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The Cost of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Drive: A Fractured U. K.?

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BRUSSELS — For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, one of the prime selling points of his Brexit agreement with the European Union is that Northern Ireland will not be legally severed from the customs territory of Britain.

“It means,” he said on Thursday, “the U.K. leaves whole and entire.”

How long it would stay that way is another matter.

Among the most profound consequences of Mr. Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal, analysts said, is that it could strengthen the centrifugal forces that were already pulling apart the United Kingdom. Scotland’s nationalists said the plan would galvanize them to seek another referendum on Scottish independence, while Irish nationalists quietly welcomed it as one more step toward a reunified Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party vowed to vote against Mr. Johnson’s plan in Parliament, saying it would drive a “coach and horses” through the Good Friday Agreement. That peace treaty enshrined Britain’s sovereignty over Northern Ireland, unless a majority of people favor uniting with Ireland, and it set up a power-sharing arrangement between unionists and nationalists.

Even before Mr. Johnson’s deal, however, Brexit had exposed the fractures in the United Kingdom. Voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland both opted to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum; those in England voted to leave. The years of tortuous negotiations over the terms of Britain’s departure have only deepened the alienation of many in both places.

“It cannot be right that Scotland alone is facing an outcome it did not vote for — that is democratically unacceptable and makes a mockery of claims that the U.K. is in any way a partnership of equals,” Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, said on Thursday.

“It is clearer than ever that the best future for Scotland is one as an equal, independent European nation,” she said. “That is a choice I’m determined to insure is given to the people of Scotland.”

The last time the Scots had that choice — a referendum in 2014 — they voted against leaving Britain by 55 percent to 44 percent. Analysts said the outcome could be reversed in a second vote, given the economic benefits that Scotland is likely to lose by leaving the European Union along with the rest of Britain.

Even in Wales, which voted to leave Europe in 2016, there is evidence of a budding independence movement. While polls rarely show support for it rising above 25 percent, the chaotic politics of Brexit in London have raised doubts among some Welsh.

The situation in Northern Ireland is more complicated. There is less of a push to break away, though a recent poll by Michael Ashcroft, a British pollster and former Conservative Party official, showed that a bare majority of people there would vote to leave the United Kingdom, if given a choice.

That is partly a function of demographics: Catholics, who tend to be nationalist, are growing more rapidly as a percentage of the population than Protestants, who tend to be unionist. But it also reflects tensions over Brexit, particularly since the arrival of Mr. Johnson and his threat to leave the European Union, even without a deal, by the end of October.

Sinn Fein, the Irish nationalist party that once served as the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, said that if Mr. Johnson carried out that threat, Northern Ireland should hold a referendum.

“People from across this society, even those of a British identity, are now seriously questioning whether there are any merits of staying within the Union after Brexit,” Michelle O’Neill, the deputy leader of Sinn Fein, said during a debate at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, England last month.

In that regard, Mr. Johnson’s deal is a mixed blessing. Northern Ireland would remain legally part of the United Kingdom’s customs territory, but it would stay closely aligned with the maze of European rules and regulations.

That would avoid the need for checkpoints on its border with the Irish Republic, but there would still be customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. Rather than cutting across the island of Ireland from east to west, the border would run north to south through the Irish Sea.

The goal is to allow nearly seamless trading to continue between the north and Ireland, a member of the European Union. The question is whether even that level of symbolic differentiation, over time, will change the attitudes of the people, shifting their orientation from London to Dublin.

Some of that has already occurred in the two decades since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended years of sectarian violence and turned checkpoints manned by British soldiers into a distant memory. The economies of north and south are now thoroughly integrated and public agencies serve the whole island.

“We’re accustomed to all-Ireland boards,” said Monica McWilliams, an academic and former politician in Belfast who was involved in the Good Friday negotiations. “Tourism operates as an all-Ireland board. Health operates as an all-Ireland board. There are a lot of precedents for all-Ireland institutions.”

She noted that Mr. Johnson’s agreement would have a symbolic impact, creating a tangible distinction between Northern Ireland and Britain — “a border down the Irish Sea.” That is important in a place where cultural identity and questions of constitutional sovereignty can matter as much as economics.

Still, like most experts, Ms. McWilliams does not predict a referendum on Irish unification for perhaps a decade or more. There is little appetite for one in the Irish Republic, which is more prosperous than Northern Ireland and worries about the cost of absorbing the North’s faltering economy.

Some Irish experts argue that the Democratic Unionists should have embraced Mr. Johnson’s plan. If he had carried out his threat to leave the European Union without any deal — a prospect that now seems less likely — the pressure for Northern Ireland to split from the Union would have been far stronger.

