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Apple’s New iPhone X With FaceID Takes Giant Step Closer To A Mark Of The Beast Surveillance System

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Apple's new smartphone, iPhone X, uses a recognition system called FaceID to unlock your device and authorize payments. Leading to the Mark Of The Beast?

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People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message

People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message


SFGate

The six limited-edition Dove soap bottles come in shapes meant to emulate the body types of women.

Staying Well This Flu Season

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Staying well this flu season can be aided by something as simple as washing your hands. According to the Mayo Clinic, hand-washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to cut your risk of getting sick and spreading illness. Here are the do’s and don’t of hand washing to keep you healthy this […]

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There Is No DACA “Deal” Yet

There Is No DACA “Deal” Yet

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

Everyone take a deep breath. There is no deal—yet. But President Trump’s dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday night did formalize the path through which children of undocumented immigrants brought here at a young age might obtain legal status. What was reached Wednesday night at dinner was an agreement to pursue that path on a bipartisan basis. A “deal” will be reached only when the details are ironed out. Details can be a problem.

In a joint statement after their dinner, Pelosi and Schumer said that “we agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.” If there’s news here, it’s that Trump wouldn’t insist on the wall in this particular package. (This does not mean he's given up on it, as his press secretary was quick to note Wednesday night.) There has been a round or two of clarifications from both sides since then, but the original Pelosi and Schumer statement largely holds up: They and the president agreed to pursue this course of action.

This doesn’t put Congress on a path it wasn’t already on. It was immediately apparent on Capitol Hill last week that the way protections for Dreamers could get through Congress was by linking them up with some sort of non-wall border security component. Though people will be making fun of House Speaker Paul Ryan now that Trump has gone over his head again to negotiate directly with “Chuck and Nancy,” this is really the same path Ryan had laid out for protecting Dreamers already. “It’s only reasonable and fitting that we also address … borders that are not sufficiently controlled while we address this very real and very human problem that’s in front of us,” Ryan said last week.

Now congressional leaders just have to take this broad-strokes framework and fill it in with policy details. The big question seems to be an interpretation of what “enshrining DACA protections” means. It would be a bit silly to “legislate DACA,” a term some have been using as shorthand over the last week, since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, announced by President Obama in 2012, was an administrative workaround of Congress. Rather than codifying an administrative workaround of legislation via legislation, Congress could instead just ... pass straightforward legislation to fix the identified problem.

Is that legislation the DREAM Act? The DREAM Act reaches further than DACA, both in terms of people affected and in what it offers. Though DACA allowed recipients to get work permits on a temporary basis with the ability to renew, the DREAM Act offers a path to citizenship. That’s going to be an issue for congressional Republicans, especially in the House, since a path to citizenship is what Republicans call “amnesty.” If they're going to support that, they will need all the cover Trump can offer them. And Trump, himself, could have second thoughts if the blowback is strong enough.

And what, pray tell, is a non-wall border security package that’s “acceptable to both sides”? Lasers and drones and stuff but ... not too many lasers and drones and stuff? We’ll have to see. It sounds like something that could get bogged down in tedious semantic debates, our national legislature’s specialty.

An agreement on a framework is something. But a “deal” is of a whole other order. We’re not there yet.

Virtual Chatbots Set To Give End-Of-Life Spiritual And Emotional Guidance To The Terminally Ill

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Chatbots that help people have conversations about their funeral plans, wills and spiritual matters is set to be trialled in Boston over the next two years.

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Here Are the Most Trump Things Trump Said in His United Nations Speech

Here Are the Most Trump Things Trump Said in His United Nations Speech

by Jeremy Stahl @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations on Tuesday at the body's annual General Assembly. At first, he said a few nice bland things about American global leadership and the history of the U.N. The collected representatives looked almost bored listening to his speech at the start. But it quickly turned into a typically Trumpian address full of fire-breathing threats, random personal boasts, and flamboyant turns of phrase. Here are the most demagogic and Trump-like moments from that speech:

Donald Trump Is Making America Great Again: “Fortunately the United States has done very well since Election Day last Nov. 8.”

Also, You Know, the Stock Market: “The stock market is at an all-time high—a record.”

Dear Other Countries, Stop Ripping Us Off: “We can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.”

Trump Sounded Like Kim Jong-un in Threatening Kim Jong-un: “If [the United States] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Used His New Favorite Nickname: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”

Threatened to Pull Out of Iran Deal in Most Dramatic Terms Yet: “We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.”

Called It the Worst Deal Ever: “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

Called Terrorists a Mean Name: “The United States and our allies are working throughout the Middle East to crush the loser terrorists and stop the re-emergence of safe havens they use to launch attacks on all of our people.”

Said the U.N. Is Ripping the U.S. Off: “The United States bears an unfair cost burden.”

Hell on Earth! “Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell.”

Described "Socialism" as the Big Problem in Venezuela: “The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.”

Slate will have further analysis of the speech later on Tuesday, but those were certainly some of the highlights.

BLINK: Kim Jong-Un Cancels Missile Attack On Guam As James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Warns U.S. Will Shoot It Down

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that if North Korea launches a missile in the direction of Guam, U.S. armed forces 'will take it out.'

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Serena Williams Revealed Her Daughter’s Name and Shared the Baby’s First Photo

Serena Williams Revealed Her Daughter’s Name and Shared the Baby’s First Photo

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Serena Williams introduced her daughter to the world in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

The tennis star had remained quiet on social media since she gave birth at the beginning of September, but she posted a homemade video Wednesday and announced her daughter’s name: Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., after her father and Williams’ fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Most fans were some combination of delighted and inspired when they found Williams had won the Australian Open while pregnant. She missed the rest of the 2017 season but has continued to practice and has said she intends to return for the 2018 season.

As the New York Times noted, while some tennis players have returned to competitive success after giving birth, none as old as Williams has yet done so. But as they also noted, “she has spent a career defying convention.”

Baby Alexis isn’t the first celebrity child named after the parent of the opposite gender. Will and Jada Smith come to mind; the couple named their daughter Willow and son Jaden. NBA player Iman Shumpert also named his daughter Iman Jr.. But it might be for the best Alexis won’t have her mom’s name. After all, who wants the pressure to live up to the GOAT?

If you want more ways to celebrate Serena Williams today, here’s a video of her playing tennis at seven months pregnant:

Report: GOP Is Trying to Buy Murkowski’s Obamacare Repeal Vote by Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

Report: GOP Is Trying to Buy Murkowski’s Obamacare Repeal Vote by Letting Alaska Keep Obamacare

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

On Tuesday I wrote that the chances for Senate Republicans’ last stab at Obamacare repeal, Graham-Cassdidy, “may well hang on what offer Republican leaders are willing to make on Alaska’s behalf in the next week” in order to secure Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s pivotal vote. A couple of reports Thursday afternoon show us how that offer may be shaping up. To put it as generously as possible, it’s not subtle.

The first report, from Politico, says that Alaska, along with some other large, sparsely populated Western states, would be exempt from the per-capita caps that Graham-Cassidy would place on traditional Medicaid spending through 2026. In other words, Alaska—at least in the near term—would not be subject to the enormous entitlement reform that just about every Republican health care bill this year has tossed in its repeal-and-replace package. A good start. What else you got, Graham and Cassidy?

Independent Journal Review, citing a “Republican Senate aide,” reports what would be the most incredible package of carve-outs known to mankind. It would allow Alaska—and Hawaii, tossed in as a poor effort for political and legal cover—to keep Obamacare in the Obamacare repeal bill. And then some.

In addition to the per-capita cap exemption that Politico reports, a new draft would allow Alaska and Hawaii to “continue to receive Obamacare’s premium tax credits while they are repealed for all other states.” Not only would they get to keep the Obamacare tax credits flowing, but they would also, according to the aide, still be able to receive the block grant money that Graham-Cassidy replaces those subsidies with. The last provision would increase Alaska and Hawaii’s federal Medicaid match rate.

As IJR writes, the changes aren’t final. (Maybe they’ll toss in a gift certificate to the Sizzler for Murkowski, too.) I’ve reached out to the offices of Sens. Murkowski, Graham, and Cassidy for comment on this overflowing chest of legislative treasures, and will update with any new information if they get back.

Few Republican health care reforms are great deals for Alaska. Republican health care reforms slash federal spending on health care, and Alaska's health care costs are extraordinary. The only way to get Murkowski’s vote for the Republican health care reform, then, is to exempt Alaska from the Republican health care reform. This proposal would let Alaska keep its Obamacare money, reap the Graham-Cassidy money on top of that, boost its Medicaid match rate, and not have to abide by the trade-offs of either bill. Nice deal, if you can swing it. Is it possible to expand this language to include all 50 states and the District of Columbia? Might pick up some votes!

By the way, if a deal like this is presented, shouldn’t that prompt Lindsey Graham himself to jump ship from his own proposal? He did say in June that if leaders started “that crap” of straight-up buying votes for their health care bill then “they’re going to lose me.”

Also in June, Murkowski warned that state-specific efforts to “get” her vote for a bad bill wouldn’t work anyway. “Then you have a nationwide system that doesn't work,” she said. “That then comes crashing down and Alaska's not able to kind of keep it together on its own.”

This day in WND history: Cemetery buries Christians facing Mecca

by -NO AUTHOR- @ WND

Cemetery buries all, including Christians, facing Mecca Sept. 24, 2006: Despite the fact Muslims had then only accounted for five percent of the local population, Nottingham officials – yes, the Nottingham of Robin Hood fame – decided all burial plots in a $4.7 million cemetery should be aligned with Mecca in the Muslim tradition. All headstones at [...]

3 Claims In Dove's "Soap vs Dove" Ads That Are Misleading - Musings From The Farm

3 Claims In Dove's "Soap vs Dove" Ads That Are Misleading - Musings From The Farm


Musings From The Farm

If you haven’t seen the commercial, you can watch it below: (you can also view it on Dove’s website) [flv:http://msbrandent.vo.llnwd.net/d1/msnbeet_doveus/flv/thedifference/scum_demo2.flv 576 324] First, I’d like to say that I don’t think Dove is a terrible awful product and you should never use it. I think our soap is far better, but don’t take my word …

U.S. dairy takes aim at Canadian supply management in round 3 of NAFTA

U.S. dairy takes aim at Canadian supply management in round 3 of NAFTA

by @ CTV News: Business Headlines

The first punches in what promises to be a bitter fight over Canada's protected dairy industry are expected to be thrown during this week's third round of North American Free Trade talks in Ottawa.

Summer Fundraising Continues As New NTEB Recording Studio Nears Completion Of Our Phase 1 Goals

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

We are nearly at the end of Phase 1 of our fundraising goals, and that means the launch and return of our NTEB 'Rightly Dividing' Bible study radio program.

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Rapidly Growing Sexbot Industry Ready To Launch All Sorts Of New Perversion On Human Race

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

As the sale and use of lifelike sexbot robots that allow people to simulate rape continues to gain steam, one famed law professor is sounding the alarm.

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Uber Delivering You McDonald’s Is the Promise of the 2008 Obama Campaign Fulfilled

Uber Delivering You McDonald’s Is the Promise of the 2008 Obama Campaign Fulfilled

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president and lifted the wings of America's spirits to lofty heights of hopeful hope. His campaign was managed by a Democratic operative named David Plouffe while its communications strategy was supervised by future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. The campaign thrived by inspiring millions to believe that the collective power of grassroots progressivism could overcome the consolidated power of big-money special interests.

In 2014, Uber hired David Plouffe to a senior position in which he managed "a broad portfolio that includes business, legal and policy issues." In 2015, McDonald's hired Robert Gibbs to direct its public relations and lobbying operations.

In December 2016, shortly before Plouffe left Uber to go to work for Mark Zuckerberg, Uber and McDonald's announced a partnership.

During Monday Night Football this week McDonald's and UberEats ran a national advertisement for this rapidly expanding joint endeavor, through which individuals can order food prepared by low-wage, nonunion McDonald's employees for delivery by low-wage Uber "contractors."

And that's how life works! Congratulations to David Plouffe and Robert Gibbs on their second homes and hot tubs.

Dove’s Latest Ad Campaign Takes Body Positivity Too Far - Acculturated

Dove’s Latest Ad Campaign Takes Body Positivity Too Far - Acculturated


Acculturated

Dove is making headlines again, for yet another misguided advertising campaign. Do we really need soap bottles to evoke body positivity?

Renae Bluitt Presents “She Did That.” – The Documentary

by Renae @ In Her Shoes

Soooo, I've been keeping a little secret from you. For the past year & some change I've been dreaming up, conceptualizing, and EXECUTIVE PRODUCING my very first documentary titled "She Did That." which is ALL about - you guessed it - Black women building legacies! As we all know, In Her Shoes has been my personal love letter to women entrepreneurs since 2009. After my 2015 #ihsbeautiesbrains photo exhibition, I knew I had to take this storytelling to the next level. That said, I took 2 years off from producing the annual In Her Shoes event to focus on THIS. Whewwww! It's been quite a journey & I've been wanting to share this news with you, but sometimes you have to just be quiet and DO THE WORK without distractions. That said, I'm SUPER GEEKED to unveil more. I'll be sharing a sneak peek this weekend at ESSENCE Fest and hope you can join us if you're in town! Sending SO much gratitude to Luvvie, Lisa Price, Tonya Rapley, Melissa Butler and all of the other dynamic women involved for taking time out to speak their TRUTHS for this film. HUGE thanks to our brand partners ESSENCE and General Motors for investing in this project and fueling the passionate pursuits of a woman like me with big hair & even bigger dreams.

Manafort's Now Working Against U.S. Stated Interest by Helping Kurds in Iraq Hold Independence Vote

Manafort's Now Working Against U.S. Stated Interest by Helping Kurds in Iraq Hold Independence Vote

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Paul Manafort’s global web of business and political dealings has come under increasing scrutiny in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but that hasn’t stopped the former Trump campaign chairman from working out on the rough and tumble fringes of global politics. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Manafort has been working since the summer with Kurdish leaders in Iraq to help the autonomous region hold a referendum on independence. The United States opposes the non-binding referendum and has lobbied hard to postpone the measure over fears that it would destabilize the already delicate political situation in Iraq, making it harder to snuff out ISIS. The international community agrees and has lined up against the symbolic vote. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is set to vote on the referendum on Monday.

Enter Paul Manafort.

According to the Times’ reporting, Manafort signed on with Iraqi Kurdish leader, Massoud Barzani and his allies “to help administer and promote” the referendum. The referendum is the latest effort of a multifaceted push by Kurdish leaders to build support for their cause in Washington.

Here’s more from the Times:

Mr. Manafort agreed to assist with the referendum, including a planned push for Western recognition, after he was approached several months ago by an intermediary for Mr. Barzani’s son, Masrour Barzani, according to two people familiar with the arrangement. Mr. Manafort has traveled to the region since then to advise the Barzanis’ allies on the referendum, according to Kurdish independence advocates. One of Mr. Manafort’s lieutenants is in Erbil preparing for the referendum, and Mr. Manafort himself may return to the region in the coming days for the vote, according to the advocates…
The Kurdistan Regional Government had paid millions to Washington lobbying firms with deep connections to both Democrats and Republicans, including more than $1.5 million over the last three years, according to Justice Department records. But it has also worked to build support for independence from think tanks and scholars who might be willing to vouch for the referendum’s fairness, and use it to win bipartisan support in Washington for Kurdish independence, according to people familiar with the outreach.

It’s unclear how much Manafort is being paid for his referendum consulting work.

Mothers criticise Baby Dove adverts

Mothers criticise Baby Dove adverts


BBC News

Dozens complain to the watchdog about the campaign which some say is against breastfeeding in public.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: The Russia Investigation Is Back, Baby! Here’s the Latest.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: The Russia Investigation Is Back, Baby! Here’s the Latest.

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

The Russia investigation! It dropped out of the headlines for a few days there thanks in part to POTUS's sudden friendliness toward Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but now it's back and better than ever, if by "better" you mean "uncovering yet more evidence that the American election was sabotaged by white-power trolls employed by a hostile foreign intelligence operation." To wit:

1. Facebook has concluded that a 225,000-member anti-immigrant group that attempted to organize anti-Clinton rallies in Texas during the 2016 presidential campaign was "likely operated out of Russia," Business Insider reports. (It's not clear if anyone actually showed up at any of the rallies.) The Daily Beast reported on Monday that a similarly sketchy Russia-connected group targeted an Idaho town where the yogurt company Chobani employs resettled refugees.

2. Relatedly, Bloomberg reports that Mueller's investigation now involves a "red-hot" interest in 2016 social media activity by Russia-linked actors—and in the question of whether any of that activity was coordinated with the Trump campaign. Behold the Red Hot Mueller Peppers!

3. NBC News reports that Michael Flynn Jr., the son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, is a "subject" of Mueller's probe. Flynn Jr. worked for his father's lobbying firm, the Flynn Intel Group; it's been previously reported that Mueller is looking into whether any of Flynn Sr.'s relationships (financial and otherwise) with figures in Russia and Turkey broke the law. A former federal prosecutor who worked on corruption cases speculates here that investigating Flynn Jr. might be a way to gain leverage and "flip" Flynn Sr.

4. It's been previously reported that Flynn Sr. was involved as a lobbyist in promoting a plan that involved U.S. and Russian companies seeking to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East; the Wall Street Journal now reports that he continued to promote the plan inside the Trump administration after he was named national security adviser. (For what it's worth, the Journal report quotes an anonymous source saying the plan is now "more of an 'American initiative'" rather than a joint initiative.)

Raise the meter for Mother Russia!

Independence Day

by Dean Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

What is The Fourth of July? Is it just the first holiday of summer or another day off from work for a party? In the past it was always called Independence Day and there is a reason for that. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies […]

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Rihanna Announces Fenty Beauty Launch Date, But Some Latinas Aren’t Happy

Rihanna Announces Fenty Beauty Launch Date, But Some Latinas Aren’t Happy

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Rihanna’s new make-up line Fenty Beauty will debut tomorrow, and is being heralded for its diversity, when it comes to the 40 shades it’s offering. This is @FentyBeauty. Head to a @sephora , #sephorainJCP or @harveynichols store to get an exclusive behind-the scenes look! A...

Why Republicans Have Little Enthusiasm for This Last-Ditch Bill to Repeal Obamacare

Why Republicans Have Little Enthusiasm for This Last-Ditch Bill to Repeal Obamacare

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

By the time Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy at long last introduce their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare on Wednesday morning, they will have 17 calendar days to usher it through Congress. To get it passed, they will have to get a CBO score, survive a vetting from the Senate parliamentarian, somehow earn 50 out of 52 Republican votes, and survive a “vote-o-rama” of potential amendments on the floor of the Senate. If that’s successful, the bill would then have to pass the House of Representatives. I am not putting much faith in Graham-Cassidy making it through these hurdles in such a short timeframe after every other comprehensive health care bill over many months bit the dust. And my conversations with Republican senators revealed that many of them aren’t, either.

Ask a member of the Senate Republican leadership about Graham-Cassidy’s chances, and they’ll essentially give you a very drawn out, despairing utterance of Yeeeeeeeeaaaaahhhh.... South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Senate Republican, told reporters Tuesday that passing the bill before their Sept. 30 deadline would be the equivalent of a “double double bank shot” that would take an “extraordinary lift.” And Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, who has absolutely zero interest in trying to wrangle 50 Republican votes for another major health care bill again, would only say at his Tuesday press conference that the “way forward is not clear.”

In other words, if the authors of the bill want to try to put together a 50-vote coalition in the next couple of weeks, they’re more than welcome to try—by themselves. “Senator McConnell has told us that if we get 50 votes, he’ll bring it up,” Cassidy said Tuesday.

Cassidy told me that getting his fellow Republicans beyond their “ACA fatigue” has been something of a challenge. Lousiana’s John Kennedy, for example, told me that “our most important priority right now is tax reform, and if we can get tax reform done then health care becomes a lot easier” when I asked him about Graham-Cassidy's chances.

Bu Cassidy isn’t really having that. “If we may be fatigued,” he said, “think about the poor stiff who can’t afford his premium.”

As for that stiff, there is another attempt to stabilize insurance markets in 2018 being worked out between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray. Getting agreement on that proposal won’t be easy, either, as Democrats and Republicans have some sticky differences about what balance of spending and deregulation is acceptable. But that will be a lot easier than passing, on an extraordinarily rushed timetable, another comprehensive bill to remake the health insurance system in a way that ultimately shifts more health care costs to the states.

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said that he liked the original concept. “Any time you get back and allow the states more of an open process, I think you’re moving in the right direction,” he said. But, he’s “also a realist, and I know it’s going to be very difficult to get the votes in order to get that particular product passed.” He’s putting his more realistic health care legislating hopes in the stabilization bill. As is Sen. Tim Scott, who noted that the repeal-and-replace effort is in the “fourth quarter with about 30 seconds left.” He’s more optimistic about the stabilization effort because “thinking small is the only way to get health care done right now.”

Some senators, up to and including McConnell, seem to not want to declare repeal-and-replace officially dead because such a pronunciation, when there’s still time on the clock, might play badly with a base that’s already furious at them. A lot more of the senators might have “ACA fatigue” than they’re letting on in conversations with reporters. It’s much easier to just let the clock run out than to declare the bill dead before it’s even unveiled.

The most direct answer I got all day, though, was from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. What did he put the chances Graham-Cassidy’s passage at?

“Zero,” he said. “I don’t really hear anyone talking about it.”

An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide to Advertising on Trafficvance

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

Even though the company has been around since 2006, there’s a buzz about Trafficvance on the major affiliate marketing forums. So what’s the big deal? Well, Trafficvance promises to deliver uniquely high converting traffic to your landing page. They do this by showing your ads to customers who’ve downloaded their gaming software and who’ve also […]

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Facebook Says No Dice To Vlogger Who Insulted A Transgender Dove Ad

Facebook Says No Dice To Vlogger Who Insulted A Transgender Dove Ad


The Daily Caller

Over the weekend, Facebook and YouTube shushed right wing vlogger Mark Dice, effectively crushing his First Amendment rights. Facebook said no dice to the San Diego YouTuber after he declared tha

Musings from the farm- Chickens!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Chickens!   I was fortunate to have parents that were not country folk but managed to move to a small farm to raise their 5 and then 6 children.  We mostly had horses, but other animals came and went, cows, pigs, ducks, the orphaned baby whatever and chickens. We inherited chickens from somewhere and even […]

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McCain, Collins, Murkowski: Where the Big Three Stand on Obamacare Repeal

McCain, Collins, Murkowski: Where the Big Three Stand on Obamacare Repeal

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

Senate Republicans have been stuck on 48 or 49 votes for their last-ditch health care plan, Graham-Cassidy, since late last week. They continue to be stuck on that number Tuesday. We will know when they become unstuck when Senate leaders begin skipping down the halls, giggling like schoolchildren, to set up the vote. They have until next Saturday to get to 50, and then their ability to pass an Obamacare repeal with a simple-majority vote expires.

So far there seems to be one hard “no”: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who is far more interested in broadcasting his escalating complaints about the bill to as many reporters as possible than he does in seeking some extraction. That means two of the following three holdouts would be necessary, along with all of the other 48 members of the caucus: Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. These are the three that tanked the Obamacare repeal process last time, in that dramatic late July vote, but none have come out with a firm position on Graham-Cassidy yet.

Here’s how they explained their thinking Tuesday.

Susan Collins

Collins is viewed as the least likely of the three to support the bill. She’s the most moderate member of the caucus, and she came nowhere close to supporting any of the several repeal bills the Senate considered over the summer. Graham-Cassidy, which would replace the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies with block grants allotted to states, also contains the elements of previous health care bills that most alarmed her: permission for states to gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions, per-capita spending caps on traditional Medicaid, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Collins was not prepared to come out as a “no” on Tuesday. But what she’s seen of the bill, she said, “causes me great concern.” Graham-Cassidy has "many of the same flaws of the bill that we rejected previously, and in fact it has some additional flaws,” she told reporters, citing specifically the bill’s treatment of those with pre-existing conditions.

This is not a health care bill that treats Susan Collins’ vote as all that attainable.

John McCain

The pursuit of McCain’s vote is the most slapstick. About one hour after each time McCain makes his criteria known publicly, an effort to meet that criteria suddenly materializes.

On Monday morning, McCain said that the support of his governor, Doug Ducey, was of the utmost importance to him. Shortly thereafter, a tweet appeared on Ducey’s feed offering his support for the bill. It remains unclear what machinations were required to obtain Ducey’s support, since Graham-Cassidy would appear to take money from his state and retains the Medicaid cuts that made Ducey queasy over the summer.

The endorsement, though helpful, wasn’t enough to get McCain to "yes." He insisted, again, that any bill that is to win his support must go through “regular order”: hearings, markups, amendments.

Shortly after McCain said that, both Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced that the committees they chair would hold Graham-Cassidy hearings next week. Johnson’s sudden announcement of a show health care hearing was especially cynical, since he chairs the ... Homeland Security Committee. That one has since been canceled, but Hatch’s Finance Committee hearing is still on for next Monday.

The rushed hearing, which the Democratic ranking member of the committee, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, has called “an abomination on the history of this storied committee," looked just a bit like a stunt put together to give McCain enough cover to claim the process met his “regular order” test.

But McCain doesn’t seem to be taking that cover.

“Do you think that that’s regular order?” he asked reporters on Tuesday. “I always thought regular order was hearings and debates and amendments, and then to the floor with debates and special amendments. That’s what I thought regular order was.”

Expect, then, leaders to set up some sort of Potemkin process of more stunt hearings, debates, amendments, floor debates, and special amendments to get McCain onboard.

Lisa Murkowski

If Collins and Paul oppose the bill, but McCain supports it, it really all comes down to Murkowski. And her vote hinges on the numbers.

“I’m still looking for the data that walks me through how Alaska actually does,” Murkowski told reporters Tuesday following the Senate Republican caucus lunch. “But I don’t have that right now. So those that have asked, ‘Where are you, where are you?’—it’s not that I’m being evasive, it’s that I’m trying to be diligent.”

She cited Alaska’s governor, Bill Walker, in insisting that additional “flexibility” for states is not nearly enough. “My governor has said ‘I like flexibility, but if I get half as much money, flexibility doesn’t help me,’ ” she said. “So, in fairness to my governor, in fairness to Alaskans, the numbers actually matter.”

Well, Walker himself seems to have looked at some numbers and determined that they are, indeed, bad. Walker, an independent, was part of a bipartisan group of 10 governors Tuesday who issued a letter opposing Graham-Cassidy.

“Our country’s Medicaid program has been in place for over 50 years,” Walker told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “Any proposal to restructure Medicaid goes far beyond repealing the Affordable Care Act.” He noted that “any proposal to shift federal costs to the states would likely result in drastic cuts to our Medicaid program.”

If Murkowski is following Walker’s lead, the fate of this bill, and the future of the country’s health care systems, may well hang on what offer Republican leaders are willing to make on Alaska’s behalf in the next week.

Deaf Man Shot Dead by Oklahoma City Police Who Yelled Commands at Him

Deaf Man Shot Dead by Oklahoma City Police Who Yelled Commands at Him

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Oklahoma City police shot and killed a deaf man, Madgiel Sanchez, on Tuesday after he did not comply with an officer’s yelled commands to drop a metal pipe. From the New York Times:

Julio Rayos, a neighbor who lives a few homes away and knew the man was deaf, said he saw the confrontation unfold and sensed trouble.
He said that he ran toward the officer with his wife and his 12-year-old daughter, all three of them screaming that the man could not understand the officer.
“Don’t kill him, he’s deaf,” his daughter yelled. “Don’t do it!”
About six other neighbors joined in, frantically trying to get the officer’s attention. But less than a minute after the episode began, a second officer arrived and immediately pulled out his handgun, Mr. Rayos said. While people continued to scream, the first officer fired his Taser at Mr. Sanchez, while the second fired his handgun, the police said.

Rayos told the Times that Sanchez, 35, often carried the pipe, using it to communicate and ward off stray dogs. The officer who shot Sanchez has been placed on paid leave as the Oklahoma City Police Department investigates. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said at a news conference that the officers who responded may not have been among those in the department trained in sign language. According to the Washington Post’s database, 712 people have been shot and killed by police so far this year; 32 were unarmed.

Correction, 12:34 p.m., Sept. 21: This post originally featured a photo of Miami and misidentified it as Oklahoma City.

Dove blasts Trump administration in new ad

Dove blasts Trump administration in new ad


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The ad features the hashtag "#AlternateFacts" and claims Dove's new antiperspirant is "a really good listener" and boosts your WiFi signal.

Shocked Beachgoers Watch As Boatload Of Muslim Migrants Swarm Their Beach In Southern Spain

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

A dinghy carrying dozens of Muslim migrants landed on Wednesday in the middle of a beach in Zahara de los Atunes on the coast of Andalusia, southern Spain.

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Skin Barrier Function – What is it?

by Honey Sweetie Acres @ Honey Sweetie Acres Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Lotion

We always welcome inquiries from customers seeking to better understand products and what skin care routines might be the best for...

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The Best of Global Digital Marketing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

by Best Marketing @ Best Marketing

19th July 2016 In cooperation with Adoi Magazine More information coming soon!

Independence Day

by Dean Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

What is The Fourth of July? Is it just the first holiday of summer or another day off from work for a party? In the past it was always called Independence Day and there is a reason for that. Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by delegates from the 13 colonies […]

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No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad

No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad


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So yesterday, BuzzFeed's editors, in a super duper blatant breach of the tenets of their Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, deleted a post in which staff writer Arabelle Sicardi criticized toiletries brand Dove for its sleazy, exploitative advertising. Dove, you see, is owned by Unilever—the multinational consumer goods behemoth last seen being an oversensitive penis over the definition of mayonnaise—which happens to be one of BuzzFeed's major advertising partners.

Right Wing Revives Claim That Trump’s Obama Wiretap Accusation Has Been “Vindicated.” (It Hasn’t.)

Right Wing Revives Claim That Trump’s Obama Wiretap Accusation Has Been “Vindicated.” (It Hasn’t.)

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

On March 4, Donald Trump tweeted a number of claims about Barack Obama having ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

You'll note that these tweets are heavy on specific claims:

  • Obama had Trump's phones at Trump Tower tapped.
  • This wiretapping took place during the 2016 campaign.
  • Nothing was found.
  • Tap is actually spelled with two p’s.

On Monday, CNN reported that Paul Manafort—who was briefly Trump's campaign chairman—has been the subject of intermittent court-approved surveillance since 2014. As you can see above, Breitbart immediately announced that the news "vindicated" Trump. Nope. Here's what CNN wrote:

  • Manafort was initially being surveilled not because of his connection to Trump but because of an investigation opened in 2014 into his work as a political consultant in Ukraine.
  • He was subsequently placed under surveillance again "last fall" because of his connections to "suspected Russian operatives," but it's "unclear" exactly when that happened—which is to say that it's not certain whether it happened before or after the election.
  • The investigation was led by the FBI and required the approval of Justice Department officials, i.e., not Obama himself.
  • Regarding Trump's "nothing found" remark, the investigation into Manafort appears to have in fact escalated; one of his homes was raided in July.
  • "While Manafort has a residence in Trump Tower, it's unclear whether FBI surveillance of him took place there."
  • "It's unclear whether Trump himself was picked up on the surveillance."
  • Tap is still spelled with the traditional single p.

What's particularly funny about the idea that Trump has been vindicated by the revelation of a literal wiretap on Paul Manafort is that the White House and its stooges in the right-wing press spent months earlier this year insisting that Trump's tweets weren't referring to literal wiretapping. Here's Sean Spicer in March:

I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. That is a widely reported activity that occurred back then. The President used the word “wiretap” to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities during that.

At another point, Spicer also argued that Trump's comments about surveillance having taken place "just before" the 2016 election might have also been meant to suggest that surveillance took place well after the election:

If we're splitting hairs on what day of the calendar it was, that's a pretty interesting development. If the allegation is, well it was actually on the 1st of December or the 10th of December versus the 31st of October, I think we're starting to split some serious hairs here.

At the time, Breitbart made a nearly identical argument. You know, I'm really beginning to suspect that these guys are not being 100 percent honest with us all the time.

A Ranking of Trump’s Sunday Morning Tweets From Least to Most Insane

A Ranking of Trump’s Sunday Morning Tweets From Least to Most Insane

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, woke up on Sunday morning raring to tweet. Starting at 7:40 a.m., after his breakfast Big Mac, Trump began firing off a string of missives, ranging from loopy to outright unhinged. The president, since he has nothing else to do, clearly scoured the responses to his tweets finding a few meme-type graphics and gifs to retweet because, sure, that’s what normal presidents of normal countries do before its citizens wake up.

The president tweeted or retweeted 15 times on Sunday morning. Here’s an official ranking of the top eight of Trump’s Sunday morning tweets from least to most insane:

8. The president’s newfound love of maps continues unabated. So he retweeted this gem from his mentions.

7. Trump with arrows. Pointing up. Sure. RT.

6. Trump retweeted this intentional misreading by the Daily Mail political editor of New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse’s just OK joke.

