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Susan Collins' honorary degree should be rescinded, nearly 1,500 St. Lawrence University faculty, alumni say
Nearly 1,500 St. Lawrence University alumni and faculty are calling on the school to rescind an honorary degree Sen. Susan Collins was awarded last year because of her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. A more moderate Republican, Collins was targeted by liberal activists and those opposed to Kavanaugh – particularly after allegations of sexual assault came to light – who thought she could abandon her party and vote against confirming the judge. But ahead of the vote, Collins said she didn't believe the charges could "fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Court.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Body of missing Saudi journalist was cut into pieces
The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he was killed two weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official told CNN on Tuesday. The claim, which was first made to the New York Times earlier in the investigation, comes after Turkish officials searched the consulate for nine hours on Monday night. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Tuesday said Turkish investigators were looking into "toxic" and "painted over material" as part of their inquiry. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN and the NYT have questionable reputations of deception.

Dow spikes 548 points as investors cheer fat corporate profits
The Dow soared 548 points, or 2.2%, on Tuesday as investors cheered fat profits from major companies and relative calm in the bond market. The huge rally, the Dow's best day since March, helped the index recover a chunk of last week's hefty losses. Tech stocks, the biggest losers during the market turmoil, raced back to life. The Nasdaq spiked nearly 3%, while the S&P 500 advanced 2.2%. Investors piled back into tech darlings. Amazon, Facebook and Netflix closed sharply higher. "It's a bounce back after an overdone situation last week," said David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Half of last weeks loss has been regained.


FRC's Tony Perkins: Evangelical Support for Trump Still Strong
Evangelical support for President Donald Trump "hasn't really changed" since the 2016 election, when polls showed that some 80 percent of evangelicals voted for him, said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "When you look at his policies" -- evidenced most recently by the homecoming of evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson -- "that speaks volumes to the evangelical community that has felt marginalized, neglected and even targeted by the previous administration," Perkins told C-SPAN's Washington Journal on Tuesday. You look at how he's advanced religious freedom here in the country domestically; you look at how he's advanced the pro-life agenda; you look at the Supreme Court nominations he has made. CNS News

Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'total fraud' after Native American DNA test results
President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets Tuesday, demanded that Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologize for claiming she had Native American heritage and called the results of her DNA test "bogus" and "useless." President Trump has repeatedly referred to the possible 2020 presidential contender sarcastically as "Pocahontas" including during an Oval Office event last year honoring Native American code talkers for their service during World War II. ABC News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Mega Millions, Powerball reach combined $1 billion jackpot
Oh, the dreams of instant, crazy wealth! The combined jackpot of the nation's two big lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions, has reached over $1 billion. Tuesday's 11 p.m. drawing of the Mega Millions game will be for $667 million, according to AP, the second-largest jackpot in the game's history and the third-largest in U.S. lottery jackpot history. That's for the annuity over 29 years. The cash option, which almost everyone takes, is $380 million. The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. drawing has rolled to $345 million annuity, with a cash value of $199 million. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Mine to win.


Cuba Gripes Over Use of UN Facilities For US Event Highlighting Political Prisoners
Cuba is demanding that the United Nations secretariat cancel an event planned by the U.S. Mission in New York on Tuesday focusing on political prisoners in the communist-ruled nation, charging that the U.S. should not be able to use U.N. facilities to “attack” another member-state. A leading observer of the U.N. human rights system said an event highlighting political prisoners was “exactly what the U.N. founded for,” and that Cuba’s argument that U.N. premises should not be used in this way was “nothing but sound and fury from a broken and failing regime.”  CNS News

Journalists, writers sue President Donald Trump
PEN America, a New York-based writers and journalists group, sued President Donald Trump in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday for violating the First Amendment by repeatedly threatening and retaliating against those who cover his administration critically. "President Trump has First Amendment rights and is free to criticize the press vehemently, but he is not free to use the power and authority of the United States government to punish and stifle it,” the lawsuit said. Citing allegedly retaliatory episodes including pressure to raise postal rates on online retailer Amazon, whose top shareholder, Jeff Bezos, also controls The Washington Post, and opposition to the merger of AT&T with CNN owner Time Warner, the lawsuit says Trump’s actions improperly chill reporting.The lawsuit seeks a court order that bars the president from “directing any officer, employee, agency, or other agent or instrumentality of the United States government to take any action against any person or entity in retaliation for speech that the President or his Administration do not like.” Newsday
VOA VIEW: A frivolous lawsuit.

