Elizabeth Warren meets her doppelgänger at Minnesota rally
on August 21, 2019 at 02:53
Stephanie Oyen, of Edin, caused quite the stir when she turned up in at Macalester College in St. Paul on Monday dressed as the Massachusetts senator, clad in a blue blazer and spectacles.
Porn star Jenni Lee is found living in underground Las Vegas tunnels
on August 21, 2019 at 02:47
Porn star Jenni Lee, whose real name is Stephanie Saddora, was unexpectedly found living in the tunnels beneath the Las Vegas Strip last month.
Donald Trump postpones meeting with Denmark over Greenland
on August 21, 2019 at 02:46
Donald Trump has cancelled his upcoming meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen after the country refused to talk about selling Greenland.
Argentine peso ends higher after central bank sells dollars
by mayor on August 21, 2019 at 02:30
By Hugh Bronstein and Jorge Otaola BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s promises to defend its beleaguered peso gained credibility on Tuesday after the central bank poured $112 million of its reserves
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi misses estimates as competition hots up at home
by mayor on August 21, 2019 at 02:30
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s Xiaomi Corp reported 15% growth in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, missing estimates, as fewer people bought smartphones at home and rival Huawei grabbed market
California gang members laugh in court while receiving life sentences for attempted murder of cop: report
by Bradford Betz on August 20, 2019 at 20:45
Two California gang members, convicted of attempted murder in the 2015 shooting of a police officer, smiled and laughed as a judge handed them life sentences on Monday, according to a report. &nbs
Obamas’ debut Netflix documentary slammed as ‘lefty propaganda,’ an attack on Trump
by Brian Flood on August 20, 2019 at 20:29
Barack and Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary “American Factory” hits the streaming service on Wednesday and the film is already being slammed as an attack on the current president.
Doreen Denny: Planned Parenthood chose to give up federal funding – It wasn’t forced out of Title X program
by Doreen Denny on August 20, 2019 at 20:26
Planned Parenthood claims it was “forced out” of the federal Title X family planning program by the Trump administration. Hardly. The choice to exit was Planned Parenthood’s alone.
RNC chairwoman responds to Democrat Stacey Abrams’ claim of RNC plans to intimidate voters: “Flat-out lie”
by Fox News Staff on August 20, 2019 at 20:25
On Fox Nation’s “Reality Check with David Webb”, RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, who recently suggested that the RNC may try to intimidate minority voters during the upcoming 2020 elections.
Teen honors father killed in Afghanistan with special graduation photos
by Louis Casiano on August 20, 2019 at 20:22
A Nebraska teen who was just a kid when her father died from an IED explosion in Afghanistan more than a decade ago found a way to honor him in her high school graduation pictures.&nbs
Florida girl, 11, stabbed mother’s attacker with scissors, deputies say
by Robert Gearty on August 20, 2019 at 20:15
Florida deputies say an 11-year-old girl rescued her mother from a beating by stabbing her attacker in the back with scissors.
Relatives of teen found tied up in car say they were taking her to drug rehab in Mexico: police
by Bradford Betz on August 20, 2019 at 19:59
The family of a 17-year-old girl who was found bound and gagged in the back of a car in Southern California on Monday told authorities they were taking her to a drug rehab center in Mexico.
Trump says payroll tax cut on the table, rejects recession warnings
by Andrew O’Reilly on August 20, 2019 at 19:58
President Trump confirmed Tuesday that he’s been considering a payroll tax cut but rejected the notion that he’s worried about a possible recession on the horizon.
Trump suggests Dems’ Jewish voters lack knowledge or show ‘great disloyalty,’ amid Omar-Tlaib feud
by Alex Pappas on August 20, 2019 at 19:51
President Trump on Tuesday suggested Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats either lack the requisite knowledge or show “great disloyalty,” amid the escalation of the war of words with Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar over Israel.
