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10:17 AM · Oct 19, 2019·Sprout Social





Amendment places Johnson's Brexit deal on hold

U.K. Parliament passed an amendment during its first Saturday session in 37 years that requires Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a Brexit delay from the European Union by 11 p.m. Saturday. The vote was tight, but ultimately a cross-party group backed the amendment by a count of 322-306. It does not necessarily mean that the MPs would not have supported the deal Johnson had brokered with the European Union on Thursday, but the government was clear that, after being defeated in the amendment vote, it would abandon a follow-up vote on the deal, as the amendment rendered it "meaningless." It appeared that Johnson was close to receiving the votes he needed to pass the deal, and he said he would move forward with Brexit legislation next week. [BBC, The Guardian]


State Department finds no 'systemic' mishandling in Clinton email probe

The State Department found "no evidence of pervasive systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information" after wrapping up its internal investigation launched in 2016 related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email during her tenure. The investigators did, however, determine that 38 unidentified current and former State Department officials were "culpable" in 91 cases of sending classified information that ended up in Clinton's personal email, meaning the use of private email did increase the vulnerability of such information. Any of the 38 officials still working for the State Department could reportedly face some form of disciplinary action, while the violations will be noted in the files of all 38, and will be considered when applying for or renewing security clearances. All in all, the investigation covered 33,000 emails and found 588 violations, though it could not assign fault in 497 cases. [The Associated Press, The Guardian]



House to vote on condemnation of G7 summit at Trump Doral resort

The House is reportedly set to vote on a resolution to condemn the White House over its choice to hold the 2020 Group of Seven summit at President Trump's Doral resort in Miami, Florida. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced the decision Thursday saying Trump would not profit from the event. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the move as a potential ethics violation, pointing out that diplomats, world leaders, and their staffers would visit the financially strained resort. The House resolution will determine whether lawmakers want to condemn Trump's "practice of accepting foreign government Emoluments without obtaining Congress' affirmative consent." The resolution will be considered next week. [Politico, The Hill]



Kurdish forces reportedly withdraw from Syria 'safe zone'

Kurdish troops reportedly began withdrawing from a key zone in northern Syria on late Friday, adhering to terms agreed upon by Turkey and the U.S. one day prior. Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that Turkey agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Syria between Turkish and Kurdish forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to "pause" the operation in Syria "to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours." However, shelling and gunfire were still heard in some Syrian border towns Friday morning, leading Kurdish leadership to accuse Turkish forces of violating the ceasefire. The deal came after President Trump pulled back U.S. troops from northern Syria, clearing the way for Turkey's military to enter Kurdish-held zones. [The New York Times]



At least 62 people killed in Afghanistan mosque explosion

At least 62 people have died and more than 100 others were injured in explosions at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan. Multiple bombings caused the roof of a mosque in the Nangarhar province to collapse during Friday prayers. Rescuers are still excavating the site and pulling survivors and bodies out of the destroyed mosque, a member of Nangarhar's provincial council said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the Deh Bala district borders rural ISIS-held areas. Afghanistan's government has so far blamed the Taliban, but the Taliban has reportedly denied involvement. The United Nations recently said violence against civilians has reached "extreme levels" in Afghanistan. At least 1,174 civilians died in the months of July-September, the largest quarterly total in a decade. [Reuters]



Giuliani reportedly sought visa for Ukrainian prosecutor

President Trump's personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani attempted to secure a visa from the State Department for former Ukraine prosecutor Viktor Shokin, U.S. diplomat George Kent reportedly told congressional investigators, two people familiar with his closed-door deposition earlier this week said. Shokin was pushed out of his position in 2016 when several world leaders, including former Vice President Joe Biden, voiced concerns that Shokin was not pursuing corruption cases in Ukraine. Giuliani has previously said he wanted to interview Shokin because he promised to reveal information about Democrats' actions in Ukraine. Giuliani has alleged that Biden was trying to stop investigations to protect his son, Hunter, who was sitting on the board of a Ukrainian gas company at the time. [CNN, NBC News]



Boeing pilot reportedly knew about glitches in 737 MAX flight-control system in 2016

Mark Forkner, a Boeing technical pilot, reportedly warned a colleague about problems with the flight-control program, MCAS, in the company's 737 MAX airplane in 2016, messages released Friday reveal. MCAS was later implicated in two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia within the last year that combined killed a total of 346 people and ultimately led to the plane's removal from the sky, as engineers and regulators attempt to implement new safeguards. In 2017, Forkner reportedly instructed a Federal Aviation Administration employee to remove MCAS from pilot manuals and training because "it's way outside the normal operating envelope." The FAA said in a statement Friday it is "disappointed that Boeing did not bring this document to our attention immediately upon its discovery." [CNBC, NPR]



