Venezuela coup plotters met at Trump resort in Florida. Central figure says US officials knew of plan
MIAMI — In a challenge to denials of government involvement, the ex-U.S. special operations sergeant whose security firm took part in a botched Venezuelan coup last May said two Trump administration officials met with and expressed support to planners of Operation Gideon, a Bay of Pigs-type operation that tried to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.It’s a story of bungling, bravado and cloak-and-dagger plotting, with plans shared in clandestine meetings in the back of limousines while rolling through Miami, in restaurants and even at dusk on the 12th fairway of the Red Course of Trump Do...
Latino voters in Pennsylvania are diverse, growing in number — and could sway the election
PHILADELPHIA — A decade ago, Ángela Rodríguez became an American citizen and promptly registered as a Democrat. But for Rodríguez, a native of the Dominican Republic, years of living in the United States have reshaped her perception of the party’s relationship with the more than 60 million Latinos in this country."They have done absolutely nothing but use us,” said Rodríguez, 57, a stay-at-home caregiver for her 4-year-old granddaughter.Maricela Ayllon, 49, has been a registered Democrat since 1999. But this year, said the Kennett Square resident and Mexico native, "I don’t feel satisfied with...
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Jay Ambrose: Some things to scream about
You look at it, a copy of “The Scream,” the famous 1893 expressionist painting by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, and you ask yourself whether this is America today, a scene that sizzles with human anxiety. There is a hand on each side of a large, mesmerizing, petrified face, waters for drowning purposes nearby and a sunset of blood above.No, we don’t go around looking like the screamer, but there’s ongoing peril in the pandemic, a distraught economy, widespread disruption in violent riots, high racial tensions, the demolition of the family, the decline of faith, the decay of norms, intelle...
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Editorial: Congress should let Puerto Ricans' vote count on statehood
There’s a massive get out the vote campaign in the United States, with both major political parties stressing that every vote should count.Contrast that to Puerto Rico. It also has an election Nov. 3, but none of the votes will really count on the major issue:Should the U.S. territory become a U.S. state?Millions of island residents will weigh in on that question. The problem is that question has been asked repeatedly and the answer has never carried any actual weight.The U.S. does not have to abide by the decision. The referendum is just another show vote, the third in the past eight years.It...
With 2 Weeks Before Vote, Poll Shows Puerto Ricans Favoring Statehood By 18%
On November 3, Puerto Rican citizens will vote on whether or not they would like to request to become an American state.Ritchie Torres, the Democratic congressional nominee from the Bronx, believes that Puerto Ricans should say yes to statehood so that they can have the same rights as every other American. If elected, Torres will replace Rep. Jose Serrano (D-New York). The Bronx has the highest percentage of Puerto Ricans of any congressional district in the country.“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re going to be on the menu,” Torres told Politico. “The people on the island should n...
Tropical Storm Epsilon improves structure and strengthens slightly, could be a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Epsilon, the earliest 26th-named storm on record in the Atlantic, continues strengthening in the central Atlantic Ocean, according to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. advisory.The National Hurricane Center said Epsilon’s structure “greatly improved” Tuesday afternoon and there are even hints of an eyelike feature starting to develop.Epsilon, which isn’t expected to threaten South Florida or anywhere else in the United States, now has sustained winds of 65 mph, which is 15 mph stronger than Tuesday morning.It’s on track to become the season’s 10th hurricane by Tuesday nig...
White women are ditching Trump, and it could cost him Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Elaine Caruso voted for Donald Trump in 2016. He seemed to be the candidate who would better protect the country from foreign threats, which Caruso, who lived across the Hudson River from Manhattan on 9/11, feared.“I thought, we need somebody who has a set — we need a tough guy,” said Caruso, 58, who now lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that thug would turn on us.”Trump won half of the votes cast by white women in Pennsylvania in 2016, according to exit polls, helping him narrowly win the state. But with Election Day just two weeks away an...
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Editorial: When rules are a joke: Why are SNL and MLB allowed to break COVID public health regulations others must follow?
Indoor and outdoor gatherings with more than 50 people are currently illegal in the state of New York. Anyone who’s spent more than 24 hours in 33 of the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico or Guam, must quarantine 14 days upon arriving in New York, with hefty fines for violators.Those harsh rules apply to everyone. Eh, almost everyone.The asterisks are for those who are medium-funny and work at a famous major network sketch comedy show, or for pro athletes on the Yankees or Mets or Buffalo Bills (or amateurs on the Giants and Jets — if the Meadowlands squads still played in New York). And so, when NB...
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Healthy corals in Biscayne Bay surprised scientists. They may help reefs survive
MIAMI — During a scouting mission to check on coral colonies in inshore Biscayne Bay last year, Caroline Dennison and a few other marine biology graduate students found something astounding: healthy populations of brain corals.There were no signs of white spots or bleaching and the vivid yellowish brown colors indicated that the corals were untouched by yet another mysterious disease that’s ravaging reefs along the Florida coast. Even more extraordinary was that these corals were thriving in shallow and warm water right off the seawall at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, near a bustling sea...
Will Bunch: I dissent: Shut America down if Trump, McConnell proceed with post-RBG power grab
The final fight of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable 87-year life — to beat cancer long enough for a president who shared her commitment to equality and decency to pick her replacement — came to an end Friday just as the sun was setting on Washington, D.C., signaling the end to the Jewish calendar year 5780 and the start of Rosh Hashanah. Her longtime friend, the NPR Supreme Court journalist Nina Totenberg, wrote on Twitter that “(a) Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment (because) they were needed most & w...
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