48 dead, hundreds more missing
The number of deaths from California’s worst fire rose to 48 Tuesday as authorities and family members mounted desperate searches for the hundreds still missing.
The Camp fire has scorched 130,000 acres since Thursday, ripping through mountain towns in Butte County. More than 8,800 structures — mostly homes in Paradise — were leveled as the blaze charred the region.
Marco Rubio makes a fool of himself in a four-part Twitter thread
Bloomberg to decide if he’s running for president by February
Thanksgiving, Christmas and then maybe a few weeks into January — that’s when you really gotta sit down, talk to your advisers and say, ‘Look, do I have a chance?’ I think I know why I would want to run. I think I know what I think this country should do and what I would do. But I just don’t know whether it’s possible.
Theresa May got an earful from a grumpy Trump
As he jetted to Paris last Friday, President Trump received a congratulatory phone call aboard Air Force One. British Prime Minister Theresa May was calling to celebrate the Republican Party’s wins in the midterm elections — never mind that Democrats seized control of the House — but her appeal to the American president’s vanity was met with an ornery outburst.
Trump berated May for Great Britain not doing enough, in his assessment, to contain Iran. He questioned her over Brexit and complained about the trade deals he sees as unfair with European countries. May has endured Trump’s churlish temper before, but still her aides were shaken by his especially foul mood, according to U.S. and European officials briefed on the conversation.
Democrats keep gaining ground in California
Really, what’s the rush?
An important first for Harvard’s student newspaper
Kristine E. Guillaume ’20 will lead the newly elected 146th Guard of The Harvard Crimson, the organization’s President announced on Monday. Guillaume is the first black woman to serve as President of The Crimson in the paper’s 145-year history.
Guillaume, a joint African American Studies and History and Literature concentrator, is currently one of The Crimson’s Central Administration reporters. In that capacity, she interviewed two successive University Presidents — Drew G. Faust and Lawrence S. Bacow — and worked as part of the reporting team that covered Harvard’s 2018 presidential search.
Republicans could claw back a House seat that was thought to be lost
Bad news for some vape-loving teens
Juul Labs Inc, the U.S. market leader for electronic cigarettes, said Tuesday it will pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from retail store shelves in an effort to reduce surging teenage use of its products.
The move comes as Juul and other e-cigarette makers have faced heightened scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amid a sharp increase in high school use of the devices, which look like a USB flash drive and vaporize a flavored liquid containing nicotine.
In a statement on Tuesday, Juul Chief Executive Kevin Burns said the company wants to be “the off-ramp for adult smokers to switch from cigarettes, not an on-ramp for America’s youth to initiate on nicotine.”
Has Trump been out of view in recent days because he’s sulking?
For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies — sometimes three a day — in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.
But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered Nov. 6. With the certainty that the incoming Democratic House majority will go after his tax returns and investigate his actions, and the likelihood of additional indictments by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment, according to multiple administration sources.
EPA does something useful for a change
The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced plans to place more stringent restrictions on pollution from heavy-duty trucks, in a move that won the Trump administration rare praise from environmental groups.
Nearly two decades have passed since the EPA last updated its standards for emissions of nitrogen oxide, or NOx, that govern the nation’s heavy-duty trucking fleet. Two years ago, 20 state and local air regulators, backed by public health groups, petitioned the agency to revamp its regulations of NOx, citing adverse health impacts and harmful effects on air quality.
Yes, that famously fair arbiter of elections, Brian Kemp
A potential headache for Bernie Sanders dissipates
A top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that the Vermont independent’s wife, Jane Sanders, has been recently told by the US attorney in Vermont that they have closed an investigation into a land deal involving Burlington College during Jane Sanders’ presidency.
No charges will be brought, Jeff Weaver, who ran Bernie Sanders’$2 2016 presidential campaign and is authorized to speak on Jane Sanders’ behalf, told CNN. The US Attorney’s Office in Vermont declined to comment, telling CNN it did not comment on investigations. A message left with the senator’s office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Another sign that the Mueller investigation is drawing to a close?
