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Name: Chris Bastian
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Terry McAuliffe (VA-GOV) campaign ad: "A Better Way"

Czech president too ill to work, powers to be handed to PM Babi


PRAGUE — Doctors treating Czech President Miloš Zeman say he is physically incapable of performing his official duties and unable to name a new prime minister, Senate President Miloš Vystrčil told reporters Monday.

As a result, the Senate is working to transfer Zeman’s constitutional powers to the current prime minister, Andrej Babiš, and the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Radek Vondráček, a member of Babiš’s ANO movement.

The move complicates the expected transfer of power following the recent Czech parliamentary elections on October 8 and 9, which saw the three-party Together coalition defeat ANO. A day after the election, Zeman was taken to hospital and the process of forming a new government has been in limbo since, in large part because neither the hospital nor Zeman’s staff had provided any information about his condition.

But on Monday, the head of Prague’s Central Military Hospital, Miroslav Zavoral, sent a message to Vystrčil detailing Zeman’s condition.

The president’s ailment was not named, but local media, citing anonymous sources, have reported that he is suffering from hepatic encephalopathy, a disorder of the nervous system caused by chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis.

Jobless benefits uncertain for Washington workers who quit or are fired over vaccine mandates

Source: Seattle Times

As the vaccination deadline for thousands of workers in Washington state arrived Monday, officials warned that those who quit or get fired over Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate for state government employees, health care workers and others shouldn’t count on receiving jobless benefits.

That warning also applies to a separate federal vaccine mandate aimed at private employers with 100 or more employees, said officials with the state Department of Employment Security.

But those messages come with lots of caveats and gray areas, experts said. For instance, employees terminated after being approved for a vaccine exemption may be eligible to claim unemployment benefits.

“We are in new territory,” said Timothy Emery, managing partner at Emery Reddy, a Seattle-based employment law firm. “It’s untested.”

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/jobless-benefits-uncertain-for-washington-workers-who-quit-or-are-fired-over-vaccine-mandates

I am trashing all Colin Powell threads...

Respects have been paid for his death, and anger has been expressed by those who will never forgive him.

Nothing else to be said.

The Horror.....


Today at the Senate.....


CDC places ultramodern city-state at highest travel risk for Covid-19


(CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added one new location to its list of "very high" risk travel destinations this week.

The ultramodern city-state of Singapore has moved up from Level 3, or "high" risk for Covid-19, to Level 4, the agency's highest risk category.

This news comes on the heels of a recent decision by Singapore to further loosen restrictions and add eight new countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, to its Vaccinated Travel Lane program. Fully vaccinated people arriving from those nations can apply for a quarantine-free entry.

Destinations that fall into the "Covid-19 Very High" Level 4 category have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days, according to CDC criteria.

Trump testifies for over 4 hours in deposition about 2015 alleged assault at Trump Tower

Source: CNN

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump answered questions under oath for about 4 1/2 hours Monday as part of a lawsuit brought by men alleging they were assaulted by his security during a demonstration outside Trump Tower in 2015, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

"We examined Mr. Trump on a variety of issues including statements he has made at various campaign events and rallies that counsel believes encouraged violence at those events or encouraged security guards to engage in violence or the confiscation of property," said Benjamin Dictor, attorney for the men who filed the 2015 lawsuit.

Dictor declined to characterize Trump's testimony or answer whether he believed it to be truthful.

"The President was exactly how you would expect him to be, he answered questions the way you would expect Mr. Trump to answer questions and conducted himself in a manner that you would expect Mr. Trump to conduct himself," Dictor said.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/18/politics/donald-trump-deposition-2015-case/index.html

You'll hear the details WHEN the case goes to trial, not before. Any inconvenient "leaks" would likely get the deposition thrown out.

Two senior House Democrats announce they won't run for reelection in 2022

Source: CNN

(CNN)Two long-time House Democrats, North Carolina's David Price and Pennsylvania's Mike Doyle, announced Monday that they will not seek reelection in 2022.

Price, first elected in 1986, and Doyle, first elected in 1994, both represent districts that President Joe Biden carried comfortably in 2020. But the retirement of long-serving lawmakers may reflect worries about Democrats holding onto the House next year. The party out of the White House traditionally suffers midterm loses after the election of a new president.


"I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation," Doyle said in a statement.


"In retiring from a job like the one I hold, one should not expect a complete sense of closure," Price said in his statement, noting that he will be leaving behind two leadership posts as chair of the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), a bipartisan group that works with legislatures overseas to improve governance.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/18/politics/david-price-north-carolina-democrats-2022/index.html
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