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Meteorologist slams fat-shaming critic: ‘I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight’

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This forecast calls for more carbs and less fat-shaming.

A meteorologist responded to a harsh critic on her Twitter feed, after the viewer was apparently unhappy with the meteorologist’s “stomach bulge” being visible while she was reporting the weather.

Tracy Hinson, a reporter for KSDK News in St. Louis, shared an image of the nasty message she received from a viewer earlier this month.

“Do you ever watch yourself giving the weather report?” the message begins. “Seems that you need a girdle for the stomach overhang which shortens the front of your dresses! Today was not the first time I have noticed this. Maybe you should wear a top that covers the bulge in your stomach.”

INSTAGRAM MODEL SAYS BODY-SHAMING IS AN ‘EVERYDAY’ THING: ‘IT CAN BE EXHAUSTING’

Undeterred, Hinson publicly responded to the viewer, identifying her as Mary.

“Dear Mary,” Hinson began, “Yes I do watch my airchecks. NO I will not be strapping myself into a girdle because you don’t like my belly. I like pasta, bread and cheese too much to obsess over my weight. I like my body and that’s all that really matters.”

She concluded her post with the hashtag “NoMoreFatshaming.”

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Since posting the response, Hinson’s message has received more than 21,000 likes on the social media platform.

Hinson has also received a lot of support from Twitter.

One reply: “Dear Tracy, I don’t know you, nor have I ever seen you on TV. But this tweet has spread beyond your market and I just want you to know that I hope you meant this deep inside and you change nothing. Thank you for this and props to you. I think you are beautiful. Be you.”

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“Mary, it’s really easy to criticize from behind a screen, isn’t it?” another reply read. “Perhaps you should focus on Tracy’s accurate forecast and delightful demeanor. Tracy — you are gorgeous. You eat all of the mac and cheese you want.”

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Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech

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WASHINGTON — Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression, fighting the idea that the social network needs to be an arbiter of speech even as it has faced blowback for leaving up false political ads going into the 2020 presidential election.

In a winding, 35-minute speech at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall — where presidents and foreign heads of state have delivered addresses — the Facebook chief executive said the social network had been founded to give people a voice and bring them together, and that critics who had assailed the company for doing so were setting a dangerous example.

To make his case, Mr. Zuckerberg invoked Frederick Douglass, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War and the First Amendment. He contrasted Facebook’s position with that of China, where the authorities control and censor speech, and which he tried unsuccessfully for years to enter to turbocharge his company’s business.

“People having the power to express themselves at scale is a new kind of force in the world — a Fifth Estate alongside the other power structures of society,” Mr. Zuckerberg, 35, said.

He added that despite the messiness of free speech, “the long journey towards greater progress requires confronting ideas that challenge us. I’m here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.”

The address by the tech billionaire was an unusually public doubling down on free expression online as debate over that stance has ramped up. It was a sign that Mr. Zuckerberg was going on the offense against critics who have accused Facebook of being an amplifier of disinformation, hate speech and violent content.

Mr. Zuckerberg made his stand as Facebook has grappled with a firestorm over political speech in recent weeks. Last month, the company unveiled a sweeping policy in which it said it would not moderate politicians’ speech or fact-check their political ads because the comments by political leaders, even if false, were newsworthy and in the public’s interest to hear and debate.

That quickly drew condemnation. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, accused Facebook of being a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” Marc Benioff, chief executive of the software company Salesforce, said the social network “needs to be held accountable for propaganda on its platform.” And civil rights groups censured the company for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear on its site.

On Thursday, Mr. Zuckerberg’s speech was also lambasted.

“Zuckerberg attempted to use the Constitution as a shield for his company’s bottom line, and his choice to cloak Facebook’s policy in a feigned concern for free expression demonstrates how unprepared his company is for this unique moment in our history and how little it has learned over the past few years,” said Bill Russo, a spokesman for the presidential campaign of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Facebook’s position on political speech is part of a growing divide between social media companies and traditional media companies. Twitter, too, has said it will not remove accounts of politicians who appear to violate its policies against violent speech because the posts add to discourse.

In contrast, traditional media companies — including cable channels like CNN, MSNBC and CNBC — have taken a harder line by declining to air political ads with false content.

Facebook’s policy on political speech was put to the test this month when the Trump campaign released a 30-second video ad that falsely claimed Mr. Biden committed corrupt acts in Ukraine. The ad played across social media outlets and on some broadcast networks; CNN and NBCU declined to air it because they said the ad violated their standards.

