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Ingraham: Democrats ‘done with democracy’

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Laura Ingraham declared that Democrats are done with democracy Monday, saying that the party has decided they can’t trust democracy to deliver them the presidency in 2020.

“I’ve come to the sad conclusion that Democrats, they’re basically done with democracy at least when it delivers results they don’t like,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

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Ingraham said she believes that Democrats are not confident they can win in 2020 and are undermining the system, citing former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton calling President Trump’s presidency “illegitimate” this Sunday on CBS News.

“Well, in 2016 remember nearly 63 million Americans turned out for Trump and he beat Hillary by 74 electoral votes. The left cannot take that risk again,” Ingraham said. “They’re not so confident.”

A new Quinnipiac University poll indicates American voters are evenly split —  47 percent to 47 percent — on whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office over the Ukraine controversy.

Ingraham believes Democrats want to use impeachment to “smear” Trump.

“Even if they can’t actually remove him from office with a Senate conviction they want an impeachment vote by year’s end to smear him,” Ingraham said.

The host argued that Democrats are angry with not only Trump but America itself.

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“Now they are not just angry, the Democrats, with Trump or his policies. Many of them are angry with America,” Ingraham said. “They don’t care if impeachment is bad for the country if it’s going to hurt our economy or even the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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China Flexes Muscles In Parade Marking 70 Years Of Communist Rule

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Troops prepare for the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday in Beijing.

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Near Beijing’s center, along Chang’an Avenue or the Avenue of Eternal Peace, more than 100,000 performers and soldiers readied for mass military parade that would unveil China’s newest fighting technology, including a hypersonic missile and stealth fighter jets.

At promptly 10 a.m., the parade began with 70 rounds of cannon fire.

The event was the culmination of celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party’s 70th year in power. Much of it was dedicated to showcasing military hardware; 160 aircraft flew overhead, while more than 600 tanks, missiles and other weapons systems slowly rolled past carefully selected onlookers throughout the morning.

“There is no force that can shape the foundation of this great nation and no force that can stop the Chinese people and the Chinese nation from getting ahead,” Xi Jinping, China’s top leader and party chairman, said in an opening speech. He framed the parade as a moment of triumph over the “humiliation” of foreign imperialism beginning with the Opium Wars of the mid-19th century.

Tuesday’s celebrations were first and foremost a projection of military might, now technologically advanced enough to counter the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2015, Xi has consolidated his direct control over China’s now 2 million person-strong People’s Liberation Army (PLA). An ambitious modernization effort trimmed the force by 300,000 and restructured its command system from seven to five zones. That allowed the PLA to streamline operations – and laid the foundations for Xi to purge three top generals in the following years.

Among the military hardware shown to the public for the first time: 16 of the long-anticipated Dongfeng-41, China’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile, which is capable of reaching the United States with nuclear warheads. Onlookers were also given the first glimpse of the Dongfeng-17, a medium-range missile that can travel at hypersonic speeds with the aim of breaking through U.S. anti-missile shields.

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Military vehicles equipped with the latest DF-41 ballistic missile roll by during the parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing on Tuesday.

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Military analysts had closely monitored satellite images of Chinese military facilities and nearby traffic for signs of the missile being readied for display.

The pomp and circumstance of Beijing’s celebrations were in stark contrast to another day of mass protests planned in the city of Hong Kong against Beijing’s influence and for democratic reforms.

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Protestors attempted to disrupt a flag-raising ceremony commemorating the anniversary earlier Tuesday morning, but the ceremony’s participants continued by watching from inside an adjacent convention center. Several of Hong Kong’s busiest metro stops were closed in anticipation of another day of mass protests, now in their 17th week. A march planned for the afternoon did not get permission from Hong Kong police, but protestors say they will convene anyway.

Xi’s brief opening speech Tuesday included strong language reiterating Beijing’s control over Hong Kong and the nearby island of Taiwan: “We will maintain long term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau, advance peaceful development of cross strait relations, unite the whole country and continue to strive forward with complete unification of our country.”

Hong Kong’s embattled Chief Executive Carrie Lam was in Beijing as a guest of honor at the parade, seated overlooking Tiananmen Square in the second row of the box reserved for officials.

Beijing’s parade was also an important show of party unity. Xi appeared flanked by the six other members of the powerful Communist Politburo standing committee.

He was also accompanied by his predecessors — Hu Jintao and 93-year-old Jiang Zemin, whose death has been frequently rumored. Jiang was very much alive, albeit held up by two assistants.

