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Former Dem Gov of Pennsylvania Accuses Warren of Hypocrisy for Shunning Big Donors While Relying on Their Money

Former Dem Gov of Pennsylvania Accuses Warren of Hypocrisy for Shunning Big Donors While Relying on Their MoneyEd Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, slammed Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) in the pages of the Washington Post on Thursday for touting her commitment to grassroots fundraising after pocketing millions in donations from the wealthiest people in the country.“I like Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot. Too bad she’s a hypocrite,” Rendell begins the op-ed.After praising Warren's ideological commitments and her efforts to increase consumer protections in the financial sector, Rendell takes his fellow Democrat to task for “trying to have it both ways” by claiming independence from high-dollar donors while surreptitiously relying on them.He cites a recent New York Times report which revealed that Warren transferred $ 10.4 million from her senate reelection fund into her presidential campaign fund, $ 6 million of which came from donations of over $ 1,000.“The senator appears to be trying to have it both ways — get the political upside from eschewing donations from higher-level donors and running a grass-roots campaign, while at the same time using money obtained from those donors in 2018,” Rendell writes.Rendell, who is backing Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, goes on to criticize Warren's characterization of a fundraiser he hosted for Biden in April as “a swanky private fund-raiser for wealthy donors” in a fundraising email she sent the day after the gathering.“Well, I helped organize that affair, and I thought her attack was extremely hypocritical because nearly 20 of us who attended the Biden fundraiser had also given her $ 2,000 or more in 2018 at closed-door fundraisers in “swanky” locations,” he writes.Warren continues to tout her commitment to grassroots fundraising and has not responded to Rendell's broadside. However, her allies in the media have defended her decision to rely on high-dollar donations as a pragmatic move that will enable her to reform campaign finance laws from within once she wins the presidency.



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Former Dem Gov of Pennsylvania Accuses Warren of Hypocrisy for Shunning Big Donors While Relying on Their Money

Former Dem Gov of Pennsylvania Accuses Warren of Hypocrisy for Shunning Big Donors While Relying on Their MoneyEd Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, slammed Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) in the pages of the Washington Post on Thursday for touting her commitment to grassroots fundraising after pocketing millions in donations from the wealthiest people in the country.“I like Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot. Too bad she’s a hypocrite,” Rendell begins the op-ed.After praising Warren's ideological commitments and her efforts to increase consumer protections in the financial sector, Rendell takes his fellow Democrat to task for “trying to have it both ways” by claiming independence from high-dollar donors while surreptitiously relying on them.He cites a recent New York Times report which revealed that Warren transferred $ 10.4 million from her senate reelection fund into her presidential campaign fund, $ 6 million of which came from donations of over $ 1,000.“The senator appears to be trying to have it both ways — get the political upside from eschewing donations from higher-level donors and running a grass-roots campaign, while at the same time using money obtained from those donors in 2018,” Rendell writes.Rendell, who is backing Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, goes on to criticize Warren's characterization of a fundraiser he hosted for Biden in April as “a swanky private fund-raiser for wealthy donors” in a fundraising email she sent the day after the gathering.“Well, I helped organize that affair, and I thought her attack was extremely hypocritical because nearly 20 of us who attended the Biden fundraiser had also given her $ 2,000 or more in 2018 at closed-door fundraisers in “swanky” locations,” he writes.Warren continues to tout her commitment to grassroots fundraising and has not responded to Rendell's broadside. However, her allies in the media have defended her decision to rely on high-dollar donations as a pragmatic move that will enable her to reform campaign finance laws from within once she wins the presidency.



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Pope says he's 'not afraid of a split' in Catholic church as he accuses critics of stabbing him in the back

