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Pot Twist: Some Marijuana Activists Urge 'No' Vote On Legalization
As voters consider marijuana-legalization efforts in several states this November, they can expect opposition from the usual pot opponents like law-enforcement groups and anti-drug activists – but some of the most ardent foes come, unexpectedly, from within the marijuana community itself. Opponents include some in the medical-marijuana industry, concerned about what a wide-open recreational market would mean for their businesses. Advocates for recreational marijuana also fear the latest legalization measures come with so many restrictions that pot smokers might be better off, for now, within the existing medical-marijuana system. Fox News

Baltimore Streams Tainted By Amphetamines
Are the nation’s streams tainted with hard drugs? If they're near urban areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN reports. Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with "amphetamine concentrations are high enough to alter the base of the aquatic food web," per a press release. The drugs got there after they were flushed down the toilet by users either purposefully or, er, naturally. Limited filtering systems at wastewater treatment plants or "leaks in the sewer" enable the release of the drugs into the environment, researcher Emma Rosi-Marshall tells CNN. Fox News

In Presidential Elections, Size Doesn't Always Matter
It's the most deceptive sign in politics. Every four years, a presidential candidate gazes out over a vast crowd and convinces themselves the White House is there for the taking. In 2016, the general election candidate drawing the biggest and loudest crowds is Donald Trump. "We got to Oklahoma, we have 25,000 people. We had 21,000 people in Dallas, we had 35,000 people in Mobile, Alabama. We get these massive crowds," Trump said in Florida earlier this month. "Look, if she had 500 people I would be surprised," he added, poking fun at Hillary Clinton's more intimate events. CNN

German Economy Minister Says EU-US Trade Talks Have Failed
Germany's economy minister says free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed. Negotiations on the so-called Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, have made little progress in recent years. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany's Vice Chancellor, said Sunday that "in my opinion the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it." He noted that in 14 rounds of talks the two sides haven't agreed on a single common chapter out of 27 chapters being discussed. Gabriel compared the TTIP negotiations unfavorably with a free trade deal forged between the EU and Canada, which he said was fairer for all sides. Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s ‘Digital Heroin’: How Screens Turn Kids Into Psychotic Junkies
We now know that those iPads, smart phones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex—which controls executive functioning, including impulse control—in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels—the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic—as much as sex. This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of Neuroscience at UCLA calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In fact, Dr. Andrew Doan, the Head of Addiction Research for the Pentagon and the U.S. Navy—who has been researching video game addiction—calls video games and screen technologies “digital pharmakeia” (Greek for drug). NY Post

Hedge Funds Stoop To New Lows After Mishandling Fees, Accounts
Wall Street’s “alternative investments” are absolutely dying for your business. Hedge funds this year have been roiled by a series of heavy fines and a record $56 billion in customer redemptions after feeble returns. Now these embattled investment vehicles, once so popular with rich investors, have stooped to new lows — enlisting, in one case, the sick and poor with an elaborate get-rich-quick scheme, according to federal regulators. The mayhem has the industry in shock mode. Last week, it had to fess up to some funds aggressively mishandling fees and padding expense accounts. NY Post

Trump Links Death Of Dwyane Wade's Cousin To Black Vote
Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that tragedies like the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin are one of the reasons African-Americans will vote for the Republican nominee. "Dwayne Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!" he tweeted, misspelling Wade's first name. Trump later deleted the tweet and posted an update with Wade's name spelled correctly. CNN


Fed Could Use Reserves Payments To Stimulate U.S. Economy: Paper
The Federal Reserve could push banks to lend more by paying Wall Street smaller returns on money stashed at the U.S. central bank when inflation is low, according to an academic paper presented on Saturday. The proposal was one of several discussed at an international gathering of central bankers who are looking for ways to stimulate economies even after they have cut interest rates to near zero and flooded banks with money. In his paper, economist Ricardo Reis put forward a new way for the Fed to pay banks returns on the money they keep at the central bank, a tool that could potentially put the Fed's goal of keeping inflation at 2 percent on autopilot. Reuters

