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This 'Billions' Romance Is the Purest Thing On TV (& One of the Most Important)

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This 'Billions' Romance Is the Purest Thing On TV (& One of the Most Important) | 23 April 2018 | Well, lo and behold, on the subsequent episode of Billions, Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), the first gender non-binary character on television and an essential addition to Axe Capital, had their first (televised) romance. Here’s the set-up. Fierce, focused Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) flies to California to meet with Oscar Langstraat (Mike Birbiglia), the venture philanthropist who uses his funds to try to better the world -- a sharp contrast to the ministrations of Axe Capital...This moment was another groundbreaking victory for Taylor's representation as a nonbinary character on TV. It was one thing for Taylor, the incredibly talented analyst, to be accepted as an equal in Axe Capital -- they add tremendous value to the firm. It's another thing for Taylor's nonbinary identity to come up in the context of a personal life. Which is what made Oscar so perfect. Oscar never once stutters over "they."

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George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection day after wife Barbara's funeral

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:42

George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection day after wife Barbara's funeral | 23 April 2018 | President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized for an infection just a day after the burial of his wife Barbara. A statement released Monday from Bush's office stated the former sitting president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Sunday morning "after contracting an infection that spread to his blood." His office added Bush has been "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering."

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10 dead, 15 injured as pedestrians struck 'one after one' in north Toronto van attack

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 23:23

10 dead, 15 injured as pedestrians struck 'one after one' in north Toronto van attack --Alek Minassian, 25, is the alleged driver in the attack, CBC News has confirmed. | 23 April 2018 | Ten people are dead and 15 others are injured after a van driver plowed into a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto. One suspect is in custody. CBC News has confirmed that Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man, is the alleged driver in the attack. His LinkedIn profile identifies him as a student at Seneca College.

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After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:22

Breaking: After Late Vote Switch, Senate Panel Approves Pompeo for Secretary of State | 23 April 2018 | The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a late pivot on Monday evening, approved the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, bowed to pressure from President Trump and dropped his opposition. For days, the committee appeared ready to deliver a historic rebuke...It has been almost 30 years since any cabinet nominee was reported to the full Senate with an unfavorable recommendation. But minutes before the committee convened, Mr. Paul, an ardent opponent of interventionist foreign policy, declared his support for Mr. Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, to lead the State Department, securing approval from the committee. "After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump's belief that the Iraq war was a mistake, and that it is time to leave Afghanistan, today I received confirmation that Director Pompeo agrees with President Trump," Mr. Paul wrote.

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Rand Paul says he'll support Mike Pompeo for secretary of state

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:16

Rand Paul says he'll support Mike Pompeo for secretary of state | 23 April 2018 | Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said Monday he would back CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state after getting what he said were assurances about Iraq and Afghanistan. Paul had previously opposed Pompeo's nomination. He made his announcement just ahead of a vote on Pompeo's nomination in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Nine people dead, at least 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in north Toronto

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:01

Nine people dead, at least 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in north Toronto | 23 April 2018 | Nine people are dead, and sixteen more are injured, after a rental van mowed down pedestrians over a near-three-kilometer stretch in north Toronto Monday afternoon. Emergency crews received a number of frantic calls around 1:30 p.m., after a white rental van mounted the sidewalk at the busy Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East intersection and struck a number of people. From there, the van -- bearing a Ryder Truck Rental and Leasing logo -- fled southbound on Yonge for several blocks toward Shephard Avenue West, hitting more people before coming to a stop on Poyntz Avenue. It had severe front-end damage.

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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:50

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn should be kept off the 2018 ballot, Colorado Supreme Court rules | 23 April 2018 | Six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs should be kept off the Republican primary ballot this year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that -- if upheld -- could end the longtime conservative lawmaker's congressional career. The ruling finds in favor of a lawsuit that contended Lamborn didn't properly petition his way onto the ballot because of problems with those he hired to gather signatures for his re-election bid. Five Republicans from the GOP congressman's district have questioned whether workers Lamborn hired to gather signatures for his re-election bid were actually Colorado residents, a state requirement. A lower court earlier this month largely sided with Lamborn that he had enough signatures to be on the ballot, but the opposition appealed, leading to the Colorado Supreme Court ruling.

