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    We’ve heard a lot about "cancel culture" of late. From debates about what it is and if it really exists to a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) dedicated to it, politicos of all stripes have weighed in. Just last week, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called for congressional hearings about its threat. The definition of cancel culture is tough to nail down but, fundamentally, it’s about punishing someone for something they’ve said or done in the past that is deemed unacceptable. This judgement is often a result of changing cultural norms and mores by a subgroup of people who are often unaccountable to the broader public. The punishments vary but usually involve a loss of money or status – ensuring someone is fired or de-platformed, blackballing a company or product, invalidating awards or honors. TUCKER CARLSON: THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DOOMSDAY CULT AND THE GROWTH OF THE POLICE STATE Much of the recent coverage around cancel culture has been focused...
    Capitol Police arrest an insurrectionist for carrying a weapon in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. Right-wing extremists around the country are being arrested by law enforcement in the riot's aftermath. If there has been a silver lining in the Jan. 6 insurrection, it would be this: Law enforcement officials finally appear to be taking far-right extremist criminal behavior seriously. That’s become abundantly clear in the wave of arrests of multiple extremists in the weeks following, not all of whom are connected to the attack on the Capitol. The past week has been especially eventful: A livestreaming white supremacist fond of threatening strangers online was arrested in Florida on a weapons charge. A member of the Proud Boys was arrested in Philadelphia for harassing a community organizer. And even more Capitol insurgents were placed under arrest, including a former State Department aide and Donald Trump appointee. Tuesday’s arrest of notorious far-right...
    (CNN)Republican legislators around the country are moving aggressively to strip governors and other officials of their power to change election rules -- after states made it easier to vote last year during the coronavirus pandemic and turnout surged to record levels.The measures have been introduced in at least eight states with Republican-controlled legislatures -- including the key battlegrounds of Georgia and Arizona. Some bills would give more authority to lawmakers to establish the ground rules for voting, in an escalation of the already bitter partisan fights that have erupted following the 2020 presidential contest.The fresh showdowns over who should run elections come as allies of former President Donald Trump continue to try to cast doubt on his loss -- by arguing that election officials and the courts usurped state laws when they relaxed voting rules to overcome challenges posed by the pandemic. And they represent the latest front in the...
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voiced his criticism of the Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID relief package that includes many things not associated with the virus. Paul told Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” the massive bill is a “big mistake.” He argued now is “not the time to put the country further into debt.” “At this point, we don’t know what is in it. The rumors rumbling around is that every wish list, every sort of thing the Democrats want to put on the Christmas tree, is going to be in there. Some of it will have to do with COVID, but the bottom line is we don’t have $2 trillion sitting around here, so it’s all going to be borrowed,” Paul outlined. “You know, the idea of stimulus, or bailout, it’s the seen and the unseen. You’ll see the money you get, and you like it. And...
    (CNN)From Washington state to Florida, from California to Massachusetts, facilities are opening to help the growing number of Americans who suffer from Covid-19 symptoms many months after their diagnosis.Just a little more than a year into the pandemic, it's not clear how many Covid-19 patients go on to develop what's called long-term Covid, or long Covid. A recent study that included mostly people who had just mild cases found 30% were reporting symptoms as long as nine months after contracting the virus. Other studies have found a higher percentage.And almost every day that doctors work with these Covid long haulers brings new revelations about the syndrome, which manifests itself in a vast array of symptoms in patients of all ages and of every health status pre-Covid. Almost a third of people with mild Covid-19 still battle symptoms months later, study finds"We now realize it goes way beyond the standard post...
    Getty Cracker Barrel is being blasted on Twitter with some users claiming a stylistic swirl between the “R” and “K” in the company logo is a whip, and question whether the name and its logo have racist origins. Heavy contacted Cracker Barrel’s press office for comment, and didn’t immediately hear back. Twitter users were quick to lambaste the logo and the company after a picture of a sign for the store began circulating on social media. “D*** I never noticed the whip,” the person wrote. Did y’all know this ? pic.twitter.com/Odte32Zt9Z — DOMODADONN???? (@DomoDaDonn) February 8, 2021 The photo was captioned, “Cracker was a slang term for whip. Thats why blacks called whites crackers, from the crack of the whip. A cracker barrel is a barrel that held the whips for sale at the country store. You see the whip going from the R to the K?...
    The Danish Energy Agency has today formally announced that, as expected, it will build an artificial island in the North Sea, 50 miles off the coast of the Jutland Peninsula. This green energy hub will, when complete, be expected to supply 10GW: roughly the energy needs of 10 million households across Europe. Measuring around 120,000 square meters, the artificial island will receive, store and transmit power from nearby wind farms back to shore. Reuters reports that the project is likely to cost around $34 billion, and is expected to be operational by 2033.  Officials add that, eventually, it’s hoped that the island will house a “green fuel” plant which can then be sent to Denmark. That’s likely to be an extension of the Danish plan to use surplus wind power to run an electrolyzer to extract Hydrogen from seawater without any CO2 emissions. And Denmark, which is one of the...
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    Taylor O'Sullivan named the bus her Ultra Happy Camper van. Taylor O’Sullivan In the fall of 2020, Taylor O'Sullivan purchased a 1966 vintage Corvair Ultra Van. The 175-square-foot van features many of its original mid-century furnishings. O'Sullivan has taken weekend trips in California and plans to see more of the West Coast this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. By the time Taylor O'Sullivan has finished a drive in her vintage Corvair Ultra Van, her cheeks hurt. When the 30-year-old is driving along the roads of California, she spends most of the drive smiling and waving at strangers. Whether it's the retro rainbow painted on the side or the smiling face on the front, O'Sullivan's van catches everyone's attention. "It's hard to be in a bad mood when you're driving the bus," she told Insider. A post shared by Vintage Corvair Ultra Van (@ultrahappycampervan)...
    London (CNN)In March last year, the UK government said it was hopeful the country could cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. It was a grim target to set, but one the nation came to begrudgingly accept.Now, 10 months on, the country counts more than 100,000 people as its Covid-19 dead, government data showed Tuesday. The UK has earned the dishonor of having one of the worst per capita death rates in the world. A surge in case numbers that began in December has pushed hospitals to the brink. ICU workers say they have been forced to "dilute" their care and describe mental health struggles under unprecedented pressure. Schools are shut and have moved online, disrupting the lives of students and working parents alike. All but essential shops are closed. In England, socializing, even outdoors, is banned, except in pairs for exercise. Londons ICU nurses detail depression and disaster There are few differences from the spring, when Britons...
