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Boris Johnson’s Party Loses Parliamentary Majority As MP Defects Right In Front Of Him

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LONDON — Phillip Lee has defected from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats, crossing the floor in the House of Commons as Boris Johnson addressed members of parliament.

The defection of the MP for Bracknell means the government no longer has a working majority.

Lee is the fourth MP to defect to Jo Swinson’s party in the last few months and takes their total to 15.

Speaking in the Commons, Johnson told Lee he wished him “all the best” after watching him sit down with the Lib Dems.

In a statement, the former Tory minister — who supports a second referendum over Brexit — accused Johnson of “feeding division and populism” and of using “political manipulation, bullying and lies.”

“This Conservative government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways,” he said.

“It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the United Kingdom.”

It comes ahead of the showdown vote in the Commons on Tuesday evening when opposition at Tory rebels will attempt to seize control of the parliamentary agenda to block a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

Johnson has dramatically raised the stakes by signalling he will ask for a snap general election if the government is defeated.

In a sign of the bitter divisions within the Conservative ranks, former chancellor Philip Hammond accused Downing Street of “rank hypocrisy” and warned of the “fight of a lifetime” if officials attempt to prevent him from standing at the next general election as a Conservative candidate.

Dominic Grieve, who served as attorney general in David Cameron’s government, said threats to withdraw the whip from any Tories voting against the government demonstrated Johnson’s “ruthlessness” in power.

Ex-education secretary Justine Greening and former Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt have both said they will quit at the next election.

This story has been updated.

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Trump defends golf during Hurricane Dorian preparations in attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan

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President Donald Trump says he’s spoken with the governors of Florida and Georgia ahead of the expected landfall of a potentially devastating Hurricane Dorian this weekend. (August 30) AP

WASHINGTON – Mocked by the mayor of London for playing golf amid hurricane preparations this past weekend, President Donald Trump said Monday he played “very fast” and told the mayor to mind his own business.

“The incompetent Mayor of London, Sadique Kahn, was bothered that I played a very fast round of golf yesterday,” Trump tweeted, misspelling the first name of his nemesis. In a follow-up post, Trump said: “He is a terrible mayor who should stay out of our business!”

Renewing his frequent battle with Trump, Mayor Sadiq Khan noted that Trump canceled a trip to Poland to monitor preparations for Hurricane Dorian as it menaced the East Coast of the United States.

“He’s clearly busy dealing with a hurricane out on the golf course,” Khan told Politico.

In his counter-attack, Trump said Khan should worry about “knife crime” in London, which he said is totally “out of control.” Trump also threw in another barb at his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.

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“Many Pols exercise for hours, or travel for weeks,” Trump tweeted. “Me, I run through one of my courses (very inexpensive). President Obama would fly to Hawaii.”

Previously, Trump and Khan have clashed over the president’s Muslim travel ban and his state visit to the United Kingdom.

The Poland trip that Trump canceled was designed to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II. While saying he needed to monitor the hurricane’s movements, Trump also visited his golf course in Virginia on both Saturday and Monday.

Trump did not mention other attacks Khan made on him in the Politico interview. The London mayor, who did attend the World War II commemoration in Poland, also said Trump has all but encouraged racists to air their fringe views.

“These people have been inspired by mainstream politicians who subscribe to their point of view,” Khan said, and Trump “is a guy who amplifies racist tweets; amplifies the tweets of fascists; says things that are deeply objectionable. If I don’t stand up and call that out I think I’m doing a disservice to Londoners who chose me as their mayor.”

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Abaco Islands, at a Remove From the Bahamas’ Resorts, Feel Dorian’s Wrath

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While the Bahamas is often associated with all-inclusive resorts, cruise ships and turquoise waters, its islands enduring the worst of Hurricane Dorian are a patchwork of smaller coastal settlements that Caribbean scholars say belies the idyllic tourism industry that much of the commonwealth’s economy thrives on.

The islands are populated, though sparsely, by fishermen and manual laborers, as well as migrants from Haiti, who have firsthand experience with natural disasters, including hurricanes and a devastating earthquake in 2010.

The deadly storm Dorian made landfall on Monday on the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas and then stalled over the more well-known island of Grand Bahama, which includes Freeport, the second-largest city in the commonwealth.

Thousands of homes were believed to have been damaged or destroyed on the Abaco Islands, where at least five deaths had been reported, Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis said. The United States Coast Guard was conducting rescues, a spokesman said Monday.

“People do feel like with lesser storms, they have been able to ride it out in the past in the Abaco Islands,” said Amelia Moore, an assistant professor of marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island whose research has focused on the Bahamas.

