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Dennis Rodman Charged With Battery After Allegedly Slapping Man In Bar

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Former NBA star and character about town Dennis Rodman has been charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly slapped a man at a Florida rooftop bar several months ago, NBC News reported.

Rodman is accused of striking a patron in a Delray Beach bar — twice — while he was celebrating his 58th birthday in May, according to a police report. It wasn’t immediately clear why it took so long for Rodman to be charged.

The alleged victim told the Florida Sun-Sentinel in May that the slaps were unprovoked. “I was like, ‘What is your problem?’” he told the newspaper. “It was out of nowhere. He just hit me and I was blindsided.”

Rodman told TMZ at the time: “Whatever happened, happened, but it didn’t happen.” (Check out the video above.)

A lawyer for Rodman said: “We deny that any incident occurred.”

On Thursday, a defense lawyer entered a plea of not guilty to the charge in a Delray Beach court, NBC reported.

Rodman has had previous arrests, including one for suspected driving under the influence in California last year, and another after a hit-and-run car wreck in 2016. In May, the hall-of-famer was accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of clothing from a California yoga studio, but it doesn’t appear any charges will be filed.

Rodman’s most recent claim to fame has been his unusual friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which started when Rodman traveled to Pyongyang to watch an exhibition game by the Harlem Globetrotters in 2013. 

On Thursday, Rodman refused to take Tucker Carlson’s bait on Fox News and bash LeBron James for criticizing an NBA manager who praised the Hong Kong protesters. “NBA players have an obligation to do one thing — it’s to play sports,” said Rodman. “When you put politics with sports, it doesn’t mix.”

Rodman could face a maximum of a year in jail if convicted. 

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Ex-NFL defensive lineman accused of shooting woman, told police he was hiding from Russian Mafia

A former NFL defensive lineman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly shooting a woman at a Colorado business.

Justin Bannan, 40, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault with extreme indifference, first-degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily harm and first-degree burglary after shooting and wounding a woman outside a business in Boulder, police said.

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Bannan played in the NFL from 2002 to 2013 with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions.

The woman, who was shot in the shoulder, identified the gunman as Bannan and was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to The Denver Channel.

Police said the shooting appeared to be “random” as Bannan and the woman worked in the same building but were distantly acquainted, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

The woman reportedly told police she only knew Bannan because he was the owner of the building. Bannan is the owner of Black Lab Sports and the woman worked for a company that operates inside the same building.

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Justin Bannan #97 of the Denver Broncos reacts during a 35-24 comeback win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Getty)

The woman was in the building about to unlock a therapy room when Bannan was already in the room and shot her in the shoulder, the newspaper reported, citing a police affidavit.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, police said officers found Bannan and said he was carrying a duffle bag with two loaded handguns, an extra magazine and two rolled-up $20 bills coated with a white powdery substance which later tested positive for cocaine.

Bannan reportedly told officers he “didn’t mean to shoot her” and he was in the therapy room hiding because he believed the Russian Mafia was after him and tracking his cellphone. He said he fired the gun on “accident.”

Bannan also told officers he suffers from hydrocephalus, which can lead to the loss of reasoning skills, according to FOX 31 Denver.

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Bannan had a court appearance Thursday and was being held on $500,000 bond. He is set to have a formal filing of charges on Oct. 22, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

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Two female astronauts are making history. How to watch NASA’s first all-female spacewalk

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NASA will try to conduct an all-female spacewalk months after the first attempt had to be canceled because of a lack of available spacesuits. USA TODAY

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century.

That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421.

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will venture outside the orbiting outpost at about 7:50 a.m. ET Friday and spend over five hours replacing a broken battery battery charger, or BCDU. NASA will livestream the spacewalk starting at 6:30 a.m. ET.

The units have previously been replaced using a robotic arm, but the newly failed unit is too far away for it to reach.

The units regulate how much energy flows from the station’s massive solar panels to battery units, which are used to provide power during nighttime passes around Earth. Three previous spacewalks had been planned to replace lithium-ion batteries, but those will be rescheduled until the latest BCDU issue is resolved.

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The hardware failure does present some concern, especially since another BCDU was replaced in April and there are only four more backups on station. In total, there are 24 operational BCDUs.

