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From 'vindication' to 'meltdown,' here are how UK newspapers are announcing Boris Johnson's landslide election win

From 'vindication' to 'meltdown,' here are how UK newspapers are announcing Boris Johnson's landslide election winThis marks a huge victory for Boris Johnson ahead of a fast-approaching Brexit deadline which has been extended by the EU to January 31, 2020.



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Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Camp Wins Big in Accountant Election

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Camp Wins Big in Accountant Election(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters can chalk up another election victory.In a vote for seats on the council of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, all six pro-democracy candidates running won against a mix of pro-government and independent opponents. The other seat up for grabs was filled by Roy Leung from accounting firm KPMG, according to the institute.The vote followed a broader citywide election late last month, which saw pro-democracy candidates secure a landslide win. The politicized battle over seats on even an accounting board underscores how the polarization is deepening in Hong Kong amid mounting protests against China’s grip on the city.Now Even Accountants Are Fighting Over Democracy in Hong Kong“The result shows how the industry speaks for itself after the district council election,” said Rosalind Lee, one of the successful candidates from the pro-democracy camp.The seven new members will serve on the 21-member council for two years, starting Jan. 1, 2020. A new president will be elected after an annual general meeting on Dec. 12.Hong Kong Protesters Rage Against China Inc.’s Growing DominanceTo contact the reporter on this story: Kiuyan Wong in Hong Kong at kwong739@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Candice Zachariahs at czachariahs2@bloomberg.net, Jonas Bergman, Michael PattersonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Chuck Todd Laces Into Ted Cruz for Saying Ukraine Meddled in 2016 Election

Chuck Todd Laces Into Ted Cruz for Saying Ukraine Meddled in 2016 ElectionA week after Meet the Press host Chuck Todd accused Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) of pushing Russian propaganda on Ukraine, the NBC News anchor forcefully confronted GOP Sen. Ted Cruz over the Texas lawmaker’s belief that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.With the House of Representatives heading towards an impeachment vote, Cruz argued on Sunday that Democrats haven’t yet proven that the president violated any laws, insisting that Trump was just concerned about “investigating corruption” when he pressured Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.“What I don’t understand is why do you believe that if an American is committing corruption we should have a foreign government to announce an investigation,” Todd wondered aloud. “Is that appropriate or do you go to American authorities?”“So, I believe any president, any Justice Department has the authority to investigate corruption,” Crus responded. “In this case, there was serious evidence on the face of corruption. The reason Hunter Biden got that position is because his daddy was vice president.”Fiona Hill Blasts GOP ‘Alternate Narrative’ on UkraineTodd, meanwhile, pressed forward and asked the conservative senator whether or not he believed that Ukraine meddled in the election—a talking point that has gained more traction among Republicans lately.“I do. And I think there is considerable evidence,” Cruz replied.“You do?” Todd shot back, expressing shock. “You do?!”Earlier this fall, the intelligence community briefed senators and their aides that Russia has spent the past year attempting to frame Ukraine for Russia’s 2016 election interference. During an impeachment hearing last month, former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill also criticized Republicans for pushing a “fictional narrative” on Ukraine meddling, adding that it likely came from a Russian disinformation campaign.Todd went on to remind Cruz about the president’s own smear campaign against him during the 2016 GOP presidential primary when they were both fighting for the Republican nomination.“Senator, this sort of strikes me as odd because you went through a primary campaign with this president,” the Meet the Press anchor noted. “He launched a birtherism campaign against you. He went after your faith; he threatened to quote ‘spill the beans’ about your wife about something. He pushed a National Enquirer story, which we now know he had a real relationship with the editors.”“I appreciate you dragging up all that garbage, that’s very kind of you,” Cruz snarked back.“Let me ask you this,” Todd continued. “Is it not possible that this president is capable of creating a false narrative about somebody in order to help him politically?”Cruz laughed off Todd’s questions, asserting “that’s not what happened” and that the transcript of Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president shows nothing wrong. He then claimed that while he does believe Russia interfered in the last election he doesn’t think that means Ukraine didn’t.The two would go back-and-forth over the evidence that the Ukraine government interfered in the election, with Cruz pointing to a 2016 op-ed by the Ukrainian ambassador criticizing Trump’s stance on Russian aggression against Ukraine as proof.“That’s the difference? What you are saying—you are saying a pickpocket, which essentially is a Hill op-ed, compared to Bernie Madoff and Vladimir Putin,” Todd snapped back. “You are trying to equate—make them both seem equal. I don’t understand that.”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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Hong Kong sees biggest protests since democrats' election boost

