Mark & Mack Show Prep
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:06 Topic A: Soros: Inside Clinton team’s mission to please billionaire VIP
Newly revealed emails posted by WikiLeaks show top aides to Hillary Clinton went out of their way to keep a certain VIP happy: Uber-liberal billionaire George Soros.
The emails, hacked from the account of Clinton Campaign Chairman and Soros ally John Podesta, disclose that Clinton was advised to do fundraisers simply to make Soros “happy.” They also indicate the 85-year-old Hungarian-born heavyweight, through his top aides, freely reached out to Podesta to make Soros’ wishes clear on issues ranging from trade to migration to the Supreme Court.
In one instance, trusted Clinton adviser Huma Abedin wrote to now-Campaign Manager Robby Mook on Oct. 7, 2014, to tell him Clinton was having dinner with Soros. Abedin said she expected Soros would eventually ask Clinton to appear at a fundraiser for America Votes, one of the many liberal organizations Soros helps fund, and Abedin wanted to know how to proceed.
“I would only do this for political reasons (ie to make Soros happy),” Mook replied.
During her time as secretary of state, Clinton was forwarded from Soros’ aides on Jan. 23, 2011 a message he wrote specifically for her addressing “a serious situation” in Albania. Soros even included two actions that “need to be done urgently.” One of the suggestions was appointing “a mediator such as Carl Bildt, Martti Ahtisaari or Miroslav Lajcak…”
Clinton received the email the next day. On Jan. 27, Lajcak met Albanian leaders for a mediation effort.
Just hours after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was reported dead on Feb. 13, 2016, the president of the Soros-founded Open Society Foundations also emailed Podesta.
“Remember our discussion of Wallace Jefferson, [former] Chief Justice in Texas?” Chris Stone asked cryptically.
Podesta replied: “Yup.”
Most of the Soros-related correspondences with Podesta came via Michael Vachon, an adviser and spokesman for Soros, who frequently emailed Podesta to schedule phone calls and meetings and relay his boss’ policy positions. Many of the messages were brief or mysterious.
On Feb. 23, 2015, Vachon wrote to Podesta that he needed to tell him something “separately, important, timely but certainly not urgent.” In a message dated Jan. 13, 2009, Vachon thanked Podesta for meeting with Soros the previous day.
“He found it extremely useful,” Vachon wrote.
Other emails show a stream of Soros’ policy beliefs being passed to Podesta: An invitation to the screening of a film about climate change at Soros’ house in July 2015; a short documentary based on Soros’ essays about Ukraine in January 2015; a Soros-authored piece titled “Recapitalize the Banking System” in October 2008.
On March 7, 2016, Vachon sent Podesta a memo regarding “TPP and Malaysia’s Corruption Crisis.” The document criticized President Obama for making “visible compromises” in his quest to get a deal for the Trans Pacific Partnership completed. Podesta was ostensibly set to discuss the memo with Soros and his son, Alexander, during a dinner later that month. Six days later, Vachon got even more specific.
“In general I think George is more interested in talking about policy than the campaign per se,” Vachon wrote. “In a separate email I will send you George’s latest thinking on the migration crisis, which he is spending a lot of time on. His other big preoccupation these days is Ukraine.”
While Vachon said Soros wasn’t interested in discussing “the campaign per se” at that dinner, his involvement in the 2016 election is extensive. As of July, Soros had donated $25 million to help elect Clinton and other Democrats, Politico reported.
Topic B: NYC PARKING SPOT GOES FOR $185,000
How much would you pay for a parking spot in New York City? The Parking Club is a renovated 130-space parking garage in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn Heights. A regular space will cost you $185,000. Space owners get pick-ups and drop-offs anywhere in the company’s Manhattan and Brooklyn service areas. Valet service also includes gas fills, car washes, monthly maintenance and yearly registration inspections. If you want to pick up your car yourself, the 20,000-square-foot facility also sports a lounge with newspapers and coffee, where you can wait until their wheels are delivered.
Topic C: MARIAH CAREY DUMPED BY BILLIONAIRE
Mariah Carey has been dumped by her billionaire fiancé, James Packer. The Australian casino mogul officially called it quits this week after being engaged to the singer for less than a year. According to Woman’s Day magazine, James had a problem with Mariah’s new reality TV show (Mariah’s World, premiering December 4) and her willingness to expose their lives to the world. Also, her outrageous spending bothered him. Packer reportedly did let her keep the $10 million diamond engagement ring.
:22 Topic A: ISIS Plan creates uneasy alliance
Plan to battle ISIS creates uneasy alliance that has US working with Iran
Iraqi special forces move civilians away from Mosul
NORTHERN IRAQ – The Americans don’t trust the Iranians, the Iranians covet Iraq, the Sunnis and Shia have been at each other’s throats for 1,000 years and the Kurds prefer to be left alone.