Pope says he's 'not afraid of a split' in Catholic church as he accuses critics of stabbing him in the backPope Francis said he does not fear a schism within the Roman Catholic Church, as criticism grows among conservatives of his liberal views on migrants, the protection of the environment and giving communion to divorcees. Speaking on board the papal plane on his return from a trip to Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique, the Pope said he had been unfairly labelled “a Communist” by his critics, with the most vocal being conservative Catholics in the United States. In his strongest remarks yet on the risk of a schism, he said there had been many doctrinal splits during the 2,000-year history of the Church, although he prayed there would not be another. “I am not afraid of schisms. I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health,” he told journalists on board the plane. The Pope’s impassioned defence of migrants and refugees, his opposition to Donald Trump’s wall on the US-Mexico border, his sympathy towards homosexuals and his openness to remarried divorcees being allowed to take communion have earned him the ire of conservatives, particularly in the US. Pope Francis answered questions from journalists while travelling back from a trip to Africa Credit: ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/ AFP He said he was open to discussing differences of opinion with his critics, some of whom have accused him of heresy and have called for his resignation. “Let there be dialogue, let there be correction if there is an error, but the schismatic path is not Christian,” he said. His critics were putting ideology over Catholic doctrine and deserved sympathy, not hostility. “We need to be gentle with those who are tempted by these attacks, they are going through a tough time, we must accompany them gently,” he said. The Catholic Church last suffered a schism in 1988, when Marcel Lefebvre, an ultra-traditionalist French archbishop, ordained bishops without papal permission and started his own movement.  Francis insisted that many of his views were similar to those of Pope John Paul II, who is regarded as an icon by conservatives, in part for his role in standing up to the USSR and bringing about the fall of Communism. “The social things that I say are the same things that John Paul II said, the same things. I copy him. But they say: ‘the Pope is a communist.’” Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, at the Vatican on Sept. 11 Credit: AP He said he was happy for critics to address him openly, but condemned those who launched attacks in an underhand way. "At least those who say something have the advantage of honesty in saying so. And I like that," he said. "I don't like criticism when it's under the table, when they smile at you and then then they try to stab you in the back.” Echoing remarks that he has made throughout his papacy, he condemned populism and xenophobia, likening populist politicians to Adolf Hitler. “Sometimes, in some places, I hear speeches being given that sound similar to those made by Hitler in 1934. It’s as if they want to return to the past in Europe.” Xenophobia is “a human disease, like measles,” he said. Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St. Peter's square  Credit: AFP In an apparent reference to President Trump’s plans for a wall along the US border with Mexico, and European countries’ efforts to keep out refugees and migrants with razor wire fences, he said: “Xenophobia is a disease that enters a country, enters a continent, and we build walls. But walls leave only those who built them. Yes, they leave out many people, but those who remain inside the walls will be left alone. Xenophobia rides the waves of political populism.” Francis criticised Mr Trump’s proposals for a border wall three years ago, saying that anyone who wants to build walls rather than bridges is “not Christian”. The remark incensed the then Republican candidate, who said it was “disgraceful” that the pontiff should question his faith.  To the discomfort of some conservative Catholics, Francis has repeatedly warned that the excesses of capitalism are leaving millions of people behind, fueling social tensions and harming the planet.



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UPDATE 1-Britain accuses Iran of selling Adrian Darya 1 tanker oil to Syria

UPDATE 1-Britain accuses Iran of selling Adrian Darya 1 tanker oil to SyriaBritain said Iran had sold the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 to Syria, breaking assurances it had given over the vessel which had been detained in Gibraltar for a suspected breach of European Union sanctions. The vessel, formerly named Grace 1, was seized by British Royal Marine commandos on July 4 on suspicion of being en route to Syria. Gibraltar released it on Aug. 15 after receiving formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria.



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Huawei Accuses U.S. of Harassing Workers, Attacking Network

