The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning pregnant women
to stay away from 11 Southeast Asian countries where Zika is spreading —
including Thailand, where officials on Friday reported the first
confirmed cases of birth defects linked to the virus.
"Pregnant women should not travel to any area with a Zika travel notice
and should consider postponing non-essential travel to the 11 countries
in Southeast Asia listed in the newly issued considerations," the CDC
advised on Thursday.
"The countries included in these considerations are Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam."
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Elites vs. Trump -- and the elites haven't won yet
In a general election unlike any we've covered
before, this fact stands out: Almost every elite institution in America
is united (or mostly united) against Donald Trump. Consider:
Current or ex-presidents:
Zero current or living ex-presidents are supporting Trump, versus four
who are backing Hillary Clinton (Obama, Clinton, Bush 41, Carter), with
the other (Bush 43) on the sidelines.
Big business: Not a single Fortune 100 CEO has endorsed Trump, while 11 are supporting Clinton, per the Wall Street Journal. (The other 89 haven't picked a side.)
Cabinet members: By our count, only 9 of George W. Bush's 34 cabinet secretaries are backing Trump.
Just 1% of the political donations from the internet industry in this
presidential election ($28,272 out of nearly $4 million total) has gone
to Trump, while 60% has gone to Clinton, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
By our count, 15 newspapers have endorsed Hillary Clinton in the
general election, versus just one for Trump (The National Enquirer); in
fact, Gary Johnson has more newspaper endorsements (four) than Trump
does (one). And most recently, USA Today calls Trump "unfit for the presidency."
n a pointed essay written
for Black Entertainment Television, Democratic Vice Presidential
nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) "went there" on the topic of race.
With 39 days left to election day, the effort to
focus on the priorities of base voters is becoming clearer in the race
for the White House.
"Over many years of Sundays, I've learned how
being white in America means you can go your entire life without ever
understanding the challenges African-Americans face every day. It's on
all of us to come to grips with these issues," the Democratic nominee
for Vice President wrote.
"In many ways, that's the deeper question we're facing in this election:
who we are, how we treat each other and what kind of nation we want to
leave our children. It's a civil rights election," the junior Senator
from Virginia, which is 20 percent African American, states bluntly.
To some it may appear as though Dr. Mae C. Jemison has done it all.
She is physician, engineer, entrepreneur, and an astronaut. But she
hasn’t stopped there. She is now a leader-in-residence at the Indiana
University Kelley School of Business, where she will serve as the Poling
Chair of Business and Government for the 2016-2017 academic year.
She is the first African-American to be appointed to the Poling
Chair. According to the Indiana University news release, Dr. Jemison
will work to “stimulate discussion in the areas of leadership, and the
critical interactions between the private and public sectors in matters
of economic growth, technology research and development, and
The Poling Chair was established in 1933 and named after Kelley
School alumnus and Ford Motor Co. chairman, Harold “Red” Poling. Last
year, the position was held by Deepender Hooda, a Kelley School alumnus
and member of India’s parliament.
Dr. Jemison will visit both the Bloomington and Indianapolis Kelley
School campuses. She will visit the week of October 3 and is scheduled
to speak at 4:30 PM on October 6 at the Hutton Honors College in
Russian hackers are apparently trying to mess with our elections. But
congressional Republicans are crippling any investigations—while their
probes of Hillary Clinton continue.
Suspicion is mounting about Donald Trump’s
ties to Russian officials and business interests, as well as possible
links between his campaign and the Russian hacking of U.S. political
organizations. But GOP leaders have refused to support efforts by
Democrats to investigate any possible Trump-Russia connections, which
have been raised in news reports and closed-door intelligence briefings.
And without their support, Democrats, as the minority in both chambers
of Congress, cannot issue subpoenas to potential witnesses and have less
leverage to probe Trump.
Privately, Republican congressional staff
told The Daily Beast that Trump and his aides’ connections to Russian
officials and businesses interests haven’t gone unnoticed and are
concerning. And GOP lawmakers have reviewed Democrats’ written requests
to the FBI that it investigate Trump before they were made public. But the lawmakers in both chambers have declined to sign on to them.
Republicans have no appetite to launch inquiries into their party’s
presidential nominee, and they continue to believe the FBI flubbed its
investigation into Clinton and her aides, who should have been charged
with mishandling government secrets, the staffers said. Click here for the full article. Source: The Daily Beast
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Jefferson and Lewis
counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.
The USDA determined there were sufficient production losses in four New York counties to warrant the designation.
The four are Jefferson, Lewis, Broome and Oswego counties.
