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Calls for Justice Kavanaugh’s impeachment are mounting. Here’s how it could work.

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Would love to see Boof Beer Boy go away if the Senate flips. (If for no other reason than revenge for Garland.)

The Senate wouldn’t just need to flip; it would need to flip to a Democratic super-majority. That would require Democrats to win all of next November’s races except four, which is so far beyond realistic that you probably couldn’t even get odds from a Las Vegas bookie. On top of that you’d need all of those new Democrats to vote to convict on impeachment, for something without concrete proof, that happened decades before his tenure on the SC began. Had the FBI completed a thorough investigation and found the allegations credible, that might have been enough to change a couple of GOP votes and kept him off the court, which of course is why it didn’t happen. Impeachment, however, is an almost impossibly high bar politically, and anything short of an actual felony criminal indictment won’t come close to that bar now. The impeachment talk, to quote the Bard, is all “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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Trump talks with Democratic leaders as pressure mounts for gun control legislation

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President Donald Trump says there are “a lot of things under discussion,” on background gun checks, including some things that will never happen and other things that might. “It’s really ‘Gun Sense,’ if you think about it,” Trump said. (Sept. 11) AP

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump talked on the phone with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Sunday morning as pressure mounted for Congress to act on gun control. 

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, Schumer and Pelosi said they told Trump that any gun control package that did not include the background check legislation passed earlier this year by the House would “not get the job done.” 

“This morning, we made it clear to the president that any proposal he endorses that does not include the House-passed universal background checks legislation will not get the job done, as dangerous loopholes will still exist and people who shouldn’t have guns will still have access,” they wrote in a statement. 

They promised Trump a “historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden” if he endorsed the legislation and had Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell act on the legislation. 

McConnell has previously said he would only bring gun legislation to a vote if Trump would sign the bill into law, though it has been unclear exactly what proposals Trump supports. 

Trump has gone back and forth on his support for background checks and other gun control measures. 

“I have an appetite for background checks,” Trump said from the White House South Lawn as he departed for an event in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of August. “We’re going to be doing background checks. … We’re going to be filling in some of the loopholes.”

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that “there are a number of pieces of legislation the president is considering” but did not give any details. 

More: ‘We’d like to know where the president is’: GOP leaders meet with Trump as pressure mounts on gun legislation

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Later Sunday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere released a statement confirming that the call took place, though he said Trump made “no commitments on H.R. 8,” the universal background check bill backed by Democrats.

“The conversation was cordial. The President made no commitments on H.R. 8, but instead indicated his interest in working to find a bipartisan legislative solution on appropriate responses to the issue of mass gun violence. The President reiterated his commitment for his administration to continue work on these issues.”

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Bernie Sanders Campaign Shakes Up New Hampshire Operation

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Senator Bernie Sanders has overhauled his New Hampshire state operations, as his campaign fights to maintain support in a state he won by more than 22 percentage points in 2016.

In a series of moves, the campaign has replaced the New Hampshire state director, Joe Caiazzo, with Shannon Jackson, who is deeply enmeshed in Mr. Sanders’s inner circle and who led the senator’s re-election campaign in Vermont last year. Mr. Caiazzo, who was Mr. Sanders’s political director in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the 2016 campaign, has been named state director in Massachusetts.

The moves were announced to the campaign’s New Hampshire staff on Sunday.

“We feel really good about where we stand in New Hampshire right now,” said Faiz Shakir, the Sanders campaign manager. “The poll numbers, the volunteer capacity, the crowds that we have been getting at these events all suggest to us that we are in a very good position.”

He added: “Obviously, much work to do to continue that trend.”

The Sanders campaign also recently shook up its top leadership, promoting both Ari Rabin-Havt, the chief of staff, and Arianna Jones, the communications director, to the position of deputy campaign manager and bringing on a new senior communications adviser.

Mr. Sanders’s campaign said the moves in New Hampshire and elsewhere are an attempt to expand his operations and organize supporters in the northeast as they look beyond the early states toward Super Tuesday, when several other New England states, including Senator Elizabeth Warren’s state of Massachusetts, will vote. The campaign recently hired a Maine state director, Ben Collings, a member of the Maine Legislature who ran Maine for Mr. Sanders’s 2016 campaign.

“This campaign is building up and spreading out over the next few months,” Mr. Shakir said.