5. A train with a hat on it. It’s a Trump train. Get it? How could the president of the United States not retweet that? Incidentally, the train pictured “making America great again” is from the Canadian National Railway. The Ted Cruz Express! RT!

4. You’re welcome Twitter retweet.

3. Trump liked this piece of Soviet-style heroic realism because it made his hair look fuller and more lustrous. Retweet.

2. This one managed to squeeze two of Donald Trump’s obsessions into one gif—golf and Hillary Clinton. RT.

1. Nuclear-themed tweet, 7:52 a.m. The president of the United States was sitting on this one for a few hours and itching to fire it off first thing this morning. Nailed it.

Pope Francis Urges World Leaders To ‘Listen To The Cry Of The Earth’

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Pope Francis, who has a strong belief in the science of climate change, called upon world leaders on Wednesday to "listen to the cry of the Earth"

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Dozens of NFL Players Take a Knee After Trump Criticizes Anthem Protests for Third Day

Dozens of NFL Players Take a Knee After Trump Criticizes Anthem Protests for Third Day

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump seems to be obsessed. The commander in chief woke up Sunday morning with a hankering to fire off a series of tweets once again calling for fans to boycott the NFL “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.” For those keeping count that marked the third day in a row the president criticized players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest police violence. It seemed to be a taunt that will assure any protests that were already planned for today would suddenly become much larger.

The defiance was clear in the first NFL game of the day, where players displayed a strong sense of unity as about two dozen Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars players took a knee and pretty much all the rest linked arms in solidarity. Among those joining the protest in London was Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who also took a knee. And it wasn’t just the players who displayed unity. Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with the players during the national anthem.

The players who were kneeling then stood for “God Save the Queen,” Britain’s national anthem, although the players and coaches remained locked arm-in-arm.

On Facebook, the Jaguars published a photo with Khan at the center and a simple message: “Unity.”

The owner of the Ravens, Steve Bisciotti, also expressed support for the protesters through a statement released on Twitter during the first quarter of the game. “We recognize our players’ influence,” he said. “We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That’s democracy in its highest form.”

The support from the owners continues the largely negative reaction to Trump’s initial statement on Friday night during a rally in Alabama. Even some who have supported Trump in the past expressed their opposition to the president, including Patriots CEO and Chairman Robert Kraft, who donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration. “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said. “I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities."

Trump’s three-day marathon of NFL criticism began Friday night, when he harshly criticized owners for tolerating players who he said disrespect the United States by failing to stand up for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said.

That statement was met with a chorus of criticism from the sports world but the commander in chief doubled down on Saturday through Twitter: "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!" He also directly attacked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his (very mild) criticism of Trump earlier in the day. “Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country,” Trump wrote. “Tell them to stand!”

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Visited Embassy Attackers During Recent US Trip

by Chuck Ross @ The Daily Caller

Turkey’s foreign minister showed solidarity with two Turkish-American men awaiting trial for brutally kicking a female protester outside of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., visiting the duo in a Washington, D.C. jail earlier this week. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited the two men, Eyup Yildirim and Sinan Narin, during his trip to the U.S. to attend […]

London Underground Bombing Injures 22

London Underground Bombing Injures 22

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A bomb exploded on a London Underground train on Friday morning, injuring at least 22 people now hospitalized. From the New York Times:

The National Health Service said that 18 people had been taken to hospitals and that another four had gone on their own, including eight at Chelsea and Westminster.
[...]It was the fifth major terrorist attack in Britain this year, following a vehicular and knife attack near Parliament in March, a suicide bombing at a rock concert in Manchester in May, and a van and knife attack around London Bridge and a van attack outside a London mosque, both in June.

Witnesses have described the bomb’s detonation—an incomplete one according to officials—as a sudden conflagration rather than an explosion. One witness told Sky News that it looked like a “large match” had been struck.

Pictures of the device have been shared on social media:

Scotland Yard is still searching for the person responsible. In tweets, President Trump denounced the attack and argued for a strengthened travel ban.

Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy as Latest Victim of Retail Crisis

Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy as Latest Victim of Retail Crisis

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Toys R Us, the national toy chain that has been around since the 1950s, announced Monday night that the company had filed for bankruptcy, just ahead of the holiday shopping season.

In a statement, the company said its roughly 1,600 stores, which include Babies R Us, will remain open. But the move might also make customers and manufacturers less confident, keeping some shoppers away during the holiday season and causing some toy manufacturers to become more cautious with their deliveries.

In the statement, in which it declared “the dawn of a new era at Toys R Us,” the retailer said its stores will function as before, with its customer programs, sales, and promotions running uninterrupted and its stores fully stocked.

The company said it would use the bankruptcy protection to restructure its $5 billion in debt and put into place new long-term strategies to cope with a challenging world for traditional retail models. According to the New York Times, the company had been saddled with a substantial portion of that debt for years, and in 2005, private equity firms and a real estate firm bought it off the public market for $6 billion. It was left with a considerable amount of debt, and the company was staring down a $400 million debt payment next year.

The rise of e-commerce has struck a blow to most retailers, but Toys R Us also has suffered from competition with other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target, which can drive down the price of toys. Some big lenders have agreed to provide $3 billion in financing to kick-start some of the company’s restructuring. In order to stay afloat, the company will have to convince investors that it knows what it needs to survive the existential threats to traditional retail stores.

According to USA Today, the store has plans to renegotiate its leases for cheaper rent, convert some of its existing properties into side-by-side Toys R Us and Babies R Us brands, and improve its recently launched online store. But bankruptcy will also allow it to shutter some of its less profitable stores. In the meantime, it will also need to smooth over any wrinkles with suppliers who might have become skittish in the wake of the filing.

Other retailers that have filed bankruptcy this year include Gymboree, Payless ShoeSource, and Rue21.

ISIS, ANTIFA And Black Lives Matter Are Partners Together In The Monument Demolition Business

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

The Alt-Left would bristle at being compared to Islamic terror group ISIS, but nonetheless there is a very valid comparison to be made.

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ALERT: John Deere Just Issued MASSIVE Recall – Don’t Ride Your Tractor Until You Read This

ALERT: John Deere Just Issued MASSIVE Recall – Don’t Ride Your Tractor Until You Read This

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

ALERT – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT John Deere, America’s most popular manufacturer of agricultural machinery, diesel engines, and tractors, has just issued a massive recall in response to their D105 model. Numerous lawn tractors have been found to have a transmission issue, which could pose a potential crash hazard. An estimated 25,000 units and 500 transmissions have ...

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View From My Window – Persistence Pays Off!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Persistence pays off. I’m happy I can report that our brown Leghorn rooster (Roo) is in recovery mode now. For weeks I wondered if it was a hopeless cause. Everyone wondered when I would give up and sometimes I secretly hoped I would come out in the morning and find out he had passed in the […]

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Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: I’m Putting Frank the White House Lawn Kid in This Post So You’ll Click on It

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: I’m Putting Frank the White House Lawn Kid in This Post So You’ll Click on It

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

Down here at Slate HQ, we have a service called CrowdTangle, which measures how fast stories from various publications are spreading on Facebook. Today the No. 1 CrowdTangle champ, in both mainstream and conservative publications, is the story of Frank Giaccio, the 11-year-old from Virginia who mowed the Rose Garden lawn. From Fox News:

Trump accepted the Virginia boy’s offer after he wrote to the president saying it would be his "honor to mow the White House lawn." Giaccio, who was 10 when he wrote the letter but has since turned 11, also enclosed a menu of his services, which include weed-whacking.

I don't get it! Why does he want to mow the lawn? Just because he also mows other lawns? Why do you guys care so much about it? Whatever, it's Friday, suckers!

North Korea: 'Rocket's visit' to U.S. is 'inevitable'

North Korea: 'Rocket's visit' to U.S. is 'inevitable'

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North Korea's foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."

RedZone is the Cause of and Solution to All of the NFL's Problems

RedZone is the Cause of and Solution to All of the NFL's Problems

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

 

The NFL is in the midst of an existential crisis. In the words of Jean-Paul Sartre, “Most of the games suck eggs.”

Take today’s early afternoon lineup. Were you in a part of the country that was lucky enough see the Tennessee Titans ease past the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars? Or were you treated to the gourmet football feast that was the Carolina Panthers’ 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills? If so, you are three hours closer to death, and all you have to show for it are memories of Graham Gano kicking field goals.

The NFL’s biggest problem is one of watchability. Sure, we’re only two Sundays into the season and this is by definition a premature judgment, but if you sat through today’s Bears-Buccaneers game then you have surely joined me in jumping to this grave conclusion. Of the eight games that started at 1 p.m. ET, only the Arizona-Indianapolis contest was close. It went to overtime, but this is not a virtue; rather, this extra period acted only to prolong this shameful sin of a game.

At the end of today’s early round of matchups, there had been 24 games played in the NFL this season. By my count, only five of those could be described as competitive, in that the viewer didn’t already know who was going to win heading into the fourth quarter. Of those five, just two were contested by teams that could be described as “decent” (Chiefs vs. Patriots and Chargers vs. Broncos). At the risk of sounding like a laconic buffoon: The games are bad. And you can’t blame this on the sport itself, as college football is, for all its many faults, as entertaining as ever.

Sure, some fans will always take pleasure in watching their favorite teams destroy hapless also-rans (hello, New England; goodbye, New Orleans). There will also always be the masochistic types who insist on sitting through the cleat-end of an hours-long beatdown in their pursuit of some kind of Zen-like awakening. But for everyone else, what the NFL is selling in 2017 just isn’t good enough. If the league wants to maintain its perch as the nation’s most popular sport then it will have to cater to these casual fans. Fortunately, the NFL already thought of a way to do this: RedZone.

NFL RedZone, which the league launched in 2009, is a premium network that provides simulcast coverage each Sunday. RedZone, which switches from stadium to stadium to capture the best action at any given moment, is essentially a collage of the day's most exciting events: football without the filler. While it started as a sort-of gimmick for fantasy football enthusiasts with short attention spans, it has become the only way to watch the league without losing your mind.

League-wide ratings are slipping, but there hasn’t been a general consensus as to why. Some have blamed anthem protests, an assertion that, thanks to a misreading of a widely published poll, became heralded as fact when it was anything but. RedZone has also been singled out for cannibalizing the market for individual games, but the league could never admit this is the case. That's because, in doing so, they'd have to concede that a single NFL game must be packaged with at least seven other NFL games to make it anything close to watchable.

This ties the NFL in a pretzel. The commercial-free RedZone channel may help retain fans, but if it's the only thing propping up a dreadful league, then the fumbles and interceptions are going to come home to roost sooner rather than later. Until then, I'll be consuming my Sunday afternoon football via RedZone and RedZone alone. And on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, I'll endure select NFL broadcasts in a manner no man ever should: one game at a time, with commercials, and lots and lots of field goals.

Justice Department Will Not Charge Baltimore Officers for Freddie Gray’s Death While in Custody

Justice Department Will Not Charge Baltimore Officers for Freddie Gray’s Death While in Custody

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 19th, 2015 will not face federal charges due to insufficient evidence, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The DOJ had been pursuing a criminal civil rights investigation after all six officers were cleared of criminal charges brought by the Baltimore prosecutor, ranging from manslaughter to murder, for their role in Gray’s death from a spinal chord injury while being transported in the back of a police van. Gray’s death led to days of protests and unrest in Baltimore.

With the closure of the civil rights investigation, no officer has been held criminally responsible for Gray’s death; all six of the officers are still employed by the Baltimore Police Department. Five of the officers still face internal disciplinary hearings. “After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero, Lieutenant Brian Rice, or Sergeant Alicia White willfully violated Gray’s civil rights,” the DOJ said in a statement Tuesday. “Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed without prosecution.”

From the Baltimore Sun:

According to prosecutors, Gray died after suffering a fatal spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police transport van following his arrest on the morning of April 12, 2015. Police accused Gray of running unprovoked in a high-crime area in West Baltimore and of being in possession of an illegal knife at the time of his arrest. He was handcuffed and shackled in the transport van, but not restrained by a seat belt…
The [DOJ] said the evidence did not show Gray was given a “rough ride” in the back of a police transport van—a theory of state prosecutors—and did not prove that officers were aware that their failure to secure Gray with a seat belt put him in danger. Evidence did not show that officers knew he was injured and needed immediate medical care, the DOJ statement said.

“The bar for charging police officers with federal civil rights violations is extremely high, and prosecutions are rare,” according to the New York Times. “This year, the Justice Department announced similar decisions in two other high-profile civil rights investigations in which men died at the hands of police officers: the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man in Louisiana, and the shooting death of James Boyd, a mentally ill man in New Mexico.”

Alec Baldwin Thinks Making Cheesy Movies Is As Bad As Lying for Trump

Alec Baldwin Thinks Making Cheesy Movies Is As Bad As Lying for Trump

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Backstage after the Emmys on Sunday night, a reporter asked Alec Baldwin about Sean Spicer’s appearance onstage. In Spicer’s cameo he came out grinning and riding a motorized podium, evoking Melissa McCarthy's impersonation, clearly indicating he was aware of the joke and in on it. As Slate’s Christina Cauterucci wrote, the moment can be grouped together with Trump the candidate hosting Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon mussing Trump’s hair on his show. “Laughing with him only dulls the senses to his deeds.”

Considering Baldwin’s win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Trump on SNL and his subsequent taunting speech, one might expect the actor to come down similarly hard on Trump’s former press secretary.

His response, however, was a bit less barbed:

The average person is very grateful for him to have a sense of humor and participate. I mean, Spicer obviously was compelled to do certain things that we might not have respected, we might not have admired, we might have been super critical of, in order to do his job. But I’ve done some jobs that are things that you shouldn’t admire or respect me for either. So he and I have that in common I suppose.

To quote Slate’s Sam Adams: “The difference is that when Sean Spicer sells his soul, it weakens the fabric of democracy, and when Alec Baldwin does it, you wind up with The Boss Baby.”

But let’s take a minute to really compare, for the sake of fairness.

In Blind, released in 2017, Baldwin plays a blind novelist who “rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman." From RogerEbert.com: “One doesn’t need perfect vision to quickly surmise that this sudsy affair among Manhattan swells is a glorified Hallmark Channel melodrama.”

Also in 2017, Sean Spicer couldn’t stop himself from talking about Hitler. When he explained why Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, he claimed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack was unprecedented. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he said.

Baldwin was so dissatisfied with the only movie he ever directed, the flop Shortcut to Happiness, that he asked the movie be credited to “Harry Kirkpatrick” instead. It was only released six years after being made, and he advised his fans not to see it.

During Spicer’s first White House press briefing, on Day Two of the presidency, he chided reporters and declared that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”

Baldwin himself called the movie musical Rock of Ages, in which he plays a “shaggy-haired owner of a Whisky a Go Go-type Holywood club” a “complete disaster.” He told Vanity Fair, “A week in, you go, ‘Oh God, what have I done?’ ” Slate writer Dana Stevens had some kinder words for it and wrote that “once you accept the utter and profound inconsequentiality of Rock of Ages, there’s much to enjoy in it.”

Following in Kellyanne Conway’s footsteps, Spicer referenced a nonexistent Islamic terrorist attack in Atlanta to pad statistics to justify Trump’s Muslim ban.

In The Boss Baby, Baldwin voices a baby who’s also a businessman. Sean Spicer toed the party line, even if it meant failing to tell the public the truth.

Upon weighing the evidence, it’s a toss-up.

How Did Ted Cruz’s Account Like That Porn Tweet? We’ve Got Theories.

How Did Ted Cruz’s Account Like That Porn Tweet? We’ve Got Theories.

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

 

Twitter reacted largely with glee to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Monday night pornographic tweet incident, but several Slate staffers also put on our deer-stalker hats and got to work.

Unwilling to allow this mystery to be entirely lost to the fog of time, we created an exhaustive list of scenarios for this “staffing issue.”

Here are the many theories:

1. The Careless Senator: Cruz accidentally liked some porn while watching it.

2. The Careless Staffer: A staffer, either mixed up toggling between official accounts and personal accounts, or just directly on Cruz’s official account because why not, perused some porn and accidentally hit the like button.

3. The Curious Staffer: A staffer, while searching for “statistics proving the benefits of supply side economics,” accidentally stumbled upon the account “LesbianSexSuply.” Like any good researcher, the staffer kept digging.

4. The Vengeful Staffer: A staffer, very knowingly on Cruz’s official account, searched for porn and intentionally liked the video. Plausible given the senator’s popularity.

5. The Lonely Senator: Someone sent the porn clip to Cruz as a DM. The senator got so excited to have a friend that he immediately liked it.

6. The Forward-Looking Senator: Cruz was just straight-up bookmarking porn for later.

7. The Educational Senator: Cruz, like Kurt Eichenwald, just meant to illustrate to his wife that the world is a deranged and perverse place. His hand slipped, and he accidentally hit the like button.

8. The Precautionary Senator: Cruz has developed a particular distaste for Mike Pence and wants to make sure the vice president never dines alone with him.

9. The Discerning Senator: Cruz wanted the world to appreciate this particular pornographic video.

10. The Shadow Tweeter: Steve Bannon masterminded the like as part of his 14th-dimensional chess media distraction campaign waged from outside the White House.

We wish future detectives best of luck in sorting through the clues.

View From My Window – Hard Decisions

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

I had to make a really hard decision.  As much as we try to avoid it, death is a part of life.  Even though we don’t always achieve the desired outcome, I’m glad I went the extra mile to see if I could save this rooster. But there came a point where I had to make a […]

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Today in Conservative Media: Kimmel vs. Kilmeade

Today in Conservative Media: Kimmel vs. Kilmeade

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives focused their fire on Jimmy Kimmel again on Thursday after his response to criticisms of his commentary on Graham-Cassidy by right-wing voices like Fox’s Brian Kilmeade, who he claimed “kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman” when they see each other:

[Kilmeade] follows me on Twitter. He asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did. He calls my agent, looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one.
And, you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation.
I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you.

RedState’s Brandon Morse compared the reception of Kimmel’s threat to the criticism of the Blaze’s Dana Loesch several months ago after calling for the New York Times to be ‘fisked’ in an NRA ad. “Do you hear the cacophony of outrage over threatened physical violence coming from the same places that attacked Loesch for not threatening anyone?” he asked. “Me either. The rules seem to be that if you lean to the right, and you come on strong, then you’re a violent villain who needs to watch what comes out of your yapper. If you lean left, however, you can say whatever violent thing you want.”

Kilmeade responded to Kimmel on Fox:

Hope your son gets better. I hope your son gets all the care he needs. I’m glad you’re interested. You’re doing a great job bringing he dialogue out. But you should actually do what we’re doing. Talk to the people that wrote it—Senator Graham, Senator Cassidy ... and we’ll see where we go from here.

Hot Air’s Allahpundit faulted Sen. Bill Cassidy for starting Kimmel’s commentary after saying that an Obamacare replacement would have to pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” and ensure a child with congenital heart disease would be able to recieve all the care they would need in the first year of life:

That was political malpractice on two levels. One: You don’t make any single person the moral arbiter of your legislation, especially a celebrity. Whatever Kimmel’s broader ideological leanings, he was destined to come under heavy pressure from his industry to attack any repeal bill the GOP offered. It was especially stupid of Cassidy to hand that power to a comedian, as the odds of a comic defending Republicans in their effort to undo the biggest part of Obama’s legacy were exactly zero. The whole thing is as ridiculous as if Obama had announced an “Adam Sandler test” for whether the Iran nuclear deal passed muster.
Two: The “Jimmy Kimmel test” is in keeping with Cassidy’s wider view of health-care reform, but that view isn’t shared by many members of his own party.

In other news:

Multiple outlets ran posts on Bush-era figure Valerie Plame Wilson’s tweeting of an anti-Semitic article about neoconservatives called “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” “Scratch a leftist and you inevitably find a raving, frothing anti-Semite just waiting to get out,” said the RedState writer known as Streiff. “But it is rare indeed when one of them waves as points to themselves and declares their Jew-hatred. That happened today on Twitter. The protagonist is the former faux deep cover, non-official cover CIA ANALYST (yeah, try to figure out how that worked) Valerie Plame who was ‘outed’ by Colin Powell’s minime Richard Armitage but somehow resulted in Scooter Libby getting a felony conviction.” The Washington Free Beacon highlighted a fundraiser Plame Wilson held for the Clinton campaign, while the Federalist’s Bre Payton noted other times she’d tweeted similar articles by the same author. “In 2015, she shared a link to a post criticizing the role of Jewish people serving in Congress,” Payon wrote. “In 2014, Plame Wilson tweeted a link to an article by the same author entitled: “Why I Dislike Israel.”

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Atlanta Teacher Suspended After Assigning Kodak Black Lyric Homework

Atlanta Teacher Suspended After Assigning Kodak Black Lyric Homework

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A 6th grade teacher in Atlanta has been suspended after asking students to change the lyrics from a Kodak Black song to sound more positive. The teacher at Georgia’s Bethune Middle School asked the students to change A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Drowning” for a school assignment. The...

Skinny, fat or 'bucket'?: Dove's body-shaped bottle ad backfires

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Social media users are hanging Dove out to dry over a new line of contoured bottles designed to look like different women's body shapes.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Senate Resolution Tries Urging Trump to Publicly Dislike the Right People

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Senate Resolution Tries Urging Trump to Publicly Dislike the Right People

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

In the tradition of the Clintonometer and the Trump Apocalypse Watch, the Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

Under ordinary circumstances, in the year 2017, one wouldn’t think it necessary to have the United States Senate take time out of its legislative day to point out that the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis are contemptible and deserving of scorn. But these are not ordinary times. Real estate developer turned reality TV show star Donald Trump is the president of the United States now, after flirting with the white nationalist vote during his campaign for the presidency. White supremacists got the drift and newly emboldened by the winks from the West Wing, affiliated hate groups are publicly on the march. As such, its probably best to employ the there’s no such thing as too many condemnations of white supremacist groups standard.

On Monday, the Senate did just that in passing a joint resolution by unanimous consent condemning white supremacist groups writ large. The resolution was introduced last week by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and was cosponsored by 55 Senators in all, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In total, seven Republican joined 48 from the Democratic caucus to pass the bill procedurally without a formal vote.

The resolution paused to issue its own condemnation of the white supremacist hate groups involved in the weekend’s violence on Aug. 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, which it described as a “domestic terrorist attack.” It also urged the president to act more like a president and less like himself.

“[Congress] urges the President and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy; and use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States…”

It’s a timely and unfortunately necessary reminder to the president of the United States. The Senate is still optimistic about Trump’s “moral pivot.” The pivot away from things like white supremacy is one of the many pivots that get bandied about that will never happen. Unfortunately, it’s well known the only psychology this president responds to reverse psychology. Trump’s pivot foot remains unused in perpetutity and the meter remains unchanged!

BREAKING NOW: Terrifying First Video From Today’s Mexico Earthquake Hits the Web

BREAKING NOW: Terrifying First Video From Today’s Mexico Earthquake Hits the Web

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY AND WILL BE UPDATED AS NECESSARY. UPDATE – 4:40 p.m. CST – New videos have been added, and the death toll is now over 40. UPDATE – 2:30 CST – The very first video from the Mexico earthquake, which occurred in the past hour, is now hitting the internet. They ...

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Kimberly Brown of Manifest Yourself Serves “Goal Digger” Realness

by Renae @ In Her Shoes

In a world where instant success is sold over social media, reminders that it takes initiative, drive and persistence to actually achieve one's dreams is imperative. Meet Kimberly Brown, the digital maven behind Manifest Yourself, who's serving up "goal-digger" realness on the daily while providing tools as well as resources to help others get where they want to go. We had the chance to chat with her before she hosts The Empowerment Social, a networking event that'll be held in Harlem on July 15, and gathered a few gems ourselves. Keep reading to be inspired!

Report: Paul Manafort Planned on Providing Russian Billionaire With Campaign Updates

Report: Paul Manafort Planned on Providing Russian Billionaire With Campaign Updates

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort offered to provide updates on the 2016 campaign to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. The offer was reportedly made through an intermediary between email. From the Post:

The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
There is no evidence in the documents showing that Deripaska received Manafort’s offer or that any briefings took place. And a spokeswoman for Deripaska dismissed the email exchanges as scheming by “consultants in the notorious ‘beltway bandit’ industry.”

The AP reported in March that Manafort crafted a plan to influence American politics in the interests of Vladimir Putin for Deripaska in 2005. The FBI raided Manafort’s home in late July, a day after his meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, as part of its ongoing investigation of his activities. According to the Post's reporting, people close to Manafort believe that Mueller hopes to pressure him into providing infomation about others in Trump’s circle.

One particularly juicy tidbit from the Post report is that the emails contained potentially coded language possibly discussing money either paid to Manfort or owed to him. 

The notes appear to be written in deliberately vague terms, with Manafort and his employee, Konstantin Kilimnik, never explicitly mentioning Deripaska by name.
Investigators believe that key passages refer to Deripaska. The billionaire is referenced in some places by his initials, “OVD,” and one email invokes an expensive Russian delicacy in what investigators believe is a veiled reference to Manafort’s past work with Deripaska.
In one April exchange days after Trump named Manafort as a campaign strategist, Manafort referred to his positive press and growing reputation and asked, “How do we use to get whole?”
....
Kilimnik wrote in the July 29 email that he had met that day with the person “who gave you the biggest black caviar jar several years ago,” according to the people familiar with the exchange Kilimnik said it would take some time to discuss the “long caviar story,” and the two agreed to meet in New York.
Investigators believe that the reference to the pricey Russian luxury item may have been a reference to Manafort’s past lucrative relationship with Deripaska, according to people familiar with the probe.

"The biggest black caviar jar"... Delicious!

Google And YouTube Threatening Conservative Sites With Demonetization If They Don’t Remove “Offensive” Content

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Google is demonetizing Conservative websites by restricting AdSense and demonetizing YouTube videos that promote a Conservative and/or Christian worldview.

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President Trump Leads The Way By Condemning Violence That Took Place On Both Sides In Charlottesville Riots

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

President Donald Trump defended his response to the racially charged protests over the weekend, saying both sides were to blame in Charlottesville, Va.

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It’s Not So Surprising That Trump Will Stay in the Paris Climate Deal

It’s Not So Surprising That Trump Will Stay in the Paris Climate Deal

by Joshua Keating @ The Slatest

The news reported by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that the Trump administration is not actually planning to pull out of the Paris climate accord—but will instead “review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement”—is probably not momentous news for the environment. The story notes that these new terms are “likely to entail a significant reduction in the U.S.’s ambition to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.” But the change of heart still matters politically. U.S. withdrawal would have weakened the accord and given other countries cover to withdraw.

A White House spokesperson told the Journal that there had “been no change in the U.S.’s position,” which is technically true. Under the terms of the agreement, the earliest the U.S. could formally give notice to withdraw is November 2019, and the actual withdrawal wouldn’t take place for another year—right after the next U.S. presidential election. According to a cable leaked in August, the State Department had already told diplomats to be coy about whether the U.S. would re-engage with the agreement.

The news came a few days after reports that the administration would sign off on sanction waivers to keep the U.S. in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal. Despite early signs to the contrary, the administration is now avoiding any steps to dramatically upend the U.S. foreign-policy status quo, even if that means leaving the hated Obama-era agreements in place.

Of course, this cautious approach is not exactly reflected in the president’s public statements. Trump began his Sunday by taunting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter, writing, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” “Long gas lines” might indeed be a serious worry for Kim if he were up for re-election soon, or ever. Still, while military options are as always “on the table,” there are few signs at the moment that the U.S. actually plans to back up Trump’s earlier threats of “fire and fury”—even as North Korea fired another missile Friday over Japan—and is relying instead on diplomatic pressure and sanctions.

The next date to watch is Oct. 14, the next 90-day deadline for Trump to certify to Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal. Trump has made clear that he wants to find a way to declare Iran noncompliant, and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a preview of how he might go about it in a speech this month. “You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly in October,” he said on Air Force One a few days ago, again calling the agreement “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.”

What he actually will do is anybody’s guess, but given his recent statements, if he does recertify Iran (which he hopefully will), it will be the best indication yet that his public statements have little bearing on actual U.S. policy.

Ellen Attacks Trump: ‘I Don’t Want to Give Him a Platform,’ But Forgets Nobody Watches Her Anymore (VIDEO)

Ellen Attacks Trump: ‘I Don’t Want to Give Him a Platform,’ But Forgets Nobody Watches Her Anymore (VIDEO)

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

Ellen DeGeneres, host of The Ellen Show, recently lambasted President Donald J. Trump, saying that he’s a threat to gay people. Apparently however, she forgot that her show hasn’t been relevant since 2008. With our liberal mainstream culture nowadays, it’s all the rage to attack Donald Trump and anyone else who doesn’t tow the politically ...

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People are trolling Dove on Twitter for releasing new soap bottles for different body types

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TRAITOR: Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster Revealed To Be George Soros Plant From Obama Era

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster served at a UK-based think tank financed by a controversial, George Soros-funded group.

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1 dead, at least 6 hurt in church shooting: officials

1 dead, at least 6 hurt in church shooting: officials

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A masked gunman entered a church in Tennessee on Sunday and opened fire, killing at least one person and injuring others before apparently shooting himself in the head, an official said.

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning


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Tom Price Reportedly Spent $60,000 on Private Jets Last Week

Tom Price Reportedly Spent $60,000 on Private Jets Last Week

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Late on Tuesday, Politico reported that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price flew on private jets five times last week, at an expense of “tens of thousands of dollars” more than the commercial flights that had been standard for his predecessors. From Politico:

The secretary’s five flights, which were scheduled between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, took him to a resort in Maine where he participated in a Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO, and to community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to internal HHS documents.
HHS spokespeople declined to confirm details of the flights, or respond to questions about who paid for them, with a spokesperson only saying that Price sometimes charters planes when commercial flights aren’t feasible. All three organizations that hosted Price last week — the Massachusetts-based health IT firm athenahealth, Goodwin Community Health Center in New Hampshire and the Mirmont Treatment Center in Pennsylvania — told POLITICO they did not pay for his flights or other travel costs.

According to Politico, staffers say Price has been using private jets for months. Charter operators told Politico’s Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan that Price’s private flights last week would have cost at least $60,000. For at least one leg of travel, a short jaunt from Washington to Philadelphia and back on Friday, Diamond and Pradhan write that there were ample commercial alternatives. A round-trip United flight would have cost between $447 and $725 per person. A cheap ticket on an Amtrak train would have cost $72. A road trip would have cost around $46 in gas and tolls per SUV. Price’s round trip to Philly—just over an hour of flight time—cost $25,000.*

*Correction, Sept. 20, 2017, at 11:34 a.m.: The last sentence of the post originally conflated Tom Price with Steven Mnuchin.

C'est la vie: Canadian energy producer accepts French drilling ban with a shrug

C'est la vie: Canadian energy producer accepts French drilling ban with a shrug

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Calgary-based Vermilion Energy Inc. stands to be more impacted than most by a draft climate change bill in France that could be law by year-end.

We Asked People Lining Up for Hillary Clinton’s Book One Simple Question: What Happened?

We Asked People Lining Up for Hillary Clinton’s Book One Simple Question: What Happened?

by Rachel Withers @ The Slatest

Opinions on what happened in the 2016 election are like assholes: everybody has one.

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because of Russia but also because sexism; because she didn’t go to Wisconsin but also because of the media; because she wasn’t likeable enough or because she didn’t show her personality enough; because Americans are angry, or gullible, or racist, or simply wanted change; because Comey, because Bernie. Emails, Benghazi, Pizzagate.

Now Hillary Clinton—who might have had a bit more at stake in the election than most—is offering her two cents on why she thinks she lost the biggest race of her life. Though many online pundits wish she could just, like, not, Hillary supporters in New York queued up for blocks Tuesday morning to get their copy of What Happened signed by the author and to hear what she had to say.

I asked those in line for Tuesday’s book signing for What Happened a basic question: “What happened?”

Here’s what they had to say.

Answers have been condensed for length and clarity.

Brian LeBlanc, 24, writer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

A lot of it was the James Comey letter, a lot of it was WikiLeaks, then a lot of it was Bernie Sanders. I think a lot of the people that voted for Bernie Sanders decided to be part of the scorched earth campaign and then they all stayed home on election night. I think people have had 25 years to develop a hatred for Hillary Clinton, whether or not any of it’s founded (most of it’s not). And then a lot of it is, most people can’t get behind a woman. You know frat bros, it’s very hard to see them being like “yeah Hillaryyy!” whereas they’re cheering shirtless for Bernie.

Luis Cabalquinto, 82, freelance writer/poet, New York (originally from the Philippines)
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think three things. Hillary underestimated the people in the rural areas. Second, the Russian connection. And third, the electoral college. Hillary is actually the president—if this election was held in the Philippines, where I am from, she would be the president.

George Begelman, “I’ll pass on the age,” retired life insurance salesman, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Basically what she said: the email controversy was the thing that really gave her the most difficulty. She could never get past that. I think that was the main reason why she lost.