As coalitions go, the one pieced together to dislodge ISIS from its Iraqi stronghold in Mosul is an odd one. For now, its members are working together, but uneasy alliances and divergent motives could be tested as fighting intensifies, experts told FoxNews.com.
ISIS MONEYMAN SPLITS WITH BLOOD CASH
“The Mosul offensive is being led by the government of Iraq and we, the coalition, are providing support by training police and military,” Pentagon spokesman and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway told FoxNews.com, repeating the official line of all parties.
ISIS PLOTTING FRESH TERROR ATTACKS ON WEST
Coalition forces, including Iraqi Army soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Iranian ground troops, Shia militias and U.S. advisers, have freed outlying villages as they encircle the city ISIS captured more than two years ago. The black-clad jihadist army has ruled the city since it overran Iraqi Army soldiers in an assault that humiliated Baghdad and underscored the need for more training.
With the recent deployment of more than 600 troops, the U.S. has nearly 5,000 men and women on Iraqi soil and some 200 advisers deployed alongside Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers.
“Americans are in harm’s way as part of this fight,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said last week. “They are playing a support role, but they are behind the forward line of troops.”
Shia militias, shown here in 2014 holding a captured ISIS flag from an operation near Baghdad, have been accused by Amnesty International of operating outside the law.
Sources who spoke to FoxNews.com on condition of anonymity say they fear that, as the different teams converge on the city, any pretense of coordination could crumble.
“It is complete madness,” a U.S. military source within the high ranks of Operation Inherent Resolve told FoxNews.com. “It is Iraq we are supposed to be helping in this, but essentially, we are helping Iran.”
Iran has never hid its desire to exert influence over its neighbor, even dating back to the 1980s, when it waged a grinding war with Sunni strongman Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. With a friendly government in Baghdad, Iran has sent troops into Iraq and legendary Revolutionary Guard Qassem Suleimani was spotted in the region earlier this week.
Galloway declined to comment on how strong Iranian influence is, saying “that would entail revealing classified information.” But he insisted that no American forces would be commanded by Iran.
“U.S. troops answer to the commanding general Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, commanding general of the combined joint task force international task force primarily manned by American forces,” Galloway said.
But it is the Iranian-backed Shia militias who incite the most fear and hatred among coalition members. It was their fighters who used Tehran-supplied IEDs to kill more than 500 U.S. troops during the insurgency that followed the Iraq war. And they have used the cover of fighting ISIS to slaughter Sunni civilians in the liberation of other cities. Kurdish fighters told FoxNews.com they do not trust them, either.
The militias are playing a key role, particularly in clearing areas around Mosul ahead of the final push. With an estimated 6,000 mostly Sunni ISIS fighters holed up inside the traditionally Sunni city, Baghdad has barred Shia militias from entering the city out of concern they would commit atrocities.
“There is a reason we haven’t been targeted by the Shia militias — yet,” said the U.S. source. “We are helping them get rid of their enemy, which is ISIS, but helping them gain a lot of power in the process.”
Asked pointedly about cooperation with Iranian-backed Shiite militias, Rankine-Galloway said the U.S. “does not work with units that have histories of human rights abuses or officials with the government of Iran.”
Shwan Mohommad Tihi, a former Iraqi Parliament member and head of the Security and Defense Committee in Baghdad between 2010 and 2014, called the mishmash of alliances “complicated.”
“Iraq is Shia-dominated, so naturally Iran is going to have a lot of influence and Iran is not afraid to play here,” Tihi said, indicating that a “bipolar” American policy and military presence has emboldened Iran. “Iran is gaining land and popularity because of this war in Iraq and the success of its proxies.”
The Shia militias, known as Popular Mobilization Forces, are seen as an Iranian proxy. PMF Deputy Chief Moen Al Kadmi told FoxNews.com earlier this year they “don’t want to work with U.S. troops” and insisted that U.S. forces had “fired on them.”
“We won’t kill them, but we can’t guarantee that other militias won’t kill them,” he said ominously.
The PMF was formed in 2014 following a fatwa from Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani requesting able-bodied Iraqi men to expel ISIS, and while it has proven to be a strong fighting force, it is believed to include Iranian-controlled militias answering to Soleimani.
It’s not just the U.S. forces who have reason to distrust the Shia militias. One Kurdish Peshmerga lieutenant general stationed near the Syrian border said there is “no difference between Shia militias and ISIS.”
“If we see militias here in our area, we will kill them,” he said.
Shia militias not only “carry out mass atrocities” but they have another “dangerous agenda” in extending their influence across Iraq and Syria, a senior official with the Asayish, the main Kurdish security and intelligence branch, told FoxNews.com.
The agenda includes using the offensive as a pretext to place forces west of Mosul and extending to the Mediterranean Sea, an objective that prompted Turkey to send troops near Mosul. While Turkey is not officially part of the Mosul offensive, it is warily watching Iran, and could act if it sees a need to beat back its historic adversary.