But Mr. Sanders’s decision to shake up his campaign in first-in-the-nation New Hampshire, a state he almost certainly must win to have a chance at the nomination, underscores the challenges he faces in recreating the formula from his landslide victory there against Hillary Clinton.

Without the same mix of New Hampshire’s anti-establishment and progressive voters all to himself this time, he has fallen into the 20s in most polls, bunched up with Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Ms. Warren at the top of the surveys in the state.

The rise of Ms. Warren, in particular, has created difficulties for Mr. Sanders because, like him, she is from a neighboring state and, also like him, appeals to much of the party’s left. Potentially even more threatening, she represents a new alternative for the voters who were mostly aligned with Mr. Sanders in 2016 to oppose Mrs. Clinton.

What gets less attention, but which some New Hampshire Democrats say helps explain Mr. Sanders’s challenges there, are the long shot candidates: Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur, Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Marianne Williamson, the best-selling self-help author, are drawing attention from the sort of avant-garde voters who had no such alternative options last cycle other than the Vermont senator.

New Hampshire Democrats said Mr. Caiazzo, who grew up in Massachusetts and last year ran the re-election campaign of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, was a traditional party operative and always something of an unusual fit for Mr. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist whose campaign is about upending the establishment.

And increasingly, Mr. Sanders, in New Hampshire and beyond, is focused less on winning over traditional Democratic activists than he is in mobilizing volunteers as well as new supporters, particularly individuals who have not participated in past primaries, including independents and disaffected Republicans. New Hampshire Democrats also believe that Mr. Sanders did not have the sort of organization befitting the candidate who had won the state so overwhelmingly three years ago.

Mr. Jackson, who was previously the Sanders campaign’s northeast regional director, has worked with Mr. Sanders for years, including in his senate office in Burlington, Vt. He also helped start Our Revolution, the senator’s political advocacy group.

In a statement, Mr. Jackson said he was “honored to be taking on a more direct role in this critically important state” and praised the team there.

The campaign said it had recently added a campus outreach director and labor outreach director in New Hampshire as well.

Glenn Thrush contributed reporting.

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Boeing Board to Call for Safety Changes After 737 Max Crashes

For the past five months, a small committee of Boeing’s board has been interviewing company employees, safety experts and executives at other industrial organizations in an attempt to understand how the aerospace giant could design and build safer airplanes.

The committee is expected to deliver its findings to the full Boeing board this week, and call for several meaningful changes to the way the company is structured, according to three people briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the report has not yet been submitted.

The recommendations will include that Boeing change aspects of its organizational structure, calling for the creation of new groups focused on safety and encouraging the company to consider making changes to the cockpits of future airplanes to accommodate a new generation of pilots, some of whom may have less training.

Though the committee did not investigate the two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max jet, their findings represent the company’s most direct effort yet to reform its internal processes after the accidents, which killed 346 people.

One of the report’s most significant findings concerns the reporting structure for engineers at the company. At Boeing, top engineers report primarily to the business leaders for each airplane model, and secondarily to the company’s chief engineer.

Under this model, engineers who identify problems that might slow a jet’s development could face resistance from executives whose jobs revolve around meeting production deadlines. The committee recommends flipping the reporting lines, so that top engineers report primarily to Boeing’s chief engineer, and secondarily to business unit leaders.

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The two Boeing crashes killed 346 people.CreditJose Luis Magana/Associated Press

Another key recommendation calls for establishing a new safety group that will work across the company. The committee examined the process by which Boeing employees conduct certification work on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration, known as Organization Designation Authorization, as well as an internal company framework known as the Boeing Safety Management System.

Boeing has more than 100,000 employees and, like many large companies, at times struggles with information flow. In particular, there has been inadequate communication within the engineering department, and from Boeing’s commercial airplanes division, based in the Seattle area, to Boeing corporate offices in Chicago.

The new safety group will work to ensure that the company’s various efforts have adequate independence and are working together and sharing information effectively. The new group will report to senior Boeing leadership, as well as to a new permanent committee on the board focused on aerospace safety.

A third major recommendation involves how Boeing approaches the design of future airplanes. Though the Max crashes were triggered by the malfunction of a new system on the planes, there is a simmering debate concerning whether the pilots responded appropriately, and whether the Lion Air plane that crashed off Indonesia last October should have been flying at all because of maintenance problems.

Training levels can vary by country. The first officer of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed in March, was relatively inexperienced, with just over 200 hours flying 737s.

