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  • On Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch Calls Trump Fans “Fluffers”

    08/15/2018 4:09:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Donny Deutsch might have set a vulgar new low in expressing contempt for supporters of President Trump. On today’s Morning Joe, Deutsch referred to a group of Trump supporters as “fluffers.” For those who might be unfamiliar with the term, “fluffer” is defined as “a person employed on a pornographic film set to ensure that male actors are kept aroused.” After uttering the slur, Deutsch, a sly smile on his face, added, “I just said that word, didn’t I? Well, just metaphorically, of course.”Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Maxine's Birthday Wish: Waters Says She Wants Trump 'Removed From Office'

    08/15/2018 2:27:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/14/18
    California Rep. Maxine Waters turns 80 years old on Wednesday, and told a cable news host she wants President Trump removed from office for her birthday. An MSNBC host wished Waters a "happy birthday" and the Democrat responded by saying that she wanted Trump to go. "My biggest birthday wish would be that we're able to get a leader of this country who represents us -- who has the respect of all of our allies," Waters said.
  • Transgender candidate for governor wins Vermont primary

    08/15/2018 2:08:07 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/14/18 | Tim Fitzsimons
    A former energy company executive from Vermont has come a step closer to becoming the nation's first transgender governor. Christine Hallquist swept to victory in Tuesday’s crowded gubernatorial primary, besting three other Democrats — including a 14-year-old boy — to become the party’s nominee. She is the first trans person to win a major party’s nomination for governor.
  • Salih Khater named as Parliament terror attack suspect - this is what we know about him

    08/15/2018 1:36:05 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 20 replies
    Birmingham Mail via MSN ^ | 15 August 2018 | James Rodger
    <p>The terror suspect arrested by police after a car crashed into cyclists and pedestrians outside Parliament has been named as Salih Khater.</p> <p>Three people were injured in the crash, which happened at 7:40am in the height of rush hour in Westminster.</p>
  • S. Korean President Pledges 'Bold Step' with N. Korea's Kim in Ending War

    08/15/2018 1:02:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Voice of America ^ | August 15, 2018 | Staff
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take a "bold step" in their upcoming summit to formally ending the six-decade old war that split the two sides. President Moon made the declaration Wednesday during a ceremony in Seoul marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule. The two Koreas announced earlier this week that Moon and Kim will meet in Pyongyang sometime next month. The two leaders have already met twice this year, both times in Panmunjom, the truce village in the border zone that...
  • Turkey raises tariffs on several US products

    08/15/2018 12:23:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/8/18
    Turkey announced this morning its intention to raise tariffs on several products imported from the United States, including cars, alcohol and tobacco. .....
  • Liberman to Gaza residents: 'Israel not problem but solution'

    08/15/2018 12:05:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/8/18
    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed Gaza residents via the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major General Kamil Abu Rokun's Facebook page via the Al Monaseq website. "I distinguish between Hamas leadership and the ordinary residents of Gaza," Liberman wrote. "Therefore, I decided to open the Kerem Shalom crossing and extend the fishing area back to 9 miles, as a clear message to Gaza's residents: Quiet pays off and violence doesn't pay off. The residents of Gaza have something to gain when Israeli citizens enjoy quiet and security, and something to lose when the peace is disturbed. "The people...
  • US: Woman who called Israel ‘apartheid’ wins local primaries

    08/14/2018 11:59:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/8/18
    Ilhan Omar, who once called Israel an “apartheid regime,” but who more recently came out against the boycott Israel movement, handily won the Democratic nomination in a Minneapolis-area congressional District. Omar, a Somali-born community activist and representative in the State House, is favored to win in November in the 5th District now held by Keith Ellison, who won the DFL primary for state attorney general. DFL is the state’s Democratic Party. There were primaries Tuesday in four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont. Omar’s tweets about Israel have earned her notoriety in the pro-Israel community. In 2012, she said...
  • Trump’s Trade War Is Rattling China’s Leaders

    08/14/2018 11:05:40 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/14/2018 | By Keith Bradsher and Steven Lee Myers
    BEIJING — China’s leaders have sought to project confidence in the face of President Trump’s tariffs and trade threats. But as it becomes clear that a protracted trade war with the United States may be unavoidable, there are growing signs of unease inside the Communist political establishment. In recent days, officials from the Commerce Ministry, the police and other agencies have summoned exporters to ask about plans to lay off workers or shift supply chains to other countries. (please see full article at link)
  • Scientists find way to make mineral which can remove CO2 from atmosphere

    08/14/2018 10:36:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 61 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Aug. 14, 2018 | Goldschmidt Conference
    Scientists have found a rapid way of producing magnesite, a mineral which stores carbon dioxide. If this can be developed to an industrial scale, it opens the door to removing CO2 from the atmosphere for long-term storage, thus countering the global warming effect of atmospheric CO2. This work is presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Boston. Project leader, Professor Ian Power (Trent University, Ontario, Canada) said: "Our work shows two things. Firstly, we have explained how and how fast magnesite forms naturally. This is a process which takes hundreds to thousands of years in nature at Earth's surface. The second...
  • Morgana King, jazz singer who played Brando’s wife in ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 87