Amy Cheng contributed reporting from Beijing.

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Bill Maher: Liberals protect people, the PC Twitter mob only ‘protect feelings’

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Bill Maher railed against the so-called Twitter mob in an interview published Monday, saying that millennial cancel culture silences those who don’t speak to “one true opinion” and the politically correct only “protect feelings.”

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In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, Maher explained that, “We live in an age where people want to cancel other people and disappear them” instead of listening to someone who holds another point of view. He blamed the Baby Boomers for raising the next generation of millennials who with the advent of Twitter rally against “anything that upsets their tender sensibilities.”

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“I was woke before some of these people were born. I grew up in a household with two liberal parents who were ahead of their time. My father and mother told me about civil rights. I knew what the right thing was. The difference is that liberals protect people, and P.C. people protect feelings. They don’t do anything,” he said in an interview titled “Bill Maher on the perils of political correctness.”

Maher admitted he’s strummed up his own controversies both early on in his career in his stand-up comic days and more recently. He pointed out with the new age of social media anyone can post a video online and unleash the millennial mob against them.

“The politically correct people are not concerned about social justice. They care about putting scalps on the wall,” Maher continued. “I don’t see a lot of desire for people to talk to each other, to accept that, ‘O.K., this person doesn’t agree with me on a lot of stuff, but I don’t have to think he’s a monster.’ We want to beat our chests and vanquish the other side. Compromise seems like a dead concept.”

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He also claimed that society has evolved when it comes to talking about a variety of issues, including terrorism, Islamophobia, the LGBTQ community, women and race. But now “we’re not getting to the truth, because we’re too sensitive.”

“Are we at this place where we can’t admit that we’ve ever had bad thoughts and gotten over them and become a better person? You can’t judge today by yesterday. We evolve.”

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Towering Arch Bridge In Taiwan Collapses Into Water, Crushing Boats Below

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A towering arch bridge over a bay in eastern Taiwan collapsed Tuesday, sending an oil tanker truck falling onto boats in the water below. The search for potential victims involved an air force helicopter and more than 60 army and naval personnel, including divers.

Six people are believed trapped on one of the boats, the National Fire Agency said in a statement. Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told reporters about five people were feared to have been on the bridge when it collapsed. Ten people were sent to hospitals, six of them with serious injuries.

Fishing vessels were helping to search for the missing, Hsu told Formosa TV. 

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Rescuers work near the site of a collapsed bridge in Nanfangao, eastern Taiwan. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. 

The bridge collapsed about 9:30 a.m. in Nanfangao, a tiny but often-crowded Pacific coast fishing village.

The weather at the time of the collapse was sunny, hours after a typhoon swept across parts of the island. Disaster relief officials would not say if the storm had weakened the bridge or give other details on the potential cause. Government-run Central News Agency said a bridge pier may have collapsed.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said she hoped all government departments would do everything possible to save people and “keep the number of deaths and injuries as low as possible,” CNA reported.

National Fire Agency spokesperson Su Hong-wei said the tanker’s fall smashed three boats.

Typhoon Mitag had brought high winds and heavy rain to northern Taiwan on Monday night before moving northeast. Flights and ferry services had been canceled Monday.

The 140-meter-long (460-feet) Nanfangao Bridge is a tourist attraction in Yilan. It was opened in 1998 and was built to replace a lower bridge that prevented large fishing vessels from passing underneath.

According to the company that designed the 18-meter-high (nearly 60 feet) high bridge, MAA Consultants, it’s the only single-span arch bridge in Taiwan supported by cables and the second single arch-cable steel bridge in the world.

Video footage on Twitter showed a large truck almost getting across the bridge and then tumbling backward as the bridge collapsed into the water.

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Hillary Clinton blasts Pompeo, Giuliani over Ukraine fallout on ‘The Late Show’

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Hillary Clinton blasted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Monday night during an appearance on “The Late Show” over their reported involvement in Trump’s controversial call with the leader of Ukraine.

While promoting her new book alongside her daughter Chelsea Clinton, the former secretary of state was asked what she thought about the recent Wall Street Journal report that claimed Pompeo was listening in on the call that prompted a whistleblower complaint and a subsequent formal impeachment inquiry.

“How many times when you were secretary of state did you have to say to Obama, ‘You can’t extort foreign countries to get dirt on your political enemies?’” host Stephen Colbert asked Clinton, who responded with a loud chuckle.

“Yeah, that never happened,” she said. “The secretary of state’s job is to make sure he knows, number one, what the president is going to say on those calls.”

