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'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence?

'Five Eyes' in the dark: Will Trump and Barr destroy trust in U.S. intelligence?The effort by President Trump and his attorney general to enlist foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies in their smear of Joe Biden may do lasting damage to relationships with their counterparts in other countries and the critical “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing agreement.



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Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark

Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark(Bloomberg) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he’s heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a “grand jury.”“We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests,” the California Democrat said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”Schiff said they may call some or all of the witnesses to return to testify in public later, though that might not include the whistle-blower who triggered the impeachment fight in the first place.While Trump and some of his Republican allies have hoped to unmask the official and question him or her, Schiff said his priority now is to protect the whistle-blower and said they don’t need the person’s testimony to find out what happened on the phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.“We’re keeping our focus right now on the president’s coercion of an ally, that is Ukraine, to create these sham investigations into his political opponent,” Schiff said.Biden DirtSchiff said investigators have already seen strong evidence that Trump abused his office by conditioning a meeting Zelenskiy wanted with Trump on Ukraine “digging up dirt on the Bidens.”“That is a terrible abuse of the president’s power,” Schiff said.“Here we have a president of the United States abusing his power to the detriment of our national security and doing so to get yet another foreign country to intervene in our election. It’s hard to imagine more of a corruption of his office than that.”Schiff also said the committee continues to investigate whether the president decided to hold up military aid to Ukraine as leverage, saying there’s already strong indications that is true “and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, ripped the closed sessions. “Democrats know they can’t win on the facts, so they’re having to move it behind closed doors,” he said on Fox News. “I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant.”McConnell’s MoveVermont Senator Bernie Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that while he expects the Democratic-controlled House will vote to impeach Trump, he’s “nervous” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “will put party in front of country” and not hold a full trial.McConnell has said the Senate will have to take up the impeachment, but it’s not clear how long the proceedings would last.Schiff also tried to clear up his earlier statements that his committee hadn’t heard from the whistle-blower.“I was referring to the fact that when the whistle-blower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower,” Schiff said. “We wanted to bring the whistle-blower in at that time, but I should have been much more clear about that.”Separately, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the president.In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Mnuchin wouldn’t comment on whether Trump’s public request to China to investigate the Bidens earlier this month was serious or not, but said it had not come up in the context of trade talks with Beijing.“And in the Oval Office, when the president was asked about this in front of the vice premier, the president made very clear, they can do what they want,” Mnuchin said. “So, again, people who are trying to imply that the president is asking for things or quid pro quos, I think this is ridiculous.”\–With assistance from Hailey Waller.To contact the reporter on this story: Steven T. Dennis in Washington at sdennis17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Ex-girlfriend of Dayton shooter says she saw red flags and a dark side while they dated

Ex-girlfriend of Dayton shooter says she saw red flags and a dark side while they datedA former girlfriend of the man who went on a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, said a number of red flags led her to break up with the 24-year-old.



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Trump has a ‘dark psychic force’ says Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson

