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Ousted White House staffer’s ex-wife shares warning for Hope Hicks (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 09:34 AM PST

The estranged ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter is putting out a warning to Hope Hicks, the White House communications director currently in a relationship with Porter. Porter was ousted from his role at the White House Thursday, after reports emerged that he verbally and physically abused his two ex-wives.

Jennie Willoughby believes her divorced hubby will become abusive with Hicks, and that Hicks should be cautious of his behavior.

The Washington Examiner reports the following:

“Jennie Willoughby, one of the ex-wives of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, said that if Porter hasn't already been abusive in his relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks, he will be soon.

Reports emerged this week where Willoughby and another ex-wife of Porter accused him of being abusive in their marriages. Willoughby, who was married to Porter in 2009, told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Thursday that she doesn't believe Porter has changed when asked if she thought Porter was different in his relationship with Hicks.

"I don't think he's changed," Willoughby said.

"Does that worry you?" Cooper responded.

"It worries me for a lot of reasons, I mean it definitely worries me because if I'm being frank with you, if he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will," Willoughby said. "Particularly now that he's under a lot of stress and scrutiny. That's when the behaviors come out. And if he hasn't already, he will."”

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VP Pence ignores North Korean officials at Olympics (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 09:18 AM PST

Reports surfacing from the Olympic reception in South Korea indicate US Vice President Mike Pence is making no effort to greet North Korean officials.

Pence reportedly refrained from exchanging pleasantries with North Korea’s head of state Kim Yong Nam and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister.

The Hill reports the following:

“Vice President Pence briefly attended an Olympic reception in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday, which was also attended by North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam. 

Pence shook hands with every leader at the reception, except Kim Yong Nam, according to a pool report from South Korea’s presidential Blue House. 

According to Reuters, Pence was supposed to sit across from the North Korean official at the reception. However, the Blue House said the vice president only stayed briefly and greeted other officials before leaving.

The Washington Post’s Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield reported Pence had shown up late after the dinner had begun and there was no seat for him.”

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Anti-Trump Jim Carrey implores people to delete Facebook accounts

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 09:07 AM PST

In an effort to punish Facebook for their alleged profiting from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and not doing enough to prevent it from happening again, actor and comedian Jim Carrey has called on people to delete their Facebook accounts and sell shares in the company.

“I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they're still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same.” Carrey tweeted on Tuesday.

Following the tweet, Carrey issued a statement to CNBC.com that read, “Now, social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that.”

Carrey’s Twitter feed reflects his opposition to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. According to CNBC’s Jake Novak, “This helps Trump as it distracts his opponents from confronting and addressing the real reasons they lost.”

Novak also contends that Carrey is going to be disappointed if his attack on Facebook is intended as an attempt to weaken Trump.

“That’s because promoting the fiction that Trump won due to interference by foreign forces keeps Trump foes well off the right track toward political recovery,” Novak wrote.

According to Novak, the contention that Russia swung the election in favor of Trump by publishing persuasive ads on Facebook convinces anti-Trump voters to believe that they did not really lose the election.

“It also masks the fact they lost for the same reason every losing political candidate loses: he or she is a less persuasive candidate than his or her opponent,” Novak wrote.

Novak asserted that the best path to recovery for the Democrats is to begin grooming candidates who “have a record to run on that has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

“In short,” Novak wrote, “the Democrats need to start refocusing on the voters’ problems, not their personal nemesis.”

Novak concluded by contending that Facebook revealing the sources of political ads on its platform will not “magically erase the 2016 election results or help the Democrats field a better candidate in 2020. Facebook’s real and imagined misdeeds are just another detour on their path to political recovery.”

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Antonia Sabato Jr. stuns hosts on ‘The View’ with hard truth about immigration (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 08:49 AM PST

In a Thursday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” actor Antonio Sabato Jr. fielded questions about immigration and declared that, as a legal immigrant, he wants “the American people to be taken care of first.”

Host Sunny Hostin asked Saboto how he could support a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border after his family — who was forced to hide their identity following the Holocaust in Czechoslovakia — came to America from Italy when Saboto was 12 years old and unable to speak English.

“This country embraced you,” Hostin said. “You call yourself an immigrant, but you’re in favor of the wall being built, being paid for by the American people, and keeping other immigrants out of the country much like yourself.”