The North would have been isolated and its economy badly damaged, which is the outcome feared by the Scots. Instead, Northern Ireland could now benefit from an arrangement in which both Britain and the European Union have an incentive to make sure its economy stays competitive.

“You only have to look at Scotland’s jealousy toward Northern Ireland,” said Bobby McDonagh, who served as Ireland’s ambassador to London.

Even Sinn Fein officials have reacted warmly to the deal, in part because it does not give the Democratic Unionist Party a veto over staying aligned with the European Union after a few years, as earlier proposals would have.

The Democratic Unionists, Mr. McDonagh noted, were unhappy with drawing any distinctions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom because they viewed it as a first step toward sundering the two.

In that case, he said, the unionists “should have voted against Brexit to begin with.”

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Former White House ethics director on Trump giving his own hotel G7 contract: ‘We have reached the bottom’. ‘There is no level of corruption greater than a President participating in the award of a contract to himself’

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Mark Kelly raises astronomical sum in bid to snag Senate seat from GOP

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Gabbard dares Clinton to run for president in 2020, fights back against assertions that she is a Russian asset

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Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard dared Hillary Clinton not to “hide behind your proxies” and “join the race directly,” after Clinton accused her of being a Russian asset specifically groomed to run as a third-party candidate in 2020.

“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain,” Gabbard wrote in a scathing three-part tweet on Friday afternoon. “From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation.”

Gabbard has faced criticism from several of her Democratic opponents, who have accused her of being a “puppet for the Russian government.” The former Army National Guard major, who served in Iraq, has repeatedly defended her antiwar, anti-interventionist beliefs, which have led to some comparisons between her and President Trump.

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At Tuesday’s fourth Democratic debate, Gabbard relentlessly slammed CNN, who was broadcasting the event live, and The New York Times, calling them “completely despicable” for news coverage that has raised questions about whether she is a “Russian asset and an Assad apologist.”

“We wondered who was behind it and why,” Gabbard continued in her tweeted answer to Clinton. “Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me.

“Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly” she said in a taunt squarely aimed at Dems’ 2016 standard-bearer.

Clinton has recently been courting the spotlight to promote a book co-authored by her daughter, Chelsea.

Although she didn’t name Gabbard specifically, Clinton tolda onetime aide to President Barack Obama,David Plouffe, host of the podcast “Campaign HQ,” that she thought Trump and the Russians have “got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.”

“She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said, seemingly alluding to Gabbard.

Clinton also singled out former 2016 Democratic candidate Jill Stein, accusing her of being a Russian asset.

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“That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset,” Clinton said.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report. 

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Trump Campaign Makes Mulvaney’s Quid Pro Quo Admission Into A T-Shirt

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Mick Mulvaney’s very candid and very public admission of a quid pro quo with Ukraine might seem like another blow to Donald Trump’s presidency and reelection bid. But in a very on-brand move, his campaign has made lemons into $30 T-shirts.

The new apparel blares an all-caps message straight from the acting White House chief of staff himself: “GET OVER IT.”

“America is ready for Congress to get back to work,” the merchandise’s description reads. “No more WITCH HUNTS! President Trump won in 2016 and he is going to win even bigger in 2020.”

Mulvaney uttered the now-infamous phrase during a Thursday press conference a little more than 24 hours before the shirts went on sale — yet again showing the Trump campaign’s ability to seize upon political moments and turn them into moneymaking gimmicks.

During the briefing, Mulvaney told reporters that U.S. military aid was temporarily withheld from Ukraine because of Trump’s suspicion that it would be irresponsibly spent. But he went on to say that Trump expressed additional concern over “corruption that related to the [Democratic National Committee] server,” referring to a disproven conspiracy theory that Ukraine perpetrated the 2016 Democratic Party email hack. The U.S. intelligence community has made clear its belief that Russia was the culprit. 

After Mulvaney said that “what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that [Trump] was worried about in corruption” in Ukraine, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl pointed out that Mulvaney was outlining a quid pro quo.

The acting chief of staff didn’t appear to see the problem.

“We do that all the time with foreign policy,” he shot back. “I have news for everybody: Get over it. There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.”

Shortly after the conference, Mulvaney released a statement denying that there was ever a quid pro quo, attempting to reverse his earlier remarks. 

Trump and his allies have also repeatedly denied a quid pro quo, and the contradiction between those claims and Mulvaney’s “get over it” statement drew skepticism from one of the president’s major defenders, Fox News’ Sean Hannity

“What is Mulvaney even talking about?” Hannity asked on his radio show on Thursday. “I just think he’s dumb, I really do. I don’t even think he knows what he’s talking about.”