Elizabeth Tharakan, 32, lawyer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think Hillary Clinton tried to make herself approachable to the public but she didn't succeed in making herself open enough, and connecting well with voters. I think Donald Trump was more authentic, and more believable as a character, and people trusted him more. That's a shame. And I like the fact that Hillary Clinton is now making herself vulnerable, and opening herself up the public.

Lisa Halprin, 55, marketing, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

This may be controversial but I do think there was a Bernie factor, not so much Bernie, but by some of his followers that just never wanted to get behind Hillary in the end. I think that that did some damage. I also think there were a lot of dirty politics at play particularly from Russia. And I think that Comey’s release of the emails from Anthony Weiner’s computer was really a devastating blow at the end. But at the heart of it, I really do think that there’s a lot of misogyny and bias against women, and women being held to a higher standard in order to have to go above and beyond to prove their capability, which she did, in spades.

Jamie Spencer, “way too old to tell you,” currently unemployed, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Everyone beat up on her. Comey beat up on her. Bernie Sanders beat up on her. Donald Trump, the ultimate toddler and bully, beat up on her…. I think people mistook the presidential election for a popularity contest. Hillary Clinton doesn’t come across very authentically but she was more qualified than anyone else on the ballot, and people thought they were electing someone they liked instead of someone who was going to do a good job, and they were really not thinking with their heads very clearly.

Christine Santisavan, 34, pediatrician, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

What happened? Women are not held to a fair standard in politics. It's completely patriarchal, and it’s misogynistic. If she had run a campaign other than what she ran she would have been burned for it absolutely that much more I believe. It was a perfect storm. Fake news pulled out through social media, the Russians, the email investigation, diverging political ideology in our country. I think it all came together.

Elisa Petrini, 50+, writer, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I think it was a perfect storm of things. It was gerrymandering, it was voter suppression, it was demonization by Bernie, it was demonization by Trump, it was Russian interference, it was hacking, it was everything. But I think above all, it was that Hillary has been demonized for 30 years. A lot of it is sexism, a lot of it has been sexism from the beginning. I mean the way she was attacked as Bill's wife, for being the first president in history who had a wife who has an actual job and thought that she was going to make a meaningful contribution. She was attacked for that and told that she should be baking brownies and had to change her hairdo and all that stuff because she thought that she could have a role. I think that people are so ambivalent about the role of women and Hillary will never be forgiven for being female. Alas!

Susan Toomey, 69, retired ballet dancer/teacher, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

Russia happened! Russia happened! Yes, Russia happened. He knew [about Russia] at the second debate—when he was practically up her ass walking behind her. (She should have kicked him!) Just as the debate was over, he said something to the effect of he knew he was in. Like I can’t remember his exact words but he knew that he was going to be president. And don't tell me that Donny Baby Junior didn't tell Daddy about his meeting with Russia, at Trump Tower. Don't tell me that Trump didn't know about that. I mean Donny wanted his father to be proud of him, because he's proud of Jared, he wanted him to be proud of him. Give me a break.

Iffat Nur, 19, student, New York
Voted for Hillary in the primary and the general

I do think Bernie Sanders refusing to bow out of the primary after New York was a problem because by staying in the race he kept on implying to his supporters that he still had a chance, and if it didn't change their vote it certainly made them less supportive of Hillary Clinton. He was mathematically eliminated a long time ago but people were still looking to him, and he kept on playing into these conspiracies that were built around his losing, the whole rigging thing, that incident in Nevada where his supporters messed up the rules but he claimed it was actually a rigged primary.... it was stuff like that that depressed the support for Hillary Clinton later on, which turned out to be a huge problem.

Richard Raphael, 63, from Australia
Couldn’t vote

He's a great snake oil salesman, and he's a very good marketer. He's very effective at getting a message across, and I think he used all that charm that he's got—false charm, but charm nonetheless—to appeal to the people that live in fear. The discerning person I can't imagine would vote for Trump... So anyone that's thinking about what's happening would not vote for him. But people who live in fear don't think clearly…

JC di Maria, 16, student, New York
Couldn't vote (but went into the booth with his father)

I know there’s was a lot of different factors but the most prevalent in my opinion was definitely Russian interference. In 2011, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned Vladimir Putin, and Putin is one of the world’s most famous blacklisters. And when she started running I kind of got the feeling that he wasn’t going to let her get away with it, at least not without a fight, and you know, she still won the popular vote, so, she was a strong enough candidate for that.

Amber, 32, writer, New York
Voted for Bernie in primary then Hillary in the general

I don’t think you could go from a Barack Obama figure, someone who was so amazing in terms of what we've seen before, to go back to someone who's so heavily tied to all those politics that we knew prior. I don’t think you can go back.

If it was her time it would have happened in 2008…. I don't think it’s her fault, it’s just the way that it went down.

Earthquake Death Toll Rises in Mexico as Hurricane Maria Pummels Puerto Rico

Earthquake Death Toll Rises in Mexico as Hurricane Maria Pummels Puerto Rico

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

The death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has risen to more than 200 people.

Rescuers continue to search for survivors among the rubble of collapsed buildings in the nation’s capital city and in the surrounding region. The death toll will likely continue to rise.

The devastating magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck around 1 p.m. local time 100 miles south of Mexico City, and just two weeks after a more powerful earthquake caused a wave of destruction of Mexico’s Pacific coast and led to the deaths of more than 90 people. Dozens of buildings shook and caved, and a school in southern Mexico City collapsed, killing at least 21 children and four adults. At least 30 children are still being reported as missing.

Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria made landfall around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported sustained winds at 150 miles per hour. The center projects the eye of the hurricane to move across Puerto Rico this morning and pass the island by the afternoon before swinging just north of the Dominican Republic, where there are still expected to be hurricane conditions on Wednesday night and Thursday. The National Weather Service warned people in Puerto Rico to expect widespread power outages, impassable bridges and roads, storm surges of 6 to 9 feet, and “extreme” flooding. The conditions are also right for tornadoes.

On Twitter, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló, reported that at 5 a.m., the island’s shelters, which still house refugees from Hurricane Irma and which in a previous tweet the governor counted at 146, held 11,229 refugees with 580 pets.

According to CNN, Maria is the first storm of its strength to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 80 years.

Begging for More Attention, Crooked Hillary SLAMS President Trump to Stephen Colbert (VIDEO)

Begging for More Attention, Crooked Hillary SLAMS President Trump to Stephen Colbert (VIDEO)

by Susan MacKenzie @ Silence is Consent

In an interview with late night host Stephen Colbert, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who did NOTHING as North Korea developed their nuclear capabilities, tried to give President Trump some foreign policy advice. Colbert, whose epically horrendous Emmy performance on Sunday sent ratings into the basement, stood arm in arm with the twice-failed presidential ...

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Read The 49 Page George Soros Playbook To ‘Take Out Trump’ Just Published By Marxist Attack Group Media Matters

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

In a 49-page Media Matters document marked PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL, the entire anti-Trump plan is laid out and it's backed by George Soros and his billions.

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California Lawmakers Vote to Become “Sanctuary State” as Part of Broad Pushback Against Trump

California Lawmakers Vote to Become “Sanctuary State” as Part of Broad Pushback Against Trump

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Lawmakers in the state of California passed a “sanctuary state” bill in the early hours of Saturday morning that would offer broad protections to undocumented immigrations in response to the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation policies. Senate Bill 54, officially called the “California Values Act,” limits the information sharing and communication between local officials and federal immigration authorities, as well as prohibits state law enforcement officers from questioning individuals on their immigration status and detaining them for immigration violations. The bill, which faced opposition from Republican sheriffs and the Trump Justice Department, passed by a party line 27-11 vote sending the measure to protect the some 2.3 million undocumented people living in the state to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

From the Los Angeles Times:

The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country… But the bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown drastically scaled back the version first introduced, the result of tough negotiations between Brown and De León in the final weeks of the legislative session… After talks with Brown, amendments to the bill made this week would allow federal immigration authorities to keep working with state corrections officials and to continue entering county jails to question immigrants. The legislation would also permit police and sheriffs to share information and transfer people to immigration authorities if they have been convicted of one or more crimes from a list of 800 outlined in a previous law, the California Trust Act.

“Senate Bill 54 received national attention as the U.S. Department of Justice pledged to slash government grants for law enforcement from any so-called sanctuary cities, which limit the collaboration between local and federal authorities on immigration enforcement,” according to the Times. “At the request of the California Senate, former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H Holder Jr. reviewed the bill and said it passed constitutional muster, adding that the states ‘have the power over the health and safety of their residents and allocation of state resources.’”

Why It Matters That Mueller Is Reportedly Looking into Trump's Russia Meeting

Why It Matters That Mueller Is Reportedly Looking into Trump's Russia Meeting

by Jeremy Stahl @ The Slatest

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has asked the White House for documents about Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. This includes any documentation of an Oval Office meeting Trump had with the Russians the day after Comey was fired, in which the president reportedly told them “great pressure” on him personally had been “taken off” because of the sacking.

From the Times:

In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller’s office sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about. Since then, administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials whether they have other documents or notes that may pertain to Mr. Mueller’s requests.
One of the requests is about a meeting Mr. Trump had in May with Russian officials in the Oval Office the day after James B. Comey, the F.B. I. director, was fired. That day, Mr. Trump met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, along with other Russian officials. The New York Times reported that in the meeting Mr. Trump had said that firing Mr. Comey relieved “great pressure” on him.

In a lot of ways, this should not be considered unusual. Mueller is just doing what any good investigator would do and tracking down possible leads surrounding his investigation, which is reportedly delving into whether or not Trump intended to obstruct justice with the firing of Comey. “It is entirely unsurprising,” Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Julie O’Sullivan told me over email. “Any investigator worth his salt would look into this.”

At the same time, the news demonstrates that Mueller considers the obstruction portion of the investigation to be significant and will not just limit his examination of the matter into the respective credibility of Comey and Trump. Comey testified under oath that the president suggested he halt the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Trump says he’s lying. Mueller is apparently not content to just look at their words alone, but is willing to examine outside evidence that could point to whether or not Trump acted with “corrupt intent” when he fired Comey. This apparently includes the relevance of him possibly telling the foreign power at the center of the scandal that the pressure was off. “It obviously is relevant to his reasons for firing Comey, and thus to the obstruction investigation,” O’Sullivan wrote.

Again, this could be considered significant because it demonstrates that Mueller is not leaving stones unturned. The president’s backers have questioned the scope of the inquiry—with some Republicans in Congress going so far as to call for Mueller to resign. “We’ve […] moved off of the original topic, which was the Russian issue, and now we’re talking about obstruction of justice and we’re just going to keep expanding the scope looking for something,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said in June while calling for Mueller to step down. Newt Gingrich—who led the impeachment of Bill Clinton for, among other charges, obstruction of justice—has argued that “technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice.”

This news is another indication that Mueller thinks that maybe the president can and that as special counsel he will be leading a thorough investigation of that question.

The other reason why the news might matter is that the obstruction portion seems to be coming up relatively early in the inquiry.

“[It was] inevitable that Mueller’s work would include some kind of judgment on that legal question,” Duke University law professor and former Enron prosecutor Samuel W. Buell told me over email. “But this and other developments seem to show him working relatively quickly on several fronts, perhaps with some sense of urgency about timing.”

Tom Price Took at Least 24 Private Flights at Taxpayer Expense Since May, Politico Reports

Tom Price Took at Least 24 Private Flights at Taxpayer Expense Since May, Politico Reports

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken taxpayer-funded private jet flights at least 24 times since May, Politico reported on Thursday:

The frequency of the trips underscores how private travel has become the norm — rather than the exception — for the Georgia Republican during his tenure atop the federal health agency, which began in February. The cost of the trips identified by POLITICO exceeds $300,000, according to a review of federal contracts and similar trip itineraries.

Price’s use of private jets represents a sharp departure from his two immediate predecessors, Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who flew commercially in the continental United States. HHS officials have said Price uses private jets only when commercial travel is not feasible.

In an article earlier this week on Price’s flights, Politico reported that Price’s claim does not appear to be true: Affordable commercial alternatives were available, for instance, for a round trip to Philadelphia last week, which would have cost $725 at the most. Ultimately the flight cost around $25,000. Politico reported Thursday that alternatives were likely available for many of the other flights Price has taken since May, including a June 6 trip to Nashville, Tennessee. “There are four regular nonstop flights that leave Washington-area airports between 6:59 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. and arrive in Nashville by 9:46 a.m. CT,” Politico’s Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond wrote. “Sample round-trip fares for those flights were as low as $202, when booked in advance on Orbitz.com. Price’s charter, according to HHS’ contract with Classic Air Charter, cost $17,760.”

HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest told Politico that Price’s travel had been affected by the demands of responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “Nonetheless, POLITICO identified at least 17 charter flights that took place before the first storm—Hurricane Harvey—hit in late August, and included flights that did not appear to be for urgent HHS public health priorities,” Pradhan and Diamond write. “For example, Price took a Learjet-60 from San Diego to the Aspen Ideas Festival—a glamorous conference at the Colorado resort town—that arrived at 3:33 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, June 24, nearly 19 hours before his scheduled panel. That flight likely cost more than $7,100, according to one charter jet agency estimate.”

3 Dead And Over 1 Million Lose Power As Hurricane Irma Hits Florida Keys With ‘Most Catastrophic Storm’ In State History

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Florida has been hit by the 'most catastrophic storm' it has ever seen, with Hurricane Irma bringing tornadoes, a 15 ft sea surge and 130 mph winds.

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10 Years After Dove's 'Real Beauty' Campaign, More Brands Fight for Real Women

10 Years After Dove's 'Real Beauty' Campaign, More Brands Fight for Real Women


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It's been 10 years since Dove launched its “Campaign for Real Beauty”—a stark series of ads that were radical and simple in equal measure—featuring lovely, normal-sized women who didn’t need Photoshop to look radiant. The ads, which ran in 2004 and 2005, lacked any screed about the pressures that come with being a woman in a visual culture that’s awash in creatively lit, digitally manipulated images of dangerously thin models. The folks behind the campaign simply let us feel our own shock at seeing women with normal curves and natural faces being celebrated for their beauty in a national advertisement. Dove didn't stop there. The soap maker added rocket fuel to the conversation in 2006, when its time-lapse "Evolution" video went viral. The movement to expose marketers' use of trickery to convince us that we're failing if we don't have flawless skin and breathtaking bodies was here to stay. Significant progress has been made since Dove's campaign: The American public, the blogosphere, and the Twitterverse now routinely call out magazine publishers and marketers for digitally altering images of girls and women to shrink their bodies, smooth their faces, and otherwise morph them to fit an unrealistic, narrow ideal of beauty. The pace is quickening. In just the past few months, there's been even more progress and a few moments that drove the dialogue forward. 1. The more bare skin a campaign flaunts, the more Photoshop it typically gets. But American Eagle says its new campaign for the Aerie line of lingerie will not use any altered images of models. Instead, “real” girls and women can upload unretouched photos of themselves to a photo gallery. Sure, it’s pretty screwed up that selling underwear using real photos of gorgeous, skinny young girls (instead of digitally improved gorgeous, skinny young girls) is seen as groundbreaking. But moving away from the idealized versions of women who don't exist is a footstep Dove took, and the clothier is now following its lead. “It’s great that we’re beginning to break that down,” said Heather Arnet, executive director of the Women & Girls Foundation, of the fakeries that line the glossies. 2. Forever Yours Lingerie didn't stop working with model Elly Mayday when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year. It featured beautiful shots of her with surgical scars unhidden and no wig or digital fakery to hide the baldness that resulted from her cancer treatment. Rather than looking like something’s missing, Mayday’s baldness comes across as strong and sexy. It’s empowering for the rest of us to see a woman outside the beauty mold we’ve been sold for so long—and to find ourselves aspiring to emulate her sexy confidence and appeal. (Forever Yours also gets points for raising money toward Mayday’s medical expenses.) 3. A new time-lapse video released by Hungarian pop star Boggie shows her singing a pop song called “Nouveau Parfum” while being Photoshopped, a fresh take on Dove's "Evolution" that's amplified by the resigned expression on her face. As the song unfolds, pieces of her disappear and are overwritten: Boggie’s eyes, like everyone else’s, aren’t exactly symmetrical. So one is deleted, then replaced by an exact copy of the other. Not a single square inch of her face or hair is left untouched. 4. Earlier last month during the Golden Globes, actor Diane Keaton took the stage to honor Woody Allen, her tousled hair and menswear-chic outfit reminding us of the trend she set when Annie Hall hit theaters in 1977. It was also clear on high-definition screens across America that at 68, she's got (oh, the horror!) lots of lines on her gorgeous face. When her speech ended, the network cut to a commercial break featuring Keaton selling L'Oréal cosmetics without a line on her digitally enhanced face, seemingly sporting the skin of a 25-year-old. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook quickly lit up with scorn. That social media response is valuable, Arnet says, because younger women and girls are active on Instagram and Twitter and are participating in those conversations. 5. Former Cosmopolitan editor Leah Hardy drew attention for admitting that during her tenure the magazine routinely Photoshopped out the protruding bones of super skinny models to keep readers from seeing how emaciated the models really were. Since that admission surfaced, before-and-after comparisons of bone-thin models and their healthier-looking altered images have been popping up around the Web. Apparently the world’s top fashion magazines, despite the huge budgets at their disposal, cannot find a single woman on the planet who isn’t either too thin or too fat for their liking. It’s further reinforcement of the conclusion we’d love to share with every tween girl who’s just beginning to notice her appearance: The elusive “perfection” that every cosmetic company and clothing retailer is trying to sell you does not exist. 6. Mindy Kaling might not have minded, but many other people did: When Elle magazine published covers for its February 2014 issue featuring Kaling, readers and pundits immediately questioned why Kaling's cover was a black-and-white close-up rather than the full-color, full-body shots of the other (skinnier and more "conventionally" beautiful) actors. That's the key: We've begun to make a habit of questioning how women are depicted and what tools are being used to change or edit their appearance for public consumption. Yes, the visual landscape is still awash with altered images, surgically altered models, and the pressure to be thinner, younger, and closer to the narrow beauty ideal that so much marketing pushes on us. Marketers aren’t going to stop selling us

A’s Catcher Becomes First MLB Player to Kneel During National Anthem

A’s Catcher Becomes First MLB Player to Kneel During National Anthem

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics thrust baseball straight into the controversy surrounding national anthem protests when he became the first major-league player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday. The 26-year-old rookie catcher, who is from a military family, made it clear that part of the reason why he finally decided to drop to one knee during the national anthem was at least in part to protest comments by President Donald Trump that NFL owners should fire players who did just that.

“My decision had been coming for a long time,” Maxwell said. “The only way we can come together is by informing. ... To single out NFL players for doing this isn’t something we should be doing—I felt it should be a little more broad.” Earlier in the day, Maxwell, who is African American, criticized Trump’s comments in both Twitter and Instagram. “Our president speaks of inequality of man because players are protesting the anthem! Fuck this man!” Maxwell wrote on Instagram. He also retweeted a message that called on all NFL players to kneel for the anthem Sunday.

Maxwell placed his hand on his heart and faced the flag during the anthem and while no one else joined him, Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell’s shoulders. “Every fiber in my being was telling me he needed a brother today,” Canha said. The teammates hugged after the anthem was over and the A’s released a short statement of support. “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”

Maxwell didn’t catch his teammates by surprise as he told them all about this decision to kneel before the game. “He was as articulate as I’ve seen him,” manager Bob Melvin said. “This wasn’t an emotional thing just today for him. Something had been leading up to it and he felt today would be the right platform to do it.”

Although the NFL has seen several players join the protest that began in September 2016, when then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem, Major League Baseball had been silent. That dynamic is hardly surprising considering the league is majority white and only 7.7 percent of players are African-American. “Professional baseball players are, by and large, a politically conservative group,” writes Jon Tayler in Sports Illustrated. “And perhaps more than any other sport, they are encouraged—or at least cautioned—not to speak their minds about politics and the world beyond the diamond.” The question now is whether others will follow Maxwell's lead.

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Trump Administration Reportedly Will Not Withdraw U.S. From Paris Agreement After All

Trump Administration Reportedly Will Not Withdraw U.S. From Paris Agreement After All

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

The Trump administration has changed its mind and will not pull out of the Paris Agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Europe’s top climate and energy official, Arias Cañete, told the Journal Trump administration officials stated the policy shift during a 30-nation, minister-level meeting in Montreal Saturday and that instead of withdrawing from the 2016 accord, the White House said it would reengage with the global pact aimed at combating climate change. “The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they will try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete told the Journal.

In June, President Trump announced from the Rose Garden his intention to withdraw from the global agreement, joining a Syria and Nicaragua as holdouts, and offering that the U.S. would be willing to rejoin the accord under renegotiated terms. The move was cheered by much of the Republican Party and condemned by nearly everyone else in the entire world. It will be interesting to see how the White House explains its evolving position to its base.

The White House denied that the administration had chosen to remain in the Paris Agreement to the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush and said its position hadn’t changed. Despite the denial, the Journal reports that a White House senior adviser, Everett Eissenstat, presented the U.S.’s reengagement plan to the ministers at the Montreal meeting.

*Correction, Sept. 17, 2017: This post originally misspelled New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush's last name.

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Voters Bump Trump for Repub Dump

Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: Voters Bump Trump for Repub Dump

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

Our man's approval rating is soaring! Per FiveThirtyEight's approval poll aggregator, he's almost up to the point of being a regular unpopular president rather than a historically despised one:

Wha' happen? A new NBC/WSJ poll indicates that the public was impressed when Trump rejected the typical Republican approach to budgeting—namely, shutting down the government for no reason while threatening to create an economic catastrophe by defaulting on the national debt—in favor of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's plan to not do that:

Not ruining things on purpose is apparently a better political move than praising the patrons of a white-power torch rally as "some very fine people." Who knew?

Senate to Vote on Obamacare Repeal Again Next Week

Senate to Vote on Obamacare Repeal Again Next Week

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said “it is the Leader’s intention” to have the Senate vote on Graham-Cassidy next week, according to Politico. The bill, crafted by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, would replace Obamacare’s subsidies and Medicaid expansion with federal block grants to the states to establish their own health insurance systems.

For the past several days, the GOP vote count had been stuck at 48 or 49, pending a change of heart by Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, or Susan Collins. It's unclear whether McConnell now has one or more of those votes locked up now.

The Senate Finance Committee will have the only hearing on the bill next week. The Congressional Budget Office is scheduled to release a “preliminary assessment” of the bill early next week without estimates of the bill’s effect on insurance coverage or premiums.

Canada willing to broker peace between U.S. and North Korea: McCallum

Canada willing to broker peace between U.S. and North Korea: McCallum

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Canada’s ambassador to China, John McCallum, says that Beijing is "pissed off" with North Korea, but Canada is willing to “help to broker a peace” on the Korean Peninsula.

Pittsburgh Steelers Will NOT Take Field During National Anthem [VIDEO]

by Chuck Ross @ The Daily Caller

The Pittsburgh Steelers will remain in their locker room during the national anthem ahead of their game Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Stacy Dales of the NFL Network reported that Steelers players made the decision following a meeting with head coach Mike Tomlin. According to Dales, the team will hold a “ceremonial unification” in the […]

Parents FURIOUS After What Racist Coach Makes 8-Year-Old Team Do During National Anthem

Parents FURIOUS After What Racist Coach Makes 8-Year-Old Team Do During National Anthem

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

Millions of Americans have plead to boycott the NFL after dozens of racist players began disrespecting the national anthem. Unfortunately, however, it seems that this racist and hateful behavior isn’t exclusive to the pros. Over the past eight years, Obama sought the seeds of racial division in this country and now, we’re reaping the rewards. ...

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British Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Man in Connection With London Subway Bombing

British Authorities Arrest 18-Year-Old Man in Connection With London Subway Bombing

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

British authorities detained an 18-year-old man Saturday morning in what they’re calling a “significant arrest” in connection with Friday’s botched bombing in the London subway that injured dozens of commuters. The man, who has not been identified, was arrested in the port area of the coastal town of Dover some 75 miles southeast of London. Investigators believe the suspect may have been in the port town trying to leave the country on a ferry, the Guardian reports. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through the group’s Amaq news agency.

“We have made a significant arrest in our investigation this morning,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said in a statement Saturday. “Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical.”

It’s not immediately clear what the man’s connection to the improvised explosive device that partially detonated around 8:20 a.m. Friday morning inside a subway car at Parsons Green station in southwest London. The IED was detonated by a timer, not a mobile phone, which have been used for such attacks in the past. British authorities says 30 people were injured in the partial explosion. Friday’s attack was the fifth terrorist attack in London in less than six months.

Dove’s new ad celebrating female body shapes, sizes and beauty gets slammed on social media

Dove’s new ad celebrating female body shapes, sizes and beauty gets slammed on social media


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"But why are all of the bottles still white?", "What happens if you use the wrong Dove bottle shape for my body type? Will the soap not fit me? Can I die?" are some of the hilarious comebacks to the Dove UK advertisement.

Kaepernick’s Mom Has Perfect Comeback for Trump: “Guess That Makes Me a Proud B---h”

Kaepernick’s Mom Has Perfect Comeback for Trump: “Guess That Makes Me a Proud B---h”

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

The mother of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was one of the many to take to Twitter to respond to President Trump’s criticism of NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a (expletive) off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said at a rally in Alabama Friday night.

Although Trump didn’t actually name Kaepernick, it seemed pretty clear who his words were directed at considering he was the one who first gained notoriety last year for protesting the national anthem. And Kaepernick’s mom, Teresa Kaepernick, was quick to respond: “Guess that makes me a proud bitch!”

Kaepernick’s parents had already made it clear they were “proud” of their son “and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.”

Trump’s criticism of the protesting players also faced resistance from the NFL leadership and other football players. "Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. Although the statement was presented as a response to Trump’s comments, Goodell never actually mentioned the president or what he said in his statement.

The union representing NFL players was much more direct in its criticism of the president. “We will never back down,” DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, wrote on Twitter Saturday morning. “We no longer can afford to stick to sports.”

Several NFL players also criticized Trump’s words. “It's really sad man ... our president is a asshole,” wrote Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.

Eric Ebron, a tight end for the Detroit Lions, wondered: “Does anyone tell trump to stick to politics, like they tell us to stick to sports?”

The linebacker for the Washington NFL team also called on Trump to stay out of football: “Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u.”

Minnesota Vikinks running back Bishop Sankey, meanwhile, took the longer view and didn’t even mention football, focusing on how the commander in chief somehow thinks it’s fine to insult fellow citizens. “It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the US calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches,” he wrote.

Despite all the criticism, Trump doubled down on Saturday, using Twitter to repeat the same message he had espoused during Friday's campaign rally: "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

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Rand Paul's Obamacare Repeal Vote Is Crucial, and He's Not Budging

Rand Paul's Obamacare Repeal Vote Is Crucial, and He's Not Budging

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is just as shocked as you are.

“I had thought that it was completely dead, gone, buried, and there wasn’t going to be any more attempts," the senator told reporters in his office Monday afternoon, referring to Senate Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. “I’m kind of surprised that this has been resurrected cause I don’t think it’s been fully thought through.”

Paul said that two weeks ago, he would have given the Graham-Cassidy bill a “zero” percent chance of passing the Senate, but now he’s “worried.” He doesn’t even have to go back two weeks. He told me last Tuesday that he gave it a zero percent chance. That seemed like an accurate assessment at the time, before the Republicans' rousing pep rally during last Thursday’s caucus lunch.

But the pep talk has not moved Paul. And from the sound of him Monday afternoon, it won’t. If that holds, it could spell Graham-Cassidy’s end.

Paul describes the bill, which replaces Obamacare's subsidies and Medicaid expansion with block grants to states for their own experimentation, as one that “keeps 90 percent of Obamacare and redistributes the proceeds.” He calls it just a “game of Republicans sticking it to Democrats.”

“It just looks like the Republicans are taking the money from the Democrat states and giving it to the Republican states,” he said Monday. He observed, too, that if Graham-Cassidy were to become law, Democrats could later adjust the formula used to determine block grant amounts to favor blue states. “So we’re going to go through year after year of Republicans fighting Democrats over the formula?”

Paul represents a mostly red state, but a relatively unique one in the health care wars, which could explain his thinking. During Obamacare’s implementation, Kentucky happened to have a term-limited Democratic governor who embraced all that the Affordable Care Act had to offer, and many Kentuckians gained coverage. It’s not just blue states that would lose money under Graham-Cassidy’s block grant formula. Kentucky would, too.

“If you didn’t expand [Medicaid], you get a ton of money,” Paul said about changes that would come under Graham-Cassidy. “Mississippi’s going up 900 percent, North Dakota 600 percent. So there’s a ton of money out there for non-expansion red states.”

Paul is definitely one of the most difficult votes for Repulican leaders to secure here. The other two are Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. One of the three of them will need to support Graham-Cassidy for it to pass. (In addition to the other 49 senators, all of whom can’t be considered sure things just yet.) But Collins and Murkowski have each objected to every single Republican repeal attempt so far, and this approach is arguably worse in both rushed process and policy. That would seem to put the pressure on Paul to get on board from the conservative end of the spectrum.

If so, he's not feeling that yet. “I’ve been a loud advocate for repeal of Obamacare, something that looks like repeal,” he said. “This does not look, smell, or even sound like repeal. This is a keep. This is Obamacare Lite.”

'Get that son of a b---- off the field!'

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WASHINGTON – Somebody had to say it. It was left to Donald Trump, the president who doesn’t mind speaking his mind. “Get that son of a b—- off the field!” he shouted at an Alabama rally Friday night, calling for a boycott of NFL teams whose players are permitted by their teams to “take a [...]

Aromatherapy Creams Label Updates

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As cosmetic regulations are changed and updated every year, we have to stay abreast of what is required and appropriate.  There...

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Dove Has Women Walk Through Doors Labeled "Beautiful" Or "Average" In Latest Campaign

Dove Has Women Walk Through Doors Labeled "Beautiful" Or "Average" In Latest Campaign


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After Irma, Florida’s Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in U.S. History

After Irma, Florida’s Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in U.S. History

by Aaron Mak @ The Slatest

Reports are rolling in that Florida may have narrowly evaded the worst-case scenario with Hurricane Irma, as many cities were not directly hit. Fatality counts in the state have been remarkably low thus far. While the value of avoiding human loss cannot be overstated, a preliminary assessment of Florida’s power grid reveals Irma’s true destructive power.

As Alexis C. Madrigal points out in the Atlantic, Florida’s electricity infrastructure suffered critical damage. Irma knocked out power for more than half the state. Florida officials estimated 6.7 million households and businesses suffered power loss. The state’s largest electric utility provider, Florida Power & Light, reported an unprecedented 5 million outages. The company has been working furiously to restore connections, some of which have been lost multiple times.

When the storm subsides, FPL will face another grueling undertaking: the wholesale reconstruction of its state-of-the-art smart grid along Florida’s west coast. The process will require several weeks of dangerous restorations of power plants, substations, and transmission lines. As FPL spokesman Rob Gould told ABC, “This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration, arguably the longest restoration and most complex in U.S. history.”

In 2013, FPL finished installing what was likely the most advanced energy grid in the country, a project for which the company had invested almost $3 billion. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded FPL $200 million for the grid from 2009 Recovery Act funds. Thanks to the resulting smart technologies in the system, such as sophisticated sensors and automated switches, the Florida utility was able to prevent some outages and mitigate others during Hurricanes Matthew and Hermine in 2016. Remarkably, 99 percent of FPL’s customers affected by Matthew had their energy restored within two days after the storm had left, and the average outage during Hermine was less than three hours.

However, Irma was by all accounts more destructive than either Matthew or Hermine. Notably, FPL has been reporting damage to the most vital and central components of its west coast grid. Repairs will be more difficult than those required for most other outages, which usually involves patching up infrastructure on the periphery of the system. So, while the creation of a resilient energy grid may be a worthwhile investment in the face of foreseeable hurricanes, such an advanced system can still be crippled by a storm of unprecedented destruction.

Digital Billboards Will Record Make And Model Of Your Car To Deliver Personalized Ads As You Drive Past

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Roadside cameras will read license plates and computers will make snap judgments based on home address, age, race and income level through the billboards.

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This Judge’s Excuses for Acquitting Jason Stockley of Murder Are Pathetic

This Judge’s Excuses for Acquitting Jason Stockley of Murder Are Pathetic

by Jeremy Stahl @ The Slatest

The acquittal on Friday of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first-degree murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith was all too familiar. Like in other cases, the local community took to the streets in mass protests soon after a white officer was found not guilty of murdering a black motorist. And like in other cases, it showed how difficult it is to hold police accountable in shooting deaths of black men, no matter what the evidence.

It was unusual in one big way, though. Because the verdict was decided by a judge after Stockley waived his right to a jury trial, the public got a rare insight into the thinking that goes into letting a cop go free despite stacks of evidence of wrongdoing. In Judge Timothy J. Wilson’s 30-page ruling you can see the mental gymnastics that went into acquitting a man who said to his partner of Smith, “we’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you know,” minutes before killing him.