    The Central African Republic on Thursday declared a state of emergency for 15 days in the country, while two-thirds are under the control of armed groups. On Thursday, the UN envoy to the Central African Republic, Mankeur Ndiaye, called on the Security Council for a “substantial increase” of the 12,000 peacekeepers deployed within the Minusca (UN Mission in the Central African Republic). The state of emergency “allows the authorities to make arrests without necessarily going through the public prosecutor”, specified the presidency of the Republic. A week before the first round, on December 27, presidential and legislative elections, six of the country’s most powerful armed groups – sometimes ex-enemies – joined forces to form the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC). They launched an offensive against President Touadéra, who was running for a second term, after the electoral commission had excluded ex-President Bozizé from the competition, who some of...
    A network of private attorneys and the conservative organizations are launching a "war" against ciritcal race theory trainings across the country as President Biden rolls back the Trump administration's efforts on the issue. Led by Discovery Institute researcher Chris Rufo, the network's stated goal is to bring a complaint before the U.S. Supreme Court and "effectively abolish critical race theory programs from American life." It comes just after Biden repealed Trump's executive order banning critical race theory training from the federal government, a move by Trump that Rufo appeared to precipitate by releasing documents leaked from federal employees. "Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life," read Rufo's press release, which echoed Trump's previous condemnation of the training. BIDEN EDUCATION NOMINEE TOUTED DIVERSITY SPEAKER WHO CLAIMED SCHOOLS 'SPIRIT MURDER' BLACK CHILDREN "It divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, racial stereotyping,...
    Visitors to Venice are being tracked via a new 'control room' that uses mobile phone data to log where they go, what they do, and where they're from. City officials sitting in the £2.7million nerve-centre, which opened in September, are able to see how many people are congregating in different parts of the city, how fast they are moving, where they stop, and what methods of transport they are using. Despite the privacy concerns the new system raises, proud bureaucrats insist the anonymous data will only be used to control the flow of people through the city - which sees 30million tourists arrive each year among a population of just 50,000. Venice has started to count the numbers of visitors to the historic city as well as tapping into their mobile phone signals to find out which country they are from and where they visit in a bid to...
    The majority of working-class Trump supporters who traveled to DC last week were "repulsed" by Wednesday's riots that engulfed the Capitol in chaos and resulted in at least four deaths, conservative activist Charlie Kirk said Sunday.  "The strength of the president's movement is about giving a voice to working people all across the country," Kirk told "The Next Revolution" host Steve Hilton on Sunday, "and I can tell you, working people who voted for the president were repulsed by what they saw. In fact, they were saddened." CRENSHAW BLASTS FELLOW REPUBLICANS FOR 'LYING' TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS VideoKirk argued that Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital to demand that lawmakers take various steps to preserve the integrity of the 2020 election, anticipating "a very spirited and factual discussion in the United States Senate and House around voter integrity. "We were about to have hopefully a constitutional discussion around some of the complaints and concerns that nearly half the country shared," Kirk explained, "and then they felt as if that...
    Following the pro-Donald Trump insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol, New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman reported that White House officials are worried that this won’t be an isolated incident. Haberman joined CNN’s New Day for a discussion on the news that some Trump officials are considering whether to invoke the 25th Amendment against the president in light of his incitement for the D.C. riots. This also comes as people are leaving the White House in droves, and Haberman told the panel “the president is in bunker mode.” “He is talking to extremely few people,” she said. “Those who have talked to him have described the conversations as not productive, to put it mildly. He is absolutely convinced that he was wronged.” After addressing the statement the White House put out affirming an “orderly transition of power,” Haberman added that some people are “concerned” about what might happen before...
    The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday, and India, the world’s second-most populous country, authorizing its first shots. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a disappointingly slow start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total to about 4 million. Britain on Monday became the first nation to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, ramping up its nationwide inoculation campaign amid soaring infection rates blamed on a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the virus. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first shot at Oxford University Hospital, saying in statement: “I can now really look forward to celebrating my 48th wedding anniversary.” Britain’s mass...
    COUNTRY singer Tyler Rich has recalled how he found a dead man's body while out on a jog - and says he will 'never forget' it. Posting to Twitter, Taylor on Friday said "2020 ended" with the harrowing experience of finding a corpse in a wooded area, covered in blood. 3NINTCHDBPICT000628557843Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3NINTCHDBPICT000628557738Credit: Instagram 3NINTCHDBPICT000628557737Credit: Instagram In a statement, Rich, 32, said he was 2.5 miles into his run at Chicopee State Park in Massachusetts when he "ran across a dam" and was "looking for a way to cut up the hill back to the path." He continued: "I then saw what I thought was a young homeless man sleeping. "He was on his stomach and had a bag tied around his foot and was faced down…A fter running around him, I felt bad for him, he was sleeping facedown and just looked like he was in...
    Federal court declines churchs bid to lift California Covid restrictions by Christmas Live politics updates: No vote today on $2K stimulus checks; Andrew Yang may run for NYC mayor These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Marco Verch/ Getty 10 snacks children around the world leave for Santa While milk and cookies are considered the norm in the US, around the world, kids are leaving Santa anything from beer to rice pudding. In Iceland, children believe that there are 13 completely different Santa-like figures who visit throughout December, which results in very different treats all month...
    With a population of only 800 people, the birds around and above the miniature island of Mexcaltitán may be the majority party. Man o’ wars, a dark seabird with a long, forked tail, line up along cables strung between pastel-painted buildings. On a strip of land just asea of the village’s main wharf, pelicans assemble. And herons, with their curving necks and stick-thin legs, perch atop wooden fences between the mangroves that surround the island, keeping guard. Some 1,000 years ago, it was a heron that, according to legend, first drew ancestral Mexicans to this spot of land in a lake by the country’s Pacific coast. Migrating Nahuas, an indigenous people, chose to settle there after seeing the bird in the center of the island with a snake clutched in its beak — a vision they interpreted as a sign from their patron god, Huitzilopochtli. Today, believers of that story...
    NEW YORK (AP) — US COVID-19 deaths top 300,000 just as vaccinations begin around the country. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" protesters jeer at the much larger crowd of antifascist protesters in Olympia, Washington, on Saturday. The pattern has become clear: Wherever pro-Donald Trump “Stop the Steal” rallies are organized, the thugs who come out in large numbers to participate wreak violence on anyone who comes out to protest them. This weekend, even as Proud Boys and other Trump supporters were bringing violence to the streets of Washington, D.C., a similar but much smaller group of MAGA fanatics was doing the same thing across the country in the Washington state capital. And for the second week in a row in Olympia, a Trump supporter fired a gun at counterprotesters for a “Stop the Steal” event—this time, hitting and injuring a man who was wounded and hospitalized at the culmination of a running series of brawls. Police arrested the man, along with three other people at the...
