Microsoft’s CEO is again standing up to Trump on immigration

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to LinkedIn on Thursday to stand up for the DREAMers - undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. With President Trump reportedly considering ending an Obama-era program that protected such immigrants from deportation, Nadella defended "smart immigration" policies, saying they can "help our economic growth and global competitiveness."

US commander: IS leader al-Baghdadi probably still alive

This file image made from video posted on a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears to be still alive, a top U.S. military commander said Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, contradicting Russia's claims that it probably killed the top counterterror target months ago.

Trump mulling ending DACA, but will make decision with a big heart,a Pence says

As President Donald Trump considers whether to end the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy that allows immigrants who were brought into the U.S. in their youth to remain in the country and obtain work permits, his vice president says that the determination is one that Trump will make with "big heart." ABC News reported last week that the president was leaning toward terminating the program launched under President Barack Obama in 2012.

Filipinos accused of links to Marawi siege ordered freed

Philippine prosecutors have dismissed rebellion complaints against 59 men who were stopped by police and army troops at two checkpoints in the south and accused of attempting to join Islamic State-linked militants who laid siege to a southern city. Senior government prosecutor Peter Ong said Thursday the complaints filed by the military against the Muslim men were dismissed because of a lack of strong evidence, and authorities were ordered to free all the men.

Milwaukee sheriff, Trump supporter Clarke resigns

The tough-talking sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, resigned without explanation Thursday, capping a tumultuous year for the divisive, provocative lawman whose unabashed support for President Donald Trump and in-your-face personality earned him a national following among some conservatives. Clarke submitted his resignation in a one-sentence letter to the county clerk that gave no reason for his departure more than a year before his term is up.

Santa Rita Union approves school resource officers

The Santa Rita Union School District board of trustees voted to have school resource officers in the district during a special meeting on Wednesday. Santa Rita Union approves school resource officers for district The Santa Rita Union School District board of trustees voted to have school resource officers in the district during a special meeting on Wednesday.

Trump treasury secretary won’t commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill

In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a news briefing at the White House in Washington. During a CNBC interview, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, Mnuchin avoided a direct answer when asked whether he supported the decision made by the Obama administration to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the 19th century African-American abolitionist who was a leader in the Underground Railroad.

White House preparing $5.9B request for Harvey recovery aid

The White House has prepared a request to Congress for an initial $5.9 billion package in Harvey recovery aid, a first down payment to make sure recovery efforts over the next few weeks are adequately funded. The Trump proposal, which is being finalized pending White House consultations with key Republicans, promises to represent just a fraction of an eventual Harvey recovery package that could rival the $100-billion-plus in taxpayer-financed help for victims of 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

US Sen. Pat Toomey takes shots at Trump on election, pardon

John Coffey, center, of Hatfield, PA joins protesters outside the studios of PBS-39 as Sen. Pat Toomey holds a town-hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, after months of public pressure from liberal opponents of President Trump that the senator has been hiding from his constituents. Attendance was limited to 54 people.

Second Man Arrested In Connection With Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Attack

Above: Alex Michael Ramos, Dan Borden, and three more unidentified males brutally assault school teacher De'Andre Harris in a parking garage in Charlottesville on August 12. Photo: Zach D Roberts. On Monday, August 27, police finally arrested the second of two assailants identified from Palast Investigative Fund photographer Zach D. Roberts' Charlottesville photos .

The Latest: Door-to-door checks in Houston nearly complete

Volunteer Elizabeth Hill, 8, plays with evacuee Skyler Smith, 7, at a shelter at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church in west Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to affect the area Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Interstate 10 is closed due to floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston.

Daily Beast: Mueller Taps Elite IRS Unit for Russia Probe Help

Special counsel Robert Mueller has joined forces with an elite IRS investigative unit for the Russia probe, according to a new report. The Daily Beast wrote Thursday that agents from IRS' Criminal Investigations unit are now working the case as Mueller looks into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia.

Rep. Coffman Plans Discharge Petition to Save DACA

A GOP lawmaker will attempt a rarely used gambit to force a vote on a bill extending protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, Politico reported. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said he will file what is known as a "discharge petition" to force action on his proposal when he returns to Capitol Hill in September.

Klayman: Mueller Won’t Touch ‘Corrupt’ Comey in Russia Probe

FBI special counsel Robert Mueller is focusing on President Donald Trump and his associates in the Russia investigation but is failing to look at the "corrupt" former FBI director James Comey, former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman told Newsmax TV. During an appearance on " Newsmax Now ," Klayman was asked about Mueller's Russia probe that's been ongoing for several months as the Department of Justice tries to determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

FDA Recalls Nearly 500,000 Pacemakers Due To Hacking Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled approximately 465,000 pacemakers this week after concerns started to grow over the devices vulnerability to hacking. The recall, announced on Tuesday , is not intended to remove the pacemakers as that would be not only invasive but would also put the patient at serious risk since medical procedures involving pacemakers are often complex; rather, the manufacturer created a new firmware update that medical professionals can apply to the patient.

Judge Orders FBI To Make Details Of Clinton Email Probe Public

A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday to publicly release previously unseen documents related to the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the FBI to produce uncensored court documents describing the grand jury subpoenas issued to force Clinton's internet service providers to turn over information related to her private server use, according to a statement released by Cause of Action Institute.

EXCLUSIVE: Firm Launches MAGA Fund To Support Trump And Republicans

A Texas-based investment firm is launching the first exchange traded fund that will invest in stocks that are highly supportive of federal Republican candidates including President Donald Trump, The Daily Caller has learned. Hal Lambert, founder of Point Bridge Capital, is launching the Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker ETF - stock ticker MAGA.

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A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law's unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as lawmakers work on a long-term replacement. The recommendation is part of a compromise plan that's designed to be palatable to both parties.

As The GDP Continues To Climb, Trump’s Springfield, MO Speech…

Yesterday, President Donald Trump kicked off his push for Republican tax reform - was it the sweeping reform, the likes of which we haven't seen since the prosperous Reagan years, that Trump touted on the campaign trail? Well, it certainly comes very close. On the campaign trail, Trump railed against the system in place, saying that his administration would simultaneously bring down the exorbitant taxes on industries and high-level employees while simultaneously closing the myriad of loopholes that currently exist in the overcomplicated US tax system; it is the combination of these two maneuvers that Trump believes would prove successful and advantageous for not only American industry but for American workers.

Comey criticized for rejecting Clinton charges before he finished probe

Fired FBI director James Comey began writing his now famous statement clearing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of potential misconduct regarding her handling of State Department emails before his agency had interviewed key witnesses, two powerful Republican senators alleged Thursday. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday after reviewing transcripts of interviews by the Office of Special Counsel of two FBI officials close to Comey.

Rescuers start block-by-block search of flooded Houston

HOUSTON>> Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes today, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone - alive or dead - who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters, which have now heavily damaged more than 37,000 homes and destroyed nearly 7,000 statewide. More than 200 firefighters, police officers and members of an urban search-and-rescue team fanned out across the Meyerland neighborhood for survivors or bodies.

In tit for tat, U.S. tells Russia to close post in San Francisco

The Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco, as seen on Aug. 10. The United States is retaliating against Russia by forcing the closure of its consulate in San Francisco and scaling back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York. WASHINGTON>> In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia today to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes continued to unravel.

The Latest: Missouri black lawmakers condemn hanging remark

The Latest on a Missouri lawmaker who posted on Facebook that he hoped whoever vandalized a Confederate monument in Springfield is found and hanged : The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus chairman says a Republican lawmaker called for a lynching in a Facebook post and should be ousted from office. Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Alan Green on Thursday asked that House members formally reprimand Rep. Warren Love and remove him from office.

Professors get $300,000 grant for digital fake-news detector

Two Penn State professors have received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop technology that will enable digital devices to weed out fake news. The university says information sciences and technology professor Dongwon Lee and communications professor S. Shyam Sundar are working on the project.

A Better Deal? Yes, Pelosi and the Democrats are on the right track


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Democrats have a clear vision for how they'd lead the country if in power, and the Republican president has been in office for less than eight months. A Better Deal - the Democrat's new economic development and job creation manifesto - was presented to us Wednesday by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a meeting at The Denver Post.

Donald Trump is not, and has never been a populist — his policies make that clear

Several media outlets are suggesting that President Donald Trump's August 30 speech calling for tax reform was a "populist pitch," and dozens of media figures and outlets have been calling the president a "populist" since his inauguration. A closer examination of Trump's policies, however, show a pattern of decisions that will create devastating impacts on Americans, particularly low-income residents, while providing handouts to corporations and the wealthiest citizens.

The Latest: Houston schools to start 2 weeks late

Volunteer Elizabeth Hill, 8, plays with evacuee Skyler Smith, 7, at a shelter at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church in west Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to affect the area Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. A man stands in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey as he waits to board a boat to help look for evacuees Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas.

Fatal Jeep Crash Renews Criticism of Recall Fix to Prevent Fires

A fatal accident this week involving a Jeep SUV has revived criticism from safety advocates that a federally sanctioned recall plan to keep the vehicle's fuel tank from igniting in rear-end crashes didn't go far enough to protect motorists. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that the fuel tanks, mounted between the rear suspension and the bumper of the vehicles, were vulnerable to leaks and fires in rear-end crashes.

Trump Ends DACA, But He May Still Hold DREAMers Hostage


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While the president is expected to make a decision on DACA in the next few days, a broader immigration deal could change everything. With an ultimatum from Republican state attorneys general about to run out, multiple reports indicate that the president will tomorrow announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects around 800,000 DREAMers from prosecution.

Defense secretary begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump's new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor's approach of supporting the Afghans' fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. "Yes, I've signed orders, but it's not complete," Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon.

Ohio Senator Joe Schiavoni Announces Job Growth Plan For Ohio

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni announced a comprehensive plan to increase job growth and employment through targeted investments Tuesday. This legislative package is the latest in a series of bills the senator has introduced to improve Ohio's small business climate and bolster job growth, a release from Schiavoni's office said.

Donald Butler

Donald F. Butler of Lockhart, Texas, was born on May 1, 1933 in Monaca, Pa., and went to meet his Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.Don is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sandra; daughter, Donna Butler; son, W. P. "Bill" Butler II, and his wife, Margaret; daughter, Patricia Smith, and her husband, Craig; his grandchildren: Scarlet ... (more)

Blasts rock Texas chemical plant as Harvey danger moves east

Fires and two explosions rocked a flooded Houston-area chemical plant early Thursday, sending up a plume that federal authorities described as "incredibly dangerous" and adding a potential new hazard to the aftermath of Harvey. The blasts at the Arkema Inc. plant, about 25 miles northeast of Houston, also ignited a 30- to 40-foot flame.

Harvey death toll surpasses 30; more fatalities expected

Now that the sun is finally shining and the murky, brown floodwaters are slowly receding in much of the Houston area, grim reality is setting in. In Texas, the official death toll surpassed 30 on Wednesday and was expected to climb as authorities investigated several other deaths to determine whether they were storm-related.

‘Blasts’ at flooded chemical plant as Texas surveys storm wreckage

Two explosions were reported at a flooded Texas chemical plant near storm-battered Houston Thursday, just as the region began its slow recovery following Harvey's onslaught. Operators at the Arkema Inc facility said the Harris County Emergency Operations Center notified them at approximately 2:00am CDT , of "two explosions and black smoke" rising from the plant in Crosby, a town about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

White House Ditches Equal Pay Rule

Days after issuing a bland statement supporting women's equality, the Trump administration halted a key equal pay initiative on Tuesday put in place by the Obama administration. The scrapped provision would have required employers to report aggregate information on how much they pay workers -- broken down by gender, race and ethnicity -- and would have been a critical first step in figuring out the scope of the pay gap at different companies.

DOJ Seized $1.8 Billion Through Civil Forfeiture in 2015

In 2015, civil forfeiture procedures were used by the U.S. Department of Justice to seize $1.8 billion worth of assets from Americans.[1] This figure does not include takings by the U.S. Treasury Department or state and local governments. Using these little-known procedures, "the government can take your home, business, cash, car or other property on the mere suspicion that it is somehow connected to criminal activity - and without ever convicting or even charging you with a crime."

US Releases 500,000 Barrels of Oil From Strategic Reserve

The U.S. Energy Department said on Thursday it would release 500,000 barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as Tropical Storm Harvey's disruption of the petroleum industry has spiked motor fuel prices. The oil will be delivered to the Phillips 66 refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana, according to a department statement.

WashPost: Trump Texas Appearance Turns Into Rally

A Tuesday appearance by President Donald Trump in a community near Corpus Christi, Texas became more of a Trump rally, according to a report Thursday in The Washington Post . Reporter Abby Phillip detailed the visit from the president, who was in the state addressing Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Source: Grand jury hears from lobbyist in Trump Tower chat

A grand jury used by special counsel Robert Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's eldest son, The Associated Press has learned. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to the AP that Rinat Akhmetshin had appeared before Mueller's grand jury in recent weeks.