When Mr. Biden’s campaign asked Facebook to take down the false ad, the social network refused. Ms. Warren later dared Facebook by deliberately creating an inaccurate political ad that said Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg were backing Mr. Trump’s re-election, even though neither Mr. Zuckerberg nor his company have announced their support of a candidate.

“We decided to see just how far it goes,” Ms. Warren wrote on Twitter of her move.

Civil rights groups said they were stunned by how hands-off Facebook was being on political speech. By giving politicians free rein to post any material — even lies — that potentially sets up the social network for more disinformation efforts ahead of the 2020 election, they said.

Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition representing 220 civil rights groups, said she spoke to Mr. Zuckerberg last week to express alarm about the policy. She said he told her the public could make its own determinations about false statements and racially divisive content from politicians.

“Mark Zuckerberg is co-opting civil rights history to try to justify Facebook’s policies that do long-term damage to our democracy,” Ms. Gupta said. “The company is in denial about what’s happening.”

Neil Chilson, a senior research fellow at Stand Together, an organization within the Koch Network, said Facebook’s free speech position was “a very reasonable policy choice.” When Mr. Trump speaks, reporters then fact-check what he says, showing “that the cure to a politician’s misstatement is more speech, not to shut it down,” Mr. Chilson said.

Mr. Zuckerberg decided in recent days to publicly speak at Georgetown University as the debate over Facebook’s position on political discourse became louder. On Wednesday, he posted on Facebook that he was writing a speech that was “the most comprehensive take I’ve written about my views, why I believe voice is important.”

He will continue his public offensive on Friday, when he plans to be interviewed by Dana Perino of Fox News. Next week, he will be in Washington for a hearing on the company’s cryptocurrency project, called Libra. It will be his second time testifying in front of Congress after April 2018, when he answered lawmakers’ questions on Facebook’s treatment of user data.

In an interview at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters on Tuesday, Mr. Zuckerberg laid out more of the reasoning behind his speech. He repeatedly cited Facebook’s role as an American company and how it would be viewed over time.

“Today, the state of the global internet around the world is primarily defined by American companies and platforms with strong free expression values,” he said. “There’s just no guarantee that will win out over time.”

In his speech, he said he had considered banning political ads from Facebook. But he said political advertising could be considered part of speech and that the slope of deciding which issues were political and which were not would be too slippery to navigate. He added that political ads were a negligible amount of Facebook’s $55.8 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledged in the interview that his position would not satisfy everyone. But he said he wrote the address to lay out his broader views and how he wanted his company to operate long into the future — including the far-off day when he is no longer running Facebook.

“I hope this is a moment for us to put our place in history in perspective,” he said.

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Lindsey Graham to President Trump: `I will hold you accountable’ on Turkey’s actions in Syria

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President Donald Trump denied giving Turkey a green light to invade Syria, insisting what he gave “was just the opposite of a green light.” He also took on South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham after he criticized Trump’s handling of the situation. (Oct. 16) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan Turkey sanctions bill Thursday that would go far beyond the economic penalties President Donald Trump has imposed – widening the rift between the two Republicans over Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. 

“Mr. President, as much as I like you and want to work with you, I am going to be consistent and I will hold you accountable,” Graham said at a news conference unveiling the bill.

He spoke shortly before Vice President Mike Pence announced from Turkey that the two governments agreed to a five-day pause on military operations in Syria.

In exchange, Pence said, the Trump administration agreed not to impose additional sanctions on Turkey. And once there is a permanent ceasefire in place, the U.S. will lift sanctions that Trump imposed on Turkey Monday.

Graham applauded the temporary ceasefire but warned it’s just a first step in what needs to happen. He said he’ll continue to seek support for his proposal in the Senate.

The legislation, which Graham introduced with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., would target Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal finances and sanction the Turkish armed forces, among other entities.

“This measure gut punches Turkey,” said Van Hollen.

Graham said the sanctions are needed not just to fix the situation in Syria, but because China, Russian and Iran are also watching and need to be told they can’t act with impunity.

Graham has been one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in other controversies, from the Russia investigation to the Ukraine impeachment probe. But on Syria, the South Carolina senator and ardent defense hawk has become Trump’s chief antagonist.

Graham was among the first to denounce Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, which he and others said gave Turkey a green light to attack the Kurdish forces who helped the U.S. battle the Islamic State, also called ISIS. Graham called the move a “stain on America’s honor” and said it was the “biggest mistake” of Trump’s presidency.