“All parties here have an agenda here,” said the U.S. military source. “And it seems the U.S. [forces] are the only ones whose only priority is getting rid of ISIS.
Topic B: CHASE SUSPECT STOPS AT DRIVE-THRU
Arizona police began following a suspect in Phoenix. The pursuit took a strange turn when the suspect stopped at an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru in the town of Chandler. The suspect appeared to order food but then drove away and got out of his pickup truck. He then ran into a backyard and tried to get into a house through the back door. When he couldn’t get inside the home, the suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody. Police have not released any information about the suspect or any charges.
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:36 Topic A: University forces use of Mandatory gender neutral language
More colleges around the country are launching “inclusive language” campaigns that encourage students to avoid everyday words and phrases that could possibly offend someone, somewhere—”hey guys,” “mankind” and “man-made” are just a few of the terms now frowned upon.
The University of Northern Colorado has also jumped on the “inclusive language” bandwagon. But at the Greeley, Colo., university, there’s an extra wrinkle: In at least five classes in the last year, the new, ultra-inclusive lexicon wasn’t optional—it was required.
Sociology professor Kelly Davis included the inclusive language requirement on at least four syllabuses in the spring, according to records reviewed by Heat Street. By deadline, she had not returned Heat Street’s multiple phone calls or responded to emailed questions about how she enforces the rules.
Sociology professor Mark Shuey included the requirement on the syllabus for his Sociology of Minorities class during the spring. He tells Heat Street that he borrowed the language from Davis without giving mandated inclusive language much thought, and that he’ll likely remove it next semester out of concern for students’ free speech.
“That’s me overlooking something at the spur of the moment,” Shuey says. He added he hasn’t enforced “mandatory” gender-neutral language, nor have any students objected to it. He says he wouldn’t make students use gender-inclusive language or punish them for failing to do so.
Topic B: SMARTWATCH SALES ARE DOWN BY MORE THAN HALF SINCE LAST YEAR
Smartwatch sales worldwide plunged 52% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, according to a report by the market analysis company IDC. 2.7 million smartwatches were sold in the third quarter of 2016, compared with 5.6 million at the same time last year. Apple sold just 1.1 million of its Apple Watches in the quarter, compared with 3.9 million a year earlier – a 72% decline. A smartwatch is essentially a mini-computer that will need replacing every few years, and many smartwatches still lack certain features, like the ability for wearers to answer email. “It has become evident that at present smartwatches are not for everyone,” said Jitesh Ubrani, a senior research analyst.
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Topic A: Mall Apologizes for Christmas Carol Controversy
Christmas carolers at the University Town Center Mall in Sarasota, Florida will not have to sing “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” in Latin after all.
The shopping mall is backing away from a memorandum that was sent to local choral groups that urged them to refrain from singing certain Christmas carols in English.
The good folks at the American Family Association obtained a copy of the memo:
“For choral groups, the Mall prefers no clearly recognizable Christian music, such as carols sung in English, spirituals or gospel. Classical holiday music or music sung in a foreign language such as Latin, French, Spanish, Italian or German is fine.”
Topic B: BACHELOR PARTY TURNS INTO PUPPY RESCUE
Mitchel Craddock took friends to a cabin in the Tennessee woods for his bachelor party. The first morning there, they noticed a dog outside the front door. The group of eight men quickly became friends with the dog, and they could tell the dog recently had puppies, but she was dehydrated and malnourished, so her milk had dried up. So they fed her and she started producing milk again. Then they noticed the dog was protecting a spot in the woods. There they found a big hole with seven puppies. Craddock said they had pooled a bunch of money to buy food and beer, but after the third day the beer fund turned into puppy food fund. In the end, all eight dogs, including the mom, were adopted by the groom and his groomsmen or their relatives. Their new happy homes are close to one another – within a 5-mile radius.
Show Prep HOUR TWO
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:06 Topic A: Clinton will co-opt anything to further agenda
/Erica Garner blasts Clinton campaign over discussions staffers had about her father’s death in WikiLeaks emails
/’I Can’t Breathe’ – Eric Garner: One Year Later
Erica Garner, the daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner, ripped the Hillary Clinton campaign in a series of tweets Thursday after new campaign emails released by WikiLeaks showed how the Democratic nominee’s staffers discussed the death of her father.
“I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed ‘using’ Eric Garner … Why would you want to ‘use my dad?” Garner tweeted along with a link to emails released by WikiLeaks. “These people will co opt anything to push their agenda. Police violence is not the same as gun violence.
“I’m vey (sic) interested to know exactly what @CoreyCiorciari meant when he said ‘I know we have an Erica Garner problem’ in the #PodestaEmails19,” added Garner.
Garner also tweeted links to hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released this week by WikiLeaks that show internal communications among top Clinton staffers about how to best word an editorial piece on gun violence that was slated to run in the New York Daily News.