America’s first restaurant to serve legal marijuana to open in California
by Michael Hollan on August 20, 2019 at 19:43
A restaurant in California will be offering marijuana to customers as part of their regular menu.
Trump renews support for Russia to rejoin G8 – live
by Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington on August 20, 2019 at 20:48
President said it’s ‘much more appropriate to have Russia in’ days before annual G7 meeting Sign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 9.00pm BSTDonald Trump defended Israel’s controversial decision to bar Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country.The president also denied having any involvement in the matter, despite publicly pressuring the Israeli government not to let Omar and Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress, visit the country. President Donald Trump blasts anti-Semitic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) pic.twitter.com/cIhfLgJr6XOh my ♀️ https://t.co/hChOjPAzHV 8.34pm BSTDonald Trump addressed a wide range of issues in his comments to reporters from the Oval Office, including trade talks with China, Russia and the G7 and Israel’s ban on Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. Here are the top-lines: Continue reading…
Keanu Reeves set to return for The Matrix 4
by Benjamin Lee on August 20, 2019 at 20:41
The $1.6bn sci-fi franchise is returning with Lana Wachowski at the helm and the original stars back in front of the cameraKeanu Reeves is set to return to the world of The Matrix with a fourth chapter now officially confirmed.Lana Wachowski, who created the franchise with sister Lilly, will also return as director along with original cast member Carrie Ann-Moss. Continue reading…
New species of stegosaurus uncovered in Moroccan dig
by PA Media on August 20, 2019 at 19:29
Scientists believe dinosaur dates back to 168m years ago during the middle Jurassic period A new species of one of the most recognisable types of dinosaur is also the oldest of its kind ever discovered, British scientists believe.Remains of a stegosaurus, an armoured dinosaur instantly recognisable by the plate-like bones protruding from its spine and spikes on its tails, were studied by a team from the Natural History Museum and belong to a new genus that walked the earth around 168m years ago. Continue reading…
Brazil’s Bolsonaro may drop plans to make son US ambassador amid backlash
by Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2019 at 19:22
Far-right president faced possible roadblock in senate after report pointed to nepotismBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has signalled he may abandon controversial plans to make his son ambassador to the United States, amid a fierce political backlash and growing signs Congress may block the move.“I’m not going to subject my son to failure,” Bolsonaro told reporters on Tuesday in what was the first public hint he may be reconsidering his nomination. Continue reading…
Italian officials order migrant ship evacuated amid health fears
by Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo on August 20, 2019 at 19:21
Condition of 83 migrants on Open Arms rescue vessel off Lampedusa at ‘worrisome levels’Italian prosecutors have ordered that 83 migrants onboard a charity vessel that has been anchored off the island of Lampedusa for 19 days must be immediately disembarked, citing the “explosive’’ psychological and medical condition of the passengers.The rescue ship, operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, has been refused permission to dock by Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini. Continue reading…
French musician killed by bear in Canada
by Leyland Cecco in Toronto on August 20, 2019 at 19:21
Julien Gauthier, 44, was on an expedition recording sounds of nature for his musicA French artist who used sounds of nature in his music has been killed by a bear in Canada.Friends said Julien Gauthier, 44, was the victim of an attack after a bear entered a camp near the village of Tulita, in the Northwest Territories, in the early hours of Thursday last week. The police have not yet publicly identified the victim. Continue reading…
Phoenix: Lunch Discussion With Professor Michael McConnell
on September 17, 2019 at 16:42
In the News mentioning Michael McConnellvia Stanford Law School In celebration of Constitution Day, we hope you join us for lunch with Professor Michael McConnell. An expert in constitutional law and theory, equal protection, and the founding, Professor McConnell serves as Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
An Evening With Frank Dikötter In Conversation With Sam Leith
on September 3, 2019 at 11:00
Image credit: Martino MingioneIn the News quoting Frank Diköttervia EventbriteHow does a cult of personality begin – and how does it sustain itself? How do tyrants create the illusion of popular support – and what do they fear most?