Jobs Data To Be A Big Deal For Record-High Stocks
Wall Street will fixate on a wave of U.S. economic data next week, crested by payrolls data on Friday that could sway expectations about the timing of future interest rate hikes and spark volatility in record-high stock prices. Fresh data about employment and consumer confidence could help investors solidify expectations for a December interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve, or lend weight to a minority of strategists predicting a rate rise as early as next month. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for a rate hike is strengthening, but she left open the timing of what would be the first increase since December 2015. Reuters

Zika Funding Delay In Congress Puts Americans At Risk, Obama Says
President Barack Obama urged Congress to make Zika funding its first priority after members return from a seven-week summer break, saying the delay is putting Americans at risk. "[E]very day that Republican leaders in Congress wait to do their job, every day our experts have to wait to get the resources they need. That has real-life consequences," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "Weaker mosquito-control efforts. Longer wait times to get accurate diagnostic results. Delayed vaccines. It puts more Americans at risk." MSNBC

Can Clinton Save Health Overhaul From Its Mounting Problems?
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment. If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House, expect her to mount a rescue effort. But how much Clinton could do depends on finding willing partners in Congress and among Republican governors, a real political challenge. "There are turbulent waters," said Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's first secretary of Health and Human Services. "But do I see this as a death knell? No." Tampa Tribune

2 United Pilots Suspected Of Being Drunk Arrested In Glasgow
Police and airline officials say two United Airlines pilots have been arrested for suspected intoxication before they were to fly 141 passengers from Scotland to the United States. United Airlines officials have confirmed Saturday's arrest of the pilots, aged 45 and 35, at Glasgow Airport. The Police Service of Scotland says both men are expected to be arraigned Monday at a court in Paisley, a Glasgow suburb, to face charges connected to Britain's transport safety laws. United said Saturday's flight from Glasgow to the U.S. city of Newark, New Jersey, was delayed for 10 hours while the airline sought replacement pilots. Tampa Tribune

In Iowa, Trump Vows To Remove 'Thugs And Drug Cartels' On Day 1
Donald Trump delivered a hard-edged speech on immigration Saturday in Des Moines, capping a week of speculation that he’s softening his previously tough stance.
“These international gangs of thugs and drug cartels will be — I promise you, from the first day in office, the first thing I’m going to do, the first piece of paper that I’m going to sign is — we’re going to get rid of these people, day one, before the wall, before anything," he said to boisterous cheers from a crowd of about 1,800.
Trump headlined Sen. Joni Ernst's Roast and Ride fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. And although he skipped the "ride" portion of the event Trump joined a slew of Iowa Republicans for a rallying of the political troops and pork barbecue. USA Today

Tropical System Could Make Florida's Zika Fight Even Harder
A tropical system brewing in the Caribbean could make Florida's fight against the spread of the Zika virus even more challenging. Forecasters have pegged the tropical wave as only having a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical storm over the coming days, and some models see it hitting the Gulf Coast states west of Florida. But whether it makes landfall in Florida or not, one thing is certain: the system will bring heavy rains to the Sunshine State, and that could create breeding grounds for Zika-carrying mosquitoes. MSNBC


Dems Urged To Encrypt Ttheir Communications Weeks Prior To DNC Email Leaks: Report
Democratic officials were urged to begin encrypting their communications in the weeks before thousands of internal party emails were published online by WikiLeaks, Vanity Fair reported Friday. Although roughly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails were ultimately published by the antisecrecy website on the eve of the party’s convention in Philadelphia last month, the impact may have been much more significant had staffers not already been told to start exercising additional security measures due to fears of a potential leak . Washington Times

Kaepernick Sits Out National Anthem; Says He Did So Because U.S. ‘Oppresses Black People’
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made waves with his preseason debut Friday evening against the Packers, but not on account of his performance. The 28-year-old Super Bowl vet caused a stir after it was reported that he sat down instead of standing when the national anthem was played prior to Friday’s game in Green Bay. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Mr. KaepernicktoldNFL Media in an interview published Saturday. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Washington Times

State Department Won't Finish Clinton Calendar Release Until After Election
Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won’t finish the job before Election Day. The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP’s lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around Dec. 30, weeks before the next president is inaugurated. CBS