    CHATHAM, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There are now more than 14 million coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States. As of Thursday, there were more than 100,000 people hospitalized. One American dies every 30 seconds. MORE: Coronavirus Outbreak: More Than 170 Staffers At 3 New Jersey Hospitals Test Positive Record have been broken and that includes in the Tri-State Area. Infections in New Jersey soared to a new high Thursday — 4,913 new positive cases, and 64 deaths reported, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Explanation Of N.Y.’s Yellow, Orange, Red Zones (.pdf) Find A COVID-19 Testing Site Near You In NYC Check NYC Testing Line Wait Times Resources: Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Health Experts Stress Need To Fight ‘Mask Exhaustion’ CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions Complete Coronavirus Coverage From signs on sidewalks to messages on the doors...
    Nearly 200 legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus and four have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They're also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols. Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates. It's echoing a partisan divide nationwide over a simple step that health experts say is proven to help keep others safe. "We're supposed to be modeling for our constituents and for our residents in our state," said Arkansas state Sen. Stephanie Flowers, a Democrat in the majority-Republican Legislature who proposed a rule requiring senators to wear a mask or...
    (CNN)The Covid-19 pandemic is raging across the US -- already more devastating than previous surges and showing no signs of slowing down. On Thanksgiving, the US marked its 24th day in a row with more than 100,000 new cases. Hospitalizations Thursday hit a new high -- for the 17th consecutive day -- with now more than 90,400 Covid-19 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. More than 1,200 deaths were reported. The country's death toll since the pandemic's start is now more than 263,000. And nearly another 60,000 could lose their lives over the next three weeks, according to an ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.One expert told CNN Wednesday night the number of daily deaths will likely double in the next ten days. Coronavirus hospitalizations hit another record as experts warn Thanksgiving gatherings could worsen the pandemic"So, we'll be seeing...
    Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin took the lead on The View on Monday as the show kicked off the week by discussing how Republicans are conducting themselves in light of President Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat. As the panel took note of Republicans panning Trump’s effort to dispute the election results, they especially took interest in Carl Bernstein naming 21 Republican senators who allegedly have “extreme contempt” for the president behind his back. The show went on by discussing what ramifications people will see for supporting Trump, though Goldberg repeatedly made reference to “a coup trying to happen.” After Joy Behar argued that Republicans remain subservient to Trump for fear of angering him and his “cult,” Goldberg lamented the disinformation that continues to shroud Trump’s post-election legal efforts. “It feels like they’re attempting a coup to me,” Goldberg said. “I know everybody doesn’t want to hear that, but that’s what...
    Savannah Rychcik November 17, 2020 0 Comments Cindy McCain is explaining how the rest of the globe has lost respect for the United States because of President Donald Trump’s administration. She detailed her experiences overseas and how she witnessed the effects of Trump’s decisions on other countries. “I was overseas at least once a month, if not more. I’d watch the demise of respect of our country around the globe, watch us leave our allies on the battlefield, watch us throw away our treaties, etc.,” McCain told the Washington Post on Tuesday. She added: “You say, ‘Well, we’re better than that.’ But finally, there comes a time when there’s no explanation anymore, and that was very much the case with me. There were so many people like my husband and so many millions of other people who served so nobly. And then to have it tossed away by someone...
    Alaska Airlines flight hits bear on runway during landing All charges dropped against NFL player DeAndre Baker Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/15 SLIDES © FooTToo/istockphoto Merry Creepy Christmas Santa, his toy-making elves, and Rudolph may be larger-than-life figures in this country, but around the world, the holiday season brings a unique and colorful array of celebrations and characters. Depending on the country, or region, the traditions may include witches, spiders, or even feasts of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Related: 32...
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    Sure, the Steelers are heavily favored, but Cowboys fans aren’t supporting the home team With Ben Roethlisberger and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in town this Sunday, it appears most of the secondary ticket market, which is already limited to begin with, went to fans of the opposing team. Home jerseys ☑️Crowd making it feel like a home game ☑️ Dallas won the toss and defers to the second half.#HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/rJb1W0XDja — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2020 Steelers fans cheered on their 7-0 team as they made their way onto the field at AT&T Stadium. Pittsburgh managed an 8-8 season last year despite Roethlisberger missing the majority of 15 games. With Big Ben back in the fold, rather than Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges, Pittsburgh’s defensive effort isn’t for naught, with the offense putting up enough points to match.Steelers fans have always traveled wellSince their miraculous run in the...
    There were massive celebrations across the country as Biden supporters reveled after multiple news outlets declared Joe Biden as the victor in the 2020 presidential election. During some of the Biden rallies, the fervent crowd attacked effigies of President Donald Trump. A huge horde of people gathered near the White House on Saturday, where it was so jam-packed that photojournalist Ford Fischer said, "social distancing isn't really possible." "One Biden supporter is carrying around an effigy of Trump's decapitated head on a pike wearing a pacifier and a pig-nose," Fischer wrote on Twitter. (Content Warning: Graphic content) One Biden supporter is carrying around an effigy of President Trump's decapitated head on a pike wearing a pacifier… https://t.co/93bsN8iuky — Ford Fischer (@Ford Fischer)1604780832.0In Philadelphia, the fiery crowd took turns punching, kicking, and throwing around an inflatable doll with Trump's face on it. Before a man kicked...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices continue to decline in New Jersey and around the country due to decreased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.18, down three cents from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.59 a gallon a year ago at this time. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.11, also down three cents from the previous week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.62 a gallon a year ago at this time. Analysts say the national gas price average hasn't been this low to start November since 2004, and if crude oil prices continue to decline, the national average price could drop below $2 a gallon before the end of the year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices continue to decline in New Jersey and around the country due to decreased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.18, down three cents from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.59 a gallon a year ago at this time. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.11, also down three cents from the previous week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.62 a gallon a year ago at this time. Analysts say the national gas price average hasn’t been this low to start November since 2004, and if crude oil prices continue to decline, the national average price could drop below $2 a gallon before the end of the year. (Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) MORE FROM...
