Maine Congressman launches what seems like a longshot bid to keep seat
Republican 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap in an attempt to stop a tabulation of ranked-choice ballots in his race against Democratic challenger Jared Golden.
The suit filed in federal court in Bangor is asking for a permanent injunction against Dunlap, seeking to stop a process twice approved by Maine voters at the ballot box. Neither Poliquin nor Golden secured a majority of the vote in the first round of counting, pushing the tabulation to voters’ second choices in an attempt to reach majority support.
Amazon is certainly getting a good deal out of NYC
The latest on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health
CNN files suit over the White House’s Jim Acosta ban
Remember the caravan?
John Bolton pushes back on Turkey’s account of Khashoggi killing
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday suggested that an audio tape of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder may not implicate Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“In the assessment of those who have listened to it,” the recording does not directly implicate bin Salman, Bolton said, adding that he had not listened to the tape himself.
The United States is not the only country holding a copy of the tape, and other nations’ intelligence services are scrutinizing the recording on their own.
Trump goes off on Macron some more
One state could show America the way forward on gun reform
Over the past few months, mass shootings have repeatedly propelled gun violence into the national spotlight. Meanwhile, studies have found that the US leads developed nations in gun deaths, with one recent study in JAMA finding that the US’s civilian gun death rate is nearly four times that of Switzerland, five times that of Canada, 35 times that of the United Kingdom, and 53 times that of Japan.
Yet there’s been little movement, at least at the federal level, to do something about these trends in the US.
But surely, I thought, there’s some place in the US getting this right, which could perhaps show a path forward for the rest of the country. So I asked gun policy researchers and experts about which state is doing the most to prevent gun violence. They pointed not to states like New Hampshire and others that have weak restrictions on firearms, but to Massachusetts, which over time built one of the most comprehensive gun control regimes in the US.
Presidential threat of the day
If you hate well-stocked stores with plenty of customer assistance, Macy’s may be the store for you
Faced with too much space and too few shoppers, the 160-year-old retailer plans to reduce the amount of merchandise and the number of employees at its slower-performing stores—walling off entire sections at some locations and leaving the space empty.
… The smaller-store footprint, an experiment now under way at four locations, is intended to save money on staffing and inventory, while improving the chain’s sometimes lackluster shopping experience. The company plans to discuss the strategy publicly for the first time Wednesday, when it is expected to report third-quarter results.
“People don’t have to walk through 200,000 square feet to find what they’re looking for,” said Mr. Gennette, 57, who has worked at Macy’s for 35 years. “If we were building stores today, we’d build them smaller.”
Trump’s effort to protect America from studious young people is working
The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States.
New enrollments for the 2017-18 school year slumped 6.6 percent compared with the previous year, according to an annual survey released by the Institute of International Education. That follows a 3.3 percent decline in new international students tallied in the 2016-17 academic year.
Amazon’s impending announcement about opening a new headquarters in Long Island City draws a rebuke from Congressmember-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this.
The community’s response? Outrage.
“Amazon is a billion-dollar company. The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”
The wait for a winner in Georgia’s gubernatorial race will last at least until the end of the week
Sinema shouts out John McCain, calls for bipartisanship, in victory tweets
“A few months ago, we lost a legend who exemplified all the best of AZ. Sen. McCain is irreplaceable, but his example will guide our next steps. He taught us to assume the best in others, to seek compromise instead of sewing division, & to always put country ahead of party.
“As your Senator, that’s exactly what I’ll do. Not by calling names or playing political games, but by showing up and doing the work to keep Arizona moving forward.
“It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight, but we can work together to meet the challenges our country faces. We can do this differently. For our country, for our future, for Sen. McCain, and for each other I think we must.”
Biden, Bernie and Beto lead post-midterms 2020 primary poll
The Camp Fire death count continues to climb
Not good, Facebook
Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.
Facebook’s loose oversight of the partnerships was detected by the company’s government-approved privacy monitor in 2013. But it was never revealed to Facebook users, most of whom had not explicitly given the company permission to share their information.
The AP calls Arizona for Kyrsten Sinema
Trump’s not going to like this
Recording of Khashoggi killing reportedly points to bin Salman involvement
Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to three people familiar with a recording of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence.
While the prince was not mentioned by name, American intelligence officials believe “your boss” was a reference to Prince Mohammed. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis dispatched to Istanbul to confront Mr. Khashoggi, made the phone call and spoke in Arabic, the people said.
Pittsburgh paper’s deep dive into synagogue shooter reveals extent to which internet radicalized him
Accounts from Mr. Bowers’ coworkers of two decades ago, and an analysis of his social media posts in the weeks prior to the massacre, suggest that staunch conservatism metastasized into white nationalism. First fascinated with conservative radio host Jim Quinn, he later became a follower of aggressive online provocateurs of the right wing’s fringe.
According to experts who study extremism, the Internet and social media have created new pathways from strident ideology to radicalism. Efforts to address that by shutting down social media sites can backfire, some experts said, calling for a subtler, but comprehensive approach.
“For the last several years, analysts have warned that these kinds of conditions would lead to these kinds of actions,” said John Horgan, a professor at Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute and author of The Psychology of Terrorism, published in 2014. “I genuinely fear that we are seeing the culmination of something that has been boiling over for some time now. … And I fear that we’re not prepared for it.”