The board committee is expected to recommend that Boeing re-examine cockpit design and operation to ensure that new Boeing planes are accessible for the next generation of pilots, including those with less training.

Boeing’s chief executive, Dennis A. Muilenburg, established the committee in April, calling on it to review “companywide policies and processes for the design and development of the airplanes we build.” The group included four Boeing directors familiar with complex industrial systems, as well as highly regulated industries.

Top Boeing engineers report to both the company’s chief engineer and to the business side, something an internal review is expected to recommend be changed.CreditRuth Fremson/The New York Times

Admiral Edmund Giambastiani Jr., a former nuclear submarine officer and the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the committee chairman. The other members were Lynn Good, the chief executive of Duke Energy and a board member of the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations; Edward Liddy, the former chief executive of the insurance company Allstate; and Robert Bradway, the chief executive of Amgen, a pharmaceuticals company.

To conduct its review, the committee interviewed dozens of Boeing employees about their work. The committee also hired independent safety experts who had experience with industrial accidents including the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the Columbia space shuttle disaster and the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. Among the experts was Sean O’Keefe, the former NASA administrator.

Additionally, the committee consulted with officials from NASA, General Electric, Duke Energy and military leaders who had experience dealing with accidents and their aftermaths.

The Max remains grounded six months after the second crash, though the F.A.A. may allow the planes to fly again by the end of the year, according to several people familiar with the process. Some international regulators are likely to take longer, however, signaling a rift in the global aviation community.

This month, Patrick Ky, the head of the European Aviation Safety Agency, suggested that when the F.A.A. deemed the Max safe to fly again, his agency was unlikely to do so at the same time.

“The F.A.A. is in a very difficult situation,” Mr. Ky said during an appearance at European Parliament. “When they say this is good to go, it’s very likely that international authorities will want a second opinion.”

Even as the F.A.A. is working with Boeing to return the Max to service, the regulator itself is facing scrutiny. A multiagency task force reviewing the certification of the Max is also expected to submit its report this month, and is likely to recommend changes to the way the F.A.A. oversees airplane manufacturers like Boeing, according to people briefed on the effort who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the review is incomplete.

Chris Hart, the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, is leading a task force reviewing how the Max was certified.CreditCliff Owen/Associated Press

The group, known as the Joint Authorities Technical Review, is led by Chris Hart, the former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and includes representatives from NASA, the F.A.A. and international regulators. The report is expected to include about a dozen recommendations, with a focus on improving transparency in the certification process.

Frustration with Boeing is mounting on Capitol Hill. Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, said in an interview that he invited Boeing to testify at a House hearing, but the company declined.

“Next time, it won’t just be an invitation, if necessary,” Mr. DeFazio said.

Congressional investigators are combing through tens of thousands of internal Boeing documents, looking for potential flaws in the Max’s development and certification.

“We’ve got massive amounts of documents from Boeing,” Mr. DeFazio said. “But they have otherwise been not particularly cooperative.”

The F.A.A. and international regulators are similarly frustrated with Boeing, a sentiment that became apparent at a meeting last month.

In August, Boeing met with officials from the F.A.A. and other global aviation agencies to brief them on its efforts to complete fixes on the Max. Regulators asked detailed questions about adjustments to the Max’s flight control computers, which the Boeing representatives there were not prepared to answer.

Instead, the company representatives began to display a PowerPoint presentation on their efforts, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it was not public.

At that point, the regulators ended the meeting. Weeks later, Boeing has still not answered all their questions.

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Opinion: Antonio Brown's featured role in debut reveals Patriots' shamelessness

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots show no sign of a conscience and even less care for decorum.

Not that we didn’t already know this, what with Deflategate, the practice spies and those visitor headsets that always seem to malfunction in Foxborough. But Belichick’s prominent use of Antonio Brown on Sunday left no doubt where his moral compass points: straight up, by way of his middle finger.

Anyone who was uncomfortable with the optics of Brown playing — and in a significant role, tied for a team-high four catches — five days after his former trainer sued him while alleging sexual assault and rape, well, that’s not Belichick and the Patriots’ problem. Winning is all the matters, the 43-0 final score against the Miami Dolphins justifying any means. 

It was easy, and understandable, to say the NFL should have put Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list after Britney Taylor filed her lawsuit Tuesday night. The NFL’s disregard for women is as consistent as it is disappointing, and the idea of the league giving yet another player yet another pass is infuriating.

