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Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's play area bathroom

Man arrested after allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's play area bathroomOklahoma authorities are investigating after a man allegedly raped a 4-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a McDonald's in Midwest City.



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Can’t Any Democrat Here Play This Game?

Can’t Any Democrat Here Play This Game?Time to check on the 20 Smurfs.Joe Biden recorded a message on a friend’s iPhone in which he admitted that he’s made women and “some men” uncomfortable by, among other things, touching them, rubbing their shoulders, and smelling their hair. It’s his way of making a “connection,” Biden explained, as though he were a domestic animal introducing himself to another pet. Men, women, “young, old,” he’s touched them all. Handshakes and small talk aren’t enough for Joe. He’s “tactile.”Biden pledged to be “mindful” of personal space because “social norms” have changed since he was born in the late Cretaceous period. He still hasn’t announced his presidential run, but has signaled to allies that his prospective candidacy is “full steam” ahead — in which direction, and toward what destination, no one can say. It already resembles one of those Amtrak trains Biden admires so much: rickety, noisy, a relic transiting badlands.Biden’s old boss, Barack Obama, has maintained a studied silence throughout the controversy over his vice president’s creepiness. So has Michelle. The Obama team appears to be more intrigued by Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who launched his campaign at a rally in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon wrote about it here. The AP had to correct its story on the speech, which said, “Mr. O’Rourke also spoke at length in his native Spanish.” Dios mio.Beto is as lily-white as Elizabeth Warren, whose finance director is leaving because of a disagreement over money. The director would like to raise some. Warren’s not so sure. She pledged not to accept donations from millionaires and billionaires, holding out for small-dollar contributions from folks like you and me. The problem: Folks like you and me don’t want anything to do with Warren.Some of us, apparently, are much more interested in the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg is winning the coveted media primary, as journalists gush over his youth, his Harvard credentials, his husband, and his language abilities. He answers questions in Norwegian. Elect this man! The other day an acquaintance of mine, a reporter for a major newspaper, got caught up in a reverie about the mayor’s dogs. They are, I’m told, SO cute.The geniuses narrating our lives can’t figure out where Buttigieg came from. Do they read bylines other than their own? The press has been chirping about this boy wonder since a 2016 Frank Bruni column. Now Buttigieg has risen in the polls. He had a solid first quarter for someone without a national profile. The media reputation machine — it builds them up and tears them down — is humming along nicely.I find Mayor Pete far less interesting than what he reveals about the Democratic field. He’s upstaged the Washington Senators — Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Kristin Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and perhaps Michael Bennet — who have been dreaming of this moment for years. Buttigieg isn’t having a moment because Democrats have been waiting decades for a nominee who speaks seven languages and whose husband is good at Twitter.He’s enjoying his 15 minutes because even the most talented of these elected officials has yet to stand out. The afterglow of Kamala Harris’s successful launch faded rapidly. She’s running a professional campaign, raising cash, announcing policies, building coalitions. Don’t count her out.Even so, Harris’s bid to seize the mantle of “establishment frontrunner” during these early days has fizzled. Her colleagues are no better off. They gab on the talk shows, appear on the cable town halls, join in calls to tear down the Constitution. None commands authority.With one exception: Bernie Sanders. Who isn’t even a Democrat. But he looks more like the Democratic frontrunner every day. He is second to Biden in national polls and leading in some states. He has raised the most money and has the most donors, a solid core of supporters, and a simple but comprehensive message of economic and social equality. The party’s establishment is leery of him. In these times, that might be an advantage.Born a year earlier than Biden, Sanders is nevertheless more in sync with the moment. Not just because his fans include so many Millennials. Thinking dialectically, as Sanders does, the Vermont senator’s democratic socialism is the antithesis to the thesis of President Trump’s nationalist populism. He means to work the same changes in the Democratic party that Trump made in his. He’ll be resisted just as Trump was. The question is whether Democratic elites have a better sense of their voters than Republican elites do of theirs.That leaves the others — JohnHickenlooperJayInsleeJulianCastroTimRyanTerryMcAuliffeSteveBullockJohnDelaneyTulsiGabbard-EricSwalwellAndrewYangMarianneWilliamsonI’veneverheardofthemeither.Given the weakness of this gang, is it any wonder that Stacey Abrams is flirting with a bid of her own, and Michael Bloomberg might reverse course and run after all? Why the heck not, considering the competition?This is the opposite of the 1927 Yankees. It’s more like the 1916 Athletics.This article originally appeared in The Washington Free Beacon.