    A pedestrian passes a boarded up entrance at the Saks Fifth Avenue store, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.AP Photo/Chris Pizzello For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Businesses in New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and other cities across the country are boarding up in anticipation of election-season unrest. Because a healthy democracy is one that prepares for an election as if it were a gathering tropical cyclone.  Washington DC is boarding up shopfronts, preparing for election destruction. This is the 3rd time they’ve done this since June. pic.twitter.com/eQc8lhe30L — David Lipson (@davidlipson) October 27, 2020 Bay Area cities and restaurants are boarding up — bracing for potential election-night unrest. Police in Oakland and San Francisco plan to boost staffing on election night. https://t.co/36gwbKrMtg pic.twitter.com/cOLsylAX2u — San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 31, 2020 Businesses are boarding up...
    A pedestrian passes a boarded up entrance at the Saks Fifth Avenue store, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.AP Photo/Chris Pizzello For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Businesses in New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and other cities across the country are boarding up in anticipation of election day unrest. Because a healthy democracy is one that prepares for an election as if it were a gathering tropical cyclone.  Washington DC is boarding up shopfronts, preparing for election destruction. This is the 3rd time they’ve done this since June. pic.twitter.com/eQc8lhe30L — David Lipson (@davidlipson) October 27, 2020 Bay Area cities and restaurants are boarding up — bracing for potential election-night unrest. Police in Oakland and San Francisco plan to boost staffing on election night. https://t.co/36gwbKrMtg pic.twitter.com/cOLsylAX2u — San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) October 31, 2020 Businesses are boarding...
    VIDEO2:0102:01Covid cases continue to mount around the countryThe News with Shepard Smith NBC's Gabe Gutierrez reports on the growing number of Covid-19 cases in South Dakota and the difficulty the state is having in its attempts to deal with it.Related TagsHealth care industry
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    The county of Los Angeles has a distinct legacy of setting precedent. Whether in the cultural sphere or in the political, the influence and impact of Los Angeles is undeniable. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutorial office in the United States. Unlike any other country in the world, the United States is the only nation that elects rather than appoints district attorneys, giving the public a unique opportunity to elect someone who truly understands the needs of the governed and aligns with our values. Admittedly, many of us do not understand the power of the district attorney (DA), but with voting already underway and Election Day nearing, we should be paying more attention to who will serve as the next chief prosecutor. Who is in the Los Angeles district attorney 2020 race? The Los Angeles district attorney race is between incumbent DA Jackie Lacey...
    Save our Stages, which benefits the National Independent Venue Association's Emergency Relief Fund, kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday with 35 acts, including the Foo Fighters, the Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dave Matthews, the Roots and Brittany Howard. Artists will perform from more than 25 independent venues around the country. Also on tap this weekend are Augustus and Covenhoven playing at the brand-new outdoor venue Number Thirty Eight in RiNo and Jon Snodgrass virtually celebrating the release of his new solo album, Tace. Here's our list of the weekend's best music picks: Related Stories Save Our Stages Fest May Be the Biggest Streaming Concert Yet Foo Fighters, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lumineers Play Fest to Save Venues Save Our Stages Fest Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18 Online Free/donations This three-day virtual festival hosted by Reggie Watts includes performances from the Foo Fighters, Brittany Howard, Dave Matthews, Dillon Francis,...
    In early March, just before South by Southwest organizers canceled their festival over COVID-19, New Yorkers Amber Mundinger and Kevin Condon had a grim realization: Hundreds of music venues around the country were likely to be closing for good. Mundinger, the chief operating officer of Artists Den Entertainment (the company behind the television music series Live From the Artists Den), and Condon, a photographer who'd just had a year’s worth of jobs canceled within a week, talked about how they should document the shuttering of bars, clubs and theaters. They recruited Tamara Deike, who has worked in the music industry for two decades, to help with the project. “The three of us talked about it, and we literally just kind of agreed that we were going to cover the people and places in music that were so rapidly being shut down,” Mundinger says. Dubbing the project Bring Music...
    President Donald Trump dropped an f-bomb on conservative Rush Limbaugh's radio show Friday during a two-hour talk-fest in which he was played off by music.  'If you f*** around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before,' Trump said in a burst of conversation about Iran.  Radio listeners weren't treated to the president's profanity, a part of that section was edited out. It is, however, included in a transcript posted on Limbaugh's website.  President Donald Trump dropped the f-bomb during a two-hour radio interview with conservative host Rush Limbaugh Friday, but the profanity was edited out before it hit terrestrial radio airwaves  The official transcript of President Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh's back-and-forth includes the president's full comments, in which he said to Iran: 'If you f*** around with us, you do something bad...
    Venues around the country are bleeding out their last reserves, digging themselves into deeper debt, bracing for bankruptcy or preparing to shut down entirely. To try to keep them afloat through indefinite closures, the National Independent Venue Association is throwing a star-studded three-day virtual music festival. The event, running Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18, will raise relief money for venues and promoters and awareness about the Save Our Stages Act, which would be a life preserver for the independent music economy until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Local superstars the Lumineers and Nathaniel Rateliff will perform sets from the Boulder Theater, and the Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Dave Matthews, Demi Lovato, Phoebe Bridgers, the Roots, Brittany Howard, Portugal. the Man, Rise Against, Black Pumas, FINNEAS, Leon Bridges and many more will perform. The event, which includes 35 artists being recorded at 25 independent venues across the...
    Colorado State University-Pueblo will offer a new hemp agriculture degree program next fall, funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture. CSU-Pueblo already offers other cannabis degree programs and has been home to the Institute of Cannabis Research since 2016; current undergraduates can pursue a bachelor's degree in cannabis biology and chemistry or a minor in cannabis studies. Starting next year, however, students can narrow their studies to focus on industrial hemp, thanks to a new research program starting up at several colleges around the country. CSU-Pueblo's Industrial Hemp Education, Agriculture and Research (InHEAR) program will require students to take courses specifically tailored toward agricultural hemp research and either do an internship with one of CSU-Pueblo’s hemp industry partners or conduct research at the Institute of Cannabis Research. Development of the new curriculum is funded by a $275,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture; similar degrees are...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Guatemala says it will detain and return a migrant caravan of around 2,000 that entered the country from Honduras on Thursday, the Associated Press reported Friday. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei vowed the caravan would be sent back to Honduras over concerns about coronavirus, the AP reported. The caravan overpowered Guatemalan border guards who reportedly made little attempt to control the situation, according to the AP. “The order has been given to detain all those who entered illegally, and return them to the border of their country,” Giammattei said, the AP reported. “We will not allow any foreigner who has used illegal means to enter the country, to think that they have the right to come and infect us and put us at serious risk.” Giammattei said that some constitutional rights would be suspended in provinces the caravan might go through in order to detain them,...