Huawei Accuses U.S. of Harassing Workers, Attacking Network(Bloomberg) — Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Huawei Technologies Co. lashed out at the U.S. government Tuesday, accusing Washington of orchestrating a campaign to intimidate its employees and launching cyber-attacks to infiltrate its internal network.China’s largest technology company claimed the American government had instructed law enforcement agencies to threaten and attempt to manipulate its employees. Huawei also accused the U.S. of launching attacks against its networks, the company said in a statement without saying how it obtained that information.The accusations ratchet up tensions between Huawei and the Trump administration, which has accused the networking giant of aiding Beijing in espionage and labeled it a national security risk. Washington has blacklisted the Chinese company, curbing the sales of the technology Huawei needs to make phones and telecommunications equipment.“It has been using every tool at its disposal – including both judicial and administrative powers, as well as a host of other unscrupulous means – to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners,” the company said. Other measures included “instructing law enforcement to threaten, menace, coerce, entice, and incite both current and former Huawei employees to turn against the company and work for them.”Representatives for the U.S. National Security Council didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment outside of normal hours.Read more: Huawei Founder Sees ‘Live or Die Moment’ From U.S. UncertaintyHuawei has become a focal point for U.S.-Chinese tensions, regarded by some as a bargaining chip in sensitive trade negotiations. The company is grappling with an existential threat after Washington blocked it from purchasing American technology, cutting off vital supplies from Qualcomm Inc. chipsets to Google’s Android operating software. The U.S. has also urged countries and companies to reject Huawei technology in their next generation of wireless networks, telling allies it could put their citizens’ data at risk of espionage.Those efforts squeezed a company that had been on the cusp of dominating fifth-generation networking, the technology that will underpin future modern economies. Billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei warned in an internal memo in August his company faced a “live or die moment.”The smartphone maker’s statement came in response to an Aug. 30 Wall Street Journal report, which cited unidentified sources as saying the Justice Department was investigating the alleged theft of patents by Huawei. The company again denied it had ever stolen technology, then launched into a litany of accusations against the Trump administration itself. Among the claims it listed: that the U.S. was detaining shipments, denying visas, sending federal agents to employees’ homes and even impersonating Huawei staff to entrap legitimate workers.“We strongly condemn the malign, concerted effort by the U.S. government to discredit Huawei and curb its leadership position in the industry,” the company said. “No company becomes a global leader in their field through theft.”(Updates with details in Huawei’s statement from the second paragraph)\–With assistance from Justin Sink.To contact the reporter on this story: Edwin Chan in Hong Kong at echan273@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Trump Threatens Legal Action after Lawrence O’Donnell Accuses Him of Working with Russian Oligarchs

Trump Threatens Legal Action after Lawrence O’Donnell Accuses Him of Working with Russian OligarchsUpdate 4:36p.m.: In a Wednesday afternoon tweet drafted hours after Trump's legal threat went public, O'Donnell admitted that he made a “error in judgment” in publicly accusing the president of co-signing loans with Russian oligarchs and promised to address the issue on his program.> Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.> > — Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019President Trump's attorney sent a letter to NBCUniversal Wednesday threatening the company with legal action in response to what he charged was an unfounded claim made on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell the previous night.In the demand letter, which was obtained by the the Hollywood Reporter, Trump attorney Charles Harder threatens to file a defamation suit against NBCUniversal if the company refuses to retract O'Donnell's claim that Russian oligarchs co-signed a series of loans Deutsche Bank extended to Trump.“The Program and Tweet make the false and defamatory statements that 'Russian oligarchs' co-signed loans provided to Mr. Trump by Deutsche Bank, and described these 'co-signers' as 'Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin,'” the letter reads.Harder argues that the accusation is easily disproven and suggests the network neglected its due diligence out of a desire to tar a political enemy.“The only borrowers under these loans are Trump entities, and Mr. Trump is the only guarantor,” the letter continues. “Numerous documents for each of these loans are also recorded, publicly available and searchable online. Thus, actual malice can easily be proven based on your reckless disregard of the truth and unreasonable reliance on an alleged 'source' who you will not even identify in your story and likely is seeking to mislead you and the public for political reasons or other ulterior motives.”O'Donnell raised the Deutsche Bank loans during his Tuesday night program in the context of House Democrats' ongoing legal battle to secure records from the bank. The White House has resisted a congressional subpoena for the documents on the grounds that there is no legitimate legislative purpose that would justify such a demand.White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham lambasted O'Donnell Wednesday for publishing a single-sourced, unverified claim that would have profound implications if true.“This is one of the reasons that a majority of Americans have lost trust in the media. Instead of applying ethics and standards to their reporting, journalists and left-wing outlets have weaponized the media, using it to attack and harass people with little to no regard for the truth,” Grisham told Fox News.Critics of the president have speculated that Trump or one of his allies had some leverage over Deutsche Bank that allowed the Trump organization to continue procuring loans from the institution for projects that all other major banks refused to support.NBCUniversal did not respond to a request for comment by press time and NBC News had not, as of the time of this writing, published any article supporting O'Donnell's claims.



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UPDATE 2-Russia accuses U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test – TASS

UPDATE 2-Russia accuses U.S. of stoking tensions with missile test - TASS



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Mother of missing Indiana teen found in Arkansas accuses stalker of kidnapping, dyeing her hair

Mother of missing Indiana teen found in Arkansas accuses stalker of kidnapping, dyeing her hairMadison Eddlemon was found safe in Arkansas Sunday after she was reported missing from Crown Point, Indiana. Police confirmed the 16-year-old's accused stalker is in custody.