Sabato, who is running for Congress in California, replied, "The way I see it, I want the American people to be taken care of first. I don't want the American people to take care of everybody else's problem …"

Interrupting Sabato, host Joy Behar said, "But if they felt that way when your family was coming over here you would still be in Italy."

"I came here legally,” Sabato replied. “We had to wait in line and struggle and save a lot of money. There's people like that waiting in line. So, they deserve their chance. We need to legalize — I mean there has to be reform … but at the same time we need to protect our borders."

"But, logically, people who are coming in even legally or illegally are flying in, they're not jumping over a wall," Behar argued. "It's a waste of money. Isn't it? That's how I see it."

"We are arresting at the border 1,000 people every single day," Sabato said. "And there's probably a lot more coming in. So we can't allow that to happen, and they're bringing a lot of drugs or whatever. So, we need to protect the American people. That's all I'm saying."

"And you think this wall is going to do it?" Behar asked.

"It's done it for Israel. Mexico has a got a wall," Sabato said. "Why can't we?"

Behar argued, "It's a very big, big, big expensive wall we're talking about and it may not be cost-effective."

"We spend $100 billion on immigration every year,” Sabato said. “The wall will cost will probably cost less than $20 billion, so we will save a lot of money."

Regarding beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Sabato said, “They need to be here. We’re going to take care of them. Nobody’s going to send them anywhere.”

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Trump, Kim Jong-Un impersonators kicked out of Olympics (photos)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 08:27 AM PST

President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are not even on personal speaking terms, but impersonators dressed up to look like Trump and Kim who appeared together at the Winter Olympics in South Korea were friendly pals.

They were also promptly removed from the Olympics by security staff for causing such a “commotion.”

It should be noted that the REAL Kim Jong-Un’s sister was in attendance at the Olympics.

Reuters reported remarks from the Kim impersonator:

"We're getting along great," said the Kim lookalike. "We wanted to surprise everyone and bring world peace and then we're being escorted out by security guards, which I think is really unfair. Doesn't everyone want peace?"

"Is my sister getting the same treatment?," the Kim lookalike said as he was escorted out of the stadium.

The real identity of the pair was unknown, but several reporters who saw them in the stands posted photos and a video on Twitter:



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Report: FBI surveillance of Page may have intercepted call with Bannon

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 07:41 AM PST

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was under surveillance by the FBI when Page claims to have spoken with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon about the controversial “Trump dossier” in January 2017, making it highly likely that the FBI intercepted the conversation between Page and Bannon.

In November testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Page acknowledged the call, which has now attracted more attention since last week’s revelation in a memo released by the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI was monitoring Page’s communications at the time.

"If Page was using one of his standard phones, it was probably picked up,” said Elizabeth Goitein, a former Justice Department trial attorney and congressional counsel who co-directs the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program.

According to Politico, “The significance of a possible FBI recording depends on the exact content of the conversation between Bannon and Page, about which Page has been vague. But it means the FBI’s surveillance of Page — which has been the subject of intense partisan anger in Washington — may have touched one of the highest-ranking figures in Trump’s incoming administration just days before inauguration.”

During his testimony to Congress, Page said he received a call from Bannon shortly before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 21, 2017, in which Bannon asked Page to cancel a planned television appearance on MSNBC, a request that Page obliged. At the time, Page was no longer associated with Trump’s transition team, as he was under investigation for his alleged ties to Russia.

Page testified that he mentioned to Bannon the controversial private intelligence dossier that had been published online several days earlier, which alleged that Russia had compromising information on Trump and colluded with his campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. Page did not offer details regarding his and Bannon’s conversation about the dossier.

Describing the call as “brief,” Page claimed that it occurred as the Trump transition team was reeling from the publication of the dossier by BuzzFeed on Jan. 11.

Page was depicted in the dossier as an intermediary between Trump and the Russian government, although Page contends that he has never been a Russian agent.

In an statement emailed to Politico, Page stood by his account of the Bannon phone call. Page also noted that it was possible that he spoke with other Trump aides while he was under FBI surveillance, though he asserted that it was unlikely.

"Bear in mind that my relationship with the team was essentially discontinued, for all intents and purposes" in September 2016, Page wrote. The memo released by the House Intelligence Committee indicated that the FBI's surveillance of Page began in late November.

According to national security law experts, the FBI would have retained the conversation between Page and Bannon as evidence if it seemed relevant to their investigation into allegations that Trump associates colluded with Russia.

