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Tornado rips through Dallas, leaving significant damage and thousands without power

A tornado ripped through Dallas Sunday night, leaving a trail of heavy damage across the area, including collapsed buildings and downed power lines.

The damage, estimated to have stretched 17 miles long, left more than 95,000 people without power. No major injuries have yet to be reported, however, first responders were going door to door in some neighborhoods to check on residents, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The National Weather Service has warned of continued high winds and hail.

Videos uploaded on social media revealed the tornado’s size and impact, including one video showing a large funnel cloud over the city. Other footage and photos showed numerous collapses and damage to homes.

FLORIDA BATTERED BY NESTOR’S HIGH WINDS; TORNADO LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER, MIDDLE SCHOOL DAMAGED

Debris from trees and roofing were left on streets after light poles and power lines were knocked down by the force of the tornado’s winds. Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to structural collapse in northwest Dallas, the Morning News reports, as well as calls of people hurt from broken glass in their homes. A Home Depot reportedly took a direct hit, with its roof collapsing and water bursting from pipes that were ripped from the walls.

The tornado also hit near the home of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. “They got lucky and are praying for the safety of their neighbors around DFW,” a spokesman said, according to reporter Jack Fink.

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The City of Dallas released a press release early Monday announcing that it was assessing the damages and confirmed there no reported fatalities or serious injuries. The city also confirmed reports of suspected gas leaks.

“The Dallas Police Department and Dallas-Fire Rescue are assessing damaged structures and will continue to do so throughout the night,” the statement said.

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Lindsay Graham Suggests Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Might Convince Him To Back Impeachment

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Usually steadfast Donald Trump supporter Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) indicated that a convincing “quid pro quo” in the president’s dealings with Ukraine could make him reconsider his opposition to impeachment.

Graham revealed the surprising crack in his impeachment armor in an “Axios on HBO” interview that aired Sunday. 

In another double-edged observation about Trump, Graham said that while the president can be “charming,” he was also a “handful” and an “equal opportunity abuser of people.”

Check it out in the promo clip above.

When asked if he would be open-minded to impeaching Trump if enough incriminating information was released, Graham said he would.

“Sure. I mean … show me something that … is a crime. If you could show me that … Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing,” Graham told Axios’ Jonathan Swan.

But Graham still insisted that Trump pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into political rival Joe Biden and his son was “not impeachable” even though at the time, Trump was withholding millions in military aid to the nation.

“I’ve read the transcript of the Ukrainian phone call. That’s not a quid pro quo to me,” Graham said.

However, Trump asking China to investigate Biden in front of reporters on national TV was “stupid,” Graham said.

“Nobody believes that China would be fair to Biden, Trump, me or you, or anybody … I think that’s a frustrated Trump,” he added.

Graham’s interview on Tuesday preceded acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s declaration Thursday that Trump’s Ukraine dealing concerning Biden was a quid pro quo. But Graham still hasn’t seen anything impeachable, the senator’s spokesman Kevin Bishop told Axios on Friday.

Graham also expressed his anger about Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria earlier this month and abandon Kurdish allies to a Turkish invasion. He called the move “dishonorable” and a “shit show.”

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Social media responds to Mitt Romney’s apparent Pierre Delecto Twitter account

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Sen. Mitt Romney, one of President Trump’s top Republican critics, on Sunday appeared to confirm the existence of a shadow Twitter account with the handle @qaws9876 with the name Pierre Delecto.

A writer for the Atlantic, who just wrote a profile on the Utah Republican and his tense relationship with the president, asked Romney about the mystery Twitter account. He said Romney responded in the affirmative: “C’est moi.”

The Twitter account does not have a profile or banner picture and is locked. The account follows 702 users and has 1,173 followers. The Washington Examiner reported that the account does not follow Trump’s account.