Wells Fargo review finds 1.4M more unauthorized accounts

Review says 3.5M consumer and small business accounts may have been affected by sales scandal, up from 2.1M in initial 2016 estimate Wells Fargo review finds 1.4M more unauthorized accounts Review says 3.5M consumer and small business accounts may have been affected by sales scandal, up from 2.1M in initial 2016 estimate Check out this story on pressconnects.com: https://usat.ly/2wV7WLJ File photo taken in 2017 shows a Wells Fargo sign at one of the bank's branches in Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo's fake accounts scandal expanded Thursday with the disclosure of roughly 1.4 million more potentially unauthorized accounts than the bank originally estimated when embarrassing episode erupted nearly a year ago.

White House discussing whether DACA deadline can be moved

The Trump administration is looking at whether the state attorneys general who are pushing for a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be willing to extend their deadline of September 5 for action from Trump, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump is weighing his options on the protections for the nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants under DACA, which gave young people who had come to the United States illegally as children the chance to work and study in the country without fear of deportation.

Trump order cramps rebuilding stronger against floods

In this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Interstate 69 is covered by floodwaters from Harvey, in Humble, Texas. Just two weeks ago, President Donald Trump rolled back an order by his predecessor that would have made it easier for storm-ravaged communities to use federal emergency aid to rebuild bridges, roads and other construction so they can better withstand future disasters.

Representative Kelly announces tele-town hall

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly announced today that he will host a toll-free telephone town hall meeting next week for constituents of the Third District to ask questions and receive answers regarding current events and issues of general concern. CALL-IN INFO: To participate, dial 877-228-2184 and enter event ID 19013 at the time of the event.

.com | Federal judge blocks Texas’ tough ‘sanctuary cities’ law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press briefing the State of Texas Emergency Command Center at Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin. Austin - A US federal judge late on Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they're in the US legally and threatened sheriffs with jail time for not co-operating with federal immigration authorities.

Source: Lobbyist in Trump Tower meeting spoke to grand jury

A grand jury used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's eldest son, The Associated Press has learned. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to the AP that Rinat Akhmetshin had appeared before Mueller's grand jury in recent weeks.

Don’t Fall Victim To Harvey Flood Scams

As Harvey, the largest rainstorm in the history of the continental United States , floods homes in Texas and Louisiana, many Americans want to send money for relief efforts. The need for that help will be enormous: FEMA Administrator Brock Long has said more than 195,000 people already have registered for disaster assistance.

Trump Gives Congress An Olive Branch With Tax Pitch, But Will It Last?

When President Trump traveled to Missouri on Wednesday to make his pitch for tax code overhaul, it was a more conventional - even conciliatory - chief executive who showed up. Trump expressed optimism that he could work together with the legislative branch to pass something meaningful - although as NPR's Scott Horsley noted, the president offered scant specifics about what that legislation would be.

16 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries in rickety boats, which often do not survive the rough waters as they become increasingly desperate to escape. The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that at least 18,500 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days earlier.

DOJ won’t probe Duterte sons’ alleged involvement in Customs scandal

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the Department of Justice through its investigative arm National Bureau of Investigation will no longer probe the possible involvement of two members of President Rodrigo Duterte's family in the entry of P6.4 billon worth of shabu shipment at the Bureau of Customs . The justice secretary believes that the critics of the President only want to make the issue appear to be a "family affair."

US, South Korea fly bombers over Korean Peninsula

The US and South Korea have staged a joint show of force over the Korean Peninsula, two days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan. Two US B-1B bombers, four South Korean F-15 fighter jets and four US F-35B fighter jets took part in the joint US-South Korean exercise, an official with the South Korean Air Force told CNN.

The Latest: China says war not an option in Korea

In this combination of file photos, top: U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers fly over Japan on July 8, 2017, in this photo released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan; and two U.S. Air Force F-35 jets arrive at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, on Sept. 2, 2015.

Why a Republican Pollster Is Losing Faith in Her Party


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"If I pack up my toys and go home, there are people in red MAGA hats who would be saying, 'Don't let the door hit you on your way out.' " Kristen Soltis Anderson is losing faith in her party.

Authorities brace for wave of hurricane-related fraud

As high water spreads from Houston through Texas and Louisiana, authorities are bracing for an inevitable wave of fraud and other criminal activity set into motion by Harvey's punishing rains. In a warning to those who would seek to defraud the government and people wanting to help or seeking assistance, a dozen federal and state agencies were banding together to investigate and prosecute wrongdoers.

Source: Lobbyist in Trump Tower meeting spoke to grand jury

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. A grand jury used by Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's eldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

Bill would align special US Senate races with general elections

In the future, any special U.S. Senate races could happen during a general election cycle and not in a separate off-cycle election like the one now underway. Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, has pre-filed for next year's session a bill to allow in the event of a Senate vacancy the governor to appoint an interim senator until the next general election, which takes place every two years.

The ZOA Has Criticized President Trump Plenty

The leftwing J Street's Director of Communications has written a breathtakingly inaccurate and careless screed against ZOA , falsely claiming we are an "ultra partisan" group advocating for Trump which refuses to criticize him. Yet, your own newspaper's Nathan Guttman verified this as a phony allegation by writing on May 15 an article entitled " Is Trump Losing Morton Klein " stating that Klein criticized Trump by saying "Trump will have to explain all these hostile statements toward Israel."

Special counsel Robert Mueller just made a move signaling that…

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is in charge of the FBI's investigation into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 election, is collaborating with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in his investigation into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Politico reported on Wednesday. The Manafort investigation is reportedly homing in on his financial transactions, with a particular focus on money laundering, and Mueller's teaming up with Schneiderman may be a sign that the probe is heating up.

Trump pushes tax overhaul to a bring back Main Streeta

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. >> President Donald Trump launched his fall push to overhaul the nation's tax system by pledging Wednesday that the details-to-come plan would “bring back Main Street” by reducing the crushing tax burden on middle-class Americans, making a populist appeal for a proposal expected to heavily benefit corporate America.

Trump order undermines rebuilding better for future floods

In this file photo, Interstate 69 is covered by floodwaters from Harvey, in Humble, Texas. Just two weeks ago, President Donald Trump rolled back an order by his predecessor that would have made it easier for storm-ravaged communities to use federal emergency aid to rebuild bridges, roads and other construction so they can better withstand future disasters.

Journal Junction from August 31

I see that yet another college campus has yielded to the pressure of the extreme left and has deemed that the flag of the United States of America is too controversial to fly. Personally, I believe that in a case of hatred of our country such as this, all federal funding, subsidies, and grants to that indoctrination center need to cease.

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A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they're in the U.S. legally and threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, had been cheered by President Donald Trump's administration and was set to take effect Friday.

Wasserman Schultz leads efforts to remove Confederate names, statue

If U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., gets her way, the names of three Confederate generals will be removed from street signs in Hollywood, Fla., and the statue of a Confederate general representing Florida will be removed from the National Statuary Hall in Washington. Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who resigned from the post in July 2016 amid allegations that she favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, has asked local leaders in Hollywood to remove the names of Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood from city streets.

Federal judge blocks Texas’ tough ‘sanctuary cities’ law

A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they're in the U.S. legally and threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, had been cheered by President Donald Trump's administration and was set to take effect Friday.

Grim reality in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: More dead

Now that the sun is finally shining and the murky, brown floodwaters are slowly receding in much of the Houston area, grim reality is setting in. In Texas, the official death toll stood at 23 on Wednesday, although authorities were investigating an additional 17 deaths to determine whether they were storm related.

Trumpa s a American modela for tax cuts encourages Republicans, unites Democrats in opposition

After a rough summer of divisions within his own party in Congress , President Trump began his long-awaited push for tax cuts Wednesday, a move likely to unify Republicans and raise pressure on Democrats in conservative states for some rare cooperation. Traveling to Missouri, the home state of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, the president offered broad outlines of his unfinished plan for tax reform, calling it "the foundation" for better jobs and prosperity.

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Duke's Cutcliffe: 'I believe in my heart of hearts, this team is the deepest, most talented team we've had at Duke yet' Video: Hear an excerpt from Duke football head coach David Cutcliffe's eulogy during the funeral service for Howell Brown III, 13, who died Friday after a five-year battle with cancer, at Duke University Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 30. During his fight, Brown became close with athletes and coaches at Duke and N.C. Central, attending games and practices.

White House wants to help states, cities offload infrastructure

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration told state and local officials on Wednesday that it will use its infrastructure plan to create incentives for the private sector to finance or take over public entities like bridges, tunnels and highways. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told about 150 transportation officials at the White House the administration wants the private sector to play a bigger role in managing and financing public infrastructure.

Financial firms fear turmoil over fraught U.S. debt ceiling talks


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Financial firms are sounding alarm bells and dusting off contingency plans over fears an increasingly dysfunctional U.S. Congress may fail to reach a deal to raise the country's debt limit. Several lobbyists, representing dozens of bankers, investors and credit rating agencies, told Reuters they are worried that dynamics at play in Washington - a bitterly divided Republican party and unpredictable President Donald Trump - could rule out a deal before an October deadline.

Wax museum revels in ridicule as critics lampoon its figures


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Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. "It's absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy," said Michael Pelletz, the museum's vice president of sales.

‘False and wholly unsubstantiated’: Trump’s lawyer pushes back on…

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, submitted a letter to Congress disputing allegations made against him in an explosive and unverified 35-page dossier which claims that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor. The dossier, compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, paints Cohen as a central figure in the Trump-Russia controversy, alleging that he was a key player in "the ongoing secret liaison relationship between the New York tycoon's campaign and the Russian leadership."

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Teen jailed for taking loaded gun to schoolSIDNEY - A 14-year-old boy has been jailed after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack at a central Ohio high school.The gun was found during a search of bags inside a classroom Tuesday at Sidney High School after a girl told a teacher about a text message chain that said a ninth-grader had showed ... (more)

Court tosses suit alleging sexual aggression at West Point

A former U.S. Military Academy at West Point cadet who sought judicial relief from what she described as a sexually oppressive culture that included crude chants during campus marches was told Wednesday by an appeals court to seek help from Congress instead. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 ruling cited past court decisions, some decades old, in saying "civilian courts are ill-equipped" to second-guess military decisions regarding the discipline, supervision and control of military members.

A torn Trump still weighing fate of young immigrants

With a deadline looming, President Donald Trump remains torn over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children - a decision that will draw fury no matter what he decides. Trump railed against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during his campaign, slamming it as illegal "amnesty."

Trump defends Arpaio pardon, pushes back on questions over timing

Provided the opportunity to defend his pardon of Joe Arpaio, President Donald Trump on Monday claimed the controversial former Arizona sheriff was treated "unbelievably unfairly," called attention to the controversial pardons of former presidents and refuted the suggestion that the timing of the action was intended to bury the news beneath coverage of Hurricane Harvey. "I thought [Arpaio] was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting started," the president said.

Mike Lee: If Republicans Fail on Tax Reform, We’re Dead

As President Trump prepares to deliver remarks on tax reform in Missouri Wednesday afternoon, Republican Senator Mike Lee is warning GOP lawmakers about the consequences of failing to get a bill passed on the issue. "The American people elected us expecting us to repeal ObamaCare and bring about tax reform.

FBI Decides to Withhold Hillary Files Because…Public Isn’t Interested?

Lawyer Ty Clevenger was denied an open-records request from the FBI seeking the agency's files dealing with Hillary Clinton's email investigation. "You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public's interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject," FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy told Mr. Clevenger in a letter Monday.

Daniel K. Inouye, Southwestern US, Wisconsin Food, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, August 30, 2017


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University of Hawaii: Sen. Inouye's congressional papers available to the public . "The congressional archival papers of the late Daniel K. Inouye, who served 53 years in Congress, 50 in the U.S. Senate, are now available to the public via the University of Hawai i at Manoa Library Congressional Papers Collection.

Businessman Who Once ‘Counted Jews’ For Nixon Tapped By Trump For Smithsonian Board

A controversial businessman who once compiled a list of Jewish government employees to give to President Richard Nixon will be nominated by President Trump to chair the board of a Smithsonian think tank, the White House announced Wednesday. Trump intended to nominate Fred Malek to chair the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, one of the world's most prestigious think tanks.

The Latest: DOJ: Philadelphia doing disservice to citizens

A Department of Justice spokesman says Philadelphia is doing a disservice to its residents "by protecting criminal aliens rather than law-abiding citizens." Spokesman Devin O'Malley's comments on Wednesday are in response to a lawsuit Philadelphia filed against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over what officials call "unlawful" immigration restrictions placed on a major federal grant.

House Dems call for hearing on Trump’s Arpaio pardon

In a letter signed by ranking member Rep. John Conyers and 16 other members, Democrats argued that "although the President has wide constitutional authority to issue pardons, there is also ample precedent for our Committee to review pardons as controversial as this one." Hurricane Harvey moved toward the Texas Gulf Coast.

Chris Christie’s Attack on Ted Cruz

New Jersey governor Chris Christie attacked Texas senator Ted Cruz on CNN today for his supposed hypocrisy in opposing relief for Hurricane Sandy yet requesting relief as Harvey devastates the Gulf Coast. Christie said: Senator Cruz was playing politics in 2012, trying to make himself look like the biggest conservative in the world.

Trump to tout tax reform in Missouri, won’t offer specifics

U.S. President Donald Trump will turn his signature populist rhetoric toward tax reform on Wednesday in a speech expected to tout tax cuts as a way to help workers and the middle class in an economy "rigged" against them, senior White House officials said. With his domestic policy agenda stalled amid Republican infighting and his approval rating at just 35 percent, Trump will make his first presidential speech specifically on tax reform, one of his key 2016 campaign promises.

