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  • As Trump abandons globalism, governors take to world stage

    07/19/2018 11:18:48 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Stewart Patrick
    As Donald Trump abdicates U.S. leadership and dismantles the democratic international order, prospects for global cooperation look bleak. Fortunately, America is more than Washington and the United States is more than the federal government. Around the nation, governors are going global. In states both red and blue, they are engaging governments abroad, partnering with foreign provinces, and promoting cross-border trade and action on climate change. The White House may be in retreat, but statehouses are not about to turn their back on globalization. At the forefront of this activism is the National Governors Association (NGA), which begins its annual summer...
  • 3 Women Shot During Possible Bank Robbery in Fort Worth, suspects still at-large

    07/19/2018 11:16:33 AM PDT · by Envisioning
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/2018 | Staff
    Three employees were shot during a possible bank robbery in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth Thursday morning. Fort Worth Police Department’s Officer Chris Britt said it happened around 9:20 a.m. at the Veritex Community Bank on Merrick Street.
  • Florida ICE protesters face unlawful assembly charges

    07/19/2018 11:08:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2018 | AP
    MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — At least 17 protesters face charges after blocking a roadway outside a South Florida office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ~snip~ Authorities say the protesters set up tents and chairs in the road and used their bodies to stop traffic.
  • Olympic medalist (figure skater Denis Ten) stabbed to death over car mirrors

    07/19/2018 10:57:37 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 19, 2018 | Noah Bressner
    Denis Ten, a Kazakh Olympic medal-winning figure skater, was stabbed to death Thursday in Almaty, the country’s largest city. He was 25. Ten was stabbed in the right thigh by two men who tried to steal his car’s mirrors, according to news agency Kazinform. He won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the men’s singles competition and was just the fourth Kazakh athlete to win a Winter Olympic medal. Ten was rushed to the hospital, remaining in critical condition until he died from his injuries three hours later.
  • These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

    07/19/2018 10:55:43 AM PDT · by Mariner · 18 replies
    Stateline (Pew) ^ | July 18th, 2018 | By: Christine Vestal
    The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. Considered relatively safe and non-addictive by the general public and many doctors, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been prescribed to millions of Americans for decades to calm jittery nerves and promote a good night’s sleep. But the number of people taking the sedatives and the average length of time they’re taking them have shot up since the 1990s, when doctors also started liberally prescribing opioid painkillers. As a result, some state and federal officials are now warning that excessive prescribing of a...
  • They Were in Charge, They Failed': Gingrich Blasts Comey, Clapper & Brennan for Bashing of Trump

    07/19/2018 10:50:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies
    Video:Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that President Trump made the biggest mistake of his presidency this week, but has still been tougher on Russia than former President Barack Obama "ever dreamed of." Gingrich pushed back on Trump Monday after the president cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia hacked the DNC's emails in 2016 as part of a broader effort to undermine the election.
  • Florida Store Owner Arrested for Opening Fire on Fleeing Beer Thief

    07/19/2018 10:49:11 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 28 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 07/19/18 | Dan Zimmerman
    Here’s a pro tip: don’t learn the law and the rules of armed self defense the hard way. A Lakeland, Florida gas station owner., Mehedeun Hasan, is in serious legal jeopardy after shooting a fleeing beer thief. An owner of a convenience store in Lakeland has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at a man accused of stealing three cases of beer. Polk County Sheriff’s Office officials said Rennie Defoe, 43, of Plant City, walked out of the Shell gas station on Combee Road North with three 18-packs of Natural Ice Beer without paying Tuesday. The stores owners, Mehedeun...
  • ‘I Love Peace,’ Says Boyle Heights Cafe Owner Of Protest Over Support Of Trump Immigration Policies

    07/19/2018 10:34:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 07/18/2018
    On Thursday, protesters held signs and screamed at patrons in front of Asher Caffe & Lounge located at 945 S. Boyle Ave. in Boyle Heights, a traditionally Jewish neighborhood that is now predominately Latino. They say they oppose the cafe and the owner over his support of Trump’s immigration policies. “So what’s the connection? This is what I don’t understand. I’m confused — the connection between Donald Trump and good coffee,” Israeli-born businessman Asher Shalom told CBS2 News. The kosher cafe was set to have a grand opening on July 12, the day anti-gentrification activists were met by Los Angeles Police...
  • Chinese Hackers Targeted Internet-of-Things During Trump-Putin Summit

    07/19/2018 10:23:09 AM PDT · by gattaca · 10 replies
    Defense One ^ | July 19, 2018 | Patrick Tucker
    Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email this article A spike in attacks sought access to devices that might yield audio or visual intelligence. Four days before U.S. and Russian leaders met in Helsinki, hackers from China launched a wave of brute-force attacks on internet-connected devices in Finland, seeking to gain control of gear that could collect audio or visual intelligence, a new report says. Traffic aimed at remote command-and-control features for Finnish internet-connected devices begain to spike July 12, according to a July 19 report by Seattle-based cybersecurity company F5. “Finland is not typically a top attacked country; it receives a small...
  • GOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums

    07/19/2018 10:20:44 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Peter Sullivan
    House Republicans are trying to blunt Democratic attacks over rising ObamaCare premiums, an issue that’s poised to play a key role in the November midterm elections. The House is planning to vote next week on several GOP-backed health-care measures that supporters say will lower premiums, and passing them could give a boost to some vulnerable Republicans. Blaming Republicans for rising premiums is a top priority for Democrats heading into the midterms, and Republicans do not want to leave the attacks unanswered. “At least we’re taking some action, and rightfully so, because to do nothing I think is just, one, it’s...
  • Facing critics over Putin summit, Trump wants to meet again

