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Pennsylvania school district threatens to place children in foster care over unpaid lunches

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 22:18

Pennsylvania school district threatens to place children in foster care over unpaid lunches | 19 July 2019 | A Pennsylvania school district that threatened to have children placed in foster care [aka taxpayer-funded child trafficking pipelines] over their parents' unpaid lunch tabs is now facing criticism for going overboard. The Wyoming Valley West School District sent letters last week to around 40 parents saying the district was owed around $22,476 in lunch money, warning that unless they paid their children could be "taken from your home and placed in foster care," according to Joseph Muth, director of the district’s federal programs. In an interview with ABC News on Friday, Muth called the letter a mistake.

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Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 06:39

Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals | 20 July 2019 | Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Deep State-Calif.) is coming under pressure to define her policy proposals from rivals raising questions about where she stands on "Medicare for All" and other key issues. Allies for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), both of whom are seeking to beat back a challenge from Harris’s surging campaign, are calling Harris’s past remarks into question, saying she has obfuscated her positions in an effort to endear herself to the liberal base. "I think her statements, campaign are smoke and mirrors," said Dick Harpootlian, a Biden campaign surrogate and the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

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Iconic 'Door Tree' in Hamden cut down in act of 'saddening' vandalism

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 06:04

Iconic 'Door Tree' in Hamden cut down in act of 'saddening' vandalism | 19 July 2019 | (CT) A living landmark that had been featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" was destroyed in a senseless and "saddening" act of vandalism, local and regional officials said Friday. The Door Tree, a natural archway formed by a white oak, was cut up and left in the woods where it had stood since the mid-19th century, Hamden Municipal Historian Dave Johnson said. The vandalism was discovered Wednesday afternoon, Johnson said, when a person who could not find the tree in the town's Mount Carmel section called him.

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Georgia man denies telling black female lawmaker to 'go back where you came from'

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 05:09

Georgia man denies telling black female lawmaker to 'go back where you came from' | 19 July 2019 | A white man confronted a black Georgia state lawmaker in front of reporters Saturday and denied her accusation that he told her to "go back where you came from" during an argument in a supermarket checkout lane a day earlier. Eric Sparkes admitted that he cursed at state Rep. Erica Thomas for taking too many items into an express checkout lane but denied making the racially charged comment after showing up in the middle of a television news interview featuring Thomas outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the confrontation occurred. Sparkes later told WSB-TV he is a Democrat of Cuban descent and that Thomas's allegations are politically motivated.

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Democratic debate: Lineup for July Democratic presidential debates in Detroit revealed

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 21:52

Democratic debate: Lineup for July Democratic presidential debates in Detroit revealed |18 July 2019 | CNN has announced the lineup for two nights of the Democratic presidential debate being held on July 30 and 31. The lineup was revealed during a drawing of names Thursday night. The announcement comes one day after the Democratic National Committee announced the 20 presidential candidates who qualified the second debate... The candidates' positions at the podium were then announced based on public polling.

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CPD: Downtown Active Shooter Drill 'Went Terribly Wrong'

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:33

CPD: Downtown Active Shooter Drill 'Went Terribly Wrong' | 18 July 2019 | Confusion and the sight of lots of police cars caused a bit of commotion in downtown Chicago on Thursday afternoon after reports of an active shooter turned out to be a "drill that went terribly wrong." Police responded to reports of an active shooter Thursday afternoon at 225 W. Randolph St., but within minutes determined that was not the case. "At this point it appears to have been an active shooter drill that went terribly wrong," said Michael Pigott, 1st District Commander with the CPD. "A proper notification was not made to all people in the building..."
 

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Iran 'seizes British-flagged oil tanker'

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:27

Iran 'seizes British-flagged oil tanker' | 19 July 2019 | A British-flagged oil tanker has been seized in the Gulf by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iran media say. The owners of the Stena Impero, which was bound for Saudi Arabia, say they have been unable to contact the vessel and it is "heading north towards Iran". The company says there are 23 personnel on board and it was approached by "unidentified small crafts and a helicopter" in the Strait of Hormuz. The Foreign Office is "urgently" looking into the reports. The government's emergency committee, Cobra, is meeting in Whitehall to discuss the incident.

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Iran seizes 'fuel-smuggling' tanker in Gulf

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:19

Iran seizes 'fuel-smuggling' tanker in Gulf | 18 July 2019 | Iran says it seized a "foreign tanker" and its 12 crew on Sunday for smuggling fuel in the Gulf. Iran's state media published footage of Iranian speedboats circling around the Panamanian-flagged Riah tanker. In a separate development, US President Donald Trump said the US Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz. He said the USS Boxer "took defensive action" after the drone had come within about 1,000 yards (914m) of the vessel.

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Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 19:12

Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants |19 July 2019 | President Trump on Friday bemoaned the amount of media coverage devoted to supporters at his Wednesday night rally chanting "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as he dug in on his attacks against the first-term congresswomen and three of her colleagues. Trump fired off a trio of tweets in which he shifted blame for the uproar over the chants onto the media one day after he sought to distance himself from the refrain. He again accused Omar of hating the country and blasted "vile and disgusting statements" made by progressive lawmakers he has attacked for six consecutive days.

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Trump campaign, RNC training army of volunteers in key 2020 states

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:42

Trump campaign, RNC training army of volunteers in key 2020 states | 19 July 2019 | The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are mobilizing thousands of volunteers in more than a dozen battleground states, including a handful that President Trump lost in 2016, as they seek to expand the electoral map ahead of 2020.
Trump Victory, the joint fundraising operation between the Trump campaign and the RNC, kicked off a "National Week of Training" on Friday in a bid to train more than 6,000 volunteers and register voters in 14 states that Republicans have set their sights on for 2020. At the same time, the committee is adding to its roster of state directors overseeing its organizing efforts, hiring staffers in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Virginia, Republican officials told The Hill.

