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Democrats Preparing To Investigate Trump Over Links To Hush Money Payments: Report

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Congressional Democrats plan to open an inquiry into claims that President Donald Trump was involved in hush money payments to two women during the 2016 election, according to a report Monday evening in The Washington Post.

The outlet, citing people familiar with the plans, notes that the House Judiciary Committee may soon hold hearings with witnesses linked to the payments as early as October when lawmakers are back from their summer recess. The probe would focus on payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women claim they had affairs with the president before he was elected, but were paid off in 2016 by people linked to the Trump campaign so their stories wouldn’t damage his bid for the White House.

The White House did not immediately reply to HuffPost’s request for comment on the reports. Jay Sekulow, the president’s personal attorney, told the Post that Trump did not engage in any “campaign violations.”

The payment to Daniels was arranged by Trump’s longtime attorney and former fixer, Michael Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year sentence for campaign finance charges and other crimes. During his trial, Cohen testified that Trump ordered him to pay $130,000 in hush money to Daniels. He later told Congress that he was reimbursed by Trump after he was elected to office, showing lawmakers two copies of checks that Cohen received, including one signed by the president himself.

Cohen also helped broker a deal between McDougal and the parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., to pay her off as part of a “catch and kill” effort.

Trump has denied the affairs took place and distanced himself from the payments, at times saying he didn’t even know about them. His attorney, Rudy Giuliani, later said he reimbursed Cohen but “didn’t know the specifics” of the payments.

However, Cohen told prosecutors during his trial that he had blind loyalty to the president at the time and was being sentenced because of it, noting that he was “going to jail in part because of my decision to help Mr. Trump hide that payment from the American people before they voted a few days later.”

A judge said in July that the federal investigation into Cohen and any potential campaign finance violations was closed. But the Post notes Democrats believe there is enough evidence to begin their own probe and potentially name the president himself as a co-conspirator in the crimes that resulted in Cohen’s sentence. Any potential wrongdoing would only further Democratic efforts to bring articles of impeachment against Trump and build on what special counsel Robert Mueller said were five instances of potential obstruction of justice during the investigation into the 2016 election.

Should lawmakers open their own inquiry, they may consider speaking with AMI chief executive David Pecker, a longtime friend of the president, the Post reported.

More than 130 House Democrats have called for an impeachment inquiry, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has continued to resist such calls. Last month, Pelosi said once again that the public didn’t yet support impeachment, saying that Congress’ role was to be “unifying and not dividing.”

“If and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice,” the speaker told fellow lawmakers several weeks ago, per a report by the Associated Press.

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the church organist.

It is difficult to find anyone in the city of 28,000 who is not happy, even euphoric, that a Chinese company plans to invest more than $2 billion to build a battery plant in an open field on the outskirts of town.

The project, by Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., better known as CATL, is believed to be the biggest example yet of a Chinese company’s choosing to build a factory from the ground up in the European Union, rather than buy an existing business.

Perhaps no place better illuminates Europe’s ambivalence toward Chinese investment, which could be summed up as: Fear the power, love the money.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_159553887_cacdad52-cf74-4bad-bcbe-b1247caadcff-articleLarge With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry Thuringia (Germany) Foreign Investments Erfurt (Germany) Electric and Hybrid Vehicles China Batteries

The church in Arnstadt where Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

There was an outcry in 2016 when a Chinese company bought Kuka, a German maker of industrial robots, and alarm early last year when a Chinese investor bought nearly 10 percent of Daimler, the German auto giant. The acquisitions inspired new laws giving European Union members more power to scrutinize foreign investment.

But when CATL announced last summer that it had chosen an industrial zone in Arnstadt known as Erfurter Kreuz for the factory, which will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars, leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel jostled to take credit.

Germany’s conflicted view of China will be on display this week when Ms. Merkel arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping.

Ms. Merkel, who will bring along a delegation of business leaders, must walk a fine line between protecting German investments in China and appearing to tolerate Chinese repression in Hong Kong.