U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabab fighters
The U.S. military on Tuesday announced its deadliest airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia in nearly a year, killing about 60 fighters. The U.S. Africa Command said Friday's airstrike occurred near the community of Harardere in Mudug province in the central part of the country. According to its assessment no civilians were injured or killed, the statement said. It was the largest U.S. airstrike since one on Nov. 21, 2017, killed about 100 al-Shabab fighters. The statement gave no further details about what was targeted in this latest strike and the U.S. Africa Command did not immediately respond to questions. Las Vegas Sun

Trump: Democrats will ‘eat up’ Bloomberg in primaries
President Trump said Tuesday he doubts he’ll face Michael Bloomberg in 2020 because Democrats “will eat him up” in the primaries if he becomes a presidential candidate. “I think the Democrats will eat him up,” Trump told the Fox Business Network. “You know you have a lot of people running. I’m hearing names that are shockingly bad but they’re nasty.” Bloomberg, who was formerly a Republican and an Independent, announced last week that he changed his voter registration to Democrat, setting the stage for possible presidential run. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is a big loser.

Trump announces Pat Cipollone will be new White House counsel
Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone will replace Don McGahn as White House counsel, President Trump said Tuesday. The announcement comes over a month after the president announced McGahn would be leaving the administration following the confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Cipollone is expected to step into his new role within two weeks, according to Politico. A former Justice Department attorney who served under President George HW Bush, Cipollone is currently a partner at DC practice Stein Mitchell Cipollone & Missner. New York Post

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Instacart Continues Funding Spree, Raises $600 Million
When Inc. bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion last year, anyone watching grocery-delivery upstart Instacart Inc. was just about ready to stick a fork in it. But the San Francisco-based startup maintained a more optimistic outlook. It said competition from Jeff Bezos’s e-commerce behemoth would actually help it grow.
Now, it looks like Instacart may have been right—or at least, the naysayers were wrong. On Tuesday, the company said it had raised $600 million in new funding, a capstone to a remarkable year. In the last eight months, the startup increased the number of grocery retailers on its platform by 50 percent to 300 and raised close to $1 billion from investors.  Bloomberg

McConnell blames budget deficit rise on government programs
A day after the treasury department announced the federal budget deficit had reached $779bn, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said popular government programs, not massive tax cuts passed by Republicans last year, were to blame. Independent analyses have found the tax cuts have caused the deficit to balloon faster than predicted. In an interview with Bloomberg News on Tuesday, however, McConnell rejected that argument. Citing federal spending on healthcare and retirement benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, McConnell said changes to such programs would require cooperation from Democrats. “It’s disappointing but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said.  Guardian
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Tax evasion: blacklist of 21 countries with 'golden passport' schemes published
A blacklist of 21 countries whose so-called “golden passport” schemes threaten international efforts to combat tax evasion has been published by the west’s leading economic thinktank. Three European countries – Malta, Monaco and Cyprus – are among those nations flagged as operating high-risk schemes that sell either residency or citizenship in a report released on Tuesday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Paris-based body has raised the alarm about the fast-expanding $3bn (£2.3bn) citizenship by investment industry, which has turned nationality into a marketable commodity. In exchange for donations to a sovereign trust fund, or investments in property or government bonds, foreign nationals can become citizens of countries in which they have never lived. Guardian