On Wednesday, after Trump disparaged the Kurds as “no angels” and said the Turkey-Syria conflict was “not our problem,” Graham unleashed a new salvo at the president. 

Trump “will have American blood on his hands if he abandons Kurds because ISIS will come back, and if any American is killed anywhere because a resurgent ISIS, it will fall on the Trump administration like it did (former President Barack) Obama,” Graham said.

Asked about Graham’s comments, Trump fired back. 

“Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next 1,000 years,” Trump said during a White House news conference.  

But Graham is hardly alone in the Republican backlash against Trump. On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. And on Thursday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted Trump after news reports that the U.S. military had to bomb some of its own facilities in Syria, so that enemy forces couldn’t glean information from the abandoned American sites. 

“Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by @realDonaldTrump didn’t leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in?” Kingzinger tweeted

The Trump administration on Monday announced new U.S. sanctions targeting several the Turkish ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as two of the country’s agencies. Trump also said he would hike steel tariffs on Turkey to 50% from 25%. 

Critics in Congress say those penalties are a woefully inadequate response to Turkey’s decision to invade Syria. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., derided Trump’s sanctions as a “wet noodle.”

The Graham-Van Hollen sanctions bill mirrors one introduced last week by the chairman House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, and his GOP counterpart, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas.

The House measure would block U.S. arms sales to Turkey, ban top Turkish officials from entering the U.S. and impose sanctions on Turkish financial institutions that facilitate transactions for the country’s military and defense industry.

It would also require the Trump administration to create a plan for helping the Kurdish communities in Syria in need of humanitarian assistance. 

“What am I urging? Just listen to the commanders. Don’t listen to Rand Paul. Don’t listen to me. We’ll go play golf and we’ll talk about golf,” Graham said Thursday before the cease fire was announced. “If you don’t think I don’t know what I’m talking about, that I’m a warmonger and want to stay forever, just write me off. All I’m asking is that you do what President Obama did not do: Listen and adjust.”

Contributing: Maureen Groppe and Christal Hayes.

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Against impeachment, protesters urge Congress to ‘let Trump do his job’

Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to show support for President Trump and demand that Congress stop the impeachment inquiry that’s moving at breakneck speed through the House of Representatives.

The “March for Trump” rally, organized by the pro-Trump group Women for America First, started at Freedom Plaza before marching to the Capitol Building’s West Lawn. On a brisk fall day with a gusty wind that lifted dozens of pro-Trump flags held by protesters dressed in red, white and blue, speakers and attendees extolled Trump’s successes and railed against impeachment depositions that have been taking place at the Capitol all week.

“There’s so much negative news about Trump and the great and wonderful things he’s done for the American people,” Linda Morris, who had driven from Delaware to show her opposition to impeachment, told Fox News. “We want our voices heard.”

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A woman draped in a “Make America Great Again” flag at the March for Trump rally Thursday.

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There might have been more pro-Trump voices on hand, had the charter company being used to bus protesters in from around the Northeast not canceled at the last minute, organizers claimed.

“Last night, less than two hours before our first chartered buses were supposed to leave for D.C., we were informed that the bus company was canceling all of our buses – including ones that were fully paid for,” said Amy Kremer, the chairwoman of Women for American First.

Anti-impeachment leaders including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union and author and former Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam spoke to rallygoers, echoing Republicans’ recent messaging: that the process Democrats are using is unfair, Trump’s contacts with Ukranian President Voldomyr Zelensky in a July phone call were not impeachable offenses; and House Democrats should not try to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

To raucous cheering, Scalise called the impeachment inquiry a “kangaroo court” and lambasted House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for not bringing a vote on the impeachment process to the floor of the House. This echoes rhetoric from a letter the White House sent to Pelosi explaining that it would not comply with impeachment-related subpoenas or interview requests until the House took such a vote.

“We ought to have the right to choose our president,” he said. “Not Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff behind closed doors.”

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Protesters link arms at the March for Trump rally Thursday, symbolically standing united behind President Trump.

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While past impeachment efforts have involved a vote of the full House to authorize proceedings, there is no such requirement in the Constitution or House rules.

“We are witnessing a coup,” former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka said later in the event.