/Eric Garner’s daughter allegedly threatened mom of his love child
“I know we have Erica Garner issues but we don’t want to mention Eric at all? I can see her coming after us for leaving him out of the piece,” Clinton’s traveling press secretary Nick Merrill wrote in a March 17 email.
/Front page of the New York Daily News about the grand jury not indicting the cop that killed Eric Garner. Headline: “We Can’t Breathe.”
/The death of Eric Garner and the events that followed
Maya Harris, another Clinton aide replied, “Eric Garner not included because not killed by gun violence.”
“I’m glad you had Maya on your team to explain why you won’t be USING my dad in you f—–g gun violence piece… Black woman saved your a–,” Garner added.
officialERICA GARNER ✔ @es_snipes
I’m troubled by the revelation that you and this campaign actually discussed “using” Eric Garner … Why would you want to “use” my dad?
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officialERICA GARNER ✔ @es_snipes
https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/23534 … In this #PodestaEmails leak @CoreyCiorciari n @NickMerrill plot to use police violence victims to push gun control
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“In this #PodestaEmails leak @CoreyCiorciari n @NickMerrill plot to use police violence victims to push gun control,” Garner tweeted.
DOJ faces uphill battle in Garner case
The editorial the Clinton staffers were discussing ran in the New York Daily News on March 27.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to questions about Garner’s latest tweets.
Garner’s 43-year-old father died on July 17, 2014, after he resisted arrest for selling illegal loose cigarettes on Staten Island. Officer Daniel Pantaleo applied a chokehold to take Garner down, and he died a short time later. His death emerged as a flashpoint in police violence issues.
Erica Garner endorsed Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary and has, on multiple occasions, used her Twitter account to criticize the Clinton camp.
Topic B: Kaine Cancels Florida Rally
Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s visit to Sarasota Friday has been canceled.
Kaine was set to speak at the Municipal Auditorium Friday night but the campaign pulled the plug on the event Wednesday.
It’s unclear why the rally was canceled. Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair Christine Jennings said she was informed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign team late Wednesday that Kaine could no longer make it.
Topic C: CAR DRAGGED 16 MILES AFTER CRASHING INTO BACK OF SEMI
Last Tuesday in Tongren, China, a car carrying five people rear-ended a semi truck and ended up being dragged for 16 miles. Police said highway visibility was severely impaired by heavy smog. The truck driver failed to notice the crash and the car ended up partially wedged underneath the trailer, where it was dragged down the highway for more than 16 miles. Four people managed to escape the car while it was being dragged, while a fifth person remained behind after fainting during the incident. The last person in the car was rescued without injuries.
:22 Topic A: Merkel: Facebook and Google,demands they ‘reveal algorithms’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right.
“The algorithms must be made public, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen on questions like: what influences my behavior on the internet and that of others?” said Merkel during a media conference in Berlin on Tuesday.
“These algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion of our perception, they narrow our breadth of information.”
Google uses an algorithm to decide which search results are first shown to a user, while Facebook arranges the order of the news feed, and decides to include certain posts from a user’s liked pages and friends, at the expense of others. Both sites also promote links to news articles, often based on a user’s own media interests.
/An illustration photo shows a man using WhatsApp messenger in a smart phone behind a Facebook /logo. © Dado RuvicGermany orders Facebook to stop collecting data on WhatsApp users
These algorithms are at the core of the intellectual property of any social media or search website, and comprise some of the most highly-protected trade secrets in the world, potentially worth billions. No internet giant has ever revealed its inner workings.
Merkel did not specifically name Facebook, Google or Twitter, but implied that the large platforms are creating “bubbles” of self-reinforcing views, and squeezing out smaller news providers.
“The big internet platforms, via their algorithms, have become an eye of a needle which diverse media must pass through to reach users,” warned Merkel. “This is a development that we need to pay careful attention to.”
The internet giants themselves have argued that the so-called social media bubble is largely a myth, and that online users have a wider access to differing views than under a pre-internet model, where most news would be acquired from just a handful of newspapers and one or two TV channels.
German establishment raises ‘Sword of Damocles’ over social media
This is not the first attack on social media by Merkel and her Grand Coalition government, and while the German politician advocates diversity of views, she has previously accused it of perpetrating opinions that are most at odds with those of the establishment and traditional media.
Last month, Merkel accused AfD, the recently-established anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim party, which receives overwhelmingly negative coverage in most newspapers, of “spreading their lies” through social media, as it achieves breakthroughs in regional elections around the country.
A year ago, at the height of the refugee influx into the country, Merkel, who was first elected in 2005, was caught on a hot mic personally pressing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to clamp down on anti-migrant posts during a UN session in New York.
A fortnight ago, the leader of Merkel’s parliamentary CDU faction, Volker Kauder, said that social media should be fined €50,000 for failing to remove “hate speech,” saying that a “Sword of Damocles” has to hang over social media. Kauder also called for warnings, similar to those on cigarette packs or before entering pornographic websites, to be given to those about to go on social media.
