‘Alarming circumstances’: A distressed diplomat tells a tale of venal intrigue
Ambassador William Taylor told lawmakers that “irregular channels” and demands for political investigations in Kyiv were warping U.S. policy on Ukraine.Taylor had taken the job of acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine reluctantly, he said in congressional testimony Tuesday. His decision came only after assurances from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in late May that President Trump was committed to helping Kyiv hold off forces, armed and funded by Moscow, that had besieged the country for nearly five years.
Donald Trump's choice to fill a seat on the federal appeals court broke down in tears after being questioned about his attitude towards the LGBTQ community.
Lawrence VanDyke - who is the president's nominee for the post on the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals - started crying after reacting to a scathing letter against his confirmation by the American Bar Association (ABA).
After conducting 60 interviews, the ABA concluded that Mr VanDyke - who currently serves as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice - was "not qualified" for the judicial branch.
Justice Department Opens Probe Into Possible Spying on Trump
The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether Donald Trump or his 2016 presidential campaign was illegally spied upon, according to a person familiar with the matter, escalating the controversy surrounding an inquiry that has remained largely secret for months. John Durham, the federal prosecutor leading the effort, now has the authority to convene a grand jury and issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify or turn over documents.
"Can you speak to that? Did you say that you wouldn't be fair to members of the LGBTQ community?"
In an emotional reply, Mr VanDkye responded: "Senator, that was, that was the part of a letter."
How Ivanka Trump and Her Team Cry, Cajole and Carp to Get Her Out of Bad Press
On August 16, 2016, just a few weeks after his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, had clinched the Republican nomination for president, Esquire magazine ran a story entitled “Jared Kushner’s Second Act.” On August 16, 2016, just a few weeks after his father-in-law, Donald J. Trump, had clinched the Republican nomination for president, Esquire magazine ran a story entitled “Jared Kushner’s Second Act.” It was written by veteran journalist Vicky Ward and exposed a number of less-than-flattering details about the then 35-year-old head of his family’s real estate firm, Kushner Companies.
He then began crying, saying: "I did not say that".
Mr VanDyke then took a deep breath before continuing: "I apologise. I am sorry. No, I did not say that. I did not believe that.
"It is a fundamental belief of mine that all people are created in the image of God. They should all be treated with dignity and respect, senator."
Mr Hawley then asked: "Can you commit today to this committee that, if confirmed, that you would treat every litigant who came before you with respect and with dignity?"
American inventor and doctor Richard Gatling patented his legendary gun on this day, which at the time could fire around 200 rounds per minute. The physician kept working on improving its working and by the time he sold his creation to the Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1970, the gun could fire 1,200 bullets in 60 seconds. Regarded as a forerunner of the modern-day machine gun, it was first used by some Union officers during the American Civil War, but officially adopted by the U.S. Army in 1866.
Two volatile meetings at the White House have become central to the impeachment inquiry
Details of the July 10 gatherings, which John Bolton likened to an illicit “drug deal,” have emerged from witnesses’ testimony before House lawmakers.The Ukrainian officials arrived at the White House on July 10 hoping to cement their country’s relationship with the United States, solidifying support the Trump administration seemed reluctant to extend for reasons they didn’t fully understand.
Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming became the first woman governor in America when she was elected on this day to serve out the term of her husband who died at office. Though she lost her election bid in 1926, five years later President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her as the first woman to head the U.S. Mint, a position she held until 1953.
In one of the longest hostage situations to date, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, detaining over 90 people, including 66 American personnel. The students, who were supporters of Muslim cleric Ayatollah Khomeini, were demanding the extradition of deposed leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Of the 66, 14 were let go in the subsequent weeks on humanitarian grounds. The crisis ended 444 days later, on Jan. 20, 1981.
Nov. 4, 2008: US elects first African American president
Barack Obama became the first African American president of the U.S., defeating Republican candidate John McCain. He received 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173 and won 52.9 percent of the popular vote opposed to McCain’s 45.7 percent. In 2012, he won his reelection by defeating Republican Mitt Romney and served till Jan. 20, 2017.
