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GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings  Score picks, bold predictions and fantasy tips for every Week 3 NFL game

GOP lawmaker says 'out-of-the-box strategy' could give Trump an 'advantage' in impeachment hearings Rep. Matt Gaetz said it would play to the “president’s advantage” to have his top administration officials testify in the upcoming impeachment hearings. 


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Pensacola Attack Probed for Terrorism Link. Saudi Suspect Clashed With Instructor. Belichick cuts presser short after AB questions

Pensacola Attack Probed for Terrorism Link. Saudi Suspect Clashed With Instructor.The investigation into the fatal shooting last week at a Navy training center in Florida was officially characterized as a terrorism inquiry Sunday as new details emerged about the Saudi air force trainee who killed three sailors on the base where he was a visiting student.As the FBI continued to conduct interviews with everyone at the Pensacola Naval Air Station who may have had contact with the gunman, identified as 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, a new report emerged that the Saudi trainee filed a formal complaint earlier this year against one of his instructors, who left him "infuriated" in class by tagging him with a derogatory nickname.The complaint, quoted in a communication circulated among people connected to the flight training, said that the instructor referred to Alshamrani as "Porn Stash" in front of about 10 other aviation students, embarrassing and angering him."I was infuriated as to why he would say that in front of the class," the Saudi trainee wrote in his complaint, as quoted in the summary. The document was reviewed by The New York Times and authenticated by a person who spoke with Alshamrani shortly after the incident.The FBI declined to comment on the April incident, and the special agent in charge of the agency's Jacksonville office, Rachel Rojas, said Sunday that investigators are still searching for a motive for the Friday morning attack. There has been nothing to suggest that the classroom incident had any connection to the shooting, which did not occur until more than seven months later.Yet little is known of Alshamrani's life in Florida during his months as a trainee, and the incident in April appears to have been upsetting enough that two American students in the class helped him file his complaint, according to the person who spoke with him about it.Alshamrani reported that the confrontation came at the end of a meteorology class, when the instructor, James Day, asked whether students had any questions before he dismissed them.The instructor then turned to Alshamrani and asked whether he had any questions, addressing him as "Porn Stash" -- spelled that way in the complaint -- in an apparent reference to the mustache of a porn actor."Laughing, he continued to ask, 'What? Have you not seen a porn star before?'" the lieutenant wrote in his complaint, according to the summary. "After I did not respond, he just let go of the subject."Brian Busey, president of the company that employs Day, Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, declined to discuss details of the classroom incident but said the company had dealt with the matter in April. He said the company was cooperating with the FBI's investigation into the shooting."Appropriate personnel action was taken regarding the incident in question, corrective action was taken, the matter was closed back in April, and we have no further comment," Busey said.Day also declined, through Busey, to comment. Officials at the Navy base referred questions to the FBI, which also did not comment."We are unable to confirm this type of information due to the active and ongoing investigation," Amanda Warford Videll, a spokeswoman for the bureau's Jacksonville office, said in a statement.Separately, FBI officials said they are continuing to conduct interviews with anyone who may have had contact with the gunman, who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy at the scene of the attack. They said they are operating on the assumption that he acted alone, but are continuing to investigate whether he may have had help.More details have emerged about the gunman's actions in the days leading up to the shooting.The night before the attack, Alshamrani showed videos of mass shootings at a dinner party, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation.Days earlier, he and three other Saudi military trainees were in New York City, visiting several museums and Rockefeller Center. There has been no indication that the trip was more than a sightseeing tour.Still, several dozen FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives have been working to learn everything they can about the visit, which lasted for about four days, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Agents and detectives have been tracing their movements through credit cards, surveillance video and other means, the person said.It was not clear whether the April classroom incident will play any role in the investigation.According to the communication describing the encounter, Alshamrani was visibly upset and reported what happened to managers of CAE USA, which provides instruction to civil and military aviation students. (Delaware Resource Group is a subcontractor to CAE.) The American student who helped the lieutenant draft the complaint was one of two who accompanied him when he went to file it, according to the person who spoke with the Saudi trainee about the complaint.The CAE managers offered to have the instructor apologize, but Alshamrani turned that offer down and instead spoke to the naval office that oversees international students, the person said.Several government employees thought that disciplinary action should be taken against Day, but he continued to instruct students, the person said. About a week after the incident in April, Alshamrani was paired with Day for simulated flight training, according to a schedule reviewed by The Times. He again complained to CAE managers, and the session was canceled and rescheduled with a different instructor, the person said.As part of a terrorism investigation, federal authorities will also be attempting to determine whether there was a political or ideological motive behind the shooting.The SITE Intelligence Group has flagged a Twitter account that it believes is connected to the gunman, with a posting shortly before the attack that was critical of the U.S.' support for Israel and the "invasion" of other countries by U.S. troops. The statement, which quoted Osama bin Laden, accused the United States of "committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity."Alshamrani began training with the U.S. military in August 2017 and was scheduled to complete the training in August 2020, Pentagon officials said. He initially attended language school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He spent breaks back home in Saudi Arabia. When he returned to the United States in February, friends and colleagues noticed that he had become more religious, according to a person briefed on the investigation.The White House said Sunday that President Donald Trump had spoken with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who "reiterated Saudi Arabia's commitment to working with the United States to prevent a horrific attack like the Pensacola shooting from ever happening again."Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on "Fox News Sunday" that the Pentagon would review screening procedures for foreigners on U.S. military bases but would maintain the training programs."The ability to bring foreign students here to train with us, to understand American culture, is very important to us," he said. "We have something that our potential adversaries, such as Russia and China, don't have."Esper confirmed that several friends of the gunman were detained during the military's investigation of the shooting and said that of those who were detained, "some one or two were filming" the shooting."I'm not trying to pass a judgment on this," Esper said. "Today, people pull out their phones and film everything and anything that happens."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