Topic B: German School forces children to chant Allahu Akbar
/Fury as German primary school ‘forces’ children to chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Muslim prayer
PUPILS at a primary school were forced to chant “Allahu Akhbar” and “there is no God but Allah”, an appalled father has claimed.
The father of the pupil at the girl’s primary school in German ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen discovered that his daughter had been forced to learn the Islamic prayer when he discovered a handout she had been given.
He claimed she had been “forced” by teachers to memorise the Islamic chants and forwarded the handout to Austrian news service unsertirol24.
/Germans MUST develop understanding of migrants, Merkel’s aid claims
/Mayor of resort town PLEADS for Merkel to help as migrants ‘take over’
The handout read: “Oh Allah, how perfect you are and praise be to you. Blessed is your name, and exalted is your majesty. There is no God but you.”
It had been given to the girl during a lesson in “ethics” at the Bavarian school.
The handout was discovered by the father of a school pupil
Headteacher Gisela Herl did not confirm the incident when questioned, but said the school would issue a written statement detailing its position in the coming week.
The incident comes just weeks after parents complained to German newspaper Hessian Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA) that their children’s nursery was refusing to acknowledge “Christmas rituals” to accommodate the “diverse cultures” of other pupils.
The Sara Nussbaum House daycare centre in Kassel refused to put up a Christmas tree, tell Christmas stories or celebrate Christmas in general because it said only a minority of pupils were Christian.
Hundreds of migrants are continuing to arrive in Europe as they flee the scenes of chaos and brutality of the Islamic State in the Middle East.
A spokesman for Kassel explained: “There will be no Christmas celebrations, in the strictest sense. Because the majority of children at this kindergarten are not Christian the festival will not be celebrated in the way that it is at other schools.”
Migrants now outnumber native children at many schools in Germany as the country has been inundated with migrants in recent years.
More than one million migrants are estimated to have arrived in Germany during the last year alone.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees estimates that another 200,000 people will apply for asylum in 2017.
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:36 Topic A: FBI grills Angelina Jolie 4 hours, Hillary only 31/2
FBI questions Jolie for 4 hours over child abuse charges against Brad
The incident took place aboard a private plane where Pitt reportedly got abusive on one of their kids.
Los Angeles: FBI has reportedly questioned actress Angelina Jolie for four hours over the incident aboard a private plane, in which her estranged husband and actor Brad Pitt allegedly became physical with their 15-year-old son, Maddox.
The 41-year-old actress is believed to have “fully cooperated” with the investigation department, who also spoke to “some of her kids”, reported Us Weekly.
“The agents wanted a breakdown of everything that happened from when the plane took off to when it landed. They’re looking into charges of assault,” a source said.
The source added that the FBI “will likely investigate for another few weeks” and will subsequently present the case to the prosecutor, who will further evaluate the matter.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is also looking into the allegations made by Jolie on the 52-year-old actor.
According to another source, both stars do not want to get involved in any kind of court case as “everything the FBI and DCFS investigate, will potentially be made available to the public”.
It was earlier reported that the ‘Fight Club’ star got “verbally abusive and physical” with his kids under the influence of alcohol during a flight from France to California on September 14.
Jolie also filed for divorce from him on September 19, citing irreconcilable differences, and requested sole custody of the kids.
The former power couple have since reached a temporary custody agreement, which allows Pitt supervised visitation.
Topic B: BURGER KING RESTAURANT DRESSES UP AS GHOST OF MCDONALD’S FOR HALLOWEEN
On Sunday, a New York Burger King in Queens’ Rego Park neighborhood dressed the entire restaurant up as the ghost of a McDonald’s. The entire Burger King and its sign were covered in white sheets with eye-holes cut out of them like a traditional homemade ghost costume. The sheets had a crudely-drawn McDonald’s logo. The Burger King’s sign read: “Boooooo. Just kidding, we still flame grill our burgers. Happy Halloween.”
Topic C: GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: THE CEREAL
Next year, General Mills is releasing Girl Scout cookie cereals. A General Mills spokesperson said the new cereals will be released in January. They will come in both Thin Mint and Caramel Crunch flavors, according to the photos. “We will provide additional information when we are closer to the launch,” the General Mills spokesperson said.
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Topic A: Jesus Tomb Opened
Exclusive: Christ’s Burial Place Exposed for First Time in Centuries
Restorers working in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel uncover stone slab venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ.
>For the first time in centuries, scientists have exposed the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ. Located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, the tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., and most likely centuries earlier.
“The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, a partner in the restoration project. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to tradition, the body of Christ was laid.
According to Christian tradition, the body of Jesus Christ was laid on a shelf or “burial bed” hewn from the side of a limestone cave following his crucifixion by the Romans in A.D. 30 or possibly 33. Christian belief says Christ was resurrected after death, and women who came to anoint his body three days after the burial reported that no remains were present.
