At least 10 names being discussed to replace John Bolton

Washington (CNN)The White House is currently discussing potential candidates to replace John Bolton as national security adviser after he was ousted Tuesday, with at least 10 names being circulated at this time, several sources told CNN. Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and senior policy adviser to Mike Pompeo: Hook’s name is being floated as a possibility to replace Bolton, according to three sources familiar with the discussions. He is interested in and campaigning for the job, according to one source familiar with the process. Hook started at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson and remained a key member of the team when Pompeo took over. He recently traveled with Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner to …

Wisconsin man ran a drug ring that filled up to 5,000 bootleg vaping cartridges per day, police say

(CNN)Most 20-year-olds might take on a part-time job when they need extra cash. But this Wisconsin man was a bit more criminally ambitious, police say. Reached by CNN, Huffhines’ lawyer, Mark Richards, refused to comment. Huffhines, who is not yet formally charged, faces multiple felony charges: manufacturing/delivering THC, possession with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place and misappropriation of personal identifying materials. Thousands of cartridges per day Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth described the operation as a sophisticated one. Huffhines’ employees even had time cards and were paid 30 cents per cartridge filled, Beth said. The employees are believed to have worked in an assembly line, filling empty vaping cartridges with THC oil from California, Beth said. Authorities …

Labour manifesto unlikely to reveal Brexit stance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCorbyn: “We will commit to a public vote” Jeremy Corbyn has promised a further referendum on Brexit with a “credible Leave option” versus Remain if his party wins the next general election. He said Labour was “ready” for the campaign, but its “priority” was to stop a no-deal Brexit. Its manifesto will promise to reach a better Brexit deal, but is not expected to commit to either Leave or Remain. Some senior party figures – close Corbyn allies – say they will campaign to stay in the EU in any circumstances. They include shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who have both said remaining would be the best …

Joe Biden still bests fellow Democrats on electability, polls show

(CNN)First things first: The theme song of the week is the NFL on CBS 1998 outro. The fact that Wisconsin leans a little bit right of the nation is important for understanding Trump’s re-election chances. We were reminded of an important lesson in 2016: It’s the electoral college, not the popular vote that matters. Wisconsin is a perfect illustration of that. It flipped from blue in 2012 to red in 2016, when it was the tipping point state for Trump’s victory. This poll suggests that it’s quite plausible Trump could lose nationally and win in Wisconsin, especially if the overall political environment improves for him. Right now, the polling says Biden — even with his gaffes on the campaign trail …

NOAA Warned Staffers Not To Contradict Trump On Dorian: Report

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned staffers last week not to contradict President false claims about according to The Washington Post.  tweeted that Alabama “would most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, even though projections at that time showed no such thing. A staffer who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity said it was clear to employees that “social media posts” referred to a tweet from the National Weather Service station in Birmingham, Alabama, which contradicted Trump. “This is the first time I’ve felt pressure from above to not say what truly is the forecast,” the NOAA meteorologist told the Post. “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around. One of the things …

Odessa Mayor Blames Shootings On Evil People, Violent Video Games

claimed seven lives on “evil people” and “violent video games.” “What do you say to the people who say they need more than prayer to prevent something like this from happening?” Gibson pressed. Turner told him: “There’s always going to be evil people. Evil people find ways to hurt people.” El Paso mass shooting in early August that killed 22 people, and that Turner answered: “I think it’s a problem of the heart, to be honest with you. We have some of the most violent video games that you can see.” President Donald Trump blamed Turner was asked about looser gun laws that went into effect in Texas Sunday. They will The mayor said in a brief interview with the …

Texas Governor Shocked Shooter Got Rifle In State With Spotty Background Checks

Texas Gov. killed seven people in West Texas had managed to buy an AR-style weapon in Texas even though he had a criminal history and didn’t register for a background check. laws loosening gun restrictions in Texas, following guidelines provided by the in the number of gun purchases. criminal trespass and evading arrest, the Austin American-Statesman reported. However, only felonies and misdemeanor domestic violence convictions  Ator had failed to pass an earlier background check to buy a gun and “ The governor did not reveal how that gun was obtained. But Texas Abbott championed the series of pack weapons in public places such as schools and churches, as well as in foster homes. In June, Abbott also vetoed a bill that would …

Impeachment Summer Passes By, Without A Breakthrough

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. – Rep. Susan Wild, a freshman Democrat elected to a blue-tinted swing seat representing the Lehigh Valley, knew the question was coming.  “Congresswoman, why have you not come out for impeachment?” the president of a local community college, serving as the event’s moderator, asked Wild.  “Any of you who ever heard me on the campaign trail heard me say I’m not going to jump on a bandwagon on any issue,” Wild told the crowd of about 200, before citing her 30-year career as a litigator. “You don’t want to try a case where the facts are not all lined up and you’re ready with all of your evidence that you’re going to introduce. I don’t believe we are …