But that view was also uninformed. A player can only be placed on the exempt list if there are criminal charges, which there aren’t in this case, or “when an investigation leads the commissioner to believe that a player might have violated this policy.”

That wording is key.

The NFL hasn’t even had the chance to talk with Taylor yet. There are no videos or photos to corroborate her claims, and the text messages cited in the lawsuit, while disturbing and not a good reflection on Brown, have not been authenticated publicly.

That doesn’t mean Taylor’s claims are without merit, and it doesn’t mean Brown is in the clear. It means the investigation is still in its infancy, which left the NFL little choice but to allow Brown to play against the Dolphins.

The Patriots were a different story, however. They easily could have made Brown inactive, claiming he hadn’t had enough time to learn the offense. If they didn’t want to do that, they could have made him a non-factor, using him sparingly and not calling plays for him. It’s not as if they needed him, either. The Dolphins are so hapless they can barely call themselves an NFL team, and New England could have left half its team home and still won. Handily.

That isn’t the “Patriot way,” however. New England made Brown a prominent part of its game plan for the same reason it signed him after his brief but incendiary circus act in Oakland: Because it can, and because Belichick wants to remind everyone that he’s the smartest guy in the room.

NFL Network reported before the game that Patriots owner Robert Kraft never would have signed off on Brown’s acquisition if the team had known about Taylor’s allegations. But it’s easy to say that now, and Kraft’s offended sensibilities fall flat in light of what the Patriots actually did.

On the second play of the game, there was Brown, trotting onto the field to a mixture of boos and cheers. (In fairness, it was hard to tell what was being directed at whom, given all the New England fans at the stadium and the Dolphins’ general ineptitude.)

Seconds later, Tom Brady found Brown for an 18-yard gain up the middle.

New England had four pass plays in that first scoring drive, and Brown was the recipient of three of them. On the fourth, a Brady incompletion, Brown drew a defensive holding call on Minkah Fitzpatrick.

On New England’s third possession, after a heavy dose of run plays, Brady let loose, finding Brown for the 20-yard touchdown. Brown celebrated by jumping into the stands, Lambeau Leap-style, though he misjudged and fell all the way into the seats.

No matter, as a couple of Patriots fans gave him a boost back up. When Brown returned to the field, he got another boost, this one in the form of a big hug from Brady in full view of the cameras.

Brown wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the game, but it hardly mattered because the message had already been sent.

The Patriots will do what they want with who they want. There are no rights or wrongs for them, only wins.

Follow Nancy Armour on Twitter @nrarmour.

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‘Leaving Neverland’ Director Rips Dave Chappelle’s ‘Revolting’ Jokes About Jackson Accusers

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Leaving Neverland” director Dan Reed, who took home a Creative Arts Emmy on Saturday for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, denounced comedian Dave Chappelle’s jokes about Michael Jackson’s accusers, calling them sickening.

“Chappelle is riding on a wave of being contrarian, being controversial, and think this, to me, was revolting,” he said during an interview backstage after the awards ceremony. “I felt physically sick listening to what he was saying.”

In Chappelle’s stand-up special, “Sticks and Stones,” which made its Netflix debut this month, he refers to those who accused the late pop star of molestation as “motherfuckers,” stating, “I do not believe them.”

The remarks elicited cheers and applause from his audience.

Continuing, Chappelle shrugged his shoulders when acknowledging that the sexual assault allegations could be true, adding, “I know more than half the people in this room have been molested in their lives, but it wasn’t no goddamn Michael Jackson, was it?”

Though the crowd laughed, Reed, whose documentary shed light on the stories of two men who claim to have been assaulted by Jackson as children, didn’t find it humorous.

“You can make comedy out of so many other things,” he said. “Why not do something brave instead of crapping on some victim of child rape?”

Chappelle’s latest routine has faced backlash for its tone-deaf and racist jokes, some of which targeted women, Asians and the LGBTQ community.

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Daniel Turner: Ocasio-Cortez says climate change may drown Miami – As usual, she’s laughably wrong

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In the old European folktale, Chicken Little went into a panic and started screaming “The sky is falling, the sky is falling” to all the animals she could find, warning that the world was coming to an end. In real life today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is panicking and telling us the oceans are rising and the end of the world is near because of climate change.

Both warnings of doom and gloom are equally melodramatic and overwrought.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. – who pretends she’s an expert on climate, energy and the superiority of her beloved socialism – has been receiving a lot of criticism for her statement last week claiming that because of climate change, Miami may not exist in a few years.