Is a duel at sunrise next?
A climate writer takes issue with some Dems’ climate-change tactics in Twitter thread
This has to be the least of John Kelly’s offenses
Kelly has also gotten on the wrong side of first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. Some of the disputes with the East Wing have escalated to the president, the seven people familiar with the clashes said.
“There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly’s office,” one White House official said. “Promotions were denied then finally granted after months of requests,” the official said.
New York’s progressive mayor is pumped about Amazon-NYCHA “synergy”
The next guest star in the Trump-Russia drama: mysterious professor Joseph Mifsud
A lawyer closely associated with Joseph Mifsud claims that the Maltese professor, who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails to Donald Trump’s campaign, is willing to testify to the US Senate.
Mifsud disappeared after he was identified as the unnamed professor alleged by FBI investigators in court documents unsealed in October 2017 to have told Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails, months before the Democrats themselves were aware that their computer system had been hacked.
He has not been seen in public since November that year. His former girlfriend in Ukraine says he disappeared, prosecutors in Italy investigating a decade-old case couldn’t locate him, and US investigators have complained they weren’t able to interrogate the professor thoroughly when he was last in the US in February 2017. Democratic National Committee lawyers even suggested he may be dead.
The self-driving revolution might be sexier than imagined
Self-driving cars will change the way we travel and work. But according to researchers studying the potential implications of autonomous vehicles (AVs), they could also have a profound impact on another aspect of life: How we have sex.
One recent study concluded that nearly 60% of all Americans have had sex in a car. This time-worn tradition may only increase when you consider that self-driving cars are essentially private rooms on wheels. It’s an insight that comes from a new paper published in the Annals of Tourism Research, which reviewed many studies on both cities and autonomous vehicles to identify burgeoning trends.
WSJ: Trump will fire Nielsen, may replace Kelly with Pence’s chief of staff
The first domino in the latest shake-up is likely to be the removal of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who is a close ally of Mr. Kelly, White House officials said. The president has decided to replace Ms. Nielsen, but hasn’t finalized the timing, White House officials said, in part because there isn’t an obvious candidate to replace her, officials said. Changes are also being contemplated for the National Security Council.
Mr. Trump has told aides that he is aware that forcing out Ms. Nielsen may result in Mr. Kelly quitting, administration officials said. Mr. Trump has told these aides that he is resigned to the possibility of Mr. Kelly leaving, and that he probably will replace Mr. Kelly with Nick Ayers, who is currently chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
Federal judge’s ruling may swing close congressional election
The Resistance comes to Washington
An unmistakable trend in the wrong direction
Maine congressman launches what seems like a long shot 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
Justice Ginsburg will not be on the Bench this morning for the non-argument session. She continues to improve and is working from home this morning.
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.”
Fox News’s Twitter account has gone on strike
Fox News continued its Twitter boycott for a fourth day on Monday in an apparent attempt to protest how the social media platform handled tweets surrounding a recent rally against Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Both the network’s main Twitter account as well as the accounts of some of its hosts remained silent Monday. However, other hosts and show accounts continued to tweet.
Fox News last tweeted on Thursday, and a number of accounts associated with the network stopped tweeting Thursday or Friday as well. The company hasn’t released any official statement over its Twitter absence, and a spokesperson declined to comment.
Multiple outlets reported over the weekend that the Twitter break was to protest the social media company’s slow response to requests to delete tweets that contained Carlson’s home address. Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Who could have predicted the Swift Boat/birther guy would lie?
Dems’ initial (doomed) priority in the House: voting reform
Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.
Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.
Trump’s trade war may be about to escalate
The White House is circulating a draft report by the U.S. Commerce Department over whether to impose tariffs on automobile imports to protect national security, three people familiar with the matter said.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with senior members of his trade team on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed on the potential tariffs, two of the people said. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, they didn’t give any insight into Commerce’s conclusions.
On a day when U.S. stocks were broadly lower, shares of General Motors Co. declined and Ford Motor Co. trimmed an advance following news of the auto-tariff report.