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Trump orders DHS not to let immigrant caravans into US

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:43

Trump orders DHS not to let immigrant caravans into US | 23 April 2018 | President Trump said Monday he's ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to turn away caravans of immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. through the southern border. He called U.S. immigration policy "a disgrace," and pushed for additional funding for his border wall. Trump has in recent weeks warned multiple times of caravans of migrants making their way toward the U.S.

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Multiple fatalities after pedestrians struck by van in Toronto

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:35

Multiple fatalities after pedestrians struck by van in Toronto | 23 April 2018 | There appears to be a number of fatalities after multiple pedestrians were struck by a white van in Toronto and police say the driver has been arrested. Toronto police said the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Monday in the area of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue. "Reports were that a white van mounted the curb, drove down the sidewalk at southbound Yonge, south of Finch, and struck eight to 10 people possibly, the numbers aren't confirmed yet," Toronto police spokesperson Gary Long told Global News.

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Waffle House shooter arrested, after cops 'lost him' in stolen car chase days before shootings

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:11

Waffle House shooter arrested, after cops 'lost him' in stolen car chase days before shootings | 23 April 2018 | The man who cops believe gunned down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee was arrested on Monday, just over an hour after cops admitted he led police on a chase in a stolen BMW days before the rampage. The Nashville Metro Police Department said Travis Reinking, 29, stole a BMW from a dealership [Yes, because it's so easy to steal a high-end car from a dealership and get away clean.] in Brentwood on Tuesday and led authorities on a chase before they lost him [?] in heavy rush-hour traffic. [Wow, Travis Reinking must be Jason Bourne.] Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told reporters cops chased the vehicle, but then opted to track the car via a GPS device. [And then what?] ...Aaron also said a civilian found a soft laptop case on Sunday night near a truck stop along Interstate 24 and brought it home with him. Police said the person found a handwritten ID card with "Travis Reinking" on the bag. [Yes, it was found right alongside the 9/11 hijackers' passports, in the rubble of the WTC.]

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Van ploughs through crowd in Toronto - 'injuries everywhere' as police seize driver

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:36

Breaking: Van ploughs through crowd in Toronto - 'injuries everywhere' as police seize driver | 23 April 2018 | Toronto police said between eight and 10 people may have been injured after a van ploughed through a crowd in the Canadian city. The driver is believed to have fled the scene, local media has reported. He was later taken into custody by police. Witnesses said the driver appeared to deliberately drive at speed on the pavement before "crumbling" pedestrians.

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Man Sought in Waffle House Shooting Had Been Arrested Near White House

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:32

Man Sought in Waffle House Shooting Had Been Arrested Near White House | 22 April 2018 | Nine months before the police said he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on a Waffle House in Nashville, killing four people, Travis Reinking wanted to set up a meeting with the president of the United States. That, at least, is what he told officials when they charged him with unlawful entry after he crossed an exterior security barrier near the White House complex in July, records show. That arrest was only the latest of Mr. Reinking's several run-ins with the authorities... After his arrest for the White House episode, Mr. Reinking, 29, who lived in Morton, Ill., was forced to surrender three rifles and a handgun to officials in August. Somehow he got them back [Yeah, his MKUltra handlers likely gave them to him] -- the authorities in Illinois said on Sunday that the circumstances were unclear [Of course] -- and in the fall, he moved to Nashville.

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No official intel used to start FBI probe into Trump campaign-Russia collusion - Rep. Nunes

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 07:14

No official intel used to start FBI probe into Trump campaign-Russia collusion - Rep. Nunes | 22 April 2018 | House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday his review of FBI and Justice Department "electronic communication" documents shows no intelligence was used to begin the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. "We now know that there was no official intelligence that was used to start this investigation. We know that Sidney Blumenthal and others were pushing information into the State Department..." Nunes said on "Sunday Morning Futures." Nunes, R-Calif., cited the Five Eyes agreement as a way of knowing no intel was used. The U.S., along with Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, make up the "Five Eyes," or countries that share intelligence in a more-trusted fashion than other arrangements, like NATO, particularly due to years of trust and a common language.