There are many embarrassing parts of this verdict. Let’s start, though, with the particularly shameful portion that seeks to vindicate Stockley for this audio-recorded statement of apparent premeditation. During his own testimony, Stockley stated that he couldn’t remember making the “we’re killing this motherfucker” remark, but justified it by saying that “during a vehicle pursuit, there are many things that are said.” He added that “it’s hard for me to elaborate even what the context was, because I don’t even know.”

This dissembling answer was apparently enough for the judge to discount this clear statement of intent. Here’s what Wilson wrote:

People say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment or while in stressful situations, and whether Stockley’s statement that “we’re killing this motherfucker,” which can be ambiguous depending on the context, constituted a real threat of action or was a means of releasing tension has to be judged by his subsequent conduct. The court does not believe Stockley’s conduct immediately following the end of the pursuit is consistent with the conduct of a person intentionally killing another person unlawfully.

Stockley’s conduct immediately after making that statement was to instruct his partner to ram Smith’s vehicle, approach Smith's car, and almost immediately fire five shots into Smith’s body, including one that forensic analysts described as a “kill shot” likely fired within six inches of Smith. In his ruling, Wilson characterized this as a long period of time and accepted as fact the defense's argument that all five shots were fired at once (the prosecution argued that a final "kill shot" was fired a bit after the first four):

It was not until fifteen seconds after Stockley arrived at the driver’s side door, that he unholstered his service revolver and fired several shots in succession.

As damning as it was, Stockley’s statement was not the only piece of evidence against him. Prosecutors alleged that he planted a gun that was found in Smith’s car. The evidence for this is that his DNA was found on the gun while Smith’s was not, he can be seen rifling through a bag in his police vehicle after the shooting, and he was seen returning to search Smith’s car before the gun appeared to him. Stockley testified that his partner warned him that Smith—who had twice rammed the police vehicle and clipped Stockley with his car as he fled when the officers first approached him after what they suspected was a drug buy—had a gun. In his ruling, Judge Wilson took this testimony by the defendant as fact:

Stockley had been warned by [his partner Brian] Bianchi that Smith had a gun.

One of Stockley’s fellow officers at the time who arrived on the scene immediately after the shooting, Elijah Simpson, had testified that he didn’t see a gun in the vehicle when he lifted up the airbag and looked in the car. Simpson also testified that it was strange that Stockley was allowed to go back and forth between his own car and the scene of the shooting, and that Stockley was the only officer to remove his gloves during evidence gathering. (This was how Stockley's defense team says the gun was contaminated with his DNA. The prosecution says he removed the gloves on purpose to have that excuse.) This testimony from a fellow officer was not enough for Wilson, because Simpson didn’t directly see Stockley actually physically plant the gun:

There were several officers standing around adjacent to the driver’s side of the Buick and not one of them was called to testify that they saw Stockley plant a gun in the Buick.

Stockley testified that he had actually gone into the bag in his vehicle to get QuikClot wound dressing from the car and administer it to Smith, but decided against it because “it was futile.” Simpson testified that no one attempted to help Smith even though “he appeared alive.”

Wilson brushes all this off by saying that no extra gun can be seen on Stockley’s person in the blurry cellphone camera footage of the incident that was the main relevant video evidence remaining after one of the officers involved turned off the police vehicle’s dashboard camera. From Wilson:

Stockley was not wearing a jacket; if he had such a gun in his possession it would have been visible on the cell phone video. The gun was too large to fit entirely within any of the pockets on the pants he was wearing, there was no bulge in any pocket indicating a gun within the pocket, and the gun would have been visible if it was tucked into his belt.

It’s inconceivable to Wilson that the gun was not visible in the limited available cellphone footage, or hidden elsewhere on Stockley’s person than one of the places he enumerates.

Finally, Wilson says that he cannot think of a motive Stockley might have had to “kill this motherfucker,” even though Smith had just clipped Stockley with his car. (Stockley was carrying a personal AK-47 at the time, a violation of department policies.)

These are not the only examples of Judge Wilson bending over backward to find validation for Stockley’s threatening words and repeated violations of department procedure in this killing of a man who another officer had found appearing to be unarmed. But they are the most egregious.

If there is one new lesson in this whole tragic episode, it’s this little bit of insight into the flawed logic, acceptance of hearsay as fact, and ugly ex post facto justifications that go into exonerating white men in uniform when there’s evidence that they have assassinated black motorists.

Marriott Refuses to Cancel Conference Booked by Anti-Muslim Hate Group

Marriott Refuses to Cancel Conference Booked by Anti-Muslim Hate Group

by April Glaser @ The Slatest

One of the largest anti-Muslim grassroots hate groups in the United States, Act for America, is hosting its annual conference on Oct. 2–3 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. ACTCON2017 strives to be a massive gathering of people from across the country to strategize how to fight the “leftist Islamic coalition,” which is “waging war against the rule of law,” according to the group’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel.

The group Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organization, sent Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson, a letter on Sept. 11 urging his company to cancel the hotel’s commitment to host ACTCON2017. As the letter points out, Marriott states on its website that “diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our core values and strategic business goals,” which, one would think, might include not hosting a group that works to advance hate speech and anti-Muslim legislation.

Watch the full ACTCON promotional video:

Act for America said in a statement to Slate that Muslim Advocates are unfairly portraying the group as racist, noting that there will be a Palestinian, a Jewish person, and other underrepresented minorities speaking at the conference.

Act for America was behind the more than 20 anti-Muslim protests, dubbed “March Against Sharia,” held across the country during Ramadan this year, where participants, some of whom were armed, marched down streets and in front of mosques with the aim of opposing Islamic law and the presence of Muslims in the United States. The Facebook pages for March Against Sharia were likewise statured with calls for violence toward, and even murdering, Muslims.

But, as a spokesperson from Marriott confirmed for Slate, the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington will not be canceling its hosting. “We are a hospitality company that provides public accommodations and function space,” said the spokesperson. “Acceptance of business does not indicate support or endorsement of any group or individual.”

Marriott’s decision to host ACTCON is particularly curious given the company’s 2010 decision to cancel its hosting of American Renaissance, a white nationalist conference. Sorenson, the CEO of Marriott, previously noted that President Trump’s travel ban focusing on six Muslim-majority countries was broadly perceived as “a big deal” in the Middle East and that “the symbolism is wrong.”

Marriott recently started a new ad campaign called “Golden Rule,” which appears to promote a theme of treating every person with equality and dignity. One of the advertisements, for example, starts with images of strangers helping each other and the line: “It would be great if human beings were great at being human and if all of mankind were made up of kind women and kind men.”

This decision from Marriott comes after Airbnb decided last month to boot off its platform several white supremacists and neo-Nazis who booked nights at homes in Charlottesville, Virginia, for after-parties following the Unite the Right rally. After Airbnb stopped working with the organizers of the Unite the Right rally, which was largely being organized on the alt-right website the Daily Stormer, other online businesses decided to stop doing business with the the Daily Stormer as well, on account of the rampant hate speech hosted there, which violates many web companies’ terms of service. GoDaddy, Cloudflare, and Google all stopped worked with the Daily Stormer.* Later, numerous other web companies, like Spotify, PayPal, and OkCupid, all made efforts to remove accounts of individuals or groups that forward hate speech, too. These decisions give Marriott plenty of social and political cover if it would decide to stop providing a forum for Act for America. But Marriott isn’t using it.

*Correction, Sept. 21, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.: This article originally misspelled Cloudflare's name.

Dove's Latest Commercial Is Their Most Bullshit Yet

Dove's Latest Commercial Is Their Most Bullshit Yet


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Dove has moved their marketing strategy away from merely using "Real Women" as models and towards manipulating "Real Women" as part of totally unscientific experiments that prove nothing. The latest iteration of this project is Dove Patches, a patch for your arm full of a magic substance that makes you feel more beautiful.

Canadian Government Authorizes Passports To Display An ‘X’ For People Who Don’t Identify As Male Or Female

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports.

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Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again

Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy says that Thursday “may have been my best day as a senator.” If you’re not a fan of repealing and replacing Obamacare, then that’s bad news.

Cassidy, a co-author of the GOP’s last-ditch effort to fulfill its health care promise ahead of its Sept. 30 parliamentary deadline, told reporters Friday morning that “we’re probably at 48-49 [votes] and talking to two or three more,” according to the Hill. “I am pretty confident we’ll get there on the Republican side,” he added.

One lesson I’ve learned covering this never-ending repeal-and-replace effort is that Bill Cassidy does not always know as much as he thinks he does. Another is that a whole lot of Republican health care bills can get 48 votes, but none so far has been able to get 50. There are your two caveats. And yet, this sudden push for Graham-Cassidy—something that did not exist within the Senate Republican caucus even a few days ago—appears to be the real thing.

They have two weeks.

Senate leaders, who had been keeping their hands clean of this latest effort, are now all in. (It’s now technically Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, but we’ll stick with the short version, because give me a break.) Majority Whip John Cornyn is whipping the votes, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to quickly produce a score. The Senate GOP’s Thursday lunch was the pep rally the bill needed, the apex of the best day of Cassidy’s senatorial tenure.

Though the votes aren’t there yet, and the Senate would still have to move fast by Senate standards to muscle this through, the renewed energy has caught Democrats’ attention. Staffers tell me they’re now taking the threat seriously.

“It is starting to feel like this has potential to get to the floor again,” one Senate Democratic aide says. “It’s frightening.”

My colleague Jordan Weissmann has written about how the Graham-Cassidy bill is not the moderate compromise its backers make it out to be. The bill would essentially collapse Obamacare’s market subsidies and Medicaid expansion by replacing them with block grants allotted to each state to design their own health systems, with few strings attached. Those grants would be determined by a complex formula that, relative to current law, punishes large blue states or those that expanded Medicaid while rewarding red states that didn’t. Like previous GOP bills, Graham-Cassidy would also set slow-growing per-capita caps on traditional Medicaid, and allow states to waive out of core Obamacare insurance regulations. It would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.

We have a decent sense of which senators Cassidy might not have. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski were the staunchest opponents of each version of repeal and/or replace that came up for a vote in July. They will be difficult to flip. Sen. John McCain, the third no vote on the “skinny repeal” bill that appeared to seal the fate of Obamacare repeal in July, has said that any effort to replace Obamacare must be done through “regular order,” and Graham-Cassidy sure as hell wasn’t. On the other hand, McCain is best friends with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a co-author of the bill, so maybe that’s good enough for him. The key obstacle could be Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who told me this week that Graham-Cassidy had “zero” chance of passing the Senate. Paul tweeted Friday morning that he still wouldn’t support it, for strange Rand Paul reasons that don’t make much sense, and Paul has been arguing with Cassidy about it since. If you don’t have Paul, Murkowski, or Collins, and you are in the process of persuading McCain to support his dear friend Graham, then there’s your whip count of 48 or 49.

One piece of good news for Senate Republicans is that they will have until 11:59:59 on Sept. 30 to wrangle the final votes, get a CBO score, and work through other parliamentary concerns, and pass this. Though the Senate will no longer be able to pass repeal-and-replace with a simple, 50-vote majority after that point, the House does not need to meet the same deadline. The House can still pass the Senate bill whenever it chooses after Sept. 30—it just can’t make any changes. If the House did amend the bill and pass it, then it would have to surmount a 60-vote Senate filibuster.

I know you’re sick of this. I’m sick of it. Democrats are sick of it. Republicans are sick of it. But for the next two weeks, we’ve got a live one.

LGBTQ Activists Praise Disney Junior Channel For Advancing Same-Sex Agenda To Preschool Age Children

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Disney Channel’s popular show for preschoolers, Doc McStuffins, has drawn praise from LGBTQ advocates for airing an episode that features two lesbian moms.

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Federal Prisons Are Now Required to Supply Tampons & Pads to Inmates For Free

Federal Prisons Are Now Required to Supply Tampons & Pads to Inmates For Free

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Federal prisons are now required to provide female inmates with a range of feminine hygiene products free of charge, according to the Bureau of Prisons. “Wardens have the responsibility to ensure female hygiene products such as tampons or pads are made available for free in...

Trump SLAMS Anti-American NFL Players, Commissioner Says He’s “Too Divisive” (VIDEO)

Trump SLAMS Anti-American NFL Players, Commissioner Says He’s “Too Divisive” (VIDEO)

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

After President Donald Trump criticized NFL leaders for allowing their players to kneel during the national anthem, the NFL commissioner just spoke out and attacked him for being “too divisive,” and “disrespectful.” Anti-American sentiment is at an all time high, as our liberal celebrities denigrate our statues, dismantle our culture, and disrespect our flag. Unfortunately, ...

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Responds to Trump, Calling Him a “Mentally Deranged Dotard”

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Responds to Trump, Calling Him a “Mentally Deranged Dotard”

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded to President Trump’s United Nations address in the pair’s escalating nuclear rhetoric, saying in a statement that Trump would “pay dearly” for his speech where the president referred to Kim as “Rocket Man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire,” Kim continued in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Whoa, whoa, whoa—let’s pause for a moment before President Trump squeezes a tweet in. First, fair play, that was kind of a sick burn there. Didn't think you had that in you. I was just thinking it was time someone hauled dotard back into the vernacular.

I would feel a bit better about the two nations’ ability to communicate if one of the leaders wasn’t using Google translate to use words the other clearly doesn’t know. Next time, just write that bad boy in Korean. We’ve got folks who can translate it. They’ll send it to the rest of us. The North Koreans, however, traditionally issue these statements in English, which, over the years, the quirky corpus has turned into a genre of the language all its own. (For more about why North Korea’s statements sound as wacky, but strangely familiar as they do, check out Daniel Engber’s Slate explainer here.)

For extra authenticity, the Korean state news agency published the statement along with a photo of Kim Jong-un sitting at a desk holding some papers. Nice touch.

Just sayin'.

The statement—discarding the specter of nuclear war (obvs)—is pretty much nonsensical. Here’s the opening line: “The speech made by the U.S. president in his maiden address on the UN arena in the prevailing serious circumstances, in which the situation on the Korean peninsula has been rendered tense as never before and is inching closer to a touch-and-go state, is arousing worldwide concern.” Who’s a maiden?

There is something strangely poetic about the North Korean English turn of phrase.

Shaping the general idea of what he would say, I expected he would make stereo-typed, prepared remarks a little different from what he used to utter in his office on the spur of the moment as he had to speak on the world's biggest official diplomatic stage.

Go on.

But, far from making remarks of any persuasive power that can be viewed to be helpful to defusing tension, he made unprecedented rude nonsense one has never heard from any of his predecessors.

Yes, yes he did “make unprecedented rude nonsense.” I had not thought to describe it like that before you said it right there.

A frightened dog barks louder.

Than? A normal, chill dog?

I’d like to advise Trump to exercise prudence in selecting words and to be considerate of whom he speaks to when making a speech in front of the world.

Good note.

The mentally deranged behavior of the U.S. president openly expressing on the UN arena the unethical will to “totally destroy” a sovereign state, beyond the boundary of threats of regime change or overturn of social system, makes even those with normal thinking faculty think about discretion and composure.

Hmm … I thought I knew where you were going with this and what you were talking about halfway through.

His remarks remind me of such words as “political layman” and “political heretic” which were in vogue in reference to Trump during his presidential election campaign.

The good old days.

After taking office Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world. He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.

I mean, the syntax is a bit icky, but not too far off base as far as geopolitical analysis goes.

His remarks which described the U.S. option through straightforward expression of his will have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last ... Action is the best option in treating the dotard who, hard of hearing, is uttering only what he wants to say.

And the finale:

I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue.
Whatever Trump might have expected, he will face results beyond his expectation.
I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.

Good imagery. If we weren’t talking about nuclear war this would be “ha ha” funny not “terrifying” funny.

#NeverStopNeverSettle: Vote for LIT Brooklyn!

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Merkel seen winning 4th term, nationalists strong in Germany

Merkel seen winning 4th term, nationalists strong in Germany

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Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc was on course Sunday for a lacklustre victory in Germany's national election while the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party was heading for a triumphant entry into parliament, projections suggested.

Trump’s Oracular Sermonizing at the U.N. Is a Real Head Trip

Trump’s Oracular Sermonizing at the U.N. Is a Real Head Trip

by Katy Waldman @ The Slatest

As a speechmaker, President Trump is either in the gutter or the stratosphere. He has one mode for riling his base, a style defined by boorish epithets (“crooked Hillary”), colorful insults (“bad hombres”), petulance (“very, very unfair”), and improvised asides. And he has another mode for the global spotlight—delivering his inauguration address, for instance—when he gropes for florid Romanticism, the kind of rhetoric that roils with souls and carnage and valleys of disrepair.

Trump’s remarks to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday fell squarely into the second category, which he might call “presidential” and which George W. Bush would probably term “weird shit.” The finale of the 40-minute speech resembled nothing so much as a sermon from 1720s Protestant New England (“North Korea in the Hands of an Angry President”) or a B-movie incantation to raise zombies. “Now,” Trump proclaimed, “we are calling for a great reawakening of nations. For the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people and their patriotism.” After this alliterative jambalaya came an invocation of history-as-onlooker, who “is asking us whether we are up to the task.” “Our answer,” Trump said, “will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion.” (Strong nouns! But why not a “renewal of resolve, a rediscovery of devotion, and a rebirth of will”?) Having gestured mystically toward some heroic yesterday, the president set himself and his audience a modest goal for the future: “We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.”

It’s often said that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigned in insult comedy and, at least on the world stage, wants to govern in Wagnerian opera. He intoned that his was “the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.” He spoke of “immense promise and great peril.” He warned of “the scourge of our planet,” that “if the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”

Reconciling such lofty rhetoric with the enfant terrible who taunts celebrities on Twitter is a bit of a head trip. Does the guy who retweeted a doctored GIF of himself nailing Hillary Clinton with a golf ball have much insight into the aching contents of every sacred soul? (Or does he simply have a speechwriter, Stephen Miller, who jerks off to Ptolemy’s history of Alexander the Great?) Occasionally on Tuesday, the grubby real-estate developer from Queens peeked through the gauze. Trump used an immature nickname, “Rocket Man,” for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He mentioned “loser terrorists.” He whined that Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement was “a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.”

These moments of candor only made the entire address more bizarre. As mindboggling as it is to hear a modern politician adopt the overheated tones of a Tolkien character on his deathbed, it’s especially mindboggling when that register coexists with reality-TV pettiness. But the truth is that Trump’s rhetorical extremes are opposite sides of the same coin. He likes Miller’s grandiose window dressing because it makes him feel important, just as his bullying makes him feel powerful. Ad hominem attacks are intended to distract listeners from problems he is unqualified to solve; likewise, oracular pronouncements about national destiny obscure those problems outright. When it comes to disguising his inability to do the job, he is happy to either transcend politics-as-usual or tunnel under it.

Trump doesn’t seem to realize how jarring this all is. There is nothing inconsistent, to him, in fulminating on global “decay, domination, and defeat”—or even advocating for “peace for the people of this wonderful Earth”—the day after he used his sacred pulpit to plug Trump World Tower. “Are we still patriots?” he asked on Tuesday morning. Also, would we care to invest in his latest skyscraper?

What happens in a “Certified Humane” Inspection?

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Sanaa Lathan Shaves Her Head For Netflix Movie

Sanaa Lathan Shaves Her Head For Netflix Movie

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Sanaa Lathan is currently filming the Netflix movie, Nappily Ever After, and has gone through many hair changes for the film. Earlier this summer she debuted a blond look: Do blondes really have more fun? Hmmm.. Let's see.The first of MANY hair changes for #Violet,...

An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide To Advertising on Reddit

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

    Affiliate marketing isn’t a licence to print money overnight, and as an affiliate you’re committed to growing your audience through every avenue available to you. In 2015, one of the most direct routes to a large number of people has to be Reddit. The self-styled ‘front page of the internet’, Reddit resembles a […]

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Los Angeles Has Football Fever. Don’t Go to a Game or You Might Catch It!

Los Angeles Has Football Fever. Don’t Go to a Game or You Might Catch It!

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

Believe it or not, the small Southern California village of Los Angeles boasts not one but two professional football teams. Thanks to its bizarre climate and remote location, few call this burg home, but those who do have one thing in common: They love both their football squads equally.

First, you have the Los Angeles Rams, a team whose roots in town run so deep that some Angelenos know they exist. After a rousing Week 1 victory against the Colts of Indianapolis, Rams fever reached a boiling point at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Sunday. They played host to Washington, and the visiting press couldn’t help but gush that “it would be generous to describe the Coliseum as half full.” As any optimist will tell you, half full is the only way to go.

Washingtonians far outnumbered those rooting for the local squad, but that is to be expected considering Los Angeles lacks the sort of robust media outlets that could get word out about the game. The hometown Rams lost 27–20, but the spirit they showed in defeat shan’t be forgotten by their loyal fan.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles’ other favorite sons, the Chargers, played their first home game at the StubHub Center, which has a capacity of 27,000. Reports from their contest against the Miami Dolphins paint a fun and festive scene.

The intimate venue failed to inspire L.A.’s beloved Chargers, alas, as they fell to the Dolphins 19–17.

While Los Angeles may be small, its noble citizens more than make up for that size deficit with their boundless heart and passion. This is why L.A. is building a 70,000-seat, $2.66 billion stadium complex for the Chargers and Rams, scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020 NFL season. It will be the most expensive stadium in the world. What a deal! Reserve your seats now. It promises to be the hottest ticket in town.

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning

Unilever backs up Dove soap ad after questioning


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Unilever holds its head high after winning an ad battle over its Dove soap after it had dryness claims questioned, and the Advertising Standards authority ruled in its favour.

Cornell Frat Shuts Down After Black Student Allegedly Called Racial Slur and Assaulted

Cornell Frat Shuts Down After Black Student Allegedly Called Racial Slur and Assaulted

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A Cornell University fraternity chapter has been shut down as officials investigate the alleged assault of a black student last Friday.

According to a statement from Cornell, one undergraduate student was arrested after a “verbal exchange between Cornell students including the use of racial slurs led to a physical assault.” The alleged victim told the New York Times that when he arrived home early Friday morning, he encountered the group of students arguing with his housemates. When one of the students called him a racial slur as he tried to get them to leave, “he confronted them, and four or five of them turned on him and started punching him in the face.”

John Greenwood, a 19-year-old student at the school, was charged with assault in the incident. He denied the accusations.

The university's statement did not confirm that the students involved were members of the fraternity, and it told The Times it was trying to determine if some or all of the students were members. The school's student newspaper reported that the fraternity's alumni group had denied Greenwood was a member.

But the alumni board of the fraternity made the decision to permanently shut down the chapter of Psi Upsilon. Since 2016, the fraternity, which had a history of complaints over its members’ behavior, had been under a three-year-long ban from the university, meaning it could not take advantage of university benefits and recruit new members.

The fraternity initially had been suspended in 2016 when its president had been accused of rape. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. The fraternity then received its three-year ban when it violated the rules of that suspension by throwing a party.

Earlier this month, a member of a different fraternity at Cornell allegedly chanted “build a wall” near the university’s “Latino Living Center” after Trump ordered the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

While the fraternity has been shut down, its property and building are undergoing renovations. According to Cornell, when completed it will be used for student organizations “that are dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive student community.”

The Worst Ad of the 2018 Elections Is Already Here

The Worst Ad of the 2018 Elections Is Already Here

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

The contest for Virginia’s 10th District House seat is generally considered one of the 2018 congressional races to watch. Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock could be vulnerable given Donald Trump’s unpopularity in Northern Virginia, and at least eight Democrats are in the running to replace her.

The primary field lacks both a clear front-runner and any real sign that the broad debates about where the Democratic Party should go on policy have trickled down into this particular race. The Democrats are instead emphasizing minor distinctions. The campaigns of Deep Sran and Kimberly Adams are focused on public education. Alison Kiehl Friedman is touting an endorsement from Gloria Steinem. Dave Hanson and Michael Pomerleano have top-lined Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and impeaching Trump, respectively, in the "issues" sections of their websites. Lindsey Davis Stover wants voters to know she worked in the Obama administration, and Jennifer Wexton is running on her record as a state senator. That leaves Daniel Helmer, who ... just put out this.

Dan Helmer is a husband, a father, and, as conspicuously detailed by his T-shirt, a VETERAN (of the Army, not the Navy as the ad perhaps implies). If you check out the issues page on his slick website, you won’t find much more than the same kind of fridge magnet centrism that characterizes the majority of Democratic candidates—dare to dream of an America with a “smart regulatory environment”—which is the point of the above ad.

I have no idea what the thinking behind this ad was, but I suppose small donors who find it endearingly bad will send some cash Helmer’s way, perhaps turning an unknown into a contender. The ad is memorable, after all. Haunting, really.

Will the NFL Ever Stand Up to Trump?

Will the NFL Ever Stand Up to Trump?

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

For a good chunk of his 71-plus years on Earth, Donald Trump desperately wanted to be an NFL owner. In the 1980s, he tried and failed to buy the Baltimore Colts, and this humiliation prompted his dalliance with the USFL. Thanks largely to his leadership, that second-tier league went bankrupt and disbanded in 1986. In 2014, Trump placed a losing bid to purchase the Buffalo Bills. Unable to make his dream of owning an NFL franchise come true, Trump settled for the presidency, a position he’s now using to take potshots at a club that never wanted him as a member.

At an Alabama rally to (kind of) endorse Luther Strange’s Senate campaign, Trump used a literal bully pulpit to demand NFL owners fire players who protest during the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love,” the president brayed, “to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ”

Like many low-information sports-radio callers before him, Trump naturally transitioned into complaining that the league has gotten too soft.

This was inevitable. Bashing Colin Kaepernick and “disrepectful” NFL players who make “millions of dollars” is a conservative political gambit whose laziness is surpassed only by its effectiveness. The comments Trump made in Alabama are just a continuation of what he said at a March rally in which he bragged that Kaepernick didn’t have a job in the NFL “because [owners] don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.” He got to the White House by stoking a culture war, and, after nine months of failed governance, he has no better alternative than to beat the dead horse he rode in on.

Although he couldn’t become an NFL owner, Trump assumes (probably correctly) that he now has sway over those would-be peers. NFL owners are Trump’s base—the rich men who will eventually benefit from the tax cuts he has long promised. Eight owners donated a combined $7.25 million to help pay for Trump’s inauguration. Trump knows he can push these men around on the issue of anthem protests because they’ve already given him tacit approval to do so. By blackballing Colin Kaepernick, the NFL’s owner class aligned themselves with Trump’s side of this fight long before he stepped on that stage in Alabama.

So far, two organizations have publically rebuked the president for his remarks in Alabama. New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch called his remarks “inappropriate, offensive, and divisive,” and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement expressing his disappointment. Until they say otherwise, it can only be assumed that the owners of the league's 30 other teams stand with the man who may one day reduce their marginal tax rates. (Update, Sept. 24, 10:06 a.m.: Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank have released statements defending the players, and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan linked arms with players on the sideline of Sunday’s game in London during the anthem. They may not be the last.)

Trump’s opportunistic comments will spark more protests on Sunday, which was likely his aim all along. Players around the league have been taking to social media to make themselves heard, and the NFL Players Association released a statement arguing that “the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just ‘shut up and play.’ ” They’re right, of course, and the NFL and its owners could easily fix this problem by responding in a similar manner. But they probably won’t, as history indicates they'll trip over their silk, NFL–logo–patterned Vineyard Vines neckties a hundred times before finally doing the correct thing.

Consider Roger Goodell’s lily-livered response, which neither mentions Trump by name nor brings up any of the specific issues the president brought up during his extended rant about the league.

To call that a word salad would be an insult to leafy greens. This is the language of someone who desperately wants to toe a line he’s clung to for far too long. The league should support its players and not its very worst fan, even if he happens to watch games from the White House.

Who’s More Qualified to Give Opinions About Health Care Policy, Jimmy Kimmel or Donald Trump?

Who’s More Qualified to Give Opinions About Health Care Policy, Jimmy Kimmel or Donald Trump?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

In a turn of events that began when his child was born with a condition that required open-heart surgery, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has become the face of public opposition to Affordable Care Act repeal. Kimmel has been specifically critical of the way Republicans have proposed repeal bills that would allow states to waive the ACA's requirement that insurers offer reasonably priced coverage to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. As he's (correctly) explained, such waivers—like the one in the Graham-Cassidy bill currently looming in the Senate—would likely make it impossible for many families like his whose breadwinners aren't well-compensated celebrities to afford care for their sick kids.

Some on the right have responded by telling Kimmel he should stick to entertainment:

You may have noticed a flaw in this strategy, namely that the nation's most powerful Republican got elected president largely because he starred on a reality show for loud idiots. So: Who is more qualified to discuss public policy, Jimmy Kimmel or president of the United States? Let's break it down.

1. Attitude toward reading complicated material:

Kimmel's detailed Wednesday monologue would indicate that he has done a fair amount of research on the issue of ACA repeal.

Trump famously doesn't like to read briefing papers if they're long and don't involve pictures.

2. Ability to explain health care reform in layman's terms:

Kimmel, again, did this on Wednesday.

Trump has famously never demonstrated, in either public or private, any understanding of how Republican health care plans work.

3. Intellectual pedigree of TV co-stars:

Kimmel worked with a former presidential adviser and Yale Law School graduate on a distinguished high-brow program that involved tests of knowledge in areas such as literature and history.

Trump's Celebrity Apprentice co-stars included Gene Simmons and Jose Canseco.

4. History of being so bad at his ostensible occupation (business, for Trump; being a comedian, for Kimmel) that investors in one of his enterprises insisted shortly before its second bankruptcy filing that he resign from any role in its management:

In 2009, bondholders in Trump's publicly traded Trump Entertainment Resorts organization forced him out of his role running the company shortly before it filed for its second bankruptcy.

This sort of thing has never happened, to my knowledge, to Jimmy Kimmel. His relationships with the other creators of Crank Yankers appear to be solid. The Man Show, its problematic sexual politics aside, never filed for bankruptcy even one time.

My verdict? Neither of these people should probably be president, but especially not Donald Trump.

Tut’s No Soy Soap

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

 Tut’s Soap is an extra- moisturizing unscented formulation made without soy oil. It is the brain child of one of our favorite customers, a gentleman from Alabama called Tut. He wondered out loud if we could make a soap like our Baby Me soap, but without any soy, which his doctor suggested he try to avoid. […]

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Seattle Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Allegations of Sexually Abusing Underage Boys

Seattle Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Allegations of Sexually Abusing Underage Boys

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday he will resign from office hours after the publication of a Seattle Times report in which Murray’s cousin accused the mayor of underage sexual abuse in the 1970s when he was just 13 years old. This is not the first allegation of sexual abuse leveled at the longtime Seattle politician, who was elected the city’s mayor in 2013; four other men have come forward since April with allegations that they were sexually abused by Murray in the 1980s when they were minors.

“Joseph Dyer, 54, a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, says he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York,” according to the Seattle Times. “The molestation stopped, Dyer said, only after a boy in a Catholic group home where Murray worked accused Murray of abuse. According to Dyer, his uncle negotiated to get group-home officials not to pursue charges as long as Murray left. After that, Murray left town, Dyer said, and he never saw or spoke to his cousin again.”

The 62-year-old Murray denied the allegations in a statement, but said that he will leave office effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a written statement Tuesday. Murray had previously announced in May when the first round of accusations hit, that he will not seek reelection.

Murray, a Democrat, is the city’s first openly gay mayor and was an early and vocal national advocate for the gay community when he served in the state legislature for nearly two decades before running for mayor. As mayor, Murray pushed for gay rights and was a key figure in securing marriage equality in the state. Murray campaigned for governor on the promise to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The City Council president, Bruce Harrell, will take over as mayor; an election to select a new mayor was already scheduled for November.

The Radical Left Funded By George Soros Planning More Racially-Fueled Attacks In Seattle, Baltimore and Kentucky

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

The rabid Liberal Left like ANTIFA and BLM in America are very violent, and have been making death threats against President Trump for quite sometime now.

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Former Trump Campaign Chief Reportedly Under Intermittent FBI Surveillance From 2014 Until This Year

Former Trump Campaign Chief Reportedly Under Intermittent FBI Surveillance From 2014 Until This Year

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

There are many potential vulnerabilities in President Trump’s legal defense in the multipronged investigation into his Russian ties—Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Mike Flynn, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, advisers Roger Stone and Carter Page, to name a few in Trump’s orbit—but former campaign chief Paul Manafort, so far, appears to be the biggest liability. On top of all we know already about Manafort’s shadowy overseas political consulting operation, CNN reported Monday that Manafort was under FBI surveillance dating back to 2014, well before he joined the Trump campaign. The FBI eavesdropping continued, although apparently not continuously, until earlier this year, after Trump had taken office. Manafort was fired from the campaign months before Election Day, but continued to communicate with Trump into his presidency.