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“Because you’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to anybody and doesn’t follow instructions whatsoever, I’m not sure they haven’t just given up on trying to give him any sort of preparation,” she added.

“I think if the secretary of state was on the call as is now being reported, he should have been one of the very first people to say, ‘Wait a minute, we’ve got to clean this up. You can’t let that stand.’ But we don’t know what he did.”

Clinton also slammed “Republican defenders” of Trump who argue the accusations made against him are “hearsay.”

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“It was an admission from the White House! I mean, the transcript of the phone call was put out by the White House. And the whistleblower has a depth of understanding that needs to be taken seriously about what happened,” she said.

Colbert also asked the former Democratic presidential nominee on her thoughts about Trump “sending Rudy Giuliani out to handle foreign policy,” referring to reports that Giuliani sought damaging information on Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden from Ukraine officials.

Clinton said “That would be a big problem” if it had happened under President Obama.

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“Presidents often use—as do secretaries of state—they might use an envoy or a special adviser to deliver a message,” she said. “But again, it is supposed to be carefully thought through. And from what we’ve seen on television, carefully thinking through is not one of Rudy’s strong points.”

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Tourist falls near Old Faithful Geyser, suffers severe thermal burns

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A tourist visiting Yellowstone National Park on Sunday suffered severe thermal burns after he tripped into a hot spring near Old Faithful Geyser, according to local reports.

Cade Edmond Siemers, 48,  a U.S. citizen who lives in India, told rangers he was walking without a flashlight at the time of the fall, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. He managed to get back to his hotel room and was eventually flown to the burn center at an Idaho hospital. He was listed in critical condition.

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Park rangers said they detected “evidence” of alcohol use back in the hotel room.

Yellowstone was established as the world’s first national park back in 1872, according to NPS.gov.

The park has about 500 geysers. Park rangers are able to predict the eruption of six of them, including Old Faithful that has only lengthened the time between eruptions by about 30 minutes in the last 30 years. Four million people travel there each year.

The hospital told the Idaho Statesman that Siemers was in intensive care.

In 2016, Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Ore., left the boardwalk section near the geyser and fell into a high-temperature, acidic spring. Recovery efforts were called off after rangers determined there were no remains left in the hot spring.

The death occurred in one of the hottest and most volatile areas of Yellowstone, where boiling water flows just beneath a thin rock crust.

Water temperatures there can reach 199 degrees, the boiling point for water at the park’s high elevation.

At least 22 people are known to have died from hot spring-related injuries in and around Yellowstone since 1890, park officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Hillary Clinton, Democrats ‘infuriating’ in their efforts to ‘cast doubt on legitimacy of President Trump,’ Lisa Boothe says

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It is Democrats, not President Trump, who are threatening American institutions and the electoral process, according to Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe.

Boothe rejected new remarks about the current president from Hillary Clinton, in an interview Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Speaking with CBS News, Clinton referred to Trump as a “corrupt human tornado” and said the New York Republican inherently knows he is an “illegitimate” president.

“He knows that there were a bunch of different reasons that the election turned out the way it did,” Clinton said.

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Boothe ripped Clinton’s remarks both there and in a 2016 tweet, in which the former secretary of state wrote, “Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that he’s threatening our democracy.”

“What I find infuriating about what she said there — Democrats are the ones who are threatening our democracy by casting doubt on the legitimacy of President Trump,” she said.

“They are the ones who are undermining our faith in institutions, particularly the electoral process.”

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Host Tucker Carlson agreed, remarking that Clinton appears to be “trapped in emotional amber” from Election Day 2016.

“Every day is November 8,” he said.

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In addition, Boothe said Democrats are eroding democratic norms through lawmakers who boycotted Trump’s 2017 inauguration and, “lied about the Russian collusion narrative.”

Clinton, who ran against Trump in 2016, added that she supports the House of Representatives’ newly launched impeachment inquiry.

“My view is that, given the latest revelation, which is such a blatant effort to use his presidential position to advance his personal and political interests, there should be an impeachment inquiry opened,” Clinton told CBS News. “And I think, sadly, there are a number of grounds. But this one is incredibly troubling.”

She was referring to the dust-up over a July call between Trump and his counterpart in Ukraine, in which he asked for an inquiry into onetime Vice President Joe Biden, Biden’s son Hunter, and their dealings there.

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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U.S. House Impeachment Probe Intensifies As Trump Rages About Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump intensified on Monday, as Trump raged about the inquiry and news reports suggested he had used additional diplomatic channels togo after his adversaries.