The battery charger failed after Koch and a male crewmate installed new batteries outside the space station last week. NASA put the remaining battery replacements on hold to fix the problem and moved up the women’s planned spacewalk by three days.

All four men aboard the International Space Station will remain inside. 

Friday’s spacewalk will be Koch’s fourth and Meir’s first. 

Koch and Meir will have some time leftover during their extravehicular activity, or EVA, to finish additional tasks like hardware installations for the European Space Agency.

The planned EVA comes almost seven months since the first all-female spacewalk was canceled due to a lack of properly sized spacesuits for astronauts Koch and Anne McClain. Astronaut Nick Hague ended up joining Koch instead.

But this time, the right spacesuit hardware is in place.

NASA, meanwhile, is asking schoolteachers to share photos of their students celebrating “HERstory in the making.” The pictures might end up on the spacewalk broadcast.

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Russia holds claim to the first spacewalk in 1965 and also the first spacewalk by a woman in 1984. The U.S. trailed by a few months in each instance.

As of Thursday, men dominated the spacewalking field, 213 to 14.

Meir, a marine biologist who arrived at the orbiting lab last month, will be the 15th female spacewalker. Koch, an electrical engineer, is seven months into an 11-month spaceflight that will be the longest by a woman.

Contributing: Emre Kelly, Florida TodayAssociated Press

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Former Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, on trial in Germany as accessory to more than 5,000 murders

A 93-year-old former SS private, who as a teenager stood guard in a watchtower in a Nazi Germany concentration camp, began trial Thursday in Hamburg state court where he’s accused of being an accessory to 5,230 murders in the finals months of World War II.

Bruno Dey, who entered the courtroom in a wheelchair Thursday, was in his late teens when he worked at the Stutthof concentration camp more than seven decades ago outside of Danzig, which is now the city of Gdansk in Poland. 

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Prosecutors argue that while Dey was not directly involved in a killing in Stutthof, he was a “small wheel in the machinery of murder” committed during his time as a guard from August 1944 to April 1945 given he actively stopped inmates from escaping the camp, which was one of the last to be liberated.

Dey also allegedly told investigators he could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chambers below his watchtower and witnessed the daily carting off of their dead bodies to the camp’s crematorium. His attorney, Stefan Waterkamp, questioned why his client was being prosecuted now, saying that before a recent change in German legal reasoning, “nobody was interested in the simple guards.”

“Where does responsibility end?” he asked the court in his opening statement. “That is the question this trial must answer.”

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93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey in the concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig is sitting in the regional court in Hamburg, Germany, Oct.17, 2019. The prosecution accuses the 93-year-old man of aiding and abetting the murder of 5230 people. The defendant was only 17 or 18 years old at the time of the crime. That’s why the trial takes place in front of a juvenile delinquency chamber. About 25 survivors of the concentration camp appear as joint plaintiffs. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

In recent years, prosecutors have successfully convicted former death camp guards using the argument that by helping to operate camps like Auschwitz and Sobibor, they were accessories to the murders there. The 2015 conviction of former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening on such reasoning was upheld by a German federal court, solidifying the precedent.

Prosecutor Lars Mahnke detailed how tens of thousands of people, mostly Jews, were gassed, shot and starved to death as part of the “systematic killing” carried out during Stutthof’s six years of operation. Stutthof was established by Nazi Germany in 1939 east of Danzig and was used as the main collection point for Jews and non-Jewish Poles removed from the city. In Dey’s case, the reasoning is being applied to a concentration camp rather than a death camp given the site’s sole purpose wasn’t murder.

“The accused was no ardent worshipper of Nazi ideology,” prosecutors argue in the indictment. “But there is also no doubt that he never actively challenged the persecutions of the Nazi regime.”

Even in concentration camps, “it was almost a certain death sentence,” said Efraim Zuroff, the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem who attended the opening of the trial. Zuroff, who helped locate nearly two dozen Stutthof survivors for the case, rejected Waterkamp’s suggestion that Dey should not be prosecuted because higher-ranking Nazis were never brought to trial.

“Just because more senior criminals got away with a crime doesn’t mean that the more minor criminals are not guilty,” Zuroff said.

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Because Dey was 17 when he started serving at the camp, he is being tried in juvenile court and faces a possible six months to 10 years in prison if convicted. Dey himself told prosecutors his SS comrades talked of the “extermination of the Jews” and said he had “done people wrong” by serving there.

