This Morning’s Fault Lines Highlights

We had a threepiece interview series with Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia, Shawn Quinn.

We spoke with professor of Islamic Studies Alexander Knysh about Sufism in light of the recent attack in Egypt.

We finished up by talking with Jeremy Kuzmarov about Bill Browder, an ongoing story we’ve been working on for a while now.

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported

Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.


Richard Cordray resigned from the Consumer Protection Bureau and appointed Leandra English as the interim director. Later that day President Trump appointed his budget chief Mick Mulvaney to fill the job. English filed a lawsuit last night saying her appointment is the legal one. The White House disagrees saying the President fills temporary vacancies.

President Trump is meeting this week with congressional leaders regarding end of year issues such as a plan to keep the government open past December 8th, which is when the current spending bill runs out. Democrats are expected to raise questions about an earlier meeting with Trump where they think Trump committed to protections for the dreamers.

Pope Francis is in Myanmar less than a week after Myanmar and Bangladesh reached an agreement to allow hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas to return to Myanmar. He will meet tomorrow with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been strongly denounced for not denouncing the military crackdown that led to the refugee crisis. Church leaders advised the Pope not to say the name Rohingya, whom the Buddhist majority considers illegal migrants.

Pakistani Islamists say they’re ending their nationwide protests in Islamabad and other cities when they got what they wanted which was the resignation of the country’s Law Minister. The Islamists wanted him out after a Parliamentary bill failed to mention the Prophet Muhammed, which he said was a clerical error that has been corrected. He agreed to resign to end the protests that began 3 weeks ago.

The AP has reported that the FBI knew for a year that Russian hackers were attempting to access the private Gmail accounts of some US officials, but it never notified the targets. The AP interviewed scores of Americans targeted by Fancy Bear, a cyber espionage group aligned with the Russian government. 2 people said they were warned by the FBI and a senior FBI official said they were overwhelmed by the volume of attacks.

Thousands of charities and non-profits will try to kickstart the holiday giving season with online appeals and events designed to promote philanthropy and attract new donors. Last year’s campaign raised $180 million in the US alone and organizers expect this year’s number to be higher.

Prince Harry is engaged according to a statement by his father, Prince Charles. He will marry Meghan Markle in the spring. She is an American actor best known for the US legal drama, Suits.

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Congress returns this week with 2 Democrats facing ethics probes. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) says he will cooperate and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Congressman John Conyers will do the right thing. Franken says he is embarrassed about his past actions and Conyers denies he sexually harassed staffers but has stepped down from his leadership position on the powerful House Judiciary Committee while an ethics investigation plays out.

Senate Republicans may vote this week on their tax bill saying it will save most people money and boost the economy. At least 6 Republicans want changes to the bill for various reasons, all Democrats oppose it as helping the rich and hurting the poor.

Leandra English and claims she is the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appointed by the director who resigned Friday and has filed suit to block President Trump from appointing Mick Mulvaney. The White House says even the Bureau’s own lawyer believes it’s Mulvaney’s job.

American actress Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry. The news was announced by Harry’s father, Prince Charles saying the couple will wed in the spring. Markle is best known for starring in the legal drama, Suits. She is also a humanitarian campaigner.

President Trump commented again on the Alabama Senate race, not mentioning Roy Moore who is defying calls from fellow Republicans to quit the race over sexual allegations he denies. The President instead said that Democrat Doug Jones is liberal, weak on crime on the border, a disaster. Jones says his record speaks for itself and he believes the women accusing Moore.

Tomorrow President Trump meets with congressional leaders. Passing the tax reform bill will be the top item on the agenda. After that, he will head back to the White House to discuss the looming government shutdown with Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The leaders fear that a disagreement over the fate of so-called dreamers will trigger a shutdown next month. Current funding for federal agencies will run out on December 8th.

A drone caused drama at 2 NFL games yesterday. Santa Clara police say the drone pilot used the device to drop anti-media leaflets over crowds at the games at the Levi’s Stadium and the Coliseum Stadium. The drone broke several laws including FAA and city ordinances. Most of the leaflets were carried away by the wind and an investigation has been opened by federal and state law enforcement officials.

There as a fight on the field between the Raiders and Broncos. 2 players were ejected.

Wall Street futures slightly down.


The British Royal family has announced that Prince Harry is to marry his girlfriend Meghan Markle, an American actress. She describes herself as a strong woman of mixed race. Ms. Markle, a divorcee is best known for her role in the TV series Suits.

Authorities in Sudan say their forces have arrested a powerful militia leader in the Darfur region. Musa Hilal was arrested after fierce fighting with Sudanese forces. Halal has been accused of human rights abuses by the UN and is a former ally of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Iraqi forces say they’ve completed the 1st phase of an operation to drive Islamic State fighters out of the western desert where they’ve taken refuge. A military spokesman says they’ve cleared about half of the desert area.

Indonesian authorities have urged more than 100,000 people living near a volcano on the island of Bali to move to safety due to fears an explosive eruption could be imminent. Heavy rain in the area has helped create cold lava which is streaming down its slopes swelling rivers and flooding rice paddies.

The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has again urged the US to extradite the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen whom his government blames for last July’s failed coup. He says they have submitted all the necessary proof and have no doubts that he was behind the plot. Fethullah Gülen denies involvement.

American tobacco companies have been forced to start running a series of newspaper and TV ads detailing the deadly effects of smoking following a long-running legal case. One advertisement states smoking kills an average 1,200 Americans every day, more than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined.

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