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  • Trump's immigration policies were supposed to make the border safer. Experts say (trunc)

    07/20/2018 3:13:47 AM PDT · by blueplum
    CNN ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Ray Sanchez, Nick Valencia and Tal Kopan,
    Experts say the opposite is happening. Before US immigration authorities detained him and took his son, the Honduran migrant said he spent three days in the hands of armed men who identified themselves as members of the Gulf Cartel. Christian, who did not want his full name used, said he was traveling to the US border with his 7-year-old ..."They told us if we didn't pay that they were going to kill us," recalled Christian, who said he was freed three days later after relatives wired money {snip} . The smugglers prefer migrants with family in the US. They know...
  • Colonel Sanders' family defends him amid Papa John's scand

    07/20/2018 3:11:07 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 19, 2018 | Lucy Handley
    ... Then on Friday, Schnatter told Louisville radio station WHAS that he was “just talking the way that the Colonel talked.” Colonel Sanders’ grandson Trigg Adams told the Louisville Courier Journal on Wednesday that it is “an absolute lie” that Sanders used the racial slur or any other racially offensive words. “He’s a weasel,” Adams said about Schnatter, the Courier Journal reported. “Because he's prejudiced, he’s trying to say somebody else was, too. (Sanders) had absolutely no prejudice against anybody.” Sanders, who died in 1980, donated more than $20 million to charities, including to black churches, Adams added.
  • North Korea takes swipe at Moon, urges return of restaurant workers

    07/20/2018 2:08:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Hyonhee Shin
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea lambasted South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Friday for “needlessly kibitzing” about relations between Pyongyang and Washington and dismissed Moon’s pledge to take the driver’s seat on the Korean Peninsula as “sophistry”. {snip} "It’s a known fact inside and outside that the South does not have the capability to resolve the peninsula affairs and elicit an agreement,” the report said. “When we and the United States are making efforts to implement the Singapore agreement, who would listen to such rude, atrocious sophistry with a presumptuous forecast lacking reality?”
  • Dan Coats says he wishes Trump took a different approach in Helsinki

    07/20/2018 2:03:38 AM PDT · by be-baw · 13 replies
    Axios ^ | July 19. 2018 | Jonathan Swan, Stef W. Kight
    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Thursday that he felt he "needed to correct the record" following President Trump's comments during the Helsinki summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin, adding that he wished Trump had "made a different statement" as it is "undeniable that the Russians are taking a lead on this." Our thought bubble: It was a STUNNING interview ... and is already catching heat and attention among Trump loyalists. I've already had two phone calls from sources close to Trump expressing their astonishment. The fact that Trump’s own intelligence director is saying these things...
  • Republicans withdraw Trump nominee for federal appeals court at the last minute after (trunc)

    07/20/2018 1:53:53 AM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Staff AP/AFP
    ….after racially charged article he wrote about 'Uncle Toms' as a student at Stanford emerges ...Bounds has said that the writings are 25-year-old editorials and that he has since grown up, calling them 'poorly-worded', 'ill-conceived' and 'regreetable'. Here are some of the charges leveled by AFJ: Bounds complained about multicultural organizations at the university who 'divide up by race for their feel-good ethnic hoedowns.' Bounds wrote that 'race-focused groups' should not continue on campus, claiming that the 'existence of ethnic organizations is no inevitable prerequisite to maintaining a diverse community—white students, after all, seem to be doing all right without...
  • Australia could add 'values test' for migrants, Malcolm Turnbull says

    07/20/2018 1:23:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Amy Remeikis and agencies
    Australia will consider adding a “values test” for those considering permanent residency in order to protect its “extraordinarily successful” multicultural society, Malcolm Turnbull said. The prime minister confirmed what his citizenship and multicultural minister Alan Tudge told the Australia/UK Leadership Forum overnight, where he floated the idea of a “values” test to fend off “segregation”. Tudge told his London audience “our ship is slightly veering towards a European separatist multicultural model and we want to pull it back to be firmly on the Australian integrated path”. “Some of the challenges to social cohesion that we are facing today are similar...
  • Costly mistake by contractor will extend construction time on Highway 30 bridge

    07/20/2018 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | July 12, 2018 | Pat Curtis
    One of the largest and most expensive road construction projects in Iowa is being delayed because of a big mistake. A flyover bridge is being built to serve as a new exit ramp to U.S. Highway 30 for motorists heading northbound on Interstate 35 at Ames. Iowa Department of Transportation engineer Scott Dockstader says the contractor, Minnesota-based Minnowa Construction, messed up. “The bridge is being built right now and we have piers in the middle. Our contractor that’s constructing the bridge made a few mistakes with the elevation of the piers and more importantly, the anchor bolts that go into...
  • Michelle Obama, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Hanks enter 2018 with new get-out-the-vote plan

    07/20/2018 1:08:13 AM PDT · by ZagFan · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-19-2018 | Emily Goodin
    Former first lady Michelle Obama and a cadre of her celebrity pals are wading into the 2018 election with a new initiative to increase voting numbers by registering Americans, particularly the youth. Called We All Vote, it's a national effort to increase voter registration numbers around the country. But the bipartisan enterprise is stacked with Obama administration alumni: former senior aide Valerie Jarrett is president of the board and former first lady chief of staff Tina Tchen is treasurer, according to Politico.
  • Judge Jeanine: Whoopi Goldberg Screamed 'F-You! F-You!' After She Booted Me Off 'The View'

    07/20/2018 1:01:26 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 14 replies ^ | 7/19/18 | Hannity/FoxNews
  • Oh? So everyone is smarter than Trump, Eh?