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DML: I Respond to Some of Your Emails

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 07:11 AM PST

Below, I respond to some of your emails.  To send me a message, use the submit news button.

I took the poll about the spending bill. I am pissed off.  Trump is a liar and couldn’t negotiate himself out of a paper bag.

DML: Yes, this bill hurts.  Amnesty next at $26B pricetag.

Hello DML and staff.  I know we are in big trouble, the Democrats are doing everything possible to gain millions of Dreamer voters, and I don't understand why the republicans are not doing a thing?  I didn't watch the Pelosi speech, but why don't the republicans do the same thing but only showing Americans that have loss their jobs to illegals? Show the Americans who had to train H1 visa replacements.  Someone needs to do something instead of sitting on their ass . I think the republicans don't care if they lose, I think they are so  comfortable in their jobs and as long as they make their millions they just don't care . This is an idea that I feel needs to be past on to trump.

DML: If I was a member of Congress, I would be doing what you suggested. Here’s the problem, Trump wants the amnesty.

There appears to be no end to Trump’s push for DACA.  I feel like my wife cheated on me with my father.

DML: Ouch.

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Documentary explores how to become a ‘perfect’ Muslim woman (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 07:08 AM PST

The BBC has released the new documentary “Islam, Women and Me,” which examines what is required to become the “perfect” Muslim woman and wife.

In the documentary, two Muslim women, feminist activist and author Yassmin Abdel-Magied and presenter Mehreen Baig spoke frankly about Islam and revealed that they struggle with strict Islamic teachings which prohibit having sex before marriage, the Daily Mail reported.

Abdel-Magied, an outspoken feminist who says she might never get married, acknowledged that she often feels ‘randy,’ and admitted that it is difficult to accept that she might never experience sex.

Baig, 28, who has been called a ‘bad Muslim’ for wearing western clothing, questioned whether she would be forgiven for having sex outside of wedlock if she has not gotten married by the time she reaches 32 years old.

“Sometimes I think, what if I reach 32 and I’m still not married, which looks pretty realistic right now, then what’s going to happen?” Baig asked Abdel-Magied. “It sounds so bad but will God be like, ‘I understand?'”

“I’m not too fussed about the marriage thing,” said Abdel-Magied. “I think it would be nice to find a partner, but one of the main motivating factors is I’m still holding on to the no sex before marriage thing and it’s a struggle. We have needs. The reality is like it’s not like we have any less of a sexual desire than men. We’re all neutered apparently. It’s like, get off it. I’m as randy as the next one, right.”

In an effort to learn more about the proper behavior of the “perfect” Muslim woman, Baig visited a mosque in east London where an imam spoke about finding the perfect partner.

The unnamed imam told the congregation that a man should love and trust his wife and provide her with a good home, then listed the Islamic expectations for women.

“She should show him love and affection. She should express her full confidence and trust in her husband,” the imam said. “She must make herself available to her husband whenever he says ‘I’m ready, I need you.’ She must be available unless you’ve got good excuse.”

The imam also advised, “She should not admit anyone whom her husband dislikes to come in or stay in her house. She must not put economic pressure on her husband. She must obey her husband. The wife must not travel without the consent of her husband.”

Baig was admittedly shocked by the imam’s list, and said she did not agree with any of the expectations he presented regarding Muslim women.

“It is important to me to marry within my faith but will Muslim men want a wife like me with an independent streak and ambition?” Baig asked.

Baig also sought to learn more about the role of a Muslim wife by visiting a Sharia Law council in Birmingham led by Dr. Amra Bone, a lecturer in Islamic Studies.

According to Bone, Islamic principles exist to illustrate how people should treat one another with love and respect, and are not meant for men to use to oppress  their wives.

“You have to look at the overall principle of Islamic teachings,” Bone said. “Islam is not a ritual as people have made it out to be. Islamic teachings are there to guide both men and women to behave towards each other with respect and kindness and love. How you understand that is, did the prophet ever beat his wife? Never in his life. Say he is an example for you, the best example for you and he never hit a woman ever in his life.”

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REPORT: White House to propose billions for a fence, not a wall (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 06:41 AM PST

Written by DML
During his campaign, Trump revved his crowds by having them chant, “Build the wall.”  Then he would slap on the false campaign promise of the century by stating ‘Mexico would pay for the wall.’ 