The designation means farmers are eligible to receive certain assistance including emergency loans.
However, it wasn't immediately clear how much the declaration would
help farmers. Jefferson County agriculture coordinator Jay Matteson was
trying Thursday to find out whether the disaster declaration moves
Jefferson County from a "D2" or "severe drought" zone to a "D3" or
"drought disaster" zone.
When Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination in Cleveland,
some of the most powerful people in the party had a ticket to watch from
Suite 245 in Quicken Loans Arena. Invited to the cushy skybox were
financiers, real estate developers, a supermarket magnate and an
ambassador. Hardly anyone knew it at the time, but the list also
included a pair of political insiders who would soon take control of the
Trump campaign: Kellyanne Conway, a consultant who had spent the GOP
primary toiling for his top rival, and Steve Bannon, the boss of
Breitbart News. Both were guests of a woman named Rebekah Mercer.
Bannon and Conway are hardly the only Republicans who rely on Mercer as a
benefactor. To help pay for the convention, the family foundation
Mercer runs wrote a $500,000 check–pocket change compared with the tens
of millions of dollars it has showered on a sprawling web of
conservative foundations, political networks and research institutions.
That’s not counting the family’s reputed eight-figure investment in
Breitbart, the house organ of the right-wing populist movement that
fueled Trump’s ascent, and in Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data
firm hired by a growing number of GOP candidates. Rebekah’s father
Robert Mercer, a New York hedge-fund executive, has forked over more
than $20 million in the 2016 election, which makes him the single
largest Republican donor this cycle. Before the Mercers backed Trump,
they bankrolled Texas Senator Ted Cruz through a family super PAC that
Incumbent Republican state Sen. George Amedore has beat out his
Democratic opponent, Palatine Supervisor Sara Niccoli, in a write-in
campaign for the left-leaning Green Party line.
Amedore, R-Rotterdam, secured the Green Party ballot line as a
write-in candidate in the primary, according to state Board of Elections
spokesman John Conklin.
According to Conklin, Amedore won 63 write-in votes and Niccoli won
48. The endorsed Green Party candidate, Marina Karuma-Seales of
Saugerties, received 12 votes. A single vote went to former Congressman
Amedore will carry the Republican, Conservative, Independence and
Reform party lines in the November elections. Niccoli will carry the
Democratic, Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party lines.
number of New Yorkers sleeping in homeless shelters is at a record
high, and will likely surpass 60,000 in the coming days: a grim
commentary on the failure of the city’s efforts to combat homelessness.
According to the Daily News,
the city officially counted 59,948 individuals in its more than 600
homeless shelters Wednesday night. Of these, 23,600 are children, The Wall Street Journaladds,
noting that the total has risen steeply from 50,689 when Mayor Bill de
Blasio took office in 2014, and from about 57,600 just a few months ago.
officials insist the total would be even higher — around 67,000, they
estimate — without the new anti-homelessness programs the de Blasio
administration has put in place like rental assistance and legal aid.
Obama spoke today by phone with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on
the situations in Ukraine and Syria. Regarding Ukraine, President Obama
support for the ongoing efforts of the Normandy Group, led by Germany
and France, to determine a way forward that leads to rapid and full
implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Both leaders urged the parties
to continue respecting the cease-fire, begin the
disengagement of forces along the line of contact as quickly as
possible, and provide international monitors unfettered access to the
entire conflict zone. The President and Chancellor strongly condemned
the barbarous Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes
against eastern Aleppo, an area populated with hundreds of thousands of
civilians, half of whom are children. They agreed Russia and the
Syrian regime bear special responsibility for ending the fighting in
Syria and granting the UN humanitarian access to
besieged and hard to reach areas in Syria.
Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
The Vice President spoke today with His
Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Amir of Kuwait, to review
recent events in the region and related security cooperation. The Vice
President commended the Amir’s humanitarian leadership and expressed
appreciation for the additional support for refugees that Kuwait generously
announced at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in New York on September 20.
Both leaders stressed the enduring strength of the bilateral relationship, and
reaffirmed their commitment to build on the historic ties between the United
States and Kuwait, including through the inaugural U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue
planned for October
21 in Washington, D.C.
The Vice President also spoke by phone
today with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar, to
review events in the region and related defense cooperation. The Vice President
and the Amir discussed important regional developments, including the dire
situation in Syria and the importance of close cooperation to counter violent
extremists. Both leaders also underscored the importance of continued dialogue
and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen joint cooperation between the
United States and Qatar.
Source: The White House, Office
of the Vice President