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Ms. Moore, who traveled to the Bahamas during her Fulbright scholarship, said she was concerned because of the magnitude of Dorian.

“It’s a level of storm that people have never really experienced before,” she said of Dorian, which was a Category 5 storm when it hit the Abaco Islands. It was downgraded on Monday to a Category 4.

It has been two decades since a Category 4 hurricane barreled into the northernmost islands in the Bahamas, said Steve Dodge, the author of “Abaco: The History of an Out Island and Its Cays.” A professor emeritus at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., he said that earlier storm destroyed his home.

“The last really big one was Hurricane Floyd almost 20 years ago,” Mr. Dodge said of that storm.

He has been visiting the Abaco Islands, part of what are known as the Out Islands of the Bahamas, since the early 1970s, when he started teaching a winter-term course there on nautical history and sailing. The islands are home to about 17,000 people.

“There’s a lot of tourism in Abaco,” he said. “It’s changed a lot. It’s grown a lot.”

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The Abaco Islands are made up of two islands, 82 cays and 208 rocks, Mr. Dodge said.

The earliest inhabitants of the islands were the Tainos, part of an indigenous group known as the Lucayans that Mr. Dodge said had sought refuge from disease and capture by the Spanish and Christopher Columbus. After the American Revolution, British loyalists from New York resettled on the islands.

Grand Bahama is home to resorts popular with Americans, drawing tourists with cabanas, infinity pools and family-friendly attractions. Children can feed dolphins. Adrenaline seekers can dive with sharks.

While the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club manages a resort on Abaco with a golf course, Mr. Dodge said the Abaco Islands are laid back. He recalled once attending a birthday party for a retired banker from the United States, where wealthy Americans mingled with fisherman from Hope Town, the largest settlement on Elbow Cay, part of the islands.

“You don’t find that kind of thing very often in the United States, and everyone talked to everyone else,” Mr. Dodge said.

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Hurricane Dorian spurs Florida authorities to warn against looting, 2 arrested for allegedly stealing sandbags

As Hurricane Dorian churns “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast and hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State face evacuation orders, authorities are warning they’re out in “full force” to deter potential criminal activity.

As of Tuesday morning, there already were three looting-related arrests in Florida, including one involving two men who allegedly were caught stealing sandbags from a construction site.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that the two men–identified as Thaylon A, Lewis, 43, and Joseph Colombo Jr., 45–were charged with theft during a declared state of emergency. Colombo was also charged for an injunction violation for possessing a firearm.

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“A Volusia Sheriff’s sergeant was driving southbound on Tomoka Farms Road in Daytona Beach just before 5 p.m. Monday when he noticed a red Chevrolet pickup with one man loading sandbags into it and another acting as a lookout,” the sheriff’s office stated. “The site was at the Tomoka Farms Road/Interstate 4 overpass.”

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Thaylon A. Lewis and Joseph Colombo Jr. were arrested after allegedly stealing sandbags from a construction site. (Volusia County Jail)

More than 100,000 free sandbags have been distributed in Volusia County in recent days in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, not including those distributed by many cities in Volusia County, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Sheriff Mike Chitwood has issued several warnings that enhanced penalties are in effect during the state of emergency declared in advance of the storm, and will be pursued against anyone caught committing crimes during this period,” the sheriff’s office said.

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In the seaside town of Daytona Beach Shores, officials said a man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly tried to break into more than a dozen hotel rooms and condos ahead of Dorian’s arrival.

The Daytona Beach Shores police department said on Facebook that 32-year-old Jeremy Crouter was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

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Jeremy Crouter was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, burglary and possession of methamphetamine. (Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety)

Crouter was caught by a security officer at the Hawaiian Inn jiggling the handles of the rooms, trying to get inside, FOX35 reported.

The 32-year-old then resisted arrest during the incident that was captured on body camera video. He is now at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety had a stern warning to anyone else who may partake in any criminal activity during the state of emergency.

“Daytona Beach Shores officers are out in FULL FORCE. We are in a State of Emergency and under mandatory evacuation. ! DO NOT COME HERE TO LOOT,” the department said. “WE ARE NOT PLAYING WITH YOU!”

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In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Major Eric Flowers with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said that officers were out patrolling “all night long” on evacuated barrier islands.

“If someone thinks they are going to commit a crime during this state of emergency, they are wrong,” Flowers said. “We will take them to jail and they will spend the entire storm in our jail.”

Flowers added that the judicial system is currently enforcing no bond for those types of crimes during the state of emergency.

