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Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

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>(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan’s office said.

>Earlier Saturday, the New York Times published an article saying Meehan, 62, used thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual misconduct claim from a former female aide who accused of making unwanted romantic overtures.

>Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement.

>Reports by the Times and other news media did not further specify how much public money was spent.

>Meehan, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, denied allegations of inappropriate behavior brought against him by a employee, his spokesman, John Elizandro, said in a statement on Saturday.

>The employee’s accusations were investigated, Elizandro said, without giving further details.

>However, Strong said, “though Mr. Meehan has denied the allegations, they must be fully and immediately investigated by the House Ethics Committee.”

>Meehan requested that the congressional attorneys handling the case ask the complainant’s counsel to release all parties from their confidentiality requirements to ensure a full and open airing of all the facts, Elizandro said.

>Meehan also sits on the Ways and Means committee, the House’s main tax-writing panel.

>The allegations were the latest in a lengthy series of accusations by women and men who say they were victimized by high-powered men in entertainment, the news media and government, including producer Harvey Weinstein and “Today” show host Matt Lauer.
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Historian Who Correctly Predicted Every Presidential Win Since Reagan Believes

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Trump Will Be Impeached

>Allan Lichtman, an American University history professor, has correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since President Ronald Reagan was elected in 1984. Yes, he even predicted President Donald Trump's win in 2016.

>Now, he's doubling down on another prediction: Trump will be impeached following the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

>"I think Mueller — and this is my prediction — is going to come up with findings that are going to shock the country, not only involve conspiracy with Russia but could involve serious financial crimes,” Lichtman said on MSNBC's MorningJoe.

>Lichtman also believes the Russia investigation could turn out to be worse than many expect for the president.

>"[T]aking things of value from foreign nationals is a crime, aiding and abetting illegal computer hacking is a crime, negotiating as a private citizen with a hostile foreign power with which there is disputes is a crime. If this is serious enough—and I’ve taken a lot of flak for that—I think there even could be charges of treason," Lichtman said. "After all, Russia was waging war against us—not a war with bombs and bullets, but a cyber attack, an online attack designed to destroy democracy."

>This is to say nothing of possible obstruction of justice charges. “There’s as strong a case of obstruction of justice as there was against Bill Clinton on a vastly more important matter than a blue dress,” Lichtman observed.

>The historian expects that Republicans will be forced to act by a furious public after Mueller's findings are released.

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What's up with that?

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By 2050 many prior Winter Games locations may be too warm to ever host the Games again

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Google & Apple shuttle buses in San Francisco targeted by pellet gun attacks: windows smashed

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>Shuttle buses carrying Apple and Google employees were apparently vandalized Tuesday while traveling to and from the South Bay, officials said. No injuries were reported.

>Five buses driving in the northbound and southbound directions of Interstate 280 between Highway 84 and Highway 85 were damaged during the Tuesday morning and evening commute, said California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel.

>Four buses were chartered by Apple and one by Google, the officer said. The Apple campus is located off I-280 in Cupertino. Google headquarters is in Mountain View off Highway 101.

>According to Montiel, several bus windows were damaged and cracked, possibly by pellet guns, BB guns or rocks.

>"The outside pane was broken, but it didn't shatter the window," he said.

>There is no indication these were targeted incidents, Montiel said, because the buses are not labeled with their companies or destinations.

>Apple and Google did not immediately respond to SFGATE's requests for comment.

>News site Mashable obtained a copy of an internal email sent to Apple employees following the Tuesday incidents.

>"Due to recent incidents of broken windows along the commute route, specifically on highway 280, we're re-routing coaches for the time being," the email said.

>"This change in routes could mean an additional 30-45 minutes of commute time in each direction for some riders"

>Even if the unmarked buses were to reroute, Montiel said, "we all know what these buses look like."

>"If anyone was trying to target the buses, they could identify them on other freeways," he said.
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Trump Tower: Dictators’ Home Away From Home

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>Are you a dictator looking to kick back and relax between exiles? Trump Tower has you covered.


>Trump Tower may not be a safe space for the undocumented immigrants President Trump plans to deport. But it’s provided cozy shelter for supporters of some of the world’s nastiest regimes—including one of the most brutal dictators of the last half-century.

>And while the mogul-turned-aspiring-holder-of-nuclear-codes has promised to be tough on freedom’s foes, he isn’t above selling them a sturdy roof and warm bed at night.

>First off, there’s Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the now-deceased former dictator of Haiti who snagged a condo in New York City’s Trump Tower worth upward of $2.5 million. Duvalier was not a particularly nice person. For instance, he sold dead Haitians’ body parts to finance his fancy lifestyle (seriously!). Human Rights Watch’s dossier on Duvalier is as lengthy as it is gut-churning—incarceration of political foes in the horrific “Triangle of Death” prisons, lots of torture, and, naturally, disappearances and executions of dissenters.
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Camille Parmesan: ‘Trump’s extremism on climate change has brought people together’

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>Camille Parmesan, a biologist at the universities of Texas and Plymouth, is one of the world’s most influential climate change scientists, having shown how butterflies and other species are affected by it across all continents. She is one of 18 US scientists moving to France to take up President Macron’s invitation of refuge after Donald Trump’s decision to cut science funding and withdraw the US from the 2015 Paris agreement.

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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

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>(Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

>The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the election.

>The IRA is a Russian organization that according to lawmakers and researchers, employs hundreds of people to push pro-Kremlin content under phony social media accounts.

>Twitter added that because it has already suspended these accounts, the relevant content is no longer publicly available on its platform.

>Twitter executives on Wednesday told U.S. lawmakers that it may notify the users about the Russian propaganda.

>The company in September said it had suspended about 200 Russian-linked accounts, and followed it by suspending adverts from media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik in October.

>The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee on Friday praised Twitter’s move and urged technology companies to keep looking into abuse of their platforms by Russia during the 2016 elections.

>“The Committee’s open hearing last November with Twitter, Facebook and Google revealed the extent to which the Russians exploited vulnerabilities inherent in the openness of our society and social media platforms, and it is vital these companies are transparent with users who were likely exposed to Kremlin propaganda and disinformation,” Representative Adam Schiff said in a statement.
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New fleet of visitor buses unveiled at Stonehenge

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Transport to the Mishkan below Heel Stone improved.
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>‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn offers $100k bounty for Trump’s accurate weight
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