Hong Kong sees biggest protests since democrats' election boostVast crowds of black-clad demonstrators thronged Hong Kong on Sunday in the largest anti-government protests since local elections last month that boosted the pro-democracy movement seeking to curb controls by China. It was the first time since August that the Civil Human Rights Front – organizer of million-strong marches earlier in the year that paralyzed the Asian finance center – had received authorities’ permission for a rally.



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Michael Bloomberg Responds to Criticism He's Trying to Buy Election

Michael Bloomberg Responds to Criticism He's Trying to Buy Election(Bloomberg) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg responded to criticism from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and other rivals that he’s trying to buy the election by self-financing his campaign, saying they had the same opportunity in life to build up a fortune as he did.The former New York mayor said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” that he didn’t come from a wealthy family and earned his money by building up his business. He said his rivals, too, “had a chance to go out and make a lot of money.”“I’m doing exactly the same thing they’re doing, except that I am using my own money,” Bloomberg said. “They’re using somebody else’s money and those other people expect something from them. Nobody gives you money if they don’t expect something. I don’t want to be bought.”The former New York mayor said he intends to entirely self-fund his campaign and has already booked more than $ 64 million in television ads since announcing his candidacy on Nov. 24, according to Advertising Analytics, which tracks political commercials.@MikeBloomberg responds to some of his opponents’ claims that he’s trying to ‘buy the election.’“I'm doing exactly the same thing they're doing, except that I am using my own money … I don’t want to be bought.” t.co/Rqh3mnNsCV pic.twitter.com/xFo7UYPMWJ— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 6, 2019 Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.Bloomberg was asked about remarks by Democratic Senator Cory Booker, who is African-American, that with the departure of Senator Kamala Harris, the race has "more billionaires than black people."Bloomberg responded that Booker was "well-spoken. He’s got some good ideas."Booker reacted in an interview with Sirius XM Radio’s "Signal Boost" show, saying he was "taken aback.""It’s sort of stunning at times that we are still revisiting these sort of tired tropes," Booker said. "Folks don’t understand and the fact that they don’t understand is problematic."Bloomberg also defended the company’s policy of not investigating him or other Democrats while continuing to investigate President Donald Trump, saying that Bloomberg News carries coverage from many top news outlets so those kinds of stories are available to its readers.“People have said to me, ‘How can you investigate yourself?”’ he said on CBS. “And I said, ‘I don’t think you can.’"He also said in response to concerns that Bloomberg journalists can’t investigate Democrats by saying, “They get a paycheck, but with your paycheck comes some restrictions and responsibilities.”(Updates with Bloomberg comments on Booker starting in sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Kevin WhitelawFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Top U.S. diplomat: no evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 U.S. election

Top U.S. diplomat: no evidence Ukraine meddled in 2016 U.S. electionA top U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday he had seen no evidence that Ukraine – not Russia – interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, undermining an argument used by some supporters of President Donald Trump as he faces an impeachment investigation. Trump and some of his fellow Republican supporters have promoted a theory that Ukraine, not Russia, sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. vote.



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Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 election