    08/14/2018 9:59:25 PM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/14/2018 | Matt Schudel
    Morgana King, a boldly original jazz singer with a four-octave voice and dramatic stage presence who was perhaps better known for portraying Marlon Brando’s wife in the first two Godfather movies, died March 22 in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 87. Her death, which had not previously been reported, was confirmed by the Riverside County coroner’s office. A representative from the office said the cause was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Next steps in West Virginia Supreme Court impeachments

    08/14/2018 9:09:33 PM PDT · by Sam_Damon · 5 replies
    WTRF.com ^ | August 14, 2018 | Staff
    With three West Virginia Supreme Court Justices headed to a Senate impeachment trial, 7News spoke to West Virginia Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld about what's next. Senator Weld (R-Brooke) said he, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, Senate President and staff attorneys from both sides have been spending time over the last few weeks putting together rules for the trial.
  • Journalist probing child-trafficking allegations against Bill Clinton found dead

    08/14/2018 8:58:07 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 45 replies
    Spero News ^ | 08-14-2018
    Investigative journalist Jenny Moore was found dead in her room at the Radisson Country Inn & Suites in Washington D.C. on Monday. She had been investigating claims of alleged involvement of former President William J. Clinton in sex trafficking. Four weeks before her death, Moore had provided information from interviews with the alleged victim to the Department of Homeland Security and allegations against Clinton.
  • Pressure mounts on Tesla as it gets hit with a third securities fraud lawsuit [TR]

    08/14/2018 8:51:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2018 | Mark Matousek
    Full title: Pressure mounts on Tesla as it gets hit with a third securities fraud lawsuit in wake of Elon Musk's 'funding secured' tweet Tesla is facing another lawsuit accusing CEO Elon Musk of manipulating the company's stock price. The suit follows two lawsuits filed against the company last week by investors alleging securities fraud. A complaint filed on Monday in US District Court in California alleges that some investors purchased Tesla stock "at artificially inflated prices and suffered significant losses and damages once the truth emerged" that Musk had not secured the funding necessary to convert Tesla into a...
  • Democrat Keith Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary days after abuse allegations surface

    08/14/2018 8:34:42 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 August 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison scored a victory Tuesday night in the Minnesota primary race for the state's attorney general days after domestic abuse accusations against him surfaced. Ellison, who serves as the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is the first Muslim elected to Congress, was accused over the weekend of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend. Addressing the abuse allegations in his victory speech, Ellison said: “We had a very unexpected event at the end of this campaign that happened. I want to assure you that it is not true.” Ellison ran for the position against...
  • Ft. Campbell Gates Closed

    08/14/2018 8:19:59 PM PDT · by radu · 39 replies
    Twitter ^ | Aug 14, 2018 | Ft. Campbell
    All gates on Fort Campbell Kentucky are closed until further notice. A vehicle entered the installation without stopping. Procedures dictate that all gates close until the vehicle is located or situation is deemed all clear
  • New Mexico compound judge has history of issuing low bail to violent offenders

    The state judge who on Monday set a $20,000 bail for five defendants arrested at a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say children were being trained to conduct school shootings has a history of issuing low bail to violent offenders. Judge Sarah Backus, an elected Democrat, ordered the two men and three women to wear ankle monitors, have weekly contact with their attorneys and not consume alcohol or own firearms while on bail. She said although she was concerned by “troubling facts,” prosecutors failed to articulate any specific threats to the community. The five suspects were arrested more than...
  • 'Most hypocritical institution': Duterte blasts Church anew

    08/14/2018 7:47:14 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | 08/15/2018 | Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News
    President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday lashed out against the Catholic Church again, breaking his promise of not making anti-Church statements. In a speech in Malacañang, Duterte explained his own concept of what God is, as opposed to the belief of Catholics. “It’s only one God, God the Father. He’s not even the father. He's God, period,” he said. The President then asked if there was a bishop in the audience, before threatening to “kick his ass.” “Is there any bishop here? I want to kick your ass, and the priest,” Duterte asked, eliciting laughter from the audience composed of businessmen...
  • 'What the hell are you up to?' Arson attacks draw Swedish PM's ire

    08/14/2018 7:20:32 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 42 replies
    Guardian ^ | 8/14/18 | David Crouch
    Sweden’s prime minister has promised to “go in hard” against masked men who set alight up to 80 cars in Gothenburg and other towns on Sweden’s west coast, in what police say appeared to be coordinated attacks. “I am really furious, what the hell are they up to?” Stefan Löfven on Tuesday morning. “Society will always act hard against this and we must continue to do so … We will do what needs to be done to take care of it and go in hard against this crime.” Sweden goes to the polls on 9 September with violent crime high...
  • Christine Hallquist, a Transgender Woman, Wins Vermont Governor’s Primary

    08/14/2018 7:06:28 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 101 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 14, 2018 | Jess Bidgood
    On a cloudy afternoon this summer, Christine Hallquist, a former utility executive from Vermont, listened closely as Danica Roem, the Virginia state delegate who won national recognition when she became the first transgender person elected to her state’s Legislature, offered tips as the pair canvassed a stark residential neighborhood here. Ms. Hallquist is transgender, too, but Ms. Roem’s advice had nothing to do with gender identity. Try a light, rhythmic knock. Leave a handwritten note with campaign literature if no one is home. Try to earn every vote. “I have so much to learn,” Ms. Hallquist said, duly incorporating Ms....