Many took to social media to make fun of the name, which reminded users of the Anthony Weiner saga with Carlos Danger. Seth Abarmson, a writer for Newsweek, took to Twitter to joke, “Stop me if you heard this one: Pierre Delecto,  Carlos Danger and John Barron walk into a bar…”

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John Barron was reportedly the name of Trump’s spokesman in the 1980s who was actually Trump himself responding to reporters. The Washington Post, citing the book “Never  Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Excellence,” reported that Trump’s father, Fred Trump, would also use a phony-spokesman named “Mr. Green.”

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Reporter’s Notebook: With Schiff, Pelosi’s actions speak louder than words

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Just last year, a lost studio album by the jazz great John Coltrane was unearthed. Coltrane recorded the tracks in 1963. The album is titled “Both Directions at Once.”

The name of Coltrane’s work epitomizes what Democrats are trying to do with impeachment right now – and everything else on Capitol Hill. Go both directions at once.

After all, Democrats dove headfirst into the impeachment inquiry surrounding President Trump this week. It became “real.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had announced her support for the inquiry nearly a month ago, but Congress soon afterward departed Washington for a weekslong recess in late September.

When lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill last Tuesday afternoon, impeachment truly got real. Most members started pouring back into the Capitol after 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. Pelosi conducted a series of leadership meetings. The House began a vote series on the floor at 6:30 p.m., but Democrats scheduled a rare caucus meeting for 6 p.m.

Democrats usually hold their weekly caucus meeting the next morning – the day after members return to Washington. But, an additional caucus conclave – especially in the evening – surely meant something’s up.

Reporters also flooded the Capitol last Tuesday afternoon, knowing impeachment was “getting real” as lawmakers returned to Washington. The House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees already had run through several days of closed-door interviews with witnesses over the recess, but it was altogether different with all the lawmakers back in town. What had their constituents told them about impeachment? Was this the right thing to do? Were Democrats playing this wrong? Will Republicans break with the president?

Pelosi led an afternoon news conference with House Education & Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., about college affordability. Naturally, a few reporters peppered Pelosi with questions about impeachment, not tuition costs. One question centered on why the speaker wouldn’t call a vote on the floor to formalize the impeachment probe. Republicans have crowed for days that Democrats weren’t handling impeachment properly without such a vote.

During the news conference with Scott, Pelosi suggested she might say something about such a formal vote after meeting with her leadership team and caucus.

The Capitol buzzed.

But, when various members of Pelosi’s inner circle left the leadership suite a couple of hours later, nobody seemed sure if the speaker would call a vote.

“If that’s what she’s planning,” one Democrat said, “She’s holding her cards really close.”

That’s when Pelosi’s staff announced a rare evening news conference. “6:30” was the prospective time, but insiders suggested it would really start closer to 7 p.m. with roll-call votes on the floor and the full caucus huddling. Surely the speaker had a big announcement about impeachment to summon reporters to the House studio at that hour.

Republicans have demanded a vote for weeks. It wasn’t long ago that they planned to weaponize such a roll-call tally against Democrats representing swing districts. A vote to establish the parameters of the impeachment inquiry by the full House – which happened in 1974 with President Richard Nixon and in 1998 with President Bill Clinton – would be different from actually voting to impeach. But, Republicans supposedly thought they could boomerang that vote against the 31 Democrats in districts where Trump had prevailed. Republicans would ask, do those Democrats support an “extreme” idea like impeachment propounded by Pelosi, or are they with the president?

But, the idea of a vote on the structure of impeachment may have evolved. The Trump administration has been adamant it won’t cooperate with the Democrats’ impeachment investigation without a vote. So, one wondered if Pelosi might take them up on that dare. The administration wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if the House approved such a resolution. President Trump’s defenders in Congress have spent most of their time arguing about the process. They want process? Well, Democrats could well give them “process.”

“I’m certainly open to that,” said Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., when asked about such a vote. “Most of us are on the record about that already.”

But, contrary to the thinking a few weeks ago, a vote to set parameters of the inquiry could flip on Republicans. For some House Republicans from Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada and Michigan, a vote for an impeachment inquiry could be problematic. If those swing-district Republicans vote against the inquiry, Democrats may well have weaponized the vote against the GOP. Moreover, if any Republicans vote with the Democrats for “an inquiry,” each likely will face a Trump-aligned challenger. That’s to say nothing of drawing the ire of the president himself. If vulnerable Republicans oppose launching the investigation, they could face trouble in the general election.