    07/19/2018 10:20:33 AM PDT · by Mariner · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants another meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed in Helsinki, casting the summit as a starting point for progress on a number of shared concerns. Pushing back against criticism of his Putin meeting, Trump accused the news media of trying to provoke a confrontation with Moscow that could lead to war, although concerns about the meeting have been raised by a broad cross-section of Republicans and Democrats. Trump tweeted a list of topics discussed at the summit, including terrorism, security for Israel, Mideast peace, Ukraine, North...
  • The Young Turks Sued for Racial Discrimination by Ex-Employee

    07/19/2018 10:19:41 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 11 replies
    The Young Turks, the progressive news and media company, has been sued by a former employee who alleged he was subjected to discriminatory treatment — and ultimately fired — because he is black. Andrew Jones, a black journalist who worked for TYT Network for six months in 2017, alleged that he was held to a different standard than white colleagues. Jones claimed he was fired after he refused to sign a severance agreement under which he would agree to not sue TYT Network for racial discrimination. Jones’s lawsuit seeks compensatory damages and punitive damages of at least $75,000, plus attorney’s...
  • Trump says he dreams about Biden running again, Obama 'took him out of the garbage heap'

    07/19/2018 10:14:30 AM PDT · by bkopto · 16 replies
    fox news ^ | 7/19/2018 | adam shaw
    President Trump ripped Joe Biden in newly aired interview comments, saying running against the ex-vice president in 2020 would be a “dream” and claiming former President Barack Obama “took him out of the garbage heap” in 2008. “Well, I dream, I dream about Biden. That's a dream,” Trump said in an interview with CBS News, when asked about a Biden bid. “Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than one percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did. I'd love to have it be Biden.”
  • Matt Drudge Weighs in on Latest New Yorker Cover: The Left Has a ‘Fetish’ For Trump’s Death

    07/19/2018 10:09:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 9:47 am, July 19th, 2018 | by Ken Meyer
    Matt Drudge posted a rare tweet from his personal account Thursday morning, accusing the Left of wishing physical harm – even death — on President Trump. Drudge’s tweets never last very long, so here’s a screenshot. _________________________________________________________________ The New Yorker’s cover is a take on Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin. While the president continues to tout the meeting, as symbolized by the cartoon giving a thumbs up, The New Yorker is also acknowledging the critics who think the president (metaphorically) fell on his face by rolling over during his Helsinki press conference. Drudge argued the cover was evidence of “the...
  • Gallup: Record Percentage Say Immigration Top Problem for USA

    07/19/2018 10:07:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2018 | 12:33 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    A record 22 percent of Americans said this month that they believe “immigration/illegal aliens” is the most important problem facing the United States, according to Gallup polling numbers released on Wednesday. “The 22 percent of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14 percent in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup's history of asking the ‘most important problem’ question,” Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport said in an analysis of the survey. “The previous high had been 19%,” Newport said. […] “Immigration reached 19 percent of mentions as the...
  • Chris Christie to "set record straight" in book on time as a Trump surrogate

    07/19/2018 10:05:29 AM PDT · by be-baw · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 19. 2018 | AP Unattributed
    Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back. Hachette Books confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former New Jersey governor's "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics" is scheduled for next January 29. He will provide "frank appraisals" of such fellow Trump insiders as Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowski and Jared Kushner, whose father, Charles Kushner, was sent to prison when Christie was a federal prosecutor.
  • Immigration Surges to Top of Most Important Problem List (Gallup Poll)

    07/19/2018 9:58:43 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Gallup ^ | 7/18/2018 | Frank Newport
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Immigration has risen to the top of the list when Americans are asked to name the most important problem facing the nation -- edging out the government, which has been the top issue each month since January 2017. The 22% of Americans in July who say immigration is the top problem is up from 14% in June and is the highest percentage naming that issue in Gallup's history of asking the "most important problem" question. The previous high had been 19%. ... Of course, partisan groups almost certainly have differing reasons for viewing immigration as the top...
  • Syria Sued Over Islamic State Slaying of Journalist Foley

    07/19/2018 9:52:37 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 6 replies
    Court House News ^ | July 11, 2018 | BRITAIN EAKIN
    WASHINGTON (CN) – The family of James Foley — a journalist who was tortured and beheaded by the Islamic State group in 2014 — brought a $200 million complaint Tuesday to hold the Syrian government liable. Represented by Steven Perles, Foley’s mother, father and three siblings contend that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government “facilitated” the rise of IS from its precursor groups, including the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq. “The Assad regime provided Daesh with material support at crucial times during its metastasis from an isolated group of terrorists into a quasi-terrorist ‘state’ that subsequently kidnapped, tortured,...
  • Husband shoots home invasion suspect holding wife at gunpoint

    07/19/2018 9:41:29 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    KHOU ^ | 07/18/18 | Michelle Michelle Choi
    HOUSTON – Police say a husband opened fire on two home invasion suspects as they tried to hold his wife at gunpoint overnight. This happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home in in southeast Houston near Scott and Airport. According to the Houston Police Department, the husband managed to shoot one of the suspects in the head. Investigators said it all started when the man’s wife pulled into their driveway Tuesday night. Then the two armed suspects jumped out and tried to rob her. First, they took her purse, and then they tried to force her into the house....
  • Hillary: To see the White House even hesitate to defend a diplomat is deeply troubling

    07/19/2018 9:38:46 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 60 replies
    Felonia's Twitter feed ^ | July 19, 2018 | Hillary "Felonia von Pantsuit" Clinton