These Hongkongers Are Not ‘a Few Violent Thugs’
by CG Fewston on August 21, 2019 at 04:01
Day by day the protesters reflect a greater cross section of the island, which is making China more desperate to put them down.
The Novelist Whose Conservatism Robbed Him of Fame
by Leonora Cravotta on August 21, 2019 at 04:01
John O’Hara was a prolific and recognized author—until his support for Barry Goldwater changed everything.
50 Years Later, the Spirit of ’69 Feels Like a Hangover
by James P. Pinkerton on August 21, 2019 at 04:01
With the death of Peter Fonda this week, ‘Easy Rider’ and its dated cultural baggage ride into the sunset.
Trump Schedule || Wednesday, August 21, 2019
by Keith Koffler on August 21, 2019 at 03:06
11:15 am || Departs White House1:25 pm || Arrives Louisville, Kentucky2:00 pm || Delivers remarks at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention; Louisville, Kentucky3:15 pm || Holds a fundraiser Louisville, Kentucky4:15 pm || Makes remarks at a fundraising reception; Louisville, Kentucky5:25 pm || Departs Louisville, Kentucky7:10 pm || Arrives White House All times Eastern
Video || Bernie: I Don’t Have the Cost of My Health Care Plan “in My Pocket”
by Keith Koffler on August 20, 2019 at 18:31
Well where is it? Listen to him stammer when put on the defensive. I feel bad for the sign language translator.
The Mooch “Abused Staff” and Accused Two of Having an Affair
by Keith Koffler on August 20, 2019 at 18:23
Anthony Scaramucci sees himself as miraculously transformed from 100 percent pork to completely kosher. I guess President Trump has stopped taking his phone calls, because he is now trying to ingratiate himself with the anti-Trump crowd by claiming to suddenly be appalled by the president. Of course, The Mooch does what’s good for The Mooch.
Win for Trump: Opioid Use Declined Significantly Last Year
by Keith Koffler on August 20, 2019 at 18:07
This is great news for the country. But it also helps President Trump’s reelection prospects, given that the opioid crisis affects areas of his base. He can now add this during his rallies to his list of accomplishments. Of course, more people are smoking pot, but that is mostly survivable, at least in the short
Trump Schedule || Tuesday, August 20, 2019
by Keith Koffler on August 20, 2019 at 00:54
12:45 pm || Lunch with Vice President Pence2:00 pm || Meets with the president of Romania All times Eastern
Did a New Jersey Brother and Sister Win the Right to Marry Each Other?
by Snopes Staff on August 20, 2019 at 21:02
A routine review of content labeled satire.
Is CVS a Major Donor to Trump’s 2020 Reelection Campaign?
by Bethania Palma on August 20, 2019 at 20:34
CVS corporate and its associated PAC contributed $535,000 in donations in 2017 to political organizations that support Trump.
Mel Rodriguez on Getting On, Will Forte, and On Becoming A God In Central Florida
by Cameron Scheetz on August 20, 2019 at 20:30
If you’ve watched any television in the past twenty years, you’ve seen Mel Rodriguez. With guest spots on everything from Gilmore Girls to Big Love to Community, the actor made a habit of popping up for an episode or two—often as a law enforcement officer—before landing the role of Nurse Patsy De La Serda on HBO’s…Read more…
Judge in Civil Epstein Case Died in March
by Saranac Hale Spencer on August 20, 2019 at 20:05
Robert Sweet, a federal judge who was overseeing a civil case against Jeffrey Epstein, was not “killed,” as a headline claims, nor did he die in August, as other recently published stories suggest. Sweet died of natural causes in March at age 96. The post Judge in Civil Epstein Case Died in March appeared first on FactCheck.org.