For now, the messaging mix-up has been fashioned into a campaign tagline.

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Ethics Watchdog Calls for Twitter to Suspend Kellyanne Conway for Constantly Violating the Hatch Act

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Fun fact, Kellyanne came to Trump from the Mercer family.

It’s important to remember that Kellyanne Conway is an actor. She recites her lines as directed by her paymasters. She’s a mercenary, motivated by money, not by ideology. Her role in the Trump administration is half of the yin/yang routine she and her husband, George, are running in order to land a lucrative deal for a tell-all book.

George belongs to the clique of prominent Republicans who denounce Trump, but only because they hate his optics. They love his policies because they’re still Republicans, through and through. They want to shove Trump out of the picture, so they can continue to advance their agenda, which includes Trump’s policies, without the close scrutiny his presence in the Oval Office attracts.

The Conways are both grifters, and George is running a double swindle: one to land the book deal and the other to convince everyone that Trump is the problem and everything will be A-OK once he’s gone. Which we know is bullshit, because the Republicans were the problem long before they cast Trump as their spokes-model.

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Pennsylvania man charged with arson, murder in wife’s death 9 years ago

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Pennsylvania authorities conducted a nine-year investigation before arresting a man in the murder of his wife, they announced Thursday.

The investigation began after Olga Sanchez, 30, burned to death in a house fire in Lancaster in 2010, police said. The fire was ruled arson after investigators determined it was started with gasoline.

On Thursday, Carlos Montalvo-Rivera, 52, was charged with arson and murder in the death of his wife, police said. He was also charged with trying to kill their young children, ages 13, 9 and 8, each of whom survived the fire.

Montalvo-Rivera was being held without bail.

“Every time we reviewed this case, every time we looked at the evidence, the finger of guilt pointed back at one person,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said, according to Fox 43 York.

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Montalvo-River told police he and his wife were happily married and denied having any marital problems, the station reported.

But Sanchez’s sister Dolores Ojedo told detectives the marriage was on the rocks.

“I will kill you like a dog,” she quoted Montalvo-River as telling her sister a year before she was killed, according to the station.

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Police said Montalvo-Rivera’s account of what happened was riddled with inconsistencies, beginning with his claim that intruders set the fire after breaking into the house and knocking him unconscious for 45 minutes.

A neurologist told investigators last month that based on medical records, Montalvo-Rivera’s version of what happened was “highly unlikely.”

“The medical science is not backing up what the defendant is claiming that he had been knocked out for 45 minutes, which is an excessively long time for a significant head injury,” Stedman said, according to the station.

A neighbor also refuted Montalvo-Rivera’s account that he escaped the fire with his hands tied behind his back.

The neighbor said that after he reported the fire, he saw Montalvo-Rivera with his hands untied trying to climb into a second-floor window and then tried unsuccessfully to help him.

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FAA demands answers over Boeing test pilot’s reveal of lying, 737 Max problems

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The Federal Aviation Administration is demanding answers from Boeing after receiving a 2016 electronic message exchange in which a test pilot talks of unknowingly having lied to regulators and discloses “egregious” problems with the flight control system that figured in two 737 Max crashes.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson sent a terse letter Friday to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg requesting to know why the messages had only been delivered the day before, not months ago when Boeing had uncovered them. “I expect your explanation immediately,” he writes.

The 737 Max, the latest version of the jetliner that has evolved since first being flown in the 1960s, has been grounded worldwide since an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed in March, killing 157 aboard. It followed another accident involving a 737 Max flown by Lion Air by five months, claiming 189 passengers and crew.

In both crashes, blame has focused on the performance of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, which was software added to the jets to make them fly like previous versions of the 737. It was deemed needed because the Max had larger engines than previous 737s that were repositioned on the wing, making the jet perform differently in some circumstances.

Pilots in both the Ethiopian and Lion Air jetliners wrestled with MCAS, which automatically switches on in certain situations, as it overrode their actions. MCAS kept pushing the nose of the planes down as they struggled to keep them aloft.

In the November 2016, message exchange, a test pilot named Mark Forkner — Boeing describes him as a “former employee” — writes that MCAS is “running rampant in the sim on me,” a reference to a flight simulator in which it was being tested at the time. “I am levelling off at like 4000 feet, 230 knots and the plane is trimming itself like crazy. I’m like, WHAT?” he said.

He quipped, “granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious.”

Forkner said he “basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)” based on the simulator experience though the co-worker is quick to counter, “it wasn’t a lie, no one told us that was the case.”