No-deal Brexit checks ‘needed near Irish border’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeo Varadkar says there may be some checks ‘near the border’ in a no-deal Some checks on goods and live animals may need to take place near the Irish border in a no-deal Brexit, Irish PM Leo Varadkar has said. As far as possible, checks would take place at ports, airports and firms, the taoiseach said, and his government was “working out the details” with the EU. There was “a significant and growing risk of no-deal”, he added. UK PM Boris Johnson has said he would “rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit”, which is set for 31 October. What is the Irish border backstop? Why is the Irish border …

Donald Trump turns on everyone, part 763

(CNN)On Thursday, Madeleine Westerhout, personal assistant to the President of the United States, was forced to resign in the wake of the revelation that she had talked about Donald Trump’s family in an off-the-record dinner with reporters. And now, she is out. Because, reportedly, a journalist at the dinner broke the “off the record” terms and told the White House what Westerhout had said about the first family. (CNN was not among the news organizations represented at the dinner.) Now, we don’t know what exactly Westerhout said — and we may never know — only that she shared what one person described as “intimate” information about the family, which, candidly, could mean almost anything. (One man’s “intimate” detail is another …

Trial of alleged 9/11 mastermind, four others set for early 2021

This Saturday March 1, 2003, photo obtained by The Associated Press shows Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. (AP Photo) (AP) Mohammad and his co-defendants are charged with crimes including terrorism, hijacking and 2,976 counts of murder for their alleged roles planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot. They could get the death penalty if convicted at the military commission, which combines elements of civilian and military law. The quintet have been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006 after several years in clandestine CIA detention facilities following their capture. MEMORIAL TO 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS DEFACED IN UPSTATE NEW YORK; SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT This February 2017 photo provided by …

DUP MPs back government in Commons Brexit vote

Ahead of the vote, the DUP said it would not vote in favour of the motion, as it believed it would weaken the government’s negotiating hand with Brussels. ‘Increasingly likely’ After the historic vote, Mr Johnson said he did not want an election – but that if MPs backed legislation forcing his hand – then the public would have to decide whether he, or Jeremy Corbyn should be tasked to deliver Brexit. DUP chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC Newsline that he believed an election was now almost certain. He added that he believed the government would struggle to get two-thirds of MPs to vote in favour of triggering an election, under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliament Act. …

China slams US warship for ‘provocative’ transit through South China Sea, calling it ‘maritime hegemony’

The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) in the South China Sea in 2011. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin E. Yarborough, File) “The facts prove that the United States’ so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ is actually an assertion of maritime hegemony that ignores international law, seriously harms China’s sovereignty and security interests, and seriously harms peace and stability in the South China Sea region,” Chinese military spokesman Li Huamin said. WHITE HOUSE SLAMS CHINA’S ‘HIGHLY DUBIOUS’ INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT AS BOLTON WARNS UKRAINE “We urge the U.S. side to immediately stop such kinds of provocative acts, to avoid causing unexpected incidents,” he added, as Reuters reported. The South China Sea, considered international waters, has played a crucial role in trade; one-third of the …

Michael Flynn blasts Mueller prosecutors in conspiracy-tinged court filing

Washington (CNN)Defense attorneys for former national security adviser Michael Flynn want federal prosecutors to be held in contempt, accusing them of withholding some of the most significant documents and audio recordings related to his criminal charge and the Mueller investigation. But Flynn’s new legal team has apparently seized on discussing the evidence as a way to stand at odds with prosecutors who cut his deal. Outside of court, his attorney Sidney Powell regularly promotes the idea that Flynn was entrapped by the Russia investigators and should be pardoned by President Donald Trump. Friday, Flynn’s legal team took it up a notch. “They affirmatively suppressed evidence … that destroyed the credibility of their primary witness, impugned their entire case against Mr. …

Top US general says he is ‘not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now’ for Afghanistan

Washington (CNN)The top US general said he is “not using the ‘withdraw’ word right now” in regards to Afghanistan, as US and Taliban negotiators reportedly near a deal that could soon lead to the withdrawal of American troops. Asked about Iran, Esper said he was “not ready” to say escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf had stabilized, but said the situation is “so far, so good,” adding that the US hopes the Iranians will agree to meet to resolve tensions. Esper also said that while he is “concerned” about North Korea’s recent spate of short range ballistic missile tests, the United States is not going to “overreact” and remains focused on diplomacy. Dunford, who served as the commander of international …

The tiny islands that could explode the China-Vietnam relationship

Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN)“The Paracel Islands!” the teacher shouts. Since opening in 2018, about half of its 40,000 visitors have been schoolchildren, who can explore exhibits, including documents, maps and photographs, all curated to hammer home one point. The Paracel Islands belong to Vietnam. Not to China. What’s going on in the South China Sea? The area is believed to hold substantial gas and oil deposits, which Vietnam is trying to develop. Leaders in Hanoi made their displeasure clear, with the Foreign Ministry on July 19 calling on all Chinese ships to leave Vietnamese waters. Analysts say China’s actions are worrisome. “Beijing is testing not only Vietnam, but also the United States and the international community,” Huong Le Thu, a …