Manafort caught the attention of the FBI, unrelated to Trump, for his work in Ukraine with the party of Kremlin-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych, who came to power in 2010, but was ousted by nationwide demonstrations in 2014. The FBI surveillance was authorized by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant, a top-secret process that oversees national security cases. For a judge to grant the warrant, the FBI doesn’t need to show evidence of a crime, but it must show that the individual may be working as a foreign agent.

According to CNN, the initial investigation of Manafort fizzled and surveillance was discontinued in 2016. The FBI, however, obtained a new FISA warrant later that year that ran at least into early 2017. "The FBI interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited their interest in Manafort," CNN reports. "As part of the FISA warrant, CNN has learned that earlier this year, the FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. It's not known what they found."

It’s unclear when exactly surveillance of Manafort restarted, but in August, CNN reported that U.S. intelligence intercepted suspected Russian intelligence officers discussing Manafort in the summer of 2016, months before the election. “The suspected operatives relayed what they claimed were conversations with Manafort, encouraging help from the Russians,” CNN reported at the time.

Manafort’s work abroad, particularly in Ukraine, weaved together dodgy political affiliations and murky financial dealings. Manafort’s jazz-like interpretation of American laws, despite the attention of American investigators, may not have been enough to do him in, but then in June 2016 Manafort popped up much closer to home—as the campaign manager of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump. By late August, Manafort was out at Trump headquarters, replaced by Steve Bannon, but Manafort remained a person of interest and when Robert Mueller was designated Special Counsel in June 2017, the former FBI chief picked up the pace and intensity of the probe, particularly of Manafort.

“Dispensing with the plodding pace typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Mueller’s team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry,” the New York Times reports. “Mr. Mueller has obtained a flurry of subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify before a grand jury, lawyers and witnesses say, sometimes before his prosecutors have taken the customary first step of interviewing them.” In July, federal agents conducted a predawn knockless search of Manafort’s Virginia home, commandeering files that may provide evidence of offshore financial dealings. To obtain the warrant, Mueller would have needed to convince a judge that inside Manafort’s house was evidence of a crime.

Mueller's team hasn't stopped there. From theTimes:

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation...
Instead of invitations to the prosecutor’s office, [Manafort and Flynn associates] have been presented with grand jury subpoenas, forcing them to either testify or take the Fifth Amendment and raise suspicions that they had something to hide. At least three witnesses have recently been subpoenaed to testify about Mr. Manafort: Jason Maloni, a spokesman who appeared before the grand jury for more than two hours on Friday, and the heads of two consulting firms — Mercury Public Affairs and the Podesta Group — who worked with Mr. Manafort on behalf of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the pro-Russia former president of Ukraine.
Mr. Mueller’s team also took the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to Melissa Laurenza, a specialist in lobbying law who formerly represented Mr. Manafort, according to people familiar with the subpoena. Conversations between lawyers and their clients are normally considered bound by attorney-client privilege, but there are exceptions when lawyers prepare public documents that are filed on behalf of their client.

Mueller’s tactics and pace appear to be born out of a sense of urgency to make significant progress in the investigation before it can be accused of being a fishing expedition and the general sense of impunity of Trump associates, even those under investigation, that might require tougher treatment to ensure compliance.

After Powerful Earthquake, Scenes of Destruction Across Mexico City

After Powerful Earthquake, Scenes of Destruction Across Mexico City

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

A powerful earthquake rattled Mexico City Tuesday afternoon killing dozens and causing buildings to collapse and roads to split. The epicenter of the 7.1 magnitude quake, which took place around 1 p.m. (local time), was 100 miles south of the capital city, but caused buildings to shake and sway and sent terrified residents pouring into the streets. According to local officials, dozens of buildings have collapsed, including two schools. The death count stands at more than 139 in the region, most of those coming from Morelos state, south of Mexico City, where the quake was strongest. There are 36 recorded fatalities in Mexico City so far. The death toll will surely rise as rescue crews comb through the rubble for survivors.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Mexico; two weeks ago a deadly earthquake hit off the country’s Pacific coast. Today’s earthquake came on the very anniversary of a deadly 1985 quake. Here are scenes from around the Mexican capital, which is home to some 20 million people.

*This post has been updated with new information as it became available.

'You're fat and ordinary': Dove ad reveals what women really think about themselves

'You're fat and ordinary': Dove ad reveals what women really think about themselves


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A new advert forces women to confront the negative thoughts they have about their own bodies

Denequa Williams Fires Up the Luxury Candle Industry with LIT Brooklyn

by Renae @ In Her Shoes

Nearly a month or so before the close of 2016, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Denequa Williams, the founder and creator behind LIT Brooklyn. For those unaware, LIT is one of the most sought-after, Black-woman-owned candle companies in the business. She’s completely on fire, with the brand’s signature scents flying off the shelves almost faster than they can be poured into their chic glass and gold tin containers. I’m blessed to now call her a friend. Recently, we sat down and chatted more about life before LIT and how she plans to expand in the future. Keep reading for the deets from our exclusive chat!

Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

by Dahlia Lithwick @ The Slatest

Edie Windsor, whose name became synonymous with marriage equality after her landmark legal challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday in Manhattan at the age of 88. Windsor’s 2013 victory at the Supreme Court eventually opened the door to marriage equality nationwide, by serving as a judicial stepping stone to the national constitutional right to marriage equality, which would come two years later.

When Windsor’s partner of more than 40 years, Thea Spyer, died in 2009, Windsor was her only heir (the two had been married in Canada).

The 1996 federal law known as DOMA made Windsor ineligible for the estate tax exemption a spouse would have received. She was thus required to pay $363,053 in taxes to the federal government and $275,528 to New York State on her inheritance. As Windsor would later say, she wouldn’t have owed the government those estate taxes “if I had been married to a man named Theo” rather than a woman named Thea. She decided to file a suit.

Windsor, born to an immigrant Jewish family from Philadelphia in 1929, was an unlikely civil rights icon; glamorous, wealthy and successful. That was part of her allure, both to young people who stopped her on the streets for a hug, and to a Supreme Court that doubtless saw—in Edie Windsor—that love truly means love.

Windsor and her partner, Spyer, kept their relationship secret for years, as Windsor worked as a computer programmer for IBM, and Spyer worked as a psychologist. They were engaged in 1967—pledging with a brooch, as opposed to a ring, and lived as partners until 2007, when Spyer’s illness made a quick marriage in Canada, where it had already been legalized, necessary. Spyer died two years later.

While Windsor’s case struck down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act, it only protected marriage equality in those states that already allowed it. The 5-4 decision left in place laws in the 37 states that still banned gay marriage and it wasn’t until 2015 that the high court held definitively that same-sex couples in every state had a constitutional right to marry the partner of their choosing. By then Edie Windsor had become a household name, appearing at rallies, marches, and speeches nationwide. When the Court allowed marriage equality in 2015, Windsor was finally able to exhale, knowing that what she had begun in a New York legal street fight was now protected in Mississippi and Alabama. Windsor remarried in 2016. On Tuesday afternoon, Windsor’s wife Judith Kasen-Windsor released the following statement:

I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny, but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life. She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community who she loved so much and who loved her right back.

Windsor’s lawyer in the Defense of Marriage Act case was Roberta Kaplan, and the two remained close friends and allies in the years since. Kaplan responded to Windsor’s death with the following statement:

Representing Edie Windsor was and will always be the greatest honor of my life. She will go down in the history books as a true American hero. With Edie’s passing, I lost not only a treasured client, but a member of my family. I know that Edie’s memory will always be a blessing to Rachel, myself, and Jacob. I also know that her memory will be a blessing not only to every LGBT person on this planet, but to all who believe in the concept of b’tzelem elohim, or equal dignity for all.”

Four American Women Victims of Acid Attack in Marseille, France Train Station

Four American Women Victims of Acid Attack in Marseille, France Train Station

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Four American women in their twenties were attacked with acid in the southern France city of Marseille Sunday morning. A 41-year-old woman has been arrested by French authorities in connection with the attack at the Mediterranean city’s main Saint Charles train station. It remains unclear the motivation for the attack; the Marseille prosecutor’s office said the woman did not say or make any extremist threats during the incident and there was no indication it was terror-related. According to the Daily Mail, the attacker used a commercial cleaning substance containing hydrochloric acid. French police described the woman as mentally unstable; she reportedly did not flee the scene after carrying out the attack.

The extent of the women’s injuries remains unclear; two victims were reported to be “slightly injured” by the acid and did not require treatment at the scene, according to the Associated Press. One of the women is reported to have suffered an eye injury from the attack. Sky News’ reporting of the event differs slightly; the British outlet is reporting that two of the women received facial injuries and two were hit in the legs.

Brainwashed Socialist Millennial Gets DESTROYED By Man Who Actually Experienced Socialism

Brainwashed Socialist Millennial Gets DESTROYED By Man Who Actually Experienced Socialism

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

Thanks to our horrible public school system, millions of millennials ended up supporting Bernie Sanders. They think that “spreading the wealth,” is the key to prosperity, when in reality it ends in economic destruction—so when this “feminist socialist” millennial is confronted by the facts, things get a little too hot for her to handle. People ...

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Chick-fil-A Has Plans for New York City That Will Drive Haters NUTS

Chick-fil-A Has Plans for New York City That Will Drive Haters NUTS

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

In case you hadn’t noticed, leftists loathe Chick-fil-A with a passion over its stand for conservative values, on issues from gay marriage to closing on the Sabbath. The mere sight of a restaurant has triggered many a snowflake millennial. Now, things are about to get worse for the haters, as it was announced today that ...

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People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message

People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message


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The six limited-edition Dove soap bottles come in shapes meant to emulate the body types of women.

Trump Threatens Total Destruction of North Korea, Calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” in U.N. Speech

Trump Threatens Total Destruction of North Korea, Calls Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” in U.N. Speech

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Donald Trump gave his first address to the United Nations on Tuesday. By his standards, it was fairly tame. Except this part:

North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience. But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime; the United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.

Ye gods. This is the second time Trump has tried out the “Rocket Man” nickname:

Rocket Man. Good song!

St. Louis Police Chant “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” as Protests Against Stockley Verdict Continue

St. Louis Police Chant “Whose Streets? Our Streets!” as Protests Against Stockley Verdict Continue

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

More than 80 people were arrested Sunday night in St. Louis as more protesters took to the streets in the wake of the acquittal of white police officer Jason Stockley, who shot and killed a black driver, Anthony Lamar Smith, in 2011. A peaceful gathering of more than 1,000 protesters outside police headquarters in the afternoon and a later march was followed by another march of about 100 protesters through the streets in the evening. Those demonstrators caused minor property damage and confronted police. From the Associated Press:

Along the way, they knocked over planters, broke windows at a few shops and hotels, and scattered plastic chairs at an outdoor venue. According to police, the demonstrators then sprayed bottles with an unknown substance on officers. One officer suffered a leg injury and was taken to a hospital. His condition wasn’t known. Soon afterward, buses brought in additional officers in riot gear, and police scoured downtown deep into the night, making arrests and seizing at least five weapons, according to [Interim Police Chief] O’Toole.

Multiple witnesses reported that police shouted the now-ubiquitous protest chant “Whose streets? Our streets!” as they made their arrests. At least one Twitter user appeared to capture the chant on video.

The St. Louis police department also took to Twitter to post pictures of property damage, officers being “decontaminated” after having substances thrown on them, and items and weapons confiscated during the night’s protest. Missouri is an open-carry state.

The account did not tweet pictures of Sunday’s earlier protest.

CRAZY CAT: Looney Liberals Now Say That Americans Must Give Up Their Pets In Order To Stop Global Warming

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

When it comes to global warming, Fido and Fluffy are part of the problem, a new study by UCLA indicates. Get ready for the climate police to get your pets.

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Dove Uses Its Own "Alternative Facts" in This Hilarious New Ad That Mocks Trump

Dove Uses Its Own "Alternative Facts" in This Hilarious New Ad That Mocks Trump


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There's no denying that Donald Trump's first few weeks in office have been action-packed, to say the least. Though some powerhouse companies like Google and

GAME TIME: President Trump Says American Military Is ‘Locked And Loaded’ And Ready To Address North Korea Threat

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being "locked and loaded."

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MIFF’s Emotional Trailer from Australia Wins The Best of Global Digital Marketing Awards in April

by Best Marketing @ Best Marketing

Here’s the Top 3 of April 2016:

  1. Melbourne International Film Festival’s Emotional Trailer by McCann Melbourne
  2. KFC’s How KFC Won with China’s Gamers by Mindshare
  3. Tokopedia’s Beyond the Banner by Iris Worldwide Indonesia
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Florida Nursing Home Where Eight Died Had a History of Safety Issues

Florida Nursing Home Where Eight Died Had a History of Safety Issues

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

The Florida nursing home where six people died Wednesday morning had a history of safety issues, including ones with its generator, according to a new report from Stat. The six deaths reported earlier today (three occurring at the Hollywood, Fla. nursing home, three after patients were taken to the hospital), are thought to be due to the facility’s lack of air conditioning due to power outages following Hurricane Irma. A criminal investigation has been opened, according to the Hollywood police chief.

The facility, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in eastern Florida, has been cited twice for violating federal requirements relating to its backup power sources, according to records reviewed by Stat. The records show that last year, the home had only a temporary generator, and was unable to produce documentation confirming its plans to replace it with a permanent one.

Prior to the hurricane, Broward County did not list the nursing home as one of the top priority facilities for restoring power after the storm, the Washington Post reported. A kitchen worker told the Miami Herald that the nursing home was using its generator’s power to cook food but not to power its air conditioning. The temperature in the area at the time was around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

In an online statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged to investigate through local law enforcement and state agencies. “I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,” the statement reads. “Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.” The Miami Herald also reported that the center has a “much below average” health rating and a “below average” overall rating, which combines assessments from staff, fire safety, and health inspections.

According to the New York Times, Florida law requires nursing homes to be prepared for providing emergency power, food, water, supplies, and staff in an emergency. An upcoming federal rule also mandates that the alternative power source must maintain temperatures appropriate for the residents’ health.

Under Obama-era rules, residents who are harmed by inappropriate temperatures could likely sue their care centers for negligence or abuse. But the Trump administration has proposed replacing the rule with one that would make it “almost impossible” to do so, according to NPR. The new rule would allow nursing homes to require that residents agree to arbitration in lieu of a dispute in court, a process that is argued to be more efficient, but also tends to be less favorable for the plaintiff and reward far less in compensation.

The residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills are not the only ones at risk. The Florida Health Care Association, an industry group for long-term care, released a statement emphasizing the strain Hurricane Irma has put on nursing homes and care centers. “As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation,” the statement reads. They estimate that 150 out of the 700 long-term care facilities still do not have full power. Scott also said he would ask first responders to check on other nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area.

Here’s the List of EVERYONE (and Everything) Hillary Clinton Blames for Her Election Loss

Here’s the List of EVERYONE (and Everything) Hillary Clinton Blames for Her Election Loss

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened” was supposed to answer the question that she thinks America is desperately asking themselves. Technically, only half the country even cares to ask the question, and of that half, it is safe to say most already know the answer. Still, that does leave a significant number of former “I’m With ...

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BOYCOTT: Dove Soap Promotes MAN as 'MOM' in New Disgusting Commercial

BOYCOTT: Dove Soap Promotes MAN as 'MOM' in New Disgusting Commercial


Silence is Consent

This just in---Dove recently ran a commercial in which the transgender 'Mom,' is a baby's biological father who 'identifies,' as the mother. Companies promoting liberal agendas isn't new---from Starbucks promoting gay marriage and hiring refugees, to various clothing outlets banning Trump's clothing lines, I can't say I'm surprised. But, this is definitely a new low for companies. Promoting a mental disorder is absolute insanity, and if you ask any credible doctor or psychologist, they will tell you that transgenderism is, in fact, a mental disorder. Here is the transcript from the video above: Mark Dice: 'The Dove soap company has

Trump Administration Orders Military-Grade Weaponry To Be Given To Local Police Forces Across America

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Trump administration will restart giving surplus military weapons and equipment to state and local police forces.

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What Native Ads Means, and Why Every Affiliate Marketer Has To Be Using Them

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

What Are Native Ads, and Why Every Affiliate Marketer Has To Be Using Them If you’re an affiliate marketer and living somewhere other than a yurt on the remote steppe (or possibly even then), you’ll be aware of the escalating hype around native advertising. Native ads are being variously touted as the future of advertising, […]

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Here’s Every NFL Player Who’s Protested The National Anthem – UPDATED 9/22/2017

Here’s Every NFL Player Who’s Protested The National Anthem – UPDATED 9/22/2017

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

Over the past several decades, we’ve seen anti-American sentiment grow, but unfortunately it seems to be at a mainstream level now. Even sports celebrities have begun to express this vile sentiment by protesting the national anthem. It started off with Colin Kaepernick, who became the poster boy for this activity, but it’s since grown into ...

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Watch the Raiders' Stadium Go Nuts for Marshawn Lynch's Sideline Victory Dance

Watch the Raiders' Stadium Go Nuts for Marshawn Lynch's Sideline Victory Dance

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Running back Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch is one of the NFL's best characters, a bowling ball of adrenaline on the field and a charismatic enigma off it. He's also an Oakland native who came out of retirement this year to play for his hometown team. On Sunday, as the Raiders were well on their way to moving to a 2-0 record with a thunderous, dominating win over the pathetic New York Jets, the stadium's DJ cued up a local jam called "Oakland." As you can see above, it went over very well with both Lynch and the Raiders crowd as a whole.

The Raiders are America's team now. Go Raiders!

Update, 5 p.m.: I forgot to mention that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas at some point in the next few years because NFL team owners aren't allowed to let their teams play in no-frills, multi-use, public-minded stadiums like the Oakland Coliseum anymore. Good luck getting whatever luxury-box laden upscale mall they'll be calling a "stadium" in Vegas to jump off like that, though.

Police Reportedly Find Hitler Speech in Home of Louisiana Man Arrested for Killing Two Black Men

Police Reportedly Find Hitler Speech in Home of Louisiana Man Arrested for Killing Two Black Men

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A white man in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested Tuesday and accused of shooting and killing two black men in separate incidents that may have been racially motivated.

In a Tuesday morning news conference, law enforcement authorities said they would charge Kenneth James Gleason with first-degree murder for the shootings. A spokesperson for the department said “there was a ‘strong possibility’ that the shootings were racially motivated,’ ” according to the Associated Press. Gleason’s attorney denied the allegations.

A law enforcement official told the AP that police had found a copy of a Hitler speech at the man’s home. Gleason was also named as a person of interest in an earlier shooting in which shots were fired at the house of a black family that lived in his neighborhood. No one was killed in that incident.

Gleason had been arrested over the weekend on unrelated drug charges but bailed out of jail Sunday night. At the time, he was considered a “person of interest” in the shooting, but police said they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.

The two men killed were 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who died on Sept. 12, and 49-year-old Donald Smart, who died on Thursday. ABC reported: “The suspect first fired from his car and then exited the vehicle to shoot the victims while they were on the ground.” Cofield and Smart were shot within five miles of one another.

Smart’s aunt told ABC that her nephew, who was on his way to work at a café when he was killed, “was always smiling and hugging everybody. A lot of people knew him." A Baton Rouge woman told the Advocate she knew Cofield as “Mr. Bruce,” a homeless man who would often sit with a sign at an intersection.

The case gained additional prominence on social media Tuesday when a New York Post headline referred to the alleged murderer as a “clean-cut American kid.”

An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide to Advertising on Taboola

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Even though you may not realise it, if you visit big online publications like the Daily Mail Online, Elle magazine, Time and the Weather Channel, you’ve already encountered Taboola. Theirs is the business behind those clickable thumbnail links in your sidebar: the ones usually labelled ‘Don’t miss’ and featuring stories about One Direction and Myleene […]

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Pharma Bro Fraudster Martin Shkreli Is Jailed After Soliciting Lock of Hillary Clinton’s Hair

Pharma Bro Fraudster Martin Shkreli Is Jailed After Soliciting Lock of Hillary Clinton’s Hair

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Pharma bro fraudster Martin Shkreli was jailed Wednesday after a federal judge revoked his $5 million bail in response to a Facebook post where Shkreli solicited a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair in return for $5,000. Shkreli was convicted in August on three counts of fraud over his running of two hedge funds and a pharmaceutical company and is awaiting sentencing. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Shkreli issued an apology for the post, which is but the latest instance of erratic behavior by the 34-year-old, who first came into public view in 2015 for gleefully raising the price of an AIDS medication 5,000 percent overnight from $1 to $750. “It never occurred to me that my awkward attempt at humor or satire would cause Mrs. Clinton or the Secret Service any distress,” Shkreli said in a written letter to the judge. “I understand now, that some may have read my comments about Mrs. Clinton as threatening, when that was never my intention when making those comments.”

U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, however, wasn’t buying it. “He does not need to apologize to me. He should have apologized to the government, the Secret Service, and Hillary Clinton,” Matsumoto said Wednesday. “This is a solicitation of assault. That is not protected by the First Amendment… There has been a danger presented through this post.”

Shkreli was taken to jail immediately following the hour-long hearing and will likely stay there until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for January. Despite his public posture around the bail hearing, if you thought that Shkreli was actually remorseful—about anything—think again. From the Washington Post:

On Facebook, Shkreli has struck a more defiant note. “Lol Hillary Clinton’s presumptive agents are hard at work. It was just a prank, bro! But still, lock HER up. Spend your resources investigating her, not me!!,” he said in a post the same day prosecutors filed their motion to have his bail revoked.

Shkreli’s lawyers argued, unsuccessfully, that the public irritant of a man is not a threat. They did not argue that he is not a bad person. Shkreli’s attorneys even tried to use Donald Trump’s deceitful language and abhorrent conduct on the campaign trail as precedent for why the convicted fraudster was engaging in protected speech. Or more specifically, “constitutionally-protected political hyperbole.”

“During the campaign, Trump used ‘political hyperbole,” Shkreli’s attorneys said, when he said that Clinton, his Democratic opponent, would abolish the Second Amendment if elected… “Indeed, in the current political climate, dissent has unfortunately often taken the form of political satire, hyperbole, parody, or sarcasm,” Shkreli’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a letter to the court. “While we do not condone Mr. Shkreli’s comments, his constitutionally-protected political hyperbole does not rise to the level of making him a ‘danger to the community’ when he is not and has never been considered to be a danger.”

Shkreli has indicated he will appeal his August conviction.

Ah- Choo

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Ah-choo! We have been hearing way too much of Ah-choo this winter. All the grand kids and some of the adults have been hit with some sort of illness this winter and it still seems as if it’s going to be causing havoc right into Spring. With little kids it’s not easy to keep your […]

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Dove's True Colors: beautiful or bad? - AfterEllen

Dove's True Colors: beautiful or bad? - AfterEllen


AfterEllen

Here's the thing: I use Dove. I like Dove. I happen to think they make nice soap. And if they also happen to put out some nice television ads, well, all the better. But recently the brand and its Campaign for Real Beauty have come under fire by critics who have cried hypocrisy because Dove is owned by the same company that puts out, among many other things, Axe body spray. On the one hand, positive messages telling young girls about having good body image; on the other, sleazy messages telling young boys about bagging hot chicks. Oh, the conundrum. Dove’s latest ad, called “Onslaught,” is interesting for many reasons. In the clip, an adorable red-haired girl smiles innocently into the camera, only to be bombarded with a montage of images urging her to look “younger, smaller, lighter, firmer, tighter, thinner, softer.”

At Least Two People Shot Dead During Baltimore ‘Ceasefire Weekend’ Proves Gun Bans Don’t Work

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

At least two people were shot dead during a 72-hour period designated the “Nobody Kill Anybody” weekend by the liberal Baltimore Ceasefire organizers.

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Conservative Catholic theologians accuse pope of spreading heresy

by -NO AUTHOR- @ WND

(Associated Press) Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In a 25-page letter delivered to Francis last month and provided Saturday to The Associated Press, the 62 signatories issued a “filial correction” to the pope [...]

Psychotic Woman GOES OFF on PTSD Veteran With a Service Dog, But Strangers Had His Back (VIDEO)

Psychotic Woman GOES OFF on PTSD Veteran With a Service Dog, But Strangers Had His Back (VIDEO)

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

In our society, we have givers and takers. Some people work hard their entire lives, and create thousands of jobs for hard working Americans—others blame everyone else for their own problems, and leech off of the system. This lady is the latter. This shocking video reveals a completely insane black woman screaming at a veteran ...

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Russian Facebook Account Reportedly Organized Florida Trump Rallies During Election

Russian Facebook Account Reportedly Organized Florida Trump Rallies During Election

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

Russian Facebook accounts attempted to organize more than a dozen Florida Trump rallies during the election, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday:

The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists—brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.
The Aug. 20, 2016, events were collectively called “Florida Goes Trump!” and they were billed as a “patriotic state-wide flash mob,” unfolding simultaneously in 17 different cities and towns in the battleground state. It’s difficult to determine how many of those locations actually witnessed any turnout, in part because Facebook’s recent deletion of hundreds of Russian accounts hid much of the evidence. But videos and photos from two of the locations—Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs—were reposted to a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair, where they remain to this day.

The Beast reports that the Florida events were put on by a Facebook page called “Being Patriotic,” which had 200,000 followers before being shut down last month, and a Twitter account called @march_for_trump. The “Being Patriotic” Facebook page was shut down at around the same time Facebook revoked multiple accounts being run by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm American intelligence agencies have linked to an ally of Vladimir Putin.

The news comes after the revelation two weeks ago that Facebook also facilitated $100,000 in Russian-funded political advertising targeted at U.S. voters in the run-up to the election.

Donald Trump won 49 percent of the vote in Florida, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 47.8 percent.

Sean Spicer Threatens Legal Action Against Reporter for Asking Him Question via Text

Sean Spicer Threatens Legal Action Against Reporter for Asking Him Question via Text

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Axios' Mike Allen writes Thursday that Sean Spicer apparently took extensive notes during his time working with Donald Trump both before and after the 2016 election. This is ostensibly of interest because it means Robert Mueller could seek to examine Spicer's notebooks for potential evidence that the Trump campaign/administration colluded with Russia or obstructed justice by firing James Comey. But the big takeaway from Allen's piece is really just that Spicer is a big weirdo:

When we texted Spicer for comment on his note-taking practices, he replied: "Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore."
When I replied with a "?" (I have known Spicer and his wife for more than a dozen years), he answered: "Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities."

Spicer further sent Allen an email threatening to "contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment."

This would be pretty mystifying behavior for a professional spokesman to engage in even if Allen were a notoriously confrontational reporter, which he's not; on the contrary, he's actually notorious for being a deferential, even obsequious figure.

Sean Spicer is definitely the kind of guy who has shouted the phrase "you'll be hearing from my attorneys" while being physically removed from Sears after a dispute over the price of a surround-sound speaker system.

BREAKING: North Korea Threatens to Test Hydrogen Bomb in Pacific – Trump Responds Through Twitter

BREAKING: North Korea Threatens to Test Hydrogen Bomb in Pacific – Trump Responds Through Twitter

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

North Korea has just announced that they will be testing a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, much to the concern of foreign officials. China, South Korea, Japan, and even the UN have already asked the rogue nation to stop escalating violence—but it seems that Kim Jong Un is intent on further destabilizing the globe. ...

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Worshiper At Pagan Burning Man Festival In Nevada Stuns Crowd By Throwing Himself Into The Flames

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Emergency services bravely tried to rescue a festival-goer who ran straight into the Burning Man during Nevada's famous arts and music festival. 

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An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide to Advertising on 50onRed

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

If you’ve been in affiliate marketing for a while, you’ll know how hard it is to achieve organic search results. So the smart marketer is one who covers all their bases, attracting traffic by a range of means. As a savvy affiliate, you can’t afford to ignore the potential of 50onRed, a traffic platform enabling […]

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People Are Wondering Why Kim Kardashian Looks Browner on Interview Magazine Cover as “America’s New First Lady”

People Are Wondering Why Kim Kardashian Looks Browner on Interview Magazine Cover as “America’s New First Lady”

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

When most people think of elegant first lady’s, the first ones usually that come to mind are Michelle Obama and Jackie Onassis. But according to Interview magazine, Kim Kardashian is “America’s New First Lady”. Interview Magazine 📸 Steven Klein pic.twitter.com/6Um3JgOm8Q — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian)...

Today in Conservative Media: Trump Gave His Best Speech Yet at the U.N.

Today in Conservative Media: Trump Gave His Best Speech Yet at the U.N.

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives had mostly praise for President Trump’s speech to the U.N. on Tuesday. One of the more mixed critiques came from National Review’s Rich Lowry, who called the address “Jacksonian”:

In general, Trump defended the American-created and -defended world order, but he did it on his own terms. He emphasized the importance of sovereign nation-states and said we should accept their different cultures and interests. This is fine as far as it goes. In his version of post-war history, however, Trump gives short shrift to how important a vision of liberal democracy was to the United States. And there was a tension between his avowal to accept the ways of other nation-states and his (appropriately) excoriating attacks on the political and economic systems of North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela. Indeed, George W. Bush could have spoken in exactly the same terms about those rogue regimes, if with more elevated rhetoric.
All things considered and given the alternatives, it was a fine speech. It wasn’t really an “America First” speech — it defended the world order and even had warm words for the Marshall Plan — but in its signature lines about North Korea, it was thematically a very Jacksonian speech. What exactly this means in terms of policy remains to be seen. But everyone is paying attention, if they weren’t before.

The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson called it the best speech of Trump’s presidency thus far. “With President Trump we are not going to get the soaring rhetoric of Barack Obama or the happy smile and sentiment of George W. Bush,” he wrote. “We are not going to get Reagan or Clinton. What we are going to get is a blunt instrument who understands he can occasionally use his bluntness to make real change.”

“Give Trump credit for bringing his authentic self to the United Nations, at the very least,” Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey wrote. “If his supporters worried about the supposed ‘globalists’ on his staff watering down Trump’s approach on foreign policy, the president dispelled all of those worries in his 40-minute address. He made it clear that US policy would take a sharp turn towards self-interest and put nations on notice over trade.”

The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison was critical:

U.S. foreign policy already suffers from far too much self-congratulation and excessive confidence in our own righteousness, so it was alarming to hear Trump speak in such stark, fanatical terms about international affairs. Paired with his confrontational rhetoric directed towards North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and Syria, Trump’s choice to cast these states as the “wicked few” portends more aggressive and meddlesome policies and gives the leaders of all of these governments reason to assume the worst about our intentions. It was similar to Bush’s foolish “axis of evil” remarks in 2002.

In other news:

Conservatives were aghast at a survey of college students on speech just published by the Brookings Institution. “THE END OF AMERICA: Poll Shows 51% of College Students Say It's Fine to Shout Down ‘Offensive and Harmful’ Speakers” was the headline of a Daily Wire post by Ben Shapiro:

That poll shows that 19 percent of college students agree with the notion that using violence to silence a speaker who says “offensive and hurtful things” is appropriate; that includes 22 percent of Republicans. Furthermore, about four in ten Americans said that the First Amendment should not protect “hate speech” – leaving that term of art utterly undefined – and 51 percent backed the proposition that students should shout down offensive speakers.
This is terrifying. Young Americans clearly don’t understand the meaning or purpose of the First Amendment. They believe that their feelings justify interference with the political expression of others. And that opinion is being coddled by administrators who see fit to “protect” students from so-called “microaggressions” with “trigger warnings.” The safe space mentality utterly perverts American freedom.

Commentary’s Noah Rothman blamed the media and academics for fostering anti-speech attitudes and wrote that the survey furnished evidence that “America is lurching toward a civic crisis.”  “Cosseted, well-compensated soft revolutionaries are busy penning hagiography to thugs who commit acts of terror in the name of ‘anti-fascism,’ ” he wrote. “Respectable left-wing journals like the Nation, Mother Jones, and the New Republic have found themselves in the rank agitation business.”

“If you want to see how these realities are playing out on an actual campus,” Hot Air’s Allahpundit wrote, “go read the new Middlebury interim policies for speakers, which explicitly contemplate canceling events if the threat of violence is so high that the safety of people attending the event can’t be guaranteed. The fact that an American university would need to plan for that contingency in the form of an official policy shows you how bad things have gotten."

Hurricane Maria Causes “Mind-Boggling” Damage to Dominica on Its Path Toward Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria Causes “Mind-Boggling” Damage to Dominica on Its Path Toward Puerto Rico

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

In the Caribbean, a region still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, island nations are now watching the powerful Category 5 Hurricane Maria as it pushes toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Maria swept through the Dominica just after 9 p.m. on Monday night, leaving what the prime minister of the island nation called in a Facebook post “widespread devastation.”

The hurricane regained strength and was upgraded to Category 4 after passing through Dominica, according to an 8 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. It now has estimated maximum winds of a punishing 160 miles per hour. A hurricane warning remained in effect as of the time of the update for Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, in addition to Dominica, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria is churning northwest and is expected to approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday. “Maria is a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane,” the center said in the update. “Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane while it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.”

In a post around 1 a.m., Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of Dominica, said it was still too early to have a full assessment of the damage done to the island but that “initial reports are of widespread devastation.”