Peter Navarro – Donald Trump's tariffs on China don't hurt Americans, top Trump adviser says. That's Pants on Fire
on August 20, 2019 at 19:12
The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump’s tariffs on China don’t hurt Americans, top Trump adviser says. That’s Pants on Fire Are the tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump on China hurting American consumers? His team says no. Peter Navarro, director of the White House’s Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that was not the case. Tapper asked about a study that found U.S. importers are shouldering about 95% of the price change from the tariffs, China only about 5%. After Navarro pushed back, there was this exchange: “Tariffs aren’t hurting anybody in the United States?” asked Tapper. Navarro responded, “They’re not hurting anybody here.” The White House didn’t respond to our requests for … >> Mor
Republican Senator Doubts “Red Flag”, Background Check Bills Will Become Law
by Cam Edwards on August 20, 2019 at 21:00
AP Photo/Susan Walsh Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, says it’s unlikely we’ll see Senate passage of any gun control legislation, including “red flag law” proposals and bills aimed at expanding background check requirements. The Wisconsin Republican said that a background checks measure based on the bill written by Sens. Pat […] The post Republican Senator Doubts “Red Flag”, Background Check Bills Will Become Law appeared first on Bearing Arms.
Three Things To Consider When Buying Vise Grips
by The Editors on August 20, 2019 at 20:55
Locking pliers are simple tools, but they get the job done when you need to securely grasp something like bolts or nuts. Clamp them on and they won’t let go until you activate the release mechanism, freeing up both of your hands to take on your chosen task. With all the different offerings available, ask yourself a number of questions when making a selection.
Three Reasons to Use LED Bulbs in Your Car or Truck Interior
by The Editors on August 20, 2019 at 20:20
LED bulbs put out stronger light than incandescent bulbs, without generating much heat. Switching over your vehicle interior bulbs to LEDs makes it much easier to locate items throughout your vehicle and its trunk, and decrease the likelihood of the battery being drained because a light was accidentally left on. They also last much longer than incandescents, so you may never need to replace interior bulbs again.
NBC: Blaming Shooters Just A Talking Point For Gun Rights Advocates
by Tom Knighton on August 20, 2019 at 20:00
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews The ultimate blame for any mass shooting rests on the shooter themselves. While we can discuss any outlying factors, such as hateful rhetoric inciting such an attack–you know, like calling ICE detention facilities “concentration camps” just days before someone attacks one–the ultimate responsibility for pulling a trigger on a human life belongs […] The post NBC: Blaming Shooters Just A Talking Point For Gun Rights Advocates appeared first on Bearing Arms.
Addicted to SEALs: Overdependence on SOF units is dangerous
by Stavros Atlamazoglou on August 20, 2019 at 20:00
It is an undeniable fact that since the twin towers went down on 9/11 the role of Special Operations Forces (SOF) has changed. The gradual change saw SOF shift from their traditional role of supporting conventional forces to that of being supported by conventional units. With increased frequency, conventional elements fulfil secondary tasks during operations
Truckers Say Trump Is ‘Killing’ Them
by Taegan Goddard on August 20, 2019 at 21:01
Business Insider: “A Verdant Labs analysis of Federal Elections Commission data found that nearly three-quarters of truck drivers are Republican — one of the most conservative jobs in America, along with surgeons and farmers. And truck drivers supported Trump in droves, according to an Overdrive magazine survey from 2016. About 75% said they planned to
Meaningless D.C. test results!
