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Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, photos of 15 Saudi ...

Mnuchin Says Trump Respects The Independence of The Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that President Donald Trump respects the independence of the Federal Reserve and the president’s recent comments were simply a reflection of the fact that he favors low interest rates. “The president has been clear,” ...

Trump Vows to Unearth Truth About Khashoggi Disappearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday the U.S. will uncover the truth about what happened to journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi, whose possible murder at Saudi hands after disappearing in Istanbul has captured worldwide attention. Trump promised to personally call ...

Trump Defends Saudi Arms Sales Amid Fury Over Missing Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended continuing huge sales of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia on Thursday despite rising pressure from lawmakers to punish the kingdom over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist who lived in the United States and is now feared dead. As senators ...

‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle Devastated by Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind. At least three ...

Truth Suffers on Both Sides

On the road again, and full of indignation about, or perhaps admiration for, what he called “made-up” and “fabricated” Democratic accusations during the recent judicial confirmation turmoil, America’s feral president swerved into a denunciation of a nonexistent bill — “It’s ...

Our Nation on Verge of Implosion

America stands at a precipice. It’s a moral precipice of our own making: We’re not facing any external existential threat, or any serious economic crisis. Nonetheless, we’re at each other’s throats in a shocking and unique way. At least in the 1960s, serious issues divided us: the ...

Democrats’ Foolhardy Attack on the Senate Backfires

Democrats suffered a stinging loss in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and have concluded that the constitutional system is to blame. You see, if only the Founders hadn’t forged the Great Compromise between large states and small states at the Constitutional Convention in ...

Astronaut Gus Grissom’s Widow Dies

(AP) — Betty Lavonne Grissom, who successfully sued a NASA contractor after her husband, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and two other astronauts died in the 1967 Apollo launch pad fire, has died. She was 91. Mark Grissom, 63, said Wednesday that his mother had been in good health before her ...

Dems Suffer Historic Defeat

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The shrieks from the gallery of the Senate chamber as the vote came in on Saturday, and the ...

Sen. Susan Collins’ Finest Hour

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted ...

Dems’ Foul Tactics on Kavanaugh May End Up Biting Them

“I can’t think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Cornyn was quoting Joseph Welch, the Boston lawyer who ...

Actress Transforms Into Wicked Witch at Universal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — “Scare-actor” Laura Law once frightened a patron so badly at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights that the woman peed in her pants. Graceful and mild-mannered, the 31-year-old actress didn’t come across as someone who could have such an effect when ...

Appeals Court Says Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Can Be Released

NEW YORK (AP) — A new Lynyrd Skynyrd film can be released despite a dispute over the band’s intentions after a federal appeals court ruled in its favor Wednesday. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan came in a case involving a movie called “Street ...

Michael Slams Into Florida, Blamed for at Least One Death

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the ...

FBI: Man Planned To Bomb National Mall on Election Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a New York man with building a 200-pound bomb they say he planned to detonate on Election Day on the National Mall in Washington. Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and ...

Backers Say There’s Time To Save Ohio’s Nuclear Plants

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group backed by the owner of Ohio’s two nuclear plants is taking another run at persuading state lawmakers to come up with a lifeline for the plants, which are slated to close by 2021. The newly formed coalition, the Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance, says that time is ...

W.Va. To Tax Online Sales

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia will tax most internet retail sales, a policy change from Gov. Jim Justice saying he didn’t support imposing new taxes on consumers. The State Tax Department has issued an administrative notice to most out-of-state retailers ordering they are to begin ...

Gee: WVU Must Take Risks To Move Ahead

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the school must take risks in order to move ahead. Gee said during his annual State of the University address Monday that every risk includes a chance it won’t turn out as planned. But he said without mistakes, the ...

Standing With the President

I have wobbled back and forth on the idea of supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. I opposed him in 2016 and voted third-party. The candidate I supported, Evan McMullin, has, like so many others, abandoned all his values as his hatred of Trump poisons his conscience. I dare say the worst ...