Perhaps the president was just “playing chess” with his loyal supporters?  Perhaps the reality TV star turned president should have created the chant, “Build the fence,” because that’s what a new proposal is reportedly declaring.

According to Breitbart, a senior official claims the White House was scheduled to request $3 billion in funding for President Donald Trump's long-promised wall on the Southern border. However, the requested funding will be used for 18-foot bollard fences, not structures similar to the new 30-foot prototype walls recently built in San Diego.

The estimated $3 billion boost in funding for the wall was described as a "downpayment" by an official briefing a small group of reporters.

Modern presidential budgets are seen as a political document, detailing a wish-list of how they would like to see Congress spend money.

The request would help construct 124 miles of new bollard wall structures in the Rio Grande valley in Texas. The $3 billion would be primarily used to procure steel and purchase land in preparation for construction.

Land acquisition, especially from private landowners in Texas, would take considerable time, the official noted, but they were operating on an "accelerated" timeline.

The structures would differ depending on the terrain, but would largely follow the same model as existing structures on the southern border.

I’ve said for the longest time that a wall would never happen. I was told I was a liar, and totally crazy, and a liberal, and a ….. (fill in the blank).  Maybe I was just the opposite. Maybe I was more understanding of how this stuff works than the average pundit.  Either way, money for more fencing? See how well the fencing works in video below:

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Teachers union, parents, students denied chance to criticize DeVos (video)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 06:35 AM PST

Efforts by the two largest teachers unions in the United States to deliver “failing” report cards to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were thwarted on Thursday when the groups were prohibited from entering the Education Department building because they did not have an appointment.

Among the groups attempting to deliver more than 80,000 report cards to DeVos, which graded her performance during her first year on the job, were the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, The Hill reported.

According to a tweet posted by AFT President Randi Weingarten, the groups “asked for an appointment” and told Education Department officials that they “were coming.” Weingarten claimed that the groups, which included “educators, parents and students,” were “LOCKED OUT!!!” and that their comments were not accepted.

"They knew that teachers and parents and students from all over the country have actually taken their time to say what is going on in their schools. And here on Betsy DeVos' anniversary, this is the first time that I have ever been to this building where we were not let in — where the educators, where the students, where the parents of America were locked out of the federal Department of Education," Weingarten said at the event.

Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, told The New York Times that the department had a long-standing policy not to allow anyone to enter the Education Department building unless they have an appointment. Hill recommended that the groups send a representative to "deliver their feedback" to DeVos.

"It's unfortunate that instead of working to have productive dialogue, the unions decided it was important to pull teachers out of the classroom for a two-hour political publicity stunt — for which they shot their own footage to send to media outlets," Hill said.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, said that the complaints of the group were largely based on the $9 million in budget cuts by the Education Department and the rescinding of several protections for disabled students during DeVos’ tenure.

"It's her actions that speak louder than any talking points she may have," Eskelsen García told The Times. "People are universally appalled, universally aghast by a year of failures. She should resign; she should make way for someone who is qualified."

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Trump Tweets: Signed bill, need more Republicans

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 05:59 AM PST

Trump took to Twitter Friday to provide his comments about the $300B spending bill he signed into law.

TWEET ONE: “Just signed Bill. Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything — and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!”

TWEET TWO: “Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military. Sadly, we needed some Dem votes for passage. Must elect more Republicans in 2018 Election!”

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Former White House advisor: I would never vote for Trump again

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 05:53 AM PST

Trump loved Omarosa’s reality TV personality when she appeared on his show the Apprentice, but this week she’s become a reality TV nightmare as comments from the former White House advisor are going viral online.

During her appearance on a reality TV program Thursday, Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed that she would “never” again vote for her former boss President Trump.

“God no. Never. Not in a million years, never,” Manigault Newman said on the season premiere of “Celebrity Big Brother” when asked if she would vote for Trump again in the future.

Manigault Newman also revealed on the reality television show that she was “haunted” by Trump’s tweets, and said the U.S. would not be okay under Trump’s leadership. The clip highlighting her comments went viral online.  (WATCH)

I was haunted by tweets every day," she said. "Like, what is he going to tweet next?"

"It's going to not be OK, it's not," she said when asked if Americans should be worried about Trump. "It's so bad."

Manigault Newman resigned from the White House in December.