WATCH: Scientists expose Jesus Christ’s last resting place for first time in the modern era during restoration work at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
This burial shelf is now enclosed by a small structure known as the Edicule (from the Latin aedicule, or “little house”), which was last reconstructed in 1808-1810 after being destroyed in a fire. The Edicule and the interior tomb are currently undergoing restoration by a team of scientists from the National Technical University of Athens, under the direction of Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou.
The exposure of the burial bed is giving researchers an unprecedented opportunity to study the original surface of what is considered the most sacred site in Christianity. An analysis of the original rock may enable them to better understand not only the original form of the tomb chamber, but also how it evolved as the focal point of veneration since it was first identified by Helena, mother of the Roman emperor Constantine, in A.D. 326.
“We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule,” Moropoulou said. “The techniques we’re using to document this unique monument will enable the world to study our findings as if they themselves were in the tomb of Christ.”
Topic B: MISS BUMBUM “LAST SUPPER” PHOTOGRAPH CAUSES OUTRAGE
Imagine Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece painting of “The Last Supper”. Now, take out Jesus and the disciples and replace them with women wearing bright orange bikinis (* NOW you’re talkin’!). That is the picture of Brazil’s contestants in the annual Miss Bumbum beauty pageant. The woman currently ahead in the voting, Daiana Fegueredo, portrays Jesus. The photo has offended many in the deeply Catholic country. Even the women competing for the “best bottom” title last night expressed dismay at being made to pose for the controversial scene, with one claiming she had “asked forgiveness from God for a great sin”. The founder of the Miss Bumbum competition, Cacau Oliver, claimed the image was “not offensive to the church” and has a perfectly legitimate explanation: “It was the last meeting of the women before the grand final. It reminded me of the Last Supper. It was where Jesus was betrayed by Judas, because of jealousy, and like it or not the woman with the most votes is also the target of jealousy. She is at the center, and the other girls will want to crucify her because she got more votes than them.”
Show Prep HOUR Three
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:06 Topic A:
Topic B: Math Prof caught telling class who to vote for….
Math professor caught on video getting political during class: ‘I’m not gonna tell you who to vote for, but…’
While careful not to name a presidential candidate, one college math professor seemed pretty clear during a recent class about what direction he wants his students to lean come Election Day.
“I’m not gonna tell you who to vote for, but vote for someone who thinks women are full and capable and responsible and intelligent beings who should not be the object of, um, should not be objectified,” Peter Rosnick told students during a class at Mount Holyoke College, according to The College Fix, which obtained video of the commentary.
(Oh – so he means Trump, who employs lots of women as executives in his companies, right?)
“I am in the very unusual situation where my father was an immigrant and my children are immigrants,” he added. “Vote for whoever you want, but vote for somebody who respects the fact that this is a country built on immigrants — that this is a country that … wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for bringing immigrants into our nation and respecting them and respecting what they bring to our country.”
(Oh – so he means Trump, who has said many times he respects legal immigrants and their desire to come to America and be part of our great nation.)
“I’m not gonna tell you who to vote for,” he continued as his students began giggling, clearly getting what he was up to, “but vote for someone who understands that the goal … in a caring society is to hold people together not to pull people apart.”
(Oh, so he means Trump, who is fighting against the liberal war on our nation’s unity by preaching diversity and carving our “safe spaces” for people of specific races.)
Rosnick concluded: “I’m kinda being cute about it, but I’m not feeling this is funny. This is the most serious election … in 48 years that I’ve been voting, so yeah — do the math, right?” He finished by telling students his “proselytizing” was over.
A student from the class spoke on the condition of anonymity and said Rosnick shouldn’t have gotten political.
“I find it highly inappropriate for a math teacher to use my class time to try to tell me who to vote for,” she told the outlet.
Mount Holyoke College is an all-female private liberal arts school in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
While the College Fix noted the video is from an Oct. 21 class, a Mount Holyoke spokeswoman confirmed that Rosnick “began both of his Calculus courses on Wednesday with this statement.”
Rosnick is an adjunct with Mount Holyoke, the official said, and has been teaching since September. The college’s academic catalog lists Rosnick as a visiting professor of mathematics for this school year.
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But it’s not the first time Rosnick has let his personal ideologies influence the classroom. On a math test earlier this month, Rosnick framed word problems that pushed his belief in man-made climate change.
“During the last century, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere has been growing exponentially (irrefutably tied to human behavior and irrefutably changing our climate),” one problem read. Another question stated noted scientists believe the Earth would be put in a “catastrophic” state if CO2 continued to increase in the atmosphere.
:22 Topic A:Clinton Fundraised for pac that gave money to wife of FBI official
/Clinton fundraised for PAC that gave money to wife of FBI official in charge of investigating her emails
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself helped fundraise for a Virginia PAC that donated big money to the wife of the FBI official who oversaw the investigation into the personal email server she used while heading the State Department, the Daily Mail reported.
