Noel Casler allegedly worked in talent logistics [and claims], [President Trump], "... gets nervous and he crushes up these pills. That's why he's sniffing when you see him in debates, and when you see him reading."- - -
The Guardian - U.S. Gov Shutdown Looms:
Monday brought few signs of progress in solving a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over keeping the government open. A partial shutdown that could occur at midnight Friday[.]
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- - -Twitter observed a large amount of traffic to the customer support site coming from individual internet IP addresses in China and Saudi Arabia.
"While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors," the blog said.
TRT World - Russia meddled in social media in U.S. politics:
Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on US social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction”[.]This story will never make sense to me. How is the above any different from me (or any other blogger or writer, or group of,) writing a factual, fictional, or embellished blog entry on Hillary Clinton, or Theresa May or any other public figure seeking office? Unless people have more faith in social media than I ever thought possible and they really believe that "it must be true, I read it on the internets."
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Daily Mail - Goldman Sachs hit by Malaysia fraud scandal:
Goldman Sachs has been hit with fraud charges in Malaysia after allegedly helping to pillage £2.1 billion from a sovereign wealth fund.- - -
It is the latest twist in a saga which has been catastrophic for Goldman's reputation, with shares down over a third this year. The stock was hit again yesterday, dropping nearly 3 per cent in New York.
In the event of a major backlog at the Port of Dover, 50 miles away, this stretch of highway would become a temporary truck park.The Herald-Scotland - Corbyn increases pressure on Theresa May with no-confidence vote:
What kind of calamity might cause such a monstrous snarl-up?
In a word, Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn has sought to pile the pressure on Theresa May by tabling a no-confidence vote in her[.]The Scotsman - May dares Labour to topple government:
Theresa May has dared Labour to try and topple her government after she announced the Commons would not vote on her proposed Brexit deal until the middle of January[.]- - -
Protesters converge on Hungary public broadcaster. AFP:
Anti-government protests in Hungary hit the country's public broadcaster on Monday, with the opposition galvanised by the furious reaction to a controversial new labour law.
MPs had demanded access to the studios to read out a petition against the government and what they call its "slave" labour law.
MTVA security guards forcibly ejected independent MPs Akos Hadhazy and Bernadett Szel, sparking criticism online.