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GOP senator shrugs off Trump’s obstruction of justice — and calls it part of his ‘brash demeanor’

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Senator Joni Ernst speaking with supporters at a campaign rally for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio at the Forte Banquet Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) on Monday shrugged off special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that extensively chronicled President Donald Trump’s efforts to obstruct his investigation — and she said the report didn’t tell us anything about Trump that we didn’t already know before.

“I think we all know who the President is, he has a brash demeanor, that’s about all I can say,” Ernst said about the behavior revealed in Mueller’s report, according to CNN’s Manu Raju.

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Ernst also dismissed calls to have Mueller testify before the Senate by saying Senate Republicans already had more important work to do.

“Really, the House seems all over this, I know that we will continue to work on judges as a primary concern in Judiciary,” Ernst said. “I don’t know that that’s necessary, we have the report so we can go from there.”

For far, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has been the only GOP senator to explicitly condemn the actions taken by the president and his campaign as described in the Mueller report — and he has faced massive blowback from the president and his supporters for doing so.

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Moon may be richer in water than thought — and it could help propel humans farther from earth

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There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

The Moon was believed to be bone dry until around a decade ago when a series of findings suggested that our nearest celestial neighbour has traces of water trapped in the surface.

Two new studies published in Nature Astronomy on Monday suggest there could be much more water than previously thought, including ice stored in permanently shadowed "cold traps" at lunar polar regions.

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Asymptomatic coronaagvirus sufferers lose antibodies sooner: study

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Asymptomatic coronavirus sufferers appear to lose detectable antibodies sooner than people who have exhibited Covid-19 symptoms, according to one of the biggest studies of its kind in Britain published on Tuesday.

The findings by Imperial College London and market research firm Ipsos Mori also suggest the loss of antibodies was slower in 18–24 year-olds compared to those aged 75 and over.

Overall, samples from hundreds of thousands of people across England between mid-June and late September showed the prevalence of virus antibodies fell by more than a quarter.

The research, commissioned by the British government and published Tuesday by Imperial, indicates people's immune response to Covid-19 reduces over time following infection.

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Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.

"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.

"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.

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