“We’re definitely going to continue to enforce the law here,” he added.

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Huawei Says, Without Evidence, That U.S. Pressured Its Employees

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BEIJING — The Chinese technology giant Huawei said on Tuesday, without providing evidence, that the United States government had pressured the company’s employees to turn against it and had used cyberattacks to infiltrate the firm’s computer systems in recent months.

The company, which makes smartphones and equipment for telecommunications networks, has been the focus of an intense legal and political campaign by the Trump administration, which says Huawei products could be used by the Chinese government for spying or sabotage.

But in a news release on Tuesday about an unrelated allegation of patent infringement, Huawei said that the United States had recently expanded its offensive against the company.

In the past several months, the company said, American authorities had masqueraded as Huawei workers to “establish legal pretense for unfounded accusations against the company,” although it did not say what the accusations were.

The Huawei statement also said that F.B.I. agents had visited Huawei employees at their homes and had pressed them to collect information about the company, and that the United States had targeted the firm’s internal systems with cyberattacks.

A company spokesman declined to elaborate on the accusations, which appeared as bullet points at the end of the news release.

Huawei has long denied that its gear is a security threat, but American officials have pressured allied governments to bar cellular carriers from using the company’s equipment to build new networks. The United States arranged for the arrest last year of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and has filed criminal charges against the company related to technology theft and violations of sanctions against Iran.

This year, the Commerce Department added the company to an export blacklist, restricting its ability to use American-made parts and technology, including Qualcomm microchips and Google smartphone software.

The department said last month, however, that Huawei would be allowed to continue working with American suppliers through November, a move meant to give rural telecom providers in the United States more time to replace the Huawei equipment in their networks.

The F.B.I. declined to comment on the Huawei accusations. But in the past, the United States has used secret cyberoperations to fish out information about the company.

Years before the Trump administration took on Huawei, the National Security Agency began a covert program against the firm, and by 2010, the agency had pried its way into Huawei servers in China, The New York Times reported in 2014.

The N.S.A. monitored top executives’ communications and obtained information about the workings of the company’s technology, The Times reported, citing agency documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, a former agency contractor.

The main purpose of Huawei’s news release on Tuesday was to rebut allegations, reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal, that the company had stolen technology from Rui Oliveira, whom The Journal described as a Portuguese multimedia producer.

Huawei said in its statement that Mr. Oliveira had met with company representatives in 2014 to pitch his design for a smartphone camera. After deciding not to use the design, Huawei released an independently developed camera in 2017, the company said.

Then, last year, Mr. Oliveira accused Huawei of infringing on his patents in the United States, and threatened to air his claims in the news media unless the company paid him, Huawei said in the statement. The company filed a complaint against Mr. Oliveira in March, asking an American court to declare that it had not violated Mr. Oliveira’s patents.

The Journal reported last week that American officials were looking into the matter. Mr. Oliveira could not be reached for comment.

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Chinese man kills 8 children in attack on first day of school: police

A man — who recently served time for attempted murder — allegedly killed eight children and injured two others who were attending their first day of school in China, police said.

The 40-year-old man, only identified by the surname Yu, was taken into custody late Monday after he supposedly attacked the kids at an elementary school in Chaoyangpo village of Enshi city in Hubei province.

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It was not immediately clear how the children were attacked.

The man was released from Hubei prison last June after serving a sentence for attempted murder, according to local media. A possible motive was also not immediately clear.

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Students at an elementary school in Beijing were also attacked earlier this year. (AFP/Greg Baker)

The attack is the latest in a string of similar incidents.

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In January, 20 children were injured after a man attacked them inside an elementary school in Beijing — and in June 2018, two children were stabbed to death by a man outside an elementary school in Shanghai.

In April of last year, nine were killed and more than a dozen injured outside a middle school in northwestern Shaanxi province by an attacker who allegedly was a former pupil seeking revenge for having been bullied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin Announces He Won’t Run For Governor

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will not run for governor of West Virginia, a spokesperson announced Tuesday.

Manchin previously held the governorship from 2005 to 2010.

In a written statement, Manchin said he can better wield his influence from the Senate than from the governor’s mansion.

“The Senate, as envisioned by our Founders, is the greatest deliberative body in the world,” he said. “And, when it is at its best, Senators can transform the lives of people across America for the better.”

He said continuing in his role as senator will allow him to position West Virginia for success “for the rest of the century.”

The senator, a known centrist who has earned the ire of progressive Democrats by siding with Republicans in confirming conservative Cabinet officials and Supreme Court justices during the Trump administration, had recently suggested he might be interested in returning to his role as governor.

