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Inside Daily Brief (Nov 17th, 2017)

Two senators say President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose records showing that he received emails from WikiLeaks. Kushner allegedly forwarded the emails to Trump campaign officials. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) have sent a letter to Kushner’s lawyer requesting "several documents that are known to exist," because other witnesses have handed them in. The documents include records of "email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks," that took place in September 2016. The leaders of the Committee have also requested documents concerning a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," as well as phone records related to Kushner’s communications. – WAPO

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe refuses to step down, sources told Reuters. Army generals sent troops to the streets and put Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, under house arrest on Tuesday. The 93-year-old leader has apparently been offered "a graceful exit," but he wants to stay in power until next year, when elections are due to take place. "It’s a sort of stand-off, a stalemate ... They are insisting the president must finish his term," one source said. The generals may want former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa to take power. Last week, Army Chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to "step in" when Mugabe announced a decision to fire Mnangagwa from the government. – REUTERS

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Tesla has unveiled an electric truck that can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge with a full 80,000-pound load. Production of the "Tesla Semi," as the truck has been named, will begin in 2019. The truck is a Class 8 type of vehicle, the largest category of heavy-duty freight trucks. It will feature Tesla’s autopilot system that controls the vehicle’s speed while keeping it in its lane. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, had previously unveiled plans for a network of solar-powered "megachargers" that he said could recharge the trucks in 30 minutes. During Thursday's presentation, Musk said that driving Tesla’s truck would be 20 percent cheaper per mile compared with diesel trucks. Tesla also unveiled a new version of its "Roadster" sports car, which will be available in 2020 for $200,000. It will have a top speed of 250 mph (402 kph) and a range of 620 miles. – ABC

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A second woman has accused "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct. Trace Lysette, a transgender actor who played yoga teacher Shea in the Amazon series, says that the alleged attack began when Tambor told her: "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually." A few minutes later Lysette says that Tambor: "put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrust back and forth against my body." Van Barnes, a trans woman who worked as Tambor's personal assistant, has also accused the actor of misconduct. The two women said that producers took no action against Tambor after they reported the alleged abuses. Tambor issued a statement saying: "I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express." Amazon is investigating the allegations – HR

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An estimated 5,000 barrels of oil leaked from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota on Thursday. The South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources said the leak had been contained. A decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) on whether to authorize the construction of an extension of the pipeline through the state is due on Monday. The NPSC’s task is to decide whether the project is in the best interest of Nebraskans, but the leak won’t influence the decision, because the project already has an environmental permit. In March, U.S. President Trump gave TransCanada the go-ahead to build the extension, reversing a decision by the Obama administration, which had rejected the project on environmental grounds. – REUTERS

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A notorious Mafia boss has died while serving multiple life sentences for murder. Salvatore “Toto” Riina, who was 87, was known as the Mafia "boss of bosses." He was banished from Sicily in 1969, after serving a five-year sentence for his links with the Mafia. In the 1970s, he pitted his rivals against one another, prompting bloody infighting that cleared the path for his rise to the top of the Mafia echelon. He ran the Cosa Nostra criminal empire for more than two decades until he was arrested in Sicily's capital, Palermo, in 1993. He was later handed 26 life sentences for orchestrating a campaign to kill prosecutors and police officers. – AP

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At least 20 senior citizens were hospitalized with minor injuries after a fire forced the evacuation of an assisted-living facility in Pennsylvania. TV footage showed dozens of residents bearing the cold weather outside the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. Many of them were in wheelchairs or bed ridden; some were later given temporary shelter in other facilities. All the 140 people living in the facility have been accounted for. The fire spread rapidly through neighboring buildings, but was brought under control at around 1 a.m. – CBS

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U.S. President Trump slammed Al Franken on Twitter over allegations that the Democratic Senator committed sexual assault. Franken apologized to journalist Leeann Tweeden, who has accused the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2006. She released a picture that appears to show Franken fondling her breasts. Trump responded to reports of the alleged abuse by tweeting: "The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" Trump, who faces accusations of sexual harassment and assault by 16 different women, has yet to comment on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama. – GUARDIAN

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Russia on Thursday vetoed a U.N. resolution drafted by the U.S. to renew an investigation into chemical attacks in Syria. A mandate that allows the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate who is responsible for chemical attacks in Syria expires on Friday. Bolivia also voted against the resolution to extend the mandate, while China and Egypt abstained. As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, Russia has the power to veto "substantive" resolutions. REUTERS

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A Texas sheriff said his office could file disorderly conduct charges against the owner of a pickup truck emblazoned with a sticker that reads: "F*** TRUMP AND F*** YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM." Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a note on Facebook asking his contacts for help finding the owner of the truck. "Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it," Nehls wrote. Karen Cook Fonseca, who owns the truck with her husband, said: "I'm not going to remove it because I know I'm not violating any laws or rules." She said the sticker sometimes upsets older white men, but that "a lot of females say I wish I had the balls to do that." – CNN

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ON LIFE AND LIVING: THANKSGIVING DINNER

Thanksgiving is a time for people to come together – and eat. This year, you might be having several people over for the big dinner. Do you know how you’re going to accommodate all of their eating preferences and dietary needs? Here are some tips for catering to the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friends on your list this Turkey Day.

Vegetarian Friends

There are several vegetarian alternatives to everyday food items, but some of them may not be immediately obvious. For example, stuffing (with meat) is typically off-limits to vegetarians, as well as gravy. Some soups that contain meat-based broths could also be no-gos for your vegetarian friends. One way to bridge the gap is to ask your attendees beforehand if they would like to contribute any substitutes of their own to the dinner. They can tip you off to some ideas to make the meal more accommodating and vegetarian-friendly.

Vegan Friends

Your vegan friends will not only abstain from meat, but all animal-based products (e.g., eggs, cheese). Similar to your vegetarian friends, there are many substitutes on the market for vegans. You’ll also find that many of the vegetarian substitutes at the grocery store, such as gravy, are also vegan-friendly, so don’t forget to read the labels. Ask your vegan guests if there are items they would like to contribute to make the meal a little more accommodating. Consider trying a new recipe (vegan cheese is a thing!) for the occasion.

Gluten-Free Friends

Being gluten-free means avoiding foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat. A fresh turkey won’t likely be an issue for your gluten-free guests, but side dishes like stuffing could be problematic. While shopping for ingredients for your big dinner, look for gluten-free labels to tip you off to items that are safe for your gluten-free guests. Be mindful of products, such as gravy, that commonly use wheat-based ingredients and aren’t agreeable with your guests.

While it may take slightly more time to plan for your guests with dietary restrictions, they’ll thank you later. More importantly, everyone will be able to indulge in the dinner you put the time and effort into crafting this Thanksgiving.

– @kavermes

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