Why does Donald Trump put supporters at risk with massive rallies? 'It's political'


The U.S. president and his critics agree on one thing when it comes to his COVID-19 response, Edward Keenan writes.
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The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 891: Musicians who lost it, part 2
If you live in a rock'n'roll bubble, you may find yourself on the wrong path.
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New ISIL leader al-Mawla is in fact U.S. informant who gave up secrets on 88 jihadists: documents
Shadowy Islamic State (ISIL) leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla is in fact a former supergrass informant used by the U.S. to gain intelligence on 88 jihadist fighters, new documents indicate. Twelve years ago, before he had risen to the top of the terror group — he would eventually replace Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi after the latter’s death in October 2019 — al-Mawla is reported to have given up the names of his fellow extremists after being detained. A new trove of previously classified documents, the Daily Mail reports , have been released by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. military academy West Point. The documents come from interrogation reports at the time of al-Mawla’s capture in Mosul, Iraq, in January 2008. They show that the Iraq-born al-Mawla, if his own outline of events is to be believed, rose quickly within the Islamic State in Iraq (which later became ISIL) because of his knowledge of religious affairs. He is strongly believed to have been promoted to overall leader soon after the death of al-Baghdadi, who detonated a suicide vest as U.S. troops closed in on his hiding place in northwest Syria, but this has never been confirmed by ISIL. The Daily Mail reports that those given up by the terror boss included militants focused on targeted killings and kidnappings. Some of those he squealed on, it is said, later ended up being killed by U.S. forces. Direct connection to these deaths and his testimony, however, cannot be drawn. Al-Mawla is said, under interrogation, to have minimized his own role and played up the roles of others. At the point he was captured, he was considered ISI’s number two person in Mosul. In some cases, the Daily Mail reports, people were identified by him completely, with Al-Mawla detailing their responsibilities within ISI. For others, he offered only nicknames. In a majority of cases, he laid out the organization department within ISI that people worked for — such as legal, military, security, media and administration, the report from the centre outlines. He also offered his own reasons for having joined ISI. In its online report concerning the files , the Combating Terrorism Center says of the documents: “The fact that he (al-Mawla) detailed activities and gave testimony against them (his fellow fighters) suggests a willingness to offer up fellow members of the group to suit his own ends.” The Combating Terrorism Center raises the possibility that, “in part due to al-Mawla’s direct testimony against them, some ISI members may remain in prison to this day.” “On the practical level, the amount of detail and seeming willingness to share information about fellow organization members suggests either a degree of nonchalance, strategic calculation, or resignation on the part of al-Mawla regarding operational security,” the report goes on. “However, for the individuals already in U.S. military custody (al-Mawla seemed to believe that at least 14 of the individuals discussed had already been captured by coalition or security forces) or still operating in Iraq at the time of his interrogation, al-Mawla’s descriptions of their roles likely had repercussions for at least some of those individuals.” Although ISIL was defeated in territorial terms in both Syria and Iraq in recent years, the Daily Mail reports that last month, the UN indicated 10,000 fighters or more are still active in the countries, and they continue to launch deadly attacks.
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Erin O’Toole waited for a COVID test like the rest of us
Politics Insider for Sept. 18: The Tory leader's family eventually took tests reserved for MPs and their kin, another TV host wants to be a Liberal MP and is CSIS all about Broadway? The post Erin O’Toole waited for a COVID test like the rest of us appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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Anti-masker thrown out of Disney World while misquoting ‘A Bug’s Life’
The Florida preacher and conspiracy theorist said he was deliberately 'challenging' Disney's coronavirus safety rules.
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U.K. considering new lockdown as new coronavirus cases hit 6,000 per day
Fresh nationwide lockdown restrictions in England appear to be on the cards soon as the British government targeted more areas Friday in an attempt to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections.
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Woman posing as PSW faces theft charges: police
A woman, who allegedly stole from a senior in the east end, was arrested on Wednesday, according to detectives.
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Retail sales up 0.6% in July, below economists’ expectations
Core retail sales, which exclude autos and gasoline, were down 1.2 per cent.
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Personal Support Worker charged with assault of elderly woman: London Police
Police say family members saw injuries on the victim.
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Quebec expected to announce stricter enforcement in bars, restaurants
Police will pay particular attention to regions that are yellow, or in a state of early warning under Quebec's new alert system.
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Coronavirus live updates: Police to enforce measures in bars, restaurants — report
Scofflaws could face fines of between $400 and $6,000.
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Quebec expected to tighten controls as coronavirus cases continue to rise
Quebec has more than 66,000 cases of COVID-19 to date.
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CMHC to get a new name as part of rebranding effort
Canada's federal housing agency, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., needs a name change, its outgoing president says.
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Van Morrison targets COVID-19 restrictions in 3 new songs
Van Morrison revealed Friday that he is releasing three protest songs that call for the coronavirus-related restrictions on routine activities to be lifted.