In June 2015, the Democratic presidential nominee headlined a fundraiser for Common Good VA PAC, which is run by Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, according to the Daily Mail.
The Common Good PAC came under scrutiny earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal reported that the PAC funneled nearly half a million dollars into the state senatorial campaign of Jill McCabe. Her husband, Andrew McCabe, is the deputy director of the FBI who helped lead the email-server investigation.
The June fundraiser that Clinton headlined reportedly raised more than $1 million for the PAC as well as Virginia’s Democratic Party. The Daily Mail reported that over the next several months, five- and six-figure donations were made to Common Good VA from Clinton supporters outside of the state.
It received $100,000 from former President Bill Clinton’s business partner Ron Burkle from California as well as $50,000 from Ready for Hillary’s finance committee member Leonard Lauder in New York, the Daily Mail reported.
Clinton appeared with McAuliffe during a campaign stop in Virginia on Oct. 23, 2015. According to the Daily Mail, Common Good VA donated $125,000 to McCabe on Oct. 27, 2015, and $175,000 on Oct. 29, 2015.
Virginia’s Democratic Party, which is heavily influenced by McAuliffe, also donated more than $200,000 to McCabe’s campaign.
“The fact that Hillary Clinton’s inner circle was raising substantial funds for Gov. McAuliffe’s PAC and this same PAC gave close to a half-million dollars to the campaign of the wife of the senior FBI official involved in the Clinton investigation sure likes like a payoff — a major payoff,” Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center watchdog group told the Daily Mail.
He added, “What was already a serious corruption story now looks much worse.”
The FBI has contended that Andrew McCabe “played no role, attended no events and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind” for his wife’s campaign. He was promoted from associate deputy director to deputy — which allotted him the job of investing Clinton’s emails — “months” after his wife’s campaign ended.
However, Republicans have capitalized on Clinton’s ties to the FBI official — or at least her ties to his wife.
“Given all we know about how the corrupt Clinton machine operates, it’s hard not to see this as anything other than a down payment to influence the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email service,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Monday.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump called the original Wall Street Journal report “shocking” earlier this week.
FBI Director James Comey recommended no charges be brought against Clinton over the summer as the agency concluded its investigation into her practice — although he conceded that she was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified emails.
Topic B: STOLEN CAR RETURNED WITH MONEY, APOLOGY NOTE
In Portland, Oregon, a woman stole Erin Hatzi’s red Subaru Tuesday night. Hatzi’s driveway security camera caught the lady climbing in and taking off. Hatzi filed a police report Wednesday morning. But on Wednesday afternoon, the car returned to the front of the house. Inside was some cash and a note explaining how the woman had gone to the area to pick up a friend’s red Subaru as a favor and ended up taking the wrong car. The note read: “Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, ‘That is not my car.’ There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am ******* and my number is ………. So so sorry for this mistake.” Hatzi says all was forgiven.
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:36 Topic A: Podesta Relatives 6 figure Clinton Salaries
Podesta relative earned six-figure fees lobbying Clinton’s State Dept. during his tenure there
Will leaked Podesta emails hurt Clinton’s campaign?
EXCLUSIVE: Amid the tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign, John Podesta is best known as Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman and the individual from whose private account WikiLeaks is presently publishing some 50,000 hacked emails.
Released in daily batches, these documents have laid bare the inner workings and tensions of the Clinton campaign in an unprecedented way, while also offering insights into the operations of the Clinton Foundation and the State Department in the years when Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, served as secretary of state.
At that time, when Clinton was traveling to a record number of foreign countries, Podesta, a former White House chief of staff under President Clinton, held dual titles at the State Department: as a senior advisor – entitled to an annual salary of $130,000 never paid him, the department maintains – and as a member of a prestigious foreign policy advisory board Secretary Clinton created. Records obtained from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management show Podesta’s tenure at State extended from Sept. 25, 2011 to Jan. 4, 2014.
For several months in 2012, Clinton’s final year as secretary of state, Raytheon, the leading defense contractor, hired Podesta’s sister-in-law, Heather Podesta, as a lobbyist, federal records show.
Raytheon was looking to enlarge its share of foreign military sales – transfers of advanced weapons systems to other countries that are reviewed and approved by the Department of State, then implemented by the Department of Defense – and was beefing up its lobbying operation to accomplish that goal before Secretary Clinton left office.
On the LD-2 lobbying disclosure form completed by her company, Heather Podesta + Partners, LLC, in July 2012, the veteran lawyer and Democratic fundraiser listed in the space provided for a description of her lobbying activities, “Engaged the Executive Branch on the economic benefits of foreign military sales.” In the space requesting the specific locales of her lobbying, Ms. Podesta listed the White House and the State Department.
At the same time, Raytheon retained two other lobbyists, John Merrigan and Matt Bernstein, both associated with the powerhouse D.C. law firm DLA Piper. All three of these lobbyists, including Ms. Podesta, were major donors or bundlers to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 campaigns. Federal records show they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton’s campaigns and earned hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying her State Department.