So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.
I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating...indeed, mind boggling. My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.

Earlier in the night, Skerrit posted on Facebook with updates of his experience waiting for the hurricane to pass.

Maria is the strongest storm ever recorded to hit Dominica, and it would be the first storm of its strength to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years. On Monday night, President Trump declared a state of emergency for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make the territories eligible for federal assistance. According to USA Today, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has been working with federal agencies to prepare for the storm, and officials have “promised ‘brigades’ of energy workers to help Puerto Rico reinstate power on the island after Maria.”

Meteorologists are also watching Hurricane Jose, a less powerful storm in the Atlantic to the north. Jose, still a Category 1 hurricane, according to an 8 a.m. update, is expected to stir up “dangerous surf and rip currents” along the eastern coast of the U.S. in the next few days. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the coast of Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, and it could cause some flooding—but not hurricane conditions—from Long Island to the coast of Massachusetts. The storm is expected to weaken on Wednesday.

Spelman College to Admit Transgender Female Students

Spelman College to Admit Transgender Female Students

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Spelman College has announced that they will admit transgender women students starting next year. The women’s college said in a letter that they will admit those who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth. Spelman will have a committee to...

Witnesses: Many Rohingya still trying to flee Myanmar

Witnesses: Many Rohingya still trying to flee Myanmar

by @ CTVNews.ca - Top Stories - Public RSS

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Sunday that the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh is "the most urgent refugee emergency in the world" right now.

Three Democratic Congressmen Decided To Protest Trump – Now They’re In Jail

Three Democratic Congressmen Decided To Protest Trump – Now They’re In Jail

by Mari Dean @ Silence is Consent

Our lawmakers have now become the lawbreakers. In leading a protest at Trump Tower against President Trump ending the DACA program, three Congressmen decided being arrested was the goal before the protest even began. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis Gutierrez, (D-IL), and Adriano Espaillat, (D-NY), all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, were arrested Tuesday ...

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Many Hands…little hands

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

My mom used to say ” Many hands make light work”.  I remember she often said this when we would help her can the bushels of tomatoes that came from our garden at the end of the summer.  When I had my own children I read if you don’t let your toddlers “help” you with chores […]

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Treasury Secretary Requested Air Force Plane to Travel on Decadent European Honeymoon

Treasury Secretary Requested Air Force Plane to Travel on Decadent European Honeymoon

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, actress Louise Linton, like nice things. The former Goldman Sachs banker, of course, has hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase nice things of his own, but now that he’s in government the real pièce de résistance is the stuff that money can’t buy. Mnuchin and Linton have taken a special liking to America’s taxpayer-funded planes, which has raised questions about whether the couple is overindulging in the American people’s largesse. On Wednesday, ABC News added fuel to that fire reporting that the Treasury Secretary requested the use of an Air Force jet on the couple's European honeymoon this summer.

Mnuchin, 54, married the 36-year-old Linton in June and the pair later honeymooned in Scotland, France, and Italy. “Officials familiar with the matter say the highly unusual ask for a U.S. Air Force jet, which according to an Air Force spokesman could cost roughly $25,000 per hour to operate, was put in writing by the secretary's office but eventually deemed unnecessary after further consideration of by Treasury Department officials,” according to ABC News. While the pricey lift to Europe didn’t end up happening, the request itself was unusual enough to trigger the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General to launch an inquiry into the circumstances under which Mnuchin might need a Top Gun-style honeymoon.

A Treasury spokesman explained to ABC News that the reasoning behind the request was that Mnuchin, as a member of the National Security Council, needed to maintain secure line of communication with the White House while sipping aperitivos in Italy. “The Secretary is a member of the National Security Council and has responsibility for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence," the spokesman said in a statement. "It is imperative that he have access to secure communications, and it is our practice to consider a wide range of options to ensure he has these capabilities during his travel, including the possible use of military aircraft."

I mean, maybe. If we added annexation of Italy and France to the “range of options” then we wouldn’t have this problem. If the Commerce Secretary thinks it's too hot outside, he can’t have the Pentagon nuke the sun. It is, of course, a matter of degree what is appropriate here. How out of the ordinary was Mnuchin’s request? Here’s some context from ABC News:

Aside from the President and Vice President, travel on military aircraft is typically reserved for cabinet members who deal directly with national security, such as the Secretaries of Defense and State. One senior Treasury official who has worked with a number of past secretaries said that military aircraft are only used in "extreme" circumstances, such as if the secretary had to be rushed back to a meeting in Washington, D.C., with the President. Another former senior Treasury official who worked closely with Mnuchin's predecessor, Secretary Jack Lew, said it would have been "exceedingly rare" for Secretary Lew to use military aircraft for official business.

The couple’s case isn’t helped by the fact that Mnuchton doesn’t have a great track record in not using taxpayer-funded planes for what appear to be personal trips. Let’s go back three short weeks ago, to when the pair traveled to Kentucky aboard a military plane for what looked a lot like a “#daytrip” to watch the eclipse from within the path of totality. Mnuchton denies the trip was eclipse-inspired. Linton posted a picture on Instagram of the plane with the caption: “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!” and added hashtags for the pricey designers she was wearing in the photo “#rolandmouret,” “#hermesscarf,” “#tomford” and “#valentino.”

Fellow Instagram users were not impressed by the display and told the Treasury Secretary’s wife so, to which Linton proceeded to lose her mind, uncorking this response.

One part sticks out given the latest honeymoon allegations: “Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Linton wrote. “Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol.”

That’s a peculiar coincidence.

A South Carolina School Assignment Asked Fifth-Graders to Justify the Actions of the KKK

A South Carolina School Assignment Asked Fifth-Graders to Justify the Actions of the KKK

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

A South Carolina fifth-grade teacher has been placed on administrative leave after she gave students an assignment that asked them to justify the actions of the KKK in the Reconstruction-era South.

The assignment sparked criticism and outrage on social media after a student’s uncle posted a photo of the KKK-focused homework assignment. “You are there,” the prompt reads. “You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?”

According to the uncle, the student came home crying the day of the assignment. The teacher, Kerri Roberts of Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo, South Carolina, was placed on administrative leave the next day. The school district, in a statement to WLTX, said the action was part of a standard investigation and that they were “taking this matter very seriously.”

South Carolina standards for 5th grade require lessons on Reconstruction and discriminatory groups including the KKK. We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools.
We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention.

While it does seem like a particularly charged time to ask students to envision themselves as members of the KKK, as other publications have noted, Roberts isn’t the only one to get in trouble for racially insensitive school assignments. A Los Angeles school gave second-graders a math question about slaves during Black History Month. In April, a Florida teacher gave a diversity-focused worksheet to middle schoolers that really missed the mark.

Boeing-Bombardier ruling slated for Monday

Boeing-Bombardier ruling slated for Monday

by @ CTV News: Business Headlines

Politicians, defence officials and Canada's aerospace industry have Monday circled on their calendars as the date to watch in Boeing's ongoing trade dogfight with Montreal-based Bombardier.

Liberals Freak Out As President Trump Speech At UN General Assembly Slams North Korea, Iran And Socialism

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on Tuesday, and all the Liberals in Alt-Left Land melted right away.

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World’s Largest Pagan Festival, ‘Burning Man’, Set To Start This Sunday In The Black Rock Desert In Nevada

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Organizers of the Burning Man festival have begun setting up shop with massive art installations as they prepare for tens of thousands in the Nevada desert.

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U.S. dairy takes aim at Canadian supply management in round 3 of NAFTA

U.S. dairy takes aim at Canadian supply management in round 3 of NAFTA

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The first punches in what promises to be a bitter fight over Canada's protected dairy industry are expected to be thrown during this week's third round of North American Free Trade talks in Ottawa.

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Paul Manafort Appears to Be in Some Pretty Hot Water

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Paul Manafort Appears to Be in Some Pretty Hot Water

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

Here's what we've learned in the last few hours:

  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was subject to a court-approved wiretap as part of a federal investigation which began in 2014 into his work as a political consultant in the Ukraine. While that wiretap was dropped because it was not yielding evidence, Manafort was then wiretapped again last fall "because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited [FBI] interest in Manafort." That's according to CNN, which notes that Manafort was known to be in touch with Donald Trump during this second wiretap period despite having stepped down from his campaign by that point. The network also reports that the FBI apparently searched a storage unit belonging to Manafort at some point earlier this year. (It's been previously reported that one of Manafort's residences in Virginia was raided in July.)
  • Robert Mueller's investigators have "told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him." That's per the New York Times.

Seems like a meter-raising kind of night, eh?

View From My Window – Got Goats?

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

We are often asked if we have goats. The answer is yes we do, three. Although we haven’t milked our own goats for some time. Many years ago, I gave a friend (who had a dairy farm) two goats. She fell in love with goats and eventually had her own herd and we were buying goat milk […]

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BREAKING: 3 Liberal Lawmakers ARRESTED After What They Were Caught Doing Outside Trump Tower

BREAKING: 3 Liberal Lawmakers ARRESTED After What They Were Caught Doing Outside Trump Tower

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

The liberal politicians in this country have been dead set on destroying Trump’s presidency ever since day one. It should come as no surprise then, that three left-wing politicians were just arrested after what sick and twisted thing they were just caught doing outside of Trump Tower. The Democrats in this country don’t care one ...

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An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide To Advertising on ZeroPark

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

Traditional approaches to affiliate marketing are highly competitive. Furthermore, many advertising providers (e.g. Google Adwords) discourage the use of their platforms for affiliate marketing purposes. If you’re serious about making money from affiliate marketing, you need to think outside the box. ZeroPark is an advertising platform that uses parked domains. It was developed with affiliate […]

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Tumeric in Skin Care

by Honey Sweetie Acres @ Honey Sweetie Acres Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Lotion

If you are a “foodie” or just someone interested in pursuing a healthier lifestyle, I am sure you have heard of...

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Dem Rep Who Compared Illegal Immigrants To Holocaust Survivors To Headline Northam Fundraiser

by Jack Crowe @ The Daily Caller

'What would I do if I was a gentile in 1941'

A Collegial Reminder to Harvard That Henry Kissinger Leaked Secrets That May Have Gotten 21,000 Americans Killed

A Collegial Reminder to Harvard That Henry Kissinger Leaked Secrets That May Have Gotten 21,000 Americans Killed

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Harvard's Kennedy School of Government has a tradition of inviting political and media figures to become "visiting fellows" for short periods of time, which means they hang around campus appearing on panels and falling in love with Minnie Driver and such. This fall, the school invited Chelsea Manning—the Army whistleblower whose prison sentence for leaking sensitive documents was commuted by President Obama in January—to be one of these fellows. Various national security figures attacked the appointment, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo skipped a Thursday speech at Harvard in protest. On Friday, Kennedy school dean Doug Elmendorf announced that he had revoked Manning's fellowship, writing that "many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific" and that he had failed to properly consider how honoring Manning in such a way "fulfills the values of public service to which we aspire."

As has been noted elsewhere, the decision to formally bail on Manning implies the perverse continued endorsement of the "public service" rendered by another current visiting fellow, Corey Lewandowski, the corrupt, screaming thug who helped launch and run the most racist, anti-democratic presidential campaign in modern history. But Elmendorf's statement is also interesting in light of Harvard's friendly relationship with Henry Kissinger—a triple graduate of the institution who has been celebrated by its august dons, including Kennedy School professors, and hosted on more than one occasion on campus. (The Kennedy School scheduled another event with him earlier this year, but it was postponed.)

Manning, of course, committed the crime of leaking sensitive information, but there is no evidence that any U.S. service member or citizen died as a result of her disclosures. It's been established in mainstream works of history, though, that Kissinger leaked nonpublic information about President Lyndon Johnson's 1968 Vietnam peace talks to the Nixon campaign. Nixon subsequently sabotaged the talks under the belief that their failure would help his chances in the election. The U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam then continued until 1975, during which time more than 21,000 U.S. service members lost their lives.

Now, it's impossible to know whether Johnson's peace initiative would have been successful if Kissinger and Nixon hadn't tried to ruin it. But it is possible to say that sabotaging American diplomacy by leaking information to Richard Nixon is not good "public service." Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, j'accuse!

Chicago Teenager Found Dead in Hotel Freezer

Chicago Teenager Found Dead in Hotel Freezer

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Police are investigating the death of a Chicago teen after she was found dead in a walk-in freezer in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont early Sunday morning. 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins left her home on Friday the Near West Side to attend a party on...

Health Benefits Of Clove Essential Oil: The Maluku Islands, Indonesia

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

Clove essential oil is definitely one of the more important ones, as it’s incredibly effective, readily available (and therefore cost-effective too) and has a wide variety of uses.

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Leading Alabama Senate Candidate Refers in Speech to “Reds” (Native Americans) and “Yellows” (Asian People)

Leading Alabama Senate Candidate Refers in Speech to “Reds” (Native Americans) and “Yellows” (Asian People)

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

In 2003, Alabama judge Roy Moore was removed from office because he insisted on displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom. In 2016, he was removed from office again because he refused to enforce the (United States) Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage rights. Now he's running for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions—he's probably going to win—and saying stuff like this during campaign events:

We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting. What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.

Ironically, one way God could improve white Americans' relationships with Native Americans and Americans of Asian ancestry is by coming down hard on people like Roy Moore who still refer to Native Americans and Americans of Asian ancestry by using racial terms that were already considered insulting and antiquated 50 years ago.

Please smite Roy Moore, God! Do it!

Dove Debuts Bizarre Advertisement Featuring Transgender 'Mom' (VIDEO)

Dove Debuts Bizarre Advertisement Featuring Transgender 'Mom' (VIDEO)


The Gateway Pundit

Dove rolled out a new advertisement for their baby skincare line 'Baby Dove' featuring moms from all walks of life caring for their babies--and of course included a man who identifies as a 'mom'. The advertisement starts out with a woman saying, 'Everybody has ideas about what it means to be a good mom and most people feel they have a license to tell you what they think it means to be a good mom.' Then the screen flashes to a cute little saying, preparing the audience for the 'new mom' -- 'Moms are redefining what it means to be

Today in Conservative Media: Shut Up, Jimmy Kimmel

Today in Conservative Media: Shut Up, Jimmy Kimmel

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives weren’t happy about Jimmy Kimmel’s Tuesday night monologue criticizing Graham-Cassidy, in which the late-night host said, “Bill Cassidy lied right to my face about healthcare.” National Review’s Theodore Kupfer wrote that Kimmel is unqualified to offer commentary on the subject:

Cassidy and Graham’s bill fails the Jimmy Kimmel test, at least according to its namesake. Kimmel labeled Cassidy, who appeared on Kimmel’s show months ago to applause, a liar. Perhaps it was a mistake for a senator to arrogate rhetorical supremacy to a comedian, but Cassidy, for his part, has since pushed back. “I am sorry he does not understand,” Cassidy said today on CNN. “There will be more people covered under the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment than under the status quo,” he said later on MSNBC, explaining that his bill requires “coverage” of pre-existing conditions “to be ‘adequate and affordable.’”
What to do about the health-care system is a complicated question. Kimmel has elected to probe the empirical matter of whether this bill does quite enough to erect a safety net for people with pre-existing conditions. There are legitimate critiques of Graham-Cassidy on those grounds, but at the same time, rhetoric about those with pre-existing conditions, or about the costs of reforming our current health-care system, tends toward exaggeration. And with the leeway Graham-Cassidy’s New Federalist framework would afford them, states might be able to find more efficacious ways to protect those people. The collective decision to elevate Kimmel to status as a leading bioethicist and policy wonk reduces a tricky debate to a single talking point.

“Fact is that Kimmel is a fan of the status quo,” the Federalist’s David Harsanyi wrote, “and he wants you to call Cassidy to complain about it. It’s a shame that Kimmel didn’t provide a number to call for the tens of millions of Americans who have seen their premiums and out-of-pocket costs skyrocket under Obamacare’s strictures. Is there no telephone number for those who are sick of being in exchanges that coerce them to buy plans they don’t need sold to them by companies they don’t like in fabricated non-competitive markets that have dwindling choices?”

Other conservatives took to Twitter to slam Kimmel:

In other news:

Fox News ran a brief segment about a youth football team in Illinois that kneeled during the national anthem at a game for a Colin Kaepernick–inspired protest. From Fox News Insider:

Every player on the 8-and-under Cahokia Quarterback Club football team took part in the protest before Sunday’s game in Belleville.
“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis," Coach Orlando Gooden told Fox 2. "I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'”
Coach Gooden said the player responded, "Because black people are getting killed and nobody's going to jail.” ...
After explaining that Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem of NFL games last season to protest police brutality and racial inequality, Gooden said one of the kids asked if they could “do that.”
He said as long as they knew why they were kneeling, he didn't have any problem with it.

“[W]hile Gooden tries to shift the burden of the decision on the kids, it's clear that he led them to see Kaepernick's protest of the country as a positive response to a perceived injustice,” the Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler wrote. “They might have asked if they could do it, but he clearly deliberately planted the idea.”

Trump Will Campaign in Alabama Ahead of Messy Republican Runoff That Threatens to Divide GOP

Trump Will Campaign in Alabama Ahead of Messy Republican Runoff That Threatens to Divide GOP

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Donald Trump announced he will travel to Alabama next weekend to stump for Sen. Luther Strange as he tries to retain Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat in what’s turning out to be a messy inter-party fight in one of the America’s most conservative states. Strange, who was the Alabama state attorney general until earlier this year when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate, is struggling to keep up with challenger and former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore in the Sept. 26th runoff.

The race has split the Republican Party along establishment and insurgent lines. National Republican leaders worry a Moore victory could portend a wave of primary challengers in 2018, in what looks to be a challenging cycle for the GOP already. Trump has been supportive of Strange, as has his on-again-off-again nemisis Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as the Republican establishment. Steve Bannon has backed Moore, pushing his candidacy as the latest front in a populist “midterm war” on the Republican establishment. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is also expected to be in Alabama supporting Moore before voters go to the polls.

Polling shows that the vast majority of Republican voters in Alabama remain enamored with President Trump with his approval ratings hovering above 80 percent. The two remaining candidates, however, have divided opinion. Polling has been a bit all over the map, and while the race appears to have tightened, Strange has struggled to keep up with the recalcitrant former judge, who has consistently led in head-to-head polls, sometimes by double digits.

The evangelical Moore has attracted anti-establishment types after he shot to national notoriety for his refusal to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building and his order not to issue same-sex marriage licenses even after the Supreme Court ruled forbidding gay marriage unconstitutional. Moore handily won the Aug. 15th special election with 39 percent of the vote to Strange’s 33 percent, but was unable to reach the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. Alabama congressman Mo Brooks received a significant 20 percent of the vote, but was eliminated from the two-candidate runoff later this month. Brooks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, endorsed Moore on Saturday.

The winner will face, and surely defeat, Democratic nominee and lawyer Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election.

Ted Cruz’s Official Twitter Account Briefly Liked a Porn Tweet

Ted Cruz’s Official Twitter Account Briefly Liked a Porn Tweet

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

 

Sen. Ted Cruz, a family-values politician, was once involved in a court case involving a state ban of sex toys. Cruz, then Texas’ solicitor general, argued that there is “no substantive due process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes.”

Monday night, Cruz’s official Twitter account liked a tweet featuring a hardcore porn video. The “like” caused the very explicit tweet from the account @SexuallPosts to appear briefly on that portion of Cruz’s profile. Around 9:40 p.m., Twitter users began to comment on the NSFW video, and they were reporting it still on his profile at 10:20 p.m.

Cruz’s senior communications adviser tweeted at 11 p.m. to acknowledge the tweet and say that it had been removed. On Tuesday morning, Cruz had still not publicly explained or acknowledged the tweet. But around 11 a.m. Cruz joked to reporters, "if I had known that this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary" and said, "there are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button."

Twitter went crazy for it.

Cruz’s outspokenly anti-Cruz college roommate, the screenwriter and director Craig Mazin, clearly has his own ideas of Cruz’s opinions about his stance on stimulating one’s genitals for nonmedical purposes. This is his currently pinned tweet:

And here’s how he reacted to the Monday night Cruz news:

Suffice to say, Twitter thoroughly enjoyed the Cruz episode. But let’s join Cruz’s former roommate in hoping we never have to think about it again.

Update, Sept. 12, 2017: This post has been updated to include Cruz's comments to reporters.

Fox News Contributor Sues the Network Claiming She Was Blacklisted After Making Rape Allegation

Fox News Contributor Sues the Network Claiming She Was Blacklisted After Making Rape Allegation

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Former Fox political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes sued the network Monday alleging that she was raped by Fox Business host Charles Payne and then faced retaliation from the network after reporting the alleged sexual assault. Hughes says Payne raped her in a hotel room in July 2013 after he “pressured” his way into her room. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, names Payne, Fox News, and its parent company 21st Century Fox, alleging gender motivated violence, gender discrimination, retaliation, and defamation.

From the New York Times:

According to the suit, Ms. Hughes was “shocked and ashamed” and did not immediately report the episode. She said that over the next two years she was forced to engage in a sexual relationship with Mr. Payne. In exchange, she said, she received career opportunities, including increased appearances on Fox News and Fox Business and the promise that Mr. Payne would help her land a contributor contract, a job that can pay several hundred thousand dollars a year. Ms. Hughes never became a paid contributor at either channel.
Ms. Hughes, a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business from 2013 through 2016, asserted that after she ended the relationship with Mr. Payne, the network blacklisted her. After she reported her allegations against him, she said, the network leaked a story to the news media about a romantic affair between Ms. Hughes and Mr. Payne…
According to the lawsuit, Ms. Hughes experienced a sudden decline in bookings across cable news networks in early 2017 and was told by a booking agent that Fox had blacklisted her because she “had an affair with someone at Fox.” As a result, Ms. Hughes said, she was taken out of consideration for positions in the Trump administration.

“We will vigorously defend this,” the Fox News said in a statement.

Payne was suspended by the network in July, but returned to work this month.

Facebook Agrees to Turn Over Thousands of Russian-Bought Political Ads During 2016 Election

Facebook Agrees to Turn Over Thousands of Russian-Bought Political Ads During 2016 Election

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Facebook announced Thursday it will turn over to Congress more than 3,000 political ads that were bought during the 2016 president election and linked to Russian accounts. The move, announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, comes as evidence continues to grow that Russian-affiliated accounts were able to manipulate the site in a variety of different ways to target American voters. Shady Russian accounts have been known to try to sow division and disorder, but during the election they didn't stop there. A Russian Facebook page called “Being Patriotic,” for example, was able to organize more than a dozen Trump rallies in Florida. Recently, Facebook has shut down hundreds of fake accounts posing as American activists run by a Russian firm linked to the Kremlin. Facebook also admitted it allowed a pro-Kremlin Russian “troll farm” to buy $100,000 worth of ads to target voters during the 2016 election and beyond.

The scope of Russia’s influence on the social media network suddenly appeared to be far more pervasive and Facebook struggled to respond to criticism of its permissiveness and calls for greater transparency. The company balked at handing over too much of its ad data citing concerns for user privacy, but on Thursday changed course offering to turn over the ads to investigators. “The integrity of our elections is fundamental to democracy around the world,” Zuckerberg said. “That's why we've built teams dedicated to working on election integrity and preventing governments from interfering in the elections of other nations... We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups and other former Soviet states, as well as organizations like the campaigns, to further our understanding of how they used our tools."

Zuckerberg also outlined policy changes to increase security and oversight of political ads, particularly propaganda, and create greater transparency when a political ad shows up in your timeline.  

When someone buys political ads on TV or other media, they're required by law to disclose who paid for them. But you still don't know if you're seeing the same messages as everyone else. So we're going to bring Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency. Not only will you have to disclose which page paid for an ad, but we will also make it so you can visit an advertiser's page and see the ads they're currently running to any audience on Facebook. We will roll this out over the coming months, and we will work with others to create a new standard for transparency in online political ads.

“[W]e are in a new world. It is a new challenge for internet communities to deal with nation states attempting to subvert elections,” Zuckerberg said. “But if that's what we must do, we are committed to rising to the occasion.”

The Time When Fake News CNN Cut Off NFL Star Benjamin Watson’s Mic For Mentioning Jesus Christ And Salvation

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Fake News CNN has a long and storied history of having the mic go dead in interviews where the CNN narrative is not being advanced.

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An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide to Advertising on Outbrain

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

One of the earlier posts in this series offered An Affiliate Marketer’s Guide to Advertising on Taboola, a revolutionary platform enabling you to route traffic to your website from high-end online publications. Today’s post is about advertising on Outbrain, Taboola’s main competitor. Here’s how the technology works. Big publishers such as CNN.com use Outbrain’s algorithms […]

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The International Church of Cannabis In Denver Colorado Where Pot Smoking Congregants Are ‘Elevationists’

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

A new religion is lighting up Denver, Colorado. Witness the ‘elevationists’ of the International Church of Cannabis who worship the weed as a religion.

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Do You Think It’s A Coincidence That The Charlottesville Race Riots Took Place On George Soros Birthday?

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Ahh, George Soros, even at the advanced age of 87, like the true Nazi he is, can still crank out the hate and unrest in record numbers.

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HOW INCONVENIENT: Climate Change Wizard Al Gore’s Global Warming Hoax Sequel Bombs At Box Office

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

The box office performance will disappoint Al Gore, who had urged his followers to pack movie theaters to send a message to “Trump and the other climate deniers.” 

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The Trump Administration’s “Unprecedented” New Attack on Voting Rights

The Trump Administration’s “Unprecedented” New Attack on Voting Rights

by Mark Joseph Stern @ The Slatest

Over the last eight months, the Trump administration has launched an assault on voting rights designed to limit access to the ballot. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department has defended voter ID laws and state efforts to purge voters from the rolls, and the president’s voter fraud commission has peddled falsehoods to lay the groundwork for a rollback of voting rights laws. This month, the administration has urged a court to strip voting rights from an entire class of people.

This latest gambit involves the rights of United States citizens who relocate from a state to a U.S. territory. Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), states must allow citizens to vote by absentee ballot in federal elections when they relocate anywhere outside the U.S. The law is meant to be global, even cosmic: Citizens retain their right to vote absentee for federal offices if they move to a foreign country, a research station in Antarctica, or the International Space Station. But bizarrely, the statute does not require states to let citizens vote absentee if they move to four U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, or American Samoa. It does compel states to let citizens vote absentee if they move to a fifth permanently inhabited territory, the Northern Mariana Islands.

In 2015, Illinois residents who relocated to several of these disfavored territories filed a lawsuit challenging this limitation as an equal protection violation. They argued that the UOCAVA arbitrarily limits their right to vote in federal elections. (U.S. territories do not receive full representation in Congress and may not vote for president.) By protecting the absentee voting rights of residents of the Northern Mariana Islands but not those who live in other U.S. territories, the plaintiffs argued, the UOCAVA irrationally discriminates against certain territorial residents in violation of the Fifth Amendment. The only solution is to extend absentee voting rights to residents of every U.S. territory.

The Justice Department began defending the UOCAVA during the Obama administration, and won at the district court level. It’s perfectly acceptable for the DOJ to defend a bad federal law—that’s its job—and the agency maintained its position on appeal under Sessions. But in September, the DOJ unexpectedly took an aggressive new stance. In a letter filed with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the DOJ argued that, if UOCAVA infringes upon equal protection, the proper remedy is to strip the absentee voting rights of residents of the Northern Mariana Islands, not to extend them to all territorial residents.

This extreme remedy, the Justice Department claimed, would be mandated by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana. That is absurd. It is true that, in Morales-Santana, the court struck down a statute granting favorable treatment to mothers rather than expanding favorable treatment to fathers. But that is because the unconstitutional provision providing favorable treatment to mothers was an exception to the broader rule. Here, the disfavorable treatment of some territorial residents is the exception to the broader rule of global absentee voting rights. And in such situations, the Morales-Santana court explained, “extension, rather than nullification, is the proper course.”

I asked Neil Weare, president of the We the People Project—which brought this litigation—what he made of the DOJ’s letter. “As far as we can tell,” he told me, “no court has ever taken away voting rights to remedy an equal protection violation. It would be unprecedented.”

The Justice Department’s defense of UOCAVA may have some specious appeal. In effect, the DOJ asserts that the law was designed to preserve Americans’ voting rights when they move out of the country. But since territories like Guam and American Samoa are part of the United States, this argument goes, residents should have to register there instead of voting absentee in their previous states.

That argument cannot withstand scrutiny under Morales-Santana for several reasons. UOCAVA pertains exclusively to federal elections: A citizen living in Puerto Rico—which has no electoral votes and no voting representatives in Congress—has as much federal representation as a citizen living in Portugal unless she can vote by absentee ballot. The law was designed to protect citizens’ right to federal representation when they would otherwise lose it. But that goal is undermined by the statute’s territorial carve-out, which means this carve-out must therefore be seen as an exception to UOCAVA’s general rule. In Morales-Santana, the Supreme Court said disfavorable exceptions can be rectified by extending equal treatment. Here, that would mean allowing all territorial residents to vote absentee, not taking away more citizens’ federal representation.

Weare told me that the NMI government encourages relocated mainlanders to vote absentee. It would be yet another blow to Americans’ voting rights if a court were to deny them the federal representation they currently enjoy. This issue might seem minor—but it demonstrates the Trump administration’s zeal to marshal any arguments it can to disenfranchise Americans. In Sessions’ Justice Department, less voting is always preferable to more. And this small conflict provides a disturbing preview of the much bigger voting rights battles ahead.

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: We Forgot How Much Trump Hates Jeff Sessions Now

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: We Forgot How Much Trump Hates Jeff Sessions Now

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

Much speculation about Donald Trump's apparent decision to partner with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on DACA-related legislation has involved POTUS' beef with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Trump's decisions are driven by impulsive personal animosity, the thinking goes, and buddying up with Pelosi/Schumer is simply the best way to get back at McConnell for failing to pass a health care bill. The New York Times, though, noted Thursday that the DACA decision is also a stick to the eye of hardline anti-immigration attorney general Jeff Sessions, who angered Trump by recusing himself from the Russia investigation and leaving it under the control of deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller, whose public prestige and statutory independence from the administration means Trump can't bully him. And that makes Donny real mad! From the Times:

When the phone call ended, Mr. McGahn relayed the news [about Mueller's appointment] to the president and his aides. Almost immediately, Mr. Trump lobbed a volley of insults at Mr. Sessions, telling the attorney general it was his fault they were in the current situation. Mr. Trump told Mr. Sessions that choosing him to be attorney general was one of the worst decisions he had made, called him an “idiot,” and said that he should resign.

As wild as this is, it's probably a wash for now for impeachment purposes. On the one hand it's a reminder that Trump may well commit the supremely stupid and self-incriminating act of firing the attorney general because he won't let the president obstruct justice. On the other, doing the opposite of what Jeff Sessions wants on every issue would mean embracing sensible, popular positions on issues ranging from DREAMers to asset seizure to weed decriminalization. So ... we'll see!

Soul II Soul Singer Melissa Bell Dead at 53

Soul II Soul Singer Melissa Bell Dead at 53

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Melissa Bell, Soul II Soul singer and mother of X Factor star Alexandra Burke, has passed away at the age of 53, due to kidney failure. Bell was the lead vocalist in Grammy award-winning act Soul II Soul. She joined in 1993 after founder Jazzie B...

Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History

Lena Waithe Makes Emmy History

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

Lena Waithe has made Emmy history as the first African-American woman to win for comedy writing at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Waithe won for co-writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” with series co-creator and star, Aziz Ansari. Waithe has also had a...

The MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell Tirade Proves He’s the Jerk We All Thought He Was (VIDEO)

The MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell Tirade Proves He’s the Jerk We All Thought He Was (VIDEO)

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

Editor’s Note: This article and video includes language that is not safe for work. They say adversity shows one’s true colors, and that appears to be the case with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, after Mediaite released a video showing O’Donnell berating his staff and co-workers after experiencing technical difficulties. The video (included below), which lasts over ...

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Dove Company History and Review: Real Beauty, Real Soap!

Dove Company History and Review: Real Beauty, Real Soap!


Maple Holistics

Looking to spread your wings and learn how to fly? Learn from Dove! Check out our Dove Company History and Review feature here at Maple Holistics!

BREAKING: Obama DID Spy On President Trump and His Staff, as ‘Unmasking’ Scandal Grows (VIDEO)

BREAKING: Obama DID Spy On President Trump and His Staff, as ‘Unmasking’ Scandal Grows (VIDEO)

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

The Obama administration orchestrated a far-reaching, and possibly illegal, spy campaign on President-elect Trump and his team. That is the conclusion many are making after the newest revelation that former United Nations Ambassador Susan Power sought to expose the names of hundreds of Americans included in intelligence reports. The Power revelation is only the latest ...

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IRMAGEDDON: 1.4 Million Ordered To Evacuate As Irma Upgraded Back To Category 5 Ahead Of Striking Florida

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Hurricane Irma is once again forecast to hit the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm, as more than a million people have fled its path. Irmageddon.