The discovery could become a huge complication for Muilenburg, who is set to testify Oct. 30 before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the first time about troubles with the 737 Max.

The FAA, the House committee and other authorities are investigating how MCAS was developed and approved for the 737 Max.

Boeing 737 Max fallout: Blasting Boeing, FAA, safety panel recommends changes in certification process

In reaction to the disclosures, Boeing said it released the document to the House committee as part of its continued cooperation with its investigation as it strives to get the 737 Max back in service. 

Pilots union officials at two of the largest U.S. airline operators of the 737 Max, American and Southwest Airlines, reacted with dismay.

“This more evidence that Boeing misled pilots, government regulators and other aviation experts about the safety of the 737 Max,” said Jon Weaks, president of Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, in a statement. “It is clear that the company’s negligence and fraud put the flying public at risk.”

And Dennis Tajer, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association for American, said “it’s very serious if Boeing had someone within who is describing something egregious.” He added, “We want to know under what conditions (MCAS was malfunctioning) so we can determine if something is new within the MCAS system.”

He also said the union is solidly behind the FAA’s Dickson on the matter. “We count on the FAA as a safety-culture partner.”

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg says company makes ‘too many important decisions’ about free speech

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company makes “too many important decisions about speech.”

Appearing in an exclusive interview with “The Daily Briefing” host Dana Perino, Zuckerberg said he believes the Internet would benefit from the government setting some “clear rules” around what content is “permitted” or “permissible” in elections and ads, and about general privacy and “data portability.”

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“[We] as a company have the greatest responsibility here to make sure that we proactively make sure that there isn’t harm or danger happening on our platform,” he told Perino.

“But, at the end of the day, I don’t think that people want any given private company to be making so many important decisions about speech or elections or the democratic process,” Zuckerberg said. “I certainly think that even we make too many important decisions about speech.”

“So, the question is, what’s the answer?” he asked.

There are many issues and questions around protecting elections and what type of political discourse should be allowed on the platform, in addition to privacy concerns, Zuckerberg said.

“But right now, what I think is happening is […] people aren’t seeing enough progress on some of that regulation,” he said.

“I think, in some of these cases, having some more democratic processes, some clearer rules for the Internet or some new institutions — which we’re trying to create with this independent oversight board that we’re standing up ourselves. So people in our community can appeal content decisions that we make,” Zuckerberg said.

“I think that there are real issues there,” he added.

Zuckerberg told Perino that Facebook “made a lot of progress” in terms of protecting the integrity of elections and the “challenges that were there a few years ago.”

“I think you can look at the results of elections around the world and see that our systems are now a lot better, and we can be a lot more continuity,” he added.

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John Kasich now says President Trump should be impeached

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The White House is confirming Donald Trump asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate his country’s role in meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said withholding funding was “absolutely appropriate.” (Oct. 17) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Friday he now supports impeaching President Donald Trump.

Kasich it was White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitting there was a quid pro quo between the United States and Ukraine that “pushed me really across the Rubicon.”

During a rare White House press briefing, Mulvaney told reporters on Thursday, “Did (Trump) also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely… That’s it. That’s why we held up the money,” acknowledging the White House had frozen military aid as leverage over Ukraine.

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“Withholding military aid, vital military aid to a nation like Ukraine, which has Russian troops inside its territory, that’s threatened all the time, withholding it so that a political operation can take place – ‘investigate this thing around the server, and we’re going to withhold the aid until you do that’ – to me, it’s totally inappropriate. It’s an abuse of power.” Kasich said during an interview on CNN.

“My view is that, look, I’ve fought with people on the air over, ‘Is there a quid quo pro’ and ‘Does this rise to the level of impeachment?’ I now believe that it does and I say it with, I say it with great sadness. This is not something I really wanted to do,” he continued. 

Kasich also noted he voted to impeach President Bill Clinton when he member of the House of Representatives. 

Kasich said he would want to see and consider the House’s articles of impeachment, and expressed disagreement with how House Democrats have conducted their investigation thus far. 

“But if you’re asking if I was sitting in the House of Representatives today and you were to ask me, how do I feel, do I think impeachment should move forward and go for a full examination and trial of the United States Senate? My vote would be yes. I don’t say it lightly,” Kasich said.

More: House Republicans complain about limited access to closed-door House impeachment investigation sessions

The impeachment inquiry began last month after a whistleblower accused Trump of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Kasich has been a critic of Trump since facing him in 2016 and previously said he was “very seriously” considering running against him as a primary challenger in 2020. 

“This is extremely difficult for me, but it’s what I feel I have to do,” Kasich said during his CNN interview. “It’s what my conscience tells me.”

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