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But, there would be no such vote.

As reporters waited in the House studio, word filtered in that Pelosi would not call a vote to formalize the impeachment process. But, the speaker would have a special guest at the news conference: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Pelosi’s press event began precisely at 7 p.m. –initially sans Schiff. And, instead of updating reporters on impeachment, Pelosi spoke about a myriad of other subjects: efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, the college tuition legislation, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, firearms, sanctions against Turkey. The speaker barely said anything about impeachment until Schiff arrived.

Only, it wouldn’t be Pelosi addressing impeachment. Pelosi would yield to Schiff.

What happened next was remarkable.

Actions speak louder than words. Pelosi then walked off the dais, leaving Schiff at the lectern. Pelosi took a seat in the front row of the Radio/TV Gallery Studio, amid the reporters, to listen to Schiff. All she lacked was a notebook and a tape recorder.

There are lots of ways to read Pelosi’s decision to defer to Schiff. It was almost to indicate that impeachment was under Schiff’s silo, and his only. Congressional leaders frequently have liked to cede power to their committee chairs – or, at least, give the illusion of ceding power to committee chairs. Perhaps the speaker was distancing herself from impeachment, or indicating that the House would conduct its impeachment investigation and simultaneously work on other legislation. A skeptic might have viewed Pelosi’s decision to sit in the front row as a way to divorce herself from the impeachment inquiry, or say, “Adam, it’s all on you. Don’t screw this up.”

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That’s the narrow path Democrats must now walk – balancing impeachment with discussions about education, trade, guns and medicine. But, impeachment has seemed to consume nearly every headline, every conversation at the Capitol. It’s unclear how Democrats could slice through the impeachment noise with their other messages. Impeachment could be seen as just too muscular. Perhaps Democrats trod this path at their own peril.

There’s only one way to walk that course. Or, as John Coltrane might say, go “Both Directions at Once.”

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Trump reportedly canceled G-7 at Doral in response to Republicans’ wavering support.

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President Donald Trump reportedly decided to reverse plans to hold the Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort after Republicans told him they would not be able to support his decision.

GOP lawmakers told Trump they would not be able to defend his plan to host the gathering of global leaders at his own property in Doral, especially after having to face questions regarding his ties with Ukraine and his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported Sunday.

The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. The president on Sunday afternoon suggested he decided not to hold G-7 at Doral because of Democrats and the news media.

On Thursday, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump planned to host next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral, dismissing concerns that the president would personally profit by holding a political event at the resort near Miami. The announcement brought bipartisan backlash from people who felt the move is inappropriate, corrupt and probably illegal.

Trump is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns the Trump Organization family business, which means hosting the summit at the resort would have likely given Trump millions of dollars. Holding the event at the property would have violated at least one of the Constitution’s emolument clauses.

Two days after Mulvaney’s announcement, Trump changed his mind, and blamed the news media and Democrats in a string of tweets for criticizing the move too much. 

Trump’s decision to reverse the G-7 announcement comes amid wavering support from his own political party. The president currently faces a House impeachment inquiry led by Democrats.

White House aides reportedly told Trump that his plans to discuss foreign policy at the summit would be overshadowed by the controversy of the location. Republicans also called the White House after Mulvaney’s press conference Thursday to complain that the chief of staff’s comments effectively admitting to holding military aid to Ukraine made it extremely difficult to defend the president, according to the Journal.

At his presser last week, Mulvaney said that military aid to Ukraine was delayed partly because Trump wanted the country’s officials to look into a security company hired by the Democratic National Committee that found that Russia had hacked the DNC’s server in 2016.

“That’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said in a description that effectively admitted a quid pro quo, telling reporters: “We do that all the time. … Get over it.” The question of a quid pro quo is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The acting chief of staff tried to walk back his comments on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, but the television appearance ended up backfiring when Mulvaney said that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business” in an effort to defend the president’s decision to host the G-7 summit at Doral.

