The Daily Populous

Wednesday November 14th, 2018 morning edition

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STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (Nov 13) for an integrated European Union military, echoing language used by French President Emmanuel Macron last week which irritated US President Donald Trump.

"We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army," Merkel told the European Parliament during a keynote speech in which she consciously backed Macron's call for European defence planning, operations and weapons development.

Merkel said such an armed forces would not undermine the US-led military alliance Nato but could be complementary to it.

Her remarks drew loud applause in the legislature but also boos from nationalist members.

President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the U.S., China and Russia.

Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly!

Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. »

A heavily Republican Florida county allowed some residents to vote by email, apparently illegally

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) jumped into the GOP pile-on of Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes on Monday, tweeting that "there is no question ... Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts."

In heavily Republican Bay County, however, election supervisor Mark Andersen acknowledged Monday that he had allowed some voters to cast their ballots over email, which is not allowed under state law.

His order, The Associated Press reports, explicitly prohibited votes being returned by email or fax. »

CNN sues President Trump and White House for banning reporter Jim Acosta

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"You are a rude, terrible person," Trump responded as Acosta continued to speak into a microphone being passed around to the gaggle of reporters present for the news conference in the White House.

Later Wednesday, Acosta tweeted that he had been denied entrance to the White House grounds.

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," CNN said in a statement Tuesday morning. »

Retired firefighter who fired shotgun at black teen asking for directions gets up to 10 years in prison

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A white retired firefighter in Michigan found guilty of firing a shotgun from his porch at a black teenager who knocked on his front door because he was lost was sentenced Tuesday to four to 10 years in prison.

Ziegler, a retired Detroit firefighter, grabbed his shotgun and chased after Walker, firing one round as the teen fled.

He claimed he believed Walker was trying to rob him and the shotgun accidentally fired when he tripped. »