Khashoggi Disappearance May Disrupt Trump Administration’s Plans to Squeeze Iran
White House officials are worried that the apparent killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Saudi Arabia’s changing account of his fate, could derail a showdown with Iran and jeopardize plans to enlist Saudi help to avoid disrupting the oil market. Officials said the dilemma comes at a fraught moment for the Trump administration, which is expected to reimpose harsh sanctions against Iran on Nov. 5, with the intent of cutting off all Iranian oil exports. But to make the strategy work, the administration is counting on its relationship with the Saudis to keep global oil flowing without spiking prices, and to work together on a new policy to contain Iran in the Persian Gulf.  New York Times

South Florida Democrats are betting that healthcare is their winning issue
Miami-Dade County is home to the largest concentration of Obamacare recipients in the country, and Democrats are spending millions on TV ads, certain that healthcare is the No. 1 issue voters care about this year. Congress’ attempt to repeal Obamacare during the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency was one of the highest-profile votes that incumbent Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart had to take. They both voted to repeal Obamacare in two majority-Latino districts that have nearly 200,000 Obamacare recipients between them. Now Democrats are convinced that reminding voters of their representatives’ attempts to repeal Obamacare is the way to flip as many as three GOP-held seats in November. Miami Herald

Mega Millions jumps to $868 million, second-largest jackpot in US history
Bad news: You didn't win the Mega Millions jackpot. Good news: You'll have another chance to strike it rich on Friday night. There was no winning ticket in Tuesday night's record $667 million Mega Millions game, pushing the jackpot to an estimated $868 million, the second-largest in U.S. lottery history. Tuesday's winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9. While nobody matched all six numbers, the California Lottery tweeted Tuesday night that one ticket sold in San Francisco matched five numbers. Indy Star

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace
Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line at a store in St. John's, Newfoundland. And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold. Houston Chronicle

China says interning Muslims brings them into 'modern' world
China on Tuesday characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial overtones. The report is the ruling Communist Party's latest effort to defend its extrajudicial detention of Central Asian Muslim minorities against mounting criticism. China's resistance to Western pressure over the camps highlights its growing confidence under President Xi Jinping, who has offered Beijing's authoritarian system as a model for other countries. San Francisco Gate


Analysts Like Goldman’s Results, But They Love Morgan Stanley’s
Morgan Stanley is a clear winner, posting its biggest share rally since February 2017, after reporting third-quarter results earlier, garnering near-universal approval from Wall Street analysts picking through its report. Goldman Sachs Group’s stock is gaining too, but just the most since September 19, while its earnings are getting more of a cold eye. Morgan Stanley is scoring the biggest gain in the S&P 500 Financials Index, while BlackRock Inc. and a host of regional banks, including Comerica Inc., were among the largest decliners. BlackRock’s and Comerica’s third-quarter earnings disappointed, with BlackRock flagging lower fees and investor anxiety, and Comerica’s loans slipping. Bloomberg

Britain will face £36 billion Brexit bill if it fails to agree a trade deal with EU
Britain will still have to pay the EU up to £36 billion if it fails to agree a trade deal, Philip Hammond has claimed, as Brussels said no deal is now “more likely than ever”. The Chancellor told Cabinet ministers the UK would be unlikely to win any legal battle to withhold large chunks of the Brexit bill, despite previous Government promises that the payment was conditional on a deal. Mr Hammond’s comments angered Eurosceptics, who described his stance as “mystifying”. However, sources close to the Chancellor insisted he was as frustrated as his colleagues with the EU’s intransigence, and was merely setting out legal advice the Treasury had been given.

Midterms: Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria may prove pivotal in Florida elections
In the year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, political parties, candidates and voting rights groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to court residents who fled to the mainland, hoping to register them and get them to the polls. Though some displaced Puerto Ricans relocated to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York, most settled in Florida, where get-out-the-vote efforts have been intense. Advocates and national political groups say the tens of thousands of islanders who have settled in Florida are a potentially vital voting bloc in a swingstate that's crucial in the midterms and known for razor-thin margins. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Voters but not contributors.