In the final three quarters of 2012, DLA Piper earned some $360,000 in lobbying fees from Raytheon, courting the State Department and other agencies, while Ms. Podesta, within that same time frame, received $100,000 from Raytheon for the same purpose.
The gambit appears to have worked: Records maintained by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arm of the Defense Department that coordinates the transfers of weapons systems once they have received State’s approval, show Raytheon as a prime contractor in at least seventeen foreign military sales in 2012, worth an estimated total of $26 billion. Of those contracts, three with the Gulf nation of Qatar – for missile defense, Apache attack helicopters and other materiel – accounted for $19 billion.
An email from a Clinton Foundation official released earlier this month, in the sixth of Wikileaks’ postings of John Podesta’s emails, revealed that in 2011, the Qatari government had pledged $1 million to the foundation to help former President Clinton celebrate his birthday. In return, the email said, the Qataris sought a “five-minute” audience with Mr. Clinton.
The individual at the State Department who was statutorily entrusted to approve foreign military sales was Andrew Shapiro, the assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs. Prior to his nomination to that job, Shapiro had served as Clinton’s national security adviser in her Senate office. Today, Shapiro is a partner in a Washington consulting firm whose other co-founders include Philippe Reines, Clinton’s longtime press aide.
After Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in February 2013, Raytheon discontinued the services of Heather Podesta + Partners, and ceased its use of DLA Piper at State.
While experts do not believe any laws were broken, the affair illustrates how Washington worked in the first Obama term, and particularly at the Clinton State Department. The Raytheon operation bears some similarity to a pop-up store that materializes to serve a seasonal need, such as Halloween candy or July Fourth fireworks, then vanishes once that need has been met.
“I think this is as close an example of pay-to-play as we’ve seen,” said Rajiv Shah, deputy communications director at the Republican National Committee. “And that’s why [Raytheon] made these hires [of Heather Podesta, Merrigan and Bernstein]. … Their experience was getting access to Hillary Clinton and raising money for her.”
“The ultimate responsibility, of course, rests on the Cabinet official. In this case, it’d be the secretary of state,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby at a briefing with reporters Wednesday. “But we do it in close coordination with DOD. … The only considerations that are factored into the foreign military sales program is the furtherance of foreign policy objectives of the United States of America and not the efforts by external groups to lobby, as you say, or to influence that decision.”
Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, told Fox News that the nominee “never took action as secretary of state because of any donations and any suggestion to the contrary is false.”
In a statement, Raytheon said its lobbying practices and policies are fully disclosed and comply with all federal, state and local laws. DLA Piper did not respond to a request for comment. And Heather Podesta sent Fox News a one-sentence email saying: “I never lobbied the Secretary or John Podesta on this matter.”
Topic B: ROBOT GYNECOLOGIST
Ladies, would you trust a robot gynecologist? One will soon be treating patients in New York. Elmhurst Hospital in Queens has purchased one – to join their team of obstetricians and gynecologists. The robot, called the da Vinci robot, will be used to perform non-invasive procedures on women. These procedures cover all manner of female health concerns, including the removal of benign or cancerous tumors from the uterus. Procedures are done with the doctor out of the room. As the patient lies on the operating table, the robot carries out the procedure as the ob-gyn mans the controls, watching a high-definition 3D projection of the surgical site and using hand and foot controls to move the mechanical arms to perform the procedure. The benefits of the robot gynecologist: faster recovery times and less blood loss. Women who in the past would have been hospitalized for a week are now able to go home in a day.
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Topic A: ALL ABOUT CANDY CORN
USA Today wants us all to know the history of Candy Corn, one of the most maligned Halloween candies. Here are the more interesting candy corn facts.
1: Candy corn was invented in the 1880’s by George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderle Candy Company in Philadelphia.
2: The Goelitz Confectionery Company, now called Jelly Belly Candy, started making candy corn at the turn of the 20th century. It was called “Chicken Feed.” The boxes were illustrated with a rooster logo and copy that read: “Something worth crowing for.”
3: About 9 billion kernels of candy corn – more than 35 million pounds – are sold annually, according to the National Confectioners Association.
4: In one eight-hour shift, Jelly Belly makes 28,000 pounds of candy corn.
5: One kernel of candy corn is about 5 calories.
6: October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
Topic B: HOW MUCH CANDY WILL KILL YOU?
A science-themed YouTube channel called Reactions recently posted a video titled “How Much Candy Would Kill You?” High enough doses of sugar will do you in because of its toxic effects on the body. Studies have been done on rats, and these guys have taken that information and extrapolated it up to humans. The numbers are based on the affects of a fun-size piece of candy – 9.3 grams of sugar/75 calories – eaten by an average person who weighs 180 pounds.
– The average number of fun-sized chocolate bars a human can eat in one sitting before they die is 262.
– The number of candy corns that will kill you is 1,627.