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Jihadi Jack: Canada accuses UK of 'off-loading its responsibilities' by stripping Isil fighter of citizenship

Jihadi Jack: Canada accuses UK of 'off-loading its responsibilities' by stripping Isil fighter of citizenshipCanada said on Sunday it was disappointed the United Kingdom had decided to "off-load their responsibilities" after its close ally revoked the citizenship of an Isil fighter known as Jihadi Jack. Muslim convert Jack Letts, 24, who had held dual UK and Canadian citizenship, declared he was an "enemy of Britain" after travelling from Oxfordshire to Syria at the age of 18 to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He has begged to be allowed to return to the UK from Syria, insisting he had "no intention" of killing Britons, after he was captured by Kurdish forces in 2017.  The Home Office has now stripped Letts of British citizenship, meaning he is the responsibility of the Canadian government, The Mail on Sunday said. Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed in a statement that Letts had been stripped of his British citizenship. "Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities," Goodale said. Isil Rise and fall of a caliphate A statement from the Home Office said revoking British citizenship was one way it counters terrorist threats. It said it does not comment on individual cases. "Decisions on depriving a dual national of citizenship are based on substantial advice from officials, lawyers and the intelligence agencies and all available information," the statement said. Letts has been behind bars in a Kurdish prison since 2017. In 2015, Letts posted on Facebook that he would like to perform a "martyrdom operation" on a group of British soldiers. But by the end of that year, he was indicating that he wanted to come home. The man’s parents are from Oxford and were found guilty earlier this year of sending him money. They received a suspended sentence. Organic farmer John Letts, 58, and ex-Oxfam fundraiser Sally Lane, 56, said they were acting as any parents would have when they tried to send their son cash after he begged for help. They say they believed the 23-year-old was in mortal danger and trapped in Raqqa, Syria. Police warned the family that "sending money to Jack is the same as sending money to ISIS." Mr Goodale said terrorism knows no borders, so countries need to work together to keep each other safe. He also said Canada was under no legal obligation to bring Canadians detained in Syria home, and the government would not expose consular officials to undue risk. Letts, who travelled to the Middle East in 2014, is now among more than 120 dual nationals who have been stripped of their British citizenship since 2016, including Isis bride Shamima Begum. Ms Begum was one of three girls from Bethnal Green, east London, who left the UK aged just 15 in February 2015 and travelled to Syria to join Isil. It was thought Ms Begum may have a claim in Bangladesh because of her family background, something Bangladeshi officials denied. The move can only be made against people with two passports, because international law prevents the Government from making anyone "stateless".



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India promises to ease Kashmir curfew as Pakistan accuses New Delhi government of 'ethnic cleansing'

India promises to ease Kashmir curfew as Pakistan accuses New Delhi government of 'ethnic cleansing'Indian security forces said they had eased a week-long curfew and restrictions on movement in Kashmir ahead of a major Muslim festival on Monday. The move came as police denied carrying out a violent crackdown against protesters in the region, despite the emergence of footage showing troops firing into a crowd. Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday that “not a single bullet had been fired in the last six days” and called the reports “mischievous and motivated news”. They claimed the protests were small and peaceably broken up. Earlier the BBC broadcast footage apparently showing officers firing tear gas and live rounds at a crowd of 10,000 protesters after Friday prayers in the city of Srinagar.   The BBC stood by its report, while the New York Times and India Today said its journalists had corroborated the incident.    Jammu and Kashmir has been under a media, internet and phone blackout since Narendra Modi's Indian government revoked the Muslim-majority region's special constitutional status on August 5. A curfew enforced by thousands of Indian troops has made movement and reporting in the region difficult. The move has provoked outrage in Pakistan, which has fought two major wars with India over the disputed territory since independence. Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, on Sunday accused the Indian government of pursing "ethnic cleansing" comparable to Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia. Describing the move as "the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum", he said it would lead to "the suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan". "Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing," he tweeted. "Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich? Dilbag Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir police chief, on Sunday said the curfew had been eased ahead of the Muslims festival of Eid ul-adha today.    “Things are absolutely normal, not a single incident has been reported from south Kashmir even,” Mr Singh told the Hindustan Times. “We are closely watching the situation,” he said. Mr Singh said there were incidents of stone throwing in downtown Srinagar on Saturday, but insisted that any report of violence in the region “is false”. The New Delhi government on Sunday said deliveries of food and supplies were active again to Kashmir, and banks and stores were being restocked ahead of Eid.



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