*Hurricane Matthew Death Toll Hits 108:
The death toll from Hurricane Matthew has risen to 108 after officials in Haiti reported a total of 98 dead on the hard-hit island. The storm is the most intense to hit the Caribbean in a decade, officials have said, and it was barreling toward the United States as a Category 4 storm Thursday. Matthew blew threw the Bahamas earlier in the day and is expected to hit Florida at least once, if not twice, in the coming days. Thousands have been displaced in Haiti due to smashed homes and flooded areas. More than 12 million residents in the U.S. are under a hurricane watch or warning.
*30 Ex-GOP Reps Say No to Trump:
Thirty Republican former members of Congress released an open letter on Thursday declaring that they cannot support Donald Trump for president. They claim the GOP nominee does not possess the temperament required to be president and does not reflect their principles. “Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment, and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course,” they wrote. “Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself mainfestly unqualified to be president.” The signatories include former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphry and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber. The letter’s organizer said some of them plan on voting for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, while others will cast their ballot for Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson or a write-in candidate.
*NY Cardinal Announces Program for Abuse Victims:
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced on Thursday the creation of a new program to help victims of abuse from clergy members in the state. The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program will help those who have reported abuse, and will review future claims. “I hear from you, my people, that, while still bruised and angry about this past crisis, you do appreciate very much the reform and progress that has been made,” Dolan said in a statement. “But, you also tell me that more outreach needs to be done to the victim-survivors. I hope this helps.” The program, which will be funded through loans, will also protect clergy members who face false claims of abuse against them.
*MLK Celebration to Feature Rachel Dolezal:
A North Carolina town has invited Rachel Dolezal to attend itsannual MLK Dreamfest Celebration in January. The event in Cary, North Carolina, will reportedly feature discussions about race relations and racial identity, which is why the organizers invited such a controversial figure—best known for allegations that she lied about her racial identity. The celebration’s theme is “Healing Race Relations through Conversation and Participation.” Organizer Al Cohen said they chose to invite Dolezal because she “has been depicted as a major villain through media because of her preference of racial identity.” He added, “And yet, she didn’t steal from anybody. She didn’t murder anybody. She didn’t rob anybody. She only had an affinity for a group of people, and she served her community well.”
*Dozens of Afghans Missing From U.S. Military Training:
At least 44 Afghan troops who were in the U.S. for military training have gone missing in the last two years, Pentagon officials said. About 2,200 Afghans have come to America to work with the military since 2007. A Pentagon official told Reuters that the number, while small, was “out of the ordinary” and “concerning.” It is unclear if the Afghans have remained in the U.S. illegally. Department of Defense spokesman Adam Stump
said all Afghans participating in U.S. training programs on American soil have been vetted to make sure they aren’t associated with extremist groups. “The Defense Department is assessing ways to strengthen eligibility criteria for training in ways that will reduce the likelihood of an individual Afghan willingly absconding from training in the U.S. and going AWOL [absent without leave],” Stump said.
*GOP Rep Held Fundraiser With ‘Terror’ Group Official:
Rep. Scott Garrett
(R-NJ) spoke at a fundraiser organized by an official from a group classified by the New Jersey state government as a domestic terror threat. Edward Durfee
, a regional coordinator for the New Jersey Oath Keepers, organized the event. His group is classified as a “domestic terror threat” by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The state government also says the group is comprised of “militia extremists [who] pose a moderate threat to New Jersey.” At the event, a breakfast on Oct. 1, Garrett reportedly called Durfee an “unsung hero.” Sarah Neibart
, Garrett’s campaign manager, said the congressman “has no affiliation—personal or political—with any of the organizations mentioned. Any suggestion otherwise is absurd.”
*Mets Out After Wild-Card Loss to Giants:
The New York Mets ended their 2016 season with a 3-0 loss against the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday night’s National League wild-card elimination game. “It stings a little bit right now,” pitcher Noah Syndergaard
said. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet that this season’s over with. But I couldn’t be more proud of this group of guys right here, for everything we went through.” Mets Manager Terry Collins
acknowledged his team was “hurting” but said “there’s no reason to be.” He added, “I mean, they were written off so many times this summer and yet they kept fighting back, and they said the other day you’ve got to have special people and special character to play in this town and in this environment, and that’s in that room.”
*Report: Top Pentagon Aide Used Government Credit Card at Strip Clubs:
An investigation by the Pentagon has reportedly determined that Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis
, a former senior aide to Defense Secretary Ash Carter
, used his government credit card at strip clubs and had “improper interactions” with women throughout his tenure. The Associated Press reports an inspector general investigation found Lewis even lied to a bank to get charges removed from his government-issued credit card. Lewis was fired about a year ago from his post as Carter’s top aide. Lewis, who claims the Pentagon probe didn’t “find the truth,” does admit to some inappropriate activity, including an incident in which he charged $1,800 to a government credit card at a “dance club” in Rome. He had allegedly tried and failed to use his own personal card and then had to return to the hotel with a club employee, wake up another staff member at the Department of Defense, and pay the bill with that colleague’s government credit card. Lewis said he later paid back those charges.
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*Johnson: America No Better Than Syria:
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson
suggested in an interview with The New York Times
that the Syrian government’s targeting of civilians in its five-year civil war was similar to the accidental bombing of civilians by U.S.-supported forces. He was pressed as to whether he thought these things were similar and seemed to suggest he did. “Well no, of course not—we’re so much better than all that,” Johnson said sarcastically. “We’re so much better when in Afghanistan, we bomb the hospital and 60 people are killed in the hospital.” He went on to not name North Korea’s leader when asked.
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