Three House committees said a subpoena for documents had been sent to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The former New York mayor had said on television he asked the government of Ukraine to “target” former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Trump in the 2020 election.

Giuliani said in a tweet the subpoena raised legal issues including attorney-client privilege. “It will be given appropriate consideration,” he added.

The Democratic-led House initiated an impeachment inquiry against Trump last week after a whistleblower report raised concerns that Trump tried to leverage nearly $400 million in U.S. aid in exchange for investigating Biden from Ukraine’s leader in July.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which the matter was discussed, the Wall Street Journal reported, something likely to draw the attention of House investigators.

The New York Times reported that Trump had sought the help of another world leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, with a U.S. Justice Department probe into the origins of what became Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In a recent telephone call, Trump asked Morrison to assistAttorney General William Barr with the probe, which Trump hopes will discredit Mueller’s now-closed investigation, the Times reported.

“The Democrats clearly don’t want the truth to come out anymore as it might hurt them politically, but this call relates to a DOJ inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in response to the Times story.

An Australian government spokesperson said in an email: “The Australian Government has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation. The PM confirmed this read inessonce again in conversation with the President.”

Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials in Britain and Italy to seek their assistance as well with that investigation, the Washington Post reported.

In the Giuliani document request, the chairmen of threeHouse committees said he had “stated more recently that you are in possession of evidence – in the form of text messages, phone records, and other communications – indicating that you were not acting alone and that other Trump Administration officials may have been involved in this scheme.”

He was given until Oct. 15 to respond.

SUPPORT FOR IMPEACHMENT RISES -POLL

A Sept. 26-30 Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that 45% ofAmerican adults believed Trump “should be impeached,” compared with 37% in a similar poll that ran last week. Forty-one percent said Trump should not be impeached and 15% said they “don’t know.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on Monday to put to rest speculation he would use his position to derail any impeachment effort by the Democratic-led House by avoiding a trial at all. The Republicans control the Senate and have been largely muted about the allegations and inquiries into fellow-Republican Trump.

If the House approves bringing charges, known as “articles of impeachment,” against a president, the process moves to theSenate, where there would be a trial.

“I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell toldCNBC. “Under the Senate rules, we are required to take it up if the House does go down that path. “The Senate impeachment rules are very clear.”

Trump spent much of the day directing his ire at theDemocrat leading the House inquiry, suggesting on Twitter thatU.S. Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, should be arrested for “treason.”

Later, speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump accused Schiff of distorting his conversation with Zelenskiy at a House hearing last week.

“Adam Schiff made up a phony call and he read it to Congress and he read it to the people of the United States and it’s a disgrace,” Trump said.

In those comments, Schiff said the call to Zelenskiy “reads like a classic organized crime shakedown” and parodied the president’s remarks.

A spokesman for Schiff did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks.

TRUMP SEEKS WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY

A U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint citing the July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Zelenskiyto investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

The whistleblower has not been publicly identified, butTrump said on Monday that “we’re trying to find out about a whistleblower. We have a whistleblower who reports things that were incorrect.”

Trump has also accused the whistleblower and White House officials who gave the whistleblower information of being spies and suggested they may be guilty of treason.

“The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity,” Andrew Bakaj, an attorney for the whistleblower, said on Twitter shortly after the president’s remarks. “Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law.”

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday called on the committee’s Republican chairman, Lindsey Graham, a close ally of Trump, to convene hearings to investigate the administration’s handling of the whistleblower’s complaint, and said the panel should act to “protect witnesses from intimidation.”

“This Committee should not sit idly by as the President threatens potential witnesses, whose testimony may be crucial to congressional investigations into credible allegations against him,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to Graham.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to move”expeditiously” on the impeachment inquiry, perhaps paving the way for an impeachment vote on the House floor early next year.

While McConnell said on Monday that he would be forced to hold a trial, he did not commit to letting it run its full course.

“How long you’re on it is a whole different matter,“ McConnell told CNBC.

According to a Senate Republican leadership aide, any senator could attempt to have the articles dismissed in the early stages of the trial, which would trigger a vote with a majority of the Senate needing to be in favor for it to succeed.

Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring a vulnerable U.S. ally to get dirt on a rival for personal political gain. The phone call with Zelenskiy came after Trump froze nearly $400 million in aid intended to help Ukraine deal with an insurgency by Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.The aid was later provided.

Schiff said on Sunday he expected the whistleblower to appear before the panel very soon.