“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor,” Manchin told The Hill in June.

He added that he has not been happy since arriving in the Senate in 2010, and said he wants to “make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive.”

In addition to the gubernatorial race, West Virginia is scheduled to hold an election in 2020 for the seat of the state’s Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito.

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin Announces He Won’t Run For Governor

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will not run for governor of West Virginia, a spokesperson announced Tuesday.

Manchin previously held the governorship from 2005 to 2010.

In a written statement, Manchin said he can better wield his influence from the Senate than from the governor’s mansion.

“The Senate, as envisioned by our Founders, is the greatest deliberative body in the world,” he said. “And, when it is at its best, Senators can transform the lives of people across America for the better.”

He said continuing in his role as senator will allow him to position West Virginia for success “for the rest of the century.”

The senator, a known centrist who has earned the ire of progressive Democrats by siding with Republicans in confirming conservative Cabinet officials and Supreme Court justices during the Trump administration, had recently suggested he might be interested in returning to his role as governor.

“I have people back home that want me to come back and run for governor,” Manchin told The Hill in June.

He added that he has not been happy since arriving in the Senate in 2010, and said he wants to “make sure whatever time I have left in public service is productive.”

In addition to the gubernatorial race, West Virginia is scheduled to hold an election in 2020 for the seat of the state’s Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito.

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Joe Manchin to stay in Senate, will not run for West Virginia governor

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., announced Tuesday that he will stay in the Senate, opting not to challenge Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.

Manchin was recently re-elected to another six-year term in the Senate. He previously served as governor from 2005 to 2010.

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“I have always said that ‘public service is not self-service.’ So, when considering whether to run for Governor, I couldn’t focus just on which job I enjoyed the most, but on where I could be the most effective for the Mountain State,” Manchin said in a statement, ending speculation about his future political plans.

“Ultimately, I believe my role as U.S. Senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century.”

Justice, who first ran as a Democrat and was endorsed by Manchin, is already facing multiple primary challengers amid criticism for not spending enough time in the state’s capital and for allegedly being a “part-time” governor.

Manchin has called out Justice for this in the past, saying Justice “just won’t work.” His statement Tuesday may have included a subtle critique as well.

“Those who know me know how much I loved being the Governor of West Virginia. I worked the daylights out of that job. I couldn’t wait to wake up in the Governor’s Mansion in the morning, and I didn’t want to go to bed at night, because there was always more that I could do for our state. And that is what it takes to be an effective Governor: relentless effort,” he said.

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A recent poll has Justice leading his primary opponents, former Commerce Department Secretary Woody Thrasher and former Berkeley County delegate Mike Folk. That same poll, however, indicated that if Manchin ran, 49 percent would choose him, compared with 39 percent for Justice and 12 percent undecided.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Manchin Won’t Run for West Virginia Governor; Will Stay in Senate

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WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III announced Tuesday that he will not run for governor in his home state of West Virginia, ending speculation about the future of one of the Senate’s few moderate Democrats.

“Those who know me know how much I loved being the governor of West Virginia,” Mr. Manchin said in a statement. “I worked the daylights out of that job. I couldn’t wait to wake up in the Governor’s Mansion in the morning, and I didn’t want to go to bed at night, because there was always more that I could do for our state.”

But he said he could not make a decision based on what job he liked most, but rather on where he could be most useful. “Ultimately, I believe my role as U.S. senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century,” he said, by working on issues like jobs, energy and the environment.

Mr. Manchin, who served as governor from 2001 to 2005, has made no secret of his dislike for the Senate. At the outset of 2018, he was flirting with retirement, and had repeatedly expressed his frustration to Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, telling him at one point, “this place sucks.” He has long said he preferred being governor.

Mr. Manchin has also been extremely critical of Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia, a Trump-like Republican who ran as a Democrat but later switched parties at Mr. Trump’s urging. Last year, Mr. Justice fired Mr. Manchin’s wife, Gayle, from her position as West Virginia Secretary for Education and the Arts.

The decision announced Tuesday was so last minute that Mr. Manchin’s communications director, Jonathan Kott, said he wrote up two statements — and so secretive that Mr. Kott did not know before the announcement which one Mr. Manchin would use.

Mr. Manchin is a rare breed in the Senate: a moderate Democrat, the only one outside of Senator Doug Jones of Alabama. When he won re-election in 2018, he was the sole survivor of a trio of incumbent moderates who were running that year. Two others — Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — lost their races.

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