    Guatemala says it will detain and return a migrant caravan of around 2,000 that entered the country from Honduras on Thursday, the Associated Press reported Friday. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei vowed the caravan would be sent back to Honduras over concerns about coronavirus, the AP reported. The caravan overpowered Guatemalan border guards who reportedly made little attempt to control the situation, according to the AP. “The order has been given to detain all those who entered illegally, and return them to the border of their country,” Giammattei said, the AP reported. “We will not allow any foreigner who has used illegal means to enter the country, to think that they have the right to come and infect us and put us at serious risk.” Migrant caravan sets off from Honduras with eyes on U.S. border https://t.co/vKyCYn9YmK — CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2020 Giammattei said that some constitutional...
    “The food industry stopped at taste for too long,” says Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food Media Network. She believes that every bite of food is a product of an interconnected system: While taste is important, the land, plants and animals, farmers and fishermen, purveyors, chefs and restaurant workers must also be compensated and considered. Brito hopes to support this shift in perspective through the nonprofit’s annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List and Industry Impact Report. The 2020 list, released on September 21, seeks to make the purchasing practices of participating chefs and restaurants transparent and recognizes their commitment to buying good food and sourcing sustainably. This year, 131 restaurants from around the country participated, and 38 of them are located in Colorado. The list will be a platform for conversation during the Good Food Media Network’s virtual seminar series: Eat.Drink.Think. “It’s really hard to live by...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he remained a supporter of attracting talented people from around the world to Britain after the migrant advisory committee reported shortages of workers in certain occupations. "I remain very, very open to this country being a beacon for scientific geniuses who want to come here, talented people who come and make their lives here. That's very, very important and we're going to continue to do that," he told reporters. "But obviously we also want to have control over our immigration system ... and above all we want to ensure that people growing up in this country get the opportunities and skills that they need." (Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    PRINCE HARRY increasingly plays a right-on Orville the Duck to Meghan’s woke Keith Harris – adorably word perfect, even if you suspect he didn’t write the script. Dump the Trump! Gottle of geer! Vote for Biden! Gottle of geer! ⚠️ Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple 10Harry and Meghan’s latest sermon from their lush Californian pile piously urged Americans to get out and vote — as long as it is not for Donald Trump With his D-grade in A-level Geography, Prince Harry is lavishly qualified to comment on an American presidential election. Harry and Meghan’s latest sermon from their lush Californian pile piously urged Americans to get out and vote — as long as it is not for Donald Trump. “This election I’m not going to be able to vote here in the US,” simpered Harry in a TV appearance to...
    Bradley Cortright September 21, 2020 0 Comments White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says he believes that country has regained control of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to reporters on Monday, he was asked why the stock market was down, and he blamed it on concerns that the United Kingdom may implement another national lockdown to help quell the coronavirus outbreak.  However, he argued that the United States is in a “much better position” in terms of the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’ve regained control of both of the cases and fatalities. But I think people are worried about Britain and maybe the rest of Europe as well,” he said. Watch his comments below:  Reporter: "Will the economy continue to improve if you dont get a stimulus package?" Larry Kudlow: "Yes." pic.twitter.com/vdicLQtVu2— The Hill (@thehill) September 21, 2020 Kudlow’s comments come as the number of daily new coronavirus cases around the country has ticked...
    Two police training experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation in separate interviews that use of force training is lacking throughout the country. The experts said departments rely on a concept known as the “use of force continuum,” where officers gradually escalate their tactics if a suspect is not complying with directives. The professionals blame “low level” instruction and a lack of unified standards for the poor instruction, adding that decisions to defund the police would make matters worse.  Two law enforcement training experts from different parts of the country said traditional use of force instruction is severely lacking as calls for police reform and nationwide unrest continue to grow. The Daily Caller News Foundation spoke with John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and 10-year Israeli police veteran Maria Haberfeld as well as former Detroit and Arizona special operations police officer and professional instructor Darryl Rivers. Both...
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    During a Friday appearance on MSNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading infectious disease expert, pushed back on Donald Trump’s claim that the country is “rounding the final turn” on the coronavirus pandemic. As reported by The Hill, Fauci warned that the pandemic could get worse if Americans are not careful to continue focusing on taking preventative measures against the virus. “I have to disagree with that, because if you look at… the statistics, they are disturbing. We’re plateauing at around 40,000 cases a day. And the deaths are around a thousand,” he said. The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also said he hopes there is no post-Labor Day surge in COVID-19 infections as there was following July 4 and Memorial Day. According to the doctor, the United States’ infection rate is already concerning. Trump on Thursday said that America is “rounding the final...
    (CNN)On Thursday afternoon during a news conference, President Donald Trump treated the country to a spin around his fantasyland, where he is a great leader besieged by meanies, and the needless death and suffering due to his failed response to the coronavirus pandemic are not worth acknowledging. Instead, he spoke about Fox News as if it is his security blanket and bashed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for using a teleprompter during his speeches. Nothing in Trump's attitude has changed even as the world has learned he lied, for weeks on end, about the gravest threat to public health in more than a century. The President's appearance in the White House press room was prompted by the shocking revelations in recorded interviews he gave to the esteemed journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming book, "Rage," on the Trump presidency. In those recordings, Trump can be heard saying, on February 7,...
    By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians on Friday welcomed what many people around the world might like to see: the beginning of a new year. Following a calendar seven years behind the Gregorian one used by much of the world, Ethiopians marked the beginning of 2013. “The 2012 Ethiopian calendar is a year where we went through a lot. There was a big punishment as a result of (God’s) wrath,” said Emkulu Yiheyis, an Ethiopian Orthodox priest. “But it was not as big as we thought it would be, because of God’s will it was easier, and we are here now. "We were largely protected from going through the horror we saw elsewhere.” Coronavirus cases only in recent weeks have begun to rise rapidly in Africa’s second most populous country. Ethiopia had more than 62,000 confirmed cases as of Friday, including nearly 1,000 deaths. The...
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians on Friday welcomed what many people around the world might like to see: the beginning of a new year. Following a calendar seven years behind the Gregorian one used by much of the world, Ethiopians marked the beginning of 2013. “The 2012 Ethiopian calendar is a year where we went through a lot. There was a big punishment as a result of (God’s) wrath,” said Emkulu Yiheyis, an Ethiopian Orthodox priest. “But it was not as big as we thought it would be, because of God’s will it was easier, and we are here now. “We were largely protected from going through the horror we saw elsewhere.” Coronavirus cases only in recent weeks have begun to rise rapidly in Africa’s second most populous country. Ethiopia had more than 62,000 confirmed cases as of Friday, including nearly 1,000 deaths. The government let a state...