The Latest: Girl, 3, found with drowned mom to go home today

Authorities say a 3-year-old girl who was found clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas is doing well and should be released from the hospital soon. Officer Carol Riley says the toddler, who was suffering from hypothermia when she was rescued Tuesday afternoon, has now been reunited with her family.

Funeral set for Mesa businessman, politician Wil Cardon

Funeral set for Mesa businessman, politician Wil Cardon Funeral details have been set for Mesa businessman and politician Wil Cardon, who died Saturday. He was 46. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2wTa1Ig Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Chapel, 4225 N. 56th Street in Phoenix.

U.S. senator urges FBI to probe Icahn over biofuels push

A Democratic U.S. Senator on Wednesday urged the FBI to launch a criminal probe into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn broke the law when he called for a change in the federal biofuel program that would have enriched him personally while he was an adviser to President Donald Trump. "It appears Mr. Icahn potentially violated the principal conflict of interest statute ... abused his role as a special adviser to the president of the United States on issues relating to regulatory reform," by participating in a government matter that affects his financial interests, Senator Tammy Duckworth of ethanol-producing Illinois said in a letter to the FBI, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Washington Watch: Internecine warfare

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. . With Congress coming back from its summer recess after Labor Day, look for President Donald Trump's simmering feud with his party's leaders on Capitol Hill to heat up.

How the Storms of “The Scottish Play” Inform Your Compliance Program

In honor of fellow Houstonians, fellow Texans and now our neighbors to the east in Louisiana, who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, I continue my weather themed week by considering how Shakespeare used weather as a metaphor and what the compliance practitioner can learn from this going forward. It occurred to me that if weather is a metaphor in fiction, it is based on some reality which I think can be used to instruct on a best practices compliance program.

Candidates for governor make pitches at Barrow Gop BBQ

Four of the five Republican candidates to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal in next year's election brought their campaign messages to Barrow County Saturday evening, as each of them vowed to provide conservative leadership for the state. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, state senators Hunter Hill and Michael Williams, and Marc Alan Urbach made brief pitches to a crowd of well over 200 people at the Winder Lions Club during the Barrow County GOP's annual large barbecue fundraiser.

John McCain’s family celebrates his 81st birthday

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Giant slide photos

Two boys ride the Giant Slide at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 26, 1969. The slide was already a popular attraction in its second year at the Fair.

Ted Cruz Calls Chris Christie A ‘Desparate Politician’ [VIDEO]

Sen. Ted Cruz didn't respond kindly to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's criticism of his decision to vote no on a relief bill for Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Cruz has been accused of hypocrisy for voting against the Sandy bill - which he claims was "filled with pork" - while asking for federal aid to help Texas with Hurricane Harvey.

Chris Christie Backs Trump, Says He’s Fit For Office

GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday President Donald Trump is fit for the office of the presidency, adding that this debate was ended in November when he was elected. "I do, I do.," he told "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski on if he thought Trump was fit to lead.

Wax museum revels in ridicule as critics lampoon its statues

Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say they're embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. "It's absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy," said Michael Pelletz, the museum's vice president of sales.

Court asks Mississippi governor to defend Confederate emblem

In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a state flag of Mississippi is unfurled by Sons of Confederate Veterans and other groups on the grounds of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi's governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag.

Federal agents rescue immigrants from alleged forced labor

Federal prosecutors say nearly a dozen immigrant workers living in squalid conditions were freed from a forced labor ring in Northern California. The office of U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch says many of they lived in an industrial building without running water that was locked from the outside at night and were allegedly exploited to work at construction projects around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mattis Puts Hold On Transgender Ban For Current Military Service Members

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is maintaining current policy on transgender service members, promising to convene a panel to study how to implement President Trump's ban on transgender troops. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving an Obama-era policy on transgender military service members largely intact, saying he needs input from an expert panel to determine the best way to implement President Trump's ban that would keep transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

How Pentagon Officials May Have Encouraged a 2009 Coup in Honduras


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FORT MCNAIR, one of the oldest U.S. military posts in the country, is nestled on an outcropping of land where the Anacostia and Potomac rivers meet in Washington, D.C. There, within the National Defense University, is the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, where hundreds of Hondurans took courses over the years. In mid-July 2009, Honduran military officials sought the center's help to solve a problem that had recently arisen.

5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander , chairs the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray , is the committee's ranking Democrat. With Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to stabilize the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans.

The nation in brief

A federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a defamation lawsuit by Sarah Palin against The New York Times , saying the former Alaska governor failed to show that the newspaper knew it was publishing false statements in an editorial before quickly correcting them. The written ruling by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the lawsuit, which sought unspecified damages, "fails on its face to adequately allege actual malice."

Under Pressure, North Carolina Draws New Voting Maps

North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, a Republican, during a Senate 2016 session. Of Democratic criticisms of his party's redistricting efforts, Berger says, "It's easier to blame the maps, blame a process, blame anything, really, than it is to take responsibility for losing touch with the politics of voters in 75 of North Carolina's 100 counties."

Thinking Of Running For Office? A Website Lets You Test The Waters

Democratic congressional candidate Regina Bateson speaks with local resident Paige Stauss outside a public library in Granite Bay, Calif., following a campaign event. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption Democratic congressional candidate Regina Bateson speaks with local resident Paige Stauss outside a public library in Granite Bay, Calif., following a campaign event.

Democrats should ask: What if Bannon was right?

In normal times, you could bank the bet that a man who was a Russian stooge, gave comfort to neo-Nazis and spent his first year in office trying to take health care from 22 million Americans was going to get destroyed when voters finally had a chance to send him a message. Add to that an approval rating that hit 34 percent last week, and a poll from swing states showing 1 in 5 of people who voted for Donald Trump are now embarrassed by his presidency, and you'd think Democrats were in great shape for next year's midterm elections.

Trump’s Texas trip: As critics carp, he looks to be in charge

Donald Trump did what a president is supposed to do yesterday, visiting Corpus Christi for a briefing on hurricane relief efforts, talking up Texas and praising those on the front lines of the catastrophic flooding. As a levee was breached, reservoirs overflowed and Harvey dumped more rain on the battered Houston region, the president and his FEMA director demonstrated that the feds are coordinating with state and local officials in trying to aid the tens of thousands of displaced residents.

Trump heads for Missouri as he hits the road to tout his push for tax reform

President Donald Trump goes Wednesday to Springfield, Missouri to accelerate his administration's push for tax reform, amid ongoing questions as to whether Republicans in Congress can get something done in coming months on the subject, as lawmakers in both parties await the details of a GOP tax plan. "We're committed to passing the first major tax reform in over thirty years," the President said to cheers last week at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. William G. McCarthy

Dr. William G. McCarthy, 90, Terre Haute, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017, at St. Vincent Heart Center, Carmel. He was a professor of early childhood and elementary education at Indiana State University.

U.S. Data Quirk May Hold Back Inflation in the Coming Months

Federal Reserve policy makers hoping for a pick-up in inflation in the coming months may end up being frustrated by a quirk in the price data. In eight of the last 10 years, the key inflation rate that the Fed focuses on in the short run has come in lower in the second half of the year than in the first when the numbers are initially reported.

Groups sue to protect Yellowstone bears as hunts anticipated

Wildlife advocates and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a U.S. court to restore protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park so that trophy hunting of the fearsome animals would not be allowed. The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Humane Society and several conservation groups filed three lawsuits Tuesday and Wednesday in federal court in Montana, challenging the government's recent move to lift protections.

E-Commerce Company Custom Wristbands Admits to Price-Fixing

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently announced that California-based Custom Wristbands Inc. and its top executive Christopher Angeles agreed to plead guilty for conspiring to fix prices for wristbands and other customized novelty products sold online. Earlier this month, DOJ secured a guilty plea from Zaappaaz Inc. , a Texas e-commerce company, and its founder, Azim Makanojiya, who admitted to taking part in a price-fixing conspiracy.

Federal Immigration Resources Assisting In Hurricane Response In Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying staff and equipment for search and rescue efforts and to work at local, state, and federal emergency operations centers in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. To encourage undocumented workers in need of assistance to come into shelters, FEMA issued a statement, "Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control," asking " all persons to follow the guidance of local officials and seek shelter regardless of their immigration status ."

Boeing offer F/a-18 facility in India | Japan condemns NK Icbm…

Britain's leading shipbuilding bosses are scheduled to meet with the ruling Conservative party in September to be briefed on the broad outline for a new class of light frigates for the Royal Navy. Babcock International, BAE Systems, BMT Defence Services and a small design consultancy known as Stellar Systems are expected to submit designs for the Type 31 light frigate program, and it is believed that London wants the first of the vessels to be operational in time to replace the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll which is scheduled for decommissioning in 2023.

Paul O’Connor: GOP persistent in its efforts to retain power

If there is one indisputable observation to make about the state's Republican legislative majority it is this: They are relentless in their efforts to protect their disproportional power. When the courts told them they had illegally gerrymandered the 2011 Congressional districts, they reworked the districts maps and brazenly announced that they did so to retain their 10-3 majority.

Jeff Jacoby: Why do presidents have unfettered power to pardon?

As the sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., Joe Arpaio was an authoritarian and incompetent disgrace to public service. He bragged of confining inmates in conditions so harsh that they amounted to a " concentration camp ," and in his zeal to find illegal immigrants he engaged in naked racial profiling - even after a federal court ordered him to stop.

Scot Lehigh: Texas pols should live up to their inspiring rhetoric

It may be an impolitic point to make at this meteorological moment, but sometimes bluntness helps clear the conceptual clouds. So here goes: The rhetoric around the Texas disaster relief effort is inspiring, but shouldn't political leaders' professed concern about their fellow citizens transcend national emergencies? Or to put it another way, why don't President Trump and the leading politicians of Texas practice what they preach? This week, Greg Abbott, Texas's governor, spoke movingly about the spirit of generosity and community on display in the Houston area's Dunkirk-like response to this natural disaster.

This day in history

Birthdays: Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 78. Olympic gold medal skier Jean-Claude Killy is 74. Actress Peggy Lipton is 71. Former Celtics star Robert Parish is 64. Actress Michael Michele is 51. Country musician Geoff Firebaugh is 49. Actress Cameron Diaz is 45. Actor Raul Castillo is 40. Actor Michael Gladis is 40. Singer Rachael Price is 32. Rock musician Ryan Ross is 31. In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and declared slaves there to be free.

Exploiting Hurricane Harvey: Fiscal hawks fear big spenders will capitalize on Harvey relief bill

A $100 steak knife, a $600 filing cabinet, $300,000 in sports equipment and an $88,000 tactical combat vehicle may have nothing to do with Hurricane Katrina, but those items were paid for as part of a multibillion-dollar spending bill that Congress quickly passed after the 2005 storm, which has prompted lawmakers to become skeptical of disaster-relief bills. Twelve years later, with Hurricane Harvey still dumping water on flood-ravaged Houston, some are already worried that the next relief bill will pose the same problem: millions of dollars spent on wasteful or unrelated projects.

Trump’s decision on ‘Dreamers’ could spell fate of immigration reform

President Trump's forthcoming decision on the fate of so-called Dreamers - unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before adulthood - could have far-reaching consequences not only for his quest for immigration reform and an impenetrable border wall. As the Washington Examiner reported last week, Trump is under mounting pressure to terminate or phase out the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented youth before a coalition of conservative state attorneys general sue his administration for what they see as unlawful amnesty.

Pardon of Arizona sheriff “a stupid thing to do”

" U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to pardon a controversial Arizona sheriff, calling it "a stupid thing to do." The San Francisco Democrat was asked about the pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a lecture in San Francisco.

Today in History

On August 30, 1997, Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. In 1861, Union Gen.

Carrollton teacher to serve on state charter commission

Carrollton High School culinary arts teacher Carmen Dill has been named to the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia, a state-level, independent charter school authorizing entity. Appointed to fill an unexpired term by Gov. Nathan Deal, she attended her first meeting Aug. 30 and will continue service on the commission through January 2019.

Lawyers Gear Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed .

Eight Major SCOTUS Cases to Watch

Counsel: Two former George W. Bush administration solicitors general will face off: Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis representing the NCAA. About: Can the federal government keep states from authorizing legal sports betting? That is the high-stakes question raised by Christie's persistent efforts to allow sports betting at New Jersey's casinos and racetracks, where the state could reap millions in tax revenue.

The Latest: Town scrubs game; football players clean school

Flooding in Houston coupled with Tropical Storm Harvey's outer rain bands heading east had emotions running high in New Orleans, especially among those whose homes flooded during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he won't second-guess the decision not to ask Houston residents to evacuate before Harvey hit the city with heavy rain and wind.

breaking 1 of 2 missing fishermen found clinging to capsized boat

The Coast Guard suspended their search, Tuesday, for two missing fishermen overdue in Lake Erie since Monday after rescuing one. Just after 12:30 p.m., a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, spotted a man clinging to a capsized vessel about 15 nautical miles northeast of Cleveland.

Editorial: ‘The Harvey Effect’


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There is a disconnect deep within the brain of President Trump. Yes, we know that's not stop-the-presses news.