MOVING AHEAD

The U.S. Congress is on a two-week recess but members of the Intelligence Committee will return to Washington this week to carry out an investigation likely to produce new subpoenas for documents and other material.

The committee is scheduled to hold a closed-door hearing on Friday with the intelligence community’s inspector general, Michael Atkinson, who has concluded that the whistleblower complaint was of urgent concern and appeared credible.

House investigators are set to take the first witness testimony from two people mentioned in the whistleblower’s complaint.

On Wednesday, three House committees – Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight – are due to get a deposition from former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump labeled ”bad news” during his call with Zelenskiy.

On Thursday, the committees are set to get a deposition fromKurt Volker, who resigned last week as Trump’s special representative for Ukraine after the whistleblower complaint named him as one of two U.S. diplomats who followed up with Ukrainian officials a day after Trump’s call to Zelenskiy.

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San Francisco removes boulders meant to deter homeless campers because they were ‘not big enough’

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The city of San Francisco on Monday removed about two dozen small boulders from a residential side street after a group of neighbors had them installed last week in an effort to deter homeless people from camping out on along the sidewalk amid the city’s ongoing crisis.

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San Francisco’s Public Works removed the rocks set up along Clinton Park in the city’s Mission Dolores neighborhood. Residents last week said they pooled their funds to keep drug users from having a space to shoot up as they camp out overnight.

The department’s director, Mohammed Nuru, told the San Francisco Examiner that the boulders installed by the residents “were not big enough” and began posing a safety concern as they were being pushed into the street. He said the city would work with residents to come up with a more permanent solution that “could involve larger boulders or a landscape plan.”

“They would have saved a lot of money and a lot of trouble if they just said something to us,” Daniel Bartosiewicz, a homeless man who said he’s camped in Clinton Park for the past two months, told the Bay Area’s KNTV. “Use your compassion and love and understanding. We’re humans.”

The San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness reacted to the city’s decision to remove the Clinton Park boulders, writing: “They should remove all the anti-homeless design and hostile architecture from the rest of the city while they’re at it — most of which are *City-sanctioned.*”

The city and state has implemented similar landscaping choices in an effort to deter homeless encampments in other neighborhoods. The California Department of Transportation has put rocks in an open space off Bayshore Boulevard to deter encampments, while the Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Branch of the San Francisco Public Library – in the same neighborhood – has made design choices that are perceived as anti-homeless, according to KTVU.

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San Francisco has long struggled with problems of human waste and needles on the streets of the Tenderloin district, where many addicts and homeless people are typically found. The city has set up public toilets and last year announced the creation of a special six-person “poop patrol” team to clean up the human waste.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Pompeo Scolds Russians On Election Meddling After Participating In Trump’s Ukraine Call

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stiff warning after sanctions were announced Monday against Russians who attempted to interfere in the U.S.  midterm elections last year. The action came amid reports that Pompeo listened in on President Donald Trump’s July phone call pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

“We have been clear: We will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States will continue to push back against malign actors who seek to subvert our democratic processes.”

The target of economic sanctions by the Treasury Department was an online troll factory called the Internet Research Agency. Named were six employees and company financier Yevgeny Prigozhin. The sanctions target Prigozhin’s yacht, three private jets and front companies. 

Though Pompeo warned the Russians, he listened in on Trump’s July 25 call to the Ukrainian president pushing him repeatedly to launch an investigation into Biden and his son, according to several media reports. Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in U.S. military aid while he pressed a cause that could affect the 2020 election. The call has become the focus of a formal House impeachment inquiry.

Just a week ago, Pompeo also said he supported efforts by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to press an investigation by Ukrainian officials into former Vice President Biden.

Giuliani and Trump have been pushing a baseless conspiracy theory that Democratic National Committee emails were hacked during the 2016 campaign by Ukrainians — not Russians, as U.S. intelligence officials have determined. The cyberattack was somehow part of a plot — also linked to Biden — that attempted to sway the election for the Democrats, Giuliani has claimed.

Tom Bossert, a former homeland security adviser to Trump, said Sunday on ABC that the Ukraine theory is “completely false.” He added: “It’s not only a conspiracy theory, it is completely debunked.”

Pompeo, however, appeared to give credence to the conspiracy when he backed Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine pressing officials for information — even though the attorney has no role in the federal government.

“If there was election interference that took place by the vice president, I think the American people deserve to know,” Pompeo said on “Face the Nation.”

Trump referenced the cyberattack theory in his phone call to Ukraine’s president.

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