Mitt Romney breaks with Republican senators, says there's no evidence suggesting Ukraine interfered in 2016 electionIn what is becoming less and less of a surprise, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) veered off course from his fellow Republicans on an impeachment-related issue.Some lawmakers — Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is a notable example (though he somewhat walked back his comments) — have given credence to the unsupported theory that Ukraine interfered with the 2016 election, which was one of the reasons President Trump wanted Kyiv to launch investigations. The intelligence community, on the other hand, has largely settled on the notion that it was Russia that tried to meddle.The GOP's mistrust in the intelligence community likely stems from efforts to stick by Trump amid the impeachment inquiry, but Romney doesn't seem to care. He's not buying the theory and said he hasn't seen evidence "of any kind" to support it.> ROMNEY: "I saw no evidence from our intelligence community, nor from the representatives today from the Department of State, that there is *any* evidence of *any* kind that suggests that Ukraine interfered in our elections. We have ample evidence that Russia interfered…" pic.twitter.com/zSTBcEviSQ> > — Marcus J. DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) December 3, 2019The recent comments add to growing speculation that Romney may be the leading voice among Republicans who are willing to remove Trump if the impeachment proceedings do eventually result in a Senate trial, though questions remain as to just how effective that would be. > Senator @MittRomney is the MargaretChaseSmith of his time. He will lead the Impeachment fight in the Senate. I think he may get 5 Republicans who vote to remove. Not more. t.co/rRbfAWEvuE> > — Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) December 3, 2019More stories from theweek.com Watch NATO leaders, British princess, apparently mock Trump, politely, at palace reception What the Charles Schwab-TD Ameritrade acquisition means ICE employees reportedly thought McKinsey consultant's cost-cutting recommendations went too far



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Some Kentucky Republicans warn against election challenge

Some Kentucky Republicans warn against election challengeSome Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his reelection bid unless he finds evidence of massive fraud.



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Steve Bannon advised Kushner days before election to avoid Paul Manafort 'like the plague'

Steve Bannon advised Kushner days before election to avoid Paul Manafort 'like the plague'In documents obtained by BuzzFeed, former Trump campaign head Bannon told Kushner to avoid Manafort because of optics.



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Hong Kong riot police pepper spray 'Airport Uncle' as election protests turn ugly

Hong Kong riot police pepper spray 'Airport Uncle' as election protests turn uglyA candidate in Hong Kong's elections who rose to fame for his peaceful defence of protesters was pepper sprayed at point-blank range before being arrested in the latest violent crackdown by police in the city. Police attacked the silver-haired Richard Chan, 48, at close range, grabbing and turning him around as he tried to retreat, only to unleash another round directly into his eyes, before tackling him to the ground to make the arrest. Mr Chan, a first-time candidate running in district council elections later this month, went viral after standing his ground between police and activists during mass airport protests in August, which shut down one of world’s busiest transport hubs. The incident earned him the nickname of Airport Uncle.  Pictures of Mr Chan's rough treatment is likely to further feed growing hatred for police who have been accused of disproportionate brutality.   Two other candidates were also arrested in the latest round of protests on Saturday, which came after protest leader Joshua Wong was banned from standing at the up-coming elections. Chan, a candidate for district council elections, lies on the floor after being pepper-sprayed Credit: MIGUEL CANDELA/EPA Dozens of candidates running for district council seats and hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday afternoon at Victoria Park in a popular shopping neighbourhood, testing a loophole they said allowed for large-scale election meetings to be held in public. But riot police surrounding the park declared the gathering unlawful, warning they wouldn’t hesitate to make arrests and deploy tear gas at the crowd of political hopefuls and their supporters, waving colourful campaign banners. “This is the final chance for us to change Communist China’s control in Hong Kong,” Dennis Cheung, 30, one of the more than 1,000 candidates standing for 450 open council seats, told the Sunday Telegraph. Police passes a burning barricade to break up thousands of anti-government protesters Credit: THOMAS PETER/REUTERS Mr Cheung, who works in advertising, is also a first-time candidate who vowed to help arrested protesters and educate residents about their rights if elected. “Police are making unreasonable arrests of youngsters,” said Martin Ng, 65, a retiree. “I have full confidence Hong Kong people won’t tolerate this kind of brutality and suppression.” Protesters were galvanised this weekend after prominent activist Joshua Wong became the city’s only candidate to be barred from running for a district council seat.  Hong Kong is in its fifth month of mass protests, which were originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill Credit: MIGUEL CANDELA/EPA The election officer wrote in her reasoning the concept of “self-determination” that Mr Wong advocates could also refer to the idea of an independent Hong Kong, which was deemed inconsistent with the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.  Mr Wong and his political party, Demosisto, however, deny supporting independence from mainland China. The upcoming district council elections, currently slated for Nov 24, allow registered voters to select neighbourhood representatives responsible for community affairs, such as building awnings in parks or adding new bus routes.  While district councillors have no legislative power, the political party that wins the most seats will gain 117 of the 1,200 votes on an election committee that will select the city’s next chief executive in 2022.



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