Hurricane Gaston Reforms In Atlantic
Hurricane Gaston has reformed, gathering strength as it moves northwestward in the Atlantic. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gaston reformed as a hurricane Saturday night, clocking 85 mph winds. The storm was located about 655 miles  east southeast of Bermuda. Gaston was moving at about 8 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect early Sunday. Forecasters say Gaston should slow down during the next day or so and turn northward on Monday. USA Today

For Some Sleep Apnea Sufferers, CPAP Machine Doesn’t Reduce Other Risks
More than 25 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that causes sufferers to briefly stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes many times each night. The condition, caused by throat muscles that relax and block the airway, has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and Type 2 diabetes. The standard treatment, the continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, keeps the airway open by pumping a stream of air through a patient's nostrils as he or she sleeps. The biggest problem with the therapy is non-compliance; many people find the air mask and hose uncomfortable and give up on the machine. Washington Post

Colombian Deal Could Mark A Rare Victory For U.S. Diplomacy
In an era of frustrating, if not failed, U.S. policy interventions abroad, the Colombian peace deal announced last week offers the possibility of a rare victory for American diplomacy. It would be a validation of Plan Colombia, the U.S. counternarcotics and security-aid package that has sent roughly $10 billion to Bogota since 2000, tipping the government’s fight against the Marxist FARC insurgents. The accord finalized Wednesday would convert the rebels from one of the world’s most powerful drug-trafficking groups to a legal political party with a sworn commitment to ending both the 52-year war and its narcotics trade. Washington Post

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Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon Changed His Florida Voter Registration This Week
Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Steve Bannon is now registered to vote in Florida’s Sarasota County, according to public records. Florida’s secretary of state’s office told CBS News that Bannon has been registered in Sarasota as of Thursday at an address in Nokomis, along the Gulf Coast.  Records provided by the secretary of state’s office showed he had previously been registered in Miami-Dade County, as reported by The Guardian Friday morning. Its initial report said that he was still registered there, which was at an address where there is a vacant home that’s due to be demolished. The newspaper later updated its report, noting that Bannon is now registered in Sarasota. CBS

GM Recalling About 368,000 Vehicles To Fix Windshield Wipers
General Motors is recalling nearly 368,000 vehicles to fix a defective part that could prevent the windshield wipers from working. The problem affects the 2013 models of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. GM says those vehicles were built with ball joints that could corrode and wear out to render the windshield wipers inoperable. A report filed with government regulators says a GM manager in Canada spotted the potential safety hazard last December. The auto manufacturer opened an investigation in March and decided to issue a recall earlier this month. ABC

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Defends EpiPen Pricing As 'Running A Business'
The chief executive of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which makes the $600 EpiPen allergy treatment, defended her company’s pricing policies in an interview published today in The New York Times, saying, “I am running a business.” CEO Heather Bresch has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks over the soaring cost of the company’s popular epinephrine injector, which is used to help counteract life-threatening allergic reactions. The drug has risen in price to around $600 from about $100 in 2009, according to medical literature and GoodRx, which lists drug prices at various pharmacies. ABC

Islamic State Has Been Diminished By Attacks, US Intelligence Says
The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies now view Islamic State as a shrinking and increasingly demoralized military force, a sharp shift from the seemingly invincible extremist army that declared an Islamist caliphate two years ago. The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria's border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched. The rapid recapture last week of Jarabulus, the militants' last garrison by the Turkish border, helped close off a boundary region that was crucial for movement of recruits, supplies and money in and out of the group's quasi-state. Kansas City Star