Proponents argue that the CATL project represents a new, more benign phase in China’s emergence as an economic superpower. Instead of acquiring European technology or gobbling up an iconic brand like Volvo, a Chinese company is bringing its own cutting-edge know-how.

And instead of destroying industrial jobs in Europe with cheap labor, German officials say, a Chinese firm is creating 2,000. That argument is especially compelling as recession looms and the German job market is showing the first signs of weakness.

“What we are doing is exactly the opposite of Kuka,” said Wolfgang Tiefensee, economics minister in Thuringia, the state that includes Arnstadt.

CATL purchased a former solar cell factory in Arnstadt, and will build an additional plant. It will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Mr. Tiefensee was so intent on luring CATL that, soon after hearing in 2017 that the company was looking for a site in Europe, he jumped on a flight to visit its headquarters in Ningde, a coastal city in Fujian Province, for a personal pitch.

“We are enabling the transfer of battery technology from China to Europe,” Mr. Tiefensee, a former German transportation minister, said in an interview at his office in Erfurt, the state capital. “It’s a completely new form of cooperation.”

Some analysts warn that China is pursuing a darker agenda, that CATL is part of a state-sponsored drive to dominate a strategically important technology. Batteries can account for about half the cost of an electric car. As electric vehicles become increasingly common, whoever commands the battery business will rule the auto industry.

“As China’s E.V. battery manufacturers expand abroad, manufacturers in free-market economies are up against Chinese state-backed competitors,” Anna Holzmann, an analyst of China’s industrial policies, wrote in a report last year for the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.

Founded less than a decade ago, CATL has quickly become a serious challenger to Tesla, Panasonic, LG Electronics and other makers of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. The Arnstadt project is part of an expansion plan that could make CATL the largest producer within a few years.

“My job is to improve the city,” Mayor Frank Spilling said. “The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Leaders in Arnstadt say geopolitical concerns are above their pay grade. They are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, which will help build kindergartens and public swimming pools, and to a chance to be at the center of an important industry.

The mayor, Frank Spilling, said he was well aware of China’s attempts to expand its influence worldwide and of accusations of human-rights violations.

“It’s not my job to talk about that,” Mr. Spilling said on a day when the police in Hong Kong were battling pro-democracy protesters. “My job is to improve the city. The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”

His view is echoed across the political spectrum. “There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council. “Everyone is welcoming it.”

There are murmurs of frustration by Mr. Kobel and others that CATL has provided Arnstadt officials with only bare-bones information about its plans, even as the scope of the project grows at a head-spinning rate.

Initially, the company planned to invest 240 million euros in the factory, but as orders have rolled in, that investment has grown to €1.8 billion, or $2 billion, according to local news reports that CATL has not disputed. Production is expected to start next year.

“There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times
“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who is married to Mr. Kobel and was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”

A CATL spokeswoman declined to answer questions about why the company had chosen Arnstadt, or about anything else, saying the company would disclose more at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this month.

No doubt one lure was the location near the crossroads of two major highways about 10 miles from Erfurt. CATL can easily supply companies, like BMW, that have factories in the region and are already placing orders.

Putting the factory in Arnstadt may also have been a savvy political move.

After World War II, Arnstadt wound up on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, and many people still have bitter memories of the wrenching transition to a free-market economy after German reunification in 1990. Thousands of people were idled when the town’s main employer, the chemical industry, shut down. The unemployment rate rose to almost 27 percent.

The jobless rate has since fallen below 5 percent after companies like BorgWarner, an American auto parts maker, built factories in the same industrial zone that CATL will occupy.

But many new jobs were on temporary contracts that offered little job security. Residents are eager for any investment that will give the local economy a more solid foundation and perhaps draw back the young people who migrated west in search of better opportunity after 1990.

Leaders in Arnstadt are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, and looking past the geopolitical concerns that typically follow large Chinese investments.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“People are very happy that a firm is establishing itself here that will provide jobs for their children and grandchildren,” said Martina Lang, director of the local government employment agency.