Dianne Feinstein booed at San Francisco event after saying she hopes Trump can change

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was booed by some constituents Tuesday night when she said President Donald Trump could be a good president if he changed his approach to the job and brought the nation together. "I just hope he has the ability to learn and change, and if he can, he can be a good president," she said at a Commonwealth Club forum at the historic Herbst Theater, surprising San Franciscans used to hearing their politicians decry Trump in far more heated language.

Judge rejects Sarah Palin lawsuit against The New York Times

A federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a defamation lawsuit by Sarah Palin against The New York Times, saying the former Alaska governor failed to show the newspaper knew it was publishing false statements in an editorial before quickly correcting them. The written ruling by Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the lawsuit seeking unspecified damages "fails on its face to adequately allege actual malice."

Plot Twist


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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late Tuesday announced that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts.

Harvey breaks rainfall records, spreads more disaster


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People evacuate a neighborhood in west Houston inundated by floodwaters after a release from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity Tuesday. more > Hurricane Harvey's rainfall topped 50 inches in some spots, setting a record for the continental U.S., as flooding reached more neighborhoods in Texas on Tuesday, forced further evacuations, spurred thousands of heroic rescues and stranded many more people.

I’ll Take the Sauna

Still not refined enough to differentiate between the smells of Axe body spray and a sauna full of ferrets, though. So about like an average human.

ACLU, DOJ settle legal challenge against Trump travel ban

The legal challenge launched by the American Civil Liberties Union against President Trump's first travel ban has finally been settled - but the terms have not been disclosed. Attorneys for both the ACLU and the Department of Justice agreed on an undisclosed deal Thursday after holding closed-door discussions for months , according to court documents.

Retired U.S. Army colonel charged in Haiti bribery scheme

He's an influential Haitian-American who hosted Haitian prime ministers and U.S. lawmakers at his Maryland home, and informally advised the U.S. State Department on matters concerning Haiti. Now Dr. Joseph Baptiste, a retired U.S. Army colonel and practicing dentist, is accused of conspiring to bribe senior Haitian government officials to win support for an $84 million port project in the country's northern region.

Trump Jr. agrees to transcribed interview with Senate panel

President Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has agreed to sit down for a transcribed interview with the Senate judiciary committee, as investigators continue to dig into his attendance at a 2016 meeting where he was promised Russian dirt on the Clinton campaign. The committee and Trump Jr. have agreed on a date to be interviewed by the panel in private, according to Taylor Foy, spokesman for committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, after Trump Jr.'s lawyers have been in discussions with the panel and turned over documents.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Responding to Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana

Arlington, VA, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is providing assistance to active duty and retired Marines and Sailors who are experiencing financial difficulties in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Every day of the week, around the globe, the Society provides interest-free loans and grants for basic living expenses, emergency travel expenses, and other family emergencies for military members and their families facing financial crisis or need.

Chicago changes course, wants police reforms with court role

The city of Chicago changed course Tuesday and said it now wants to carry out far-reaching reforms of its police under strict federal court supervision, abandoning a draft deal on reforms with the Trump administration that envisioned no court role. The new approach led to the unusual sight of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a joint news conference to announce that Madigan - with the mayor's full support - had just sued the city seeking court oversight of the beleaguered police force.

Josh Mandel wants churches freed to endorse, raise funds

In announcing his "Faith Outreach Team" Tuesday, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel took up a fight already declared by President Donald Trump. Mandel, who is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, said the faith team's top goal would be to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law prohibiting churches and other non-profits from endorsing political candidates or raising money for them.

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Uber Technologies Inc. said on Tuesday it was cooperating with a preliminary investigation led by the U.S. Department of Justice into possible violations of bribery laws. The preliminary investigation is the latest in a series of legal wrangles at Uber as the ride-services company waits for its new chief executive to take the reins.

Louisiana, deluged by rain, braces for Harvey’s landfall

Rising waters threaten homes along North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff, La., near Lake Charles, La., as a constant rain from Tropical Storm Harvey falls, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey have forced hundreds more of evacuations in Louisiana, as the western part of the state braces for the storm to make landfall Wednesday morning.

Hurricane Harvey submerges some divides in Washington

Hurricane Harvey's still-rising flood waters have altered the landscape well beyond Texas: They have put aside, at least for now, vast differences within the Republican Party. Instead of the discord and infighting that's marked the first seven months of the Trump administration, Republican leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are vowing to swiftly approve recovery funds for the areas devastated by the storm.

Trump, in Texas, calls Harvey recovery response effort a – real team’

President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster. Trump had pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane.

Costco drops trucking company over labor violations

Costco, one of the world's largest retailers, has dropped a major port trucking company in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation into labor abuses Costco drops trucking company accused of labor violations Costco, one of the world's largest retailers, has dropped a major port trucking company in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation into labor abuses Check out this story on northjersey.com: https://usat.ly/2xJZV92 Costco, one of America's largest retailers, has stopped doing business with a California trucking company, Pacific 9 Transportation, accused of trapping drivers in debt and then using it to force them to work overtime.

Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Texas: ‘We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished’


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President Donald Trump told a group of federal leaders and Texas officials on Tuesday during a visit to Corpus Christi that he will hold off on congratulating his administration and the Texas government on its response to Hurricane Harvey for "when we're all finished." Trump made the comments after thanking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who had introduced him and the administration officials present.

The massive reservoirs built to protect downtown Houston are in…


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The record-breaking rains Harvey continues to pour onto Houston and the surrounding area have flooded thousands of people out of their homes, with tens of thousands potentially needing to take refuge in shelters. On Sunday night, the US Army Corps of Engineers began a controlled release of water from the dams at the Addicks and Barker reservoirs for the first time ever.

Vermont delegation calling bluff on Trump’s budget threat

All three members of Vermont 's congressional delegation are opposed to President Donald Trump's suggestion he will shut down the federal government if Congress does not include money to construct a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations committee, calls the suggestion "juvenile," saying it would cost billions of dollars every day to shut down the government.

Sessions: Drug overdoses a the top lethal issuea in the US

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the annual conference of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children at the KI Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in Green Bay, Wis. GREEN BAY - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug use."

Scandal Erupts over the Promotion of ‘Bourgeois’ Behavior…

Scandal Erupts over the Promotion of 'Bourgeois' Behavior - Two law professors face racism, sexism, and homophobia charges for urging Americans to act responsibly. - Were you planning to instruct your child about the value of hard work and civility? Not so fast! The day's must-read political news and opinion pieces are scattered across hundreds of news outlets and blogs, too many for any one person to read.

Ruling overturns FAA rerouting of Phoenix departure paths


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A court ruling overturns the Federal Aviation Administration's 2014 order that set new flight paths and procedures for aircraft departing Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The 2-1 ruling Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agrees with claims by Phoenix and a historic neighborhood association that the FAA's action was "arbitrary and capricious."

President Trump Hopes His Response to Hurricane Harvey Will Be a Model


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President Donald Trump called Hurricane Harvey a storm of "epic proportions" and said he hopes his administration's response to the disaster will be regarded as a model. "We want to be looked at five years, ten years from now, as this is the way to do it," Trump said as he and his wife Melania received a briefing on the storm response at a fire station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

In Wake of Hurricane Harvey, Consumers Should Research Charities Before Giving

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and historic flooding across southeast Texas, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam encourages Floridians to visit FloridaConsumerHelp.com to research charitable organizations before donating money to help those in need. "Our hearts go out to the people of Texas, and I hope that Floridians can respond with the same generosity that our state has received time and time again," Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said.

Harvey victims urged to file insurance claims fast

Homeowners whose properties were damaged by Harvey may face another challenge: filing insurance claims before a new Texas law takes effect on Friday. The statute, House Bill 1774 , limits penalties for property-casualty insurers when policyholders sue them for being slow to settle a claim, offer a lowball payout or decline a claim altogether.

Nelson calls on HHS to oversee state’s handling of 13,000 kids removed from CMS

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson today called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "to exercise its oversight and enforcement authority" to protect more than 13,000 Florida children with special needs who were improperly removed from the state's specialized care program, known as Children's Medical Services. Nelson's request comes on the heels of recent reports that despite a Florida judge's ruling two years ago that required the state to stop using a new screening tool that declared thousands of kids ineligible for the state's specialized care program, the state of Florida has still not yet notified all of the families who were improperly removed from the program to provide them an opportunity to reenroll.

USDA Integrates Recalls Information into ‘FoodKeeper’ Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced new updates to its popular FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new information on food safety recalls. The app has been updated so users can choose to receive automatic notifications when food safety recalls are announced by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration .

Police: 2 woman dressed as nuns try to rob bank

This series of surveillance photos posted on the official FBI Philadelphia Twitter account show women dressed as nuns who attempted to rob a Citizens Bank near Tannersville, Pa., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Authorities are searching for the suspects, who left without taking anything.

$19.8 Million Settlement Reached over Allegations of Drug Overcharges …

The Whistleblower Institute announces that Sanofi Pasteur reached a $19.8 million settlement over allegations of drug overcharges to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those who have a similar case or experienced a similar situation or any other wrongdoing within a corporation have certain options and should contact the Whistleblower Institute at mail@whistleblowerinstitute.com or call: 619-452-1218.

Trevor Noah on Arpaio pardon: Trump ‘sure has a lot of racist friends’

Late-night host Trevor Noah on Monday ripped President Trump for pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying he's sending a message that his allies are above the law. Trump on Friday pardoned the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff who was found guilty of contempt of court after he was ordered to stop racially profiling people he suspected to be in the country illegally.

How to help after Harvey

Southeastern Texas has been pummeled with unprecedented flooding this weekend after the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, leaving thousands of residents stranded and in need of help. FEMA is referring people to NVOAD, a coalition of the major voluntary organizations in the U.S. that have prioritized disaster-related work.

Trump Organization Exec Emailed Putin’s Spokesman for Help on a Deal

A top executive from Donald Trump's real estate company emailed Russian President VladiA mir Putin's personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress on Monday. The request came in a mid-January 2016 email from Michael Cohen, one of Trump's closest business advisers, who asked longtime Putin lieutenant Dmitry Peskov for assistance in reviving a deal that Cohen suggested was languishing.

Trump: ‘All options are on table’ after North Korea missile launch over Japan

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan. In a terse, written statement Tuesday, Trump said that with the missile launch North Korea has "signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior."

The Best Protein Pancakes You’ll Ever Make

While I'm all for indulging in an occasional Pancake Sunday ritual to feed the soul, when it comes to day to day healthy eating, I generally steer my nutrition clients away from sweet carb-centric breakfasts like pancakes. The reason? We tend to burn through those simple carbs in white flour super-quick and wind up sleepy and magically still-hungry, not long after eating despite having just devoured a mountain of flour, syrup, and butter.

Tax Reform and Budget Deficits in America

The Republican Party's leaders in the United States House of Representatives have been hard at work for more than a year designing a major reform of personal and corporate taxes. With an election looming in 2018, the House Republicans are determined to deliver a reform package and send it to the Senate for enactment.

Now Dawns the Age of Peak Netflix


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Since first moving into original programming in 2012, Netflix has gone from a fringe curiosity to a major player in film and TV, actually living up to the mantle of "disruptor" that so many tech companies try to claim. But even by that standard, the last few months have been a whirlwind, with Netflix making several of its biggest acquisitions yet: securing a deal with the juggernaut TV producer Shonda Rhimes , luring David Letterman out of retirement , buying Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series, giving the green light to shows by the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh, and optioning an entire comic-book brand .

Michael Moore Predicts Trump Will Win Re-Election in 2020

"I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020," filmmaker tells Fast Company Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020 in a Monday interview with Fast Company - but the Trump critic has a plan to stop it from happening. "I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020," Moore told the magazine.

Trump’s DACA decision looms

President Donald Trump continues to weigh phasing out a program that has protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children - with a decision to sunset the program possible as early as this week. The administration has been reviewing its options on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for months - opting to continue the Obama administration policy when it took office despite Trump's bellicose campaign rhetoric.

Psaki: It’s too soon for Trump to go to Texas

Every helicopter supporting a Trump visit to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey is a helicopter not picking survivors off rooftops. As President Donald Trump faces the first crisis of his presidency he fortunately has a chief of staff, John Kelly, who knows how to deal with emergency response, and a well-respected FEMA director in Brock Long leading an agency that has rebuilt itself since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

AOPA Files Official Complaints Over FBO Fees

On Aug. 28, AOPA, along with seven affected pilots, filed FAA Part 13 complaints over egregious FBO pricing practices at Illinois's Waukegan National Airport, North Carolina's Asheville Regional Airport, and Florida's Key West International Airport, on behalf of its membership. At each of these airports, a single FBO controls all transient ramp space and fuel services, which means each FBO possesses a monopoly position and significant power over access to a public airport.

FAA Releases Hurricane Harvey Update

The FAA continues to handle emergency and relief operations at a number of airports in the Hurricane Harvey area, including at Houston Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental. The FAA is prepared to support the resumption of commercial service flights when airport authorities reopen the airports.

AOPA Files Court Brief Over Santa Monica Settlement

Separate amicus, or Friend of the Court briefs, have been filed by AOPA and GAMA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit over the conditions included in the settlement between the FAA and the city that will allow the airport to close in 2028. AOPA reports that in its brief it holds that the settlement would not allow the public to file complaints with the FAA concerning issues at the airport that the agency would be required to resolve "fairly and fully" in accordance with Part 16 of the FARs.