“I did not know why they were there,” Dey told prosecutors. “I knew well that they were Jews who had committed no crime, that they were only there because they were Jews. And they have the same right to live and to work like any other person. But it was just that Hitler or his party … had something against the Jews.”

The Associated press contributed to this report.

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The Most Popular Self-Help Books Of 2019

The Most Popular Self-Help Books Of 2019 | HuffPost Life

Self-help books can be a very useful resource for people who are struggling or just generally seeking ways to improve their lives. And often, specific ones resonate with large audiences.

If you’re searching for a new self-help book that other people have loved, we can lend a hand. The folks at Goodreads shared the most popular titles of 2019 with HuffPost, based on how the site’s 90 million members have rated them or whether they added them to their want-to-read shelves.

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“People are looking for ways to calm down and weed out the noise of the world, and that’s being reflected in the books they are finding and loving in 2019,” says Goodreads senior editor Cybil Wallace. 

The top picks cover a variety of topics and range from mega bestsellers to works from lesser-known authors, but they share some common elements, according to Goodreads.

“To look at the most popular self-help books of the year is to glimpse an over-stressed, tech-obsessed readership longing to unplug, unwind, and focus on the important things,” Cybil Wallace, Goodreads senior editor, told HuffPost. “People are looking for ways to calm down and weed out the noise of the world, and that’s being reflected in the books they are finding and loving in 2019.”

Without further ado, here are Goodreads’ most popular self-help books published so far this year:

“Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis

Goodreads description: As a follow-up to last year’s bestselling “Girl, Wash Your Face,” Hollis sounds a wake-up call in this inspiring self-help book, urging women to live to their full potential by identifying common excuses and obstacles.

“Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb

Goodreads description: The bestselling author, psychotherapist and national advice columnist takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world where both she and her patients are looking for answers. With wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her life as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others.

“Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide” by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Goodreads description: From the hosts of the hit podcast “My Favorite Murder” comes this frank, funny, and illuminating reflection on true crime, formative life events and the importance of valuing personal safety over being “nice” or “helpful.”

“Notes on a Nervous Planet” by Matt Haig

Goodreads description: A follow-up to the bestselling memoir “Reasons to Stay Alive,”Haig takes a broader look into how modern society feeds our anxiety. He examines how social, commercial and technological “advancements” have created a world that can actually hinder our happiness.

“Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” by Cal Newport

Goodreads description: The Georgetown computer scientist makes the case that in order to live well in our high-tech world, we need to learn to unplug. He argues that our addiction to personal tech has taken a dark turn.

“More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” by Elaine Welteroth

Goodreads description: Part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary Teen Vogue editor explores what it means to come into your own. Welteroth unpacks lessons on race, identity and success through her journey of having climbed the ranks of media and fashion.

“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World” by Melinda Gates

Goodreads description: A debut from Forbes’ third-most-powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates offers a timely call to action for women’s empowerment. Throughout her journey as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women.

“Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein

Goodreads description: Epstein examines the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists to discover that in most fields — especially those that are complex and unpredictable — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel.

“Everything is Figureoutable: How One Simple Belief Can Help Us Overcome Any Obstacle and Create Unstoppable Success” by Marie Forleo

Goodreads description: Forleo sets out to train your brain to think more positively and help you break down any dream into manageable steps. She emphasizes that the problem isn’t that you aren’t hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven’t yet installed one key belief: Everything is “figureoutable.”

“Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Chose Your Life” by Nir Eyal with Julie Li

Goodreads description: From the best-selling author of “Hooked,” Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the distraction problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices. Instead, he lays out a four-step model of how to get the best of technology without letting it get the best of us.

“How Happiness Happens: Finding Lasting Joy in a World of Comparison, Disappointment and Unmet Expectations” by Max Lucado

Goodreads description: Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, “How Happiness Happens” presents a surprising but practical personal plan for living that will change you from the inside out.

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Syrian American group says Trump deserves Nobel Peace Prize, US troops should come home

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A Syrian American doctor is spearheading an initiative to nominate President Trump for a Noble Peace Prize after Trump managed to convince Putin to throttle back on plans to seize the Syrian refugee city of Idlib in 2018, an attack that could have potentially killed upwards of 3 million civilians.