AOC APPEARS TO CLAIM MIAMI WILL BE GONE ‘IN A FEW YEARS’ BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Speaking at an NAACP forum to drum up support of her radical multitrillion-dollar Green New Deal that would bring economic disaster to the U.S., the freshman congresswoman said:

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“What is not realistic is not responding to the crisis – not responding with a solution on the scale of the crisis. …Because what’s not realistic is Miami not existing in a few years. That’s not realistic. So, we need to be realistic about the problem.”

That’s a lot of nots. Or not.

To lose Miami or not to lose Miami, that is the question.

Well, my advice to the good people of Miami and their friends and relatives in other parts of the country is to take what Ocasio-Cortez says with a grain – make that a ton – of salt. She has absolutely no idea what she is talking about.

Keep in mind that Ocasio-Cortez said not too long ago that the world would become unlivable in 12 years unless we made massive changes – including some that are scientifically impossible – to all our energy choices and the way we live our lives. When her prediction of the end of the world drew ridicule, she backpedaled and said she was only being sarcastic.

Sure she was.

Statements like those by Ocasio-Cortez make the climate change crusade looks as hyperbolic and devoid of science as many know it is. Even people without advanced degrees in climatology or geology (like AOC herself) know her absurd statements are demonstrably untrue. A few years is a relatively short period of time, and for her statement to be even remotely true, we would need to see evidence of rising waters every single day.

How will Miami, or all coastal cities, succumb to the seas? Will it be a slow encroachment – a constant rise of tides that every day inch higher and higher? Because if that’s the case the locals should be able to observe tomorrow, or next week, something measurably different in their coastal surroundings than they do today.

Or will Miami be flooded like it was in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” in which a giant wave washes over the city? If this happens, where would the wave originate?  It must be from the melting ice caps, something we hear about constantly, right?

Don’t bet on it.

It’s been 10 years since former Vice President Al Gore said on this video: “… some of the models suggest … that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during summer, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years.”

Earlier this month a group of climate change activists en route to document the vanishing ice needed to be rescued halfway between the North Pole and Norway. Their boat, the Malmo, got stuck in ice.

There is another way to create such giant waves: King Triton can generate them. For those of you not familiar with his majesty, he is the king of the seas in the Disney cartoon “The Little Mermaid.” The cartoon came out in 1989 – the same year Ocasio-Cortez was born. Perhaps the congresswoman can subpoena King Triton to testify before Congress.

According to Ocasio-Cortez – and many other Democrats, including some presidential candidates –  climate change is the most important issue facing us today and no sacrifice is too great and no program too costly to fight it. It is the equivalent of an earlier generation’s fight in World War II – or maybe even bigger.

I have to disagree.

Last year in America more than 70,000 people died of opioid overdoses. Every night more than 500,000 homeless people sleep on our nation’s streets. Each day 20 of our military veterans and active-duty military service members commit suicide on average – maybe one of them while you are reading this.

None of these issues is granted the same soaring rhetoric of moral consequence as climate change, let alone hours of televised presidential town halls like the recent seven-hour marathon on CNN.

And while there are real human, material and moral needs in America, there is also much to celebrate, especially in an industry that is repeatedly and willfully maligned by the left-wing climate warriors: the fossil fuel industry.

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Last year New Mexico had a budget surplus of $1.2 billion, thanks to oil and gas revenue. When leftists clamor for funding programs to benefit children, the poor, migrants and other groups, this is where the money comes from. Employment in this field continues to grow at 1.7 percent and most of these jobs do not require expensive four-year college degrees.

All this while carbon dioxide emissions – the very “pollutants” that give climate activists nightmares – continue to decrease. I don’t see anyone applauding this.

Saying Miami will be gone in a few years is a silly comment that deserves criticism. But more so, the effort to brand climate change a moral crisis worthy of bankrupting our economy and eliminating the jobs of millions of Americans needs to stop.

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The fossil fuel industry is not America’s enemy, and political leaders like AOC should either temper their words or reject the very oil, gas, coal, electricity, plastic, and inexpensive food and material goods that make help America the greatest place on Earth.

And as for Miami, I have confidence the city will be around for a very long time to come – even long after Ocasio-Cortez has retired from public life.