    07/20/2018 12:24:37 AM PDT · by vannrox · 8 replies
    Maggies Farm ^ | 20JUL18 | Editorial staff
    Long sample: "Trump’s voters get him because not only is he we, but we are he. We were not snowflaked-for-life by effete professors who themselves never had negotiated tough life-or-death serious deals. Instead we live in the real world, and we know how that works. Not based on social science theories, not based on “conceptual negotiating models.” But based on the people we have met over life and always will hate. That worst boss we ever had. The coworker who tried to sabotage us. We know the sons of bums whom we survived, the dastardly types who are out there,...
  • Counterprotesters burn American flag outside office of Maxine Waters

    07/19/2018 11:45:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Paulina Dedaj
    A group of counterprotesters gathered outside the California office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters on Thursday, burning and stepping on an American flag after a group of far-right demonstrators failed to show up. The Oath Keepers said they would rally against the congresswoman they call a "protest terrorist inciter" early Thursday afternoon, prompting counterprotesters ...
  • Engineers Unveil, Test University's Innovative Bridge Girder System

    07/19/2018 10:59:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | July 19, 2018 | University of Maine
    The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, members from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine's licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) and staff attended the event, at which a bridge span was strength-tested in the laboratory using computer-controlled hydraulic equipment that simulates the heaviest highway truck loads. The strength-test was conducted for the first time to prove the design modeling predictions, and demonstrate the bridge system can withstand the truck loading specified in the American Association of State Highway and...
  • Table Rock Lake duck boat tragedy: 11 dead, others injured in 'mass casualty' incident

    07/19/2018 10:42:03 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 32 replies
    Ky3 ^ | July 19, 2018 | Staff
    BRANSON — Eleven people, including at least one child, are dead after an amphibious duck boat capsized Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. At least seven other passengers were injured, including one in serious condition. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader updated the casualty information just after 11 p.m. Thursday. The Ride the Ducks tourist boat sank near the Showboat Branson Belle with a reported 31 people on board. Rader said emergency personnel were still searching for at least five people. CoxHealth said in a statement victims were being treated at Cox Branson. Spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell said the patients were a...
  • Miami Dolphins Surprise Anthem Kneelers with New Threat

    07/19/2018 9:30:38 PM PDT · by montag813 · 28 replies
    24News ^ | 07-19-2018 | Roman DeSantis
    by Roman DeSantis | 24NewsAfter an NFL season of flag-dissing protests and kneeling during the national anthem that left fans furious, and slammed TV ratings, one League team announced a tough new policy to shut it down. And some players are angry, claiming the announcement "blind-sided" them. On Thursday afternoon, it was reported that the NFL’s Miami Dolphins will suspend and/or fine players who protest during the national anthem.
  • Everyone Is Smart Except Trump (Great Article)

    07/19/2018 9:19:11 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 18, 2018 | DOV FISCHER
    It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do. They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New...

    07/19/2018 8:46:59 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 30 replies ^ | July 19, 2018 | Molly Prince
    Democratic candidates in Texas are having a difficult time finding experienced staffers to help run their campaigns. Propelled in part by Democrats’ contempt for President Donald Trump, the party has more candidates vying for political offices across the state than ever before. For the first time in decades, every congressional district in Texas has a Democratic contender.
  • What happened every other time Putin met with US presidents

    07/19/2018 8:43:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2018 | Pat Ralph
    Putin met the last four US presidents since he took office in the 1990s. The two leaders met again in June 2000 in Moscow after Putin became president of Russia and Clinton was in his final year in office. After Bush was sworn into office in January 2001, the two leaders met for the first time in June for a summit in Slovenia. Putin met with the recently sworn-in Obama for the first time in July 2009 in Moscow. Obama reportedly emerged from the meeting feeling confident and optimistic in resetting relations with Putin. "We think there's an excellent opportunity...
  • (LEAD) Ships involved in N.K. coal exports entered S. Korean ports multiple times: report

    07/19/2018 8:39:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Two Panama and Sierra Leone-registered ships, which were involved in the transshipment of North Korean coal to South Korea in October 2017, have until recently re-entered South Korean ports multiple times, an American broadcaster reported Thursday. Voice of America (VOA), citing Marine Traffic that provides real-time information on the movements of ships, said that the automatic identification system of the Sierra Leone-registered Rich Glory, which entered the South Korean port of Pohang with the North's coal on Oct. 11, was detected in the port of Busan at 11:58 a.m. on July 4. Moreover, the Rich...
  • Trump impeachment push emerges as next Dem litmus test

    07/19/2018 8:33:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 19th, 2018 | By Gregg Re
    Liberal lawmakers and pundits, emboldened by bipartisan outrage over President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, have kicked up calls to pursue impeachment -- indicating the issue could fast become the next litmus test for Democratic candidates. The discussion follows the recent political frenzy over calls to "abolish" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). That effort briefly served as a similar litmus test in the wake of Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy, which led to family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-controlled House countered on Wednesday with a vote on a resolution expressing support for ICE, effectively daring Democrats to...
  • NFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem

    07/19/2018 8:21:27 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Aris Folley
    The National Football League announced Thursday that it will freeze its new policy requiring players to remain standing during the national anthem. The NFL said in a statement that it has been “working on a resolution to the anthem issue” with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), one week after the association filed a grievance against the league over its controversial anthem policy. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy,” the NFL's statement reads. “No new rules relating to the anthem will...