Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Short Takes

Militants attack police academy in Pakistan; many killed.

Vatican to help mediate political situation in Venezuela.

Ex-attorney general of Pennsylvania sentenced to prison.

Pentagon trying to get back recruitment bonuses.

No kidding: Study says guns on campus won’t make them safer.

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight in Cleveland.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Short Takes

China and Philippines make nice, reopen talks on disputed territory.

Politics and in-fighting hamper offensive in Mosul.

President Obama takes on Marco Rubio in Miami.

Trump Foundation paid right-wing filmmaker James O’Keefe.

Trump bombs at Al Smith dinner.

Cubs beat the Dodgers to get close to the Series.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Short Takes

President Obama tells Donald Trump to “stop whining” about ‘rigged’ election claims.

Short-term cease-fire in Yemen seems possible.

Local cable unplugged: Ecuador says it limited Julian Assange’s internet access.

Ford’s plant in Mexico won’t affect its U.S. workforce.

Magazine says six people corroborate writer’s claim that Trump assaulted her.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Short Takes

Now what? Colombian voters reject peace deal with FARC.

Hurricane Matthew on its way to Bahamas.

Aleppo hospitals “all but obliterated” by bombings.

Dozens killed in Ethiopia stampede.

Data recorder on N.J. train in wreck wasn’t working.

The Tigers lost to Atlanta and are now out of the wild card race.  Thanks, guys.  See you in February.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Short Takes

Tropical Update: It’s now Hurricane Matthew, a Cat 3 heading north but tracking east of the mainland towards the Bahamas.

Experts are trying to figure out why a commuter train crashed in Hoboken, killing 1 and injuring over 100.

Funeral for Shimon Peres draws world leaders to Israel.

Hackers target election systems in 20 states.

Kerry on verge of ending Russia-U.S. talks over Syria attacks.

The Tigers were rained out against Cleveland.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Man In Havana

The United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba last year, but the embargo on business dealings by private citizens is still in place and won’t be lifted until Congress repeals it.  Donald Trump may have already been dabbling in Cuba in violation of the U.S. embargo.

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

I wonder how that will go over with his supporters in Little Havana.

Speaking of Cuba, President Obama has nominated an ambassador to Cuba, but if Marco Rubio has his way, he’ll never get the job.

Obama has picked Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who serves as the country’s top diplomat in Havana, the White House announced Tuesday.

“There is no public servant better suited to improve our ability to engage the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests in Cuba than Jeff,” Obama said in a statement.

The president said that having an ambassador would make it easier for the U.S. to advance its interests in Cuba and convey objections over its “differences with the Cuban government.”

“He is exactly the type of person we want to represent the United States in Cuba, and we only hurt ourselves by not being represented by an ambassador,” Obama said.

It’s unlikely the GOP-controlled Senate will confirm DeLaurentis before Obama leaves office in January.

Republicans, such as Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), have vowed to block anyone Obama nominates as ambassador.

It’s an effort to rebuke Obama’s decision to reopen ties with Cuba, a move they believe rewards the communist island nation, which still commits human-rights abuses against its citizens.

“A U.S. ambassador is not going to influence the Cuban government, which is a dictatorial, closed regime,” Rubio, a Cuban-American, said in a July interview.

If we were to not send ambassadors to dictatorial and closed regimes, we wouldn’t have them in about half the countries in Africa, Saudi Arabia, and China.

Democracy in Cuba didn’t exist before Castro came to power in 1959; the Batista regime was just as dictatorial as Fidel and his gang.  They were just in the pay of the Mafia and U.S. corporate interests.  That’s about the only difference.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Short Takes

After decades of war, peace between Colombia and FARC.

Another mass shooting, this time in Houston.

A federal judge blocked attempts to approve proof-of-citizenship for voters.

The Justice Department is sending $20 million to police departments for body cameras.

Jury selection begins in the Dylan Roof trial in Charleston.

Tropical Update: Invest 97L could move toward the U.S.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Short Takes

Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.

Charlotte shooting videos released.

Floodwaters could swamp parts of northeast Iowa this week.

UN takes no action in Syria amid arguments over Aleppo.

Debate prep continues.

R.I.P. Arnold Palmer, 87, legendary golfer.

The Tigers split with KC this weekend; the wild card spot is fading away.

Tropical Update: Invest 97L develops.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Short Takes

Secretary of State Kerry briefed the UN Security Council on the Syria ceasefire.

Charlotte police say the armed man shot and killed was warned several times to drop his weapon.

ISIS is on the verge of losing Mosul.

The Fed left interest rates unchanged.

Tropical Update: Karl is depressed and Lisa is still storming, but harmless to land.

The Tigers were rained out last night.  They’ll play a double header today against the Twins.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Short Takes

The bombing suspect in New Jersey had been checked out by the FBI in 2014.

President Obama delivered his valedictory address to the UN.

Another unarmed black man was shot and killed by police, this time in Tulsa.

Federal judge tells Texas to revise their voter ID laws.

Tropical Update: Two storms, Karl and Lisa, are in the middle of the Atlantic but no threat to land now.

The Tigers beat the Twins 8-1.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Short Takes

New York/New Jersey bombing suspect is captured after a gun battle.

The Syrian cease-fire ended.

Prosecutors say Gov. Christie knew about bridge lane closures.

Energy prices increased across the South thanks to a ruptured gasoline pipeline.

Pro-Putin parties show strength in local elections.

Tropical Update: TS Karl is going to stay clear of the East coast.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Short Takes

NYPD is hunting clues in the Saturday night bombing in Chelsea.

UN General Assembly opens under heightened scrutiny.

American airstrikes hit Syrian troops.

ISIS lays claim to knife attack in Minnesota.

And the Emmys went to…

Tropical Update: A new one, TS Karl, is out in the Atlantic heading east. TS Julia is the zombie storm that will not die.

The Tigers beat Cleveland 9-5 to keep hope alive.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Short Takes

U.S. plans to increase number of refugees allowed into the country next year.

Hacked e-mails from Colin Powell label Trump as a “disgrace.”

Ford to move small car manufacturing to Mexico.

Arrest made in mosque attack in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Carla Hayden sworn in as new Librarian of Congress.

Tropical Update: TS Julia dumps rain on Georgia.

The Tigers beat the Twins 9-6 to move up to be 1 game back in the wild card chase.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Short Takes

Wages shot up in 2015 with the biggest hike since 2007.

U.S. bombers send message to China, Russia, and North Korea.

Florida Zika outbreak hits 70 cases.

Supreme Court rejects early voting in Ohio.

NCAA pulls tournament games from North Carolina over bathroom bill.

Tropical Update: TS Julia heads north over northern Florida into Georgia.