McConnell Hits Back At Bannon: ‘Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home’

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda. “You have to nominate people who can actually win. Winners make policy and losers go home,” McConnell ...

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Thousands Are Fleeing Puerto Rico. Some Don’t Know If They’ll Ever Return

0SHARESShare Deborah Drahus Capo knew she’d have to leave Puerto Rico the moment she emerged from the bathroom where she had holed up throughout Hurricane Maria last month. For eight hours straight, the San Juan-based attorney had listened to the wind “howling like a monster,” waiting for the windows in her apartment to break. When the storm subsided, the streets ...

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Trump says his predecessors didn’t call the families of fallen service members.

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON ― Facing heat for not publicly commenting on the deadly ambush of four U.S. soldiers in Niger on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump tried Monday to convince reporters that he is actually more caring and compassionate to the troops than any of his predecessors were.  In an afternoon press conference, Trump said that over the weekend, he wrote ...

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Trump’s Latest Health Care Move Will Cause Pain, But Not For The Poor

0SHARESShare President Donald Trump ’s decision to halt a series of payments to health insurers could eventually affect millions of Americans who buy coverage through one of the Affordable Care Act ’s exchanges or on their own, directly from insurers. But for now, at least, the decision is likely to affect one group in particular. And it’s not the group ...

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Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) – Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California’s celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state’s deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home. At least 41 people have been confirmed dead in the week of fires. With 88 people still unaccounted for in Sonoma County alone, ...

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Florida governor declares emergency before white nationalist's speech

0SHARESShare (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader later this week at the University of Florida, in order to free up resources to prepare for possible violence. Rallies by neo-Nazis and white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August led to violent street clashes with counter-protesters. ...

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U.S. strike on Islamic State camps in Yemen kills dozens: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces killed dozens of Islamic State members in a strike on Monday on two training camps in Yemen, the Pentagon said. The camps in al-Bayda province were being used to train new fighters using AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, the Pentagon said in a statement. Islamic State has used ungoverned areas in Yemen to ...

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Spain High Court jails two Catalan separatist leaders pending investigation

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spain moved closer on Monday to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s High Court signaled a hardening line by jailing the leaders of two of the largest separatist organizations. In the first imprisonment of senior secessionist figures since Catalonia’s Oct. 1 independence referendum, the court ordered the heads of the Catalan ...

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Venezuela vote dispute escalates foreign sanctions threat

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition cried foul on Monday over the ruling socialists’ win in gubernatorial elections, raising the threat of more foreign sanctions following the vote in what the United States called “an authoritarian dictatorship.” President Nicolas Maduro’s candidates took 17 governorships, versus five for the opposition, in Sunday’s nationwide poll, according to the pro-government electoral board. The socialists’ ...

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Japanese PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni shrine for war dead

0SHARESShare TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, seen in China and the two Koreas as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, to mark its annual autumn festival, the shrine said on Tuesday. Abe was expected to refrain from visiting the shrine during the festival, which will last ...

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