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Liberals Tap TV Host Marci Ien To Run In Bill Morneau’s Old Riding
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have named broadcaster Marci Ien as their candidate in the riding formerly held by Bill Morneau.Morneau represented Toronto Centre for the Liberals during his time in the House of Commons, which came to an abrupt end in August when he suddenly resigned as finance minister and MP.In a series of tweets Thursday, Ien said she had taken a leave from Bell Media to try to be the Liberal candidate in the riding when either a byelection or general election is called. By the end of the day, the party had declared her the party’s standard-bearer. I've always strived to provide a voice to people who need it most — and now more than ever, we need all Canadians’ voices and aspirations to be reflected in the hard work of building a better future.That’s why I’m running to be your Liberal candidate in Toronto Centre.— Marci Ien (@MarciIen) September 17, 2020TD Bank Group executive Paul Saguil had previously declared his candidacy for the nomination.The Liberals gave the same treatment to Ya’ara Saks in York Centre, left vacant by the resignation of MP Michael Leavitt at the beginning of September.Ien wrote that she has had the privilege of connecting with Canadians as a broadcaster throughout her career, and now hopes to connect in a new way.READ MORE O’Toole Blames Feds For Family’s Frustrating COVID-19 Testing Experience ‘If There Has To Be An Election, We’ll Figure It Out,’ Trudeau Says Liberals Haven't Consulted With Opposition Parties On Throne Speech Canadians would best know Ien over her three decades as a broadcaster, including most recently as co-host of “The Social,” a daytime talk show on CTV.Ien was also a co-host of the network’s former morning talk show, Canada AM.She was named a co-host in 2011 to replace Seamus O’Regan, who ran for the Liberals in 2015 and now sits in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet as natural resources minister.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 17, 2020.Also on HuffPost:
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London Police Services Board votes to relocate funds to create crisis outreach support team
Four specialized officers will team up with local mental health workers to respond to some of the hundreds of mental health calls that London police deal with every month.
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Quebec Showrunner Almost Apologizes For Whitewashing ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Remake
MONTREAL — A few hours ahead of the premiere of “Escouade 99,” the Quebec adaptation of the American sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” showrunner Patrick Huard finally broke his silence about the whitewashing controversy surrounding the show.Cuban-American actress Melissa Fumero, who plays Amy Santiago on the original “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” caused a stir last month when she asked why her character was played by a white actress in the French-language remake. Another Latina character, Rosa Diaz, was also recast as a white woman.Her comments sparked a controversy, with many fans expressing disappointment that the Quebec version would lose some of the original show’s diversity. Gotta day though after watching this... I’m suddenly curious about the Latina population in Quebec. Just sayin
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Pattie Lovett-Reid: Five warning signs you are in over your head financially
How do you know you are in deep over your head financially? CTV News' Chief Financial Commentator Pattie Lovett-Reid on five warning signs you need to talk to an expert for help.
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Trump administration offered to pardon Julian Assange, lawyer says
The lawyer said Trump offered to pardon Assange if he identified the source for the 2016 election publications.
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Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during COVID-19, survey finds
The survey finds that young people have decreased vaping to five days per week from six, on average.
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Billions more for health care likely to top premiers’ wish list for throne speech
Quebec’s François Legault, Ontario’s Doug Ford, Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister plan to hold a news conference in Ottawa on Friday to spell out what they hope to see in the speech.
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Winston Groom, author of ‘Forrest Gump’, dies at 77
Winston Groom, the writer whose novel ``Forrest Gump'' was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop-cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77.
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Police seek possible victims of Quebec actor suspected of sexual assault
Longueuil police said that since they posted Ugochukwu's photo on social media Thursday, four potential victims have stepped forward.
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Pope seeks to 'liberate' Virgin Mary from the Mafia
Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think-tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends.
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Canada’s coronavirus cases are surging, but experts reject it’s a ‘second wave’
Experts say framing the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases in "waves" is inaccurate, and ignores how human behaviour is playing a role.
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Be aware of the holdover clause in your home sale listing agreement: Ask Joe
This clause says how long, after your listing expires, that you’ll have to pay a commission if you sell to someone who saw your home during the listing, writes Joe Richer
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What you need to know about Jamal Murray — the Canadian star taking over the NBA playoffs
The six-foot-four guard is on the verge of becoming not only Canada’s next great player — he may already have that title — but a full-fledged superstar for years to come. For those who are ready to jump on the bandwagon, here’s everything you need to know.
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Trump to block TikTok, WeChat downloads in U.S on Sunday: sources
The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok.
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While you were sleeping: If you want alcohol after midnight, go to the fridge
Restaurants won't be able to help you.
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Coronavirus: Iceland, Denmark issue new restrictions for bars — but in 2 different ways
As coronavirus cases surge in some European countries, Iceland and Denmark are restricting social gatherings in pubs, but in different ways.  
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‘That spirit still lives.’ Annual Terry Fox Run will continue, virtually, this Sunday despite pandemic
Organizers were aiming to raise $14 million this year, but based on recent donations, they are hopeful they could bring in even more.
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Woman critically injured after being hit by car in Scarborough
Emergency crews were called to Brimley Road and St. Clair Avenue East at around 6 a.m. Friday.
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Premiers likely to ask for billions more for health care ahead of feds’ throne speech
Quebec's Francois Legault, Ontario's Doug Ford, Alberta's Jason Kenney and Manitoba's Brian Pallister plan to hold a news conference in Ottawa to spell out what they hope to see in the speech.
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Canadian fans love the Nuggets but save some shine for the Lynx, too
Carleton, Alexander still have WNVA playoff life after sudden-death win over Phoenix
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Why we trust our 3-year-old daughter to go into the classroom for kindergarten
Keeping her home would have been the safest thing to do, but depriving her of experiencing the school environment, meeting new people, learning new things, sharing her personality and evolving as a little human being is something we wanted want for her, Alvin Quincy Martinez writes.
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