As If Gun Stocks Haven’t Been Hurt Enough?

I have been publicly cautioning overly optimistic investors for the last 6 months, mostly trying to get investors and gun owners to realize that just because it is a TERRIFIC time to be a gun owner, this does not mean that it is somehow a great time to be a gun investor too. I suspected bad times coming for the gun industry as soon as President Trump was elected.

Arpaio pardon may be opening act of a constitutional crisis

Trump's move shows the same disregard for the rule of law with which he's trying to quash the Russia probe FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2009, file photo, approximately 200 convicted illegal immigrants are handcuffed together and moved into a separate area of Tent City, by order of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for incarceration until their sentences are served and they are deported to their home countries, in Phoenix. Paul Penzone who defeated Arpaio in the November election announced Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 that he is ending a policy that keeps immigrants locked up in his jails past their release date to give federal authorities extra time to launch deportation proceedings.

Trump defends Arpaio pardon, criticizes actions by Obama, Clinton

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his granting a pardon to controversial former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio. U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his granting a pardon to controversial former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, and criticized former Democratic presidents for their choices of people to pardon.

Nexus opponents continue to fight pipeline, despite federal approval

Residents opposed to a proposed Nexus natural gas pipeline that was approved by a federal agency Friday said they would fight every step of the way. On Friday evening the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a "certificate of public convenience and necessity" for the 255-mile long pipeline project that would carry natural gas from Eastern Ohio, across Ohio and into Michigan, where it will hook up to an existing line to take the gas into Ontario, Canada.

The Memo: Trump grapples with disaster in Texas

President Trump faces political opportunities and perils as he visits Texas on Tuesday, grappling with the first natural disaster of his administration. Trump has been careful to avoid projecting any sense of disengagement in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, such as the pictures of then-President George W. Bush observing Hurricane Katrina's damage from Air Force One.

Trump defends decision to pardon Arizonaa s Arpaio

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former Arizona sheriff a "patriot" who loves his country. Asked about his controversial pardon during a joint press conference with the president of Finland on Monday, Trump insisted that "a lot of people" believe he made the right call.

Report: ‘Anti-protester’ bills gain traction in state legislatures

GOP legislators in 20 U.S. statehouses proposed - and six legislatures approved - new restrictions on the right to assemble and protest in 2017. Report: 'Anti-protester' bills gain traction in state legislatures GOP legislators in 20 U.S. statehouses proposed - and six legislatures approved - new restrictions on the right to assemble and protest in 2017.

Letters to thr Editor 8/29/2017

Scranton Mayor Bill Court-right has repeatedly said the sale of the city sewer system shifted $140 million in long-term, mandated upgrade costs from the Scranton Sewer Authority to the buyer, Pennsylvania American Water. Calling the Scranton School District's finances an "urgent crisis," area lawmakers asked the state for additional funding for the fiscally troubled school system.

Couple facing arson, drug charges

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Lou Barletta to announce campaign for Senate

Campaign spokesman Jon Anzur told The Associated Press on Monday night that Barletta will release a video announcing his run for the Senate seat held by two-term Democrat Bob Casey. The Pennsylvania Republican's entry into the race was widely expected after the AP reported last month that Barletta had relayed his plans to GOP officials and activists.

FEMA chief no newcomer to gova t disaster response

Brock Long, the man directing the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Harvey, is a veteran of disaster management in government and the private sector. But the newly confirmed FEMA administrator is facing a new scale of problems to solve in the historic devastation of the nation's fourth-largest city.

Polish-born artist Krzysztof Wodiczko practices art as agent of change

Turning an inanimate object imbued with symbolism into an animate being embodying the said symbolism, artist Krzysztof Wodiczko brings private narratives to public spaces. "My Wish," commissioned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and on display at the museum's Seoul branch in Sogyeok-dong as part of the artist's first major retrospective in Asia, tells the stories of 13 marginalized people in Korean society.

Rep. Mike Kelly to Hold Interactive Town Hall over Phone

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly will host a telephone town hall meeting next week for his constituents, the Congressman's staff announced Wednesday. The tele-town hall will give all Third District residents a chance to ask questions and get answers about current events and issues of general concern.

Trump pushes tax overhaul to ‘bring back Main Street’

President Donald Trump launched his fall push to overhaul the nation's tax system by pledging Wednesday that the details-to-come plan would "bring back Main Street" by reducing the crushing tax burden on middle-class Americans, making a populist appeal for a proposal expected to heavily benefit corporate America. Trump said his vision for re-writing the tax system, a key campaign pledge, would unlock stronger economic growth and benefit companies and workers alike.

Trump pushes tax overhaul, says it’s ‘badly needed’

Public schools are grappling with the names, images of Confederate icons in the wake of the deaths at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over a Robert E. Lee statue. After five days of torrential rain, the latest weather forecast predicts less than an inch of rain and perhaps even sunshine for the Houston area.

SMITH, Fran E.

SMITH, Fran E. 72, of Springfield, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017, in Springfield, the daughter of the late Gus and Francine Theodor. Fran served our country in the United States Air Force.

Settlement calls for waste removal from San Onofre

The majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County announced Monday that it is committed to moving spent nuclear fuel to another site. The commitment by Southern California Edison settled a lawsuit filed by an anti-nuclear group nearly two years ago, which opposed the California Coastal Commission's approval of expanded nuclear waste storage at the seaside plant.

Settlement calls for waste removal from San Onofre

The majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County announced Monday that it is committed to moving spent nuclear fuel to another site. The commitment by Southern California Edison settled a lawsuit filed by an anti-nuclear group nearly two years ago, which opposed the California Coastal Commission's approval of expanded nuclear waste storage at the seaside plant.

Settlement calls for waste removal from San Onofre

The majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County announced Monday that it is committed to moving spent nuclear fuel to another site. The commitment by Southern California Edison settled a lawsuit filed by an anti-nuclear group nearly two years ago, which opposed the California Coastal Commission's approval of expanded nuclear waste storage at the seaside plant.

Settlement calls for waste removal from San Onofre

The majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County announced Monday that it is committed to moving spent nuclear fuel to another site. The commitment by Southern California Edison settled a lawsuit filed by an anti-nuclear group nearly two years ago, which opposed the California Coastal Commission's approval of expanded nuclear waste storage at the seaside plant.

Reason Podcast, 08/28/17

"'Price gougers are heroes,' says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. When 'people who go into disaster zones, we generally praise them,' but when their motivations include 'mak[ing] money suddenly they're villains.'

Reason Podcast, 08/28/17

"'Price gougers are heroes,' says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. When 'people who go into disaster zones, we generally praise them,' but when their motivations include 'mak[ing] money suddenly they're villains.'

Reason Podcast, 08/28/17

"'Price gougers are heroes,' says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. When 'people who go into disaster zones, we generally praise them,' but when their motivations include 'mak[ing] money suddenly they're villains.'

Trump heads to Texas to witness destruction as Harvey tests administration

President Trump pledged his "full support" Monday to the tens of thousands of Americans displaced by the epic hurricane and flooding that has devastated parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, warning that recovery from Harvey will be a "long and difficult road." In the short term, he told reporters in the East Room, 'protecting the lives of our people is my highest priority.

Trump defends decision to pardon Arizona’s Arpaio

In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. Fresh off his presidential pardon, an emboldened Joe Arpaio on Monday lashed out at his critics and the judge who found him guilty of a crime as his attorneys went to court to throw the court decision that was the basis for his conviction.

Trump defends decision to pardon Arizona’s Arpaio

In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. Fresh off his presidential pardon, an emboldened Joe Arpaio on Monday lashed out at his critics and the judge who found him guilty of a crime as his attorneys went to court to throw the court decision that was the basis for his conviction.

Trump defends decision to pardon Arizona’s Arpaio

In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. Fresh off his presidential pardon, an emboldened Joe Arpaio on Monday lashed out at his critics and the judge who found him guilty of a crime as his attorneys went to court to throw the court decision that was the basis for his conviction.

Trump embraces law and order agenda

There's nothing more fundamental to President Donald Trump's political philosophy than a vision of the relentless and uncompromising enforcement of law and order. Trump waited only until the second paragraph of a stark convention speech in Philadelphia last year before hitting on the theme.

Youth leaders to Aguirre: Inhibit from Kian’s case

YOUTH leaders on Tuesday urged Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the criminal complaints filed against Caloocan City policemen involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. The student leaders accompanied by Father Robert Reyes went to the Department of Justice to formally ask for the inhibition of Aguirre in the murder and torture complaints filed against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and Caloocan City police director Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and several other John Does.

Youth leaders to Aguirre: Inhibit from Kian’s case

YOUTH leaders on Tuesday urged Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the criminal complaints filed against Caloocan City policemen involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. The student leaders accompanied by Father Robert Reyes went to the Department of Justice to formally ask for the inhibition of Aguirre in the murder and torture complaints filed against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and Caloocan City police director Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and several other John Does.

Youth leaders to Aguirre: Inhibit from Kian’s case

YOUTH leaders on Tuesday urged Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the criminal complaints filed against Caloocan City policemen involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. The student leaders accompanied by Father Robert Reyes went to the Department of Justice to formally ask for the inhibition of Aguirre in the murder and torture complaints filed against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and Caloocan City police director Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and several other John Does.

Youth leaders to Aguirre: Inhibit from Kian’s case

YOUTH leaders on Tuesday urged Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to inhibit from the criminal complaints filed against Caloocan City policemen involved in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. The student leaders accompanied by Father Robert Reyes went to the Department of Justice to formally ask for the inhibition of Aguirre in the murder and torture complaints filed against Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and Caloocan City police director Chief Inspector Amor Cerillo and several other John Does.

US ‘closely’ monitoring Sudan over embargo: aid chief

On October 12, Trump will decide whether to lift the Sudan embargo after Obama eased it before leaving office in January. US aid chief Mark Green said Monday Washington was monitoring Sudan's progress on conditions for a permanent lifting of sanctions, as he visited a camp for the displaced in Darfur.

US ‘closely’ monitoring Sudan over embargo: aid chief

On October 12, Trump will decide whether to lift the Sudan embargo after Obama eased it before leaving office in January. US aid chief Mark Green said Monday Washington was monitoring Sudan's progress on conditions for a permanent lifting of sanctions, as he visited a camp for the displaced in Darfur.

US ‘closely’ monitoring Sudan over embargo: aid chief

On October 12, Trump will decide whether to lift the Sudan embargo after Obama eased it before leaving office in January. US aid chief Mark Green said Monday Washington was monitoring Sudan's progress on conditions for a permanent lifting of sanctions, as he visited a camp for the displaced in Darfur.

NRA calls elites threat in series of online videos

The election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress meant the National Rifle Association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn't change for at least four years. But the NRA has begun a campaign not against pending legislation but what it sees as liberal forces bent on undoing the progress it's made -- and the political powerhouse is resorting to language that some believe could incite violence.

NRA calls elites threat in series of online videos

The election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress meant the National Rifle Association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn't change for at least four years. But the NRA has begun a campaign not against pending legislation but what it sees as liberal forces bent on undoing the progress it's made -- and the political powerhouse is resorting to language that some believe could incite violence.

Complexity of Afghan situation warrants new plan, more troops

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared last week in an important speech about policy toward the war in Afghanistan.

Complexity of Afghan situation warrants new plan, more troops

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump declared last week in an important speech about policy toward the war in Afghanistan.

What we know about monster storm Harvey

Here is what we know about the deadly storm, which has devastated swathes of Texas and is continuing to linger over the area: Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast late Friday as a Category Four hurricane, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center called it the biggest rainstorm on record, with rainfall potentially reaching 50 inches in some places, including in Houston, the fourth-largest city in America.

What we know about monster storm Harvey

Here is what we know about the deadly storm, which has devastated swathes of Texas and is continuing to linger over the area: Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast late Friday as a Category Four hurricane, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center called it the biggest rainstorm on record, with rainfall potentially reaching 50 inches in some places, including in Houston, the fourth-largest city in America.

With opioid crisis, a surge in hepatitis C

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With opioid crisis, a surge in hepatitis C

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With opioid crisis, a surge in hepatitis C

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With opioid crisis, a surge in hepatitis C

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Lawyers: File Harvey claims before Texas law change

Attorneys and a Texas lawmaker are urging homeowners to try and file claims for property damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey before Friday, when a new insurance law goes into effect. The law will affect policyholders who file a lawsuit against their insurance company for failing to pay enough in claims or repaying claims too slowly.

Lawyers: File Harvey claims before Texas law change

Attorneys and a Texas lawmaker are urging homeowners to try and file claims for property damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey before Friday, when a new insurance law goes into effect. The law will affect policyholders who file a lawsuit against their insurance company for failing to pay enough in claims or repaying claims too slowly.

Lawyers: File Harvey claims before Texas law change

Attorneys and a Texas lawmaker are urging homeowners to try and file claims for property damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey before Friday, when a new insurance law goes into effect. The law will affect policyholders who file a lawsuit against their insurance company for failing to pay enough in claims or repaying claims too slowly.

