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Name: Chris Bastian
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The kiss of death for Tulsi's campaign...

https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1185747939257397248

Tulsi Gabbard rules out running as an independent presidential candidate

CNN

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Thursday she will not run as an independent candidate if she fails to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I will not," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom." "No, I have ruled that out."

"I'm going to continue to focus on moving our campaign forward, continuing this grassroots campaign, continuing to deliver our message to the American people and ask for their support," she added.

Gabbard failed to qualify for the next Democratic debate in September after making the first two debates. She reached the fundraising threshold, but did not meet the Democratic National Committee's polling minimum to qualify.

Hmm, Tulsi Gabbard is the topic of the top 8 threads...

FAA response to Boeing re: 737 MAX revelations

https://www.faa.gov/news/media/attachments/Boeing_letter.pdf

Dear Mr. Muelinberg:

Last night, I reviewed a concerning document that Boeing provided late yesterday to the Department of Transportation. I undertsnad that Boeing discovered the document in its files months ago. I expect your explanation immediately regarding the content of this document and Boeing's delay in disclosing the document to it's safety regulator.

Sincerely,

Steve Dickson
Administrator

Boeing Pilot Warned of 'Egregious' Problem With 737 Max in 2016, Messages Show

Source: New York Times

A Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators, more than two years before it was grounded following two deadly crashes.

The pilot, Mark Forkner, complained that the system, known as MCAS, was causing him trouble. “It’s running rampant in the sim,” he said in a message to a colleague, referring to the simulator.

“Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious,” he went on to say, according to a transcript of the exchange reviewed by The New York Times.

The 737 Max was grounded earlier this year after crashing twice in five months, killing 346 people. In both cases, MCAS malfunctioned based on erroneous data, sending the planes into unrecoverable nose dives.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/business/boeing-flight-simulator-text-message.html



Stick a fork in the 737 Max. Even if they fix the tech problems, the brand is going to be tainted beyond recovery.

Fox's Judge Napolitano: G7 at Trump Doral Is as 'Profound a Violation' as 'One Could Create'

Daily Beast

During Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast, eponymous host Neil Cavuto noted that the announcement of the G7 location “is effectively saying the president has given himself this contract.”

Pointing out that previous summits in the United States took place at Camp David and Sea Island, Cavuto said the White House is arguing that holding the event at the president’s property is not a violation of the emoluments clause.

...snip...

Explaining that this wouldn’t be an issue if this were a meeting of U.S. government officials, Napolitano once again stated that the emoluments clause is to prevent the president from receiving gifts or cash from foreign entities.

“He has bought himself an enormous headache now with the choice of this,” he continued. “This is about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create.”

I'm leaving tonight for two weeks in the Middle East...

Try to keep an eye on the place while I'm gone.

Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump at the Al Smith Dinner

"I'm not just an overrated general. I’m the world’s greatest overrated general," joked Mattis, who received a standing ovation as he stepped to the dais. "I'm honored to be called that by Donald Trump, because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actor. So I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals."


"I earned my spurs on the battlefield; Donald Trump earned his spurs in a letter from a doctor," Mattis said.


“I tried to bring some peace and order to the places with no organized government, chaotic and warring factions, irrational fears, and toxic hatred. It was hard work, but it wasn’t until I started working in Washington, D.C., that I realized how easy I had it overseas in the combat zone.”


“It’s been a year since I’ve left the administration, the recovery process is going well," he joked. "The counselor says I’ll graduate soon. A year according to White House time is about 9,000 hours of executive time or 1,800 holes of golf."


Kurds report Turkey has violated cease fire; resumed bombing

That was quick...

https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1185143021798592512

Republican source: Attendees at Trump/Pelosi meeting unnerved by behavior

https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1184953968364908545
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