The far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, a barometer of citizen fears and resentments, won 17 percent of the vote in City Council elections in May. But AfD representatives say they have no quarrel with Chinese bearing checkbooks.

“What bothers us are so-called refugees,” Rüdiger Schmitt, the mayor of the nearby village of Eischleben, said before veering into a tirade against immigrants from Syria who, in his telling, get free driver’s education while Germans have to pay hundreds of euros to qualify for licenses.

Hans-Joachim König, another AfD activist, said he was worried that lithium-ion batteries would be supplanted by another technology, rendering the factory obsolete. But at the AfD’s storefront office in Arnstadt, Mr. Schmitt and Mr. König said they had no plans to try to block the factory.

So far there is not much to block. The large fenced-in area for the factory is vacant except for a few construction vehicles and a long trench where on a recent day a handful of workers were laying cable.

Construction has started on an additional site where CATL will do most of its battery production.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

A few CATL executives, both Asian and European, have been spotted at the Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt, a brewery and hotel that advertises that it is the birthplace of Weizenbier, or wheat beer. (It is not the only place to make that claim.) But municipal officials say they have had only sporadic contact with CATL representatives.

CATL has also taken over a large glass-and-steel complex near the construction site that was once used to manufacture solar cells. The previous occupant, SolarWorld, went out of business in part because of low-cost competition from China.

There was little sign of life at the complex recently. Weeds sprouted between paving stones in a parking lot with a handful of cars. When a New York Times reporter and photographer appeared unannounced, Constance Ulbrich, a CATL employee, was cordial but said she was not authorized to answer questions or allow photos.

CATL has been so low-key, said Eberhardt Pfeiffer, a retired newspaper reporter who writes a blog about Arnstadt, that most local people have not really grasped the magnitude of the project or considered the implications.

“From my point of view,” Mr. Pfeiffer said over coffee at a cafe in the town square, which has changed little since Bach’s time, “it’s not perceived as much as it should be.”

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London Mayor Mocks Trump For ‘Dealing’ With Hurricane Dorian While Golfing

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan took a swipe at Donald Trump for apparently playing golf despite claiming he would be monitoring the devastating Hurricane Dorian.

“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan noted sarcastically in an interview Sunday with Politico.

The two men have clashed since 2016, when Trump first floated the idea of banning Muslims from entering the U.S. (Khan is Muslim). The mayor called the U.S. president the “global poster boy for white nationalism” in an Observer article, and Trump has called him a “stone-cold loser.”

Trump canceled his planned trip to Poland at the last minute on Thursday to be ready to direct the federal response to Hurricane Dorian, he said. But he spent hours at one of his golf courses on Saturday — and again on Monday.

The president gave the impression when he left the White House on Friday for Labor Day weekend that he would be hunkered down at Camp David for the duration of the hurricane. But reporters caught Trump flying back and forth by helicopter from the presidential retreat in Maryland to his links at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. The president arrived at the Virginia course at 10:10 on Monday morning and left at 2:15, according to press pool reports.

The White House has been cagey about Trump’s exact use of his time over the holiday weekend. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham insisted that Trump received Dorian updates “every hour.”

As his motorcade left the golf club, chanting protesters outside waved signs saying “Impeach,” “Jail Trump,” “Stop the Donald” and “rat-infested Trump family reunion,” according to a pool report.

Critics have suggested Trump is more worried about Hurricane Dorian as it approaches Florida because it could threaten his Mar-a-Lago property. He repeatedly grilled officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at a briefing on Sunday about the predicted storm path in Florida, where his resort is located.

That’s when Trump also said he didn’t know if he had “ever even heard of a Category 5 hurricane,” which Dorian was at the time. Yet hurricanes Irma, Maria and Michael were all Category 5 hurricanes that occurred during his presidency.

Hurricane Dorian might not have been Trump’s only consideration in skipping the Poland trip to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. Polish President Andrzej Duda criticized foreign leaders at a ceremony on Sunday for being too soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of Moscow’s aggression in Georgia and Ukraine. He indicated that Russia’s “imperialism” smacked of the Nazis’ land grabs.