Trump Called Clinton A ‘Bigot’ — So Kaine Sharpened His Tongue
First, he dropped a Ku Klux Klan reference in a Tallahassee speech. Then, he called out not only Donald Trump as an isolationist but also Florida Gov. Rick Scott as anti-science in a Pembroke Pines gathering with local mayors. The Tim Kaine who campaigned in Florida over the past two days has sharpened his tongue against Republicans. His more incisive tone is a reaction to Trump, Kaine told reporters Saturday afternoon in Miami Lakes. Earlier this week, Trump called Hillary Clinton a “bigot.” “I was pretty stunned by that,” said Kaine, Clinton’s running mate on the Democratic ticket. “That he’s just going to casually say, ‘You’re a bigot’ — well, then it’s important to call out what he’s been saying, who he’s been drawing support from.” That was a reference to Kaine’s remarks Friday at the historically black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He connected Trump’s history as a “birther” who peddled the false notion that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. to Trump’s presidential campaign. Miami Herald

Foundation Turns Into A Liability For Hillary Clinton
Clinton has stepped away from the foundation, but daughter Chelsea plans to stay. Should Hillary Clinton be elected president, there will be no end to the allegations that the way to get favors from her is to donate to the Clinton Foundation. “Pay to play,” as Donald Trump charges. It’s become one of the most powerful applause lines in his presidential campaign, a way of putting some force behind his portrayal of his opponent as “Crooked Hillary.” Some of Trump’s attacks on Clinton may have sell-by dates: Benghazi and even her email management as secretary of state happened in the past. The suggestion that she’d skew White House policy to please her family foundation’s rich donors is designed to make voters see how influence peddling could be run out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. SF Gate


Jared The Jeweler Says Trump And Clinton Are Scaring Couples
He went to Jared. But not anymore. The self-styled “Galleria of Jewelry” has been among the more prolific purveyors of diamonds in recent years. But its parent company revealed on Thursday that it’s been struggling to get shoppers into its 270 Jared stores. Same-store sales fell an unsettling 7.6 percent last quarter, Signet Jewelers Ltd. reported. Much of the malaise came from its 24 locations in Texas, which accounted for half of the decline—something analysts tied to the oil glut. But Signet Chief Executive Officer Mark Light also blamed a presidential campaign season that has scared couples into closing their checkbooks. And not just for Jared, but industrywide. Bloomberg

Millions From Maxed-Out Clinton Donors Flowed Through Loophole
When the Democratic National Committee announced its $32 million fundraising haul last month, it touted the result as evidence of “energy and excitement” for Hillary Clinton’s nomination for the White House and other races down the ballot. The influx of money, however, also owes in part to an unprecedented workaround of political spending limits that lets the party tap into millions of dollars more from Clinton’s wealthiest donors. At least $7.3 million of the DNC’s July total originated with payments from hundreds of major donors who had already contributed the maximum $33,400 to the national committee, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. The contributions, many of which were made months earlier, were first bundled by the Hillary Victory Fund and then transferred to the state Democratic parties, which effectively stripped the donors’ names and sent the money to the DNC as a lump sum. Bloomberg

Air Force Investigates Retired Four-Star General Accused In Sexual Assault
A retired U.S. Air Force general is facing an investigation after a female colonel accused him of sexual misconduct, the Air Force said. Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, who once headed Air Mobility Command, allegedly "used his position of power to coerce sexual contact" with a female colonel who was under his command. The assault allegation was first reported by former Air Force Officer Tony Carr on his blog John Q. Public after he obtained an internal document describing the complaint, filed earlier this year. Air Force spokesman Col. Patrick Ryder said the Air Force is conducting a thorough investigation. UPI

Southwest Airlines Plane Diverted After Engine Blows Apart
A Southwest Airlines plane traveling from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, made an emergency landing Saturday morning after one of its two engines blew apart. The plane, a Boeing 737-700, made an emergency landing at 9:40 a.m. CT in Pensacola after one of the pilots of Flight 3472 noticed a problem with the No. 1 engine, Southwest Airlines said. There were no injuries to the 99 passengers and five crew members on board.“We have notified the (National Transportation Safety Board), and when authorized, we will be inspecting the aircraft to assess the damage,” the airline said in a release. “The aircraft is out of service, and we will work to accommodate the passengers to Orlando or their final destination as soon as possible.” Atlanta Journal