A common theme among the speakers and activists was a belief that Democrats are pushing impeachment investigations because they are worried their standard-bearer won’t be able to beat Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to protesters at the March for Trump rally Thursday. He told rallygoers that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “hasn’t even listed a high crime or misdemeanor” to justify impeachment proceedings. (Fox News – Tyler Olson)

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“They cannot win. They cannot beat Donald Trump,” Schlapp said. “This is about everyday Americans looking at the last three years, at this disgraceful waste of your money,” he said, regarding investigations into Trump.

Some speakers acknowledged the death Thursday of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who died due to complications from long-term health issues. As the leader of that committee, Cummings’ signature was on every subpoena sent in relation to impeachment, even though some said he had not been seen in the Capitol Building in weeks.

WHAT ELIJAH CUMMINGS’ DEATH MEANS FOR IMPEACHMENT

Rallygoers also didn’t have a high tolerance for Republicans who are wishy-washy on Trump. Andy Meehan, a Republican mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said that the current representative’s support for Trump was insufficient.

For those Republicans whose flag is not a Trump flag but is a white flag, we want nothing to do with you … This is the time to fight.”

— Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union

“He’s a Trump-hating RINO,” Meehan said, using the acronym for “Republican in Name Only.” Fitzpatrick has sharply criticized Trump on the decision to remove American troops from Syria and has voted with Trump just under 70 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Schlapp similarly admonished Republicans who weren’t all in on Trump.

“For those Republicans whose flag is not a Trump flag but is a white flag, we want nothing to do with you,” he said. “This is the time to fight.”

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Pro-Trump flags ripple in the wind at the March for Trump rally Thursday. Rallygoers intended to send a message to Congress not to “impeach” their vote.

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After the speeches concluded, the marchers planned to go to Congressional Members’ offices to plead their case against impeachment. The official March for Trump website specifically mentioned Pelosi, Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. It also encouraged marchers to visit their own representatives.

The current push for impeachment began with a whistleblower complaint from an anonymous CIA officer who reported that “more than half a dozen U.S. officials” had spoken to him regarding Trump allegedly using the power of his office to pressure foreign governments to help him in the 2020 election.

Trump withheld $400 million worth of military aid to Ukraine shortly before a July 25 phone call with Ukranian President Zelensky, in which he asked his counterpart to investigate 2020 rival Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and his involvement with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company. Burisma was under investigation while the younger Biden was on the board.

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While a later-released readout of the call between the heads of state does not explicitly mention a quid pro quo — an investigation into the Bidens in exchange for the withheld military funds — Democrats have said the pressure to have a foreign government interfere in U.S. politics and go after the Bidens — with Joe Biden considered a leading contender to challenge Trump in the 2-2- general election — was implicit. Trump has called the interaction a “perfect call.”

Democrats in the House have moved quickly to speak with witnesses and subpoena documents, interviewing individuals including European Union Ambassador Gordan Sondland, former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former National Security Council advisor on Russia Fiona Hill this week. They aim to hold an impeachment vote before Thanksgiving. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has told his members that the upper body would sit for an impeachment trial six days per week if the House does indeed vote to impeach Trump and that they would try to finish the trial before members leave for Christmas break.

Jessica Cecil, who brought her children along to the rally, wanted to attend March for Trump to show that conservatives aren’t “lunatic and fringe” as they are often portrayed by Democrats or in the media, she said.

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Protesters at the “March for Trump” rally on Thursday put their hands over their hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance before the speakers at the event get underway. 

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“We’re just normal men and women who’ve taken off work to support our president against these politicians who’ve wasted our money and time,” she said.

Cecil said that showing her children the nation’s capital, and setting an example for civic engagement, were also on her mind.

“They’ll remember this,” she said.

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Video: Climate Activist Yanked From Top Of London Train Amid Melee

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A video posted to Twitter showed a climate protester being pulled from atop a train car onto the platform below, where he appeared to be pummeled by angry commuters on Thursday in London.

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A protest by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion sparked violence and disruption at a train station on Thursday. Before the sun had come up, some trains were at a standstill. Protesters had climbed atop the railcars; at least one grandfather had glued his hand to one.

The actions, the latest in more than a week of public interventions, snarled Londoners’ morning rush hour. Video from the scene shows an incensed commuter at the Canning Town station pulling one of the activists from atop the train down to the platform, where he became the center of a melee. Bystanders intervened to protect him.

Three separate actions by the climate activists took place shortly after 6:45 a.m., according to the British Transport Police. Two incidents took place at stations on the London Underground and one on the Docklands Light Railway. British Transit Police said eight protesters were arrested.