Trump clashed with world leaders at the G-7 summit last week as he battled to have Russia reinstated as a member of the group of major industrial nations.

Duda spoke out against the idea of a G-7 rapprochement with Russia on Monday, Agence France Presse reported. 

“Should we have a business-as-usual approach toward Russia? … I believe that we cannot under the current circumstances,” Duda told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to Poland in Trump’s stead.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that while Trump was on the links in Virginia, Pence traveled to Trump’s course in Ireland.

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Hong Kong’s Lam says she’d quit if she could: report

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Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, on Monday said she would “quit” if she could and said she caused “unforgivable havoc,” Reuters reported, citing an audio recording presented to a group of businesspeople.

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Hong Kong has been in the grips of a political crisis after Lam’s government proposed a law that would allow suspected criminals to be extradited to Chinese courts.

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She admitted that the person in her position has to serve “two masters,” The people of Hong Kong and Beijing. She was heard in the recording saying, “For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong  Kong is unforgivable.”

Lam, 62, has a reputation as an efficient and pragmatic administrator. But she was unpopular with Hong Kongers even before she took office because she was seen as a proxy for Beijing who was out of touch with ordinary people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry

ARNSTADT, Germany — Officials in Brussels or Berlin may fret about China’s growing sway over the European economy, about the ports under its control and the high-tech firms that Chinese firms have acquired. But that is not a concern one hears in Arnstadt, a Baroque-era German hamlet where, long ago, Johann Sebastian Bach was the church organist.

It is difficult to find anyone in the city of 28,000 who is not happy, even euphoric, that a Chinese company plans to invest more than $2 billion to build a battery plant in an open field on the outskirts of town.

The project, by Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., better known as CATL, is believed to be the biggest example yet of a Chinese company’s choosing to build a factory from the ground up in the European Union, rather than buy an existing business.

Perhaps no place better illuminates Europe’s ambivalence toward Chinese investment, which could be summed up as: Fear the power, love the money.

ImageWestlake Legal Group merlin_159553887_cacdad52-cf74-4bad-bcbe-b1247caadcff-articleLarge With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry Thuringia (Germany) Foreign Investments Erfurt (Germany) Electric and Hybrid Vehicles China Batteries

The church in Arnstadt where Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

There was an outcry in 2016 when a Chinese company bought Kuka, a German maker of industrial robots, and alarm early last year when a Chinese investor bought nearly 10 percent of Daimler, the German auto giant. The acquisitions inspired new laws giving European Union members more power to scrutinize foreign investment.

But when CATL announced last summer that it had chosen an industrial zone in Arnstadt known as Erfurter Kreuz for the factory, which will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars, leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel jostled to take credit.

Germany’s conflicted view of China will be on display this week when Ms. Merkel arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping.

Ms. Merkel, who will bring along a delegation of business leaders, must walk a fine line between protecting German investments in China and appearing to tolerate Chinese repression in Hong Kong.

Proponents argue that the CATL project represents a new, more benign phase in China’s emergence as an economic superpower. Instead of acquiring European technology or gobbling up an iconic brand like Volvo, a Chinese company is bringing its own cutting-edge know-how.

And instead of destroying industrial jobs in Europe with cheap labor, German officials say, a Chinese firm is creating 2,000. That argument is especially compelling as recession looms and the German job market is showing the first signs of weakness.

“What we are doing is exactly the opposite of Kuka,” said Wolfgang Tiefensee, economics minister in Thuringia, the state that includes Arnstadt.

CATL purchased a former solar cell factory in Arnstadt, and will build an additional plant. It will supply companies like Volvo and BMW with batteries for electric cars.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Mr. Tiefensee was so intent on luring CATL that, soon after hearing in 2017 that the company was looking for a site in Europe, he jumped on a flight to visit its headquarters in Ningde, a coastal city in Fujian Province, for a personal pitch.