Trump’s Presidency on Treacherous New Ground After House Vote
Donald Trump’s presidency stands on its most treacherous ground after the House voted Thursday to approve and proceed with its impeachment inquiry. The resolution, passed on a largely party-line 232-196 vote, does not just lay out a road map for the public phase of the inquiry. It sends a clear signal that a vote to impeach Trump, and a trial in the Senate, is all but inevitable.Trump becomes just the fourth president to be subject to a formal impeachment effort. Two of them, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, were impeached in the House but weren’t convicted in the Senate.
Nov. 4, 2015: Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canada prime minister
Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, was sworn in as prime minister, ending 10 years of Conservative rule. Trudeau followed in the footsteps of his father who held the office for nearly two decades. At 43, he became the second youngest prime minister in history to hold office.
Nov. 5, 1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt creates history
Roosevelt becomes the first president to be elected for an unprecedented third time. He defeated Republican candidate Wendell L. Willkie by a margin of 449 to 82. He went on to win a record fourth term in 1944.
Nov. 5, 1968: First African American Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman representative to get elected to Congress, from the district of Brooklyn. Chisholm also unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972. A teacher by profession, she was known for her work on minority, education and women’s issues.
Nov. 5, 1994: George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champion
At the age of 45, the iconic boxer defeated 26-year-old Michael Moorer to clinch the title. The match, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., was billed as “One for the Ages.” To date, the record stands unbroken.
Trump Takes In a Different Kind of Fight: U.F.C. in New York
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Nov. 5, 2006: Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death
The former Iraqi president was convicted of crimes against humanity related to the killing of 148 Shiites in 1982. As his verdict was read out, Hussein exclaimed, “Long live the people! Long live the Arab nation! Down with the spies!” He was hanged on Dec. 30, 2006.
Indian Space Research Organisation launched the Mars Orbiter Mission or the Mangalyaan with the PSLV-C25 launch vehicle from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This was India’s first interplanetary mission to orbit the Red Planet for studying the thin Martian atmosphere.
Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years. She completed the race in 2:26:53, beating three-time defending champion Mary Keitany of Kenya. In 1977, Japanese-American Miki Gorman won her second consecutive NYC marathon in 2:43:10.
Nov. 6, 1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected president
Defeating the likes of John C. Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas with around 40 percent of the popular vote, Lincoln was elected the 16th U.S. president. Leading and winning the Civil War (1861-65), he abolished slavery in the country and served as president until his assassination in April 1865.
Smugglers are sawing through new sections of Trump’s border wall
Using popular power tools, cutters are defeating the steel bollards, opening gaps large enough for people and drugs to pass through, agents and officials say.The breaches have been made using a popular cordless household tool known as a reciprocating saw that retails at hardware stores for as little as $100. When fitted with specialized blades, the saws can slice through one of the barrier’s steel-and-concrete bollards in minutes, according to the agents, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the barrier-defeating techniques.
The Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, and their allies launched a coup against Russia’s ineffectual Provisional Government. They occupied government buildings and other strategic locations in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) and went on to form a new government with Lenin as its head within two days.
Australian voters rejected a referendum to drop Britain’s queen as their head of state. The country voted 55 percent to 45 percent, thereby maintaining the links with the British crown and a governor-general as the colonial representative in the country.
Famed women’s suffrage activist Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to hold national office in the U.S. after she was elected to the House of Representatives from the state of Montana. She was also the only member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in World War I and II. To date, Rankin remains the only woman elected to Congress from the state.
Nov. 7, 1965: Art Arfons sets new land speed record
The drag racer from Ohio, U.S., set a new land speed record of 576.553 miles per hour (927.87 kilometer per hour) at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. He drove a jet-powered car called Green Monster that he had himself built out of surplus parts. Eight days later, Craig Breedlove reclaimed the title by setting a new record of 600.601 miles per hour (966.573 kilometers per hour).
Nov. 7, 1991: Magic Johnson announces he tested positive for HIV
Ahead of the 1991-92 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers star announced he had tested positive for HIV. He also announced retirement from the sport but returned to play in the All-Star Game in 1992, where he won the All-Star MVP award. In January 1996, Johnson returned to the Lakers as a player but went on to permanently retire in the summer of that year. Since hanging up his boots, he has been an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention.
The first lady of the U.S. was elected senator from New York on this day, the first woman to hold both the titles at the same time. Clinton served as senator from 2001 to 2009, before becoming the Secretary of State in the Obama administration (2009 to 2013).