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Pope Francis Tells Followers To ‘Trust Christ’ Then Leads Them In Prayer To ‘Virgin Mary’ For Intercession

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

After warning against "horoscopes and fortune tellers" that Pope Francis leads his gullible sheep into praying to a statue of the "queen of heaven".

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After Two Weeks, Tony Romo Is the World’s Best Football Analyst

After Two Weeks, Tony Romo Is the World’s Best Football Analyst

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

 

Being an NFL color analyst is like practicing wildlife dentistry, in that it’s nearly impossible to win over your audience. That’s what makes Tony Romo so impressive. The retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback may have been a divisive character during his playing days, but he is earning nearly universal praise for his broadcasting work.

Much of this praise can be attributed to the fact that Romo is not Phil Simms, the man he replaced in the CBS booth. Providing NFL color commentary is a weird and difficult job, but after nearly two decades honing his craft, Simms had made it weirder and more difficult than it needed to be. He seems like a lovely man, but the Phil Simms experience began to feel like watching football in a hotel bar full of undecided voters.

It’s hard to overstate how sharply Romo’s first two games have contrasted with Simms’ later body of work. Whereas Simms’ trademark move was to totally misread cut-and-dry incidents after multiple slow-motion replays, Romo routinely and accurately calls plays before they happen.

This kind of parlor trick has been getting Romo plenty of attention, but acts of clairvoyance aren’t what make the former Cowboys quarterback a great analyst. Football is insanely complicated. When electromagnetic waves carrying football broadcasts finally reach intelligent life outside our solar system, the aliens will task their greatest minds with decoding the bizarre circus before them, and they will likely fail. Romo, meanwhile, is pretty darn good at explaining this needlessly obtuse game, and you get the sense that he's spent much of his adult life talking about football to folks who weren't terribly well-versed in the minutiae of his day job.

He describes simple things, like the importance of Tom Brady’s flat-footed stance in the pocket, with the same patient eloquence he uses to detail more complicated aspects of the game. During the New England Patriots’ rout of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, he explained that Patriots coach Bill Belichick uses fullbacks far more than the rest of the league. Rather than leaving it at that, Romo continued to explain the benefits of this practice in connection to the play that had just transpired. (The fullback lined up against a cornerback, which signaled to Brady that the Saints were using a zone defense.)

But as with anything good in this world, don’t be surprised if the rumblings of an online Romo backlash develop into something more. After all, Simms was once a young, retired quarterback who aw-shucks-ed his way into the seat Romo fills today. But at this early date, Romo certainly checks all the boxes you’d want from a color guy. The most important, of course, being that you’re able to listen to him for three hours without hating his guts.

NFL color analysts generally take on one of three affects:

  1. Folksy hayseed who just can’t get enough of this gridiron goodness (see: Collinsworth, Cris).
  2. Sentient training sled who demands you PLAY TO THE WHISTLE (see: Gruden, Jon).
  3. Troy Aikman (see: Aikman, Troy).

Romo doesn’t fall into any of these categories. He’s pleasantly jocular, and he seems genuinely happy to be calling games. That bit is important, because the NFL has been a remarkably joyless enterprise over the past few years. In the Patriots-Saints game, Romo gleefully yelped when Brady threw a touchdown pass from a tough position.

He sounds like a guy who just wants to play again, but we should all hope that doesn't happen. Romo is far more valuable in the booth than he would be on the field, and while the league certainly isn’t spoiled for competent quarterbacks this season, its roster of commentators isn’t deep enough to lose its latest pickup.

Music Teacher Pulled From Classroom For Giving Sixth Graders Homework Featuring Obscene Rap Lyrics

Music Teacher Pulled From Classroom For Giving Sixth Graders Homework Featuring Obscene Rap Lyrics

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

A middle school music teacher has been placed on leave after she gave out obscene rap lyrics to sixth grade students as part of a homework assignment. The teacher, Bonnecia Williams, has been placed on leave from Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Decatur, Georgia following the incident. The incident came to light after a ...

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Planned Parenthood and Dating App OkCupid Team Up To Promote Abortion (VIDEO)

Planned Parenthood and Dating App OkCupid Team Up To Promote Abortion (VIDEO)

by Ava Johnson @ Silence is Consent

OkCupid, the popular dating app, is diving head-first into the culture war by asking users their opinion on the federal funding of Planned Parenthood. How you answer will determine the type of person you connect with on the app. According to a report by Cosmopolitan Magazine, the dating app that is now requiring people to ...

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President Trump In New York At United Nations Slams Globalist Group For Squandering Money, Calls For Reform

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

President Trump used his inaugural address at the United Nations on Monday to criticize the globalist world body for not living up to its “potential”.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Witches Join Forces Every Month To Cast A ‘Binding Spell’ On President Trump

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Tens of thousands of witches around the world join forces every month to cast a binding spell on Donald Trump, Hollywood witch Vicky Adams has revealed.

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Dove Ad Features Dad Pretending to Be Mom

Dove Ad Features Dad Pretending to Be Mom


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Please use the information we have provided through our website to contact Dove (owned by Unilever) concerning the man impersonating a mom in their recent Baby Dove ad.

ALERT: Death Wish Coffee RECALLED Because It Might KILL YOU With Deadly Bacteria

ALERT: Death Wish Coffee RECALLED Because It Might KILL YOU With Deadly Bacteria

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

Death Wish Coffee is recalling one of their coffee products because it could be contaminated with a bacteria that could produce a deadly toxin. The company is currently coordinating with the Food and Drug Administration to institute the recall. Consumers are warned not to consume the product and contact the company about returning it and ...

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Dove Soap Father's Day Ad Features Two Gay Dads Kissing • Now The End Begins

Dove Soap Father's Day Ad Features Two Gay Dads Kissing • Now The End Begins


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Dove soap company released an uplifting Father’s Day ad on Monday that shows two gay dads kissing and rocking an infant to sleep.

Will Dove Clean Up with Facebook Video Ads? - Daily Conversions

Will Dove Clean Up with Facebook Video Ads? - Daily Conversions


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Unilever's Dove products have become the first consumer packaged-goods manufacturer to use Facebook Video ads. Will they work?

Today in Conservative Media: Have Trump Loyalists Been Duped on DACA?

Today in Conservative Media: Have Trump Loyalists Been Duped on DACA?

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives continued to battle Friday over the implications of a potential DACA deal. On Thursday night, Sean Hannity blamed Republicans in Congress for President Trump’s rapport with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

What you're watching unfold here is the failure that has literally pushed this president into the arms of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. ...
Republicans in the House and Senate have zero sense of urgency, no sense of accountability. And even after promising for years and years and years they would deliver for you, the American people, they have not. So, with Republican lawmakers not in his corner, well, the president has few options. He can either wait around for Republicans to get their act together, or he can try to forge ahead on his own, and that means even reaching out to Democrats.

At RedState, Susan Wright mocked Hannity by comparing his defenses of Trump to “battered wife syndrome.” “He’s so deep in denial about the betrayal of Donald Trump, that while others of the loyal MAGA crew are burning their uniform caps in protest, Hannity is making excuses for working with liberal Democrats,” she wrote. “Hannity’s refusal to hold Trump accountable for multiple policy flips shouldn’t be the shock that it is. The election of Trump has been quite illuminating. If nothing else, it has proven just how slight the grip on principle is for those who have become wealthy by selling the idea of themselves as ‘true conservative voices.’ ”

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg assessed the rough spot Hannity and other Trump loyalists now find themselves in:

The majority of immigration hawks ... considered DACA to be the president’s most valuable negotiating chip. He could have gotten funding for the wall—or perhaps E-Verify, or portions of Senator Tom Cotton’s immigration-reform legislation, the RAISE Act—passed in exchange for making DACA permanent. Instead, the author of The Art of the Deal essentially tossed his best chip into the pot as if it were the ante.
This poses a crisis for two different kinds of Trump true believers. The “nationalists” honestly believed he was one of them. Meanwhile, the super-fans honestly believed Trump was the greatest negotiator and strategist the world had ever seen. Both of these notions were delusions. Oh, I’m sure Trump believes much of his America First talk, but that’s talk. What really matters to him is praise. It was only a matter of time before the moth flew to the glow of public opinion.

Breitbart ran a post speculating that a revival of DACA could lead to an influx of 4 million to 6 million immigrants. “According to Princeton University researchers Stacie Carr and Marta Tienda, for every one new Mexican immigrant to the U.S., an additional 6.38 Mexican nationals come to the U.S. through family-chain migration,” Breitbart’s John Binder wrote. “Based on the Princeton research, the 618,342 illegal aliens from Mexico who are covered by DACA would be able to bring upwards of four million additional relatives and family members to the U.S. in the years to come.”

In other news:

At National Review, Andrew McCarthy wrote that the London underground bombing represented a new stage in Islamic terrorism:

We worried that someday it would dawn on these monsters that there is a great deal of low-hanging fruit out there (virtually indefensible targets, like subways and crowded streets) that would be easy to attack, almost no preparation or coordination required. Now, they’re going for the low-hanging fruit.
In terms of what the wonks like to call the “threat mosaic,” we are now in straits more dangerous than ever. We have highly trained, competent jihadists who are capable of pulling off sophisticated strikes that could kill hundreds or thousands at once; and we have motivated would-be jihadists who have been encouraged to do the kind of crude attacks that are within their limited capabilities. The crude attacks, we are learning, are just as effective at stoking an atmosphere of intimidation as long as they happen with some regularity.

At the Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro criticized liberals for attacking Trump’s tweets in the wake of the attack and not London’s mayor. “[W]hat exactly does Khan plan to do about security?” he asked. “What does the British government plan to do, other than mouth idiocies about terrorists ‘dividing our communities’? This is the question that drives people into Trump’s camp. It’s not that Trump has a well-thought-out solution. It’s that he seems unwilling to grant credence to the notion that a stiff upper lip will somehow dissuade terrorists from murdering innocent people.”

Trump’s Lawyers Didn‘t Just Discuss Russia at a Busy Restaurant, They Did It “Loudly” at an Outdoor Table

Trump’s Lawyers Didn‘t Just Discuss Russia at a Busy Restaurant, They Did It “Loudly” at an Outdoor Table

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The New York Times casually dropped a very funny detail into a Sunday story about how White House attorneys Don McGahn and Ty Cobb disagree with each other about how cooperative to be with the Robert Mueller Russia investigation:

The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed “a McGahn spy” and saying Mr. McGahn had “a couple documents locked in a safe” that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to. He also mentioned a colleague whom he blamed for “some of these earlier leaks,” and who he said “tried to push Jared out,” meaning Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been a previous source of dispute for the legal team.

Overheard at lunch! And here's a tweet by the reporter in question, Kenneth Vogel (the other guy in the picture, John Dowd, is a Trump attorney):

Nice. Talking about sensitive details of a criminal investigation involving the president, "loudly," on a sidewalk two blocks from the White House. That's good lawyerin'—especially bearing in mind my colleague Dahlia Lithwick wrote a column about how Trump's attorneys keep embarrassing themselves and the legal profession before this happened.

Today in Conservative Media: Amnesty Don Strikes Again

Today in Conservative Media: Amnesty Don Strikes Again

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives had much to say about about conflicting reports over President Trump’s willingness to coorperate with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on DACA legislation. At National Review, Fred Bauer wrote that Trump is on the verge of splitting the Republican base in two:

While the exact details of such an agreement remain unclear, it seems as though the White House is seriously contemplating a trade of “border security” for enacting DACA (or perhaps an expanded version of it) by statute. In comments earlier today, President Trump insisted on the importance of “massive border security” in exchange for a DACA bill. If, however, the White House insists merely on “border security” in exchange for DACA, it puts Republican members of Congress in a very tough spot. ...
In the short term, allowing Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to set immigration policy affords the president a temporary high. There’s the sizzle of headlines, the cloying praise from his political opponents, the charge of “getting something done.” But there are long-term costs to alienating elements of the base that brought him to power. In our polarized contemporary politics, disappointing even a quarter of a party’s core supporters could have major political implications.

Commentary’s John Podhoretz remarked on Trump’s seeming betrayal of the Breitbart crowd, which prompted Breitbart to run headlines calling Trump “Amnesty Don” on Wednesday night.

For Breitbart, accusing someone of supporting “Amnesty” is tantamount to calling him a child molester, so negative is its understanding of the word. That is why a White House spokesman declared afterward that Trump “will not be discussing amnesty.” But in the next sentence, the spokesman said Trump would consider “legal citizenship over a period of time.” That, my friends, is the very definition of amnesty, pure and simple. ...
I like this plan, by the way. But let’s face it. With this deal, Trump has betrayed his core followers and a significant campaign promise—the most startling such turnabout since the first President Bush went back on his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge.

At Breitbart, Joel Pollak wrote that Trump is “getting rolled” by Democrats and can’t hope to achieve the successes Bill Clinton did with triangulation. “After losing Congress in 1994, Bill Clinton famously undercut his Republican opponents by adopting many of their policies,” he wrote. “Trump may hope to use similar triangulation to improve his approval ratings and weaken opposition to his policies on tax reform and repealing and replacing Obamacare. But Clinton always had the backing of the mainstream media, even when he was impeached. Trump can expect no favors from them, nor from the Democrats.”

At RedState, Kimberly Ross argued that Schumer and Pelosi’s willingness to negotiate with Trump marked a second, less-noticed betrayal. “It does not matter whether the agreement was a compromise or a complete forsaking of either side’s previously stated positions,” she wrote. “Two leaders in the Democratic Party are colluding with one of the worst human beings to ever enter the world of politics! Trump’s flip-flop? That we expected. The Schumer-Pelosi betrayal? This should be the news.”

In other news:

Conservatives criticized both Bernie Sanders’ single-payer bill and his new prominence as a popular leader in the Democratic Party. “The Bernie revolution has arrived,” the Daily Wire’s Paul Bois wrote. “Once considered a fringe socialist crazy with no chance of gaining ground in the Democratic Party, the populist socialist Bernie Sanders has introduced a single-payer “Medicare For All” health care bill that has been endorsed by 15 senators, meaning it may create a possible litmus test for candidates hoping to gain the nomination in 2020.” Rush Limbaugh assessed the results of a Zogby Poll showing Sanders leads the pack among potential Democratic presidential contenders in 2020.

Crazy Bernie, as of now, is in the pole position. Is Crazy Bernie 80? Is he 80 years old or close to it? If he’s not, he’s gonna be by 2020, and he may be now. So the Democrat front-runner, everybody acknowledges Crazy Bernie is 80 years old. Seventy-six. See? I knew it. Even when I think I might be wrong, I’m right. I said he’d be 80 certainly by the time 2020 came around, 79. Close enough. This is a poll that comes from Zogby. It’s the Zogby analytics survey. ...
Here are the actual numbers. Bernie Sanders at 27%, Joe Bite Me at 17%, Fauxcahontas at 12%, Zuckerberg at 7, Senator Kamala Harris — she’s considered to be a savioress. The radical left thinks that Kamala Harris is the answer. She is at 6%. Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York, 3%. Fredo Cuomo’s brother Andrew is at 3%. He’s the governor of New York. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota is at 1%. And there’s The Punk, Terry McAuliffe, bringing up the rear. Tim Kaine didn’t make the list. Is Kaine running? Anyway, that’s the list in the Zogby poll. Bernie Sanders, the front-runner.

Student LGBTQ Leader Wielding Pocketknife Shot and Killed by Police on Georgia Tech Campus

Student LGBTQ Leader Wielding Pocketknife Shot and Killed by Police on Georgia Tech Campus

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a Georgia Tech student by campus police outside a dorm late Saturday night.

Campus police shot and killed Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old computer engineering student and the president of the campus’ Pride Alliance, an LGBTQ group, after they responded to a 911 call about a person with a knife and a gun, according to reports. Schultz did not have a gun in video of the incident, but police said Schultz had a knife and refused to put it down.

In the video, officers can be heard telling Schultz, who identified as nonbinary and used they/them pronouns, to drop the knife. Instead, Schultz walks slowly toward the officers and can be heard shouting, “shoot me.” More officers tell Schultz to stop, but after Schultz pauses and then takes a few steps toward the officers, one of the officers shoots. Schultz was taken to a hospital in downtown Atlanta, where they died Sunday.

The attorney for Schultz’s family said that the campus police overreacted and asked why the situation couldn’t have been handled by nonlethal measures. A statement on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s website announced that the agency was investigating the shooting at the request of the campus police department. “Officers provided multiple verbal commands and attempted to speak with Shultz [sic] who was not cooperative and would not comply with the officers’ commands,” the agency said in the statement. “Shultz continued to advance on the officers with the knife.”

WSB-TV reported that the knife looked like a “metal, flip-open multitool knife that would likely include a small blade.”

The attorney for the family told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the student never rushed the officers and that the blade of the knife was not extended. “Why didn’t they use some nonlethal force, like pepper spray or Tasers?” Schultz’s mother said to the newspaper. A Georgia Tech spokesperson told the paper that the campus police do not carry Tasers.

The attorney also said he wanted to know if the officers involved were trained to deal with mentally impaired people. Schultz’s mother told reporters that Schultz had been diagnosed with depression at a young age. She also said her child had attempted suicide two years ago.

The family’s attorney told the newspaper he thought Schultz “was having a mental breakdown and didn’t know what to do.” He said he didn’t believe it was a suicide attempt.

Parents Revolt After Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids to Use GENDER NEUTRAL Pronouns

Parents Revolt After Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids to Use GENDER NEUTRAL Pronouns

by Victor Medina @ Silence is Consent

The Culture War has now moved on to grammar, as political correctness demands a change in pronouns. A new teacher at an elementary school in Florida is demanding that her students use gender neutral pronouns, including referring to her as “Mx.” instead of “Ms.” The teacher, Chloe Bressack, is now facing the wrath of parents, ...

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Whistle while you work!

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

We have a surprising amount of work to do around here on our little mini farm. We mostly enjoy being outside and working but some chores are not as enjoyable, until you mix in the grand kids. We had a storm roll through that left some tree damage. There was a large dead tree that fell […]

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People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message

People hate Dove's new ad campaign, despite well-meaning message


Laredo Morning Times

The six limited-edition Dove soap bottles come in shapes meant to emulate the body types of women.

Custom Aromatherapy Formulation Available

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As aromatherapists, we have studied essential oils in excess of 250+ hours including skin anatomy & physiology plus herbal constituents.  We...

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Dove Ad Features Transgender Mom: ‘No One Right Way’

Dove Ad Features Transgender Mom: ‘No One Right Way’


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Just like entertainment media, advertisements have the power to both shape and reflect the culture. While capitalizing on social trends, brand experts are pushing to mainstream controversial themes – and Dove soap is the latest to participate with a transgender star. Earlier this month, Dove released an ad with a transgender “mother” as part of its new #RealMoms campaign celebrating motherhood.

MAGA: Economists Are Stunned As Trump Presidency Adds 1,000,000 New Jobs In Just 6 Months

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Defying expectations that job creation would slump this year, America has added more than 200,000 jobs in four out of Trump’s six months in office.

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Health Benefits Of Oregano Essential Oil: Alexander Fleming Vs. Oregano

by Nate M @ Maple Holistics

Fast forward to Oregano oil and you’ve found nature’s most well-balanced antibacterial treatment. It’s widely hailed as being better than antibiotics (by doctors and users alike) because it effectively treats the formation and spread of bacteria whilst boosting your body’s overall immune system.

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St. Louis Protesters Surround Mayor’s House, Clash With Police Following White Officer’s Acquittal

St. Louis Protesters Surround Mayor’s House, Clash With Police Following White Officer’s Acquittal

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Largely peaceful protests Friday afternoon in St. Louis gave way to nighttime clashes between demonstrators and police in response to Friday’s acquittal of a white police officer for shooting and killing a black motorist in 2011. Roughly 1,000 protestors gathered around the house of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and broke two windows and threw paint on the house, before police intervened, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Nine officers were hurt and 32 people were arrested during the skirmishes, according to the St. Louis Police Department.

The demonstrations were in response to Friday’s acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, who faced first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. The failure to convict Stockley sparked outrage because of the mountain of evidence that indicated Stockley manipulated the crime scene after saying explicitly, on tape, “we’re killing this motherfucker, don’t you know,” minutes before approaching Smith’s car and shooting him to death.

“Many of the demonstrators were peaceful," Acting Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole said early Saturday morning. "However, after dark, many agitators began to destroy property and assault police officers." Police used pepper spray on protesters and deployed tear gas to disperse the demonstrations.

Here’s more from the scene from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

After the large group of protesters was able to march unimpeded to [the mayor’s] home, gather on the lawn and knock on the door — a process that took some 30 minutes — the first police finally arrived and began pushing them back, firing canisters of tear gas. Journalists witnessed at least one arrest…
Earlier, police pepper-sprayed demonstrators Friday afternoon as they declared the ongoing protest at Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue downtown as "no longer peaceful". By early evening, protesters had dissipated from downtown and were gathering in the Central West End. They filled the streets there as they marched through the neighborhood, their number growing to what appeared to be more than a thousand. At one point, they tried to enter Forest Park but were stopped by police. By nightfall, protesters were marching south on Kingshighway toward Highway 40 (Interstate 64), some chanting: "If you kill our kids, we kill your economy!"
… Later, protesters in the Central West End were pulling down American flags that lined the streets on Euclid, and burned several of them. At least one of the flag burning incidents, on a knoll near the interstate, led to a heated argument between factions of protesters.

Essential Oil Ingestion – Yea or Nea?

by Honey Sweetie Acres @ Honey Sweetie Acres Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Lotion

We truly love essential oils, however as aromatherapists, we are also acutely aware of their limitations and drawbacks. Simply put, essential...

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Trump Rescinds White House Invitation for NBA’s Warriors After Criticism From Players

Trump Rescinds White House Invitation for NBA’s Warriors After Criticism From Players

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump said that anyone who doesn’t see going to the White House as an honor shouldn’t go. As part of a Saturday morning tweetstorm, Trump suggested he won’t invite the Golden State Warriors to the White House to celebrate their NBA title after Stephen Curry made it clear he didn’t want to go.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry told reporters on Friday. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

On Twitter on Saturday morning, the president wrote that the invite was off. “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

In effect, Trump withdrew an invitation that didn’t actually exist. The White House had not invited the Warriors but the two sides had been talking about the issue and administration officials made it clear the administration would extend the invitation if the team decided to go, according to ESPN.

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation,” Curry said as the management of the team said they would discuss the issue with the players to make a decision as a group.  Curry wasn’t alone in his views. Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go to the White House. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

The president commented on Curry 20 minutes after Fox & Friends covered the story on Saturday morning.

Trump's tweet marked the second time in less than 24 hours that the president commented on sports. On Friday night, the president criticized the NFL players who protest during the national anthem, although he didn't mention anyone by name. Earlier, the White House had called for the firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill* after she described Trump as a white supremacist. "Why anyone would think that of a politician who continually publicly attacks outspoken black people in an attempt to whip up his largely white constituency is not much of a mystery," notes Deadspin.

Correction at 6:45 p.m.: This article initially misspelled Jemele Hill's name.

Eight Dead at a Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

Eight Dead at a Florida Nursing Home That Lost Power After Irma

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

 

Hurricane Irma caused less flooding than expected when it passed through Florida this weekend, but its threat to the people in the state has not passed. Eight people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, that went without power for days and was evacuated Wednesday morning.

Three patients were found dead at the home, and five others died after arriving at the hospital, according to officials there. About 100 patients were evacuated from the home. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief attributed the deaths to heat-related causes, stemming from a lack of air conditioning in the home.

The nursing home released a statement later Wednesday morning: “The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility’s air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane. Unfortunately, early this morning several patients experienced distress.”* Stat is reporting that the nursing home has a history of safety issues, and specifically with problems with its generator.*

Although exact numbers of Irma-related deaths are not yet available, the Associated Press has reported that, apart from the nursing home deaths, 13 people in Florida have died “in Irma-related circumstances.” The AP also reports that four people in South Carolina and two in Georgia have died.

As David Halstead, the former director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, wrote in an editorial on CNN’s website before Irma hit, powerful storms leave danger in their wake. In an analysis of more than 100 deaths in the state from four 2004 storms, he said, he found that less than a quarter of the deaths resulted directly from the storm:

We have heard the stories of survivors who drove through roads in flooded conditions and their vehicles left the roadway with the occupants of the car drowning in deep ditches. Too many people still think their vehicle is capable of traveling across flooded roads.

Then there are those who die from carbon monoxide poisoning because they run generators in enclosed garages or inside their homes. People can die from clearing debris—especially from their roofs—or from electrocution from downed power lines. They can also die from stress.

But the retirement-focused Florida also has its own particular risk factors as, by some metrics, the oldest state, with almost a fifth of its population 65 or older. Not only are these retirees more physically vulnerable and in need of greater care, but they also, as the New York Times notes, lack family resources that can be so helpful in times of emergency.

After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, agencies had to deal with thousands of older people suddenly found without homes. Before Irma, some senior homes talked about their attempts to prepare. But as thousands of people remain in shelters and millions more are without power, the danger of Hurricane Irma, is not over.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 12:10 p.m.: This post has been updated to include a statement from the nursing home. It was also updated after the announcement of a sixth death.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 1:38 p.m.: This post has been updated to include information about the cause of the deaths and reporting from Stat.

Update, Sept. 13, 2017, 5:12 p.m.: This post has been updated to note the announcement of eight total deaths. 

Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Mexico as Rescue Efforts Continue

Another Strong Earthquake Rattles Mexico as Rescue Efforts Continue

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday morning, spreading fear and panic in the country that is still reeling from two quakes earlier this month. Although no deaths were immediately reported, the latest quake forced rescue workers to stop some of the ongoing searches for survivors of Tuesday’s larger quake. It also caused some already damaged buildings, and even a bridge, to collapse. “Homes that were still standing just fell down,” a witness said. “It’s hard. We are all in the streets.”

The epicenter of Saturday’s relatively shallow quake was in Oaxaca state in a town that is about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City. No new damage was immediately reported in the Mexican capital although there was increased concern about the risk that it could pose to already damaged buildings, leading to the suspension of some rescue operations. That frustrated rescue workers that continued battling the clock to find any possible survivors. “We hear that there are possibly more people alive, but the clock is ticking and they are injured and dehydrated,” said a worker who had been helping to clear rubble. “It’s frustrating not being able to do anything.”

Scientists said the Saturday quake was likely an aftershock of the 8.1-magnitude quake that struck southern Mexico and killed almost 100 people, largely in Oaxaca state, on Sept. 7. “We’re calling it an aftershock of the 8.1,” U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist John Bellini said. “An 8.1 is expected to have several aftershocks in the 6 range. … The 6 is not surprising.”

The death toll from Tuesday’s quake has no increased to at least 305 people, increasing to more than 400 when taking into account those killed by the Sept. 7 earthquake.

USPS vs. UPS Trial Period

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Today’s Blog is an update on our shipping process.   Offering our customers FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50 is very important...

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15 Affiliate Marketing Hashtags You Should Be Using On Twitter

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

    If you’re using twitter for your affiliate marketing then you should absolutely be making use of hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to get your content in front of a targeted audience. If you’re promoting offers from your advertisers, Twitter is a great way to get your offers seen by a huge audience. However, […]

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Jessica Williams Is Getting Her Own Showtime Comedy

Jessica Williams Is Getting Her Own Showtime Comedy

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

After appearing on the Daily Show  as a correspondent, and her podcast with Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams is heading to show time. Williams is set to star in a new series for the network as black science fiction writer who comes in to her own in Brooklyn, Deadline reports.  It’s...

Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar Shines Bright in New Dove Ad Campaign

Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar Shines Bright in New Dove Ad Campaign


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On January 10, 2017, Dove celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the iconic Beauty Bar and the evolution of the beauty standard. Digital media maven Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar has partnered with Dove to celebrate the legacy of the Dove Beauty Bar in an...

Pondering Plastics

by Honey Sweetie Acres @ Honey Sweetie Acres Goat Milk Soap and Goat Milk Lotion

There is a definite resurgence of interest in making one’s own personal care products or purchasing from a trusted source rather...

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Michelle Obama Attacks Trump, Says His White House is ‘Led by Fear’

Michelle Obama Attacks Trump, Says His White House is ‘Led by Fear’

by Mari Dean @ Silence is Consent

In a speech Thursday, former First Lady Michelle Obama said President Donald Trump’s White House is “led by fear.” Do you ever have that moment when you’re not sure whether to bust a gut laughing or to reach out and slap someone? Michelle Obama says her husband’s administration was built on hope. I guess in ...

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Perplexed Republicans Reduced to Tweeting at Trump for Details About His DACA “Deal” With Democrats

Perplexed Republicans Reduced to Tweeting at Trump for Details About His DACA “Deal” With Democrats

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The news out of Washington is that Donald Trump seems to have agreed at least in principle with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on creating a legislative path to legal status for DACA recipients. While we're far from having a formal agreement on the matter yet, POTUS is tweeting the outlines of one:

Said border security enhancements would reportedly not include Trump's vaunted border wall; he says nonetheless that he has the support of GOP congressional leaders:

Apparently this is news to said leaders, though:

And who could blame them for being surprised? After all, we're talking about a right-wing president whose campaign was premised on open hostility toward rape-crazed "Mexicans" and other undocumented immigrants—and who promised roughly 1 billion times to build a wall on the Southern border that Mexico would pay for.

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, whose Judiciary Committee would in theory be responsible for devising Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, legislation, is at the point of trying to gather information via Twitter:

Meanwhile, Fox News' chief Trump apologists at Fox & Friends are lining up behind something that they probably would have called "amnesty for illegals" two weeks ago:

Asked host Steve Doocy: "Has the wall almost become symbolic? I know the president ran on it. It was a mantra. But at the same time, border crossings have gone down dramatically and you were talking about how the wall exists in certain forms and there’s money to go to it, has to come from Congress, but do you think we’re going to get to the point where maybe they won’t build the wall.”

Truly, we live in amazing times.

Update, 11 a.m.: Ah, immigration semantics.

Fake News Media Drops Phony Russia Collusion Story And Starts On Trump ‘Mental Illness’ Narrative

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

When Republican Sen. Bob Corker said last week  that President Trump hasn’t “been able to demonstrate the stability” needed for success and recommended he “move way beyond himself,” it was news mostly because Corker has been one of Trump’s key supporters in Congress. EDITOR’S NOTE: You’ve got to hand it to the fake news media, they may be frauds but boy, they never quit. After beating the drums on the phony Russia Collusion story, which had no basis in fact or reality, they have now simply abandoned it and started on the phony ‘Trump is ‘mentally ill’ narrative. So pop some corn and get ready for at least a full year of an endless array of “experts” trotted out in every news cycle, […]

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READY TO RUMBLE: North Korea Has Successfully Created A Mini Nuclear Warhead And Says U.S. Is The Target

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.

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Today in Conservative Media: Go Away, Hillary

Today in Conservative Media: Go Away, Hillary

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

On Tuesday, conservatives heaped scorn on Hillary Clinton’s new campaign memoir What Happened and her spate of recent media appearances promoting it. “Its release has been widely anticipated among the I’m-Still-With-Her crowd and all their ‘persist!’ and ‘be the resistance!’ drama,” RedState’s Kimberly Ross wrote. “Yes, we understand that you can’t let her stunning defeat go. It was never only Trump fans who gave in to cult-like behavior. One only needs to look at those like Lena Dunham or Peter Daou to see that Hillary obsession is not only over-the-top but is still alive and well.”

Kristine Marsh at the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters criticized Clinton for calling the media environment “difficult” for Democrats, citing a Media Research Center study showing that Trump had received more negative coverage. “Lest Clinton need reminding, the media coverage of her opponent was not even close to balanced. In the 12 weeks after Trump was announced as the Republican nominee, he received 91% hostile media coverage, on the three major networks,” she wrote. “Yet just 38% of Clinton’s airtime during that period focused on her scandals.

“Fox News, Breitbart, and Infowars are convenient scapegoats for Clinton, but it's abundantly clear that the media is overwhelmingly biased toward Democrats,” the Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler wrote. “The media is actually one major advantage the Democrats have, which is why so many on the Right have railed against media bias for years. The fact that Clinton lost to Trump despite having an advantage in the media once again shows what a terrible, awful candidate she was.”

Rush Limbaugh criticized Clinton for externalizing blame for her political losses:

This book is out today. She blames Comey. I’m not making this up. She blames Russia, she blames WikiLeaks, she blames Facebook, she blames fake news, she blames voter ID laws and sexism and misogyny for losing. None of those are the reasons why she lost, and you all know what they are. She’s not likable. She’s not charismatic. And, you know, people are offended by this sense of entitlement. I mean, what’s Hillary Clinton done to be president? Seriously. I know you can say the same thing about Trump. But Trump went out and won. What has she done? Her biggest… The reason why the Democrats gave her a chance to run this thing twice… She should have gotten the picture 2008, ’cause 2008, that’s when she was guaranteed to be the nominee, and they had to pay her back.
She saved her husband’s presidency by sticking with him. She saved the Democrat Party by staying with her husband during all of those affairs he had in Arkansas and the White House. By sticking with him, she saved the party. They did owe her. They let her run the first attempt at health care. She botched that. She botched the bimbo eruptions unit. She botched pretty much everything politically. She was not smart, she was not adept, she’s not The Smartest Woman in the World, but the image preceded her.