Will oil prices rise in the wake of the missing Saudi journalist case?
The international outcry over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has triggered talk of a sudden spike in oil prices — and plenty of uncertainty — given the Middle Eastern country’s major influence on the worldwide oil market. How it all translates to prices at the pump remains to be seen as the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Turkey hold meetings to find a resolution to a geopolitical crisis that began only two weeks ago when Khashoggi went for a routine visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and has not been seen since. Caroline Bain, Capital  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

The Jamal Khashoggi Case: Suspects Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince
One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — seen disembarking from airplanes with him in Paris and Madrid and photographed standing guard during his visits this year to Houston, Boston and the United Nations. Three others are linked by witnesses and other records to the Saudi crown prince’s security detail. A fifth is a forensic doctor who holds senior positions in the Saudi Interior Ministry and medical establishment, a figure of such stature that he could be directed only by a high-ranking Saudi authority. New York Times

Facial recognition system to approve alcohol and cigarettes sales to be trialled by first British supermarket
Facial recognition software is to be used in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of people buying alcohol and cigarettes, the Telegraph has learned. The pilot scheme is set to be rolled out at self-service checkouts by the end of the year and could be applied more widely in 2019. NCR, a US company which makes self check-out machines for Asda, Tesco and other UK’s supermarkets, will integrate a camera that will estimate the age of shoppers when they are buying age restricted items. The camera will reduce the need for staff to approve purchases by using AI to scan a person’s face to determine their age and either accept or deny the sale of the item.  Telegraph

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Netflix subscriber growth beats estimates, shares surge
Netflix Inc added about 7 million streaming customers in the latest quarter, 1.8 million more than Wall Street expected, as it debuted a record amount of original programming, including new seasons of popular shows “Orange is the New Black” and “BoJack Horseman.” The additions brought Netflix’s customer base to 137 million worldwide and shares of the video streaming pioneer jumped 14 percent to $394.25 in after-hours trading. Netflix is investing billions of dollars in entertainment programming to hook new customers around the world. Investors have generally accepted the big spending as subscriber rolls swelled in recent years. Reuters

Trump widens Fed critique, calls it 'my biggest threat'
U.S. President Donald Trump heaped more criticism on the Federal Reserve in an interview with Fox Business Network on Tuesday, extending his discontent beyond its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he has frequently critiqued in public. “My biggest threat is the Fed,” he said, according to excerpts released before the interview with “Trish Regan Primetime” airs. “I put a couple of other people there I’m not so happy with too but for the most part I’m very happy with people.” Last week, Trump criticized the U.S. central bank twice, saying it was raising interest rates so swiftly that it threatened the country’s economic health. Nonetheless, in the face of a hot labor market and signs of inflation, the Fed has settled into a gradual policy tightening and is expected to raise interest rates again in December. Reuters

Top Iran expert says Tehran may seek to wait out Trump administration
Tehran may seek to maintain a status-quo arrangement with the West until the fate of the Trump presidency becomes clearer, according to top Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour. "To wait what happens with the midterm elections, wait until 2020, to see if President Trump is reelected."In an interview with Intelligence Matters host and CBS senior national security contributor Michael Morell, Sadjadpour outlined a range of possible outcomes from the U.S.-Iran standoff as the Trump administration ups economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime. "Outcome number one is essentially status quo," Sadjadpour said. "The U.S. has pulled out of the deal, but Iran remains part of the nuclear deal as do other parties to the deal: Europe, Russia and China." CBS
VOA VIEW: It may be a long wait.

Honduran government begs migrant caravan to turn back
The Honduran government called on 2,000 immigrants Tuesday to give up their trek north and return home, just hours after President Trump threatened to withhold $65 million in U.S. money if the country’s leaders don’t find a way to head off the caravan. Honduras’s foreign ministry, in a statement reported by local news, said the caravan was being politically manipulated in order to make the country look bad, just days after leaders were in Washington promising better cooperation with the Trump administration. But no matter what happens with this caravan, security experts say the U.S. is already being flooded with other caravans with hundreds of people on a near-daily basis, and that shows no signs of stopping. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Stopping would be wise.