Dr. Tarek Kteleh, a rheumatologist in Indiana and board member of a group that promotes national security issues in Syria called Citizens for a Secure and Safe America, told Fox News Thursday that Trump “deserves credit” for preventing the potentially deadly attack on one of the last remaining cities not under the control of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian military and their Russian and Iranian allies surrounded Idlib, a sanctuary city that nearly 4 million civilians fled to, ready to attack and push out the Syrian rebels by the end of summer 2018. The small province of land was a necessary stronghold for rebel forces, vital to preventing the dictator from accessing control of the Northern portion of the Middle East.

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Kteleh and president of their group, Dr. Rim Al-Bezem, a cardiologist from New Jersey, met Trump at a fundraiser in Indiana specifically with the intention of bringing attention to the plight in Syria.

Al-Bezem explained to Trump the potential slaughter of innocent lives, almost a quarter of whom were children and Trump assured them that he was “not going to let this happen,” Kteleh told Fox News.

Kteleh admits he was skeptical that Trump would take action, instead believing he was trying to appease himself and Al-Bezem, both of whom had families living in Idlib at the time.

Days after their meeting, on Aug. 31, 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted about the dire situation in Idlib warning, “The U.S. sees this as an escalation of an already dangerous conflict.”

“The 3 million Syrians, who have already been forced out of their homes and are now in #Idlib, will suffer from this aggression. Not good. The world is watching,” Pompeo said.

“We thought maybe that was just an accident,” Kteleh said, after seeing Pompeo’s tweet. “But it could not be an accident— that the president said he’s not going to let this happen and then the next morning for the first time Secretary Pompeo says this.”

Two days later, Trump used his active presence on social media to further the calls for the three foreign powers to stand down in Syria.

“President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!”

“This is the first time ever in the last seven or eight years that anyone has done anything for the Syrian people and many of the civilians,”  Kteleh said, singling out former President Barack Obama’s approach to interventions in Syria, and refusing to react with force to Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his people.

“Unlike your predecessor, you bombarded Assad’s military airport when he launched chemical weapons against civilians. We are grateful for this display of strength. The world now knows: you mean what you say,” Kteleh and Al-Bezem wrote in a letter to Trump Thursday.

“He said ‘the media did not give me credit for it. It’s OK. I hear it from Syrian Americans, they thank me for it,'” Trump told Kteleh and Al-Bezem, who praised him for his efforts and told him he deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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“We took it seriously and started thinking about how we could give him credit for what he’s done. Number one because he deserves the credit. Saving millions of people is an honor people need to be awarded for,” Kteleh said. “And number two because we feel that if he gets the nomination or gets considered, that will shed more light on these people who became refugees and at any point in time if Putin and Assad start assaulting them again it will give them hope and make the world recognize it.”

Kteleh and other members of his advocacy group, made up of doctors, businessmen and activists, launched a petition and Facebook page in support of nominating Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

“We were surprised with the amount of support we got in a short period of time,” Kteleh said, adding that in less than 10 days of creating the page, it garnered almost 28,000 supporters, a number that he says continues to climb by the thousands daily, as well as 21,000 signatures on a petition.

Kteleh said that despite allegations of collusion and Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a nearly two-year investigation that has clouded much of Trump’s presidency, he doesn’t believe the president is anything other than “sincere.”

“He would not have done that,” Kteleh said of Trump working with the Russians.

“We witnessed this firsthand. We went, we talked to the president, told him this was going to happen. He went out. Put pressure on Putin and Russia to stop the massacre. I don’t believe it,” he said.

Kteleh says he also fully supports Trump’s withdrawal of nearly 1,000 troops from the northeast border of Syria, which many politicians and officials on both sides of the aisle condemned as an abandonment of U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who now struggle to fend off Turkish enemies in the region.

“We’re American first. We understand where he’s coming from. He promised he’d bring the troops home. He promised during his election and campaign. He promised he would not be intervening in wars all over the world,” Kteleh said. “He’s just trying to commit to what he promised the people who elected him.”

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“When he protected the people in Idlib he did not have to commit troops or anything. All that he really did was give warnings to the Russians and the Iranians and Assad, that if you can attack and commit crimes, we’re going to respond to you. That’s all that he did. He did not have to put troops there. And we hope that he can do the same thing here. The ceasefire announced today is very similar.”