The comments only caused further concern that Trump is using the highest office in the U.S. to further his business interests.

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Startling Giant Times Square Ad Shows Marine Vet With Hogtied ‘Trump’

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A riveting clothing advertisement on a Times Square billboard depicts a female Marine veteran in athletic wear hogtying a man who appears to be President Donald Trump in front of the White House. 

The ad has already been slammed in a tweet by Donald Trump Jr., who called reporters “hypocrites” on Thursday for failing to criticize it.

The 30-foot-high ad features a Trump look-alike being trussed up with red, white and blue rope as the vet steps on his face. The ad was unveiled in Manhattan last week by Portland-based clothing company Dhvani.

Dhvani called the ad “metaphorical,” adding on Twitter that it “does NOT and will NEVER condone violence of ANY KIND.” It’s intended to “artistically express the frustrations we believe many women share,” the statement added.

Specifically, it’s an attack on the Trump administration’s blocking federal funds to Planned Parenthood health providers who refer patients for abortions, Dhvani CEO and founder Avi Brown told The Associated Press.

“We are on the right side of history,” Brown declared. “The billboard is an expression of our First Amendment right. Its art is a symbol … This is about taking our country back.”

Other ads in the Dhvani campaign show clothing models taping Trump’s mouth — a reference to the Trump administration’s gag rule blocking reproductive health care information.

“He unilaterally has created a gag rule that you cannot refer patients with reproductive information about abortion, sex ed, and contraception,” Brown told AP. “He’s gagging doctors and nurses, and telling them what they can and cannot tell patients.”

“This is about giving a voice to women,” Brown told The Washington Post. “Our intent is for our brand to stand for progressive change in the face of what we perceive to be steps backwards in the evolution of our country.”

The model in the Times Square ad is Michal Mesa, a Marine Corps vet and middle school teacher, according to Brown.

The campaign has elicited widespread support — and fury — on social media.

Donald Trump Jr. called on the media to express outrage over the billboard.

He was referring in his tweet to previous coverage of a graphic video, played recently during a conference at Trump’s Miami golf resort, depicting a fake Trump stabbing and shooting members of the media and political opponents.

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Prince Harry appears to hint at rift between him and Prince William

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Prince Harry sensationally appears to admit to a rift between him and Prince William — as he said the royal brothers are traveling on “different paths.”

Buckingham Palace has strenuously tried for the past year to deny a break down in the brothers’ relationship, even as they broke up the Royal Foundation they started together.

In a brutally honest new documentary, filmed as Harry and wife Meghan Markle were on tour in Africa last month with their baby son Archie, Harry said things had become so bad for the couple in the UK they were keen to move abroad — as Meghan said they were “existing, not living.”

And asked about his relationship with his older brother, who is said to believe he rushed into marriage too quickly, Harry said: “Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.”

As ITV broadcaster and long time royal pal Tom Bradby asked how much of the speculation about the brothers was correct, Harry started to laugh, before replying: “But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.

“We don’t see as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly and the majority of stuff is created out of nothing.

“As brothers, you have good days, you have bad days.”

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Plans to create a “Fab Four” fell apart in the run-up to last year’s royal wedding, with Harry apparently accusing his elder brother of failing to support him and Meghan. William’s wife Kate is also believed to have struggled to get on with Meghan.

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Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo, infamous Chicago mobster, dead at 90, reports say

Chicago mobster Joseph Lombardo – better as “Joey the Clown” – died in prison Saturday at the age of 90 while serving a life sentence for murder, multiple media outlets reported citing federal prosecutors.

A cause was unclear; he had suffered from throat cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Lombardo was sentenced in 2009 for the murder of his friend Daniel Seifert, a federal witness, in 1974 while his wife and 4-year-old son were present. Investigators said Lombardo was responsible for the slaying by a group of masked men, but Lombardo denied responsibility.

