The issue Nelsons sees it that the survivor of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault, Christine Blasey Ford, would be questioned by w...

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Ex-prosecutor shames GOP for trying to use female staffers to question Kavanaugh accuser: Have ‘some guts and do it yourself’

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 3:19pm

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah slammed Republicans for not having the “guts” to ask questions of Christine Blasey Ford during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. “I want to turn here and ask y...

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Ex-White House aide walks back claim on Mike Flynn sanctions conversation: report

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 2:57pm

An ex-White House official has revised a previous statement by telling investigators that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have referred to sanctions when they discussed his calls with a former Russian envoy, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. K.T. McFarland’s statement revi...

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Comcast outbids Fox with $39 billion offer for British broadcaster Sky in auction

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 2:51pm

Comcast (CMCSA.O) beat Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O) in the battle for Sky (SKYB.L) after offering more than 30 billion pounds ($39 billion) for the British broadcaster, in a dramatic auction to decide the fate of the pay-television group. U.S. cable giant Comcast bid 17.28 poun...

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Trump reelection campaign manager has white hot meltdown over Google and Facebook promoting stories he doesn’t like

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 2:38pm

The chief of President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign lashed out at a supposed “Palo Alto Mafia” in Silicon Valley that having bias against conservatives because of reporters using anonymous sources. The Trump White House has been notorious for the level of leaking to jour...

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Did Ted Cruz mistakenly release a pro-Beto O’Rourke video?

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 2:13pm

It’s rare that a political candidate effectively endorses their current opponent, but that appears to be what Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) just did. Ahead of his Friday night debate with Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Cruz posted to Twitter a dynamic, amazing, compelling, wonderful video (below...

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Is Trump starting a Constitutional crisis to shift our attention from the Kavanaugh dumpster fire?

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 1:46pm

Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments c...

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Kavanaugh accuser Ford agrees to meet with Senate Judiciary committee — but with conditions to be negotiated

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 1:37pm

Christine Blasely Ford will be testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, her attorney’s confirmed on Saturday. “Dr. Ford accepts the Committee’s request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week,” Debra Kat...

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WATCH: Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign spokesperson admits Beto O’Rourke may win Texas Senate race

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 1:12pm

The spokesperson for the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted on MSNBC on Saturday that his former boss could lose reelection in Texas. Sen. Cruz is being challenged by Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), whose campaign has energized supporters across the country, raising...

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Here are 6 takeaways about Trump and media complicity from Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 12:58pm

Michael Moore’s new film “Fahrenheit 11/9” opened nationwide this week in 1,719 theaters —  a record for a non-fiction film that isn’t about a pop icon or wild animals.  Billed as the film that would tell us how the f*&k we got here and how the f*&k we can get out, “Fahrenheit 11/9” debuted ...

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid stumps Kavanaugh apologist over sex assault accusations: ‘Doesn’t this bother you as a woman?’

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 - 12:34pm

MSNBC anchor Joy Reid befuddled a conservative commentator on her support for the Republican Party in the wake of the latest scandals over the party’s treatment of women. Sarah Rumpf, a contributor at the conservative website Red State and the communications director for the Rainey Center, app...

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