Vice President Pence successfully negotiated a ceasefire after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara Thursday, with the foreign nation agreeing to halt Turkey’s shellings in Syria for five days to allow the Kurdish YPG forces to pull back from the roughly 20-mile safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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Sotomayor breaks Supreme Court’s new ‘quiet’ rule during immigration case

Message to Sonia: Zip it.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has the dubious distinction of being the first member of the nation’s highest court to break a new “two minute” rule regarding justices asking questions.

And then she nearly did it a second time on the same day, according to reports.

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The new guidance, which took effect with the start of the court’s new session, requires the court’s nine justices to allow lawyers to lay out their arguments, uninterrupted, for two full minutes before the justices start making inquiries.

The justices held back for the first six arguments of the term. But then Sotomayor apparently couldn’t control herself Wednesday, during an immigration-related case, Bloomberg Law reported.

According to the outlet, attorney Paul Hughes started his argument in a case examining whether states can prosecute immigrants using information obtained on employee verification forms.

“Even if they were applying to a college?” Sotomayor interjected soon into the lawyer’s remarks.

“I’m sorry,” Chief Justice John Roberts said to the associate justice. “You can answer that question after your time has …”

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“I’m sorry,” Sotomayor said before Roberts could finish, according to Bloomberg Law.

During a separate case later in the day, Sotomayor began asking a question too early for a second time – but quickly realized her mistake and stopped, without Roberts needing to say a word.

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Perhaps Sotomayor can seek out some pointers on silence from Justice Clarence Thomas, who in 2016 startled many court watchers by posing his first questions during an oral argument in 10 years.

This week the Supreme Court also listened to arguments in the case of whether Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of the “D.C. sniper” duo who terrorized the Washington area nearly two decades ago, should be granted a new sentencing hearing.

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Williamson to miss final preseason game with sore right knee

Zion Williamson won’t play in New York in the New Orleans Pelicans‘ final preseason game because of a sore right knee.

The Pelicans said Thursday that the No. 1 pick didn’t travel with the team to New York, remaining in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports Medicine.

He was to have played Friday night against former Duke teammate RJ Barrett, the No. 3 pick, in a nationally televised game.

Williamson has averaged 23.3 points on 71.4% shooting in four preseason games. The Pelicans said further updates will be provided when available.

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Get Caught Up: 4 Big Questions About The Trump-Ukraine Affair

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Each week — and some days, it seems, each hour — brings more clarity to the picture of the Ukraine affair and the political crisis it sparked in Washington over impeachment.

But some of the biggest questions still don’t have answers.

Here’s a look at where the saga stands, what investigators want to learn, and what major decisions still must be reached before the fever breaks.

The Ukraine affair

No one disputes the basic outlines of the Ukraine affair, including Trump:

He used a combination of personal aides and official State Department diplomats to pressure the government of Ukraine to launch investigations into the family of Vice President Joe Biden and a conspiracy theory about the 2016 cyberattacks against Democrats.

The White House says it sees no problem.

Trump has cited what he’s called his responsibility to investigate “corruption,” referring to the Biden family. And Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Thursday that foreign policy is always political, diplomats work for the president and that everyone needs to “get over it.”

Democrats say all this is not only improper but could be grounds for impeachment. Trump invited another foreign government to interfere in another U.S. election, they argue, and defied the will of Congress by halting military assistance to an ally, in Ukraine, against an adversary, in Russia.

Many Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, have blasted what they call Democrats’ “illegitimate” impeachment inquiry. And a handful of Trump’s supporters have said that although they believe the president’s actions weren’t appropriate, he shouldn’t be impeached.

Question 1: How involved was Trump?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has commissioned three committees to investigate. A stream of witnesses have been appearing for closed-door depositions in the Capitol.

Much of what they’ve said is not yet public, but the narrative that has formed is about an effort driven by Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, which also included Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

There’s no question that Trump also was involved, and it was Trump who asked Ukraine’s president for the investigations in a now-famous July 25th phone call.

But did Trump plan and organize the Ukraine pressure strategy himself? Did Giuliani pitch it to him? How involved was the president in carrying it forward?

What Trump knew and did, and when — whether he admits it or investigators build a case based on witness testimony — could bear significantly on how Congress and Americans decide to respond.

Question 2: How much more investigating will Democrats do?