Mueller’s team is reportedly examining Trump’s role in drafting Trump …


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The team led by special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Trump's role in drafting the statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., gave in response to news that he met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer last June during the presidential campaign, NBC News reported on Monday. Mueller is spearheading the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

As Thousands Suffer in Catastrophic #Harvey Floods, NY Times Reporter …

The New York Times' Houston bureau chief Manny Fernandez, who is covering the catastrophic mass-flooding from Hurricane Harvey that has left tens of thousands of people flooded out of their homes, posted a humble-brag photo to Twitter Monday night of his waterlogged reporter's notebook with the caption, "It's been a long day." Fernandez's last photo was posted at 6:14 p.m. CDT.

As Thousands Suffer in Catastrophic #Harvey Floods, NY Times Reporter …

The New York Times' Houston bureau chief Manny Fernandez, who is covering the catastrophic mass-flooding from Hurricane Harvey that has left tens of thousands of people flooded out of their homes, posted a humble-brag photo to Twitter Monday night of his waterlogged reporter's notebook with the caption, "It's been a long day." Fernandez's last photo was posted at 6:14 p.m. CDT.

As Thousands Suffer in Catastrophic #Harvey Floods, NY Times Reporter …

The New York Times' Houston bureau chief Manny Fernandez, who is covering the catastrophic mass-flooding from Hurricane Harvey that has left tens of thousands of people flooded out of their homes, posted a humble-brag photo to Twitter Monday night of his waterlogged reporter's notebook with the caption, "It's been a long day." Fernandez's last photo was posted at 6:14 p.m. CDT.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Fentanyl

Tiesha Henderson, 30, pleaded guilty to a count of violating federal narcotics laws before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Members of the Erie County Drug Task force found 67.27 grams of fentanyl while executing a search warrant at Henderson's residence in the 300 block of East 25th Street in Erie on March 15, 2017, according to information presented to the court.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Fentanyl

Tiesha Henderson, 30, pleaded guilty to a count of violating federal narcotics laws before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Members of the Erie County Drug Task force found 67.27 grams of fentanyl while executing a search warrant at Henderson's residence in the 300 block of East 25th Street in Erie on March 15, 2017, according to information presented to the court.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Fentanyl

Tiesha Henderson, 30, pleaded guilty to a count of violating federal narcotics laws before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. Members of the Erie County Drug Task force found 67.27 grams of fentanyl while executing a search warrant at Henderson's residence in the 300 block of East 25th Street in Erie on March 15, 2017, according to information presented to the court.

Pardoning Arpaio: The power not the right

How do I know the Constitution is the supreme law? How do I know the Constitution is supreme over Congress or the President? Because the Constitution says so. The Constitution is the great charter of the American people by which they, and not their agents in office, control their government within its proper bounds.

Trump Responds to Controversial Arpaio Pardon

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his pardon of Arizona's Joe Arpaio, who as sheriff of Maricopa County defied a court order to stop his hardline immigration policing and earned a citation for contempt of court last month. Trump's comments came at a joint press conference with the president of Finland, Sauli Niinisto.

Tillerson to abolish most special envoys, including climate

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Oldest Nazi Site Shut Down Over Complaint

The founder of the internet's oldest white supremacist site said he was trying to get back online Monday after a company revoked its domain name following complaints that it promotes hatred and is linked to dozens of murders. Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who has operated stormfront.org since 1995, said he didn't receive any warning before Network Solutions blocked the use of the stormfront.org name on Friday.

California congressman lauds Trump with profane comment

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter used a profane seven-letter term for part of the human anatomy to describe the president in remarks to a group of party members last week. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday that the remark at a Murrieta, California, sports bar Friday was received mostly favorably by the Riverside County Young Republicans.

Political fights loom over cost of Harvey recovery

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the federal response to Harvey on Monday, saying he'd spoken "on multiple occasions" to President Trump and members of his Cabinet. Federal resources have already begun flooding into Texas: 2 million liters of water, 2 million meals and tens of thousands of tarps -- all at the direction of FEMA Director Brock Long.

Budget Committee Approves Education Funding Plan Monday, August 28

The state legislature's budget-writing committee has signed-off on a plan that will increase education funding from the state by $639 million over the next two years. The package of changes approved by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee on Monday includes an increase in per-pupil funding, raises income eligibility caps for private school vouchers, and puts restrictions on when school districts can hold referenda votes.

Top StoryStatue of Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in his hometown

The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. stood beside her father's newly unveiled statue Monday, just a few blocks from where he grew up, handing out hugs and telling each well-wisher: "It's about time." The statue paying tribute to King made its public debut Monday on the Georgia Capitol grounds in front of around 800 people including Gov. Nathan Deal, many other state political leaders and several members of the King family.

Appeals court reverses ruling in Subway lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit that almost extracted $520,000 out of Subway over the length of its sandwiches just derailed at a federal appeals court. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Milwaukee federal judge's approval of a settlement in the infamous case about whether Subway's "foot-long" sandwiches were always 12 inches long.

Already-pardoned Arpaio asks judge to undo conviction

Fresh off his presidential pardon, an emboldened Joe Arpaio on Monday lashed out at his critics and the judge who found him guilty of a crime as his attorneys went to court to throw the court decision that was the basis for his conviction. The former Arizona sheriff struck a defiant tone in insisting he "didn't do anything wrong" and questioning whether his judge was fair.

Evacuees, rescues by the thousands as Texas struggles to grasp Harvey’s devastation

The rescuers came Monday in dump trucks, kayaks and bass fishing boats; plucking the weary flood survivors from Harvey's deluge throughout Houston to any available shelter. And as flash flooding continued for a wide swath of the area Monday night, evacuees arrived by the thousands at makeshift shelters in convention centers, suburban high school gyms and a minor league ballpark.

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Illinois House approves school bill on 2nd try

The Illinois House has approved a new school funding plan on a second attempt, minutes after lawmakers failed to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's changes to a separate plan preferred by teacher unions. Lawmakers voted 73-34 Monday to send the legislation to the Senate.

Anarchist rampage in Berkeley renews free speech debate

" Hundreds of masked, black-clad anarchists who overwhelmed a peaceful California protest and assaulted at least five perceived political enemies have reignited the debate over ensuring free speech while protecting public safety in the city where the U.S. free speech movement was born in the 1960s. After planned weekend rallies were violently disrupted or canceled, supporters of President Donald Trump and other politically conservative activists complained their free speech rights were blocked by liberal politicians who they say incited left-wing extremists.

The war on standards – shoot the messenger edition


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We have written about the war on standards . Most of the time, this war takes the form of attempts to bulldoze standards of conduct and achievement that stand in the way of equal distribution of society's benefits and prizes to Blacks.

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Illinois will limit how local and state police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a plan signed into law Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, a move that puts the first-term Republican at odds with his party on immigration issues. The narrow measure prohibits police from searching, arresting or detaining someone solely because of immigration status, or because of so-called federal immigration detainers.

Houston endures more rain and chaos; 6 feared drowned in van

Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey early Monday in a move aimed at protecting the city's downtown from devastating floods but that could still endanger thousands of homes, even as the nation's fourth-largest city anticipated more rain. Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday.

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Local police departments will soon have access to grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and other surplus U.S. military gear after President Donald Trump signed an order Monday reviving a Pentagon program that civil rights groups say inflames tensions between officers and their communities. President Barack Obama had sharply curtailed the program in 2015 amid an outcry over the heavily-armed police response to protesters after several police killings of black men in Ferguson, Missouri and other cities.

Rally sparks reflection on race, equality in Charlottesville

A white nationalist rally here earlier this month has brought to the surface more than just anger over the response by city officials and police to the violence that resulted in three deaths. It has also forced residents to confront some of the ugly realities of racism, bigotry and inequality that, while on heightened display that day, have long been an issue beneath the charming veneer of this progressive, historic college town.

Pelosi: DOD Spent 5 Times More on Viagra Than It Would on – Transition-Related Care’ for Transgenders

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that the Department of Defense is spending five times more on Viagra than it would on "transition-related care" for transgenders had President Donald Trump not ordered the Pentagon to bar transgenders from the military. "A study commissioned by the Department of Defense itself found that the cost of providing medically necessary care for transgender troops would be miniscule," Pelosi said in a press release put out Friday .

Arpaio opens door to return to public office, after Trump pardon

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who received the first presidential pardon of the Trump administration last week, is considering getting back into the "political field," he told Fox News on Monday. "When I left office, I said I'm probably going to be done with politics, but I'm back in the political field again-whatever that means, I don't know," Arpaio, 85, told Fox News.

Price Gougers Are Heroes! [Podcast]


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"Price gougers are heroes," says Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward. When "people who go into disaster zones, we generally praise them," but when their motivations include "mak[ing] money...suddenly they're villains."

How TV Became Art

The visionary in question was a man named Philo T. Farnsworth. Farnsworth was born in 1906 and grew up working his family's potato farm; in 1927, he built the one of the first working television cameras.

Roadside Crotch Search Was Unconstitutional, Indiana Appeals Court Rules


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The court says a marijuana odor did not justify reaching into a woman's underwear during a routine traffic stop. Last week the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that an Indianapolis police officer exceeded the limits imposed by the Fourth Amendment when she reached inside a woman's underwear to retrieve a blunt during a routine traffic stop.

Trump rolls back limits on military gear for police

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reviving a program that provided local police departments with surplus military equipment such as high-caliber weapons and grenade launchers, despite past concerns that armored vehicles and other gear were inflaming confrontations with protesters. The directive Trump signed Monday repeals Obama-era limitations on police agencies' access to camouflage uniforms, bullet-proof vests, riot shields, firearms, ammunition and other items.

Statue of Martin Luther King Jr. unveiled in his hometown

The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. stood beside her father's newly unveiled statue Monday, just a few blocks from where he grew up, handing out hugs and telling each well-wisher: "It's about time." The statue paying tribute to King made its public debut Monday on the Georgia Capitol grounds in front of around 800 people including Gov. Nathan Deal, many other state political leaders and several members of the King family.

South Dakota seeks overturn of high court sales tax decision

South Dakota officials, seeking a path for states to collect billions of dollars each year in sales taxes from internet retailers, will ask the state's highest court Tuesday for a speedy defeat in pursuit of their true goal: an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. South Dakota is the furthest along of several states attempting to overturn a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision that bans states from forcing retailers to collect taxes if the businesses lack a physical presence in their borders.

Duterte: Police Should Kill ‘Idiots’ Who Resist Arrest

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police officers to kill "idiots" who violently resist arrest Monday during a meeting with officers and the parents of a 17-year-old boy who died in the country's ongoing war on drugs. Duterte met with the parents of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, who was killed by anti-drugs officers earlier in August.

Mission mayor supports modified anti-border wall resolution

As President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the U.S. government if congress doesn't include funding to construct additional walls between the U.S. and Mexico - including 11 miles in Mission - Mission Mayor Norberto "Beto" Salinas said he plans to support a resolution against building new fencing along the Rio Grande River but not the resolution a citizen's activist group has submitted. During the council's Aug. 14 meeting a group of five area residents submitted a draft resolution titled, "Denouncing the Border Wall," and asked the mayor and city council to put its adoption on their Aug. 28 council meeting agenda for approval.

FEMA chief Long a veteran of gov’t disaster response

Brock Long, the man directing the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Harvey, is a veteran of disaster management in government and the private sector. But the newly confirmed FEMA administrator is facing a new scale of problems to solve in the historic devastation of the nation's fourth-largest city.

President Trump retweets false facts about Obama pardons

Trump on Monday morning retweeted a message from a conservative journalist that included two false facts about pardons granted under former President Barack Obama. Trump retweeted the bogus claim as a defense for his controversial pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was set to serve a jail sentence for his discriminatory policing.

Hurricane Harvey Boosts Gasoline Prices, Applications for Government Assistance

The Valero Houston Refinery is threatened by the swelling waters of the Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain, in Houston, Aug. 27, 2017. Gasoline prices have been rising and oil costs have been changing as Hurricane Harvey's winds and rising floodwaters slam into a part of Texas that has a significant portion of the nation's oil industry, particularly oil refineries, shipping, and production.

Firefighter, Red Cross units deploy from Vegas area to Texas

Firefighters from a Las Vegas-based urban search and rescue team and volunteers with the American Red Cross are on the way to Texas to help with storm and flood disaster response. Clark County fire officials say components of Nevada Task Force 1 were activated during the weekend to assist in the wake of hurricane-turned-tropical storm Harvey.

Bill and Hillary Clinton relax with Hamptons friends

'Please send help!' Thousands are trapped on their roofs in flooded Houston as cops ask ANYONE with a boat to help rescue them amid warnings Harvey's destruction could be as bad as Katrina REVEALED: New York real estate executive who shot his wife and daughter then killed himself in double murder suicide was being SUED for stealing money from his clients Homeless man who was paid $5 to pour hot coffee on himself in a viral video dies in a New Jersey car crash 'Our country will not pay, under any circumstances, for a wall': Mexico insists it won't fund Trump's border barricade in response to the President's tweet Ready to burn: Thousands flock to Nevada for the annual Burning Man Festival where larger-than-life art installations take over the desert Navy and Marine Corps divers recover the bodies of all ten sailors killed in the USS John S McCain's collision with an oil tanker Forget ... (more)

Transgender bathroom battle could be headed back to Supreme Court

A Wisconsin school district is asking the Supreme Court to review an appeals court's decision allowing a transgender teenager to use the boys' bathroom while the student's lawsuit proceeds through the courts. Ashton Whitaker, a biological 18-year-old girl who identifies as a male and has reportedly begun hormone replacement therapy, challenged as discriminatory a policy that directs boys and girls to use the bathroom that comports with the gender listed on their birth certificates.