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake killed at least 52 people while injuring more than hundred off the Pacific coast of Guatemala. The region of San Marcos near the Mexico border was damaged the most. It was the strongest quake to strike the country since 1976, when 23,000 people were killed in a 7.5-magnitude quake.
The German mechanical engineer and physicist managed to produce and detect electromagnetic radiation called X-rays on this day. He tested his discovery on his wife Anna Bertha’s hand. The discovery earned him a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901.
Adolf Hitler joined hands with German General Erich Ludendorff to seize power, staging a demonstration at the Bürgerbräukeller beer hall in Munich. The coup attempt continued until the next day – with the aim to march on to Berlin and overthrow the government, but the rising was quelled by police, leaving around 20 people dead. The Nazi leader was arrested and charged with treason. He was sentenced to jail for five years, but was released after eight months.
Nov. 8, 1960: John F. Kennedy is elected president
Winning 303 electoral votes and 49.72 percent of the popular vote, Kennedy defeated Republican Richard Nixon to be elected as the 35th president of the U.S. Assuming office on Jan. 20, 1961, he served until his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
Known as Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Category 5 hurricane equivalent made landfall in the city of Guiuan, Philippines, subsequently wreaking havoc through the central parts of the country. It claimed more than 7,000 lives and resulted in nearly 4.1 million people displaced.
Nov. 9, 1799: Napoleon Bonaparte stages a coup d'état
Drawing an alliance with Director Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyès, speaker of the Council of Five Hundred Pierre-Roger Ducos and several other influential figures, Bonaparte successfully overthrew the Directory and went on to assume the dictatorial position of First Consul of France. He held the title until 1804.
One of the costliest fire disasters in American history, the inferno began from the basement of a commercial warehouse and spread over downtown Boston, ravaging more than 750 buildings, killing at least 13 people and destroying over 60 acres of the commercial district.
Called the “Night of Broken Glass,” the violent riots in Nazi Germany saw secret police and civilians attack Jews and destroy their homes, stores and synagogues. The name came from the shards of glass broken from the buildings, which littered the streets after the attack. It lasted until Nov. 10 and resulted in the death of about 100 Jews. The riots were the retaliation to the murder of a Nazi diplomat by a 17-year-old Polish Jew.
Allowing travel from East to West Berlin, East German officials opened the Berlin Wall on this day. Reveling Germans began tearing down the wall the following day. The official demolition began in June 1990.
European Space Agency’s (ESA) first spacecraft to voyage to Earth’s nearest planet was launched by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It emitted its first signal at the start of the 163-day journey to the turbulent planet. The Venus Express completed its originally planned mission on July 24, 2007, but it was extended through 2015. It however lost contact with the ESA in November 2014, with the last signal received in January 2015.
As a service branch of infantry troops, two battalions of Continental Marines were specially trained to be equally tactical on land and at sea. The event is celebrated as the birth of the U.S. Marine Corps. Captain Samuel Nicholas was the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines. Today, there are over 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines and the motto of the service is “Semper Fidelis,” which means “Always Faithful” in Latin.
Nov. 10, 1871: Henry Morton Stanley finds David Livingstone
After nine months of expedition through the jungles of Africa, Stanley found the Scottish explorer on this day. Livingstone, who was searching for the source of the Nile river in Africa, went missing in 1866. A roving commission was set up three years later under the charge of Stanley, a journalist. Following a long expedition through tropical forests, he found Livingstone in a town called Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, which is in present-day Tanzania.
Nov. 10, 1942: WWII - German forces occupy Vichy France
On this day, Germany invaded Vichy France, a free zone so far, in violation of the 1940 armistice agreement. The Nazis had invaded and beaten France in 1940 and occupied the northern part of the country, while Vichy in south remained the seat of the French government which was seen as Nazi-leaning. It was a reprisal to the Allied initiative in North Africa.
After 15 years of negotiation, China officially joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) as members approved its membership. China became a full-fledged member on Dec. 11, 2001, 30 days after its parliament ratified the agreement and informed the WTO.
"Absolutely, senator" - replied Mr VanDyke. "I would not have allowed myself to be nominated for this position if I did not think I could do that."
"Including members of the LGBT community and any other community that has been historically disadvantaged in this country?" asked Mr Hawley.
"Absolutely, senator," Mr VanDyke replied.
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