“We are enabling the transfer of battery technology from China to Europe,” Mr. Tiefensee, a former German transportation minister, said in an interview at his office in Erfurt, the state capital. “It’s a completely new form of cooperation.”

Some analysts warn that China is pursuing a darker agenda, that CATL is part of a state-sponsored drive to dominate a strategically important technology. Batteries can account for about half the cost of an electric car. As electric vehicles become increasingly common, whoever commands the battery business will rule the auto industry.

“As China’s E.V. battery manufacturers expand abroad, manufacturers in free-market economies are up against Chinese state-backed competitors,” Anna Holzmann, an analyst of China’s industrial policies, wrote in a report last year for the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin.

Founded less than a decade ago, CATL has quickly become a serious challenger to Tesla, Panasonic, LG Electronics and other makers of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. The Arnstadt project is part of an expansion plan that could make CATL the largest producer within a few years.

“My job is to improve the city,” Mayor Frank Spilling said. “The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

Leaders in Arnstadt say geopolitical concerns are above their pay grade. They are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, which will help build kindergartens and public swimming pools, and to a chance to be at the center of an important industry.

The mayor, Frank Spilling, said he was well aware of China’s attempts to expand its influence worldwide and of accusations of human-rights violations.

“It’s not my job to talk about that,” Mr. Spilling said on a day when the police in Hong Kong were battling pro-democracy protesters. “My job is to improve the city. The rest is at a different level. Even if I was critical, I doubt anyone would care.”

His view is echoed across the political spectrum. “There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council. “Everyone is welcoming it.”

There are murmurs of frustration by Mr. Kobel and others that CATL has provided Arnstadt officials with only bare-bones information about its plans, even as the scope of the project grows at a head-spinning rate.

Initially, the company planned to invest 240 million euros in the factory, but as orders have rolled in, that investment has grown to €1.8 billion, or $2 billion, according to local news reports that CATL has not disputed. Production is expected to start next year.

“There is no resistance” to the project, said Jan Kobel, a photographer and hotel owner who represents the Green Party in the Arnstadt City Council.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times
“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“It’s coming so quickly,” said Judith Rüber, who is married to Mr. Kobel and was formerly the leader of the Left Party in Arnstadt. “It will be interesting to see whether we can manage to integrate it into the community.”

A CATL spokeswoman declined to answer questions about why the company had chosen Arnstadt, or about anything else, saying the company would disclose more at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this month.

No doubt one lure was the location near the crossroads of two major highways about 10 miles from Erfurt. CATL can easily supply companies, like BMW, that have factories in the region and are already placing orders.

Putting the factory in Arnstadt may also have been a savvy political move.

After World War II, Arnstadt wound up on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, and many people still have bitter memories of the wrenching transition to a free-market economy after German reunification in 1990. Thousands of people were idled when the town’s main employer, the chemical industry, shut down. The unemployment rate rose to almost 27 percent.

The jobless rate has since fallen below 5 percent after companies like BorgWarner, an American auto parts maker, built factories in the same industrial zone that CATL will occupy.

But many new jobs were on temporary contracts that offered little job security. Residents are eager for any investment that will give the local economy a more solid foundation and perhaps draw back the young people who migrated west in search of better opportunity after 1990.

Leaders in Arnstadt are looking forward to the tax revenue that CATL will generate, and looking past the geopolitical concerns that typically follow large Chinese investments.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

“People are very happy that a firm is establishing itself here that will provide jobs for their children and grandchildren,” said Martina Lang, director of the local government employment agency.

The far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, a barometer of citizen fears and resentments, won 17 percent of the vote in City Council elections in May. But AfD representatives say they have no quarrel with Chinese bearing checkbooks.

“What bothers us are so-called refugees,” Rüdiger Schmitt, the mayor of the nearby village of Eischleben, said before veering into a tirade against immigrants from Syria who, in his telling, get free driver’s education while Germans have to pay hundreds of euros to qualify for licenses.

Hans-Joachim König, another AfD activist, said he was worried that lithium-ion batteries would be supplanted by another technology, rendering the factory obsolete. But at the AfD’s storefront office in Arnstadt, Mr. Schmitt and Mr. König said they had no plans to try to block the factory.