What University Of Texas Campus Is Saying About Concealed Guns
As classes began here at the University of Texas this past week amid a new law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state, an accounting student quietly strapped on a pistol and headed to class. A pre-med sophomore joined a raucous protest against the law. A professor who had sued to stop the law resigned herself to teaching with handguns in the classroom. And the college president sought out ways to safeguard the campus culture that he cherished while accommodating a law that he did not. While the right to carry a gun is fiercely protected by Second Amendment advocates across the country, administrators at universities in Texas, both public and private, have expressed reservations about the so-called campus-carry law. Nowhere has the debate been as intense as it has been here in Austin, a liberal outpost in a conservative state. The law, passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, went into effect Aug. 1 and has turned this campus of 50,000 into a microcosm of the national debate over how to balance the constitutional right to bear arms with the costs that guns often impose. NY Times

Clinton Invokes Father's Memory To Hit Trump On Business
Hillary Clinton has landed on a very personal counterpunch to what she says is Donald Trump's checkered business past: her dad. As the Democratic presidential nominee works to undercut Trump's economic record and promote her plans for small businesses, she is invoking memories of her late father's Chicago drapery business. Recalling Hugh Rodham hard at work making and printing curtains for hotels and office buildings, Clinton argues that he would have been "stiffed" in a deal with the celebrity businessman. "He expected to be paid when he showed up," Clinton said recently during an event in Warren, Michigan. "He did the work. He paid for the supplies and the labor he often hired to help him on big jobs. I can't imagine what would have happened to my father and his business if he had gotten a contract from Trump." Charlotte Observer

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Nevada One Of Trump’s Big Hopes For Swing-State Win
Russ Wheeler bears the financial scars of Nevada's lost decade, and he hopes Donald Trump can heal them. He worked for a Las Vegas roofing company when the real estate bust crushed the state's economy. He took two pay cuts before getting laid off. He had to commute into the California desert to find work after that. Wheeler considers himself one of the lucky ones. He was able to build up enough savings to retire, but even now his wife had her teaching hours reduced at a community college, dramatically reducing their household's income. "It'll be better with Trump because he'll bring the jobs back," Wheeler, 66, said as he stopped by a Republican Party office to scoop up some "Make America Great Again" yard signs and bumper stickers. "Everybody I know is a Trump supporter. He resonates well in Nevada." Las Vegas Sun

Little Precedent For $400 Million Cash Payment To Iran
A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran. The money was sent to Iran on Jan. 17, the same day Iran agreed to release the prisoners. The Obama administration claimed for months the events were separate, but recently acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. Only then, did the U.S. allow a plane with euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currency loaded on pallets to take off in the other direction for Tehran. Las Vegas Sun

Kerry And Lavrov Settling 'Technical Issues' On New Syria Agreement
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had to work out "technical issues" before reaching military cooperation to achieve a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Speaking alongside Lavrov in Geneva, Kerry said that after a "brief oasis of calm" following the launch of the cessation of hostilities in February the situation in Syria "dramatically deteriorated." "For a brief moment, a brief instant, life changed in some communities," he said. "People sat in cafes. People went out and began to try to resume life again, but that was lost. And it was lost because of the lack of accountability and the inability to be able to deal with violations." Kerry also said he and Lavrov agree an end to the crisis can not be achieved through a military solution but rather a political solution. UPI

Trump Warns 0f Regulations, Taxes Harming Family Farmers
Donald Trump said rival Hillary Clinton will push regulations and high taxes that will hurt family farmers as he campaigned in Iowa, an agricultural state that remains a presidential election battleground. Trump warned a crowd in Iowa on Saturday that Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies. His comments came in a speech to the annual "Roast and Ride" fundraiser for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. Trump skipped the 42-mile motorcycle ride that preceded the event. Joining the presidential nominee on stage were top Iowa Republicans — among them Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King — in a rare show of establishment support for a candidate who has struggled to unite his party. In a gesture to Iowa's agriculture industry, Trump renewed his commitment to continuing a requirement that all gasoline sold contain an ethanol-based additive, an issue important to corn growers. Charlotte Observer