“I come here primarily because of my grandchildren,” 83-year-old Phil Kingston, who had glued his hand to a rail car at London’s Docklands Light Railway network, told The Guardian. “But I’m also very concerned about what’s happening in the poorer parts of the world who are being hit the hardest by climate breakdown. I’m a Christian and that really upsets me, to see God’s creation being wrecked across the world. … I’m longing for the government to take some actions which are in accord with the parliamentary declaration of climate and environmental emergency.”

The protesters succeeded in drawing attention to their cause, but their choice to disrupt mass transit struck some as wrongheaded.

“Why an electric train, though?” one man demanded of the activists in a video filmed at the station. “Are you guys really that [expletive] stupid?”

Transport for London, which includes the Underground and Overground rail lines among others, uses more electricity than anything else in the city — but it is working to be greener, as Wired reported last year.

Extinction Rebellion said in a statement it was “regrettable” that the action at Canning Town had escalated into violence.

“We are aware that one of our activists responded in self defense in a moment of panic when confronted by a threatening situation. He acknowledges his accountability for this action and we offer gratitude for members of the public who helped to protect him. To those that engaged in violence, we acknowledge that we disrupted your life today.”

“We are aware that this action was divisive,” the statement continued. “We are a broad and diverse movement with a wide range of views, and are aware that many people were not for this action. Those that acted this morning planned their action autonomously, within Extinction Rebellion’s principles and values, centered around nonviolence and compassion.”

British Transport Police expressed frustration about the disruptions and unrest that stemmed from the protests.

“Those who obstructed services are in custody and will be dealt with robustly,” said Assistant Chief Constable Sean O’Callaghan. “This type of action is completely at odds with what Extinction Rebellion are campaigning for and we will continue to urge them to not target any rail network.

“However, it was also concerning to see that a number of commuters took matters into their own hands, displaying violent behavior to detain a protester at Canning Town. Understandably, the delay to passengers’ journeys would have been annoying, but this level of response was unacceptable.”

The authorities are investigating the violence at Canning Town. Police say they have made at least 1,711 arrests in connection with the Extinction Rebellion protests across London, which have now been going on for 12 days.

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Great white shark captured off US coast with gash on head was bitten by even bigger shark, experts say

A new photo showing a disfigured great white shark that was recently captured off the U.S. coast has experts guessing that the nearly 13-foot, 1,200-pound apex predator was attacked by an even bigger shark.

The shark, named Vimy, was caught and tagged in the North Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 4, said OCEARCH, an international great white shark research organization. Scientists tagged a total of 11 sharks for satellite tracking while on an expedition to Nova Scotia to study their habits, the group said in a news release.

GREAT WHITE SHARK BITES INTO SCUBE DIVER’S KAYAK, LEAVES 2 TEETH BEHIND

The group on Monday posted a photo on Facebook showing the shark with a “fresh” bloody gash on its head and a scar below its jaw, writing: “White sharks live in a tough world. Need proof? Check out white shark Vimy’s head.”

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Vimy appeared to have a “very fresh” wound on top of his head and a second “well-healed” scar below his jaw, researchers said. (OCEARCH / Rob Snow)

OCEARCH Founding Chairman Chris Fischer told McClatchy news group that based on the bite marks and jaw size, the attacker could be at least two feet longer than Vimy.

“It was a very large animal that grabbed it, something significantly bigger than 12 feet,” he said. “Anything that can grab an animal like that by the head is pretty impressive.”

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The shark most likely got into a fight with a rival male over a mate, or he tried mating with a bigger female who bit him, Fischer said.

The bite could be a clue that helps researchers find exactly where great white sharks are mating in the North Atlantic, Fischer told McClatchy.

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Vimy was caught an tagged in the North Atlantic Ocean, OCEARCH said. (OCEARCH)

“Maybe Vimy was just the small guy on the block,” he said. “We do know that shark mating is very violent. Sharks biting each other in the head is not a new thing. This is an everyday part of their life.”

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However, there have been some cases where sharks will eat smaller sharks of the same species, according to Newsweek.

“Sharks eat other sharks more often than most people might think,” Michael Heithaus, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, told the outlet earlier this year. “For some species of large sharks, like bull sharks, great hammerheads, and tiger sharks, smaller sharks are a favorite prey item.”