Trump has a ‘dark psychic force’ says Democratic presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonDemocratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson has warned that Donald Trump’s “dark psychic force” will not be defeated by detailed policy discussions.The celebrity spiritual adviser, who was the most searched for candidate on Google during the second Democratic debate, had a surprisingly successful night for her long-shot 2020 campaign with a series of unconventional soundbites.While her opponents battled over the details of healthcare and immigration policy, Ms Williamson deployed sweeping and at times bizarre language to share her message.On the issue of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she received one of the night’s biggest reactions from the studio audience.“We have communities, particularly communities of colour and disadvantaged communities all over this country who are suffering from environmental injustice,” Ms Williamson said.“I assure you, I lived in Grosse Pointe [a wealthy Michigan coastal area] – what happened in Flint would not have happened in Grosse Pointe. This is part of the dark underbelly of American society.”Then Ms Williamson turned to her fellow Democratic candidates.“If you think any of this wonkiness is going to deal with this dark psychic force of the collectivised hatred that this president is bringing up in this country then I’m afraid that the Democrats are going to see some very dark days,” she told them.Although Ms Williamson’s use of spiritual language in a presidential debate was unusual, the problem she raised – over whether Democrats should focus on policy or message to defeat Mr Trump – is a more widely-acknowledged issue.The debate on Tuesday night highlighted a clear divide between the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic Party, as liberal candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders clashed with candidates, such as John Delaney, who are attempting to beat Mr Trump from the centre ground.In a fiery exchange, Ms Warren took on Mr Delaney, when the former congressman suggested that her policies were unrealistic.“I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for,” Ms Warren replied.However, despite a largely successful debate performance, Ms Williamson is unlikely to become a serious candidate in the Democratic race.All polls have shown her campaign way behind the Democratic frontrunners (polling at 1 per cent at best, compared to Joe Biden at about 33 per cent), even though she has occasionally polled ahead of more established candidates, such as Bill De Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand and Mr Delaney.Ms Williamson has also faced criticism as her campaign has received more attention and scrutiny.In June, she was criticised for calling vaccine mandates too “draconian” and “Orwellian” – although she later denied that she was anti-vaccination.More generally, she has been accused of encouraging unfounded New Age philosophy in her self-help books, which promote love, peace and positive thinking as solutions to the world’s ills.When asked after Tuesday’s debate how successful her performance was, Ms Williamson reportedly told CNN journalist Sarah Mucha: “I’ll tell you later when I see the memes.”The second Democratic debate, which will feature Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will take place on Wednesday 31 July.



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Ally Kostial murder: Former-neighbor shares dark details about suspect in Ole Miss student's death

Ally Kostial murder: Former-neighbor shares dark details about suspect in Ole Miss student's death" "I'm not going to sugar coat it, he was pretty much a daddy's boy type,"University of Mississippi student Rex Ravita told KMOV



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Tucker Guest: ‘People of Color’ Label Is Racist Because It Gives ‘Virtue’ to Dark Skin

Tucker Guest: ‘People of Color’ Label Is Racist Because It Gives ‘Virtue’ to Dark SkinMoments after the crowd at President Trump’s Wednesday night rally chanted “Send Her Back!” at Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a guest on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight argued that the term “people of color” should be done away with because it gives people with dark skin “special virtue.”While airing the president’s rally in the background, host Tucker Carlson invited conservative art critic and commentator Roger Kimball on to help decide whether or not America is a racist country.“Is America more racist than it was five years ago? Ten years ago?” Carlson asked.“Clearly not,” Kimball replied, adding that both the country as a whole and college campuses are “less racist” than they ever have been. He then pivoted to taking aim at the four Democratic congresswomen of color that have recently been the target of racist attacks by Trump, calling them the “Juvenile Squad.”Claiming that the young lawmakers—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—aren’t really legislators but instead “burnishing their own celebrity,” Kimball then issued a request.“I wish they would give the phrase ‘people of color’ a rest,” he declared. “We need to retire that phrase because it is a racist phrase.”“What does that mean?” Carlson asked.“You are a nice color, Tucker,” Kimball said. “I think of myself as being sort of a pleasing pink. But everyone has a color.”“It is a racist term because the idea is that somehow you are trapped by your skin color,” he continued. “That having dark skin imbues you with a special virtue, and having white skin imbues you with a special evil, or a liability, and that is a racist idea.”Kimball went on to call for the media to stand up against the use of the term because, in his view, it is being “used as a bludgeon to criminalize policy differences and criminalize differences of opinion.”Carlson, meanwhile, lamented that many people allow the use of the label to go unchallenged because they “are remarkably passive in the face of hyperaggressive racists like Ilhan Omar.”The Fox News host has been hyper-focused on Omar of late, devoting large chunks of his program to extremely negative coverage of the Muslim congresswoman. Earlier this month, the anti-immigrant host accused Omar—a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Somalia—of despising America and described her as a “living fire alarm” for the country's immigration laws.Following widespread outrage over his remarks, Carlson doubled down the following night, devoting the first 20 minutes of his show to blasting Omar and inviting a guest on who said the Minnesota lawmaker “would be a member of the KKK” if she weren’t in Congress.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flight