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'Whole story was staged': Germany's ZDF reporter says Douma incident was false flag attack

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 05:20

'Whole story was staged': Germany's ZDF reporter says Douma incident was false flag attack | 23 April 2018 | The alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged by local militants, who tried to frame it as a Syrian Army strike, a German TV correspondent, who travelled to Damascus, has said publicly, citing local witnesses. "People told us in a very convincing manner that this whole story was staged," Uli Gack, a reporter with the German ZDF public broadcaster, said (referring to the alleged Douma chemical attack) while he spoke live on ZDF Heute ('Today') show on Saturday...The scene of the attack, which allegedly took place on April 7, was in fact the "command post" of a local Islamist group, the reporter said, citing the witnesses he was able to speak to at the refugee camp.

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Waffle House shooting suspect may be armed, was arrested near White House in 2017, police say

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 03:36

This false flag reeks of MKUltra programming or CIA psy-ops: Waffle House shooting suspect may be armed, was arrested near White House in 2017, police say | 22 April 2018 | The man suspected of killing four people in a half-naked shooting rampage inside a Waffle House outside of Nashville may be carrying a pistol as he evades police -- and has what authorities described as a history of mental illness. The suspect, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was arrested in July 2017 for being in a restricted area near the White House, investigators revealed in a Sunday news conference, saying he "wanted to set up a meeting" with President Trump. A possible motive for the shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday morning was unclear, according to police. Investigators said in a news conference Sunday afternoon that two guns were missing, but tweeted later that just one gun was unaccounted for...Reinking's firearms authorization was revoked at the request of the FBI after the arrest near the White House, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said Sunday. He added that four weapons were seized, including the AR-15 that Reinking allegedly used in Sunday's shooting.

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Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills 57

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 16:49

Afghanistan: Kabul voter centre suicide attack kills 57 | 22 April 2018 | A suicide bomb attack at a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 57 people, officials say. The dead include 21 women and five children, killed when the blast hit the queue outside. A further 119 people were injured. The Islamic State group said it had carried out the attack.

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Romney is forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 01:52

Romney is forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination --Four-time loser Romney comes in second to Rep. Kennedy | 20 Apri 2018 | Former GOP presidential candidate [Deep State dirt-bag] Mitt Romney failed to secure the Utah Republican Party's nomination for Senate on Saturday, triggering a June primary. In the second round of voting, state Rep. Mike Kennedy (R) won 50.88 percent of the vote, with Romney following with 49.12 percent, according to reports. Because neither candidate secured 60 percent, the two will head to a June statewide Republican primary.

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Earth Day 2018 focuses on ending plastic pollution

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 01:39

Earth Day 2018 focuses on ending plastic pollution --'Choose one easily changeable plastic item that you can work to eliminate from your day-to-day life.' | 20 April 2018 | While some say every day is Earth Day, in actuality, Sunday, April 22 marks the official celebration of the world’s largest environmental movement. And how can one honour Mother Earth this weekend? Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter manager, Lilly Woodbury, said the international theme for Earth Day this year is ending plastic pollution. "With that in mind, I think people can take a pledge on Earth Day to eliminate a single-use plastic from their life," said Woodbury.

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Flynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 20:51

Flynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate | 21 April 2018 | President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn will campaign in Montana for Republican Senate candidate Troy Downing. Downing, one of four Republican candidates vying to take on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in the midterm elections, announced the news on Twitter on Friday. The candidate has aligned himself with Trump by backing the building of a border wall and the Republican tax law.

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North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

Sat, 04/21/2018 - 20:38

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site | 20 April 2018 | North Korea said on Saturday it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it had completed its goal of developing the weapons, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. Kim is scheduled to hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week and with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

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