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Election Day set record in Washington as wettest, Weather Service says

In assessing last month’s Virginia elections, experts may want to consider one more factor: the rain. It was a record-settingg rain. According to the National Weather Service, Election Day 2017 was Washington’s wettest ever. Weather in the nation’s capital is like that of much of Virginia; Washington readings are made at Reagan National Airport, which is, after all, in Virginia. Old political hands, seasoned at putting a finger into the wind,(to use a meteorological metaphor or two) may now search out the influence of moisture on voter motivation. The 1.07 inches at the airport on Nov. 7 broke the 1943 Election Day record of 0.82 inches, and who knows how many voters stayed home because of it? It is probably worth noting that this was a record for Election Day record, not a record for Nov....

Trump demands Justice Department say who paid for salacious dossier

President Trump on Saturday called for his own Justice Department to publicly release who paid for a salacious dossier that includes unverified allegations about his connections with Russia. In an afternoon tweet, the president drew attention to how two officials at Fusion GPS, a political research firm behind the dossier, invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. “Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth,” the president tweeted. “Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.” The dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, claims that the Russian government had collected compromising information on Trump for several years. The document was circulated among journalists in 2016 and prov...

Brock Turner, ex-Stanford swimmer, appeals sex assault conviction

Brock Turner served three months of his six-month sentence following his conviction for sexual assault in March 2016.  (Greene County Sheriff’s Office via AP) Brock Turner, a one-time college swimming star whose six-month sentence for a sexual assault conviction sparked national outrage, appealed his guilty verdict Friday. In their filing, Turner’s attorneys said their client was denied due process at a trial they described as a “detailed and lengthy set of lies.” “What we are saying that what happened is not a crime,” John Tompkins, Turner’s legal adviser, told KNTV. “It happened, but it was not anywhere close to a crime.” In addition to overturning the guilty verdict, Turner’s lawyers also hope to overturn his mandatory lifetime...

H.R. McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea increases ‘every day’

H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, said Saturday that the possibility of war with North Korea increases every day the problem over its nuclear program isn’t solved. “I think it’s increasing every day,” McMaster told Fox News’ Bret Baier at the Reagan National Security Forum in California. “It means we’re in a race. We’re in a race to be able to solve this problem.” Added McMaster: “There are ways to address this problem short of armed conflict, but it is a race because he’s getting closer and closer and there’s not much time left.” Last week, North Korea fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, flying 1,000 miles higher than during its first ICBM launch in July. McMaster told Baier that North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions are the ...

Ex-Mueller team member’s role in Clinton email probe under review

EXCLUSIVE –  Two senior Justice Department officials have confirmed to Fox News that the department’s Office of Inspector General is reviewing the role played in the Hillary Clinton email investigation by Peter Strzok, a former deputy director for counterintelligence at the FBI who was removed from the staff of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III earlier this year, after Mueller learned that Strzok had exchanged anti-Trump texts with a colleague. A source close to the matter said the OIG probe, which will examine Strzok’s roles in a number of other politically sensitive cases, should be completed by “very early next year.”  The task will be exceedingly complex, given Strzok’s consequential portfolio. He participated in the FBI’s fateful interview with ...

Queen Elizabeth has a fortune worth $500M: Where the Royals got their riches

© Provided by Business Insider Royal Family of England You might say the royal family is old money. Centuries-old money, to be exact. According to Forbes, Queen Elizabeth II has an estimated private wealth of $530 million. Forbes also reports the British monarchy “contributes nearly £1.8 billion to the UK economy” annually, including £550 million in tourism. British taxpayers support the family through a “sovereign grant” issued by the treasury. Next year’s grant will come out to $104.8 million. That’s about 65 pence per year per taxpayer, according to The Boston Globe.  Here’s everything you need to know about how the British royal family acquired its millions: The Crown — not Queen Elizabeth, herself — holds many luxurious residences ...

Twitter reacts to guy fixing turf at Big Ten title game

Video by CBS Sports Following Wisconsin’s touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the field at Lucas Oil Stadium got pulled up pretty badly, and a guy had to come out and repair the turf. Here’s a look at just how bad the damage was after the score. That field… pic.twitter.com/grwxwt5k68 — Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 3, 2017 Uh… pic.twitter.com/HBB7Q19jH9 — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 3, 2017 The man (one guy, seriously?) who came out to fix the turf had people watching absolutely mesmerized. Here are some of the best reactions on Twitter. Big Ten Football, so much grit they broke the field pic.twitter.com/KkRyRz0x9N — Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 3, 2017 When you want to peek at your Christmas gifts and have to rewrap them the same way… 👀 pic.twitter.com/M...

Musk plans to launch his red Tesla Roadster to Mars in January 2018

© Provided by Business Insider elon musk red tesla roadster electric car smiling 2009 RTR23D14 Update (8:00 p.m. ET): Business Insider can now confirm that Elon Musk does plan to launch his Tesla Roadster to Mars with SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. What follows is Business Insider’s original and more speculative story published at 3:19 p.m. ET. In a series of tweets on Friday night, Elon Musk said he plans to launch his red Tesla Roadster to Mars in 2018. Or maybe not, depending on how one interprets Musk’s remarks. Few could be blamed for flat-out believing Musk. The tech mogul and billionaire once sent a wheel of cheese into orbit with a rocket built and launched by his aerospace company, SpaceX. And in March, Musk said he plans to launch “[s]illiest th...

Metropolitan Opera investigates sex abuse claims against James Levine

Image copyright AFP Image caption James Levine was also a conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra New York’s Metropolitan Opera says it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the conductor James Levine. Mr Levine, 74, was music director at the Met for 40 years before retiring for health reasons in 2016. The New York Times said the claims were based on a 2016 police report in which a man accused Mr Levine of abusing him as a teenager in the 1980s. The Times said the Met had been aware of the report since last year. However, Mr Levine had denied the accusations and the Met had heard nothing further from police, the newspaper added. The accusations follow a series of sexual abuse and harassment claims made against high-profile figures in the enter...