Air Canada launches investigation after woman left 'all alone' in dark and empty plane after falling asleep on flightAir Canada has launched an investigation after a woman was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams described waking up “all alone” on a “cold, dark” aircraft after flying from Quebec to Toronto earlier this month.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Air Canada confirmed the incident took place, but declined to comment on how Ms Adams may have been overlooked as its staff disembarked.“We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told the Associated Press. Ms Adams said she called a friend after waking up but her phone ran out of battery around a minute into the call and she could not recharge it because the power to the plane was off.She said: “I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually tried to exit the aircraft, but found herself 50ft above the ground with no way down.She said she then used her torch to send out “sos signals” but no one saw them, so she leaned out of the aircraft and called over a passing member of the ground crew, who was able to get her out.In her post, she said Air Canada personnel asked if she was OK and whether she would like a limo and hotel, but she declined the offer.She said representatives of the airline apologised and said they would investigate.“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.Responding to her post on Facebook, Air Canada said it was surprised to hear the story and “very concerned,” and asked Ms Adams to send a private message with her flight details.“We’ll take a look into it,” the airline wrote.



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Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty plane

Woman falls asleep on flight and wakes up in pitch dark on locked and empty planeA woman has claimed she was left alone in a dark and locked plane after falling asleep on a flight.Tiffani Adams took a 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto on 9 June.Ms Adams fell asleep during the journey but woke up to find the aircraft empty, cleared and parked in Toronto.She had somehow been left inside the dark plane, which appeared to have been locked for the night.“I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5 hour flight,” she said, in a message posted on Air Canada’s Facebook page.“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black).”Ms Adams described her ordeal as “terrifying” and said she thought she was having a bad dream.The stranded passenger called a friend but her phone died around a minute into the call. Ms Adams then attempted to charge the phone but found that the plane’s power had been switched off.“I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap,” she said.“As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” she wrote“I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?”Ms Adams said she found a torch in the plane’s cockpit and eventually made her way to the aircraft’s main door.She eventually opened the door, only to find herself around 50 ft above ground and unable to negotiate the drop beneath her.The passenger said she sat with her legs dangling out of the aircraft while sending out distress signals with her torch.Ms Adams said she was unable to tell how much time had passed before she saw a man driving a luggage cart, who passed the plane.She said she flagged the startled airport employee down, saying he was “in shock” to see her. “He [asked] how the heck they left me on the plane,” Ms Adams said, describing her rescue.“I’m wondering the same.”The man then accompanied Ms Adams to the airport building, where she was met by Air Canada representatives.Ms Adams said being forgotten on the plane had left her with recurring “night terrors”.She said she struggled to sleep and would wake “anxious and afraid [she was] locked up someplace dark”.An airline spokesperson confirmed the account and told The Independent that Air Canada was reviewing the incident and remained in contact with the passenger.



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Coloradans mark 20th anniversary of a dark day: Columbine shooting

Coloradans mark 20th anniversary of a dark day: Columbine shootingIt has been 20 years since two heavily armed young men in dark trenchcoats entered a Colorado high school and launched a bloody attack that seared the word “Columbine” into the American psyche, forever transforming the debate on gun rights and school violence. As people on Saturday prepared to mark the anniversary of the massacre in Littleton, Colorado — in which teenaged shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 Columbine High School students and a teacher before turning their guns on themselves — there were words of grief and loss and anger. School shootings, once almost unheard of, have become a tragic feature of American life — requiring all schools to tighten security, forcing even six-year-olds to take part in traumatic “live-shooter” drills.



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Taipei's goes dark for Earth Hour

Taipei's goes dark for Earth HourTaiwan's tallest building joined cities around the world to mark Earth Hour by turning off its lights on Saturday in a call for global action on climate change. (March 30)



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