Trump Says Society Can't Tolerate Violence
Donald Trump is criticizing rival Hillary Clinton for referring to black youth as "super predators" decades ago and calls the remark an insult. Trump told a crowd Saturday at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that African-Americans "have given so much to this country." The Republican nominee released an online video that includes footage of the former first lady referring to some young criminals as "super predators" in the 1990s. The video also shows Clinton's former Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, denouncing the phrase as "a racist term." Clinton has since apologized. Houston Chronicle

US Wants To Force Lower Speeds On Truck And Bus Drivers
The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators are considering a cap of 60, 65 or 68 mph, though that could change. Whatever the speed limit, drivers would be physically prevented from exceeding it. The proposal, which comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, does not force older heavy vehicles to add the speed-limiting technology, but the regulators are still considering it. Houston Chronicle

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Roseanne Barr Lashes Out At 'Anti-Semitic' Hillary Clinton On Social Media
Jewish actress/comedian Roseanne Barr repeatedly slammed Hillary Clinton on Twitter, saying Clinton “will be the absolute death of Israel.” Barr posted numerous inflammatory remarks, videos and articles about the Democratic presidential nominee this week, including one that refers to her as “Hitlery Clinton” and another that labels her “anti-Semitic Hillary.”On Friday alone, Barr tweeted and re-tweeted several posts about Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin, whom Barr labeled “a filthy nazi whore.” A Muslim American, Abedin is married to former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, is Jewish. Jerusalem Post

Yemen's Exiled Government Welcomes US Plan For Restart Of Peace Talks
Yemen's Saudi-backed exiled government said on Saturday it welcomed a plan agreed by the United States, Gulf Arab states and the United Nations to restart peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. UN-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi Arabia's southern border collapsed this month and the dominant Iran-allied Houthi movement there resumed shelling attacks into the kingdom. Jerusalem Post

Maine Governor Paul LePage Criticised For 'Racist' Remarks
Speaking about Maine's effort to combat drug crime, Paul LePage said that "the enemy right now... are people of colour or people of Hispanic origin". "When you go to war... and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red," he said. Leading Democrats have urged him to resign. Mr LePage made the comments while seeking to clarify remarks he made earlier in the week which were criticised as racist. The press conference capped a controversial 72 hours for the Republican governor. BBC

North Carolina Transgender Students Win Toilet Access Ruling
A state law passed in March requires transgender people to use toilets that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. The ruling led to boycotts of the state by some sports teams, businesses, and entertainers. The full case challenging the bill is expected to go to trial in November. US District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder said three plaintiffs challenging the measure had a strong chance of proving that the state's toilet-access measure violated federal law, and temporarily blocked the university from applying the state law. BBC

Donald Trump's Legacy Threatens To Be Return Of Race Politics To The Mainstream
The hate that dared not speak its name was in fine voice this week. In a grand Washington townhouse behind the supreme court, the air was thick with talk of what Donald Trump would do for white Americans.  “Everyone says we’re a nation of immigrants but we’re not,” said one man, proudly sporting a Trump T-shirt. “We’re a nation of northern European immigrants. We shouldn’t have to pay more just to live among our own demographic.” “Absolutely,” agreed the woman next him. “My family go back to the 1680s.” Guardian

Turned Off By Trump: Republican Mega-Donors Focus On Congressional Races
Several leading Republican donors and groups that spent large sums in the 2012 presidential campaign are either wavering or opting outright not to back Donald Trump this year. Instead, they are spending tens of millions of dollars on congressional races as fears mount that the candidate’s poor poll numbers and incendiary gaffes are placing majorities in the House and Senate in danger. “I believe there’s an emerging consensus in the party that Trump isn’t going to win,” Vin Weber, a former Minnesota representative turned lobbyist who helps raise money for House candidates, told the Guardian. “We need to shift resources as much as we can to help down-ticket candidates including members of Congress.” Guardian

Security Council Strongly Condemns DPRK Missile Launches
The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which follows a series of recent tests and launches the Council said is a “grave violation” of the DPRK's international obligations and “in flagrant disregard” of repeated calls to halt such activity. In a press statement issued late yesterday evening, the Council also strongly condemned the DPRK's ballistic missile launches conducted on 2 August and 18 July, and the launching of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the country on 9 July. UN News

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