Lawyer: Whistleblower willing to take written questions
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for the whistleblower who raised alarms about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine says his client is willing to answer written questions submitted by House Republicans.
Attorney Mark Zaid tweets that his team made the offer to Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
Zaid writes that the whistleblower would answer questions directly from Republican members “in writing, under oath & penalty of perjury.” Ordinarily, questions would have to go through the committee’s Democratic majority.
The offer comes as President Donald Trump has demanded the release of the whistleblower’s identity since the person raised concerns about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. It’s the catalyst for the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
In that call, Trump pressed Zelenskiy to investigate Trump’s political rivals.
AP POLL-ELECTION 2020
AP-NORC poll: Interest in campaign is growing, as is anxiety
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year out from the 2020 general election, there already is significant interest in the presidential campaign.
But a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds a growing share of Americans feeling anxious and frustrated compared with early in the summer.
Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to say they’ve been paying close attention, but the poll finds feelings of anxiety and frustration more concentrated among Democrats.
Chinese news agency slams ‘barbaric’ Hong Kong office attack
HONG KONG (AP) — China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency has denounced the attack on its office in Hong Kong by pro-democracy protesters as “barbaric.”
The city’s journalists also criticized the attack on the media organization during Saturday’s melee that marked nearly five months of unrest in the Chinese territory.
Xinhua in a brief statement strongly condemned the “barbaric acts of mobs” that vandalized and set fire to the lobby of its Asia-Pacific office building in the city. Hong Kong Journalists Association called for an end to violence against the media.
It was the first strike against the official Chinese news agency in a show of anger against Beijing, a day after the ruling Communist Party vowed to tighten the grip on the violence in the city.
Police say Sunday over 200 people were detained.
McDonald’s CEO steps down after relationship with employee
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s Corporation says its chief executive officer has left the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee.
The fast food giant announced former CEO Steve Easterbrook’s departure Sunday, saying he demonstrated poor judgment. McDonald’s forbids managers from having romantic relationships with direct or indirect reports.
In an email to employees, Easterbrook acknowledged he had a relationship with an employee and said it was a mistake. He said given the values of the company he agreed with the board that it’s time to move on.
The board of directors named Chris Kempczinski as its new president and CEO. Kempczinski recently served as president of McDonald’s USA.
Kempczinski thanked Easterbrook for his contributions and described him as a patient and helpful mentor.
Warren, Buttigieg circle each other in Iowa as caucuses near
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have clear momentum with three months until the Iowa’s presidential caucuses. But other top contenders including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders aren’t going away.
The jumble at the top reveals vulnerabilities for each candidate and an overall fluid dynamic in Iowa and the larger primary contest nationally.
Warren is pressing ahead as a progressive fighter but faces questions about the realities of some of her policy proposals.
Buttigieg is running as a unifier and subtly comparing himself to former President Barack Obama. But he had to walk back some recent bravado suggesting the primary was already a two-candidate race.
Some of Biden’s Iowa supporters say he needs to do more to win, but others say he still may be best positioned.
Colorful Columbia Sportswear Co. chairwoman Gert Boyle dies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gert Boyle, the colorful chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear Co. who starred in ads proclaiming her as “One Tough Mother,” died Sunday. She was 95.
Company spokeswoman Mary Ellen Glynn did not disclose the cause of death. She says Boyle died at a Portland, Oregon, assisted living facility.
Boyle took over the small outdoor clothing company in 1970 after her husband died from a heart attack.
Boyle’s father founded Columbia after the family fled Nazi Germany and settled in Portland. Her husband took over the business in 1964.
At the time, she was a 46-year-old housewife and mother of three with no real business experience. But she helped build the struggling company into a national brand and retailer.
Krispy Kreme orders student to halt doughnut resale service
(Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, )
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college student says Krispy Kreme has told him to stop making doughnut runs to Iowa.
Twenty-one-year-old Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin, Minnesota, would make weekend runs to a Krispy Kreme store in Clive, Iowa, and pack his car with boxes of doughnuts that he would deliver to customers around the Twin Cities.
But less than a week after the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported about his road trips, Gonzalez says he received a phone call from Krispy Kreme’s Nebraska office telling him to stop selling the company’s doughnuts in Minnesota. Krispy Kreme stores left Minnesota 11 years ago.
Gonzalez tells the Pioneer Press he was told his sales created a liability for the North Carolina-based company.
In a statement Sunday night, Krispy Kreme said it’s looking into the matter.
Former President Jimmy Carter is back teaching Sunday school
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter is back at church teaching Sunday school less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall.
The 95-year-old Democrat used a walker to slowly enter the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on Sunday.
He sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson on life after death. More than 400 people were on hand.
Carter was briefly hospitalized and has since been recovering at home since fracturing his pelvis on Oct. 21. He also fell a few days before that and needed stitches above his left eye.
Carter is the oldest U.S. ex-President ever and has been teaching Bible lessons since he was in his teens.
Alaska governor cites Trump as he faces recall campaign
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A fight is brewing over whether Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy should be recalled from office.
His critics say he’s incompetent and has recklessly tried to slash spending while supporters see a politically motivated attempt to undo the last election.
Dunleavy, a Republican, is drawing parallels between himself and President Donald Trump.
The governor has cast himself as a chief executive trying to implement an agenda of smaller government and resource development while facing attacks from the left.
Claire Pywell, who manages the recall campaign, says it’s bipartisan.
A state elections official could decide as early as Monday whether the first serious attempt to recall an Alaska governor since the early 1990s should advance to a second phase of signature-gathering.
T25-COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
AP Top 25: Navy gives AAC 4 teams, 3rd-most by conference
Navy moved into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 25, giving the American Athletic Conference four ranked teams, more than all but the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference.
With nine ranked teams off this weekend, including four of the top five, there was little movement throughout the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. LSU is No. 1 for a second consecutive week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers and Crimson Tide on Saturday will play the first regular-season 1-2 game since the same two did it in 2011.
Navy joins fellow AAC members No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 19 Memphis and No. 23 SMU in the Top 25. Four ranked teams matches a high for the 7-year-old American, which was born from the collapse of the Big East.
Georgia jumped two spots to No. 6 after beating Florida in the weekend’s biggest game.
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