TALLINN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed thermobaric weapons systems in Ukraine and London is worried about how broadly they could be used, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday. "How far (Putin) will go, what weapons he will authorise to achieve his ultimate aim, is unknown but we've seen the use of massive amounts of artillery. We've seen the deployment of thermobaric artillery weapon systems and we worry how broad those could go," Wallace said during a visit to Estonia. (Reporting by William James and Muvija M, Writing by Kylie MacLellan; editing by...
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'Hundreds of bodies': Lee County man says the sheriff is finding many dead Floridians after late evacuations
On Sunday, a Lee County man was working on clearing debris from his home when CNN's Jim Acosta approached him to ask how they fared through Hurricane Ian.
The man showed Acosta the damage to the home, the most significant parts were at the back of the home because the house is on a canal.
But it was the comments that the man made about deaths in the area that was the most shocking.
"Four doors down, their son's best friend is a Lee County sheriff, and they're finding hundreds of bodies now," the man told CNN. Acosta noted it's the same information that they are hearing too. "It is not like 20s. It is hundreds of bodies that they're getting in and looking."
Thus far, the death toll is 74 people and Acosta noted that the numbers are expected to increase dramatically. CNN also asked the Lee County Sheriff at a briefing about the death count and they dismissed the accusations that the evacuations of Ft. Meyers and Lee County didn't happen soon enough.
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During an appearance on MSNBC's "The Sunday Show," conservative campaign consultant Tara Setmayer predicted that, should the Republican Party reclaim the House in November, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) would not replace Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the House Speaker.
In a panel discussion with host Jonathan Capehart, Setmayer claimed that Donald Trump is waiting for his chance to "humiliate" the California Republican who has been pledging his "fealty" to the twice-impeached former president.
"Is there a chance McCarthy could become speaker, but without any real power within the party," host Capehart asked.
"I mean, he could. We could apply that to a lot of things. I could become the Speaker of the House. My cat Tiki could become Speaker of the House," she replied with a smirk. "Look, I stand by my statements a year ago that Kevin McCarthy will never be Speaker of the House."
"I shocked you when I said it could be Speaker Jim Jordan (R-OH) for all we know," she continued. "But here's the thing: Kevin McCarthy thinks that he is navigating this and that he has been like so brilliant, this brilliant tactician navigating the MAGA waters since he been on this quest to become speaker. It's a doomed quest. Donald Trump cannot wait to humiliate Kevin McCarthy even further."
"We've seen this," she added. "He gets off on the idea of Kevin McCarthy's fealty. When McCarthy went on the floor of the House like [Mitch] McConnell did after January six, they actually spoke the truth about how they felt but what was going on. They had a chance to off-ramp from Trump, and when everyone thought maybe this is it, what did he do? Two weeks later, he goes down to Mar-a-Lago and he gives them some dollar store trophy and smiles next to him and he thinks this is going to work. It is not."
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Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has released a new campaign ad in his run for re-election that is causing a stir even outside state lines.
This article first appeared on Salon.
In the 30-second ad, Kennedy speaks in a stern voice to the camera saying "Violent crime is surging in Louisiana. Woke leaders blame the police. I blame the criminals. A mom should not have to look over her shoulder when she's pumping gas. I voted against the early release of violent criminals and I opposed defunding the police. Look, if you hate cops just because they're cops, the next time you get in trouble, call a crackhead."
In a recent interview with Fox News, Kennedy says "If we wanna get control of this crime problem that we have, we're gonna have to do a couple of things. We're gonna have to hire more cops. New Orleans and my state need 2,000 cops on the street. We've got less than 1,000."
\u201cI know the difference between criminals and their innocent victims.\u201d— John Neely Kennedy (@John Neely Kennedy) 1664546700
In the interview, Kennedy goes on to list further plans for action citing the need to pay cops a proper wage.
"You're not gonna get cops to work in this woke environment without paying them."
General response to Kennedy's campaign ad and earlier statements made regarding Louisiana crime vary from shock and disbelief to reminders of ways in which he hasn't practiced what he's preaching.
"We have to address violent crime," Democratic challenger Luke Mixon said in a statement obtained from Nola.com. "We do that by funding our police departments. Sen. Kennedy voted against $350 billion in funding for local police departments. To paraphrase Sen. Kennedy, watch what people do, not just their embarrassing one-liners."
"So senator Kennedy from the great state of Louisiana said that if you don't like police to call a crackhead when you need help," says US Army combat veteran Kevin Smith on Twitter. "They seriously believe that we actually need police and it's hilarious!"
Although crime in Louisiana has been an ongoing issue, locals are often left grappling with a dwindling "do nothing" police force. In one example of this, a New Orleans deputy constable was suspended in August for failing to respond to calls for help regarding a rape case.
On the night of the crime, which took place on July 26, a woman phoned 911 after witnessing another woman being raped in plain view on the street in the French Quarter.
"Actually, there's a police officer in front of me now," the woman told the dispatcher, via reporting by The Washington Post. "I mean, this police officer isn't even moving — he's still just parked here."
"He's gone. This … cop is still a block away . . . and this girl got raped in the street corner. There is a cop a block away."
Although the officer accused of ignoring the woman's calls for help wasn't a member of the New Orleans Police Department but rather a deputy constable with the Second City Court, according to The Washington Post, the woman also claimed to have seen two more police officers drive past the scene without offering assistance.