    This New Yorker is trading the E.V. for an R.V. Brett Weinberger, 24, high-tailed it out of her small East Village apartment for which she was paying $1,065 in rent during the pandemic. But unlike many of her peers, who swiftly moved home with their parents, Weinberger decided to invest in a 26-by-8-foot mobile home, where she’ll live and work for the foreseeable future. “I lived in a room with one window that looked onto a brick wall — it wasn’t going to be a conducive working environment,” Weinberger, a procurement manager for a food startup, told The Post. She had previously made the most of her one-year lease in the heart of downtown by catching burlesque and Broadway shows and never eating at the same restaurant twice. But when COVID-19 forced her to take cover indoors, Weinberger, who’s visited 27 countries and said “traveling is a huge component of...
    Conservative filmmaker and scholar Dinesh D'Souza said Sunday that recent rioting and political division within the U.S. could lead to the "rise of citizen militias," if societal tensions are not quickly de-escalated and diffused. "The problem is that you respond [to rioting] through the lawful authorities, which is through the police; if things escalate beyond a certain point then you call in federal assistance. If things escalate beyond that point you call in the military," he told Fox News during a phone interview. "Local governments and state governors are calling down the cops and licensing their own private gangs. If the cops won't protect us, then you're going to see the rise of citizen militias around the country." "I'm not advocating this," he added. "I'm predicting it. It is a natural and inevitable response to the militarization of one side." D'Souza, whose new documentary film "Trump Card" is set to come out next month, claimed the...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Turkish soccer federation has reversed an earlier decision and now says league games will be played without spectators in the first half of the new season. The federation had planned to allow stadiums around the country to operate at a maximum of 30% of capacity from October. The federation says it is heeding the advice of Turkey’s scientific council to keep fans out of stadiums. The decision comes as the number of daily infections in the country have risen above 1,500 and COVID-19-related deaths have reached their highest since mid-May. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said the Justice Department was monitoring the far-left movement Antifa, saying that it is at the heart of violence in cities around the country. 'I've talked to every police chief in every city where there has been major violence and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,' Barr said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.  'They are flying around the country. We know people who are flying around the country,' he said. 'We see some of the purchases they are making before the riots of weapons to use in those riots,' Barr added. 'So, we are following them.' 'I've talked to every police chief in every city where there has been major violence and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,' Barr said in an interview Wednesday Fires burn as two hundred activists...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Attorney General William Barr stated that he has spoken to every single police chief in cities that have had “major violence” and those police chiefs have all “identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence.” He added that “They are flying around the country. We know people who are flying around the country. We know where they’re going.” And that there were “numerous reports” of individuals coming to Washington “for the specific purpose of causing a riot” during the RNC. Barr said, “I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there’s been major violence, and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence. They are flying around the country. We know people who are flying around the country. We know where they’re going. We know — we see some of the purchases they’re making before the riots of...
    Reuters September 2, 2020 0 Comments  U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said the Justice Department was monitoring the anti-fascist protest movement Antifa, calling it the “ramrod” of violence and looting in U.S. cities. “I’ve talked to every police chief in every city where there has been major violence and they all have identified Antifa as the ramrod for the violence,” Barr said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “They are flying around the country. We know people who are flying around the country.” “We see some of the purchases they are making before the riots of weapons to use in those riots,” Barr added. “So, we are following them.” Barr also said he thought there was a “false narrative” in the U.S. that many unarmed Black people are being killed by white police officers. (Reporting by Eric Beech, Katanga Johnson, and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Chris...
    The Mickey pretzel. Yunny H./Yelp Around the world, Disney theme parks and resorts vary in what food items they offer. Some iconic menu items from the North American Disney theme parks include Mickey Mouse-shaped soft pretzels, desserts inspired by "Frozen," and variations on the parks' beloved Dole Whip float. Famous international menu items include croque monsieur sandwiches, crepes, and steamed buns. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From Disneyland Paris to Walt Disney World and Epcot in Orlando, Florida, one of the best parts of visiting a Disney park is trying out its menu items. Menu items vary from state to state and country to country. However, some foods stand above the rest and are a must-try once you eventually find yourself back at the parks. Here are 20 iconic Disney theme park menu items from around the world.
    Donald Trump Jr. delivered one of the featured speeches during the Republican National Convention’s opening night on Monday where he compared and contrasted the vision that his father has for the country vs. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. President Donald Trump’s eldest son began by highlighting the strong economic numbers that the administration secured before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the world economy. “And then courtesy of the Chinese Communist Party, the virus struck,” Trump Jr. said. “The President quickly took action and shut down travel from China. Joe Biden, and his Democrat allies, called my father a racist and a xenophobe for doing it. They put political correctness ahead of the safety and security of the American people.” Trump Jr. then hit Biden on several key issues: In fact, if you think about it, Joe Biden’s entire economic platform seems designed to crush the working man and woman. He supported...
    Joe Biden (D) has yet to be tested for the Chinese coronavirus, even after briefly appearing alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at last week’s Democratic National Convention, according to his deputy campaign manager. Speaking to ABC News on Sunday, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said the former vice president has not contracted the virus, although she added that he has not been tested for it either. “He has not had the virus. We have put in place really strict protocols, as I think all of your journalists who attended our convention in Delaware this week saw,” Bedingfield told the outlet. “We’ve put in place incredibly strict protocols to ensure that everybody involved who is around Vice President Biden, who is around Senator Harris, is undergoing the appropriate testing,” she continued, affirming that he has not been tested. “He has not been tested, however, we have put the strictest...
    Dana White on Corey Andersons Bellator switch: He can be more competitive there Dont waste your money on these useless car products The dollar may slide further, but analysts say its demise is greatly exaggerated The greenback had benefited as investors flew to safety amid the pandemic, which drove it to a three-and-a-half year high in March. But strategists say the country's economic recovery is in question, given its weak coronavirus response. The dollar had also reacted to the country's surging deficit and the prospect of U.S. interest rates remaining lower for longer. Analysts argue, however, that recent fears that the dollar may lose its status as the world's reserve currency are overblown. © Provided by CNBC The weakening U.S. dollar is set to slide even further, but its importance as the world's reserve currency is unlikely to be diminished, according to analysts. Load Error The...