Also at the Daily Wire, Hank Berrien noted a passage in What Happened in which Clinton compares the denunciations of her at Trump rallies to the public shaming of Cersei Lannister by “religious zealots” in Game of Thrones. “That’s rather tone-deaf from someone who served in the Obama Administration, when the worship of him was so intense that there was a sand sculpture deifying him in Charlotte near the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and the ubiquitous donkey symbolizing the Democratic Party since 1828 was jettisoned in favor of the Obama symbol,” he wrote. “But even more tone deaf in the passage quoted above is the notion that Hillary identifies with the worst villainess the television industry has ever produced; a woman who is ruthless to the point of murdering her daughter-in-law despite knowing that her son adores her; a woman who gets her husband murdered, and a woman who likely ordered the slaughter of the illegitimate babies sired by her husband.”

“Some might say this is the sort of thing that happens when your ghostwriter’s Standing Subcommittee on Popular Culture References had a few too many beers the night before,” National Review’s Jonah Goldberg added. “The thing is that even if you despise the theocrats, Cersei had every reason to be ashamed. She was, in fact, guilty of everything she was accused of.”

Laura Loomer of Canadian alt-right site Rebel Media confronted Clinton at her New York City book signing. The incident was described in a post at the Gateway Pundit:

Laura Loomer live streamed her wait in line on Periscope as she zig-zagged through the line to confront Hillary. “So the American people would like to know, what happened to your 33,000 emails?” What happened in Benghazi?”
Hillary quickly retorted with a fake smile on her face, “Go read the book”.
Loomer then confronted Hillary Clinton about the Haitians who never received their earthquake relief from the Clinton Foundation funds. “What happened to the millions of dollars that was supposed to go to the people in Haiti?”
Hillary then replied, “You know what? I’m so sorry you believe things that are untrue”.
Hillary tried to ignore Loomer by speaking to the next person in line but Loomer continued to ask her questions.
“What happened to Seth Rich? What happened to your health Hillary?” Loomer asked as she was told to leave by security.

In other news:

Multiple conservative outlets ran posts on the vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park. From Hannity.com:

Left-wing vandals desecrated a massive Christopher Columbus statue in New York City’s famed Central Park late Monday night, splashing “blood red” paint over the explorer’s hands and writing “Hate Will Not Be Tolerated” at the base of the memorial.
According to the New York Post, a city employee noticed the defaced statue early Tuesday morning and notified the NYPD and Parks Department. Local law enforcement fear future attacks against city memorials will continue in the coming weeks, noting the vandals left behind a spray-painted threat at the foot of the statue.

Some conservatives sounded off on Twitter.

ANTIFA Forms New Philly Terror Cell And Calls For Stepped Up Violence Against Police ‘Our Enemies In Blue’

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

An armed ANTIFA group is launching a new cell in Philadelphia, with support from the “alt-left” alternative media, calling for new violence against police.

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Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Rocket Man

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Rocket Man

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

In honor of Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy" North Korea if Kim "Rocket Man" Jong-un doesn't stop building and testing nuclear wepaons, our regular Impeach-O-Meter graphic has been replaced today by a photo taken 16 milliseconds after the detonation of "The Gadget" at the Trinity site in New Mexico on July 16, 1945—the first nuclear explosion in history:

Wrote Manhattan Project director J. Robert Oppenheimer of the moments after the bomb went off: "A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent." Have a good night.

New American Civil War Pits Patriots Against The Radical Violent George Soros-Funded Progressive Left

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

ANTIFA, the domestic terror group that claims to be "anti-fascist", is in fact highly fascist and aggressively violent and funded by George Soros.

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Fed Up With Useless, Do-Nothing Republicans, Trump Finds Success In New Alliances With Democrat Leaders

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Frustrated by the failure of GOP majorities in both chambers to pass his agenda, President Trump followed through on threats to work with Democrats.

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ADGA National Dairy Goat Show – Results

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Today was an amazing day for Honey Sweetie Acres.  As many of our regular readers know, we are in Madison, WI...

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The 7 Skills That Every Successful Affiliate Marketer Has In Abundance

by Dave B @ Daily Conversions

    Becoming a successful affiliate marketer requires a special set of skills. The affiliate game can sometimes be demoralising and confusing, so it takes a lot to push through the bad times and reap the benefits of the good times. Being an affiliate marketer definitely isn’t for everyone. If you think you’re up to […]

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View from my window – Goodbye Ruth

by Maryclaire Mayes @ Musings From The Farm

Oh Ruthie, we are so sad to see you go and you will no longer part of the view from my window. You were always curious and adventurous, keeping us on our toes. Ruth will be missed. A raccoon with rabies wandered into our paddock, right next to the goat hutch to die. Discovering the raccoon first […]

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Is There Such Thing as a Good Reason for Democrats to Cooperate With Trump?

Is There Such Thing as a Good Reason for Democrats to Cooperate With Trump?

by Ben Mathis-Lilley @ The Slatest

Donald Trump appears to have agreed to work with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to guarantee a path to legal status for DACA recipients in exchange for border-security measures to be named later. Below, Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley and Osita Nwanevu debate whether the #resistance should see the potential deal as a morally imperative low-cost compromise or as short-sighted, base-deflating appeasement.

Ben Mathis-Lilley: Is this good for the Democrats?

Osita Nwanevu: No. This is a semi-separate question from whether a potential deal is good for Dreamers. The answer to that is putatively yes, but we don't know what kind of potentially draconian measures would be attached to a DACAesque bill to get Republicans to vote for it. We could see something cobbled together that allows Dreamers to stay while doubling down on efforts to round up their families and friends or that further enables the kind of inhumane detentions we've seen at the border. That is presumably the compromise that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are moving us toward right now.

But no, it's not good for the party politically.

Mathis-Lilley: Let's agree on how to define "politically"—do you mean it as in, "this doesn't help their chances of gaining seats in 2018 or winning the 2020 presidential election"?

Nwanevu: Both. I don't think it helps them in either case, partially because of the substance of a potential compromise. I think that kind of compromise bill would be unsatisfying to immigration advocates and the base, which is why I don't know that they're going to reach a deal in Congress to begin with. There's actually a substantial amount of support within the GOP and among Trump supporters for allowing DACA recipients to stay. But I doubt they're so enthused by the program that they'd see a deal as a reason to vote for Democrats.

Mathis-Lilley: Interesting. On the merits of the reported agreement, my own reaction was that it would likely end up involving face-saving border security spending—"lasers and drones," as our colleague Jim Newell puts it—but not necessarily an actual enhanced statutory crackdown on undocumented immigrants who are already here. My reasoning is that if Trump is willing to drop his demand for a border wall, which he appears to be doing, he's not going to then turn around and ask for something like increased deportation authority/funding that's even more offensive to progressive priorities. (Or at least that would be more offensive to me personally—not sure whether Pelosi and Schumer would make the same calculation.) If Trump's cult-of-personality apologists on the far right are already lining up to support the "deal" given only the vague promise of increased border security, and all he wants is a legislative "win" and to stick it to Mitch McConnell, why does he need to go any further? Especially when he already has the executive prerogative via the Department of Homeland Security to carry out as many inhumane deportations as he wants.

As for the political side of it, I agree that there's no particular way this helps Democrats proactively gain political capital, as it were. (I'm sorry I just used the words "proactive" and "political capital.") It will probably tick Trump's approval upwards a few points. On the other hand, his approval rating is deeply in the red and Democrats have a nearly 10-point lead in FiveThirtyEight's generic congressional ballot tracker. So maybe they have some political capital to spare at the moment, especially on an issue that could conceivably end up depressing the far right's enthusiasm for Trump.

Nwanevu: I guess substantively I just have a hard time believing that passing a substantially clean DACAesque bill is going to be easier now, under Trump, than it was during the Obama administration. That would be remarkable. It's definitely true that there are Trump boosters at the ready to defend him if the "border security" measures end up being window dressing, but I feel as though a bill Republicans would vote for would need to include some security or other measures the most rabid and reliably voting parts of the base would see as meaningful. Because even though there's theoretically a base of Republican DACA supporters, it won't be a good look for Congressional Republicans if the *one major thing* they manage to pass this year is largely clean immigration bill enthusiastically supported by Nancy Pelosi. There's also the possibility that they pass something clean but Trump feels that he has to compensate by doing something using executive authority, again just to appease the more rabid factions of his base. We don't know. Which is why doing this dance with Trump is so dangerous.

My feeling is that what's going to help the Democrats politically is advancing a broad, forward-looking agenda. Compromising with Trump at best splits the Democratic base, and as far as depressing the far-right goes, I don't know that the past several years of politics show that the deeply nativist far right needs to show up in order for Dems to lose elections.

Their problems are bigger and more pervasive than that.

Mathis-Lilley: "Trump could change his mind at any time and do something extremely harmful" is certainly a compelling argument. I also think we're probably agreed on the need for Democrats to be putting most of their time into putting forth a vision/platform for 2018 and thereafter which is more constructive and developed than tweeting the #resist hashtag. Still, I'd ask you this—if you were in Chuck Schumer's shoes, and somehow also in a room with the 800,000 DACA recipients, and you were presented with the option of guaranteeing their legal status in exchange for funding border pork and standing with Trump at a few photo ops ... would you really be able to say no?

Nwanevu: First of all, I want to say I think that if #theResistance had had real teeth among Democratic members of Congress—as the Tea Party did in 2009 and 2010 with the regular and rabid participation of Republican members of Congress—Trump might have been cowed into not ending DACA in the first place. Or there might have been a credible way to bully him into reversing course now. Because he doesn't want to be seen as cruel in this case.

I'd unquestionably say no to a grinning photo-op. But they really are in a genuinely difficult position here—DACA recipients will face deportation in early March if Congress doesn't act. If a clean deal with border pork really is reached, framing it properly is essential. They absolutely should not come out and say it's a grand bipartisan deal we ought to be proud of. If they act, they will have acted because Trump will have forced their hand. And he forced their hand because he's committed to a racist immigration politics the Republican Party has enabled, and both should be defeated. This is what they should say and they should say it loudly. That's harder to do after working with them to pass a bill, obviously, but they have to make it clear that a deal crafted on the basis of a particular, narrow sympathy for children brought here by no fault of their own and a broader nativism or xenophobia aren't really mutually exclusive.

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Here's What Bothers Me About the New Dove Ad

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HERE SHE COMES: Hurricane Irma Strengthens To Category 5 And Appears To Be Headed For Florida

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Hurricane Irma strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 storm Tuesday as it roared toward the northeast Caribbean on a path nearing the United States.

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James’ “U Bum” Tweet Is Way More Popular Than Any of the President’s Messages

James’ “U Bum” Tweet Is Way More Popular Than Any of the President’s Messages

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Trump likes to talk about how popular he is and how much he is liked (plus, did you know he won an election?). So surely the president is none too happy today to realize that LeBron James’ tweet insulting him is way more popular than anything he has ever written. Turns out, the basketball superstar is better at uniting Americans than the commander in chief.

It all started when Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to uninvite (although they weren’t actually every formally invited) the Golden State Warriors from visiting the White House to commemorate the championship. Trump specifically mentioned Stephen Curry’s public reluctance to go to the White House: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

Less than three hours later, LeBron James took to Twitter and hit back, calling Trump “u bum” and adding that “going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”

As of Sunday afternoon, James’ message had been retweeted more than 620,000 times. That is way more than the basketball star's previously most popular post that got a paltry 111,820 retweets (“I’m not MJ, I’m LJ”).

James didn’t just beat his own record though. His “u bum” tweet is also way more popular than anything Trump has ever written in his favorite social media platform. Trump’s most popular post on Twitter was his all-caps celebration of his election victory: “TODAY WE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” That Nov. 8, 2017 message got retweeted 335,657 times.

A few hours after his tweet, James, who was a supporter of Hillary Clinton, released a video explaining his position. "I think it's basically at a point where I'm a little frustrated, man, because this guy that we've put in charge has tried to divide us once again" James said via his digital company platform Uninterrupted. "Obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused. Now it's hit home more for me because he's now using sports as the platform to try and divide us."

SIN CITY: Nevada Set To Become First State To Allow Marijuana Lounges For Stoners To Get High

by Geoffrey Grider @ Now The End Begins

Nevada could become the first state to allow users of recreational marijuana to light up in clubs and lounges, a state legal body said this week.

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Giant Sinkhole Swallows Part of House in Florida

Giant Sinkhole Swallows Part of House in Florida

by Molly Olmstead @ The Slatest

Long after the worst of the debris has been cleared, people living in affected regions can spend months cleaning up after a powerful hurricane. But here’s a fun thing you might not realize can appear after hurricanes: sinkholes.

While it’s not certain the large Florida sinkhole that swallowed up a portion of a home near Orlando had anything to do with Hurricane Irma, authorities can’t rule it out. There have been others that popped up in the same area and farther to the south, and after Hurricane Harvey, there were sinkholes in Texas. Florida has more sinkholes than any other state, and heavy rainfall plays a big part in that.

WFTV reported that the family living in the Apopka, Florida, home that partially collapsed made it out safely after noticing the strain on the house the previous night. "I saw big, deep cracks in the bathroom. The tub was sinking, and the window was coming loose, and I said, ‘It's time to go,’ ” one of the family members told the station.

The family then watched a 25-by-15-foot sinkhole appear under their home.

If you’re wondering what people do with these sinkholes, here’s an explainer on just how they get filled. And if you’re contemplating moving to Florida, this has been a friendly reminder that the earth there sometimes swallows parts of houses.

Today in Conservative Media: The Failing Emmys Prove America Is Tired of Hollywood’s Politics

Today in Conservative Media: The Failing Emmys Prove America Is Tired of Hollywood’s Politics

by Osita Nwanevu @ The Slatest

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media.

Conservatives sounded off about Sunday’s very political and very underwatched Emmy Awards on Sunday night. “After, last year’s award show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel came in with the lowest numbers in the show’s history, early numbers from Nielsen data show that this year’s star-studded event hosted by Stephen Colbert did just as bad, according to a report Monday by Variety,” the Daily Caller’s Katie Jerkovich noted. “Final numbers for Sunday night were later adjusted showing a 2.5 rating for the [18-49] demographic and 11.4 million viewers. In 2015, the Emmys netted a 3.6 million viewers in the same demographic and 11.9 million viewers total for the star-studded show.”

The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro joined a chorus of other writers in blaming the low ratings on the jokes told at the expense of the Trump administration throughout the night:

Last night’s Emmy Awards crashed and burned in the ratings. And it’s no wonder. Thanks to a combination of Steven Colbert’s “courageous” attacks on President Trump and celebrations of a bunch of shows nobody watches (The Handmaid’s Tale and Big, Little Lies, anyone?), more Americans than ever tuned out. And that follows last year’s debacle, when Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting carried the show to its lowest rating to that point. Hollywood is sliding, and it can’t figure out why.
Politics does have a lot to do with it. That’s because Americans have substituted the culture wars for political dialogue. We no longer care much about policy, apparently — President Trump has spent the last two weeks cutting deals with Democrats, and most Republicans and Democrats don’t seem to be backing off their positions with regard to Trump. Trump may be governing as a centrist Democrat, but Hollywood is still painting him as a pure evil, the future leader of a fascist dystopia; Republicans, meanwhile, continue to paint him as a vigorous, burly warrior on behalf of American values. Rarely has a Republican president made so nice with Democrats; rarely has that same Republican president been treated as Nero by Democratic cultural figures.

National Review’s Kyle Smith agreed. “The co-dependent relationship of celebrities to Trump is like that of two bitter, drunken spouses who hurl abuse at each other before they start making out,” he wrote. “Most Americans, even those who didn’t vote for Trump, are simply getting on with their lives these days, more worried about their car payment or how their kids are faring in school than about Washington politics.”

The Resurgent’s Marc Giller focused on Stephen Colbert’s performance as host, which included multiple barbs at Trump:

He wasn’t there to entertain. Sure, he paid some lip-service to Hollywood’s narcissism and other foilables—but rest assured, everyone knew Colbert was playing to his people. Not the dwindling number of souls who still care about this stuff watching the spectacle from home, but rather his fellow travelers in the auditorium: the self-coronated Tinseltown royalty, whose monolithic politics are exceeded only by their monolithic preening. Colbert worked them all like a Heidi Fleiss call girl working Charlie Sheen, telling them all what they wanted to hear and stroking them in all the right places.

“That Colbert would end up delivering numerous barbs towards President Trump and the GOP throughout the night was a foregone conclusion,” the Federalist’s Brad Slager wrote. “It is rather amazing, though, there could be no material found to skewer Democrats.” A few writers took aim at liberal outrage over a bit featuring former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who former Obama administration official Ben Rhodes criticized on Twitter for “lying to the American people on behalf of the most powerful person in [the] US.”  The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher called Rhodes a hypocrite. “The Obama administration lied about the Iran deal, and Ben Rhodes crafted the lie,” he wrote. “And now, that same guy is outraged because Sean Spicer lied about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, and the Emmys invited him on to joke about it.” Hot Air’s Allahpundit argued that Spicer was one of the more sympathetic figures of the Trump administration. “He never came off as sinister; far more often he was pitiful, which I’m sure is why the gag he was involved in last night referenced the lie about crowd size in his first press briefing after the inauguration,” he wrote. “That was Spicer’s defining moment: It was so obviously untrue, and so obviously done to soothe Trump’s fragile ego, that he seemed pathetic more so than malevolent.”

In other news:

Conservatives delighted in the misfortunes of Rolling Stone in the wake of news that the magazine is up for sale. RedState’s Brandon Morse wrote that the debunked UVA story “A Rape on Campus” marked an important point in the magazine’s decline.

After dragging both the college through the dirt, and endangering the lives of the Phi Kappa Psi members, the story was proven to be completely fabricated. “Jackie” turned out to be a liar with a history of making false claims for attention. The article’s author, Sabrina Erdely, was discovered to have not fact checked Jackie’s claim, and was discovered to have a history of unethical reporting around rape cases. ...
Whoever buys the flaming pile of feces that is the Rolling Stone has a long road ahead of it. Its partisan reporting, and willingness to endanger innocent lives has black marked a once great magazine into paper people wouldn’t line their birdcages with.

“When did Rolling Stone die?” Breitbart’s Daniel Flynn asked. “When it morphed from newsprint to glossy? When it moved from San Francisco to New York? When it attempted to open up a chain of restaurants in imitation of the Hard Rock Café? When it put the stars of something called ‘Gossip Girl’ on its front page both licking a two-scoop, ice-cream cone or made coverboys of the Backstreet Boys with their pants down to their ankles or posing Sarah Michelle Gellar with her legs akimbo on a Cadillac?”

At the Daily Caller, Ian Miles Cheong declared Rolling Stone another casualty of internet-driven changes to journalism. “The almost 50-year-old magazine has been largely supplanted by online media, which it has refused to properly embrace due to the stubbornness of its founder, Jann S. Wenner, and his death grip of outdated publishing models even as print advertising revenues dry up,” he wrote. “As other companies ramp up their media presence online through videos and breaking news, Rolling Stone continues to focus on long-form journalism. Readers don’t head to it for up-to-date stories.”

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John McCain Is a "No" on Graham-Cassidy. The Bill May Be Doomed.

John McCain Is a "No" on Graham-Cassidy. The Bill May Be Doomed.

by Jim Newell @ The Slatest

This post has been updated.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of the three votes to kill Obamacare repeal's chances over the summer, might have just buried the GOP's last ditch effort to repeal it, too.

"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Senate Republicans were hoping to turn McCain around from his objections, which were largely procedural. He wanted any health care bill to go through the "regular order" of committee hearings, amendments, markups, and debates. The best Senate Republicans could offer him was one hearing in the Finance Committee on Monday. McCain made clear to reporters over the last week that that would not be good enough.

With Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul already a "no" on the bill, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins "leaning no," as she said Friday, Graham-Cassidy would appear to be in its dying breath.

But South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain's best friend and a co-author of the bill, hasn't given up yet. In a statement following McCain's announcement, Graham insisted they would "press on." That would mean flipping Collins from a "lean no" and winning Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, or losing one of them and somehow putting the screws to Paul, who hates the bill.

Here's McCain's full statement:

As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.
I would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends Senators Graham and Cassidy were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case. Instead, the specter of September 30th budget reconciliation deadline has hung over this entire process.
We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do. The issue is too important, and too many lives are at risk, for us to leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance. A bill of this impact requires a bipartisan approach.
Senators Alexander and Murray have been negotiating in good faith to fix some of the problems with Obamacare. But I fear that the prospect of one last attempt at a strictly Republican bill has left the impression that their efforts cannot succeed. I hope they will resume their work should this last attempt at a partisan solution fail.
I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will effect insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.
I take no pleasure in announcing my opposition. Far from it. The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I.
I hope that in the months ahead, we can join with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to arrive at a compromise solution that is acceptable to most of us, and serves the interests of Americans as best we can.

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The Latest Reports of Damage in the Parts of Florida Hit Hardest by Irma

The Latest Reports of Damage in the Parts of Florida Hit Hardest by Irma

by Aaron Mak @ The Slatest

As people emerge from their shelters and return to their homes in the wake of Hurricane Irma, we are now getting a better sense for the specific damage that the storm wrought in the U.S. Whereas Harvey’s most severe destruction was concentrated in one contiguous area around Houston, Irma seems to have left pockets of ruin scattered in a totally unpredictable pattern throughout Florida and other southeastern states. The hurricane is predicted to cost around $100 billion in damages. In Florida alone, 12 deaths have been reported so far. Here is a rundown of some of the worst-hit areas.

Florida Keys

FEMA administrator Brock Long told reporters that an estimated 25 percent of homes were demolished and an additional 65 percent were extensively damaged in the Florida Keys. Fires, 130 mph winds, and 15-foot storm surges were the primary culprits. Officials have not been able to reach most of the islands, though, so the full extent of the destruction is not yet clear. At least two people have died, but it is unknown whether the storm was responsible.

Miami

Miami was home to two of the three infamous crane collapses in Florida, videos of which were widely shared on social media when Irma made landfall. Although local officials claimed that the cranes were built to withstand winds of up to 145 mph, they were surprisingly felled by the 100 mph winds that battered the city. Five-foot storm surges also sank and beached dozens of boats, and flooded the roads and buildings in some of the city’s most expensive districts like Brickell.

St. Augustine

St. John’s County, incorporating coastal St. Augustine city, was in shambles on Tuesday. Sheriff David Shoar told News4JAX that the county, which saw 80 mph winds, was experiencing the “worst case scenario” and that “No one was spared.” Many roads are still blocked by debris and flooding—stalling emergency vehicles—and homes have collapsed and had their foundations eroded. In the city, docked boats were hurled around. A 36-foot motor yacht sank, and a sailboat crashed into the Santa Maria restaurant. At least one person died from a heart attack.

Marco Island

Marco Island, a 24-square-mile area where Irma made landfall, saw 130 mph winds and four-foot storm surges. In the highly vulnerable community, cell towers toppled over, and at least 15 homes lost their roofs or suffered other serious damage. One of the main priorities now is clearing roads of debris.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville had the most severe flood since 1864, as 20-inch rains made the St. Johns River overflow, which rendered the downtown district a swamp. The 5-foot storm surges submerged park monuments, and the roads resembled rivers. Fires and trees falling on homes caused numerous injuries, though no deaths have been reported thus far. The sheriff’s office announced that 356 people had to be rescued from the flooding. The situation in Jacksonville could become even more disastrous, as the water levels are expected to rise and fall in the coming days.

Naples

Naples saw 6-foot storm surges and almost 12 inches of rain. Neighborhoods are now under waist-deep water, some of which first responders have not yet reached. Homes collapsed and had their roofs ripped off due to the over 140 mph winds.

Charleston, South Carolina

Although Irma stayed 200 miles away from Charleston, the city still suffered massive tidal surges—the worst since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The 10-foot tide flooded low-lying neighborhoods, including areas that had trouble recovering after Hurricane Matthew last October, and unmoored local landmarks. Ambulances were unable to operate for a period of time due to 72 mph winds and possible tornados.

Trump Lawyers Reportedly Recommended Jared Kushner Resign Over Russia Probe

Trump Lawyers Reportedly Recommended Jared Kushner Resign Over Russia Probe

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

While Donald Trump and his West Wing have maintained a unified front in public on Trump son in law Jared Kushner and his Russia dealings, the Wall Street Journal reports that behind the scenes a portion of the president's legal team believed Kushner needed to resign from his role as an advisor in the White House. Trump’s lawyers came to this conclusion in June because they viewed Kushner as a legal complication in the Russia probe. The recommendation, though not unanimously endorsed by the president’s growing legal representation, made it to the president’s desk, where Trump dismissed it because of his belief that Kushner hadn’t done anything wrong, according to the Journal.

The problems for the Trump attorneys stemmed from the fact that Kushner had the most interactions (four) with Russian contacts during the campaign and transition and that Kushner had failed to report any contacts at all with foreign officials on his security clearance forms. Trump's lawyers also worried that Kushner’s presence could inadvertently expand the scope of the Mueller investigation dragging other White House employees into the probe.

From the WSJ:

After some members of the legal team aired their concerns to Mr. Trump in June, including in at least one meeting in the White House, press aides to the legal team began to prepare for the possibility that Mr. Kushner would step down, drafting a statement explaining his departure, said people familiar with the matter…
Trump attorneys were also aware of a meeting that hadn’t yet been made public: one at Trump Tower in June 2016 that involved a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, Mr. Kushner and the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., according to people familiar with the matter… Anticipating that the meeting would become public, members of the legal team in June already had developed talking points to manage the political fallout—including a statement that would explain a potential Kushner resignation. The statement on behalf of Mr. Kushner expressed regret that the political environment had become so toxic that what he viewed as a standard meeting was becoming a weapon for Mr. Trump’s critics, according to two people familiar with the documents.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime lawyer who headed his legal team through mid-July, said he never discussed Kushner’s resignation with other lawyers nor did he recommend Kushner step down to the president. John Dowd took over as Trump’s lead attorney from Kasowitz after joining the Trump team in June and said he did not agree with the assessment that Kushner needed to resign.

Trump Again Pushes Claim That White Nationalists Weren’t Solely to Blame for Charlottesville

Trump Again Pushes Claim That White Nationalists Weren’t Solely to Blame for Charlottesville

by Elliot Hannon @ The Slatest

Donald Trump’s pathological compulsion to never admit he’s wrong has already pushed the president to absurd lengths to squeeze, wring, and bludgeon the truth to render it unrecognizable such that everyone forgets what happened in the first place. On Thursday, Trump again attempted to whitewash the white supremacists' vile behavior—and consequently their even more shameful history—in Charlottesville last month by pushing his argument that “many sides” were responsible for the violence that erupted when counter-protesters clashed with the neo-Nazis literally marching through the city’s streets.

To make Trump’s latest comments more egregious, they came in response to questions about his recent meeting on the issue of his response to white supremacist-provoked violence in Charlottesville with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. Scott is not only the sole black Republican in the senate, he is the only black senator to be elected in the South since Reconstruction. Scott met with the president for a half hour Wednesday and carefully articulated why equating neo-Nazis to the counter-protesters, namely the Antifa anti-fascist group, was a problem.

“My response was that, while that’s true, I mean I think if you look at it from a sterile perspective, there was an antagonist on the other side,” Scott said. “However, the real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side…” “It has to do with the affirmation of hate groups who over three centuries of this country’s history have made it their mission to create upheaval in minority communities as their reason for existence,” he continued. “I shared my thoughts of the last three centuries of challenges from white supremacists, white nationalists, KKK, Nazis. So there’s no way to find an equilibrium when you have three centuries of history versus the situation that is occurring today.”

When asked about the meeting aboard Air Force One Thursday, the Trump takeaway was, essentially: I was right all along. “Now because of what’s happened since then, with Antifa, you look at really what’s happened since Charlottesville—a lot of people are saying—in fact, a lot of people have actually written, ‘Gee, Trump might have point,” Mr. Trump said. “I said, ‘You’ve got some very bad people on the other side, which is true.’”

Here’s a fuller excpert of Trump's remarks for context:

"We had a great meeting. Tim Scott's been a friend of mine for a long time. I've been a supporter of his—I was one of his earliest supporters. We had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said. Now, because of what's happened since then with Antifa—you look at really what's happened since Charlottesville, a lot of people are saying and people have actually written, 'Gee, Trump might have a point.' I said, 'You've got some very bad people on the other side also,' which is true. But we had a great conversation. And he also has legislation, which I actually like very much, the concept of which I support, to get people going into certain areas and building and constructing and putting people to work. I told him yesterday that's a concept I can support very easily."

"Rome wasn't built in a day, and to expect the President's rhetoric to change based on one 30-minute cnversation is unrealistic," Sen. Scott said in statement responding to the president’s remarks. "Antifa is bad and should be condemned, yes, but the KKK has been killing and tormenting black Americans for centuries. There is no realistic comparison. Period."

Trump Calls on NFL Owners to Fire Players Who Kneel During Anthem

Trump Calls on NFL Owners to Fire Players Who Kneel During Anthem

by Daniel Politi @ The Slatest

President Donald Trump went to Alabama Friday night to campaign for Sen. Luther Strange, telling supporters he had a better chance of beating the Democratic candidate than his primary opponent, Roy Moore. But the commander in chief found it difficult to stay on message, giving a nearly 90-minute rambling speech in which he all but acknowledged that endorsing Strange may have been a mistake and vowed to campaign for Moore if he won the primary.

In one of his many asides, Trump harshly criticized the NFL and its owners for tolerating players who he said disrespect the United States by failing to stand up for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said. “You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, ‘That guy disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Trump called on supporters to “leave the stadium” to protest against the political statements by players. “I guarantee things will stop.” The president then went on to suggest the NFL was suffering a drop in ratings because it was being way too strict on hard tackles, seemingly criticizing the efforts to prevent injuries. “Because you know today if you hit too hard: Fifteen yards. Throw him out of the game,” Trump said. “That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. It is hurting the game.”

Commenting on the NFL was hardly the only time Trump got off topic at the rally in Huntsville, where many of the attendees openly told reporters they were only there to hear the president and would vote for Moore. The Washington Post summarizes:

He repeatedly cursed, mocked the leader of North Korea, jokingly threatened to fire a Cabinet member who endorsed Moore, called on professional football team owners to fire players who kneel during the national anthem, promised to build a new “see-through wall” on the southern border, called allegations of Russian interference in the election a “hoax,” accused unions of protecting “sadists” who abuse elderly veterans, and repeatedly relived the 2016 election.

Trump also said his supporters should vote for Strange at least in part because if he loses it would be really embarrassing for the president. “If Luther doesn't win, they're not going to say we picked up 25 points in a very short period of time. They're going to say, ‘Donald Trump, the president of the United States, was unable to pull his candidate across the line. It is a terrible, terrible moment for Trump. This is total embarrassment’.” The president also acknowledged that he “might have made a mistake” by endorsing Strange rather than outspoken conservative Moore, who is leading in the polls and has been endorsed by many conservatives, including his former chief adviser Steve Bannon.

Even if Strange loses though, Trump’s supporters shouldn’t worry because he’ll “be here campaigning like hell” for Moore.

39 Percent Of Adults Think Trump ‘Brought Needed Change’ To The Country

by Phillip Stucky @ The Daily Caller

Trumps approval rating goes up

Live Blog: How NFL Players are Protesting Trump Throughout Sunday

Live Blog: How NFL Players are Protesting Trump Throughout Sunday

by Nick Greene @ The Slatest

Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests were never explicitly about Donald Trump, but, thanks to the president’s comments at an Alabama rally on Friday night (as well as an ensuing series of tweets), Trump has made sure that he will be the focus of any and all protests this NFL Sunday. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said on Friday.

At the early game played in London between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, dozens of players took a knee and many others linked arms in solidarity. Jacksonville won 44-7, and no one was fired.

We'll be updating this live blog with news of protests around the league as today's games unfold.

Laverne Cox Stars in Beyoncé’s New Ivy Park Campaign

Laverne Cox Stars in Beyoncé’s New Ivy Park Campaign

by Clutch @ Clutch Magazine

In August, Laverne Cox announced that she was working with Beyonce´on a new project, and now we know exactly what she had up her sleeves. On Wednesday, the newest Ivy Park campaign launched, and Cox was front and center. On Instagram, she shared a photo...

Patients Outraged After Hospital Bows To Muslim Demands And Begins This Islamic Practice

Patients Outraged After Hospital Bows To Muslim Demands And Begins This Islamic Practice

by Jon Anthony @ Silence is Consent

Creeping sharia is a very real threat, and it’s one that Americans have been concerned with for years. After watching radical Islamic terrorism spread all across Europe, many are wondering how far things will go. Unfortunately, it seems that after a hospital just caved to sharia law, the Islamification of Western Civilization is farther along ...

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