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Polish mobile operator Play warns of costs, delays if Huawei banned

Polish mobile operator Play warns of costs, delays if Huawei bannedBanning Huawei from developing 5G networks in Poland would result in higher prices for consumers and delays in implementing the new technology, the chief executive of Poland’s biggest mobile operator Play said. Huawei, whose equipment forms the backbone for most of Play’s telecommunications network, denies allegations that its technology could be used for spying. “We haven’t been provided with any evidence of security problems with Huawei equipment so far.



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Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spying

Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spyingBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Russia on Friday against playing "diplomatic chess games" following the arrest of Paul Whelan, an ex-Marine with dual UK and US citizenship, on spying charges. Paul Whelan was formally charged on Thursday, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It was alleged that he had been handed a USB drive containing a secret list of Russian agents.  His case has been linked to that of Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted for seeking to influence US politics during the 2016 presidential election. "We don't agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games… We are all extremely worried about him and his family," Mr Hunt told the BBC in an interview. US officials in Moscow informed UK counterparts of Mr Whelan’s dual nationality status. The revelation will add to existing tensions between London and Moscow, after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury last March.   Mr Whelan, 48, was arrested for spying on December 28 at the Metropol hotel, yards from the Kremlin.  Outside of the Lefortovo detention centre in Moscow, where Paul Whelan is being held. His lawyer has meanwhile asked for bail Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Vladimir Zherebenkov, the ex-marine’s lawyer, told Interpol that he had appealed against the charges and had requested that Mr Whelan be released on bail. A decision is not expected soon.  According to the Associated Press, Mr Zherebenkov said he visited Mr Whelan on Wednesday and found him in a “in a good mood and cracks jokes”.  On the same day, the American ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met Mr Whelan at Lefortovo prison, a former KGB facility, where he is being held.  Washington has pushed for an explanation to Mr Whelan’s detention. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said he would demand his “immediate return” if the US found the detention was inappropriate.    Mr Whelan’s family has said that he was visiting Moscow for the wedding of a fellow former Marine, and that he had been to Russia “numerous times” since 2007.   He was born in Canada to British parents, and later moved to the US. His brother David Whelan said their family was from the West Midlands.     Russian authorities have given no further information about Whelan’s arrest.



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Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria Peace

Putin Says Russia, Turkey Will Play a ‘Decisive' Role in Syria PeaceIn a New Year’s message to Erdogan published by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said that “Moscow and Ankara are making a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria, as well as to the promotion of a political settlement in that country.”His comment came a day after the Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers, as well as the countries’ intelligence chiefs, held talks in Moscow on Syria as they move to fill the void left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to order a military pullout. “We reached an agreement on how Russian and Turkish military representatives on the ground will continue to coordinate their actions in these new conditions, with the goal of decisively defeating the terrorist threat in Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after the talks.



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Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case

Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition caseCanada's foreign minister warned the Trump administration not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou.



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Betomania Puts Texas In Play For Democrats

Betomania Puts Texas In Play For DemocratsEL PASO, Texas ― The question for many political observers as polls closed



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Russia's S-300 Play in Syria Is Creating Geopolitical Waves

Russia's S-300 Play in Syria Is Creating Geopolitical WavesThe Kremlin made the decision to supply Damascus with the potent S-300 air-defense system after a Syrian surface-to-air missile battery mistakenly shot down a Russian aircraft during an Israeli raid.



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Zimbabwe election: Nelson Chamisa claims foul play as historic poll closes