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US citizen charged with being sniper for ISIS in Syria

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:37

US citizen charged with being sniper for ISIS in Syria | 19 July 2019 | A U.S. citizen was charged with being a sniper for ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] in Syria, the Justice Department announced Friday. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov has been accused of providing and attempting to provide material support, including training, services and personnel to the terror group, according to a Justice Department statement. Asainov was detained overseas and recently transferred to FBI custody, the statement said. He is expected to appear in federal court in New York on Friday afternoon.

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Trump to nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for secretary of labor

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:31

Trump to nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for secretary of labor | 19 July 2019 | President Trump on Thursday night announced he's nominating attorney Gene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to replace Alex Acosta as secretary of labor. The surprise move -- which top Republicans privately supported -- was a visible manifestation of the close personal bond Trump has forged with the Scalia family in recent years. The confirmation process for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who ultimately filled Justice Scalia's seat, sparked the connection...Scalia, 55, is expected to face headwinds from Democrats in his Senate confirmation hearings, in part because he routinely has represented major corporations in key cases involving workers' rights.

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Iran confiscates British tanker in Strait of Hormuz - IRGC

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:27

Iran confiscates British tanker in Strait of Hormuz - IRGC | 19 July 2019 | The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has seized the British oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, Iranian media reported. UK authorities said the tanker had 'veered off course' before capture. The Stena Impero was headed to Saudi Arabia but left the international sea lanes and headed north towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, marine tracking data showed on Friday. The 30,000-ton tanker is owned by Stena Bulk, and was bound for the Saudi port of Al Jubail.

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Ilhan Omar introduces pro-BDS resolution, announces visit to Israel

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:24

Ilhan Omar introduces pro-BDS resolution, announces visit to Israel --The resolution aims to affirm 'the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad' and was co-sponsored by Reps. Rashida Tlaib and John Lewis. | 18 July 2019 | US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) put forth a new 'pro-boycott' resolution in Congress "affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution." While the resolution does not mention the acronym BDS, it seems clear that this was a response to an anti-BDS resolution...Omar's action was in response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee moving forward with five pro-Israel bills, three of which are resolutions with declarative purpose, and two others bills that seek to sanction supporters of Hamas and to make improvements to the defense and security assistance to Israel.

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Federal judge upholds Trump's expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:56

Federal judge upholds Trump's expansion of non-ObamaCare plans | 19 July 2019 | A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration's expansion of health insurance plans that don't meet ObamaCare's coverage requirements. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled against the insurance companies that sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules. "Not only is any potential negative impact from the 2018 rule minimal, but its benefits are undeniable," Leon wrote about the regulations.

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House holds Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census documents

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:38

House holds Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census documents | 17 July 2019 | The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for defying congressional subpoenas related to the U.S. census. The measure, which passed 230-198, was a response to the cabinet members' failure to produce documents requested by House Democrats...Four Democrats voted against the measure, while no Republicans supported it. Justin Amash, an independent congressman from Michigan who recently left the Republican Party, voted in favor of the resolution.

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Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:07

Ebola spread to east Congo's Goma massively raises risk --"The case in Goma could potentially be a game changer in this epidemic," the WHO director-general said. | 15 July 2019 | Ebola's arrival in eastern Congo's main city of Goma severely raises the risk of the virus spreading if it takes root in this metropolis near the border with Rwanda, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. U.N. officials and donors met in Geneva to discuss how to tackle the world's second worst epidemic, which has infected 2,500 people and killed 1,655 in the lush farmlands of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. A toxic mix of armed militias and a deep-rooted mistrust of health officials by communities have hampered efforts to halt the virus.

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US Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz - Trump

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 22:36

US Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz - Trump | 18 July 2019 | Shortly after entering the Persian Gulf, a US warship shot down an Iranian drone that had approached to within less than a kilometer, US President Donald Trump said at a White House press event. Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer took "defensive action" against an Iranian drone that approached to within 1,000 yards (900 meters), and ignored multiple calls to stand down, Trump said on Thursday...The Boxer sailed into the Persian Gulf earlier in the day, following the reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps had seized the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker MT Riah and its 12-man crew.

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Tech Billionaires and Outsourcing Lobby Finance GOP/Dems' Green Card Giveaway

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:49

Tech Billionaires and Outsourcing Lobby Finance GOP/Dems' Green Card Giveaway | 14 July 2019 | A handful of tech billionaires, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Indian outsourcing lobby are financing a green card giveaway plan that has already passed the House with support from 140 House Republicans and 224 House Democrats [ Deep State sacks of garbage from both parties]. Last week, the majority of House Republicans and Democrats -- led by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) -- voted to approve a green card giveaway for 300,000 Indian workers and allow India to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card system for at least the next ten years. Lobbyists across the big business lobby, multinational tech corporations, the Indian outsourcing lobby, and representing the billionaire Koch brothers are financing the passage of HR. 1044 as all are set to gain hugely.

The lobbying groups include:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Microsoft Corporation
Facebook Inc.
IBM Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP)

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House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 05:28

House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale | 17 July 2019 | Congress and President Trump are headed for a second veto showdown over Saudi Arabia after the House approved three resolutions Wednesday to block emergency arms sales to the kingdom.
Wednesday's votes on the Senate-passed measures send them to Trump's desk, where he is expected to use his veto pen for a third time. The House approved two of the resolutions 238-190 and the third resolution 237-190.

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