Thais hold huge protest demanding reforms

More than 15,000 people join calls for the prime minister’s resignation and reform of the monarchy.

It was one of the biggest protests in years with at least 15,000 people, police said. “Down with feudalism, long live the people,” chanted some.

There were no reports of violence.

Since July, rallies have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who took power in a 2014 coup and won disputed elections last year.

Saturday’s student-led demonstration moved from the campus of Thammasat University to a park next to a grand palace used for royal ceremonies.

Demonstrators say they plan to stay overnight and march to the offices of the prime minister on Sunday morning.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dead at 87, icon of women’s equality, opened doors for all

We take Ginsburg’s successes for granted now, but she was the one who brought to the Supreme Court the perspective of women’s rights.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (/ˈbdər ˈɡɪnzbɜːrɡ/; born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020),[1] also known by her initials RBG, was an American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor. Following O’Connor’s retirement in 2006 and until Sonia Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court. During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents, which were noted by legal observers and in popular culture. Ginsburg authored notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000).

Ginsburg was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She then earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and became a wife to Martin D. Ginsburg and mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class. Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated tied for first in her class. Following law school, Ginsburg entered into academia. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents and refusal to step down, leading to her being dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.”, a play on the name of rapper The Notorious B.I.G.[2]

Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2020, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, at the age of 87.[3][4]

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Trump declares ‘dawn of a new Middle East’ as he presides over signing of historic deals | Fox News

President Trump on Tuesday declared a “historic day for peace” as he was scheduled to preside over the signing of two historic Middle East diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations.

President Trump on Tuesday declared the “dawn of a new Middle East” as he presided over the signing of two historic Middle East diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf nations.

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“We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history. After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” he said at the ceremony in the South Lawn of the White House.

TRUMP TARGETS ILLICIT IRAN TRADE AHEAD OF ISRAEL-GULF NATIONS WHITE HOUSE MEETING

“Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity,” he said.

President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, look on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Washington, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, look on. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain, involve the exchanging of ambassadors, establishment of embassies and co-operation on a range of fronts — including trade, security and tourism. The agreements, known as the “Abraham Accords” also allow Muslims to visit Islamic holy sites in Israel. Trump said the deals would form “the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.”

Earlier in the Oval Office, Trump said “we’re very far down the road with about five additional countries.” He declined to name the countries he is speaking with and later said it could be “five or six” other countries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of both the UAE and Bahrain were present to sign the deals at the ceremony. Trump signed onto each one as a witness. The leaders also signed a separate trilateral declaration of peace.

Source: Trump declares ‘dawn of a new Middle East’ as he presides over signing of historic deals | Fox News

Kamala Harris accidentally touts plans under a ‘Harris administration’ during virtual roundtable | Fox News

Kamala Harris raised eyebrows on Monday evening after she accidentally touted economic plans under a “Harris administration.”

Source: Kamala Harris accidentally touts plans under a ‘Harris administration’ during virtual roundtable | Fox News

Top aide to US Attorney John Durham resigns from DOJ amid probe into Russia investigation | Fox News

A top aide to US Attorney John Durham, who is probing the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, has resigned from the Department of Justice, Fox News has confirmed.

Source: Top aide to US Attorney John Durham resigns from DOJ amid probe into Russia investigation | Fox News

VP Mike Pence stops in Westmoreland, rallies pro-life voters at Murrysville church | TribLIVE.com

Anti-abortion activists from across the region gathered Wednesday at Cornerstone Ministries in Murrysville as Vice President Mike Pence addressed the kick-off of the Susan B. Anthony List’s campaign to engage pro-life voters in Pennsylvania.

The visit to the large, nondenominational church marked Pence’s third appearance with the group. Long a favorite with evangelicals and pro-life voters for his anti-abortion stance, Pence previously addressed Susan B. Anthony List rallies in Florida and North Carolina.

Source: VP Mike Pence stops in Westmoreland, rallies pro-life voters at Murrysville church | TribLIVE.com

Thousands of supporters pack Unity airport, nearby roads, to hear Trump campaign speech | TribLIVE.com

Traffic was backed up for miles on the roads approaching Arnold Palmer Regional Airport on Thursday evening as thousands of Trump supporters turned out for the president’s campaign appearance near Latrobe.

The president spoke in a hangar at L.J. Aviation, at the airport in Unity, but a viewing screen was set up outside for the overflow crowd. Many parked along roads and hiked to the airport grounds.

Source: Thousands of supporters pack Unity airport, nearby roads, to hear Trump campaign speech | TribLIVE.com

Mike Pence To Visit Pittsburgh Area Next Week – CBS Pittsburgh

Vice President Pence will be in Export next week for a roundtable meeting with local pro-life advocates.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Vice President Mike Pence will be back in the Pittsburgh area next week.

Mr. Pence will be at a roundtable meeting in Export next Wednesday.

The meeting is being hosted by local pro-life leaders and will feature Mr. Pence, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, and clients of the Women’s Choice Network.

The stop in Pittsburgh is part of the Life Wins Tour.

Source: Mike Pence To Visit Pittsburgh Area Next Week – CBS Pittsburgh

Kennedy concedes to Markey in heated Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary

8Riding a wave of support from the Democratic party’s progressive wing – including the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on Tuesday survived heated primary battle against challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Source: Kennedy concedes to Markey in heated Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary

Gov. Wolf says his executive authority has run out on extending eviction moratorium, perplexing some experts | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Legal experts are scratching their heads over Gov. Tom Wolf ending his 116-day old eviction moratorium this week.

Source: Gov. Wolf says his executive authority has run out on extending eviction moratorium, perplexing some experts | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper