Despite the odds, I became a rocket scientist. Other women can do the same

One of the most enduring lessons I learned as a Girl Scout growing up in poverty in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is that once you believe you can do something and you develop the courage and confidence to persevere, you can be fearless. I started taking science and math electives in school and went on to study engineering in college. After graduating, I had the amazing opportunity to work at NASA on the Voyager 2 flyby of Jupiter and two of its moons and on the Solar Polar Solar Probe, now known as the Parker Solar Probe. I then got my master’s in systems engineering at Stanford and pursued a career in technology. LGBT workers should be protected. Let’s hope …

Mick Mulvaney’s Missteps Draw Scrutiny From Trump Allies

First, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff stirred up a tempest by acknowledging that the administration had held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate Democrats and the 2016 elections. Then Mulvaney went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms — and ended up making a new problematic comment. The bookended performances over the span of a few days were panned by the president’s allies and cast doubt on Mulvaney’s job security at the White House. At a press conference Thursday, Mulvaney tried to put a positive spin on Trump’s selection of his Doral, Florida, golf resort to host next year’s Group of Seven world summit. It was also an opportunity …

What Vindman’s testimony shows us about Trump’s idea of loyalty

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump wants a Lt. Col. Oliver North. What he’s got is Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman made that clear on Tuesday. While the whistleblower and the anonymous New York Times op-ed writer are keeping their identities hidden, Vindman — still a White House employee — showed up to testify in person. He arrived on Capitol Hill in a dress uniform displaying a Purple Heart and declared himself an American patriot in his opening statement. Vindman making the choice to testify about his concerns that Trump was inappropriately pressuring Ukraine and his efforts to fix omissions in the July 25 call transcript that proves the point. The vile attacks on his patriotism were dismissed even by Trump’s Republican …

Your Questions Answered: Who can stand for election?

Everyone present at the vote count will be issued with a ticket or entrance pass. They must maintain the secrecy of the vote and ensure the votes are not tampered with. If I have a postal vote, can I still vote in person? – Anna Bennett, Torquay If you decide you don’t want to post your ballot, or you miss the deadline, you can hand in your postal vote at your registered polling station. But you can’t vote in person in the polling booth. If you want to cancel your postal vote you can contact your local authority. How do I know that my postal vote has been received and not altered? – Mark Stolarek, Kirkcaldy To prevent fraud and …

Russia building new empire in Africa: ‘The United States should be hugely concerned’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, poses for a photo with leaders of African countries at the Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.  (TASS via AP) “Moscow’s goals are diametrically opposed to those of Washington. American leadership in Africa matters and the Trump Administration must make every effort to ensure that the U.S. voice is heard on the African continent, challenging the rising presence of both Putin’s Russia and Xi Jinping’s China.” Russia appears, another analyst says, to be making deals while the U.S. sleeps on the job. President Trump has yet to visit the African continent, but Putin has. Russia hosted this past week’s massive jamboree in the resort city of Sochi. …

Company Linked To Trump Brother Won $33 Million Federal Contract: Washington Post

Donald Trump’s brother is an investor, The contract was awarded earlier this year by the Robert Trump, is a stakeholder, according to the Post. Robert Trump’s “financial interest in the company even as it trades on the Trump name present the appearance of preferential treatment for those who are close to the president,” the letter states, according to the Post. The information emerges just over a week after the Trump administration announced — decision to host the triggered harsh criticism and raised concerns about how such decisions are made and contracts awarded in the Trump administration. CertiPath has been paid more than $6 million in government contracts since Donald Trump has been in office, according to the Post, citing federal …

How are lorries checked for concealed migrants?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Containers can be transported unaccompanied Containers can be accompanied, which means the tractor crosses with the container, or unaccompanied, meaning it is left at a port and loaded by ferry staff with a second driver collecting it at the other end of the crossing. “It is all down to cost or flexibility and the urgency of the load,” Ms Wallace said. Accompanied is normally quicker because the truck will get on the next available crossing but unaccompanied can be cheaper because you don’t have to pay to transport the driver, which also frees that driver to complete other jobs. Essex lorry deaths: What we know How some of the UK’s ports are not watched Channel …

White House Official Who Listened To Trump Call Repeatedly Passed Concerns To Superior

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a veteran of the Iraq War, plans to share his concerns when he speaks to lawmakers as part of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. Vindman is notably the first administration official to testify who listened in on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which sparked a whistleblower complaint that set off the impeachment inquiry. was the first to report the details of the prepared remarks. The officer said he was troubled by Trump’s insistence that Ukraine open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, saying it would “likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.” Hunter …

