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BRANDON RAYGO

Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.

'Fever has broken,' says Hillary Clinton, after Democrat election wins: David Smith of the Guardian writes: "Hillary Clinton has hailed Democratic victories in elections this week as proof that 'the fever has broken' and the fightback against Donald Trump has begun. The defeated presidential candidate was speaking to nearly 2,500 people at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Thursday, exactly a year after she delivered her concession speech to tearful supporters in New York. Praising an outpouring of activism and engagement in the resistance to Trump over the past 12 months, Clinton said: 'And just this week we saw what a difference that can make because in elections across America – hope beat hate, right?' The audience erupted in cheers. Democrats swept to victory in governor, state legislative, county and mayors’ races across the country on Tuesday. Clinton claimed that voters sent a clear message: 'The fever has broken. America’s not going to put up with the kind of political machinations that emanate from this administration and their allies in Congress. We’re going to chart a different course.' She cited the wins of Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature, over a social conservative, and Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend was shot dead on live television, over a rival backed by the powerful National Rifle Association. “You know what? Despite the NRA’s best efforts, he won in Virginia.'” Read more.


Great Lakes oil pipeline a dilemma: Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "There is no way the twin oil pipelines running along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac would be built today. Even Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican candidate for governor, has said so. That’s why so many put so little stock in a recent study funded by the Canadian owner of the 64-year-old pipes, Enbridge, Inc. The study essentially concludes that the steel tubes lying exposed on the bottom of the Great Lakes make a lot of sense — at least compared to alternative ways of moving tens of millions of gallons of oil per day through the world’s largest freshwater system. The study, overseen by the state of Michigan, was ordered in response to intense public pressure to shut down Enbridge’s line before it ruptures. A younger Enbridge pipeline burst on land in 2010, pumping oil into a Lake Michigan tributary and causing more than $1 billion in damage. A similar accident in the Straits threatens to be far more devastating because the oil could be carried far and wide by the whipsawing currents rushing through the narrow channel that separates Lakes Michigan and Huron. One prominent hydrodynamics expert, in fact, has called the Straits the worst possible place in all the Great Lakes for an oil spill." Read more.


Rand Paul adviser: Senator and alleged attacker hadn't spoken in years prior to incident: Louis Nelson of Politico writes: "A senior adviser to Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that the senator and the man who assaulted him last week had not had a conversation 'in many years,' disputing media reports that the two neighbors had feuded over landscaping. 'Last week Sen. Paul was vigorously assaulted by someone in his neighborhood. This is a serious criminal matter involving serious injury, and is being handled by local and federal authorities. As to reports of a longstanding dispute with the attacker, the Pauls have had no conversations with him in many years,' Doug Stafford said in a statement. 'The first 'conversation' with the attacker came after Sen. Paul's ribs were broken. This was not a 'fight,' it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person. Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention.' Paul was attacked last week at his Bowling Green, Kentucky, home. Paul’s attacker, his neighbor, 59-year-old retired doctor Rene Boucher, allegedly tackled the senator as he was mowing his lawn and has been charged with misdemeanor assault. The Courier-Journal, Louisville’s newspaper, reported earlier this week that the two men had feuded regularly over landscaping issues." Read more.


Mother questions why 14-year-old son fatally shot by officer: Gretchen Ehlke of the Associated Press writes: "Family members of a 14-year-old boy fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy on a northern Wisconsin reservation questioned on Thursday why the teen, who they describe as loving and kind, was gunned down. Holly Gauthier said authorities have provided few details about the death of her son, 14-year-old Jason Pero, an 8th grader who died on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's reservation Wednesday. Dispatchers received a call about a male subject walking down the street armed with a knife about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, said the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, which provides law enforcement services on the reservation along with the tribal police department. A responding deputy fired shots, striking the male. He was treated at the scene but died at a hospital. Neither the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is investigating the shooting, or the sheriff's office have identified Pero. Gauthier tells Duluth station WDIO-TV she believes her son was murdered. '(There is) no reason you can justify shooting a 14-year-old boy,' Gauthier said. Her son was home sick from school Wednesday and staying at his grandparents' house, she added. Gauthier said she doesn't know why Jason was outside." Read more.


Former security chief says he rejected offer of women for Trump during Moscow trip: Carol D. Leonnig of the Washington Post writes: "President Trump’s longtime director of security told House investigators this week that a foreigner offered to send five women to Trump’s hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013. Keith Schiller told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he rejected the offer from the man, who appeared to be Russian or Ukrainian, according to two people familiar with the discussion. He quickly dismissed what appeared to be a suggestion of procuring prostitutes for Trump, they said. 'No, man, we’re not interested in that,' Schiller told the man, the people said. The offer came at the end of a late-morning planning meeting that Schiller attended when he accompanied Trump to Moscow for the annual Miss Universe pageant, which was produced by a company that Trump owned. The 2013 trip was at the epicenter of one of the most salacious claims in a now-famous research dossier financed by Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign. The document alleged that Trump consorted with prostitutes during his time in Moscow — a claim the president has vehemently denied." Read more.

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In Danang, Vietnam, Trump makes a friendlier American landing: Hannah Beech of the Washington Post writes: "Visiting Vietnam for the first time, President Trump arrived for an economic summit meeting on Friday in a country still grappling with the legacy of its war with the United States two generations ago — land mines and Agent Orange, and some three million people killed. Yet here in Vietnam, bitter memories of the war have dissipated — even if its poisonous inheritance has not. 'Both Vietnam and America lost so many men and shared such terrible pain,' said Do Tuan, who won a medal for his bravery in fighting American soldiers during the war and is now a businessman in Hanoi. 'The America of the past and the America of the present are different.' Mr. Trump, in fact, is more popular in Vietnam than he is back at home, according to a Pew survey that found that 58 percent of Vietnamese were confident in his ability to guide international affairs. The legacy of the Vietnam War — or the American War, as it is known here — is particularly resonant in Danang, the first stop on Mr. Trump’s two-day tour of Vietnam. The central Vietnamese city is hosting the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting, where Mr. Trump is expected to give a speech on the American vision for growth in the Asia-Pacific region." Read more.


Louis C.K. is done: Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture writes: "A New York Times investigation published today put names and specifics to unsourced stories that had been circulating for years, alleging that the filmmaker-performer pressured five female colleagues to watch or listen to him masturbate. A one-line summary on the Times story strikes at the heart of the charges: 'As the powerful comedian found success by talking about his hang-ups, he was also asking female comics and co-workers to watch him masturbate.' The Times investigation by Melena Ryzik, Cara Buckley, and Jodi Kantor arrived mere hours after the announcement that C.K.’s movie distributor canceled the premiere of his new film, 'I Love You, Daddy,' a controversy-stoking two-fer in which C.K. plays a C.K.-like television producer who has a sexual relationship with an actress who’s about to star in his new TV show, while his teenage daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz), a legal minor, is having a fling with a much older, Woody Allen-like film director (John Malkovich)." Read more.