Patriots coach Bill Belichick's patience ran thin. He walked off after fielding seven questions about Antonio Brown's off-the-field issues. "I'm good," he said. "Thank you."
Passenger stung by scorpion which fell out of her trousers during United Airlines flight Sources: Yanks' German won't pitch again in '19

Passenger stung by scorpion which fell out of her trousers during United Airlines flightA woman was stung by a scorpion which climbed up her trouser leg during a United Airlines flight.The passenger was attacked by the eight-legged arachnid while travelling from San Francisco to Atlanta.


Right-hander Domingo German will miss both the rest of the regular season and the postseason following his placement on administrative leave, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
New Zealand launches investigation into deadly volcanic eruption Flame out: NFL field pyrotechnics get brief ban

New Zealand launches investigation into deadly volcanic eruptionNew Zealand police launched an investigation on Tuesday after a volcanic eruption on an island popular with tourists killed five people, injured more than 30 and left eight people missing, who are presumed dead. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said reconnaissance flights showed no signs of life on White Island, as eyewitnesses detailed the horrific burns suffered by those caught up in Monday's eruption. "The scale of this tragedy is devastating," Ardern said in parliament.


The NFL has placed a temporary ban on all flame effects and pyrotechnics used on its playing fields as it investigates a fire at the Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium in Week 2.
That impeachment hearing protester was actually an InfoWars reporter and Pizzagate conspiracy theorist DC floats Lamar-Mahomes as next Peyton-Brady

That impeachment hearing protester was actually an InfoWars reporter and Pizzagate conspiracy theoristIt took a few weeks, but the impeachment hearings finally saw their first protester.House Judiciary Committee Chair Jarrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) had just gaveled a hearing on the findings of the Intelligence Committee's impeachment investigation into order when a protester silenced his opening statement. "Jerry Nadler and the Democrat party are committing treason in this country," the protester alleged, going on to claim that "Trump is innocent!" as he was pulled out of the room.> NEW: Pro-Trump protester disrupts impeachment hearing, is escorted out by Capitol Police: pic.twitter.com/vuEFv7BVHB> > — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 9, 2019The protester's shouts to Nadler about how "Americans are sick of your impeachment scam!" was especially ironic given that he turned out to be Owen Shroyer, a known conspiracy theorist. Shroyer works for the right-wing program InfoWars, and is known for pushing the Pizzagate conspiracy that led a man to open fire in a Washington, D.C. pizzeria because he thought it was the center of a child sex ring run by associates of Hillary Clinton — a very false allegation that one might call a "scam."More stories from theweek.com Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Jerry Falwell Jr.'s false gospel of memes


Ravens defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale is looking forward to Sunday's showdown between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, saying it could be sports' next great rivalry, a la Tom Brady and Peyton Manning or Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.


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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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