    The pandemic is still here. By the middle of August, countries across the world are grappling with the coronavirus, as cases fluctuate. The United States, Brazil, India, and Russia have the highest number of cases in the world. The United Kingdom announced that it would impose a 14-day quarantine on all visitors from France, a move that was soon reciprocated by France. The list also includes the Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Aruba, and Turks & Caicos as those countries have also seen surges in cases. In France, 2,500 new cases were reported two days in a row. Levels of infection were seen mostly in young people but the high volume of cases hasn’t been seen in the country since April. Spain also reported almost 3,000 new cases, its’ highest level since April. Brazil is now ranked as the country with the second-worst coronavirus outbreak, only the United States has more...
    With so many people feeling cooped up due to restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, potato chip maker Lay's has developed four new internationally-inspired flavors to satisfy both food and travel cravings alike.The limited-edition "Taste of..." series features flavors from three different continents.There's the Tzatziki flavor, based on the classic yogurt and cucumber sauce from Greece, Lime and Sea Salt, inspired by the beaches of Mexico, Beer and Brats, putting together two of Germany's favorites, and the Thai Basil Chili, based on the sweet and sour dishes of Thailand.The new flavors won't be sold in stores.Anyone wishing to taste one of the new flavors will have to reply to one of the company's social media posts and tell them which country you'd like to visit.A bag from the country they choose will be shipped to the lucky winners.
    North Korea has reportedly sent around 3,000 members of the “Storm Corps,” an elite military force created by Kim Jong Il, to a number of areas around their northern border with China, reports Daily NK. The Storm Corps is one of the most prestigious assignments in the Hermit Kingdom, and the unit is made of “airborne ranger” squads as well as light infantry who are tasked with espionage and “military disruption activities.” Moreover, the Storm Corps is known to be considered the “second front line” should war break out in the country. Defense blog Task and Purpose declared the communist nation’s special forces to be likely more dangerous to American interests than the much more often heralded nuclear program, citing a 2015 report given to Congress by the Pentagon. “North Korea’s special operations forces …, growing artillery, and missile forces provide significant capabilities for small-scale attacks that could rapidly escalate...
    SEOUL, Aug 10 (EFE) .- The unusually long summer rainy season in South Korea has already left 42 dead and missing and almost 7,000 displaced people in the country, which today also faces the arrival of Typhoon Jangmi. The last region to be hit hard by the monsoon has been the province of South Jeolla (southwest of the country), where the storms that have affected the area since Friday have so far left 13 dead and 2 missing. The waterspouts have breached levees around the Seomjin River, flooding more than 2,500 homes and cutting off roads and railways. Since the monsoon rainy season began at the end of June, more than 14,000 buildings across the country have suffered significant damage and more than 7,000 people are unable to return to their homes. This year’s is on track to be the longest summer rainy season in recorded history. In 2013, a...
    Concert goers outside Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on March 29, 2018.Jess Phillips In early May, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a coalition of independent music venues and promoters from all around the country, formed. The purpose was twofold, both to raise public awareness of the importance of smaller, independent venues in the economic and creative ecosystem of a city, and to lobby Congress to pass the bipartisan RESTART Act. This bill would provide much-needed economic relief to venues that have been by and large closed for months of the coronavirus pandemic, and most likely will be among the last things to fully open. RESTART would provide funds to venues to finance six months’ worth of payroll, benefits and fixed operating costs; flexible use of loan proceeds and loan forgiveness; and implement a seven-year payback schedule, where principal payments wouldn’t be due for two years and interest payments would be deferred for at least...
    The cataclysmic explosion which ripped through Beirut on Tuesday is just the latest disaster to strike the city once known as the ‘Paris of the East’ Rescuers searched for survivors today at the port after the blast sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis. Bullet holes remain studded into walls around Beirut, a reminder of the brutal and bloody civil war that ended 20 years ago but more recently, Lebanon has been preparing to face a new enemy. Though Lebanon's coronavirus numbers are low in comparison to harder-hit nations - just 5,000 cases and 65 deaths so far - the country's weakened infrastructure is already struggling to treat those in need.       Since October last year, protesters have taken to the streets to call for change in the country. The demonstrations focussed around perceived corruption, the rolling blackouts which leave some...
    Many of the eight men now presumed dead after their amphibious assault vehicle sunk in deep water off San Clemente Island were celebrating milestones in their personal lives as they trained for their military careers. An 18-year-old from Corona was marking his first anniversary as a Marine, a new dad had a first son back home in Texas and a Portland man would have turned 19 during the 40-hour search-and-rescue effort that was mounted to find the group. A ninth Marine was found dead shortly after the AAV vanished from the surface. The eight, who were based at Camp Pendleton as part of the Battalion Landing Team 1/4, have been missing since Thursday, July 30, when their AAV took on water and sank during the training exercise. Military officials called off the search and rescue early Sunday after more than 1,000 square nautical miles of ocean were scoured using multiple...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota primary is coming up fast and election judges around the country are making sure they’re ready. On Friday morning, the Elections and Voters Services building in Minneapolis was running voting tests. The tests are conducted before every election. It’s a chance to fill in the boxes on what works before voters fill in the ovals on their candidates. “I can assure you election officials across the country have been diligently working in collaborating on making sure every citizen across our country can cast a ballot safely and accurately,” said Grace Wachlarowicz, director of Elections and Voter Services in Minneapolis. Wachlarowicz’s comments come after President Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the election because of his concerns over mail-in voting. That has been a popular option in Minneapolis, where a record 87,000 ballots have been mailed-out so far. Election officials say that represents about 45%...
    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamWhite House, Congress talk next coronavirus relief bill as COVID-19 continues to surge The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Governors urge Pence to promote mask-wearing MORE (D) said Sunday that her state is “at the mercy of what’s going on around the country." Lujan Grisham called the U.S.’s COVID-19 response the “worst abdication” of the “responsibility to protect Americans I’ve ever seen" during an interview on ABC's "This Week." The governor claimed there is “no national strategy” and “no public health investment.”  “There is no national strategy,” she said. “I still spend most of my days chasing testing supplies for our state. It is the worst abdication of a national response and responsibility to protect Americans I have ever seen in my government career.” Pressed by @gstephanopoulos whether it's time...
    A fire which ripped through at least seven ships in southern Iran today is the latest in a string of blazes and explosions all over the country including one at a uranium facility. It is not clear how the ships caught ablaze in Bushehr port, or whether they were military vessels. The port is just 20 minutes away from Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant - Iran's only facility of its kind. The plant was developed by Russia and Iran as part of a joint nuclear cooperation agreement.  The fire comes amid a string of explosions across Iran - many of which authorities have brushed off as unfortunate accidents.   Experts fear Israel and the US could be behind the attacks and have questioned whether Iranian cyber security breaches could be to blame.  The fire is the latest in a series of blazes and explosions across Iran - many of which authorities have brushed off as...
    Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted across the United States may be the largest demonstrations in the country's history, with upwards of 26million people participating.  The figures come from four recent polls - including one released by Civis Analytics - that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.   'I've never seen self-reports of protest participation that high for a specific issue over such a short period,' Neal Caren, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explained to the New York Times. The figures come from four recent polls that found that 15 million people to 26 million people have been a part of demonstrations that spawned following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd (protest in New York)  The surveys...
    THE Queen has 20 cooks who travel around the country with her, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady.  Darren hosted a Q&A session on his YouTube channel, for fans to find out what really goes on behind palace doors, and gave the insight about her staff.  3The Queen has 20 chefs who travel around the country with her, says former royal chef Darren McGradyCredit: AFP - Getty A fan asked Darren how many people worked in the royal kitchens on a daily basis.  The culinary professional answered in the video: “When I worked at the palace, the Queen had 20 chefs in the kitchen. “They were needed because they travel all around the country to the different residences and all over the world too.” The fan also asked whether Her Majesty, 94, has a royal menu to choose from at Buckingham Palace.  3Darren lifted the lid on life in...
    Trump and Azar on the PR tour. The whole goddamned lot of Donald Trump's crew needs to be impeached, including Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar. He's been traveling around the country since April, but not to respond to the raging pandemic. He's been going, Politico reports, "to key battlegrounds in the 2020 campaign: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Maine and North Carolina, as well as two trips apiece to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin." Nine of his 11 trips were to these states, and one of the other two was to Buffalo, New York, "hometown of a top aide who recently joined the department at Trump’s request and personally arranged Azar’s visit to the city." The final one was to Boston, the primary media market for New Hampshire, yet another battleground 2020 state. He wasn't out there fact-finding, either. He was out there stumping for Trump and arguing for reopening....
    MLB News: Major League Baseball news from around the country By: William Parlee July 1, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesWill there be any SP Exhibition games? Many New York Yankees fans are wondering if the YES Network will be televising any of the spring training games.  The answer is no one knows, not even the YES Network.  I found out why in a conference call with Yankee general manager Brian Cashman.  He was asked that question, and he responded that the owner will still be discussing if there would be any exhibition games.  I doubt there will be any, as Cashman added, that the Yankees would not be interested in any road games. Here are the personal milestones that can be reached in this short season Albert Pujols would have a record-breaking year even with the...
    Indoor dining in New York City has been indefinitely postponed as coronavirus cases in other cities around the country continue to soar with people flocking back to their social lives and ignoring warnings from heath experts.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Wednesday and said it would last until it was 'prudent' to allow people back inside restaurants again.  Indoor dining was due to begin with on Monday July 6, when the city enters the third phase of its staggered reopening.  Cuomo said on Wednesday however that people were not complying enough with existing social distancing rules. He is urging the NYPD to enforce the rules and says that too many New Yorkers have been ignoring them. Coronavirus cases across the state of New York continue to decrease.  NY Gov Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that outdoor dining in New York City would not begin on Monday July 6,...
    (CNN)Senate Democrats are growing increasingly bullish about their chances to retake the majority in the chamber in November as national polls show President Donald Trump floundering in key battleground states and Republicans publicly and privately urge the President to retool his campaign message or risk a blowout down ballot in November.In the race for Senate control, Democrats see a nationalized referendum on a President who has failed to contain the coronavirus and resulting economic collapse. A moment of racial reckoning over policing and inequality has mobilized their base. And, in just a little over three months, Democrats have turned their focus from defending key battlegrounds in Alabama, Michigan and New Hampshire to an expanded map that not only includes top targets like Colorado and Arizona, but states like Iowa, Maine and Montana."I think the idea that this President was going to be a catastrophic disaster in an emergency was theoretical...
    Over 18,000 people who came to Sweden during the height of the 2015 migrant crisis have been granted Swedish citizenship — and by extension EU citizenship — since being initially accepted for asylum status. The Swedish migration board has revealed that a total of 18,420 people who came to the country in 2015 as asylum seekers are now Swedish citizens, granting full citizenship rights including the right to Free Movement around the EU — including Britain, until the end of the 2020 transition period — and the right to vote. Around 60 per cent of them come from Syria, followed by Afghan nationals and so-called stateless individuals. The vast majority of the cases, some 88 per cent, involved migrants claimed to be children, according to a report from news website Nyheter Idag — possibly due to the fact that children are able to receive citizenship quicker than adults, with a...
    The Justice Department's attempt to block the release of John Bolton's tell-all book has been denied.  Judge Royce Lamberth denied the request to block the sale of the former national security adviser's memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir' in a ruling Saturday.   Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, heard arguments Friday over Zoom from Bolton's lawyer Charles Cooper and Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Morrell, representing the government.  This came after the Trump administration sued Bolton on Tuesday in order to postpone the release of his book because of concerns that classified information could be exposed The book was leaked to the media the next day.  It contains a number of explosive claims about President Trump, including that he asked China for help with his re-election bid - a move similar to how Trump interacted with Ukraine, which led to him being impeached.   The Justice Department's attempt to...
    LONDON (AP) — Just like coronavirus, racism pays no attention to borders. Across the world, people representing a broad spectrum of society have marched as one to protest racial injustice and police brutality at home and abroad. Despite the risks posed by possibly the biggest public health hazard in a century, they still put their marching boots on and geared up for a long day of chanting. They sought not just to show solidarity with protesters across the United States following the shocking police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but also to shine a spotlight on the inequalities that scar their own nations. On May 25, Floyd, a black man, died handcuffed on the ground saying “I can’t breathe” as a white policeman pushed his knee to his neck. In Australia, tens of thousands highlighted the country’s long mistreatment of Aboriginal people, notably of David Dungay,...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars highlighted the heroic work of citizens and communities around the country who were coming together to help each other in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic during the “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” TV special. But Wednesday’s show largely didn’t address the protesting and rallies for racial justice that have gripped the country in the previous week following the death of George Floyd after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. CMT started the show with a simple text introduction: “As social unrest grips the nation, we want to say thank you to those taking action against injustice. There are heroes all around us.” The special aired in place of their CMT Music Awards, which were postponed to October. The special, which appeared to be mostly pre-recorded performances and dedications from artists like Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs...
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