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^Trump has turned the suburbs into a GOP disaster zone. Does that doom his reelection?<
TRUMP-SUBURBS:LA — For decades, there was an unvaried rhythm to life in America's suburbs: Carpool in the morning, watch sports on weekends, barbecue in the summer, vote Republican in November.
Then came President Trump.
The orderly subdivisions and kid-friendly communities that ring the nation's cities have become a deathtrap for Republicans, as college-educated and upper-income women flee the party in droves, costing the GOP its House majority and sapping the party's strength in state capitals and local governments nationwide.
The dramatic shift is also reshaping the 2020 presidential race, elevating Democratic hopes in traditional GOP strongholds like Arizona and Georgia, and forcing Trump to redouble efforts to boost rural turnout to offset defectors who, some fear, may never vote Republican so long as the president is on the ballot.
1350 (with trims) by Mark Z. Barabak in Mesa, Ariz. MOVED
^Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi resigns after deadly protests<
IRAQ-PM-RESIGNS:DPA — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi said on Friday he would resign, a day after dozens of anti-government protesters were killed in the country.
"I will submit to the House of Deputies the official letter of resignation from heading the present government so that the assembly can reconsider its choices," Abdel-Mahdi added in a written statement.
He said his move comes in response to a call made by the country's top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani for parliament to "reconsider" its backing of the government.
400 by Kadhem Al-Attabi and Saad Al-Samak in Baghdad. MOVED
^Gov. DeSantis is reshaping Florida's courts — with the Federalist Society's help<
FLORIDA-JUDGES:PT — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in his element when he gave the opening speech last month at the national convention of the Federalist Society, the organization of conservative and libertarian lawyers.
Citing Federalist papers and 162-year-old U.S. Supreme Court cases, the Harvard-trained attorney made an articulate case against the branch of government he said felt "superior" to the others.
"I think judicial power is too robust right now," DeSantis said. "And I think the checks upon it are just simply inadequate."
Less than a year after taking office, DeSantis is faced with making his fourth and fifth picks for the state Supreme Court, melding Florida's highest court to his legal philosophy.
1000 by Lawrence Mower in Tallahassee. MOVED
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^Immigrant bond fund helped free migrants from ICE detention this year<
^IMMIGRATION-DETENTION-BOND:SD—< An immigrant bond fund has helped free 34 people from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Centers this year.
The Borderlands Get Free fund was conceived by The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a project of Alliance San Diego about two years ago, driven by the idea of providing financial aid to families who had relatives in ICE custody.
750 by Hafsa Fathima in San Diego. MOVED
^To erase Dixie Highway, Florida county might turn to Harriet Tubman for help<
FLA-DIXIEHIGHWAY-TUBMAN:MI — The senior African American member of the Miami-Dade County Commission wants "Dixie Highway" removed from road signs across the county and replaced with the name of history's most famous "conductor" for slaves escaping slavery in the South along the Underground Railroad.
Commissioner Dennis Moss plans an effort early next year to persuade Florida to have the Harriet Tubman Highway replace Dixie Highway in Miami-Dade, with the county acting on its own to enact the same swap in areas where Miami-Dade has authority over the roadways carrying the Dixie name.
700 by Douglas Hanks in Miami. MOVED
^Chicago settles lawsuit by witness to Laquan McDonald shooting who said cops pressured her to change her story<
CHICAGO-POLICE-SHOOTING:TB — Alma Benitez never minced words about her alleged mistreatment by Chicago police after witnessing the infamous 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Benitez, who was in the drive-thru of a nearby Burger King at the moment that Officer Jason Van Dyke opened fire, said she was harassed and belittled by detectives who accused her of lying about what she saw.
"It felt like I was in a lion's cage," Benitez said in an interview with the city inspector general's office. " I was real shocked that day. I'm like, these are the people I'm supposed to trust when making a police report?"
1250 (with trims) by Jason Meisner in Chicago. MOVED
^Former PM Yasuhiro Nakasone, who guided Japan through Cold War, dies at 101<
^NAKASONE-OBIT:BLO—<Yasuhiro Nakasone, the outspoken Japanese prime minister who raised his nation's profile on the world stage in the 1980s and worked to soothe relations with the U.S. during trade disputes, has died at the age of 101, public broadcaster NHK reported Friday.
The son of a timber merchant, Nakasone survived enemy attacks while serving as a naval officer in World War II and went on to a political career spanning seven decades, leading Japan's government from 1982 to 1987. As premier, he boosted defense and foreign-aid spending, broke up state monopolies and backed U.S. President Ronald Reagan's tough approach toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The two men had a friendship that helped Nakasone blunt tensions over Japan's widening trade surplus with the U.S.
850 by Terje Langeland and Isabel Reynolds. MOVED
^Syria (barely) survived a civil war. Can it weather the latest financial crisis?<
SYRIA-ECONOMY:LA — A devastating war, relentless sanctions, a gutted economy under siege: All these have ground the Syrian pound down to a tenth of its value since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.
But it's the anti-government protests in neighboring Lebanon that may deliver the finishing blow to the pound. This week, it nose-dived to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since it began trading in 1919, threatening the collapse of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government even as he and his allies have largely won the almost nine-year civil war.
1100 by Nabih Bulos in Beirut. MOVED
^K-pop suicide sparks a reckoning on revenge porn, sexual assault<
KPOP-SUICIDE-REACTION:BLO — The suicide of a popular South Korean singer has prompted calls in the country to overhaul laws on sexual assault and to more harshly punish revenge porn.
Koo Hara, 28, was found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday. Her last message on Instagram showed her staring into a camera lens from beneath blankets on her bed with a message of "good night." Police say a note was found at the scene in which she expressed hopelessness.
Many in South Korea were already aware of her past that included assault by a former boyfriend who she alleged was threatening to release a sex video of her. The two most popular hashtags on social media in South Korea this week called for punishment of the ex-boyfriend and for the definition of sexual assault to be revamped.
750 by Jihye Lee in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED
^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<
^Red tide is back in Florida and rare egrets are at risk<
^ENV-REDTIDE-EGRETS:PT—<A lethal Gulf Coast red tide that littered beaches with dead wildlife in 2018 is back and this time around, it's claiming one of North America's rarest bird species.
Earlier this month, two reddish egrets tagged as part of a research project on the dwindling species died from likely red tide poisoning in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Fla. Since they were tagged in 2014, the birds provided a trove of information to scientists trying to understand why the species never fully recovered from the devastating plume trade a century ago.
"These birds are giving us a signal," said zoologist Ken Meyer, director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute in Gainesville, Fla., which led the study. "It might seem insignificant, but what they're revealing to us is that the problems that we already know are a problem, are not going away. They're only getting worse."
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