How you can help Harvey survivors

Thousands of those in Hurricane Harvey's wake are dealing with the immediate destruction, but recovery efforts could take months. FEMA is already estimating 450,000 people will apply for disaster assistance.

The Latest: Storm could be ‘new ground’ for Louisiana parish

An emergency response official in southwest Louisiana says the threat of flooding from Harvey's torrential rains could be "new ground for us." Danny Lavergne, director of Cameron Parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said about 30 roads in the parish were covered with water but remained passable Monday morning.

Bay Area Chamber taps congressional chief of staff as next CEO

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named a congressional chief of staff as its next chief executive officer. Ryan Tarrant, 39, was selected as the organization's next president and CEO Friday, Aug. 25. He replaces Ryan Carley, who resigned from the position in May after two years on the job.

Joy Reid Forced to Issue FEMA Correction

Hurricane Harvey has already claimed the lives of five people and is leaving catastrophic flooding in its wake. Instead of coming together in this time of need, liberal pundits are finding ways to blame President Trump for one of the worst natural disasters in history unfolding on the Texas coast.

Could Trump’s Harvey Response Take a Chunk Out of Wall?

President Donald Trump's response to Harvey victims, in terms of actual post-hurricane aid, could be a real test for the White House and Congress now that the cost of recovering from the weekend hurricane has been estimated in the billions. This is Trump's first political experience with a big disaster assistance package and comes at a time when budget and spending issues are dividing Congress.

How to help Hurricane Harvey victims: Donations, relief info

Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Gingrich: Media Full of ‘Nonsense’ About Trump Approval Ratings

"The elite media" loves its approval ratings stories that detail how President Donald Trump's presidency is going to hell, but it's all "nonsense," Newt Gingrich wrote in a column for Fox News . For one, the media fails to mention that President Ronald Reagan had similarly low approval ratings at the same point in his presidency, Gingrich noted.

Friendly talk on tax cuts makes a Democrat the star of a Republican ad

Rep. Tim Ryan speaks to reporters after the House Democratic leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Nov. 30, 2016. Rep. Tim Ryan , whose aggressive campaigning for local and congressional Democratic candidates has drawn attention this summer, is the star of a new ad from a Republican group - one that recasts him as a supporter of tax reform.

MEPC 71: Ballast Water Management Update

Marine Environment Protection Committee 71 was a very busy week and ship owners can now benefit from having a firm view of the regulatory timeline for complying with the latest global require-ments for managing the ballast water from their vessels. Unfortunately, the timeline remains very crowded and for owners with ships trading to and from the U.S., compliance is more complicated.

Donald Trump, novice protectionist | George F. Will

Sooner or later, and the later the better, the president's wandering attention will flit, however briefly, to the subject of trade. So, let us try to think about the problem as he seems to: Wily cosmopolitans beyond our borders are insinuating across our borders goods that Americans, perhaps misled by British economist David Ricardo, persist in purchasing.

Team Trump turns to Rove playbook to juice 2018 turnout

Team Trump turns to Rove playbook to juice 2018 turnout - Donald Trump's White House may take a page from the Karl Rove playbook. - The administration has been in talks to put conservative initiatives on the ballot in 2018 midterm battleground states in hopes of energizing base voters dispirited

Some in GOP consider supporting a primary challenge to Trump

Yet Cuban, an outspoken Texas billionaire who describes himself as "fiercely independent" politically, sees an opportunity for someone to take down the Republican president, who is increasingly viewed as divisive and incompetent even within his own party. "His base won't turn on him, but if there is someone they can connect to and feel confident in, they might turn away from him," Cuban told The Associated Press.

First lady appears to borrow from Michelle Obama’s playbook

Bare arms and a belted waist, a White House vegetable garden and parents in the residence: Melania Trump is borrowing pages from Michelle Obama's playbook. From public policy to high fashion to family ties, Mrs. Trump is keeping alive parts of the former first lady's legacy even as President Donald Trump's administration alters other aspects.

BioTime to Present Data at the Military Health System Research Symposium

BioTime, Inc. , a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases, today announced that it will be presenting one podium presentation and two abstracts at the Military Health System Research Symposium August 27-30, 2017 in Washington, D.C. BioTime has recently released data from its two lead programs in medical aesthetics and ophthalmology and is now exploring ways to address serious unmet needs for trauma and combat-related injuries.

Germany and Egypt agree deal to stem migrant flow

Germany said on Monday it had reached a deal with Egypt to stem the flow of migrants from the Arab country, part of a broader push by Berlin to head off waves of migrants that have stoked domestic political tensions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a TV interview by ZDF public broadcaster in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2017.

Georgia unveiling Martin Luther King Jr. statue on capitol grounds featuring Confederates

Officials are placing a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta on the same property where two statues of Confederate officials stand, according to The new statue of the civil rights leader is expected to be unveiled Monday - 53 years after King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech. It will stand on the opposite side of the state capitol as a statue of John Brown Gordon, who was a Confederate general and reportedly a leader of the Klu Klux Klan, NPR reported.

Trump expected to decide soon on fate of young immigrants new

After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base. Advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility that Trump will halt the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, a move that would effectively phase out a program that gave hundreds of thousands of young people a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S. The Trump administration faces a Sept.

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The images of devastation surfacing during the devastation and flooding in Texas have prompted folks in the Philadelphia area to spring into action. Many people from around the Delaware Valley are already en route to the area to help the thousands of people who are now in need.

Myanmar army conducts clearance operations; thousands flee clashes

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents on Monday, police and other sources said, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving Myanmar's Muslim minority in five years. The fighting - triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base - has killed 104 people and led to the flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Rakhine state.

450,000 could seek disaster assistance, FEMA chief says

Providing some idea of the number of victims that Harvey is leaving it its wake, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said he expects the storm will drive about 30,000 people into shelters, and 450,000 people will seek some sort of disaster assistance. However, he warned, that it is a "dynamic" situation and "every number we put out right now is going to change in 30 minutes."

Today: Harvey Strikes at the Heart of Texas

Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Richard Wagner of the Harris County Sheriff's Department along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday. Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Richard Wagner of the Harris County Sheriff's Department along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday.

Maine blueberry crop falls with disease, lack of pollination

Maine's wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as disease and a lack of pollination. The New England state is the wild blueberry capital of the U.S., and in recent years crop sizes have soared and prices have plummeted, bringing uncertainty to a key state industry.

Houston convention center gives refuge to Harvey’s survivors

People seek shelter from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Rising floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground Sunday in Houston, overwhelming rescuers who fielded countless desperate calls for help.

Charlottesville residents vent at ‘recovery’ town hall

Charlottesville residents told city leaders at an emotional community meeting they were traumatized by a white nationalist rally and dissatisfied with the way officials handled the event and the violence that unfolded. Hundreds of people attended the event promoted as a "community recovery town hall" Sunday at a performing arts center.

Deluged Houston evokes painful memories of Katrina

Officials in Texas battling the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey hope to avoid a repeat of the 2005 fiasco in New Orleans As people waded in chest-high floodwaters, Houston turned its main convention centre into a shelter Sunday, evoking memories of Hurricane Katrina, when breached levees in New Orleans stranded tens of thousands of people in squalid conditions at that city's football stadium and convention centre. Elected officials have vowed to heed the lessons from Katrina in 2005, when about 30,000 evacuees spent days packed inside the sweltering Superdome with limited power and water and a roof that was shredded in the howling wind.

An odd trend in wheat country: not much wheat

In this 2015 photo provided by the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, farmer Howard Jones, chairman of the Idaho Pea and Lentil Commission, inspects his chickpea field near Genesee, Idaho. Changing consumer tastes for healthy high protein food are driving a boom in the demand for crops like chickpeas and lentils and some farmers, faced with the lowest wheat prices in nearly a century, have chosen to plant less wheat and more of these higher profit crops driving them to record production levels this year.

Cunningham backs Fulop

State Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham endorsed Mayor Steve Fulop's re-election bid, telling a crowd of people gathered at Dr. Lena Edwards Park on Pine Street that Fulop can help make Jersey City "the kind of city that it was imagined to be many, many years ago." Cunningham is the third and final Hudson County state senator to pledge support for Fulop, who received full-throated endorsements from Sens. Nicholas Sacco, of North Bergen, and Brian Stack, of Union City.

King Center’s Beloved Community Talks Convene Influential Women…

The King Center's Beloved Community Talks convene influential women with diverse voices around the world, bridging the racial divide with special guests: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Social Activist Tamika Mallory, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Gloria Morrow, GOP Committeewoman Ginger Howard, and Faith Leader and FOX News Contributor and Evangelist, Alveda King. This live event will take place in Ebenezer Baptist Church located at 101 Jackson Street, NE Atlanta GA from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and is free to the public and will be livestreamed on http://www.belovedcommunitytalks.org , as well as The King Center's Twitter and Facebook page.

Attacking fellow Republicans risky strategy for Trump

"Senators - who needs them? Most presidents try not to feud with members of Congress from their own party. But President Donald Trump is known for shredding the rulebook, so why would congressional etiquette be any different? The New York Times reported this week that Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are feuding bitterly, if privately, save for the occasional tweet.

Harvey: No let-up for rescuers in drenched Texas

Rescue workers and volunteers are braced for a busy night with more rain predicted as "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding" continues in southeastern Texas. The remnants of former Hurricane Harvey continue to menace the drenched state with bands of storm repeatedly pummeling the same areas as it moves slowly towards Louisiana.

Houston News Station Is Live On Air When Flood Waters From Hurricane Harvey Come Pouring In [VIDEO]

As the over filled rivers and torrential downpours continue to flood out Houston and cities in southeastern Texas, there are local news stations that are outside in the thick of it, covering the devastation going on. While KHOU-TV, the local CBS affiliate, was broadcasting live to make sure that their viewers had updates on the catastrophic storm devastating the region on the outside, they noticed that the storm had came in to greet them.

Houston Airports Closed following Tropical Storm Harvey

The US Federal Aviation Administration has closed both Houston Intercontinental and Houston Hobby airports through at least 28 August, following heavy rains from tropical storm Harvey, according to Flight Global. Houston Intercontinental, a major hub for United Airlines, is closed until at least noon local time on Monday, 28 August, and Houston Hobby, a large base for Southwest Airlines, until at least 08:00 local time on Wednesday, 30 August, the FAA says on its website.

In 1996, this royal marriage ended with a divorce decree

In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi, by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later. On August 28, 1917, ten suffragists demanding that President Woodrow Wilson support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote were arrested as they picketed outside the White House.

Joe Biden makes a fool of himself again

Asked for by no one, Joe Biden has popped out of the woodwork to make a breathless pontificating political stump speech denouncing President Trump, writing in the Atlantic . I was living history - and reliving it - at the same time.

Macron’s Push on Refugee Crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron will attempt a new diplomatic push to resolve the refugee crisis, bringing together heads of state from around Europe and Africa. Bloomberg's Caroline Connan reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe."

Trump to visit hurricane-ravaged Texas

Houston/Washington: US President Donald Trump will visit storm-ravaged Texas on Tuesday, the White House said today, even as the administration ramps up its response to the most powerful hurricane to hit America in 13 years. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction as it "We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers," she added.

Pain, anger, frustration at Charlottesville town hall

Charlottesville residents told city leaders at an emotional community meeting Sunday they were traumatized by a white nationalist rally and dissatisfied with the way officials handled the event and the violence that unfolded. Hundreds of people attended the event promoted as a "community recovery town hall" Sunday at a performing arts center.

Guatemala president moves to expel UN anti-corruption chief

President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign's financing - only to have the order quickly blocked by Guatemala's top court. Morales' move also drew criticism from the international community, including the United States, and at least two protests sprang up in the capital to decry the order.

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston


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Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation's fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help. The incessant rain covered much of Houston in turbid, gray-green water and turned streets into rivers navigable only by boat.

Trump prepares to lift limits on military gear for police

The Trump administration is preparing to restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies under a program that had been sharply curtailed amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters. Documents obtained by The Associated Press indicate President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order undoing an Obama administration directive that restricted police agencies' access to the gear that includes grenade launchers, bullet-proof vests, riot shields, firearms and ammunition.

Borrower’s Remorse

Loan danger: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has blocked an Obama administration rule that protected defrauded student borrowers- and has tapped a for-profit college executive to replace them. In 2006, Christina Hammond made a decision that she will regret for the rest of her life.

Planes evacuate travelers stranded at Houston airport, flying them out of storm zone

Travelers stranded at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport amid the deadly hurricane that devastated southeast Texas this weekend were tonight flown to Dallas out of the storm zone. Over 400 passengers had been stranded at Hobby Airport and at least 100 passengers were stranded at George Bush Intercontinental Airport as Hurricane Harvey drenched the city's roadways and overwhelmed homes, a Houston Airports spokesman told ABC News on Sunday afternoon.