by <b>bob somerby</b> on August 20, 2019 at 20:55
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019Meaningless promises made: Annual test scores have been released for the D.C. public schools. This seems to mean all `D.C. public schools, traditional public and charter.If you read the Washington Post’s hard-copy report today, the headlines were mainly upbeat:”District students improve on exam,” the largest, boldest headline said. Perry Stein’s news report topped the front page of the Metro section, beneath this triple headline:District students improve on examsPARCC SCORES SHOW GRADUAL GROWTHHurdles remain in efforts to close achievement gapThat third headline was the kicker. You had to read to paragraph 10 before you got any actual data. But when you finally got there, you encountered these passing rates:Passing rates, DC public school studentsPARCC tests, 2019Math tests, all grades combined:White kids: 78.8%Black kids: 21.1%Reading tests, all grades combined:White kids: 85.0%Black kids: 27.8%District students may have “improved.” But those gaps seem remarkably large.That said, those giant gaps may not be massively meaningful. D.C.’s public schools tend to serve a standard population of urban black kids, offset by a smaller, vastly more advantaged population of upper-end white kids. The black kids often come from low-income homes. The white kids typically come from wealthier homes, not uncommonly from double-PhD families.For that reason, we may not have a lot to learn from those large achievement gaps. That said, the black kids’ passing rates do seem extremely low.With that in mind, we’ll take a guess. These remarks from today’s report may not be real meaningful either:STEIN (8/20/19): D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee said that after seeing the math scores, he plans to rethink math teaching strategies and will increase access to interventions for struggling students.Ferebee said that fewer students scored a 1 or 2 on the exam—the lowest scores on the test—an encouraging development not captured in passing rates.Taking nothing away from Ferebee, is he really going to “rethink math teaching strategies,” given results of this year’s math tests?Last year, an even smaller percentage of D.C.’s black kids passed these same math tests. Ferebee is new to the D.C. schools, so he wasn’t present to rethink strategies in the wake of those passing rates.That said, what sorts of changes in strategy might he have in mind? The Washington Post doesn’t seem to have asked. Nor can we say that we really expect much of a follow-up.Then again, we have the way “city leaders” responded to these “improved” results. Starting right there in paragraph 1, Stein tells us this:STEIN: The percentage of public school students passing a critical standardized exam in the District is gradually growing, according to results released Monday showing that students across all demographic groups improved on the English portion of the test. Progress in math proved more modest.[…]In announcing the results, city leaders celebrated the progress while acknowledging that further improvements are needed, particularly in the way the District approaches math. They stressed that achievement gaps are not closed overnight and that the goal is steady growth each year.“For the fourth year, we are seeing continued, steady improvements, which means more students are performing at higher levels,” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said at a news conference at Whittier Education Campus, which registered double-digit gains in the English and math portions of the exam.“The achievement gap is still too wide,” Bowser said. “We can build a fairer and more equitable city when we know that our African American and Latino students are achieving at the same levels as their white peers.”How “gradually” are those passing rates growing? Last year, 20.7% of D.C.’s black kids passed their grade’s math test. This year, the rate climbed all the way to 21.1%! That is extremely gradual “progress.” With apologies, Mayor Bowser is speaking the way a person speaks about things which simply don’t matter.We’ll say this for former chancellor Rhee. She said this sort of thing isn’t good enough every single time. In our view, she never seemed to have real ideas about the way to make things better. But in her favor, she never pretended that “continued, steady improvement” like this was anything like good enough.You won’t hear about this on “cable news.” Of one thing you can feel quite certain:On “cable news,” nobody cares. They don’t waste your time with this. They talk about Donald J. Trump.Growth on the reading tests: Last year, 24.7% of D.C.’s black kids passed their grade’s reading test. This year, the passing rate rose to 27.8%. “City leaders celebrated the progress.” As recorded above, 85.0% percent of the system’s white kids passed.
Quote of the Day
by Taegan Goddard on August 20, 2019 at 20:48
“I think that any Jewish people who vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” — President Trump, quoted by Axios.
Groups Sue Trump’s EPA in Response to ‘Nauseating’ Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide
on August 20, 2019 at 20:28
Eoin Higgins, staff writer”Pure pro-pesticide politics.”
Trump Refuses To Provide Flu Vaccinations To Detained Migrant Families
by Jason Easley on August 20, 2019 at 20:27
The Trump administration is trying to create a flu epidemic among detained migrant families by refusing to provide flu vaccinations.