Sunday, October 20, 2019

Opposition to Kavanaugh devolves into farce

The surest sign that Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court is that opposition to his nomination has devolved into a farce. Even the deepest-pocketed dark-money source for the Republicans couldn’t have cooked up the plan deployed against Kavanaugh. (The Hill)

Manafort, Mueller reach plea deal

WASHINGTON - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations say. (ABC News)

FBI officials discussed ‘media leak strategy’ ahead of major Trump-Russia revelation

WASHINGTON, DC - Newly released text messages show disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok asked to speak to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page about a “media leak strategy” during a crucial period of the Trump-Russia investigation in 2017. (Daily Caller)

Police name two Russian suspects in Novichok poisonings

SALISBURY - Two Russian nationals have been named and charged over the novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, Wiltshire. British police and prosecutors made the announcement on Wednesday. (The Guardian)

Separatist leader bombed

DONETSK - He was a local boy from coal-dusted Donetsk who grew up to be a mine engineer. Aleksandr Zakharchenko, 42, quit that life to become a separatist warlord whose Russia-backed insurgents carved out a 'republic' roughly the size of the state of Delaware.   On Aug 31, a bomb ripped through a popular Donetsk cafe, killing Zakharchenko as he dined with several others. (RFE)
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  • Dumping raw sewage

    Toronto, like the vast majority of Canadian cities, doesn't monitor real-time data of sewage leaks into lakes, rivers or oceans. As a result, it's unknown how much raw sewage flowed through overflow pipes when the storm overwhelmed the city's treatment facilities.  Environment Canada does require municipal governments to report annually how much untreated wastewater is spilled, but settles for calculations that are based on computer models, rather than specific data of actual events.  Data provided by the federal government shows in 2017, municipalities reported 215B litres of raw sewage were spilled or leaked without being treated.  (CP)

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