August 16th, 2018

World News

Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet

By Zeke Miller And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON – Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump’s political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been pushed out of his West Wing. The revelation this week ... Read More »

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Onetime teen mom, now a teacher, wins US House primary

By Susan Haigh, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. – A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who didn’t seek re-election amid criticism of her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her office. Wolcott educator Jahana Hayes, who received ... Read More »

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Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for 1 week

By The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

NEW YORK – Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence. The New York Times reports that Jones tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others. ... Read More »

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In upset, Stefanowski wins GOP nod for Connecticut governor

By Susan Haigh, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. – Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as “Bob the Rebuilder,” won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a fellow wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November. A political newcomer who bypassed the traditional Republican Party convention process, Stefanowski defeated the party’s ... Read More »

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Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she’ll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP Gov. Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to ... Read More »

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Vermont nominates 1st US transgender nominee for governor

By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for governor, and she’ll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP Gov. Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to ... Read More »

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Transgender nominee Hallquist faces Vermont GOP Gov. Scott

By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Republican Gov. Phil Scott, despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported, won his party’s primary to seek a second term as governor and will face a former utility executive who on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor. Scott defeated ... Read More »

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2 Greek soldiers released from Turkish jail return to Greece

By Costas Kantouris And Nicholas Paphitis, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Two Greek soldiers freed after months in a Turkish prison returned to their home country by government jet early Wednesday after their unexpected release eased tensions between the neighbours and historical rivals. Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said he phoned his Turkish counterpart to express his satisfaction with the soldiers’ release and invite ... Read More »

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Acclaimed Connecticut teacher Hayes wins US House primary

By Susan Haigh, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. – A former National Teacher of the Year defeated a veteran politician on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who agreed not to seek re-election amid criticism over her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her Washington office. Wolcott educator Jahana ... Read More »

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Vermont Rep. Peter Welch wins Democratic nod, faces Paige

By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press on August 14th, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Peter Welch, Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House, on Tuesday won the Democratic nomination to seek re-election in November, when he will face perennial candidate H. Brooke Paige. In Tuesday’s balloting, Welch defeated challengers Dan Freilich and Benjamin Mitchell. Paige beat Anya Tynio for their party’s nomination to run for the ... Read More »

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