British lawmakers approve plan for Dec. 12 snap general election
LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – British lawmakers approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to hold a snap general election on Dec. 12.
Lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 438-20 in favour of holding a national election on Dec. 12. The law will now be passed to parliament’s upper house for consideration.
White House aide expected to testify in impeachment probe on Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Blair, an aide to the acting White House chief of staff, is expected to testify on Friday in a closed session of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, an official working on the impeachment probe said on Tuesday.
Nationals GM says Max Scherzer is ‘good to go’ for potential World Series Game 7
HOUSTON — Max Scherzer is ready.
Two days after Scherzer was scratched from his start in Game 5 of the World Series with neck and back spasms, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told USA TODAY Sports that his starting pitcher is "good to go" for a potential Game 7.
Manager Dave Martinez confirmed that Scherzer would get the ball "until his neck won't let him anymore" against the Houston Astros on Wednesday, if necessary.
Washington was cautiously optimistic that Scherzer would be available to pitch in a potential Game 7, depending on how the 35-year-old responded to treatment.
Scherzer received a cortisone shot Sunday and said that afternoon he was told by doctors it would take about 48 hours to kick in.
"They’d probably make a movie out of it," Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton said of Scherzer's potential return.
Of course, the Nationals must win Game 6 on Tuesday night for Scherzer to even get the chance.
The right-hander has thrown 25 innings in the postseason this year, posting a 2.16 ERA with 34 strikeouts and got the win in Game 1 of the World Series.
House resolution outlines public phase of impeachment inquiry, gives GOP subpoena powers
WASHINGTON – Democrats leading the House of Representatives released an eight-page resolution Tuesday that outlines how the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will operate, offering both sides of the aisle subpoena power as committees embark on public hearings.
The resolution from Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., could be voted on as early as Thursday. It makes clear that information gathered by the six committees that have been conducting oversight into Trump would funnel to the House Judiciary Committee – the panel that has traditionally been charged with impeachment.
“None of us came to Congress to impeach a president – but each of us took a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution,” McGovern said. “While the president and his allies try to obstruct our investigation and cover up his wrongdoing, the House will continue to do its job and uncover the truth for the American people.”
The Thursday vote on the resolution will mark the first time House members will be forced to vote on the inquiry after weeks of intense criticism by the GOP and put several moderate Democrats and Republicans under close scrutiny as the 2020 election approaches.
API reports U.S. crude supplies fell 1.7 million barrels: reports
The American Petroleum Institute late Tuesday said U.S. crude inventories fell 1.7 million barrels last week, according to news reports. API said gasoline stocks fell 4.7 million barrels, while distillates declined by 1.6 million barrels. Inventory data from the Energy Information Administration will be released Wednesday. The EIA data are expected to show crude inventories up by 2.5 million barrels last week, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Platts. They also forecast supply declines of 2.5 million barrels for gasoline and 2.4 million barrels for distillates. December West Texas Intermediate crude CLZ19, -0.56% was at $55.50 a barrel in electronic trading, little changed from the contract’s $55.54 settlement on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
UK PM Johnson says it’s time to get Brexit done
LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday it was time to unite the country and get Brexit done after he won a vote to call an early general election.
“It’s time to unite the country and get Brexit done,” Johnson said after addressing a meeting of lawmakers from his Conservative Party. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James)
Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis
Running out of money and medicine, Palestinian cancer patients suffer after severe cuts by Israel and United States.
A cancer hospital in occupied East Jerusalem is running out of funds and medication.
The Palestinian government is urgently trying to save the facility, but the administration is facing a severe financial crisis after deep cuts in aid from Israel and the United States.
Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim reports from the occupied West Bank.
Trent Williams ends holdout, reports to Washington Redskins
Trent Williams' holdout is over.
The seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle reported to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of Williams' actions told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the move.
NFL Network analyst and former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall was first to report the news.
Williams, 31, had been holding out from the team since June amid frustrations with both the team's medical staff and his contract. The Redskins opted not to trade him before Tuesday's deadline.
By reporting to the Redskins, Williams is credited with a year toward free agent eligibility. He is signed through 2020, when he is scheduled to make $12.5 million in base salary.
It was not immediately clear when Williams would be ready to return to action after missing the entire offseason and first half of the regular season. The Redskins face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
With Williams out, the Redskins have sputtered to a 1-7 start. Washington fired coach Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start, and the offense ranks 30th in total yards (261.1 per game) and 31st in passing (176.4 yards per game).