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Lindsey Graham to President Trump: `I will hold you accountable’ on Turkey’s actions in Syria

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan Turkey sanctions bill Thursday that would go far beyond the economic penalties President Donald Trump has imposed – widening the rift between the two Republicans over Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria. 

“Mr. President, as much as I like you and want to work with you, I am going to be consistent and I will hold you accountable,” Graham said at a news conference unveiling the bill.

He spoke shortly before Vice President Mike Pence announced from Turkey that the two governments agreed to a five-day pause on military operations in Syria.

In exchange, Pence said, the Trump administration agreed not to impose additional sanctions on Turkey. And once there is a permanent ceasefire in place, the U.S. will lift sanctions that Trump imposed on Turkey Monday.

Graham applauded the temporary ceasefire but warned it’s just a first step in what needs to happen. He said he’ll continue to seek support for his proposal in the Senate.

The legislation, which Graham introduced with Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., would target Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal finances and sanction the Turkish armed forces, among other entities.

“This measure gut punches Turkey,” said Van Hollen.

Graham said the sanctions are needed not just to fix the situation in Syria, but because China, Russian and Iran are also watching and need to be told they can’t act with impunity.

Graham has been one of Trump’s most vocal defenders in other controversies, from the Russia investigation to the Ukraine impeachment probe. But on Syria, the South Carolina senator and ardent defense hawk has become Trump’s chief antagonist.

Graham was among the first to denounce Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, which he and others said gave Turkey a green light to attack the Kurdish forces who helped the U.S. battle the Islamic State, also called ISIS. Graham called the move a “stain on America’s honor” and said it was the “biggest mistake” of Trump’s presidency.

On Wednesday, after Trump disparaged the Kurds as “no angels” and said the Turkey-Syria conflict was “not our problem,” Graham unleashed a new salvo at the president. 

Trump “will have American blood on his hands if he abandons Kurds because ISIS will come back, and if any American is killed anywhere because a resurgent ISIS, it will fall on the Trump administration like it did (former President Barack) Obama,” Graham said.

Asked about Graham’s comments, Trump fired back. 

“Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next 1,000 years,” Trump said during a White House news conference.  

But Graham is hardly alone in the Republican backlash against Trump. On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. And on Thursday, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger blasted Trump after news reports that the U.S. military had to bomb some of its own facilities in Syria, so that enemy forces couldn’t glean information from the abandoned American sites. 

“Wow. We bombed our own base on purpose, because of the impulsive decision by @realDonaldTrump didn’t leave time to evacuate the right way. Is this the America you grew up believing in?” Kingzinger tweeted

The Trump administration on Monday announced new U.S. sanctions targeting several the Turkish ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as two of the country’s agencies. Trump also said he would hike steel tariffs on Turkey to 50% from 25%. 

Critics in Congress say those penalties are a woefully inadequate response to Turkey’s decision to invade Syria. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., derided Trump’s sanctions as a “wet noodle.”

The Graham-Van Hollen sanctions bill mirrors one introduced last week by the chairman House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, and his GOP counterpart, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas.

The House measure would block U.S. arms sales to Turkey, ban top Turkish officials from entering the U.S. and impose sanctions on Turkish financial institutions that facilitate transactions for the country’s military and defense industry.

It would also require the Trump administration to create a plan for helping the Kurdish communities in Syria in need of humanitarian assistance. 

“What am I urging? Just listen to the commanders. Don’t listen to Rand Paul. Don’t listen to me. We’ll go play golf and we’ll talk about golf,” Graham said Thursday before the cease fire was announced. “If you don’t think I don’t know what I’m talking about, that I’m a warmonger and want to stay forever, just write me off. All I’m asking is that you do what President Obama did not do: Listen and adjust.”

Contributing: Maureen Groppe and Christal Hayes.

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Massive car collection seized from owners of bankrupt DC Solar up for auction

An incredible collection of nearly 150 classic and modern cars is coming up for auction, but they each come with a conflicted history.

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The cars were seized by the feds from the owners of DC Solar, who have been accused of running the bankrupt solar-powered generator company as an $800 million Ponzi scheme.

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Jeff and Paulette Carpoff haven’t been charged with any crimes as of yet, according to the U.S. Attoney’s office, but their situation remains under investigation. In the meantime, the Carpoffs and the Department of Justice agreed to hold an interlocutory sale and put the proceeds into a seized asset account, rather than continue to incur expenses for the storage and maintenance of the vehicles. The sale is being handled by the U.S. Marshals Service and Apple Auctioneering Co. in Woodland, Calif.