Trump expected to decide soon on fate of young immigrants

After months of delays, President Donald Trump is expected to decide soon on the fate of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children as he faces a looming court deadline and is digging in on appeals to his base. Advocates on both sides of the issue are bracing for the possibility that Trump will halt the issuance of new work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, a move that would effectively phase out a program that gave hundreds of thousands of young people a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S. The White House, however, insisted Sunday that it had no announcement on an issue the president has openly wrestled with for months.

Houston evokes painful memories of Katrina

As people waded in chest-high floodwaters, Houston turned its main convention center into a shelter Sunday, evoking memories of Hurricane Katrina, when breached levees in New Orleans stranded tens of thousands of people in squalid conditions at that city's football stadium and convention center. Elected officials have vowed to heed the lessons from Katrina in 2005, when about 30,000 evacuees spent days packed inside the sweltering Superdome with limited power and water and a roof that was shredded in the howling wind.

Trump plans to lift Obama-era ban ongiving local police military equipment

The Trump administration will bring back the movement of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement. Documents obtained by Fox News reveal President Trump will sign an executive order reversing an Obama-era policy which restricted local police agenciesA ability to get access to gear such as armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and other military-grade equipment.

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I love it! Class action lawyers have long shaken down big companies for ridiculous infractions and obtained settlements giving them millions, and pennies for the individual members of the classes they purportedly represent. They are members of the powerful tort bar lobby that generates huge political donations as protection money A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a class-action settlement intended to resolve claims that the Subway sandwich chain deceived customers by selling "Footlong" subs that were less than a foot long.

Full extent of Harvey’s aftermath starts to come into chilling focus

The full extent of Hurricane Harvey's aftermath started to come into chilling focus Sunday in Houston and across much of Central Texas, as rain measured in feet, not inches, overwhelmed lakes, rivers and bayous, leaving several people dead and thousands displaced in a weather disaster described as "beyond anything experienced." Across the nation's fourth-largest city and suburbs many miles away, families scrambled to get out of their fast-flooding homes.

Uber is said to pick Expedia chief as CEO after two leaderless months

Uber selected Dara Khosrowshahi, who leads the online travel company Expedia, to be its chief executive on Sunday, capping a contentious search process as the ride-hailing company seeks to move past a turbulent period. Khosrowshahi emerged as the leading candidate from a field of three finalists over a weekend of Uber board meetings, according to two people with knowledge of the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were confidential.

The Arpaio Pardon

Candidate Donald Trump promised to abide by the rule of law that took a beating under the Obama Administration, and that theme may have helped him win the election. President Trump's pardon late Friday of deposed Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio undermines that promise and further politicizes the law.

Water rushes from a large sinkhole on a highway in Rosenberg, Texas

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday as rising water left thousands stranded and overwhelmed rescuers. Helicopters, boats and high-water vehicles swarmed around inundated areas, pulling people from their homes or from the turbid water, which was high enough in some places to gush into second floors.

Trump meets and tweets as Texas gov praises Harvey response

President Donald Trump sought to showcase the federal government's response to Hurricane Harvey in a tweetstorm of his own Sunday, marveling over its size like a TV host and announcing a visit to Texas with the natural disaster only just beginning to take its catastrophic toll. In a series of tweets, Trump said his administration was handling its responsibilities well and, in a tangential aside, hawked a book on race and crime in America written by a supporter.

Millennials Are Killing


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It's a joke genre at this point, but while shitting on the youngs is not new, the idea framing of business models dying because of the The Kids Today, instead of them failing because they failed to adapt to the killer competition of capitalism, is new.

Guatemala president moves to expel UN anti-corruption chief

Ivan Velasquez, commissioner of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity, listens to a question during a press conference in Guatemala City, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Velasquez and Guatemala's attorney gener... GUATEMALA CITY - President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign's financing - only to have the order blocked hours later by Guatemala's top court.

Harvey the Hawk is why we can’t have nice things

I'm just going to warn you in advance that this story, which starts out looking like one of those really touching, feel-good tales flush with the milk of human kindness, turns into a hot mess in short order. I'd actually thought that it wouldn't and allowed myself to believe that for a while.

Houston evokes painful memories of Katrina

As people waded in chest-high floodwaters in the United States' fourth-largest city, Houston's mayor announced Sunday that the main convention center would be opening as a shelter, evoking memories of Hurricane Katrina, when breached levees in New Orleans stranded tens of thousands of people in squalid conditions at the football stadium and convention center. Elected officials have vowed to heed the lessons from Katrina in 2005, when about 30,000 evacuees spent days packed inside the sweltering Superdome without electricity or running water.

President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Idaho to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding, landslides, and mudslides from May 6 to June 16, 2017. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by flooding, landslides, and mudslides in Blaine, Camas, Custer, Elmore, and Gooding counties.

How much power will NC lawmakers have to shape 2018 elections? NC justices could decide.

The N.C. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two cases on Aug. 28, 2017, that could shape state elections processes and districts in which candidates for state elected office and U.S. Congress run for office. The N.C. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two cases on Aug. 28, 2017, that could shape state elections processes and districts in which candidates for state elected office and U.S. Congress run for office.

Trump a menace: Padma

Thimphu, Aug. 27 : TV host and author Padma Lakshmi today slammed US President Donald Trump, calling him a "menace to the society" who was "defiling the seat he holds". "I think he is a menace to our society, I apologise but I actually tried everything I could to stop him from soiling this most sacred seat in our country.

a Keep it simple, Stupida

One of the most enduring lessons from the Obamacare fiasco, is that to win a political battle it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if Americans don't understand what the politicians are doing, or if there are parts of a bill they don't like, it probably will go down in flames.

Arpaio pardon draws opposition in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy likened the decision to former President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre," when he fired two U.S. attorneys general before a third agreed to fire the special prosecutor investigating Watergate. "Nixon had his 'Saturday Night Massacre,' and tonight should go down in history as President Trump's 'Friday Night Massacre,'" Malloy said.

Services held in NY for Marines killed in Mississippi crash

Hundreds gathered at a memorial service Sunday for nine Marine Corps aviators who were killed when their New York-based transport plane crashed in Mississippi last month. A total of 15 Marines and a sailor died July 10 when a C-130 transport plane crashed on July 10. The victims included nine crewmembers who served in a Marine Forces Reserve transport squadron based at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh in New York's Hudson Valley.

Trump keeps tabs on Harvey and its aftermath from Camp David

President Donald Trump monitored Hurricane Harvey from the seclusion of his official mountaintop retreat on Saturday, sending a flurry of tweets before and after the powerful storm made landfall in Texas in an effort to reassure the public that he was fully in control of managing the first natural disaster since he took office. "Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey from Camp David.

Ongoing Myanmar Clashes Leave 96 Dead, Including 6 Civilians

Myanmar's government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges Sunday of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued. An announcement posted online by the office of the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said the death toll from the violence that started Thursday night had reached 96, mostly alleged Rohingya attackers but also 12 security personnel.

Nat. Weather Service: Harvey Flooding ‘Unprecedented’

The Trump administration Sunday ramped up its response to deadly Hurricane Harvey amid reports of Texas families trapped in their homes and a Weather Service pronouncement of "unprecedented" impacts - including up to 50 inches of rain predicted, and elevated highways under water. In Washington, President Donald Trump was headed into a late-morning Cabinet tele-conference on the disaster, tweeting "Even experts have said they've never seen one like this!" Going to a Cabinet Meeting at 11:00 A.M. on #Harvey .

An outrageous pardon and a hollow Congress

So congressional Republicans decrying President Trump's Friday night pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio might as well save their breath. Unless they're willing to do something about it - through censure or impeachment, legal challenge or constitutional amendment - the ritual GOP scolding after each Trump affront to the rule of law is increasingly hollow.

Trinidad and Tobago a hub for illegal immigrants – report

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC - The Global Detention Project, an international group based in Switzerland, says Trinidad and Tobago is a hub for an alarming number of illegal immigrants. In its online report, Global Detention Project says there are currently 100,000 undocumented migrants living in the twin island republic .

When McGregor Faced Mayweather


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 28, 2017. By midnight, we were good and ready.

Baby tiger smuggled into U.S. from Mexico is a doing well,a zoo officials say

A weeks-old baby tiger that was rescued after being illegally trafficked into California from Mexico this week was "doing well" Friday, according to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is caring for the animal. After taking possession of the male cub Wednesday, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers brought him to the Paul Harter Veterinary Hospital at the Safari Park.

Veterinary nurse poisoned her her dog for attention

'This disaster is going to be a landmark event': Five feared dead in 'unprecedented' Harvey floods as 1,000 people are rescued and residents now brace for storm's second 'catastrophic' phase Avocados, bananas and eggs among the first Whole Foods items that will be cheaper on Monday as Amazon slashes prices following $13billion takeover 'I want a refund': Fight fans fury as service goes down for 'fight of the century' between Mayweather and McGregor which they stumped up $99.95 for Famously book-shy Donald Trump recommends tome by 'great guy' Milwaukee sheriff who said he'd 'choke a Democrat' and has been accused of massive abuses of power Are YOU eating the correct portion size? Personal trainer reveals how your HANDS are secret to measuring the perfect amount of food to maintain your energy and stay fuller for longer Floyd Mayweather parties in style at his own strip club 'Girl ... (more)

Ariz. Republic: Institutional Racism is Trump’s Goal

Arizona Republic editorial board: After [Donald] Trump was elected, many hoped he would abandon his habit of appealing to the worst instincts of disaffected white Americans who have been left behind by economic changes that had little to do with undocumented immigration. Many hoped Trump would decide to become the president of all the people.

Biden: ‘A Battle For the Soul of This Nation’

Joe Biden: If it wasn't clear before, it's clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation. The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America.

Trump talks Harvey, NAFTA and border wall in wide-ranging morning of tweets

As Tropical Storm Harvey battered Texas Sunday morning, President Trump's focus on Twitter was split between recovery efforts, the North American Free Trade Agreement , the Missouri Senate race and his long-promised border wall. Trump began his morning by promoting a book written by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has been an outspoken supporter of the president.

With Trump pardon, Arpaio again wiggles out of legal trouble

In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa.

96 killed in Burmese clashes begun with attacks on police posts

Most of those killed were alleged Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority attackers but 12 security personnel also died, said the office of the country's leader. The government and supporters of the Rohingya have traded charges of killing civilians, burning homes down and planting land mines, with the insurgents reported as having killed six people identified as Hindu.

Mattis speaks


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Defense Secretary Mattis loves the troops and the feeling is obviously mutual. Speaking to the troops somewhere on his current tour to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine, he spoke to them from the heart about their mission as well as the home front : Believe me, I know you're far from home, every one of you; I know you could all be going to college, you young people, or you could be back on the block, just grateful.

Should Taxes Be Raised or Benefits Cut to Fix Social Security? The…

According to the latest snapshot from the Social Security Administration , around 41.9 million retired workers are receiving a monthly benefits check, and of those workers, some 61% count on that check for at least half of their monthly income. Social Security's importance in helping seniors meet their financial obligations simply can't be overstated.

Sunday Toons of the Near-Catastrophic Moment

Guest: Journalist Zachary Roth; Also: Juan Cole responds to listeners; Nat'l Monuments, power grid reviews; Hurricane Harvey vs TX... Trump halts study on mountaintop removal coal mining; NOLA in flood emergency as hurricane brews; VW electrifying iconic minibus; PLUS : CA again makes a liar of Trump...again... 'Where Never is Heard a Discouraging Word, and the Coal Dust Isn't Toxic All Day': 'BradCast' 8/23/17 Guest: Historian, Middle East expert Juan Cole on Trump's Afghanistan 'flip-flop', why the hell we're there & if we'll ever be able to get out... Monsanto pesticide decimating crops; Federal climate advisors not going away easily; Court lets Exxon off hook ; PLUS : Trump's NPS ends plastic bottle ban... This week, PDiddie's collection of political toons mark what could be a seminal point in the Trump Presidency, examining the issue 'on many sides, many sides'... Guest: Political ... (more)

a Return to Conservatism:


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Much of this mess is of the Republican Party's own making. Let's not forget that Mr. Trump's political rise began with his promulgation of the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was not a natural-born American citizen.

Border Patrol agents discover people-smuggling tunnel on U.S.-Mexico border

Border Patrol agents in San Diego uncovered early Saturday a smuggling tunnel that they said was used to transit illegal immigrants into the U.S. - a rare tactic that suggests the drug cartels that control border traffic are searching for new ways to sneak people across. Agents spotted several illegal immigrants on the U.S. side of the border near the Otay Mesa port of entry just after 1 a.m. Saturday, and conducted a search of the area, looking for more people.

From bad dates in Calgary to a coach’s plea to parents, here are…


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From bad dates in Calgary to a coach's plea to parents, these are the five most popular personal essays written by Globe readers Facts & Arguments essays have long been a favourite with Globe and Mail readers, but it's always interesting for editors to see what stories really strike a chord. Print readers send us e-mails and call in.

Sen. Murphy Explains How Long Island Sound Funding Went From Zero To $8M

If there was any doubt about the value of Long Island Sound to the people of Connecticut, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy spelled it out during a visit to Greenwich Point Park on a perfect beach day. "People want to spend time by the water - it is why people come to Connecticut," Murphy said Thursday in the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, a rustic Environmental Center just steps from the water.