Zimbabwe election: Nelson Chamisa claims foul play as historic poll closesZimbabwe’s leading opposition candidate accused the country’s electoral authorities of trying to suppress voter turnout at presidential elections on Monday, raising fears of a disputed outcome to the historic poll.  Millions of Zimbabweans turned out to vote in the country’s first presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections since dictator Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military coup in November. The outcome will decide whether Emmerson Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old former ally of Mr Mugabe, or Nelson Chamisa, a 40-year-old lawyer and preacher leading the opposition MDC alliance, will be the country's next president.  The only poll released in the run up to the vote showed Mr Mnangagwa leading Mr Chamisa by just 3 per cent, and the results, which must be announced by Saturday, are expected to be tight.  Emmerson Mnangagwa cast his ballot in Kwekwe, 100 miles southwest of Harare Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images Mr Chamisa, who has repeatedly accused the country's electoral authorities of colluding with Mr Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF Party, claimed queues at some polling stations in Harare on Monday were a deliberate attempt to reduce turnout in traditional strongholds of the opposition MDC Alliance.  "There seems to be a deliberate attempt to suppress and frustrate the Urban vote,” Mr Chamisa wrote on Twitter. “Good turn out but the people’s will being negated & undetermined due to these deliberate & unnecessary delays.” There were queues of up to one hour at Harare polling stations visited by the Telegraph.  Polling stations are technically obliged to remain open until all those still in line at 7PM, when polling closes, have voted. EU chief observer Elmar Brok said many voters left voting queues in frustration at long delays but that it was as yet unclear whether those delays were deliberate or down to poor management.   “In some cases it (voting) works very smoothly but in others we see that it is totally disorganized and that people become angry, people leave,” Mr Brok told reporters in Harare.  Profile | Emmerson Mnangagwa Voting generally went smoothly and there was no violence reported.  However, several voters said that memories of 2008, when Mr Mugabe unleashed thugs to terrorise MDC activists and supporters, still loomed large.  “I’m glad we voted. We really badly need change,” said a 61-year-old man who cast his ballot in the Harare suburb of Newlands.  “But I don’t want to give you my name or say who I voted for because we don’t know what the repercussions will be afterwards. It would be easy to track me down.” Zanu-PF have ruled Zimbabwe for 38 years and Mr Mnangagwa's near total dominance in the media makes him the front runner in the election.  He has sought to attract former opposition voters by publicly breaking with Mr Mugabe and promising a “New Dispensation” of democratic and economic reforms. Nelson Chamisa voted at the 2 Primary High School in Kuwadzana, Harare Credit: Wilfred Kajese/Anadolu Agency However, Mr Chamisa has made  significant inroads into former Zanu PF strongholds in rural areas and has attracted large crowds at his rallies. He has said he is certain of victory and that any other outcome could only be the result of vote-rigging by Zanu-PF.  “I am moderately bullish,” said Terence Mukupe, the Zanu-PF candidate for the constituency of Harare East, before casting his vote.  “The MDC vote is split, and the business community, the white community, and the middle classes who used to vote for the opposition have largely switched to ED,” he said, using Mr Mnangagwa’s initials. But as polls closed on Monday evening there were signs that Mr Chamisa had made inroads into Zanu-PF’s own traditional strongholds.  One 71-year-old grandmother from a village 40 miles north of Harare said she did not vote for Zanu-PF for the first time because she said she now felt “safe” to support the opposition.  Africa's tarnished jewel: how four decades of Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe's economy reeling “We….my friends from church like sweet things, and so some of us grandmothers voted for Chamisa,” she laughed.  The election has been dominated by the legacy of Mr Mugabe, with both candidates promising a break with the stagnation and political violence of his rule.  The former dictator, 94, made a surprise intervention on the eve of the election, saying he would not vote for his own Zanu-PF party and hinting that he would back Mr Chamisa instead.  He was cheered when he showed up to vote at his polling station in Highfield, a township on the southern outskirts of Harare, with his wife Grace.  Mrs Mugabe was yesterday stripped of her diplomatic immunity by a court in South Africa, where she is facing allegations of assaulting model Gabriella Engels' with an electrical cord in when she discovered her in the company of her sons in a luxury Johannesburg hotel.  Another observer in Harare who was in contact with groups in other parts of the country, said there had been isolated incidents of voter intimidation.  “So far, and it is too early to make conclusions, there does not seem to have been any pattern or targeted bias. We have heard from colleagues in one or two rural areas – and this needs to be checked – there were some instances of intimidation, but not systemic or as ugly as in the past.” Mr Mnangagwa called the election a "beautiful expression of freedom and democracy" and called on candidates not to call the result before the electoral commission announces the official outcome.   "In our millions, we voted in the spirit of tolerance, mutual respect & peace," he wrote on Twitter after polling closed. "Let us remember that no matter which way we voted, we are all brothers and sisters, and this land belongs to us all."



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Both sides on abortion agree: Roe is in play now

Both sides on abortion agree: Roe is in play nowJustice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement after 30 years as a moderate swing vote on the Supreme Court poses a real threat to abortion rights in the United States, advocates and constitutional scholars agree. But exactly how that threat will play out is uncertain.



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