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“It is rare for the U.S. Marshals to hold an auction of such a stunning collection of vehicles,” said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Lasha Boyden of the Sacramento office.

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Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet Camaro was one of the NASCAR entries sponsored by DC Solar (Michael Bush/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DC Solar was a NASCAR sponsor for some time, and the collection reflects an interest in gas-guzzling American performance cars old and new. Along with a 1969 Dodge Daytona and three 1970 Plymouth Superbirds, there’s a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and six Ford Mustangs from the 1960s.

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Nevertheless, there are two Teslas and five Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids among the lots.

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They also include plenty of vintage pickup trucks, four Hummer H1s and a 1965 Plymouth Fury LAPD tribute car, but it’s one from the other side of the law that’s the most unique model in the bunch.

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It’s a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that’s not just customized to look like the one from the “Smokey and the Bandit” film, but was once owned by Burt Reynolds himself.

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Online bidding for the cars is already underway and will run through a live event in Woodland on Oct. 26.

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Turkey Reaches Deal With U.S. To Temporarily Pause Syria Invasion

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Turkey agreed to halt its military operation against Kurdish-held parts of Syria on Thursday after urgent negotiations with the U.S., according to a joint U.S.-Turkish statement shared by the White House.

“One week ago Turkish forces crossed into Syria. Earlier this week, President Trump took decisive action, to call on Turkish forces to stand down, to end the violence, to agree to negotiations,” Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday at a news conference. “Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.”

But soon afterward, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu clarified it was a “pause” in an early indication that the agreement remains shaky.

The deal creates a five-day halt to Turkey’s incursion against a Syrian Kurdish militia that was allied with the U.S. in the fight against the so-called Islamic State. It preserves sanctions that Trump placed on Turkey earlier this week but says they will be lifted once the offensive is fully stopped.

The deal represents a major concession to Turkey by agreeing that the country will take over a significant swath of Syria. And it sets up further complications with the Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, as it agrees they should surrender their heavy weapons. Ankara is wary of the group because of its ties to a rebel group that’s fought the Turkish state called the PKK.

The deal is almost certain to fail, said Brett McGurk, who until the end of last year served as Trump’s top envoy to U.S. partners fighting ISIS.

“The US just ratified Turkey’s plan to effectively extend its border 30km into Syria with no ability to meaningfully influence facts on the ground,” McGurk tweeted.

President Donald Trump commented on the deal on Twitter, saying: “This deal could NEVER have been made 3 days ago. There needed to be some ‘tough’ love in order to get it done.”

“It’s a great day for civilization,” Trump added at a news conference, thanking Turkish President Erdogan and saying he “did the right thing.” “Sanctions won’t be necessary.”

Trump had been criticized by many, including Republicans, for his abrupt decision last week to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, essentially allowing Turkish forces to invade and leaving America’s Kurdish allies vulnerable to attack. 

Turkey justified its operation against the Kurdish-controlled regions by saying they could be launchpad for attacks against its population by the PKK.  

But the YPG’s close relationship has made it a popular cause stateside ― and lawmakers have promised to punish Turkey for trying to hobble it and threaten a rare island of stability in Syria where more than 2 million people, among them many non-Kurds like Arabs and Assyrians, are living under YPG protection.

Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the most powerful members of the foreign policy committees in both chambers of Congress, on Thursday revealed sanctions they want to impose on Turkey over the operation. Wednesday’s bipartisan House vote to condemn Trump’s initial support of the Turkish operation shows there is an appetite in both parties to move ahead in that direction.

Tens of thousands of residents of the YPG-run areas have already fled their homes and the U.S. has had to destroy outposts it had established in the region and abandon others to forces, like Russia, that have moved in to help the YPG.

Meanwhile, thousands of ISIS fighters and their detained supporters are in camps there and experts have warned that further chaos and uncertainty risks allowing them to break free and attempt to resurrect the so-called caliphate.

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Impeachment Inquiry: Mulvaney Undercuts Trump’s Denials of Quid Pro Quo

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told reporters that the release of military aid to Ukraine this summer was linked in part to White House demands that Ukraine’s government investigate what he called corruption by Democrats in the 2016 American presidential campaign.

It was the first time a White House official has publicly acknowledged what a parade of current and former administration officials have told impeachment investigators on Capitol Hill.

“The look-back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation,” Mr. Mulvaney told reporters, referring to Mr. Trump. “And that is absolutely appropriate.”

