Your stories: Fix America's divide or we're doomed to fail
- We've both lived outside this country and traveled the world enough to have a deep understanding of how truly fortunate we are to call this place home.
- The student went on to state that the veterans were what made America great.
- I approached the student and directly stated, "You claim to believe that our veterans are what make America great, because they risked their lives for us.
- The idiocy of the Democrats is so prevalent they don't realize if they want to win elections they need to connect with Trump's supporters not alienate them also not have 20-plus people running for president.
- I am a lifelong Democrat, my husband is a lifelong Republican, we have always been able to openly discuss our opinions and respect our differences inside our home or with friends in all political parties.
Opinion: Unlike Trump Ukraine scandal, no one died at Watergate
- They never "overpromise." Schiff accomplished this task, delivering a non-inflammatory but carefully constructed explanation of how the President allegedly abused his power by using $400 million of American military aid to Ukraine as his own personal weapon in an attempt to destroy his political opponent, Joe Biden.
- In contrast, testimony on Day 1 of the House impeachment hearing suggested that American professional diplomats feared that Trump's delay in the disbursement of Ukraine's $400 million in military aid could telegraph a lack of American commitment, creating the real potential to cost the lives of Ukrainian soldiers by encouraging Russian aggression.
- This snippet is hearsay, and though Jordan and his Republican colleagues were happy to remind Schiff earlier in the day that the "Federal Rules of Evidence" do not apply to congressional hearings, this time they wanted the hearsay thrown out.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner host book party on first night of impeachment hearings
- Washington (CNN) - Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, two of President Donald Trump's senior advisers, threw a book party on the evening of the first public impeachment hearings.
- It was an invite-only celebration for Ivanka Trump's older brother, Don Jr., in honor of his new book, "Triggered" which debuted as No. 1 on The New York Times bestselling list.
- Kushner played host at the event, toasting his brother-in-law, saying of his new book,"(it's) driving everyone crazy, which is Don's specialty," in videos posted by Gorka and Falwell Jr. In his remarks, Kushner noted that life in Washington for he and his wife, Ivanka, has been unusual.
- Kushner also acknowledged "Triggered" hitting No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list, something the President tweeted about late Wednesday night as well.
Quiz: You think you know what the other party believes. But do you really?
- Participants in the survey first stated whether they agreed or disagreed with a number of statements concerning issues affecting Americans -- from climate change (i.e., "People are right to be worried about how climate change might affect us") to gun control (i.e.
- Then we asked participants to guess what percentage of their political opponents agreed or disagreed with similar statements.
- Both Democrats and Republicans overestimate the proportion of their political opponents holding immoderate views by about 20 percentage points or more.
- For example, the proportion of Democrats who agree that "most police are bad people" (15%) is less than a third of what Republicans suspect (52%).
- But our research revealed still more interesting facts about the perception gap in American politics.
Impeachment hearings air to a divided nation
- Trump supporter Kent Jeffers from Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, who was keeping an eye on the hearing during a trip to Phoenix, highlighted the depth of the Democratic challenge by pointing to the numbness many Americans feel after three consecutive years of investigations into President Donald Trump.
- In another critical swing state -- Wisconsin -- Trump voters Randy and Terri Burl tuned in to the hearings even though they don't expect to their opinions to change much, if at all.
- After watching several hours of the proceedings, Randy Burl, who is a less enthusiastic supporter of the President, told his wife he wasn't as convinced of Trump's innocence, but he was skeptical that impeachment would change many minds about the commander in chief.
Italian council is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change
- And the council chamber in Ferro Fini Palace started to take in water around 10 p.m. local time, as councilors were debating the 2020 regional budget, Democratic Party councilor Andrea Zanoni said in a long Facebook post.
- Among the rejected amendments were measures to fund renewable sources, to replace diesel buses with "more efficient and less polluting ones," to scrap polluting stoves and reduce the impact of plastics, he said.
- The regional council's spokesman Alessandro Ovizach confirmed to CNN that the council was flooded after discussing amendments to the 2020 budget -- without specifying which ones.
- The council's president, the League's Roberto Ciambetti, rejected Zanoni's accusations in a statement to CNN.
- The regional council meetings on Thursday and Friday were moved to Treviso because of the flooding, according to the council's website.
Recanvass begins in Kentucky governor's race
- In a fight to keep his job, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin requested that all 120 counties recheck results from last Tuesday's election, which showed him trailing Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear by more than 5,000 votes.
- Results from the recanvass are expected Thursday afternoon, according to Lillie Ruschell, communications director for the Kentucky secretary of state.
- Kentucky law does not allow for a recount in a gubernatorial general election, but a campaign may request a recanvass of the votes with the secretary of state.
- Unlike a standard recount of votes, a recanvass is a reprint of the receipts from voting machines to check for reporting or clerical errors.
- Should Bevin want to pursue further action, he would have to cite specific evidence with the state's election board after they have certified the results on November 25.
9-year-old child genius to graduate university
- Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) -- a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
- Described by staff as "simply extraordinary," Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
- He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
- His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent's grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
- The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
- While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
- Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
US School Violence Fast Facts
- Atchison, a former student at the high school, dies of what police believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- 12-year-old student Jose Reyes takes his parent's handgun to school and shoots three, injuring two 12-year-old male students and killing Mike Landsberry, a teacher and Marine veteran.
- 16-year-old student Trevor Varinecz is shot and killed by a police officer after allegedly pulling a knife and stabbing the officer.
- A 16-year-old, Byron Truvia, is taken into custody for stabbing and killing high school teacher Todd R.
- 15-year-old Kenneth Bartley Jr. opens fire on a principal and two assistant principals, killing one of them and critically wounding another, authorities said.
- 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, after being sent home for misbehaving, returns to school and shoots and kills his teacher Barry Grunow.
- After killing his parents the previous day, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel returns to Thurston High armed with a rifle.
After Parkland, Saugus High students walked out to protest school shootings. Today, their school was the target
- They joined the March For Our Lives movement.
- They held town halls with local leaders.
- Their school developed an in-depth safety plan in case a day like today ever came.
- After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Saugus High students joined thousands in nationwide walkouts in March 2018, leaving their classrooms for 15 minutes to protest gun violence, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported at the time.
- The next month, a few of them hosted a gun control town hall with local leaders advocating for safer schools.
- Former California Rep. Katie Hill, a Saugus High School alumnus, told CNN that students at the school interned for her campaign.
- Many of them feared the day a school shooting would strike their campus.