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd went on a Trump ripping rant Thursday after a tease clip of Omarosa’s performance was promoted online.  Todd’s rant has gone viral. WATCH:

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Amazon expanding into shipping, will undercut Fed Ex and UPS

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 05:33 AM PST

Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly expanding into the shipping business.

Amazon (AMZN) is preparing to launch a delivery service to compete directly with UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX).

The service will pick up packages from businesses and ship them to consumers, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

While the service will be tested with third-party sellers in Los Angeles, the e-commerce giant will expand the service to other cities and will open the service to other businesses beyond third-party sellers.

The Journal also reported that Amazon is planning to undercut UPS and FedEx on pricing.

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Rat feces in pizza shuts down major chain location (photo)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 05:24 AM PST

Imagine the horror of finding rat feces in your pizza crust.  That’s what happened to a man in Indiana this week.

A Little Caesar's restaurant in Indianapolis was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday morning after they received a complaint from a man who said he found rat droppings baked into his pizza.

An inspector initiated an emergency inspection, which resulted in the business license being suspended.

Upon a follow-up inspection the next morning the problems had been corrected and the restaurant reopened.

Inspection reports show the restaurant has been doing battle with mice since at least last August. The store was cited four times since then, before being given the all-clear on October 3, 2017. However, the store was never closed.

Health officials said with only seventeen inspectors to cover about 4600 county restaurants, they rely on diners to be their eyes and ears.



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DACA drama: University plans to provide special treatment for illegals

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 04:58 AM PST

Illegal aliens are poised to get special financial treatment at one California University.

Illegals attending the University of California at Berkeley may soon have a designated safe space on campus, as well as an $800,000 fund to address their financial needs.

School Chancellor Carol Christ announced the plans Tuesday, the Daily Californian reported.

The school’s proposal, called an "Undocuaction Plan," aims to help students who participate in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the Obama-era program that delays deportation for people who came to U.S. illegally as children.

Christ hopes to have the illegal alien resource center in place by March, with plans to eventually create a permanent space. In addition, $800,000 in funds has been set aside for one semester of the 2018-19 academic year, in which illegal alien students who no longer have DACA status can receive $2,500 in basic needs grants.

Students who are not undocumented are eligible for $1,500 in basic needs grants, with an additional $50,000 allocated for "special cases.”

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One Flag, North and South Korea shock the world at Olympics (photo)

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 04:44 AM PST

It’s almost unbelievable to think it really happened, but it did: North and South Korea entered the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium together Thursday evening under one flag.

The countries are cooperating for a series of conciliatory measures, including having their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years at the opening ceremony. The joyous group flew their flag, which was white with the blue Korean peninsula in the middle.

During the 2000s, the two countries' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several international sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The last time before Friday was at the Asian Winter Games in China in 2007.

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Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden lashes out at Trump parade idea

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 04:36 AM PST

Although he had dinner with Trump at the White House in 2017, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden doesn’t like the president’s idea of a military parade.

Robert O’Neill tweeted Thursday that the idea suggested by Trump is beneath the United Stated of America.

In his first tweet, O’Neill wrote: “A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.”

After another Twitter user questioned his reference to the third world, O’Neill responded: “Yes. Third World. If Russia or France were powerful enough to take over the world, they would. We are yet we don't. That's called First World.”

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World markets tank after Wall Street selloff

Posted: 09 Feb 2018 04:26 AM PST

The U.S. markets continue to nosedive, and the world markets are reacting negatively.

Global stock prices sank Friday after the Dow Jones industrials on Wall Street plummeted more than 1,000 points, deepening a week-long sell-off.

Markets followed U.S. stocks down after the Dow, coming off a record high, entered a correction — or a 10 percent decline from its latest peak — for the first time in two years.

In early trading, France's CAC 40 lost 0.4 percent to 5,144.35, adding to Thursday's 2 percent decline, and London's FTSE 100 shed 0.3 percent on top of the previous day's 1.5 percent retreat. Germany's DAX was unchanged.

Asian markets fell more sharply. The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 5.5 percent before ending the day down 4 percent at 3,129.85. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 2.3 percent to 21,382.62 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 3.1 percent to 29,507.63.

On Wall Street, futures for the Dow and Standard & Poor's 500 index were up an unusually large 0.7 percent, suggesting traders might be trying to take advantage of lower prices to buy.

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