He said that the aid was initially withheld because, “Everybody knows this is a corrupt place,” and the president was demanding Ukraine clean up its own government. But Mr. Trump also told Mr. Mulvaney that he was concerned about what he thought was Ukraine’s role in the 2016 campaign.

“Did he also mention to me in passing the corruption related to the D.N.C. server? Absolutely. No question about that,” he said. “But that’s it, and that’s why we held up the money.”

Mr. Mulvaney was referring to Mr. Trump’s discredited idea that a server with Hillary Clinton’s missing emails was being held by a company based in Ukraine.

Mr. Mulvaney’s comments undercut the president’s repeated denials that there was a quid pro quo linking his demand for an investigation that could politically benefit him to the release of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine, which is battling Russian-backed separatists on its eastern border.

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The passing of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, cast a pall over the impeachment inquiry. Mr. Cummings’ signature was one of three on the letters seeking witnesses and information, along with the names of Adam B. Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman, and Eliot L. Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee chairman.

Moreover, his commanding voice and moral authority gave the effort a clarity it might not otherwise have achieved.

His death left practical questions for House Democratic leaders that will have to be answered almost immediately. Will proceedings take a break for mourning? Who will take the gavel at the Oversight Committee? Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York is next in seniority, and has been named the acting chairwoman. But she has not played a large public role in the oversight of the Trump White House. After her is Eleanor Holmes Norton, the nonvoting delegate of the District of Columbia.

Not until No. 6 does a prominent public figure in the impeachment inquiry emerge, Representative Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, chairman of the subcommittee on government operations. Ultimately, it will likely be Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call.

Moreover, Ms. Pelosi still must decide what will happen to the Oversight Committee’s main threads of investigation, including the push for financial records of President Trump and the Trump Organization. Will such efforts become a facet of impeachment, or will she focus on Mr. Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival, more the purview of the Foreign Affairs and Intelligence panels?

For Thursday, mourning was the order of the day. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, wrote, “As a member of the House of Representatives, Elijah was a leader for both parties to emulate, and someone to share a laugh with even amongst the most contentious times. His presence will be deeply missed.”

Republicans called off a vote to censure one of Mr. Cummings’ allies, Mr. Schiff. It would have failed.

In a news conference later in the morning, Ms. Pelosi said of Mr. Cummings, “He lived the American dream and he wanted it for everyone else. He spoke with unsurpassed clarity and moral integrity when he spoke on the floor.”

Read more: Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68

Gordon D. Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, will tell House impeachment investigators on Thursday that President Trump essentially delegated American foreign policy on Ukraine to his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Mr. Sondland, a Trump campaign donor who has emerged as a central figure in the Ukraine scandal, will testify that he did not understand until later that Mr. Giuliani’s goal may have been an effort “to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president’s 2020 re-election campaign.”

According to a copy of his opening statement reviewed by The New York Times, Mr. Sondland will say that Mr. Trump refused to take the counsel of his top diplomats, who recommended to him that he meet with the new Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, without any preconditions. The president said that the diplomats needed to satisfy concerns both he and Mr. Giuliani had related to corruption in Ukraine, Mr. Sondland will say.

“We were also disappointed by the president’s direction that we involve Mr. Giuliani,” Mr. Sondland will say in an 18-page prepared statement. “Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the president’s personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine.

Read more: Ambassador to E.U. to Testify That Trump Delegated Ukraine Policy to Giuliani

At noon on Thursday, supporters of Mr. Trump gathered outside the Capitol to rally against Mr. Trump’s impeachment.

Some of headliners were to be expected: Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Representative John Rutherford, Republican of Florida, and Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union and one of the president’s most dogged defenders,

Others? Well, they certainly have been in Mr. Trump’s orbit. Highlighted for the rally was Jack Posobiec, one of the most prominent promulgators of “Pizzagate,” which held that Hillary Clinton ran a child trafficking operation out of the back of a Washington pizzeria. He also promoted the conspiracy that a young aide at the Democratic National Committee, was murdered for leaking Mrs. Clinton’s emails. In 2017, he disrupted a production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park, insisting it was promoting Mr. Trump’s assassination.

  • President Trump repeatedly pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate people and issues of political concern to Mr. Trump, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Here’s a timeline of events since January.

  • A C.I.A. officer who was once detailed to the White House filed a whistle-blower complaint on Mr. Trump’s interactions with Mr. Zelensky. Read the complaint.

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