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Damage from Iran-linked drone attack on Saudi oil facility captured in satellite images

Saudi oil sites attacked on Saturday — in a drone assault linked to Iran — were seen to have sustained damage after satellite images released Sunday captured char marks and smoke billowing from the world’s largest oil processing facility.

The weekend attack ignited huge fires at Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility and interrupted about 5.7 million barrels of crude oil production — over 5 percent of the world’s daily supply.

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U.S. satellite images appeared to show approximately 17 points of impact on key infrastructure at the site after the attack.

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U.S. satellite imagery showing about 17 points of impact on key infrastructure. (US official)

While Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels have since claimed responsibility for the attack, the U.S. has accused Iran of launching the assault. Tehran has denied the allegations, calling the claims “maximum lies.”

Houthi leader Muhammad al-Bukhaiti reiterated his group’s claim of responsibility, telling The Associated Press on Sunday it exploited “vulnerabilities” in Saudi air defenses to strike the targets. He did not elaborate.

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The exact extent of the damage from the drone attack wasn’t immediately clear. (US official)

Other images appeared to show black char marks and thick black smoke in an area of the facility.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies in August had identified that region as the plant’s stabilization area. That zone included “storage tanks and processing and compressor trains — which greatly increases the likelihood of a strike successfully disrupting or destroying its operations,” the center wrote at the time.

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Thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, captured in a satellite image. (Planet Labs Inc via AP)

Neither Saudi Arabia nor the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco have said how much damage was done to the facility. Saudi Arabia has promised to fill in the cut in production with its reserves but has not said how long it would take to repair the damage.

POMPEO ACCUSES IRAN OF ‘UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK’ AFTER DRONES HIT SAUDI OIL FACILITIES

There was no immediate impact on global oil prices from the attacks as markets were closed for the weekend, but analysts have anticipated a spike in oil prices when markets reopen Monday.

However, higher oil prices could add to the struggles facing the global economy. The spike in prices could dip the global economy into a recession, limiting any prolonged period of excessive prices as demand rebalances the market, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.

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Black char marks at the center of the facility suggested the attack struck at the heart of the processing facility. (European Commission via AP)

Meanwhile, the attack has ratcheted up the already high Mideast tensions amid escalating U.S.-Iran hostilities as the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, launched during the Obama administration, has continued to unravel.

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“Because of the tension and sensitive situation, our region is like a powder keg,” warned Iran National Guard Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh. “When these contacts come too close, when forces come into contact with one another, it is possible a conflict happens because of a misunderstanding.”

In recent months there’s been a string of mysterious attacks on oil tankers that the U.S. has blamed on Tehran; at least one suspected Israeli strike on Shiite forces in Iraq; and Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio, Kevin Corke and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Hustlers’ star Jennifer Lopez’s stripper moves can’t beat ‘It’ at box office

It wasn’t quite enough to take down Pennywise the clown, but Jennifer Lopez and the scheming strippers of “Hustlers” topped even the high expectations they brought to the weekend box office.

It: Chapter Two” brought in $40.7 million to keep the top spot in its second week and has earned a total of $153.8 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original, the biggest September release ever, had earned more than $200 million at the same point two years ago.

“Hustlers,” riding stellar reviews, film-festival buzz and Oscar talk for Lopez, earned $33.2 million, a record for a film from STX Entertainment, which was launched less than five years ago.

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The film, budgeted at just $20 million, became the rare recent hit that was neither a sequel nor a reboot nor part of a series. It was also the biggest opening ever for a live-action Lopez film, and had numbers comparable to co-star Constance Wu’s hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” whose long-term box office success could be a model for “Hustlers.”

“This is exactly the kind of movie that every studio dreams of producing, because it’s going to be profitable, prestigious and a long-term performer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “A lot of original type movies that are non-franchise non-sequels, many of them have had a rough go this year. This is a nice counter-balance to that.”

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This image released by STXfilms shows Jennifer Lopez, in a scene from “Hustlers,” in theaters on Sept. 13. Lopez stars as Ramona, a leader of strippers in a Robin Hood-esque scheme to steal from rich men. (AP)

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Based on a New York magazine piece, “Hustlers,” written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, tells the true story of a group of New York City strippers who, put out by the recession’s effects on their Wall Street patrons, start a side con that involves drugging their wealthy marks and running up exorbitant credit card bills that they get a cut of.

“We didn’t look at it as a stripper movie,” said STX Motion Picture Group Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We looked at it as a crime movie, not unlike something like ‘Wolf of Wall Street.'”