New twists put Republicans on spot in impeachment saga

(CNN)Washington’s impeachment battle over President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine is intensifying with news of a second whistleblower while new testimony this week brings the prospect of more stunning revelations to deepen the crisis. The weekend’s political exchanges suggested that despite a week of barely believable drama, Trump’s feverish efforts are having some success in stopping any serious slippage in support among Republican lawmakers, especially ahead of any eventual Senate impeachment trial. But recent developments also sharpen the core questions at stake in the impeachment saga that are critical to the office of the presidency going forward and US democracy itself. Given the evidence that is already public, the question is becoming — is it permissible for a President to …

Erdogan to meet with Pence and Pompeo

Washington (CNN)Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria, according to a spokesman for the Turkish presidency. Altun also published a video of Erdogan saying, “At this time, It is out of the question for me to meet anyone except Pence and Pompeo.” Responding to Trump’s Wednesday remarks, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and fierce defender of the President, tweeted that the comments “undercut” Pence and Pompeo’s “ability to end the conflict.” Earlier Wednesday, Pompeo voiced optimism about the prospects of a deal to halt the ongoing Turkish military operation. “I’m very …

U.S. Takes Step To Require DNA Samples From Asylum-Seekers

The Justice Department on Monday issued amended regulations that would mandate DNA collection for almost all migrants who cross between official entry points and are held even temporarily. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity before the regulations were published. The new policy would allow the government to amass a trove of biometric data on hundreds of thousands of migrants, raising major privacy concerns and questions about whether such data should be compelled even when a person is not suspected of a crime other than crossing the border illegally. Civil rights groups already have expressed concerns that data could be misused, and the new policy is likely to lead to legal action. Trump administration officials …

Florida man who spoke in front of Trump, Pence at White House event now behind bars

Ivanka Trump, left, listens as Johnny Brummit speaks during an event at the White House in July. (The White House) TRUMP PROMOTES JOB TRAINING AS EMPLOYERS SEARCH FOR WORKERS But on Oct. 3, Brummit allegedly was involved in an attack on a security guard at a bus terminal in central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel, citing an arrest affidavit, reported that Brummit’s girlfriend, Talia Greene-Stover, had gotten into an argument with a Megabus employee who had asked her to not sit in a taxi stand area. A security guard there tried to diffuse the tensions, but then Brummit reportedly joined in on the argument. Brummit and Greene-Stover eventually departed the terminal, but before doing so, Brummit allegedly told the Megabus employee …

House passes bill aimed at fighting foreign influence in American elections

(CNN)House Democrats on Wednesday night approved a sweeping election security bill, known as the SHIELD Act, in an effort to combat foreign influence in American elections. Republicans widely voted against the bill, with many arguing the legislation could undermine free speech. It is unlikely to advance in the GOP-held Senate. “It’s a transparent attack on the First Amendment that has united an unlikely band of opponents across the political spectrum,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the measure prior to the House vote. The bill’s passage contributes to the larger ongoing debate between Democrats and Republicans over how to address foreign election interference. Last month, after repeatedly clashing with Democrats on election security funding, McConnell threw his support behind …

Giuliani talks money and Bidens in dual accidental phone calls to reporter

(CNN)Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, left two apparently unintended voicemails on a reporter’s phone this fall in which he discussed his need for hundreds of thousands of dollars and disparaged the Biden family, NBC reported on Friday. Giuliani told CNN’s Dana Bash on Friday that the voicemail is “helpful because it shows that I don’t do anything dishonest,” saying it was completely unrelated to anything in Ukraine but declined to specify to what it was related. “The $200,000 is for another project in another country,” Giuliani said. He called the project a “non-legal security matter” completely unrelated to anything related to Ukraine or Trump, but declined to specify what it was related to. Giuliani said that the call …

NBAs Portland Trail Blazers deny anti-Israel socialist group influenced end of teams Hometown Hero veterans program

The NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, in red, face the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Associated Press) BEN SHAPIRO: CHINA VS. THE NBA — LEAGUE’S SOCIAL ACTIVISM HAS A PRICE (AND NOW WE KNOW WHAT IT IS) According to Willamette Week, a “Hometown Hero” segment at a Trail Blazers game last season saw a member of the Portland socialist group – who was a former Marine Corps security guard — suddenly unzip his jacket and reveal a shirt with the words, “End This Sponsorship #NoLeupold.” Katbi Smith said the group also planned to protest the Trail Blazers’ Thursday night preseason game against a visiting team from Israel, Maccabi Haifa. A …