A fog of unreality has accompanied the fast-moving Ukraine affair, among other reasons, because it seemed to flash nearly fully formed into public understanding.

As Mulvaney said on Thursday, people in Washington expect there to be a cover-up — but the administration has admitted many of its actions. He acknowledged that Trump expected concessions from Ukraine’s president and he also pointed out that Trump has released the account of his phone call.

Neither Trump nor Mulvaney, in short, are hiding or apologizing. What’s there is there, they’ve said.

And even though the White House said it wouldn’t cooperate with impeachment, many witnesses keep appearing in Congress, including the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who testified on Thursday even though he previously was barred.

Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have said they must learn more and conduct some hearings in public before the House approaches the point of a vote to impeach Trump.

But with so much of the story now told, how much of that further investigation is about necessity and how much of it is a play for time?

What impeachment means

Impeachment in the House is an indictment that would spur a trial for Trump in the Senate. The president’s Republican allies control the upper chamber and he appears to enjoy more than enough support to retain his office.

Pelosi, Schiff and their allies also can see that when impeachment leaves the House, they lose control and the saga shifts into a new phase with different political implications.

So how much of the pending investigation is about accumulating information — and how much of it is about keeping the story alive while Democrats still can? And how much is about staving off the point at which Democrats must decide how to act in light of all that’s been revealed?

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Question 3: Will the House vote to formally initiate the impeachment inquiry?

Trump and his Republican supporters argue that impeachment isn’t real unless the full House gets to vote. Pelosi observes that the Constitution gives her broad discretion about how to handle the matter and that she can proceed as she has.

The speaker was asked this week why, if she believed she has the support in the House, she wouldn’t just convene a vote and call Trump’s bluff, as a reporter put it. Pelosi didn’t address that directly, but she did say that Democrats remains serious and that this isn’t a “game.”

Pelosi resisted calls from her most liberal members to pursue impeachment for months, mindful about the need to continue to reach moderate voters to defend her majority and run alongside Democrats’ presidential nominee next year.

When the outlines of Trump’s Ukraine pressure strategy became public, that moved so many Democrats that the speaker had no choice but to move with them and announce that the House had moved into the impeachment inquiry.

Proceeding without a recorded vote is a way for Pelosi to keep her options open. If impeachment becomes a political loser, she and Democrats could back away without having opened a door they might be expected to then close with a difficult vote on impeachment itself.

But some polls have suggested that public opinion may be moving the Democrats’ way on impeachment and even removal of Trump.

If the speaker and Democrats feel they’re standing on solid ground, they might convene a vote by the full House to launch impeachment as a way to undercut Republicans’ arguments about its illegitimacy. That also might make the momentum unstoppable toward articles of impeachment.

Question 4: Would Democrats go through with a vote to impeach Trump?

Democrats have been talking about impeachment for years. Possible cases have included Trump’s immigration policies, the Russia imbroglio and Trump’s ongoing business dealings. On Thursday, Mulvaney said would host next year’s G-7 summit at his own golf resort in Florida.

But the discussions never went forward — in large measure because Pelosi held them back.

The old conventional wisdom was that an impeachment process that resulted in a Senate acquittal would wind up hurting Democrats and helping Republicans.

A party-line vote that resulted in Trump keeping his office would be seen as a vindication and acquittal, in this line of thinking, and voters would punish Democrats in the way they punished Republicans after President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998.

Today, Pelosi argues that House Democrats are taking a stand based on principle — that a president cannot solicit foreign interference in U.S. elections or defy Congress. She and the House majority are contemplating what would only be the third impeachment vote in history for a sitting president.

Would Pelosi only take that step if she feels the political landscape had changed enough that she could do so safely?

Or would she trigger the Senate trial even if she believed it would damage her own party politically — or, even more consequentially, remove a president within a year of the day that voters expect to have their own say in the matter?

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Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer To Reality

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Sounding like a huge swarm of angry bees or maybe a hedge trimmer on steroids, a small quadcopter lifts up off of a landing pad in front of the main hospital building on the WakeMed campus in Raleigh, N.C. Underneath it is a metal box — smaller than a shoebox — with vials of blood samples inside of it that are now heading across the campus to the lab for analysis, guided by a drone operator on the ground.

It’s not a long trip.