Tulsi Gabbard calls Hillary Clinton 'embodiment of corruption'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) on Friday condemned Hillary Clinton after Clinton suggested Russia was "grooming" a current 2020 candidate "to be the third party candidate," appearing to indirectly suggest that the outsider Democrat Gabbard is a "favorite of the Russians." In several tweets, Gabbard labeled Clinton "the queen of warmongers" and "embodiment of corruption," and declared "this primary is between you and me." Reports have indicated Gabbard's campaign has become a target of foreign bots and Russian media. Gabbard's tweets didn't address such reports, but the lawmaker has previously slammed the characterization as a "smear." Gabbard tweeted that Clinton must be behind a "concerted campaign to destroy my reputation." [Tulsi Gabbard, The Week]



Astronauts Christina Koch, Jessica Meir complete first all-female spacewalk

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed a seven hour and 17 minute spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on Friday. While 15 women have conducted spacewalks before, Meir and Koch joined up for what was the first ever all-female spacewalk. It was Koch's fourth spacewalk, and Meir's first go at it. The pair completed their primary task of replacing a failed power charging unit, as well as several extra tasks. While Meir said the walk was "really just us doing our job," she did recognize the event's importance. "We hope that we can provide an inspiration to everybody, not only women, but to everybody that has a dream, that has a big dream, and who is willing to work hard," she said. [Ars Technica, Space.com]



Maleficent expected to top weekend box office

Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is projected to top the weekend box office, but with a weaker than anticipated debut. The Angelina Jolie-starring sequel centered around the Sleeping Beauty is projected to open to around $35 million, lower than earlier projections that had it making $45 million. This would be roughly half of the $69 million the original Maleficent made in its 2014 debut. Sony's Zombieland: Double Tap, meanwhile, is expected to earn around $28 million, higher than previous estimates that put it closer to $23 million. That would be a slight improvement on the original Zombieland's 2009 debut of $24 million. Joker, however, may snatch the second place slot away from Zombieland by taking in around $30 million in its third weekend. [Variety, Deadline]

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7 minutes ago, jakeem said:


NEW: White House says @realdonaldtrump will only charge “at cost” to host the G-7 summit at his resort, but provides no details about what that means. Trump is the buyer and the seller here, so he’s negotiating with himself.
3:13 PM · Oct 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

It will also get tens of millions of dollars in upgrades in preparation for the summit as did the other locations that have hosted it.  The place is supposed to be a bit run down so Trump will benefit enormously.

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In interviews with more than 20 GOP lawmakers and congressional aides, many said they were repulsed by Trump's decision to host the G7 at his own resort and incensed by Mick Mulvaney's admission that U.S. aid to Ukraine was withheld for political reasons.
10:00 AM · Oct 19, 2019·TweetDeck
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It's not a coup. It's the Constitution. "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." - Art. II, Sec. 4, US Constitution
10:09 AM · Oct 19, 2019·Twitter Web App
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11 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:


And Donald Trump has been a joke for decades in New York, with his accumulating bankruptcies and business failures.  It’s only when he took his show on the road did the rubes become fans, believing he was a successful businessman.

Trump thinks he is Emperor Donald of the Deplorables!  He will awaken from his delusion deposed, and likely incarcerated.

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26 minutes ago, Arturo said:

And Donald Trump has been a joke for decades in New York, with his accumulating bankruptcies and business failures.  It’s only when he took his show on the road did the tubes become fans, believing he was a successful businessman.

Trump thinks he is Emperor Donald of the Deplorables!  He will awaken from his delusion deposed, and likely incarcerated.

And in the meantime the deplorables better hope that "donald the great" hasn't taken away their


food stamps,

federal aid to unemployment and

Social Security Disability Insurance that so many of them so desperately need.

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The events of the past week have moved at a staggering pace. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds, Mulvaney’s public confession, and the open corruption of sleazy self-dealing at Doral show a president unfit for office. Republicans must allow Mike Pence to serve out Trump’s term.
A question for all members of Congress: Should a president be allowed to publicly ask foreign governments to interfere in America’s presidential elections?
Donald Trump has already:
1. Told a news host he would take political assistance from foreign governments 
2. Withheld military support from a US ally until they promised to dig up dirt for his campaign and,
3. Asked China publicly to help destroy his political opponent.
10:39 AM · Oct 19, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
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Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria. Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster.
Then why did you come up and hug me at 2015 WHCD when I’d never met you (which was totally gross)
and whisper in my ear that I had been “very unfairly treated” over Benghazi
and “was doing a great job for the country”?
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I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!
Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.
Thank you!
9:52 PM · Oct 19, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
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