So far there is not much to block. The large fenced-in area for the factory is vacant except for a few construction vehicles and a long trench where on a recent day a handful of workers were laying cable.

Construction has started on an additional site where CATL will do most of its battery production.CreditKsenia Kuleshova for The New York Times

A few CATL executives, both Asian and European, have been spotted at the Stadtbrauerei Arnstadt, a brewery and hotel that advertises that it is the birthplace of Weizenbier, or wheat beer. (It is not the only place to make that claim.) But municipal officials say they have had only sporadic contact with CATL representatives.

CATL has also taken over a large glass-and-steel complex near the construction site that was once used to manufacture solar cells. The previous occupant, SolarWorld, went out of business in part because of low-cost competition from China.

There was little sign of life at the complex recently. Weeds sprouted between paving stones in a parking lot with a handful of cars. When a New York Times reporter and photographer appeared unannounced, Constance Ulbrich, a CATL employee, was cordial but said she was not authorized to answer questions or allow photos.

CATL has been so low-key, said Eberhardt Pfeiffer, a retired newspaper reporter who writes a blog about Arnstadt, that most local people have not really grasped the magnitude of the project or considered the implications.

“From my point of view,” Mr. Pfeiffer said over coffee at a cafe in the town square, which has changed little since Bach’s time, “it’s not perceived as much as it should be.”

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Palestinian student, 17, who’d been blocked from entering US, arrives at Harvard

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Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student living in Lebanon, who was said to have been blocked from entering the U.S. because of his friends’ social media posts, arrived at Harvard University Monday to start his college journey Tuesday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“The last ten days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST,” a statement from his family said. AMIDEAST is a nonprofit organization that awarded Ajjawi a scholarship providing legal assistance.

His family continued, “We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail’s privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work.”

Akkawi, who has big plans to study medicine this fall, was refused entry into the U.S. after he landed 10 days ago at Logan International Airport in Boston. The freshman said the denial had to do with politically oriented social media posts by his friends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said that the decision to cancel Ajjawi’s visa was based on information discovered during an inspection, but did not specify what that information was.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of so many individuals and officials in Lebanon, Washington, Massachusetts and at Harvard that have made it possible for our son Ismail Ajjawi to begin his studies at Harvard with his class,” his family’s statement added.

His family has lived in a camp for Palestinian refugees in the southern Lebanon port city of Tyre.

As a teenager, Ajjawi made headlines in Lebanon for being a top scorer on primary and secondary school exams. “I want to become a doctor because there are a lot of things in medicine that have not been discovered yet,” he told a station in Lebanon earlier this year.

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Searches of electronic devices and social media at border points were conducted under previous administrations, but free speech groups complain they have been stepped up since President Trump took office in 2017.

The Trump administration says the enhanced searches have been critical to prevent extremists from entering the country.

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Country star Dierks Bentley cited for fishing without a license

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An embarrassed country music star Dierks Bentley tweeted a video on Labor Day showing the singer getting cited by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer for fishing without a license.

“Hey Luke, those fish we caught in the Cottonwood Creek this week here in Buena Vista, we should probably getting a fishing license next time because I just got pulled over,” Bentley said in a Twitter video that tagged fellow country music superstars Luke Bryan and Hardy.

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Bentley, who was in Colorado and headlined Sunday’s Seven Peaks Festival, had posted a picture on Instagram with a fish and a message directed toward Bryan boasting he had caught more fish than him.

@lukebryan only caught one and this is my third in 30 mins,” Bentley wrote, with the Instagram post garnering attention from Colarado Parks and Wildlife.

“You’re next,” Bentley warned Bryan jokingly before the officer writing the ticket in the Twitter video said, “Hi, Luke.”

Bryan headlined Saturday’s festival lineup.

The “Drunk On A Plane” singer seemed to enjoy being ticketed noting in his tweet that he appreciated being treated like a “regular person” and pledging to get a license next time.