“This facility happens to be across a very busy road from our main campus hospital,” says Stuart Ginn, an ENT surgeon and medical director of innovations at WakeMed. But when taken by carrier on foot or by car, he says “the logistics of getting those samples across often resulted in about a 45-minute time of delivery.”

But now, with the drone?

“We’ve seen that drop to about 10 minutes, and that’s really door to door,” Ginn says. “The actual flight time one way is about three minutes because it’s not a long route.”

Saving that much time can, in some instances, save lives, and at the very least it should reduce delays in providing medical treatment.

Now, WakeMed’s partner in this endeavor, UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward, has won federal approval to expand its drone delivery operations, allowing the company to use multiple aircraft in multiple locations to make revenue-generating deliveries over longer distances.

Ginn says that will allow WakeMed to bypass the traffic congestion of area roads and fly drones with tissue and blood samples or urgent medical supplies quickly between its other health care facilities in the region.

“We anticipate being able to connect those hospitals together and those health-plexes back to the hospitals and back to where we’re sitting now, back to the main campus hospital,” Ginn says.

In Raleigh, UPS is using Matternet drones capable of carrying 5-pound loads over 12.5 miles.

Drones with longer ranges could eventually be a game-changer in helping meet health care needs in underserved communities and in rural areas, where doctors and patients could be miles apart from medications and supplies.

“What we are doing is we are opening up a third dimension that wasn’t there,” says Bala Ganesh, vice president of the advanced technology group at UPS. “We were thinking in 2D and now we’re starting to think in the third dimension. And no pun intended, the sky’s the limit in what we can build out going forward with this third dimension.”

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Ganesh says GPS and other technologies allow for these unmanned drones to fly to precise locations, and collision-avoidance technology will help prevent the drones from crashing into obstacles such as trees, power lines, buildings or even other drones.

“We are moving forward into a future that does not exist today, so it’s an amazing, amazing thing,” Ganesh says.

Drones are not quite ready to compete with Santa Claus in delivering toys to your home by Christmas morning, but the dream of transporting goods from the store to your door is closer to reality.

Walgreens is testing on-demand delivery by drone on a limited scale in Christiansburg, Va., partnering with FedEx and Wing Aviation, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

A lot of others in the online retail industry are working feverishly to develop drone delivery systems that can win federal approval. Most prominent among them is Amazon; CEO Jeff Bezos said several years ago that drones would be delivering Amazon orders to our homes in 30 minutes via drone by 2019. That hasn’t happened yet, in large part because the regulatory framework does not exist yet.

Drones are already being used commercially for photography and film, inspecting crops, buildings, bridges and railroads. And first responders use them in search and rescue operations and to survey damage from fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters.

But those drones operate on short leashes. The new FAA “part 135” certification awarded to UPS will eventually allow for drone deliveries going beyond the operator’s line of sight, flying the drones at night and over populated areas.

“This is a huge leap forward,” says Jacob Reed, director of the unmanned aircraft systems degree program at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., which is about 35 miles southwest of Chicago.

“Everyone understands the value in this and everybody understands the demand that consumers have with wanting their goods and wanting their goods faster,” Reed adds. “We’ve seen retailers cut it down to two days and one day, but imagine starting to get something in hours instead of days.”

Drones can meet that demand much more easily than delivery vans and trucks, but Reed says there’s still a lot of uncertainty in the industry.

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“The biggest thing is safety,” he says. “It’s not only the safety of everybody on the ground that the aircraft may be flying over, but it’s the safety of other manned aircraft that are in the skies.”

There are also privacy concerns about drones flying over homes and businesses, concerns about the noise bigger drones generate, and security concerns over drones possibly being hacked and steered off course.

And then there’s just plain old human curiosity. Reed imagines a drone delivering to his house on a warm summer day “and this big rotor-craft comes and lands maybe on my driveway or my doorstep to drop off a package. Well, now there are kids in the area that are off of school and they come by to check out this cool aircraft that just came to deliver something.”

Will the drone know kids are close by so it doesn’t restart the rotors that could injure them? If so, how long might it sit and wait and delay other deliveries? And what if someone damages the drone while it’s on the ground?

The FAA and drone developers and manufacturers are working on addressing those concerns. In fact, the FAA’s drone advisory committee is meeting in Washington this month for just the second time this year.

Nonetheless, it is increasingly likely that drone deliveries to our homes will soon take off.

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