Trump stocks federal appeals courts with conservative judges at record pace
President Trump is smashing the record for appointing judges to the powerful federal appeals courts with 29 picks confirmed, helping him put his stamp on the judiciary well beyond the Supreme Court. He has had less of an impact on the lower district courts, where he ranks near the middle with his predecessors of the past few decades. He also has had two Supreme Court nominations confirmed. For conservatives, the pace of action is a major victory, particularly in the face of overwhelming opposition from liberal activists and Senate Democrats, who have used extreme delaying tactics to try to limit Mr. Trump’s influence on the shape of the courts. Washington Times

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger
Currently, more than 815 million people do not have enough to eat. Some 155 million children under the age of five – 23 per cent – are chronically malnourished and stunted and may endure the effects of it for the rest of their lives. One in two infant deaths worldwide are caused by hunger. "This is intolerable," said the Secretary-General. “Zero hunger is about joining forces,” he stated, as he called for “stronger political will and more financial support… until everyone has enough and quality food”. Speakers at the global World Food Day ceremony in Rome echoed the UN chief’s call to action to governments, companies, institutions and individuals.
UN News

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Kiah Morris: Vermont's only black woman lawmaker on why she quit
Kiah Morris, the only black woman in the Vermont legislature, shocked the US state when she resigned last month, citing ongoing racial harassment. Even in one of the most progressive states in America, she says white supremacy and a toxic political discourse are serious, unacknowledged problems. Kiah Morris was puzzled. Why did friends on social media keep sending her links to a Saturday Night Live comedy video? Then she watched it. In the sketch, which aired the last weekend of September, a group of Southern neo-Confederates discuss resettling in place with "no immigrants and no minorities - an agrarian community where everyone lives in harmony because every single person is white". One member, played by actor Adam Driver, raises his hand. "Yeah, I know that place," he says. "That sounds like Vermont." BBC News
VOA VIEW: Black race card.

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras over migrants
President Donald Trump has threatened to cut financial aid to Honduras over a large group of migrants heading towards the US border. In a Tweet posted on Tuesday, Mr Trump said the country's president was told funds would be cut "immediately" if the group was not stopped and returned. Honduras has a long history of poverty and corruption. It also has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The group of at least 1,500 migrants grew rapidly in size over the weekend. About 160 people originally set off on Friday from San Pedro Sula, a notorious Honduran crime hotspot.  BBC News
VOA VIEW: Good move.

More than 1,300 still missing in Florida after Hurricane Michael
Rescuers said Tuesday more than 1,300 people in the Florida Panhandle have not officially been accounted for, now several days after Hurricane Michael hit. Michael hit a week ago as a Category 4 storm -- uprooting trees, tearing through homes and flooding neighborhoods. At least 19 people have died as a result of the storm, officials said.  United Press International

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan, according to a study in Wednesday's journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. There has been a slight decrease in the Great Plains, with the biggest drop in central and eastern Texas. Even with the decline, Texas still gets the most tornadoes of any state. Tampa Tribune

Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate
Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism on Tuesday and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become one of the nation's most closely watched. During the opening moments, Cruz criticized O'Rourke for past votes supporting a never-enacted oil production tax that might have hit oil-rich Texas hard. O'Rourke responded by evoking a moniker Donald Trump bestowed on the senator when the pair were bitter rivals during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, saying, "Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you. He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held." Tampa Tribune
VOA VIEW: O'Roueke is a big loser being helped by the liberral media.

Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 21 in Florida
The official death toll from Hurricane Michael has now risen to at least 21 in Florida — double the previously reported number. Because of the extensive damage and continuing clean-up, some counties are still compiling numbers and had few details on the victims or how they died. Miami Herald

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