“In the end, we are judged by our actions, not by our wit or smiles,” said U.S. District Judge James Zagel when he sentenced Lombardo. “In cases, like this, we are judged by the worst things we have done, and the worst things you have done are terrible.”

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Joseph “Joey the Clown” Lombardo in an undated photo. Lombardo died Sunday at the age of 90, reports said. (Getty, File)

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Lombardo arranged for Seifert’s murder after supposedly learning his friend planned to testify against him in federal court, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Lombardo supposedly earned his “Clown” nickname because of his jokey demeanor despite his cold-blooded nature. When he finally made it to court after his 2007 arrest, he reportedly said he’d been “unavailable.”

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Separately, he was sentenced to prison in the 1980s for conspiring to bribe a U.S. senator and his role in a scheme to skim $2 million from a casino in Las Vegas, the Tribune added. He reportedly started out as a driver for Chicago Outfit figures before rising through the ranks.

Lombardo’s death was announced in a court filing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu, the reports said. No further details about his death were provided.

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Trump Canceled G-7 At Doral In Response To Republicans’ Wavering Support: Report

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President Donald Trump reportedly decided to reverse plans to hold the Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort after Republicans told him they would not be able to support his decision.

GOP lawmakers told Trump they would not be able to defend his plan to host the gathering of global leaders at his own property in Doral, especially after having to face questions regarding his ties with Ukraine and his decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported Sunday.

The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. The president on Sunday afternoon suggested he decided not to hold G-7 at Doral because of Democrats and the news media.

On Thursday, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump planned to host next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral, dismissing concerns that the president would personally profit by holding a political event at the resort near Miami. The announcement brought bipartisan backlash from people who felt the move is inappropriate, corrupt and probably illegal.

Trump is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns the Trump Organization family business, which means hosting the summit at the resort would have likely given Trump millions of dollars. Holding the event at the property would have violated at least one of the Constitution’s emolument clauses.

Two days after Mulvaney’s announcement, Trump changed his mind, and blamed the news media and Democrats in a string of tweets for criticizing the move too much. 

Trump’s decision to reverse the G-7 announcement comes amid wavering support from his own political party. The president currently faces a House impeachment inquiry led by Democrats.

White House aides reportedly told Trump that his plans to discuss foreign policy at the summit would be overshadowed by the controversy of the location. Republicans also called the White House after Mulvaney’s press conference Thursday to complain that the chief of staff’s comments effectively admitting to holding military aid to Ukraine made it extremely difficult to defend the president, according to the Journal.

At his presser last week, Mulvaney said that military aid to Ukraine was delayed partly because Trump wanted the country’s officials to look into a security company hired by the Democratic National Committee that found that Russia had hacked the DNC’s server in 2016.

“That’s why we held up the money,” Mulvaney said in a description that effectively admitted a quid pro quo, telling reporters: “We do that all the time. … Get over it.” The question of a quid pro quo is at the center of the House impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The acting chief of staff tried to walk back his comments on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, but the television appearance ended up backfiring when Mulvaney said that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business” in an effort to defend the president’s decision to host the G-7 summit at Doral.

The comments only caused further concern that Trump is using the highest office in the U.S. to further his business interests.

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Steelers linebacker arrested after alleged altercation with girlfriend, report says

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Anthony Chickillo, a backup linebacker on the Pittsburgh Steelers, is facing multiple misdemeanor charges after being arrested early Sunday after an altercation with his girlfriend, reports said.

Pittsburgh Steelers backup linebacker Anthony Chickillo is facing multiple misdemeanor charges after being arrested early Sunday. WTAE.com, citing a law enforcement source, reported about the alleged altercation with the woman.

According to court documents, Chickillo was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with simple assault, property damage and harassment. The 26-year-old was released on $10,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the team is aware of the incident and is still gathering information. Chickillo, a five-year veteran, has one tackle and half a sack in three games for the Steelers this season, playing primarily on special teams.

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The Steelers did not play this week. The players were given the weekend off by the team. Pittsburgh is scheduled to return to practice on Monday. The Steelers (2-4) host winless Miami on Oct. 28.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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