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“Actually appreciate the ticket. Appreciate being treated like a regular person. Appreciate what @COParksWildlife does. I’ll be all licensed up next time!” Bentley’s tweet read.

Colorado Parks and Wildife responded to Bentley’s video by name-dropping one of his hit songs: “What Was I Thinkin.'”

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'Thank God we are alive': Bahamas native details surviving ferocious Hurricane Dorian

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Spring City, a small town in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, was flattened by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1 and 2, 2019. Video courtesy of Brandisha Adderley, Fort Myers News-Press

Note to readers: Brandisha Adderley, 29, lives in the town of Spring City in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. She and her two-year-old daughter, Mei-Lin, and other members of her family survived Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which flattened their home and town Sunday and Monday.

She participated in an exclusive interview with the USA TODAY Network – Florida answering questions via text messages on her phone. She was interviewed late Monday afternoon as the storm continued to bash the Bahamas. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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I live in the Spring City community. I live in a home with my grandmother, Monica Adderley. We had to vacate the home in the midst of the storm as it collapsed around us.

When we lost our home we made it over to our neighbor, who is also a relative. Their home was compromised with the exception of one room. We all gathered there for part of the storm.

The worst part was having to physically get into the storm not knowing what to expect, especially with my two year old daughter.

Thank God for our defense force. They came and rescued us and we were taken to a library that’s under construction for shelter.

There is no food.

No water.

There is no way out of our community.

Everything is wet and destroyed.

‘Historic’ Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas: At least 5 dead, estimated 13,000 homes destroyed

I didn’t think I was going to make it once I realized we had to face the storm on the outside. Many things could have happened. But thank God we are alive.

We have no idea where we will stay or go once the weather leaves. No idea. There have been deaths on the island.

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Still winds and rain. Major flooding. Not a dry place to lay.

Can you please give us an update on the weather? We are still experiencing winds and rain and have no clue as to where Dorian is or what’s going on.

I hope we can get help soon.

Follow Mark H. Bickel on Twitter: @markbickel9

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'Thank God we are alive': Bahamas native details surviving ferocious Hurricane Dorian

CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close 'Thank God we are alive': Bahamas native details surviving ferocious Hurricane Dorian

Spring City, a small town in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, was flattened by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1 and 2, 2019. Video courtesy of Brandisha Adderley, Fort Myers News-Press

Note to readers: Brandisha Adderley, 29, lives in the town of Spring City in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. She and her two-year-old daughter, Mei-Lin, and other members of her family survived Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which flattened their home and town Sunday and Monday.

She participated in an exclusive interview with the USA TODAY Network – Florida answering questions via text messages on her phone. She was interviewed late Monday afternoon as the storm continued to bash the Bahamas. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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I live in the Spring City community. I live in a home with my grandmother, Monica Adderley. We had to vacate the home in the midst of the storm as it collapsed around us.

When we lost our home we made it over to our neighbor, who is also a relative. Their home was compromised with the exception of one room. We all gathered there for part of the storm.

The worst part was having to physically get into the storm not knowing what to expect, especially with my two year old daughter.

Thank God for our defense force. They came and rescued us and we were taken to a library that’s under construction for shelter.

There is no food.

No water.

There is no way out of our community.

Everything is wet and destroyed.

‘Historic’ Hurricane Dorian batters the Bahamas: At least 5 dead, estimated 13,000 homes destroyed

I didn’t think I was going to make it once I realized we had to face the storm on the outside. Many things could have happened. But thank God we are alive.

We have no idea where we will stay or go once the weather leaves. No idea. There have been deaths on the island.

Autoplay

Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

Still winds and rain. Major flooding. Not a dry place to lay.

Can you please give us an update on the weather? We are still experiencing winds and rain and have no clue as to where Dorian is or what’s going on.

I hope we can get help soon.

Follow Mark H. Bickel on Twitter: @markbickel9

Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/02/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-resident-details-surviving-storms-wrath/2194191001/

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Texas Governor Shocked Shooter Got Rifle In State With Spotty Background Checks

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