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Even with its buzz, industry projections had the film making about $25 million over the weekend, but it appealed to an even wider audience than expected.

“It definitely skewed female as we always expected, but it was very diverse as far as ethnic groups, and it brought in a broad range of ages for an R-rated film,” Fogelson said.

And with its strong word-of-mouth and the forthcoming season of awards and end-of-year top 10 lists, it could keep bringing in the dollar bills for months.

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“This is a movie that everyone is talking about,” Fogelson said.

Angel Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was a distant third with $4.4 million, and has brought in $60.4 million in its four weeks of release.

The week’s other new release, “The Goldfinch,” landed with a thud, bringing in just $2.6 million. The adaptation of Donna Tartt’s acclaimed 2013 novel, starring Ansel Elgort, got reviews as dreary as those of “Hustlers” were strong.

“It: Chapter Two” was hardly a slouch, despite underperforming compared to the 2017 original. Bringing in more than $150 million in two weeks during usually-dead September is a rare achievement.

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“It’s a massive number,” said Dergarabedian. “The ‘It’ franchise has now done over a billion dollars worldwide. That first film was really lightning in a bottle.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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1. “It: Chapter Two,” $40.7 million.

2. “Hustlers,” $33.2 million.

3. “Angel Has Fallen,” $4.4 million.

4. “Good Boys,” $4.3 million.

5. “The Lion King,” $3.6 million.

6. “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw,” $2.8 million.

7. “Overcomer,” $2.7 million.

8. “The Goldfinch,” $2.6 million.

9. “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” $1.9 million.

10. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” $1.85 million.

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Lori Loughlin ‘aware’ of Felicity Huffman sentence, regrets not taking plea deal: report

Lori Loughlin may have second thoughts about pleading not guilty in the college admissions scandal following Felicity Huffman‘s 14-day prison sentence.

A source close to Loughlin told People that the former “Fuller House” star was “aware of Felicity’s sentence and is processing what that means for her.” The insider added of Huffman’s sentencing date Friday, “This has been a rough day. Lori is going to move forward as best as she can, but now she has a little more clarity about what will happen next.”

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Huffman, 56, was sentenced to 14 days in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. She confessed to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She wrote that she’d considered the same for her younger daughter but decided against it.

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A judge also ordered Huffman to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.

Loughlin, 55, and husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 to admissions scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella recruited onto the USC crew team despite neither girl ever being a rower. USC put the girls’ enrollment statuses on hold amid an internal investigation into the scandal.

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The pair rejected the plea deal that other parents allegedly involved in the case — including Huffman — accepted. Giannulli, 56, and Loughlin then were hit with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy and would face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on all charges.

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“If she’s found guilty, she will go to jail; that is clear. And if another deal is offered to her, which I don’t think it will be, she will go to jail,” the source said.

“Her only chance of avoiding jail is to beat these charges. Lori is a smart woman; she understands that. She’s scared and upset, but she’s resolved to be strong and to fight this. She will do what she has to do to protect herself and her family.”

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The source admitted that Loughlin “regrets” not taking the plea agreement when prosecutors initially offered it but insisted Loughlin had no idea she did anything illegal when making the payments to Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation.

“She didn’t understand the entire nature of the charges against her, and she wasn’t even sure if or how she had broken the law. It was very early, and she didn’t have all the information that she has now,” the source said. “Based on what she understood at the time, she made the best choice for herself. Now there is no deal on the table, and she has to have faith that the courts and the prosecution will move fairly and not make an example out of her.”

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Legal experts previously told Fox News that Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s strategy — essentially pleading ignorance to the scam — may not hold up in court.

“The government doesn’t have to prove that Loughlin and Giannulli knew what the payments were used for,” said attorney Neama Rahmani. “The fraudulent application to USC is enough to support the conspiracy charges. And there is more than enough circumstantial evidence to prove that they knew the payments were for an illicit or unlawful purpose.”

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What may work in Loughlin’s favor: the decision from the judge in Huffman’s case not to throw the book at the “Desperate Housewives” star because of her fame — though it may end up differently for Loughlin and Giannulli, who didn’t immediately take responsibility or show remorse for their alleged actions.

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U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani told a tearful Huffman during her sentencing, “I think this is the right sentence here. You can move forward and rebuild your life after this. Without this sentence, I think the community around you would ask why you got away with this.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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